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…charcoal that is. I’ve been naughty- to my skin. Let me explain.

Just when my skin was happy, soft, and clear… I messed up. I read a blog post from a British blogger about a Korean BB cream with tea tree oil in it. I was intrigued, as tea tree oil is supposed to be very good for the skin. I found it on Amazon for under $10 and decided to give it a go, even though I was perfectly happy with my Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer  for every day.

Ladies, if I teach you nothing else in the whole of this entire blog- let me tell you that once you find something that works for your skin, don’t mess with it! Especially if the ingredients are in another language because who the heck knows what I was doing to myself.

I went from having skin complimented by makeup friends to the return of the cystic acne all over my chin and neck. It’s horrible. I call it uggo-face and I feel like I’m back in middle school. And my stubborn ass just FINALLY threw the stuff away because I didn’t want to waste it. Yes. I KEPT using it like an idiot until I finally started getting itchy hives on top of the breakout. No. More.

I told you yesterday about my online Etsy community. I have found some of the nicest little extras for Christmas from that group, but I also went to these makers with my skin problem. Not only did I receive a bunch of product suggestions, but an aesthetician also answered my plea for help. She said to monitor my stress levels, monitor my cycle (hormones have a lot to do with chin acne), pay attention to my diet, and watch my routine for talking on the phone more, etc. She also suggested a mask and an exfoliator one to two times a week.

Based on her suggestions for a routine and the recommendation of products from other Etsy sellers, I think I’ve come up with a new skincare routine. I’m wanting to go more natural with my skincare, because forget ingredients being in another language, even if they’re in English I don’t always know what they are and that’s probably not good.

Check out the products on my wish list to help get me glowing again:

Anti-Acne and Facial Cleansing Mask

Tea tree oil, Vitamin E, Honey, Cinnamon, Witch hazel

Activated Charcoal Scrub

organic Shea butter, sunflower oil, mango butter, colloidal oatmeal, activated charcoal

peppermint charcoal goats milk soap

EDTA, Triethanolamine, sorbitol, Titanium Dioxide, goats milk powder, Lauric acid, sodium hydroxide, aqua, coconut oil, palm oil, glycerin, peppermint essential, activated charcoal

Frankincense Face Cream

frankincense essential oil, meadowfoam oil, vitamin E, jojoba oil, citric acid and sunflower oil, goats milk

I can’t wait to try out my more natural skincare routine, and I’ll keep you updated on what works (hopefully all of it). Plus I love that I’m supporting small businesses and let’s be honest… the packaging is way cuter than anything you’d find at a drugstore!

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We all love our makeup, right? Many women admit that being able to put a face on each day boosts their confidence and makes them feel good. Both important factors, we’re sure you’ll agree. But, all’s not well in the makeup world.

Anyone who uses makeup often will have seen the ever-increasing focus on the damage beauty products can do. In truth, this hasn’t changed in years, but the internet and social media mean that we’re more aware of the issue.

And, let’s be honest; we knew that things weren’t right from the state of our skin after that daily makeup removal. Excessive foundation use leaves skin not only dry but spotted and prone to red patches. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that there’s something amiss in the chemical makeup of our favorite products.

War Paint Makeup Bag in Camo

So, you’re starting to realize that perhaps your makeup bag isn’t as good for you as you thought. Sure, it boosts your mood, but is the damage worth the payout? To help you decide, let’s look at the chemicals involved, and what damage each can do.

Parabens

Parabens had to get a mention here. The potential health risk of these chemicals is so extreme that the EU has banned them in recent years. And, even here in America, they have come under harsh scrutiny. Yet, they remain a focal feature in many beauty products.

So, why are parabens so dangerous? There’s a litany of evidence against these pesky chemicals. A Harvard study connected paraben build up to fertility problems. This makes sense when you consider that these chemicals can alter your hormones. Parabens are estrogenic, and so interfere with your estrogen levels. Which is also at the center of a worrying link between parabens and breast cancer. While studies have been inconclusive, there’s enough evidence to cause worry. Philippa Darbre, a senior lecturer in oncology and researcher in biomolecular sciences, carried out studies which found parabens in 18 out of 20 breast cancer tumors. Her study has been criticized but has led the way for similar theories in the future.

And, parabens aren’t the only chemicals which mimic estrogen in this way. It’s also important to look out for phthalates and butylated compounds which carry the same risks.

Silicones

Silicone ingredients are another problem area. Silicone may not sound like something you’d find in makeup, but most cream based products have some form of this chemical. If you’re looking for a smooth application, silicone is often the price you pay. You probably don’t need us to tell you that silicone is toxic, and so not ideal for your body to absorb. On top of which, it, too, has been proven to disrupt normal hormone functioning. While the evidence hasn’t been as awful for silicone use, there’s no denying that this can still cause issues. Some silicone chemicals, such as dimethicone, are thought to worsen acne. It isn’t really what you’re after when undertaking a beauty regime.

And, this is by no means an extensive list. You can find out more by doing your research, and turning to resources like this article. But, we’re hoping the above is enough to show you that your makeup may not be serving you well.

So, what do you do about it? You like wearing makeup, and you aren’t ready to kiss goodbye to your beauty regime. But, you’re aware that you should probably make a change. Fear not; natural beauty could save the day! And, to make the transition from cosmetic to natural, we’re going to look at the steps you should take. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day…

STEP #1 – Determine the worst offenders in your makeup bag

Once you know the chemicals which cause problems, you can decide which of your beauty items to get rid of. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that every product is going to be a problem because it’s probably not true. The chances are that you have some items which are fine for continued use. By cutting out the main offenders, you may even be able to justify letting a few questionable ingredients slip through.

Take some time to sit down and empty your makeup bag. Look at the ingredients on each item, and put them in a keep, or get rid pile. You don’t have to get rid of the ‘get rid’ things the moment you’re finished. Simply keep them separate from the rest of your collection, and set to work finding replacements.

STEP #2 – Research

You won’t be able to find alternatives without doing a bit of research. There’s no denying that this may seem like hard work. In the past, you just went to the shop and bought what took your fancy. But, while the initial stages do need effort you’ll soon find alternative methods just as easy to come by.

The good news is that there are plenty of alternatives to choose from. Some brands, like the ones listed here, use no chemicals in their makeup products. Once you know what brands to use, it really will be as simple as it once was.

Or, you might want to go even further by developing some homemade options. Certain key ingredients will mean you can do just about anything beauty-wise. Coconut oil, for example, is fantastic as a highlighter, makeup remover, moisturizer, and much more. It’s also worth stocking up on essential oils. Tea tree oil can rid you of spots, while almond oil can act as a natural exfoliator.

Cocoa Bronzer

If you’re feeling adventurous, you could try making your beauty products from items you have in your cupboard. It’s possible to make foundations and bronzers using cocoa powder and cornstarch. Your coconut and essential oils will help you here, too. Many homemade makeups use coconut oil, vitamin E oil, and aloe vera, among others.

It’s worth bearing in mind that most of the harmful chemicals in our makeup is there to preserve a longer life. So, making your own, or buying fresh options may be all it takes to cut the chemicals.

STEP #3 – Start your new makeup collection

Once you know what you’re doing, you can set about starting your new makeup collection. As you won’t want to be wasteful, it’s worth using your get rid items until they’re gone. Use that time to accumulate a new collection you can turn to. The chances are that you already have some sort of makeup setup. We all love a makeup stand or two, and what woman doesn’t have a makeup bag she can take on the go with her?

But, times are changing, and so too should your makeup collection. You can always keep the old pieces, but it’s also worth stocking up on some new stuff. You might want to get an essential oil carrying case so that you can keep your oils in one place. You might also want to get a cute jar in which to keep your coconut oil. Empty plastic pots are also essential if you’re planning to make your own. You need to know that you have somewhere in which to keep your creations. Bear in mind that these don’t need to be huge. Your makeup will only have a short lifespan, so small pots are all you need. It might also be worth stocking up on some labels so you can keep track of what’s what!

STEP #4 – Don’t be disheartened if at first you don’t succeed

Our last, but possibly most important point, is that you shouldn’t get disheartened if you don’t succeed straight away. The main reason people fail to make a natural beauty routine stick is that they lose patience. But, it’s important you don’t do the same. Think back to when you were finding your footing in the makeup world. The chances are that you didn’t stumble across the perfect products straight away.

Your natural foray will be no different, and that’s okay. In fact, it’ll be cheaper than your first makeup excursions because you’re making a lot of the items yourself! So, give yourself a break, and don’t be afraid to admit when a recipe or product isn’t working. Take the time to determine what’s missing, and rectify the issue for next time.

To keep yourself motivated, pay real attention to any improvements in your skin. Even if you haven’t found products you love just yet, there are likely some benefits to enjoy. Use these to inspire yourself that you’re on the right path.

So, there you have it. A four step guide to a chemical free beauty regime. How fast you take these steps is down to you. You could take a year on the research stage if that’s what you need. The point is that this is your journey, and you should take it at your pace. You may well be chemical free before you even know you’re doing it. The point is that you start the journey, and see where it takes you!

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We are surrounded nowadays by an endless sea of creams, potions, lotions, oils and butters and it is becoming more and more difficult to know what is the best for us and our skin. As we all look for the instant cures for problematic skin and for the top sources for youthful and glowing skin it is no wonder we get confused with all the choice that surrounds us.

However one of the best things that we can do for our skin is to look for the more natural and organic ingredients that will bring out the best in our skin. It is tempting to want to lunge for the most expensive creams and to fall for their hugely tempting and alluring promises. However the more natural and the more organic the lotions and potions that we put on our skin, the better. I go back and forth between Radha Beauty Rosehip Oil and Yes To Tomatoes Clear Skin Daily Balancing Moisturizer.

So with that in mind, today we want to share the top natural oils and butters that offer the best results for beautiful skin. Naturally sourced oils and butters that are rich in natural anti-aging antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Here is our low down for the cream of the crop, the creme de la creme of the best beauty boosting oils and butters that you should be looking out for and integrating into your skin care regime.

Organic Bath Oil with Pumpkin Seed Oil and Apricot Kernel Oil

Apricot Kernel Oil

We all know the skin and health benefits of eating apricots, however there are also huge skin benefits to using apricot oil as part of a regular beauty routine. Apricot kernel oil is found inside the seeds of the apricot and it contact Linoleic essential fatty acids, Oleic and tons of Vitamin A and E. These properties are known for their ability to sooth skin by providing moisture and helping to fight against the signs of aging.

Apricot Kernel Oil is particularly beneficial for anyone suffering from very dehydrated skin as the oil provides flexibility and provides a major moisture injection. As the construction of the texture of this oil is extremely fine and delicate is it very easily absorbed into skin and is a major contender for one of the best oils for fighting fine lines and for revitalising tired and dehydrated skin.

ORGANIC Extra Virgin Coconut oil

Coconut Oil

You would have to have been living on a seriously isolated crook of this planet to not have heard about the endless benefits of coconut oil. Coconut oil is reigning supreme in the world of both healthy eating and healthy skin, so we can’t have a list of the best beauty oils, without including this little beauty. Historically used to treat skin against skin issues such as psoriasis and eczema, the benefits stretch out much further than just these two skin ailments. Coconut oil is now used for all different types of skin types and can be used in an endless amount of ways depending on your needs.

As coconut oil is antibacterial it supports the skin and with regular use it can promote a youthful and healthy appearance. It keeps skin supple and fights against the sign of aging. It is an all round winner when it comes to keeping your skin, body and even hair, in tip top condition.

Camellia Bloom Facial Oil

Organic Camellia Oil

Historically used in Japan by Geishas to keep their face, hair and body in good condition, Organic Camellia Oil has a colourful history. Having been used in Japan and China for centuries it has now made its way around the globe as one of the top oils for protecting skin against free radical damage, for refining more mature skin and for its skin nourishing properties.

It is very lightweight and therefore is very easy to absorb into the skin and doesn’t leave behind that greasy feeling. It offers a huge amount of skin nourishing properties from antioxidants, oleic acid and a whole other range of anti-aging nutrients. Organic Camellia Oil is particularly fantastic for pregnant women as not only does it soothe a wide range of skin irritations it also prevents stretch marks so this is a top oil for any women who are expecting.

Cupuacu Butter

Cupuacu Butter

Cupuacu butter comes from the cupuacu tree which can be found in the Amazon Rainforest. The gorgeous subtle scent of chocolate that this tree gives off is due to its relation to the cacao (chocolate) tree. The cupuacu butter, has been discovered to offer a number of fantastic beauty and health benefits. This delicious fruit is packed with antioxidants and many other nutrients that offer enormous benefits to skin, nails and hair. As cupuacu is bursting with phytosterols, which is a real force when it comes to supporting collagen in dry and damaged skin, it has been confirmed to stabilize emulsions which help to keep skin looking young and healthy. So this is a really great butter to be keeping an eye out for, particularly for those of you with dry skin.

ORGANIC CASTOR OIL

Castor Oil

Usually when we think of castor oil, we think of that horrid tasting liquid that some of us were forced to drink when we were young. However not only does it offer benefits to our health it also offers some great benefits to our skin too. As castor oil is a cold pressed oil, it helps to draw moisture to the skin, as it acts as a humectant. This creates a protective barrier against moisture loss and environmental damage. This is quite a special oil and not one to be underestimated as it is easier to absorb into the skin, than any other plant oil. It also works very hard to draw out pore-clogging dirt and impurities from deep within your skin.

Natural Cocoa Butter Body Butter

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter is well known within the world of beauty and skincare. As cocoa butter is a very hard saturated fat and when it is warmed the butter forms an oil. That oil is incredibly effective at creating a protective layer on the top of skin and for locking in all important moisture. Cocoa butter is famous for not just moisturizing and softening skin it is also really effective at healing scars and correcting discoloration to skin.

Primrose Eye Serum

Organic Evening Primrose Oil

Organic Evening Primrose Oil is one to look out for when looking for oils that will rejuvenate your skin and help to fight the appearance and development of wrinkles. As it is extremely rich in essential fatty acids, using this oil on a regular basis can help smooth rough skin, can hydrate very dry skin and can dramatically reduce fine lines. Its benefits don’t stop there as Organic Evening Primrose Oil works to promote new skin cell growth it all helps to repair skin at a deep, cellular level, it helps to lighten dark circles under eyes and it also improves the elasticity of skin.

As you can see this is a super oil for boosting beautiful complexions and for leaving skin looking moisturized and radiant through the numerous skin benefits that it provides.

Anti Aging Serum

Pumpkin Seed Oil

Last, but by no means least is the lovely Pumpkin Seed Oil. As this oil is rich in Vitamins A,B,D and E it offers a wide range of extremely nourishing benefits to the skin. It boasts skin boosting proteins and anti-aging minerals. Not only that but it is also high in Omega 3 and 6 and these fatty acid go a long way in the fight against combatting lines and wrinkles and dehydrated skin and moisture loss. It is also high in antioxidants, zinc and is just an all round winner when it comes to gorgeous skin and glowing complexions.

With all these gorgeous natural oils and butters all around us, it has never been easier to have a choice about what we put onto our skin. So if you are looking to integrate more natural oils and butters into your beauty regime then have a look out for the above for the most natural and organic way to care for your skin.

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