#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!

#organicskincare #mimisorganics #nontoxicbeauty #naturalskincare #mimisorganics

 

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Why your skin needs vitamins

It’s a sad fact that our skin begins the ageing process from the moment we are born. Unstable molecules, otherwise known as free radicals, start destroying connective tissues, elastin and collagen… and this destruction process leaves our skin dry, saggy and looking older than we want.

We all want younger, healthier skin – and vitamins can help us achieve a youthful complexion. Antioxidants such as Carotene, minerals like selenium and Vitamins A, C and E are all essential for your anti-ageing routine. Found naturally in many fruits, vegetables and oils they can also be found in good quality natural skincare products.

What causes our skin to age?

vitamins help prevent against polutionTwo of the main reasons why our skin ages are a lack of vitamins and the damage inflicted from free radicals. Free radicals are, in part, are spawned by environmental factors such as pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke etc.

Why vitamins are essential

Antioxidants such as vitamins A, E and C neutralise free radicals, binding them together before they can cause damage to cellular repair. If you want to slow or halt this ageing process, you need to include them in your anti-ageing skincare routine. Providing an extra level of protection to our skin, vitamins supply our skin with additional help in correcting and renewing the upper levels of our dermis.

Look for the natural antioxidants

To increase the vitamin intake in your skin, look for skincare that contains Rosemary and Sage as they are highly active natural antioxidants. Other antioxidants include:

Vitamin A

Vitamin A (Retinol Palmitate) increases blood flow to your skin, counteracts inflammations and protects cell membranes. Vitamin A is ideal for dry, ageing and lifeless skin. It is also great for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis and is commonly used in good quality anti-wrinkle creams.

Vitamin CVitamin C

Vitamin C, naturally found in fruit such as oranges assists in collagen formation. It also boosts your skins natural antioxidant protection – however, our body cannot store it, so we need to add it to our skin daily to truly benefit from it. Look for serums that contain Vitamin C and apply regularly to your skin. An additional benefit of Vitamin C is its ability to help naturally lighten your skin.

Vitamin E

Vitamin e (Tocopheral) protects your skin against the side effects of radiology, exposure to sunlight or heat and UV rays; which reduce elasticity and create wrinkles. Vitamin E also assists in increasing the rate of skin growth as well as your circulation. Good quality anti-wrinkle protection (such as our own anti-ageing range) will consist of food grade Vitamin E.

Now you know how important vitamins are to your skin and the anti-ageing process, how many products do you already own that have essential vitamins in them? Were you surprised by your results? What one step can you do to increase those vitamins? Why not share your thoughts and opinions by clicking on the comments section above this post?

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Oily skin and the myths that keep you oily!

Blemishes and blackheads are often associated with teenagers however, in reality though they can plague anyone; from puberty through to the older generations. Anyone who has oily skin will know the stress of having blackheads, blemishes, enlarged pores and a shiny complexion.

Those who have an oily skin type will know it can get worse with stress and in humid conditions; however there is also a lot of misinformation and myths around oily skin too, leading to further disappointment and a deeper wish to have a clearer complexion.

oily skinHere are the top three myths associated with oily skin, along with the reality of what you can do to improve your complexion and take a step nearer to clearer, calmer skin.

Myth 1: Mineral Oils are good for you

In reality, your skin cannot absorb mineral oils, as the molecules are too large – so it will sit on the surface layer of your skin, making it feel and look… oily or greasy.

Myth 2: Don’t use oil on oily skins

ALL skin types need fat and oil – INCLUDING oily skin. The secret is to use drier thin oils, so look for facial serums that contain:

  • Thistle – which is great for large pores
  • Rosehip – for its scar-healing properties
  • Evening Primrose Oil – as this is easily absorbed by the skin.

Rose oil for oily skinMyth 3: You need a strong toner for oily skin.

Women with oily skin tend to believe they need a strong toner to rid their skin of oil – and leave it feeling taut and smooth. In reality though, this tight tingly feeling is a direct result of irritation and dryness!

Oily skin can still be sensitive, so look to use these natural oils:

  • Jojoba – a cleansing long, soft oil that forms a protective layer over your skin. Combine it with…
  • Castor oil – a soft short oil for cleansing and illuminating your skin – rather than using harsh chemical soaps.
  • A Combination of hydrosols will make a good mild toner.

Finally, as with any complexion, you cannot beat the use of the right type of ingredients for your skin type – and the best ones for your skin are both natural and organic. So follow the reality of these three myths and you’ll be on your way to clearer, calmer and less oily skin.

How do you manage your oily skin? What myth most surprised you and what one step will you take to change this? Why not share your tips and advice in the comments section – just click on “comment” at the top of this post!

 

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