The Magic Pot- Ask Lili Series by Lili Giglia Founder, Essentially Lili
Lately Millions of fans on Instagram and You Tube are completely losing their minds over influencers who are launching their very own cosmetics line, with gorgeous young girls feeling inadequate every time they watch detailed make-up beauty tutorials.
Once you create a massive fan base to support your products, you can sell them within minutes of the launch, creating the safest money maker.
But is the make-up a solution or is it falsely filling millions of women’s expectations with stereotypical thinking?
Are they desperately trying to cover-up what’s under their skin day in & day out, to feel adequate and be accepted in a society that exploits insecurities?
It wasn’t too long ago when I decided to get your attention and help those of you who feel that make-up is falling short of expectations.
Why not identify the cause of your insecurities to prevent your skin’s condition from aging and stealing your self-confidence instead?
In my column I will answer your questions, bring you skincare tips and share how you can maintain your skin, naturally, from within.
Let’s be the best version of ourselves.
Thank you for reaching out! Here are your first questions answered
‘Can we have Home Spa fun and look fabulous all year round?’
Whilst enjoying a hot chocolate and a giggle with my friends, I’m often asked if I’m wearing make-up and what my skincare routine is like. To be honest, being a Mum who takes care of everyone else first, spending time on myself gets the last available slot, from the bathroom to putting shoes on and running out the door.
I always thought that beauty routines should take a spare hour to achieve that whole ‘wow factor’ look. This is so not me, especially during my youth when I didn’t like looking in the mirror except to find faults and criticize myself.
During that awful time of my life, I used foundation to cover up my skin, and regardless of how much I put on, it never hid the itching Eczema underneath. And being a low-maintenance kind of woman, I hesitated having to apply vast bottles of skincare to my already sensitive face. These often left me with red blotches that seemed like someone had freshly slapped my face!!
When I ditched the idea of becoming another Company’s brand ambassador, I threw myself into studying a range of natural health sciences subjects for a holistic approach to overall well-being. Learning the importance of nutrition to managing stress levels, and how it effects our body from the digestive functionality to the condition of our skin.
‘The way I see it, our body is our castle – if we neglect the inside, it will deteriorate and become an empty shell, and if we don’t take care of the outside, it will become weathered and aged.’
With this concept, I wanted to use a common-sense approach to health, skin and well-being. Whilst attending my courses at Regent’s University in London, the Instructors were teaching us about Essential oils, their top, middle and base notes, and what combinations usually works well together. During this time, the instructor asked us whether or not we cleanse our skin.
For me, I thought that cleansing was only necessary if I was wearing make-up. Instead, we are constantly exposed to harsh weather conditions, heating, dirt, environmental and unnatural pollutants which our body and skin collects.
‘Eventually even a freshly painted house will appear dark and dirty as the road traffic’s fumes are collected when passing by.’
When our class finished for the day, I headed back to my hotel room wanting to try out my newly made cleanser. I rinsed my face with warm water before adding a small amount to my skin. Gently massaging upwards, pressing my fingers into the skin for a few minutes to stimulate my face and neck. Using a slightly damp face towel to remove the cleanser, my skin felt totally revitalized and refreshed, without being aggravated or dehydrated. This simple yet delicate and soothing pampering gave me the impression that I had just stepped out of a beauty spa, despite still being in the hotel’s bathroom.
‘Wow, my skin felt awesome after that very easy pampering session!’
Often when our skin doesn’t feel gorgeous, we think that doing lots will make it appear better. We head to a salon for an expensive facial. They use equipment, laser machinery or derma-abrasive brushes to lift blackheads, squeeze excessive oil, break acne spots, treat discoloured skin tones as well as remove layers of skin. Steam, hot towels, scrubs and exfoliants are often added to the process.
‘And your poor face just wants to scream and escape this over stimulating activity!’
We are influenced to believe that more is always best from the Cosmetics industry. If we eliminate or squeeze the excess oils from our skin, adding bucket loads of products with ‘enhanced secret ingredients’, our skin will suddenly appear like we just stepped out of Cleopatra’s milk-bath!
‘Did you know that constantly extracting the natural oils from your skin will cause your body to work overtime replenishing and replacing these oils?’
This fascinating fact is what creates a vicious cycle of removing and reproducing sebum oils in our skin. For example, people who buy products to deal with Acne are often choosing those that have harsh or drying ingredients, like alcohol. The skin can look and feel dehydrated, red and irritated as a result of these contents. Eliminating too much gives the body instruction that oils are missing, causing the over-production to fill that gap.
‘So how can you treat conditions like Acne prone skin, without creating the vicious cycle and further damage?’
A really simple cleansing process should only be done at night time so that your skin can regenerate whilst you sleep. If you’re looking for totally natural products, you should be able to read ‘ALL’ the ingredients and not need a dictionary or Google to figure out what is contained.
Cleansers can either be a soap, balm or an oil-based liquid. The ingredients should contain items like Beeswax, Cocoa or Shea Butter, Vegetable Oils and Essential Oils with specific benefits, like balancing the skin. Whilst cleansing, environmental dirt that clogs the skin should be removed to prevent clogging the pores, and you should feel naturally lifted when the pampering has finished.
Choosing a product that the hydrates and protects your skin should be the next objective. When we’ve been out in the sunshine all day, we become thirsty and at times, lethargic. Our skin also needs replenishment to prevent our body from dehydrating and drying out.
Boosters can be a great way to give your skin a shot of goodness. Concentrated Serums that are specific to age groups and type of skin should contain only natural ingredients. The benefits are like taking a shot of wheatgrass with its potent and rich source of nutrients and vitamins.
Be mindful that some products are best applied during the night, as the Essential oils can cause the skin to burn if it’s exposed to the sun.
Try to not over cleanse your skin, or re-do this in the morning either. The last thing you want to do is remove the newly generated skin cells which are meant to protect your face.
Send us your question about skin care and Lili will answer it in her next column!
‘About Lili – Owner of Essentially Lili – where you can Get Your Own Pot of Magic to feel As Natural As You’
My quest to create all-natural products came from years of suffering with Eczema as a child and throughout my adult life. I found it difficult to find products that didn’t contain Cortisone or chemicals which caused the condition to worsen. We often become overwhelmed deciphering labels, trusting the Manufacturer that ‘Bio / Organic’ really means that when we choose their product.
Making a range that nourishes, hydrates, protects and rejuvenates the skin, whilst leaving it calm and feeling wonderfully soft is what I wanted for myself. I love being able to help others find alternative solutions to deal with worrying skin concerns.
I use only natural ingredients from Aromatherapy suppliers that are regulated by the EU. The range of products are Made With Love by me in Zurich, Switzerland. To see more, https://www.essentiallylili.com/. There’s something to suit various ages, genders and skin concerns too. Should you need help, feel free to contact me at [email protected]
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