"Love Your Skin" with DIY natural ingredients and skin care information from industry professionals"
Visit Yelp in Los Angeles and leading Esthetician Bonnie Ketring at The Skin Bar La
"I've has always been passionate about skin and hair care, as far back as I can remember. I try to be cautious when it comes to certain ingredients I use and ingredients I try to avoid. I also love to share my DIY mixtures with friends and family. My goal is to continue sharing my years of personal experience and knowledge from professionals in the field with tips and natural skin and hair care.
Below is a brief list of ingredients to steer clear of-
Sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate (wetting/foaming agent and surfactant), Toluene (solvent), FD&C Red 4 and 6 (coloring), Ethylene Oxide (bactericidal, fungicidal), Formaldehyde (preservative), Phthalates (plasticizers and softeners), Benzene (industrial solvent) Synthetic Frangrance (contain toluene and benzene) , Hydroquinone (depigmenting agent), Lead (toxic metal), Mercury (toxic metal), Oxybenzone (sunscreen agent), Parabens- methylparaben, Propylparaben (preservative), Polyethylene glycol (humectant and laxative), Mica (mineral dust), Triclosan (antibacterial andantifungal).
When unsure of an ingredient it's always best to research and use companies that are known for their knowledge and concern in keeping consumers and the environment safe.
Most of the chemical ingredients listed above are unsafe and extended exposure may increase developing certain cancers, reproductive, neurological, and hormone disturbance, as well as increase allergies.
Here is a brief list of healthy botanical oils safe for acne prone skin-
Many of us have a high concentration of Oleic oils ( Omega 9) from monounsaturated fats in our skins sebum because of our diet, as well as saturated animal fats. If we also use a natural botanical oil on or skin with these monounsaturated fats while also being deficient in the polyunsaturated fats (Omega 6 linoleic), we may have a greater incidence of an acne breakout. Linoleic Omega 6 oils are polyunsaturated fats found in grape seed, pumpkin seed, hemp seed, and safflower. Use these on your face to reduce acne the chance of an acne breakout and save the monounsaturated fats for your body, where there is less chance of breakout. The highest linoleic oils like rosehips seed work great on the face and it helps to even out skin tone and hyper-pigment areas. I mix it with grapefruit see oil because it helps preserve the oil from rancidity and I feel it improves the skins tone.
Here is a brief list of the best botanical oils to include into your anti-aging and wrinkle prevention-
I personally use a combination of grape seed, avocado, jojoba, and walnut oil under my eyes. These are a bit thicker so I avoid areas of my face that may breakout. Also, to reduce the thinning areas close to the eyes and bridge of nose, that tend to get a bit darker, I've been using a vitamin D3 and K2 liquid supplement around my eyes and it's working! I also take D3/ K2 internally. Vitamin K is popular and effective in skin care products to help strengthen capillaries to reduce dark circles.
Botanical oils to use on the body-
Botanical oils which are rich in monounsaturated fats like avocado, almond (high in vitamin K) and olive, as well as coconut, which is higher in saturated fat, work great on the skin of the body. These oils reduce the appearance of crepey skin and the skin also feels more hydrated. I use these oils with a massage roller a few times each week to help release the muscle fascia tissue to help reduce the appearance of cellulite.