We asked the team at Annmarie Gianni Skin Care what they thought would surprise us the most about the commercial skincare products many of use every day.
Owner Annmarie Gianni and Director of Operations Rachel Pachivas replied that they thought people would be shocked if they knew where chemicals in skincare are coming from and why they're in the products in the first place.
"A lot of people assume that harmful ingredients are used in products because they make your skin look better," they said. "Even if people are aware that the ingredient is unhealthy, they often believe that it is in the product because it will make them look better or make the product work better."
But they said that in reality, a lot of the ingredients have nothing to do with improving your skin or hair, but rather are industrial waste products. When some companies have to find a way to dispose of their waste, they can try to convince people that their byproducts are safe or even useful, and then dump them into products we use every day, they said. (Learn more about 10 ingredients that you definitely don't want in your personal care products.)
Here, Annmarie and Rachel talk more about their products and the benefits of avoiding these toxic products and going natural. Read on:
Tell us about Annmarie Gianni Skin Care ... what products do you offer? Who should be using them?
Annmarie Gianni Skin Care is a pure and natural skin care line made with organic and wild-crafted ingredients. Not only are we 100 percent free of toxic chemicals, but we use the healing power of plant extracts and pure oils to create potent products that make your skin glow. Herb-infused aloe and oils provide the bases for these products, instead of fillers like water or alcohol.
Our products are housed in a special glass called MIRON Violet Glass, which does not allow visible light to pass through. This protects the product from light damage and oxidation, giving it a longer shelf life without the use of synthetic preservatives, and sustains the potency of the ingredients inside.
We are committed to responsibly sourcing high-quality plants, which undergo minimal processing at low temperatures and a month-long steeping process to capture their active components for a highly potent product. The longer you nourish your skin with our products, the healthier and more radiant your skin becomes.
In addition to our products being pure and real, the Annmarie Gianni Skin Care team strives to bring our vision into the eyes of the community. We believe knowledge is power, and we love providing information on organics, wild-crafting, truth in labeling, and transparency, as well as giving back to the community. We feel we are truly a growing inspiration for the skin care industry.
People who want to eliminate toxic chemicals from their lives are often drawn to our products. People who have had illnesses in the past or find that they are sensitive to chemicals in their skin care, laundry detergent and elsewhere throughout their home come to us wanting something gentle for their skin. Our products are not only natural; they are effective. They're perfect for someone who wants their skin to look younger, have an even skin tone, and boast a balanced complexion so that it is soft and free of breakouts.
What products do you offer?
We offer everything from pH-balanced cleansers, simple hydrosol toning mists, herb infused facial oil, serums, eye treatment, scrubs and masks; to body products like oils and lotions. While we have a varied assortment of products, the one factor that will never change is that they are all straight from nature. You can see what products we offer here and how you can use them atwww.annmariegianni.com/discover.
Who should be using them?
Everyone. We have quite a few products to be a companion to many different skin types. If you are interested in finding out your skin type, you may do so here.
What made you become so passionate about natural skincare products?
Annmarie Gianni: When I first started looking for products that I could recommend to people, I felt really embarrassed. When I looked into the products I had on my own shelves, I realized I couldn't recommend any of them. The products I was using had chemicals and preservatives. To think that all that time I had no idea what I was putting on my skin! I started doing research to find out all the stuff that is in the products, and I was shocked at what I found.
I started researching labs with the intention to make my own products. Some of the labs I talked to told me that I could add ingredients into the products without saying so. That made me even more infuriated about the lack of transparency that was allowed.
What are the risks associated with commercial products?
With all of these commercial products, there are many risks that might be associated with using them, including headaches, backaches, stiff joints, nausea, diarrhea, asthma or allergy attacks, dizziness, memory loss, stuttering, premature puberty, low sperm count, reduced motor skills, sudden mood swings, dyslexia, ADHD, anti-social behavior/autism, birth defects, hormonal abnormalities, thyroid disorders, reproductive problems, liver and central nervous system complications, and many others.
How can we become smarter shoppers when it comes to beauty products?
Annmarie Gianni: Vetting the company and really getting to know who is behind the products are the first steps. Contact the company and try to get to know them. If you get resistance, then I'd be a little cautious. If they're honest and excited about what they're putting in their products, they should be forthcoming with that information.
What are some of your favorite natural ingredients for skin care?
Annmarie Gianni: I love using coconut oil, honey, aloe, lavender oil, and neroli. Those are my favs!
What's your daily skin care routine consist of?
Annmarie Gianni: In the mornings, I wash with the aloe herb cleanser, then I use our Anti-Aging Serum and Herbal Facial Oil for Normal and Combination Skin. Throughout the day, I spritz with our Neroli Toning Mist. I use the Coconut Body Oil right when I get out the shower. And every three days, I scrub with the Dead Sea Scrub.
Because I have kids now and don't have as much time, my evening routine has become more simple. I generally just end up washing my face with the Aloe Herb Cleanser. If it's really dry, I may moisturize it; but if not, I just go to bed with a clean face.
What do you do when you really want to pamper your skin?
Annmarie Gianni: I'll take a bath first and foremost. While I'm in there, I love doing the Purifying Mud Mask (I mix it with the Aloe Herb Cleanser) for twenty minutes, then the Coconut Honey Mask for ten. In my bathwater, I love adding calendula and lavender flowers, then pumping some coconut body oil in there, too.
How can we care for our skin better going into the winter months?
Hope and Abby (two of our team members): It's definitely important to moisturize more during the winter months. Stick with gentle, nourishing ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter and aloe vera.
You may want to switch to richer moisturizers in the winter. For example, some people love using our Herbal Facial Oil for Normal and Combination Skin most of the time; but during the winter months, they prefer the richer Anti-Aging Facial Oil. Or instead of the Citrus Mint Cleanser, you may want to use our creamy Aloe Herb Cleanser.
If you're the type who loves to make things yourself, check out our article on DIY recipes to help you combat dry winter skin.
What sorts of things do you avoid in order to keep your skin healthy (products, foods, etc.)?
Annmarie Gianni: It's hard to think of what to avoid. I think about more of what I do for my skin, like drinking water with lemon in it. I really make an effort to keep myself hydrated. Lately, I've been allowing myself to eat a lot more than usual since I just gave birth.
Something I definitely avoid are greasy foods, especially pizza. This will show up on my face instantly. I always avoid GMO, non-organic or heavily processed foods. A lot of the effects that show up on our skin can come from household products and the toxic chemical industry. So that is a definite must: avoiding chemicals in our house.