8 of the main toxic ingredients found in our cosmetics

Many cosmetics today still use chemicals within their production because it’s so cheap to acquire these components. It’s claimed there are over 85,000 chemicals used in the cosmetics industry. However, as many discover, it’s not worth a few euro less when you realise what these chemicals are & what they can do to our skin & body.

Petroleum Distillates (Petroleum Jelly)

Found in hair relaxers, hair dyes, soap, shampoo, conditioner, moisturisers, anti-ageing products, make-up, lip balms
– Derived from crude oil and are used in a variety of beauty products, particularly those which claim to moisturise and protect injured skin.

– Slows down the loss of water from the skin by forming a barrier on its surface.
– It has no nutrient value

– Encourages the skin to stop producing its own natural moisturising oils, leading to dryness and chapping. It therefore may exacerbate the very conditions you are trying to relieve.

Propylene Glycol (PEG or PPG)

Found in skin lotion, shampoo, conditioner, baby wipes, soap, make-up.
– Main ingredient in anti-freeze (keeps temps in radiators from freezing or boiling) and is usually listed on cosmetic labels as PEG or PPG.
– Claim to hydrate skin, leaving it smooth and soft. However, both are considered toxins that cause skin rashes and persistent dry, flaky skin and eye irritation.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES)

Found in shampoo, bubble bath, shower gel, cleansers.
– Used to produce foaming, removing oil from hair and skin.
– Despite being portrayed as the baddies of the beauty world by many non-chemical cosmetic companies, both SLS and SLES are proven to be safe cleansers – provided any contact with skin is brief and rinsing is thorough.


– Chemical preservatives

– Primarily for their bactericidal and fungicidal properties. They can be found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, shaving gels, personal lubricants, topical pharmaceuticals, spray tanning solution, makeup, and toothpaste. They are also used as food additives.

– Low cost

– Found in extremely low concentrations in breast cancer tumors.

– Slightly mimic estrogen (a hormone known to play a role in the development of breast cancer). No effective direct links between parabens and cancer have been established, however.


  • Fragrance is considered a trade secret, so companies don’t have to tell us what’s in it – often dozens or even hundreds of synthetic chemical compounds.
  • Even “unscented” products may contain masking fragrances, which are chemicals used to cover up the odor of other chemicals.

Colour Pigments

  • Synthetic colours made from coal tar.
  • Contain heavy metal salts that deposit toxins onto the skin, causing skin sensitivity and irritation. Studies have shown almost all of them to be carcinogenic.


  • Biochemically engineered plant extracts which allows for certain traits to be added to an ingredient that would not naturally be attainable, eg. a specific protein.
  • As much as these are enhanced to add benefits to cosmetics & results, these components are not processed & broken down as they should be in the body & will have negative effects on the organs & systems.


Other than Toxic Chemicals, it’s important to be aware about the common practice of testing products on animals

Every year, cosmetics companies kill millions of animals to test their products. These companies claim they test on animals to establish the safety of their products and ingredients for consumers. Product testing is commonly performed on animals to measure the levels of skin irritancy, eye tissue damage, and toxicity caused by various substances used in the manufacture of cosmetics.

Natural cosmetic companies test directly onto skin due to the guaranteed purity of products. Animal testing does still occur in 100s of well known brands; it will be a constant battle to eradicate it.


Knowing that – would you like to try Natural Cosmetics that are efficient, affordable and absolutely Divine? That offer premium quality products with premium quality treatments?

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Phyt’s Naturo-Esthetique and Couleur Caramel Makeup both offer skincare treatments and cosmetics, certified organic and of 100% natural origin. Both companies have been founded on strong values and convictions:

  • Beauty and health go hand in hand
  • Vital need to reduce the impact of chemistry in our environment

They use Plant extract minerals, essential oils, marine and fruit extracts. All the ingredients are used at their purest form and all our products are labeled 100% natural and organic, to offer you the gift of using the greatest quality skincare where your skin keeps pace with inner balance and health.


If you wish to find out more about Phyt’s & Couleur Caramel, call or text Tissy on 086 3836295 or email nurturingtouch@live.ie to book your free consultation.


3 steps to make your pimples disappear

Our dear spots always appear at the worse time – the day we are going to a party, a wedding, an interview, or worse… a date !!! Just when we would love perfect skin and here they come – I had a lovely one the day I did my driving licence picture, now it’s on it for ever…

Thankfully, there are ways to hide them, just follow these 3 simple steps :

1) Cleansing

NaturodermAs soon as you see a new spot coming up, using a cotton disk or ear bud, purify the area with a an antiseptic lotion such as Phyt’s Naturoderm. With 100% pure and natural plant macerations and essential oils such as cloves (antibacterial) and sage (heals), Naturoderm is a powerful antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal lotion for any infections and open sores. I personally carry it in my bag and also use it as hand sanitiser – it smells lovely and contains no ethanol – so it’s all good.





2) Camouflage 

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Time to take out your Concealer, also called Corrective Cream – depending on the colour of the affected area, you will choose a colour to tone it down – for example, if it’s red, you can use a green concealer.  Couleur Caramel offers a wide choice of Corrective Creams, which are ideal to erase imperfections, dark circles, puffiness and redness.  The shad used must be lighter than the foundation to create contrast.  With ingredients such as Organic Shea Butter and FT Baobab Oil, Couleur Caramel Concealers moisturise, nourish and purify the skin.

Apply a small quantity with your finger or a brush by gently dabbing it onto the affected area, until the colour is neutralized.

3) Foundation

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Apply your foundation as normal but being extra gentle when you apply it over the concealer, in order to not remove it.  Then set your make up with a powder et voilà, you’re ready to go!






A general rule when a spot appear is to always cleanse your skin properly, avoid touching the spot(s) during the day (I know, it’s tempting), especially if you haven’t washed your hands…  Also, always remove your makeup prior to exercising.

I recommend that you choose natural products which are ideally organic in order to not irritate your skin further, just like the saying : « nature doesn’t need chemicals to be beautiful, why would you ? »  If you want to know more about some of the nasty common ingredients that are in our cosmetics, please read the following post.

Finally, watch your diet: eat wholefoods, fresh fruits & vegetables, homecooked foods preferrably (80% of the time) and avoid sweets, junk food, fast food, sodas, alcohol and caffeine – remember the 80/20 rule…

If you would like to try any of our products, please contact me on 0863836295 or by email nurturingtouch@live.ie to make an appointment for your free consultation.

To you healthy skin!


Tissy x

My 5 Steps to a Healthy Skin


I love the way Irish people say “How are you” and “Take care” so many times a day, no matter how many times you might be talking to the same person, it’s such a kind and loving expression – (something we don’t have in French – not that we are not kind and loving J – everybody knows how “Rosemantic” the French are LOL)

I especially love the word CARE – like in “sharing is caring”, “I care for you” or “Skincare” which in my French way of translating means “Loving your Skin”.

I love my skin, in fact I love every part of my body, even my “imperfections” – and why would I not? It’s what makes me…who I am… and if a part of me needs attention or TLC, I give it – such as my skin, the largest organ of my body and my face – the one part of me that’s always exposed. I love to look healthy but most importantly to BE healthy, from the Inside Out – not just to look healthy thanks to the magic of makeup. In fact, even though I have a wonderful natural & organic makeup (Couleur Caramel) – which I love – I only wear it for occasions or a video tutorial, but rarely at work as I prefer my clients to see me the way I truly am, naturelle! And that’s when people get surprised – thinking I’m actually wearing makeup J

I get complimented on my skin regularly and asked what do I do… so today I would like to share with you my 5 steps to a Healthy Skin which I hope will help you too have a beautiful healthy skin, from the Inside Out.


STEP ONE: The products that I use – quality over quantity

First, I’d like to share one of my rules: LESS IS MORE – and that applies for skincare products and makeup. I don’t believe in spending fortunes in cosmetics but I believe in using quality. I don’t have 100 different products that I use for my skin, just a good cleanser, toner, moisturiser, exfoliator (no I don’t use serum daily – only when my skin needs it). Same for the quantity – a pea size amount for my moisturiser and if I wear foundation, I only put on a little to give a unified complexion for a long lasting makeup.

I use good quality products – and by that I don’t mean an expensive brand, I mean a natural brand with good quality ingredients, no toxic chemicals, preferably organic and not tested on animals. I use Phyt’s Naturo-Cosmetics – they suit my skin and tick all the boxes for me. I’ve been using them exclusively for the past 3 years now and find them brilliant. In fact, I can truly say that it’s the best Skincare range I’ve ever used. My skin is showing it!


STEP TWO: Cleansing

It’s just like brushing my teeth, it has to be done! I don’t do it twice a day though like my teeth, I only cleanse my skin sin the evening after I’ve spent the day working or outdoor, especially if I’ve worn makeup – I don’t go to bed without cleansing my skin, it’s part of my routine.

The steps are simple: cleanse, tone and moisturise – 5 min max and my skin is then ready for our beauty sleep… It actually feels lovely to cleanse the skin before going to bed, it feels fresh J Then in the morning, it’s just shower and moisturise. For me, in the morning, it’s quick quick quick – get the kids to school and go to work J I’m sure it’s the same for some of you!

BUT, once a week, usually on a Sunday after my run, I exfoliate, because that takes a bit more time and I like to give it time – it’s like a little massage… I use Phyt’s Gommage Contact + which has plant cells – a gentle exfoliator – and Ylang Ylang – which is anti-inflammatory and smells gorgeous! It gently removes the dead skin cells and impurities, brightens up my skin and helps my moisturiser to work more efficiently. That’s one of my favourite products.

Why exfoliate?

  • To brighten the complexion
  • To leave the skin soft, smooth & clean
  • To help your moisturiser work efficiently
  • To stimulate the blood supply
  • To help reverse some of the sun damage by refining the skin texture
  • To combat dryness & premature ageing


STEP THREE: Diet & Lifestyle

Having a Beautiful and Healthy comes from within, so there’s no point pretending that if we smoke, drink alcohol daily (more than one glass), eat junk & processed food, survive on a coke / coffee diet throughout the day because we are super stressed that our skin will be glowing – that would be amazing!

Here, it’s all about the 80-20 rule – off course I have a sweet tooth and love homemade cake, good chocolate and champagne (I know, I have luxurious taste, but to be honest, if I’m going to have a treat, it has to be worth it!). I eat very healthy 80% of the time, a diet of wholesome, home cooked food based on vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, organic eggs and fresh fish – then I have my treats such as Lindt Chocolate (that’s my thing at the moment), hot chocolate with cream from Builin Blasta – our local coffee shop – 1-2/week and if I have the occasion to drink a glass of champagne (or 2), I will – but that doesn’t happen too often!!! I feel sick with every other alcohol, it’s just not worth it. I don’t smoke (but if you do, I heard that the book Easy Way to Stop Smoking (www.allencarr.ie ) is brilliant. Finally, I drink a lot of water (80%) and some Earl Grey Tea (20%).

So if you want to have a beautiful skin, you need to make choices…

Stress is another major factor for skin imbalances and break outs – so finding ways to distress is primordial: relaxation, meditation, yoga, treatments, going for walks, reading, journaling, doing some sport – these are ways I use to stay in balance and release any stress I may have.


STEP FOUR – Protection

I’ll never say it enough: protect your skin from sun damage!!! I see so many clients coming for facials who have pigmentation, redness and broken veins… Especially in Ireland, with the weather we have – we think we are safe because it’s not sunny like in Spain but when it is, that’s when we get caught! Suddenly everyone is very lightly dressed without protection or hats, go to the beach between 12 and 3pm and then get burnt – the beautiful Irish skin is so sensitive…

The other thing is redness, broken capillaries – from the wind and cold when going for your walks…

So protect your skin using a good SPF 30 to 50. Our Phyt’s Solaire has Argan oil, it’s nourishing, anti ageing and very light to wear – it doesn’t stick like a lot of SPFs.

In the evening, apply a soothing cream such as Cream Phytssima rich in Argan & Hemp Oil – it’s anti-inflammatory and healing and also our Cream Capyl which is anti-redness and anti-sensitivity with Red Vine and Cypress (venous decongestant).


STEP FIVE – Nurture

And by that I mean getting Facials regularly, ideally every 6 weeks, it’s not a treat, it’s essential for the skin.

Using specific serums, masks and massage technique to drain, nourish and tone the skin – while with a Beautician who can advise home care routine to keep the skin in balance.

Our skin changes with time and seasons and has different needs – so should our products. We need more nourishment in Winter whereas we need more sun protection in summer for exemple. So getting regular facials helps to keep the skin in balance, nourished and protected.


For more information on Phyts Treatments, visit http://nurturingtouch.ie/phyts-organic-facials/

Is my Skin Dry or Dehydrated?

When choosing a skincare product, it’s important to know our skin type and if we have any imbalance.  There are 4 main Skin Types:

Normal Skin

  • Well balanced water / oil content
  • Refine Pores
  • Little or no blackheads or breakouts
  • Even Texture and Tone
  • Minimal capillary damage / sensitivity

Dry Skin

  • Lacking Oil
  • Tight Skin
  • Pores are very fine / barely visible
  • Flakiness can appear
  • Ages more quickly / noticeably
  • Rough Texture
  • Sensitivity can also happen and DEHYDRATION occurs easily

Oily Skin

  • Over production of sebum
  • Obstructed pores on T-Zone & cheeks
  • Blackheads, rough texture
  • Pimples, spots, cysts can occur as a condition

Combination Skin

A mix of the above skin types


DEHYDRATION is a skin imbalance that can occur with any skin type and means that the skin tissues are lacking WATER. Here are the symptoms:

  • Skin feels and looks tight
  • Fine lines
  • Scaly appearance when looking closely
  • Flaking and broken capillaries are common

This imbalance is due to our general health, lifestyle, diet and skin care routine:

  • Inappropriate Cleanser (watch out for alcohol or chemical glycerine)
  • Acne Treatments
  • Sun Exposure
  • Neglect: diet, incorrect homecare, smoking, etc.
  • Medication / Illness
  • Harsh Exfoliators (avoid those with grains)
  • Environment – ie: air conditioning, extreme temperatures
  • Hot water / baths
  • Ageing

Ingredients that Hydrate:

  • Sunflower Oi
  • Palm Oil
  • Sesame Seed oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
  • Vegetable Glycerine


Phyt’s Products:

  • Lait Nettoyant Cleanser
  • Orange Toner
  • Gommage Contact + (Exfoliator)

Aqua line

Phyt’s Aqua Line specifically targets dehydration.  They combine the best of Natural Hyaluronic Acid and vegetable oils:

  • Cleanser: Eau Micellaire (cleanser & toner in one bottle)
  • 3 moisturisers: Fluid Aqua, Creme Aqua and Creme Hydra Riche
  • Serum: Elixir Aqua
  • Mask Hydra’Gel

With Couleur Caramel Makeup, most products are for all skin type, but here are 2 products particularly suited to Dehydrated Skin:

  • White Base
  • Natur’Fluid Foundation

All products are available to try at the clinic, just call or text to book an appointment on 086 3836295 or email nurturingtouch@live.ie


What changes can make to your lifestyle for a beautiful skin?

  • Watch your diet: eat a balanced diet of fresh fruits & veg, whole grains and good quality products – avoid processed foods, fizzy drinks, alcohol, coffee and as much as possible and cook your meals 80% of the time rather than buying ready made
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Check your products and their ingredients, stay away from toners with alcohol, exfoliators with grains / seeds (too harsh) – use appropriate products.  Your skin is your largest organ, anything you put on your skin goes into your blood stream, so for your health, choose natural products over chemicals and toxins
  • Protect your skin from sun exposure, using a good SPF of minimum 30  – I love our Phyt’s Sun Care Range… not only the products are very effective, but less is more so they last long, smell beautiful and don’t feel sticky

A bientot!