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Facial Care Basics

By Malia Curran, February 5, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Malia Curran

What we put on our bodies is just as important as what we put in our bodies. So just like we invest in our health with high quality whole foods, we should make a similar commitment when purchasing facial care cleaners, toners and moisturizers. How? Check out these basic facial regimen steps (and recommendations!) that can yield real results.

Remove dirt, impurities and makeup without stripping away natural oils and moisture with plant oils such as jojoba and sweet almond oil. Dr. Haushka’s Cleansing Milk is one of my picks. Along with jojoba and sweet almond oil, it has bentonite clay, which soothes, and anthyllis extract, which helps tone and balance. Susan Wattik, our Associate Global Whole Body Coordinator, also puts this product on her “must have” list since it’s also great for removing makeup. Tip: Most of the Dr. Haushka line of products meets our Premium Body Care™, our highest standards in sourcing, environmental impact, results and safety.

Exfoliating helps stimulate new skin cell growth. Choose products with gentle exfoliants and enzymes for mild sloughing. Look for organic sea kelp, jojoba beads, papaya and pineapple enzymes to help unclog pores and remove dead skin cells.

One of our favorites is Acure Brightening Facial Scrub. Organic sea kelp gently exfoliates while French green clay and organic lemon peel remove impurities from pores.


Facial toners restore hydration and pH balance after cleansing and can be a pick-me-up throughout the day. Susan loves anything with rose. “Its aromatic, soothing, refreshing and nourishing. I use it daily and have it on my desk for a quick refresh. It has a tremendous positive effect on stressful days.”

Nourish & Moisturize

Our favorite moisturizers use natural emollients to nourish the skin with essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants. Looking for a superfood for your skin? Argan oil delivers vitamin E and essential fatty acids to visibly restore texture, elasticity and tone. Often referred to as “liquid gold,” we hear that it works well on hair too. (Look for Acure Argan Oil. It’s 100% organic, lightweight and easily absorbed.) Other moisturizing powerhouses include jojoba oil and shea butter.

Eye Care
Don’t just grab any eye cream with a pretty label. High quality ingredients can reduce the appearance of wrinkle depth. MyChelle Fabulous Eye Cream nourishes the delicate eye area with edelweiss plant stem cells. Hyaluronic acid holds in moisture to help minimize the appearance of fine lines.


Check out 3-in-1 Clean Towelettes by Alba Botanica. It’s a makeup remover + cleanser + toner. Pineapple enzymes give a deep-pore cleanse while aloe and awapuhi tone – all in one wipe! Also consider a combination product that nourishes, moisturizes and protects. Look for fruit stem cells, antioxidant complexes and aloe vera. How about some SPF? Andalou Naturals All in One Beauty Balm works well with or without any makeup.

Trying a new regime or new products? Remember patience. Your skin needs time to adjust to new nourishment. It takes 50-75 days for new skin cells to form, surface and slough off. Most important, don’t rely on topical products alone. Prioritize hydration, stress reduction, and nutrition (think plant-based foods, antioxidants and good fats) to reap all the benefits of quality skin care.

What’s on your list of favorite facial care secrets?

Category: Whole Body




Carol says ...
Do you sell Kosmea products in your store? Thanks.
02/27/2014 3:26:06 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CAROL - Our exact products differ between locations. Check with your local store to see what they have in stock!
02/28/2014 6:19:37 PM CST
Sharnell says ...
Do you sell Rhassoul or Bentonite clay?
04/04/2014 1:19:38 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SHARNELL - Check with your local store to see what they have in stock. Our items can differ between stores!
04/04/2014 1:58:41 PM CDT
Peggy Moore says ...
Will the MyChelle Line be included in your 25% off Sales on February 7th-9th?
04/13/2014 12:48:38 PM CDT
sonia says ...
hi there, why none of your cosmetic product appears online i cannot order anything i need to come to wholefood shops in person? are they any reason for that? thanks for your answer
04/13/2014 3:19:19 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@PEGGY - This sale was in February so I made sure to update the post. Check with your local store as they might have an eta for when that will be on sale next!
04/15/2014 3:13:00 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SONIA - Since our exact product options differ between locations we do not currently have an online ordering system for each store. We do have a store in Austin that can ship items if you're looking for a particular product. You can reach them at 512-542-2243 for details.
04/15/2014 3:31:10 PM CDT
marco says ...
I been looking a product for lips from annmari borlind, can you please let me know where I can find it in San Fernando area?
04/16/2014 1:43:50 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MARCO - Since our product options differ between stores, it would be best to check with the store nearest to you. You can search for stores by zip code at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list and a Whole Body team member will be happy to help you!
04/17/2014 12:49:48 PM CDT
alan says ...
Its my understanding applying oil to the face does not allow the skin to breath. Why then is Whole Foods advising us to apply oil as a facial treatment right here on this page ? Does Malia Currin and the Whole Foods whole body department believe their facial-care products allow the skin to breath? If so, why isn't this very harmful facial skin problem even mentioned on this page. When I clicked on your 'Premium Body Care' standards link from this page I found a lot of hype and very little science.
05/13/2014 4:12:19 AM CDT
Tekkie says ...
Hello, Do you sell Russell Organics in store? http://www.russellorganics.com Thank you
06/09/2014 4:52:11 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@TEKKIE - Our exact product options differ between stores. Check with your local store to see if they carry Russell Organics.
06/10/2014 2:14:35 PM CDT
Irene says ...
Hi do you have Day Rose Cream available in your Paramus, NJ store?
06/20/2014 12:38:45 PM CDT
Megan says ...
@IRENE - Since our product options differ between stores, it would be best to check with the store directly. The phone number for the Paramus store is 201.226.1244. Hope that helps!
06/20/2014 3:40:07 PM CDT
carol raddle says ...
Where can I pick up Days Rose Cream? If at all?
06/21/2014 9:50:29 PM CDT
Roslyn says ...
I am looking for Day Rose Cream. Can you advise if your store is stocking it?
06/22/2014 8:53:24 AM CDT
Megan says ...
@CAROL & ROSLYN, Since our product options differ between stores, it would be best to check with the store nearest to you. You can search for stores by zip code at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list and a Whole Body team member will be happy to help you!
06/27/2014 7:43:53 AM CDT
sabina says ...
I am disabled and can not get to your store, I am looking to buy the Day Rose Moisterizing Cream, can you help me. Thank you. Sabina
06/27/2014 10:06:13 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SABINA - We have a store located in Austin that can ship non-perishable items within in the US. If you call the Concierge desk at 512-542-2243 they can see if they have this particular item in stock to ship directly to you.
06/30/2014 1:02:17 PM CDT
KLee says ...
I am looking for a facial cream that was bought at a Whole Foods store. It is called Rose Day Cream. Will that be available in the new soon-to-open Whole Foods on Tunnel Road in Asheville, NC? Can I get the exact name of it, I used mine up a while ago. Thanks!
07/06/2014 5:39:02 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@KLEE - I would suggest reaching out to the store where you purchased the face cream to see what the brand name is. Once our Asheville store is open they will be happy to check if they have this in stock. Our products differ between stores/regions so if they do not carry it, definitely let them know you're interested!
07/07/2014 1:16:04 PM CDT
Elizabeth says ...
Great to see Jojoba oil recommended for eye makeup removal. I have seen too many eye problems from people using harsh eye makeup removal substances. This is a natural product that is soothing to the eyelids while retaining moisture.
07/10/2014 10:49:51 AM CDT