Choosing natural skin care (featuring Scrub Love)
16th August 2016
This post contains an item gifted to me for review.
Over the past few months I have developed an interest in natural beauty products, and in particular natural skin care.
I have sensitive skin and have suffered with acne since my early teens, so over the years I have tried all sorts of products in an attempt to help my skin.
But it was only quite recently that I started to think more about what I’m actually putting on my skin. If you look at the ingredients on the back of bottles of skin care products, hair care or makeup you might be shocked as to what they contain. Day after day we apply these dangerous chemicals to our skin in hope of making ourselves look better or in thinking that it will take care of your skin.
It kind of freaked me out.
For example, I’ve always had an unhealthy obsession with applying Vaseline (petroleum jelly – a by-product of the oil industry) to my lips to moisturise them. In fact, I became addicted, and it got to the point where I had to carry my little tin of Vaseline with me everywhere and I was applying it several times a day.
Switching to a natural lip care product was one of the very first steps I took in my natural skin care journey (I love the Burt’s Bees lip balms) and honestly it has made such a difference. Not only does it mean I’m not longer applying nasty chemicals to my lips several times a day that don’t actually do anything positive for the skin (this blog post about Vaseline is well worth a read), but I’ve also found that I’ve not had to apply the lip balm quite so often. I’ve gone from applying Vaseline every couple of hours, day in day out, to applying a natural lip balm maybe once of twice a day.
And my lips thank me for it.
My interest was further developed when I visited an Aloe Vera plantation while on holiday in Lanzarote and we had the opportunity to try out some of the freshly cut Aloe. It doesn’t get any more natural than that.
I recently got to try out a natural coffee scrub from a company called Scrub Love. They kindly sent me out a pack of their Mint Temptation coffee scrub.
Their scrubs are 100% natural and use organic, fairtrade and ethically sourced coffee. So not only is it good for your skin, it’s good for the growers too. As well as coffee, the scrub is full of other lovely natural products such as Aloe Vera, tea tree oil, argan oil, etc, and comes in three scents; original, coconut and mint.
When I opened the packet I was instantly hit by the smell which reminded me of Christmas. You know, after lunch when you drink coffee and eat after-dinner mints. Except me. Because I actually hate the taste of mint! I hate it so much that I actually only started using mint toothpaste when I was 18. Oh the horror! However, I can deal with the smell of mint which is a good job as this is a very minty scrub.
It’s quite a coarse grained scrub and it’s not sticky at all. I focused the scrub on my legs which are generally a problem area for me. I’m a very hairy person (think Wookie) so I shave my legs very frequently. As a result my legs can get quite dry and scaly, and I often suffer from ingrowing hairs.
It left my legs feeling smooth and made shaving a breeze. I didn’t cut myself not once, which is a serious achievement for me, and so it must have helped to get out all those nasty ingrowing hairs.
Admittedly it does leave your bath tub looking like you’ve been playing in mud all day but a quick blast with the shower and its all gone.
I think the only downside to this product is the packaging. I found it hard to reseal the packet once opened as the scrub gets stuck around the opening. It’s light and compact to send through the post, and it’s probably more environmentally friendly than using plastic tubs.
Aside from the packaging I really love this scrub and have used it every single day since it arrived. I mean, anything that makes shaving my legs a little easier gets a massive thumbs up from me.
Photo credit: Tyrone. Nothing like asking your boyfriend to take photos of you in the shower.
Do you prefer to use any natural skin care products? If so, please do leave some recommendations to help me with my journey of transitioning to natural beauty products!