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Have you ever walked into the skin care aisle at the convenience store and noticed just how many “groundbreaking” claims there are?
Every other plastic bottle dons a fancy label claiming to have discovered some advanced wrinkle-erasing ingredient. I can see, from the eyes of the consumer, how this would be appealing.
But these companies don’t fool me.
Instead of falling for these sneaky marketing ploys or being captivated by claims that promise beautiful skin, I simply turn over the bottle and read the ingredients. After reading over all the hard-to-pronounce chemical derivatives, I can’t help but think, what if these marketing claims reflected what was actually inside the bottle?
If skin care products were labeled “ineffective, petroleum-derived, chemical-ridden goodness inside,” would you still buy them? I don’t think so.
It’s hard to feel like beautiful skin goes hand-in-hand with compromise. Do you ever find yourself making a choice between affordable products packed with questionable chemical ingredients and expensive, pure products that are safe and effective?
You aren’t alone, especially if you’ve struggled with topical sensitivities or the onset of fine lines and wrinkles.
Sensitive skin is different for everyone. Some are born with it, but did you know that many people develop it over time? I was shocked to learn that sensitive skin can come from a lifetime of harsh cosmetics or environmental stressors, like pollution or extended sun exposure.
The result? Skin that’s dry and irritable or highly reactionary, either from allergies or chemical-based products.
That’s why I want to share how important it is to always be careful about the ingredients in your products, as some harsh chemicals and preservatives can create skin sensitivity over time as you use them.
Why Choose Organic and Non-GMO Ingredients?
The first step in giving your skin the proper nourishment and love it needs is switching to organically grown (or wild!), non-GMO, and sustainable ingredients.
My rule of thumb is if you can’t eat it, you probably shouldn’t put it on your skin. The skin is the largest organ of our bodies, and it absorbs the products we apply like a sponge. So if you’re using products chock-full of synthetic ingredients and chemicals? That’s all being absorbed into your body and into your bloodstream.
Not to mention that if you have sensitive or maturing skin, irritation and dryness will only be exacerbated by chemical ingredients. Using clean products can reduce the sensitivity and irritation that comes hand in hand with synthetically derived ingredients.
By using a product with organically grown or wild ingredients, you are going to see far more vitamins, minerals, and beneficial compounds than what you would find in a synthetically derived ingredient. Just like eating organically, using natural, organic, or wild ingredients in your skin care offers exponentially more nourishment without compromising your healthy values.
The amazing thing about ingredients from nature is that, aside from being a safe alternative to chemical ingredients, they’re also highly effective! Natural products are essentially filled with active ingredients, whereas synthetic products are only about 5-10% active ingredients.
These are a few of my favorite all-natural ingredients to look out for in your skin care, especially if you have sensitive or mature skin.
5 All-Natural Ingredients for Sensitive, Aging Skin (That Actually Work!)
#1. Aloe vera
Few ingredients can quell dermal drought like this desert-savvy plant, and moisturizing is key for sensitive, aging skin. It also contains over 75 active nutrients which include amino acids, vitamins, minerals, polysaccharides, and enzymes. Aloe vera leaves skin supple, smooth, and nourished.
#2: Coconut oil
Organic coconut oil is incredible for restoring dehydrated, dry, flaky, and sensitive skin. It is among the richest natural sources of soothing Vitamin E and antioxidants on the planet. Not only is it moisturizing, but it also contains vitamins that help cleanse skin, unclog pores, and calm sensitivity.
This member of the daisy family contains flavonoids and carotenoids, which have a gentle and soothing effect on the skin. It can also alleviate the appearance of temporary redness and is packed with antioxidants that protect from environmental stressors.
#4. Life everlasting flowers
Life everlasting flowers contain fatty acids like ursolic and oleanolic, which are beneficial to your skin for several reasons – from hydration to antioxidant-rich fortification. They support skin health, brighten the skin’s appearance, and work well for sensitive, aging skin.
#5. Rose distillate
Rose distillate just sounds soothing, doesn’t it? This delicate, all-natural ingredient can calm and gently tone skin. Plus it’s ideal for skin sensitives and easing the look of temporary redness.
Do It Yourself – DIY Hydrating Face Mask!
The best thing about these all-natural ingredients is that you can locate them in just about any health food store, if you don’t already have them in your kitchen. If you’re looking to hydrate sensitive skin, this homemade mask is one of my favorite ways to do so.
This mask is best when skin is feeling dry, irritated, and parched. It helps infuse moisture and nutrients into the skin, while encouraging gentle revival, leaving skin smooth and soft.
Meet Annmarie Skin Care… And A Special Duo of Clean Beauty Products
You don’t need to expose yourself to toxic, allergy-triggering parabens, phthalates, perfumes, and synthetic preservatives in order to look and feel beautiful.
Don’t rely on factory-made chemicals or the next “biggest,” scientific skin care breakthrough (which is usually just a marketing hook). I believe nature knows best for your skin. That’s why I’m hooked on Annmarie Skin Care – they harness the power of nature, then get out of the way and let the results happen.
Their organic, wild-crafted herbs and ingredients, infused and extracted at low temperatures, are of the highest quality. If you’re ready to make the switch to clean skin care, Annmarie Skin Care wants to offer two of their bestselling products (with a money-back guarantee).
The products are two of my favorites: their pH-balanced Aloe Herb Cleanser and Anti-Aging Serum, a two-step, trial-sized beautifying routine formulated to transform your complexion back to a state of health and radiance naturally. And it only takes a week to see the difference.
We love the intention and efficacy behind the pH-balanced Aloe Herb Cleanser and ultra-hydrating Anti-Aging Facial Serum at Annmarie Skin Care, which proves that a plethora of natural, plant-based ingredients are ideal for sensitive skin. And because many of those very same ingredients carry soothing properties antioxidants, they’re perfect for mature, aging skin as well. Talk about a win-win, right?