Here are my favorite hair and skin care products for September. Since moving back to the United States I have more access to hair products. However, my product use is still very simple and I haven’t over indulged. When I try something new I will keep you posted. For now my main products consist of natural oils and butters, but I do enjoy trying different deep conditioners occasionally.
My skin care regimen is very simple, as I’ve learned less is definitely more when it comes to my skin. Here is my favorite blog for skin care: vitalivesfree.com. It is filled with great advice on maintaining an all-natural skin care routine, with very simple methods and minimal products.
Choose a natural or organic brand that contains no alcohol. I am currently using the Heritage brand. I spritz my face with rosewater in the mornings. It is refreshing and invigorating. Rose water has many healing properties and is hydrating. It works well as a moisturizer and a toner.
I use the Aura Cacia brand. Rosehip oil is a great facial oil, as it is moisturizing and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. I use this along with rosewater. I spritz my face and neck with rosewater then apply the rosehip oil while my skin is still damp. I wipe the excess oil and water away with a round cotton pad. This is a great way to ensure your skin is moisturized but does not get coated with excess oil. The rosewater hydrates and is sealed with the oil, in the same way we use oil to seal the moisture for our hair. This method ensures that the pores only take in the amount of oil needed. So instead of having a shiny face, which is what most people fear with oil, it will give your skin a healthy glow. This works well for women who don’t like to wear foundation on an everyday basis.
Eco Lips ~ Eco tints
This is a natural lip moisturizer that comes in different colors. It gives the lips a slight tint of color. Great for everyday use, especially if you are not wearing much makeup but still want a little color on your lips. It is not as heavy as lipstick and the color does not last as long, but it is visible. The sugar-plum color is my favorite and this is a fair-trade brand.
Sweet Almond Oil
I’m currently using the Molivera Organics range. Great as a body oil, either alone or mixed with other oils. It works well after showering and applying while the skin is still damp. This will lock in the moisture and the excess is removed as you pat dry your skin with a towel. I also do the oil cleansing method once a week and use three-quarters of sweet almond oil with one-quarter castor oil. I also use it in my hair as a sealant occasionally.
The Now Solutions brand of castor oil is currently one of my favorites. I like the consistency and thickness of castor oil. I apply it to the ends of my hair when styling. I don’t think it miraculously grows your hair as some have claimed. However, it is a thicker and heavier oil, which works well for thick and kinky hair textures. It keeps my ends moisturized and thus less prone to breakage, so it may help retain length.
Shea Moisture’s SuperFruit Complex; 10 in 1 Renewal System
I like to try different deep conditioners and this one is likely to be a keeper. I’ve always liked Shea Moisture’s products and have used their deep conditioners in the past; such as the Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque. This one differs in consistency and texture. Shea Moisture use natural ingredients but this product does contain Behentrimonium Methosulfate which creates slip for ease of detangling. It is not the same as Sodium Laurel Sulfate or other drying sulfates. I leave it in for 5 to 10 minutes after shampooing with black soap and continue to detangle with it. It leaves the hair moisturized, detangled and shiny.
Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo
I use this for clarifying my hair, especially when I want to do a wash and go. However the ingredients are not harsh because it does not contain Sodium Laurel or Laureth sulfate. It contains essential oils such as peppermint and eucalyptus, as well as the main ingredient tea tree oil, which is antifungal and prevents and treats dandruff.
I have always used Eco Styler gel for my wash and gos, because it gives great hold and ensures that my kinks clump together for more definition. However, I decided to try a new gel. I found that this gel did not leave my hair crunchy, which the Eco Styler gel tended to do. My curls were softer and looser but still defined. So the extreme gel is my new favorite. With the Eco Styler, which gave me good hold, my hair would be too firm to manipulate into a ponytail. However, this gel gives my hair more flexibility to put into puff on the third day or so of a wash and go.
Please share your favorite products for hair and skin care below.