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August 12, 2012

How to get the most out of your natural skin care

The beauty of switching to 100% natural skin care is that you no longer have to think about all the nasties you're depositing onto your face and body on a daily basis - but this comes with a caveat.
Although the natural skin care on the market today is extremely advanced in terms of performance and the look and feel of the products, the fact remains that without synthetic preservatives, they usually don't last as long as their mass-produced synthetic counterparts.
Most of the time, the shelf life of a natural skin care product is longer than it would take you to use up the product - but there are still a few rules you should follow to make sure your products stay as fresh and effective as possible for as long as possible.

1. Keep it cool.
Many natural skin care products lack the ingredients found in synthetic products that 'hold' the product together. A good example of this is our Raw Gaia range of products. All the Raw Gaia moisturisers are made with a beautiful blend of essential oils, teamed with cocoa butter.
Ideally, they should be solid but malleable - so that you can scoop some out and warm it in your fingers before applying. But if left in a warm environment, they can 'liquify' - that is, turn to liquid. Cooling the product again can cause it to become separated, so that the ingredients are not mixed as they should be.
For the product to perform in the way it was designed, it needs to be kept cool - and this is the same for many natural skin products.

2. Keep it dry.
This applies especially to those products that come in powder form; for example, our Mokosh Face Cleansing Powder or Raw Gaia Face Packs. Designed to be mixed with water before applying, it's tempting to keep these products in the shower - but be careful here.
One of the reasons natural facial masks are created this way (in powder form) is to avoid the need for preservatives. Bacteria need water - so removing the water from a product removes the need to add preservatives. So, once you get water (even a drop!) in your jar of powder mask, it's only a matter of time before the product begins to go off.
Our tip is to apply such products before you get in the shower. Take a heaped teaspoon-full of powdered mask and mix it in a bowl with equal parts water. Apply to your face, then jump in the shower.

3. Make sure your products are working together.
Most natural skin care products say something on the label like, 'follow with our *insert brand name* toner and moisturiser' - or, 'for best results, team with our other *insert brand name* skin care products'.
Skin care doesn't have to be this regimental - you can mix and match, and use a cleanser, toner and moisturiser from three different natural skin care ranges. However, you need to be sure that the products you're using compliment each other.
It's no use using three different products all designed for dry skin if the end result is an oil-slick complexion! It may be that you only need to address dryness with one product, and target other skin care issues during the rest of your regime.
The key here is to ask questions. Here at Eve Organics, we provide free personalised skin care consultations - no catches! Simply send us an email and tell us what your skin type is, your current skin care routine, and what specific issues you wish to address - and we'll send you a complete, comprehensive skin care regime, complete with personalised advice and recommendations.
This way, you'll know that the combination of products you choose will achieve the desired results. We know our skin care ranges like the back of our hands - so use us to your advantage!

Do you have any tried & tested tricks to help you get the most out of your natural skin care products? Let us know - we'd love to hear them!
.... Until next time xx

Jon Cattivera

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