So honestly, I was always one of those people who wasn’t too into makeup. I wasn’t into doing much in the morning other than washing my face until recently. I had some dry skin pop up and I didn’t know what to do about it. It was on my face and it wouldn’t go away! So I looked into moisturizers. I found that using a moisturizer isn’t only a good idea it’s encouraged. It’s just all about finding healthy moisturizers and moisturizers that are right for your skin and your needs. In fact, I was shocked to learn that Mayo Clinic advises you use a moisturizer daily. Why? It’s a protective barrier on your face saving you from elements and bacteria while keeping your face hydrated. This is for MEN and WOMEN by the way. No one’s face is immune!
You have to determine your skin type though and I found this little bullet point chart from healthline.com to be very helpful:
Determine your skin type:
• Dry (will benefit from a heavier, oil-based moisturizer)
• Oily (will benefit from lighter, water-based moisturizers)
• Mature (will benefit from oil-based moisturizers to preserve moisture)
• Sensitive (will benefit from soothing ingredients, like aloe, that won’t be harsh on the skin)
• Normal/Combination (will benefit from a lighter, water-based moisturizer)
It can be hard to figure out what face creams are healthy and what face creams aren’t. I know that not everyone will able to use the healthy face creams I may recommend so here are some guidelines to look out for in the ingredients section:
Fragrance-Free V.S. Unscented
So it took me a second to look at a few bottles and get a what in the world look on my face. Shouldn’t fragrance-free and unscented be the same thing? I mean it would certainly seem that way in proper English sentiments, but it’s not. So here is the difference and you need to know because if you have sensitive skin like I do you could be in for some adverse reactions from a face cream.
Unscented: these products typically have fragrances in them to hide chemical odors. You could have an allergic reaction to them.
Fragrance-Free: These products contain no fragrance in them that has been added. So you can still have a reaction, but it would be to a more natural ingredient like roses for instance. If they put the essence of rose in your face cream then you might have an issue with that natural fragrance, but at least it won’t be an artificial one added.
Non-comedogenic seems like a scary term, but really all its saying is that the product is oil-free, but will still seal in moisture to your skin. Not so scary after all right?
Hypoallergenic is stating that the product should cause less allergic reactions. Most of the ingredients shouldn’t be harmful to people is relatively safe. It’s also made in a facility that is concerned about the contact of possible allergens. That doesn’t mean YOU won’t be allergic to it but you are less likely to be. Basically, if you know you’re allergic to something check the labels always and be sure to know what you have reactions to.
Natural V.s Organic
Natural products are from botanical sources, but they could still use chemical ingredients.
Organic products have ingredients that are grown without the use of chemicals, pesticides or artificial fertilizers. While organic may seem to be the better choice you have to read the labels to be sure it’s actually organic. Many labels due to FDA guidelines are misleading. So pay attention to what you are buying! For the health of it!
Broad-Spectrum means it protects you from the sun’s harmful rays! I highly recommend if you don’t have a good face powder or don’t wear makeup that you get a Broad-spectrum face cream. This will help with damage from the sun while keeping your face soft and youthful.
Parabens are carcinogenic (cancer-causing). So be sure if you see these on the label you run the other way!
These are also carcinogens so be sure you run the other way if you see this on any label.
Now here are some products I have tried and recommend based on hydration, skin radiance and health.
1. EMINENCE TOMATO SUN CREAM SPF 16
Again it has broad spectrum is paraben free and natural. It’s great for combo skin or normal skin.
• Tomato: beta hydroxy acids, lycopene, anti-aging agent
• Chestnut Pulp: antioxidant
• Aloe Vera: helps to calm and reduce irritation
• Orange Oil: softens and enriches the skin
• Micronized Zinc Oxide: sun protection, anti-inflammatory
• Biocomplex an antioxidant booster of Vitamin A, Vitamin C Ester, Vitamin E, Coenzyme Q10, Alpha Lipoic Acid
2. Amara Organics Vitamin C Cream for Face with Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter & Jojoba Oil, 1.7 fl. oz.
This has both natural and organic ingredients! It fades age spots and gives an amazing glow! Plus, it has no fragrances, dyes and no parabens. It’s a very healthy and moisturizing choice!
3. Christina Moss Naturals Organic Facial Moisturizer
Certified organic and free of anything toxic this moisturizer is perfect for almost every skin type. It’s made for sensitive skin, anti-aging and is as healthy as they come for a face moisturizer. I think this is probably the healthiest one on my list.
4. Dr. Alkaitis Organic Night Creme, 1 fl. oz.
This is sold as a night cream, but you can use it during the day as well. It gives a great radiant glow and is organic! It’s also paraben free and has fantastic ingredients that will keep your skin feeling, and looking great!
5. Trilogy Very Gentle Moisturising Cream 50ml/1.69oz
This one is for sensitive skin and it gently moisturizes your face. It is paraben free and has natural products from New Zealand! The key ingredients are Olive, Chamomile, and plant-derived Hyaluronic Acid.
Overall, I hope this has helped you find a healthier and better moisturizer for your face. After all, we need to keep ourselves healthy in every way possible. From our face to our toes let’s try to be as health conscious as possible!