Moving Towards A Greener Complexion — Facial Moisturizer
Though it may appear I’ve gone silent on my move to a greener complexion, this is not the case.
I’ve been quiet because I wasn’t sure how to report my findings.
My previous posts– on lip balm, body moisturizer and facial cleanser — were baby steps. I was playing it safe with products I knew would minimally effect my routine. I think we can all attest that rarely does someone complain of lip balm wreaking havoc.
Facial moisturizer, however, is another story.
To swap out a product that’s been giving good results doesn’t feel natural.
Especially since I’ve got incredibly-sensitive-breakout-prone-skin. I need to be super-careful with what I apply on my face.
Since starting on Skinceuticals Daily Moisture about a year ago, things have been relatively calm on the facial front. Unfortunately, when I recently checked out the ingredients — it didn’t fare so well. Retinyl palmitate and parabens = a high score in toxicity. And with this type of moisturizer living on the skin, it’s kind of gross.
After much procrastination (and my supply running out), I decided to pull out the big guns and make the switch. My research led to Juice Beauty Oil-Free Moisturizer. Oil free was the way for me to go with my combination-yet-still-oily skin.
Upon application, it feels heavy — a teeny bit greasy, even. So the fact that it’s oil-free is a bit of a mystery. But because it’s winter and the air is so dry, I don’t mind it at all. Perhaps in the summer I’d feel different.
The issue is my face started to break out. Big time.
I’d wake up with a zit over on my cheek.
It would clear up after a few days then BOOM!
Another would pop up on my chin.
This continued for weeks.
Dissatisfied, I took the wait + see approach before completely writing it off; realizing there could be an adjustment period.
It’s been over a month of using this product, and it’s going much better.
I am getting flakiness around my nose which I’m wondering is due to the oil-free factor. I just make sure to apply extra in this area.
But the breakouts are more infrequent. Today, I don’t have any.
Toxcity-wise, this product is fantastic. It’s all clean ingredients.
In the summer, the greasiness may be too much. Plus, I’ll want to consider the sunscreen version — which adds in a whole other component of unknowns.
For now, I’ll stick with what I’ve got.
Oh also, since my last post on the subject, I’ve learned a lot about #safecosmetics (which I will definitely share.) It’s such a huge mountain to climb, to go totally green. I am committed to making the change. But I will say, it’s not easy. Though once waking up to this topic, there’s no going back. It’s hard to turn a blind eye when I know the danger that’s involved.
Do you have a facial moisturizer you trust and love?