It makes sense that what we eat or put into our bodies can have a major impact on our health and wellness. However, have you ever wondered how our health is impacted by what we put ON our bodies? The simple reason is that what we put on our bodies is often absorbed into our bodies, and in certain beauty products that includes potentially harmful synthetic compounds called parabens. Today, we’re more aware than ever about how important it is to look after our skin and make sure the products we use are free from harmful chemicals.
There are definitely some benefits to switching to natural beauty products, especially for those of us who have sensitive skin. Beauty products that contain chemicals or artificial fragrances can irritate the skin so switching to products without these ingredients could cause less irritation.
What does natural beauty mean to you? For some, natural beauty may mean going back to basics and focussing on nourishing their hair, skin and nails with a healthy diet and carefully selected supplements and beauty products. For others, natural beauty may still look like a full-face of makeup and styled hair, but with a focus on products that use naturally derived ingredients as their inspiration.
Common natural beauty ingredients include Argan oil, Beeswax, Cocoa butter, Collagen, Vitamin E, Flaxseed oil, Glycerine, Hyaluronic acid, Jojoba oil, Manuka Honey and Retinol, amongst others.
There is another term used in natural beauty products that is classed as ‘clean’. Clean beauty and natural beauty share many of the same values, but clean beauty has its own niche focus points. Clean products are usually made from ingredients with a natural origin, not a synthetic one and they are kinder to the environment, e.g. zero waste, waterless, vegan and sustainably packaged.
Holland & Barrett specialise in clean and conscious natural beauty products, many of which smell divine and don’t contain strong, offensive odours often used to mask the smell of products containing chemicals.
Show your skin some love by adding Hyaluronic acid, a potent hydrator moisturiser, into your beauty routine. Holland & Barrett Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid Serum has been formulated with high quality, natural ingredients to help give your face an amazing healthy-aging boost. The vitamin C and hyaluronic acid in this concentrated serum are thought to have numerous potential benefits for the face, including: brightening up the skin and making it appear happier and healthier; moisturising the skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and/or wrinkles, and refreshing and restoring the skin so your face has a natural glow.
If you are looking for a moisturiser to create firmer, smoother and more youthful skin, Dr Organic Collagen Anti-Aging Moisturiser with Dragon’s Blood contains a natural tree resin that has been sustainably sourced from the Amazonian forests of Peru. This advanced moisturiser has been clinically proven to increase hydration and to plump and soften the skin while minimising redness and helps protect against environmental damage.
Prior to your moisturising routine, use the Dr Organic Charcoal Face Scrub rich in organic, bioactive extracts. This anti-pollution detoxifying face scrub is great for exfoliating and deep pore purifying.
If you have dry skin, use Weleda Skin Food from Holland & Barrett made with organic sunflower seed oil and extracts of wild pansy, chamomile, calendula and rosemary. This nourishing moisturising cream is packed with plant extracts and essential oils and is ideal for very dry skin, areas of tight or cracked skin, or any areas in need of a little extra care. It can be used as a protective cream in harsh weather, and is a great choice if you spend time outdoors.
If you or members of your family suffer with skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, then you need to make sure that they are using products that are specifically designed to be kind to their skin. The Miaderma range of skin-friendly formulations are available at Holland & Barrett and include shampoos, skin care and even shower gel that may help to soothe the symptoms of eczema or psoriasis and soften dry skin.
Balmonds is another leading name in natural skincare that only ever uses 100% natural ingredients in its products. Balmonds Skin Salvation, made with beeswax, chamomile, hempseed and olive oil will help to soothe sensitive skin and is suitable for adults, children or babies.
Balmonds Chamomile Baby Oil works brilliantly to lock in moisture during or after bathing your baby. Use as a soothing baby massage oil or during cleaning and changing your baby, but it’s not just for baby! Its luscious organic ingredients make it a great facial cleanser, a relaxing massage oil, an all-natural body oil and even works as a rich and effective shaving oil.
There are many reasons people opt for natural beauty, including having sensitive skin, being eco-conscious, being vegan, and preferring organic ingredients. Holland & Barrett Gibraltar has a large selection of clean and natural products to help maintain and improve your skin, hair and nails as well as your overall health and wellness.