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The Smart Woman's Guide to Skincare Ingredients to Avoid

The Smart Woman's Guide to Skincare Ingredients to Avoid


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?
3 Reasons to Pick a Body Oil over a Cream

3 Reasons to Pick a Body Oil over a Cream

If slathering your freshly showered skin in oil brings to mind greasy clothes and salad dressing, it's time to re-think!
The Bitter Truth about Sugar & your Skin

The Bitter Truth about Sugar & your Skin

OK hands up, who has a bit of a sugar habit going on? Mid afternoon chocolate biscuit, stress alleviating chocolate bar, not to mention that post day- from- hell glass of wine.
3 Reasons to Love Vitamin E

3 Reasons to Love Vitamin E

When it comes to your skin, there’s no getting away from the fact that what you put into your body has a major impact on the health on the outside...

Sensitive Skin Triggers

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...

 

Organic Skincare for sensitive skin

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.

And remember to keeping your skin hydrated with chemical free organic body care products that will sooth and pamper – hydrating body oils, cleansing bars and scrubs.

Soap has become a dirty word...

Soap has become a dirty word.  It has fallen from favour and become the poor relation of skincare  - soap is far too drying to use on your delicate skin, soap is harsh, soap strips the natural oils from the skin...

Sound familiar?  There is some truth to these accusations - especially for many of the neat little wrapped packages of soap on sale at your local chemist or supermarket.

But I am not talking about the soap you can buy off the shelf in your high street, but rather natural organic soap or cleansing bars which are hand made.

There is a world of difference between the two!  Have a look at the labels in your supermarket and you will see that actually many of these bars of 'soap' are actually harsh detergents with unpronounceable synthetic lathering agents, colours and scents.  The good stuff, the stuff that you would actually want to use on your skin has been removed.  

Soap manufacturers regularly remove the glycerine that is naturally produced during the soap making process (the chemical term for this process is saponification), as glycerine is a valuable commodity that can be sold on at a profit to be used on other cosmetic products like moisturisers and creams. (We don't!)

Real soap by comparison is made from pure butters and oils, water and lye.  (And I am not talking about using the ready made up blocks of 'melt and pour' soap here).

It takes time to make soap the traditional way which is more expensive, taking weeks, sometimes months for the soap to cure before it is ready to be used.

But we firmly believe that the benefits outweigh the time taken; you get the beautiful properties of the plant oils used in the soap - mild and nourishing organic olive oil, luxurious almond oil for a rich and creamy lather,  the conditioning properties of organic apricot oil..

Natural organic soap can be a life saver for problems and sensitive skins.  Gentle and nourishing, it will work with your skin type, hydrating and moisturising non- irritating, working with your skin's natural defences.  And you get therapeutic benefits of the essential oils used.  Try it - you will never go back to a regular bar of soap I promise!

Find our own Apricot Geranium Cleansing bar here.