Skin Care Ingredients for your Skin Type

It can be really, truly difficult to find skincare which suits our individual complexions. While one person my rave about one moisturiser, another may hate it. It’s difficult to go off recommendations from friends when it comes to skincare because everyone’s skin has different issues, problems and needs.

Trying to find the right skincare for you can go on for years, and just as soon as you think you’ve cracked it, your skin changes due to age, the seasons, hormones, illness or sometimes for no apparent reason whatsoever. our beloved skincare doesn’t do the job anymore and you’re back to square one.

However, trying to find skincare which your complexion will love needn’t be so tricky. The key is to look out for ingredients which your skin type is known to tolerate, and benefit from.

Busting the confusion out of knowing which skincare ingredients are ideal for your skin is the fabulous and informative Caroline Hirons. Her recent post ‘Quick grab – What to look out for depending on your skin issue’ is worth studying. Commit the ingredients for your skin type to memory and looks for skincare which ticks all the boxes. Perfect.

You will notice that there are a few common ingredients which any skin type should ignore or use. Nourishing oils which don’t clog the pores can work for everyone – almond oil and jojoba oil are fantastic at taking care of the skin without causing it any issues, providing you don’t have nut allergies. Glycerin is perfect for practically everyone – it moisturises the skin better than most ingredients, and protects it from drying out in future. Then of course there are the ingredients to avoid – namely alcohol which is drying, dehydrating and ageing. Menthol and camphor are also bad news for the majority of skin types as they are so strong.

To get the full low down head on over to Caroline’s blog now.

Is Make Up Bad for Your Skin?

There are many people who believe that wearing makeup is bad for your skin. Personally, I am not one of them. Apart from a few exceptions (I’m looking at you, long wear foundations and concealers), I believe that makeup needn’t be bad for the complexion providing you remove it thoroughly at the end of the day with a good double cleanse.

However, I don’t think that makeup is good for your skin either, and he’s the rub – when you are wearing makeup it means that you have fewer chances to really treat your skin to extra doses of serums and moisturisers which it may crave.

Lucky for ,me, I work from home. That means thats during the day I don’t wear any makeup and can top up my skin with treatments as it needs it. Whether that’s an extra layer of moisture or a face mask.

However, not everyone has that luxury. So here’s what I suggest:

When you are home from work or wherever you’ve been during the day, take your makeup off. Do one cleanse to remove makeup and another to remove dirt in the pores.

Follow with an exfoliating toner, to revive and rejuvenate the skin.

Now, you have two options. You can go straight to a serum or you can use a face mask. Assess your skin – does it need a bit of extra help? If so – opt for a treatment mask which will help with your skin trouble, be it dryness, sensitivity or congestion.

If your skin is looking OK, then pop on a serum and follow it with a facial oil. The oil will seal in your serum and make it work harder.

Before you rush to apply moisturiser, give yourself an hour. If your products have sunk in by then, you can reapply them, then put your moisturiser on.

If you follow these steps then your skin will be glowing, plump and more youthful looking in a matter of days! What have you got to lose?

How to Prevent Milia


Milia is a real nuisance for those who suffer from it. Seen on the skin as small white bumps, milia is actually a build up of keratin under the skin which appears as a small cyst. They are most commonly found under the eyes, around the nose, on the eyelids and across the cheeks, though they can appear anywhere.

Milia will eventually go away on its own in most cases, but if you want to remove it then the best way to do so is professionally. A skin clinic or dermatologist will be able to add a small puncture using a needle, in each milia. They can then extract the protein inside, leaving the skin smooth.

However, milia will continue to return if you don’t chance the source of the problem.

Milia is most often caused by using a rich moisturiser which is too heavy for your skin type. Switch to a lighter moisturiser and you may prevent new milia from forming and exisiting milia from getting worse.

Regular exfoliating will also help prevent milia from forming. At home peels are your best option – looks for products which contain lactic acid, salicylic acid or glycolic acid and use them a couple of times every week.

Finally, a good clay mask is a must have for milia sufferers. Use it every other day to draw out impurities and help keep the skin deeply cleansed. Once you have a handle on your milia you can drop this to twice per week.

Do you suffer from milia and have some tips on how to control it?

Do You Detox?

The Easter bank holiday means one thing is guaranteed – a sugar high! Whether it’s one too many chocolate eggs or another glass of wine with the sunday lunch, most of us tend to overindulge duringĀ  the Easter weekend. The trouble is, that after all the fun is over our sugar high becomes a sugar crash and we can be left feeling lethargic and sluggish, and so can our skin.

Many people will undertake a short detox to combat the after effects of sugar binging at Easter, but I would like to suggest you try something different. Right now, your body doesn’t need a juice cleanse. It needs sustainable energy which will keep it going, stop you from feeling tired, and keep your blood sugar level and free from spikes.

So, over the next few days make sure you have hearty and healthy meals which are nutritionally dense. Porridge with banana and peanut butter, toast with scrambled egg and avocado, lean meats with salad and new potatoes, salmon and broccoli. You get the idea – don’t starve yourself in the name of a detoc. Instead, give the body what it needs – complex carbohydrates for energy, fat, and protein.

Welcome Back to the Blog

Welcome back to the Only Nature blog! We’re very happy to be back to writing here again, and we can’t wait to connect with you whether you’re an old reader, a dedicated shopper or a total newbie!

Here’s what you can expect from the Only Nature blog:

Two posts every week, on Mondays and Thursdays. So, you know where to come when you’re gearing up for the weekend or need some cheering up at the start of the working week.

Tips and advice. Learn how to handle milia, bust blackheads, smooth fine lines and get that glow. We’ll be sharing practical suggestions to improve your skin care regime, and the products which will help you.

Product news. Find out about the latest products to hit the virtual shelves at Only Nature, who they’re suited for and why you need them in your bathroom cabinet.

Inspiration posts. From the best catwalk looks to celebrity makeup tutorials, we’ll be sharing all the hottest makeup looks and how you can steal them for yourself.

What would you like to see on the Only Nature Blog? Comment below or leave us some feedback on our Facebook page, here.

Complexion Perfection

You might not realise it, but no matter what type of skin you have, you need to keep it moisturised. Yes, that’s right, even the person with the most oily skin needs to keep their skin full of moisture.

All too often, people with oily skin skip moisturiser or use one which is too light, in order to try and combat their dryness. They may even use mattifying products which are in fact drying on the skin. The idea is that by keeping the skin dry, it will look less oily and shiny. However, the stripping of these oils will do more harm than good. The skin will in fact start producing even more oil in order to combat the dryness which it is now facing. As a result, that person will use even more drying products and the cycle continues. Oil works best with oil, so use oil based product to moisturise your skin and you will find that oil production begins to balance out.

Needless to say, it is also important to moisturise dry skin. Dry skin can become congested, flaky and uncomfortable if it isn’t moisturised.

However, moisturisation isn’t the only thing you need to think about. Hydration is key to a happy complexion. By keeping your skin hydrated, it will be better able to fight off bacteria which causes acne, to repair itself and it will also age at a slower pace. You can keep your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water, but most of us will also need a little extra help. Hyaluronic acid is a wonder skincare ingredient. Apply underneath your moisturiser it will soak up more water and deliver it into the skin. The result is plumper, firmer, more radiant complexion.

So, if you want to start perfecting your complexion then start here – with moisturising and hydrating. Think of it as the foundation to your skin care routine – without these componenets everything else will fall apart.

New Blog Series – Complexion Perfection

This week is going to be a very special one here on the Only Nature Blog. We’ll be hosting a series of daily blog posts devoted to achieving ‘Complexion Perfection’. Whether you want to know how to fake it to get an extra touch of glow with makeup or you want to be able to go bare faced and feel proud in your own skin, we’ve got you covered.

Some people may feel that being concerned about the look of your complexion is vain or shallow. Those people are usually the ones blessed with good skin thanks to genetics! If you’ve ever had a skin condition or witnessed premature ageing on your own face, then you’ll know how much the health of your skin can deeply affect your well being. It makes you feel less confident, it could even make you want to shy away from people or feel as though you must always wear makeup in order to not be judged.

The first thing to know is this – the worst judge of your skin is you. Frankly, nobody else gives it a second thought. So, stop worrying about what everyone else is thinking and hone in on your own feelings. Be realistic and decide what you’d like to achieve with your skin. No product can erase deep wrinkles and give you the skin of a child, but the right regime can knock years off you, correct skin problems and give you a new lease of life.

Before your skin can change, so must your attitude.

Once your head is in the right space, then you can start to work on your complexion. The most important thing to remember when taking care of your skin is to treat is well. Be gentle with it, handle it carefully. If you only had one outfit to wear for the rest of your life, think about how lightly and softly you would handle it. That’s the approach you need with your skin.

Another good tip is this – protect your skin during the day and repair it at night. That means, sun lotions and anti-oxidants during the day, and products designs to nourish and boost cell turnover at night. Don’t worry about that right now though – we’ll get to that later in the week.

Come back tomorrow for our first guide to achieving complexion perfection; staying hydrated and moisturised.

Skincare SOS

Even the most perfect complexions have bad skin days, but you needn’t feel as though you need to hide away until your skin resolves itself. Take action against common skincare woes and you can put your best face forward no matter what.

1. Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles – if you suffer with puffy eyes or dark circles on occasion then it’s best to figure out what the root cause is. Dehydration, lack of sleep and stress can all play a factor so start by taking a drink of water and if you have the time, take a nap. If that’s not an option, then run an ice cube under the eye to tighten the blood vessels and provide temporary relief.

2. Spots – woken up with a breakout? Put on a clay based face mask to help draw everything out, then apply a liberal amount of moisturiser. Contrary to what many people think, you should never try to dry up a spot as it won’t heal well and will leave a scar. It also encourages acne bacteria to spread, as they love dry environments. So, to clear up a break out quickly and without leaving scars, moisturise, moisturise and moisturise.

3. Dry Patches – If you have dry patches which are flaky and unsightly, then the first thing you should do is cleanse with an oil or balm and massage it vigorously into the skin to loosen up the dead skin cells. Next, use an exfoliating toner or lotion to slough off those dry patches, finally use a hydrating moisturiser to keep any underlying skin cells healthy. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water to prevent more dry patches from forming.

4. Oily T-Zone – Woken up with an oil slick in the centre of your face? Before you use an astringent or harsh cleanser, consider using an oil based cleanser. It will manage the excess oil and work with it, rather than stripping it away and therefore encouraging your skin to make even more .

Do you have any solutions for a skincare SOS?

2014 Beauty Resolutions

I’m not usually one for New Year’s resolutions. If there’s something I don’t like about my lifestyle or my habits then I tend to do something about it straight away, rather than wait till the start of a New Year. However, thinking about 2014 I know there are a few things I’d like to improve when it comes to beauty, in particular taking care of my skin.

1. Drink 2 litres of water every day. No excuses! I’m terrible at drinking water on it’s own, particularly in the winter. However, it really is great for your body to be well hydrated, and this shows in the skin. A hydrated skin means a more efficient, plumper and clearer complexion. to ease myself into drinking this much, I’ll be having hot water with lime and lemon juice because I prefer hot drinks when the weather is cold.

2. Take supplements. I turn 30 this month and my skin is going to change in the next few years. I want to give it the best chance I can to be healthy and youthful, so I’ll be taking plenty of folic acid, fish oil and vitamins to keep that youthful glow of my twenties and keep the wrinkles at bay for as long as possible.

3. Get more cardiovascular exercise. I’m fairly consistent at exercising, but I tend to stick to resistance exercises such as weight training. Cardio is wonderful for the complexion as it increases the amount of oxygen which reaches the skin, gives cells a boost. I intend to run, walk, cycle and row a lot during 2014.

Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions, beauty or otherwise? Let me know!

As Simple as 1,2,3…

To the uninitiated, face masks can seem daunting. After all, there are so many available to choose from, how are you supposed to know which to choose? Well, I believe that everyone should have three face masks.

I also believe that these 3 face masks should be used one after the other, in the following order, once or twice per week. It’s the triple threat – decongesting, smoothing, and soothing. It’s like a mini at home facial and the results are always wonderful. Follow this routine and your skin will look wonderful in no time.

Your first mask should be exfoliating. Glycolic acid, salycilic acid and lactic acid are all good ingredients to look for in an exfoliating mask. This step will clear away dead skin cells and open up the tops of blocked pores.

The next one should be clay based and designed to decongest the skin and remove impurities. Use it after exfoliating and you’ll notice that the clay has a much better chance of clearing away oil and grime from inside the pores.

Finally, you should focus on restoring the skin’s balance with a hydrating and moisturising mask. Clay and exfoliating ingredients can be harsh, so you need something a little bit soothing and protecting in order to finish the job. A hyaluronic mask is just the thing – it will bestow your skin with hydration so that it looks glowing and feels soft, comfortable and plump.

Come back on Wednesday for my favourite masks to achieve your own at home facial!

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