Have you ever looked at an ingredient list and wondered what actually goes into the skincare you’re buying? Learning to decipher ingredients can tell you exactly what goes into your skincare. Instead of relying on what a brand tells you, a quick read will reveal whether your money’s actually going into the ingredients or the marketing!
Eczema can be an exhausting cycle for parents and child (we've been there!) and unfortunately the one thing which is needed most is also probably the hardest to find in situations like this - patience! Taking the natural route may not have the dramatic short-term results that steroid creams do but the long-term advantages definitely outweigh the wait.
Tea Tree Oil (melaleuca alternifolia) is one of the most powerful anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial natural ingredients known. The oral history of aboriginal Australians tells of healing lakes into which the leaves of the tea tree plant had fallen and decayed over time. And it seems Captain Cook and his men enjoyed tea made from the leaves (hence the name) and noticed its effects. But it was only in the 1920s when the power of the tea tree plant began to be scientifically recognised and studied and since then, a whole host of studies has verified the amazing power of the plant to heal and soothe all sorts of skin conditions.
Our skin is a living, breathing thing. That’s something that’s easy to forget when there are so many skincare products out there trying to zap it, strip it and transform it into the pictures you see in magazines and blogs. We get so many emails from customers who’ve suddenly discovered skin issues they’ve never had before and very often, the cause is our tendency to overdo it when it comes to skincare.
It’s spring! It might not feel that way right now but warmer days are definitely on their way. There’s no better time than now to give the skin a refreshing re-start after the cold, dry days of winter. And there’s no better way to do so than with a homemade scrub, where you know exactly where its ingredients come from.
At Four Cow Farm, we think a lot about every ingredient that goes into the products we craft, from the water we use (all collected at the farm and filtered and processed right here) to the oils we use (all extra virgin cold-pressed and of the highest food grade quality) to the preservatives we use (always food grade, always in the lowest possible amounts).
You’ll find essential oils in lots of natural products. Essential oils seem to be everywhere and in everything, from what we clean with to what we eat and apply to our skin. People even purchase essential oils ‘neat’, mixing various different ones to inhale, applying directly to skin and even ingest - for themselves and their little ones. We love the fragrance of them and even burn them in our homes, and apply them to our sheets and clothes. They’re natural, so they must be good for you! Or are they?
Gotu Kola is a beautiful heart-shaped herb that has pride of place in Nanna’s garden and is at the heart of one of our favourite salves, ourGotu Kola & Calendula Rich Cream Salve. During winter, it’s one of our best-sellers for keeping dry and sensitive skin luxuriously nourished and protected.
‘Natural’ is the buzzword when it comes to skincare (and food and laundry detergents and pretty much most things these days!) but if you’re not a chemist, how in the world do you decipher product labels to find out whether what’s going into that product is really natural?
Did you know most oils used in commercial skincare manufacturing are 'cosmetic grade'which is a degraded, lower quality of oil, even if organic! And most oils, even food oils (eg standard olive oil, canola, soy, vegetable oils, other cooking oils etc) - are extracted with heat and very often petroleum derivatives.
Are you feeling as if your skin is becoming more sensitive and you’re not quite sure why? We often hear from customers who’ve started reacting to products they’ve never reacted to before, or getting dry or red spots on skin which never used to have a reaction. Here’s what we hope is a helpful guide to what might be causing the problem...