Non-Toxic Living: Simplifying skin care this winter with Helena Lane

I have a very simple skin care routine.

I am no longer lured by the pervasive, complicated, pricey products that shout about “radiance” and “youthfulness” on the television, in magazines and department stores. I no longer think I need them to look good.  

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I was therefore pleased to meet Helena Lane (a few years ago) the creator of an exceptionally simple and genuinely natural skin care range.

Lane had eczema for many years and it wasn’t until she simplified her skin care and stopped using irritating ingredients that her skin improved. Today she has the most beautiful complexion, a true testament to her “Helena Lane Skin Care” range.

I avoid toxic chemicals in skin care so I read labels diligently. Lane’s labels are simple: “unrefined, cold-pressed organic ingredients.”

Lane, who has 12 years experience in the skin care industry, is well versed and a stickler for unrefined, non-toxic and truly natural ingredients, not the “pseudo-natural” ingredients that are common in skin care today.  

I love using oil on my skin, making masks from clay, fruit or honey. These are simple, toxic chemical-free options, but what if you don’t want to make your own skin care?

Lane’s Squamish-made skin care defines simplicity, and she said, “Less is more to maintain the balance of the skin. When you get cleansing right everything else falls into place.”

Oil cleaning that is. I have used the chamomile and mandarin cleanser in the past and loved it. I then ran out of it and decided to finish another cleanser, “waste not want not,” but my skin is happier now that I’m back oil cleansing.

“The aim of oil cleansing is to remove the surface dirt, pollution and make up, but you don’t want to affect the oils in the skin,” said Lane.

Many modern skin care products “strip and dip” the skin, a harsh cleanser leaves the skin dry so you “dip” with pricey serums; precisely the merry-go-round I found myself in for years.

Oil cleansing leaves the skin clean, but not dry. “(Oil cleansing) teaches the skin to regulate oil, balancing the skin,” Lane said. “If you only want to buy one product, it would be the cleanser. Less is more.”

A philosophy I love, it’s the much-needed balance in today’s hectic, overly commercial world. 

Having tried a sample vial of one of Lane’s new products the “Jasmine and Pomegranate Serum” it feels lovely on my skin, it’s nourishing without being oily, it’s rich in borage oil, pomegranate oil with essential oils of cypress and frankincense. Frankincense is a rare and exquisite oil, the wise men were onto something bringing frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus in the stable.

I love a facial oil for winter as the colder weather can be tough on my skin when it’s windy and cold.

Don’t be afraid of oil, as I was for many years. “Oil actually has a natural affinity with our skin, jojoba oil especially does,” Lane said.  

Lane makes unrefined shea butter moisturizers with argan oil, you might think they are in a tiny pot (they are!), but you only use a “grain of rice amount” so a tiny pot lasts months. “Our skin will only absorb what it needs. If you still feel

moisturizer on your skin after 5 minutes use a little less next time,” Lane said.

Lane’s formulations have as few ingredients as possible and only those that are richest in nutrients for the skin. Lane believes skin care can be simple and still provide amazing results.

Joanna loves relaxing in a bath with a facemask on whilst reading a good book! Buy her book at Armchair Books or read her blog: www.ActualOrganics.com.

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