One of the keys to living a simple life is having ‘less’ in every part of your home including the bathroom cabinet which works to simplify your beauty routine in terms of time, products and ingredients.
Where possible I try and substitute highly processed beauty products for whole beauty products (kind of like whole foods for the skin), in order to reduce the amount of chemicals I’m putting on my skin each day. It’s usually pretty simple ingredients you can find at the supermarket or health food store. Here are a few of my favourites:
+ Almond oil. When you think about how much body moisturiser you put on your skin (which soaks in), it makes sense for your moisturiser to be a natural, food-based one. I always keep a few litres of Australian almond oil on hand, it was a godsend when I was pregnant with stretchy, itchy skin and thankfully helped me to avoid stretch marks both times.
+ Extra virgin olive oil. I keep a tin in the kitchen and decanter a little bit into a bottle to use as a face moisturiser after cleansing each night. It is so good for your skin, both inside and out.
+ Sesame oil. Makes for a great cleanser that easily lifts dirt and makeup and leaves your skin feeling ultra moisturised, plus it’s packed with vitamin E which nourishes the skin and his anti-ageing properties.
+ Goats milk soap. I keep a bar in the shower to wash my face each morning.
+ Epsom salts. After a very long week, especially in the winter, I’ll often take Oli back to my parents house in the country, leave mum to do story time and run a hot Epsom salts bath in order to unwind and think about the weeks ahead. This bathing ritual is what first led me to launch Soak Smith with one of my besties. Most of the so called ‘Epsom salts’ on the market are synthetically made in a lab, so we tracked down a natural resource in Kasel, Germany and bought out our own blend of real, made-by-Mother-Nature Epsom salts blended with essential oils and flower petals to make for the most divine bathing experience.
+ Water. Yep that old chestnut, it’s literally the biggest miracle in skin care, and the cheapest. Just by keeping your water levels up makes a bigger difference to your skin than any expensive night cream ever will.
What about you, have you got any basic natural skin care ingredients that you love?