I experiment a lot with my make-up routine and regularly mix and match products. Over the last six or so months my skin has been feeling the strain and now that New Year is here I'm looking to pare down my routine and swap some for more natural alternatives. Is there anything you can suggest?
Although we all love those all singing, all dancing, high performance products, the extra additives, fillers and fragrances can take a toll on our complexions. Switching to more natural products can be worthwhile and will help toward reducing redness, irritability and even those annoying breakouts.
Since most cosmetics, lotions and hair products contain a fair amount of chemicals evaluating how many products we should use and how often is a tricky matter. Although many products claim to be light and natural a quick scratch on the label often tells a different story. As a rule of thumb natural products don't last as long and aren't always what they claim so before you spend a fortune it pays to read the small print.
The simplest and quickest solution to getting your skin healthy is reducing the amount of time you spend wearing your current products and add rest days to your routine. As the word suggests a routine is exactly that and as we all tend to wear make-up out of habit rather than a consideration for whether we actually need it looking at cutting down could be the quickest route here.
Once you've been able to let skin breathe for a while swapping over to more natural products can be done on an 'as and when' basis rather than 'right at once'. Although there has been a boom in natural and organic products over the last few years this still doesn't mean that what you buy will perform well or that your skin will take to them so take it one product at a time.
Although it's best to look for natural substitutes with essential oils or fruit extracts ( great for nourishing the skin ) there is still no guarantee that products are chemical free. Even though the labels may suggest a natural product there could still be plenty of preservatives by way of Parabens and other chemicals. Look out for organic or 100% certification, don't be afraid to ask and if possible try before you buy.
Lush do some good natural skincare ranges with products designed to suit specific skin types and The Burren Perfumery are certified organic by the UK Soil Association and is a brand I would recommend for their natural creams and soaps. Closer to home, high street brands like REN and Liz Earle can be found in most department stores and both offer a wide selection of natural products.
When it comes to make-up, mineral products are a good place to start. Although many brands make grand claims, at the very least mineral make-up is inert to skin and although it is a little more expensive, it won't go off too quickly and a little goes a long way. Begin by swapping your usual foundation for a liquid mineral version and as you will still get good coverage, it won't feel like too much of a change. Once you are feeling a little braver and those pores have stopped clogging try the Bare Minerals range for some excellent blushers, eyeshadows and mascaras.
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