Icelandic Natural Beauty
We recently took a trip to Iceland and were stunned by beautiful skin of the local women. The unpolluted air, cool temperatures, the glacial water, nutrient-rich volcanic soil, organically grown produce, and abundance of seafood (rich in Omega 3), all contribute to this natural beauty utopia.
Perhaps, one of the best skincare treatments in Iceland is a trip to one of the many geothermal hot springs. The warm waters at the world renowned Blue Lagoon are extremely mineral-rich and have been proven to help many skin ailments including eczema and psoriasis and boost circulation. The cool air rising off the milky blue water looks almost smoky, surrounded by an expansive volcanic landscape with snowy peaks.
It is impossible to recreate the environment of the Blue Lagoon at home. However, that not is not to say you can’t enjoy the benefits of a mineral-rich bath at home and release your inner Nordic goddess. A great natural mineral bath soak that we recommend can be found here.
Natural Beauty Does Not Have to be Complicated
As we found in Iceland, natural beauty does not have to be complicated. It is primarily about altering your skincare routine to the environment you live in. At Wise Owl Organics, we live by the skincare philosophy that less is more. Below are some simple beauty tips that we have compiled from around the world. Best of all, each contains only a single ingredient, some of which you may already have at home.
Prepare this simple face scrub used by Russian women with an ingredient from your pantry. Oatmeal is known to soothe the skin and reduce inflammation. You may recall taking an oatmeal bath as a child when you had a rash. Oatmeal can also be used as a facial scrub. Grind or mince about one tablespoon of oatmeal. Add a small amount of water and mix in the palm of your hand to form a lumpy paste. Gently massage onto your face and leave on for about 2 minutes. Rinse your face with warm water.
The use of Avocado in Mexican skin care regimes dates back to the Aztec and Mayan civilization. For centuries women have used this super food to moisturize and rejuvenate skin, and reduce inflammation and puffiness. To make a simple face mask, mash half an avocado in a bowl and apply to face. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.
Pure East African shea butter has been used for centuries in Africa as a single ingredient moisturizer and natural beauty product. In addition to using as a facial oil, body butter, and hair mask, our Wise Owl Organics East African Shea butter is soft and creamy enough to be used as a shaving cream and to help heal tough skin (cracked heels, dry elbows, etc.). Shea butter closely resembles the oils your own skin manufactures to keep your skin nourished, elastic, and moisturized. There are no chemicals, preservatives, colorants, dyes, or perfumes in our organic unrefined Shea butter.