As you might have been reading, I've been breaking out a lot... (sad face emoticon). It took me a while, but I finally figured out that a lot these natural products weren't suitable for my skin type. I have medium sized pores that get clogged really easily. That combined with using products high in Oleic acid and not enough Linoleic acid to break down the sebum- has been causing almost cystic like acne- and I've NEVER had that.
There are some cons in trying to go cleaner if you don't find the right product. Since cleaner products can be more active and have higher possibility for allergic reactions, you must do you homework! I stumbled across this article when trying to figure out what the @!#$ was going on with my skin. Thank you Minimalist Beauty- this was a skin changing find! It was like a a secret (or not so secret) decoder ring to break the often confusing world of organic beauty and facial oils.
Needless to say, I was on the hunt for a product high in Linoleic acid and when Pai came across my desk (or in my mail rather) I couldn't wait to give it a go and begin this little experiment to see for myself.
Pai's Geranium & Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream was just the ticket to get my skin going in the right direction again. Thistle oil (first ingredient) is super high in Linoleic acid- up to 80%- and also helps to reduce the appearance of pore size and balance the skin.
Balance it did. Though my skin has not completely recovered into baby's butt territory (it's the goal)...I'm no longer getting new visitors on my face daily.
The texture is phenomenal- light yet creamy- and the product sinks into your skin nicely. The packaging is luxurious and the bottle just feels good in your hand (it's the little things). Pai has been around for so long and has such an outstanding rep in the clean beauty world that I knew I couldn't really go wrong- since the ingredients were so right for my skin.
Lesson of the century- trust the brand and know your ingredients (dirty or clean)!
Are you having a difficult time transitioning to cleaner ingredients? I'd love to hear about your journey as well!
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