A Re-Examined Life

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Natural skincare – why I’m into it…..

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I could spend many hours talking on this subject, but for today I’m giving you 3 very simple reasons why I am totally into natural skincare.
Toxic-ness: (Or more accurately, the lack thereof): To state the obvious, non-natural skincare products are full of non-natural ingredients (a.k.a toxic chemicals). These toxic chemicals are absorbed through the skin and then head on into your bloodstream and organs. Once these chemicals start to build up, they get in the way of how our bodies naturally work and cause us problems. I’d rather stick to putting wholefoods on my skin 😊
Sustainability-ness: There are a bunch of reasons natural skincare is a more sustainable option, but today I’ll just give you one…..Our skincare products have a way of ending up in nature, whether that’s by way of being washed down the shower drain, or bathroom sink, or when we dispose of the packaging. Now, the idea behind environmental sustainability is that we consume products that support the earth so that it is able to cope (sustain) the billions of people that live here for, well, forever. Nature works in perfect harmony (you know that whole circle of life thing – I KNOW you’ve seen the Lion King), but when we introduce things into nature that don’t belong there (i.e. man-made toxic chemicals), you get in the way of that natural harmony and, instead of supporting the earth you are putting it under strain ☹
Affordability-ness: Now this may not necessarily be the case if you are looking at the high-end natural/organic ranges, but it is definitely the case if you are making them yourself (or, you know, ahem, purchasing them from someone local who hand-makes them and sells them at very reasonable prices :)). Many products on the market today have like a thousand ingredients in them, a lot of which I have never heard of, and I am never quite sure why. In my experience, amazing skincare/beauty products can be made very simply, with minimal ingredients, and often from items you probably already have at home.

And to prove my last point, here are a couple of skin/hair care things I do at home, each using only one ingredient from the pantry 🙂
For your body: Oatmeal bath – An oatmeal bath will leave your skin silky smooth, and is also particularly good if you have any type of skin condition like eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, or even insect bites. For this one you will need about 1 cup of rolled oats, and an old pair of stockings (if you don’t have an old pair of stockings, you could use any kind of thin cloth like a muslin, or a thin tea towel or old pillow case).
Here’s what to do:
Step 1: Cut a piece of stocking (or other material) so that it will be big enough to hold the cup of oats, remembering to leave enough material to tie up the end.
Step 2: Pop in the oats, and tie up the end of your oat-ball.
Step 3: run your bath and pop in the ball of oats. Once you are in the bath, keep giving the ball a squish, you will see the cloudy oat-milk coming out into the bath. You can also use the oat-ball as sponge, and especially use if you have a skin condition, give those areas a good old sponge.
For your hair: Warm oil treatment – You can use any oil you have in your pantry for this one, olive oil, coconut oil, hempseed oil, sweet almond oil, or avocado oil will work a treat. Or if you have any oils I your bathroom, you can use them too, like jojoba, castor, or apricot kernel oils.
Here’s what to do:
Step 1: Slowly heat some oil over a very low heat, you don’t want the oil to get hot, you just want to warm it up. The amount of oil you need will depend on how much hair you have, but you don’t need a whole truckload – I have quite a lot of hair and I use about ¼ of a cup.
Step 2: Once the oil is warm, smoosh it all the way through your dry hair. Now this can be pretty messy, so cover your clothes with something, and do it in a place where it doesn’t matter if you get oil on the floor. Once I have all the oil in my hair I use a comb to make sure I have got it on every bit of hair.
Step 3: Bundle your hair up in whatever way you want (I pop it all under a shower cap), then go about your business (or even better, sit down and relax) for half an hour.
Step 4: Wash your hair with shampoo, do this twice. When you add the shampoo the oil it will go ultra-sudsy and delicious. You know you have washed the oil out completely when the sudsy-ness stops. Condition, or don’t condition – I would suggest giving both ways a try and see which option gives you the best hair result. Don’t overdo oil treatments, at a maximum you could do it once a week, but I tend to do it as a monthly treat.
If you would like to learn more about natural skincare products, you can get along a natural workshop (presented by me!) at the Food Coop in Canberra on Saturday, the 26th of August. At the workshop, you will have an opportunity to utilise more ingredients from your pantry to make some of your own skincare products and, partake in the ultimate natural skin care routine. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite.

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