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This summer sees our all-new workshop ‘Summer Skincare the Natural Way’, which runs in Stretford and Chorlton over the summer months. In our workshop we’ll be learning about some fantastic natural ingredients that help with both maintaining moisture within the skin and treating the skin after exposure to the sun. One of the very best of those ingredients is Rice Bran oil.
Camellia trees grow in the mountains of the Himalayas, and flower in the snow, in the coldest part of winter. They burst into blossom when all around them is chill and desiccated. The Snow Queen of oils, Camellia is a gorgeous ingredient that helps our skin to withstand the winter, to resist dryness and to age beautifully.
It takes a thousand pounds of Almonds to make one pint of cold-pressed oil. Despite this, Sweet Almond oil is both affordable and easy to find, even though nearly half of the entire worldwide Almond crop is gobbled up by the chocolate industry each year.
‘The cocktail party is easily the worst invention since castor oil’, moaned American gossip columnist and society hostess Elsa Maxwell. Why did she take against this innocuous oil, that has little taste, colour or smell?
Last month we learned more about the general make-up of skincare oils. This month we’re starting our first in-depth look at some of the more popular oils, to help you get to know your ingredients a little better. December’s oil of the month is Jojoba oil.
I’m often asked if you can substitute one oil for another in a skincare recipe. Here’s where it’s important to understand what individual oils do for our skin.
As Autumn gathers pace, it’s time to celebrate with walks through leafy woods, in those precious sunlit days before winter sets in. Our skin may be subject to both buffeting winds or late-season sun-bathing, so it’s a good time of year to whip up a nourishing, all-weather facial serum using one of the best-loved of ingredients, Rosehip oil.
Our skin is one of our first lines of defence, as well as our second largest organ (the fascial system of connective tissues throughout the body is actually our largest organ), so it pays to protect it. Antioxidants are key helpers in this. They limit the production of free radicals, which can damage skin cells. They reduce signs of ageing, help to repair sun damage, soothe and calm inflammation, firm and plump the skin so improving the appearance of wrinkles, and smooth scar tissue. They also extend the shelf life of natural vegetable oils by retarding rancidity.
We’ve had some beautiful sunny weather recently, and it’s been a real treat. Spending time in the garden, taking a walk in the park, enjoying a day on the beach – all of these are great for our health and wellbeing, as we absorb that vital vitamin D and the feel-good benefits of warm sunshine. But it’s all too easy to stay out in the sun a little longer than planned, and come home with sore, red areas on our skin.