Going natural is all the rage these day – whether it’s beauty or food, the less chemicals, the better. But while while it’s easy to understand why it might be beneficial to avoid ingesting things that are 100% natural, when it comes to putting certain non-natural yet common products on your skin, it can be harder to understand why.
But, don’t forget our skin is the largest organ in our body and what you put on your body goes in your body: Whether that’s nail varnish, shower scrubs, soap or make up.
We had a chat with celebrity make-up artist and all round beauty guru Amanda Ramsay about why it’s so important to pick natural products, and why we should all be giving mineral oils a wide berth.
“I’m on a crusade to educate women on cleaner, greener beauty choices,” Amanda explains. “A bit like reading labels on the food we eat, we should really read what’s going onto our skin. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, it’s living and breathing – it needs to expel toxins (and equally it absorbs what we put on it) so…..take care of it,” she warns.
“My education into 100% natural beauty began when my mother was first diagnosed with breast cancer. Unfortunately, it seems to be the case that it’s not until you or someone close to you falls ill that we perk up and pay attention to these things,” Amanda says. “But it’s not just the health benefits of making greener beauty.”
“I also care about natural products because it is these that truly make your skin glow. When skincare is 100% natural, all the delicious active ingredients an work on a cellular level to deliver the effect they promise,” she continues.
“That is when your skin really glows. Be mindful of cheap fillers in skincare, like mineral oil, it’s the second largest cause of premature ageing as it effectively glad wraps the skin.”
And if mineral oil use is the second biggest cause of premature ageing, what is the first? “The sun,” warns Amanda. “Don’t forget your SPF30+!”
If you liked this check out Amanda’s top tips on how to revamp your make-up routine once you hit 40. Here’s how to restore a glow when you’re fatigued and here’s top nutritionist Eve Kalinik’s prescription to stay happy and healthy.