For as long as I can remember I've always loved products. Lotions, body sprays, creams, shampoos, cleansers, moisturizers…all of it. In High school, my friends and I would go shopping and spend our allowances on this stuff. The obsession continued into my 20's and the products just got more expensive and more complicated. Living in New York City at the time, I frequented Bliss Spa and tried so many of their over-priced (chemical-filled) skin products. It wasn't until my natural living “makeover” that I realized all of this stuff was toxic. That former version of myself would die laughing if she knew the things I use on my skin now. The funny thing is that (at 35 years old) my skin has never looked better.
One day I literally threw it all away. Bags and bags of products that probably cost me hundreds of dollars, in the garbage…and I haven't looked back since! After clearing it all out I needed something to use in place of all that stuff so the experimentation began.
In this post, I shared my three favorite natural ways to wash my face. The next most important thing is moisturizing. My absolute favorite moisturizer is the my Renewing Facial Serum that is available in my shop. It moisturizes and it reduces red marks and scars. My skin was terrible as a teen and into my early 20's so I had some scarring that I hated and this serum was how I got rid of it. Over the course of two years I developed and refined that serum to get it exactly how I wanted it.
If I've run out of serum or if I just want to mix it up, I need something simple. I hear a lot of people in the natural living community talk about coconut oil as a face moisturizer replacement. Honestly, I'm not a fan. Don't get my wrong I love coconut oil, it works great on my hands and body, and it works great in place of diaper rash cream but on my face, it just wasn't cutting it. It's disappointing because that is the most convenient oil to use since I use a ton of it in cooking.
Another oil I use frequently in cooking that I much prefer over coconut oil for my face is olive oil. Straight olive oil all on its own is really moisturizing and it does not leave the greasy film that coconut oil leaves on my face. It is much lighter and absorbed into the skin quickly. My skin feels really healthy and soft when I use olive oil consistently on my skin (this is why it is a key ingredient in my serum as well!).
A simple Google search will show you many reasons why olive oil is a good choice as a moisturizer. Olive oil contains antioxidants including vitamin E and vitamin A, both of which are excellent for the skin. Vitamin E & A account for some of the anti-aging properties in olive oil, helping to restore the skin's elasticity. Hydroxytyrosol, is a rather rare compound that happens to be plentiful in olive oil. It is one of the key compounds that helps prevent free radical damage.