Why ‘simplify’ is the best thing you can do for your skin (and bank account)

Simplicity is the key; one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned in the past few years. As beauty conscious women, we fall victims of cleverly devised marketing campaigns that makes us buy a myriad of beauty products with the promise of achieving the perfect look. In this never-ending quest for perfection, we put on layer after layer of synthetic beauty and makeup products (follow this link to find out more) without questioning what’s in them or thinking of the consequences of long term use.

The truth is a lot of the beauty products we use are detrimental to our health and our skin has more trouble dealing with this constant stream of plastering materials than actually benefiting from it. 

A good example of this problem is oily skin. The products designed for it are often too harsh and will strip the skin of it’s natural oils. These natural oils are essential to skin health and so, to compensate, the skin produces even more oil. It’s a never ending circle of shine and shame! Same goes for acne-prone skin. If you have acne, some of these products will mostly aggravate the problem. Sometimes, the product will seem to work temporarily. However, as it’s not solving the real problem (often the cause comes from within), acne returns. Acne skin responds better when left alone to heal. That is, not putting any product on (including makeup). I know… not cool, but effective. 

Then there’s another situation here, skin care products ain’t cheap. And the fact that they mostly aggravate the problem instead of solving it means you have to buy the products all the time.

Can you hear it? that is the sound of the beauty industry laughing all the way to bank!. Let’s face it, most of us are somewhat guilty of ‘collecting’ beauty products (I am a former product junkie myself) but there’s no need for going ‘cold turkey’ and stop shopping for beauty products all together in order to simplify. The key is buying less, but buying better.

Simplifying your beauty routine is a journey and the results in your skin and bank account will be amazing.

The one thing you can do today is start by de-cluttering your bathroom of all those products you don’t use anymore or have gone past their expiration date. That will give you a great sense of accomplishment and inspire you to go further.

Next week, I’ll be sharing some recipes to make your own cosmetics with ingredients from your kitchen. Don’t worry if making beauty concoctions is not your thing, there’s plenty of brands out there that make cruelty-free cosmetics using natural ingredients rather than synthetic. I’ll be also posting some of my favourite brands and where to find them. 

Until then, I’ll let you pondering this; think about all the beauty products you use on any given day… How many of this products do you REALLY need? Would it change the course of your day if you didn’t use ALL of them? Could you learn to see yourself beautiful without them?… 

I’d love to hear what you think so drop me a line on the comments below.

Until next week! 🙂

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The beauty kitchen: Homemade cocoa and cinnamon bronzer

There is something really satisfying about making your own beauty products with simple ingredients from your kitchen. Conventional makeup is loaded with synthetic and often toxic chemicals that have a terrible cumulative effect in our health. Read this post if you want to know more about the cocktail of chemicals we are putting on every single day.

This DIY natural bronzer is one of my favourite homemade makeup recipes. Is really simple to make, it has the most delicious scent and will add that much needed ray of sunshine to your daily makeup routine!

Ingredients

Unsweetened cocoa powder, as a base for colour and depth.

 Ground cinnamon, to add a natural sun-kissed glow.

A pinch of ground nutmeg adds a different kind of glow and smells amazing!

Corn starch, helps binding all the ingredients together and will also lighten up the colour if you’ve gone too heavy on the chocolate powder.

An empty container or little jar with a lid.

Method

Simply put all ingredients together in your container of choice, put the lid on and shake it till is all properly mixed up. The trick here is to play around with different quantities of each ingredient until you reach the desired shade of bronze. If you have sensitive skin then cinnamon could cause some irritation, try a little before you start making the bronzer, just in case.

To apply, just dip the tip of your brush (a fluffy powder brush works best) in the powder, swirl around in the lid and tap the excess off. Then, apply bronzer to the areas of the face the sun would naturally hit. Using light strokes, start at the top of the forehead, then the cheekbones, and down along your jawline, in a “3” shape. You can also apply it along the bridge of your nose to contour and  across for a sun-kissed effect.

Et voilá! Powdered sunshine in a tub.