Saturday, December 6, 2008

Reader Questions: Cleanser, Moisturizer, Kids

Here are a couple questions from reader Charisse that I thought I would share.

I just want to know what do you use as a moisturizer/cleanser for your face?
I wipe my makeup and mascara off with a generic baby wipe. I then use 'Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash'. I rinse that and then finish with a couple splashes of cold water. I then put on Walgreen's Alpha Hydroxy Face Cream. Keeps everything clear and smooth - mostly. I'm not crazy about some of the ingredients, but at least it works really well and is Paraben Free. I alternate days on the face cream with a homemade mix of Glycerin, Castor Oil and water spray. A generic mix similar to MAC's Fix+ spray. I use Jojoba oil everyday under my makeup.

Also, what can you recommend for kids shampoo and soaps?
Young children don't have hormones going yet to develop the funk of adults. Their basic need is to get the dirt off of them, not to be deodorized. I'd recommend just straight water, but that won't do the job. Simplest is best. I would recommend Castile Soap. Two of the best are by Desert Essence and Dr. Bronners Baby. Dr. Bronner's comes in liquid or bar.

I would recommend buying these products from Vitacost.com, they will be quite a bit cheaper than in the store, even with shipping ($4.99) added in.





Thoroughly Clean Face Wash
Ingredients: Castile Soap, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, *Organic Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca Alternifloia), Extracts of Matricaria, Goldenseal, Awapuhi (Hawaiian White Ginger), Bladderwrack, Essential Oil of Palmarosa, Petitgrain, *Organic Lavandine Super & Peppermint Oil.



Dr. Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap - Baby - Mild
Ingredients: Water, Saponified Coconut-Hemp-Olive Oils (with retained Glycerin), Aloe Vera, Olive Fatty Acids, Rosemary Extract.










Dr. Bronner's Baby Mild Soap
Ingredients: Saponfied organic coconut oil*, saponified organic palm oil*, saponified organic olive oil*, organic glycerin, water, organic cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, organic simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, sodium chloride, citric acid and tocopherol (vit. E).
(* Certified Fair Trade by IMO)

Walgreen's Alpha Hydroxy
8% AHA of 70% Solution
Water , Propylene Glycol , Glycolic Acid , Isopropyl Palmitate , Stearic Acid , Ammonium Hydroxide , Glyceryl Stearate , PEG-100 Stearate , Cetyl Alcohol , Isostearic Acid , Dimethicone , Hydroxyethylcellulose , Magnesium Aluminum Silicate , PEG-40 Stearate , Sorbitan Stearate , Sorbic Acid , BHT , Imidazolidinyl Urea

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