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How do you find the best skincare products?

Good, better, best skincare products. Not all brands are created equal. 

With so many companies touting their wares, and making promises about dewy complexions, looking 10 years younger and so on, the choice can be overwhelming.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could find a skincare company that delivers on the simple promise delivering what it says it will? Like cleansing without drying…toning without the damaging effects of alcohol…rejuvenating without clogging the pores and providing deep hydration where you need it most.

Natural Beauty Care talks about moisturising.

The small miracles a tube of moisturising cream is supposed to deliver give pause for thought, don’t they? A refreshing find would be moisturiser that

  • Was affordable
  • Hydrated deeply with lasting moisturising effect.
  • Non-greasy.
  • Not pimple-forming.
  • Not over-perfumed.
  • Didn’t make your T-zone look like a shiny ski ramp
  • Doesn’t cause a rash.
  • And is kind to bunnies – being ethically produced, that is never tested on animals.

Now after that (rather demanding) wish list, add these wishes.

A skincare range that is:

  • Plant based
  • Harnesses the healing power of nature
  • Is manufactured in clinical conditions – that’s a must I recon.
  • Created by a small family business.
  • The supports the local community in which it is home.
  • A range whose main ingredients are grown organically.
  • The ingredients grow on ground that is no use for anything else – you can’t grow crop on it or even graze sheep as it’s so steep.
  • A skincare range made possible with a freelance workforce whose office is the land on which they work.
  • Workers who pay no ‘rent’ for the land. They do a handshake deal with the farmer and land is  promised to them, for FREE, for, well, almost forever, as long as the farmer and his family stay there too.

Sounds too good to be true? Not really, Aloe Ferox natural skincare products answer the full wish list. Mostly because they are not competing with the global, big brands mass produced and retailed in department stores and supermarkets.

Small, ethical, sound, they use distributors and are ‘never on the high street’.

If you want to get your hands on Aloe Ferox  you can, right here. It’s exclusively available in the UK through us at Natural Beauty Care.

‘In my humble opinion, one of the best skincare  product ranges around.’ Michelle Mitchell, Owner, Natural Beauty Care..

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Look in the mirror – your skin reflects your wellbeing.

Your skin reflects what’s happening inside your body. Diet and nutrition do show on the outside. So one of the pleasing side effects of a clean, nourishing diet is a glowing complexion.

If you were a habitual ‘bad eater’ and are changing your habits, you will be amazed at not only how much better you feel, but also how much better you look. Spending at the makeup counter is, in my opinion, about covering up. Why cover up your skin when it’s gorgeous, and the solution is as close as your kitchen.

Here’s a low down on how food directly affects your skin.

  1. Embrace essential fatty acids – not all fats are created equal.

Good fats, that is, essential fatty acids, are a building block to naturally healthy skin. But our bodies, clever as they are don’t make them on its own, so you need to get them from the foods you eat. A telltale sign that you aren’t getting enough essential fatty acids is skin that is dry, inflamed, irritated, prone to breakouts, acne….the list goes on.

Essential fatty acids like omega-3s and omega-6s are essential for glowing skin. Including them in your diet keeps your skin hydrated, plump and thereby less prone to wrinkles and sagging. Reach for seeds and nuts (especially walnuts) as they are packed with omega-3s and other anti-inflammatories. Tasty main meal additions include salmon, flax, eggs and sardines – yes sardines. All skin saviours.

A short-cut that delivers is chia seeds. There are no end of new, inventive recipes and easy tricks like adding chia seeds to your smoothie for an extra boost, or putting a sprinkle into  your favourite and cooking or baking. The same can be said with the now famous superfood, coconut oil which adds a delicious dose of omega-3s to your diet. Much as we’re chatting about omega-3, omega-6 is supposed to be eaten in equal quantities. Here’s how. One of the best dietary source of omega-6 is hemp seed as the seeds contain gamma-linolenic acid, the active omega-6 form. Omega-6 is also found in sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and raw nuts, but in the inactive, linoleic acid form.

To optimize your fatty acid balance, here are some simple tips:

  • Substitute hemp seeds for chia seeds in your salad.
  • Opt for hemp-seed oil instead of flax oil in your smoothie .
  • Choose to make a tahini salad dressing, as sesame seeds are rich in omega-6’s.
  • If you eat three tablespoons chia seed or a 6 ounce piece of wild salmon per day as your diet is sufficient in omega-3’s – so skip the omega-3 supplement.
  • Choose to snack on pumpkin seeds, raw or dehydrated, as they are rich in omega-6 and zinc, which helps with the conversion of inactive linoleic acid form to active gamma-linolenic acid.
  • Kale salad with a handful of sunflower seeds adds crunch plus a rich source of omega-6 and zinc.
  • Look for crackers made with flax seeds and sunflower seeds for a better omega 6:3 ratio
  1. Think, could your skin be affected by dairy, gluten or sugar?

You may love cheese, ice cream, lattes, but if you are getting skin flare-ups, it may be worth cutting dairy out of your diet – completely for a two week trial period. This is often the beginning, and the end, of the elimination exercise as by cutting out dairy, skin issues often ccclear up immediately. There isn’t much scientific evidence to prove this, so it’s not well known. But there is often a direct connection between dairy and skin health.

But if that doesn’t do the trick, don’t despair. You still have an elimination trial to do with gluten and sugar. Not at the same time, one by one so that cause and effect is more obvious.  What happens when your body is gluten-intolerant, it works to fight off gluten – which it sees as an invader – by releasing histamine, which leads to inflammation. Since acne is an inflammation of the skin, the connection is easy to spot. Ditto foor sugar.

  1. For good skin health (and  pretty much everything else) proper digestion is key.

Do you realise how closely skin health and digestion are related? You would be unusually well-informed. Most people don’t. Most people think that great skin is about expensive moisturisers, clever makeup, but don’t see how important digestion is.

Simple example, if you’re breaking out on your chin, it’s almost always because of a problem with digestion.  Take charge by keeping hydrated throughout the day. Carrying a water ‘camel’ around with you is a constant reminder to sip continually. We know now that if you drink when you are actually thirsty, it’s not a good sign. Better to avoid thirst. Indulge in probiotic-rich foods to keep your gut (and skin!) happy and healthy. You deserve it. And remember if you are having problems with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or constipation, there is a range of effective Aloe Ferox natural constipation remedies from Natural Beauty Care.

Be well. Stay well.

Michelle

 

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4-step skin care routine for a fresher complexion and softer skin at any age

4 steps to better skin through all your ages.

Skin care can be seem overly complicated, can’t it? I am sure that you, like me and many others have at some point invested in a cream that has promised so much, yet delivered so little. And I mean invest. You can spend multiple times over on the moisturiser with the big ‘promise’ than you do on the cleanser. And what you get if you have skin like mine (combination, sensitive skin that doesn’t particularly like fragrance – read, temperamental) is spots.

But for great skin regardless of your age, here are 4 essential steps to make the best of the skin you have and keep it looking as youthful as possible – not matter what age you are.

  1. Start every day with sunscreen no matter the weather.

The most damaging factor for our skin, without contest, are ultraviolet rays from the sun. They damage and age the skin like nothing else.

Even on cloudy days, so common in the U.K. up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV radiation still penetrates the clouds. So applying facial sunscreen every morning is a must. Dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 + to block up to 97% of the sun’s rays. Personally I find the higher the SPF the more pore clogging the sunscreen and the more prone I am to breakouts. If you have discovered a skin friendly high SPF, I’d love to hear about it. I am content with SPF 15 and covering up. I am a fan of hats, every season.

  1. Apply a serum to help deal with antioxidants each morning.

Antioxidants neutralize free radicals. You’ll have heard about free radicals, those pesky, unstable molecules that can damage the collagen and elastin in our skin. Normal body processes create free radicals but so do pollution, UV radiation, and eating junk / processed foods. Applying an antioxidant serum every morning is a key step in fighting off free radicals. Timeless Skin Energizing Serum punches above its price tag.

  1. Gently exfoliate your skin two to three times per week.

Previous advice may have advocated once a week. But it turns out ‘more is more’. Younger complexions turn over skin every six to eight weeks. Rapid renewal of skin cells contributes to a bright, vibrant, smooth skin which is wrinkle-free. But as we get older the skin rejuvenation process slows. Sloughing off older skin cells is the ticket. Those now redundant cells that tend to clump on the surface of our skin and causing our complexions to look dull, skin to feel dry or rough and exaggerating the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Exfoliating your skin removes this upper layer of dead skin cells. Skin is immediately brighter and looks fresher and more vibrant. And the good news, exfoliating sends a signal to deeper layers of skin cells that they need to turn over more quickly, stimulating the rejuvenation cycle six to eight weeks that lends itself to younger looking skin. No need to overdo it daily – exfoliating two to three times per week will do. Sensitive skins benefit from a routine just once a week.

From special sponges and scrubs, masks and peels and even toners, there are many ways to exfoliate the skin. Here’s a recipe for one you can mix up at home.

DIY Baking Soda Exfoliating All-over Scrub

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • ¼ cup gently warmed reduced fat milk

Directions

Stir all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Rinse your face with warm water, put the exfoliating scrub on a washcloth, and gently clean your skin with it. Rinse off with warm water.

  1. Night time is the right time to apply an anti-aging cream.

Like so many other parts our bodies, our skin rejuvenates itself at night.

That’s why night time is the ideal time to use anti-ageing creams. They have six to eight uninterrupted hours to hydrate, soften and rejuvenate your skin.

The trick is to match your skin type to your night cream. Timeless Skin Night Cream contains proven anti-ageing active ingredients that help stimulate micro-circulation to improve collagen and elastin production to firm your skin’s structure. If you are younger, or have skin prone to breakout with richer formulations you may prefer a rejuvenating essence or hydrating gel. Aloe Ferox Rejuvenating Essence  is clinically proven to stimulate collagen synthesis and help restore skin’s elasticity. It is very effective used in combination with Spotless Crème to redress hyper-pigmentation. Aloe Ferox Super Aloe Gel is deeply hydrating, oil and fragrance-free.

So that’s it, skin care kept simple. Aloe Ferox is an imminently affordable skin care range for all skin types. For a capsule anti-ageing skincare range Timeless Skin combines nature and science with proven results.

Be beautiful. Stay beautiful.

Michelle

 

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Are we disconnected from the world around us?

There is a clever chap, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee who writes for The Guardian and was recently contemplating the deeper human issues that may be, in part responsible for our environmental crises.

He said, ‘If we go to the root of the present ecological crisis we will find a state of disconnection. We appear frighteningly disconnected from real awareness of the effects of our materialistic culture upon the very ecosystem that supports us. The challenge is to develop a value-based economic structure, that is not concerned solely with our material well-being, but embraces the whole human being – body and spirit – as well as the rich biodiversity of the Earth.’

Isn’t is funny how when you focus on something, some idea, suddenly everything feels connected? I was having an internal conversation earlier this week. I had some random questions about the ‘disconnect’ of our modern age.

When we get ‘plugged into’ technology do we dampen our awareness of the world around us?

When people travel across the world and make modern families not related by blood but experience do they feel that they belong but aren’t bonded?

If people have their beliefs but don’t worship with others do they feel alone in the universe?

I don’t have answers. I don’t have hard opinions. But I know that the busier I get and the less time I spend with family, friends, nature, yeah – my dog and my quiet self, the more I am at risk of being  spiritually impoverished.

Right now, given some personal challenges, my motto is to do more with less – less time, less energy, less angst. And to live in the moment.

My hope for you. Be well, stay well. 

Michelle

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