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10 Surprising Facts That You Didn't Know About Moisturizers


You and many others apply moisturizers every day. Yet, how much do you know about moisturizers? We think we found some interesting information(1-6)…if you just happened to be curious, or if you wanted to find some practical ways to use moisturizer(7-10) 

1. What was the First Moisturizer?

According to Archeologists, moisturizers entered the scene around 10,000 BC. Prior to this in 35,000 BC the wheel was invented, by people with dry hands. Geography determined the type of moisturizer that a culture used.

So really, there was not a “first moisturizer” but cultures suddenly began using what they could, in order to make moisturizers. 

2. The various moisturizer ingredients used centuries ago:

What was used often varied, some cultures used oils, like olive oil, while others used animal or plant based fats.

The Witch Hazel found in our Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipes was first utilized by Ponds Cream in 1846. While the Petroleum Jelly used in Vaseline was invented in 1872. It is said that the inventor Robert Chesebrough found oil field workers using a thick jelly on their wounds. Soon afterward, he invented Vaseline. 

Other moisturizer ingredients throughout the centuries include, but are probably not limited to: honey, bread, egg white, vinegar, ginger, vermillion(which has traces of mercury), old wine and lard, milk, castor oil, pig fat, strawberries, and benzopyrene.

3. The first known death possibly caused by over-moisturizing…with benzopyrene:

We will probably need to reserve a separate blog post about the first woman Pharaoh Hatshepsut. Both for becoming the first female Pharaoh(it has been said that she wore a fake beard), and because it appears that she used enough moisturizer to kill herself.

That moisturizer she used contained a very dangerous chemical called Benzopyrene. She was using it for her eczema. Through overuse,  she only reigned on the throne for a modest 15 years.

Benzopyrene contains high levels of carcinogens, hence why it is so dangerous.

4. Do moisturizers cause Skin Cancer?

In the case of Hatshepsut we see that un-natural moisturizers can have deadly side-effects. Yet can our modern products cause cancer? A well-known study in 2008 had shown that some moisturizers could potentially cause cancer, at least in mice. Mice of course, have a skin much different than human skin, so the results are inconclusive.

Really the best thing you could do prior to purchasing a moisturizer is finding out what is really in it. That is why we provide you with the ingredients for each of our products in our Collection.

Our Science page also reviews the natural ingredients that go into our products.

5. 85% of Moisturizers contain parabens to prevent bacteria growth. Parabens may cause cancer.

If the product you are using contains methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben, it has parabens. 

Parabens are known to affect estrogen levels, and according to research, when an influx of estrogen occurs, cell division has been known increase, in conjunction with tumors.

“CSC cites a 2004 British study that detected traces of five parabens in the breast tumors of 19 out of 20 women studied.” – Scientific American 

If you are looking for paraben free products, you may want to take a look at our recent blog post here.

6. Your skin care products may be making you feel sick.

Your skin is your largest organ. When you topically apply skin care products, the chemicals in that product will reach your blood stream faster than the nutrients in your food. Before starting your diet, take a look at your skin care products. 


If you feel sick, it may not be what you are eating, it may be what you are applying.



7. Waiting until your skin is dry to apply moisturizer, may keep your skin dry.

Moisturizer is meant to help preserve your skin's moisture. If your skin is dry when you apply moisturizer there isn’t very much moisture to envelope. So, apply moisturizer to your skin when it is damp, to help preserve the moisture.

8. Different areas of your body may respond better to different moisturizers.

Your body has varying levels of moisture. One type of moisturizer may not solve all of your problems or one area on your body may get too much moisture while another does not get enough. So keep an eye out for dry spots as that may be a sign that you need a different type of moisturizer.

9. Applying Moisturizer the wrong way can cause you to look older.

Start from the bottom, and move upwards. Skin sags, and if you are applying moisturizer in a downward motion you can tug on the skin, which can lead to sagging skin. 


Also, be sure to apply it gently.


10. Having oily skin does not always mean that you can skip moisturizing.

Your skin may overproduce its own oils to help replenish the moisture it is missing. Instead, you can use an oil free moisturizer like our Boldly Nourishing Moisturizer that doesn’t contain oils to help maintain your skin's moisture.


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Prepare for Dry Skin With a Paraben and Fragrance Free Moisturizer

Autumn is here and winter is coming. As the days are getting inevitably and depending on who you ask, regrettably colder you may be faced with a few associated and possibly recurring problems. We’re talking about dry skin, chapped Lips, frizzy hair, and the list goes on.

If you’re like us you may end up purchasing some moisturizer to help your dry skin, some chapstick for your lips and conditioner for your hair. Because it just makes sense!

But! You face these problems:

  • Not too long after you apply your new moisturizer, you find that it leaves you with a rash.
  • You may have learned that many moisturizers contain parabens, which may cause cancer.
  • Or your moisturizer works fine, but it has a very intense fragrance.

So what are your options? It might make the most sense to switch to a hypoallergenic, paraben free, fragrance free moisturizer. But where could you find one? Well, look no further!

We have a Paraben free and Fragrance free solution!

Our Boldly Nourishing Moisturizer and Boldly Nourishing Moisturizer Swipes are paraben free and fragrance free products.

Both of these products are compact, so you can conveniently carry them in your purse, or pocket. They are also leak-proof. Especially the Swipes, which enclose the moisturizer so you can simply Swipe it onto your dry skin.

The products themselves reduce the appearance of wrinkles and inhibit collagen breakdown. They also have Vitamin C to prevent melanin synthesis and skin discoloration. If you want to learn more about the natural ingredients we use, click here...

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How to Get Rid of a Sunburn: 10 Things You Can Do

How to get rid of a sunburn

Don't let the sun scare you out of going to the beach.

Almost everyone will get a sunburn at some point in their life. Luckily as we age it becomes easier to endure the resulting burning sensation. Sometimes though the burn may be annoying enough to ruin a day or two after an otherwise great vacation.

Do you want to know how to get rid of your sunburn?

While a little makeup might be able to help a sunburn look better the simple answer is:

It may take a some time to "get rid" of your sunburn. Sadly, there isn't a way yet to apply a magical cosmetic to your skin and wipe away the sunburn.

Sunburns fall into three categories First Degree Burns, Second Degree Burns, and Third Degree Burns. The sun can burn you in the same way that a fire burns your skin. "Wiping off" a sunburn would entail wiping off the skin tissue that is burnt.

To help speed up the skin tissues healing process, and endure the pain, we have 10 solutions that will help you deal with the side effects of having a good time at the beach.

1. Pain relievers

The burning sensation and the pain from the burn can be partially alleviated by Pain relievers such as Aspirin, Tylenol, and Advil.

2. Hydrocortisone

A topical, Over the counter drug. Applying a 1% hydrocortisone cream to the affected portion of the skin, can help alleviate some of the burning sensation caused by the sunburn.

3. Aloe Vera

The common "goto" for sunburn victims: Aloe Vera. The Skin Care products that we sell below contain Aloe Vera, and for a good reason-It works!

Facial Wipes 

Find out if you are allergic to Aloe Vera first. On a recent vacation in Kauai a friend of ours discovered he was allergic to Aloe Vera. His legs began to show signs of inflammation, and assuming that it was caused by the sunburn, he applied even more Aloe Vera. Thankfully a trip to the hospital wasn't required. This might be because Kauai is such an incredible destination.

4. Cooling Lotions Anti-Redness creams

Aloe vera isn't the only thing that can cool off your burnt skin. Don't count out cooling Menthol lotions or Redness reducing creams. However use them in moderation: use it too often and you could dry out the affected area.

Menthol is the natural extract from a mint plant.

5. Oatmeal Bath

Recommended by several sources, Oatmeal baths can help temper the burn on your skin, and aid your skin in the healing process. Studies show that the avenanthramides and phenols, chemicals contained in oatmeal, have anti-inflammatory properties. See the research here... 

6. Vinegar Cider

No, it is not an old wives tell, yes Vinegar Cider can temper the burning sensation of a sunburn. It is recommended that you dilute the Vinegar Cider, usually in a bath, maybe even in an Oatmeal Bath1 

7. Cool compress

A pretty simple solution to reduce the burn, a cool compress can help your skin feel a lot better. Don't use cold water, but rather a "cool" water compress is what we are looking for. You can find more information on doing this here... 

Instead of water, cool milk is often recommended as an alternative.

8. Topical Application of Food

Grind a cucumber down into a paste. It can give a cool and soothing effect if applied on Sunburned Skin. Cucumber contains healthy nutrients including Vitamin A and C, folate, manganese, silica, sulfur etc. It also has healing properties caused by a high concentration of antioxidant and analgesic agents.

Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil can be used as a sunblock and it can heal sunburned patches of skin. Lauric acid, a major component of the oil, promotes the healing of sunburns.

Live cultured yogurt
The yogurt should be plain, not flavored, and it should also contain probiotics. The probiotics and enzymes are helpful in healing skin. It can aid in the recovery of pain and redness from burns.

9. Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel has been used topically to treat burns, skin irritation, and sunburns. Studies have shown that Witch Hazel counters the effects of UVA and its harmful anti-free radical activity. You can experience the cleaning and soothing properties of Witch Hazel with our Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipes.

10. Prevention

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
- Benjamin Franklin(a regular user of Oatmeal Baths)

Yes, a quote from the 1700's is applicable.

Use Sunscreen

The best way to prevent a by using sunscreen. Anything over SPF 15 should work. Reapply every thirty minutes or as directed by the sunscreen bottle.

Simple, but learning about Prevention is most likely not the reason you are here reading this article

Don't like the mess or lugging around an annoying sunscreen bottle?

We have a natural compact wipe on sunscreen that you can easily carry in your pocket. 

11. Rose Hip Oil(Extra)

Containing essential fatty acids, Rose Hip Oil is an intensive moisturizer that can replenish dry skin, without over-treating non-dry skin. It can help soothe sunburns, and reduce the visibility of scars.

Our Boldly Nourishing Moisturizer contains Rose Hip Oil

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Beginners Guide to The Art of Hiking

"On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it." - Jules Renard

"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order." - John Burroughs

While it may sound like an oxymoron, there are very few activities as refreshing as a hike out in the wilderness. Certainly a hike may be exhausting, but the sheer impression left by nature on us reminds us that despite our hectic world, there is a calming harmony in nature.

Nature with its sights, sounds and smells often calls the hiker to its deep forests, and high peaks. Whether you are aspiring to go on a long or short hike there is one major precaution that you should consider first. Your skin.

Despite the extremes we encounter in Mother Nature there is a thin layer of skin between us and the outside world. At Adventuress we have put together a small guide to help you protect your skin, and try to ensure a comfortable hike. First, let’s look at the fundamentals concerning how to decide what products to pack when you are hiking.

Ten General Essentials1

Be sure to always take these with you even on short day hikes as a precaution. On a routine Day Hike you may not need a twenty pound backpack but be sure to include these items in some measure. The items on this list are only the essentials, feel free to take any additional items with you that will help you enjoy the hike.

      1. Navigation (map and compass)
      2. Adventuress Skin protection(Sunscreen)
      3. Insulation (extra clothing)
      4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
      5. First-aid supplies
      6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
      7. Repair kit and tools
      8. Nutrition (extra food)
      9. Hydration (extra water)
      10. Emergency shelter

Be Lightweight to Enjoy Your Hike

When you are trying to decide what to pack, contemplate the amount of weight that you would be comfortable carrying. There will be rocks, streams, up-hills, and downhills that you must navigate through, while managing your gear. Initially when you start the hike you may not care about the weight, but after mile seventeen, you will certainly notice it.  

“The lighter the pack, the more enjoyable the journey” is the mantra of many seasoned hikers.

Here are 6 ways to get your pack lighter2:

  1. Reduce each item's weight. Modify items to reduce superfluous weight, replace items that were manufactured using heavy materials with items made from lighter ones, or exchange fully featured items for minimalist (and therefore lighter) items.3
  2. Weigh everything. First weigh every item and record its weight. Only with precise before and after weights can one optimize total backpack weight.
  3. Share gear with the others joining you on the hike. For example, four people sleep in a four-person tent, one stove for 2-4 people, etc.
  4. Swap gear for skills through reading and practice. The greater one's skills in using the environment and gear, the fewer tools you will need to carry. For example, by knowing where you can get water on the hike, you don’t need to carry as much.
  5. Lighten your feet. Hiking shoes are cheaper and lighter than hiking boots. Hiking shoes have also evolved to be a lot more useful on long distance hikes.
  6. Multi-purpose. Try to find items that work well for different tasks, for example a poncho can be used as a tent, hiking poles can be used as tent poles, wool socks(dry) can be used as mittens, etc.

Water will be the heaviest item you carry. However if you take advantage of compact water bladders like the Camelbak you can efficiently carry more water without as much concern for weight. This brings us to the next Fundamental.

Think Compact to be More Lightweight

An important part of setting up your backpack involves taking into account the 10 essentials and if any of them are heavy cumbersome things, you need to consider what makes it essential. By knowing what makes it essential, you can take the fundamentals of why it is essential and find a more lightweight, compact replacement. For example-water bladders.

Another good example is sunscreen. Sunscreen is a liquid that often comes in a mid-large sized container. Liquids are often heavy, and the container might take up a considerable amount of space. What makes sunscreen fundamentally important? It prevents sunburns. What is a more lightweight, and compact replacement? Adventuress has Sunscreen Swipes that weigh .10 Ounces a piece. As a plus they are thin, therefore they will not take up any space in your pack.

The non-essential items that you want to bring should also go through the same process. Whatever you decide to pack, whether it is essential or not, think compact.

Packing compact also helps you dispose of items without taking up additional space for trash. Which leads us to the next fundamental. 

Leave No Trace to Protect the Environment 

We do not advocate littering. Preserve the forest because the forest helps to preserve us.  Take care of it, because it takes care of you. When you have trash to dispose of, you have to repack that trash. Therefore items should be “easy” to dispose of. When we say “easy to dispose of”, any trash that you have shouldn’t take up more space, but rather it should ideally take up less space. Items that are easy to dispose of, either take up less space, or they weigh less after use. 

Be Odorless to Prevent Attracting Bears

While hiking the skin product you use, should also be odorless. The reasons why may be obvious. Nature in and of itself has subtle enjoyable smells, there are no a lot of people that want to smell "Wild Tangerine" when they are out trying to enjoy nature. Bears also are especially susceptible to smells, and according to reports lotions or perfumes may attract them in the same way as food4

If you want to bring lotion, or other skin care products on the hike our products are odorless.

Be Water Resistant to Prevent Hypothermia

Water can ruin a hike real fast, just refer to essential number 3. Often hikers pack a poncho to keep from getting wet, and they pack extra socks, clothes, etc. to replace wet clothing with dry clothing. The reason being that water creates friction, and it can cause disorientation, or possibly hypothermia. While it does feel good to cool off in a rainstorm, lake, or waterfall you may encounter colder weather further along the hike. If you want to enjoy these things an extra change of clothing is not only recommended, but essential.

Not to mention you will most likely sweat throughout the entire hike. Having water resistant clothing will help protect you from the repercussions of friction caused by water. Similarly using skin care products that are water resistant will help prevent redundant re-applications of that product.

Some Solutions to Protect The Hikers Skin

There is a thin layer of skin between us and the outside world and we should try to nurture it on every adventure. Now that we have gone over the fundamentals of how and what to pack on a hike.

We will briefly go over some solutions to protect the hikers skin. 

Nature impacts your skin in the following ways:

  • The Sun
  • The Dirt
  • Friction
  • Bug Bites

The Sun

    Hikes are long physical activities where you are often exposed to the sun at high elevations. A sunburn is usually guaranteed. Keeping with our packing fundamentals earlier, to help prevent sunburns, take a lightweight sunscreen that is not messy, it is easy to use, compact, and is waterproof. For example our YouVee’s Sunscreen Swipes, are compact, lightweight, and don’t have the mess normally associated with bottled sunscreen.

    Other than sunscreen it is recommended that you cover up with a hat, pants rather than shorts, and a long sleeve shirt, but the heat often makes this really difficult. There are clothes that are meant for hiking however that are more breathable, and include moisture wicking to keep you dry. Clothes will also help protect your skin from the final three conditions that can impact your skin.

    Our Sunscreen Swipes were featured in Fitness Magazine.

    The Dirt

      Dirt, or mud, getting either of these or both on your legs, arms, and face is normal when you are hiking. While you may be miles away from a shower Adventuress has Refreshing Facial Wipes that will help you keep clean and refreshed while on your hike.

      Again sticking with our fundamentals, while facial wipes are not on the 10 essential list, our wipes are lightweight, compact, and easy to dispose of.

      Our Refreshing Facial Wipes were featured in Cosmopolitan


        Repeated motions while you are hiking, especially on the bottom of your feet can create blisters, which are caused by the friction between your foot and shoe. To have a comfortable hike and prevent blisters on your feet, we recommend that you bring a few pairs of socks as the sweat from your feet will often make the inside of your socks wet, resulting in additional friction. Hence why there are also moisture wicking socks that will help prevent your foot from becoming too wet, by “wicking” the sweat.

        There is nothing like a new change of socks in the middle of a hike either. 

        Sock liners can also help reduce friction. Sock liners are meant to be an extra layer between your foot and your sock. They are generally made out of silk, which is especially known for its lack of friction. Since they are nearly weightless, and they are really compact we recommend them.

        Bug Bites

          Nearly left out of this list, bug bites are really annoying. There are a few of ways to prevent bug bites. So far the most successful one that we have experienced is DEET specifically Ben’s DEET, recognizable by the Porsche red spray bottle. Wearing long-sleeved clothing is also a great way to prevent excessive bug bites. Since you can buy a small bottle of Maximum Strength Ben’s DEET that is lightweight and compact, we really recommend adding it to your pack as well.

          Hiking is fun

          Hiking certainly does sound like an oxymoron based on preceding information, however the solutions mentioned above are to help you prevent the things that often ruin a refreshing hiking experience. Adventuress cares about protecting your skin, so blisters, sweat, and sunburns don’t ruin your week and your adventure.

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          1. REI Expert Advice: The Ten Updated Essentials

          2. Wikipedia: Ultralight Backpacking

          3. Beyond Backpacking: Ray Jardines Guide to Lightweight Hiking

          4. Stack Exchange: Are bears attracted to Lotions and Perfumes?

          Our Product as Featured in: IMAGE Magazine - New York
          Image Magazine featured our Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipes saying: "This all-encompassing facial wipe removes more than just mascara. Formulated with MultiEx BSA, which is a unique combination of seven plant extracts including: Witch Hazel, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Chamomilia Recutita Flower, Centella Asiatica, Licorice Root, Camellia Sinensis Leaf, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root, and Rosemary Leaf.

          The Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipes aid in combating inflammation, act as an environmental shield, treat acne, and provide temporary relief of minor skin irritations. These disposable biodegradable towelettes are TSA friendly and are suitable for all skin types. As a plus, they are fragrance and alcohol-free."

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          A True Adventuress: Rock Climber Beth Rodden

          Beth Rodden embodies the Adventuress spirit through and through.  From setting world records on sheer mountain cliffs to coming out of a terrorist hostage situation in Kyrgyzstan, Rodden has lived quite the Adventuress life!  Not only is she an inspiration to rock climbers everywhere, but she’s come through difficult situations that would have defeated most people.

          Record-Setting Climber
          In 1998, at the young age of 18, Beth Rodden became the first female to redpoint a 5.14 climb in America.  She performed her magic on To Bolt or Not to Be at Smith Rock in Oregon.  If you’re wondering what exactly those terms mean, prepare to be impressed!

          ‘Redpointing’ is a term used for free-climbing.  When free-climbing, there’s nothing to help a climber get up the rock face.  The climber will wear a harness and use ropes to catch herself if she falls.  But, otherwise there’s very little protection, and nothing to help her up!

          As for the rating of To Bolt or Not to Be, 5.14 is no walk in the park.  A 5.14 climb is the most difficult (read: steep) form of climb to have ever been graded!  The fact that Beth Rodden completed these feats at the age of 18 makes her a true adventuress.

          Strength in the Face of Danger
          Most people who know of Beth Rodden are familiar with her for having endured six days as a hostage in Kyrgyzstan in 2000.  Climbing in the Kara Su Valley, they were taken hostage, and finally escaped after four of the guards left, and the remaining one was overpowered.  After recovering, she returned at the top of her climbing game 21 months later in May 2002.

          Daring Adventuresses like Beth Rodden know how important it is to use the best facial moisturizer available to protect skin.  Whether you’re climbing in Kyrgyzstan or just going out for a jog, make sure to use plenty of sunscreen lotion this summer!

          Chlorine: A Poolside Menace


          Summer has arrived and you are all set up next to the pool.  You take a sip of that frozen drink you are holding and sit back to enjoy some rays.  Temperatures seem to be rising on the pool deck so you get up and slide into the pool to take a dip and cool off.

          This is nothing abnormal, and sounds extremely refreshing!  But, do you ever take a second to stop and think just exactly what it is that you are dipping your skin into?  Don’t get me wrong, pools are great, but that chlorine that is inserted into the water to keep pesky germs away has some side affects to it that can cause harm to your skin.

          Did you know that chlorine can cause lines and wrinkles in your skin?  After swimming, does your skin ever feel dry?  Again, another side effect of chlorine after it has robbed your skin of its natural moisturizing oils.

          Chlorine is around us in nearly every bit of water that we find ourselves coming into contact with, and that has in some way, shape, or form been delivered to us.  There is chlorine in our drinking water and in the water that we shower in.  So, with this poolside menace everywhere around us how do we deal with it?

          Like with most things, preventative action is always the best cure.  Ensuring that you have the proper body and facial moisturizers, as well as a skin restorative product, will help you on your way to protecting your skin.  Since you will be outside and in the sun when at the pool – also, remember to bring along a high performance sunscreen to protect you and your skin when you are not battling the chlorine.  There are lots of battles to be fought but an Adventuress is prepared for any situation.

          The Harsh Truth of Chapped Skin

          Chapped Skin Solution

          Chapped skin is not only physically annoying—it’s also unpleasant to the eye.  The formation of fissures and/or cracks on your skin is often caused by dry skin coming into contact with wind and cold.  This mixture is a formulation for disaster to your face – causing pain and sometimes long lasting effects.

          Other causes of chapped skin include dry air, excessive hand washing, and long showers.  Because every Adventuress enjoys taking advantage of the great outdoors, this drying out of the skin, if not properly dealt with, combined with the elements outside can also cause irritable chapping.

          The repeated abuse to your skin from such occasions can have long lasting impacts on your skin.  The skin around your face is sensitive, and it is up to you to ensure that you are taking care of it.  Chapped skin can be prevented but it is left to us to fight the battle head on and stop chapping before it starts.

          Here are a few good habits to utilize:

          Use a mild soap – don’t use something that is literally ripping the moisture right from your skin.  If you can immediately feel the dryness after using a particular soap then it is probably too strong.

          Shorten those steamy showers – yes, they feel great after a long run but they are drying your skin out.  These simple pleasures can be more damaging than they are worth when indulged in too much.

          Moisturize your skin – Having the best facial moisturizer available is a must.  And it’s not just about having it available to use once in awhile; daily regular use is best.  You are running your body literally through the ringer each and every day – take care of it.

          These are just a few basic, simple, yet effective methods to preventing chapped skin.  Don’t let yourself get caught out in the cold, wind or rain without having taken the proper precautions – your skin will thank you.

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