Research of toxin free hair and skin care products has led me to a new regime of Natural Skin Care for the over 40’s that is based on various oils and products to stimulate the collagen that starts to be lost around this age. A detour from my normal Posts but it is all about nourishment, inside and out.
I am not going to list all the toxins that can be found in even expensive skin and hair care products other than to say that many are petrochemical in origin, some have been shown to be cancer causing and whatever you put on your skin can be absorbed into your body. Although I am talking about over 40’s skin care here I would urge everyone to look at the ingredients contained in babies and children’s products and reduce the exposure of your children and grandchildren to toxins as much as possible because they will be exposed to many more toxins than previous generations.
The rule usually mentioned is if you wouldn’t want to put it in your mouth then don’t put it on your skin.
Having tried many products and free samples in the last few months I either have not found the creams do what they claim or when I have found a cream that I liked it was extortionately expensive. I had a small sachet of eye serum that felt really nice and was certainly hydrating but when I checked the price it was £60 for 15ml – beyond my budget.
Back to the research and to the all Natural Skincare ingredients that have had really good reviews and this is what I have found.
- Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C serum (180 Cosmetics have a good offer on Amazon)
- Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C and peptides cream
These ingredients have been repeated shown to be the best for diminishing wrinkles and for improving collagen production.
Then these oils have had a great reputation in many cultures around the World for benefiting skin, especially mature skin. With oils it is best to buy in small quantities and keep them away from heat and light. They should be organic and in a dark bottle.
- Jojoba Oil
- Rose oil
- Argan Oil
- Rosehip oil
I mix at least 2 of these and then add a few drops of
- Frankincense essential oil for extra anti-wrinkle action.
These oils need to be used sparingly and they are quickly absorbed. If you have very dry skin you may need to use more frequently than morning and evening or put a little cocoa butter or coconut oil on top once the oils have absorbed. Coconut oil is also brilliant for removing make up and has the advantage of nourishing your skin and eyelashes at the same time. Rosewater or Witch Hazel can be used on cotton wool to refresh and remove excess oil.
Although the cost for the oils is all upfront for this DIY regime you will find that you have enough for a few months treatment and that it can save a considerable amount of money.
For a brightening face treatment I like mixing some natural vitamin C powder into a paste and applying to the face and neck while soaking in an Epson Salts bath – the magnesium is very relaxing and can help to ensure a good nights sleep and that is so important to good skin.
Now to improve the skin from the inside.
Natural Skincare should always include paying attention to your diet. Increase the amount of vitamin C that you get by eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Leafy green veg or salad leaves plus Berries, Kiwis and citrus are really good. Coenzyme Q10 can help repair and regenerate the skin and this is found in spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, beef, sardines, mackerel and liver. If you don’t think you are getting enough of these nutrients in your diet then take a good supplement.
Also make sure that you eat oils that benefit more than just your skin. Avocado, Olive oil, coconut oil, MCT, oily fish, and olives.
Collagen can be added to your diet in the form of pills or powder. I prefer the powder mixed into a little water or coconut milk as it is easy to digest and it helps to have extra vitamin C at the same time. Collagen is obtained from either beef or fish so check out the source if you have allergies to either.
Make that organic bone broth that is currently being promoted by all the Functional medicine Doctors and Nutritionists. People generally had moved away from cooking meat on the bone but you can’t beat it for adding nutrients and flavour. A slow cooker is ideal for this as you can pop it on in the morning and save precious time in the evening but have a cheap, nutritious meal. Oxtail, chicken, goat, rabbit, with added vegetables and stock – delicious.
The skin, like all the other cells in your body, needs plenty of water and oxygen. Keep hydrated by drinking enough pure water throughout the day and keep moving and practising deep breathing a few times a day which also helps reduce stress response. I found that my skin oxygenation improved visibly when I started taking Sizzling Plant Minerals everyday and my energy increased – the energy cells in your body cannot work efficiently when you are deficient in Minerals and most people are these days. To read my Post on this and see the photos click Confessions of a Nutritionist. where there is also a link to buy these amazing Minerals.