Wednesday, 07 January 2015 14:59

Easy DIY Natural Nail Care - Strengthen and Defend.

Hi all, Sophie here. Happy New Year to each and every one of you :) My latest blog is all about strengthening your nails to help keep them looking healthy. 

I hope you enjoyed my previous series of blogs on natural skincare (Click here to see all of my blogs so far.)

My next few blogs will be concentrating on natural nail care.

Beautiful, pristine nails make anyone feel good, but finding the time or money to be pampered at salons can be difficult.

Even if you opt for a home treatment, many products available on the market can contain a lot of harsh chemicals which may strip and dry out the nails causing them to split and flake.

It is especially important to look after nails in the colder weather as our nails need moisture and protection just like our skin and hair. 

One of the most common problems is weak, thin and brittle nails. This causes nails to snap and break easily, which leads to further problems with cuticles etc.

Using a naturally hydrating and strengthening treatment oil on them a few times a week can be a really quick and easy way to help strengthen and hydrate your nails, allowing them to grow and look a lot healthier.

Natural ingredients that that benefit weak nails:

Frankincense and Myrrh essential oils can help restore moisture, reducing breakage.

Argan Oil is full of Vitamin E and essential fatty acids that deeply hydrate and strengthen dry, brittle nails.

Wheatgerm Oil is naturally rich in Vitamins A, D and E and is full of Vitamins and essential fatty acids which helps to protect nails.  

Here’s a lovely, easy to make cuticle oil blend which is great for nails that are already weak or as a strengthener during colder weather:

Ingredients:

30mls Argan Oil

2 drops Wheat germ Oil

2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

2 drops Myrrh Essential Oil

Method:

Blend the oils together in a dark, glass bottle and  shake well before each use. If you have a wheat allergy and need to stay away from using wheat germ then try Coconut Oil instead. It also contains important nutrients that will help strengthen nails.

Application:

Apply 1-2 drops of the oil blend to the cuticle and gently massage over the entire nail. For best results apply the oil before bed when you know you won’t be washing your hands for a few hours. This will give the oils a decent chance to get to work on your nails.

Carrying out a patch test before using the any natural blend for the first time is always important. Apply a small amount to the inside on your elbow and keep an eye on the area for the next 24 hours. If any irritation occurs, simply rinse the area well with water. You may need to test each ingredient individually to establish which one may be causing you to react to the blend.

Thank you for reading! I'll be back soon with another great blend to help you keep your nails in tip-top condition.

If you have any questions or would like some tips on any recipes or any suggestions on topics you would like me to cover then please get in touch. My email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I'm always happy to hear from you and help however I can!

 

Thursday, 11 December 2014 13:38

Intensely Moisturising All-Natural DIY Mature Skin Serum

Hi all, Sophie here. In my next few blogs I’ll be showing you how easy and affordable it is to create your own all-natural serums starting with this simple blend for a hyper moisturising Mature Skin Serum.

Friday, 05 December 2014 12:45

All Natural Dry and Cracked Skin Moisturiser

Hi all, Sophie here! My latest blog is all about creating a lovely hydrating blend for dry, sensitive and cracked skin. Click to learn more.

Dry skin is very common, especially around winter time with the colder temperatures.

Thursday, 04 December 2014 14:56

Winter Hair Protection – All-Natural Restoring Hot Coconut Oil and Lavender Hair Mask.

Winter Hair Protection – All-Natural Restoring Hot Coconut Oil and Lavender Hair Mask. Click to discover how to make your very own Hot Hair Mask!

This is a lovely mask to heat up before applying to your hair.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 15:18

Oily Skin Cleanser Oil Blend

Following on from last week’s Mature Pure Skin Cleansing Blend, this week I will be focusing on those carrier and vegetable oils that are great for cleansing oily skin. 

As I explained in my previous blog, it’s really easy to create an all-natural blend that suits your needs. This is thanks to the incredible range of natural ingredients available nowadays. There really is no need to rely on those chemical packed products which can often end up causing more problems than they solve.

From previous experience with many clients I know that a crucial part of a good skincare routine is effective cleansing. This helps to remove the various unwanted elements such as perspiration, excess oil and dust from your skin. Crucially, this enables your skin to breathe and allows its natural defences to get to work.

These blogs concentrate on a method for cleansing that is becoming ever more popular. Oil cleansing may seem counter-intuitive. You may be wondering why it’s good to add more oil to your face. Well, oil dissolves oil so cleansing with vegetable or carrier oils can make a big difference. I know from experience just how effective oil cleanses can be so I was inspired to share my methods with you!

Cleansing Oils Suitable for Oily Skin: 

Grapeseed Oil: Well absorbed and highly moisturising. Non-allergenic so good for sensitive skin. 

Hazelnut Oil: A very light astringent oil that is great for balancing oily/combination skins and can help tighten pores and so limits the oil secretion for cleaner clearer skin. Full of skin hydrating essential fatty acids like linoleic acid.

A good ratio to work with is 3:1 Grapeseed Oil to Hazelnut Oil. So, to make 10mls of your blend you’d need 7ml of Grapeseed Oil and 3mls Hazelnut Oil.  10mls might not sound like much but you should get a good number of cleanses from this amount. Add the oils to a clean jar or bottle and mix well.

How to use:

This blend is probably best used at night. This is because it gives a really deep and thorough cleanse. You may find that your skin doesn’t need such an intensive treatment every night, in which case you can use this blend as a nourishing treat two or three times a week. You should use your normal cleanser in the mornings.

Unlike many other cleansing methods, there’s no need to pre-cleanse when you’re using an oil cleanser. So you’ve saved a bit of time already! Firstly, splash your face with warm water. Pour a little of the blend into your palms and then rub your hands together to warm the oil. Then gently apply all over your face.

Using circular motions, massage gently for 30 seconds or so. This will break down the makeup and dirt and make it easier to wipe away. Hold a warm wet cloth over your face for 10 seconds to encourage your pores to open then slowly wipe away the oil. Rinse and repeat until all oil is gone.

Tips:

It’s important to try and find the right oil for your skin. Different oils can be blended together to create a cleanser that suits. If you find that your skin feels itchy, oily or irritated once you’ve cleansed then make sure you’re rinsing thoroughly. The idea is to remove all traces of the oil from the surface of your skin. You should also make sure that the water you use to rinse is nice and warm. If it’s too cold then the oil is much harder to remove.

You may find that your face takes 10 days or so to adjust to oil cleanses. The impurities that have built up over time will start to leave your skin and may provoke a few breakouts. Stay patient and eventually your skin will adapt so you’ll feel the full benefits of cleansing with oils.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 06 November 2014 15:35

Mature Skin Oil Cleansing Blend

The first in a series of Aromatherapy skincare blogs from our resident Beauty Therapist Sophie Rouse. Sophie starts with this cleansing method for mature skins. Click to read more.

 

In this blog I’ll be explaining how simple it is to make your own naturally effective skincare products at home. My aim is to help you save money and time and to help you achieve a glowing, naturally healthy complexion.

 

With such a wide range of natural ingredients available nowadays it’s comparatively easy to come up with a blend that suits your particular requirements.

 

A good skincare routine starts with proper and effective cleansing. This helps to remove excess oil, perspiration, dirt, dust pollution, make-up and dead skin cells from the surface of your skin and allows it to breathe properly.  

 

I find it best to cleanse morning and night with a double cleanse at night to remove make-up and the build-up of residue from the various elements that bombard our skin every day. This way I can be sure that my skin is a cleansed as possible before I head off to bed.

 

There are a few cleansing methods to choose from but one that is becoming increasingly popular is to cleanse using a carrier or vegetable oil. I know from personal experience that this works very well so I thought I’d share it with you!

 

This method is a very simple and effective way to cleanse your skin gently and thoroughly using only oil. You may be put off by the thought of cleansing your skin with oil. After all, we wash our face to remove that greasy feeling so why would you want to put more oil on your skin!

 

Well, like dissolves like. So, it follows that oil dissolves oil. This blend will benefit oily skin hugely and can also help to balance combination skin and moisturise dry skin.

 

Cleansing Oils Suitable for Mature Skin:

 

Apricot Kernel Oil:

Apricot Kernel Oil is a light, emollient oil that is rich in Vitamins and Minerals and is recommended for mature, sensitive and inflamed skin.

Avocado Oil:

Avocado Oil absorbs easily into the skin and is transported deep into the tissue. A very thick oil that can be a little too heavy if used on its own which is why we’re diluting it in Apricot Kernel oil. Both oils are practically odour free.

A good ratio to work with is 3:1 ratio Apricot Kernel to Avocado Oil. So, to make 10mls of your blend you’d need 7 mls of Apricot Kernal and 3 mls of Avocado Oil.  It’s best to start with smaller amounts to make sure that each one you try is suitable for your skin. Once you’ve established which oils are the best for you then you can start to make larger quantities.

How to use:

 

The oil cleansing method can be used as a great make-up remover so you save time by not having to pre-cleanse. Dampen your skin with warm water and then pour a little of your blend into the palm of your hands. Rub your hands together to warm the oil before applying all over your face.

 

Massage gently in circular motion over the face for 30 seconds. This will help break down and loosen any makeup and dirt that is on the skin. Finally, hold a warm wet cloth over your face for 10 seconds allowing your pores to open. Then slowly wipe off the oil. Rinse and repeat until all oil is removed from your skin.

 

Cleansing your skin with oil is a great choice for your night time skincare routine as it gives the deep, thorough cleanse often required by skin. I would recommend using this method at night. If you feel your skin doesn’t need such a regular deep cleanse then try using this night time cleansing blend 2 or 3 times a week as a treat for your skin. You’ll soon feel and see the benefits!

 

In the mornings you can just use a more gentle cleanser. I’ll be posting another blog soon with a lovely recipe for a morning cleanser blend.

 

Tips:

 

Remember that you will need to choose the right oil to suit your skin. You can blend different oils together to create an oil cleanser that works for you. If your skin feels too oily, itchy or irritated after cleansing then make sure you are rinsing properly (no oil should be left on the skin once you have rinsed).

The temperature of the water is also important. If it’s not warm enough then the water will not loosen the oil and it will be difficult to remove.

 

You can also try using a different carrier oil. It may be that you’re sensitive to the one you are using. Natural ingredients that work for your friend may not work for you – everybody’s skin is different and so it’s worth taking the time to find the oil that suits your skin the best. For example, if your skin feels dry after cleansing you may need to choose a more moisturising oil like Jojoba or Argan.

 

It may take a week or two for your skin to adjust to this new cleansing method. You may also find that as the impurities that have built up over time leave your skin you suffer from a few breakouts in the first week or so.  Do try not to be tempted to go back to your old cleansers at this time as your skin will only take longer to adjust to cleansing with oils.