Water Based Moisturizers

IMG_0518I’m the president of the fan club of face oils.  Since they are best applied on moist skin, my obsession for them matches well with my obsession for hydrosols.  But last winter I started needing some additional help with my dry skin, especially right around my lips.  Just like your lipstick rubs off in the course of the day, any product you’ve applied around the lip area can wear thin.  A sip of kombucha here, a mid-morning snack there, and even before lunch I’m unpleasantly dry.

I went searching for something I could dab on those especially dry spots throughout the day as needed, something quick and easy to apply that would sink right in.

These moisturizers all have a water and/or aloe base blended with very light oils, antioxidants, vitamins, various botanicals, etc.  They sink in fairly quickly, and work well applied alone, layered with an oil, or my favorite – mixed with a drop or two of oil first, then applied.  The method will all depend on your skin type and the season, of course.  Adjust as needed.

Blissoma Pure:  This “sensitive skin soothing complex” is my favorite.  It seems so quiet and unassuming with it’s simple name and unscented nature.  But the performance is impressive.  It’s got the perfect thick-but-not-too-thick texture, and is the best product I’ve tried for calming after hair removal.  Just a simple tweeze of the eyebrows can set my skin to complaining, never mind that darn upper lip area, and applying Pure lets me go on about my business without inflammation.  It mixes well with any oil for extra hydration, and won’t compete with other scents.  On its own, or mixed with an oil or balm, it is the best for moisturizing my extra dry spots.  I like the simple packaging – a glass bottle with a nice pump that lets you easily use just a bit if you don’t need a full pump.  ($25.99/oz)

Graydon:   This Canadian brand makes two of my honorable mention moisturizers.  The Putty is light in texture and lightly scented.  For this texture, it is remarkably moisturizing and reparative.  I recommend it if you want a light texture with a powerful anti-inflammatory punch, and enjoy just a suggestion of scent – from carrot seed, chamomile, and lavender EOs.  The Berry Rich Cream is more substantial in texture, but still doesn’t feel too heavy on the skin.  With no intentionally added scent, it gives one just a hint of berry from the blueberry and red raspberry seed oils. (each $29/1.7oz or 50ml)

Osmia Purely Simple Face Cream:  I’m not one for herbal generally, but this is nice – light and refreshing.  The texture is too light for my mature skin, but would be a great choice for normal to oily types, or those with issues of perioral dermatitis. ($60/1.7oz)

Have you tried these?  What’s your favorite water-based moisturizer?

We think you’re going to enjoy this one. You may know Sonja from her blog Life in Blush, where she talks about green beauty, health, and fashion. You’ll find some tried and true favorites in her routine, plus some new items to try—like the coffee she drinks! Want some.

Name: Sonja

Age: 32

City: Toronto, Ontario

Current weather: after a stint of Fall temperatures it’s back to hot and muggy!

Hair: long, wavy and thick

Skin: snow white fairness and for the most part balanced

Favorite star from the past: Vivien Leigh

I wish I was a morning person. My friend Ivona can wake up with little to no sleep and still be the most adorably cheerful person.  Me? I’m like the turtle in the race – give me time and I’ll eventually get there.

First thing I do is reach for my iPhone and check my email, twitter and facebook accounts. I know what you’re thinking, but my job (and I guess my generation?) has hardwired me to be connected, so until I feel like I’ve caught up with the world I can’t pass GO.

Once out of bed, I head to the kitchen and pour myself a big glass of water.  After squeezing half a lemon into it, and taking a few sips, I put on a pot of coffee. I discovered these organic, fair trade beans from Balzacs Coffee in the Distillery District of Toronto and now I can’t drink anything else! It truly is a hug in a cup. Ok, back to my lemon water.  After drinking about half the glass I then head to the shower. I usually shower every other day, so as to not strip my skin and hair of the oils that keep it hydrated.  I wash my hair with Yarok Feed Your Volume Shampoo, and then apply either Rahua (in the shower) or Yarok Feed Your Ends (after shower) conditioner. Using a bar of Hugo shea butter soap and a loofah I suds up my body, and if necessary I’ll apply a homemade body scrub (coffee grounds and coconut oil) to get rid of any areas that feel congested. Having cleansed with Province Apothecary Moisturizing Cleanser + Makeup Remover the night before, I gently wash my face with the Binchotan Charcoal Facial Puff. Face washed, hair and body rinsed I dry off and wrap my hair in a towel.

Spritz-spritz. Lightly scented and refreshing, Kahina Giving Beauty Toning Mist was a mid-summer discovery, and the perfect product to help my skin absorb the Lina Hanson Global Face Serum before applying the La Bella Figura Barbary Fig Seed Oil. Next up my body is treated to One Love Organics Rose Body Serum, and for extra dry areas I use Graydon Clinical Luxury By Nature The Balm. My lips get a dab of my homemade lip balm (lime + manuka honey!) and my hair, once out of its towel, is spritzed with a DIY sea salt spray from the ladies at La Bella Figura; the combination of the incredibly hydrating conditioner and the sea salt spray gives my hair the perfect soft-to-touch beachy look.

I grab the rest of my lemon water (waiting patiently for me in the kitchen) and head to the bedroom, where I apply earth science deodorant, Graydon Clinical Luxury By Nature Sun Cream, and figure out how to make myself presentable to the world.  Fully dressed and accessorized I head back to the bathroom to start on my makeup.

My makeup routine is fairly simple and I can usually do my morning look in about five minutes.  A green beauty convert for several years now, I start off by applying rms beauty un-cover up in #11 underneath my eyes and on my eyelids. I set the concealer, and proactively prevent shine from creeping up throughout the day with rms beauty ‘un’ powder. Next, I apply Kjaer Weis cream blush in ‘desired glow’ – using Sephora’s brush #54 – in the hollows of my cheeks, temples, jaw line for a healthy ‘just got back from capri’ glow (I’ve been very impressed with the staying power of this product and how natural it looks on my very fair skin!). To create cheekbone definition I dust Jane Iredale purepressed blush in ‘whisper’ to the apples of my cheeks and dab rms beauty living luminizer to the top of my cheekbone and around the small C area of my eye.  Tightlining my eyes with Pure +Simple eye crayon in ‘black opal’ and using Kjaer Weis eyeshadow in ‘pretty purple’ to line my top and bottom lashes,  I finish off with Kjaer Weis mascara and one of the following lip colours (depending on my mood that day!) – ‘neon angel’, ‘dress me up’, ‘peek a boo’ or ‘femme fatale’ by ILIA Beauty; ‘corvina’ or ‘velvet’ by BITE Beauty;, ‘soft peach’ by Jane Iredale; ‘illusive’ or ‘rapture’ by rms beauty .

Makeup on and hair pulled off my face, I have breakfast (greek yogurt, granola and berries), brush my teeth, grab my coffee mug and purse and head out to begin the day!

DIY lime + manuka honey lip balm? Yes please! Thanks for sharing, Sonja!

Meet Jessica! Her mention of the Konjac Sponge is kismet. (See yesterday’s post.) Plus, fall is around the corner and we feel like talking about makeup. This routine has it all.

Name: Jessica

Age: 27

Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada but on vacation in PEI

Current weather: sunny but cool… perfect summer weather

Hair: slightly wavy, fine and super thick

Skin: very pale, oily skin with some blemishes but mostly clear

Favourite star or icon from the past: Elizabeth Taylor

In the shower…

I’ve been slowly cleaning up my beauty regimen for the past 2 years and have only started using organic hair products for about 9 months. I have only used Dr. Jones organic shampoo and conditioner and am quite satisfied (I try not to wash my hair more than twice a week). I use an epilator instead of shaving, for water conservation, and regularly get my eyebrows threaded. I just finished a less than entirely clean body wash that I could not resist, as I picked it up at Kualoa Ranch on my travels to Oahu in May. I am only now looking into some really clean but delicious smelling body washes that won’t break the bank. Any suggestions?

Outside the shower…

I cleanse my face every morning with my awesome Konjac charcoal bamboo sponge and with Graydon The Cleanser at night; using May Lindstrom’s The Clean Dirt every other day before my shower.

I really hate tying up my hair since it gives me severe headaches (curse of super thick hair), but I also hate drying my hair with a blow drier since it damages it. I have started using John Masters citrus detangler to protect my hair from heat damage and when air drying, I love to add some argan oil to my ends. I do not use any other hair product since I really like keeping things simple and minimal. As for my face routine, all I can say is that my Konjac Sponge is the best thing in the world. I have managed to balance my oily skin by cleansing with my Konjac, along with using orange blossom hydrosol as a toner (wanting to now try Stark’s White Willow toner). After toning in the morning, I use Graydon’s The Serum after applying Nurish Organics’ See Spot Run, but if I feel that I need more moisture I use Nurish Organics’ Rejuven-eight Day Cream.

At night, I opt to use argan oil over See Spot Run and One Love Organics’ Skin Savior waterless beauty balm around my eyes for extra moisturization. To cap off my night routine, as lip protection I use Dr. Bronner’s naked lip balm as it stays on all night. Sometimes I also like to treat myself
with manuka honey masks when I feel my skin needs a little change in the routine.

Finishing touches…

I LOVE makeup and adore trying different things. However, I am very picky about the ingredients I use on my skin as I am allergic to peppermint oil. I normally do not wear much makeup (lip balm and concealer), except for when I go out for something significant or special. When I do doll up,   I use Gabriel’s black mascara, Lilly Lolo’s brown eye pencil, Vapour Organics illuminist concealer, Vapour Organics Mesmerize eye colours, Ferro cosmetics mineral foundation and 3X blush (which can be also used to give color to lips) and Dr. Bronner’s naked lip balm. For a dramatic color on my lips I have Korres’ lip butter in a reddish pink, but am looking to finish it up as quickly as possible since I do not find it to be as clean as I would like it to be. I also have Inica’s lip crayon in Blossom, but I do not like the texture on my lips. I would love to get my hands on some Kjaer Weis products, especially the lip tints as I’ve heard really great reviews. I also highlight some key areas of my face with Vapour Organics Halo in Brilliance. I top everything off with Erbaviva’s Jasmine grapefruit deodorant and Tallulah Jane’s Helona mist. I am still looking for the perfect deodorant, but am having some difficulty as I cannot use baking soda and as for perfume, I would love to find something that is more tropical for the summer, yet still affordable!

I am a huge skin care and makeup junky; loving trying out all the new products I can! Living in Canada, however, limits the brands I get to try as I refuse to pay over-the-top prices for shipping for any products. I really really want to try some stuff by Savvy Boheme, Jiva Apoha, La Bella Figura, and Kjaer Weis… I believe that changing up your beauty routine is always a good thing as skin becomes immune to products and stops being so effective over time. I hope you’ve enjoyed my morning/beauty routine!