We don’t tend to think about the things we put on our skin as much as the things we eat. That’s because the things we eat we are physically putting inside our bodies – whereas skin creams and moisturisers and makeup are being applied to the outside so we think no harm can be done. Well, we are wrong! The chemicals in products we use, from a body lotion to a deodorant, get absorbed into our skin and bloodstream, and over time and build up we can end up with some pretty nasty things inside us.
I discovered the Nathalie Bond Organics range recently and immediately fell in love when I read that every product is made with only raw plant ingredients. That’s not something you can say for a lot of skincare brands, who pack chemicals snd fragrances and everything unnatural into their creams and lotions. All the products are made in small batches in England, so you have peace of mind knowing that they’re not being created in a huge factory!
I picked up 2 things – the Peppermint & Eucalyptus Body Scrub, and the Lavender & Chamomile Skin Balm.
There was two different types of body scrubs to choose from, Peppermint & Eucalyptus or Bergamot & Ylang. I went for this one predominantly because of the ingredients. Eucalyptus is such an underrated plant; it has so many skin healing qualities which not many people know about. It’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-infectious to name but a few. Eucalyptus has proven research to say it helps relax sore muscles, and take away aches and pains. It’s so popular because of its cooling properties and it’s also widely used for its therapeutic qualities.
The body scrub also contains organic sugar, which is great for exfoliating purposes without being too abrasive on your skin. As a fake tan lover, who almost ALWAYS has a bit of week old patchy tan on my arm or ankles, this is really great to use with a body puff so you can exfoliate your skin and get rid of dead skin cells.
It also contains coconut oil and jojoba oil.
Coconut oil has a list as long as my arm of medicinal and health related benefits; it contains Lauric acid which can kill bacteria and viruses, it moisterises skin, can improve your blood cholesterol levels and sooooo much more. It’s literally a multi purpose, incredible natural oil.
Jojoba oil is probably the ingredient less commonly heard of but it’s still got its own huge list of health and skincare benefits. It contains basically all of the vitamins and minerals which are essential for you to maintain healthy locks and skin. As well as acting as a hair conditioner, facial cleanser the etc, it also minimises scars and stretch marks, so if you’re like me and you have recently found a big old stretch mark on your derrière (or anywhere else for that matter) then this is for you.
The peppermint (which also brightens skin, moisterises and can relieve nausea and headaches) mixed with the eucalyptus gives such a fresh, lovely scent and feels so refreshing and cooling on your skin. I used my scrub for an afternoon shower, and as I am an old lady in a young womans body who starts getting sleepy by around 3.30pm, this woke me up and made me feel a bit more energised!
So the next thing I got was this Lavender & Chamomile Skin Balm. Again like the body scrub, I immediately get intrigued with a product when the ingredients are in the name and they’re ingredients I love anyway! I’ve always loved lavender, since I was about 12/13 and started getting the odd spot. My mum is an absolute skincare guru which is probably why the obsession has rubbed off on me, and she always kept a little pot of lavender oil in the house. I would put a drop or two on the affected area and it would work absolute wonders. So that’s why when I saw this Skin Balm had lavender in I just needed to have it.
Lavender is widely recognised and used for its skin healing properties like I mentioned above, and a whole load of other benefits, for example it has a huge relaxing effect on the body therefore induces sleep, it’s great for nerves and anxiety, pain relief, acne, and lots more.
Roman Chamomile Oil is the other main ingredient in the skin balm; chamomile is a relaxant, a sedative and an anti depressant. Chamomile can also help combat acne and other skin problems due to the fact it’s an anti-allergenic. It can also help clear up viral infections along with detoxifying the blood and a number of other amazing things.
Alongside the lavender and chamomile, it also contains jojoba oils like the body scrub, Apricot kernel oil which is fantastic for sensitive skin and is rich in vitamins, calendula which is distilled from the petals of the pot marigold plant, works amazingly on inflammed skin, minor wounds and skin problems like acne. It stimulates the production of collagen and brightens skin alongside removing blemishes.
You can purchase these two and more at nathaliebond.com.
So that’s Skincare Sunday wrapped up for you this week; what skin benefiting products are you loving this Sunday? Tweet me @btongirlprobs!
All my love BGP xx