Skin care and budgets are not usually friends. Cheap organic products are not necessarily bad, and expensive organic products are not necessarily good. Knowing the best ingredients for maintaining radiant skin may seem elusive or confusing, and skin care makers bank on flashing marketing to get you to pay top dollar for simple, yet effective products.
The Problem with Organic Skin Care
Trying to find an organic product can be even more difficult because many organic products are very expensive, and some even contain harmful ingredients.
We believe the best organic moisturizer is affordable with the right ingredients. We believe in the social and environmental aspects of using organic products as well as the health benefits of using organic products. Simply put, the more expensive an organic moisturizer is, the less people can afford it. We want everyone to use organic products on their skin because its better all around.
The key is to know what works best for your skin, which ingredients to look for (and look out for), and will work on a budget.
Starting from the Right Place – Cleansing and Toning
If you’re not cleansing your face properly, you’re going to negatively affect the results of your moisturizer no matter how much you paid for it.
A proper cleanser unclogs and cleans pores to help remove the damaging toxins that cling to your skin without over-cleaning. Elavonne’s Organic Nourishing Pomegranate Cleanser does this without stripping your skin of its natural lipid barrier. Removing too much oil shocks the skin which makes it difficult to maintain the vibrant and healthy complexion we all want and makes it harder for your moisturizer to hydrate.
Be sure to follow up with a gentle toner, such as Elavonne’s Pore-Refining Exfo Toner to improve radiance, strengthen, encourage cell turnover. A good toner preps your skin for moisturizing.
How to Read Your Moisturizer Label
Beware of harmful ingredients and chemicals that are harmful to your skin’s vibrance, such as, sulfates, parabens, and alcohol. Elavonne DOES NOT use any harmful detergents or chemicals that can cause free radical damage, drying, and/or aging of the skin.
Related: 4 Ingredients to Avoid in Skin Care
7 Cheap Organic Ingredients That Really Work
Here are some beneficial organic ingredients that have proven to be effective in promoting beautiful skin and are not harmful to your precious skin. Also, these moisturizing ingredients are not expensive.
Organic Aloe Extract (Aloe barbadensis)
Aloe Vera improves hydration while being soothing and healing to all skin types. It is made up of mucopolysacharides, which is a natural moisturizing factor as well as many other nutrients.
Organic Green Tea Extract (Camellia sinensis)
This extract, in particular, has astringent and toning properties due to its tannic acid content. Green Tea contains compounds that have an antioxidant effect on the body and reduce inflammation.
Organic Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
Jojoba resembles the coating our body produces to protect the skin which is known as sebum, which keeps skin supple. Jojoba is perfect for any skin type and especially helps both dry or oily skin, and, penetrates deeply into the skin naturally for lasting hydration.
Olive Oil (Olea europaea)
Olive Oil is highly nutritive and contains protein, minerals, and vitamins. This oil has acidic and antioxidant values. Olive Oil softens your skin while providing superior moisturizing effects on the upper layer of the body’s skin.
Calms inflammation in the skin and encourages gentle cell turnover.
Organic Rooibos Extract (Aspalathus linearis)
This extract has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and free-radical scavenging properties because of its specific composition of polyphenol antioxidants. Rooibos protects the skin against oxidative stress which provides an anti-aging effect. (Try Elavonne’s Organic Eye Balm with Healing Rooibos)
Organic White Tea Extract (Camellia sinensis)
This extract contains vitamins, antioxidants C, A, B, K , polyphenols, essential oils, caffeine, and traces of minerals like calcium and potassium, all important in fighting off free radicals which can damage and age your skin.
Bonus Ingredients for Beautiful Skin on a Budget
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is an amazing ingredient and is very affordable. HA improves the moisture content and moisture retention of the skin resulting in improved smoothness. A key element to prevent further damage to your skin. HA is great when used both topically, as well as a supplement (see: Amino Collagen C with Hyaluronic Acid).
MSM blocks the unwanted physical and chemical bonding of collagen responsible for the rigid and aging skin. The result is enhanced tissue pliability. MSM encourages the repair of damaged skin and is a cost effective ingredient for natural skin care.
Elavonne’s Organic Intense Nutrients Moisturizer is an affordable, deep-penetrating moisturizer that provides healing moisture and nutrients leaving your skin feeling smooth and comforted—never oily, never overdone. We have seen much success in skin that has challenges with drying and aging.
Only $29.95: Available at Organic Beauty and Skin Care