Using Natural Ingredients For Healthy Skin

Wednesday, 28 October 2015


My love for natural products started after seeing an art installation by Damien Hirst called Pharmacy.  In his installation I saw row upon row of chemicals that society is presented on a daily basis as medication for their ailments. Weeks later, walking around a well known chemist and looking for a new shower gel, I thought about the art installation and concluded I am looking at the same chemicals featuring again and again but repackaged in like 20 different brands all fighting to take my money.

Moving on from this, when I visited my boyfriend (who is now my husband) and went to the loo, I would often read the same article that was left by the toilet about how the average person covers themselves with hundreds of chemicals before they leave the house in the morning.  This really gripped me and began the change in buying more natural products.

The final push to go completely natural was being attracted to luxurious beauty products and absolutely adoring everything in the shop Space NK but not being able to afford a lot of it.  I remember wanting a certain product that prevented stretch marks that a lot of celebrities were swearing by and when I looked at the active ingredient it was shea butter.  I thought, do I really need the rest of the chemicals to preserve and make this product smell nice?  Instead of spending £40 on a 50ml size product why don’t I buy a kilo of shea butter for £18.90 and go straight to the source.  So I did, and I have never looked back.

Nowadays I’m constantly learning of the benefits of natural ingredients to our health and for our skin.  My toiletry cupboard looks more like a kitchen cupboard and my local independent health store is my main pharmacy.  I still love love love Space NK, (right now I want every perfume and candle from Diptique) but I’m also loving my own natural lifestyle.  Look out for future natural health recipes on the blog.

Kitchen products I use on my hair and skin and the benefits

Olive oil
·     Natural antioxidant containing vitamin E
·     Helps protect skin from anti aging and damage from the sun
·     A natural moisturiser which does not clog pores
·     A natural eye make-up remover
·     Helps skin regenerate and can be used to fade stretch marks
Grapeseed oil
·        Contains high levels of Vitamin E
·     Mildly astringent in nature and helps tighten and tone the skin
·     Assists in healing skin wounds
·     Helps promote hair growth (message in scalp)
·     A natural anti-bacterial oil and helps clear athletes foot
·     An effective moisturiser for dehydrated skin
·    A natural skin brightener
·    Treatment for blackheads and acne
·       Treats a dry and itchy scalp
·       Anti-dandruff treatment
·       Anti –frizz treatment
·       Avocado juice helps reduce bad breath by cleansing the mouth and intestines
·      Avacado oil works as a natural sunscreen

Apple Cider Vinegar
·     An effective facial toner  (1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and 470ml of water)
·    Helps minimise pores
·    Contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids and acetic acid which stimulates circulation
·    Removes product build-up when used as a hair rinse 
(    2 teaspoons of vinegar 230ml water)
·    Helps relieve sunburn 115ml of vinegar and a litre of water
·    Relieves bug-bitten skin
·    Combats fungal conditions such as athletes foot

Hymalayan salt
·       Cleanses and detoxifies the skin
·       Helps to heal the skin from acne, psoriasis and dry skin
·       Promotes softer smoother skin

·        Honey is a natural humectant which means it draws moisture from the air into the skin
·        Clears and cleanses pores
·        Helps to decrease the appearance of scars
·        Increases healing and tissue regeneration
·        Contains anti-inflammatory properties which calms redness and skin irritation

Honey and brown sugar facial scrub
This scrub is natural, cheap to make and provides smooth glowing skin.

For a single application you will need:

  • 1 Teaspoon of honey (any)
  • 1 Teaspoon of brown sugar
  • Olive oil 


  • Place the honey and the brown sugar in your hand  and mix together with both hands.
  • Pat mixture of your face (make sure your hair is out the way) and gently rub your face with your hands.  I produce more oil on my chin and nose so I pay special attention to exfoliate those areas.
  • After a minute gently rinse of the mixture of your face and hands.  Do your final rinse in cold water
  • Add 2 or 3 drops on olive oil to your hands and massage well to moisturise your face and voila you have used a homemade natural facial scrub.

Powered by Blogger.
Back to Top