In the first thread of this ‘Clean Up Your Beauty Act’ segment I am starting with organic and natural Multi-taskers. Why? Because these are the foundations upon which you can build your new improved Beauty regime.
These beauties will save you a heap of money and you will find you can massively slash the amounts of products on your bathroom shelf.
In fact when you start to upgrade your products and ‘go clean’ you will naturally begin to minimise your product quantity.
Quality over quantity girls.
Much like making better food choices, I recommend starting with a couple of items (like multi-taskers) and then gradually replacing other items as your own (toxic) stuff runs out. Soon you will have your collection built up and you will never want to go back to putting chemicals onto (and into) your body.
There are tons of reasons why we should avoid chemicals in our Beauty products and they are linked to a host of scary diseases. Did you now that the skin is the largest organ in our body and masses of toxins are being absorbed daily? Many we cannot avoid, so it’s crucial that we take charge where we can and work towards generally cutting our overall toxin load.
This is even more important for anyone suffering from a health condition, problem skin and acne. Even more so perhaps for babies and children, who are particularly vulnerable. Marketing has tricked us badly here. We just don’t need the harsh stuff. All we need is natural, soothing and beautiful products. And you need not worry that you will be risking your looks by giving up the high profile brands, because these organic treats are very glamorous, luxurious and outstanding in terms of performance. Plus your bathroom will look more like a pretty spa than ever.
You are upgrading in every possible way.
So, if I could only choose 2 Organic Beauty items what would they be?
After much consultation and deliberation these are my 2 Desert Island Organic Beauty Must Haves:
1. Coconut Oil
2. Argan Oil
Let me tell you why:
Coconut oil is a natural way to keep skin and hair soft and healthy. A cream which is edible cannot get purer. This is as natural as it gets, and what smells better than coconut?. Shut your eyes and your are transported back to the beach and holiday highs.
Best in a Cold pressed virgin form, it acts as a Cleanser, Moisturiser, Antibiotic, Anti-Fungal, Multivitamin, Multi-Nutrient and and Anti-Oxidant. This oil is overloaded with powerful goodness. It soothes, it cleans, it softens. Use it anywhere!
Argan oil is often refered to as ‘liquid gold’ and is extracted from the Morrocan Argan tree. It is extremely rich in nutients especially Vitamin E and Fatty Acids. This non greasy formula can also be used all over the body, hair and nails. Perfect for dry skin, wrinkles and acne this super tonic is blissfully luxurious and smells divine. Just make sure you use a brand which is 100% Argan or pure.
My Personal Routine:
♥ I use Coconut oil to remove makeup and cleanse my face. I rub it in all over and then remove with a hot cloth (which also helps exfoliation.)♥
♥ Once my skin is dry I use Argan oil as my bed-time Moisturiser, allowing it to pentrate deep whilst I sleep.♥
♥ If I was being super Spa-like I would Dry Skin Brush before jumping into a hot bath (with a few drops of Argan oil in it) and enjoy the relaxation…. After drying off I rub Coconut Oil all over my body. It is very easy to do with minimal effort due to the liquid consistency (particularly in the summer.) I often also use as a very gentle sun tan protector in the daytime as it is suggested to have an unofficial SPF of Factor 6.♥
Hand & Nails
♥ I Use both Argan and Coconut for these! Nails grow super long and cuticles and skin soften dramatically.♥
♥ I use Coconut OIl as an Intensive Conditioner now and then. It is ideal to rub all over the hair and scalp (stimulating new growth) after washing and then go to bed with it left in. The next day wash off for amazing softness and shine. It will require a couple of shampoo rinses.♥
♥ On damp hair before drying/styling I rub a tiny bit of Argan oil into my palms and spread on the hair ends. This tames, adds shine, and acts as a natural heat protectant. It can be used on dry hair to tame frizz also but dont use too much! Less is more.♥
I honestly and genuinely love these 2 products equally. If I wanted to be very minimalistic I wouldn’t require much else.
But I am a girl so I do like to play!
As an extra note, Coconut Oil can also be used to sooth rashes (on babies too.) You may worry it is too greasy but in in fact our skin requires oil, and the problem occurs when we don’t have enough, which then triggers an over-release by our own glands. Toxic products strip our oil away and often make the problem worse. My own skin has never been clearer or softer since switching, and although I will be honest and say that skin health is majorly determined by what is going on internally (and my own still reflects that more healing is needed), it does make a difference in appearance by switching to clean and natural products.
But don’t just take my word for it:
Jo from London writes “I love using Organic Coconout oil as a body moisturiser. It does a great job and smells delicious! It is a great option if you want to avoid using chemicals or have sensitive skin. You just need to wait a few minutes before dressing to allow it to sink in. But aside from that what’s not to love?” AND “Argan Oil products have totally restored the condition of my hair and smell great too.”
My baby daughter has a few skin problems with dry patches and nappy rash. Coconut oil has been better than anything the doctor suggested and gently soothes and heal instantly. Donna from Kent.
Emily from Kent says “Argan oil has done wonders for my Hair and Nails. Both were brittle and dry but are now strong.”
I double cleanse my face with Coconut Oil about once a week. And there is no going back! It feels like a luxury for my skin and is now a favourite pampering ritual of mine. Rosie from London.
Let me know your face natural skincare routine? Do these 2 faves of mine feature?
Love and Wishes
See Part 2: Clean up your Beauty Act: Natural Homemade face Mask here.