Got a burning question about holistic beauty? Katrina Valente is your guide to naturally loving the skin you’re in. This issue, what to do when you’re an ethical eco-warrior but who doesn’t plan to grow old gracefully.
Q. “Help! Katrina, I’m torn. I want to use ethical and environmentally-friendly products but I have to admit, I also want to wage total war on wrinkles… when it comes to anti-aging, are organic and natural face products really as effective as the hardcore scientifically tested ones stuffed with chemicals?
Wendy R. Palm Jumeirah
A Dear Wendy,
Ah yes, the ethical dilemma of the modern woman! Saving the planet versus fighting off the signs of aging. Each woman needs to strike her own balance. The truth is that, although some organic products are powerful, to get the optimum anti-aging effects from a skincare range, you need to use the ‘hardcore’ clinical products as they have the most active ingredients for reversing the symptoms of the aging process. I must stress though that I only recommend professional skincare products as they contain the big guns in the anti-aging arsenal, such as Vitamin C and A and alpha lipoic acid.
My big secret for the general public is that anything you buy over the counter has a two layer penetration which makes the results superficial and short-lived. A professional product will penetrate to the fourth or fifth layer of the skin where all the collagen and elastin is produced, thus speeding up the regeneration process and giving much longer-lasting results. Also, professional products are not that different in price because with over-the-counter products, you’re paying mostly for the mammoth marketing campaigns.
It doesn’t matter what they tell you is in the product, what’s important is the percentage of active ingredients and in an over-the-counter product there is not enough to make a difference. You only get enough active ingredients in a professional product.
However, organic products can also be very powerful, in particular essential oils. These penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin and also work on the emotional body. Essential oils are best used at night under your night cream as a serum. Oils such as sandalwood, rose, geranium, lavender and jasmine give great results in the war against aging.
Using a mix of organic and chemical is an option but you need to experiment with what’s best suited to your specific skin type. Also, you should change your skin care routine four times a year in line with the change in weather. If you use the same skincare products for too long, the skin becomes accustomed to the products and slows down regeneration.
DO TRY THIS AT HOME – DIY EXFOLIATION
A great home beauty tip for exfoliating the face and body is to use sea salt with olive or almond oil. Take a handful of sea salt and cover it with the oil to make a paste. Rub over dry skin before you shower or, for a gentler exfoliation, use on wet skin after you shower then rinse again.
Exfoliate once a week in order to allow proper penetration of your skin products. The sea salt also removes negative energy
in your aura leaving you feeling invigorated and refreshed. For extra softness and moisturising, add a few drops of an essential oil like rose, sandalwood or lavender.
BEST ORGANIC PRODUCTS FOR ANTI-AG1ING
Cream, AED 275
Rich, thick and has a Botox effect to tighten the skin thanks to three per cent glycolic acid from the Naseberry fruit. Lush!
Buy it: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Altearah Bio Silver serum, AED 229
Great regenerative with anti-wrinkle qualities and soothing for sensitive skin.
Buy it: Online at www.spadunyaclub.com or at SpaDunya Club at Plaza Level of Shams on JBR Walk.
Dr.Hauschka Regenerating Serum, AED 246.70
Contains the finest plant oils, plant extracts and waxes for firming and regenerating your skin, all sustainably manufactured.
Buy it: At Organic Foods & Cafe at The Greens and Dubai Mall.
KATRINA VALENTE is a Dubai-based holistic beautician specialising in anti-aging. New customers get a 20 per cent discount on the Eminence Organic Facial Treatment, which is great for getting your skin back its youthful glow, call her on 050 565 7679 or email her at Katrina@katrinavalente.com and mention ‘Awakenings magazine’.