For someone who’s had her fair share of skin problems, ensuring the skincare products I’m using are as safe and natural as possible is as important as avoiding crappy food.
Now, with the term natural I have to take a deep breath in and admit it can be a long debate as to what it is actually considered natural and what chemical. But for the sake of a short and delightful post, when I say natural I refer to products with ingredients that, to my knowledge, are known to be of no harm…
One of the main ingredients I avoid is mineral oil which is the basic ingredient in many cosmetic and skincare products. Mineral oil has no benefit for the skin, it cannot nourish it, moreover, it may clog the pores as it sits on the skin’s surface, preventing it from breathing. Yes, I know oxygen reaches the skin through blood and not air, but the sealing effect of this ingredient doesn’t sit well with me.
It is used because it’s cheap (so when you check the label of an expensive product and you see it has mineral oil, please raise a brow and swiftly put it back on the shelf!). Do you want to use a product with no benefit whatsoever to the skin with an increased risk of acne or blackouts? Nope, me neither!
Mineral oil is also known as Deobase; Heavy Mineral Oil; Light Mineral Oil; Liquid Paraffin; Liquid Petrolatum; Paraffin Oil; Paraffin Oils; Paraffinum Liquidum; Petroleum White Mineral Oil; Prolatum Oil; White Mineral Oil, Petroleum.
In case you haven't heard of Caroline Hirons before, you need to read her blog. She is a skincare guru and this woman knows her stuff.
Because it's so important for the skin to have a good cleansing routine, here is a handy post from Caroline explaining exactly how you do it. Let me tell you, flannels will take center stage in your cleansing routine :)
As a bit of inspiration for your cleansing routine I thought I’d share my three favourite cleansers. They are all tested and approved by my sensitive skin :)
I’ll start with my all-time favourite: Balm Balm Beauty Balm. It can be used as a cleanser, exfoliator and moisturiser, but I prefer to use it as a cleanser and lip balm only. It is suitable for all skin types and it is lavender-infused which means it has a lovely fresh smell. Packed with lots of seed oils and herbal extracts, you can actually feel how
nourishing it is when you apply it onto the skin. It is 100% organic. Love it, love it, love it!
The next one on the list is Pure natural beauty which contains 95% natural ingredients and is free from artificial colours, parabens and synthetic fragrances. It contains only responsibly sourced, natural British ingredients.
The last one is Neal’s Yard Rejuvenating Frankincense Refining Cleanser. Now, I know that the smell of Frankincense is a matter of love or hate; personally, I love the smell and I like its revitalising aroma. This cleanser is suitable for all skin types and it is enriched with organic baobab seed oil.
If you are in need of some skincare help or if you just need some inspiration to take care of yourself, I hope you have found this article helpful.
Note: this is not an ad and all these three products have been purchased by me.