Does Your Moisturizer Give You Separation Anxiety?

Years ago, before Kaiya Naturals was formed, my Aunt Sue gave me a moisturizer she made. I used it once or twice and then after over a year[1] I discovered that the oil had separated from the cream part.

Toasted cheese sandwich on beige plate
Why is my moisturizer melting like a grilled cheese?

This perplexed me. I had never seen this before and was inclined to throw it away. I officially had separation anxiety. I didn’t know what to do with it. Part of me thought it had gone bad. After all, none of my other moisturizes had ever done this. So I did what any normal person would do: I smelled it.

Smelling the moisturizer did nothing to help me solve my problem. Nothing. That’s because it still smelled like the moisturizer did when I first received it – hints of lavender and other stuff I couldn’t identify but knew to be from the natural world.

Since this moisturizer had been a gift from my Aunt, I kept it. I didn’t use it. I just kept it on the shelf until she visited and I showed it to her. She took one look at it and said it was fine. I looked at her like she was an alien. Then she used her finger to stir the oil back into the creamy part. It reminded me a lot like what I do to peanut butter when the oil separates from it.

But I was still skeptical. I eyed that little glass bottle of moisturizer for a couple more months before deciding to use it.  And use it I did. I used all of it. Especially on my elbows and feet. It was glorious. I chided myself for having doubted the moisturizer and my Aunt’s knowledge.

These days I find myself explaining away the same “separation anxiety” I had to my friends who use our products. As such, I thought you might have the same questions and concerns.

Imagine living in the bathroom year-round. Imagine the heat that fills the room for each shower. Now add the humidity factor. Next, we need to account for the fact that our moisturizes aren’t diluted. There are no fillers in them. There are no synthetic emulsifiers, thickeners, or stabilizers. Just real ingredients like olive oil, calendula, vitamin e, tamanu oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil, etc.

This means that the separation of the natural oils in normal. Especially if you store your moisturizer in your damp, hot, humid bathroom. Simply use your finger (or be diligent about germs and bacteria[2] and use a Popsicle stick, flossing stick, or utensil) to stir all the ingredients back together. It will only take a second.

Fridge with Note

You can also store your moisturizer in the refrigerator. In addition to helping prevent the oil separation, the added advantage of this is it will give you a cool burst and help wake up your face. If you’re into that kind of thing (I’m not) and don’t mind applying your moisturizer in the kitchen (I do) or explaining that not everything in the refrigerator is edible to your family (I say skip the explanation and see what happens).

All this is my long way of saying that I hope your moisturizer gives you separation anxiety! That means the ingredients are natural! At least it does if the label on it says Kaiya Naturals.

Stay natural,

Jessica Rick

 

[1] You are not supposed to keep our moisturizers for this long. We suggest using them in six months or less. Don’t be like me.

[2] I’m not diligent (aka anal) about this stuff; I use my finger, but I respect people who use an implement to stir their moisturizer.

 

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.

Do You Know What is Growing in Your Pores?

I’ve never been a “girly-girl.” It’s just not in my DNA. So once I finally got around to actually wearing makeup on a daily basis, I seldom took the time to wash it off before I went to bed. That’s right. During my twenties and early thirties, I slept with my make up on.

Sleeping woman in bed
This woman has NO IDEA what gunk is lurking in her pores as she sleeps in her makeup.

Mostly it was for two reasons: First it seemed like one more chore to do before I could actually go to sleep. Second, I don’t like it when water drips down my arms at the sink. Truly, it bothers me. I’m certain it’s got something to do with the parts of my personality that lean towards the obsessive compulsive end of the spectrum.

These days I seldom wear make-up more than three or four times a year. But when I do, I am adamant about washing it off before I go to bed.  Here’s why:

  • There are small, itsy-bitsy tiny little oil glands that line your eyelashes. The lubrication they provide keep your eyes healthy. Not removing makeup can clog and/or inflame these glands due to makeup particles like wax, pigment, minerals, and particles.
  • Makeup can cause oxidative damage which affects collagen and elastin negatively resulting in more wrinkles and saggy skin (something no one wants, but we all must address).
  • Makeup  most likely contains irritants like dyes and/or perfumes that can be especially harsh for people with sensitive skin. But even without sensitive skin, makeup residue, particles, dyes, and perfumes won’t do your pores any favors. Dermatologists have been known to find makeup products in pores and between dead skin flakes. Sometimes when they do facial skin biopsies (which sound like zero fun), they discover mites, yeast, and bacteria in the pores. Ick. And more ick.

However, I am just now learning that I need to wash my face twice a day regardless of whether or not I am wearing any makeup. Apparently, at the end of the day, your face is full of oil, dead cells, airborne chemicals, dirt, and allergens. Plus, these things can cause oxidative damage, which can result in wrinkles.

Are you thinking what I am thinking? That everything results in wrinkles? Because it sure seems that way.  And now in less than four paragraphs you have learned that I have completed two beauty blunders (i.e. wrinkle makers) in my skin’s history – not washing my face at night when I have makeup on and not washing my face at night when I don’t have makeup on it.  Sigh.

Woman washing her face in the bathroomSo the moral of the story is to wash your face twice a day. When you do this make sure you use a cleanser, not a soap, that is suited for your skin type and needs (i.e. oily, dry, normal, acne-prone, etc.).

At the very least, use a toner. This is especially helpful for people like me that think washing my face at night gets too messy (i.e the water drips down my arms to my elbows!) or takes too long. Toner is my best friend. Plus, I think it’s cool to see all the dirt and debris on the cotton ball after I’ve splashed toner on it and run it over my face. (I can’t be the only one that enjoys this, can I?) (In case you are wondering, I also get a kick out of looking at my used pore strips.)

Once your face is clean, apply a moisturizer/serum so it can do all things good. Use a moisturizer or serum that assists you in the areas that you want to target (i.e. wrinkles, acne, dark spots, dryness, dull skin, irritated skin, rosacea, oil-balancing, etc.). Your skin’s health and appearance depend on it.

Stay natural,
Jessica

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.

 

Natural Antioxidants to the Rescue

The words “antioxidants” and “free radicals” are thrown around all the time. I’m even guilty of doing some of that throwing, which is why I thought it might be a good to talk about what these words mean with regard to your skin. Put simply –  free radicals are bad and antioxidants are good.  Let me elaborate.

Free radicals are unstable incomplete atoms that are always trying to stabilize
themselves. They do this by stealing electrons from your other atoms. Sometimes the atoms they steal come from your skin which results in the following elements familiar signs of aging skin:

  1. Brown spots
  2. Broken blood vessels
  3. Loose and saggy skin
  4. Wrinkles

You may  think the best way to avoid this type of skin damage is to eliminate your exposure to free radicals. The problem is free radicals are unavoidable because they result from pollution (i.e. smog, dust), cigarette smoke, stress, and the sun (UV rays are so bad!). You can’t get away from them.

The best course of action is to arm yourself with topical antioxidants. portrait of woman in bathroom applying moisturizing creamObviously, a diet rich in antioxidants (i.e. tomatoes, grapes, green tea, citrus fruit, etc.) is a smart companion solution too. That way your body is rich in antioxidants from the inside out and the outside in.

The reason you want to make antioxidants a part of your skin regiment is because they are givers. They literally donate their own electron so the free radical doesn’t have to steal one from an atom in your skin.How Antioxidant Works Against Free Radicals. Antioxidant Donates

The natural antioxidants to look for in a moisturizer or hand cream are vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin C.  When talking about topical antioxidants it is important to be aware that just adding them to a cream doesn’t mean that they will penetrate through your skin. The carrier oils used as a delivery system are very important because they’ll determine whether the antioxidants can get through the outer layer your skin and permeate to where the living cells reside.

Plus, you need make sure the delivery system ingredients are not synthetic chemicals that can disrupt your hormones or cause other ailments. The goal is to get as much good stuff into your body as possible while avoiding any bad stuff.

One of the moisturizers we make that is effective at delivering antioxidants to skin so you can preserve your youth just a wee bit longer or at least slow the aging process is our Chickie Gold Moisturizer for Dry and/or Mature Skin.

It is chock full of antioxidants and the delivery mechanism ensures they break through the skin barrier to get to your cells. We use olive oil and tamanu oil as the transporters. Olive oil has squalene in it which enhances the ability of other emollients and humectants to penetrate the skin. Tamanu oil is known for its rapid absorption qualities.

natural antioxidants.jpgThe natural antioxidants in this moisturizer are plentiful:

  • Chickweed has vitamin C in it.
  • Shea butter is loaded with vitamins A and E. Psst…it also offers UV protection right around the SPF 6 level which is great since the sun causes free radical damage.
  • Coconut oil is also chock full of vitamins A and E.
  • We even have straight vitamin E (tocopherols) as an ingredient because it’s so powerful when it comes to protecting cells and making collagen and elastin.
  • Lavender essential oil adds these antioxidants to this powerful moisturizer: glutathione, catalase, and superoxide dismutase.

One of the benefits of using natural ingredients is being able to take advantage of their complementary nature which often boosts their benefits. In this case, research has shown that vitamin A and vitamin E are more powerful when used in tandem; their antioxidant properties are stronger together than apart.  And when it comes to signs of aging, I think we can all agree that we’ll take any boost we can get. Especially if it’s an effective and natural one.

Stay natural,

Jessica

 

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.