More than 60% of what we typically put on our skin is digested into our bodies, so it’s important that it’s healthy and most definitely not harmful to ourselves.
An environmental working group has estimated that more than 1 in 5 personal care products contain chemicals linked to cancer.
Enter Nataliya Robinson, a skin therapist who uses natural products in facial treatments.
She says: “I can be in control of what ingredients I apply to the skin, and be safe in the knowledge that there are no harmful chemicals involved.
“Using plant-based ingredients doesn't mean that glowing radiant skin needs to be compromised, in fact quite the opposite.
“In addition, we can create our own natural skin care regime based around our own ethical beliefs: for example, vegan, fair trade, or organic.”
Who can benefit from a natural organic raw facial?
Everyone, but particularly mothers-to-be and those who are breast-feeding, as at this crucial time you need to be 100% sure of minimising exposure to chemicals.
In addition women with cancer, or those currently undergoing cancer treatment should try to limit their chemical-based skin care treatments and turn instead to natural products.
So here’s how you can do your own; a step-by step guide of how to apply a Natural Raw Organic Facial. Number 5 and 6 are in-salon treatments.
Start with what I call the "Oil-cleansing method". Massage one to two teaspoons of olive oil into your face. Olive oil is a gentle cleanser, cleansing the skin without stripping it of its protective layer.
Massaging the oil into your face for a minute will dissolve it into your pores. Then soak a soft wash cloth or flannel in hot water and gently wipe off all traces of the oil and dirt.
This "raw face scrub" will remove the dead skin cells from your face. Its main ingredient is oats, known for their hypoallergenic, moisturising and exfoliating properties.
Oats also contain amino acids - ideal for repairing damaged skin.
How to prepare:
Measure out 2 teaspoons of oats.
Mix in 1 tablespoon of baking soda.
Split open 1 tea bag (rose hip or green tea) and add to the mixture.
Finally, add aloe Vera gel and a little water.
Mix all these ingredients until they form a paste.
Gently massage this paste onto your face. Rinse off with warm water.
3. Cucumber toner
I call this ''Raw Cucumber Lightening Toner". Cucumber is a natural skin cleanser, which refreshes and tightens the skin.
Cut some cucumber slices and apply them directly to your face by using them like cotton wipes. Leave your face to dry naturally.
This is a 'Raw Skin Feeder". This mask will help nourish, heal, soothe and moisturise your skin. (Those who suffer with Eczema can try it for relief from itchiness.)
1/2 Ripe Organic Avocado
1/4 Cup Raw Organic Honey
Add a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice (if skin is oily)
Add 1 egg yolk (if skin is dry).
Then mix to form a paste.
Apply this mixture onto the face and leave it for 15-20 mins. Then rinse off with water.
5. In addition a facial cosmetic acupuncture treatment could follow the mask application.
This painless process uses natural procedures to effectively relieve muscle tension, soften fine lines and provide a natural lifting effect. It can also help reduce the signs of ageing by revitalising the skin.
6. For further muscle tone lift a massage with coconut oil would then be given. Coconut oil is renowned as a moisturiser, antibiotic, multivitamin, anti-ageing, and anti-oxidant all-in-one.
Sensitivity Test; finally, even natural products can affect some, especially those with sensitive skins. It makes sense, therefore, to carry out a simple allergy test before trying a product to ensure you won't suffer a reaction.
If you suspect you may have an allergy do the following simple test. Take a sample of the product in question (milk, honey, etc.) and put a small amount on the inside of your wrist.
Preferably do this at bedtime and then see if in the morning there is any redness. If there is, then you should avoid this product.
If the allergy in question is food stuff then mash it down into a paste by adding some water. Then follow the procedure as outlined before.