I seldom have issues with my skin. My teenage spots are now (thankfully) a thing of the past and now, when it comes to skin care and my beauty regime, I like to keep things simple, natural and non-fuss.
When shopping for beauty products and toiletries, I am generally on the look out for a couple of things: natural or organic ingredients (or as few ingredients as possible), scent, quality and reasonable price point. Below is a look at some of the products currently in my bathroom cabinet that I use daily:
I love the Tom’s of Maine products and their toothpaste is no exception. The Tom’s product range isn’t tested on animals and doesn’t contain any animal ingredients. They omit artificial flavours, fragrance and preservatives. Additionally, the Tom’s products list every ingredient, its purpose and its source, so you are fully informed when you purchase any item from the range. The sustainable practices they use are an added bonus and they also strive to maximise recycled content in their packaging. As good corporate citizens, 5% of their employee time is dedicated to volunteering and 10% of profits go to human and environmental causes.
Currently I am using the Wicked Fresh! Natural Toothpaste.
Using an aluminium-free deodorant is also important to me. Once again, I use Tom’s Long Lasting deodorant sticks. It is dermatologist-tested and contains 100% natural fragrance.
Using a day moisturiser with SPF is essential to me. I therefore look for a day cream that serves multiple purposes – it must moisturise but it also must protect my skin from the harshness of the sun. Preferably it should also be organic.
At the moment I am using the Juice Beauty SPF 30 Mineral Moisturizer. Juice Beauty products are USDA Certified Organic and are free of parabens, petroleum, pesticides, propelene or butylene glycols, silicones, artificial dyes or fragrances.
This cream is a 3-in-one hydrator, which blends chemical-free broad spectrum SPF 30 and antioxidant-rich grape, aloe and pomegranate juices.
I wrote a post recently about the virtues of organic rosehip oil as a night moisturiser. If you missed it, you can read it here. Another favourite (and super simple and cheap) night cream of mine is pure coconut oil. Yes, the one you use in the kitchen. Every night after cleansing, I slather my face with the tiniest drop of organic coconut oil. It keeps my skin amazingly hydrated and fresh, plus it smells delicious! I wake up with dewy skin every morning.
I tend to rotate facial cleansers quite often. I find that my skin gets used to the same products when I use them over and over. At the moment I am loving Burt’s Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser. This product won the 2008 Better Nutrition – Best of Beauty Awards. It is a 100% natural plant-based cleanser that is sulphate-free.
Burt’s choose and fuse raw ingredients, such as beeswax and willow bark, instead of synthetic ingredients. Other ingredients you will find in Burt’s Bees products include acai berry, almond, aloe, buttermilk, chamomile and cocoa butter.
While there is no one size-fits-all product for skin, when you are next shopping for beauty products, consider natural, organic options over synthetic and heavily processed creams, serums and cleansers. As with food, the shorter the ingredients, the better.