Summer Skincare Beautiful Skin A Two Pronged Approach

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Summer Skincare

 

With bouts of intense heat waves summer skincare becomes very important. I had a chance to concentrate on my Summer skincare this week! On Thursday I packed my son off for an overnight excursion at a local manor house. It is now used for respite stay for children with special needs.

An annual highlight which he loves. A double win of sorts because we also get to do what seems crazy and fun to us. Things like safely leaving the washing up liquid on the window sill in the kitchen!

Also not having to bag all my toiletries in case my son decides he needs to ‘clean up’. Usually this involves emptying all containers of contents, rinsing and drying them before returning to original positions. He loves water!

 

I used this ‘free’ time for a deep pamper. Mainly working to repair the result of the dehydration I suffered during the past couple of weeks due to the heat wave we experienced here in the UK.

 

I am taking a pincer approach…treating my skin outwardly and enhancing its beauty from within. I am on a mega #rehydration drive, (which ought to be a daily routine macro-2116936_1920always). I underestimated my required intake, despite trying my absolute best to drink as much water as possible!
I know it was not enough because of the dry state of my facial skin. It is apparent how the skin can suffer severely within a short space of time.

 

The situation in remedial terms is easy today further aided by the fact that I can and have set up my normal hydration ‘station’ comprising of a jug of ginger and lemon peel gratings in filtered water, with floating lemon segments and cucumber slices and mint leaves. I also have another jug with green and peppermint tea infused with rosemary, and good old plain bottled water.

 

Please forgive my excitement at the ability to freely exhibit my ‘wares’ because whilst I already miss my ‘baby’, his absence even if just overnight means that I do not have to ‘hide’ my painstakingly assembled beverages of the day in the fridge in the vegetable tray or behind tall boxes of milk and other things that ‘live’ in the fridge. They are first in Matthew’s firing line and mostly save my concoctions because I usually rescue them just in time!!

Bless him!

More to the point the best way to help rejuvenate your skin as part of summer skincare is to use a serum. Serums are a concentration of high performance ingredients that are immediately and easily absorbed by the skin.
infused-water-1830091_1920Normal facial skin creams contain possibly 5% to 10% active ingredients whilst serums can contain up to 70% actives.

Serums are either water or oil based but either way they make for a ‘lighter’ experience as they are quickly absorbed into the skin which is preferable especially during the warmer sometimes hot and humid weather.

You only need a few drops as little as five because you do not want to waste the golden or sometimes pearly looking skin food. This eliminates the need for multiple products because of the high nutrient value of serum, thus reducing your costs.

A little goes a long way….30 ml can easily last for up to a couple months if used correctly.

Try our Mimi’s Rejuvenating Serum if you have not already done so and you will never want to be without it!

To your health and beauty

 

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Adapting your skincare regime to spring.

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Spring skincare: adapting your skincare regime for spring.

Just like you transition your wardrobe from winter to spring, It is time to consider the needs of your skin.
Go lighter. Heavier creams and body butters are more effective when humidity drops during the cooler winter months causing the skin to become drier. In spring and the coming summer months your skin increases production of natural oils as the heat and humidity rise .

This means that you need to change to lighter moisturising products which can include oils like apricot kernel and jojobo. Lotions, lighter or whipped body creams are a great alternative for the body.

Try our Daily Cleansing Oil, Repair Serum or  Reviving Face Oil  for him and her

Sunscreen.

Sunscreen is a must, use daily. For darker beauties, more melanin does not protect you from UV ray skin damage. Adding some plant oils like raspberry (28 – 50 SPF), or carrot seed oil (40 SPF) increases sun blocking qualities to your normal lotions as an additional boost.

You can also incorporate sunscreen into your foundation for a two -pronged skin protection endeavour for your skin or can even be one of the ingredients in your foundation or as  one step combined with your moisturiser. Don’t forget to care for your lips by having protection in your lip balm too. You can even make your own.

Try our Vitamin E lipbalm
Give your beauty tools a spring clean too. Discard any make up that has been in use for up to six months. There is likely to be an accumulation of bacteria which can cause blockage of the pores.
Give your make up brushes and sponges a good wash too.

Exfoliate
Bump up your exfoliation to at least twice a week to get rid of the dry winter skin.
A natural DIY Sugar scrub will do the trick. Combine sugar with any carrier oil sunflower or coconut will make a gentle natural scrub. Include the feet to make them summer ready for those sandals and slippers.

Try our Sugar Body Scrub,  Himalayan Pink Salts ScrubFacial Scrub

Pamper Bath
Add moisturizing bath oils to your bath. Try almond, olive or apricot or avocado. Oatmeal is also a cracking exfoliate and will leave your skin smooth and moisturised.
Use a hydrating face masque. Choose from avocado and olive or coconut oil, banana with honey or yoghurt dependant on your skin type. Honey with oats make a great face mask too.
These tweaks compensate for the weather changes from cold to warmer etc. and keep your skin in top form.
To your health and beauty

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Winter Skincare for Black Beauty

 

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Why and what you should change about your skincare routine in winter if you are prone to dry skin.

Should I change your skincare routine in winter? The cold harsh weather affects our skin in a number of ways. Dryness is one. Generally there are many reasons why your skin can get dry and itchy.

Itchy skin is not a skin condition as such and it can be caused by dry skin, clothing, menopause, genetic predisposition. Patches of dry itchy skin can become visible on the arms lower legs and abdomen.

Here I am going to talk about dryness during winter.

 

Dry skin can be quite a concern for many darker skinned people, causing patches of dry skin or ‘ashiness’.

Lack of treatment can lead to dermatitis, inflammation of the skin, swelling and even infection. Fortunately most of these are external conditions and the remedies are external too.

  1. Moisturise

To prevent dry skin and any side effects you need to be taking better care by adapting your routine. If you suffer from dry skin you have probably tried a lot of moisturisers already. These should be an integral part of your day to day facial and body skincare routine especially if you have dry skin. Knowing how to use moisturiser is also important.

It is best to apply on wet damp skin, not dipping wet though, pat down your skin and apply the moisturiser, this traps and increases water content onto your skin repairing the protective barrier and making the skin look more dewy.

Wait a little for skin to absorb and towel off any excess.

Ideal winter moisturisers for Black / Dry skin

Try a mild, non perfumed one and with no alcohol. You need a thick moisturiser to seal in moisture. You can test it by putting some on the palm of your hand and turning it over. It should not drop off but stick to it if the right consistency .

You will need to change what you use from spring and summer. You want an ointment or oil based moisturiser rather than one that is water based. Oil helps maintain the covering film or acid mantle as opposed to water based lotions. Choose any thing labelled as night cream.

  1. Oil

Consider non clogging and appropriate oils like, primrose, jojoba or almond oil for facial skin protection.

  1. Sunscreen

Sunscreen is not just for summer time. Winter sun and snow glare can also cause skin damage. A broad spectrum face and hand sunscreen is good when going outside. Re-apply frequently if out for a long time.

  1. Hand care

The skin on your hands is thinner and has less oil glands than the rest of your body. Cold dry weather makes it harder to keep them moisturised which is likely to cause itchiness. Try to wear gloves when going outside. If they are woolly put a thin cotton glove on first to avoid irritation.

  1. Humidify

Humidify central heating and space heaters that blast dry hot air throughout the home and office make the skin dry. A humidifier helps keep the air moist and prevents it drying out. Have several humidifiers around the house if you can to disperse moisture all over the house more evenly.

  1. Drink Water

Drink water to hydrate for health rather than your skin. I am sure you have heard a thousand times that water is good for your skin. Some dermatologists say that your skin does not always benefit from the water you drink i.e. you can  drink 12 glasses of water a day and still have dry skin. There are many other factors to consider.

  1. Avoid Harsh Chemical Peels and Masks

Avoid harsh masks facial peels and masks, and alcohol based toners and astringents which strip the skin of oil. A mild cleansing milk or hydrating mask and toner are more suitable for winter.

  1. Foot Care

Heat up your feet up! In winter your feet need strong stuff, not fragrant minty cooling summer lotions. Find something with glycerine to use and periodically exfoliate dead skin to help your moisturiser get into the skin.

  1. Ban hot baths.

Soaking in burning hot water is a no-no. The temperature difference after being out in the cold damages the acid mantle by contributing to the stripping of oils on your skin. It feels good after being out in the cold but intensely hot water adversely affects the skin breaking down the epidermal lipid barriers of the acid mantle, leading to dry itchiness. Try using bath oils relieve and moisturise to avoid the need of prescribed ointments etc. resultant from dry skin.

10. Try a Body Butter

If you have not done so already, try a body butter. There are many luxurious butters that make great moisturisers. Shea, Cocoa, Mango and Avocado are my favourites! Find a combination that works for your skin or even just one.

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Our Winter Survival Kits contain a range of products for you to try.

 

 

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This week it has become much colder all of a sudden and your face is bound to feel it. I work primarily indoors and can feel the effects of the central heating indoors and the cold wind when I go outside. Due to being sensitive our darker skin types feel these effects manifested by the tight, drier feel  with that ashy look? Girls we need to go the extra mile!

It important to keep hydrated generally drinking at least 2 litres of water a day. I find mixing it up with herbal teas is good but still leaves me ‘thirsty’ so I also stick to my 2 litres water in addition. You can also drink lemon water and other versions of infused waters to help flush out the toxins. This is relative, you must do what suits you and is healthy for you individually etc. Eating ‘clean’ with lots of fruits and vegetables  works well to cleanse your skin from the inside out.

Topically a change is required in our skincare regime with an emphasis on moisturising and allowing our skin to absorb what we apply on it. So, you might find that on a day to day basis the evening or after work  is the only or rather best time to replenish and help your skin recover from the damaging effects of exposure to the elements and air pollution. It is also a chance to wind down and if you cleanse has essential oils in it this will help calm and relax too after the grueling day.

Remove your makeup as soon as you get home ideally use a natural or organic, preferably bi-phase (oil and water) makeup remover without alcohol, to keep the pores unblocked by avoiding any build up and help balance the skin.

Give your face a good cleanse with a moisturising oil cleanse containing oils like Jojoba, Apricot kernel or Sweet Almond oil or any plant based oil combination.

Follow with a few drops of serum, over the face always remember your neck and chest.

After 20 -30 mins apply your night cream. Your face should not show signs of any oily residue make sure all is absorbed by bedtime and does not end up on your pillow!

Oils to look out for in your Cleansing and Moisturising products

apricots-1502169_1920Apricot Kernel Oil

This oil is extracted, from the kernel of apricot fruit, which consists of 40-50% oil.

It has a soft and smooth feel on the skin. Its’ qualities are that it spreads well and is easily absorbed by the skin.

It is absorbed quite slowly (between 20-50 minutes) making it excellent for lubrication.

It is a mild oil, which is tolerated by most people, especially those with sensitive, inflamed, dry or aging skin.

It enhances skin elasticity.

It is the classic skin oil for sensitive skin.

All the Prunus oils, i.e. almond, peach and apricot kernel oils have very similar properties and effects on the skin and all leave the skin feeling soft and smooth.

Peach and apricot are the most similar.

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Castor oil is also widely used as an ingredient in cleansing cream targeted for eczema and psoriasis prone skin types. It has been also used to effectively on age spots and brown pigmentation ad liver spots.

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Jojoba oil is a clear gold / yellow cold pressed liquid wax. It great for unblocking clogged pores works by helping the breakdown of sebum. Sebum and jojoba oil work together without sealing off the skin pores. It softens and keeps skin moist. It has antibacterial and anti fungal properties. It lifts dirt, helps control flaking and dryness.

It is also widely used in peeling and exfoliating products and also acne treatments. It mimics sebum thereby ‘tricking’ the skin to stop its over production in oily skin making it suitable for all skin types because of its ability to balances the sebum in all skin types.This explanations why oils can be used to rebalance oily skin and not make it oilier.

Ideal for eczema and psoriasis prone skin it is quickly absorbed excellent for dry, inflamed and mature skin.

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This is a mild non irritating oil that is good for all skin types and is an ideal contrast to castor oil. Sweet almond oil is also effective in itchy skin products and those for removing wound crusts. It is also used in eczema and psoriasis creams.

 

Always make sure that you read the labels correctly. You must be able to understand the ingredients especially the first three or four and you do not want too may ingredients just a simple Cleansing oil.Mimi's Organics cleansing oil

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How Mimi Got Into Organics.

HOW MIMI GOT INTO ORGANICS.

 

I was helping my son Matthew now aged 12 with his morning routine the other day.

‘Blow your nose Matthew’ I said to him, and he blew.

‘Wipe the left side’ and he did. HE ACTUALLY WENT LEFT!

I felt a great sense of gratitude and pride in him as I thought of how far he had come.

Matthew was diagnosed with Autism at four and a half years of age. Delayed development meant that he was behind with all his with milestones, had very little speech, no eye contact or desire to communicate. People were like furniture to him. He loved ‘adjusting’ people into certain ‘poses’ as if setting the scenario in a play. Going to the Doctor’s surgery was a creative time for him because of the number of bodies in seats that he could ‘manipulate’.  School was also noticing certain tell-tale signs about the extent of his challenges.

At home he displayed a lot of repetitive, ritualistic, behaviour and would play differently with his toys, for example he would line up his toy cars and trucks in size or colour order rather than play with them in the conventional way. It was the same with jigsaw puzzles which he would arrange according to shape or size too.

He was particular (still is) about the order in which he dressed and undressed, laid his clothes out and his food is plated etc. he ate (still eats) a particular food item finishes it and moves to each in turn. We also had a no food ‘touching’ phase and still likes his things just so, just to name a few very usual autistic characteristics which helped to explain this bewildering behaviour at the time.

The flip side to all this was anxiety, sometimes very unpredictable behaviour and constant crying at particular times especially after meal times and from an early age he was always on one medication or other for his gut or allergies.

After this diagnosis I realised that I had to take control of the situation in order for him to have a better quality of life. Extensive research lead me down the organic, natural path.

I converted entirely clearing out all else and simply using organic and natural where possible  and soon saw the benefits through the improvement in my son’s temperament, health and increased engagement. The gut issue resolved itself to a large extent. Although he is still on the spectrum, he is a less anxious, happily growing child and now talks so much one would not have imagined he one day would, a short 5 years ago when it all started.

My passion for making cosmetics stemmed from the fact that I was not always happy with the quality of products available and decided to make my own. I fell completely in love with formulating and creating lots of different things and working with all manner of food grade ingredients.  This presented as a great business opportunity and gave me a sense of fulfillment whilst replacing my then abandoned hopes of a trailblazing career snuffed out by the demands of caring for two boys one of them autistic child.  I could be my own boss, and schedule work around my boys.

I skilled myself up. A huge amount of help came my way through many Angels that crossed my path in turn when I needed it. I enrolled in a fantastic school Formula Botanica which still supports me to this day. I have a fantastic designer Christine from the Art of Communication who I met when I was still figuring out a company name logo and branding!

My company name was inspired by my nick name coined by my older brother who could not pronounce my name when we were kids… so to family and friends I am Mimi.

I do not presume to be responsible for all that has happened to me and Mimi’s, but believe it is Divine Grace and Favour.

So after some nominations, making several shortlists (one award presentation/results pending); and an industry award for my Rejuvenating Night Cream, under my belt I feel ready to share what I have learnt and hope that I can be of some help to someone as I go forward. I am excited and look forward to a bright future fo Mimi’s.

In a nutshell……

THAT IS HOW MIMI GOT INTO ORGANICS.

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Uneven skintone

 

UNEVEN SKIN  TONE

 

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Dry skin is one of the major sources of concern for us all at some point.

The epidermis (From the Greek epi, on top and derma, the skin) is the skin’s outer structure serving a protective function. What we see is the final result of keratinisation

Keratinocytes are the main cell type of the epidermis, performing a number of major functions including production of the structural protein keratin. They are formed at the basal layer just above the dermis and are metabolically active cells.

As they advance up through the dermis keratinocytes change into corneocytes which eventually end up at the outmost layer as flattened cells making up the epidermis. They are shed in the normal epidermal turnover. This process in the last stage of a 4 to 6 week journey. Which is why  it takes about 6 weeks to visibly the effects of a new product on your skin.

 

As our skin is continually being renewed excess layers of dead skin can build up causing the skin to look dull and ashy. This is where Exfoliation comes into play. Exfoliation is a key component to bright clear skin as it helps to naturally eliminate the accumulation of thick layers of dry skin which sometimes has the appearance of blemishes.

Darker skin tones take longer to heal and the effects of any surface trauma usually takes a long time to disappear too. Some of the chemicals and harmful ingredients that can result in skin damage include the long term use of steroid-based other toxic creams i.e. hydroquinone, mercury, monobenzene. This can be a worrying and stressful problem. Hyperpigmentation, dark marks, changes skin structure and thin/fragile skin are often the result.

Our amazing skin is as resilient as any of our other organs and with patience, nurture, nutrition in the proper environment can respond to help reverse the damage and its original health can be restored.

Diet and lifestyle play a major role in helping your skin’s healing process from the bottom up so you need to eat as clean as you can.

To support skin healing from the bottom-up, the first thing you can do is clean up your diet and lifestyle as much as possible.

You must include more raw fruits and vegetable juices to your diet. This is a topic I am addressing with my Juicing Challenge which you can enter here. The aim of the challenge is to explore the benefits of an alkaline diet which incorporates a combination of raw fruit and vegetable to make your juices / smoothies. We will also be looking at the internal and external health benefits offered by the ingredients.

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An alkaline diet will heal skin from the bottom up or inside out

 

The second way to improve the skin’s condition is to apply healing oils that penetrate your skin on a daily basis, like cold pressed olive oil, cold pressed castor oil and extra virgin coconut oil.

Try combination of an oil serum daily combined with a nourishing cream. These will work well together because the serum is quickly absorbed whilst the cream has a longer lasting effect.

 

Look for the following ingredients in any good effective cleansing oil:

Castor Oil

Almond Oil

Jojoba Oil

 

The method for using Cleansing Oil Apply this blend to the skin and wipe the area with warm muslin cloth or face cloth to remove the oil. The cleansing oil will remove the dirt from your skin.

You can try the following for cleansing and repairing the skin.

 

Daily Cleansing Oil

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Reviving Face Oil

You can also sign up for my juicing challenge

Why you should incorporate a scrub into your skincare regime

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Dry, Flakey, Ashy Skin?

Dry skin is a major source of concern for most women at some point in life and often manifests as uneven complexion especially in darker skin tones.

As our skin is continually being renewed, excess layers of dead skin can build up causing the skin to look dull and off colour. This is where scrubbing comes into play. Exfoliation is a key component to bright clear skin as it helps to naturally eliminate the build up of layers of dry skin which sometimes gives the appearance of blemishes.

Scrubbing also helps increase blood circulation which boosts cell reproduction, generally benefiting the skin. This helps alleviate the appearance of uneven skin tone caused by acne and speeds up healing time for scars, reducing  skin discoloration which can  lead to pigmentation.

Poor blood circulation potentially deprives the skin of nutrients, causing dark circles around the eyes a result of a slow down in collagen production and also promotes the appearance of wrinkles.

A basic skincare routine for both face and body, that includes scrubbing helps exfoliate the dry skin to reveal a smoother, beautiful skin. It is important simple to accomplish a regular exfoliating regime

There are many safe ingredients that help exfoliate dry skin like kernels, sugars and salts. With anti-inflammatory properties make them suitable for most skin types even the most sensitive that would react badly to other forms of scrubs. They are excellent for acne and eczema also oily skin and can easily be used as a homemade scrub.

An effective facial scrub may contain up to 3 main active ingredients like apricot kernels, jojoba exfoliating grains and loofah flakes topped off with antibacterial essential oils.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Acid Mantle Lesson 101 in caring for your skin…

The Acid Mantle

What is the acid mantle?

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Imagine a protective film covering your skin generated by your body from three different sources:

From:

  • Sweat, lactic acid secreted by sweat glands along with various amino acids
  • Sebum, the oil produced by the sebaceous glands, water proofs the skin and is broken down by enzymes on the skin’s surface to form free fatty acids.
  • Dead skin, additional amino acids and Pyrrolidone carboxylic acid which is part of the skin’s natural moisturizing factor.

All these oily secretions blend together and are distributed across the skin’s surface. They have a PH of between 4.5 and 6.2 hence the name acid mantle.

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Functions of the acid mantle

The acid mantle performs protective functions like:

  • Mechanical protection from (wind, cold and water)
  • UV radiation protection
  • Microbial protection
  • Regulates chemical penetration that can lead to disorders
  • Its scale like layered structure limits its movement and disturbances. This waterproofs the skin’s surface keeping cells tight and flat making it harder for bacteria, and viruses to penetrate the skin.

 

The acidity neutralises any contamination and any other chemical substances that are alkaline (have a high PH), providing direct protection against alkaline substances.

Disrupting the mantle by excessive washing or neutralizing with alkaline substances leaves the skin exposed to damage and infection. In the absence of the acid mantle, cells start separating  leading to loss of moisture which causes small cracks through which bacteria can enter the skin.  A weakened mantle results in a rise in the PH. Above 6.5 the skin is highly predisposed to damage and infection.

 

Factors which disrupt the acid mantle

  • Environmental conditions like sunshine, water exposure
  • Unhealthy Diet – undernourishment prohibits your body from producing the essential fatty acids it requires.
  • Skin diseases –
  • acute eczema can raise the pH of your skin as high as 7.5 which is beyond that protective range.
  • dermatitis, a result of exposure to cleansing agents.
  • Systemic diseases like diabetes and some vascular diseases also increase skin pH
  • External factors such as age, stimulation of medication and chemical substance and stressful lifestyle,
  • hormonal imbalance
  • bad weather also disturbs the balance of acid mantle and weakens the protection of acid mantle.
  • Topical product use can damage the mantle.

 

 

Here are some contributing causes of acid mantle disruption.

 Acid Mantle destroyers

 

The mantle will eventually restore itself.

It can take between 14 hours and up to 2 months for the for the acid mantle to restore itself once damaged, during which time we will have already washed our skin again. Hands are especially exposed to this stripping of the acid mantle. Moisturising the skin after washing helps keep the skin’s PH within the normal range. PH can be pushed to alkaline levels with just one wash and restored within a few hours.

 Protecting your Acid Mantle

It is very important not to damage your acid mantle as demonstrated above. The best way to do this is to use gentle non irritant products in your skin care regime.

Personally I prefer an oil-based regime.  I have formulated a cleansing oil as part of my skincare range, which can replace any other cleansing products you have been using.

Mimi’s Organic’s cleansing oil contains Jojoba oil. A liquid wax excellent unclogging pores also containing essential omega-3 and 6. It also forms a protective layer over the skin.

Almond oil and Apricot Kernel oil are also used in the formula as they are excellent for cleansing and soothing skin whilst gently removing impurities without damaging the epidermis.

There are of course many other oils and products which are gentle, kind to your skin and suitable for use as cleansers. Mimi’sOrganics range

Essential oils such as tea tree may be added to the cleansing oil as they contain antibacterial properties.

Using a cleansing oil combined with toning, moisturising daily whilst exfoliating frequently (at least once a week) for normal skin types makes for an adequate basic cleansing routine.

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#Naturalskincare for face cream

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You get what you pay for, or do you?

Umm, sometimes. Works for plumbing supplies don’t buy a cheap facias and soffits. They will soon need replacing! This analogy probably applies to a number of other consumer products but for #naturalskincare? Not so much.

 

#Naturalskincare care product prices can vary greatly. I am sure we’ve all heard about £300 jars of cream? They are out there for people who live by the motto above. When one takes the time to enlighten themselves on how to interpret the product ingredient list the unfortunate truth becomes apparent. Ingredients are always listed in descending order by volume. This is a requirement that a great majority of #naturalskincare smaller brands follow.  A lot of the bigger brands however, never bother listing. Despite this being a Good Manufacturing Practice as detailed in REGULATION (EC) No 1223/2009 labeling requirement!

There are VERY expensive face creams, with a whole 1 ounce (28ml) selling for upto $739 (£533.00). I conducted a great piece of research. I was curious about these type of products. The containers appear to be the prize, beautiful heavy glass, shiny gold lid, and a stunning presentation box.

And the contents?

Errmm…., reading the ingredient list first, it was full of synthetic chemicals. The first ingredient in this very expensive product that is water (aqua),  shortly followed by mineral oil. Two of the cheapest of the cheap ingredients and for such a hefty price tag. Definitely not the products for me under any circumstances. I am an #organicskincare, #naturalskincare lass.

 

#Organic, #natural and #foodgrade ingredients offer superior benefits and are more #environmentallyfriendly and #biodegradable.

The actual experience of the cream will probably vary per individual, but not be very healthy for the skin with its rosehipssynthetic elements. I must say though, the jar was beautiful and could have been used as a great paper weight when empty!

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Herbal Facial Steam Bath

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Facial Steam Baths

To prepare your skin for further treatment, you can open and cleanse your pores with facial steam baths. Rejuvenation and nourishment can be added by infusing herbs into the water so their benefits can be felt and enjoyed.

Method For Herbal Facial Steam Baths

  1. Pour boiled water into a ceramic, stainless or plastic basin.
  2. Sprinkle a few pinches of your choice of dried herbs and leave to infuse into the water for a few minutes.
  3. Place basin on a table, sit down, keeping your head at a comfortable distance lean over basin with a large towel over your head.
  4. Continue for 5 – 10 minutes allowing for the herbs and vapour to do their work.
  5. Splash face with cool water and pat dry.
  6. Finish by applying an astringent to close pores and use a serum / moisturiser unless you are following the facial steam with another spa treatment.

Tips for Herbal Facial Steam Baths

Essential oils can be used instead of herbs.

You can use the bathroom sink, sit comfortably on a chair whilst steaming.

A boiling infusion can be used to make a stronger steam simply replace the herbs in step 2.

 

blogs-igredientsSuggested Herbs for Facial Steam Baths

Calendula (Marigold Petals) Used for healing and tissue generating properties for all skin types, including sensitive and babies. Anti-inflammatory action, treatment of sunburn, varicose veins, wounds, spots, acne and boils. Relieves itchiness.
Chamomile flowers Soothing and relaxing, also for the treatment of eczema
Chickweed (aerial parts) A classic herb that relieves itchiness and treats all manner of skin rashes, inflammation and breakouts.
Comfrey roots For treatment of eczema, skin problems, also has anti wrinkle and skin rejuvenation properties
Horsetail Known as the ‘beauty herb’ great for strengthening connective skin and tissue. Reduces psoriasis
Lady’s Mantle (Whole plant) For soothing itchiness, inflamed skin, eczema and psoriasis. Great for balancing dry, sensitive chapped or large-pored skin.
Lavender flowers Another ‘beauty herb’, relaxing, soothing and sedative. Good for skin rashes, inflammations, irritations and stings etc.
Nettle leaves Helps circulation, soothes eczema, sensitive and dry skin. Cleanses and clarifies oily skin
Peppermint leaves Revitalising, clarifying ans stimulating. Reduces swelling and its coolness calms itchiness. Good for Large-pored skin.
Plantain leaves Great treatment for some skin conditions such as Eczema and Psoriasis
Rosemary leaves Stimulates and warms aids blood circulation great for treating gout and / joint muscular pains. Good for skin problems e.g. blackheads, spots and oily skin.
St John’s Wort herb Reputable calming properties perfect for calming/soothing irritated, inflamed skin, aids rheumatic and muscular pains also good for cleaning wounds and burns etc.
Wild Pansy Heals, cleans, soothes and rejuvenates. Exceptionally good for large-pored skin also problem skin, acne, psoriasis, eczema and rough skin.
Yarrow leaves For management of varicose veins, haemorrhoids, healing sores and wounds. Alleviates itching and also eczema

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