I know we already talked natural skincare prodz the other week, when I revealed that my go-to faves these days are mostly sans chemicals and shared some amaze new finds. Well, guess what? I've got more.
I'm totally obsessed with the four products I'm about to tell you about—and part of the reason why is because my skin is crazy sensitive. It likes what it likes... and when it doesn't like something, it tells me. In great detail. (Usually the day of an important meeting or event. Funny how that happens, isn't it? And by funny, I don't mean HAHA.)
Obviously, my sensitive skin liked the four items I'm telling you about today (and couldn't find fault in their bevy of natural ingredients). Not only that, but it seems to be looking better and better every day. It's firm and even-toned, and my areas of rosacea seem to be more calm than usual. (Rosacea. Yeah. That's a different story for a different time.) I've got a face oil, a serum, an eye cream and a hand and body butter to tell you about—here's the scoop!
THE FACE OIL: Pangea Organics Balancing Oil
Not only is this particular product pretty amazing, but so is the whole Pangea line! I'm obsessed with their hand-crafted, cruelty-free, organic prodz. Suitable for all skin types, the Balancing Oil is nourishing but light, non-greasy and easily absorbed. A combination of essential and base oils, and rich in antioxidants, EFAs and vitamins, this baby will protect and balance your skin. I love the hydration and softness it imparts.
If you're already thinking about switching up your skincare regimen for winter, an oil might be a worthwhile consideration (check out this post for more deets on how an oil can help your skin retain moisture). And my boyfriend has basically stolen this bottle (!) for the eczema he's experiencing on his chest. (The Pangea reps weren't surprised when I told them this; it's fab for sensitive skin and they suggested that he even mix it with his shaving cream to provide extra nourishment and glide.) What I do—when the bf isn't hoarding it—is massage two drops on my face after cleansing. A little goes a long way.
PS: Next up on my list to try is this bestselling product—it smells like Christmas trees (totes season appropriate)!
Buy it: $52 at PangeaOrganicsCanada.com (or find it at these retailers)
THE SERUM: Super by Dr. Nicholas Perricone First Blush Brightening Serum
I don't know about you, but bright, glowy skin is pretty high on my list of things I want to achieve. Certainthings help, but this product addresses it directly—and I've gotta say, it's pretty brilliant. (Get it? 'Cause it's brightening?!) The serum itself is actually pink (totally adorable!) and uses melon extract and vitamin C ester to reduce discolourations, improve radiance, tighten and protect against environmental damage. Um, sign me up for a lifetime supply, please.
The prod makes my skin feel smooth and soft and—very important for me—not at all oily. It sinks in immediately and I'm super-excited to see what it'll do for my complexion long-term.
Buy it: $50 at TheShoppingChannel.com
THE EYE CREAM: Ahava Time to Smooth Age Control Eye Cream
Confession: I only bought my first eye cream about a year ago. The woman at the counter basically looked at me like I was crazy when I asked her if I should be using one, and said (rather brusquely) that lots of girls start applying it at 13 or 14. At that age, I definitely didn't know what eye creameven was—but I can safely say that I do now. And this one from Ahava is one of the best I've tried so far.
This baby contains a blend of 21 essential Dead Sea minerals that help increase the skin's moisture levels. Calendula (a skin-soothing plant), bisabol (a natural alcohol with skin-healing properties) and fruit, date and aloe vera extracts provide anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. When applied morning and night, it moisturizes the delicate eye area and helps to diminish fine lines. (Note: The product straddles the line between natural and conventional, but because of its long list of fab botanical ingredients and the fact that it's paraben-free, it's natural enough for me.)
So far, I'm thrilled with how hydrated my skin feels and plan on using it for the long haul!
Buy it: $46 at The Bay, Sears and Ogilvy
THE HAND AND BODY BUTTER: Belmondo The Nectar Luscious Hand & Body Butter
I majorly heart this Vancouver-based company and its fab organic products. The body butter is unreal—it smells like spearmint and orange—and is seriously one of the most luscious creams I've used. My hands have been crazy dry due to the cold weather, and this baby turns lizard skin into softness in an instant. The secret is organic olive oil from Italy.
Buy it: $48.95 at Belmondo.ca (or find it at these retailers)
Elizabeth Oborne is a Vancouver-based writer and holistic nutritionist. Follow her on Twitter: @Elizabeth_O_.
Have you tried any of these brands yet?
Am I the only one who didn't start using an eye cream at age 13?
Are there any other natural beauty prodz or topics you want the scoop on?