Hey, Mazzi here! 💁♀️ As the owner of a skincare company, I am always asked by friends and family about how they can build their own skincare routine. They’re so curious about skincare – from using the right techniques and the best products – but are also overwhelmed by the amount of information out there.
That’s why I decided to share this series exploring the 3 essential parts of skincare – a simple, accessible, and intuitive approach to understanding and enjoying the skin you’re in!
This growing guide of content should act like a “little library” for your skincare basics so that you can build your own personalized routine. No need to take intense notes – our Skincare 101 is a mixture of common sense and skin wisdom that I and other skin-thusiasts have explored while creating high-quality all-natural products.
Let’s get sk-in to it!
This week in our Skincare 101 series, we are soaking in knowledge about moisturizing and skin-safe creams!
What is moisturizing and why is it so important?
After cleansing the face (see our previous post for details) your skin is free of the natural oils need to soften and protect. Restoring this skin barrier is essential to our skin’s regeneration process so that it can continue to protect us from abrasions, natural elements, and free radicals.
How much and how often should I apply moisturizer?
Typically a dime-sized amount of a good moisturizer is plenty to cover both your face and neck. We recommend using a finger to dab moisturizer onto your driest areas first then gently spread outwards to oilier areas. It’s most important to reapply the product each time after cleansing or washing your face to retain the moisture from any water still left on your face.
How do I know what moisturizer to use for my skin type?
With so many moisturizers on the market, the choices can feel overwhelming – we have some specific recommendations based on your skin type:
- Use products that are gentle & mild and contain no fragrance or essential oil
- Look for naturally soothing plant extracts like aloe
- Avoid harsh chemicals like parabens, phthalates or SLS
- Choose something lightweight and fragrance-free
- Avoid a heavy cream that will clog pores
- If you get a dry nose and oily cheeks and forehead, try dabbing a small amount of product on the driest area then gently spreading outwards to less dry areas
What ingredients should I seek out in a moisturizer and which ones should I avoid?
Here’s an overview of ingredients we recommend you keep in mind when picking a moisturizer that will nourish and protect your skin all day long.
- Plant extracts like aloe, green tea, and allantoin
- Organic nourishing oils like castor, olive, jojoba, and others
- Active ingredients like vitamin C & E, retinol, ceramides and niacinamide
- Synthetic ingredient
- Fragrance oil
- Mineral oil
Here’s exactly what we put in our organic facial moisturizer:
Organic oils and plant extracts: organic aloe vera juice, organic castor seed oil, organic olive oil, organic jojoba oil, allantoin plant extract, oat protein, vitamin E, heal all plant extract, rosemary seed extract.
Naturally derived preservatives:
silver citrate, leuconostoc, ropanediol, ethylhexyl glycerin, potassium sorbate.
Organic emulsifying system: (That’s what turns oils + liquids into a cream) organic glyceryl stearate (an organic molecule used as an emulsifier), Cetearyl alcohol (a mixture of fatty alcohols, consisting predominantly of cetyl and stearyl alcohols and is classified as fatty alcohol), sodium stearoyl lactylate (FDA approved food additive used to improve the mix tolerance and volume of processed foods).
Up Next Week: SPF + Suncare!
We’ll be hopping right into SPF and suncare, with step-by-step tutorials and product recommendations. Stay tuned for guest skin experts like dermatologists and estheticians who share their advanced tips on skincare once you’ve mastered the basics of Latika’s Skincare 101.
If there are specific questions you have about skincare that you would like us to answer in future editions – feel free to comment below!
Let’s get sk-in to it!