I haven’t done one of these posts for a bit. Previously, I’ve covered off my preferred toxin-free cosmetics, safe sunscreens, toxin-free nail polish and safe fake tan guff. An update from my ablutions front: slowly, slowly I’ve been reducing what I use to a very small kit. And it pretty much comes down to oil. Even my mascara. And cleanser.
Above are the products I use. There are a few more that aren’t pictured. I’ll detail things below. But to the oil bit and why I’m a fan. I can feel a list coming on…
1. Oil is a single ingredient. And clean.
Beauty can be simple. It can be one ingredient. No need for added hydro-proxy-double-enzyme-whatevers. It’s like whole food: eat the complete produce (the egg yolk and white together, full fat milk etc) and you get all the bits you need. Whole, un-mucked-with oil works better than the stuff with lots of ingredients on the box. So, for example:
* Pure rosehip oil: by far the most effective and complete moisuriser you can slap on your mug.
* Pure jojoba oil: by far the most effective makeup remover on the planet. Just ask a TV anchor.
* Pure coconut oil: by far the most effective body moisturiser you can use. You can read about how and why here.
2. Oil cleans oil
How so? Oil dissolves oil. That’s how life works. Or at least chemistry does. “Like dissolves like.” Get rid of greasy sticker smudges with Tea Tree Oil. Ditto on your skin. When you massage your skin with oil, it dissolves the oil that’s hardened with gunk from your day or from sweating and become embedded in your pores. Add some steam to open your