1. Organic fine oatmeal
I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that oatmeal has many health benefits, and I’m sure you also know that it’s very good for your skin. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, you can treat and soothe a lot of minor skin issues with it, and it’s particularly good for sensitive skin – you know the type: skin that can easily become dry, red, inflamed and itchy (like mine). I can’t even begin to tell you how much money I’ve spent (or rather, wasted) on expensive skin care products that never seemed to deliver what they promised. I began using oatmeal a couple of years ago and I’ve never looked back since. Unlike all the other products I’ve tried, it actually works, and it’s so much cheaper as well. That goes to show that you if you treat your skin kindly with natural goods, your skin will thank you for it. Don’t provoke it with lab-produced chemicals; you’ll just make things worst.
So, anyway, I use oatmeal mainly as a facial wash and as a face mask. You need colloidal oatmeal (that is, very finely ground oats) so that you can easily create a smooth paste when you mix it with warm water. I buy mine from Minston Good Food on Amazon UK. It’s £12.48 for a box of 10 (500g each) – I think it’s really good value.
To make a facial wash or a face mask, all you need to do is pour a small amount of oats into your hands, add a bit of warm water (not too much at first; you can always add more if the mixture is too thick) and mix with your fingers to create a paste. Gently massage the mixture over your face, then rinse thoroughly if you’re washing your face, or leave it for 5-10 minutes if you’re using it as a face mask before rinsing it. It’s that simple! Now, what I like to do at night (particularly in winter and on days when I’m wearing more make-up) is add 6 pumps of sweet almond oil and 2 drops of pure essential oil (tea tree and lavender are my two favourites) into the oats mixture – I promise it’ll remove all traces of your make-up and you’ll wake up with soft and supple skin the next morning. Go on, give it a try.
2. Organic floral water
I’ve heard of floral waters for quite sometimes now, but only fairly recently I replaced my usual toner with it, and I don’t have any regrets. They’re basically distilled water infused with the essence of flowers; so, it goes without saying that you should use the kind of floral waters that’s suited for your skin. Rose water, for example, has a calming effect and is used to nourish and hydrate the skin; lavender water, on the other hand, has powerful regenerative effects and is used to repair damaged skin. You can (and probably should), of course, use different floral waters at different time of the year since your skin reacts differently to changing climate condition anyway. One of my favourites is geranium water, which is famous for its balancing properties, and particularly good for problematic skin that suffers from hormonal problems (like mine). Floral waters are also very versatile; I use it as a toner, as a base for my face mask (by spraying it over my face before I apply my mask), to set my make-up (by spraying it over my face after I apply my make up), and as a facial mist in the summer.
If you want to make your own floral water, you can just simply add a few drops of pure essential oil of your choice to distilled water. Otherwise, buy an organic one, and the reason I say that is because I noticed a lot of synthetic ‘floral waters’ out there, which smell very nice, but because they’re made from synthetic compounds (read: chemicals), not only they’re more expensive, I doubt they’re also as effective as natural floral waters. My favourite brand of floral waters is Kats Kalma. I discovered her products one afternoon when I was strolling around Greenwich Market. Kat’s a market trader and she made all her products from her own studio nearby. You can’t miss her stall; it’s very pretty, it smells wonderful and it just draws your attention. I bought my first floral water from her just before I set off to the South of France for the summer, and I loved it! I used it all day, everyday – it helped keep my skin feeling refreshed and hydrated, particularly when I was at the beach; needless to say, I never left my hotel without it. When I came back to London, I bought another bottle (the one in the picture above), and I think I’m going to visit her again very soon (not just to buy another bottle of floral water, but I’d really like to discover her other products as well). Oh, the water costs £5 – I think it’s very reasonably priced.
3. Organic sweet almond oil
For me, this is a miracle product; it’s one beauty product I absolutely can’t live without. It’s rich in vitamin A, B and E, which are great for the skin; highly nourishing; and it gets absorbed so fast without blocking your pores! I have dehydrated and very sensitive skin that’s prone to breakout, dryness, redness, itchiness – you name it, and this oil is the only thing that helps keep my skin normal. I use it as a facial wash – together with the oats mixture above, or on its own on days when I’m not wearing too much make-up (I simply massage a few drops over my face and remove it with warm damp cloth or cotton wool), as a face mask (again, together with the oats mixture above), as a night face moisturiser, hair oil, body oil, nail and cuticle oil. Not bad for one product, huh? I buy my sweet almond oil from Naissance at Amazon UK. It’s £6.99 for 1 litre – seriously, best beauty buy ever!
Disclosure: this is a non-sponsored post; all opinions are completely my own based on my personal experience.