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My Natural Skincare Routine

natural skincare products

natural skincare products

I thought I’d share my natural skincare routine with you today as I’m always curious what products other people use and swear by, so I thought you might appreciate a peak into my routine.  I’m quite low maintenance when it comes to my skin – I don’t wear a lot of makeup or use a lot of beauty products – but as I get older I’ve started to pay a little bit more attention to it.

Natural Cleansing

natural-skincare

I used to use a variety of products on my face, such as cleaners, toners and exfoliators, but now I just use a standard bar of soap and a flannel.  Not only is it budget and environmentally friendly but it’s brilliant on my skin.  I just wet my face, apply some soap and wipe in circular motions with a warm wet flannel, before giving my face a good rinse.  It cleans and removes makeup without dryness, and gently exfoliates my face without the need for a myriad of products or plastics.  I’m working through an old supply of regular soap but this post outlines some good natural soaps that I plan on trying soon.

Natural Moisturiser – Day

natural skincare

A trap I used to fall into was using a day moisturiser with SPF.  I assumed moisturisers with SPF were good for my skin, but last year I discovered that many day moisturisers with SPF only offer UVA protection, rather than both full spectrum UVA and UVB protection.    Green People sent me their Green People Day Solution Cream SPF15* (£15.99) to try, which delivers both UVA and UVB protection.

It’s a lovely natural moisturiser, that’s paraben free, as well as being free of other nasties such as petrochemicals, phthalates and colourants.  It’s light and non-greasy and easy to rub in, so no danger of a white tint to your face or being left with an oily face!  It’s got a fresh and pleasant light scent too, so ticks all my boxes.  On sunny days when I’m out and about I’ll top this up every couple of hours.

My only gripe is that I don’t find it moisturises my dry-ish skin quite enough, so after letting the SPF sink in I use Laidbare Working 9-5 Anti-Ageing Hydration Cream* on top for a moisturising and anti-wrinkle boost.  It’s £7.99 from Holland & Barrett but is currently available on a buy one get another product half price promotion!

Even though it’s on the very cheap end of the scale as far as anti-ageing products go, I don’t think there’s any compromise on quality.  It’s packed full of natural ingredients,and doesn’t leave my skin oily or sticky.  It doesn’t have an overpowering smell and leaves my skin soft and moisturised.  I really like this stuff.

Natural Moisturiser – Night

 weleda-skinfood

Weleda Skin Food £9.95 from Weleda is my go-to for most dry skin issues.  It can be a bit too heavy and oily as a facial moisturiser during the day, but I find it makes an excellent night cream.  It does have quite a pungent herbal aroma, which some people love or hate, but I find it quite pleasant.  It moisturises my skin while I sleep, and doubles as a hand cream, elbow cream, foot cream, and everywhere else cream!  I did a full Weleda Skin Food review right back at the start of Moral Fibres – I’m a long time fan!

Natural Sunscreen

eco-friendly-sunscreen

In the summer when I’m out and about I keep a tube of sunscreen in my bag.   Green People sent me their Green People SPF 15 Sunscreen* (£12.99), to try, which I love.  Made with 82.2% certified organically grown ingredients, and free of nasties, Green People is one of my favourite brands of eco-friendly sunscreen.  Unlike traditional types of natural sunscreen, it’s light and non-greasy and doesn’t leave a thick white layer behind on your skin.  SPF15 is fine as long as you reapply every couple of hours, which is what you should be doing, even with higher SPFs.

I also like Jason Sunscreen SPF45* (£11.99 from Holland & Barrett, but also available on their buy one get one half price promotion), and keep it in my bag for use on the whole family.  It’s paraben free and SLS free, and again I find it rubs in really well, without being overly thick or greasy.

So, that’s my natural skincare routine.  What about you?  Are there any products you love or swear by?  Or do you make your own natural skincare products?

* Denotes an affiliate link.  Please see my disclosure policy for more information.  Green People also sent me the moisturiser and sunscreen to review – as always you’ve got my honest opinion.

 

The main image is by the very talented Benjamin Bullins – don’t you just love the idea of recycling an old bike in this manner?  All other images are my own.

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Uses for Coconut Oil: 21 Amazing Uses

uses for coconut oil

uses for coconut oil

I keep a large jar of coconut oil for cooking and baking with, but I keep hearing more and more about how there are so many uses for coconut oil beyond just for culinary purposes.  Then I came across this amazing illustration by Californian artist Yumi Sakugawa for WonderHowTo, and all I can say is wow!  There are so many uses for coconut oil – 21 in fact – for using coconut oil around the home that I just hadn’t realised.

For example, did you know one of the many uses for coconut oil is as a natural and chemical free alternative to using WD40?  I need to tell my dad this as you rarely see him without a can in his hand!  You can also use it as a shaving cream; to condition your hair; to help heal newly tattooed skin; and as a chemical free polish for wooden furniture.  It can even help get rid of head lice naturally.

21 Uses for Coconut Oil:

coconut oil uses

Are you as surprised at me at some of these uses for coconut oil?!  If you’re on Pinterest this is definitely a good one to pin so you can always keep it close to hand!

If you’re looking for cheap coconut oil, the cheapest I found was this 500ml Lucy Bee extra virgin organic coconut oil* for £10 at Holland & Barrett.  500ml should last you for quite some time, as you only need a little at a time.

A quick note: despite the name, coconut oil is solid.  I find the best way to scoop it out is to place a metal spoon in hot water, and then scoop out what you need.   Then warming it in your hands is generally enough to liquify it if you’re using it for skincare purposes, otherwise you can scoop some out, place it in a bowl and microwave it in 10 second increments until it’s melted.  In warm weather you might find it’s pliable enough not to require warming.

Coconut image by MTSOFan.

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