What’s the best plant based moisturizer for hair and skin?

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Although this article focuses on skin care, we use these same ingredients in our hair! I hope it helps! Spoiler alert- shea butter, rice bran and olive oil are the winners ;) 


Q:  Rebecca asks us to recommend the most effective, longest lasting, all around best plant-based moisturizer for skin. In our response we talk about the different methods of moisturization and what it means to be “plant-based.”

A: 3 methods of moisturization.

1. Occlusives
Purpose: To reduce how much water evaporates through your skin. (Cosmetic scientists refer to this as TransEpidermal Moisture Loss or TEWL.) Occlusive agents form a hydrophobic barrier on your skin that keeps the water on the inside. The most effective examples include petrolatum, mineral oil, and dimethicone. Some plant oils help occlude the skin but typically they are included more for their emolliency.

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The Anti-Aging Ingredient That Actually Works (and strengthens your hair too!)




Which anti-aging ingredients really work?
When it comes to anti-aging products it’s easy to be tricked into spending a lot of money on products that aren’t worth it. That’s because there’s so much pseudoscientific misinformation out there about anti-aging cosmetic ingredients. Also, once you buy an anti-aging product, it takes you a long time to determine if it’s really working for you or not. That’s why we’re going to focus some of our podcast episodes on specific anti-aging ingredients, Today we’re talking about ceramides.  

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Should I pat my face with water before applying oil?

my skin routine consists of ice cold water, Cetaphil moisturizer and coconut oil. K.I.S.S.

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Question: In a beauty-related forum, I read the following claim (from a member, not an “expert”) about applying a face oil: “Make sure your face and your hands are slightly damp when applying the oil. Rub the oil between your hands to emulsify slightly, then pat it on your face and massage it in. The oil will help trap the water in. ” Is this true? Can the skin really absorb water this way? And if so, is it beneficial in any way?

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Winter Oil Blend- A Natural Hair and Skin Recipe


by Juli-Anne of ThreeNaturals

If you’re like me, when Winter rolls around you need all the help you can get keeping your skin moisturized and protected from the harsh, dry and cold Winter air.

This year, I’m skipping the usual frustration that I allow myself to endure with drugstore lotions and potions and opting for a much simpler and more natural approach.

This consists or two parts: Internal hydration and a natural oil blend.

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Raw Honey--The Healing Face Wash


by DawnMichelle of Minimalist Beauty

I've been asked many times how to use raw honey as a face wash. Many of you may wonder why you would even consider raw honey in the first place. Raw honey is a universal beauty tonic for all skin types because of its potent yet gentle healing benefits for skin. Raw honey does wonders for acne, rosacea, eczema, hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, sensitive, mature, and dull lifeless skin.

With so many beauty products on the market, we sometimes think that every product that we use must be extremely complicated and full of tons of ingredients. That notion is completely wrong. Although what we wash our face with doesn't stay on our skin that long, soap based products quickly strip the skin of its natural oils and create an imbalanced in the skin's pH which causes many skin problems and forces the skin to produce excess oil.

When you find people who have beautiful skin that claim to wash their face with only water, yes they do have good genetics, but they are also not creating any imbalance in the pH of their skin with harsh cleansers and toners. Maintaining a balanced pH in the skin consistently will allow the skin to do its job so much better. Products that dry, strip, then replenish the skin continue the cycle of skin distress. Less really is more.

Maintaining a healthy pH in your skin is an important anti-aging secret. The less the stress your skin endures from drying cleansers and toners, the more elastic it will remain over time. Any thing with a pH of 4.5-7 is usually considered pH balanced since water is a neutral pH of 7, yet skin thrives when using products with a pH of 4.5-5.5.

Raw honey has a natural pH of 4.5. The antiseptic and antimicrobial properties of honey make it wonderful for healing cuts and burns by killing bacteria and fungus. Raw honey also contains gluconic acid, a mild alpha hydroxy acid that is amazing at brightening the complexion, evening out the skin tone, and lightening scars and age spots.

Most honey contains iron, silica, copper, vitamin B, manganese, chlorine, potassium, calcium, sodium, phosphorous, aluminum and magnesium depending on where the honey is collected from. This rich mineral content makes it excellent for skin. Raw honey's intense moisturizing abilities with gentle cleansing agents makes it perfect for even very sensitive skin. When honey is mixed with water it released peroxide properties which helps heal fades and also prevent bacteria causing more acne.

Not all honey is created equal. Most of the honey found in grocery stores is "adulterated honey" meaning it literally has no nutrients. When honey is processed and refined with heat the live healing enzymes are killed. You are instead left with liquid sugar. Raw honey will give your skin the healing benefits that it needs and you will also experience the best results.

To use raw honey as a face wash simply add a quarter size amount of honey or more to wet hands and massage into your skin. Rinse your face, then tone and moisturize as usual. You can also leave honey on your skin for as long as you like as a honey mask, or combine it with other ingredients for more cleansing and brightening. My favorite ways to use raw honey is with rhassoul clay or as an exfoliating treatment with sugar and lemon juice. I've also used raw honey in place of vegetable glycerin in my DIY hair recipes. Raw honey has been used for centuries for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. There truly is such beauty in simplicity.

How have you used honey in skin or hair care?

FYI: I purchase raw honey from Trader Joe's, and for my skin care regimen go here.

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Dawn Michelle is a writer, professional dancer, choreographer, jewelry designer, and pure lover of life and the planet. She has been a part of the entertainment industry for years, and worked in one of the largest beauty retailers as a consultant. Dawn Michelle writes a lifestyle blog called Minimalist Beauty that incorporates organic beauty and cosmetics, eco-friendly fashion and extremely chic style, simple living, and pursuing creativity. She also has an Etsy shop called Azuha which has handmade fiber jewelry, earrings, natural cosmetics and more.

Are You Properly Moisturizing Your Body?

by Sherrell Dorsey of OrganicBeautyVixen

After a long day the last thing I typically want to think about is hitting the shower and going through the bathing rituals to keep my skin soft, supple and radiant. It’s time consuming, tedious and just plain annoying at times although I do know that all the extra time in the shower is beneficial to my skin. If I do happen to make it through the shower, moisturizing is an entirely different issue.

How many of you have done what I like to call the “easy swipe” moisturizing method where you simply swipe on your body butter without any real regard to working it into your skin? Guilty as charged! Don’t you hate when you still wake up the next day ashy as ever?

In our attempt to rush our moisturizing game we lose in the end and our skin suffers. As a trained esthetician I understand the power of working product deep into the crevices of the skin for the best TLC. Always massage product into your skin after a warm shower or bath to reap the benefits of gorgeous skin. Cover your feet with socks, grease down those elbows with olive oil and cover your cuticles.

Want to speed up the process? Try thicker moisturizers that will work all night and penetrate your skin while you sleep. Shea butter is a great place to start followed by all-over oils like olive, grape seed and coconut oil.

Spend an extra five minutes loving on your skin and it will thank you!

Sherrell Dorsey is a natural beauty expert, writer, speaker and advocate of health, wellness and sustainability in communities of color. In addition to creating OrganicBeautyVixen.com, Sherrell writes beauty articles for Tyra Banks's beauty and fashion site TypeF.com, Jones Magazine, MySalonScoop.com and Posh Beauty. Follow Sherrell on twitter at www.twitter.com/organicvixen

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