Daily Facial Routine

What is sun damage?

There are two types of sun damage: the kind you see right away via sunburns, and the kind that sneaks up on you in the form of early aging. Many people are cautious about the UVB rays that cause burns, but damage from UVA rays adds up day by day and leads to premature aging, or photoaging. UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin, scrambling collagen and damaging the skin’s DNA. This damage appears years later in the form of wrinkles, dark spots and rough, sallow skin. Both types can also lead to skin cancer. If you go outside without sunscreen or protective clothing, you get sun damage, even in the winter and on cloudy days, regardless of if you’ve ever had a sunburn. 


How do I know if I have sun damage?

How do we say this… You do have sun damage. Many people think sun damage is only dark spots, but 90-percent of age-related changes in the skin’s appearance are caused by the sun. Wrinkles, loss of elasticity, sallow (yellowing) skin, dark spots and rough skin are all signs of sun damage. Burning isn’t the only way the sun damages your skin. UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin, so the damage shows up years later in the form of premature aging. So if you go outside, you have sun damage. 


Can sun damage really be repaired?

Yes! The first step is to stop the damage by using a daily sunscreen. Aging UVA rays go through clouds and glass, making daily sunscreen a must. A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed daily sunscreen wearers had no detectable increase in skin aging after 4.5 years. Damage you already have can also be repaired. An independent test of Under the Sun and Face the Day used together resulted in a 10.5-percent decrease in wrinkle depth after 45 days and a 23.5-percent decrease after 90 days. Our Daily Facial Routine was designed to send nutrients to the source of the sun damage, to replenish and speed up the skin’s own healing process. 


Can I use the Daily Facial Routine products if I have sensitive skin?

While every person has different skincare needs, our plant-based skincare system was made for people who either don’t like, or experience reactions to, the hundreds of hidden and harsh chemicals in many skincare products. Because everyone’s needs vary, we recommend trying our products on the inside of your elbow, 24 hours prior to use, to make sure it works for you. 


Can anyone use the Daily Facial Routine products? Would this be good for my son or daughter?

Our facial care products were designed with mature skin in mind, although we realize “mature” is a relative term. Our products are ideal for the unique skincare needs of people age 25 and older, but they will work for all ages as well as those with sensitive skin. 


Is this an after-sun product?

Not in the traditional sense. While our Daily Facial Routine products can help soothe a sunburn, they are designed to do much more than that. They counter the effects of daily sun exposure, which adds up over time and accelerates the look of aging. Just like damage adds up gradually, positive results can too by adding our facial products to your daily routine. If you accidentally get too much sun, Day Undone would be a great choice to soothe and nourish delicate sunburned skin, but we also offer an Aloe Gel specifically designed to soothe a sunburn. 


Are your Facial Products anti-aging?

You could call our products anti-premature aging. We believe in the beauty of every age! But we don’t stand for sun damage making us look older before our time. Since sun damage adds up over a long period of time, people often assume that its visible effects are just the normal signs of aging. Aging is natural, but there’s no reason why your skin needs to age faster than you do! Preventing and healing sun damage, like with our Daily Facial Routine, helps erase wrinkles, dark spots and roughness that are usually thought to be part of a natural aging process. Preserving our health is important at any age. That goes for our skin, too. A side effect of nourished, healthy skin is that it also looks younger and more vibrant, which our facial care line can help with. 


I always protect myself from sunburn. Do I really need this?

You don’t have to suffer a burn to have sun damage. UVA and UVB rays all damage your skin, but only UVB rays burn you. UVA penetrates deeper into the skin. It breaks the skin’s structural matrix down over time, ultimately causing wrinkles, roughness and dark spots. Unlike burning rays, UVA rays go through clouds and glass, so most people don’t even know they’re getting sun damage. The Daily Facial Routine was designed to help repair and protect against this accidental sun damage. 


I’m already in my 50s. Is it too late for me?

It’s never too late to start using sunscreen and begin repairing sun damage. In fact, it’s even more important than ever! The Skin Cancer Foundation even cites a series of studies showing that the majority of sun damage occurs after age 40. That’s because the skin gets thinner as we age, allowing the UVA rays to go deeper into the skin and the damage to be more pronounced. 


Are the Daily Facial Routine products pH balanced?

A pH level will vary for each person and refers to the acid content on the skin. The types of products you need will also vary based on your individual skin type. If a product makes your skin feel dry or tight, it could be too alkaline for you. If your skin feels too oily, the product might be too acidic. There is no one-size-fits-all product that is pH balanced for everyone, since everyone has different needs. That’s why the Daily Facial Routine offers lots of options to work with varied skin types. 


I have oily skin and usually avoid oil-based products. Will the Daily Facial Routine products make me break out?

Our facial care products are intended for mature skin, age 25 and up, who are less prone to experiencing acne. Even if you are prone to acne, it’s important to note that all oils are not created equally. Certain oils help balance the skin’s natural protective layer, and some people find their skin becomes clearer after using them. We’ve even heard from customers that their adult acne improved after using our products. Everyone’s skin is different, but our facial care products don’t typically cause breakouts. If you’ve been using products laden with harsh chemicals, a blemish or two is possible as your skin pushes out what has built up so it can breathe again. This is normal with any detox and should be temporary. If you continue to have breakouts after a couple of weeks, stop using the product(s). 


I currently use retinol. Can I use Your Daily Facial Routine instead?

The Daily Facial Routine is a great alternative for those who wish to avoid using harsh chemicals, like retinol, on their skin. Retinol can be highly irritating, and many people either cannot use it at all or are not fans of the side effects. The wrinkles, roughness and dark spots that are often the reason people resort to retinol are caused by sun damage. Our facial products provide a natural alternative to retinol to help repair sun damage, with the side effect of the products feeling good on the skin. 


What are the differences between your traditional sunscreens and Face the Day and Tinted Face the Day?

While some ingredients are the same, these products are uniquely formulated for different uses. Our traditional Mineral Sunscreens include SPF 30 and 50, are tested to be water resistant for 80 minutes and are designed to be more “active” sunscreens. They are our pick for weekend hikes, kids’ soccer games and times when you are intentionally outdoors. Face the Day and Tinted Face the Day were designed to protect against unintentional daily sun exposure using powerful minerals. They are intended to be used in place of a facial moisturizer. As such, they also have skin tightening and smoothing properties so they can double as a moisturizing and firming makeup primer. Tinted Face the Day is also water resistant, so you can be confident the color will stay in place throughout the day.  


How is Tinted Face the Day different from Face the Day?

In terms of benefits, they’re more similar than different! Both products include pure minerals for SPF 30 protection and can be used alone or under makeup. They also contain chicory root, which naturally mimics the effects of retinol to boost collagen production and offer an immediate firming effect. The biggest difference is in the formulas: Tinted Face the Day comes in different shades and contains iron oxides. These minerals provide a subtle color-adaptive tint that smooths the complexion and matches a wide range of skin tones. Because of the coloring, Tinted Face the Day uses titanium dioxide instead of zinc for SPF coverage, and we also made it water resistant. Other slight variations in ingredients also give it a thinner consistency similar to a BB cream, while Face the Day is thicker. For that reason, you might not need to apply Under the Sun Hydrating Vitamin Serum underneath it, as we commonly recommend for Face the Day. 


Why does Tinted Face the Day use titanium instead of zinc for SPF coverage?

Both Face the Day and Tinted Face the Day offer powerful SPF 30 from minerals. Other than their ability to protect against UV rays, titanium and zinc have distinct properties that make them useful in different ways. We use zinc in Face the Day because it’s ultra-sheer and non-whitening on the skin. We use titanium in Tinted Face the Day to help us achieve the color-adaptive shades that match a variety of skin tones and provide subtle color correction to smooth the complexion. 


Should I use Tinted Face the Day alone or with makeup?

It’s up to you! Tinted Face the Day was formulated as a protective moisturizer that offers light coverage using clean ingredients. Some might find that the subtle tint provides enough coverage for them, and others might want something more substantial. Since the formula provides color correction, smooths the complexion and firms the skin, Tinted Face the Day is great to wear alone. But it’s also light enough to wear under foundation for those wanting more comprehensive coverage, and its firming effect makes it a great primer! 


How many shades of Tinted Face the Day do you offer?

We will have a total of four shades, with two currently available and two more coming soon! The inspiration behind Tinted Face the Day was partly driven by the fact that mineral sunscreen can still be whitening on darker skin tones. We wanted to create options that were more inclusive, and we performed even more extensive rounds of testing to make sure we got them just right! Based on feedback, we’ve circled back to adjust the coloring of our two darker shades, because we want them to be perfect. We’re very close to finishing those tints as well, and will make them available soon! 


How long does the Daily Facial Routine take to work?

Some results will be visible immediately and will help reward daily use. The Daily Facial Routine was designed to be extremely hydrating and offer an immediate firming effect. Long-term results can vary, but an independent test of Under the Sun and Face the Day, used together, showed a 10.5-percent decrease in wrinkle depth after 45 days, and a 23.5-percent decrease after 90 days. 


You have two nighttime moisturizing products? How do I use them?

Day Undone and Dream Repair offer different benefits, but it comes down to personal choice. Some people prefer a serum while others prefer a cream. Some use one or the other in the summer, but use both together to counter dry, winter skin. If you use both, we recommend applying the serum first, then waiting a few minutes before applying the cream. 


Do I have to use all seven facial care products?

While the Daily Facial Routine products were all designed to offer unique benefits that work synergistically together, the products can be used on their own as well. You may want to start with one cleanser and one serum, or one evening moisturizer. Mix and match to see what best suits your skin. We recommend you start with Face the Day Daily SPF 30 Moisturizer & Firming Primer, since prevention is the most important step to repair. 


Do I have to use the products in a specific order?

The products were designed to be used that way, but you can mix and match, especially if you are not using the entire set. Aside from Dream Repair, which is intended for nighttime use only, your skin will appreciate the ingredients no matter how you use them. We do, however recommend the following order: 


  1. Fresh Start Invigorating Cream Cleanser 
  2. Goddess Garden Bright Eyes Firming Eye Cream* 
  3. Under the Sun Hydrating Vitamin Serum 
  4. Face the Day Daily SPF 30 Moisturizer & Firming Primer or Tinted Face the Day Daily SPF 30 Firming Moisturizer

*If used at night, be sure to apply to the cheekbones, not directly under the eyes. The oils migrate overnight, and you could wake with puffy eyes. 


  1. Erase the Day Purifying Clay Cleanser 
  2. Day Undone Softening Night Serum 
  3. Dream Repair Brightening Night Cream 

Can the Daily Facial Routine take away my dark spots?

We have not tested our products specifically for their ability to reduce dark spots, but we’ve heard from several users that they’ve seen improvement with dark spots after using our products. Check out this Facebook Live video and scroll over to 17:15 to hear how Day Undone helped diminish dark spots. Additionally, studies have shown niacinamide (vitamin B3) and licorice root, which are used in Dream Repair, can help reduce dark spots by inhibiting the enzyme that controls melanin production. 


Will my skin feel greasy after using the serums?

No, your skin should feel hydrated, but not greasy. The serums soak into the skin, sending nutrients to the source of the sun damage. It can take a few minutes to soak in, but if it still feels greasy, try using a little less serum. Skin varies and your needs change, even from season to season. 


What do Face the Day and Tinted Face the Day feel like on the skin?

Face the Day is a moisturizer, so it will be very nourishing. It is also a firming makeup primer and sunscreen. Depending on your skin’s need, you might want to use an additional moisturizer with it, like our Under the Sun Hydrating Vitamin Serum. If you tend to have oily skin, you may want to use Face the Day on its own. Tinted Face the Day is equally nourishing and also a sunscreen, but it has a thinner consistency closer to that of a BB cream. Because of this, most skin types will be less likely to need additional hydration with Tinted Face the Day.  

Both are intended to be firming and priming, so they may take a few minutes to fully absorb, but they should not feel greasy! 


What’s the difference between an oil and a cream?

Our oil-based serums, Under the Sun and Day Undone, are designed to be lightweight and quickly absorbed. We chose oils that would penetrate deeply to deliver nutrients to the source of the sun damage. As such, the serums will not rest on the skin’s surface. Our creams, Goddess Garden Bright Eyes and Dream Repair, provide intense hydration that leaves your skin feeling smooth and soft. Some people prefer one texture over another, so we offer both. Creams and serums may also be combined so they work together to deliver added benefits. 


What makes the Daily Facial Routine different than “anti-aging” products?

It’s attitude! You should celebrate every turn of the calendar. It’s not aging that’s the problem, it’s sun damage. Our facial products are uniquely formulated with plant-based ingredients to target the source of the sun damage that accelerates the look of aging. This helps repair the damage and provides the nutrients needed to speed up the skin’s own healing process. By stopping further damage and starting to repair what is already there, your skin can go back to its real age, which gives your skin a more youthful look. 


Why is Dream Repair only for night use?

Dream Repair contains natural alpha hydroxy acids in the mango extract that help slough off the dead skin that gives a dull appearance and stimulates regeneration. This gives you a softer, brighter complexion, but it can temporarily make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Use Dream Repair only at night and wake with bright, nourished skin. It’s also important to use daily sunscreen while using Dream Repair and for a week afterwards. 


What is the difference between the two serums, Under the Sun and Day Undone?

Under the Sun is designed to moisturize the skin and help ensure mineral sunscreen goes on evenly and easily. It contains lycopene to strengthen and provide a dose of strong antioxidant power that helps protect the skin from environmental damage. Marula and baobab lock in moisture to help improve elasticity. Day Undone quenches and softens the skin. It contains pomegranate to revive the complexion and rosehip to reinvigorate skin overnight. 


Is Goddess Garden Leaping Bunny certified?

Yes! We are Leaping Bunny certified and are even supporting legislation to end cosmetics testing on animals. Learn more or get involved! 


Are the Daily Facial Care products organic?

All the products in our Daily Facial Routine contain at least 70% organic ingredients, but only some are NSF-certified organic, including Face the Day, Bright Eyes, Fresh Start and Erase the Day. 


What does the little open jar and number symbol on the box mean?

This is a universal symbol stating the amount of time in which the product should be used after the packaging has been opened. The number of months is represented by the small number to the side of, or inside, the jar. 


Are the facial care products gluten-free?

With the exception of Tinted Face the Day, our Daily Facial Routine products do not contain gluten or wheat-derived products. The xanthan gum we use in some of our products is fermented from wheat, but our supplier has tested for this allergen and none remain after processing. However, we are not a gluten-free facility and our products are not tested specifically to be gluten-free. For those with a gluten sensitivity (or any allergy or sensitivity), we recommend trying our facial products on the inside of your elbow, 24 hours prior to use, to make sure it works for you. 


Are the facial products vegan?

You’ll be glad to learn that Goddess Garden’s Daily Facial Routine (and all our products) are indeed vegan! No animal products are used in our formulas, and all products are cruelty-free and Leaping Bunny certified as well. 


Is the packaging recyclable?

Yes, the Daily Facial Routine products all come in recyclable packaging. 


What preservatives do you use?

There are two ways to preserve a product. The first is to delay oxidation, and the other is to prevent the growth of harmful mold and bacteria. Our serums are oil based so we use vitamin E to delay oxidation. Our other Daily Facial Routine products are emulsions, meaning mixtures of oil and water. For these, we need to inhibit the growth of mold and/or bacteria, so we use different combinations of ingredients from this list: coconut-derived glyceryl caprylate and caprylhydroxamic acid, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, caprylyl glycol, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, trisodium thylenediamine disuccinatedehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol and sodium phytate. Most of these ingredients have been given a one rating by the EWG, their safest rating, and all are considered safe for use in body products by the FDA. People regularly shop for food, but it would be strange (and inconvenient) to shop for sunscreen every few days. Because of that, these ingredients are considered the best options when the alternatives are harsher preservatives, like parabens, or the risks of not using them at all. 


Do your facial products contain salicylates?

Salicylates are naturally found in the bark, leaves, roots, skin and seeds of some plants. They protect the plants from insect damage and disease, but can be problematic for some individuals. Radish root ferment filtrate in our Erase the Day is a possible source of salicylates, as well as the willow bark in Fresh Start. If you are sensitive to salicylates, check the label for radish root ferment or willow bark. If that is not present, you shouldn’t have any issues. For anyone with allergies or sensitivities, we also recommend doing a patch test on the inside of your elbow to make sure the product agrees with your body. 


Why are some ingredients in parenthesis after a scientific-sounding name?

The longer names are the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) names. They’re based on each ingredient’s scientific name and are required on cosmetic packaging to maintain consistency in labeling. If the ingredient has a common name, it is included in parenthesis to make it easier to understand.

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