Recipe for beautiful skin
I admit it, I haven’t got the best skincare routine in the world – I’m a splash-cold-water-all-over kinda gal – but I’m getting to the age (no, you can’t ask) when my skin needs a bit of help, especially now, when outside it’s still nippy and inside the central heating’s still up high (I feel the cold, she whinged).
I asked Somerset-based natural skincare expert Angela Langford what to look for when buying natural skincare products.
If you’re a fan of Masterchef, you might recognise Angela; she made the final in 2014, ending up in a cook off with the eventual winner Ping Coombes.
She’s still a passionate cook but these days she’s more likely to be found in her lab, not her kitchen, cooking up recipes for her own range of natural and organic skincare products.
Here’s what she had to say…
When it comes to skincare it can be difficult to know which products to choose and which ingredients you should look out for that will benefit your skin.
Choose products that contain hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid acts like a sponge, helping your skin to retain water and helps hydration. It plumps up your skin and as a result your skin looks and feels softer, smoother and it helps to soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Antioxidants can help protect skin from damage – literally helping to slow down oxidation – and are important ingredients to look out for if you want to prevent the signs of ageing. Powerful antioxidants include vitamins A, C & E as well as co-enzyme Q10 and they nourish, repair and protect our skin.
Botanical extracts are very concentrated and are a rich source of skin nutrients that can help address different skin concerns. Look out for arctic blackcurrant extract to nourish your skin and reduce inflammations. Sea buckthorn is like a superfood for your skin as it has so many benefits including calming and healing of inflamed skin (including sunburn). It also plays an important role in the cellular regeneration of the skin and can help improve elasticity.
Oils rich in essential fatty acids or omega 3 & 6
Oils rich in fatty acids or omega 3 and 6 include ingredients like rosehip, chia seed, evening primrose, kiwi seed to name but a few. These can all help repair damage, help retain moisture and are anti-inflammatory – all of which help to improve the signs of ageing.
Angela’s range of handmade, organic skincare products includes cleansers, toners, exfoliators, moisturisers, oils and balms for the face; body butters, washes and scrubs for the body. There are different products for each skin type and for various skin concerns and conditions. You can find out more about the products, and order some free samples, on her website.