-The Skin Breathes–
If you want to start incorporating organic skincare into your routine, Whole Food Markets Whole Body department is an excellent place to start. I once worked with an actor who said all he used on his skin was an organic coconut oil from Whole Foods and he was incredibly age-defying!
I came across the skincare line evanhealy in Whole Foods Market a few years ago. Evan Healy, the creator of the line, is an aestetician who uses a holistic approach to make products that allow the skin to breathe. She believes “the less you interfere with the skins natural ability to achieve balance, the better.” The company makes products fresh by hand every month.
I always stayed away from skincare containing oil, but Evan has found a small amount of oil will actually slow down the sebaceous gland’s production of oil. In a homeopathic sense, you are treating like with like and it works.
These 5 of our favorite products from the line, as well as some info from Evan about what she does and doesn’t included in her skincare. I really like the “Blue” treatment line.
Blue Lavender Cleansing Milk
- Goes on like a dream and thoroughly cleanses, removes makeup, draws impurities out of tiny dermal pores leaving the skin clean and refreshed
- I use this in the morning as a gentle cleanser and all the time when using prescription strength dermatologist products that can be drying.
- Has great hydrating properties and smells fab
Lemon Thyme Facial Tonic Hydrosol:
- Really does minimizes appearance of pores, absorbs excess oil, hydrates and tones the skin
- 100% fresh plant water and nothing else
- Clears skin without drying it out and throwing it off balance
Light Moisture Replenishing Fluid:
- A lightweight daily moisturizing treatment that doesn’t clog pores and combats aging.
- The argan ingredient in this product, with a high percentage of vitamin E, helps to heal skin, reduce signs of aging, destroy free radicals and fight oxidation.
Pomegranate Repair Serum:
- A daily treatment that restores radiance, tone and suppleness to sun-damaged, delicate, and/or dehydrated skin.
- Its visible healing effect on mature and aging skin, hyperpigmented skin, dry and cracked skin, irritated, sun-damaged and sunburned skin is truly remarkable.
- Pair this with the Light Moisture Replenishing Fluid for a powerful antioxidant duo.
Sweet Blossom Hydrating Body Oil:
- Scented with the clean, fresh fragrance of petitgrain leaf, layered with sweet neroli blossoms, exotic ylang ylang and balanced with ancient, resinous frankincense.
- Use after showering to elimate dry, dehydrated and damaged skin caused by environmental conditions in summer and winter.
- It absorbs very quickly so you can get on with getting ready.
- I put a little of this on split ends sometimes too.
Info from Evan Healy about skincare and her line
Q. Why do you have a Rose and Blue Treatment line?
Evan: I created the Rose and Blue Treatment lines in response to the skin conditions I see most as a holistic aesthetician. The first is irritated, red, and sensitive skin. The second is skin that is out of balance – as exhibited by the classic oily T-zone with the outlying areas of the face being too dry.
In general, either line will restore your skin to a more vibrant, healthy and balanced condition. Trust your sense of smell to help you determine which one is right for you. If you prefer the fragrance of one over the other, then choose that one. These formulations were developed to be effective, yet gentle enough to heal and balance all skin conditions.
Q. How long do your products stay fresh?
Evan: We do not warehouse our products. Rather we make them fresh by hand every month. Each batch is numbered and dated with an unopened shelf life of one to two years. The Rosehip Oil contains no preservatives, which is why I sell it in small sizes with a pump top. That way it doesn’t need to be opened every time you use it. Once opened, I recommend using all my products within 4 to 6 months. If stored away from heat and light they will maintain their fresh vitality. We guarantee the quality, freshness and effectiveness of all our products. If you are dissatisfied in any way, we will fully refund your purchase price.
Q. Why don’t you use alpha hydroxy or salicylic acids in your line? How can I exfoliate my skin without them?
Evan: I don’t believe in dissolving the epidermal layer of the skin. The epidermal layer is there for a reason. Our skin has many crucial jobs to perform. As the first line of defense, the skin exhibits awareness and sensitivity. It has a protective ability, and is always changing and adapting to your environment. It is a barrier against germs, prevents the loss of fluids and regulates body temperature. Use of acid peels weakens the skin’s ability to defend itself.
However there is a safe and easy alternative. The natural alternative is a clay mask treatment. Clay will maintain and respect the integrity of the skin, while drawing toxins and dead skin cells out of tiny dermal pores. It detoxifies infection, minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, and reduces excess oil – all while leaving the skin softer and smoother, naturally.
Q. Do you use parabens?
Evan: No, we don’t use parabens, phenonip, or any synthetic or petroleum-derived ingredients. Parabens are a group of chemicals used as preservatives in food and cosmetic products. This class of chemicals is also known as esters of para-hydroxybenzoic acid. Some common names include methylparaben,propylparaben, butylparaben & ethylparaben.
In a study, entitled “Concentrations of Parabens in Human Breast Tumors,” published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology 24, 5 – 13 (2004), parabens were linked with breast cancer. In this study, researchers looked at breast tumors and found parabens in eighteen of the twenty samples. It is the first time parabens were detected within tumors, suggesting that chemicals accumulate in the breast tissue and are being absorbed through the skin.
Repeated exposure to industrial chemicals from many different sources on a daily basis, including cosmetics and personal care products such as the daily use of an underarm roll-on deodorant, are believed to contribute to the build up of toxins in the body. The skin is the body’s largest organ, and absorbs whatever is applied to it. You can become an informed consumer by familiarizing yourself with the ingredients listed on your skin-care products. Reputable companies will offer full disclosure of ingredients in descending order. Ask the company to explain any ambiguities in their labels._____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Evan Healy is a holistic aesthetician, a recognized pioneer and skincare educator who has worked in the natural personal care industry for over 25 years. In 1999 she co-founded the evanhealy brand of skin and body care products featuring simple plant-based, certified organic ingredients. She sources plant material directly from small, regional farms in various parts of the world: a widow’s group in Ghana provides her with raw, unbleached shea butter at fair-trade prices; family-owned farms in Washington, Oregon and California are sources for organic hydrosols and nourishing plant, seed and nut oils; and self-governed women’s co-operatives in Morocco are responsible for sustainably harvested argan oil. For more info on evanhealy, visit: http://www.evanhealy.com/