BEAUTY BY HAND

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Why use clean beauty products? The answer can be summarised in one key word: knowledge.

Did you know that the average woman unknowingly puts five hundred and fifteen synthetic chemicals on her body every day? [1] And just as the food we eat profoundly affects our bodies – the products we put on our skin can effect change within us too. Dr Barbara Olioso – an independent professional chemist, has said that research shows that twenty to sixty percent of parabens could be absorbed into the body through skincare [2]  – and that is just one group of ingredients.

Needless to say, the popularity of clean beauty has exploded, and labels on products promising “natural”, “organic” or “biodynamic” ingredients abound. But that doesn’t always make the decision any easier for the conscious consumer. According to the Cosmetic, Toiletry & Perfumery Association (CTPA) in the UK for example, “The terms natural and organic are not specifically regulated under the Cosmetics Regulation but any claim must be capable of substantiation and must not be misleading.” [3]  This guideline sounds promising in theory, but when it comes to decision-making regarding what we apply to our bodies, we think that as consumers we have the right to know exactly what’s what, and would prefer to make decisions based on more than just the nice idea that manufacturers always deliver what they say on the label.

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So how can you know what is truly “clean” or non-toxic? Well, one way is to start preparing your own skincare formulations. At first, the idea of this might not seem so glamorous, but actually, the ritual of combining and applying only the highest quality and purest individually sourced ingredients can be really rather romantic and luxurious. Curating your own careful skincare routine is also a wonderful way to eschew unnecessary stripping or irritating ingredients (potentially making it easier to calm and rebalance your skin), and also allows you to create small batches of what you need when you need it, thus avoiding wasting product and packaging.

Best Skin has created simple recipes for What’s Your Legacy that can easily be made at home from things that you have around the house: two body scrubs, a body oil, a face mask and a face cream.

Please do note: as with all homemade or natural skincare – a lack of preservatives and airtight containers can mean that products can spoil or host bacteria more easily. Therefore, always ensure that any containers used are properly sterilized and made from glass, and create and apply products only with clean hands and fingers. All beauty products are best stored in cool, dark places, or sometimes even in the fridge!

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PINK SEA SALT AND ROSE HIP SCRUB

Pink Himalayan Sea Salt (not flakes) – mineralizing. [6]

Rose Hip Oil – Moisturising and suitable for all skin types. A good source of essential fatty acids (3, 6, 9) and vitamin C. [7]

Combine the salt and oil to your preferred consistency. It’s a good idea to warm this up in your hands a little before applying – in order to soften the salt. Apply very gently, to avoid scratching or damaging the skin.

COFFEE GROUND AND COCONUT OIL BODY SCRUB

Coffee grounds – use only organic, fair trade and responsibly sourced grounds, fresh out of the packet into the coconut oil or if using immediately just once, you can use grounds from the bottom of your pot of coffee. Grounds create a thorough scrub and the caffeine content may help to improve circulation, as well as provide amino acids and antioxidants to the skin [4].

Coconut oil – must be organic, virgin and cold-pressed. Has potential moisturizing and anti-bacterial benefits for the skin [5].

Combine the grounds and oil to create a consistency you desire. Apply to the body in gentle, circular motions.

BODY OIL – AS YOU LIKE IT

Almond Oil – Light, nutritionally dense, good for oily skin types [8]

Coconut Oil – Nourishing, moisturizing, anti-bacterial

Rose Hip Oil – Source of essential fatty acids and vitamin C

If coconut oil is solid, melt to a liquid in a sterilized double-boiler, over the stove. Combine with your preferred carrier oils; almond oil is great for lightening the oil, and a few drops of rose hip oil (because it’s expensive) adds some wonderful benefits and functions to the mixture.

AYURVEDIC GHEE AND TURMERIC FACE CREAM

4 tablespoons Ayurvedic, organic ghee – nutrient dense and moisturising [9] Modest tablespoon

Turmeric powder – anti inflammatory and potent antioxidant [10]

5 drops of jojoba oil – moisturising and protective [11]

Whisk together ingredients using sterile utensils, ensuring all ingredients become well combined. Apply immediately to clean skin, and leave for 10 – 20 minutes.

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DEEPLY CLEANSING CLAY FACE MASK

4 tablespoons of organic kaolin clay – drawing, purifying [12]

1-2 tablespoons jojoba oil – protective and emollient whilst allowing the skin to breathe

1 tablespoon manuka honey – antibiotic and moisturising [13]

Combine clay and oil to a consistency that isn’t too runny. Add the honey, and combine well. Apply to clean skin and leave on for 10 – 20 minutes.


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Photo 1: Turquoise Blue Bra : Neon Moon using water spray / Photo 2: Almond oil; / Photo 3: White Bodysuit: Woron. / Photo 4: Blush Soft Bra: Woron. using deeply cleansing clay face mask / Photo 5: Deeply cleansing clay face mask / Photo 6: Rose hip oil / Photo 7: Pink sea salt and rose hip scrub / Photo 8: Rose Pink Bra: Neon Moon using coffee ground and coconut oil body scrub / Photo 9: Blush Soft Bra and Blush Brazilian Cut Undies: Woron. using almond oil/ Photo 10: Coconut oil / Photo 11: Ajurvedic Ghee and Turmeric Face Cream / Photo 12: Ajurvedic Ghee and Turmeric Face Cream

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ETHICS | designed in London and handmade in UK

ENVIRONMENT | 95% luxe stretch bamboo fibre 5% elastane

WORON. | lingerie

ETHICS | made in small family-owned factory in Europe, fabric is also produced in Europe

ENVIRONMENT | made from sustainably sourced fabric called Lenzing Modal, which is a fine, smooth fiber made from beech wood

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