Posts Tagged ‘sensitive skin’

Natural Skincare: Tips for Sensitive Skin

Monday, November 30th, 2009

1. Avoid products that contain alcohol and Synthetic Fragrances. Look at product labels or contact the company directly to ensure products are alcohol free and also free of all synthetic colors and fragrances.
2. Check all product ingredients. If you have a specific allergy to an ingredient, ensure that it is not in a product. You can view our ingredients in our ingredient glossary.
3. Patch test all products when using them for the first time. Conduct a patch test as follows. Apply product onto the inner wrist in the manner that you are recommended to use the regime. Wait 24 hours observing the area. If you have no un-expected response – please refer to product details for the expected response; test the same regime on the temple. Wait 24 hours. If you have no un-expected response – use products as recommended.
4. Please note that with a sensitivity reaction – every time you use a product this reaction gets worse. With products that stimulate microcirculation, every time you use the product the beauty blush decreases.

How to find the Right Organic Facial Cleanser

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

CleanseWhy is a facial cleanser so important?
Consider the fact that the skin on your face is quite delicate, then think of everything it is subjected to: air pollution, chlorine (in most tap water), and the toxins from a variety of personal care products. All of these put a strain on the skin’s natural detoxification process. Our skin needs the support of a good facial cleanser to wash away impurities and stay balanced, healthy and beautiful.

How to choose the right cleanser for your skin?
Everyone’s skin is slightly different due to our genetics, our diet, our environment, and our hormone levels. Using the right cleanser for your current skin condition is a vital step in achieving luminous skin. Here are a few questions that will help you determine what your skin needs.

  • Does your skin feel tight after washing? The face wash or cleanser you are using is too dehydrating for your skin. You need to find a gentle cleanser. Look for ingredients such as rose oil, soy oil or shea butter (to nourish and protect your skin while cleansing).
  • Does your face feel oily 15 minutes after washing? You could be using the wrong cleanser, there are two possibilities: Your cleanser is too rich and not able to remove the excess sebum your skin is producing, or your cleanser is too harsh (drying) causing a your skin to produce excess oil. Look for ingredients such as arginine, and lemon oil which balance oiliness.
  • Is your skin dull after cleansing? You need a face wash or cleanser that gently exfoliates (no scrubbing please)! Look for ingredients such as pineapple enzymes, papaya enzymes or lactic acid (from organic dairy sources) to help remove dead and damaged skin cells revealing newer skin cells.
  • Does your skin have blemishes despite regular cleansing? Look for ingredients such as neem leaf extract and tea tree oil which are naturally antibacterial (also make sure you change your washcloth daily).

A fine balance
You might have to scrub other things to get them clean, but don’t take this approach with your skin. Be very gentle. Your skin has a protective “acid mantle” which  should be maintained, or restored (when needed) by using the right cleanser. You never want your cleanser to:

  • be harsh (avoid sodium laurel sulfate or other harsh surfactants), this can strip your skin of the protective oils that help to maintain moisture levels and prevent dehydration).
  • contain alcohol (destructive to the “acid mantel”, making skin, dry, thin, weak and vulnerable to environmental pollutants), or
  • have abrasive particles (this can cause tiny tears in the skin leaving it vulnerable to infections which can lead to blemishes and other problems).

Why organic?

  • Natural, botanical ingredients which form the basis of organic products are beneficial to the health and beauty of your skin.
  • Avoid exposing your skin to even more potential toxins, carcinogens and hormone disruptors found in most cleansers.
  • Supporting organic farming techniques has an benefit that goes far beyond what’s good for your skin, it also improves the water we drink and the air we breathe.

Organic Apoteke makes two certified organic facial cleansers. Which one is right for you?

If you have sensitive skin, eczema or your face feels tight or dry after cleansing: try the Buttermilk Cleanser

If you have normal skin/combination skin or your skin feels oily or has blemishes: try Active Face Cleanse Gel

Your skin is your largest organ, support its health and beauty by using an organic cleanser.