With the colder weather, many are turning to the skincare aisles for anything to protect their skin from the elements. In my experience, I’ve found the most useful beauty products are at the health store. Many of these remedies have been used by women for centuries. And you don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals like parabens and other additives. And I’ve actually found these remedies more effective than conventional beauty products. Plus, each has multiple uses or can be combined with each other for extra benefits.
The Palma Christi: Pure, Cold-pressed Castor Oil
This thick oil has many medicinal uses, but I use it topically as an emollient. It has anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial properties that make it a great soothing balm for a dry, irritated scalp. I use it as an alternative to petroleum jelly by massaging quarter-size amount into my scalp after blow drying. Alone, castor oil is said to promote hair growth and thickness. But I also use it on top of argan oil, to seal moisture in my hair during the winter months. My favourite version is by Heritage Store and costs $14 for 480 ml (not recommended for use during pregnancy).
Raw Shea Butter
This nutrient-rich butter is gold for the skin. It is rich in vitamin A, E and F. And it is multipurpose. In terms of skin it fights dryness, blemishes, scars, stretch marks and eczema. It also works well as a heel balm. You can also mix shea butter with oils like avocado oil to make a deep conditioning hair masque. I got my last batch of shea butter from Elisbodyshop.com 115 ml for $20.
Moroccan Red Clay
This all-natural powder clay can be used as a mud cleanser or as a purifying mask. I use it as a mask to detoxify my sensitive skin and tighten my pores. It’s simple to use. All you need is one spoonful of clay mixed with one spoon of water. Apply the mud to your face, avoiding eye area, let it dry for 20 minutes then rinse. The clay I use is by Now Solutions and costs $9 for 170 g.
Organic Rosehip Seed Oil
Rosehip oil is rich in vitamins and fatty acids. When used as a facial oil, it is said to reverse UV damage, reduce fine lines, dark spots and scars. To me, it almost smells like cod liver oil and is very greasy so I’m careful with how I use it. I massage just 2-3 drops to entire face overnight to get the benefits, and then wash it off in the mornings. I use a cold-pressed version by New Roots Herbal that costs about $15 for 30 ml.
Rose Absolute in Jojoba Oil
Rose is my favourite fragrance. I find it uplifting and comforting. Pure rose absolute is very expensive on its own and needs to be diluted in an carrier oil anyways, so I use a rose-jojoba oil blend. I mix this oil with shea butter to add scent to my homemade balms. And sometimes I use a few drops directly on my skin by itself as a perfumed oil. My rose absolute is by Aura Cacia and costs $20 for 15ml.
Organic Moroccan Argan Oil
This multi-use oil is the natural beauty product I use the most often. I mainly use argan oil for my hair, but it has benefits for the skin and nails as well. As mentioned above, I mix argan oil with a small amount of castor oil to massage my scalp and prevent dryness between shampoos. Also use argan oil on its own as a heat protectant by applying a few drops to each section of hair before flat ironing. I find it better than using a silicone-based heat protectants because it doesn’t leave my hair sticky or weighed down. I find that argan oils helps eliminate hair breakage and split ends. And it absorbs quickly, so it provides shine without making my hair too greasy. My favourite version of argan oil is ethically sourced from a women’s cooperative in Morocco. It’s also by New Roots Herbal and costs $15 for 30 ml. (Extra tip: try mixing argan oil with a vanilla-infused jojoba oil for a scented body oil).
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This is not a sponsored post. The thoughts expressed are honest and my own.