They say you only get out what you put in and your skin is no exception.
As consumers, we are starting to understand that the key to optimal health is a holistic approach that isn’t only what we consume but also what we absorb into our skin.
Being the largest organ of our body, the skin is porous and highly absorbent and we need to ensure the skin care products we use are as natural as possible. Our hair, skin and nails are a good indication of our overall health, and skin care products can help assist in providing our skin with the nutrients that lack from our diets.
Conventional skin care products contain chemicals that can be harsh on the skin, whereas plant based skin care can be just as effective without harmful side effects.
Shireen Baldwin, Co-founder of the Australian owned and Australian made natural skin care brand, AQI, believes that switching to an all-natural skin care routine can be the best way to get clearer, healthier skin.
“It is gentler, safer and contains natural active ingredients that have the same benefits as conventional skin care but without the harsh side effects” she adds.
Shireen has devoted 20 years in the research and development in plant based products formulated from the mildest and safest ingredients specifically designed for sensitive skin, with significant results.
Natural skin care has evolved from simple remedies to skin treatments specifically targeted to sensitive skin, anti-aging and acne solutions. This can be seen due to staggering increase in adults and children being diagnosed with skin sensitivity and skin problems like dermatitis, eczema, rosacea and psoriasis in the last decade.
To ensure you are using skin care suitable for sensitive skin, look for products that contain natural active plant extracts specifically incorporated for their efficacy, gentleness and less irritation to the skin.
“We use effective concentrations of natural ingredients including Beta-Glucan and Colloidal Oatmeal to assist in reducing skin redness, irritation and help rebuild damage skin cells that protect the body from major infections and environmental impurities” Shireen says.
With anti-aging, there are many factors that accelerate the aging process from sun damage, dehydrated skin and environmental pollutants. Anti-aging creams and lotions can help reduce the signs of aging but the effectiveness is dependent on the ingredients that are included in the formulation.
Conventional skin care designed to reduce wrinkles and prevent skin damage often contain harsh chemicals. However, plant based skin care can equally reduce the signs of aging and effectively stimulate the skin’s natural process without any adverse reactions. When you combine the active botanical extracts with a healthy lifestyle, you will see an improvement in your skin’s appearance.
The amazing Facial Care range from AQI is designed to give a natural healthy-looking glow by keeping the skin hydrated with natural active ingredients known to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Acne is a common problem with teenagers but also affects adults with different levels of severity. Acne is caused when pores become clogged and inflamed during times when the body undergoes a hormonal imbalance. Managing this skin problem with sensitive skin can be very difficult as conventional acne treatments contain intensive chemical ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide that treat acne but strip the skin of its natural oils and causes irritation.
AQI provides a natural alternative to help minimise breakouts and inflammation with their Acne Solutions range. Their products contain active ingredients including Witch Hazel and Willow Bark extracts which both have antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties that assist acne prone skin.
For best results, natural treatments need to be used on a daily basis starting with a natural cleanser followed by a natural day moisturiser and in the evening the same routine with a natural night cream. Supplement your skin care routine by exfoliating a few times a week to remove dead skin and clean out the pores.
In a few short weeks you will see a noticeable difference in your skin’s appearance from dull and irritated skin to healthier, clearer skin.