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Natural Anti Ageing Skincare

Natural Anti Ageing Skincare

What are you prepared to put on your face to look younger and what price do you put on your health?

If these two questions seem unrelated it’s worth remembering that what you put on your skin will be absorbed and can have big effects on your health. This, after all, is how hormone patches and nicotine patches work.

So it’s worth thinking about the knock-on effects of any anti ageing skincare products that we use on a regular basis which contain a lot of parabens, SLS’s and petrochemially based ingredients. 

Although some people argue that the quantities in each product are so small, the fact is that toxicity is defined not only by the amount but by frequency as well (ie how often a product is used) and I don’t believe our enzyme systems (which break down foods, chemicals etc) were ‘designed’ to deal with 21st century toxic ingredients. 

There are at least 20-30 different toxic chemical ingredients that are routinely used by some of the big cosmetic companies.  Hopefully this will change as more and more people switch to natural, organic, vegan products. 

When you’re looking for Natural Anti Ageing Skincare, look for labels that say Free From or Vegan Skincare, avoid anything with any of the Parabens family, anything that starts TEA or DEA, Alcohol, isopropyl (SD-40), and of course sodium lauryl sulfates.

Here are some easy to make natural skincare products that will save you money, be fun to make and will be great for your skin.

Eye make up remover:

50ml sweet almond oil
48 ml Castor oil
2ml Vitamin E oil
Simply blend them all together.


Using the same ingredients but changing the quantities

Skin Cleansing Oil

65ml Sweet Almond Oil
30 ml Castor oil
5ml Vitamin E oil

Whipped Coconut body butter

1 cup organic, unbleached coconut oil
1 tsp of Vitamin E oil [optional]
Few drops of your favourite essential oils [optional]

Put all the ingredients into a mixing bowl. [do not melt the coconut oil]
Whisk at a high speed until it’s light and airy
Spoon it into a glass jar and seal
[Tip: don’t use a blender or food processor, it heats the oil too much]

This is amazing to use as a body butter, it literally melts when you put it on your skin.
If you want to vary the recipe use less coconut and make up the difference with equal amounts of aloe vera gel and an oil like rosehip seed oil or olive oil.



Facts about healthy living – where do we learn them?

Facts about healthy living – where do we learn them?

How do those models manage to look so gorgeous in the glossy magazines? Of course, some of it is down to brilliant make-up but models make a living by how they look, so most of them make sure they follow a healthy living lifestyle.
What does that mean? It means different things to different people and it covers everything from diet, exercise, exposure to a toxic environment, emotional well being and spiritual well being.

In my practice I have clients who tell me they have chocolate for breakfast and drink 6-8 cups of coffee a day. Others live only on salads and vegetables because they’re on a diet and are unable to lose weight. Other people tell me they have toast for breakfast, sandwiches at lunch and pasta for dinner; the busy executive tells me she just has one meal a day but it’s ‘very healthy’. All of these people see their diet as normal and relatively healthy.

To some people it means going to the gym once a month, to others it’s going to the gym three times a week. For some it’s limiting their pizza and big Macs to once a week and to others it’s never touching anything that’s processed.
Facts about healthy living from
Over the years I’ve come to realise that for most of us, our definition of what’s healthy comes from how we were brought up, it’s probably part of our DNA that whatever mum gives us is right, is OK, is good for us; after all she’s our mother. And if it wasn’t your mother who brought you up it’s still the same thing because as children we’re like sponges, absorbing and taking in whatever comes our way. What we learn – those ‘facts’ about healthy living – start seeping into us very early on.

So let’s not criticise people for what they put in the supermarket trolley or frown disapprovingly when they tuck into a big Mac. Facts about healthy living start being infused into our consciousness almost from the moment we’re born and it can take time to unlearn things we thought were normal as a child.

Coffee’d out!

It’s so easy to get hooked on hot cups of coffee in the winter – but they’re not the best friend to your skin.

Here’s an alternative:


  • 2 teaspoons freeze-dried dandelion coffee
  • ¼ teaspoon raw honey
  • Dash of pure vanilla extract
  • ½ glass raw milk heated but not boiled
  • Hot water


  1. Place freeze-dried dandelion  in large mug.
  2. Add dash of hot water and stir to dissolve.
  3. Add raw honey, and mix well.
  4. Add dash of vanilla extract and mix well.
  5. Fill with the hot milk and top up with hot water


Stress and Skincare

You might have seen an article in The Times on Saturday 28th September talking about stress and its impact on our health. But what about your skin, stress and skincare, what’s the connection?

Stress and skincare are intimately linked, how many of us get flare ups when we’re under stress?  Today we are bombarded with stresses never before experienced in history. These are just a few of the ‘energy thieves’ we learn to live with: Emotional stress, alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, sugar, caffeine, acute and chronic infections ie yeast/bacterial/parasites, fear, anxiety, depression, poor diet and junk food to name just a few!

Stress, no matter where it comes from, affects us on MANY levels. Stress is coped with by your adrenal glands and depending on the level of stress they have to deal with, the rest of your body will try to compensate and adapt – we’re hard wired to survive!

Stress and skincare  go hand in hand; the hormones involved, in particular adrenalin and cortisol, can impact your skin directly and indirectly.
Adrenalin diverts blood away from your skin so it doesn’t receive proper nutrition.
Emotional stress stimulates hormonal changes and you break out in spots.
Stress causes muscle tightness and slows down the blood flow to your skin.
Excess cortisol lowers your immune system and your skin is more prone to infection.

Most of us live with stress, the issue for our health and our skin is how we handle it.

Skin Allergies – Just the beginning?

Warning over ‘epidemic’ of skin allergies from chemicals in cosmetics and household products

I wonder how many people take this headline seriously. We should, because it could have wider implications than we realise.

At last, the news is out that chemicals you put on your skin can have consequences for your health; in fact, you could say that your skin is an excellent drug delivery system!  After all, that’s why hormone patches and nicotine patches work!  So it should come as no surprise that MI (methylisothiazolinone) has negative effects on your skin.

In a world that in increasingly toxic I believe we no longer have the physiological capacity to deal with the huge rise in toxic chemicals that we are exposed to on a daily basis in one form or another.

Since World War 11, 80,000 new synthetic chemicals have been  produced and released into the environment  –  pesticides, herbicides, chemical solvents, xenobiotics, toxic metals, plasticisers, disinfectants, chemicals from industrial pollution, nitrates and fertilisers, not to mention the rise in smoking and second hand smoke,   – and those are just a handful of what’s on offer.

As far back as 1962, the potential risk from chemicals was highlighted by Rachel Carson in her ground breaking book Silent Spring.

Whilst many companies claim that toxicology studies are done on a particular chemical, what no one can do is assess the risks when different chemicals are combined. If you think about it, it’s an impossible task, where would you begin? There is no way you could test all the different combinations.

Most women are using hundreds of chemicals on a daily basis – shower gel, deodorant, moisturiser, eye cream, night cream, eye shadow, eye liner, lip liner, blusher, lipstick etc and they’re using them every single day.

Many of these chemicals are fat soluble. That means they are stored in fatty/adipose tissue in your body and the organ with the highest % of fat is your brain!

At the moment, the focus is on skin and allergies, but how long will it take to recognise that the increase in brain diseases such as Parkinsons and Alzheimers, just might have something to do with the rise in chemicals in our environment, in our homes, in the products we put on our skin and which, I believe, based on the work I do with clients who suffer from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, are no longer metabolised by an overloaded liver.

When you realise that your liver has specific pathways that deal with all the toxicity most of us are exposed to, it makes sense to support and look after it, which could mean changing your diet, giving up alcohol, changing the products you use, going on a detox, taking appropriate supplements to support liver function..…….there are many options!  There’s a school of thought that says ‘detoxing’ isn’t necessary and it’s a waste of time and money, but your liver is fundamental to your health so it makes sense to take the very best care of it.

The oil conundrum

Do you or don’t you put oils on your face if your skin is oily?

It’s quite a conundrum for many women who have greasy or oily skin, so if you’re one of them you’re in good company – Victoria Beckham and Alicia Keys have apparently both said that that they’ve suffered from greasy skin and acne.

Oily or greasy skin tends to look a bit shiny and has enlarged pores, it’s also prone to getting pimples, blackheads and blemishes and when you’re in your teens, acne can be a big problem as well.   There’s good news though, although you may hate it when you’re young, as you get older you tend to have fewer wrinkles, so that’s something to look forward to!

There are lots of reasons why you might have oily skin, hormones often play a part especially if you use the contraceptive pill; you may secrete too much sebum which is a common cause of oily skin and dark skin is often oily as it has more sweat glands and sebaceous glands than white skin; using oils that are too fatty on your skin will also exacerbate the problem.

Looking after oily skin doesn’t have to be difficult; the trick is to remove the excess sebum without drying up the skin.  How do you do this?

You need to use a very gentle cleanser and twice a day is plenty. If you over-cleanse or do too much peeling using products that dry out your skin, your body starts to overproduce sebum.  It’s also a mistake to use abrasive exfoliants because you strip the skin of its natural acid mantle which protects the skin from bacteria. Using the right toner [with no alcohol] can help to close up pores which means you reduce the possibility of inflammation from dust and dirt getting into the pores.

Unfortunately, there’s a myth that says you shouldn’t put oils onto oily skin.  This is both true and not true – it’s certainly true if you use oils which are comedogenic, meaning that they block the pores. By contrast, you want to give your skin the right oils so that you help regulate sebum production and your sebaceous glands can have time off! This way you help your skin move toward being a more ‘normal’ skin type.

When you’re looking for a suitable moisturiser for oily skin, read the label and see what plant oils have been included.  The important thing you need to know is what to avoid, [despite what the advertising says] and what oils will actually benefit your skin.

Oils that your skin will love are those with high quantities of omega-3 fatty acids, these are thin, dry oils and quickly absorbed – Kiwi seed, Chia seed, Thistle and Rosehip are all excellent.  The oils you need to avoid or check that they’re used in very small quantities are Olive, Neem, Macadamia, Moringa, Camelina, Coconut oil, Castor oil and also products that are paraffin based or that contain a lot of emulsifiers as these too can clog pores.

You can also use clay masks but only use the masks on the parts of your face that are oily and choose green or yellow clays which are best for oily skin.

Looking after oily skin starts from the inside – what you eat is really important.

Eating lots of saturated animal fats or highly processed vegetable oils can all exacerbate oily skin problems.  Eating chocolate, sugar, fizzy drinks and junk food is the fastest way to create inflammation, alter your blood sugar levels, interfere with absorption of nutrients and disrupt your hormones!

Wise choices in what you eat and what you put on your skin will pay you back many times over.  It’s worth remembering that everything you put on your skin is absorbed, after all, that’s why hormone and nicotine patches work and everything you eat and feed your body with will be reflected in your general health which includes the health of your skin. You are what you eat!