Thursday, December 22, 2016

Mad Hippie Skincare Picks for Glowing, Healthy Skin

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As the new year rapidly approaches, this is the perfect time to consider adding some eco-friendly skincare products into your beauty routine.  One of my favorite affordable eco-friendly lines is Mad Hippie, and their products have been a regular part of my skincare rotation since I began using their products in the spring of 2015.

What you might not know about Mad Hippie:

We know and appreciate the faith a customer puts into a company when buying their line, and that’s why we strive to always make the safest, most effective products possible.

It can’t stop there though. We also take our responsibility to the planet seriously & that’s why we are always working to further reduce our carbon footprint and impact on the environment.  From recently switching to some of the only BPA-free, fully recyclable airless pumps on the market, to printing solely with soy inks & running our entire facility off alternative energy, Mad Hippie is dedicated to the preservation of the environment.

$1 off every web sale dedicated to The Wildlife Conservation Network.  Founded in 2002, Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) is dedicated to protecting endangered species and preserving their natural habitats. They support innovative strategies for people and wildlife to co-exist and thrive. WCN partners with independent, community-based conservationists around the world to provide them with the capital and tools they need to develop solutions for human-wildlife coexistence. WCN’s conservationists actively engage local people as effective stewards of their environment and work in a culturally-respectful manner to ensure that conservation skills and values will be passed on to future generations.
Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser ($15.99 for 4 oz. from Mad Hippie): This is a lovely non-foaming cream cleanser that leaves skin thoroughly cleansed, hydrated, softened and silky smooth. It neither strips the skin, nor does it leave behind a greasy film. Given that I have normal to combination skin, I was initially concerned that it might be better suited to dry skin, but I was thrilled to discover that it worked perfectly for my skin. There is no discernible fragrance or scent to this cleanser.

Select Ingredients and Their Attributes:

Organic Jojoba Oil: "This natural moisturizer closely resembles our skin’s own lubricant, sebum, and is readily absorbed into the skin.  Works to help provide a protective barrier through its antimicrobial and nourishing properties."

Orchid Extract: "Rich in minerals and moisturizing compounds that have long been used for their protective and reparative effects.  Orchid extract is believed by many to contain an agent that slows the flower's degeneration, allowing the orchid to bloom for dramatically longer than other flowers."

Organic Macadamia Oil: "This exclusive oil contains high levels of the naturally occurring skin protectant palmitoleic acid, an essential part of sebum, the skin's natural oil.  It absorbs quickly into the skin to provide instant moisturizing effects."

Sodium Hyaluronate: "The salt of hyaluronic acid (HA), sodium hyaluronate, has been shown to have better skin penetrating capabilities than HA alone.  Works to plump up and moisturize the skin while reducing the appearance of wrinkles."

Algae Extract: "Mineral and antioxidant rich algae extract nourishes aging skin and moisturizes through its water binding properties."

Sesame Oil: "Antioxidant rich sesame oil has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine. It is rich in several potent antioxidants, including vitamin E and vitamin A which help to even skin tone and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.   The healing oil also has antibacterial properties which make it helpful in preventing abnormal bacterial growth on the skin."

Green Tea: "Protects against free radical damage while aiding in the skin’s resilience."

Sodium PCA: "Derived from amino acids, sodium PCA is a naturally occurring humectant in the skin with high water absorbing qualities. Works to effectively hydrate the skin by absorbing and binding moisture to the skin."

Shea Butter: "Used in Africa for centuries for its moisturizing and anti-inflammatory qualities, shea butter is a rich source of the powerful antioxidants vitamin A & E, as well as crucial fatty acids important in retaining skin elasticity.  Recent studies also suggest that cinnamic acid, found in Shea butter, can help reduce the effects of photoaging."

Full Ingredient List: Deionized Water, Sesame Oil (Sesamum Indicum), Caprylic/capric Triglycerides, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Cetearyl Glucoside, Carrageenan Gum, Vegetable Glycerin, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium PCA, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis Leaf), Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis), Squalene, Organic Macadamia Oil (Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil), Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinesis), Yeast Extract, Glucosamine HCL, Vitamin E (Tocopheryl), Sodium Hyaluronate, Algae Extract, Orchid Extract (Orchis Mascula), Titanium Dioxide.
Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum ($33.99 for 1.02 oz. from Mad Hippie and Walgreens): This potent, antioxidant-rich Vitamin C Serum effectively helps to mitigate the effects of sun damage and aging by evening skin tone, fading hyperpigmentation, and brightening the skin. Furthermore, the Hyaluronic Acid does an admirable job in is ability to plump fine lines and bind moisture to the skin.

According to Mad Hippie,

Our award-winning vitamin C serum is a harmonious blend of antioxidants that work wonders on sun damaged, aging skin.

Select Ingredients and Their Attributes:

Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate): "Few ingredients in skin care have as much solid evidence as to their effectiveness as Vitamin C.  A vital element in the production of collagen, vitamin C can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles & discoloration, while offering antioxidant protection from photodamage. *wear sunscreen daily."

Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate: "a more stable and bioavailable form of Vitamin C than the commonly used L-Ascorbic Acid found in most skin care products, provides the same benefits, without the risk of oxidation and irritation that is often associated with L-Ascorbic Acid."

Vitamin E: "Protective antioxidant that has been shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles & discoloration."

Ferulic Acid: "A natural antioxidant found in the cell walls of plants.  When combined with vitamins C & E, Ferulic Acid has been shown to have a compounding antioxidant protective effect."

Hyaluronic Acid: "Works to plump up the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  A naturally occurring substance in the body, hyaluronic acid begins to deplete as we age."

Konjac Root Powder: "Exotic flower from Asia, helps to soften & smooth the skin while forming a thin protective barrier.  Rich in nutrients such as copper, zinc, phosphorus, fatty acids, protein, carbohydrates, lipids, potassium, magnesium, iron, niacin, folic acid & vitamins A, E, C, D & B!"

Grapefruit: "Rich in antioxidants & citric acid, grapefruit helps to remove dead skin cells, acting as a natural exfoliant."

Chamomile Extract: "Provides a thin protective shield, while naturally soothing and calming the skin."

Clary Sage: "Balances the production of sebum, and helps eliminate overly-dry or overly-oily skin.  Acts as natural toner & astringent with antibacterial & antiseptic qualities."

Full Ingredient List: Water Deionized, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Alkyl Benzoate, Vegetable Glycerin, Water, Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Clary Sage (Salvia Sclarea), Grapefruit (Citrus Grandis), Hyaluronic acid, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Vitamin E (Tocotrienol), Ferulic acid, Chamomile Flower Extract (Recutita Matricaria), Sodium Phytate, Xanthum Gum, Hydroxyethylcellulose.
Mad Hippie Advanced Skin Care Exfoliating Serum ($34.99 for 1.02 oz. from Mad Hippie and Walgreens): This nighttime exfoliating treatment serum utilizes powerful Glycolic and Lactic Aids to accelerate the removal of dead skin cells while you sleep, and rather than drying out the skin as many exoliants do, this antioxidant rich serum is loaded with Hyaluronic Acid to bolster moisture levels, and vitamin to deeply nourish the skin. It is gentle, yet effective, and skin is left luminous and hydrated–while fine lines are plumped.

According to Mad Hippie,

Mother Nature & modern science unite to reduce the appearance of skin discoloration & wrinkles in our alpha hydroxy acid based serum. Shed Dull, Damaged Skin & Discoloration to Reveal Brighter, Smoother Skin.

Select Ingredients and Their Attributes:

Glycolic Acid: "Derived from sugar cane and regarded as the most effective of the alpha hydroxy acid family due to its smaller molecular size, glycolic acid is amazing at exfoliating, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, discoloration & age spots."

Lactic Acid: "Derived from fermented beet sugar & another member of the alpha hydroxy acid family, lactic acid exfoliates, reducing the appearance of wrinkles & discoloration while hydrating & moisturizing."

Apple Stem Cells (PhytoCellTec®): "Works to reduce the appearance of age related deterioration of the skin."

Gigawhite: "A blend of 6 organically grown alpine plants that inhibit the production of melanin.  Melanin accumulation under the skin is responsible for discoloration resulting from UV damage."

Matrixyl Synthe ‘6: "The newest member to the Matrixyl family of peptides, Matrixyl Synthe ‘6 stimulates the synthesis of 6 major constituents of the skin matrix and dermal-epidermal junction (collagen I, III, IV, fibronectin, hyaluronic acid and laminin 5)."

Sodium Hyaluronate: "The salt of hyaluronic acid (HA), sodium hyaluronate has much better skin penetrability than HA alone.  Sodium hyaluronate works to plump up the skin, giving you back that youthful, full look."

White Tea: "Strong antioxidant with natural anti-carcinogenic qualities that helps neutralize aging free radicals and inhibit photoaging."

Goji Berry: "Super-antioxidant berry rich in amino acids, minerals and vitamins C, E, B1, B2 & B6.  An amazing source of beta carotene (vitamin A), with anti-inflammatory & anti-aging benefits."

Vitamin C: "A powerful antioxidant that is vital for the production of collagen. Vitamin C works to brighten the appearance of the skin while helping curb the aging effects of the sun."

Ceramide: "Provides a thin, lipid layer of protection over the skin that aids in moisture retention."

Ingredients: Glycolic Acid, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Vitamin B5 (Panthenol), Lactic Acid, Matrixyl Synthe' 6 (*), (Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38), Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Potassium Hydroxide, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, White Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis), Goji Berry Extract (Lycium Barbarum), Polysorbate 20, PhytocellTec (*), (Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Water), Gigawhite (*), (Water, Water, Malva Sylvestris Extract (Mallow), Mentha Piperita Leaf Extract (Peppermint), Primula Veris Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Veronica Officinalis Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract), Methyl Cellulose, Glycerin, Melatonin, Caffeine, Biotin, Tocopheryl, Ceramide 3, Squalane, Behentrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Potassium Citrate.
Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil, ($24.99 for 1 oz./30ml. from Mad HippieAmazon and Walgreens): As the name suggests, this is a antioxidant-rich anti-aging oil, and it is deeply moisturizing and nourishing. It has a lightweight texture that is remarkably fast-absorbing, and when applied to warm slightly damp skin it absorbs immediately. It leaves behind no oily residue, and it imparts a gorgeous healthy glow. In addition to healthy luminous skin, one notices that fine lines are plumped, skin is beautifully hydrated, and over time photo damage is diminished.

In addition to an enviable list of natural active ingredients, Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil has the delectable smell that might be described an unassuming citrus that isn't in the least bit overpowering.

I can use this luxurious beauty oil day or night, or both, and my normal/combination skin feels soft, smooth, supple and luminous whenever I use it. I also love to add a drop or two to my foundations, tinted moisturizers and BB and CC creams for a dewy luminous finish.

According to Mad Hippie,

Make peace with your inner hippie while hydrating & protecting against photoaging….Our preservative-free antioxidant oil is truly the most natural way to moisturize.

Genuine flower power, natural antioxidants and active essentials work hand in hand to liberate the skin from signs of aging.  By leaving out harmful chemicals, parabens, synthetic color and fragrance, Mad Hippie helps your skin achieve true harmony.
  • 18 Actives with Argan Oil, Goji & Camu Camu
  • No Animal Testing
  • Vegan
  • Printed with soy inks with 100% wind energy (RECs)
  • Made in USA
Ingredients: Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa), Pomegranate Seed Oil (Punica Granatum), Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus), Cranberry Fruit Extract (Vaccinium Macrocarpon), Pomegranate Extract (Punica Granatum), Blueberry Extact (Vaccinium Angustifolium), Strawberry Fruit Extract (Fragaria Vesca), Kiwi Extract (Actinidia Chinensis), Watermelon Fruit Extract (Citrullus Vulgaris), Grape Seed Extract (Vitis Vinifera), Raspberry Seed Extract (Rubus Idaeus), Camu Camu Fruit Extract (Myrciaria Dubia), Acai Fruit Extract (Euterpe Oleracea), Goji Extract (Lycium Barbarum), Sea Buckthorn Berry Extract (Hippophae Rhamnoides), Hemp Seed Extract (Cannabis Sativa), Broccoli Extract (Brassica Oleracea Italica), Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus Sinensis), Vitamin E (Tocopherol).
Mad Hippie Face Cream ($25.99 for 1.02 oz. from Mad Hippie): I am utterly obsessed with this face cream, and simply cannot sing its praises enough. It is very lightweight and fast absorbing, and yet is is remarkably nourishing and moisturizing. Additionally, this antioxidant-rich and peptide-rich masterpiece of a moisturizer contains Matrixyl Synthe '6 and Syn-Tacks– both of which reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles while toning and firming the skin. Furthermore, it leaves skin soft, supply, hydrated and luminous.

According to Mad Hippie,

Packed to the brim with peptides and actives, our face cream is formulated to kick-start collagen production while Mother Nature's best antioxidants neutralize aging free radicals. Awarded Best Facial Moisturizer in Natural Solutions Magazine's Beauty with a Conscience Awards.

Select Ingredients and Their Attributes:

Matrixyl Synthe '6: "Advanced peptide works to naturally smooth the skin & reduce the appearance of wrinkles."

Syn-Tacks: "Dual peptide helps tone & firm the skin while reducing the appearance of wrinkles."

Coenzyme Q10: "Reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles by energizing skin cells, while also working to inhibit free radical damage."

Resveratrol: "Super potent antioxidant from wine & grapes that helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles & protect the skin from the effects of photoaging."

Green Tea: "Offers antioxidant protection from free radicals."

Niacinamide: "A powerful antioxidant that helps even skin tone & and reduce signs of aging."

Aloe Vera: "Skin protectant believed to increase the availability of oxygen to the skin."

Coconut Oil: "Moisturizes and soothes skin while creating a lipid barrier that fends off skin damage."

Argan Oil: "Natural healing agent from Northern Africa.  High source of vitamin E, essential fatty acids & phytosterols that work to  moisturize the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles."

Acai Berry: "Super antioxidant from Brazil that increases  levels of hydroxyproline, a vital amino acid required for the synthesis of collagen and elastin."

Pomegranate: "Potent antioxidant that is a high source of ellagic acid, a polyphenol that has been shown to provide some protection against photoaging & while working to even skin tone."

Full Ingredient List: Water, Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice), Cetearyl Alcohol, Matrixyl Synthe '6 (Peptide: Glycerin - Aqua - Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin - Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38), Safflower Seed Oil (Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil), Glycerin, Caprylic Capric Triglycerides, Niacinamide, Syntacks (Peptide: Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyroyl - Hydroxythreonine - Palmitoyl Dipeptide-6 Diaminohydroxybutyrate), Glyceryl Stearate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Phenethyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Sodium PCA, Sorbic Acid, C10-18 Triglycerides, Xanthan Gum, Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa Oil), Potassium Sorbate, Resveratrol, Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera Oil), Citric acid, Green Tea Extract (Camellia sinensis Leaf Extract), Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone), Acai Extract (Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract), Vitamin E (Tocopherol), White Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis Extract), Pomegranate Seed (Punica Granatum Seed Extract), Vitamin E (Tocotrienol), Steam Distilled Lime Extract (Citrus Aurantifolia Extract).
Mad Hippie Facial SPF 30+ ($24.99 for 2.1 oz. from Mad Hippie): This is a nourishing and hydrating antioxidant-rich mineral sunscreen that feels fantastic on the skin, and it does not leave behind a white cast or residue. 

According to Mad Hippie,

Our chemical-free, all natural 30+ Facial SPF utilizes zinc oxide - the safest and most natural physical blocking agent available. Combined with naturally photoprotective oils, red raspberry seed oil, avocado oil & carrot seed oil, plus vitamin C + Vitamin E + Ferulic Acid, this hydrating blend offers broad-range antioxidant protection from photoaging.

Select Ingredients and Their Attributes:

Zinc Oxide: "The gold standard for natural SPF protection, we use an all natural, micronized, nano-free zinc oxide that goes on clear and leaves no white residue." 

Red Raspberry Seed Oil: "Rich in omega 3 & omega 6 fatty acids, red raspberry seed oil provides natural antioxidant photoprotection while soothing and moisturizing the skin."

Avocado Oil: "Containing a variety of monounsaturated fats & naturally occurring vitamin E, avocado oil forms a protective barrier over the skin that helps protect against photoaging, while it naturally hydrates and soothes."

Carrot Seed Oil: "This soothing antioxidant oil has powerful antiseptic & photoprotective properties."

Vitamin C + Vitamin E + Ferulic Acid: "The same photoprotective powerhouse combo found in our vitamin C serum - read study."

Shea Butter: "Prized in Africa for centuries for its moisturizing and soothing qualities, shea butter is a rich source of the powerful antioxidants vitamin A & E, as well as crucial fatty acids, important in retaining skin elasticity."

Jasmine Oil: "Shown to have an uplifting, energizing, aromatherapeutic effect, jasmine oil is a powerful antiseptic oil that helps to balance moisture and increase skin elasticity."

Sodium Hyaluronate: " The salt of hyaluronic acid (HA), sodium hyaluronate has been shown to have better skin penetrating capabilities than HA alone. Works to plump up and moisturize the skin while reducing the appearance of wrinkles."

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (non-nano) 16% Purpose: Sunscreen. Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butyrospermum Parki (Shea Butter) Fruit, Deionized Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Glycerin, Isostearic Acid, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Phenethyl alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Ester, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Sodium Hyaluronate Acid Powder, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E). Free of Nanoparticles, Parabens, PABA, Petroleum, Oxybenzone, Avobenzone & UV Chemical Absorbers.
Overall Assessment: Mad Hippie makes exceedingly high quality healthy skincare products that are such a pleasure to use, and it amazes me that products this great are available at such fantastic prices. I highly recommend trying a few of their products so that you can see for yourself!

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  1. I'm using their cream cleanser now and it feels so comforting. My skin is normal dry and it's a great cleanser for me too.

    1. I am so glad that you are using their cream cleanser, it really is such a wonderful cleanser.


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