“I use and have chosen only waterless products for my post. One Love Organics is based on waterless skincare, and all of our products are waterless except for our gel cleanser.”
You’ve gotta love a woman who practices what she (and her company) preaches.
While some marketing gimmicks of the past may have told you to “just add water,” Suzanne would rather you use just pure, beautiful ingredients that really penetrate the skin and deliver exactly what it needs: results.
Think about it: The less water included in the product = the more room for the effective ingredients that actually cost a pretty penny — and work!
“I have seen the biggest improvement in my fussy, breakout-prone skin since I eliminated water-based products that contain preservatives and emulsifiers,” Suzanne says. “Cosmetic emulsifiers are usually (soap-based) surfactants. When used in cleansing gel or shampoo, emulsifiers do not pose much of a problem because they are washed off during use.”
However, when moisturizing is the goal, Suzanne says that water-based/emulsion preparations found in skin treatments tend to interfere with the natural restorative function of the skin.
“The water-based ingredients in the product evaporate, while the oil-based ingredients are absorbed, leaving the emulsifiers on the skin’s surface,” Suzanne says. “These alkaline, soap-like substances then combine with the lipid content of the skin, removing precious oils the next time we wash. Moreover, their alkalinity disturbs the natural pH balance of the skin (which is slightly acidic), leaving it more susceptible to microbial growth.”
In an effort to rebalance, the skin may then overproduce natural oils and sebum as it fights to re-establish its natural state, she says. Because of this, Suzanne points out that inflammation and irritation can develop, and the end result can be dry, blemished, irritated and/or prematurely aging skin.
“I am very careful now and cognizant of all the products I use during each step of the way,” she says. “I notice that when I don’t use waterless products, the redness, irritation and breakout return. So enjoy my selection of concentrated and waterless products.”
As usual, the products I also use and love are starred.
Suzanne’s Favorite Beauty Products
“I love multi-tasking products, and this one is for lips and cheeks. It is a ginger and bronze color that leaves a subtle gold shimmer and feels so perfect for summer time.”
If I am headed out into the sun or have a long day outside planned with my boys who are 5 & 6, I use Vivesana Sunscreen. I put on *Morning Glory Complexion Brightening Booster first and then the sunscreen (which, being waterless, it is rather thick), and it glides on effortlessly.
I take this supplement every single morning. Supporting your thyroid can really help with dryness and loss of radiance in the skin.
I love this subtle but sparkly gold lip color. I also have to line my lips so I use Primitive’s lip liner in Corsica. It is a great neutral berry color and because I don’t often reapply lipstick, I like to use this to fill in my lips and apply a bit of the Taj Mahal or Cheekie Lip Shine over it.
I love this limited edition scent from Vapour Organic Beauty. It is unusual, but I love the green, woody scent of it—it is very warm and seductive. Oil-based scents also tend to last a long time and mix beautifully with the skin.
I also rarely wear any eye makeup but when I am going out, I will sometimes brush a bit of h.wood beauty’s eyeshadow on under my brows to (hopefully) give my face a refreshed look.
I love our new Discover size balm. I have balm stashed everywhere now. I use the balm literally for everything — my face, hands and hair get a liberal dose daily. Cleansing with the balm has literally changed my (formerly) oily and blemished skin.
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