What’s new and what’s good in the world of Natural Skincare?

Posted on: 7th April, 2015

Category: Health

Contributor: Hannah Dare

Spring has sprung, the clocks have gone forward and it actually feels like summer sitting in the sun today! Which makes it a great time to really start to pay attention to your skin, as (hopefully) we will all want to be baring it soon. I’ve been trying out a few new skincare products recently and giving some thought to what is most important in terms of skincare, and I’m going to discuss a few new favourites here along with a mini-facial treatment with a twist!

These are my five tips for healthy skin:

• Drink plenty of water (small amounts often is best; water keeps everything clean and clear both inside and out!).

• Get some sun as often as possible without suncream on — 15 to 30 minutes a day is usually advised depending on your skin colour.

• Walk briskly every day for at least 15 minutes to get your circulation going.

• Eat lots of fresh vegetables and oily fish to boost your omega oils (this is especially important if you have a dry skin condition; if your skin is excessively dry try taking a good quality fish oil such as Eskimo 3).

• Use natural skincare products! Remember your skin is your largest organ and what we put on our skin goes into our body. We are seeing more and more vitamins and minerals applied topically as it is an easy way of absorbing certain active ingredients (it by-passes the stomach and liver) but this should tell us to be very wary of what we put on our skin. A good rule of thumb is do you recognise your skincare ingredients and are they safe enough to eat? If in doubt ask in your local healthfood shop — we can always advise!

In terms of healthy natural beauty products for both face and body I am a great fan of oils; I find my skin absorbs a good quality oil very easily and feels soft and supple afterwards. I always avoid any oils that contain petroleum oils though — I prefer to keep my petroleum products in my car! A popular oil these days for all over skincare is coconut oil — we have an amazing quality coconut oil in Organico at the moment from Veridian; it’s for both internal and external use and not only does it taste great and have an amazingly smooth texture with no graininess (Veridian use only pure extra virgin coconut oil and don’t bulk it out with coconut flesh the way we have discovered many companies do) but it leaves your skin feeling and smelling wonderful! I also love Weleda’s Rose Body Oil; rose is such a nurturing scent, and I find it uplifting as well as very moisturising for my skin. If you have aches and pains or sore muscles, you can try Weleda’s Arnica Massage Balm as a body oil — arnica and rosemary are both very reviving for the body as well as for the spirits. Of course the queen of facial oils is Rosehip; and Trilogy produce the best of the best when it comes to rosehip oils…try their Rosehip Oil Antioxidant + which is a great option to revive tired skin and heal small scars.

All in One Balms are hitting the beauty news a lot recently, and I really enjoyed using the Trilogy Everything Balm on holidays, as it really can be used for everything. It makes a great aftersun, it’s good on cuts and grazes, you can use it as a lip balm, and it makes a fantastic hand cream. It’s good for giving a massage, and is wonderful as a facial oil — you only need a small amount as a little goes a long way.

Here’s a wonderful mini-facial treatment you can perform at home. It not only benefits the skin but will lift your spirits! Take some Trilogy Everything balm and warm it up on your palms. Put your hands up to your face and inhale, enjoying the natural essential oils. Find a mirror and an empty room and look yourself in the eyes; while you massage the balm into your skin repeat ‘I love you’ to yourself and smile into your eyes. After about a minute take a hot flannel and lie back on the bed with the flannel over your face and let the oils really penetrate the skin and again enjoy the beautiful smell (for as long as you like). Don’t wipe off all the balm; what is left on your skin just massage in…and go out and face the day feeling much happier and with a healthy glow!

If you are sceptical about the concept of what you put on your skin gets absorbed into the body and therefore should contain ingredients we know to be safe enough to eat, a new product by Better You (the Magnesium Spray people) should put paid to any arguments. Magnesium Body Lotion is a body lotion, which is designed to help maintain your magnesium levels. Magnesium is a very powerful mineral; it is key in helping repair and replenish cells, improving elasticity and overall skin health, as well as helping us to stay relaxed, to sleep well and to maintain good bone health. Magnesium Body Lotion contains 30 per cent BetterYou™ Magnesium Oil combined with shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil and vitamin E. Dermatologically tested, Magnesium Body Lotion has passed the most rigorous of trials so that you can be confident of its suitability for, and effective support, of the most sensitive skin conditions and the harshest of modern environments. When we tried out the samples we were sent we were very impressed with the creaminess and absorbability of this body lotion, and we all felt more confident about using it compared to the oil which can leave your skin feeling slightly itchy whereas the body lotion was silky smooth.

We have a competition to win a few of the amazing products mentioned above — to be in with a chance to win, sign up for our Newsletter by going online to Organico.ie.

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Wave to Mary! 65-year-old Mary Nolan Hickey is running around the entire coast of the Island of Ireland to raise funds & awareness for the RNLI and is currently running the roads of West Cork.

Mary is the only woman to have completed every single Dublin Marathon (all 38 of them). She’s also completed the grueling Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, known as the ‘toughest foot race on earth’.

To mark her 50th year involved in Athletics Mary is taking on her biggest challenge yet (even though she thought she’d already done that when completing the Dublin Marathon when she was over six months pregnant!) She wants to raise as much money as possible for the RNLI.

Mary started her epic journey in Arklow, Co. Wicklow, on New Year’s Day. She aims to cover up to 5000 kilometers, using coastal routes, over the next five months. She hopes to get back in time to get her first pension payment in June when she turns 66.

Mary will stop off at as many RNLI stations as possible, on her once in a lifetime adventure. As far as she knows no other woman has ever taken on this challenge.

Speaking about her journey Mary said:

“I wanted to prove that age not a barrier. Coming from a coastal town I have a deep affinity with our local RNLI station & volunteers and have huge admiration for the brave men and women who risk their lives to save lives at sea”.

Mary, who’s depending on the goodwill of communities along her route for accommodation, has been astounded by the response so far. “The support has been overwhelming,” she said. “I have met the most amazing and encouraging people along the way”.

To see more about Mary’s adventures, and to pinpoint her location today, check out her Facebook page - rnlilapofthemap2018.

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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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