So often, we are wrapped up in our diets and what we are willing to put and not put in our bodies – yet we forget that our skin is the body’s largest organ!
So, if we are going to take the time to eat organic, locally-sourced, high-quality and cruelty free foods, then we need to extend that same care to what we are putting on our skin…
Primal law asks that we avoid eating chemically-filled (toxic) products, and the same should apply with our beauty and skin-care regimes.
Just like you might ask yourself if you can pronounce an ingredient before you put it in your mouth, try the same with your beauty products – and if it’s an ingredient that has been processed, then it’s probably not good for you.
It’s not always easy to know what products are and are not good for you; and there is the perception that top quality skin care comes at a higher price point – but that is not always the case, so I am sharing my Top 10 Natural Beauty Hacks…..because….we’re worth it.
1. Nature’s best face mask: Simply apply pure honey for 20 to 40 minutes on you skin! Aim for a really good quality, thick and natural Manuka honey where possible so that it doesn’t melt with the warmth of your skin!
It can get a bit messy, so I find the best time to treat yourself to this ritual is when you are in the bath!
2. For the brightest eyes: To rest your eyes after a long day, slice organic cucumber (preferably having been refrigerated for at least 3 hours) and let it rest on your eyes (closed) for at least 20 minutes.
Try not to open your eyes at all while the cucumber is rested on your eyelids.
3. The best body scrub: For an all over body buzz that leaves your skin naturally exfoliated and feeling radiantly alive, use your leftover coffee grounds (ideally filter) after your morning cuppa and mix it with olive oil until you get a thick paste texture, and rub it all over your skin for a natural exfoliation.
This is great for both body and face!
4. Need a natural makeup remover? To remove makeup, both hazelnut oil and Jojoba oils are fabulous. As much as I love Coconut Oil anywhere else on my body, I wouldn’t recommend using it on your face as it can be comedogenic.
Simply rub the oils onto your face, eyelids and lashes – rinse and rise and shine with fresh and clean skin
5. To moisturise dry skin: Natural pure Shea butter is probably the best nourishing butter you can apply on your skin – especially if it is dry. I love giving my feet a gentle massage before sleep using Shea butter as well, the added bonus being that it smells delicious!
6. Conditioning that mermaid hair: I love to make a deep conditioning hair mask using either Argan oil or Castor oil. I typically apply it before sleep and leave it overnight – Castor oil is very thick though, so make sure that your hair is brushed before and that you insist more on the ends than on the roots!
For natural beach babe blonde highlights, I love to mix the juice of 4 lemons (squeezed into a bowl), with a teaspoon of lavender oil (as lemons can make your hair dry – and the lavender acts as an ashy toner), lather all over my hair, which I then leave in for about 4 hours, rinse out with an amazing natural conditioner or Argan oil – and you have natural, sun kissed highlights.
7. Vitamin D! When exposing yourself to the Sun (which is a wonderful natural remedy), make sure that you apply natural Zinc on the parts of your skin that you are exposing to the sun – and limit strong sun exposure to 20- 30 minutes a day!
8. Soothing skin care: If you have irritated skin – or couldn’t resist a little more time in the sun than perhaps you should have taken – then my personal go-to favourite is to rub natural Aloe Vera on the areas in need of some love! Not only is this instant hydration for your skin, but it feels refreshing and cooling.
9. Spot of skin trouble? For blemishes and Acne, I recommend applying one to two drops of Tea Tree oil (make sure you dilute it with water and test for sensitivity on a small part of your skin first), on the affected area. Be sure to stay far away from the lips, eyes and under the eyes though as these areas are too delicate and sensitive for Tea Tree oil application.
10. Skin and tonic! The best thing you can do for your face, especially if you have sensitive skin, is use natural pure rose water after cleaning your skin! It smells Devine and has been used for centuries in Middle Eastern countries as an essential beauty ritual!
Natural beauty hack! At the moment in lockdown its unlikely we can make trips to the salon for hair removal appointments, and I refuse to shave because I do not believe in using plastic razors as they are terrible for the environment.
So I like to make my own sugar wax. It uses 3 ingredients, is totally natural, sustainable and organic, and leaves your legs super smooth and smelling like honey…
Now, I’m going to be completely honest. Making sugar wax is easy once you get the hang of it. But if you’ve never made it before, pick up an extra bag of sugar (or two) before you get started.
· 1 cup sugar
· ¼ cup honey
· ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
Combine everything in a bowl and microwave it on high in 20-second intervals for about 2 minutes without stirring. At this point, it should be the ideal consistency for sugar wax.
And remember…. the more natural, the better it is! The rule I recommend when in doubt: If you can eat it, you can definitely put it on your skin!