Trying to make good choices with your skincare but confused about those ingredients? Cancer causing, endocrine disruptors, skin irritants?! How do you sift the rumour from fact?
Freezing temperatures, frost on the ground and your skin is suffering. Soothe your dry, itchy skin with a serious hydrating regime to keep things supple and healthy.
It doesn't have to be complicated or fiddly, here are my top tips for keeping your skin soft, supple and radiant.
The bottom line is that colder air holds less moisture than warm air and factor in the central heating and there's a good chance your skin is going to rebel.
Dry, itchy skin isn't fun but there's lots you can do that will make a difference.
It's all about hydration levels..
To stay hydrated, skin pulls moisture out of the air, which is a problem in colder weather when the humidity reduces.
To make things worse, as our skin ages, its natural oil producing capabilities slow down makes it more difficult for dry skin cells to slough off resulting in flaky skin.
To prevent a rather unattractive skin snow storm effect, invest in a gentle exfoliation treatment, but one which will boost hydration levels with natural oils.
Give our Honey & Rose Exfoliation Treatment a go. (Bonus - it will leave your skin smelling beautiful).
I stress this should be GENTLE! Scrubbing your skin raw is not going to help.
Steaming hot water is not your friend
Cut back on the super hot baths and showers.
Spending too much time wallowing in steaming hot water, though a tempting option when you're freezing, will ultimately further strip the oils from your skin.
If you have to do the toe-dip dance lowering yourself into the bath inch by inch, it's too hot!
Get clever with oil and water
If you can't live without a bath, it being the only time you get 5 minutes to yourself in a locked room (and I do understand) go for a beautiful aromatherapy bath oil which will hydrate and soothe your skin and leave you smelling fabulous at the same time.
Try our Soothing Bath & Shower Oil which contains a generous shot of calendula infused oil which naturally fixes all those sore bits.
DIY Essential Oils
If you fancy a spot of DIY, add a few drops of essential oil and tailor the scent to something you love - lavender for a beautifully relaxing soak, ylang ylang and jasmine for a touch of the exotic, or grapefruit or juniper for a revitalising treatment.
If you are feeling particularly adventurous, throw in a pint of milk or a scoop of dried milk powder and you will come out with skin so soft, the angels will weep.
Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise!
Slather on a serious moisturiser.
I am a big fan of oils, but the trick is finding the right product that works for you. These are some of my favourite oils for dry, sensitive, skin.
Applying Body Oil while your skin is damp after a shower takes 5 seconds but packs a real punch in terms of effectiveness; it seals in moisture, removes the need for a separate body lotion and leaves a subtle scent - win, win!
The Best Ingredients for Dry, Dehydrated Skin
Natural plant butters are naturally repairing and form a protective barrier on the skin to guard against moisture loss and soften skin. Think butters like shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter.
Humectants to Drive Moisture
Ingredients like honey and glycerine are humectants which mean they attract moisture and draw it into the skin. Just watch out for the synthetic stuff like propylene glycol which isn't going to help.
The Right Plant Oils for Dry Skin
This sounds a little odd, surely all oils are good for dry skin? Natural plant oils are not going to damage your skin, but some are better equipped to hydrate when temperatures drop. In particular oils rich in oleic acid will work best, these have a richer feel and will in turn moisturise more deeply. Think avocado oil, argan oil, camellia oil, hazelnut oil. Check out my guide to the best plant oils by skin type.
Layer your Skincare
For your face, especially if your skin is on the sensitive side, go for ingredients that are natural and super gentle.
Think about layering products together, I like to use a base layer with the super nourishing Facial Essence with Rose & Blackcurrant and then either the Radiance Cream over the top or the Intensive Balm with Marshmallow & Frangipani.
Go with what feels good for your skin, pick the texture that works for you. If you want some advice, ping us a note on one of our social media channels!
Here's to your super soft, hydrated skin all season long!
We are celebrating, our organic Carrot & Mango Cleansing Butter has been awarded the silver award in the 2015 Green Parent Natural Beauty Awards!
The Green Parent is the UK's leading green lifestyle and natural parenting magazine. Each issue features regular columns on Organic Gardening, Seasonal Food and Drink, Green Travel, Ethical Fashion and lots more.
Their search for the very best natural and organic beauty brands started six months ago, covering everything from organic hair care and chemical-free skin creams to natural baby lotions and pregnancy products.
Their independent review panel tested thousands of products from over 60 different natural and organic brands to find the finest and the most effective. Plus, The Green Parent insist on products free from petroleum-based chemicals, propylene glycol, parabens or sulphates and no animal testing.
And that is why we are so thrilled with our award, not just to be recognised in these national awards but also because of our size and that we were competing against many larger and much better known brands!
It must be the generous amount of organic Carrot macerated Oil to perk up dull skin, the rejuvenating Mango Butter and the fab scented Lavender and Rosemary essential oils, which do double duty balancing and stimulating the skin.
It works well on dehydrated skin types and also sensitive and oily skins with its natural butters and anti-bacterial and soothing botanicals.
For extra radiant skin, try a spot of facial massage when you apply the Cleansing Butter. You can read more here.
We are off to celebrate!
We are thrilled to announce that both our Facial Essence with Rose & Marula and Carrot and Mango Cleansing Butter have been shortlisted in this year's Free From Skincare Awards. So we are hopping up and down with excitement at the moment!
The awards were founded in 2012 to celebrate, encourage and reward the manufacture of skincare products that are ‘free from’ many of the allergens, chemicals, additives, ingredients and artificial fragrances associated with skin sensitivities and other health concerns - and are intended for those people who may be seeking more natural or pure cosmetics, or looking to avoid certain ingredients due to ethical or personal reasons, or those who have sensitive skin, or allergic or problem skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and acne.
Our Rose Tree goodies have been submitted to a month of rigorous testing by a group of testers from the prestigious Beauty Bible and will then go forward to a panel of expert judges to decide bronze, silver and gold awards within the different skincare categories. The final results will be announced at this year's Love Natural Love Organic show in July.
You know that we are all about effectiveness coupled with luxury and indulgence and focus on natural and organic ingredients. That means no :
- Petroleum/paraffin derivatives
- Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol
- Artificial fragrance or colours
The Free From awards celebrate products for their 'free from' qualities, performance and effectiveness with judges looking for innovation, originality, skin-healthy ingredients and benefits, and for products which denote an awareness and understanding of consumers with skin sensitivities or allergies.
And our shortlisted products? Our favourite Facial Essence with Rose & Marula, an intensely nourishing oil based essence, for radiant and super soft skin, made with ten potent flower and plant botanicals. Rose Tree founder, Olga says My go to signature product for radiant skin each morning, the one that is super hydrating, and works on all skin types. This is the one product I recommend to everyone - and is the one product I use every day without fail!
Our Carrot and Mango Cleansing Butter? Our super-charged, cleansing butter packed with potent botanicals will gently lift off makeup and dirt, to leave super hydrated, radiant skin. Packed with organic carrot oil to brighten dull, under nourished skin, skin rejuvenating mango butter, anti-inflammatory St John's Wort oil, and antiseptic lavender and rosemary oils, this is the perfect cleanser, suitable for all skin types.
And because we are so happy, we are offering you a FREE Tahiti Tiare Cocoa Lip Butter for the next few days when you buy either one of our shortlisted products! Just ask for your Lip Butter using the 'tell us about any special instructions' box.*
*Offer runs to midnight Friday June 19th!
WHAT IS IT?
Jojoba (oddly enough pronounced "ho-ho-ba") is a favourite ingredient, a true multi-tasker in the world of skincare (think work hard and play hard). But it's not your usual crowd, it looks and feels like an oil, but it's not; it is actually a wax; a liquid wax. So it's special.
It's absorbed extremely easily by the skin and because it is a wax and not an oil, it is non greasy and great for hydration but without giving that too -rich feel. It's also super-stable; some of the botanicals we use are potent but fragile, and it's always a balancing act between fabulous benefits of an ingredient versus its' stability. (You see how hard we work for you!) Nobody wants anything green and furry on the top of their cream, or a shelf life of days rather than months.
And obviously we use the best quality, organic jojoba that we can get our hands on - because that's the way we are.
WHAT DOES IT DO?
It's good, there isn't much this one doesn't do! This liquid wax is almost identical to the sebum found in our own skin which makes it versatile enough to be used with all skin types, including problem skin, oily and combination skins.
Jojoba reduces wrinkles, treats psoriasis, acne, and dermatitis, and brings the skin back to its normal vitality and gives it a healthy glow (see I told you am - a - zing). We use it in our Carrot & Mango Cleansing Butter 'cause it is great for problems skins, and healthy skin alike and for restoring your glow. We use it in our organic Body Oils for a quick hydration boost, while avoiding that oil slick feeling.
THE SCIENCE-EY BIT
Jojoba is a mixture of long chain, liquid wax esters extracted from the seeds of the desert shrub Simmondsia chinensis. Jojoba's liquid esters provide superior oxidative stability, excellent emolliency and effective moisturisation to the skin and hair.
Our skin produces its own oil known as sebum, which keeps the skin supple and moist. When you apply an oil, or in this case liquid wax to the skin, it penetrates the outermost layers of the stratum corneum. The oil creates an occlusive layer on the outside of the skin and traps water beneath it. Because plant-derived oils are similar in make-up to the natural oils on the skin, they are metabolised by the skin. This equals very happy skin!
Oils have been used in skincare for millennia because they are powerful moisturisers, and they work. If your skin needs a bit if a pick me up or a boost before, jojoba is one to look out for!
As a starting point for tricky skin, we suggest you try our award winning Radiance Essence with Rose & Marula. For an all round luxury oil for your body, that hydrates without blocking pores, try one of our organic Body Oils.
Here's to your happy skin..
OK. You have de-cluttered your skincare – you have found the organic skincare products that work for your skin – but your skin is still sensitive, especially in times of stress or when the weather gets cold.
It may not be your beauty regime that is at fault – there are other triggers...
Think about the temperature of the water you use when you bathe – hot water can be very drying, especially if your skin is on the sensitive side and although it is tempting to sink into a steaming hot bath when it’s freezing outside, (with the occasional large glass of wine!) your skin may not thank you for it.
If you are a bath fan, (and I'm including myself here, it's one of my fave ways to de-stress!) avoid SLS based bubble baths and opt for an organic hydrating bath oil.
If you are worried about disappearing in an oil slick and the monotonous cleaning that follows, don't. Our organic bath oils are super concentrated so you only need the tiniest amount, about 1/2 a teaspoon. The result, you can lay back in beautifully scented water knowing you will emerge all goddess like, (not oily) and chilled - until the next interruption anyway..
If its blizzard like outside, depending on where you are in the world, you will need to take special precautions. Wind, and very cold and dry environments can all spell problems for your skin. Hydration and protection is key, stick with a good hydrating cleanser (try ours here) and a decent moisturiser, eg our Radiance Cream with Rose & Frankincense
Consider your laundry detergent– biological action detergents are notorious for irritating skin and triggering eczema flare ups. My own eczema improved significantly when I changed to a greener non bio version.
Switch away from household cleaners that are filled with harsh chemicals. Simpler ingredients such as bicarbonate of soda mixed with water to a paste is very effective in the kitchen (but the mixture is slightly abrasive so don’t use it on highly polished surfaces). White vinegar is also super-effective; it is a great degreaser and limescale remover. You can buy these in bulk very inexpensively online, and there are lots of recipes available. We like http://www.summernaturals.co.uk/
If you fancy a homemade therapeutic bath, guilt free without any chemical nasties, try adding 5 drops of lavender essential oil and 5 drops of chamomile essential oil to a warm running bath. It will smell amazing and is great for sensitive, dry, itchy skin.