Wednesday 6 March 2013

Natural Skincare

I know you're not supposed to, but I switch up my skincare routine quite a lot. I never really find skincare products that I totally fall in love with and couldn't live without. There are a few products that I really like and have repurchased, but in general nothing sticks around for too long. Once I am done with a product, I tend to want to try something new which to me suggests I wasn't that impressed by the product in the first place.

When I went to Grasmere (a really cute town in Cumbria in the north of England) a couple of months ago, I came across this cute little shop called Mother Earth that sells natural & organic skin and body care products. We walked past it a couple times and on the last day I caved and got a couple things. At the time there was an offer where you got a free toner with any cleanser - which was a really good deal considering the cleansers and toners are roughly £20 each. One thing to bear in mind is you need to keep these in a cool place (just like Lush products) because they don't contain any artificial ingredients.

My skin has been acting up quite a bit recently and I think I know why (I won't go into it) but whenever I use these two products I notice a huge difference. 

The first product is the Avocado Organic Cleansing Oil with Rose & Frankincense (for mature skin) - I don't have mature skin but it is dry and I find this really helps lock moisture into my skin. I put a bit into the palm of my hands and then massage it into my skin after I've removed my makeup with Bioderma. I then remove it all with a cotton pad.
Ingredients: Prunus dulcis (sweet almond oil), Symphytum spp (organic comfrey oil), Persea americana (avocado oil), with lavandula angustifolia (lavender), Rosa damascena (rose absolute) & Boswellia carteri (frankincense) essential oils.
The second is the Organic Skin Toner (Rose Water) for mature skin. This is really refreshing and I find it actually helps tighten my pores and sort out any blemishes I have but without being too drying.
Ingredients: Rosa damascena (rose water), Alchemila vulgaria (ladies mantle), Symphytum officinale (comfrey root) with Lavandula angustifolia (lavender), Rosa damascene (rose absolute) & Boswelia carteri (francincense) essential oils. 
I really like the packaging, they come in glass bottles - although this isn't too great for travelling, which is why I don't use them every time I cleanse my face. I tend to use them together about 3-4 times a week, because the oil cleanser is quite rich. I do think these are really effective products and they have made me believe in natural skincare a bit more and realise I don't need loads of alcohol or chemicals on my face, when makeup already contains enough of those nasties. I highly recommend these particular products (if you can get a hold of them - they do have an online store) or trying out anything similar if you come across any natural/organic skincare stores. They even smell really nice!


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