Monday, 3 February 2014

Detoxing Your Skincare with Irene Falcone from Nourished Life

I'll be the first to admit that I haven't really been paying attention to what's actually in my skincare products. I mean, if it says it's good for us, we assume it is, right? But then again, we place so much time and effort to nourish our body with organic and quality food, it's only right we do the same for our skin! I love discovering new products and have recently come across the Nourished Life website which is all about living holistically and going organic - with the best toxin free and organic skincare, haircare and makeup. The site stocks some of my fave skincare brands, including Pai, Dr Alkaitis and Wotnot. It really is a concept you'll have to try to believe, using products free of harsh synthetic chemicals does wonders for your skin in the long term!

Here are some my favourite organic skincare products of the moment (which are perfect for all skin types too!):
- Dr Alkaitis Organic Purifying Facial Cleanser
- Dr Alkaitis Organic Day Creme: This is such an amazing day cream - ultra light but so nourishing. It disappears into the skin in seconds, leaving a matte finish.
- Kosmea Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil
- Kosmea Rescue Balm: LOVE this multi-purpose buttery balm! I keep it on my nightstand and make sure to put a generous helping on my lips before bed. Perfect if you have dry cuticles as well!
1. Dr Alkaitis Organic Purifying Facial Cleanser (available here) | 2. Dr Alkaitis Organic Day Creme (available here) | 3. Kosmea Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil (available here) | 4. Kosmea Rescue Balm (available here) 

Irene Falcone, the organic queen behind Nourished Life, recently had a chat with me about all things organic, the nasty chemicals and ingredients you should avoid, and her must-have products you should have in your routine...

Tell us the story behind Nourished Life and how it all came about. What inspired you? 
It was after years of feeling lethargic and always getting sick that I made a snap decision to quit toxins! I realised upon reading the labels of all my beauty and home products that everything was heavily laden with chemicals and toxins. I immediately threw out every single beauty product, cleaning product and all of my cookware and I was consequently left with totally bare cupboards! I wanted to replace everything with safe, natural alternatives and quickly I found the task of finding authentically natural products very overwhelming since I couldn’t find one single store that I could buy from with confidence. So I decided to set up my own online store based around this need!

Talk us through the importance of going organic, not just with our food choices but also with our beauty and skincare routine. 
Non-organic products can contain all sorts of nasty chemicals that can adversely affect our health. Specifically regarding skin care and makeup, when you think that 60% of what we put on our skin can be absorbed, it just makes sense to avoid as many toxic chemicals as we can. Being conscious of our choices that we put in and on our body can help us to avoid issues with our health and wellbeing caused by these toxins.

If we are new to the whole organic and toxin free lifestyle for our skin, what are a few essential steps we should take to start detoxing our skincare and make that transition? 
This doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Start by phasing out products containing parabens and other harsh synthetic preservatives, sodium laureth/lauryl sulphate, mineral oils, petroleum, synthetic fragrances, propylene glycol and PEGS. Always read the back of the labels, not just the front. There are so many beautiful organic options available to us now, just look out for that trusty “Certified Organic “ logo!

Products that we lather all over our body (such as body creams) on a daily basis are great ones to swap first. Another great tip for those detoxing their beauty kit is to simply replace each item as you need it.

What are the main synthetic ingredients we should look out for in our everyday routine and why should we start avoiding them? 
1. Talc – Also known as hydruous magnesium silicate, talc is a highly toxic ingredient that’s similar to asbestos. Why would you want that on your skin?
2. Benzoyl peroxide – found in acne products, benzoyl peroxide strips moisture and can irritate the skin and eyes. 
3. Diethanolamine (DEA), Monoethanolamine (MEA) and Triethanomaline (TEA) – these foamy ingredients are major irritants and can also cause dermatitis.
4. Dioxin – used in ‘antibacterial’ products, dioxin has been linked to a laundry list of health problems, including nervous system disorders.
5. Imidazolidinyl – this preservative releases a chemical called formaldehyde, which can prompt allergies, headaches, joint pain and skin reactions.
6. Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl parabens – used as preservatives to extend the shelf life of products, parabens are notorious for causing allergic reactions, skin rashes, and triggering hormone imbalances.
7. Synthetic fragrances – any beauty products labelled with “fragrance” is like an illegal drug: you have no way of knowing what’s in it. What we do know is that fragrances are generally loaded with chemicals. Headaches, dizziness, rashes, respiratory problems and discolouration are all common side effects. My advice? Pass on the scents! 
8. Phenoxyethanol - A common synthetic ingredient found in many skin care products as a preservative. Not accepted by the organic certification board and linked to skin and eye irritations.

Your beauty knowledge must be incredible, what are your top tips/beauty secrets you’ve acquired for maintaining healthy, radiant looking skin? 
I know this sounds so simple, but all you need is a basic organic cleanser, toner, day cream, eye cream and SPF. Then at night lather your face in organic Rosehip oil!

What are your favourite skin care products/brands you stock on NL? 
1. Dr Alkaitis Organic Day Crème (available here) - helps strengthen, heal and protect the skin against sun and environmental damage, has anti-ageing benefits and stimulates the oxygen supply to the skin's surface, which increases luminosity.
2. Mukti Organic Tinted Moisturiser with SPF 15 (available here– protects, hydrates, nourishes and and masks imperfections at once!
3. 100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream (available here– The organic green coffee in this works wonders for fine lines, dark circles and puffiness. A favourite of Kate Hudson! 

What can we expect from NL in the future?
We just love the 100% Pure range. We currently stock a wide selection of their products but we are super excited about the launch of their toxin-free nail polish line in February.