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Natural Skincare Tips From Fay Halkitis, Founder Of Luna Beauty

by: Rosie Dalton | 6 months ago | Features

Image: via @luna_beauty_apothecary

Fay Halkitis is the founder of Luna Beauty & Apothecary, which is a beautiful haven on Sydney’s Bourke Street for natural health and beauty. Offering Naturopathic consultations and relaxing facials (using the best non-toxic ingredients), Luna has garnered a cult following since opening its doors in 2016. Here, Fay shares with us what ‘natural beauty’ really means and how to incorporate it into our skincare regimes.

WMC: How would you describe ‘natural beauty’?
Fay Halkitis: For me, the concept of natural beauty is about taking advantage of all the natural elements at our disposal that benefit our health and wellbeing. There is a something about using and working with plant-based products that encourages the self-nurturer within. It becomes ritual, not routine. Aesthetically, natural beauty looks like real skin with texture, pores and expression lines that show a life well lived. It’s also about not mimicking a healthy glow but actually taking responsibility for your health to glow from the inside out.

And what drew you to working in this space?
It was the combination of a few different factors but mostly my personal experience with Naturopathy and the transition from conventional food and products to organic. It’s not just a career choice, it’s become a lifestyle choice too! I had always wanted to run my own business, so this was the perfect avenue for me to take.

Image: via @luna_beauty_apothecary

Can you tell us a bit about Luna and the services you offer there?
Luna was created to be a safe and calm place where customers hopefully feel comfortable to openly share their skin and health struggles. I only provide products and advice based on merit, not trends. Our services were devised to be accessible to as many customers as possible. My facial treatments are designed to be equal parts thorough and relaxing. The goal is to achieve results while soothing the soul. I also see clients for Naturopath consultations, and I love to prescribe herbal tonics wherever needed. Often, I find my services overlapping because there cannot be beauty without health.

For anyone that’s just starting out their natural beauty journey, where is a good place to start?
It certainly isn’t possible to switch overnight so it’s good to tackle the journey in stages. To minimise wastage, I recommend using up whatever you have at home and simply replace items as you run out. In terms of categories, I would start with personal care products including toothpaste, deodorant, body moisturiser and haircare. Then, focus on skincare and cosmetics. When switching to plant-based skincare, start with the basics including a cleanser, toner and moisturiser. You can add serums and treatment products into the mix later once your skin adjusts.

Image: via @luna_beauty_apothecary

What are some of your favourite natural ingredients for skincare?
Exfoliant: Fruit enzymes are invaluable for dull or congested skin as they are wonderful for breaking down the bonds between dead skin cells to reveal softer, fresher skin.
Moisturiser: Look for Black Cumin Seed Oil if you’re prone to blemishes. Jojoba is almost identical in structure to the sebum (oil) our body produces which means it’s very well recognised by the skin and therefore well absorbed. It’s fabulous for rebalancing oilier skin, it’s naturally antibacterial and keeps skin protected and supple.
Toner: Colloidal Silver can be found in some toners and face mists. It’s antibacterial and useful for skin repair and healing.

Are there any nasty ingredients that you would suggest people watch out for?
We are so lucky to live in a time where we can harness the power of plants and use science to formulate in a clever, safe way. Who needs cheap, filler ingredients that don’t serve a purpose? My top ingredients to avoid include common irritants such as synthetic fragrance, mineral oil, the preservative called Methylchloroisothiazolinone and chemical UV filters such as Oxybenzone and Homosalate.

Could you share some of your personal favourite natural beauty products?
As you can imagine I have quite a few but my staples are The Balm by Nucifera, Purify by Linne, Soothing Gel by Dr Alkaitis, Happy Gums Paste by Living Libations, Original Deodorant Paste by Soapwalla and Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation in Just Sheer, Cream Blush in Desired Glow and their Volumising Mascara.

Find out more about Luna over here or via Instagram (@luna_beauty_apothecary)

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