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Five Sustainable Zero Waste Beauty Swaps

Five Sustainable Beauty Swaps with Zero Waste

Optiat believe that you shouldn’t have to choose between doing the right thing and getting the best results. Nature gives us lots of wonderful ingredients that make our skin healthier and more radiant – like used coffee grounds and hemp seed husks. But often, they end up going to landfill. Why should all that good stuff go to waste? It shouldn’t. That’s why, at Optiat, they give leftover natural ingredients a new lease of life, turning them into beauty products your skin will love.

They’re saving coffee grounds from landfill, one espresso at a time. Optiat go to London’s finest cafes and restaurants collecting up their used coffee grounds and giving them a new lease of life in the form of their sustainable coffee body and face scrubs. Optiat’s organic face mask range is also made using hemp seed husks, a natural by-product of the manufacture of hemp. So you get to enjoy the benefits of nature’s own skin rejuvenators – and do the planet some good, too.

1. Rummage Through Your Kitchen Cupboards!

You would be amazed what everyday kitchen ingredients can be used to vamp up your beauty regime. So, if you ever run out of your favourite Optiat coffee scrub, rest assured that your kitchen will most likely contain ingredients that when combined will serve your exfoliating needs. Your porridge oats might be the perfect solution, or the coffee grounds from your morning cuppa. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous go for seeds like kiwi seeds or poppy seeds – all of these make wonderful exfoliants. Similarly, if you’ve got a tired bouquet of flowers in your home then use the petals to create your own rose water toner or simply sprinkle them into your next bath!

2. Find Your Favourite Oil

Once you’ve found an oil that works for your skin you can really start to get creative, replacing all your products with your own much simpler concoctions. Take coconut oil for example, add water and you’ve got yourself an amazing makeup remover / makeup brush cleaner. Add avocado or cacao and you’ve got a moisture-rich face mask, whip with shea butter and you’ve got a body butter – the possibilities are endless – get experimenting!

3. Packaging Matters Too!

Try to make sure that the packaging of your products is recyclable and made with responsibly sourced ingredients. Sadly, this can be trickier than you might realise at first glance, with lots of paper or aluminium packaging lined with thin plastic films which make them even harder to recycle. The easiest thing to do is to look for packaging which is as minimal as possible – no need for a game of Pass The Parcel, unwrapping layer after layer to reveal your product buried deep within.

4. The Return Of Bar Soap

Not so long ago bar soap was largely associated with being the old fashioned option, but this is certainly not the case anymore! Bar soap has made a comeback. It’s a more sustainable option than liquid soap (when done right), so it’s a win win! Soap bars last much longer and tend to have a lot less packaging than liquid soap, meaning you get a lot more usage from your purchase. Optiat are excited to be bringing out a new range of organic palm oil free soap bars this November, made from repurposed chai spices. The chai spices have been used to brew tea, but they still smell amazing, so rather than them going in the bin they have used them in their brand new soaps!

5. Microbeads? No need

Thankfully microbeads are by and large now a thing of the past. Remember the days where you’d crack open a product and within it you’d see hundreds of tiny blue specks? It didn’t seem to matter what it was either: face-scrub, check. Body wash, check. Toothpaste, yep. Those were the heady glory days of the microbead, thankfully banned in the UK since January 2018. But what if you still need a deep exfoliating fix – are there organic replacements available?

The short answer is yes, loads! Scrubs with coarse sugar or salt can help to scrape away those layers of dirt and unsightly dead skin, dissolving away when done. Try brown sugar or himalayan salt as good starting points or, if you really want to help the environment, consider a coffee scrub – made from the leftover grounds of your favourite midday pick-me-up!

In a nutshell, the longer you have an item, the more uses it gets, the more you drive a circular economy. And if you can create your own quality skincare product from ingredients that you already own then why not give it a go? Take pride in what you choose to put on your skin and if you can extend the life of a natural ingredient then that can only be a good thing!

Blog post provided by Optiat.


Healthy skin spotlight – Our top 5 supplements for skin health

This blog post looks at some of the key nutritional supplements for supporting and maintaining healthy skin.  Follow our top five tips and your skin will be looking healthy and radiant all through natural choices and healthy diet without the need for beauty products that contain harmful chemicals.

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Support your skin care through nutrition and a healthy diet (1)

1. Fish Oils

Fish oils are essential fatty acids which means that they are not made by the body and have to be consumed (either eaten or supplemented) in order to provide the body with their fantastic benefits.  Fatty acids have been recognised for their ability to improve the skin through their anti-inflammatory activity which may also reduce the development of eczema psoriasis, acne and rashes.  They can also help to firm the skin and potentially reduce lines and wrinkles.  Read more about the power of fish oils for skin health in previous blog posts here.  Overall a top skin care provider!

2. Antioxidants:

Oxidative damage from free radicals (unstable molecules) is the primary cause of premature skin aging as they can interfere with DNA and breakdown collagen which contributes to the formation of those dreaded wrinkles.  Antioxidants have been found to help prevent this damage and protect the body from their harmful effects.  Antioxidants, such as alpha tocopherol, beta carotene, lycopene, and lutein, have also been identified to protect against UV damage (photoaging) which causes the most harm to the skin (3).

3. Multivitamin

Eating a diet rich in vegetables, fruits and wholegrains helps to provide the body with vitamins, minerals, fibre and other essential components to help the body to function optimally and keep the skin in its best condition.  Adding a multivitamin (which are natural nutrients that are essentially consumed as the body can not produce them itself) to this regime can offer a great boost to your body’s balance of health and support the health and appearance of the largest organ in your body, your skin.  Again multivitamins that include the antioxidant vitamins A, C, E are great skin supporters, and also B3, D and K have also been identified as protecting against the biggest skin ager, photoaging (4).

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Having a healthy diet with lots of vitamins and antioxidants such as vitamin C, can help to encourage collagen production

4. Collagen

As we age, our collagen stores steadily decrease which reduces the elasticity in our skin and causes lines and wrinkles, so supplementing collagen may help to limit these effects.  Also having a healthy diet with lots of vitamins and antioxidants such as vitamin C, can help to encourage collagen production and its use within the body, which may assist in keeping the skin bright and youthful.

5. Probiotics

Probiotics are non digestible foods that can promote health by stimulating the activity of beneficial bacteria in the gut.  They have been found to assist with the absorption of nutrients in the digestive tract which then allows the nutrients to fully benefit the skin.  Additionally, probiotics have also been recognised for stimulating the microflora of the skin and protecting the skin through the immune system (6).  Therefore these friendly bacteria are perfect little protectors of youthful skin so make sure you include them in your daily routine.

A top tip for supplementing would be to include probiotics with your supplements to ensure that your digestive system is optimal and you are absorbing the necessary nutrients from the supplements you are taking.

P.S. You may also wish to consider using light therapy as an alternative to help keep skin beautiful, as they have been found to kill the bacteria that causes acne and also to reduce the inflammation in the skin caused by acne.  They do this through the combination of wavelengths which also assist facial lesions, scars and many other conditions.  They have also shown to be very effective at brightening the skin tone (7,8).  Therefore they may be worth considering if you are suffering from a skin complaint.

Written by Lauren Foster


(1) Image courtesy of  photostock.

(2)De Spirit s et al. (2009) Intervention with flaxseed and borage oil supplements modulates skin condition in women. British Journal of Nutrition, 101:440-445.

(3) Evans, J.A. & Johnson, E.J. (2010) The Role of Phytonutrients in Skin Health. Nutrients, 2, 903-928.

(4) Zussman, J., Ahdout, J. and Kim, J. (2010) Vitamins and photoaging: Do scientific data support their use? American Academy of Dermatology, Vol. 63, No. 3.

(5) Zouboulis, C.C., Makrantonaki, E. (2011) Clinical aspects and molecular diagnostics of skin aging. Clinics in Dermatology, 29, 3–14.

(6) Krutmann, J. (2009) Pre- and probiotics for human skin. Journal of Dermatological Science 54, 1–5.

(7) Babilas, B. (2010) Light-assisted therapy in dermatology: The use of intense pulsed light (IPL). Medical Laser Application, Vol. 25, 61–69.

(8) Lee, S.Y., You, C.E. & Park, M.Y. (2007) Blue and red light combination LED phototherapy for acne vulgaris in patients with skin phototype IV. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 39:180–188.


Natural sun protection from lavera

Whether you are off to a sunnier climate for a much deserved summer holiday or simply taking advantage of the good weather with time in the garden, a bbq or trip to the coast, it is vital to protect your self from the sun.  Many of us have fallen into the habit of reaching for the mainstream sun care brands we know and trust when we are in the supermarket or shopping for our holiday necessities. However, as discussed previously in the bodykind blog, many of these products are packed full of nasty chemicals and synthetic ingredients that may do us more harm than good.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel though with an array of quality natural sun care products on the market to choose from.

Lavera Natural Sun Care
lavera, is a brand committed to ethics, organic and natural ingredients and quality products for a variety of skin types

Our latest beauty arrival at bodykind, lavera, is a brand committed to ethics, organic and natural ingredients and quality products for a variety of skin types.  Their range of sun protection includes products for all the family in factors 10 – 20.  Sun sprays, milks, lip balms, after suns and self tanning products that are packed full of natural and organic ingredients to give your skin the support it needs.  This award winning chemical free sun range contains no harsh ingredients and provides high-level sun care and protection for every situation.

Waterproof and 100% natural it is perfect for holidays when nipping in and out of the pool or the sea. The minerals reflect penetrating sunlight as soon as the product is applied, so it is instantly effective and doesn’t require time to develop. UVA and UVB sun rays are reflected which helps to protect the skin against sunburn and skin damage.

lavera Sun Sensitive Organic Mineral After Sun Lotion soothes and protects your skin should you have stayed out in the sun that little bit too long.  Containing naturally soothing ingredients such as aloe vera, lavera after suns use the power of shea butter and jojoba oil to moisturise and Organic rose, lavender and green tea essences to cool the skin after sun bathing.

If you want to give your skin the attractive glow that comes with sunbathing but without any of the harmful effects of the sun’s powerful rays, why not try lavera Sun Sensitive Organic Mineral Self Tanning Lotion.  Developed from organic macadamia nut oil and organic jojoba oil, it’s easy to apply to the face and the body and provides a gradual tan to the skin.

Why natural is best…

Natural sun creams work by reflecting UV radiation off the skin like a mirror.  They protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, without the risk of your body absorbing chemicals which are often present in many mainstream products.  Keep an eye open for the most popular natural certifications such as Soil Association, NaTrue, BDIH and EcoCert.  These certifications require a product to meet certain minimum organic and natural standards.

Natural sun care products often contain an array of natural extracts like hemp and coconut oil, shea butter, carrot seed oil and aloe vera, all of which have natural sun protection.  Natural antioxidants from extracts of acai, grape seed and green tea help to protect skin from sunburn and reduce harmful free radical damage and many incorporate gentle, natural botanicals to soothe and moisturise.  Natural materials also help with cell repair – and don’t interfere with the body’s absorption of vitamin D.

Written by Mike Pye


A little taster about our new beauty brand lavera

lavera is one of the leading natural and organic cosmetics brands in the UK and Germany, and we’re proud to be able to supply their products here at bodykind. They have core values on the naturalness of products, skin compatibility and effectiveness and they’re at the forefront of innovations in the natural and organic market. We thought we’d give you a little insight as to who lavera are and where they have come from, along with their guarantee’s to ensure you know you are using a quality product.

The problem of sensitive skin is not uncommon, we all know someone who is constantly changing and checking their cosmetic range because a product “just doesn’t agree” with them.  Fed up with suffering from the pain of sensitive skin and being unable to find a conventional product to relieve this condition, Thomas Haase decided to find his own solution.

Lavera Natural Beauty
lavera is latin for 'the truth' and the company truly believes in the advantages of organic skincare.

Frustrated with many mainstream cosmetics containing synthetic ingredients, in 1987 in Germany, Thomas Haase founded lavera, a 100% natural and organic skincare range that was allergy tested and for sensitive skin types. 25 years later and the company have maintained an untouchable reputation as a trusted brand around the globe.

From make-up to moisturisers the lavera brand stays true to producing products that do not contain harmful synthetic ingredients such as parabens, petroleum ingredients or synthetic colours and fragrances.

lavera guarantee their products are:

– 100% free from synthetic colourants, perfumes, preservatives and mineral oil products

– 100% pure vegetable oils, active plant agents and essences

– 100% skin mild emulsifiers and surfactants

– Produced according to either BDIH or NaTrue guidelines for natural cosmetics

– Against animal testing

The truly natural range has numerous product certifications, including the NaTrue Certification for organic, ecological and natural properties.  This certificate is aimed to safeguard the highest possible standards for natural cosmetics and their ingredients; a sentiment lavera is dedicated to.  The NaTrue label is your guarantee that the product you are buying is as natural as it can be.

lavera is latin for “the truth” and the company truly believes in the advantages of organic skincare.  lavera’s high quality products have been tested independently over the last 20 years in Germany and have won more than 150 awards in the highest category from the OKEO-Test magazine, (A German Consumer Magazine, similar to Which? Magazine in the UK) – more than any other natural manufacturer.  If you love your skin, you will love lavera!

The lavera range is all encompassing, containing beautiful natural beauty products in a range of categories including the luxury male grooming ‘Men Care’ range, the ‘Organic Basis‘ range specifically designed for those with sensitive skin types and ‘Baby and Child’ especially formulated to be gentle to your little ones’ sensitive skin.  The range also includes organic ‘Trend’ make-up, ‘Sun Sensitive‘ sun care products, ‘Neutral‘ unscented, frangrance-free skin protection for easily irritated skin and the organic ‘Faces’ natural face care range for each skin type.

Here are some comments we’ve received about lavera:

“lavera is great brand, it’s great quality and at an affordable price”

“The After Sun Shimmer makes my skin look glowing and in great condition”

“I wouldn’t use anything else on my baby’s delicate skin”

“lavera beauty products, with their natural ingredients are the perfect choice for those with sensitive skin, it’s fantastic to finally find a range that is both gentle to my skin and organic”

Written by Emma at lavera and Haseena at bodykind