If you have sensitive or mature skin, you likely experience extreme dryness, including tightness and flakes on your cheeks, around your eyes and mouth, and sometimes even in your T-zone. You also likely have redness and discoloration associated with inflammation and sensitivity to environmental factors. You may be experiencing premature aging, wrinkles, fine lines, loss of skin volume and density.
To help bring your skin back to balance, drink plenty of water and start using more hydrating beauty products. You can never have enough organic botanical and therapeutic oils. But it needs to be the RIGHT products.
The problem with conventional beauty products for sensitive and mature skin (beyond their overall toxicity) is that most of them contain harsh, drying and irritating chemicals which actually work against your skin’s needs, so you just need more of the product over time. When your skin gets dehydrated, it’s because environmental factors like lower atmospheric humidity and harsh products combine to strip your skin’s natural acid mantle and change the overall pH of your skin. In other words, dry air + drying ingredients= dry unbalanced skin. And unbalanced skin when you have this skin type, also means extreme sensitivity to any type of inflammation causing ingredients.
So, what are the right products? Those that help build up your skin’s natural defenses, work with your skin’s existing pH levels, and balance out your skin’s underproduction of moisture.
Where do I Start?
Ready to Buy:
Now that I have been at this green beauty thing for several years, I recommend starting with ready to buy products instead of making your own. This is because until you know what really works well for your skin, I don’t want you sinking a bunch of money into individual bulk ingredients that you don’t know will work for you. For that reason, I recommend starting with completely clean, but relatively simple and economical product choices wherever possible, so you can save money for the better products that make the biggest difference. In this case, the Cleanser, Toner and Face Wipes are super cheap (grocery store prices), while still being USDA Certified Organic. While the moisturizers and anti-aging care are more mid-ranged price wise, but they are the most important for your skin type and are so extremely luxurious and effective. I personally love every one of these products and use them as this is my skin type.
Cleanser: Acure Sensitive Facial Cleanser
Day Moisturizer: Blissoma Pure Sensitive Skin Soothing Complex
Night Moisturizer: Blissoma Restore Deep Healing Oil
Cleansing Cloths: Acure Unscented Argan Oil Facial Cleansing Towelettes
Anti-Aging Treatment: Blissoma Timeless Vitamin C Reconstruction Serum
Q: Do I really need a morning and night moisturizer? A: Personally, I say yes. In the morning you need something a little lighter that lays well under makeup, but at night, you need something richer that helps restore your skin while you sleep. If you can only swing one for now, try the Pure Moisturizer first and add a pump of Acure’s Rosehip Seed Oil at night.
Q: Do I need a toner since my skin is already dry? A: Maybe not, but this toner is under $10, and you may be surprised once you stop using cleansers that strip your skin that you won’t feel as dry as you normally would. This toner will help make sure you got ALL your makeup off, balance out your skin and prep it to better absorb your moisturizers. So, you can skip it if you like. I would rather see you buy a gentle but clean cleanser and a really good botanical moisturizer than you buy the cleanser and toner but keep using your chemical-laden moisturizer.
Q: Do I need the Face Cleansing Cloths? A: Absolutely not. I just love the convenience of them in the morning when I have a crying baby ready for breakfast. I find a lot of people love the convenience of wipes, so why not point you in the direction of a safe and clean option.
Q: Can’t I just make it? I thought going green was all about DIY skincare? A: When I started green beauty, it was all about DIY. But now there are a lot of great green beauty skin care products that have such amazing, clean, skin-transforming ingredients. If I were to try to buy all the ingredients I currently use and make my own, it would cost exponentially more money. Now, I still do use my own recipe of Oil Cleanser half the year when I need more moisture. After a lot of requests and number crunching, I am happy to offer you the best oil cleanser for your skin type. I have spent three years at this point researching and developing recipes for each of the four major skin types. I’m proud to now be offering products of my own.
My personal journey started with the Oil Cleansing Method, which I explain in very specific detail on that post. Looking back, I probably went around the world to find what was right for my skin in my own back yard. But everyone’s skin is different and I don’t want to discourage you from trusting your instincts. If you are interested in trying oil cleansing, I recommend you start it in the winter when your skin naturally needs more moisture.