One of my great finds this year has been the MALIN + GOETZ Vitamin E Moisturizer which is suitable for sensitive skin, and also for men and women. It’s simple, unfragranced, doesn’t leave a film on the face (oil-free), and has excellent hydration qualities. As winter approaches, finding a good moisturizer that isn’t heavy can be hard, and as this one has 0.5 percent of Vitamin E in it as well,that helps protect and repair the skin too, especially if you have sensitive skin. In addition it contains chamomile, which calms the skin (ideal for those who are sensitive or who experience redness), and Vitamin B5, which helps with allergies.
MALIN + GOETZ are New Yorkers, Matthew Malin, and Andrew Goetz who developed their range of skincare products because Matthew has sensitive skin and skin allergies. Their philosophy is to use as few harsh chemicals, colorants, or synthetic ingredients in their products, thus to reduce the risk of allergies. They use fatty acids, which may not sound so pleasant, but this is in the place of waxes and silicones, which can be heavier on the skin. All their products are formulated to be pH balanced (skin is about 5.5), which means that they will never be too harsh on the skin, and is important because that’s when a healthy skin renewal cycle works best, and the skin can absorb products more effectively.
I like how they are a family run business, which usually means they will not be swayed by aggressive marketing campaigns, or pressured to create products to compete as other companies do. The company also has a green policy and products are free of parabens, but do contain some preservatives, otherwise the products would not last long once opened. In line with many companies, they don’t test on animals, but there are a few items that use animal by products, so not all products will be suitable for vegans. These include honey, lanolin, and the candles contain beeswax. The minimalistic packaging reflects the apothecary style of the company and their key messages of using natural ingredients suitable for sensitive skins.
Rating 4.9/5 :This is a simple, light, and hard working moisturizer that also works as a primer as it is instantly absorbed into the skin. It’s ideal for all skin types and all year round. In a nutshell, it’s guaranteed to work and only a small amount is needed. For those with oily skin this is ideal as it doesn’t leave a film which is the biggest complaint from those with oily skin. Many people think oily skin doesn’t need a moisturizer, but if they don’t the skin can get dry easily, especially if they use astringents. I had a reaction recently from testing some serums, and this is what I use to calm my skin down and get it back to normal. Tried, tested, and recommended! Priced at £37 ($46) for 118 ml, ( or $46 for 250 ml) smaller travel sizes are available from time to time. An Essential Kit for £20 ($30) is currently available, and contains six 1 oz (29 ml) products including the moisturizer, cleanser, shampoo, conditioner, body cleanser and moisturizer, all in handy refillable containers.
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