4 Beauty Ingredients To Avoid

Do you know what’s in that tub of cream you rub into your face every day?

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If you haven’t already gone natural it might be time to consider making the switch, as there are a lot of nasty chemicals in your beauty bag that could be doing your body real harm.

INGREDIENT: PARABENS (BUTYL-, ETHYL- OR METHYLPARABEN)

Harm: Parabens possess estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors.

Found in: makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos and facial cleansers.

INGREDIENT: PROPYLENE GYCOL

Harm: Polyethylene when it is not combined with glycol, is the most common form of plastic used in the world. Moreover, according to a report in the International Journal of Toxicology by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review, it often includes ethylene oxide (which The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies as group 1, meaning it is a proven carcinogen) as well as heavy metals (lead, iron, cobalt, nickel, cadmium and arsenic).

Found in: shampoo, soap and shower gel.

INGREDIENT: PETROLATUM

Harm: Petrolatum comes from crude oil and while it is classed as non-toxic, there is a risk of contamination from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), cancer-causing chemicals found in crude oil and its by-products.

Found in: most commonly, Vaseline, but also skincare and eczema products.

INGREDIENT: SODIUM LAURYL SULPHATE OR SODIUM LAURETH

Harm: A former industrial degreaser now used to make soap foamy, large quantities of it could be absorbed into the body and irritate skin, causing inflammation. It seems to be quite low risk but this increases the longer it’s left on the skin, the more concentrated it is and the more often it’s used.

Found in: shower gel, shampoo and lathering, cleansing products.

And the ones that sound bad, but aren’t:

• MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a special biological sulfur found in plants, soils, fruits, vegetables, fish, eggs, meats, and milk and could help joint pain and clear your skin.

• Hyaluronic acid is a type of carbohydrate (made up of simple sugars), that occurs naturally in our bodies and binds to water, helping to lubricate eyes, muscles, and our skin.

• P-Anisic acid (also known as draconic acid) is derived from anise, a flowering plant native to the eastern Mediterranean region and southwestern Asia and has antiseptic properties.

Rachel x 

10 Beauty Tricks With Coconut Oil

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When you think about the health benefits of coconut oil, the last thing that might come to mind is rubbing the edible plant grease all over your face! Or your arms. Or coconut oil for your hair. But a growing body of research, countless experts, and an army of natural-beauty devotees swear by the stuff for just about everything!

Coconut oil is used in many natural beauty products, and for good reason: It’s naturally antibacterial and anti fungal, coconut oil for skin is an excellent moisturizer, it can penetrate hair better than other oils, and, well, it smells amazing!

Here are my favorite 10 beauty uses for coconut oil that don’t require spending a fortune on store-bought products. In fact, all you need is one thing: Raw (and preferably organic) virgin coconut oil.

1. Deep-condition your strands overnight

There’s a reason many conditioners contain coconut oil: It’s better able to penetrate hair (and prevent protein loss) than mineral and sunflower oil, according to research. Apply a 10p sized dollop to your hair, comb it, and then pile it into a loose bun. You’ll want to place a soft towel over your pillow or sleep in a shower cap. In the morning, shampoo as usual.

2. Tame frizz

If you struggle with taming your mane, coconut oil can definitely help. Calm your frizzy, flyaway strands with just a bit of oil to leave your hair looking smooth and polished. As an alternative to straightening serum.

3. Add shine

Smooth a tiny amount of organic coconut oil onto your ends of your hair to add a little shine if you have dark hair. Remember that a dab will do you: Any more and your hair might appear greasy

4. Remove eye makeup

Yes, coconut oil even works on waterproof mascara! Put a little on a cotton ball and gently sweep it over your eyes, paying attention to your under-eyes as well. The oil does a great job breaking down waxy, inky eye makeup, and leaves the delicate area hydrated, too. Once you’re done, wash your face as usual.

5. Freshen your breath

Remember oil pulling? Turns out, swishing coconut oil around in your mouth may actually pull the toxicity out of your mouth. Just swirl it around your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes until it turns a milky white color, then spit it out into the trash and rinse with water. If this sounds like a gross way to spend 15 minutes, you’d be surprised—it becomes routine fairly quickly and can even feel meditative and relaxing.

6. Soothe dry hands

This won’t work for dry hands when you’re on the go, but at home, coconut oil for skin can work wonders on your dishwashing-parched hands. You can get a jar at your local grocery store, keep a jar of organic extra virgin coconut oil by the kitchen sink and put a little on after washing hands to keep them soft. And if you cook with coconut oil—you can sub it for butter in baking recipes because it’s solid at room temperature—scoop out a little extra for your hands, too!

7. Moisturize your body

A recent study found that when applied topically, virgin organic coconut oil for skin can speed up wound healing, and found it to be effective in increasing hydration and reducing water loss in seriously dry skin.

8. Have a little rubdown

Many store-bought massage oils have either coconut or jojoba oil as their base. Cut out the middleman and go straight to the bottle. It’s slippery, skin-friendly, and moisturizing.

9. Nourish cracked cuticles

Massaging coconut oil into your cuticles and the skin around your nails can bring some much-needed moisture to an often overlooked part of the body.

10. Relieve psoriasis

Apply coconut oil to relieve itchy, scaly skin caused by psoriasis.

Rachel x

Weleda Skin Food

Weleda Skin Food is the perfect all-natural multi-tasker to pack for your beach holiday, camping trip or festival. Replenish dry skin after swimming, smooth rough patches on feet, soothe shoulders glowing after a little too much sunshine, or protect lips from drying air-con on the plane. It’s your summertime saviour.

Skin Food the 100% certified natural all-rounder skin food

If there’s just one thing you need to take with you to a desert island, it’s this little green magic tube. Skin Food is a universal saviour of dry, rough skin on faces, elbows, hands and feet – wherever you take a lot out of your skin, let Skin Food put it back in. With extracts of gentle viola tricolor, calendula and chamomile, in a rich, thick base of oils and beeswax, Skin Food loves your skin back to its best.

One Cream, Eight Solutions

  • Replenishing cream for hands, elbows, knees and heels
  • Face mask
  • Nourishes chapped lips
  • Easy cuticle care
  • Makeup primer
  • Revitalises tired skin
  • Highlight cheekbones
  • Treat split ends

What’s inside?

Organic Rosemary Leaf Extract:

used in many Weleda products. Known for its revitalising, stimulating and warming action, improving circulation.

Organic Pansy Extract:

known for its soothing and healing properties and has a long traditional use for rough, cracked skin.

Organic Calendula:

has a long list of traditional medicinal uses and this outstanding strength is contradictory to a Calendula plant’s own vulnerability to water imbalance.

Organic Chamomile Extract:

are gentle and soothing and are ideal for delicate or sensitive skin. It is often in combination with calendula for gentle skin care.  

Rachel x

 

Please note I was not paid to endorse this product and all information taken from Weleda, no copyright infringement intended. 

 

Jade Roller Beauty Benefits

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For the last year the beauty enthusiasts among us have been obsessed with traditional Chinese derma rollers made of jade – or other gemstones like rose quartz – which have seen a resurgence in popularity.

Jade rollers are not just a huge hit because of their low price tags:

Why the resurgence?

Their new-found popularity could be explained in multiple ways. Given that data from Pinterest’s 48 million beauty lovers reported that ‘derma roller’ pins were saved a major 345% more in 2017, there’s no denying the fact that they look good on social media. Then there’s the fact that the devices, used for facial massage, are said to help sculpt the features – by encouraging drainage and toning muscles.

The recent wellness movement marrying skincare with self-care may also play a part in its resurgence. As we’re all buying into crystal-infused beauty, it makes sense to incorporate tools made of gemstones that not only grant us time out for a ritualistic daily facial, but made of materials revered for their restorative properties, benefit our skin in multiple ways, too.

The beauty benefits

The main benefits of self-massage using a jade roller are that of “drainage”, by encouraging the lymphatic system’s natural detoxification process, and brightening – by boosting the circulation and blood flow beneath the skin creating a visible glow.

Jade is really good for evening your skin tone, for cooling and calming the skin and a way of treating yourself to a daily facial. Jade rollers also have a cool surface that’s super smooth and allows you to access into muscles and tissues with a pressure that is more effective than manual massage than your hands alone, while still being gentle and safe.

Technique tips

It’s best to use your roller on clean skin, before the use of your skincare products. Cleanse your face, then roller, then apply your eye products, serums and moisturizers. In the evening, you might like to add a little oil to the rolling action, in which case cleanse, apply a small amount of oil to the surface of the skin, use the roller and rinse off any excess oil left on the tool.

While seemingly simple, they can be used in different ways. It’s best to use the roller back and forth, up and down and out to the side, to get the most out of it for an uplifting massage. Working around your facial contours, adding more pressure with the upwards motion – you want to lift the muscles with this action.

To encourage lymph drainage, imagine the bridge of your nose is the central point and roll away from that in all directions. Imagine you are very gently rolling all the toxin build up outward and downwards, finally rolling outward along your jaw and down the channel that runs down your neck by your ear.

The best buy

The Yu Ling Jade Facial Roller come in a single (£18) and double (£22) version, the duel-ended one featuring a smaller stone on the opposite end for use around the eye area. Positioned as relieving tension, while giving the skin and tissue a ‘lift’, it’s got rave reviews on Cult Beauty where you’ll also find detailed instructions on how to use it.

Rachel x

Living Nature Bee Venom Mask.

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I am currently obsessed with Living Nature’s organic Bee Venom Mask! It combines bee venom with natural botanicals of organic Manuka Honey and certified organic coconut oil to create a mask that plumps, tightens, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, giving skin a healthy glow.

It uses a certified organic cotton fibre mask to deliver nourishment and active bee venom, providing a pleasant warming sensation once applied.

It’s formulated for all skin types and has been made from the highest quality ingredients. It is also the perfect anti-ageing treatment, made in New Zealand from 100% natural and organic ingredients.

Living Nature’s Bee Venom Mask is available as a box of six or an individual sachet.

Warning: Not suitable for anyone with bee-related allergies.

Rachel x

 

Please note I was not paid for any endorsement of this product.