Holistic beauty and make-up is central to my philosophy and underpins the way I like to work.
As well as treating the whole person (body, mind and spirit), for me, holistic beauty also encompasses lifestyle, values and making informed choices about the purchase and use of beauty products.
I’ve been interested in natural health, beauty and wellbeing for a long time. But in the last year I decided to get serious about greening-up my lifestyle. As part of this I’ve started looking a bit more closely at the ingredient labels on everyday things and throwing those with anything suspicious in them straight into the bin.
I had one of those light bulb moments when I was studying anatomy and physiology for my massage qualification, when I discovered that whatever we put on our skin, goes much deeper than skin-deep. If the lotion, soap, deodorant or make-up you’re using contains potential harmful ingredients these don’t just sit on the skin’s surface, they are absorbed into your body.
There are so many toxic ingredients to watch out for in the ingredients of your high street bought skincare products. From Parabens to Sodium Laryl Sulphate and mineral oils (which create a film over your skin blocking pores and trapping bacteria), and this is just the tip of the iceberg. The great thing about using organic and ethical skincare ranges such as A.S APOTHECARY is that you can trust that the products are entirely free from any ‘nasties’, and the numerous therapeutic plant extracts in them really are potent and effective.
I’m on a bit of a mission to empower and educate my clients on the benefits of natural beauty products, which need not be expensive. Some of the best remedies and lotions can be made with simple kitchen ingredients. I’m all in favour of the well-informed, DIY approach to green make-up and beauty rituals.
To this end, a creative approach to make-up can also be a healthy approach. You don’t have to throw away your favourite foundation but by mixing it with other quality products you can save money, adapt your make-up to your skin and begin to make the move to a greener beauty regime and lifestyle.
Here is my top tip for mixing your own bespoke and wonderfully light foundation:
You might have already heard of BB creams. ‘BB’ stands for ‘beauty balm’. These multi-purpose products have been on the market for a few years now, a mix between moisturiser and make-up, they combine the best of both worlds and are ideal for busy women who don’t want to spend an eternity in from of the bathroom mirror every morning!
If you’re one of those ladies who doesn’t like their makeup to feel heavy or mask-like, then a BB cream could be just the thing for you….
Lots of my clients are big fans of the natural, fresh glowing look and I often show them this technique, which makes it easy to achieve at home. The benefit of making your own BB cream is that you can use a moisturiser tailored to your specific skincare needs whilst still getting a little coverage from the foundation.
What you’ll need
· A.S Apothecary face cream
· A natural eco-friendly liquid or powder foundation
· Small pot for storage
Step 1. Check that your chosen foundation is the correct shade for you. Make sure that you do this somewhere with good, natural light
Step 2. Choose your moisturiser depending on your own specific needs. The A.S APOTHECARY face creams are created using active botanicals, which will help nourish your skin. For example, if you suffer with redness and rosacea, the #5 moisturiser contains rose to help calm the skin and frankincense which helps promote the regeneration of healthy cells.
Step 3. Grab yourself a little pot and mix the equal parts of foundation to moisturiser. Check the consistency on your hand and add a little more of either if required
Et voilà! Your own bespoke BB cream…
Do let me know how you got on, or if you have any top DIY make-up and beauty tips.
Ellie is available for Holistic Facials, Swedish Massage and Green Make-up and Beauty Lessons, see Welcome to the Therapy Room for more details