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.
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