Everyone wants to have soft and smooth skin, but it still has to be maintained properly. To obtain baby skin, moisturizer is an essential product to add to your beauty routine. But why choose an organic moisturizer and how to choose it?
Why moisturize your face and body?
“Hydration is essential to the skin” is a phrase that we hear constantly. But why is it so important? Quite simply because the skin is in direct contact with potential allergens and with various sources of cutaneous aggressions such as pollution.
To ward off these external aggressions, the superficial layer of the skin (the epidermis) is covered with a thin protective film called the hydrolipidic film, which is intended to protect your epidermis and retain hydration in the upper layers of your skin. skin.
The water thus “stored” thanks to this cutaneous barrier will allow it to strengthen. This is why, regardless of your skin type, it is advisable to use moisturizers to nourish your face and body.
Should we favor organic?
More and more manufacturers are claiming organic production with natural ingredients, as consumers are more interested in the substances used in cosmetic products.
This awareness took place thanks to the media which were able to highlight studies questioning the harmfulness of certain ingredients, used in a large part of conventional cosmetics.
If the formulation of cosmetics in France is highly regulated, the use of certain ingredients prized by conventional cosmetics for their affordable price remains controversial.
This is particularly the case with silicones, ingredients found in many creams, anti-aging treatments, and body milk. Silicones have a semi-occlusive effect, which while smoothing your pores and fine lines, prevents the active ingredients in your cosmetics from penetrating well into your epidermis.
Organic products are therefore favored by more and more consumers, for their generally short list of ingredients and which contain very few colorings or texture agents.
How to choose your organic moisturizer?
Selecting your moisturizer is not an easy task. Self-tanning, exfoliating, or even anti-wrinkle?
To know if a cream is organic, it is necessary to refer to the ingredients present in the cream (ingredients which must always be informed). Do not rely on the mention of “organic” and ensure yourself that the composition complies with the standards.
The first criterion to take into account is your skin type:
- Oily skin: If you have oily skin, moisturizers can be scary since the idea of an extra greasy film on the skin instills an idea of extra oiliness. However, there are moisturizers made for oily skin. Oily skin, due to its excessive sebum production, shines all over the face. They must therefore be mattified. Opt for a mattifying and sebum-regulating cream. In addition, you can choose a cream enriched with jojoba oil, which helps regulate sebum production. You can also get a konjac sponge to clean your face. This sponge can be used alone with water, with your cleanser, or with your usual cleansing milk.
- Dry skin: If you have dry skin, opt for an oil-based moisturizer. Indeed, the oils make it possible to deeply hydrate the epidermis. A miraculous oil ideal for hydration is argan oil. Sweet almond oil is also very effective. Also, favor rich creams that leave a greasy film on the skin.
- Acne-prone skin: If you have acne or are prone to pimples, hydration is key. It is as important as acne treatments. One of the interesting oils to include in your routine if you have acne is tea tree oil, which is a powerful antibacterial. If you want to have a more even complexion, you can opt for an organic tinted BB cream, which will give you a radiant complexion and camouflage your imperfections while moisturizing your skin.
- Combination skin: If you have oily skin on the T-zone and drier skin on the rest of the face, then you need to use a cream called for combination to oily skin. Jojoba oil can be a great ally for your skin, as well as a lavender essential oil.
- Couperose and redness: If you have couperose or simply redness, remember to always protect your skin from the sun by using a suitable and protective sunscreen. For hydration, opt for a cream-based on rosehip oil, which helps to hide scars and redness.
Do not hesitate to complete your daily care with a moisturizing mask for the face and for the body once or twice a week. The results will be all the more pronounced. Your skin will appear more supple in the long run.
How to apply your organic moisturizer?
Now that you’ve found your cream, you need to learn how to use it properly.
Before any application of the cream on the face, use a make-up remover lotion to remove all residues of your make-up, and cleanse your skin well with your favorite cleansing gel. You can opt for cleansing milk, which makes the skin soft.
Also, remember to exfoliate your skin once a week. Once your skin is clean and healthy, proceed to apply the cream. Place a small amount of product in your hand and spread the cream on your face. Then, make the cream penetrate by massaging your face.
Once the cream is applied, you should feel a film on your skin. If not, continue massaging. For maximum hydration, use your face cream in the morning and evening.
For the body, the advice for use is the same. Use, for example, a surgras shower gel daily and an exfoliating shower gel once a week. The ideal is to apply the moisturizer right after the shower, but dry yourself well before application. Massage with the application, insisting on dry areas such as knees or elbows.
How to make your homemade organic moisturizer?
Here is a homemade organic moisturizer recipe! For this formula, you will require the following components:
- Organic vegetable oil of your choice (the oil must be chosen according to your skin type: jojoba for combination with oily skin for example): 15 mL;
- Hydrosol (mint, rose, or even macadamia), if you don’t have hydrosol, use water: 30 mL;
- Essential oil of your choice for a pleasant smell: a few drops (to be dosed carefully);
- Emulsifying wax: 5mL;
- Aloe vera gel: 5mL;
- Grapefruit seed extract (a natural preservative): 15 drops.
The first thing to do is to thoroughly clean and disinfect the utensils you work with, as well as your hands. In addition, be sure to keep your creams in the fridge to avoid exposing them to heat and humidity.
Also, take care to test the products you have made on a test area (your neck or wrist for example) to find out if you are not allergic to any of the ingredients in your cream. This step is often overlooked, yet it is essential and essential if you make your own cosmetics.
First stage :
Heat the oil and the wax in a bain-marie and simultaneously in another bowl the gel and the hydrosol. When the mixture has reached ~ 65-70°C mix the 2 substances obtained together.
Second step :
Add grapefruit seed extract and essential oil.
Third step :
Finally, lock your cream in an airtight jar, it will keep for 1 to 3 months in the fridge.
The wax is normally thick enough that there is no need for a thickener to be added.
Moisturizing creams are part of everyone’s daily life and are essential for the proper maintenance of the skin, but you still need to have the cream that suits you. And you, have you chosen your organic moisturizer well?
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