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!

 

Monday, 01 December 2014 16:00

Aromatherapy Winter Hair Protection - Dry Hair and Brittle Ends.

All this week we'll be giving you tips on how to keep your hair looking and feeling great through the harsh winter months using pure essential oils and other vegetable and carrier oils. Click to learn more. 

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.