Skincare 101

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Don’t Overdo It

When it comes to skincare, less is more. Though we’ve been taught to believe in quick fixes and use night creams, day creams, eight different serums, and special treatments for every type of condition, for many of us, using too many products – and too many ingredients – can actually lead to more problems. The fewer ingredients in a skincare product, the gentler and safer it will be (especially for sensitive skin). Overuse of products can cause inflammation, which is often at the root of several skin problems ranging from acne, rosacea to aging skin. Read More

When it comes to skincare, less is more. Though we’ve been taught to believe in quick fixes and use night creams, day creams, eight different serums, and special treatments for every type of condition, for many of us, using too many products – and too many ingredients – can actually lead to more problems. The fewer ingredients in a skincare product, the gentler and safer it will be (especially for sensitive skin). Overuse of products can cause inflammation, which is often at the root of several skin problems ranging from acne, rosacea to aging skin. Harsh ingredients like acids (synthetic or even plant-based), sulfates, retinols, exfoliants and fragrance can further irritate skin causing sensitization, redness or flaky skin. At Peet Rivko, we believe in getting back to the basics. So we cut through the industry’s noise to bring you what you need the most: an easy, safe, and effective minimalist skincare routine with gentle, plant-based ingredients.

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Cleanse Gently

If you do just one thing for your skin—wash it. Cleansing is important because during the day bacteria, airborne pollutants, dirt, and dead skin cells build up on your face and clog your pores. All skin types benefit from using a mild, hydrating cleanser that removes debris and makeup. Read More

If you do just one thing for your skin—wash it. Cleansing is important because during the day bacteria, airborne pollutants, dirt, and dead skin cells build up on your face and clog your pores. All skin types benefit from using a mild, hydrating cleanser that removes debris and makeup. Stay away from foaming cleaners and harsh surfactants (i.e. foaming agents) which can cause damage to the skin barrier (the skin barrier is the outermost layer of your skin’s surface made of cells and lipids) and lead to tightness, dryness, and irritation. Our Gentle Cleanser is sulfate-free and has a lightweight creamy texture. It washes the day away without stripping the skin of its good natural oils (think of natural oils like healthy fats in food—not all are bad!) or compromising the skin’s barrier. We love it because it’s free of toxins and harsh additives while leaving your skin soft and smooth. It’s also made with aloe vera, green tea, and allantoin, all of which help soothe and reduce inflammation.

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Say No to Irritants

It’s important to remember that natural doesn’t always mean gentle. At Peet Rivko, we make natural skincare minus common irritants. Our formulas are free of harsh actives, fragrance, essential oils, nut oils, limonene, and floral extracts. Even ingredients commonly found in natural skincare products can be sensitizing and are often problematic for sensitive skin. Essential oils for example, smell amazing but are highly concentrated extracts that can cause burning, itchiness and inflammation for sensitive types. Citrus-based essentials oils, also react to UV light and can cause inflammation and phototoxicity. Read More

It’s important to remember that natural doesn’t always mean gentle. At Peet Rivko, we make natural skincare minus common irritants. Our formulas are free of harsh actives, fragrance, essential oils, nut oils, limonene, and floral extracts. Even ingredients commonly found in natural skincare products can be sensitizing and are often problematic for sensitive skin. Essential oils for example, smell amazing but are highly concentrated extracts that can cause burning, itchiness and inflammation for sensitive types. Citrus-based essentials oils, also react to UV light and can cause inflammation and phototoxicity.

Here’s why we’re different: the oils we use in Peet Rivko products are called ‘carrier’ oils or plant oils. Carrier oils come from the nuts, fleshy fruit, or seeds of a plant and are chemically very different from essential oils. They are not concentrated extracts but stable base oils that can you safely apply directly to skin. We especially love jojoba oil, which is cold-pressed from the seeds of the jojoba shrub, and avocado oil which is made from the fleshy, green part of the avocado fruit. You’ll also find prickly pear oil which is a desert cactus; its seeds are pressed into a lightweight oil, which is chock full of antioxidants and vitamins. You’ll only find plant oils in our products and we carefully source those that are 100% organic and cold-pressed.

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Natural vs. Non-toxic

It’s hard to know what brands mean when they call themselves ‘natural’ or ‘nontoxic’. The unfortunate truth is that is confusing. The FDA – the government agency responsible for overseeing the cosmetic industry – does not regulate the usage of either term, so brands are free to call their products whatever they want. This puts the onus on the consumer to figure out what’s in a product. This can be a big burden to bear when ingredients are often listed in what can look like code or Greek to anyone without a science degree. That's why we want to be 100% transparent with you about what we mean when we say Peet Rivko is both natural and non-toxic. For us, ‘natural’ means “plant-based,” and we list the plant source for every ingredient used on our site and our labels.  Read More

It’s hard to know what brands mean when they call themselves ‘natural’ or ‘nontoxic’. The unfortunate truth is that is confusing. The FDA – the government agency responsible for overseeing the cosmetic industry – does not regulate the usage of either term, so brands are free to call their products whatever they want. This puts the onus on the consumer to figure out what’s in a product. This can be a big burden to bear when ingredients are often listed in what can look like code or Greek to anyone without a science degree. That's why we want to be 100% transparent with you about what we mean when we say Peet Rivko is both natural and non-toxic. For us, ‘natural’ means “plant-based,” and we list the plant source for every ingredient used on our site and our labels. The term ‘non-toxic; reflects our commitment to never formulate with synthetic ingredients linked to toxic effects in humans, such as parabens, sulfates, PEGs, glycols, and DEA. While the U.S. only bans 11 toxic ingredients from personal care products, we follow the European Union’s lead and have banned over 1,400 ingredients from use in our formulations. Our skin can absorb up to 60% of what we put on it – and we believe knowing that you are using a line that commits to using clean, non-toxic ingredients should be the new normal.

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Hydrate

Hydration is about more than drinking water.  No matter your skin type, it’s essential to moisturize daily. Hydrated skin is healthy skin – your skin looks smoother and firmer, better retains plumping collagen, and is less likely to appear dull and flaky.  Moisturizer works by sealing moisture into the outer layer of the skin and by pulling moisture from the inner layers of skin to the outer layer. Around our mid-20s, our skin’s natural barrier system starts to slowly break down and it becomes all the more important to make sure we’re hydrating our skin on the regular. Our Daily Moisturizer is super gentle, lightweight, and fragrance-free. It’s formulated without  irritants, chemicals, and preservatives that can irritate or dry out your skin.
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Hydration is about more than drinking water.  No matter your skin type, it’s essential to moisturize daily. Hydrated skin is healthy skin – your skin looks smoother and firmer, better retains plumping collagen, and is less likely to appear dull and flaky.  Moisturizer works by sealing moisture into the outer layer of the skin and by pulling moisture from the inner layers of skin to the outer layer. Around our mid-20s, our skin’s natural barrier system starts to slowly break down and it becomes all the more important to make sure we’re hydrating our skin on the regular. Our Daily Moisturizer is super gentle, lightweight, and fragrance-free. It’s formulated without  irritants, chemicals, and preservatives that can irritate or dry out your skin.

Our moisturizer contains aloe vera which soothes the skin and jojoba oil, a lightweight liquid wax, that hydrates and absorbs quickly. We recommend applying the moisturizer while your skin is still damp to ensure it properly absorbs into your skin. Of course, dryness also fluctuates with the seasons, so we also recommend mixing our Daily Moisturizer with our Balancing Face Oil in the winter months for an extra boost of hydration.

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Oils Are Your Friend — Because A Lot of People Are Afraid of Oils

Face Oils are having a moment, and we think that’s a good thing, but we also get that they can be intimidating. If your skin is oily or prone to acne, it can seem totally illogical to put more oil on your face. But the truth is doing so can actually help oily skin as much as dry skin. Your face naturally produces an oil called sebum which is produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands. When sebum is in balance, it serves as a barrier and prevents your skin from losing moisture. When produced in excess, however, it can clog your pores, leaving skin shiny and greasy. Using a few drops of face oil after you cleanse can replace sebum and cause your glands to slow down production of sebum, leaving your skin balanced and less oily overall.
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Face Oils are having a moment, and we think that’s a good thing, but we also get that they can be intimidating. If your skin is oily or prone to acne, it can seem totally illogical to put more oil on your face. But the truth is doing so can actually help oily skin as much as dry skin. Your face naturally produces an oil called sebum which is produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands. When sebum is in balance, it serves as a barrier and prevents your skin from losing moisture. When produced in excess, however, it can clog your pores, leaving skin shiny and greasy. Using a few drops of face oil after you cleanse can replace sebum and cause your glands to slow down production of sebum, leaving your skin balanced and less oily overall.

We made a face oil because it is a quick and easy way to boost hydration, soften the skin, and reduce redness or irritation. Our Balancing Face Oil features jojoba, a plant oil whose chemical structure closely resembles sebum and can help balance oil production. We also include avocado oil and prickly pear oil for their high levels of antioxidants, omega-3, -6, and -9 fatty acids, and vitamins C, E, and K. Think of them both as superfoods for your skin. Our face oil is lightweight, so it’s perfect for those with acne/oily-prone skin who want to balance oil production and should stay away from heavier, scented oils. We recommend drier skin use the Balancing Face oil in the AM and PM and those with oilier or combination skin to try it first as part of your PM routine.

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Know Your Ingredients

Here’s where it can get even more complicated: when it comes to natural ingredients, not all ingredients are created equal. Take jojoba oil for example – in its purest form, jojoba oil is a golden color and has a slight earthy odor to it. However, you can also buy jojoba oil that is bleached, deodorized, refined or solvent-extracted, which is done using harsh chemical solvents. The result is a clear, odorless jojoba oil – that is far cheaper but stripped of its most nourishing properties and vitamins.  Read More

Here’s where it can get even more complicated: when it comes to natural ingredients, not all ingredients are created equal. Take jojoba oil for example – in its purest form, jojoba oil is a golden color and has a slight earthy odor to it. However, you can also buy jojoba oil that is bleached, deodorized, refined or solvent-extracted, which is done using harsh chemical solvents. The result is a clear, odorless jojoba oil – that is far cheaper but stripped of its most nourishing properties and vitamins. Think of a canned tomato versus an organic tomato you bought at the farmer’s market. Bottom line: the level of processing effects an ingredient’s purity and efficacy. At Peet Rivko, we use only 100% unrefined, organic, cold-pressed oils in all of our formulations so our products are pure and contain the highest levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and fatty acids.

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... And Where They Come From

You probably already know where your organic kale was grown but the origins of what you put on your body matters too.  All Peet Rivko formulations are made in small-batches in Southern California and we list the country of origin of each ingredient on our website. We source packaging locally as often as we can and always, always use recyclable materials.  Read More

You probably already know where your organic kale was grown but the origins of what you put on your body matters too.  All Peet Rivko formulations are made in small-batches in Southern California and we list the country of origin of each ingredient on our website. We source packaging locally as often as we can and always, always use recyclable materials. The boxes that hold our products are made in Brooklyn, NY by two guys named George and Jerry, and our labels are manufactured on Long Island at a family owned and operated label printer. We want to enable you to feel like if you choose Peet Rivko, it’s an informed decision and you can feel good about what you’re putting on your skin.

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