Natural Skincare

10 Benefits Of Jojoba

It isn’t often you come across a product so versatile that it can be used on all skin types, hair, nails and all over your body. Jojoba is the ultimate multitasker with endless benefits. Here are 10 different ways to use this wonder product:

1. Moisturise skin: Anywhere, everywhere. Jojoba is easily absorbed and penetrates deeply into the skin to soften and restore your skin to a healthy condition.

2. Smooth fine lines and wrinkles: Helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and provides a potent antioxidant source to the skin.

3. Minimise scars and stretch marks: Improves the visible condition of skin and nurtures the growth of new and healthier cells.

4. Skin irritations: Use to soothe and reduce the visible effects of sunburn, heat rash and other skin irritations such as rosacea, psoriasis and eczema

5. Help acne: The anti-bacterial properties of jojoba cleans pores and prevents new breakouts.

6. Remove makeup: Simply add a few drops of jojoba to a cotton ball and wipe gently over the eyes and skin.

7. Massage and bath oil: Great for at home massages and baths. Add a few drops to your bath to leave skin feeling moisturised and soft.

8. Condition hair: Massage into damp hair, leave on for 5-10 minutes, then rinse off or add a few drops to your conditioner.

9. Condition lips: Apply to finger and smooth onto lips. Also works great as an overnight treatment.

10. Soften hands and cuticles: Use alone or add a few drops to your regular moisturiser. Also great for softening dry cuticles.

Eat Your Way To Healthy Nails

Healthy hair, skin and nails come from the nutrients we put into our body, which makes everything stronger, thicker and less prone to breakage. With winter approaching, it’s more important than ever to keep your body moisturised; not forgetting to target nails and cuticles as well. Focus on incorporating our five best foods mentioned below, which will leave you with healthier nails before you know it.

Eggs

Spinach and eggs are full of iron which contribute to healthy skin, nails and hair. People that suffer from an iron deficiency usually have nails which are soft, prone to regular breakage, and brittle. For strong nails, start your day off with eggs and add a side of spinach (or baby spinach), to your lunchtime salad.

Almonds and walnuts

Legumes are loaded with omega-3 essential fats which prevent nails from splitting. Grab a handful of almonds to snack on everyday for strong nails, or sprinkle over yoghurt for a healthy afternoon treat.

Flaxseed

Like almonds, flaxseeds are filled with omega-3 fats, as well as protein and fibre which is essential to a balanced diet. They are easy to incorporate into your diet, even if you aren’t the biggest health food fan. Sprinkle a table spoon of flaxseed over your breakfast cereal, you won’t even taste the difference!

Whole grains

Whole grains are essential to a balanced diet since they are filled with iron. Iron promotes nail growth and avoids nasty breakage. Look for wholemeal bread and use this instead of rye or white since there is no added health benefits in the latter. Your nails will thank you for it.

Berries

Filled with plenty of antioxidants, berries are a yummy treat which will no doubt help to avoid nail breakage. Blueberries and raspberries are best to snack on, since they are readily available and are proven to also reduce stress.

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By Felicia Sapountzis

7 Benefits Of Aloe Vera For Skincare

Aloe Vera has various benefits, just one being that it is amazing for repairing broken or damaged skin. Also known as ‘The Plant of Immortality’  this natural skin saviour was mostly commonly found in African and Indian regions of the world before it’s benefits were truly recognised. Plant in your backyard and use it straight from the source, or simply buy it from your local supermarket to appreciate all of its benefits.

1. Drinking aloe vera water

Aloe Vera water is now a popular drink which repairs the body from the inside out. It supplies the system with important vitamins and nutrients while also detoxifies the skin. Great to use if you suffer from inflammation, redness, and breakage on the surface of the skin.

2. Anti-Inflammatory

One very popular way of reducing acne is by using products which include traces of aloe vera. Using face washes, cleansers and aloe vera straight from the source eliminates redness and reduces swelling and inflammation on the skin. Aloe vera absorbs into the skin quite fast, so leave on for 10 minutes until washing off with lukewarm water.

3. Sunburn

Probably the best way to use aloe vera is to treat cracked skin due to burns or damage from the sun. Sprays and gels are great to keep in the fridge if you ever need them, but aloe vera from the source truly is a natural remedy. It helps to cool down the damaged area, and helps it become strong and healthy again. Use every few hours if you’re suffering from sunburn.

4. Psoriasis

Aloe Vera is an inexpensive way to help treat psoriasis and other skin irritations. This autoimmune disease causes scaly, red, and irritable eruptions on the surface of the skin. Apply natural aloe vera on a regular basis to the infected areas, and overtime notice a great improvement to the look and feel of your skin.

5. Anti-ageing

Apply aloe vera on a daily basis to achieve youthful and radiant skin. This has been proven to rewind signs of wrinkles, by hydrating and moisturising the skin. Add natural aloe vera into your daily skincare routine to enjoy the benefits of radiant skin.

6. Moisturising

If you’re growing tired of applying the same old greasy moisturisers to bed and in the morning, try using aloe vera. It has a thin consistency and a non greasy texture that is absorbed by the skin extremely fast. Aloe vera will keep your skin hydrated all day long and look absolutely glowing.

7. Decreases stretch marks

Pregnancy, weight loss and weight gain all contribute to irritating stretch marks which are a nightmare to remove. If used consistently, aloe vera helps to hide stretch marks and decrease their size and colour over time.

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5 Ways To Reduce The Effects Of Stress On Your Skin

We all get stressed from time to time but long term, chronic stress can be detrimental to not only our health but also our skin, hair, and nails. Our emotions and the way we react to everyday situations can have a powerful effect on skin health. Since stress is a part of life, what matters is how you handle it. Health and beauty expert Fiona Tuck, MD of Skinstitut Australia and author of The Myth Minx, investigates how stress affects the skin.

“Stress causes a chemical response in the body that makes the skin more reactive and sensitive. Using gentle products rich in antioxidants and soothing ingredients can support the skin during stressful times. Stress can also cause fluctuations in hormones make it harder for skin problems such as acne to heal,” she says.

“Have you ever noticed that when you are stressed, you break out more? This is because stress causes your body to produce cortisol and other hormones, which tells your sebaceous glands to produce more oil. Oily skin is more prone to acne and other skin problems. Stress can also aggravate skin problems. For example, stress can be a trigger for psoriasis, rosacea and eczema flare-ups. Stress can also contribute to hives, skin rashes and trigger the cold sore virus in
infected individuals.”

If you have a reoccurring skin condition, it may be time to rethink how you handle stress. Although it’s impossible to avoid stress completely, there
are ways to handle it better. Fiona suggests these approaches:

1. Look after your skin. Take care of your skin, even if you’re tired or stressed. Avoid overstimulating a stressed skin with hydroxyl acid and retinol-based ingredients and look for soothing antioxidants and vitamins such as goji berry, vitamin C, vitamin B, aloe vera and Canadian willowherb.

2. Exercise. Regular exercise is not only good for your skin and the rest of your body; it is one of the best ways to reduce stress levels in the body.

3. Take time for yourself to do something you enjoy, even if you only have 10 minutes. Take a warm bath with epsom salts to aid relaxation or read a book.

4. Count to 10. When things all seem like they are too much, take a deep breath and remove yourself from the environment. A quick walk around the block can calm you down and change your whole perspective on a situation.

5. Practice stress management techniques, such as breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, or visual imagery.

How To Naturally Treat Uneven Skin Tone

Whether you or someone you know suffers from a skin condition, the best way to get it medically treated is through your local GP. However, if prescribed creams, ointments and treatments aren’t exactly working wonders, there is no shame in trying the natural route. Did you know you could treat your skin with products from the pantry? Read on for our best ways to treat uneven skin tone.

Exfoliate

Exfoliating is a great way to remove dry or dead skin cells off the surface for a smoother, radiant appearance. There are many exfoliators from department stores right down to your local supermarket, but you could make a personalised concoction right at home. All you need is brown sugar, baking soda, coffee and oatmeal at the foundation of each scrub. Top off with your choice of honey, avocado and a drop of lemon to invigorate the skin.

Aloe vera

The most common source of uneven skin tone is unprotected exposure to the sun. Remember to apply sunscreen on your face and body when heading out in hot temperatures, or wear a foundation with an added SPF. Treat yourself to a fresh aloe vera treatment which not only cleanses the skin, but repairs damage from the sun, and helps with acne.

Fruits and vegetables

Clean your body from the inside out by making a variety of juices with fruits and vegetables. They help to flush the body of harmful toxins, and act as an inexpensive way to detox your immune system. Avocado, broccoli, ginger and lemons are your best friend if you are looking for clearer skin tone. Avoid refined sugars and over-processed foods during this detox.

Skincare routine

A consistent skincare routine will help to resolve any uneven skin tone. Cleansing, moisturising and toning the skin on a daily basis will give your skin enough hydration throughout the day, and added moisture throughout the night to avoid breakouts or discolouration. Rose hip oil is an inexpensive ointment and when used consistently will reduce the appearance of ageing, treat uneven skin, dry skin and will help you look youthful and fresh.

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By Felicia Sapountzis

The Benefits of Raw, Vegan Skincare

Raw, vegan skincare products can be hard to come by but they are worth seeking out. Not restricted to the vegan community, this growing beauty trend is the purest and amongst the most effective natural anti-ageing products on the market. Irene Falcone, natural skincare expert and founder of www.nourishedlife.com.au, takes us through the benefits of raw, vegan skincare.

To be considered “raw”, beauty products must be produced below 45 °C heat so the live enzymes and nutrients are retained throughout this gentle and intricate manufacturing process. You are literally applying to your skin the all goodness of Mother Nature’s best ingredients in their purest, most natural form.

Vegan products are completely free from all animal by-products, including even the most unsuspecting and natural ingredients that you generally don’t associate with animals – such as beeswax, cochineal (the red colour derived from crushed insects) and even lanolin (the natural grease from sheep’s wool).

This combination of raw and vegan ingredients are incredibly beneficial for anyone with dry or sensitive skin, or those prone to redness. The minimal processing allows the final product to retain the integrity of the key nutrients, which help to fight free radicals and inflammation for naturally smooth, glowing skin.

If you want to start incorporating this fresh new approach to natural skin care into your beauty routine, here are our favourite products:

Dr Alkaitis Raw Holistic Eye Cream (for smooth youthful eyes)

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Hurraw! Raw Vegan Lip Balms (for beautiful nourished lips)

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Pai BioRegenerate Rosehip oil (try this as an overnight facial moisturiser)

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Coconut Magic Coconut Oil (as an all-over body oil)

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Acure Argan Oil (for healthy hair and scalp)

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Have you tried raw, vegan skincare products?

5 Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil

Obsessed with coconut oil? Yep, us too. We love cooking with it but did you know it has a myriad of skincare benefits too? Try these genius beauty uses for coconut oil.

1. Shaving oil

Forget those drying shaving creams – coconut oil guarantees a close shave and leaves your skin with a beautiful sheen.

2. Body scrub

Mix coconut oil with brown sugar for a decadent body scrub that will leave your skin soft and supple. Pay close attention to elbows and knees.

3. Homemade lip balm

Nothing protects lips better than coconut oil. Not only is it a fabulous lip balm, but it softens the fine lines around the lips, erasing the years.

4. De-frizz hair

Just a tiny amount of coconut oil rubbed between the palms of your hands and run over your hair will defrizz, condition curls and nourish split ends.

5. Makeup remover

Many makeup removers contain alcohol and are too harsh for sensitive skin. Coconut oil removes all traces of makeup including waterproof mascara, while also conditioning the skin.

What are your favourite beauty uses for coconut oil?

8 Ingredients You Should Not Put on Your Skin

You know how it is: you need a new facial scrub or moisturiser and you’re faced with a mind-boggling amount of options. Do you go for the shiny new jar with the grand promises, or the skincare brand with the familiar logo and acronyms? But do we really know what they are doing to our skin?

Considering our skin absorbs up to 60 per cent of what we put on it, what you put on your skin could be doing you more harm than good, especially if you have sensitive skin or are prone to allergic reactions to products.

When it comes to ingredients we should avoid putting on our skin, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and parabens are the nasties we hear about the most, but what about other harmful products that are not so widely known?

Caroline Monet, founder of natural skincare brand Caroline’s Skincare, shares the eight ingredients you should avoid in your skincare products.

Benzoic Acid – synthetic
This ingredient is used in cosmetics as a fungicide/preservative and is also classified as an insecticide and can cause illness if ingested. Adverse effects on skin and eye area can be redness and a burning sensation. If Benzoic Acid is inhaled, it can cause damage to the nervous system. Eaten in food, it’s mildly toxic. Benzoic Acid has been linked to asthma problems and increased levels of hyperactivity in children.

Dowicil 200 (also known as Quarternium) – synthetic
Widely used in cosmetic products as an anti-microbial (preservative). This ingredient is absorbed into the skin and can cause a burning sensation and general skin irritation. It is the most common synthetic that causes allergic contact dermatitis.

Bronopol – synthetic
Used as a fungicide (preservative) in place of alcohol in cosmetic products, this ingredient can cause irritation to the skin. Also commonly used in baby wipes. Bronopol is classified as a dangerous substance in Europe.

Cinnamic Acid Compounds – synthetic fragrance/preservative
This ingredient acts as a fixative or preservative in cosmetic products. It is also used as flavouring in toothpastes and confectionary products and can cause contact dermatitis and general skin irritation. It should be noted that the word ‘fragrance’ on a bottle can indicate the use of any of around 4000 ingredients and most of these will be synthetic.

These fragrances can cause problems when inhaled such as headaches, nausea and disorientation as well as skin irritations when applied topically to the skin. People don’t realise the affect that inhaling synthetic fragrances can have. They can affect the central nervous system and in some cases they can cause depression.

Urea – synthetic
Urea is the synthetic version of urine used in skincare and cosmetics, and is often used as a preservative. It releases formaldehyde which in turn can attribute to skin allergies, irritations and when inhaled in concentrated forms can even bring about respiratory problems such as asthma. While it is used in some therapeutic skincare products and may be beneficial for those who suffer severe psoriasis it is preferable that it is not used long-term.

Benzoyl Peroxide – synthetic
This ingredient is synthetic preservative/antiseptic that is corrosive to the skin in concentrated solution and is most often found in acne products. It removes the natural protective barrier and nutrients from skin and can also cause photo toxicity (sensitivity to the sun) leading to skin pigmentation problems as well as bleaching of the skin. It can cause ongoing sensitivity to the skin and premature ageing, and has been shown to produce DNA damage.

Propylene Glycol
This is a form of mineral oil and a well-known skin irritant that can dry out the skin. Used as hydraulic brake fluid and antifreeze, it is found in solvents, paints and plastics and is used as a humectant (moisture retainer) and stabiliser in cosmetics such as acne treatments, soaps, mascara and shampoos.

It very quickly absorbs into the skin and can cause allergic reactions to those who suffer from sensitivity and recurring skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. It has been shown to be linked to cancer, developmental/reproductive issues, allergies/immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, and organ system toxicity. Its use is being phased out because of toxicity.

Lactic acid
One of the most popular AHAs, lactic acid is used predominantly as an exfoliator and skin freshener. It can cause premature thinning of the skin as well as photo toxicity that can lead to pigmentation problems. It removes the natural, protective barrier from the skin and if used long term can also cause premature ageing. It can irritate and sting sensitive skin.

So when it comes to your skin, be savvy and choose products that heal and nourish and are not toxic or harmful.

What are your favourite skincare products?

How To Make the Switch to Natural Skincare

Thinking of ditching the nasties and switching to natural skincare? There are so many natural beauty products out there, it can often be intimidating finding the right natural and organic products for you. Irene Falcone, founder of toxin-free beauty site Nourished Life, shares her 5 natural beauty tips to have you glowing in no time.

 1. Start multi-tasking
Find one great, all natural multi-tasking product to replace 3-4 of your old products. I love the Egyptian Magic all-purpose skin cream, the 100% Pure Lip & Cheek tints and La Mav Organic SPF 15 BB Cream.  This is a great way to not only update your skincare routine, but it will also de-clutter your beauty drawer.

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2. Choose products that keep working throughout the day
Look for skincare and makeup packed with natural antioxidants to help continually fight the free radicals we’re all constantly exposed to. The Luk Beautifood Lip Nourish range is packed with powerful antioxidants derived straight from fruit and vegetables (and is completely edible!).

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3. Simplify your nighttime skincare routine
Switching to a potent natural facial oil. Pure but simple organic face oils such as Rosehip and Argan can literally transform your skin while you sleep. Good quality, natural rose hip oils contain a multitude of fatty acids and anti-oxidants which can improve the appearance of everything from wrinkles through to pigmentation (another great multi-tasking product) The Pai Organic Rosehip oil is like pure liquid gold.

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4. Look for “100% Natural” or an Organic Certification logo
The great news here is that if a product carries an official certification logo, you know that it has been developed under strict guidelines and has undergone a high level of third party testing to ensure these guidelines are met. This is one of the easiest ways to filter out all those brands claiming to be natural with hidden nasties!

5. Hydrate your skin from the inside out by drinking lots of water
We hear it all the time, but this is one of the most cost-effective, simple ways to remove toxins, keep your complexion glowing and your body healthy.  If you find this hard to like me, invest in a beautiful glass water bottle with a built-in lemon reamer. The lemon juice makes the water easier to drink and adds an extra burst of real vitamin C.

Are you a fan of organic or natural skincare? Which products do you use? Tell us in the comments!

Best Organic Beauty Products for Summer

With summer just about here, odds are we’ll all be showing a bit more skin. Synthetic nasties have been linked to all sorts of health issues from disrupting hormones to serious skin irritations. So rather than slathering ourselves in potentially toxic products, here are our favourite organic beauty products for skin, makeup and hair.

 

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Eco Tan
I love a fake tan, but the last few years have slacked off using such products because although I adored the honey glow, the boyfriend objected to myself, the bathroom and most of the house smelling like a toxic pineapple, which was undeniably true. Enter: Eco Tan. I am obsessed. Eco Tan has Winter Skin, which is a gradual, build-up tanning moisturiser and a regular, rub-on Invisible Tan. I’m a fan of both. The colour is in no way tandoori-esque, but super natural and has no fake-tan smell. Winter Tan is great for a slow deepening of colour, which is great for everyday, whereas Invisible Tan (named so because it’s invisible going on) has you going golden in 24 hours, making it perfect for events. Both are certified organic, vegan and cruelty free, and on top of that are the best body mosturisers I’ve ever used. I was getting changed when I was genuinely staggered with how soft (let alone bronzed) my skin had become since using it. And there’s the added bonus of being super affordable.

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Kora Tinted Day Cream
I’ve been using Miranda Kerr’s Kora since it’s debut, it’s amazing. Now I’ve suffered from breakouts well into my twenties, but changing to organic skincare genuinely helped break that cycle. I now find using this tinted day cream, rather than a full foundation helps my skin stay healthy and keep spots at bay. The Kora Tined Day Cream contains sunscreen – which is great as I don’t have to put another product on my skin, and being organic, vegan and cruelty free is also a bonus. There are two main issues with this product, it only comes in one, very deep shade – which is an issue for those of a fairer tone, and the price is a bit steep. But if you’re using a tanning product, or have a naturally tanned complexion, I would definitely recommend it. It’s perfect for everyday, slap-on-and-go coverage, with the added bonus of nourishing and protecting your skin.

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RMS “Un” Cover-Up
Not being blessed with flawless skin, a bit of cover-up does me the world of good, and for the last year my absolute favourite has been RMS “Un” Cover-Up. It’s really lightweight and buildable, so it covers any imperfections while leaving my skin looking dewy and fabulous. I haven’t found a stockist, but buying online was super easy, and at only $36 a pop for something that lasts, it’s a winner. The product touts healing qualities through its use of high quality ingredients that are free from being refined, bleached, deodorised, or in anyway stripped of vital nutrients. The only downfall is it’s propensity to leave the skin somewhat shiny, but a dab of powder sorts that out no problem.

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RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek
I think blush is the quickest way to breathe life into a complexion. Again, certified organic and cruelty free, I adore this low maintenance colour pop for my skin. With it’s creamy texture and dewy glow it creates a really lovely natural look that I love. Better yet, it’s two in one, a fabulous short cut. Having the same nourishing properties as the “Un” Cover-Up, it’s noncomedogenic, which is wonderful for sensitive skin like mine. I’ve found Lip2Cheek is ideal for creating that healthy ‘I’ve just sauntered off a beach’ glow, with a really minimal effort. Genius.

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Coconut oil hair treatment
Whether it’s skipping in and out of the sun or surf, summer can play havoc on our hair. Mine tends to go particularly dry and brittle. However, I’ve found this can be avoided (with the added luxury of gaining shiny, happy locks) by slathering through a tablespoon or so of cold pressed, organic coconut oil. Granted, it is not the most flattering look whilst you’re wearing it, because it does have the tendency of making you look like an oily-beast, but for something that is all natural and cheap as chips it’s certainly a good find. Massage through a few tablespoons and take the opportunity to give yourself and invigorating scalp rub. Leave in for an hour, or even overnight if you fancy wrapping your pillow in a protective towel, for deeply nourished hair. You may need to do a double shampoo to ensure there’s no greasy residue left on your roots, but it’s totally worth it.

What are your favourite natural beauty products for summer?

Kate H Jones is a lifestyle and pop culture writer at Clavicle Capitalism.

5 Summer Skin Care Secrets

Skin expert Stefan Mazy, director of SkinDNA knows all too well how Australia’s harsh elements can play a crucial role in speeding up the ageing process and working against your skin’s DNA. Read on for Stefan’s tips to help your skin fight back and stay fit through summer.

Hydrate: Hylaronic Acid

Hylaronic Acid is one of those ingredients that are essential for skin hydration. In fact this ingredient makes up a proportion of our skin. Hyaluronic acid in the skin is designed to hold between 500 and 1000 times its weight in water. Because of its hydrating properties, applying this regularly throughout the day will not only help hydrate your skin during summer but also helps replenish the loss of water within your skin.

I often see patients who can never seem to find the right moisturiser – most find moisturisers make their skin overly oily and this become even worse throughout summer.

The product: Hydr8 – it’s ultra lightweight and feels like silk on the skin. At first I recommend patients to carry a bottle in their bag and to apply when needed throughout the day. Eventually the bodies pH levels will balance out and all that is needed is to apply once in the morning and once at night. You have now saved $100-$200 by not using an expensive moisturiser and at the same time helping your skin with its internal hydration.

Plump: Peptide Serum

We have all heard about peptides, but what are they really? Peptides are not to be confused with antioxidants. Peptides help to better the communication between cells in the body so that everything can work at optimum levels. For example, as we age collagen production slows down, peptides help to whip the collagen cells into shape so that they can improve collagen production. Antioxidants on the other hand protect cells from damage. When combined together –  watch out free radicals!

The product: SW Serum contains a specific range of peptides when combined together help to increase cellular turnover, increase collagen production which as a result will help to firm and plump the skin.

Glow: Exfoliating

Ever wanted to know the secret to glowing skin? A light glycolic cleanser is the answer.

For those who own an exfoliator please be careful as exfoliators, especially with the micro beads, are not meant to be used everyday (despite what the instructions say). By constantly stripping away the oil and dead skin will ultimately damage the skins protective barrier. This barrier is made up of oil and dead skin cells. Once damage you’ll find your skin will continually dry out, or become inflamed, sensitive and even over oily. The biggest mistake I see over and over is the assumption that exfoliating more will fix the problem when in fact it makes it worse and thus becomes a vicious cycle.

The key message, exfoliate every now and then. If your exfoliator has micro beads than use it once a week.

The product: Skinstitut Glycolic Cleanser 12%. This cleanser is designed to lightly remove excess oil and dead skin cells – without having to use harsh beads found in most exfoliators. The result, that perfect summer glow without the irritation that many exfoliators produce. Im not one to be a big fan of glycolic cleansers as most people use them wrong – however this particular product I found really beneficial when used every second day.

Repair: Phloretin CF

The product: Phloretin CF is one of the most advanced repairing serums on the market. It has won numerous awards and has been recognised as an all-in-one solution. Phloretin CF is referred to as abroad-spectrum antioxidant. What this means is, it has the ability to protect the skin from harmful radicals produced by the sun. This is not a sunscreen but rather an internal shield. When the sun penetrates the skin the body absorbs all the essential nutrients from the rays. However, what is also absorbed are UV radicals. Phloretin CF is designed to break down these radicals while allowing the body to benefit from all the nutrients. Phloretin is extracted from bark of fruit trees including apple and pear. The product also contains a high dose of L’ascorbic Acid (vitamin c) and finally Ferulic Acid which is a plant antioxidant. When combined together they create a super protective barrier.

Protect: Sunblock

Sunscreen chemicals cannot disperse the energy of the sun’s rays as efficiently and as a result the penetration of sunscreen ingredients into the lower layers of the skin can in fact increase the amount of free radicals produced from UV light.

Artificial sunscreen absorbs ultraviolet light and prevents it from reaching the skin. Sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 8 based on the UVB spectrum can decrease vitamin D synthetic capacity by 95 percent, whereas sunscreen with an SPF of 15 can reduce synthetic capacity by 98 percent.

The product: Invisible Zinc on the other hand is what is referred to as a natural sun blocker – think of it as a film that protects the skin without having nasty chemicals that can do more damage than good.

What are your favourite summer skin care products?

5 Natural Beauty Tips For Gorgeous Skin And Hair

Who doesn’t want glowing skin and strong, shiny hair? And yet  few of us are aware that natural ingredients can greatly help us with soft and young-looking skin and beautiful hair – most of these are probably in your kitchen already! Here are 5 natural beauty tips and tricks for gorgeous skin and hair.

1. Olive Oil to Clean

Try extra virgin olive oil as a cleanser and moisturiser. Dab a small amount onto a cotton ball and wipe your face with it. You can also try mixing it with castor oil for a more heavy duty cleaning, and it’s especially good for removing makeup. You can also use olive oil as a body moisturiser after your shower.

2. Yoghurt for Moisture

Unsweetened yogurt can also work wonders at cleaning your face, locking in the moisture and refreshing dull skin. Start by splashing your face with water. Gently rub some yoghurt on your face and leave it to dry. Wash off to get that natural glow.

3. Oil Scalp Massage

Beautiful hair is the ultimate style secret, and for hair care, the most important part is the condition of your scalp. A warm oil massage can be a good moisturiser for your scalp, stimulating hair growth and improving the natural shine of your hair. Massage extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil into the scalp, leave the oil on for about half an hour, then shampoo it off.

4. Avocado Coconut Hair Mask

It sounds good enough to eat, but this makes an amazing natural hair mask. Once a month use a mask made of a ripe avocado, half a cup of coconut milk, and a tablespoon of olive oil. Leave for 30 minutes, then rinse out with cool water.

5. Avoid Chemicals

Avoid using too many chemicals on your hair for the longterm health of your hair. Give your hair a detox by ditching the serums, straightening creams and hairsprays.

What are you best natural beauty tips and tricks? Tell us in the comments below!

Healthy Skin From Within

Your skin is a direct reflection of what is happening in your digestive tract. To get your head around this, consider the analogy of a beautiful, lush garden. In that garden, you’ll find a thriving eco-system filled with beneficial bacteria, insects, water and nutrients. It’s a very resilient system that’s often successful in repelling bad bacteria and any pests that may invade. However, if the soil becomes depleted and the good bacteria compromised, the garden can easily become overrun with pests and weeds and quickly degenerate. Your skin is like that garden: to grow well it relies on a healthy soil and that “skin soil” is your digestive system.

 

Your body has its own internal eco-system that’s home to trillions of microbes. For optimum health and for our exterior to shine, we need the predominance of these bacteria to be beneficial (as opposed to harmful bacteria or pathogens). Your digestive system is your nutrient processing centre and it requires a combination of adequate water, nutrients and beneficial bacteria to maintain health and wellbeing. An impaired or imbalanced intestinal flora is implicated in acne, premature wrinkles, eczema, brittle nails, lack-lustre hair, various skin conditions and myriad other health problems.

A healthy digestive system alive with good bacteria helps both assimilate and manufacture enough nutrients to feed all organs of the body, including the last to receive them: the skin, hair and nails. By boosting your immunity and facilitating digestion, probiotics help restore a youthful vitality. They also metabolise and recycle hormones from food sources that can help offset hormone-related skin problems.

In with the good

To support a healthy, thriving digestive system and therefore healthy skin, the gut needs to be colonised with a proliferation of beneficial bacteria. The proven strains of good bacteria are the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species. You can find them in yoghurt and probiotic drinks. However, depending on the brand, often the bacteria counts are not adequate. You need enough bacteria for a useful amount to reach the intestine, as many will be killed by the acid in your stomach.

A good probiotic supplement can help. One teaspoon in the morning and night, away from meals, is recommended — first thing in the morning and last thing before bed. Eating lacto-fermented foods rich in lactobacilli (like sauerkraut) is an excellent way of successfully colonising the gut with good bacteria. Other cultured foods such as kefir are highly beneficial.

Chlorophyll-rich green foods such as celery, lettuce, alfalfa and sea vegetables also promote healthy intestinal flora, as does slippery elm, which helps heal the gut wall. Green tea and ginseng also contain polyphenols that foster good gut bacteria.

The food you eat

Eat a diet rich in vegetables (best lightly steamed or sauteed, as an excess of raw vegies can weaken digestive strength). Although highly beneficial and high in nutrients, animal proteins can be hard to digest, so are best cooked slowly in soups and stews. This takes out the hard work for your digestive system. Spices such as garlic, ginger, cumin, cayenne and black pepper can be added to animal proteins to aid digestion. Grains provide a great source of fibre to aid detoxification, but they’re best soaked overnight to get rid of anti-nutrients before being cooked. Cook them with spices or eat them with a little umeboshi plum to aid digestion. Avoid refined foods and sugars that feed the bad bacteria. Eat organically wherever possible and avoid synthetic chemicals, which also compromise gut health.

The way you eat
To promote good digestion, drink a glass of warm water with a tablespoon of lemon juice on waking. Eat smaller meals and chew food until it liquefies before you swallow. Avoid drinking with your meal. Try not to eat when angry or stressed. Avoid skipping breakfast and reduce snacking as the digestive system needs periods of rest throughout the day. A cup of fennel tea after lunch aids digestion.

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