April 14, 2009

Evan Healy Review: The Skin Breathes

Of the many natural skincare brands I've tried the past two years, Evan Healy—a gorgeously purist line now sold at Whole Foods—has become my go-to. 

Evan Healy is a licensed esthetician who has worked in the skincare industry for 25 years and extensively studied aromatherapy, Ayurveda and botany.  Her unique guiding beauty principles are "less is more" and "the skin breathes." 

Like Dr. Hauschka, she believes that you shouldn't moisturize at night—only in the a.m.—because you don't want to suppress the skin's own moisture-regulating and regenerating abilities that are active during sleep.  If you must hydrate before bed, apply a few drops of a light plant oil-based serum.  This practice is especially beneficial for people with acneic skin, whose sebum-rich pores tend to clog easily.  (Can you ever imagine sales associates at department stores saying you don't need a nighttime moisturizer?!) 

As a continually curious beauty writer, I'm constantly slapping product on my face.  But recently, a combo of testing a thicker foundation for this blog plus experimenting with too many products at night, broke me out in tiny bumps on both cheeks. Time to pare down and give my face a breather!

I tossed the oily foundation and began simply cleansing and applying a small amount of Evan Healy's Pomegranate Repair Serum at night.  The breakouts immediately stopped and my skin looked smoother and more even-toned.  I haven't seen such quick results since I quit milk and ice cream last year!


Catherine said...

Hmm. My regular moisturizer is a combination of 1/2 jojoba oil and 1/2 olive squalene... does that count? I've had amazing results with it since I started using it night and day. I suppose maybe I should try using a little less at night? I usually slather it on, lol... thanks for the tip though!

Lindsay B. said...

Hi Catherine. Thanks for the comment! Yes, your moisturizer of 1/2 jojoba and 1/2 squalene counts. But I would use just a few drops--that's enough to lightly cover the entire face. (Good combo, by the way. You could even add a couple drops of lavender, rose, geranium, etc, essential oil!)

Kathie said...

How does it smell? I want to like the holistic stuff but a lot of times it smells to earthy for me.