Aisling Keenan: Naturally beautiful
Detox your body with chemical- free products, says Aisling Keenan
There's a change happening. Products that are natural, organic and have the fewest chemicals are flying off beauty shelves and almost every brand is coming out with a natural range.
So what should you be looking for? There have been some links between parabens and breast cancer but, although unproven, many companies are going paraben-free to be safe.
Non-comedogenic means that it won't block your pores or cause a build up on your face, while a product that is sulfate and silicon-free won't be as harsh on you hair and is great for coloured hair.
VITA LIBERATA SHEER SILKEN MOUSSE
I’m a huge Vita Liberata fan, and my love only got stronger after I tried its new mousse tan. The light, bubbly texture goes on so easily. It allows you to rub in well, streak-free.
As with all Vita Liberata products, it is odourless and paraben-free. Plus, it’s water-based and quick drying, so you can dress quickly after application (€28, selected department stores).
PAI AVOCADO & JOJOBA HYDRATING DAY CREAM
This day cream is certified organic by the Soil Association and is free from alcohol, artificial fragrance and phenoxyethanol, which are ingredients that can dry out and irritate sensitive skin. It’s free from beeswax, making it non-comedogenic.
Formulated to leave skin smooth, supple and hydrated, this silky moisturiser is bursting with nourishing plant oils and antioxidants (€24.95, www.paiskincare.com and selected stockists).
THE BODY SHOP COCONUT BODY BUTTER
Body butter is the best thing when you need intense hydration. I use it all over my body, especially in rougher areas such as my elbows. It contains sunflower seed oil, which makes your skin feel like velvet when you apply it.
As well as being a natural product, it supports communities by including Community Trade coconut oil from Samoa, Community Trade brazil nut oil from Brazil, plus shea butter and cocoa butter from Ghana (€17.95, The Body Shop).
VICHY AQUALIA THERMAL MASK
This paraben-free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic (phew!) face mask is great for sensitive skin. Some masks can be harsh and even sting if you've cleansed.
This one has thermal water and hyaluronic acid in it, so hydrates, plumps and softens skin as well as soothing it (€13 from selected pharmacies nationwide).
REDKEN NATURE’S RESCUE RANGE
These natural hair products are parabenfree, sulfate-free and silicone-free and are enriched with plant and marine extracts. They work to remove impurities in the hair as well as keeping it nourished. They really feel luxurious because you know you’re treating your hair to something chemical-free — a relief to anyone with dyed hair.
Even the packaging is made with recycled materials, so it’s a completely guiltfree hair experience (from €12, in selected salons only).