Physical or Chemical Sunscreen? Understanding the Differences

Physical or Chemical Sunscreen?  Understanding the Differences

What you don't know about sunscreens may surprise you.  Currently the FDA has determined only two ingredients, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, are safe and effective for sunscreen use.   Find out the differences in sunscreen types in this blog post.

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Chlorine and Dry Skin: Natural Solutions for Protecting Summer Skin

Chlorine and Dry Skin:  Natural Solutions for Protecting Summer Skin

While most people love summer and the arrival of longer, brighter days, warm rays and sultry evenings spent sipping cocktails on the patio, (we are dreamers 🌴 ), for many it also means lots of time spent by the pool.

However, catching some rays and enjoying the pool can present its own host of problems. While chlorine is necessary to disinfect and keep pool water safe, it wreaks havoc on the skin.  It strips your skin of its natural oils, compromising the moisture barrier that protects the outer layer of skin, which can leave you with dry, flaky, sometimes itchy skin.

But life is about living, and I would never suggest you go hide in a cave just so your skin doesn’t see the light of day. (Although, those who know me and know I love the cool weather and overcast days probably wouldn’t be surprised to find me hanging out in a cave – except for the dark, scary factor and bats and things like that.)

Fortunately, we have some natural solutions so you can enjoy these gorgeous summer days!


First of all, if you’re outdoors during the day, we know you are using sunscreen; right?  Broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 (water-resistant if you’re in the water). 

With sunscreen as a given, consider wetting your skin and hair before you get in the pool.  This can help protect against absorption of chlorine and potentially reduce some of its drying effects.  Realistically, one of the great joys of being near a pool is jumping in when you’re hot – not washing yourself down first, but at the minimum, consider spritzing your face with a moisturizing toner (see below for our recommendation) and spritz (or douse) your hair with some fresh water.  It only takes a second, and every little bit helps. 


Once you’re out of the pool, you need to cleanse skin.  A good rinse in the shower is not enough.  Chlorine lingers on your skin.

Be sure you are using a sulfate-free cleanser!  Sulfates can strip the skin of its natural oils, exacerbating the drying, tight skin already compromised from the harsh chlorine.

Our 2-in-1 Cleansing Milk is a sulfate-free, creamy, gentle cleanser.  It’s suitable for all skin types and softens and hydrates while removing impurities and debris. 

Read why Organic Authority chose our cleanser as 1 of 7 natural skin care products you can trust!


Time to get skin’s pH back on track.  Our normal pH is slightly acidic at 5.5.  Chlorine pH is approximately 7.4.  Our Rose Hydrating Toner Mist, in a base of organic rose water, helps restore skin’s pH.  Along with glycerin, this toner calms, soothes and hydrates dry, overheated skin.  (As mentioned above, give your skin a spritz before getting in the pool as well!)


While skin is still damp, apply a serum with powerful anti-oxidants.   Our Vitamin C Brightening Serum adds hydration and a dose of antioxidant protection to ward off skin-aging free radicals!


Seal in moisture.  Our Ultra Hydrating Facial Cream is silky lightweight and just what your skin is craving.  Anti-aging powerhouses DMAE & MSM pair with the tropical potency of organic aloe, coconut, and jojoba oils to leave skin beautifully soft and radiant!


Dry, sensitive summer skin begs for some extra love.  It’s easy for pores to become clogged from oil and sweat; and, in what seems like an oxymoron, the sun and heat sap our skin of moisture, causing dry, flaky skin, which results in increased build-up of dead skin cells, which also clog pores. 

Our Lemon Tart Exfoliating Mask knows just what your skin needs.  It smells like a delicious summer pie and gives an invigorating boost to the weary mind and soul.  This nutrient-rich mask features jojoba beads which gently exfoliate dead skin cells, while vitamins and phospholipids smooth, hydrate, and nourish for glowing, polished, and rejuvenated skin.   

This mask can be used once or twice a week. So pour yourself a beverage of choice, sit back, and enjoy a spa-quality mask in your own home!

laurme skin care lemon exfoliating mask

We hope these simple skin care tips help you enjoy your best skin this summer!

  Ready for beautiful, healthy-looking skin done simply?  

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How Does The Skin Protect The Face and Body From Chemicals and the Environment?

How Does The Skin Protect The Face and Body From Chemicals and the Environment?

Have you ever woken up and suddenly your skin is all dried out or unexplainably itchy?

You didn’t change the products you usually use, and you didn’t eat anything that can cause inflammation of the skin (like dairy and sugar).

So, what gives?

To understand what’s going on, you need to know about the skin’s barrier. Also called the lipid barrier, it performs a number of important functions, primarily trapping water molecules in the skin and preventing water loss through the pores.

A strong barrier function is essential for healthy, hydrated skin.

Unfortunately, there are a number of factors that can break down the skin’s barrier and contribute to an array of skin issues.

The good news, though, is that with the right tender loving care, you can restore your skin’s barrier function and enjoy healthy, happy skin once more!

What happens when it’s damaged?

If you’re suffering from dry, itchy or sensitive skin, then these may be indications of a weakened or damaged barrier function.

Harsh products, environmental aggressors and over cleansing are a few factors that can contribute to a weakened barrier function. These may cause the skin to lose water through the pores and become dry, making it easier for allergens and irritants to permeate the skin.

The skin can then become inflamed and irritated and, quite frankly, drive you a little nuts!

Here are a few tips to help maintain a strong barrier function and, therefore, happy skin!

Avoid harsh products and over cleansing

Using products filled with synthetic dyes and fragrance as well as over washing your skin can strip it of beneficial oils causing dryness and making your skin more permeable to irritants and allergens.

Use natural products that will help to maintain your skin’s delicate moisture balance.  You may consider washing your face just at night. Use some of our Rose Hydrating Toner Mist on a cotton pad to wipe your face clean in the morning or spritz directly on skin for additional hydration before resuming your usual routine.  (Your skin loves this nourishment at night too!)


Our 2-in-1 Gentle Cleansing Milk is just what your skin needs to cleanse it from dirt and impurities that may have accumulated during the day (or night). This cleanser is packed with ingredients including glycerin, sweet almond oil, rose water and amino acids to help draw water into the skin, soothe the skin and provide an effective cleanse without stripping the skin of its natural oils.

laurme 2-in-1-gentle cleansing milk

Protect your skin against environmental aggressors

Environmental factors such as cold, dry air and bitter winds can sap the moisture right out of your skin, putting it at risk for a damaged barrier function.

The best way to protect your skin against environmental factors is to use an effective moisturizer that helps form a protective barrier against the elements. Look for ingredients such as aloe, coconut and jojoba that help to draw moisture into the pores and lock it firmly in.

Our Ultra Hydrating Facial cream is packed with these ingredients and more to provide your skin with that youthful glow all year round.


Boost your barrier function by following these tips diligently and switching to a natural skin care line. We’d love to hear your results!

Ready to cut through the hype, revive your skin, and get started 
with a simpler skin care routine?


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Tamryn is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Licensed Esthetician. Her passion for empowering people to make informed decisions about their mind and body flows through her work as a content creator for the world's top natural wellness, nutrition and growing skincare brands. She's an avid yogi, loves singing, and when she's not writing, you can find her reading or trying something new! Find her on Twitter here: @tamrynjburgess 


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