While putting food on your face used to be the domain of smelly hippies, more and more people are turning to natural, food based skin care because let’s face it (see what I did there), if you can’t eat it, you really shouldn’t be putting it on your face either. While I don’t recommend you throw out your entire beauty cabinet and plaster your face in avocado and coconut oil, it’s worth considering swapping the odd cleanse, scrub and moisturiser for some of these bad boys a few times a week.
The make up remover
You might be surprised to know that the best way to remove make up and oil from you skin is by actually using oil. Oil attracts oil and coconut, sweet almond and jojoba oil is great as a make up remover. Simply massage into skin and make up, then using a warm, wet wash cloth wipe it off. You may need to repeat this process but by using oil you are ultimately removing makeup without disturbing your natural skin oils, so no more of that dry, tight, stripped feeling. Follow this up with some jojoba oil as a moisturiser. Jojoba oil is actually very similar to our own skin sebum, making it an ideal moisturiser. When traveling I try to limit the amount of products I take, and jojoba oil usually doubles up as a cleanser/moisturiser on the go.
Forget paying a ton on money for coffee scrubs, you can whip up a fresh one yourself. Next time you’re buying yourself a latte ask your barista to grind up some fresh beans for you and take them home. You will need:
- 2 tbs ground coffee
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp sea salt or sugar
- empty jar
Mix them all up, jump in the shower and massage onto damp skin in circular motion. Rinse off and enjoy smooth and silky skin. If you have a bit of cellulite, then this is a great way to help reduce it because the combination of caffeine and massage will help break up stubborn fatty deposits.
Tip: if you have a coffee pod machine at home, recycle freshly brewed pods for your coffee scrub. Never use the ones that have been sitting there for a while, as they will most likely contain traces of mould.
Rich, raw, Manuka honey is great of your skin. It’s antibacterial properties help treat acne, repair skin, hydrate, and it’s also anti-aging. For a great mask simply mix in a little cinnamon and apply it as a mask. Leave on for about 20 minutes and rinse off. Make sure you wear a head band to make sure you don’t get any honey in your hair, tried it, don’t recommend it. You can also use it as a cleanser in the same way, without cinnamon. Simply apply over face when you jump in the shower and rinse it off before you hop out.
More and more families are discovering the wide range of benefits of choosing a plant based lifestyle. We reached out to Katie Dall, personal trainer and owner of Activate Personal Training Brisbane, for her tips for families transitioning to a plant based lifestyle. Whether it be for health reasons, environmental factors or ethical reasons, it can be difficult to convince your family that this way of living is not extreme and not just another diet fad! It can also be daunting working out where to start, and what meals and snacks to prepare for your family, and fussy children!