I'm really noticing a lot of questions about product ingredients, people wanting to know what to watch out for and needing help in choosing what to use.
For those of you who are new to me and the blog, I want to provide you with this information because it can be a helpful guide. For those of you who have been reading my blog for awhile and missed it before, now you will have it in your hands as well. :-)
So for today let's focus on my 4 Skin Care Super Rules, which will help you to know WHAT are the best ingredients that you want to choose to put on your face. This very basic information should help you make good choices with your skin care needs.
1. Skin Cleansing. You should look for products that use glycerin, sorbitol, as their base. A cleanser that contains these along with olive oil, aloe, seaweed, and or essential oils (like tea tree) is a good cleanser that leaves the skin in a healthy state.
Some may even contain glycolic acid (alpha hydroxy acid from fruit) to help with exfoliation. Either way, this is what I recommend for you to find and use.
2. Skin Toners. You need to be very choosy when using a toner. Make sure it does not contain oil or alcohol. Some healthy ingredients to look for are glycerin, aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, and fruit of vegetable extracts.
For instance, we decided to use cucumber in Ginale when doing the formulation with the lab and dermatologist. The idea here is to not over-dry your skin with a toner. It's role should be that of a pH balance normalizer.
3. Skin Moisturizer. This is a critical step everyone should be doing, young, old, or even acne prone skin. There are specific moisture needs for different areas of the face and body, so I am going to talk about the general things to look for in a good moisturizer.
In addition to some of the previously mentioned ingredients, you should look to moisturizers that contain only natural oils such as avocado, apricot, or soybean. If you are interested in anti-aging and/or have acne prone skin, then moisturizers containing AHA's (alpha hydroxyl acids from fruit) are also a good choice.
4. Skin Protection. Almost everyone has heard the stories in the news of late about the dangers some sunscreen products pose to the skin. Especially if they contain derivatives of vitamin A.
While skin care product producers scramble to remove these ingredients that were never necessary to protecting your skin from the sun, here is what to look for when choosing a sun protective lotion.
A safflower oil or avocado oil base is very healthy for the skin. Combined with aloe vera and castor oil (to balance the FDA required ingredients of sun blocking agents such as palmitate and dimethicone) will provide you with excellent protection and yet be soothing to the skin.
One more thing to note. As a general rule you do not need buy sun protection lotion over SPF 30, as anything higher can be very irritating.
Everyone knows I'm about being a close to natural in any product as the FDA will allow. This means that there are a few great products out there that can fit this criteria.
Please be sure to use this blog to help you with your skin care decisions and be sure to review our information on the Ginale Skin Care website. You will find many items there that fit my recommendations for basic and restorative skin care.
I hope you found today's tips helpful. It is my goal to help you make healthier choices for your loved ones and of course, yourself.
Wishing you a healthy and joyous day,
The Hardest Working Guy In Skin Care
"Inspiring Healthy Choices For Better Living."