I've promised myself that along with finding my dream foundation (and maybe man, LOL jk), I will focus my attentions on my health and general well-being in the coming months. I want to source natural yet effective products for my complexion, body and mind and make a concious effort to bust out of my comfort zone; three of such products I have found via Neal's Yard. Three items that most of us wouldn't be quick to rave about but each worthy of a space within your beauty stash and even kitchen...yes really.
Neal's Yard Remedies Detox Toning Oil £15.50/100ml -link
I like to dry brush but I also like body oils; some days I want a really through, good ol' scrub, other days I want to nourish my skin with a silky oil - all with one goal in mind, a less lumpy, bumpy body and super soft skin. If you are not a fan of body brushing for any reason, or perhaps want a great circulation boosting, toxin draining body oil - then the next purchase you should make is Neal's Yard Remedies Detox Toning Oil. This thick massage oil has been created to help lymphatic drainage, which in turn can help reduce the appearance of cellulite. As you can imagine this best applied to the more fatty areas of the body and used in conjunction with massage techniques - always away from the heart, to encourage blood flow and in turn softer, smoother skin. I also like to mix a little Neal's Yard Remedies Detox Toning Oil into my regular body lotion to amp up moisture levels and soothe my currently dried out, winter bashed skin. You can also use this along with a body brush for an intense yet gentle form of body massage - not to mention I find the brush encourages my skin to absorb the oil a little quicker.
Neal's Yard Remedies Aromatherapy Blend in Cleanse £9.70/10ml - link
Natural oils are great aren't they - they can be used in so many ways, offer so many benefits and in most instances they don't cost the earth. One of my favourite concoction has to be Neal's Yard Remedies Cleanse Blend, a refreshing and uplifting combination of: Black Pepper, Sage, Peppermint and Lemon natural oils. The idea is that this ever so slightly zesty oil will not perk up spirits but help those with a cold breathe a tad easier - I also find it helps to clear a stuffy room. You can add a few drops of this oil to an oil burner and burn like you would any scented oil - ideal for filling an entire room/house with the scent, or simply dispense a little oil onto a tissue for an on the go pick me up. I'm by no means saying this is clinically proven but I find inhaling a little of Neal's Yard Remedies Aromatherapy Blend in Cleanse before a long journey prevents me experience nausea.
Neal's Yard Chia Seed £2.40/50g - link.
I must confess this is only my second dabble with Chia Seed and my only real attempt of fully trying to incorporate it into my diet. The real problem isn't the taste: mild and a little nutty, rather I have slowly had to get used to the texture. I'm not a huge fan of seed like food - the itty, bitty morsels have a tendency to get stuck in-between my teeth and generally irritate me. However we live in 2016 and there is a magical invention called dental floss so I have no real excuse not to sprinkle a little Chia Seed into my morning smoothie - yes, I've become "that guy" and I'm not at all sorry! The Chia Seed hype is real and I can understand why; two spoonfuls added to a salad, juice or whatever tickles your pickle provides 8 times more omega-3 than wild Atlantic salmon, twice as much calcium as milk and four times the iron of spinach. Suddenly it doesn't seem so gimmicky does it? As a side note, bunged in a smoothie it is so easy to drink and in my opinion it doesn't taste the overall taste of the drink, in a salad I do find it can be a little hit and miss, well at least in terms of flavour in my humble experience.
Do you have any other lesser know Neal's Yard products you would recommend I try next?