Expert guide to natural beautiful skin


I came across a good read on Times Online, titled Natural Beauty: An Expert Guide To Beautiful Skin which is based on Margo Marrone’s new book The Organic Pharmacy. If you’re into natural and organic skincare, you may like to read it if you haven’t already done so.

Besides learning that rose is the star ingredient because it contains plant pigments called anthocyanins which provide valuable anti-aging properties, I found two other highlights rather interesting.

Cleansing well is crucial to skincare
One is that cleansing is crucial and the most important time to cleanse is at night. In addition, cleansing more than twice a day is unnecessary and may irritate the skin. While I feel that cleansing twice a day or more is dependent on individual skin type, I definitely agree that cleansing is very important. Recently, I didn’t cleanse my face properly with the new sunscreen I’ve been using and as such, it aggravated the condition of my cheek acne. So I’ve pretty much reverted to double cleansing whenever I apply that sunscreen and if I do use makeup on top of the sunscreen, I’ll try to cleanse my face using the oil cleansing method if I have the time.

Using oil beneath your moisturizer
Second, the article also indicates that we need two kinds of moisturisers.

The first is a normal cream-based product that includes lipid restorers and humectants. The second is a face oil or, for those with very oily skin, a gel or serum that contains small amounts of oil…Look for oils that are cold-pressed, organic and rich in colour – these are all signs of a good oil.

I have quite a bit of fine lines around my eyes and I realized that oil is a very good ingredient for keeping them at bay. So now, I will dab on a bit of grapeseed oil on the outer corners of my eyes before applying my eye cream. By doing so, my fine lines are much less evident especially when I smile. The same grapeseed oil also works well as a base beneath my sunscreen. However, not all types of oils work well underneath your moisturizer or sunscreen. Some, like jojoba oil is oily for me even though it’s supposed to be rather lightweight. So if you’re using a face oil, you need to experiment and find one that suits your skin type as well as complement your skincare regime.

If you’re interested to pick up information related to natural skincare beauty, check out the article at Times Online. Going by the interesting review, I’m definitely going to try to lay my hands on that book by Margo Marrone!


  1. prettybeautiful says:

    i totally agree on the importance of cleansing. only recently i started cleansing really carefully. ( i was lazy previously and suffered enough consequences) now at night, i use cleansing milk then gel. and oh, i use essential oil before toner for night and day, feels great on skin, and marks are less obvious now. ? only after about 10 days of use #k8SjZc9Dxk_#k8SjZc9Dxk

    prettybeautiful: Hey, what essential oil are you using? I’m keen to know! ?

  2. prettybeautiful says:

    im using Aerlis clarifying essential oil, made of ylang ylang and..lavendar or something. Supposed to clear up blemish-prone skin and calm down the skin. love the scent, very calming and soothing. and amazingly, being essential oil, it is not oily at all!

    prettybeautiful: Oh, thanks for letting me know. I’ll have a look at this particular line of essential oil!

  3. astrorainfall says:

    I do agree that a good cleansing and moisturising regime is nec for keeping acne and fine lines at bay.

    I have combination skin but more towards “oily” and I realised that if I’m more generous with my moisturiser at night, my skin doesn’t break out as much, and it also applies to other acne prone parts of the body, like back and chest.

    I love Avene’s Trixera and it may be too thick for Singapore’s weather, it’s perfect for winter in Tokyo where I live. ?

    astrorainfall: Interesting…what you say the moisturizer does for your oily skin.

  4. andrea says:

    i’m going to have to pick up that book also ? i’ve been currently using a rose oil from DHC. would you consider rose oil to be beneficial for your skin?

    Andrea: Definitely! I’m hunting for one too. Rose oil is suitable for all skin types and good for dry, sensitive or aging skins. It has a tonic and astringent effect on the capillaries plus great for emotional well-being! I’m going to check out DHC that you’ve mentioned. ?

  5. Irina says:

    Hi everybody. I agree about benefits of grape seed oil, it’s great. I saw a comment regarding it’s benefits for varicose veins. I have that problem along with spider veins, broken capillaries on my face. Is it really effective? And generally I need an advice how to get rid of those. Please share your experience, I’m about to give up ?

  6. Sesame says:

    Why not give it a try…it might help but there’s probably more to helping broken capillaries than using grape seed oil. I’ve gotta do more research on that.

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