How to Choose the Best Natural Skin Care System

Donna asks…What is the best natural cruelty-free skin care line?  I’m looking for something that has no mineral oil or petroleum products and great for sensitive skin.  Something not expensive would be fabulous too! I particularly need something that is good for oily/combination skin that has problems with eczema and dry patches.

Admin answers:   Last year I met a nurse practitioner at a seminar whose skin was absolutely perfect.  I remarked on it and she confessed that she had suffered from rosacea (redness with blotches and chronic breakouts) for years until she started using Physician’s Formula talc free Mineral Wear.

Start off with a clean face, not dried out, not moisturized necessarily, just clean.  I suggest washing with a mild soap–no washcloths, scrubbies or “scrubs”– then patting dry with a fresh clean cloth, then wiping off with a 50/50 mix of rubbing alcohol and witch hazel. Let your skin dry.

There is a technique to using this sort of makeup–first you load the brush.  I get as much of the powder loaded into the applicator brush as I can, then tap the brush gently on the side of the container to get off the stuff that will fall off before I can get it to my face anyway.  Then I “scrub” the brush gently in a circular motion, starting with the redder areas and finishing on the areas which are not so red. The result is a fairly flawless finish.

I apply it in good light, leaning over the bathroom sink so any powder that falls off doesn’t land on my clothes.  I also use a makeup sponge, or clean finger tips to pat it into any places where the application wasn’t very even, and also to blend it into my hairline.

I believe the reason why the talc free mineral makeup is good for sensitive skin is, 1) having no oil or goo in it, it covers without suffocating your skin, 2) since it is minerals only, there is no place for bacteria to live so unless you get something in it, it stays clean, and 3) it is basically what nature would dust your face with, if you were outdoors!

It couldn’t be more natural….  And I guess you can tell that I’ve been using it too.  As long as I use it, no bumps.  If I skip several days, or try something different, I get a breakout.  My daughter gave me some lovely Mary Kay age prevention cleansers and moisturizers and it took me two weeks to clear up the pimples!  Back to my minerals only, my skin is again clear and healthy looking.

The price is right too–I have been using one container of powder nearly every day for six months, and there is still about 80% of the powder left.  No need for the expensive stuff on the TV, it is the same (minerals are minerals!), and if you buy it locally, you can return it if the color or the product isn’t right for you.

Nancy asks…I have VERY sensitive Irish skin…what is the best way to take care of acne?  My skin is really prone to acne but using the normal acne products with salycilic acid or benzol peroxide are too harsh for it and make my skin irritated and start peeling. Does anyone know of anything or any product that’s more gentle on your skin but can still control acne?

Admin answers:

  • Apply orange peel paste on and around the pimples
  • Apply garlic on and around the pimples to remove it without a mark
  • Zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin B and Vitamin E are the best nutrients to cure the acne. So take a balanced diet full of nutrients and vitamins
  • Mix lime juice and rose water in equal proportion. Apply it on affected areas and allow it to dry for 10 minutes

Even after the treatment, acne leaves scars. Excellent home remedies to remove acne scars are listed here. Follow these tips to get rid of the acne scars.

  • Rub ice cubes on face for 10 minutes to tighten the pores.
  • Cucumber juice can also be used to tighten the pores. Apply it and allow it to dry for 10 minutes.

Mandy asks…What hair removal wax works best for sensitive skin?  I need a hair removal cream or wax that works well for sensitive skin that I won’t have an allergic reaction to. I heard that Nair was really bad for people with allergies to lotions and skin care products. I need one that will work for legs and the bikini area. If anyone has any advice it would be much appreciated.

Admin answers:  Nair is really bad, but Veet is better for you.

Linda asks…what skin care product would be best for me?  I’m 13 years old and have noticed little breakouts appearing on my forehead and around my nose lately. They started out small but every once in a while a huge zit will appear on my face. I tried using the Clean and Clear products like clean and clear morning burst a month ago and after one use my skin started to peel! What skincare product will keep the blemishes off my face and still be sensitive enough on my skin???

Admin answers:  Hi there, I started making soaps several years ago because my daughter had the same problems. Check out www.jksoapworks.com and look for Cassie’s blend. It is made with grape seed oil with tea tree and rosemary essential oils.

Laura asks…Best skin care routine?  Hello all. I need some pointers on what brands and products I should use. What are the best brands you have used for skin care on your face? I have dry/sensitive skin and large pores. I tend to breakout a few times a year on my chin and forehead. Also I have a lot of blackheads on and around my nose.  If you could give me some advice it would be much appreciated!

Admin answers:  The best non-prescription facial products that I have found are made by Neutrogena.  I have super sensitive skin and it is hard to find products that are not too harsh or drying.  I use the Acne Stress Control Face Wash and Cream.  The face wash has micro-scrubbers, which are great for blackheads.  Make sure you scrub until it tingles.  I also use their moisturizer during the day.  It is not oily and doesn’t cause breakouts.

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