Dear world it’s been….over one year since my last…um blog post. Whoops. Work, stress and life took over for a short while.
My latest read, The Woman Code, by Alisa Vitti, is well worth a read. For me it brought a lot of knowledge I already had but put it altogether in one place and just made so much sense.
One word ENDOCRINE DISTRUPTORS. They are chemicals that, at certain doses, can interfere with the bodies endorine (or hormone system). Alissa talks a lot about this in her book.
Not only are these found in medicine (painkillers, the pill etc), they are found in our food (hormones in meat) and are also found in large quantities in our beauty products.
My theory, if you can eat it then it is safe to put on your skin. Now the thought of not using all your favourite tried and tested beauty bests is probably unfathomable. My advice, just do it slowly, try replacing one product at a time, don’t try and go all natural all in one go.
Here are some natural options for the beauty basics:
- Cleanser – I found this the easiest item to cut out of my life. Simply replace it with a microfibre face cloth. It removes dirt from your skin, reduces black heads and it’s cheap.
- Toner – for a simple, all natural toner just mix 1 part organic apple cider vinegar with 2-4 parts water. Pour on to a cotton pad and use like regular toner. Apple cider vinegar helps you manage your skin’s PH rather that disrupting it. You will get used to the smell.
- Moisturiser (face and body) – simply replace your moisturiser with coconut oil. Or alternatively avocado oil. Your skin will get used to the oils and adapt over time, just use a little to start. I love the smell of coconut oil on my skin.
- Make-up remover – just add some coconut oil to a cotton pad and melt over your eyelid, it will remove even waterproof mascara!
- Vitamin C scrub – ex foliating is important to remove dead skin cells and to give your skin an even complexion. Vitamin C is great for the skin, it helps produce collagen and it helps to reduce sun spots, so brilliant for anti ageing. Add half a tablespoon of vitamin C / ascorbic acid to one teaspoon of coconut oil. Mix and apply to your face for 5-10 minutes.
- Bath oil – just add a teaspoon of coconut oil to your bath for velvety skin. Add a drop of lavender oil for extra fragrance and to help you sleep.
Coconut oil is your friend when it comes to natural beauty. Always opt for organic where possible.
Give it a go and I’m sure you will agree these products work just as well and will even save you money at the same time. I’m still working through options for shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen and make-up! So I’ll keep you posted.