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I don’t know if you’re experiencing an unusually tough winter like the one that’s been ravaging Northern California since last November. Even though the temperatures continue to hover above average, the insane amounts of rain falling on my area means fewer days outside, and more time spent inside with heaters blowing. As a result, my skin is noticeably drier and overall more sensitive. (Undoubtedly my skin is also drier due to my advancing years, but that’s another topic for another time.)

While I still haven’t embraced the oil cleansing technique using plain coconut oil, I do understand the science behind it, and I agree with many beauty experts that oil is the best and gentlest way to cleanse and moisturize your skin. Of course, human skin responds better to some oils than others, so I recommend always using plant oils over unnatural oils, such as mineral oil which is derived from petroleum products. Most people with mature and/or very dry skin seem to do well with pure coconut oil as their cleanser. If you’re like me with regular oily patches and prone to breakouts, something gentler and lighter like almond or sesame oil works well.

That said, because I’m a product junkie, I like to use products someone else makes for me to–including my oil cleanser. (As always, I only use all-natural products free of parabens, petroleum-based ingredients, phthalates, glycols, and other irritating, hormone-disrupting or toxic ingredients.)

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My favorites right now are Marie Veronique Replenishing Oil Cleanser and Weleda Soothing Cleansing Lotion/Almond (shown above). For nighttime moisturizing, I love Marie Veronique’s Rejuvenating Night Oil (also shown above). Like all MV products, it smells amazing, is completely natural and free of any toxic ingredients, and it absorbs beautifully. You can apply it over your other serums or treatments, such as retinoids and Vitamin C serums.

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Protect your lips with one of RMS’s tinted lip shines. They’re super moisturizing and completely natural and non-toxic as well. I like the shade “Honest,” (shown above) because it gives a subtle bit of peachy-pink color, which helps gently brighten the winter pale face most of us have right now.

You can moisturize your body with coconut oil as well, or if you’re bothered by the slightly greasy feel you get after applying, simply melt some in between your palms with your regular lotion. You can also use coconut oil to moisturize dry locks by either massaging some into hair and scalp at least 20 minutes before you shampoo, or by working a small amount into the ends of your hair before or after you’re doing styling it.

 

Happy moisturizing!

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One of my favorite skincare lines, and the maker of my absolute favorite all-natural, mineral sunscreens, is offering two Valentine’s Day specials.

Enter promo code roses to receive 20% off your entire order, or spend $100 and receive a 2 oz. bottle of Marie-Veronique’s Anti-Aging Body Oil ($36 value) using promo code valentine.

To order Marie-Veronique products click favorite.

To read my initial review of Marie-Veronique Organic’s Kid Safe Screen SPF 25 and their Moisturizing Face Screen SPF 30, click here.

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Hurray!

As an update to my earlier blog, “The Best Natural Sunscreens for Kids,” the maker of my favorite sunscreen for adults has just released a sunscreen for kids.

Marie-Veronique–a mother-daughter team producing completely natural skincare in Berkeley, CA–is now selling Kids Safe Screen, SPF 25 ($24 for 2.7 oz). Just like her “adult” sunscreen products, this product uses non-micronized (i.e., non-nano) zinc oxide, which is considered the safest, most-effective broad spectrum blocking ingredient available. (Note: Marie-Veronique is a former chemistry teacher and her daughter is a physicist.)

Because it is brand new, I have just ordered a bottle and cannot comment on its formulation, application, etc. However, the Marie-Veronique Moisturizing Face Screen, SPF 30 ($40 for 2 oz), which I use daily, is by far the best natural sunscreen I have found (and I have tried nearly everything out there!). Regarding the later, it is quite liquid so you don’t need a huge dollop, and it leaves a elegant matte finish. There is a slight “casper” factor when you first apply it, but within 10-15 minutes (i.e., by the time I finish my morning routine and head to the kitchen for breakfast), it has completely absorbed.

I cannot say enough good things about this line, and can’t wait to try this new sunscreen for kids.

Safe sunning!

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