All posts tagged: beauty

life with less plastic: Shampoo & Soap

I thought I had been conscious about using plastic for years: I avoided taking plastic bags in shops and favoured natural materials when choosing clothes and home decoration items. But some months ago there was a big turning point for me. One evening, after I’d cleaned my face, my favourite moisturizer ran out. I had seen this coming and had a new pump bottle ready in the bathroom cabinet. As I threw the empty bottle into the trash bin it made a sound as it hit the empty metal basket. With the new bottle of moisturizer in hand, it hit me: That old bottle will never go away. It will never biodegrade, and even if it will be out of my sight when the truck comes to pick up the trash next week, it will never disappear. It will be one more piece of plastic waste and contribute to the ever-growing dumps or floating plastic masses in the oceans. It was a realization I couldn’t ignore and I decided to do more to reduce my contribution to …

divine avocado & chocolate face mask

While superfoods work wonders from the inside, there is no harm in turning to the pantry for a luxurious skin treatment every now and then. And that’s just what I did yesterday morning when I felt like giving my skin a beauty boost. This rich face mask feels wonderful and smells divine, leaving the skin moisturized, soft and radiant.  Avocado has important vitamins (C & E) that nourish the skin, oleic acid that moisturizes, regenerates and reduces irritation and it’s antioxidant carotenoids can help to protect the skin from environmental damage. Raw cacao powder is another superfood that your skin will love: Rich in minerals and polyphenol antioxidants raw cacao nourishes the skin and can protect it from premature oxidation (= younger looking skin for longer!).  The healing and moisturizing effects of Argan oil are well-known, so let’s add a drop or two of that too. This recipe makes enough for two people: 2 heaping tbsp of soft, organic avocado 1 heaping tbsp of raw organic cacao powder 1 tsp organic argan oil Mix & stir all ingredients in a small …

rejuvenating yogurt face mask

Natural organic yogurt has multiple recognized health benefits and many of these work on the skin too. High in vitamins (B2, B12, B5) and minerals (Calcium, Zinc), natural yogurt nourishes, hydrates and protects the skin. The anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties as well as probiotics in yogurt can help relieve skin conditions such as acne. Honey softens and moisturizes while oats gently exfoliate the skin and clean pores. Aloe vera (with over 75 potentially active constituents including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, saponins and salicylic acids) has a calming, anti-inflammatory effect and can help skin healing by promoting new cell growth. 1 tsp organic natural yogurt (Greek style goat’s milk yogurt if possible) 1 tsp organic honey 1 tsp organic oat meal ½ tsp aloe vera gel Simply mix all ingredients in a small cup and while you let the oats soften for a few minutes, wash your face with warm water (or do a facial steam to open your pores). Apply the mask on dry skin, sit back and relax for 10-15 min before washing …

bath & beauty favorites

I’ve been going through some bad hair days, weeks and even months lately: Dryness, dullness, tangles – you name it… A couple of weeks ago I decided to cut off about 20 cm and give my hair a break, which for sure was Step One in the right direction. Thinking that a change in shampoo & conditioner could be a good second step, I remembered that on my recent trip to Helsinki they had some pretty awesome bath products at Hotel Klaus K. And when my order from Malin & Goetz arrived just one day after with a personalized handwritten Thank You note and some free samples I was sold. Luckily the goodness didn’t stop at their top class marketing, but these are the softest, most beautifully scented hair products I’ve tried, possibly ever. The apothecary brand uses mostly natural ingredients free from parabens and irritants often found in cosmetics. The company doesn’t test on animals and most of their packaging materials are biodegradable. So, my hair was becoming easier to manage already, but when I came …

DIY: nourishing and anti-aging face mask

No better time to pamper yourself than Sunday. I started this sunny day with yoga and a delicious breakfast, followed by a nourishing home made face mask. Mix 1 tablespoon of organic natural goat milk yoghurt, 1 teaspoon of organic honey and 1/2 teaspoon or organic argan oil. Stir the ingredients well in a small cup, apply on your face and neck and leave it on for about 10-15 minutes while you relax to your favourite music. Your skin will benefit from the nourishing and moisturizing effects of natural yoghurt and honey while argan oil is rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants. Note: The argan oil is not yet mixed in in the pictures, so give it a good stir to make an even mixture before applying the mask.

wild rose beauty

After the Korres Brussels store opening I was eager to test the Wild Rose skin care products, which I received as a gift at the opening. As the weather is getting colder and the winter winds are blowing, it’s important to make sure that my skin is well moisturized and nourished. My skin tends to get more dry in the winter months and I usually look for a more rich face cream for this period. The Wild Rose 24-h moisturising cream feels wonderful on the skin, it absorbs easily and keeps the skin feeling soft and radiant for the whole day. I’m looking forward to see the long-term effect as already after two days my skin feels ready to battle the winter cold 🙂 The Wild Rose and Vitamin-C dark spot correcting treatment promises to prevent and remove all types of dark spots. Even if I don’t often suffer from dark spots, I’m going to use this treatment on the T-zone to make sure they stay away. The Wild Rose eye cream promises to moisturise …

Welcome to Brussels, Korres!

Last Thursday I joined the opening celebrations of the Brussels Flag Ship store for the Greek natural cosmetics brand Korres. The story of the brand, whose innovative and stylish packaging has won design awards and whose product range now offers make-up, skin care, hair products and fragrances, started when George Korres joined his pharmacological expertise with the homeopathic tradition of Greece’s first homeopathic pharmacy, The Tzivanides, to introduce a natural skin care line. I remember how I first got to know this brand, when I found a small selection of the it’s products in a pharmacy in Cyprus about 5-6 years ago. I had read about Korres before, but the products were difficult to come by back then in Finland. Over the years I have discovered a few pharmacies and retailers stocking my favourite face wash and shower gel wherever I lived, but now I’m happy that I can just walk into this amazing store and experience the world of Korres to the full. The store is located on one of the little charming side streets …

skin focus

A few people have asked me how I take care of my skin and I thought that today would be the perfect day to share my skin rituals and beauty tips. I believe that the key to the perfect skin cannot not be found only in expensive creams and lotions but most importantly in the way we eat, sleep and love our body. I prefer natural cosmetics and often my beauty shopping is done at the bio shop. I have a few favourite skin care products including: – Washing: Korres white tea fluid gel cleanser. – Eyes: Clarins Eye revive beauty flash for day and Clarins Eye contour balm for night. – Moisturising: Both my day and night creams are from Lift Argan bio cosmetic line. I try to treat myself to a little facial treatment at home once a week. A quick tip for a scrub: mix half a teaspoon of organic coffee, half a teaspoon of organic brown sugar and a bit of moisturizer.  For deep cleansing I use green clay and to revitalize …