As our largest organ, our skin exists to protect the inside of our bodies, but that doesn’t mean what we put on it doesn’t seep through.
Although recent studies (2021) contest this, the American Journal of Public Health found that our skin absorbs approximately 64% of contaminants, and that our face is actually several times more absorbent than the rest of our bodies*, which is why it’s important to nourish our skin with natural organic products.
Natural products are simply products made with ingredients straight from nature, whereas, organic products are made with ingredients that have not been treated with pesticides, which are harmful to wildlife and us.
Not only are natural products better for the environment, as toxic chemicals from our skin make their way into the ocean from our sinks and showers, but better for us as we’re not taking in any harsh ingredients.
We’re exposed to countless toxins everyday from air pollution, cleaning products, and sprays, why add more into our bodies?
Here’s what kind of products you should be using on every part of your body:
CBD has become a popular health supplement and ingredient in skincare over the past year as it’s becoming legal in more and more places.
CBD and hemp oil products are not the equivalent of majuriana, as CBD and hemp oils contain little to no THC, which is the component in majuriana that gets people high.
CBD is a great ingredient for those with sensitive or acne prone skin as it soothes skin and combats inflammation. It’s also a promising anti-aging ingredient due to the fact that it contains antioxidants.
For well nourished skin, it’s worth using a day cream as well as a night cream.
Day creams are intended to be worn under make-up to keep skin moisturized and protected from the sun, while night creams help repair your skin after a long day.
Hope CBD’s Day and Night Moisturisers both contain CBD and soothing shea butter, amoung other natural oils and ingredients to keep your skin looking its best.
Exfoliating is an important part of skin care, as it removes dead skin and helps unclog pores, however, you should only exfoliate a few times a week, as doing so everyday can damage your skin and accelerate the aging process.
Coffee beans are great to exfoliate with as they make your skin feel more awake and refreshed.
The Coffee Bean Cleansing Bar is a great option because it’s zero-waste! You can also upcycle your own coffee grounds after a cup of joe by mixing them with coconut oil.
Exfoliating and moisturising go hand-in-hand as we should moisturise our bodies after exfoliating, and also after the shower as we lose moisture as we dry off. Shea and cocoa butter are common in moisturisers, such as the Organic Shea and Argan: Ylang Ylang and Orange moisturiser.
Shea butter is made from the seeds of the shea tree and a hugely popular natural ingredient as it soothes and softens skin.
The skin under and around our eyes is the most delicate on our face, which is why they need specifically formulated products, as opposed to using the same products we put on the rest of our face which can be too heavy.
Products such as the Chamomile and Carrot Seed Eye Cream keep how delicate our eyes are in mind.
Eye creams can help ward off those pesky dark circles under our eyes, but we should also make sure to stay hydrated and well rested to look bright eyed.
As the skin under our eyes is the thinnest, we should only put the safest of products and ingredients there.
Our lips are one of the places we sometimes forget need sun protection but mainstream sun products are not only bad for the environment as the chemicals enter the ocean and contribute to coral reef bleaching, but also for us as they usually contain ingredients we can’t even pronounce.
Mainstream sun protection often contains ingredients such as octinoxate, and oxybenzone, which can disrupt our hormones when absorbed into the skin and contain free radicals, which are molecules that can damage our DNA ** This doesn’t mean that we should abandon sun-protection all together though, we just need to find natural, but effective products.
The Spearmint Clove Lip Balm, has an SPF of 30 as it contains bay and zinc, while also keeping your lips hydrated, it even protects against cold sores.
Our hands get just as much sun exposure as our faces, and without care and protection, can cause premature aging, such as dark spots and wrinkles.
Not everyone likes putting suncream on their hands which is why a cream with SPF, such as the Timeless Beauty Hand Lotion, is an effortless way to keep them soft and protected.
Our hands also face the brunt of manual labour and weather conditions, which is why they need some TLC. Most hand creams are also good for our cuticles and nails so they’re multipurpose!