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2/16/2012
Ask the Esthetician
Ask the Esthetician

Pomegranate or wild rose? Body oils or lotions? Weleda has more than 100 natural skin-care products to choose from, so discovering which ones are best for you and your skin can be tricky. The Weleda website (usa.weleda.com) is a useful resource for information about our ingredients, philosophy and products, and you’ll even find an FAQ with more than 50 questions and answers. Can’t find the answer to your query there? Send it to us via Twitter (@weleda), Facebook (facebook.com/weleda) or email it to editor@weleda.com. We might even include it here on these pages, where Weleda holistic skin-care expert and esthetician Patricia Pol, pictured above, answers some of the most commonly asked questions we get from you — our amazing fans! cr

» Are your products safe for use during pregnancy? — Dena, New York City

Fortunately, being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite Weleda products! Our personal-care products are completely safe for use during pregnancy. We even have products just for moms-to-be, including our Stretch Mark Massage Oil (formerly known as Pregnancy Body Oil). With all of the hormonal changes happening in your body, your skin may be more sensitive or break out more than usual. In that case, you may want to use our Almond Soothing Facial Care for sensitive skin until things calm down. Although it’s not harmful, one product you don’t really need to use is the Birch Cellulite Oil. These nine months are not the time to worry about detoxifying or cellulite. Instead, we recommend that you embrace and celebrate all of the miraculous changes your body is experiencing, use the Stretch Mark Massage Oil daily to help calm itching and maintain skin’s elasticity, and break out the Birch Cellulite Oil after the baby arrives. As for Weleda’s homeopathic and anthroposophic remedies, we recommend that you ask your healthcare provider before using them during pregnancy.

» I have been using Weleda’s Wild Rose Smoothing Facial Care for years and I love it. I am now in my early 40s, and my question is, Should I switch to the new Pomegranate line? — Laurel, Washington, DC.

Weleda offers several different facial care lines suitable for all skin types. For example, we recommend our Iris Hydrating Facial Care for youthful skin, Wild Rose Smoothing Facial Care to smooth first lines and Pomegranate Firming Facial Care for aging skin. While both the Wild Rose and Pomegranate lines contain plant ingredients that help support your skin as it ages, the active ingredients in the Pomegranate line are more powerful. Since we all have different skin types and lifestyles, our skin-care needs will differ. If your skin is glowing and healthy into your 40s, with perhaps a few fine lines, then you can continue to use the Wild Rose Smoothing Facial Care, but you may want to add the Pomegranate Firming Serum to your routine. Apply it daily under your moisturizer to help support your skin’s cell renewal process and repair sun damage. You can also use the Pomegranate Firming Eye Cream for an extra-firming boost around the eyes. We don’t usually recommend switching to the Pomegranate Firming Facial Care in your 30s unless you really need it. Pomegranate has many active ingredients specifically suited for that time in our lives when the skin’s cell renewal significantly slows down. Just like you wouldn’t give a baby food that it’s not ready to digest, you don’t need to give your skin ingredients that it doesn’t yet need. But regardless of whether you’re using rose or pomegranate, remember to always embrace — and celebrate — your natural beauty.

» I’ve been told the Almond Soothing Facial Care for sensitive skin is fragrance-free, but I still smell a light scent. Why is that?
— Mary Beth, San Francisco

Your nose is not fooling you! Weleda’s Almond Soothing Facial Care products do have a soft natural aroma, but they are indeed fragrance-free. The light scent you smell comes from the sweet almond and plum kernel oils. We use pure essential oils to fragrance our Iris, Wild Rose and Pomegranate Facial Care lines, but we leave them out of the Almond line because they have a stimulating effect and can sometimes irritate sensitive skin. Generally though, natural essential oils are well-tolerated by the skin and provide numerous physical and psychological benefits, including balancing, nourishing and rejuvenating our body, soul and spirit. Essential oils, sometimes called the “soul” of a plant, also help to preserve the quality of our formulas, so we are able to avoid using chemical preservatives. And we never use synthetic fragrances, which can mimic the aroma of what’s found in nature but can never transcend it.