Trending! Cleansing Oils
Now that women are getting used to moisturizing oils as part of a successful beauty regimen, it’s not surprising that cleansing oils are becoming popular as well.
Water can be harsh and potentially drying to the skin, especially if skin is dry or sensitive. Cleansing oils are gently massaged into skin with fingers, then tissued or rinsed off. They remove dirt, excess oil, makeup and environmental impurities, and they don’t strip the skin.
“Skin should not feel tight after cleansing,” says Maria McElroy, founder of Aroma M Skincare, which just launched its first cleansing oil. “A cleansing oil leaves the skin feeling moist.” Here are a few to try.
Aroma M Camellia Cleansing Oil McElroy’s line was inspired by her love of Japan, and this delicate new oil, featuring organic camellia seed and rice bran oils, is extremely effective and a pleasure to use. aromam.com
Kimberly Parry Cleansing Oil With olive, jojoba and rosemary oils, this will help rebalance sebum production for all skin types. kimberlyparry.com
Cosmedix Purity Solution Nourishing Deep Cleansing Oil Supremely moisturizing, with a beautiful blend of olive fruit oil, moringa seed oil and argan oil. cosmedix.com
Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser Not technically an oil, though it does melt into one when applied to the skin, this cult favorite is one of the most popular—and effective—cleansers we’ve ever seen. organicpharmacy.com
TIP Look for oils that are plant-based, with no petroleum derivatives like mineral oil, petrolatum, ethylene alcohol, propylene glycol, butylene glycol, or silicones, i.e., ingredients ending in “-cone,” like dimethicone, which can clog pores, over strip the skin, cause photosensitivity and contain harmful impurities.
Food for the Face
Created by aestheticians, this line of natural and organic exfoliating food powders, is a food feast for the face. Featuring a delicious range of flavors for every skin type—from banana bread pudding (dry skin), to strawberry parfait (combination)—and guaranteed to satisfy your appetite for skincare. buffher.com
What’s Behind the Mask?
Chocolate Master herbalist Vered Back can do no wrong, it seems, when it comes to formulating excellent products like the Cacao Vanilla Beauty Mask which exfoliates, stimulates circulation, moisturizes and perks up your mood because it smells so good! veredbotanicals.com
Herbs Tara Skin Therapy is launching its new Deeply Nourishing Facial, a holistic healing treatment
designed to get your glow on, with herbal dermabrasion supported by the Herbal Exfoliant and Clarisonic Brush, followed by a new moisture-retaining Hydration mask. At home, try Tara Skin Therapy Anti-Oxidant Cream Mask. The packaging is brand-new, and we love its airy simplicity! taraspa.com
A rose is a rose is a rose. It is also an excellent moisturizer for mature, sensitive and dry skin. Rose oil constricts blood vessels and helps reduce redness and broken capillaries. And the scent is known to ease anxiety, make you feel good and promote feelings of love. Bring it on!
Try Dr. Scheller Organic Wild Rose Serum This lovely BDIH-certified, gluten-free vegan serum is lightweight and concentrated with wild rose oils and extracts, and licorice root extract, to help fade hyperpigmentation, drschellerusa.com; Evan Healy Rose Cleansing Milk Skincare master Evan Healy has created a lovely Oregon Tilth-certified Rose Treatment Line, with handmade products like this soft and silky cleanser, with rose geranium, gotu kola and plant hydrosols, for combination skin, evanhealy.com; Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm A tiny dab of this multi-tasking rose hip seed oil balm goes a long way. Use it to hydrate flaky skin or as an overnight hydrating treatment, nealsyardremedies.com; Baszicare Arrigo Supreme Lifting Serum With a blend of botanicals, including rosa damascena, and nut oils, algaes and royal jelly, to improve skin tone, baszicare.com; Eminence Organics Sweet Red Rose Whip Moisturizer This light emollient cream—with vitamin A, C, E and other powerful antioxidants—brings intense hydration to moisture-deprived skin,
It’s the Balm!
We are seeing a spike in the number of balms launching right now, and it’s no wonder. Balms are intensely soothing and moisturizing, especially for extremely dry, mature or sensitive skin. And they are non-irritating: Many do not require preservatives, because they do not contain any water.
Try HydroPeptide Soothing Balm Our new favorite go-to, this multipurpose balm packs a three-in-one punch: anti-aging, calming and moisturizing. With organic coconut, avocado and olive oils, along with arnica and antioxidant peptides, this balm is perfect for those with dry, sensitive skin. It is also an extremely effective way to soothe irritated skin after laser treatments, peels or other skin resurfacing. hydropeptide.com
Planting a Seed
Plant stem cells, extracted from the part of a plant called the meristem, repair and replace lost and damaged cells in our skin. They increase collagen production, stimulate human stem cell growth, soften wrinkles and restore elasticity to aging skin. And they are, without a doubt, one of the most effective ways to keep skin looking healthy and youthful.
Try Mychelle Remarkable Retinal Serum Remarkable, indeed! Non-irritating, with orange plant stem cells, it reduces lines and redness, fades discoloration and tightens and brightens, mychelle.com; Intelligent Nutrients Renewal Complex With edelweiss, coneflower and pennywort stem cells, this serum is vegan and gluten free, intelligentnutrients.com