How often do you read the ingredients on your favorite beauty products? It goes without saying, that knowledge is power and the more you know about what you’re putting on your skin, the better you can take care of it and find out what works for you. I’ve realized that I would like to use products with ingredients that don’t need a phonetic breakdown. I like products that aren’t heavy with chemicals, but that will still give me results and help my skin, which is far from perfect.
A few months ago, I attended an event where I was gifted a night creme from a made in Los Angeles, natural skincare line called Peacock Apothecary. The first thing I noticed was the creme smelled heavenly, the second was the expiration date. I was really attracted to Peacock Apothecary because they’re made in LA , their ingredients are all natural and they smell amazing!
Most beauty products have an expiration date, anywhere from six months to one year. The creme from Peacock Apothecary was only about two months. Just like the items in your fridge, Peacock Apothecary is proud of their junk-free skincare line that is free of harsh chemicals. The ingredients are all natural and I later found out, the creators Samantha Feld and Caitlyn Montgomery, make this night creme along with the rest of the Peacock Apothecary skincare line, in their very own kitchen.
All Peacock Apothecary products contain zero harsh chemicals and only natural occurring preservatives, such as citric acid and rosemary extract. They also use violet glass containers to help maintain the potency of our products and prevent degradation. On top of that, they source as many of their ingredients locally, sounds amazing, right?
The Peacock Apothecary line includes face serums, cleansers, lip lotion, body scrub, body butter and night creme (which I tried). For two months, I wore their night creme every evening and when I woke up the next day, my skin felt nourished and soft to the touch. I swear, even the smell of the creme helped relax me and put me to sleep at night.
Both Samantha and Caitlyn will be selling product from the line at the Renegade Craft Fair at the LA State Historic Park this weekend, July 20 and 21. If you’re not in Los Angeles, but want to check out their products, they have an online store.
I was able to ask one of the creators, Samantha Feld, a few beauty questions. If you have any questions about Peacock Apothecary or beauty leave a comment!
What are some ingredients women with oily skin should be wary of?
Most women who battle oily skin often fear products with oil in them so they’ll stock up on products that are “oil-free”. When you deprive your skin of oil, your body actually produces more sebum (oil) to compensate. People with oily skin shouldn’t be afraid of moisturizing, especially with an oil to help balance sebum production.
I would recommend staying away from overly drying products, eating a balanced diet, using natural products, exfoliating and using products with anti-bacterial essential oils to combat breakouts.
What are some ingredients women with dry skin should be wary of?
Dry skin needs to be hydrated; rich oils and butters are definitely your friend if you tend to battle parched skin. Steer clear of products with alcohol in them or even face washes that have soap or any sort of agent that makes the product foam.
Both Caitlyn and I use oil based face washes (available for sale this month on The Peacock Apothecary) and I can’t tell people enough how this switch has changed our skin. I have dry skin and Caitlyn has oilier skin. The cleansers we were using (you know the kind, foaming, gel, soaping, fragranced washes) were just stripping our skin and now, our skin is much more balanced and soft with fewer break outs. Plus, it’s so much easier to really remove make up!
At what age should women start using anti-aging?
That’s a bit of a trick question. Keeping your skin moisturized is the best anti-aging method, so start early! Dry skin leads to wrinkles. Look out for products with hyaluronic acid, which is naturally produced by our skin. We love the plumping affects of this ingredient (to help fill in those lines) so much so that it’s in our night creme.
Also, you have to remember that your skin is your largest organ so the foods you eat and the amount of water you drink directly affects the appearance of your skin. Sunscreen should also always be used (and from a young age).
Why is it important for people to be aware of ingredients in their beauty products?
Your skin is your biggest organ and it absorbs the products that you put on top of it. Approach skincare the same way that you approach food. Would you want to drink milk that’s been sitting in the fridge for 2 years? We’re living in an age of cancer, be mindful about chemical exposure.
How many times a week should one exfoliate their skin?
2x a week