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Skin Care Ingredients Uncovered

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The global skin care industry is worth hundreds of billions of dollars, fortunately you can have great skin without buying $150 pots of cream. 

Did you know that Estée Lauder and L’Oréal own most of the brands on shop and duty-free shelves?  Estes Lauder owns: Aveda, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Dauphin, Jo Malone, La Mer, M.A.C., Origins, Prescriptives and Smashbox, and L’Oréal own: Body Shop, Garnier, Kiehls, Lancôme, Shu Uemura and SkinCeuticals - to name a few! 

I haven’t used mainstream skin care for over a decade. I don’t miss it, and I am told my skin looks better today, using fewer products, than ever before. 

Simplicity and high-quality skin care ingredients are the key to radiant skin, a sentiment shared by Helena Lane, creator of Helena Lane skincare Whilst her products are made in Squamish, BC, they have international acclaim and appear in September’s issue of British Vogue. 

Often exfoliators contain polyethylene or polypropylene (plastic) microbeads which are a major water pollutant, yet an oat exfoliating mask exfoliates without the need for plastic! My DIY oat exfoliator recipe is below. 

Oil is your skin’s best friend regardless of your age. I use the beautiful-smelling Helena Lane jasmine and pomegranate serum, containing borage and pomegranate oils with cypress and frankincense oils.  Before winter I use tamanu nut oil to give my skin a boost. 

Don’t fear using oil; using too much is common when embarking on using oil on the skin. If your skin is oily after five minutes you’re using too much! A drop or two will suffice. 

Next time you see a glossy skin care advert remember they are air-brushed! 

Oat exfoliator: 

½ cup of oats

Drop of lavender essential oil


Method: Grind oats with a pestle and mortar until smooth. Add one drop of lavender oil.  Stir well, pop into jar, put the lid on and shake well.  

To use: Do patch test first.  Mix a teaspoon of oats with water to form a paste. Gently exfoliate your skin in circular movements. Rinse with warm water. 


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