September 26, 2007

SkinFree Skincare Products: All Natural and Petroleum-Free

dpp_0053.jpgMany thanks to the folks from SkinFree Skincare Products, who recently sent over samples of some of their moisturizers and soaps for sensitive skin. I wish I'd discovered them sooner!

SkinFree products are all natural, fragrance-free and petroleum-free. SkinFree owner Julie Hilton, a practicing pharmacist, designed the skincare line in response to customer requests for recommendations on products for difficult skin conditions, especially fragrance allergies. Her products are recommended for individuals with skin allergies, eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. They're also ideally suited for pregnant moms, babies, diabetics, renal patients and people undergoing radiation therapy. I can understand why.

When I was pregnant, I developed a sensitivity to petroleum-based ingredients in my regular skincare products. My skin was dry and itchy, but I couldn't stand the petroleum smell in products containing mineral oil or petroleum jelly.

SkinFree has three products I'd recommend for pregnant women, or anyone else with dry, sensitive skin: their Super Moisture Body Balm, their After Shower Moisture Spritz, and their Niaouli Butter Stick. These products are so gentle, I'd even recommend them for babies!

dpp_0055.jpgSuper Moisture Body Balm is a rich moisturizer made from olive, sweet almond and macadamia seed oil, and shea, cocoa and coconut butter. According to the SkinFree website, most moisturizers are only 5% oil, and 95% water, additives, fragrance and preservatives. Super Moisture Body Balm, on the other hand is 100% natural oils and butters. The lotion is rich and emollient, but absorbs quickly, leaving skin soft and supple. The non-greasy formula feels terrific on dry, chapped skin. It can be used for eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.

After Shower Moisture Spritz
is a light blend of olive and sweet almond oil and Vitamin E. You spray it on after a shower, and it quickly absorbs into your skin. Again, non-greasy, so you feel soft and smooth, not oily.

dpp_0042.jpgNiaouli Butter Stick
is a soothing moisturizer for dry, itchy skin. SkinFree combines niaouli - an essential oil with anti-bacterial properties - with shea butter and olive oil in a soywax stick that can be easily rubbed on elbows, heels, or chapped lips. The butter stick is more intense than the moisturizers in the SkinFree line -- use it for trouble spots rather than as an all-over moisturizer. According to the packaging, it's great for preventing and treating psoriasis and eczema breakouts.

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Posted by Jess Brooks at September 26, 2007 11:31 AM

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