Creating a healthy lifestyle that works for you is an incredibly rewarding experience… but it can also be complicated and confusing, especially when it comes to navigating through a sea of self-care products and complex ingredients. Many of us desire beautiful, youthful looking skin and there are an array of moisturizing products offering us just that. But how do you weed out the good from the bad? What should you be looking for in your moisturizer? I’m here to help you do just that!
Why does it matter what you put on your skin? Your skin is your largest organ, housing approximately 11 miles of blood vessels and countless nerve endings. It’s your shield, protecting your delicate insides from the outside world. And what we place on our skin can pass through that shield and be absorbed into our bloodstream. Think about things like nicotine and birth control patches; those products literally medicate our bodies through our skin. And some of the ingredients in your moisturizer can potentially find their way into your blood stream too (source). Even though we don’t generally think about it this way, when we place something on our skin we are, in a sense, feeding our bodies. And, depending on what we use, it can be nourishing or detrimental to our well-being.
Self-care products are not all created equal. And, unfortunately, many of us are exposed to some pretty scary ingredients on a daily basis through our self-care routine. This includes known or probable reproductive and developmental toxins, endocrine disruptors, carcinogens and more (source)
So how do we find a nourishing moisturizer? What should we look out for?
4 Things to look for in a Moisturizer
A small, comprehensive ingredient list
You don’t need a floppitygillion ingredients to moisturize and spoil your skin. Less is often more. Shorter, comprehensive ingredient lists help to reduce the chances of skin irritation and make it easier to avoid the aforementioned harmful ingredients.
Food grade essential oils instead of ‘fragrance’ or ‘perfume’
Who doesn’t love it when their moisturizer is not only soothing to the skin, but also an awesome source of aromatherapy? Many of us adore certain scents and self-care products have capitalized off of our aromatic adoration. But, unfortunately, the ingredients of fragrances are considered trade secrets and are almost never listed on an ingredient label. Some 3000 ingredients may be used to achieve that signature scent. They can trigger allergic reactions, migraines and asthma symptoms. And with the ingredients kept under lock and key, it can be difficult to be sure what you’re exposing yourself to (source).
But you can easily save yourself and those around you from the negative impact of fragrances. Look for products that use pure, food grade essential oils instead. When you know that that delicious peppermint smell comes from peppermint oils, you don’t have to worry about mystery ingredients and how they may impact your health and the health of those around you. Super bonus, essential oils come with some pretty awesome health benefits of their own, including emotional support (read more here).
If all else fails, go scentless. You can spice things up with your favourite essential oils when you want some extra pizzazz.
Animals shouldn’t have to suffer in order for you to have self-care products. And yet, many cosmetics and skin care products are tested on animals. Typically, when you find a product that uses fewer ingredients and is committed to providing you with healthy, nourishing skin care options, you’ll also notice that they don’t test on animals. If you’re not sure where to start, you can use the Leaping Bunny database to find cruelty free options. But don’t be afraid to scrutinize the label and company website while you’re looking over the ingredients too. Companies that don’t test on animal are excited to tell you about it.
Direct or Fair Trade Ingredients
It’s easy to forget, but a lot of the products we love to use and consume (many of which are in popular moisturizers) come from a world away. For example, shea butter and cacao butter are often sourced from Africa. We may love the idea of purchasing the best possible products for the lowest possible price, but there is a high cost of low prices. Farmers all over the world work tirelessly to grow and harvest the plants that we love to consume and lather on our skin. They are entitled to fair wages and safe work environments, and fair/direct trade initiatives are working to make certain that happens. It’s important that we support that.
Looking for something that fits the bill?
I’m loving Beauty Barlour Body Mousse and highly recommend them to everyone looking for a healthy skin care option. They check every box on my list! This Canadian company uses doTERRA pure grade essential oils, they’ve created a direct trade partnership with their suppliers and have created a nourishing product filled to the brim with organic, health supporting ingredients. Did I mention they’re 100% vegan and cruelty free? Look at these gorgeous ingredients:
Wild-grown shea butter (direct trade from Ghana)
Organic, cold pressed, extra virgin coconut oil
Organic, unrefined, cold-pressed sweet almond oil
Organically grown cocoa butter (direct trade from Ghana)
Gluten-free, vegan-certified, full spectrum Vitamin E
GMO-free, organic, centrifuge extracted Himalayan Seabuckthorn fruit flesh oil
You can enjoy Sweet Orange, Peppermint, Lavender, Eucalyptus or Naked (scentless). The texture is delightfully light and fluffy and a little goes a long way. It embraces and absorbs into your skin in no time, leaving it feeling soft and refreshed. These healthy ingredients are going to hydrate and moisturize your beautiful skin. And, my favourite part, you don’t have to worry about what you’re putting on your skin. Their ingredients are truly nourishing; you are feeding your skin with the love that it deserves.
I love to moisturize my whole body after a bath or shower and use it as a night cream before bed. It also makes an awesome weekly hair mask. And my hubby is so pleased that it soothes and heals the little patches of dry skin he gets in the winter too. It’s a light mousse that melts into a lovely oil once you rub it between your fingers and it spreads evenly onto your skin.
My favourite is the peppermint oil, which is incredibly invigorating (and so lovely when you need an extra boost of energy). But I also love to use naked, their scentless option, before bed. It has a light, chocolately smell, thanks to the cacao butter, that is incredibly relaxing. Beauty Barlour Body Mousse is skin care that I can feel good about. And I am so excited to share it with you!
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If you thought it couldn’t get any better, the almond oil and shea butter provide a natural UV protection (Source 1, Source 2), and the ingredients work together to reduce the appearance of fine lines, aid in cellular regeneration, firm skin and boost collagen production. When you truly nourish your skin, you get so much more than just a moisturizer!
Their products come in violet glass jars, which protects the body mousse from the sunlight, making it last longer, whilst also ensuring that their packaging is more eco-friendly. And they are so fun to re-purpose. A little goes a long way, making this skin care product a lovely, long lasting, healthy investment.
What do you look for in a healthy moisturizer? Which Beauty Barlour Body Mousse do you have your eye on? Excited to give it a try? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Health and love and happy skin,
Thought of the day: I owe to it myself to feed my body with kindness in every way possible.
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