One of the easiest ways to help change our world is by changing the way we spend our money.
By shopping local we help to support small businesses, entrepreneurship and job creation, and often we can get better quality for a better price because the local brands don’t have to deal with import costs. And if you buy sustainable, ethically produced, environmentally friendly products, you’re also lowering your carbon footprint and doing your bit for Mother Nature. Yay!
That being said, natural is all the rage right now so be careful of “greenwashing” advertising lingo. Just because the words Natural or Organic appear on a label does not mean the whole product is made using natural and/or organic ingredients. In most cases it only contains one or two ingredients that fit the bill. If you’re keen to use natural products, read the packaging carefully and make sure the products actually meet your requirements.
It can be a daunting move to make but there are so many amazing local and natural beauty brands on the market right now that are worth trying. You can view some of my favourites here.
I’ve recently received quite a few natural moisturisers to test, and I’ve put together five that I’ve found particularly lovely. Each differs in terms of texture and consistency so read more to make sure you find one that works for you. My skin is on the dryer side so I love rich, nourishing oils. I have, however, tried to consider different skin types.
Take a look:
Lulu & Marula Nourishing Treatment Oil
R380 for 50ml, luluandmarula.com
I am absolutely obsessed with this oil. No really, it is divine and if you love facial oils you will adore it. It has a warm, spicy smell and a rich, luxurious feel to it. It is also packed with antioxidants, essential fatty acids and vitamins to hydrate your skin.
They have added a blend of superstar oils, including argan, marula and red raspberry. I used it for a few weeks and my skin looked amazing, with a healthy, nourished glow and no signs of congestion. It is an absolute treat for dry skin and a perfect addition to your winter routine.
I am a huge fan of Lulu & Marula in general. They are 100% natural, cruelty free, and wherever possible their packaging and ingredients are sourced from in and around South Africa, helping to boost local business. Their packaging is also totally gorgeous.
If you struggle with dry, dehydrated skin or just want a little luxury, I highly recommend this face oil. You can apply it twice a day as a moisturiser.
Eco Diva Anti-Aging Face Cream
R315 for 30g, ecodiva.co.za
I was recently introduced to Eco Diva and so far I’m impressed with the products I’ve tried. They are 100% organic, are not tested on animals, they are vegan friendly and they are produced locally.
Their Anti-Aging Face Cream is an ultra-rich moisturiser that is ideal for dryer skin types. It has a balm consistency and contains a wonderful blend of nourishing natural ingredients like sweet almond oil, coconut oil and Shea butter, as well as Tocopherol (Vitamin E), giving your skin a hit of Omega 3,6,9. These fatty acids help to support your barrier function and keep your skin hydrated.
A little goes a long way with this one. If you’re using it during the day, use a small amount and spread it out. In the evenings I loved slathering it on before bed. So decadent!
Body Treats Moisturiser
R110 for 50g, bodytreats.co.za
If you’re not a fan of heavy moisturisers, I think you’ll enjoy this one from Body Treats. It has a beautiful whipped mousse consistency and it leaves your skin feeling soft and nourished, without any sticky or oily residue. It contains Shea butter, olive oil, sunflower oil and vegetable glycerine, all brilliant sources of moisture and essential fatty acids.
Body Treats is certified cruelty free by Beauty without Cruelty and most of their products are vegan friendly. They use natural ingredients and none of the nasty chemicals. They also source Fair Trade and organic wherever possible, and according to their website, their containers are actually biodegradable.
Skin Creamery Facial Hydrating Oil and Everyday Cream
Oil: R310 for 60ml and cream: R295 for 200ml, skincreamery.co.za
I was introduced to Skin Creamery last year and I fell in love with their Everyday Cream the moment it hit my desk. It has a gorgeous soft, sweet floral scent and a light texture that absorbs easily. It can also be used on your face and body – I know, I was skeptical at first too but it does work. It is hydrating enough without feeling overly sticky or greasy. Love it.
This year I tried the Facial Hydrating Oil and it is equally beautiful, with a light consistency that sinks in completely. It contains a blend of skin-loving oils including almond, jojoba, baobab, kalahari melon, sunflower and Vitamin E, and my skin felt so soft and silky the morning after applying this. I would say you can use it alone as a moisturiser, or you can layer it with a cream if you want an extra rich routine. That’s what I’ve been doing this winter and I love it.
Do you have any local skincare products that you can recommend? Pop your suggestions in the comments below, I would love to hear from you.