Helen Bairstow’s Story

Way back in 1981 I studied to become a beauty therapist. Eventually owning three beauty businesses which gave me access to insider information … but I didn’t like what I saw.
I started to question the manufacturers about the ingredients in the products I was recommending and selling. In the late eighties I discovered aromatherapy (when people didn’t even know what the word meant!). While studying to become a clinical aromatherapist in London I began to see how natural ingredients were more effective AND less damaging to the skin. Using my skin as a laboratory I investigated how nutrition and natural therapies can make a positive difference to the health of your skin. As a result I became VERY disillusioned with the beauty industry. I could not live a lie any longer and in 1997 we sold-up and left the beauty industry behind. In 2001 I started a marketing company. My friends who wanted their skin to look like mine wanted my ‘skin secrets’. So a book was written about what I had learned about the beauty industry rip-offs.
If You Want Great Skin, Throw Away Your Cosmetics” was published in 2004 but seems people were not yet ready to hear this information. They just loved their fancy jars of stuff too much – seriously. So I went on with life…


Which Essential Oils for Skin Care

Learn how to use aromatherapy to make your skin healthy and look great. You’ll be able to replace all your expensive cosmetics.

With hundreds of essential oils, some of which are even toxic to the skin, I have selected 14 of the most dynamic essential oils to use for skin care. Chosen after years of using essential oils every day on my own body and face and having used them on clients in the beauty clinics. Read first about each oil to discover how it can help your skin and then use the A to Z of Essential Oils for Skin Conditions Chart at the end of this section as quick reference guide.
The Whole Skin with a Focus on One Layer
Each essential oil has an effect on the entire skin structure, yet some have a more specific effect on one of the layers of skin – epidermis, dermis and sub-cutis. To treat your skin as a whole each essential oil has been categorised into its specific effectiveness of which layer it has an effect on.
For each essential oil I have indicated which layer of the skin this oil is most effective at … top layer (epidermis), middle (dermis) or base layer (sub-cutis).

What Is The “Acid Mantle”?

The acid mantle is a combination of the sweat from your sweat glands and the sebum (your skin’s natural oil). The two are a gift from nature secreted onto the surface of your skin.
Please take note: the difference between secretions and excretions – both being very important to the skin. Secretions are used by the body, where as excretions are substances the body has no use for, like toxins. The combination of these two secretions, sweat and sebum, form an acidic environment which provides protection for your skin from ‘bad bacteria and germs’. I use the word ‘bad’ bacteria because there are friendly bacteria and organisms living on our skin over our entire body. For example; did you know that there are microscopic ‘friendly bugs’ that live in our eyelash roots that clean out the follicles of our lashes to keep eyelashes healthy?
This is a good reason to stop using harsh waterproof mascaras as you could be unknowingly killing off these useful and friendly guys. Like everything in nature there is a very delicate balance and unknowingly we often mess it up.