It’s a good time to talk about alcohol. Take a look at almost any skincare product and you’ll notice various forms of alcohol in the ingredients. It’s often included to preserve shelf life, fight breakouts or give products a lighter feel. And although alcohol in skincare can have its benefits, it often causes more harm than good.

Alcohol in Skincare

So you may be asking yourself, why is it so prevalent in skincare? The unfortunate truth is that it is one of the only effective preservatives allowed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s organic standard. And to successfully preserve a product with alcohol, there often needs to be 14% of it present by volume. Now, there are some processed alcohols that are benign, but to be considered ‘organic,’ alcohol is usually grain alcohol derived from organic farming. This is a form of alcohol you do not want to be putting on your skin. It can be drying, cause excess oiliness and reduce the skin’s ability to fight free radicals.

That’s why we decided to have Gaelle Organic’s products be certified by Ecocert, Europe’s leading organic certifier. Ecocert’s organic cosmetics standard supports the formulation and manufacture of organic skincare without the use of alcohol. By opting out of alcohol in skincare, our products retain their bio-dynamic potency, and we avoid its harmful drying effects.

Alcohol-free Organic

Leaving out the alcohol makes room for more of the good stuff so you can have better results with less. Every product is formulated with intention and is proven effective through third party testing. It’s the perfect blend of respect for the Earth and scientific innovation. Through using sustainably-sourced ingredients scientifically-proven to benefit the skin, alcohol-free organic skincare is  key to achieving a healthy, glowing complexion.

Is Alcohol Good for Anything?

We’ve covered the trouble with alcohol in skincare, but a recent study has found that moderate alcohol consumption can actually have its benefits. The British Medical Journal tracked over 9,000 people aged 35-55 over a 23-year period and found that those who consumed alcohol semi-regularly had a decreased risk of developing dementia. The findings showed that middle-aged adults who abstained from drinking alcohol were actually 45% more likely to develop the disease. That said, there was also evidence of higher odds for dementia with excessive drinking. Essentially, the study found that 1-7 drinks per week is the healthiest way to consume alcohol.

So on that note, we invite you to join us in (responsibly) celebrating beauty inside and out this holiday season. Let’s pop the champagne and give a toast to the years of health and beautiful skin ahead.

One adult-acne sufferer found that her condition forced her to reassess her preconceived ideas about acne and facial beauty. The oft-heard reminder to not pick, or touch the face, when the face in question is showing eruptions was one taboo the sufferer learned was not necessarily good advice. Aryuvedic massage actually encourages those with skin outbreaks to not only touch the areas of concern, but also to massage them with therapeutic ingredients. The female sufferer in this instance also realized that another oft-used admonishment to keep away from using oils on the face was also not necessarily the best advice. Aryuvedic treatment advises the use of various oils, like almond oil and tea tree oil, both to calm agitated skin and to boost the skin’s immunity, so that it can fight off pathogens. Aryuvedic treatment also encourages sufferers to press the Marma points on the skin’s surface, which function the same way as acupuncture points do, that is they address highly specific points of the body and help both the body and mind to cope with various conditions. Besides the physical treatment of the condition, alternative and holistic treatments, like Aryuvedic treatments, can make sufferers aware that diet and emotion can also affect the skin. It’s important to develop compassion for the so-called blemishes one sees in one’s face and others, as they may be the skin’s way of showing inner agitation and turmoil.

Key Takeaways:

  • Oils get a bad rap in the beauty biz, as many oils are actually good for a healthy complexion.
  • For example, coconut oil and almond oil are good for calming agitated skin.
  • Oils like neem oil and tea tree oil support the immune function of the dermal layer, thereby guarding against unwanted pathogens.

“A facial abhyanga, or facial massage, is an easy way to give ourselves some love!”

Read more: Natural Beauty: Ayurvedic Face Massage and Marma Points.

Some people do not believe in the use of oils for their skin care. However, studies are showing that they really should. Particular oils can be good for your skin in more ways than one. They can prevent wrinkles from forming, plump up fine lines to make them disappear from sight, and ensure that your complexion has a healthy glow. Oils can also be used for deep pore cleansing, avoiding the dryness that often accompanies conventional cleansers.

Key Takeaways:

  • Our body’s cells are comprised of fat, or lipids, about 50% worth, which means that they require more lipids to replenish themselves.
  • Our living bodies require living oils from nature, not synthetics, like petroleum jelly.
  • Healthy living oils come from trees, grasses, shrubs and annual and perennial plants.

“The importance of nourishing from the inside with living oils is matched by the benefits of massaging high-quality oils into our skin.”

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People with clogged pores, particularly those with pores that have become enlarged due to oil and dirt, should know there are three specific steps to cleaning those pores and thereby allowing them to shrink back to size. Steaming is the first crucial step. Boil water and allow it to rest just long enough to have it be hot and steamy. Add a drop or two of essential oil and lean over. Five minutes is generally a good enough time for a steam, although 15 may be needed if the nose has clogged pores. With dirt and oil loosened by the steam and the skin super-heated and hydrated, it’s the perfect time to use an exfoliant. Massage it in and leave it for about 20 minutes. The final step is to rinse your face and dab on a toner with a cotton ball.

Key Takeaways:

  • To steam pores, you put a small towel over your face and lean over a bowl of hot water that also contains the essential oil of your choice.
  • Exfoliate your skin with a high mineral salt that will get deep into your pores.
  • Tab toner onto your face regularly to avoid future breakouts.

“Steaming is the best way to unclog pores and deeply cleanse them.”

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Large pores give the skin an uneven look and can easily become clogged, causing breakouts and worse. It is important to cleanse large pores deeply and to minimize them so they are less prone to clogging. Doing so will add a flawless look to the skin and keep the complexion healthy and clear.

Key Takeaways:

  • Start by leaning over a bowl of steaming water until your pores open and cleanse.
  • After the cleansing action of the steam, let your skin cool and then, using a cotton ball, dab on a facial toner.
  • Use a toner made with botanical astringents, such as Toner Supérieure, so that the pores are minimized, giving the skin a more flawless look.

“If you have large or clogged pores, these simple steps can make all the difference to the health and appearance of your skin.”

For decades major companies have been coming out with skincare products that promise a lot but deliver little, at a great cost. Unfortunately the focus has been on branding and not the quality of ingredients. The way we see it, Earth has been doing the research and development for millions of years.

It’s important to realize that many of the ingredients in skincare products can be very drying to skin and can actually cause harm. And while many companies claim to be cruelty-free, or natural or organic, the only way you can be sure these claims are true is if they are backed up with certification by qualified third parties.

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After ten long years of breakout after breakout, I can say with much relief that I have finally found peace with my skin. As most of us experienced, it all started during puberty. I seemed to have it worse than your average teenager, experiencing breakouts on not only my face but my chest and back as well. If only I knew what was in store for me when I turned 20.

Just as I thought I was outgrowing my pimple phase, adult acne hit me full force. I had deep, painful cystic acne in all the previous places but the inflammation became rash-like in appearance on my neck. I was so embarrassed I tried to cover it with heaps of foundation every day. This attempt to hide from reality didn’t do me or my skin any good. I simply irritated my pores more by plugging them up and continued to receive heartfelt yet misguided condolences for catching poison oak on my face. Ouch.

My dermatologist insisted I try a drug like Accutane, but I knew there had to be another way to clear my skin that didn’t involve such harsh chemicals. That’s when the research began. I realized how many different types and causes of acne there are and that the main culprit of adult acne is typically hormones and poor gut health. And so, refusing to continue as normal, I changed my lifestyle. I cut out endocrine disruptors such as dairy and soy, processed sugars and other unnecessary food items that can negatively influence hormones and digestion- replacing such items with whole foods and herbal supplements that were much more nutritious. I started to take my fitness to new levels, incorporating yoga and exercise into my day to day routine. I increased my water intake and decreased my stress through movement, meditation and journaling.

All of these internal practices were critical for not only healing my skin but also improving my overall wellbeing. These newly cultivated habits guided me towards natural and organic products, including my skin care. When I began to actually read the labels and research what went into all of these lotions, creams and serums I was shocked to find so many toxic and harmful ingredients! I didn’t understand how long lists of unpronounceable mystery chemicals could be better than naturally derived ingredients, so I made an effort to switch. As a young person in school, it can be difficult to justify spending more on organic products over easy to find and cheaper drugstore brands, but I discovered that the more I invested in myself and my skin, the less product I needed to see results and feel beautiful. Now instead of buying product after product at the drugstore, I can rely on a nutrient rich skincare system that gives my skin everything it needs.

Along this journey, I’ve realized that finding balance within is the way to feeling beautiful in one’s own skin. No matter if you have acne, sensitivity, dryness or any other skin concern, there are ways to feel confident and empowered as your skin heals itself. Providing your body with love, nutrition and quality care are essential, but be sure to take a deep breath and remain patient and compassionate through the process. There’s no replacement for genuine self love, so treat yourself well and let your inner light shine bright at every age and every stage.