City Woman - Just for MumBy Leigh Mencarini
March 18, 2009
It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday, and no doubt there will be plenty of expensive, luxuriously wrapped smellies given to mark the occasion.
But wouldn’t it be nice to show mum you really care by making something for her yourself? After all, she’s probably kept all those handmade Mother’s Day cards you did at school.
Author and broadcaster Janey Lee Grace, who co-hosts The Steve Wright Show on BBC Radio 2, released Imperfectly Natural Woman – The Pocket Book this month.
In it she offers lots of natural ways to improve your lifestyle – from what you eat to how you pamper yourself.
This week, the mum-of-four has given City Woman some tips on DIY skincare, which you could use to make a thoughtful, natural gift for your mother.
Or, if you think your mum might like to try out Janey’s advice herself, Imperfectly Natural Woman – The Pocketbook (Amazon, £6.29) is available now.
Read on for an adapted extract from the book, and visit www.imperfectlynatural.com for more top tips.
‘Don’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat,” say the natural skin gurus.
“Mmmm... I’m imperfect, so I probably wouldn’t choose to eat the lotions and potions I’m wearing now but, interestingly, they wouldn’t hurt me if I did.
“When it comes to our favourite skincare products, without wishing to be too scaremongering, I must tell you a little of what’s in them.
“Most contain ingredients such as artificial colours, dimethicone, ethylhexyl salicylate, disodium EDTA, ethylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, preservatives and parfum.
“All the above can cause skin irritation, some have hormone-disrupting potential, alter skin structure and allow chemicals to penetrate the bloodstream and, in the case of the preservatives, have been known to mimic oestrogen.
“I’m not a scientist but I am aware that, although each of those chemicals will have been ‘tested safe’, it’s not possible to test the safety when they interact with each other.
“The skin is the largest organ of the human body and, without doubt, what you put on it is absorbed within.
After all, that’s what the beauty advertisements tell us, so it applies to chemical products as much as it does to harmless food preparations such as coconut oil or avocado face masks.
“The positive news is that there is now a huge range of 100 per cent natural creams, moisturisers and oils available that are as nourishing and pampering as those you may use currently. What is more, they contain no scary chemicals.
There are also lots of DIY recipes when it comes to skincare. So get concocting!” Click here to read more