Refined vs. Unrefined
There is a vast difference between unrefined and refined butters and oils. When oils and butters are refined many of their most valuable components are stripped away and in some cases harmful chemicals are left in their place. In their natural, unrefined state, butters, like liquid oils have much to offer the skin and body: essential fatty acids and phyto-chemicals such as vitamins, carotenes, minerals, antioxidants, tannins, sterols, polyphenols and terpenes which guard our health and nourish our skin and bodies. Many people with oily skin are afraid to put oils on their skin and understandably so! However there are several “dry” oils, many known to help clear the skin of blemishes. Unrefined oils can help reestablish the skin’s natural balance, thereby keeping unwanted eruptions at bay. Over washing or doing so with harsh ingredients can strip the skin of its natural lipids and may cause the skin to overproduce oil in compensation. So whether you have oily skin or not, consider taking a more gentle approach to cleansing while providing your skin with the nutritional benefits of unrefined oils and butters.
Does it need a preservative?
Not all skincare products need a preservative. Anhydrous products do not because they contain no water or water soluble ingredients so they are not in danger of growing mold, yeast or bacteria (unless water is inadvertently introduced into them through improper usage). However all skincare products that contain water and/or water soluble ingredients do need a preservative. Fortunately there are many natural preservation systems available now that comply with the standards for organic products; some even offer value to the skin in addition to guarding against contamination. These are the ones you will find in Liquid~Moon Skincare products. A note about honey: some people seem to think that honey can act as a stand alone preservative. While honey is a wonderful skincare ingredient full of humectant properties and more and is itself extremely resistant to contamination, it can actually contribute to microbial growth when mixed with water soluble ingredients.
Are you over exfoliating?
Did you ever stop to think that perhaps your skin knows what it’s doing? I mean before there was skincare there was skin! The dead and dying cells that get pushed to the surface of your skin actually help to act as a protective barrier. They will slough off on their own accord. That said, we all know the feeling of wanting to accelerate the process! I’m not opposed to exfoliating, but you might be doing too much and inadvertently leaving your skin susceptible to sun and weather damage. My suggestion is gentle exfoliation at most once a week.
To tone or not to tone?
Truth be told, I did not use a toner consistently for a long time, but now I’m hooked. Why? A good toner will help balance the PH of your skin, help keep impurities out after cleansing by closing pores and tightening cell gaps, add moisture with ingredients such as aloe and other humectants, and offer therapeutic properties with ingredients such as hydrosols and essential oils. If you’re using primarily anhydrous (without water) products, a toner becomes even more important. It dampens the skin making it more receptive to serums and facial butters. Plus, toners smell great and feel refreshing! Read more here.