Be­ing beau­ti­ful on the out­side

Life & Style Weekend - - CLOSET - with Sarah Barnes

WE ARE ex­posed to tox­ins ev­ery day. Even though our skin is ab­sorbent, we think about what we put into our bod­ies more than what we are putting onto our bod­ies. The beauty in­dus­try is ac­com­mo­dat­ing a mar­ket for more nat­u­ral body prod­ucts. Here are three botan­i­cal trends to try – on this oc­ca­sion it is not just what is on the in­side that counts.

SU­PER­FOOD SERUMS: Su­per foods have made a tran­si­tion from our kitchens to our bath­room cabi­nets. Su­per food ingredients are pow­er­ing the lat­est face serums. Av­o­cado, spir­ulina, acai, wheat­grass and moringa are sold in con­cen­trated po­tions. Car­rot oil is rich in pro-vi­ta­min A, which heals and re­pairs skin.

CO­CONUT OIL: This nut is hav­ing its oily mo­ment. Co­conut oil is a nat­u­ral an­tibac­te­rial and an­ti­fun­gal and can help to calm in­flamed acne. Its mul­ti­ple uses con­sist of an overnight mois­turiser, a high­lighter for cheek­bones, a nat­u­ral shav­ing cream or make-up re­mover and even a teeth whitener. Per­son­ally I like to mix co­conut oil with co­conut sugar to cre­ate a nat­u­ral face pol­ish.

CREAM DE­ODOR­ANTS: With your un­der­arms hous­ing su­per ab­sorbent glands, any chem­i­cals you ap­ply sink into your skin and your blood­stream.

How­ever, it is pos­si­ble to pre­vent sweat­ing with botan­i­cal de­odor­ants free from alu­minium that blocks sweat ducts. Many brands con­tain shea but­ter, tea tree and eu­ca­lyp­tus prop­er­ties that ab­sorb per­spi­ra­tion. Most have a cream to pow­der tex­ture that eas­ily mas­sages into un­der­arms.

SOME SCI­EN­TISTS BE­LIEVE CO­CONUT OIL SPEEDS UP HEAL­ING

PHOTO: SARAH BARNES

Model Holly Rus­sell shows off some nat­u­ral beauty prod­ucts.

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