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My Natural Skincare Routine

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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. Therefore, I thought you might appreciate a peek 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. However, as I get older I’ve started to pay a little bit more attention to it.

Cleansing

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I used to use a variety of products on my face, such as cleaners, toners, and exfoliators. Now for my natural skincare routine, 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 then wipe in circular motions with a warm wet flannel. Then I give 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.

Moisturiser

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Day Time

A trap I used to fall into was using a day moisturiser with SPF.  I assumed moisturisers with SPF were good for my skin. However, 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* (£23.50) to try, which delivers both UVA and UVB protection.

The Day Solution Cream is such a lovely natural moisturiser, that’s paraben-free. It’s also 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!  And it’s got such a fresh and pleasant light scent too, so ticks all my natural skincare 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.

Even though it’s on the very cheap end of the scale as far as anti-aging 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.

Night Time

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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. However, I find it makes an excellent night cream.  Skin Food 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. What can I say, I’m a long-time fan of this natural skincare favourite!

Eco-Friendly Sunscreen

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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* (£12.99 from Look Fantastic). I 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. I’ve written more on eco-friendly sunscreen if you’re looking for more brands.

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? If you’re interested, here are the organic beauty products I’m loving right now too.

* 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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What Can Coconut Oil Be Used For? Here Are 21 Ideas!

coconut oil uses around the home

Are you wondering what can coconut oil be used for? Well, wonder no more – here are 21 clever ideas!

I keep a large jar of coconut oil for cooking and baking. However, I keep hearing more and more about how there are so many uses for the stuff 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 around the home that I just hadn’t realised.

what can coconut oil be used for?

For example, did you know one of the many uses for coconut oil is as a natural 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 natural polish for wooden furniture.  It can even help get rid of head lice naturally. Mind blown!

21 Uses for Coconut Oil

Check out the full guide to have your mind blown too.

coconut oil uses

And here’s a text-based version if you are using a web reader:

Coconut Oil Uses Around The Home

  • lubricate your guitar strings
  • remove gum from hair, shoes, or your carpet
  • general substitute for WD-40 spray – use on squeaky door hinges, or stuck zippers.
  • polish your wood furniture – place a small amount of oil on a rag and rub.
  • maintain your wooden chopping board – when it starts looking dull, rub oil into the surface, making sure it’s clean and dry first.
  • need an oil to season your cast iron skillet? Use coconut oil.

Pets

  • want to give your beloved dog or cat a daily health boost? Add a teaspoon of oil to their water dish every day.

Health

  • get rid of head lice by rubbing coconut oil into your scalp. Leave it on overnight and rinse off in the morning.
  • treat skin irritations such as eczema, nappy rash, sunburn, poison ivy rash, minor cut, etc.
  • take a spoonful of oil every day. It can help as an energy boost, help relieve indigestion, and more.
  • ear infection? Add a few drops of warmed oil directly into your ear.
  • to prevent bloody noses during dry weather, line the inside of your nose with coconut oil.
  • take advantage of coconut oil’s antifungal, antibacterial properties to treat athlete’s foot, thrush, ringworm, and more.

Body & Beauty

  • clean out your mascara brush
  • use the oil as a general skin moisturiser/shaving cream replacement.
  • DIY hair conditioner for damaged or unruly hair.
  • make some DIY deodorant. Mix 1/4 cup bicarbonate of soda with 1/4 cup cornflour then add 3 tablespoons of oil. Apply on underarms.
  • apply to newly tattooed skin to help heal the skin.
  • want whiter teeth? For some people, oil pulling (swishing coconut oil in your mouth and spitting it out every day) has helped with gum health and whiter teeth.

Food

  • Add it to your toast, porridge, popcorn, tea, etc, for extra flavour.
  • baking something? You can replace butter/vegetable oil with coconut oil.
  • you can saute/roast your food in coconut oil to give it a nuanced coconut flavour.

Are you as surprised as 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! I’ve not tested out these tips, nor can I verify them, so do proceed with caution though.

If you’re looking for cheap coconut oil, the cheapest I found was this 470ml Biona organic virgin coconut oil* for £7.99 at Holland & Barrett.  470ml should last you for quite some time, as you only need a little at a time.

My Top Coconut Oil Tips

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.   

If you’re using coconut oil for skincare purposes, then warming it in your hands is generally enough to liquefy it. For other applications, you can scoop some out of the jar, 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.

And if you liked this post, do check out my guide to surprising uses for vinegar.