I want to talk clean skincare.
Like actual, good-for-you, skin nourishing and revitalizing skincare. Not the “All-Natural,” for “Sensitive Skin” shit I always and forever [haphazardly] reach for at the drugstore while I am FaceTiming my bestie and holding Ms. Impatient in my free arm. Mamas, you get it.
This natural guru mama has recently broken up with her [previously-used] Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture[r] for Sensitive Skin. At nearly $12-ish per bottle, the longevity and mere convenience of this bad boy had me sold. Not to mention, it was one of the few skincare products that didn’t give me an allergic reaction by just looking at it. So, yeah.
DISSECTION OF NEUTROGENA MOISTURIZER
THE “OK, SURE,” THE BAD AND THE UGLY:
For those even the slightest bit curious. . .
THE “OK, SURE’S”:
WATER, GLYCERIN, PETROLATUM, CYCLOMETHICONE, SOYBEAN (GLYCINE SOJA) STEROLS, ISOPROPYL ISOSTEARATE, CETYL ALCOHOL, PEG-10 SOY STEROL, GLYCERYL STEARATE, CARBOMER, & C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE.
THE BAD & THE UGLY:
Let’s dive into the myriad of toxic ingredients loaded into my ex- 4 oz [day|night] facial moisturizer.
⋒ Ethylhexyl Palmitate: Although rated a ‘1’ by the EWG, this particular ingredient is not-so-friendly towards oily skin. With a comedogenic rating of ‘4.’, it has been found to be a fungal acne trigger.
⋒ Dimethicone: There are moderate concerns for organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), and low concerns for data gaps and ecotoxicology for this silicon-based polymer that is most often used as a lubricant and conditioning agent.
⋒ Tetrasodium EDTA: Moderate concern for organ system toxicity (non-reproductive) and low concern for enhanced skin absorption.
⋒ Sodium Hydroxide: Sodium Hydroxide is a highly caustic and reactive inorganic base. There are moderate concerns for organ system toxicity (non-reproductive) and low concerns for irritation (skin, eyes, and/or lungs).
⋒ Diazolidinyl Urea: Diazolidinyl urea is an antimicrobial preservative that works by forming formaldehyde in cosmetic products. People exposed to such formaldehyde-releasing ingredients may develop a formaldehyde allergy or an allergy to the ingredient itself. In the U.S. approximately 20% of cosmetics and personal care products contain a formaldehyde-releaser and the frequency of contact allergy to these ingredients is much higher among Americans compared to studies in Europe.
⋒ Ethylparaben: Ethylparaben is in the paraben family of preservatives used by the food, pharmaceutical, and personal care product industries. Parabens mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors. Ethylparaben acts as a fragrance and preservative ingredient.
⋒ Methylparaben: Methylparaben is in the paraben family of preservatives used by the food, pharmaceutical, and personal care product industries. Parabens mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors. Methylparaben acts as a fragrance and preservative ingredient.
⋒ Propylparaben: Propylparaben is in the paraben family of preservatives used by the food, pharmaceutical, and personal care product industries. Parabens mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors. Propylparaben acts as a fragrance and preservative ingredient.
*Please note, individual ingredients have been researched through the EWG.
**Please also note, Neutrogena claims that this particular product is “Fragrance Free.” Please reference above.
DIY Frankincense + Clove Infused Facial Moisturizer
God is good y’all –
When life hands you essential oils, you create your own skincare line. Nuff’ said.
So, upon receipt of my August 2019 Simply Earth subscription box, and after completing thorough research on my ex-moisturizer, there came the birth of my coconut oil + aloe-based, essential oil infused [chilled] facial moisturizer.
I’d love to say that I slaved over this moisturizer, that it is super costly and high-class. Though, none of that is true. Truthfully, this recipe took me just under 10-minutes to complete [start to finish], and it costed me [if I had to guess] no more than $5 – $7. The amount yielded, well, it was an insane amount. My magical moisturizer nearly filled an entire 12 oz [super cute, totally vintage] mason jar.
Tried and true my friends, tried and true.
THE MAGICAL POTION:
TIP: Keep refrigerated for a chilling experience.
INGREDIENT QUICK FACTS
ALL THE GOOD, MINUS THE “OK, SURE,” THE BAD & THE UGLY
⋒ ALOE VERA GEL: Full of antioxidants, enzymes, Vitamins A and C, and it is highly anti-inflammatory. It can help treat burns, acne and dry skin.” With regard to acne, Aloe Vera works best on superficial surface acne rather than cystic or deeper acne. [Source: Baylor College of Medicine, 2018]
⋒ LAVENDER HYDROSOL: Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory; Used to fight strains of bacteria such as: Acne, irritated skin, skin infections, etc. Moreover, helps fight redness.
⋒ BEESWAX: The anti-inflammatory properties of beeswax encourage the healing of wounds. It is also protective, helping form a barrier between the skin and the environment without clogging pores. Further, beeswax is high in vitamin A, which has been found to support cell reconstruction and health. [Source: Sleeping Bear Farms, 2016]
⋒ ALMOND OIL: Thanks to the Vitamin E, almond oil keeps your skin cells healthy, protects your skin from UV radiation damage, and helps your skin look smooth, soft, and free of fine lines. The fatty acids help your skin retain moisture and can heal chapped and irritated skin. [Source: Buckler’s, 2017]
⋒ COCONUT OIL: Reduces inflammation, keeps skin moisturized and helps heal wounds. The medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil also possess antimicrobial properties that can help treat acne and protect the skin from harmful bacteria. [Source: healthline]
⋒ FRANKINCENSE ESSENTIAL OIL: Frankincense is a natural astringent, making it an amazing anti-aging oil because it can protect and regenerate healthy skin cells. It’s also used for fighting acne, preventing wrinkles, reducing large pores and tightening the skin to reduce the signs of aging. [Source: hello glow, 2019]
⋒ CLOVE ESSENTIAL OIL: Clove oil contains a compound called as eugenol that helps in treating acne. It fights the acne bacteria and helps in reducing swelling and redness.
Need help determining whether or not your current facial moisturizer is worthy or if it should be ditched? Leave below in the comments your current on hand, go-to moisturizer!