AS NAT­U­RAL AS POS­SI­BLE

PLEDG­ING A STRONG COM­MIT­MENT TO MOTHER EARTH, NEW ZEALAND BEAUTY BRAND, THE OR­GANIC SKIN CO. PRO­DUCES COS­MET­ICS WITH A LOT OF SOUL, SASS AND RE­SPON­SI­BIL­ITY. ITS FOUNDER, MEGAN DOU­GLAS TALKS TO SARAH HANI JAMIL ABOUT HOW SHE MAIN­TAINS A BAL­ANCED LIFE­STYLE.

Female (Malaysia) - - BEAUTY INSIDER -

On tran­si­tion­ing to an or­ganic-based life­style

“It def­i­nitely took time. Even while I was study­ing for my Natur­o­pathic de­gree, I was still in a stage of tran­si­tion­ing to a health­ier life­style and way of eat­ing. Turn­ing to­wards a whole, nat­u­ral, plant-based food diet over a few years left me feel­ing much lighter and clearer in my body, but it didn’t hap­pen overnight! For a start, I had to learn new recipes and re-ed­u­cate my taste buds while work­ing with other fam­ily mem­bers who I shared meals with. How­ever, the best way I found to make those pos­i­tive changes was to truly lis­ten to my body. That meant be­ing still enough to recog­nise when a food didn’t di­gest well and also hav­ing some in­sight into what the body ac­tu­ally needs nu­tri­tion­ally to feel truly sat­is­fied and healthy. With beauty prod­ucts, I no­ticed that if I used some­thing syn­thetic af­ter only us­ing nat­u­ral prod­ucts, I could taste weird chem­i­cals in my mouth and I re­ally didn’t like that.” On wear­ing mul­ti­ple hats and keep­ing Zen

“Over the last two years, I’ve started a new rou­tine which has been amaz­ing. I now start the day with med­i­ta­tion. It’s of­ten not a long prac­tice but it sets me up to face the day with a more tran­quil mind­set. Start­ing the day in this re­laxed, med­i­ta­tive fash­ion helps me keep a sane and en­joy­able per­spec­tive on the many things hap­pen­ing and need­ing my at­ten­tion, whereas pre­vi­ously, the jug­gle could lead to stress. I also work from home most of the time so that I can fol­low my own pat­terns of move­ment and rest more eas­ily. If I need a break to hop in the sauna or go for a walk, I can do it. I also do yoga at home, which is a ba­sic gen­tle restora­tive yoga, of­ten based on the breath and stretch­ing out the limbs that tend to get knot­ted over the com­puter. I sim­ply love yoga. I re­ally find that if I look af­ter my well-be­ing in these ways, the work flows much more eas­ily and in­spi­ra­tion is also closer at hand. Of course, it’s not al­ways peace and un­der­stand­ing in my life; it’s a con­stant jour­ney of learn­ing, of­ten fall­ing and fail­ing, but thank good­ness I’m old enough now to know that it, too, will pass!”

On The Or­ganic Skin Co. prod­ucts she uses ev­ery day

“I have my four-pal­ette makeup pods in my bag at all times and my eight-pal­ette in my bath­room. They have ev­ery­thing I need for my makeup and although I like a nat­u­ral look, I tend to use our makeup ev­ery day as I en­joy it and I also know it’s con­di­tion­ing the skin too! I mainly ap­ply the cream with my fin­gers, which is su­per quick and easy to do. On goes the Hide and Seek concealer in Rose Beige, fol­lowed by The Eyes Have It cream eye­shadow in Day Dreamer brown, Cheeky Lips in a neu­tral Spice, and for a bit of glow, I use In The Spot­light Lu­minizer in Lu­nar. Fol­lowed, of course, by a bit of Black Lash Mas­cara and I’m done! Putting on these prod­ucts is a daily rit­ual for me. I re­ally love the whole slow beauty move­ment which is all about tak­ing the time to en­joy the aro­mas of na­ture these prod­ucts have and the ap­pli­ca­tion process.”

On her skin­care and makeup rou­tine when she’s on the go

“I al­ways ap­ply a lib­eral dose of mois­turiser be­fore I travel and take the Task Force Nine cream with me ev­ery­where; I’d be lost with­out it! On the plane, I ap­ply it to my fin­ger­nails and hands to stop them from dry­ing out, and around my nose and on my lips. Be­cause the nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents in The Or­ganic Skin Co.’s makeup have var­i­ous hy­drat­ing, an­tiox­i­dant and pro­tec­tive prop­er­ties, I can also wear our makeup on the plane and know that they’re not do­ing any harm to my skin.”

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