We all have our own skincare routines, whether its super simple such as splashing on some water to clean our face or using a variety of different products. What is important is to clean out your bathroom cupboard with products that have toxic and harmful properties such as parabens, sulfates and synthetic fragrances. Safe and clean products make a lot of a difference when getting the best skincare benefits. Organic and natural botanicals give your mind ease knowing that you are putting healthy and safe products onto your body.
Confused on what these harmful ingredients are, let us explain:
Parabens: These are preservatives that keep bacteria and fungus from growing in shampoos, toothpaste, moisturizers and mascara. Laboratory studies have suggested that parabens can disrupt hormones in the body (Doreen Gentzler and Patricia Fantis NBC News 2019).
Sulfates: If you color your hair, you’ve heard of sulfates. They’re used to create foam,” Dr. Halachmi, a dermatologist says. The biggest concern is skin irritation. The longer you leave it on, the more irritating it can be,” she said. If it bothers you, look for products labeled sulfate-free (Doreen Gentzler and Patricia Fantis NBC News 2019).
Phthalates: These are chemicals found in perfume, hair spray and nail polish. They’re also in our food, water, plastic packaging, medications and toys. Like parabens, some phthalates are endocrine disruptors, according to lab studies, and can affect your hormones (Doreen Gentzler and Patricia Fantis NBC News 2019).
Your morning skincare routine
A simple and refreshing start to your morning can come with rinsing your face with warm water to get you alert and ready for the day. After splashing your face, this is the perfect time to exfoliate your skin and depending on the type of skin, oily, combination or dry you can use something soft like a towel rinsed with warm water or an exfoliating scrub to clean your skin and get it renewed. Next, pat your face dry and apply our CBD botanical cream that is perfect for any skin type, including sensitive skin. Green Gorilla’s botanical CBD face crème is completely natural and contains no parabens, sulfates or synthetic fragrances. Start with a dime-sized amount in your palm and rub on your face and neck. This will add moisture, hydration and provide a natural skin barrier from harmful environmental elements and can keep your skin locked in with plenty of moisture so you do not overproduce oil. Believe it or not, but blackheads and oily skin are signs that your skin needs more moisture. With a lack of moisture, your body can overproduce oil and clog your pores.
Your night skincare routine
Start by removing makeup or any products and simply wash your face with some room temperature water. Next, to open your pores take a warm towel that you’ve placed under water for a few seconds and lie it on your face for a few seconds, make sure the water is not boiling hot, so you don’t burn your skin. Check the water temperature to make sure you are comfortable with the heat. After washing off, it’s time to moisturize by massaging some CBD face crème to your face and neck gently. The collagen activating CBD face crème is a silky blend of rich, natural botanicals and beneficial ingredients that aid in reducing redness and minimize the signs of aging. Our cell-renewing, lightweight soft crème is infused with grape stem cell extracts and resveratrol to protect and provide essential nutrients to visibly firm skin, improve skin texture, tone, and repair skin cells for healthy, younger-looking skin. As your skin repairs itself overnight, it is the perfect time for hydration.
Natural homemade face masks to try
Homemade natural face masks are the perfect addition to your skincare routine and can be done 2-3 times a week in the evening or on the weekend when you want to get a few minutes of shut eye, listen to your music or relax. The following masks will help keep your skin glowing, smooth and hydrated in combination with a daily face crème.
Manuka Honey and Cinnamon for anti-microbial, acne healing and redness prevention
Take three tablespoons of manuka honey and one tablespoon of true cinnamon and mix both ingredients together. If you like the feeling of a semi-warm mask, place in the microwave for 20 seconds and then brush the mixture on your face for 5-10 minutes. Rinse the mask off and pat dry, then add the CBD face crème to lock in moisture.
Avocado and oat mask for hydration, calming redness and skin smoothness
Take ½ an avocado and a handful of oats and mix ingredients together. Start by brushing the mixture on your face for 5-10 minutes. Rinse the mask off and pat dry, then add the CBD face crème to lock in moisture.
Are you ready to try these natural skincare hacks?
Gentzler, D., & Fantis, P. (2019, November 19). Sulfates, Phthalates and Parabens: A Look at the Most Common Buzzwords in Beauty. Retrieved from https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/sulfates-phthalates-and-parabens-a-look-at-the-most-common-buzzwords-in-beauty/2152159/