We felt it was time here at Hope in Health to talk about some of our most popular products from our skincare line – four fabulous certified organic which have proven game-changers for countless clients and customers. Some of our clients first come across these products in the therapy room at our exclusive London garden retreat; others find us online looking for a face oil or body treatment that can deliver powerful anti-ageing results without chemicals. However you’ve found us, though, be warned: these products are not to be used by women – or men – in a rush.
But it’s about more than going slow and general wellbeing. Why has natural skincare seen such a surge recently? Well in truth, consumers have more information now than ever about the harmful chemicals that might be hiding in their favourite beauty products.
Campaigns such as Breast Cancer UK’s #ditchthejunk movement offer a wealth of information about which ingredients to look out for and avoid. Shockingly, many of the skin products found on our pharmacy and supermarket shelves contain substances linked with breast cancer including parabens, phthalates, triclosan and even the powerful disinfectant formaldehyde – yes, really.
First up is our Frankincense, Myrrh and Sandalwood Face Scrub and Mask (£22), which is where we begin our facial ritual. Ritual is the correct word, too – the heavy, ceremonial fragrance of frankincense and myrrh is only amplified by the sandalwood, and applying this exfoliator doesn’t feel dissimilar to taking part in a spiritual or sacred ceremony. Mix one part with three parts water in a small bowl, apply with a brush, and massage upwards in small, circular movements. Apply a second coat and leave for up to 20 minutes, then wash clear with tepid water.
The result? Tight, cleansed skin that feels youthful and replenished without the dryness that so often accompanies so-called ‘anti-ageing’ products.
Then, if it’s daytime, we follow with our Frankincense, Myrrh & Rose Otto Face Oil (50ml, £28). 1-3 drops is all you need, mixed with a little water and massage slowly – go on, take your time – for three minutes. Rose Otto is a fabulous essential oil for the face, not to be confused with the more readily available (and cheaper!) rose oil; it’s absorbed deep into the skin tissues to restore and revitalise and its delicate fragrance is known to relax the senses and relieve anxiety.
Our clients swear by this combination of our Frankincense, Myrrh and Sandalwood scrub followed by our Frankincense, Myrrh and Rose Otto face oil for skin that looks – and feels – years younger.
After dark, we up the ante with our powerful skincare double act: our Avocado and Geranium Night Cream (50g, £22). Thick and indulgent, layer on a generous amount and enjoy the skin-boosting properties of vitamins A,B and D, lecithins and sterolins. You’ll wake looking younger, naturally – out clients note that even after a fortnight of daily use, wrinkles are visibly reduced.
And then finally, head into the shower and prepare yourself for whatever the day might hurl at you with our Frankincense Myrrh & Citrus Garden Body Oil (200ml, £26). Unlike the exotic fragrance of our exfoliator, our body oil is scented with citrus and floral oil to invigorate and energise. Apply straight after showering while the skin is still wet to lock in as much moisture as possible. A recent convert to the Hope in Health range told us that it was the ‘most indulgent’ body oil she’d ever tried – we’ll take that!
What sets our skincare products apart from all of the others on the market? It’s our dedication to the ingredients Mother Nature provides, our reliance on ancient, sacred resins and our refusal to rush anything.
What will you treat yourself to? Take a look at our skincare range here.