8 Must-Have Ingredients in Your Natural Skincare Routine

Going "all-natural" has been making waves in the beauty and skincare world, and for good reason! There's a growing demand for consumers to know what...
Going "all-natural" has been making waves in the beauty and skincare world, and for good reason! There's a growing demand for consumers to know what exactly is in their favourite products, especially as many of them contain artificial ingredients, preservatives, and even toxins that aren't so great for your skin. If you've been finding it tricky to find organic products online, why not introduce some natural ingredients into your skincare routine? They're easier to find and extremely versatile, and sometimes going back to basics is exactly what you need. Here are some of our faves.
Matcha

Matcha is more than just a yummy (and healthy) flavor for your drinks and ice cream! It's a powerful anti-aging ingredient that also rejuvenates your skin cells. Try mixing with rose water or honey for an easy DIY face mask!

Raw Honey

Raw honey can be one of the most soothing things to introduce to your skin, and can be incorporated into your routine in a number of ways! Use it as a soft facial cleanser (after removing your makeup), mix it with some other natural ingredients to make your own hair or face mask, or massage it into your face as a gentle exfoliant. The possibilities are endless.

Tea Tree Oil

If you have acne-prone skin and those store-bought artificial products haven't been doing the trick, try this out! Its anti-inflammatory properties makes it a popular ingredient in cleansers and can greatly reduce itchiness and irritation. Make sure to dilute tea tree oil by mixing it with another natural oil like carrier oil, or your favorite moisturizer or toner.

Shea Butter

If you have dry skin, raw shea butter is a great fat that can act as a great remedy, softening and smoothing the skin. You can use it as a natural moisturizer or lip balm, or mixed into your go-to lotion.

Aloe Vera

It's no wonder why aloe vera is a common ingredient in over-the-counter skincare products. In its purer forms, aloe vera works as an amazing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Mix it with honey for a face mask, or apply to irritated areas like bug bites or acne for relief.

Coconut Oil

Besides being a healthy fat that is great to cook with, coconut oil has some great moisturizing properties for your skin and hair. While it is too thick to act as an effective oil on its own, it works great when applied on top of moisturizer or as an ingredient in your all-natural cleanser.

Ginseng

Yep, not only is ginseng one of the best health drinks out there but it can do great things for your skin. Ginseng extract is beneficial for all skin types, but it's especially good as an anti-aging product. Add it to your next DIY face mask!

Apple Cider Vinegar

You've heard of throwing it onto your salads, now get ready to put it on your skin! Apple cider vinegar can help out with clearing your skin when implemented into your routine. Add this to your facial cleansers and toners, or take a bath in a diluted version to soothe sunburned skin.

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5 Delicious & Healthy Smoothie Add-Ins

Everybody is craving smoothies now that summer has come. They’re easy to make, and make for a fresh and healthy pick-me-up any time of the...
Everybody is craving smoothies now that summer has come. They’re easy to make, and make for a fresh and healthy pick-me-up any time of the day. Here are 5 unique ingredients you can add to your smoothie to help with weight loss, increase your energy levels, add flavor and much more!

1. Chia Seeds

Tiny but mighty, chia seeds are low in calories and can help support healthy skin, higher energy levels and weight loss as they are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber, iron and calcium.

2. Flax Seeds

Flax seeds can help thicken up a smoothie and provide extra protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. They can help you feel full longer and are a good source of lignans, which can help lower the risk of cancer.

3. Coconut Oil

Is there anything coconut oil can't do? The flavor is very subtle, so add a generous amount to your smoothie to increase your metabolism and energy levels. If it's in solid form, be sure to run the jar under cold water to liquefy it, and add it before you add your other cold ingredients.

4. Beetroot

Some people might not like eating beets on their own, but they make for an amazing smoothie add in. They are rich in antioxidants, high in fiber and low in calories. If you're drinking smoothies to help lose weight, a beet smoothie can help keep you full and help power your workout. Dwight Schrute would approve!

5. Cinnamon

You might love cinnamon on your cookies and sweet bread, but did you know it's also a great ingredient for smoothies? In addition to just being delicious blended up with some almond milk and peanut butter, cinnamon can help lower cholesterol, ease inflammation and is another great source of antioxidants. Yum!

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Beautiful Hair, All Winter Long

As the temperature drops, a new crop of hair issues start to arise. How can you avoid a bad hair day in the winter? Check...
As the temperature drops, a new crop of hair issues start to arise. How can you avoid a bad hair day in the winter? Check out these products below and find the answer for yourself.

Prevent Static Hair

Dry hair can cause your hair to stand on end! Here are some ways to prevent static hair.
Metal Comb

Switch to a metal comb. As you brush, the metal in the comb works to eliminate static that has built up in your hair. It's basic chemistry!

Farger Hair Spray

Spray some hairspray liberally on to your brush and run it over your hair from root to tip to lightly set your style in place and smooth flyaways.

Prevent Limp Hair

Due to the lack of humidity in winter, your hair becomes limp and hangs lifelessly. Try some volumizing products and stay away from smoothing serums or styling oils.
Batiste Dry Shampoo

Instead of washing your hair often to give it volume, use dry shampoo. This will also help give it some shape and body.

VS Sassoon Foam Mousse, 250ml*2

Adding mousse to the lengths of your hair before you blow-dry can help add texture and volume without weighing it down.

Prevent Split Ends

An easy fix for split ends is to make a trip to the salon for a haircut, but if you don't have the time there are some quick-fix solutions.
Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer

Invest in your hair with a blowdryer that will maintain an even temperature and dry your hair completely in just a few minutes.

Natural Vitamin E Soft Capsule

Break open these capsules and mix in some warm water, then massage it through your hair to nourish your hair and treat split ends.

Prevent Dull And Frizzy Hair

As the moisture levels in the atmosphere start dropping, your hair can get dull and frizzy. All you have to do is make friends with hydrating products.
L'Oreal Moroccan Oil Hair Mask

Moroccan oil hair masks are one of the best ways to nourish and hydrate your hair.

Super Coco Virgin Coconut Oil, 500ml

Rub a small dollop of coconut oil through your hair when it's feeling dry for a deep conditioning.

Prevent An Itchy Scalp

Winter tends to dry out your skin, leading to a itchy scalp and dandruff.
Shiseido Scalp Care Gel

Treat yourself to a scalp massage with this moisturizing gel for 3-5 minutes, and rinse with warm water.

Fasola Scalp Massage Brush

This massage brush will change how you wash your hair. It will do a much better job than your fingers and help exfoliate your scalp.

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