We are a small team creating handcrafted natural skin treats and beauty products. In this blog we write about skin care and cosmetic ingredients, debunking some of the myths and explaining why and how you DON’T have to spend a fortune looking after your skin. If you wish to try out our products, you can find them in our online shop here.
Articles on nutrition are abundant these days, everybody is a foodie, and the old dogmas are shifting. Saturated fat is no longer the enemy it once was, and sugar has been revealed as the true baddy.
But what about our skin? What should we eat, or abstain from to keep our youthful looks for longer?
Skin’s pH and the Acid Mantle – the long, and the shorter story
THE SHORTER STORY
The surface of your skin contains a barrier, the acid mantle, which protects skin from contamination, bacteria and moisture loss. This delicate barrier can be easily disrupted by harsh chemicals and environmental pollution causing rashes, dryness, acne and blemishes. Products that support the acid mantle will be slightly acidic (to match your skin) and they will contain natural plant based substances that blend well and melt into your skin. We at DASH are particularly fond of this lovely mantle, and we are constantly on a mission to make all our products pH balanced and thus skin loving, protecting and gentle for your (and our!) faces and bodies.
Here is a list of some of our favourite active ingredients, explaining where they are used and why. These are the things we are very excited about with and really enjoy formulating with. Continue reading
A contradiction in terms? Well, no….
Our line for oily skin currently has Rebalancing oil which works beautifully with the Treatment serum for problem skin. This might be our hardest sell yet, since using oil on oily skin appears counter-intuitive, but Clarins & Decleor have been at it for years… Continue reading
We are legally required to list allergens on our labels, they are things like linalool, geraniol, citronellol, farnisol. These are chemicals naturally occurring in essential oils that may irritate someone with a very sensitive skin. For this reason, some cosmetics companies prefer to use artificial fragrances and perfumes rather than pure essential oils. We do not like to use artificial fragrances. Continue reading
We are often asked for a consultation and personal recommendations of which products to use, how to use, how much and when. So here we compiled a list of skin types and matching products/routines. Regardless of the skin type, please all read the section on normal skin, where we explain the reasons behind the recommended routines. Continue reading
As the weather gets warmer, we are starting to think of skin protection so this is the hot topic for this month. As wisely pointed out in Baz Luhrmann’s 1999 hit “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” the long-term benefits of sunscreen have been robustly and scientifically proven. Regardless of motivation (safety or vanity) we’d like to discuss this and also in the context of natural skincare products.
We are big into facial oils. We are also big into facial serums and if you look closely at the ingredient labels, serums are based on oils but with more active ingredients.
The idea of putting oils on your skin might not immediately appeal, especially to those with oily skins, but we’d like to encourage you to think differently. Continue reading
We LOVE this blend of nourishing oils (macadamia, avocado, hemp, rosehip), anti-ageing ingredients (vitamins E, A, evening primrose) and rejuvenating essential oils (geranium, lavender and rose) this treatment serum is a must for the more mature skin and a perfect boost for … Continue reading