Skin Food: part 1

Given that our body absorbs 60% of what we put on our skin, I think my skincare has inadvertently become part of my diet.

And yours has too.

*silent gaping*

Take a look into your bathroom cupboard. Grab your favourite product, and Google the ingredient list. Go on!

Freaked out? Let’s change that. I’m here to help.

I ditched nasty skincare and junk food over a decade ago. The biggest surprise of all? I look and feel younger now, than I did when I was 25, and I’ve a heck of a lot more energy too.

Rethinking your skincare regime is much easier than reformulating your diet. It’s a quicker journey with fewer steps, and involves complete indulgence. Score! If you’re worried about a pal’s health, skincare is the quickest way to convert them to a wholefood diet. Crazy, right? It’s the great gateway drug my friends. Once you start to glow from the outside, imagine what food could do for your body from the inside?

There are amazing green companies and indie brands revolutionising the beauty industry right now. I wanted to give them some credit here, and to share with you my favourite finds since I first loafed my cheap skincare regime.

With retrospect, I must have smelled like a dirty brothel during my twenties. When you make the change from conventional, mass-produced skincare products to organic, mindfully crafted products, you’ll see what I mean. It’s like comparing Peter Andre with Damien Rice. Once you find the latter, you’ll wonder what in the name of Goofy did you see in the former.

So here we go. A suite of skincare blog posts, with kickass small companies treading lighter on the planet and genuinely giving a toss about your skin. They deserve our support. So does your body.

Let me know what your favourites are in the comment section below. I’d love to hear your thoughts too.

xxx SJW

susan jane beauty reviews

 

> Carrot & Sweet Almond Oil by Fushi <

Crazy cool experience, and a very reasonable beauty fix for €13. Strong taste of carrots – pretty trippy (yes, this is an oil used for dressings, just like avocado oil and olive oil. But perfect for the face).

HORRAY FOR …

… its stash of super powers. This specialised oil is practically humming with carotenoids, considered Mother Nature’s retinol. Luckily, plant derived vitamin A (beta carotene) is always much safer and softer than the synthetically derived vitamin A. Albeit a much more diluted form.

Fushi is very reasonable too, and do a range of other venerable raw ingredients to make your own personalised skincare range including shea butter and argan oil. Here’s the link.

OH DRAT …

Can stain your pillowcase if it’s not thoroughly absorbed into your skin at night. Good excuse to stay up and read the latest Caitlin Moran though.

LOVEBOMB FOR …

Mature or sun damaged skin. Sweet almond oil has a moderate comedogenic rating, which means it doesn’t block pores like you might expect, nor does it actively clear pores.

 

 

> Skin Food body butter by Weleda <

It’s on the cheaper side of the natural green skincare range, available at your local health food store or savvy pharmacy for €14.

HORRAY FOR …

Feels deeply nourishing like a margarita after a long day at work. Flipping brilliant stuff. Absorbs quickly, leaving a glorious sheen. Great overnight foot treatment this time of year too.

OH DRAT …

No drats.

LOVEBOMB FOR

Everyone, from nipper to grandpa.

 

weleda skin food review

 

> Absolute Jasmine by Neals Yard <

I’ve been wearing this neat (erm, apparently you’re not supposed to use it neat) for over 10 years now. And I levitate when I smell me. So too, does my hubbie. You can add it to shea butter to create a perfume salve for necks and wrists.

HORRAY FOR…

The whiff. Peerless stuff.

OH DRAT …

Neals Yard don’t have branches in Ireland. Despair! However, I find their online service is very swift.

LOVEBOMB FOR …

Hot blooded felines

 

 

> Children’s Chest Balm for coughs and colds by Neals Yard <

It’s posh Karvol, that really works. No un-pronounceables in the ingredients list. Organic, natural, and pure – exactly what you want for your little nippers. Does the job beautifully to help decongest snots and chesties.

HORRAY FOR …

The absolute integrity behind the product, and the effectiveness of the balm. This is also true of Neal’s Yard’s portfolio of other products.

OH DRAT …

Online only for Ireland (although there are select pharmacies across Ireland now stocking NYR, see comment section below).

LOVEBOMB FOR …

Our little kiddies and their vulnerable immune systems

 

 

> 100% Barbary Fig Oil (prickly pear oil) by Poppy Austin <

Prickly Pear has even more vitamin E and antioxidant powers than argan oil. Thunderous hurrah!

Vitamin E is hailed as one of the most hydrating and important beauty vitamins. Particularly good for my sleep-deprived peepers. Costs around 150€ here but currently cheaper on amazon.co.uk with Poppy Austin.

HORRAY FOR …

The serum glides on very easily, soaks in immediately, and doesn’t block pores. These are great virtues for a face oil. Prickly pear seed oil has started a crazed frenzy among the green beauty industry. It’s the new argan, apparently. So I had to try it. I’m a little bored of it now, so I’m hoping this oil will freeze until I resuscitate my enthusiasm. Besides, I’m hooked on something else right now (more on that in September!)

OH DRAT …

It honks. And it’s pricey. Best to go “halvers” with a pal and share the bottle. Combine with your favourite facial serum like cold-pressed organic avocado oil, hemp seed oil, argan oil or rose hip seed oil. You might need a few drops (maximum) of top class frankincense essential oil to distract from the woof. Or jasmine. Or neroli. Bergamot good too.

LOVEBOMB FOR …

All skin types. Especially new mamas and sleep deprived sistas.

 

 

 

goji heart

 

And finally, from the Department of Disclosure:

1.     I will only review products I like, and whose work ethics I dig (ingredients derived by nature, organically or mindfully, with no hidden nasties). My grandma always says “if you’ve nothing nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.” While generally this advice can be very unhelpful in many situations, especially if you count yourself as a modern woman or feminist, I think it’s probably spot on for my blog post.

2.     I do not receive freebies, payment, nor contra in any form for the products that I review on my website.

3.     If I receive sample products to review for my site, you will be the first to know. Full disclosure. You are my friends. I have no intention to mess with your mind.

 

 

 

 

This article has 19 comments

  1. Petrea walsh

    Hi Susan,
    What a great post,certainly spoiled for choice.just to let you know there is a chemist in Temple Bar that stocks Neal’s Yard.I don’t know the name of it but I was in it a few months ago and they carry a good range .

  2. Jean

    what about Phyts Organic Skin Care.  ? I have been going to Virginie Claire in Harolds Cross for Years, she only uses excellent pure Organic creams, lotions and potions.

    Worth a review?

    🙂

  3. Shirley Kingston

    Those Paleo flapjacks are to die for. I’ve been making Paleo goodies for about 2 years and this is definetely the best recipe I have come across – can’t keep up with my hungry family! 

    Regards 
    Shirley
    An Tobairin Health Food Shop Bandon
    (We sell your book!)

  4. Catherine

    Lovely reviews and thanks for the 60% *oh lordy* reminder! I have a tendency to stray so as not to waste presents….yawk! Anyhow on my good day I found an Irish brand call flourish organics based in Kerry. Only tried the grapefruit & lime hand and body wash which is seriously lemongrassy I love it. Also their Vit E hand and body lotion absorbs quickly feels great. Anyhow not sure about their ways but they’re Irish and fabulous so might be worth a look 🙂

    1. Susan Jane

      That’s the next topic I reckon! I swear by oil for eye make up removal – nothing else comes close. But I’ve learned some stonkingly useful things too (like using a hot hot flannel to remove an oil cleanser because the oil and dirt will stay on your face otherwise).

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