Beauty Spot: Makeup naturally


When it comes to health and beauty, there is an increasing awareness of the importance of treating skin to the benefits of natural ingredients.

Living Nature is New Zealand’s original, certified natural skincare company, founded in 1987 and inspired by the healing properties of New Zealand native plants.

Ingredients are sourced from forest, land and sea and chosen for powerful healing, purifying and nourishing qualities to create some of the safest and purest certified natural skincare in the world.

The Living Natural mineral makeup collection includes ingredients such as avocado oil, macadamia oil  and manuka honey.

lipstickWhy choose mineral makeup?
Mineral makeup creates a ‘barrier’ on top of the skin which effectively protects the skin and allows it to respire. It comprises a variety of the earth’s natural mineral particles and pigment.

These mineral particles are large enough that they cannot penetrate the skin or clog the pores and act like small mirrors that reflect and refract the light away from the skin. This action results in the skin having  a soft, natural smooth texture which is very forgiving in terms of fine lines and imperfections.

Other advantages include:
–  Offers a more natural ‘look’ and a better feel due to the light weight.
–  The powder particles don’t penetrate the skin and therefore are less likely to be inflammatory or irritate sensitive skin.
–  The mineral particles refract and reflect the light, giving the appearance of flawless skin and acting as a natural environmental protector.
–  Mineral powder acts as a foundation, concealer and partial sunscreen in one.
–  Pressed powders are easy to apply and have good long-lasting ability.

Fitness Journal catches up with the Living Nature team for some top tips around mineral makeup and natural skincare.

Cleaning the skin properly at night
Even if you’re not wearing makeup during the day, being exposed to the city smog and environment all day allows dust and dirt to settle on the skin.

This causes free radical damage to the cells which contributes to ageing.  It is therefore very important to remove all traces of makeup and thoroughly cleanse the skin before going to bed at night.

The skin repairs and regenerates while we sleep, so it is vitally important for the application of good, nourishing products that will assist this process, applied to a clean and receptive skin surface.

Hydrating the skin
Skin dehydration is one of the biggest skin concerns of our time. Many of us spend our days in artificially heated or cooled environments, which can seriously dehydrate skins.

Not drinking enough water and consuming high quantities of caffeine and alcohol, can all contribute to the dehydration of the skin.  Additional contributing factors are the use of alcohol based toners, which further strip the skin of natural oils and dehydrate the skin.

Treat the delicate eye area with TLC
The skin around the eye is far thinner and more delicate than any other area of the face. It is also the area that presents with lines and wrinkles quicker than other parts of the face.

It is therefore important to treat this area differently than the rest of the face and to treat it with TLC. Try to avoid any harsh rubbing when either removing eye makeup or applying products.

It is especially important to not use your standard day and night creams around this delicate area either.

Protecting the skin from environmental damage: As mentioned above, many of us can be exposed to environmental damage and dehydration on a daily basis and it is for this reason we need to protect our skin.

Products used during the day are formulated to help protect the skin from environmental degradation, thereby assisting the fight against the signs of ageing.

Drinking enough water
The condition of the skin is merely a reflection of what is happening inside our bodies and it is for this reason that we need to hydrate our bodies by drinking more water and avoiding the products that dehydrate, for example caffeine, alcohol and harmful sugary drinks.

It is well known that sugar contributes to the bacterial growth, so for people who suffer with irritable skin pustules or even conditions like rosacea, decreasing the sugar in your diet, while increasing the intake of green leafy vegetables, that are high in chlorophyll, will have beneficial outcomes.


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