Detox Your Moisturiser

February 26, 2014  |  Blog, Histamine Intolerance

I sometimes think of myself as a human test-tube. If you want to know what is skin-kind ask someone with a hyper-sensitivity disorder. Here I share how to detox your moisturiser.

In 2008, when I could not tolerate mass-market skincare, I launched one of the first natural anti-ageing skincare brands, which was wildly successful here in Australia. I soon realised I was not alone and women wanted natural skincare products that worked.

What I also found out was that skincare was not about the skin. Marketing had made it about an affordable treat to make us feel rather than look good. It was an emotional solution.

Whilst a moisturiser needs ONE ingredient (yes really one), marketers add pleasant-sounding, pleasant-feeling, pleasant-looking, and pleasant-smelling ingredients. Then because they have added ingredients they need to add more ingredients to preserve it. It is these marketing ingredients which are in fact problematic.

If you look at the ingredients of one of the highest selling mass-market moisturiser the ingredients list reads like this:

Cetyl PalmitateEmollient
Mineral OilEmollient
Cetyl AlcoholStabilizer
Glyceryl HydroxystearateThickener
Stearic AcidStabilizer
DimethiconeSlip Agent
Octyldodecyl MyristateEmollient
Potassium HydroxideAdjusts PH
Dmdm HydantoinPreservative
Isodopropyhyl ButylcarbamatePreservative
Tetrasodium EDTAChelating Agent
Acrylates//c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate CrosspolymerStabilizer
Red 4Colour

Few of those listed ingredients are about moisturising.

But if you have a hypersensitivity disorder you simply cannot afford to get your emotional solutions from slathering chemicals over your body. Skincare needs to be about skincare.

So now I am going to tell you what every manufacturer of skincare knows but doesn’t tell you about your moisturiser. Are you ready? Here it is.

You only need a cold-pressed plant oil. Thats it.

Here is why. A moisturiser needs to protect the skin and replace any moisture lost. It is the loss of moisture which causes the skin to “crack” and wrinkle.

The skin’s barrier, however, is designed to protect the skin. It is designed to be selective. It consumes skin-identical ingredients which mimic the skin’s own natural ingredients.

Scientists have established that Jojoba Oil is identical to the skin’s barrier. It forms a barrier on the skin to retain moisture within the skin. This makes Jojoba oil, regardless of your skin-type, an important inclusion in any skincare regime.

Scientists have also established that the skin is rich in omega fatty acids. Application of omega rich oils has been shown to penetrate and retain moisture within the skin. Importantly this is also omega 6, which paradoxically, works on the skin as an anti-inflammatory. This makes the inclusion of an omega rich oil important for ageing skin.

The following table analyses the fatty acid content of Jojoba Oil, along with the three most popular oils, Rosehip, Argan, and Moringa, currently all the rage in the skincare world.

Fatty AcidsJojobaRose HipArganMoringa  
Lauric Acid0trace02
Myristic Acid0trace0.20.9
Palmitic Acid113.611.612.5
Stearic Acid711.75.32.1
Arachidic Acid140.70.31.8
Monounsaturated Fatty Acids
Paomitoleic Acid0.1trace0.12.7
Oleic Acid6.713.445.275
Eicosenoic Acid0trace00
Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids
Linoleic Acid (Omega 6)0.343.635.91.3
Alpha-Linolenic Acid (Omega 3)
Fatty Alcohol

Rose Hip Oil contains a synergistic blend of omega rich fatty acids similar to that found in the skin’s sebum. It also is a rich source of Vitamin A, C, and E, making it an important inclusion in an anti-ageing skincare regime.  Whilst the exotic sounding Argan and Moringa Oils have recently hit the shelves these oils are not skin-identical.

When selecting Jojoba Oil or Rosehip Oil is it also important to ensure that the oil is cold pressed and has no added fragrances, essential oils, or ingredients.

In an effort to extract more oil than nature intended some manufacturers will extensively process the oils. These refined oils are often problematic as they may contain chemicals, have added synthetic anti-oxidants, and have altered properties.

It is also important to ensure that the oil is in either a metal or dark glass bottle. Oils can deteriorate in temperature or light or they will need added preservatives.

When using the oil, remember that it does not have any fillers, so less is more. I apply ONE drop onto the back of my hand which does my whole face. Whilst your skin may initially feel oily (because it is oil) after a few moments it is fully absorbed by the skin. If it feels oily beyond that too much has been used.

In case you are wondering if this works, I would simply say, that I am a 52 year old woman who lives in a semi-tropical climate, and I do not have one wrinkle. All I use is Jojoba Oil (in the morning) and Rosehip Oil (in the evening). It really is that easy.

Additional Reading:Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy and Massage, 4th Edition by Len Price with Ian Smith & Shirley Price Riverhead Publishing, ISBN 1 874353 02 6

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