Whilst we all know the importance of incorporating raw food into our diets, it is equally as essential to ensure we are supplying our skin with as much 'living' nourishment derived from organic plant-based ingredients as possible. Our largest organ, the skin acts as a protective barrier from pathogens and damage between our internal and external environments - with this in mind it makes sense to ensure we are nourishing our skin in the best way we can. The good news is that it is possible to feed our skin just as well as our bodies! Avoiding highly processed and refined products ensures that fans of raw foods can have skincare full of the same beneficial enzymes, nutrients and antioxidants that living foods contain. Below we have revealed our favourite raw skincare ranges to get your skin on the road to receiving its five-a-day for a healthy complexion.
Dr Alkaitis- With the motto ‘If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin’, The Dr Alkaitis philosophy emphasises the link between what your put onto your skin and how you look and feel both inside and out. Created with edible wild-crafted herbs, fruits, sea vegetables, virgin cold-pressed vegetable and essential oils, All Dr Alkaitis products have been formulated to adapt to your skin’s unique needs. The best way to try the range is with the award winning Dr Alkaitis Skinfood Facial or try the Travel Kit for the a selection of the whole range - then shop your favourites here.
Ambre Botanicals - Comprised of simple formulations containing only plant-derived ingredients in their raw state: high-grade cold-pressed and macerated nut, fruit and seed oils, botanical extracts and distilled essential oils, unrefined butters and fresh clays and botanicals are utilised to provide for the “true natural” experience that lies at the heart of the Ambre ethos. Hand-made here in London Ambre use a special cold press blending method to ensure the final product is as raw and actively nutritious as possible. Our favourites from the range include the miracle Mango and Carrot Seed Extra Rich Hand Cream which transforms dry hands overnight and the beautiful Rosemary, Thyme and Mint Invigorating Bath Oil, which actually contains springs of herbs. View the whole collection here.
Live Native - Handmade in the Scottish countryside, Live Native products use only the purest nature intact tropical oils, active minerals and living botanicals harvested and produced using a heat-free raw blending method to ensure that the nature derived enzymes, phytonutrients, antioxidants, EFA's and bio-active plant phytochemicals remain intact. All Live Native creams are then individually scented with aroma-therapeutic essential oils to compliment the deeply nourishing, remedial and cleanly absorbing nutritional body care system they provide. Range highlights include the Botanic Antioxidant Mud Mask and the Essential Woman Frangipani Fresh Moisturiser. View the rest of the range here.
RMS Beauty -Additionally utilising raw, food grade and organic ingredients in their natural state, RMS Beauty emphasises the amazing potential for anti-aging effects by only using ingredients in their purest form. Comprised of cosmetics that not only work to conceal blemishes and bring out our natural beauty, the combination of potent nutrients contained within each one of their products heals and nourishes the skin at the same time. Created to encourage a dialogue between ourselves and nature, each ingredient has been incorporated to work synergistically with the skin and in harmony with our natural environment. It's hard to separate out favourites from this cult organic make-up range but not to be missed are the Living Luminizer and the Rms Beauty Oil. Browse the rest of the RMS Beauty range here.
May Lindstrom - Exclusive to Content in the UK and formulated using only the most exotic and nutrient rich ingredients – the May Lindstrom skin collection is handcrafted from sustainable, organic and biodynamic plant materials that are wildcrafted and mindfully sourced. We love the use of highly nutrient rich cold-pressed oils and raw honey. infusing the collection with an element of luxury that imbues a feeling of self-love and indulgence each time you use a product. Our must-trys from the range include The Honey Mud Cleansing Silk which can additionally be used as a masque and the The Blue Cocoon Beauty Balm – great for healing skin irritations and soothing spots of eczema. Check out the rest of the range here.
Hurraw Lip Balms - Last but not least, the range of Hurraw Lip Balms is one of the easiest ways to go raw. Made from cold-pressed, raw, organic and wild-crafted ingredients the flavours are blended from food state ingredients - yes that is real vanilla bean and cinnamon in that lip balm!. The Hurraw Lip Balms are also one of the few to exclude beeswax which make them great for vegans. They also have a clever Sun Lip Balm which has a SPF and balms by Dosha - are you Vata, Pitta or Kapha? Start your Hurraw collection now and know that what's going on your lips is actually edible - see if you can resist!