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Beauty, Skincare

Keeping It Natural

February 4, 2016

Take comfort in the fact that your pantry holds skincare secrets that are a true art in enhancing the radiance, softness and healthiness of your skin – these are secrets that will give your skin life.stylish

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The hidden force behind some of the most beautiful women in the world is clean living, drinking plenty of water, getting a good night’s sleep and always looking to natural products for a refreshingly take on skincare.stylishKate Blanckett once said ‘Olive and macadamia oils are really good for your complexion. Put one of them on in the shower and they make your skin zing.stylish I incorporate them into a homemade scrub with grapefruit juice and sea salt–a beauty trick taught to me by a friend of mine.’ – the British edition of InStyle magazine. The concept of using natural, organic ingredients

for skincare might be as old as time itself but nevertheless remains just as relevant to the modern day woman.stylishToday we are putting our top tips on the table and discussing the natural ingredients you can use in your weekly routines to encourage your skin to remain radiant and look much healthier.stylishThese are practices that have been tried and tested over the years, so we hope you find them as useful for your own skin as we do. Please note – we recommend that you consult your doctor before using any of the below to make sure you have no allergies and that your skin does not react. 



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AVOCADO FACE MASKstylish

The humble avocado is one of the few superfoods that contains every single vitamin and nutrient we need to feasibly survive on. Applying cool avocado directly onto your face is a wonderful, natural beauty treatment. It hydrates and nourishes the skin without causing irritation. Suitable for all skin types, homemade avocado face masks are particularly beneficial for dry and dehydrated skin.stylish

The monounsaturated fats in avocado are brilliant for improving skin tone. These fats are vital for maintaining good moisture levels in the epidermal layer of your skin, leaving it looking and feeling soft and healthy. Omega-9 fats can also reduce skin redness and irritation, and help repair damaged skin cells. stylish

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A homemade avocado face mask is one of my absolute favourites and it’s so full of vitamins – it’s literally good enough to eat! By mashing cooling avocado, healthy raw manuka honey and the zest and juice of a zingy lime together in a bowl you can create a lovely, hydrating mask which will leave your face feeling smooth, nourished and soothed.stylish

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Eating avocado regularly can do as much for your complexion as slathering it on. Whether added to salad, whipped into a fresh guacamole or blended into a creamy, sweet mousse – there are so many delicious options.

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COCONUT OIL ALL OVERstylish

I use coconut oil as part of my skincare routine every single day. It’s my post-shower body lotion, intensive conditioner, lip salve, sunscreen and face cream! Virgin coconut oil contains the same fatty acids as those naturally occurring in our skin.stylishstylish There is, therefore, a remarkable compatibility between its inherent structure and that of our skins surface. It’s absorbed better than other oils, allowing it to penetrate much more quickly and deeply, strengthening the underlying connective tissues.stylishstylishCoconut oil replenishes skin cells fatty acids with its more stable ones, this can repair the damage and encourage cells to regrow correctly.stylishstylish

Aside from its effectiveness in targeting specific skin problems, coconut oil has antioxidant properties which benefit the skin by restoring its radiance. It’s combination of fatty acids and vitamins K and E also work to prevent scarring from acne, psoriasis and surface damage to the skin.

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There are endless ways to incorporate coconut oil into your everyday skin regime and diet. Use it in raw desserts, add it to baked recipes in place of butter, include a spoonful in your smoothie and begin using it as your preferred cooking oil.stylishstylish

I find the best time to apply it to skin is immediately after a bath or shower and often before bed to give it time to absorb overnight. Avoid refined or hydrogenated versions and look instead to buy organic, cold pressed, virgin coconut oil.


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EGG YOLK & HONEY MASKstylish

This is the best natural source for high quality protein and one that I use at least once a month to make sure my skin gets the nutrients it requires. Mix an egg yolk and honey {the more honey the better as it drowns out the smell of the yolk} and Apply to skin.natural Please be aware that the mask will feel sticky at first, however over time, it will dry just like a normal mask would do. Leave on for twenty minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. Apply moisturiser after and you will notice your skin feeling noticeably smoother and softer.

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LEMON STEAMstylish

I consider this a facial detox as it a great way to clear your skin.  Heat a kettle of water, place some lemons in a dish and steam your face for two minutes. Dry your skin with a towel and apply moisturiser. A personal trick for me is to apply the egg yolk and honey mask after, for more effective results.naturalHowever, this part is optional. Please be careful to not burn your skin and if your have sensitive skin, please consult a doctor before trying this tip. imgs via: pinterest


 

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naturalABOUT THE AUTHOR

naturalHanna is a health writer with a passion for food, photography, fitness and travel. Due to release her recipe book in 2017,  Hanna’s aim is to  give people the opportunity to regain their health, wellbeing and energy through the very simple concept of a healthy diet. When she is not busy sharing her delicious recipes with the world, Hanna is busy living a  spontaneous and adventurous life and embracing her love for the outdoors. Definitely a little adrenaline junkie, Hanna also skis, scuba dives, flyboards and enjoys paramotoring. Twitter | Instagram

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