Check out our top five green beauty tips of the week from DIY toothpaste to what to look out for in deodorant. We also reveal the wonderful skincare benefits of using organic rosehip oil and olive oil.
Organic rosehip oil can be used to improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks. It works because it is rich in nutrients and contains vitamin A and essential fatty acids (omega 3 and 6) which repair, hydrate and strengthen skin cells resulting in firmer and more supple skin. More info on Certified Organic Rosehip Oil.
Raw organic honey has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It speeds up healing and prevents infection so is great for acne prone skin. Dab onto blemishes before bed.
Raw organic honey is also a natural humectant; helping skin retain moisture.
For a chemical-free toothpaste mix your own at-home with bicarbonate of soda with lemon juice. Add just enough lemon until you get a toothpaste-like consistency. It will cleanse and brighten teeth in a flash!
Strawberries can be used to whiten teeth because they contain malic acid – an stringent that naturally breaks down stains. Try brushing your teeth with crushed strawberries.
And, freshen breath with organic fennel seeds! The seeds have an anise-like flavour and are great to chew on between meals rather than using mouthwash which contains alcohol and chemicals.
Synthetic deodorants contain fragrance and anti-bacterial agents to minimise odour. However, they usually contain triclosan (a known skin irritant and environmental toxin) aluminium and parabens (which are oestrogenic with links to breast cancer*).
Choose natural deodorants that contain ingredients such as witch hazel, tea tree, essential oils such as eucalyptus or thyme, and citrus fruits like lemon.
The organic olive oil you have hiding in your cupboard has more uses then you may know. It can be used alone as a natural moisturiser – it is particularly good for very dry skin and areas prone to dryness such as elbows, knees and heels. Olive oil is hydrating and moisturising since it contains squalene; a natural lipid produced by skin cells but which diminishes as we age. Look for natural and organic moisturisers containing olive oil such as Replenishing Moisture Cream or Eighth Natural Wonder Serum by Kosmea.
So there you have it, five easy beauty tips to get healthier and beautified, naturally.
*Byrford, J.R. et al., The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, January 2002; 80(1): 49-60.
By Nina Weston
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