Ski Essentials

If you’re planning on hitting the piste this winter season, don’t leave without these ski essentials from Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic.

Arnica salve  This has got to be at the top of the list for essentials when skiing/snowboarding. We all use muscles that we don’t normally exercise when we go skiing! A full day skiing can take its toll on the quads, knees, shins (if you’re not used to your boots) and feet. This Arnica Salve comes in a easily-packable sized pot and is great for rubbing into those tired and weary muscles and joints to increase blood circulation, reduce inflammation and help ease out bruising, aches and pains.

Why not also look at the Warming Salve which is great for rubbing into your joints and muscles before heading out onto the piste after breakfast? Or the Arnica and Seaweed Foam Bath for a luxurious soak afterwards.

To learn more about the Power of Arnica please read my other blog post here.

Wild Rose Moisturing SPF 30  Stay beautifully protected, nourished and nurtured in the winter sun with this organic, high level broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. This natural moisturiser contains natural non-nano mineral filters, blended with antioxidant radiance-boosting organic wild rosehip oil, deeply nourishing organic shea butter and baobab oil. Together they protect, nurture and moisturise the skin. It is also free from harsh chemical filters, nano particles and synthetic fragrances.

This award-winning Wild Rose Beauty Balm can be used as a rich cleanser, gentle exfoliant or deeply nourishing balm/moisturiser – to quench areas of dry or dehydrated skin. The exceptionally high levels of wild rosehip oil – a potent antioxidant proven to help repair, firm and smooth the skin – are combined with geranium, starflower, hemp and rosemary oil, to help decongest and enrich the skin, restoring its natural radiance.

This pot is ideal for packing in your suitcase: it is a cleanser, mask and moisturiser all in one so you can travel lightly! The smaller 15g pot is also small enough to fit into hand luggage.

Bee Lovely Lip Balm

Nourishes and softens your lips on the slopes with moisturising cocoa butter and beeswax. It is gentle enough for the whole family (aged 3 years and over) so great if you’re taking your little ones with you too. 3% of sales goes to charities that help Save the Bees.

Remedies to Roll: Energy

This blend of rosemary, lavender and grapefruit essential oils applied to the pulse points can help to stimulate and boost the body and mind to overcome tiredness for that much-needed pick-me-up we all need when out on the slopes all day. Comes in a little roller-ball bottle ideal for popping in your pocket.

White tea facial mist

This is a gentle facial mist to calm, refresh and rehydrate the skin – ideal for a quick, cooling spritz after lunch. Infused with antioxidant white tea, calming organic aloe vera, aromatherapeutic organic essential oils and soothing Bach Flower Remedies. This will help the face recover quickly from any sun exposure, or dryness caused from cold winds. You can also use it as a toner so no need to pack your big bottle, and  travel lightly!

And while I’m talking about travelling lightly – how about looking at these wonderful skincare kits which come in travel-sized pots ideal for hand luggage.

 

Jackie Marsden MAR is a qualified reflexologist and independent consultant (Group Leader) for Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic. Jackie leads and mentors a growing team of consultants (many of whom are therapists integrating organic products into their existing businesses) via the NYRO social selling channel, holding regular team meetings, one-to-one coaching via phone and facetime, and a closed facebook group. All views are my own.

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Feeling the burn? Be careful what you slap on

I think I’m safe in saying that we all look forward to the summer and the summer holidays.

The problem with the summer is the risk of sun damage to our skin, from prolonged exposure, burning and skin cancers.

We need to find a good balance between safe sun exposure for vitamin D production whilst simultaneously protecting us against skin cancer.

UV explained 

The sun’s UV (ultra violet) rays can be a danger. They both have strong links in the development of skin cancers. Here they are explained in a nutshell:

UVA: these rays penetrate deep into the skin and are strongly connected to premature aging. This is the predominant tanning ray.

UVB: these rays mostly affect the surface of the skin and cause reddening and sunburn.

The World Health Organisation have identified UV as a human carcinogen.

Which suncare product?

Firstly look for “Broad Spectrum”. This means that the product has been tested and guaranteed to provide both UVA and UVB protection.

The Neal’s Yard Remedies range is Broad Spectrum.

Many suncare products usually contain synthetic and potentially toxic chemicals e.g. sun filters, preservatives, colouring, perfume. Nano technology is often used too, however this means that these tiny particles are then absorbed by the body and can be harmful to the environment.

Neal’s Yard Remedies use a physical barrier as opposed to a chemical barrier. A certified non-nano form of zinc oxide is used, which is processed so that the particles become transparent. This allows the zinc to better cover and shield the skin while minimising the white cast that used to be a common trait of physical sunscreens.

A physical barrier is much better for us than a chemical barrier which can be absorbed through the skin and be toxic to the body.

Other suncare nasties are oxybenzone, octocrylene, honosalate, octonoxate, methylisothiazolinone, the latter a common preservative to which more than 10% of the population are allergic (Allergy UK).

Chemical suncare ingredients are linked to hormone disruption, skin allergies, and traces have even been found in mothers’ milk!

Neal’s Yard Remedies use natural mineral filters blended with deeply nourishing and organic shea butter, conditioning beeswax and moisturising oils of karanja and baobab, infused with cleansing lemongrass and soothing lavender essential oils (which are also naturally insect-repelling). Together they protect, nurture and moisturise the skin.

Jackie Marsden MAR is a qualified reflexologist and independent consultant (Team Leader) for Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic. Jackie leads and mentors a growing team of consultants (many of whom are therapists integrating organic products into their existing businesses) via the NYRO social selling channel, holding regular team meetings, one-to-one coaching via phone and facetime, and a closed facebook group. All views are my own.

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