Laurie Lombardi’s Healthy Skincare Tips

Are you taking the right steps to care for your skin? A good skincare regimen with a healthy lifestyle is the best way to slow the signs of aging. The skin is the body’s largest organ, why not make sure you are taking good care of it?

The Truth About Skincare Products

There are growing concerns about preservatives in health, skincare, and cosmetics.
 
Parabens, synthetic preservatives found in most skincare products, may exert serious adverse health effects including hormone disruption, organ system toxicity, reproductive toxicity, and infertility. What worries public health advocates is that while individual products may contain limited amounts of Parabens within safe limits set by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) cumulative exposure to the chemicals from several different products could be overloading our bodies and contributing to a wide range of health problems.

The problem with standard skincare is the FDA doesn’t need to approve what ingredients are added to personal care products. If a company says an ingredient is safe, that’s basically deemed good enough. That’s why I use all-natural essential oils and ingredients in my skincare products.

Lock in Moisture: Hydration, Hydration, Hydration

There are quite a few humectants and Hyaluronic Acid is one of them, which is why we use it in our Eye Care Cream. The reason we like to “add” humectants to our moisturizing creams is due to its ability to attract water like a magnet.

Hyaluronic Acid is one such ingredient; that locks moisture onto the surface of the skin, keeping it healthy and moist. This ingredient can hold anywhere between 600 and 1000 times its own weight in water, perfect for dry or dehydrated skin. We only use Pure Pharmaceutical Grade Hyaluronic Acid in our products.

Hyaluronic Acid

Everyday Skin Health

Because of its greasy nature, oil is the black sheep of the beauty world. But just as there are good oils for your skin the right natural oils can keep your skin moisturized, smooth, and glowing. It can even fight breakouts- without any slimy residue.

A more modern approach to skincare is to use oil to our advantage: fight oil with oil. The right combination plant, botanical & essential oils have become increasingly popular in the past decade because they provide a natural way to take care of your skin. It’s a total myth that you cannot use oil-based products to treat oily skin. In fact, oil dissolves oil and can be quite effective in treating oily skin.

Here’s another fact, they also have hydrating properties that make them appropriate for dry and sensitive skin, too!

Argan Oil

Some oils are heavier than others such as olive oil, Argan Oil when blended with the right combination of other oils, can work well. Tip: never use essential oils directly on your skin, they can be too concentrated and wind up irritating the skin.

Here’s why we use this amazing and nourishing oil in our BoTAM Moisturizer.

A lot of brands that advertise using Argan Oil (Moroccan Oil) are filled with silicone, artificial preservatives, dyes, fragrance and contain little actual Argan Oil. Argan Oil is produced from the nut of the Argan tree which only grows in Southwestern Morocco.

Argan Tree

Pure Argan Oil is an unprocessed oil and the nuts are hand-cracked between two stones, a technique they have used for centuries. Instead of being put through a machine, the raw kernels are hand-extracted from the hard shell, hand kneaded and then cold-pressed into the oil.

Argan Oil is chock full of Essential Fatty Acids, Antioxidants, Vitamins, (especially Vitamin A & E) and minerals that promote your overall health by moisturizing, softening as well as protecting your skin from sun damage free of harmful toxins and parabens.

Making Skincare the Old Apothecary Way

Message in a Bottle! L- Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) is not only necessary for collagen production and maintenance, but it is also a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals in the skin. For example, when atoms are taken away from molecules in the skin, it causes damage to our skin’s DNA that can speed along skin aging.

We use 20% pure Ascorbic Acid in our Vitamin C Cream. When added to your daily skincare routine Vitamin C provides a range of benefits, from evening-out your skin tone, shielding skin from the visible impacts of pollution, significantly improving hydration, and keeping your skin looking younger, longer!

Look for more skincare tips next time.

 

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