There is a common misconception surrounding skin care, which we would like to put to rest once and for all. Caring for your skin does not need to be COMPLICATED nor does it need to be EXPENSIVE to be effective. So many women spend a fortune on skin care products that promise the world but deliver very little in return and it’s time to face the truth:
LESS IS MORE
Whether you require treatment for acne, pigmentation, dry skin, oily skin, damaged skin or ageing skin – using too many products can often exacerbate skin conditions or slow down the skin’s ability to heal, regenerate and improve.
We’re going to keep it simple. Below are two products that we feel every woman should have in her bathroom cupboard at home - inexpensive, natural and very effective. We’ll also give you a run down on Parabens and Sulfates and why it’s best to choose personal care products without these ingredients.
Rosehip oil is a naturally rich source of essential fatty acids and contains high levels of omega 3, 6 and 9 (unable to be produced by the body). These fatty acids help to regenerate skin cells, repair damaged skin tissue and improve the appearance of burns, scars, wrinkles and stretch marks.
High in Vitamins A and Vitamin C, Rosehip oil has also been known to assist in the improvement of environmentally damaged skin. Vitamin A, which is commonly known as retinol, helps to protect the skin from free radicals and can prevent wrinkles and improve skin pigmentation caused by excessive amounts of sun exposure.
Skin Type: Suitable for ALL skin types.
Where can I buy it?
We suggest buying organic Rosehip Oil available at most pharmacies, health food stores and selected supermarkets. Organic Rosehip oil can cost anywhere from $15 - $35 per bottle.
How can I use it?
Rose hip oil can be used as a Double Cleanser (read home treatment method here) and as a Night Treatment (read simple night treatment method here)
Jojoba oil contains a wax ester that has a similar molecular structure to the wax esters found in our skin, making it easy for the body to absorb and great for any complexion. Containing high levels of anti-oxidants as well as Omega 3 & Omega 6, Vitamin A, Vitamin D and Vitamin E, Jojoba oil is renowned for assisting in restoring the skin’s elasticity, boosting hydration and slowing down the skin’s natural aging process.
Skin type suitability?
Jojoba oil is suitable for all skin types, even for combination or oily complexions. Oil cuts through oil and using Jojoba oil can actually improve oil control and trick your skin into producing less of it.
Where can I purchase it?
Most pharmacies, health food stores and selected supermarkets. Organic Jojoba can cost anywhere from $15 to $40 for a bottle.
How do I use it?
Jojoba oil can be used as a make-up remover, as a night serum and even as a hair treatment for split ends.
On a final note, when choosing ANY skin care products we recommend opting for those that are SULFATE & PARABEN FREE. A Paraben is a chemical substance that acts as a preservative, inhibits bacterial growth in products and prolongs shelf life. What most people don’t know is that this chemical substance has also been known to mimic hormones in the body, increase estrogen levels and in more recent years has been associated with some cancers, particularly breast cancer.
Sulfates can be found in any cleaning product that foams – Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate are all ingredients you need to steer clear of. According to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep: Cosmetic Safety Review1 research studies on sulfates have shown links to irritation of the skin and eyes, organ toxicity, developmental/reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruption, possible mutations and cancer. Over the past decade the availability of paraben and sulfate free products has increased remarkably and you can now find such products in your supermarket and local pharmacy (always read the label).