Friday, 3 February 2017

Pure in Heart

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Purity in the heart brings us close to God and we should seek to filter purity into all aspects of our lives.  In the short space of a few decades, we have turned into an industry of consumers for synthetics, low cost production, compromising both quality and impact to ourselves and the environment.  If we don't act now, the beauty of this world blessed to us will erode and disappear.  We each have a responsibility to make choices that enables sustainability to our lives and our environment.

I have said before that I don't have the qualifications nor knowledge to analyse the science behind the skincare and beauty products I review here, but only based on my own experience and to a limited extent, the information that are published by the brand themselves.

This winter season has been surprisingly mild, the humidity levels have been high so the wintry conditions has seemingly had less impact to cause dry and irritating skin.  However, the winter is not yet over, and the weather continues to be volatile.

For dry flaky skin conditions, that can become sore and sensitive, I have found a real treasure in the products within the Pure Potions brand.  I have said before that this is quite a niche brand, there are limited products in the range, but of what there is, they are fantastic for dry and problematic skin, including psoriasis and eczema.

The range is free from artificial chemicals, perfumes and parabens.  It is suitable for all ages including young children, their ingredients list shows the integrity of the products used, and many of the botanical extracts used are organic.

My absolute essentials are the Skin Salvation Daily Moisturising Cream and the Skin Salvation Intensive Hand Cream.  They are are both shea butter and hemp oil based, with chamomile, nettle, chickweed and calendula herbal tinctures which is rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids.

The best part is the wonderful texture, which feels beautiful when applied to the skin, and the results are instantaneous.  The skin immediately feels smooth and soft.  It is extremely comforting for dry and sensitive skin, and the impact is long lasting, reducing the need for continuous reapplication.

They are now widely available in Boots and Holland and Barrett which often have multi buy deals.  QVC have also started to offer more sets from this range due to its popularity, including a supersize of the daily moisturising cream which is great value, £20 + P&P £3.95 for a whopper 300ml.

The hand cream is the pricier option of the two, it has the added ingredient of sea buckthorn oil which is an extremely expensive super oil, that is rich in vitamins and fatty acids, giving it amazing anti aging skin benefits.  It is £10.99 for 50ml, but you do notice the more intensive hydration on application, and I find the skin more radiant.  A little goes a long way, and the nourishing benefits lasts for hours, reducing the need for continuous reapplication.

One additional product worth a mention is the Skin Salvation Moisurising Ointment, which is one of the purest and iconic product in the range.  It is 100% natural, with the core tinctures of chamomile, nettle, chickweed and calendula in a beeswax, olive oil and safflower oil base. I am not usually a fan of balms, but I find that this product is great for targeted treatment of problem areas, for me, I use it on a patch of psoriasis next to my ear. 

It is instantly soothing, gentle and nourishing.  I have not experienced the complete elimination of the condition, but it definitely relieves the itchiness and flakiness.

The ointment is usually sold in fairly big jars, but as I use it only on a very small area, I have found that the 5ml trial pot is completely adequate. This is offered within a sample pack on their website for just £5, with free P&P, that includes all three of the products above.  It is a fantastic way to try the hero products at very little cost.

A final comment on the products is the fragrance. As they do not add any synthetic fragrance or perfumes, they are great for sensitive skin, and what you smell is from the natural ingredients alone.  The slightly herbal smell is not pungent, and to me, is quite pleasant, and reassuringly natural.  The products are also vegan friendly, and not tested on animals. Ticks all the boxes really.

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