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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.

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Sensitive Skin

Living Nature: Looking After Sensitive Skin

How to Look After Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is thought to affect millions of people worldwide. A recent report by the American Academy of Dermatology indicated at least 50% of the US population experience some kind of skin sensitivity, with increasing concern over this situation.

Here in the UK, incidences of skin sensitivity are also widely reported as being on the rise, with sensitive skin now viewed as a common skin condition. It’s also more likely to affect women than men, with about 50% of women and 30% of men suffering from sensitive skin. So what exactly is sensitive skin and why do people suffer from it?

What is Sensitive Skin?

Sensitive skin is described as skin that has reduced tolerance to cosmetics or personal care products. This is an everyday term rather than a medical diagnosis and is characterised by reactiveness, redness or blotchy appearance, burning, tight or dry sensation, blushing or permanent flushing, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis or rosacea.

It should be noted that allergic skin is different from sensitive skin. Allergic skin will react immediately to a specific ingredient, whereas sensitive skin may simply show a little irritation or redness. This can build up over time or come and go depending on lifestyle and other factors.

Why is Skin Sensitive?

Skin sensitivity can be caused by numerous factors, including genetic predisposition, diet (for instance a lack of essential fatty acids), hormonal fluctuations, smoking, medication, excessive shaving, compromised immunity, the use of irritant skincare products or ingredients, or other products such as washing detergents, fabric softeners, fabrics, etc. that come into contact with the skin.

Skin that is constantly exposed to the elements, air conditioning or heaters can also become sensitive due to dehydration, moisture loss or sun exposure.

Living Nature Certified Natural Sensitive Skin Range
Living Nature Certified Natural                  Sensitive Skin Range

Caring for Sensitive Skin

Our skin reflects our inner health as well as the care we give it, so it’s important to look after your skin from the inside and the outside.

From the inside:

  • Drink lots of water to help flush away toxins and rehydrate
  • Avoid excess caffeine and alcohol as both are very dehydrating
  • Eat lots of nutrient rich vegetables, especially green, leafy vegetables and Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids
  • Manage stress levels as stress can compromise the immune system and make skin more sensitive
  • Avoid smoking as it damages collagen and elastin fibre, contributing to wrinkles and decreased circulation, making skin dull and lifeless

From the outside:

  • Cleanse and moisturise morning and night to help keep skin clean, clear and nourished
  • Always remove makeup before going to sleep to allow the skin to breathe and renew
  • Minimise the risk of sun damage by wearing a large hat or protective clothing
Living Nature Gentle Makeup Remover
Living Nature Gentle Makeup           Remover

What to Use

As stated above, skin sensitivity and allergic reactions can be caused by the synthetic and chemical ingredients used in many popular skincare and makeup brands. Often it’s difficult to isolate the exact ingredient that’s causing the sensitivity, especially since we are estimated to place 168 different chemicals on our skin each and every day!

However, here are some of the main culprits to avoid:

  • Parabens – an estimated 70% of makeup as well as skincare and other cosmetic products contain parabens . They prevent spoilage and inhibit bacterial and fungal growth. These synthetic ingredients have been directly linked to incidences of skin irritation and dermatitis.
  • Methylisothiazolinone (MI) and Methylchloroisothiazolinone/Methylisothiazolinone (MCI/MI) – there is concern these chemical preservatives are causing an ‘epidemic’ of contact dermatitis. Both are found in moist tissue wipes, cleansers, shower gels, deodorants and shaving foams, as well as household products such as washing up liquid.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) – these cleansing and foaming agents have been linked to incidences of irritation of the skin and eyes. Many mainstream cleansing products contain SLS and/or SLES, such as shampoos, shower gels, soaps and facial cleansers.
  • Oxybenzone – this chemical sunscreen agent is used in some foundations and is a known skin irritant.

Anyone with sensitive or reactive skin should also avoid products containing the following:

  • Harsh surfactants
  • Petrochemicals
  • Silicones
  • Mineral oils
  • Artificial fragrances
  • Grain alcohols
  • Chemical sun protection filters
  • Irradiated or genetically modified ingredients

What to Use on Sensitive Skin?

For reassurance, opt for certified natural and organic skincare products using only natural preservatives, fragrances and ingredients. They are gentle and safe to use on sensitive skin and work in harmony with skin’s natural processes, so they are good for the beauty and health of your skin and body.

Those with extreme sensitivity or those suffering from eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and other allergies, should also take extra precaution by using natural skincare products that are fragrance-free. This is because some natural fragrances can irritate those with severe sensitivity. Those experiencing sensitivity around the eyes should also opt for fragrance-free skincare products and cosmetics.

Living Nature Firming Eye Cream
Living Nature Firming Eye Cream

Look out for these key features and benefits when sourcing a natural and organic skincare and cosmetics range that’s suitable for your sensitive skin:

  • Certified by a recognised certification body such as BDIH Germany, Soil Association, Eco-Cert and Cosmos amongst others
  • Clinically proven to be non-irritating
  • Dermal tested
  • Hypoallergenic
  • No added fragrance or allergens
Living Nature Mascara
              Living Nature Mascara
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