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Thursday, 13th August, 2015 1:30am

In complete contrast to last week, when I wrote about cosmeceuticals and their rise in popularity, this week I am going to be looking at natural products, their benefits and uses.

I have Psoriasis on my body and often feel that many products inflame this. With that in mind, I need to keep an eye on what I use on my body.

Many expectant or breastfeeding mothers feel the same; I know this because a few of my friends are pregnant at the moment. It is worth noting that natural products work well when they are manufactured by companies that know how to combine them.

I have had a lot of questions about how well coconut oil works as a moisturiser and while it certainly will hydrate skin, won't really help with anti-ageing. I do like it as a hair mask, or a foot mask, and how I do this is I wrap my feet in cling film and it helps with dry heels especially after holidays when you have been wearing flip-flops for a week.

Read on to find three companies that really know how to do natural really well.

 At the start of the summer, I came across a brand that I had seen called Holos and upon further research I discovered a whole range of holistic-based skincare.

Their anti-ageing oil is so smooth and a great multi-purpose tool. I use it primarily as a face mask that I leave on overnight if my skin looks dull or dry. I also apply it to my brow area to help the area stay hydrated as I am pone to little patches of dryness there and along my hairline.

For those of you sceptical about skin polish, or exfoliators, fear not. The Blossoms skin polish is made from volcanic lava and so is gentle on your skin. It contains the beautiful aroma of neroli and isn't harsh at all on your skin. It is available on and selected retailers.

Trilogy Replenishing Night cream regenerates and rejuvenates your complexion with hyaluronic acid, marula and olive. It is easily absorbed (so it won't hit the pillow as soon as you do, a very important factor) and it smells divine. It is part of their age proof line of products. It retails at €34.95.

Oils are making a real comeback, however if you are in anyway unsure Triolgy have launched a 15ml limited edition trial size in their iconic Rosehip oil. It is €16.50 for this anti-oxidant infused half-size, half-price, full power oil which contains rosehip and cranberry, potent antioxidants from tomato and acai, and nourishing oat extract. It really improves the tone and texture of the skin.                                                                                                                                                                                It is available in pharmacies nationwide.

Bia Beauty was born out of a need for a new mum to find a range of products to suit her post-baby skin. The product line has been steadily growing and has picked up a number of local and national beauty awards. It is also all produced in Cork which makes me love it just a little bit more.

The eye gel contains arnica which is super for those who suffer with baggy eyes. My all-time favourite product in the Bia line has to be the Detoxifying body scrub. It is not at all drying or harsh on my skin and I use it twice a week from my neck to my feet. It has a nice price tag of €19.95 and I find it lasts me around a month.

The base is castor and apricot kernel grains as well as sweet almond oil. The fragrance comes from uplifting citrus fruits like grapefruit and lemon and it contains fennel and ginger and black pepper. It works well on helping to shift cellulite as the grains are stimulating. These items are available in Lloyds pharmacies.

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