Skincare ingredients: AQUA

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Virtually all commercial skincare has Aqua as the number one, main ingredient. This is water. It is usually 70% - 80% of the finished product and it’s not organic, so we’re not sure how products can claim to be 100% organic when they’re made with 80% inorganic material.

Some claim that water hydrates the skin. This doesn’t really add up when you think about it. Our skin forms a barrier between us and the outside world. One of its functions is to keep water out. Our body produces its own oil, Sebum, to help it do this. Dry skin is not dry because of a lack of moisture, it’s because of a lack of oil. It’s the oils in creams, butters and balms which does the work.

One drawback of water-based skincare is the need for emulsifiers. These are used to mix the oil and water and prevent them separating. Quite often they are palm oil derived alcohols and are not in the product to nourish or protect your skin.

Adding water to oils also promotes bacterial and fungal growth, which is why preservatives like parabens are added. There is a some controversy about the health issues around using these. What isn’t discussed enough is what effect introducing these long-lasting fungicides and bactericides into the wider environment also has.

The Blue Lemon skincare products are made with 100% plant-based ingredients with no Aqua, no preservatives and no alcohols. They are designed to spread easily and absorb rapidly without leaving a greasy residue. They won’t evaporate or rinse away as easily as commercial brands, so you use a lot less, a lot less frequently, for much better results.

We’ve replaced the Aqua in our skincare with Shea butter. So that means there’s up to 80% Organic Fair Traded shea butter in our creams, butters and balms. It’s so economical to use and gives fantastic results. Why not try some today?

With the Blue Lemon, everything in the tin is there for your skin!


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