Sustainable Diva: How to glow into autumn
Caroline S. Asante, Velvet’s clean beauty, ethical fashion and eco-lifestyle columnist, shows us how to glow into autumn
October is definitely my favourite month of the year! There are so many wonderful aspects to autumn that I love and appreciate - from observing the changing colours in nature as they sparkle from forest green to ochre, gold and burnt orange, walking with my family in the woods, foraging, unbelievable sunsets and hot cups of cocoa with marshmallows to making warm pies, soups and in my case, having spent a large portion of my life living in Canada, making homemade pumpkin pie, celebrating Thanksgiving and dressing up for Hallowe’en. We have a lot to be grateful for living in the East of England, so let’s make the most of what nature has to offer to balance our mental and emotional health in these uncertain times.
With cooler weather and crisp dry winds comes parched skin in need of regular moisture and hydration. Keep your skin healthy with ample glasses of water during the day and add these five sumptuous skin drenching moisturisers I use regularly to your clean beauty routine. All made with the finest natural ingredients and free from chemicals and toxins, they will keep your skin healthy, hydrated and radiant. You can find more about the brands and products I mention here, plus the importance of a switching to a non-toxic clean beauty routine at sustainablediva.org - Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!
Syrene Aqualight Moisture Gel Lotion, £23 for 30ml and £58 for 100ml, syreneskincare.co.uk
This lightweight, silky lotion glides over the skin and absorbs instantly, leaving the skin supple and amazingly smooth to the touch. I just discovered this brand and love it. Created in New Zealand, all the products are inspired by the sea and feature natural ingredients which seem to melt into the skin. I highly recommend the Syrene collection of skincare products, now available in the UK. Use the promotional code ‘SUSTAINABLEDIVA' throughout October to receive 10% off your purchase.
Upcircle Face Moisturizer with Argan Powder, £18.99, upcirclebeauty.com
This deeply hydrating, fast-absorbing face cream by Upcircle is set to nourish and brighten any skin type. It’s made with finely-ground powder of discarded argan shells, a natural by-product of the argan oil industry which is rich in antioxidant Vitamin E – a vital ingredient in healthy skin cells. Smoothing cocoa butter, aloe vera and blood orange complete this nourishing all-rounder.
Organic Baobab Face Oil, £11.90, wildtreeskincare.com
Light, absorbing and nutritious for the skin, baobab oil can be used as a moisturising cream and makes an excellent makeup base. Use as a daily or twice a weeknight treatment. The oil comes from the fruit of the African baobab tree, which can live for up to 5,000 years, grows only on the continent, is a prehistoric species more than 200 million years old, and can store water in its trunk for up to six months. Its nutrient-dense fruit is packed with antioxidants and its precious oil has been used for centuries as a skin moisturiser. Use the promotional code ‘DIVA10' throughout October to receive 10% off your purchase.
Jamila Organics Aloe Retinol Facial Serum, £20, jamilaorganics.com
This Aloe Retinol Facial Serum by British brand Jamila Organics is one of my favourite go-to-everyday moisturizers. The formula, infused with fruit and plant extracts, lifts, tightens and brightens the skin. It also contains avocado oil, passionfruit and green tea extracts, which contributeso the immediate dewy hydration and glow that happens to the skin. British-made, vegan, cruelty-free and simply divine. Use the promotional code ‘DIVA10' throughout October to receive 10% off your purchase.
Aho Aloe Organic Vegan Body Butter, £16.90, amazon.co.uk/ahoaloe-ethnicethics
Let’s not forget our bodies! Time to butter up with Brazilian brand Aho Aloe’s Organic Vegan Body Butter. Using ancient Amazonian wisdom through the power of plants, this is a sumptuous and hydrating body butter. Combining pure aloe vera gel, organic oils from the Amazon rainforest including pracaxi, palm kernel oil (not palm oil) and tea tree oil, the body butter melts into the skin. Use directly after a show or bath for maximum hydration.
Caroline S. Asante MSc FRSA is the founding editor-in-chief of Sustainable Diva, an online platform championing conscious sustainability through wellbeing, clean beauty, ethical fashion and eco-lifestyle.
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