Gift Inspiration: Natural Skincare

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When it comes to buying skincare products for some people, natural is always best. The less harsh chemicals we are putting on our skin the better. Our skin is hard at work, working for us so we need to take good care of it. Read on for some tips.

Ingredient To Look out For: Shea Butter

Pure organic shea butter has a vast array of uses, from calming inflamed skin and fighting wrinkles to repairing cracked heels and easing eczema. Therefore, it is of little surprise that it is found in a vast array of products, not only body butters, but natural soaps and hair products too. It is also commonly found in gift sets, like these AVON unique mothers day gifts. But, what actually is shea butter? Read on to discover more.

Organic shea butter comes from the nut of the African shea tree. It is an ivory or off-white coloured triglyceride, i.e. fat, and it is derived primarily from oleic acid and stearic acid. ‘Shea butter’ is known by many local names, for example, in parts of West Africa it is called ‘ori’ and in Senegal it is known as ‘karité’. The English word actually comes from the Bambara language of Mali, where the tree is called s’í. Shea butter is widely used in the cosmetics industry, as there are many benefits associated with it. From nourishing hair to clearing nasal congestion, the advantages are widespread. Nevertheless, where shea butter really proves its worth as a miracle ingredient is in regards to skin and body care products, such as lip balm and body butter. It can calm inflamed skin, indulge dry skin, fight wrinkles, give skin an antioxidant boost, repair troublesome cuticles, assist with cracked heels, ease acne and eczema, and fade stretch marks. It is sometimes used as the base for medicinal ointments, and it is also edible and can be used to substitute cocoa butter, although the taste is different.

Beneficial Ingredients Found In The Best Handmade Soaps

Organic handmade soap offers a whole host of benefits; you can be sure that the ingredients used in the soap are natural, fresh, and clean. Nevertheless, not all soaps are created equally, which is why it is vital to look at the ingredients that are used to be fully aware of the benefits you are going to experience. Read on to discover more about some of the best ingredients to look out for.

There is only one place to begin, and this is with the ingredient we have just raved about: shea butter. Shea butter is an ivory-coloured fat that comes from the nut of the African shea tree. It contains a whole host of minerals and vitamins, such as vitamin E and A, and it has been used for centuries thanks to its anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory, and moisturising properties. Another beneficial ingredient that is found in the best natural skin care products is Jojoba oil. This is a liquid that comes from the seed of the Simmondsia chinensis plant. There is a lot of research to back up the fact that Jojoba oil is effective in treating acne while it is also used to calm psoriasis symptoms and eczema, as it has anti-inflammatory effects. Clove bud and geranium are other beneficial ingredients that are associated with treating acne and other irritated skin conditions. Grapefruit is also used in handmade soap because it cleanses oily skin and provides an invigorating cleanse. Finally, lemongrass is beneficial for opening pores, toning, and clearing acne.

Finding A Great Lip Balm

When looking for lip balm, the first thing you need to do is look at the ingredients that have been used. A lot of products are labelled as ‘natural’ when they only include a portion of natural ingredients. You want something that is 100 per cent natural, and that contains ingredients that are proven to be beneficial to the lips, such as coconut oil and sweet almond oil.

The next thing you need to consider is the flavour of the lip balm. You will obviously want a lip balm with a scent that appeals to you. All scented natural skin care products should get their fragrance from pure essential oils. The next step to consider is the reviews that have been left by previous customers. You want to make sure that they have been satisfied with the lip balm they received. If there have been a lot of unhappy customers, you know that you should be looking elsewhere.

Last but not least, whether the lip balm comes in a tub or tin matters to some and is inconsequential to others. You will often get more lip balm in a tin but some people prefer applying it directly to their lips rather than using their fingers. This is all about personal preference.

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