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Janey Loves spring 2018

Conscious beauty will leave you looking, smelling – and feeling – incredible
Janey Lee Grace

This article first appeared in our spring ’18 issue of MyGreenPod Magazine, The Conscious Revolution, distributed with the Guardian on 04 May 2018. Click here to subscribe to our digital edition and get each issue delivered straight to your inbox

As we finally head out of a drab winter, it’s time to rejuvenate our skincare and beauty routine. Let’s consciously opt for totally natural skincare and cosmetics that nourish and support our skin.

Hands-on skincare

Our hands and nails often need a bit of TLC after the winter months. For dry, cracked and chapped hands and nails, try the Hydrating Hand Balm (£14, 50ml) from Pure Lakes.

Enriched with hydrating hyaluronic acid, it contains coconut butter, avocado oil, shea butter, vitamin E, sunflower oil and aloe vera to soften and repair the skin. Look out for toxin-free nail polishes, too.

Click here to find out why Pure Lakes Hydrating Hand Balm is a MyGreenPod Hero

Being in centrally heated environments can play havoc with the skin, so get your complexion primed in time for spring with MyGreenPod Hero Weleda Skin Food (£7.95, 30ml).

This multi-purpose wonder balm nourishes your hands, face and even dry skin on the elbows. It’s great for perking up tired skin that’s coming out of hibernation. Ingredients include plant oils, waxes and pure essential oils.

Click here to find out why Weleda Skin Food is a MyGreenPod Hero

Essential scents

You’ll want to smell fresh, too – though I’m not a fan of synthetic fragrances. Weleda has a gorgeous collection of natural fragrances, and Jardin de Vie Grenade (£21.95, 50ml) is perfect for spring. This ‘garden of life’ fragrance was inspired by Weleda’s Pomegranate skincare range. It’s an exotic and sensual fragrance, and the fruity notes of orange create a feeling of joy.

You can make your own natural fragrance (see below) by combining just three essential oils in a base of good-quality sweet almond oil. This can then be used as a perfume or a lotion to massage the body – and you can even combine oils to create fragrances that lift your mood!

Janey Loves Platinum Awards

MyGreenPod is very proud to be a media sponsor of the Janey Loves Platinum Awards 2018. The awards showcase the best in natural and organic products and services in the health and beauty sector, in areas ranging from beauty and men’s grooming to therapies and pets. For more about the awards, including categories and how to enter, click here.

DIY natural fragrances

To make your own natural fragrance, you’ll need a top or ‘head’ note (try a light fragrance), a middle or ‘heart’ note (deeper and more subtle) and the base note, which underpins the others and becomes more noticeable as they fade away.

Head notes – lemon, oregano, orange, basil, bergamot, lavender, ylang ylang
Heart notes – rose, geranium, cedarwood, chamomile, neroli, rosemary
Base notes – clove, nutmeg, sandalwood, rosewood, clary sage, cinnamon, patchouli, ginger, juniper, black pepper

Smell each and imagine how they might blend – then experiment! Put a drop of head, heart and base oil into a tablespoon of sweet almond oil. Swirl it around and use a tiny bit dabbed on your wrist or in massage oil.

Janey’s Energising morning fruitiness

  • 2 drops grapefruit
  • 2 drops rosemary
  • 2 drops juniper
  • 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil

Click here for more natural health and beauty tips from Janey Lee Grace.

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