Monday, 19 March 2012

Natural Skincare

Back to basics
Natural skincare 

The largest organ in the body is the skin.  We absorb a great deal of substances through our skin, like essential oil, water, oil, perfume and chemicals, just to name a few things.

When we put creams and lotions onto our skin it absorbs and penetrates the deeper layers of skin and can even absorb into our blood stream. 

For an eye opener on perfume take a look at this article

There are loads of products out there to benefit our skin and a majority of them have a load of toxic chemicals as well. Most chemicals are in very low doses  but over a long period of time the chemicals build up in the body.

Do you really think chemicals can benefit our skin? 
Why would we want to put chemicals on our skin that could end up in our blood stream?

We don’t have to use chemicals at all, caring for our skin without using chemicals can be very simple.  Try these using these safe ingredients.

Fruits and vegetables
They are a complex blend of natural substances such as proteins, vitamins, acids, enzymes and water all of which are good for your insides as well as your skin. Great for using in skin exfoliation preparations.

Herbs and teas
Herbs and tea leaves are used in a variety of ways in skincare preparations. They can be used as plant extract, infused waters and oils, and in skin exfoliation preparations.

Vegetable oils
They help moisturise and protect skin. Their natural fatty acids and vitamins also improve skin health. You can enhance the benefits of recipes containing oil by infusing plant material within it.

Water is a natural hydrator both inside and out.  You can enhance the benefits of recipes containing water by infusing plant material within it.

Nuts, seeds, and grains
Good for exfoliating skin and used for absorbing oil, dirt and grime.

Oatmeal and almond meal
Works as a gentle exfoliate, is cleansing and soothing to the skin. 

Apple cider vinegar
Reduces an oily complex and restores our skin PH balance. Use diluted with water.

Bi-carbonate soda
Great for a deep clean and to soften the skin. Can be used in bath preparations and prefect for clearing blackheads.

To find out other uses for Bi-carb visit our blog post

Cream, milk & Yoghurt
They help moisturise and protect skin. Can be used in bath preparations or as skin masks.

Egg white & Egg yolk
Egg yolk is good for moisturising dry skin and the egg white is good for oily skin. Add these to skin preparations.

Glycerine & Honey
They help moisturise and protect skin. You can enhance the benefits of recipes containing water by infusing plant material within it.

Sugar & salt
Simple for skin exfoliation. Add to oils to make skin scrubs.

Always wash fruit, herbs, and vegetables well before consumption.
Add 1tbsp lemon juice or vinegar to the water you are washing produce in to purify the water and wash off any pesticide residue.

Simple recipes

Easy body scrub
4 tbsp sugar  
2 tbsp oil                                                                                            1-2 tbsp lime juice
Mix together and rub over dry skin to leave it feeling silky smooth.

Oily skin mask
Mix half tsp honey,                                         
1 tbsp oatmeal                                               
1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice                 
1 egg white
Whip up and apply to face.
Remove after 20 minutes with warm water as hot water will cook the egg.
Warning - egg white draws any imperfection to the surface of the skin so don’t be surprised if a pimple arrives.

Dry skin mask
Mix 1 teaspoon honey                                   
1 tbsp oatmeal                                              
1 tsp of fresh orange juice                              
1 tsp oil                                                             
1 egg yolk
Whip up into paste and apply to face.
Remove after 20 minutes with warm water as hot water will cook the egg.

Important Patch test
Step 1-Try out a small amount of each product at different times either behind your ear or side of neck for face products, on wrist for hand products and on ankle for foot products. This area must not be washed for this period.
Step 2- Wait 24 hours and if no sign of itching, redness or swelling occurs during this time, it should be safe for you to use. If you do get a reaction, wash off straight away and discontinue use.  

To find out more on natural skincare click on these links
Making your own facial products

Make one of the recipes and try it out for yourself.  Let us know how they go. We also recommend that you look at some of the ingredients in your current skincare products and do a Google search on them.  You may be surprised.

The book Skin Deep by Kevin Farrow explains more on skincare products and their ingredients.

Thank You For Reading

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous6/07/2012

    Congratulations Shannon. You obviously have put your heart and soul into your work. xxx Elizabeth Rae


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