Background Facts On Each Step:
African Black Soap, for a really natural cleaning product; see my detailed article.
Witch Hazel for a toner, is high in tannins, good for astringency-- tightening pores and removing excess oil, also acts as a natural, green cleaner.
Aloe Vera Gel, has been used for thousands of years for skin care. “Fresh is Best”, see yesterday’s post on directions.
Aloe Vera is rich in anti-oxidants, which are known for their anti-aging properties. It has anti-inflammatory properties, anti-bacterial properties, and heals the skin without leaving scars.
It also acts as a natural cleaning product, removing old cells, cleaning the pores, and stimulating new cell growth.
Because Aloe is a succulent, it helps to maintain the natural moisturizing agents in the skin -- helping retard natural evaporation and drawing moisture from the air around us. Aloe Vera gel heals the skin from acne, thanks to the sulfur and salicylic acid found in it; both are used topically to treat acne.
Tea Tree Oil used again for thousands of years, fights bacteria, and is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and anti-microbial against cuts, burns, bites, and a host of skin ailments, including acne.
Olive Oil also has been used for cosmetic care for thousands of years. It is also a good source of vitamin E and other antioxidants, which not only protect and rejuvenate your skin, but the special fats in olive oil cause deep, long-lasting moisturizing.
Water is the simplest form of "moisturizing", which by definition literally means “to add moisture”. Drinking a sufficient amount of water throughout the day helps the skin preserve a necessary moisture balance--65% to 90% of our bodies are water, not drinking regularly depletes that balance quickly.
Sunscreen every day needs to be part of your regime before going out to prevent premature aging from the sun, and protect from skin cancer.
Alba’s Aloe & Green Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer (Found at Herbtraders on Sidebar)
Hawaiian Skin Care (The description from their website)
Signature ingredient: This oil-free, daily moisturizer infuses the skin with rejuvenating aloe vera, one of the world's most perfect substances for skin-repair, and green tea, a powerful antioxidant which protects from free radical damage, has anti-inflammatory properties and repairs and strengthens.
Product description: Certified organic aloe vera, green tea antioxidants and oil-free humectants absorb instantly to replenish essential nutrients and protect skin against dehydration for a soft, healthy, luminous complexion.
Features and benefits: A potent blend of aloe vera, green tea, hibiscus, cucumber, and organic mango and shea butter, this intensive moisturizing system quickly penetrates the skin, healing, toning and smoothing without residual oiliness.
Who should use this product? Light and oil-free, this moisturizer is perfect for all skin types, though it's especially useful for people who have trouble tolerating heavier moisturizers.
Price: 14.09 for 3 ounces.
Check out Alba’s herb and ingredient glossary on their website: A complete guide to the benefits, properties and sources of their ingredients.