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The beauty of switching to 100% natural skin care is that you no longer have to think about all the nasties you’re depositing onto your face and body on a daily basis – but this comes with a caveat.
Although the natural skin care on the market today is extremely advanced in terms of performance and the look and feel of the products, the fact remains that without synthetic preservatives, they usually don’t last as long as their mass-produced synthetic counterparts.
Most of the time, the shelf life of a natural skin care product is longer than it would take you to use up the product – but there are still a few rules you should follow to make sure your products stay as fresh and effective as possible for as long as possible.
1. Keep it cool.
Many natural skin care products lack the ingredients found in synthetic products that ‘hold’ the product together. A good example of this is our Raw Gaia range of products. All the Raw Gaia moisturisers are made with a beautiful blend of essential oils, teamed with cocoa butter.
Ideally, they should be solid but malleable – so that you can scoop some out and warm it in your fingers before applying. But if left in a warm environment, they can ‘liquify’ – that is, turn to liquid. Cooling the product again can cause it to become separated, so that the ingredients are not mixed as they should be.
For the product to perform in the way it was designed, it needs to be kept cool – and this is the same for many natural skin products.
2. Keep it dry.
This applies especially to those products that come in powder form; for example, our Mokosh Face Cleansing Powder or Raw Gaia Face Packs. Designed to be mixed with water before applying, it’s tempting to keep these products in the shower – but be careful here.
One of the reasons natural facial masks are created this way (in powder form) is to avoid the need for preservatives. Bacteria need water – so removing the water from a product removes the need to add preservatives. So, once you get water (even a drop!) in your jar of powder mask, it’s only a matter of time before the product begins to go off.
Our tip is to apply such products before you get in the shower. Take a heaped teaspoon-full of powdered mask and mix it in a bowl with equal parts water. Apply to your face, then jump in the shower.
3. Make sure your products are working together.
Most natural skin care products say something on the label like, ‘follow with our *insert brand name* toner and moisturiser’ – or, ‘for best results, team with our other *insert brand name* skin care products’.
Skin care doesn’t have to be this regimental – you can mix and match, and use a cleanser, toner and moisturiser from three different natural skin care ranges. However, you need to be sure that the products you’re using compliment each other.
It’s no use using three different products all designed for dry skin if the end result is an oil-slick complexion! It may be that you only need to address dryness with one product, and target other skin care issues during the rest of your regime.
The key here is to ask questions. Here at Eve Organics, we provide free personalised skin care consultations – no catches! Simply send us an email and tell us what your skin type is, your current skin care routine, and what specific issues you wish to address – and we’ll send you a complete, comprehensive skin care regime, complete with personalised advice and recommendations.
This way, you’ll know that the combination of products you choose will achieve the desired results. We know our skin care ranges like the back of our hands – so use us to your advantage!
Do you have any tried & tested tricks to help you get the most out of your natural skin care products? Let us know – we’d love to hear them!
…. Until next time xx
You might notice that more and more ‘dry mask’ formulations are becoming available, so we thought we’d let you know what the advantages are of making face masks this way, and how best to use them!
A face mask in dry form generally contains some form of clay to draw out impurities and refine the skin, as well as other beneficial ingredients – the dry masks stocked at Eve Organics for example contain skin-loving dry ingredients such as cocoa powder (packed full of antioxidants), fruit powders, powdered milk, and seaweed.
There are several advantages to creating face masks in dry form, and also several advantages to using them this way. Firstly, creating a mask in dry form is one way of eliminating the need for preservatives, as water encourages and houses bacteria. For this reason, it’s important to make sure you don’t get water in your jar/pack of powdered mask product, as it can encourage the growth of bacteria over time. Be sure to keep the product cool and dry until you’re ready to use it. This of course also means that when you purchase a face mask in dry form, it’s likely to last a lot longer than a cream, or ‘pre-mixed’ mask.
Another advantage to making masks this way is that it means they’re a lot more versatile. The reason for this is that certain clays and other dry materials are beneficial for all skin types, and can be tailored to different skin conditions by simply using different ‘mixers’. The mixer is the liquid ingredient you add to the mask when preparing it, and there are dozens of different mixers you can use, each with unique skin benefits.
To get you started, here is a list of some easy-to-come-by mixers, and their effects:
- apple cider vinegar: acid balancing
- Aloe Vera juice: blemish-reducing, soothing, healing
- coconut milk: plumps, softens, rich in vitamin B
- olive oil: adds emollients and moisturises
- warm honey & yoghurt: hydrates and nourishes
- cooled green tea: heals and balances – great for acne-prone skin
Generally, clay-based face masks should be left on for 10-15 minutes, then gently rinsed off with cool water.
Have you tried any other mixers with dry face masks? How have you found them? Leave us a comment and let us know!
Until next time.. xx
This week we’re so excited about the effects of amla fruit on our skin & hair that we thought we ought to do a feature on it!
Amla fruit is also referred to as the ‘Indian Gooseberry’, and looks very much like a gooseberry in appearance – the fruit of the amla tree are small round berries, pale green in colour.
Amla fruit is a potent source of vitamin C, and contains 20 x the amount found in oranges. Wow. The amla fruit is a natural tonic, and can be helpful in the treatment of a number of diseases. It flushes out toxins, promotes healthy brain functioning and even aids in fertility!
Lucky for us ladies, it’s also a wonderful hair treatment, whether used in its powdered or oil form, and helps to promote scalp health, hair strength and growth. Used as a powder on hair, it naturally conditions, freshens and slightly darkens. The perfect dry shampoo for all you brunettes!
It doesn’t stop there. Amla fruit is highly nourishing for the skin. It’s balancing, toning and naturally brightening, so it’s fantastic for uneven skin tone, dry patches or dullness. Anyone can use amla fruit on their skin and see the benefits – whether your skin is oily, dry or acne-prone, amla fruit can help to soothe, clear and brighten it.
Amla fruit powder is one of the main ingredients in our gorgeous Raw Gaia Raw Chocolate face pack, along with organic raw chocolate powder (the highest known source of antioxidants in the world), sunbaked red clay (fantastic for freshening and drawing out impurities), and tumeric – a known acne fighter.
After just one use with this beautiful face pack, not only will the delicious scent of chocolate have lifted your spirits, but you’ll notice your skin looks clearer and brighter, and feels noticeably smoother.
(Yes, it really is that quick! We’ve tried it!)
So – get your fix of Amla fruit and start noticing the difference in your skin, hair and overall ‘glow’! You can find our gorgeous Raw Gaia Raw Chocolate Face Pack here at Eve Organics.
Do you have any questions? Have you used our Raw Chocolate Face Pack and want to share your experience? Leave us a comment below!