It can feel daunting to make the switch to using natural skincare products. Some of the barriers I've come across include worries about cost (natural skincare doesn't have to be pricey, and you can even take a DIY approach and make your own products); feelings of brand loyalty (using the same product since you were a teenager, because the brand is familiar, even if that brand no longer aligns with your ethics or makes your skin happy); not wanting to waste existing products (don't! - just transition slowly by buying a natural version when your usual product runs out); or just not knowing where to start (choose a scent that'll make you smile when you open the lid every day). As with any habit shift, it always helps to have a few incentives to motivate you. Keep these 10 benefits in the back of your mind as you make the switch!
1 | You can feel good about where the products you’re using on your skin have come from. I would highly recommend knowing a bit about the company that produces your favourite skincare product. If you are informed about their ethos, you can have more confidence that the ingredients and products they produce are of a good quality.
2 | You can make products yourself, knowing EXACTLY what you’re putting on your skin. You may even find that you already have a load of the ingredients in your kitchen already. If you’d rather have a helping hand, we run regular workshops throughout east and central Scotland, where you can make two products to take home and incorporate straightaway into your skincare routine.
3 | Earth-friendly organic products are not only good for the skin; they are good for the environment. We use Organic ingredients where we can, but balance ourselves between finding the right ‘buy point’ for you as the customer and using the best products for your skin. If you would like recommendations on where to source completely Organic products, we’d be happy to point you in the right direction.
4 | Little or no irritation. Without any harmful chemicals, artificial colours, or other bi-products, natural skincare products are less likely to cause any skin irritation. As with any change you make, it takes a while for your skin to get used to and uptake the benefits of the products you’re using. You may find that there is an adjustment period while this happens.
5 | We’ve all heard that line ‘you are what you eat’. Well, it extends to your skin, too. Since our skin is the largest organ in our body, along with being the interface with the big wide world, it just makes sense to use something that will feed your skin.
6 | Switching to natural skincare means you will avoid absorbing some of the chemicals used in conventional cosmetic products which can produce really troublesome effects on the body over time. Like, for example, skin irritations, dermatitis, hormonal disruptions, respiratory stress, dizziness, headaches and weakening of the immune system. Now that’s pretty freaky. It just isn’t worth it.
7 | It becomes easier to make other changes. It’s not just creams and lotions we need to worry about. Stating the obvious here, but this applies to makeup too. If you want some recommendations on natural makeup suppliers, please get in touch.
8 | Be happy in the knowledge that the process is Cruelty Free. Natural skincare ingredients and products are not and should never be tested on animals. Ours certainly aren’t and never will be.
9 | You become a more conscious consumer. You can use up loads of that spare time you have (ha!), learning about all the different facets of what it is to be natural, organic, vegan, chemical free, or whatever other angle motivates your switch. A fast track on such topics can be found here.
10 | And with that extra stash of spare time you have, maybe you'd like to read this... even more reasons to make the switch!
If you have any questions about how natural skincare could work for you, give me a shout. Would love to hear your own reasons for making the switch to natural skincare in the Comments below, and any other benefits you've discovered...
Have a lovely week! Bronwyn x
1 | Drink water
It helps with: concentration, flushing toxins, skin complexion, boosts immunity, increases energy and releases fatigue…it's just a no brainer, drink water! A water filtration unit is something on my ‘desires’ list, but in absence of it I try to always drink cooled boiled water. I also start my day with 1-2 cups warm boiled water, followed by a cup of warm boiled water with either apple cider vinegar or lemon. This combo is great for assisting the release of toxins stored overnight, flushing the digestive system, rehydrating the body and cranking up the metabolism. Some health professional recommend having 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar with honey (I source locally produced honey from my local greengrocers) to assist in reducing inflammation, issues with digestion & joint pain. It’s also meant to assist with weight loss.
2 | laugh authentically
I recently recorded myself singing Stevie Wonder's Happy Birthday song for a friend in NZ. It was something I’ve never done before, and my goodness I really got into it (can’t help but think regular attendance at Nia and Groove have helped this, more on which later). I had props, actions, the full shebang – and Iaughed my head off knowing how much my friend would appreciate it. Her WhatsApp messages to me were outrageously hilarious! To this day she has the best laugh I’ve ever heard and I just had to do something to give what I thought would be the very best gift… turns out we both benefited from that one.
3 | Connect with nature
This cannot be underestimated. The research and results are unanimous – time outside in nature releases the feel good neurotransmitter serotonin, it just makes you feel better. And the big one on my radar just now is Vitamin D. I spent the first ¾ of my life living in Australasia, where the daylight hours and sunshine are in plentiful supply compared with here in the UK. The UK Government has stated that every person living in the UK is assumed to be deficient in this essential hormone – there are so many health related risks associated with being Vitamin D deficient, its just not worth not getting outside. It improves your sleep, your energy levels, mental health. For a quick read go here . As the mum of a 3 yr old, Project Wild Thing is a remarkable movement I have a huge interest in just now, its all about Rewilding Childhood…getting children back in touch with nature. Go to The Wild Network to find ideas on how to reconnect your family with nature. We’ll also be arranging a screening of the documentary here in Burntisland soon, stay tuned for what will undoubtedly be another great community event.
4 | find kindred spirits
Connect with like-minded, soul feeding people and things. Seek them out, and engage wholeheartedly with them when they happen to cross your path.
5 | Do something meaningful
Some of my faves are sharing food, delivering a home cooked meal, spending some uninterrupted quality authentic time with the small person/people in your life (a good guide for me has been the Hand in Hand Parenting book). A random act of kindness has a ripple effect that goes on and on and on.
6 | be genuine
Another fave of mine that has been gaining momentum over the years is to tell someone something really lovely that you might otherwise think isn’t worth saying, like in the Nia/Groove classes I go to telling the teachers something genuine about how absolutely wonderful their teachings and classes make me feel. Or maybe move out of your comfort zone and say something constructive which doesn’t always come easy. Even someone who is an expert in their field needs feedback to know they’re hitting the right spot or a call to navigate in even closer.
7 | Eat seasonal fresh fruit + veg
It's what nature has intended. Nature knows what our bodies need at different times of the year. A great way to help here is to get a regular fresh produce box delivered. I'm lucky to have two great veg box suppliers, Pillars of Hercules and Macauley's. Ask around or explore your neighbourhood to find the best way to make seasonal eating work for you. Maybe you could share a veg box with a friend or neighbour, bookmark some new recipes (plenty of nourishment here), or start your day with a simple one-minute smoothie.
8 | Touch
Take the time to do something nice for your skin, a self care massage of neck, forearms, feet – perfect with some beautiful natural skin food. I used to love using our Body Butter for this purpose, but our new Unwind Balm has taken the lead. The touch is great, the scent delivers that extra indulgence. If you can get someone else involved all the better!
9 | slow down
This is something I find particularly difficult to do, but wow –when I do it's so worth it. It's in those times I gain clarity of who I am and what matters. Doing things faster will not necessarily result in getting more things done. You’ll probably get frazzled, overwhelmed and more than likely lose sight of the things that really matter. Like noticing the change in the greenery outside with the birth of spring. Take a breath, hold off a beat and ask yourself if it can wait.
10 | take time out for yourself
Do something just for you that feeds your soul. It could be a bath, a cup of tea in your favourite seat/suntrap in the house, an early night, time on that knitting project, treating yourself to something you wouldn’t normally justify…like a meal planned, prepared and tidied up by someone else – I recently did this for myself on an Italian themed night at Cromwell Kitchen – can’t rate it highly enough.
So that's it, 10 simple steps that can quickly add up to a happier and healthier day and, over a couple of weeks, make life feel a bit less frantic and a lot more nourishing. I'd love to hear your feedback on how you add a wellbeing boost to your day. Thanks for reading! Have a lovely week, Bronwyn x