Mandarin, orange and bergamot fragrances from Lavido
Lavido is a natural face and body care company based on organic oils. Each of their products is made with the best raw, plant-based ingredients combined with volcanic thermal springs and purified waters from the Sea of Galilee.
“Living healthily and treating myself with plants is my way of staying green on the inside. Lavido ensures that the skin, our largest organ, receives the same optimum care.” Lavido founder, Ido Magal
Lavido offers three scents in their aromatic body lotions. I had the opportunity to try the Mandarin, Orange and Bergamot version which I immediately fell for. Truthfully, it had me at bergamot, an essential oil from the bergamot fruit. It’s the size of an orange but the color of a lemon and one of my favorite fragrant notes. Add mandarin and orange and you have a delightful blend that smells fresh and vibrant! The lotion leaves a lovely, light yet long lasting scent on the skin.
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“Natural” not necessarily always better for your skin
The growth rate for natural skincare products alone is growing faster than the overall skincare market, as more consumers demand products that are free from unnecessary chemicals, parabens, additives or fillers.
Unfortunately, just because a product is “natural” and free of so-called nasties doesn’t mean it comes without risk, as Mary Jo Fay found out the hard way.
When the 60-year-old American woke the day after applying a “natural”, plant-based anti-ageing cream, she found her face bright red and feeling as though her skin was burning.
“I almost went to the emergency room, it was so sudden and intense,” she told The TODAY Show in America. “I never had had a reaction like that. It scared me to death.”
While the sensation and the redness subsided after the former nurse applied ice packs to her face, the reaction she experienced is becoming more common as “natural” products become more popular.
“Natural skincare products may not always be a better choice,” Choice advises in a new report on the chemicals in cosmetics. “For example, many natural ingredients can cause skin reactions and allergies, including lavender, tea tree oil, lanolin, cinnamon (and derivatives), citrus oils and various essential oils. Some, such as lavender and tea tree oils, have been linked with hormone disruption in boys.”
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What not to do in your 20s
In our teenage years, we can usually get away with skincare mistakes such as not taking our makeup off before bed. But in our 20s, it can feel like we’re supposed to magically know everything about beauty.
In reality, our skincare mistakes can follow us from our teens into adulthood. As Oscar Wilde once noted, “With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone.”
Truth be told, it’s fairly easy to fall into the trap of holding onto teen skincare routines during our 20s. However, acne prone, adolescent skin — and the accompanying hormones that go with it — usually calms down by the time we’re all grown up, so it doesn’treally make sense to stick to skincare that suits young faces as we age.
The same can be said for following a family member’s skincare regime: You might have adopted the same practices as your mom or older sister — never mixing things up because you weren’t sure how to put your own spin on it all. It’s tricky not to get bogged down in this quagmire of sticking to what we know, especially when most of us aren’t experts in the crazy fields of beauty and skincare.
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Which ones work best for your skin?
Inject some skin-loving vitamins and minerals into your skincare regime for flawless skin and a healthier complexion.
We all know we should be eating our five a day and getting as many vitamins and minerals as we should into our diet, but what about when it comes to our skincare?
From the multi-tasking benefits of Vitamin C to the best vitamins for reducing hyperpigmentation, Dr Anita Sturnham, GP and Skincare Specialist on behalf of Skincere gives us the lowdown on the most essential vitamins to integrate into your skincare regime and what they can do for you.
Best for: Protecting and repairing the skin, boosting collagen and reducing pigmentation.
What to look for in a product: A serum, as these deliver the ingredients deeper into the skin layers, with 20% Vitamin C.
Should it be layered? Yes – combine with a Ferulic Acid to increase the stability of the Vitamin C.
What the expert says: “Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a great multi-tasking ingredient to look for in skincare and the best all-rounder vitamin for skin. It is a powerful antioxidant, with UV protective properties.”
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DIY remedies for detoxed skin
The formula we’re referring to is the turmeric spice, and it’s a buzzy term in the holistic health community right now. The spice hails from India and has traditionally been used in cooking (it’s part of the ginger root family). However, these days, people are adding it to everything from their smoothies to face masks.
We’re going to explore the latter since turmeric has many amazing beauty uses.
“Turmeric is an age-old ingredient used for its internal as well as external health-and-beauty-promoting properties,” explained Sheetal Rawal, a scientist and founder of brand Apsara.
“It has been used in the Indian subcontinent for thousands of years for its natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and color-balancing properties. Currently, it is also gaining quite some fame in the West for its significant antioxidant properties.”
This ability to bring down inflammation translates to skin care by minimizing acne or bringing down a rosacea flare-up. You can also rely on it for anti aging benefits. “It is loaded with key vitamins that facilitate important skin renewal processes, such as the creation of collagen,” added Adina Grigore, the founder of S.W. Basics.
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