We're now a nation that wants pure, home-grown ingredients - whether it's what we put inside our bodies or onto our skin which is why we are totally OBSESSED with Natural Skincare Products! We've put all of your most frequently asked questions in one place... So keep reading!
What is Natural Skincare and why should I use it?
We believe in the power of natural skincare. We go crazy for natural - nothing quite like smothering your skin in the GOOD stuff. Natural skincare products are the perfect blend of the right essential oils and natural ingredients. Whether your life leaves your skin stressed, unhappy or tired, each-and-every product is packed with seriously-good natural ingredients and a perfect expert blend of super-star essential oils to feed and treat your skin concern too. We believe going natural will change your skincare game. Think clean. Think simple and powerful.
The Ultimate Calm Skincare range - What is it all about?
HELLO Ultimate Calm! To calm and soothe skin (and give it that little TLC). Our Ultimate Calm range is a skin loving, naturally calming blend with healing baobab oil - positively overflowing in powerful antioxidants AND with vitamin C. Pomegranate seed oil that rejuvenates skin cells and avocado oil which is brimming with vitamins E AND A, C, D, E, K AND not forgetting our expert blend of essential oils including lavender, geranium and rose blended at the absolute perfect percentage for your skin and purposely chosen for their gentle and soothing properties. Not only for your skin, but for your wellbeing too.
The Great Day Glow Skincare range - What is it all about?
HELLO Great Day Glow! For radiant and glowing skin, our Great Day Glow range is a skin loving, natural blend with complexion boosting turmeric root extract, the high performance active wheat germ oil that has essential molecules that give you that radiant, youthful-looking skin. And prickly pear extract with vitamin E and omega 6 that helps brighten whilst hydrating and feeding skin essential vitamins and minerals. AND not forgetting our expert blend of essential oils including rose, mandarin and peppermint blended at the perfect percentage and purposely chosen for their lively and stimulating properties not only for your skin, but for your wellbeing too.
The Perfect Nights Sleep Skincare range - What is it all about?
The Perfect Nights Sleep range has been created if your skin is tired and in need of a boost. If you have a great night's sleep you always look and feel like the best version of you. Two skin loving blends with cherry blossom, cranberry seed oil and sweet almond oil, along with an expert blend of essential oils like lavender, patchouli and chamomile blended at the right percentage for skin to cleanse, nourish, hydrate and restore skin (and work on your wellbeing) whilst you sleep.
What benefits do Essential Oils have on the skin?
If you thought essential oils were added to products to make them smell great and also help work on your mood, you'd be right. But did you know there are umpteen skincare benefits to be had from them too?
Rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and hydrating. Whatever skin condition you're dealing with, there's an essential oil ready and waiting to be incorporated into your facial routine.
What essential oils are best for what skin type?
Oily skin: Nicola Elliott, Founder of NEOM flags up citrus oils like orange, mandarin and lemon. We also asked Holistic Skincare Expert Gemma Clare who suggests geranium as it helps re-balance oil levels.
Dry skin: Flowers are your friends here. Nourishing rose calms, while neroli helps skin retain moisture.
Sensitive skin: "Chamomile is universally soothing," says Gemma.
Problem/ Blemished skin types: Kim, Expert Aromatherapist and Cosmetologist says; "Congestion can be helped using a good cleansing routine with deep cleansing oils such as cedarwood atlas, and geranium which helps to balance Sebum production, and grapefruit and juniper to help with detoxification. Other oils that are very helpful for this skin condition are lavender, peppermint/spearmint, lemon and mandarin."
Are your skincare products suitable for everyone?
Absolutely - men and women of all ages.
What is prickly pear oil?
Prickly Pear Oil is part of the cactus family, the oil (that's pressed out of the plant's seeds) is a hard-working multi-tasker which is why we, plus many beauty moguls are so taken with it!
It's a stellar hydrator - remember it's from a cactus and despite having zero water in the desert, their leaves stay plump and springy - which is exactly what we want our skin to be. Then there's it's long list of fatty acids, minerals and vitamins, including a hefty portion of vitamin E that works to help replenish, heal, reduce inflammation and help protect skin from external aggressors (like climate and pollution). It also contains the trending vitamin K which is great for boosting skin elasticity and brightening.
The smoothing effect of this oil doesn't stop there though. Packed with complex carbohydrates that help stimulate the skin's enzymes and encourage natural exfoliation, it gently but effectively helps to get rid of dead skin cells that cause your skin to look tired and dull. This is one of many reasons why we've added it to our face wash, oil, serum and moisturiser. Ensuring skin looks radiant, awake and healthy - we'd bath in it if we could!
What is Almond Oil and why should I use it?
Almond Oil is not only soothing, softening and healing on the skin, but is also packed with vitamins. You’ve probably heard of retinol, zinc and vitamin E - almond oil has them in spades. Which means soothing (and even reversal) of sun damage, smoother fine lines and reduction in appearance of scarring.
Let’s break it down…
Anti-drying: Almond oil is an emollient, which means it locks moisture into the skin. That’s why we used it in our Wonder Balm, for when you need a little help on extra dry areas.
Anti-inflammatory: Puffiness, be gone! Our Great Day Face Wash has almond oil in it for this very reason!
Anti-acne: Yes, you can use an oil to help acne. Almond oil has a high fatty acid content, which breaks down the excess oil on your skin. The same retinoids that slow the effects of ageing also come into play here – increased cell turnover helps with the appearance of acne AND ageing. It easily penetrates skin and is great for cleaning out the dirt and oil that accumulates in your pores. This process can prevent blackheads and acne from developing.
Soothing and smoothing: Damage to your skin, whether from the sun or stretch marks and scarring, is helped no end by the vitamin E in almond oil. For this, we love our Intensive Skin Treatment Candle, a real body care hero.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
We’re betting you’ve probably heard of this ingredient – it’s had a (deserved) boost in popularity thanks to its plumping, moisturising properties. Our natural HA is derived from wheat, corn and yeast, it keeps collagen synthesis up, as well as retaining skin moisture, contributing to the anti-aging benefits to the skin. It has the ability to replenish moisture that is crucial to having younger-looking, supple skin. At the same time, it revitalizes skin's outer layers so they look and feel softer, smoother, and glowingly hydrated to instantly improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
What is Turmeric Root Extract?
Allow us to introduce you to this absolute hero of anti inflammatory skin care. For that natural glow! It is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and revives skin. You’ll most likely find a few natural products for rosacea that contain turmeric, because the same anti inflammatory properties that make it great for health are also great at calming redness, and clearing up breakouts.
What is Sweet Orange Oil?
Sweet Orange Oil may sound like a cocktail ingredient BUT... It is wonderful for fighting free radicals. These nasty molecules are the ones you don’t want arriving on your skin – they weaken its suppleness and lead to a dull, tight appearance. Free radicals are unfortunately unavoidable thanks to pollution, chemicals and cigarette smoke, but enter antioxidants, to fight them off!
What is Coconut Oil?
Fatty acids, moisturising properties, a healing boost? Your skin loves coconut oil. Our Magnesium Body Butters and Bath Foams have a healthy dose of this natural skin saviour for its incredible ability to soften skin, clear clogged pores and smooth out damage. It’s anti inflammatory too, so even if you’re prone to breakouts you can go ahead and enjoy.
What is Wheat Germ Oil?
This ingredient is HIGH PERFORMANCE and another natural hydrator, this oil is rich omega 3, 6 and 9, vitamins A, D, B, antioxidants and fatty acids and vitamin E, in fact it’s this super-high vitamin E content that makes it so great for skin, fighting free radicals, helping to reduce UV damage, and soothing dry areas naturally. You’ll find your skin is left with a lovely even tone too!
What is Argan Oil?
Loved for centuries in Morocco, argan oil is a great place to start in any natural skin care journey. It’s a fabulous moisturiser (thanks to vitamin E), and it’s great at calming rosacea and acne. And again, even though it’s an oil, it will regulate sebum on your skin thereby making it LESS oily in texture. We couldn’t mention argan oil without covering its healing properties as well – like so many of our favourite oils it’s great at battling free radical damage from the sun and other pollutants, but it’s also antibacterial so helps treat and prevent wounds and infections. We love it so much it’s in all our Body Lotions!
What is Jojoba Oil?
Jojoba is, in those techie terms, a liquid ester wax, but it's mostly known as an oil. This subtle difference is one of the reasons why jojoba is so powerful. The liquid wax comes from the seed of the jojoba plant, native to North America.It creates a beautiful gold liquid at room temperature (hence why most refer to it as an oil).The magic of jojoba comes from the fact the ester wax produced from the jojoba seed is very similar to our skin’s natural sebum. Instead of just sitting on the skin’s surface, our bodies will welcome the jojoba ester wax with open arms and readily absorb it deep into our skin. Jojoba is able to nourish deep within – making it such a wonderful ingredient to use in any skincare product.
Jojoba isn’t an essential oil itself, but boy does it love partnering itself with essential oils. It makes a truly brilliant, nourishing base in lots of our products, to help deliver our complex blend of essential oils in a way that not only works on the mind, but the skin too. This means you benefit from the power of the essential oils, but also benefit from carrier oils like jojoba that leave your skin feeling tip top.It is super nourishing and moisturising and is packed full of natural vitamins including: Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E AND to top things off, it also includes natural omega 6 & 9! It is antibacterial, doesn't clog pores, is both soothing & calming on the skin and is suitable for all skin types.
I have oily skin - Should I use a Face Oil?
Oily skin needs hydration - otherwise skin gets stripped of natural oils and overstimulates, producing excessive oil. Oily skin needs oil to combat oil, rather than stripping the skin.