For my new weekly #FabulousFriday blog I’m going to ask the kickass ladies I love about their views on beauty and in particular natural beauty as one of my main aims is to help people reduce their toxic load!
I’m delighted to introduce a new contributor to BeComplete Susan Jane White who will be sharing some of her green beauty tips alongside some of her tasty recipes in the coming months.
Here’s what Susan Jane has to say on Green Beauty
Obnoxiously priced, commercial face creams are designed to separate you from your money and your brain cells. We all know the brands I’m referring too #sexyswipe.
You want to stay young? The answer is not giving hundreds of your hard-earned dollars to some marketing head-f**ck who abuses our vulnerabilities. Nor is it wearing lamé drainpipes and a sleeve of tattoos, like something Electric Picnic heaved up.
The secret to ageing gracefully my friends, is owning it. Wear those wrinkles like you made them! They are there to tell twenty-year-old twits not to mess with us. So go rock them.
I’ve taken to making my own beauty products from natural, cold-pressed oils. Yup. Green beauty is trending, not because it’s non-toxic and kinder to the environment. Green beauty is trending because it works.
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Check out this deep, penetrating night serum. My skin drinks it up with gratitude. No amount of crème de la whatsies can achieve the same glow I get from one week on argan oil. Yes, argan can sometimes smell like a wet barnyard animal. But you will expertly highjump this nasal challenge by adding grapefruit essential oil and the spectacularly-perfumed tamanu oil.
Grapefruit essential oil is a brilliant astringent to help seduce large pores and zits. Tamanu delivers a consignment of protective antioxidants, and is traditionally associated with improving scar tissue. We like the sound of that. Both tamanu and argan have vertiginous amounts of vitamin E, and 0% synthetic gunk. Vitamin E is important to our ageing skin because it helps protect against the chaos that free radicals unleash. We can’t stop ageing, but we can slow it down.
I share the task of DIY cosmetics with friends to reduce the cost. It makes sense to do a large batch of face serum, and dole them out to a group of friends. Maybe your pals will do the cacao body butter, or other similar treat in return? Score! Another tip is to store the oils in the freezer when they are not in use, which will substantially extend their shelf life.
Midnight Face Serum
6 months supply
20ml cold pressed argan oil
5 drops grapefruit essential oil
2 teaspoons cold pressed tamanu oil
Mix the oils into a 30ml bottle dropper (available online and at pharmacies). Shake. Store in a cool place, or refrigerator alongside rosewater or other toners to assist with its application.