- SUN SEA & SPF -
Summers here and we want it all, why not! We don't want to put toxic sunscreen on our skin, we want our hair to look like we've been chilling on a beach all day without stepping out of the city and we want to lie in the sun and know how to repair any UV damage afterwards. This week's blog has your holiday skincare all packed up.
SPF: NATURAL SUNSCREEN RECIPE
This recipe may seem unusual, we are so used to creams as a sun protection but they can contain nasties that you really don't want to be adding to your bloodstream. This oil melts into the skin not only providing UV protection but also locking in moisture for velvety soft skin.
40 Coconut oil (SPF 8-10)
40 Shea butter (SPF 8-10)
20 Raspberry seed oil (SPF 30-50)
10 Carrot seed oil (SPF 30)
10 Wheatgerm oil (SPF 20)
10 drops of essential oil of your choice ( you can match it to the next recipe and create an aromatic theme)
Choose a 120 ml jar and put the coconut oil and shea butter inside.
Put the jar in a bowl and fill with just off the boil hot water. The oils inside the jar will melt.
Add all the other ingredients and pop in the fridge to set.
You can buy raspberry seed and carrot seed oils here: https://www.aromantic.co.uk/home/products/vegetable-oils/non-organic-vegetable-oils/red-raspberry-seed-oil-rubus-idaeus.aspx
SEA: SEA SPRAY
It's so easy to create carefree summer waves with this spray, for cool beach hair without ever stepping out of the city.
2 tablespoons sea salt
1 cup of warm water
1 tablespoon aloe vera gel (widely available)
1/2 teaspoon leave in conditioner
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil or argan oil
5-10 drops of essential oil ( you can match the aroma to your sunscreen, lemon, mint or lavender are all good)
Spritz bottle, available online and in chemists.
Combine the salt and warm water in the bottle and shake well to dissolve the salt.
Add all other ingredients and shake well.
NOTE: You will need to shake your spray before applying to wet hair and scrunch dry, you can also top up onto dry hair, with the aloe and coconut oil it won't dry your hair out. It’s important to note that you don’t want to spray your hair at the roots, but rather from two inches away from the roots all the way to the ends.
SUN: Tips UV sun damage
UV damage contributes to age spots and hyperpigmentation of the skin, there are some fab natural ingredients that will, over time brighten the skin and even out skin tone.
Look for products that contain a high level of rosehip oil, known as a skin beautifying star!
Citrus oils esp mandarin and lemon brighten the skin but use these in the evening as they are phototoxic and maximise sun absorption.
Sea Buckthorn also contains super high levels of vitamin C a skin brightening ingredient.
'WILD GOLD' body balm contains sea buckthorn and pink grapefruit, both skin brightening ingredients. A revitalising balm that also works as a jet-lag remedy thanks to the pink grapefruit extract. Both balms are available in handy 60 ml travel sizes.
Enjoy your holidays