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5 Skincare Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil

While hemp seed oil might not be a popular choice when compared to other essential oils, it will help your skin – especially if you suffer from acne spots and scarring.

This natural oil helps to prevent moisture loss in dehydrated skin, can be used as a moisturiser, and is extremely concentrated so a little goes a long way.

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Nails

If your cuticles are feeling dry and dehydrated during the winter months, apply 1-2 drops of hemp seed oil onto your hands before going to bed. Massage it well into your cuticles and dry spots to rehydrate your skin while you sleep!

Anti-ageing properties

Hemp seed oil contains large quantities of antioxidants which are essential in reversing the early symptoms of ageing. Use on your sun-spots, under puffy eyes, and over your dark circles to give your skin a boost of circulation from the inside-out.

Moisturiser

Acne-prone skin just loves hemp seed oil since it’s natural and won’t clog your pores or lead to additional irritation. Combine a few drops of hemp seed oil, neem oil, and lavender oil into one small container. Mix it together with a small spoolie, then apply to freshly cleansed skin.

Rashes

Skin rashes such as eczema and psoriasis are difficult to maintain, especially since they can come and go as they please. Dab some unrefined hemp seed oil onto any inflamed areas to keep the rash from spreading.

Serum

If your skin is feeling dry and lacklustre due to the cold weather, use hemp seed oil as a nourishing serum before hitting the sack. Just 1-2 drops is enough to hydrate your entire face, and cure any dry spots by the next morning!

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August 14, 2015

How To Naturally Treat Blackheads

There’s no denying that blackheads are one skin concern that all women face, regardless of their age and skin condition. In case you’re not familiar, they are those pesky little bumps on the skin that are almost impossible to remove without scarring, or even tearing, the skin with harmful microbeads.

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Treat your blackheads at home with these 6 different options, which will carefully cleanse the skin and leave your face feeling fresh and clean.

Face mask

Whip-up a natural face mask with a bunch of ingredients from the fridge and pantry. All you need is one egg white, honey and lemon. Mix in a small boil, then apply directly over the skin. Let it set for a few minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.

Toothpaste

Who knew that toothpaste could be a good remedy for blackheads? Apply a small amount of toothpaste over an aggressive blackhead to reduce swelling and discomfort.

Salt water

Wash your face at least once a day with lukewarm salty water. This will help to remove any impurities from the skin and will keep bacteria away from any open pores. Make sure to follow up with a toner for best results, followed by a moisturiser.

Fenugreek

Fenugreek leaves is another great way to remove those pesky blackheads away from hard-to-reach areas such as the nose and chin. Apply them over dry skin, then rinse after 10 minutes with lukewarm water.

Lemon juice

Any acidic juice is great for shrinking enlarged pores since it acts as a natural toning agent. Use it on your nose, forehead, or chin to detoxify the area before bed.

Aloe vera

Apply some fresh aloe vera over the blackheads to cleanse the area without adding any additional impurities into your pores. It essentially works the same way as lemon juice and will help to prevent any infection from an open blackhead.

What are some of your remedies for treating blackheads?

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June 25, 2015

The Benefits of Chia Seed Oil

We all know that chia seeds are good for our health, but did you know that they also have many benefits for healthy skin? Not only are chia seeds packed with vitamin E – which is essential in fighting against the ageing process – but there are also a few different ways this miracle product can help your skin when applied topically.

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Vitamin E

If you want the secret to soft, smooth skin, look no further than vitamin E. It is essential in decreasing those existing lines and wrinkles and is so quickly absorbed by the body. Chia seed oil is packed with high volumes of vitamin E to repair the skin and give it a nice, youthful glow.

All skin types

Who knew that chia seed oil is ideal for all skin types? Even those suffering from extremely sensitive skin can use this product on a daily basis without the fear of imminent breakouts. Simply use 2-3 drops for your face and neck, then pat it gently until your skin soaks it up.

Antioxidants

Just like other natural skincare products, chia seed oil is known for its antioxidant properties. It’s packed with high volumes of phyto-nutrients which assist cell-turnover and keep the skin looking its best at all times.

Omega-3 fats

This super-food is also rich in omega 3 fats which is essential for a healthy body, skin and mind. Since the serum is so concentrated, just a few drops in the morning and night is enough to nourish even dehydrated skin types.

Hydration

Did you know that chia seed oil has been clinically proven to hydrate super dry skin? Incorporate it into your daily skincare routine after toning, but before moisturising, for best results.

The Benefits of Chia Seed Oil

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May 29, 2015

Top 6 Ayurvedic Beauty Tips For Healthy Skin

Have you ever heard of ayurvedic beauty products? They are commonly used in countries such as India to balance the body from the inside out, create a harmonised digestive system, and also to help solve any skincare problems as well. With the foundation of wholesome skincare, this is the perfect way to give both your body and your mind the ultimate detox.

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Moisturise

Rather than using a moisturiser from the drugstore, why not use something a little more homemade instead? Coconut oil can be used to tackle a multitude of conditions and can be used on the face, body, hair, and even ingested for good health. Aloe vera is also a great substitute if you can’t get your hands on coconut oil.

Oily skin

If you suffer from oily skin, use a chickpea flour mask at least once a week to soak up the excess oil. Rather than blotting your face with more makeup and chemicals, the chickpea flour will help to control the oil without contributing to more problems for your skin.

Milk bath

Treat your body to a raw milk bath at least once a week to soothe irritated skin. This could be anything from irritated pores, rashes, razor burn, body acne and even sun damage or peeling. The raw milk is packed with fats and lactic acid to soothe your skin and control the pH level.

Toner

Keep your skin looking bright and zit-free by regularly using a toner after cleansing and exfoliating. Not only will it help to minimise your pores, but anything with rosewater will actually soothe your skin over time.

Oil pulling

We’re such a big advocate of oil pulling, especially since it can really help your overall health. Replace your usual mouthwash with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and try to swish it around your mouth for at least 10-15 minutes.

Scalp massage

If you’re experiencing some hair loss, try a scalp massage to awaken the hair follicle. This usually happens when the seasons change and generally isn’t anything serious to worry about. Use a lightweight oil and massage your hair and scalp before washing out with shampoo and water. Leave it in for at least half an hour for a moisturising treatment.

May 10, 2015

Interview: La Mav Founder Tarj Mavi

Have you heard of La Mav before? It is the only Australian certified organic skin care brand which is packed with bio-active ingredients in each and every product. This means that your skin and cosmetic products are 100 per cent plant-based and are proven to give you anti-ageing results.

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SHESAID chatted to Tarj Mavi – creator of La Mav  about educating consumers on natural skincare, her must-have product from the entire collection, and where you can get your hands on it!

How important is it to use natural skincare?

I wouldn’t really say that buying natural is the best, mainly because a product that is labeled natural can still be “derived from nature” and be processed synthetically. La Mav tries to educate consumers about the difference between certified organic skincare versus synthetic skincare products or “natural” products. For instance, we provide a free e-book: Why Organics? which has tons of great information on why certified organic is the right choice.

It’s so important to me to have certified organic skincare because it is the purest form of natural actives and these actives are delivered the way nature intended. The ingredients work just as well, if not better than the synthetic ingredients and are good for the environment. Synthetic ingredients can cause people irritation, breakouts and other effects, so why wouldn’t you use organic skincare products?

How does La Mav differ from existing products on the market?

La Mav is the first Australian certified organic skin care brand and we were the first to offer a certified organic BB cream. We also have a unique three-tier formula that includes bio-active for each of our products.

The three-tier formula consists of active constituents, specialty oils and essential base ingredients, all of which are certified organic. We then include our special bio-actives which are 100 per cent plant based and are clinically proven effective to provide anti-ageing results. Combine these qualities with 100 per cent cruelty free and you get La Mav! We provide products that are guaranteed good for you and your skin.

If someone could only purchase one skincare product from your collection, what would it be and why?

I would have to recommend my personal favourite, Antioxidant Rich Nightly Repair Nectar, ($49.95) because the nectar is lovely and rich, yet absorbs easily into the skin while reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It helps my keep my skin youthful and vibrant!

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I also recommend the Daily Vitamin-C Brightening Serum, ($59.95) because it truly helps to lighten skin pigmentation, which I suffered from after my second pregnancy.

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How much damage do synthetic chemicals and other nasty additives do to the skins surface?

The largest organ of your body is your skin and that you skin is like a large sponge, absorbing anything on it or touching it. Synthetic chemicals such as paraben, a synthetic preservative, can disrupt estrogenic activity in the body and is also linked to being a possible carcinogen.

These chemicals aren’t just affecting your skin, they are absorbed into the body and cause further damage to you and your overall health. The best possibly way to manage your exposure to these harmful chemicals is to purchase certified organic.

What’s next for La Mav in 2015?

We’ve got some great makeup products coming out soon and we are looking at providing new sample packs online so customers can try us before purchasing a full sized item. We’ve got a lot more in store for 2015, but I’m not spilling all the beans now. You have to keep an eye on us to see what else we have planned!

Where can our readers purchase their own La Mav product?

For our American friends they can try La Mav through brichbox.com whom are also including us in their June Box for those with a subscription. Your UK readers can purchase La Mav at lovelula.com and we also ship worldwide from lamav.com. La Mav is currently available in 12 countries and through 150 stockists.

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April 19, 2015

Homemade Facial Masks For Clear Skin

Treat your skin to a homemade and all natural face mask with ingredients straight from the garden and pantry.

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These body and facial masks are ideal for all skin types and help to bring back some moisture into dry, damaged, or acne-prone skin.

Acne

Ingredients: baking soda and water

For skin which is prone to the occasional acne break-out, it’s important to keep it simple and stick to baking soda and water. Combine them in a small bowl and make a paste using your fingers.

Wait until the mask dries, then wash-off with lukewarm water and a moist towelette for all the exfoliating benefits.

Blackheads

Ingredients: unflavoured gelatin, milk

To make your own DIY blackhead strips, simply combine all of the ingredients and microwave for at least 10 seconds. Apply immediately onto the face with a wooden stick and wait until it hardens. Then simply remove once the mask has tightened on your face – easy!

Wrinkles

Ingredients: avocado, oatmeal, apple cider vinegar, honey, lemon juice

Avocado masks are the perfect way to rejuvenate the face and neck area, especially if your wrinkles are a little too prominent. Add a splash of apple cider vinegar to act as an anti-bacterial and remove any dead skin cells from your face.

Pores

Ingredients: egg whites, lemon juice

Enlarged pores are the last things you want to see on your skin, and a mask with egg whites will help to tighten them up. Apply directly onto the skin and rinse with tepid water, then pat dry.

Oily skin

Ingredients: yoghurt, apricot, clay

Oily/acne prone skin can be particularly difficult to control, so it’s important to treat it to a weekly mask. Yoghurt is an essential ingredient for oily skin since it helps to regulate the sebum, and soothes any existing acne spots.

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April 1, 2015

Essential Body Oils For Summer

Since we’re in the midst of the summer season, it’s more than important to keep skin hydrated, and sometimes using a moisturiser just isn’t enough.

Body oils are a great alternative because they soak into the skin, and soothe even nasty dry patches on the face and body. Shop from a few of our must-haves for the summer season, or simply use as a luxurious pampering treatment throughout the year.

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Argan oil

Used for years as a supplement for hair, skin, and nails, argan oil is packed with Vitamin E for optimum strength and shine. Lather over your dry patches to quickly rejuvenate the skin while you sleep.

Coconut oil

While coconut oil may feel rather thick in texture, it is one of the best products you can put on your skin. The fatty acids contained inside help to replenish dry, cracked skin without feeling too greasy.

Grape seed oil

If you have acne-prone skin, grape seed oil is gentle enough to use on a daily basis. Unlike other oils, it won’t aggravate your acne, but instead is packed with linoleic acid which has anti-inflammatory properties and heals the skin.

Olive oil

Add a few teaspoons of olive oil into your hair and skincare mask to receive the rich benefits of antioxidants. It contains Vitamin A and Vitamin E which is ideal for women suffering from skin damage, and even extremely dehydrated skin.

Jojoba oil

If you suffer from an oily skin and scalp, jojoba oil is the perfect product to use since it is similar to sebum. Jojoba acts as a lightweight moisturiser which soaks quickly into the skin, and won’t give a sticky residue afterwards.

Almond oil

Give your body a good exfoliating session by lathering sweet almond oil over arms, legs, back and decolletage. It acts as a natural exfoliator by gently removing dead skin cells, and is ideal for those who already suffer from sensitive skin.

What are some of your favourite body oils?

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January 18, 2015

The Hidden Dangers of Natural Skincare

The switch to natural skincare seems to be a most logical thought since they are free of parabens, preservatives, and other skin-loving nutrients… or so we think.

Most women who have solely transformed their skincare routine find that cystic acne, milia, and a variety of other skin disorders are the price they have to pay. But why is this the case?

Although we usually blame this as an allergic reaction, or simply due to the harsh nature of most skincare products, there is a bigger explanation on why this is happening so frequently.

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Why do these reactions occur?

Statistics show that anything you put on your skin enters your blood stream within the first 20-30 seconds of contact. While we all can’t escape using products sans-preservatives or harmful chemicals, it is important to take note of your skin type, and which ingredients don’t agree with the skin you’re in.

The hidden reality with natural skincare is that they actually contain larger molecules which the skin finds difficult to break-down. As a result, they usually sit on top of the skin, and cause additional irritation, redness, and dry patches. These molecules are larger than usual because they contain no preservatives and don’t react the same way as other products.

How can you tell if a product is 100% natural?

A large amount of harmful ingredients are often concealed under different names. Toxic synthetic chemicals are found in a number of natural products, and this could be the route of all your negative skincare reactions. Even the words ‘natural’ and ‘all-natural’ don’t mean that your skincare products are free from harmful chemicals. If you’re unsure of what an ingredient means, it’s always ease to ask the salesperson, or simply look it up! There is a large beauty and skincare community online which makes it easy to identify common problems and how to tackle them.

Invest in skincare which uses natural preservatives instead of harmful chemicals. These include hops oil and grapefruit seed oil which are both certified organic. These products are free from synthetic chemicals, and are substituted with a natural counterpart.

What are some harmful ingredients found in natural skincare?

Nanoparticles

The tiny particles are often found in natural sunscreens, lotions, moisturisers, and certain makeup products. Upon contact, there are immediately absorbed into the bloodstream, and can cause long-term damage since they are mostly untested.

Parabens (methylparaben, propylparaben)

These just a few different variations of common preservatives which are used to prolong the life of skincare and beauty products. While their safety is always at the centre of dispute, they are added in most products to subside the growth of bacteria, and keep products looking and feeling brand new.

Triclosan

Similar to the use of parabens, they are used mostly to act as an antibacterial agent in skincare cleansers and toning solutions. Despite being named as a probable human carcinogen, it is still widely used in the beauty and skincare community, albeit under different alias.

Which ingredients offer the best benefits for skin?

Anything with plant-based essential fatty acids (EFA’s) will be the best product on any skin type. Antioxidants such as vitamin A, C, and E are all natural and won’t give your skin any nasty side effects – ever! They are also antibacterial, and will keep any unnecessary dirt from seeping into your bloodstream.

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January 8, 2015

Home Remedies for Irritable Skin

Do you, or someone you know suffer from irritable skin? This could mean breaking out due to a rough exfoliator, or even using new makeup products on your skin which cause annoying breakouts.

Below are just a few home remedies which can nurse skin back to normal, without paying a large price-tag for moisturisers and cleansers which don’t do the job.

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Avocado Mask

Perfect for skin which has dried up from cold weather, and needs a pick-me-up to lock in moisture. Mash an entire avocado with extra-virgin olive oil, and apply all over the face and body for smooth skin. Follow-up with a fragrance-free moisturiser to keep skin healthy.

Aloe Vera Shower Gel

Make your very own homemade aloe vera shower gel without the nasty chemicals included. Combine distilled water, salt, aloe vera gel, and chamomile into a bottle and mix well. The gel should calm irritable skin without overly drying it out.

Chamomile and Oat Facial Cleanser

Rather than using an abrasive scrub on your face, try the natural way and raid your kitchen for the best ingredients ever. All you need is rolled oats, organic chamomile tea, essential oil, and bentonite clay to give body to the cleanser. Transfer the mixture into a glass jar, and refrigerate for best results.

Rosemary Lavender Salt Scrub

Give your entire body a pick-me-up by creating your very own homemade scrub. All you need is salt, olive oil, lavender, and rosemary for a relaxing face and body cleanse.

Do you have any home remedies for irritable skin?

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December 12, 2014

Skincare Treatments Using Avocado

Did you know that the secret to better skin is in the humble avocado? Slather it on your body for a smoother appearance, use it as a face mask for clear skin, or apply to the ends of your hair for reduced split ends.

RELATED: How To Avoid Acne Over Summer 

Use avocado in the following body and skincare treatments to create a personalised serum for your skin type.

Face mask

Combine one avocado, egg, and and splash of olive oil and create a fine paste. Apply evenly across your face and neck, and let it settle for 5-10 minutes. Avocado’s contain a protein called sterolin which helps to reduce skin spots, harsh lines and wrinkles due to sun exposure.

Hair mask

Mash 1/2 an avocado, one tablespoon of yoghurt and honey and stir until combined. Apply from root to tip, and tie your hair up into a high bun. Leave on for 15-30 minutes for best results, then wash out with a mild shampoo. Your hair should feel super-soft!

Hand treatment

Who else suffers from dry, cracked hands all year round? Mash 1/2 ripe avocado with a handful of rolled oats, one egg white, and a splash of lemon juice. Massage into hands and apply gloves over the top to lock-in moisture, (do this with your feet if you suffer from cracked heels). Wash-off with tepid water for best results.

Deep conditioner

If your hair still needs an additional TLC, use this hair mask every month to lock in that moisture. Combine 1/2 avocado and coconut oil then apply to the ends of your hair before going to bed. Wrap hair in a towel, and wash-off well in the morning.

Body lotion

Create an natural body lotion which you can use on your skin once the weather takes a turn for the worst. Combine equal parts of avocado, sheer butter oil, lavender oil, and Vitamin E before mixing well over medium heat. Remove the mixture, let it cool down, then transfer it into a tub or jar for easy access.

Puffy eyes

Mix one tablespoon of avocado and coconut oil until you have a fine paste. Apply directly to the under-eye area before using your nightly moisturiser. Skin should feel smoother and even in no-time!

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December 2, 2014

5 Fun Facts About Turmeric For Your Skin

While you probably know about turmeric as the main ingredient in your favourite curry recipe, it has been used for centuries as an alternative skincare treatment. Just one of the many helpful chemicals helps to decrease swelling and inflammation, while clearing up skin which has been subjected to skin damage or even acne.

Below are just a few facts about turmeric which should make it an essential in your skincare routine.

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Fact 1: Acne treatment

Turmeric is praised for it’s antiseptic qualities since it helps to clear away pimples, and fight against any antibacterial cells on the surface of the skin. You can make your own turmeric face mask which is perfect for even sensitive skin, to reduce oil and unclog sebaceous glands in the face and body.

Mix with lemon juice for an amazing fake tan remover minus the irritable skin!

Fact 2: Wrinkles

Put down your anti-ageing creams and whip yourself up a turmeric face mask instead. The fine particles are ideal for both women and men who wish to reduce their fine lines and wrinkles.

We’re not saying it’s the fountain of youth, but it will help to clear your skin and brighten the delicate under-eye area.

Fact 3: Stretch marks

If you suffer from stretch marks on your arms, legs, breasts, and thighs, turmeric can prove to be a natural skin lightener. Simply apply a concentrated paste of turmeric with yoghurt, milk, and water then apply to your problem areas.

Fact 4: Facial hair

Sometimes that annoying peach fuzz on your upper lip or chin can prove to be difficult to remove with waxing and strenuous laser treatments. Turmeric can help to decrease facial hair growth in these areas by mixing equal parts of chickpea and exfoliating the skin consistently for one month.

Fact 5: Cracked heels

Summer season calls for sandals and flip-flops, but cracked skin around the heels can often compromise your plans. Mix 3 tablespoons of turmeric and coconut oil and apply onto cracked skin to soften your heels without the use of a harmful exfoliating agent.

How would you incorporate turmeric into your skincare or beauty routine?

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November 11, 2014

How To Naturally Minimize Your Pores

Large pores are very common for teenagers or even women in their late 30s. The most popular areas include over the nose, directly under the bottom lip near the chin, and even on the forehead.

Have you ever wanted to minimize your pores without resorting to expensive treatments? Follow our tips and tricks to say bye-bye to irritating pores on your skin!

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What are pores?

Pores first begin as tiny hair follicles found in the skin. Although, when exposed to oil, dirt, and an inconsistent skincare regime, pores can often become clogged and appear bigger than they actually are.

Apple cider toner

The thought of applying apple cider to the face is enough to make you cringe in horror – but it’s really not that bad! Mix 30ml of apple cider and 2 tablespoons of mint leaves until you have infused a fine liquid serum. It’s better to let it marinate in a glass bottle for a few days, but is also great if made fresh.

Use as a toner and apply with a cotton pad over the nose, forehead, and chin to unclog blocked pores.

Steam

A gentle dose of steam over the face is enough to open the pores and unclog problem areas without causing additional damage to the skin. Simply boil a pot of water, take it off the stove, and put your face over the hot steam.

Make sure to keep your head 30-40cm away from the water itself, and use a towel to contain the steam to your face. After just a few minutes, the steam will help to open pores and de-clog dirt and oil locked into the skin.

Sugar scrub

Combine one tablespoon of honey, one tablespoon of sugar, and a few drops of lemon juice into a small container. Mix until you have a fine paste, then carefully apply to your problem areas (making sure to keep the mixture away from your eyes). Leave on for 3-5 minutes then wash off with lukewarm water.

If you will be using lemon in your skincare routine, it is important to note that you should limit your exposure to the sun. Lemon does make the skin more prone to sun damage, so stay out of the sun right after using this treatment, and keep your skin hydrated with a rich moisturising day and night cream.

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October 29, 2014

15 Timeless Skincare Tips

As women, we are always looking for new and effective ways to care for our skin – for less. From simple tips such as removing your makeup before bed, or even using an eye cream (regardless of your age), there are a number of tricks we should all incorporate into our skincare regime. Incorporate one or all of the following hacks for smoother, and de-stressed skin.

1. Reduce redness

Did you know that drinking a cold glass of water helps to reduce redness in the face? Drink one glass of water the next time your skin is feeling flushed, and notice the results!

2. Eat your greens

Green vegetables such as spinach and kale are packed with antioxidants which help to reduce blemishes and overall breakouts on the surface of the skin. Enjoy a side of greens with your lunch and dinner.

3. Lazy self tanner

Don’t have time for a spray tan, or run out of your usual self-tanner? Don’t stress! Simply mix a few drops of liquid bronzer or illuminator to your usual moisturiser and apply onto clean skin.

4. Moisturize

The best time to moisturize your body (and face) is immediately after stepping out of the shower. Massage the solution directly onto damp skin – this will hydrate it much quicker than if you’re working with dry skin.

5. Cracked lips

Suffer from chronic cracked lips? Apply a touch of honey to remove excess skin, and leave your lips feeling soft and nourished. Also works just as well on cold sores.

6. Clean your phone

Ever wondered why your breakouts are only concentrated to one side of your face? This may be caused by a dirty mobile phone. Think about it – they accumulate lots of makeup and dirt from the entire day, and they are then pressed onto the face for prolonged periods of time. Clean your screen once a week with a cloth and mild antibacterial solution.

7. Prevent crows feet

Wear a pair of sunglasses every time you step out into the sun, since this will prevent any signs of ageing around the eyes. Search for sunnies which offer UV protection (but are also fashionable!).

8. Stretch marks

Reduce the appearance of stretch marks by slathering on that sunscreen. Not only will this minimise scarring, but also protect your skin from future sun damage.

9. Catch those Zzzs

Not getting enough sleep can irritate the skin by causing breakouts, inflammation and an overall dull complexion. Plan your evening ahead, and log off all devices at least an hour before you decide to doze off.

10. Brighten skin

Dip a washcloth in a tiny amount of soy milk, and place over the face for 5-10 minutes. This will help to brighten the appearance of dull skin, and also decrease the effects of wrinkles and skin damage.

11. Change your pillowcase

To avoid those nasty blemishes, make sure to change your pillowcases on a regular basis. This could be the reason for those breakouts, since hair product, leftover makeup, serums and creams come into contact with your pillow every single night.

12. Use a face towel

Don’t use the same towel for your face and body. This will only promote the spread of bacteria, and cause breakouts on the face and neck.

13. Avoid smoking

Smoking can lead to premature ageing, and speed up the process of defined lines and wrinkles. Even second hand smoke contributes to skin sagging, and is extremely harmful.

14. Exfoliate with oatmeal

Add one teaspoon of organic oatmeal to your usual cleanser, and apply onto the face. Wash off with lukewarm water, and notice the appearance of smoother and more defined skin.

15. Don’t pop!

Step back and leave those pimples alone. Touching the infected area will only introduce more bacteria into the pores, which could lead to scarring.

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August 12, 2014

Homemade Coffee Scrub Recipe

Why spend endless amounts of money on coffee scrubs that aren’t tailored to your skin type and condition? There are many scrubs on the market which promise to erase all signs of cellulite, stretch marks and uneven skin tone – but how often does this actually work? Make your own personalised scrub at home with ingredients straight from the pantry, and avoid these unnecessary purchases.

Ingredients

2 cups coffee grounds

1 cup coconut oil

15 drops of essential oil

Directions

  1. Start with the 2 cups of coffee grounds, ensuring that all excess liquid has been removed from the mixture. You can choose to squeeze the liquid out with your hands, or even use a nut bag for a quicker solution.
  2. Add 1 cup of coconut oil which will create a smooth paste when used on the skin. Be sure to mix well before adding 15 drops of essential oil.
  3. Feel free to choose any kind of oil that you prefer – lavender, sweet orange and lemon grass are all popular choices which work well on even sensitive skin. These scents will also overpower the coffee smell if you just aren’t it’s biggest fan.
  4. After you have stirred in the essential oils, pour the mixture into ice-cube trays or muffin trays, then refrigerate. This allows the entire mixture to set, and will feel fresh every time you need to use it!

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July 23, 2014

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!

January 14, 2014

Talking Organic with Therese Kerr

Therese Kerr (yep, Miranda’s mum!) is on a mission to get more Aussies to go organic. As an Australian Organic ambassador, she’s part of a campaign to educate Australians about how to purchase 100% honest organic products, and what certified organic really means.

The simple mission of the One Logo Says It All campaign is to spread the message that when purchasing organic products, look for a certification logo before buying. There are over 14,000 products on our shelves today that are classified certified organic.  However, thousands more claim to be organic yet have not passed any testing or auditing.

SheSaid chats with Therese Kerr to find out why organic is so important to her, a sneak peak into her new organic skin care range and how she keeps calm and stress-free at Christmas.

Why is certified organic important to you?
Our body consists of trillions of cells, all needing nutrients to function effectively. We live in a highly processed, highly refined, high sugar-content world, so the food we are consuming, for the most part, is incapable of sustaining our bodies. To add further insult, we subject our bodies consistently to chemical cocktails not only in the foods we consume, but also in our homes, personal, hair and skin care products. We consume genetically modified food, eat food that is gas or artificially ripened or hormone injected and we wonder why dis-ease in every sense of the word is so apparent.

Our bodies are continually bombarded with free radicals and to combat this we need to consume and apply foods and products rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Our body even produces its own free radicals and our liver, because of all of the toxins in our world, is so overloaded trying to perform its vital role of detoxification that it can’t perform other vital roles, e.g. breaking down fat.

In saying all of that, I believe our body has the ability to heal itself. Our body is incredible, but it can’t heal itself if it lacks the nutrients to do so. That is why I only eat and use certified organic food and personal care, skin and hair care items and only use natural cleaning products in my home.

Health happens by choice, not by accident. Good health won’t just fall into your lap, in fact the opposite will be true and the key to living a long and healthy life, is education. When we educate ourselves we have the ability to make informed choices for our health and for the health of our family.

What role does eating certified organic play in your overall health and wellbeing?
It plays a huge role in my everyday life. In 2001/2002 I developed tumors in my spleen, which resulted in my spleen being removed. This was a wake up call and the start of my journey to wellness and the journey of sharing of my journey through my world of wellness. My family and I have always been healthy, and growing up in the country provided us access to the freshest of produce.

Unfortunately, like most people, I wasn’t fully aware of the dangers of the chemicals found in our everyday foods and beauty, skin and hair care products. I unknowingly used to lather myself in copious amounts of highly fragranced body wash, body lotion and perfume. Most people don’t realize that in the cosmetic industry alone (beauty, skin, personal and hair care products), according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), there are over 10,500 chemicals found in our everyday products and only 13% of these over the last 30 years have been tested for safety. That’s alarming. My goal now is to educate people and I do this through my website.  I have contributors from all natural modalities in health: Chiropractors, Kinesiologists, Nutritionists, Naturopaths, Acupuncturists and many others contribute to my website – all intent on sharing the message of wellness.

I am intent on creating a world of wellness and in my world of wellness, I take a holistic approach to health: physical, mental , emotional, and spiritual.  Ever since my health scare, I have been a sponge for learning new information on everything health. When we give the body the nutrients it needs it impacts every part of our life and I even have a Psychologist who specialises in the link between diet and the functioning of the brain coming on line in the new year to share her knowledge with anyone who wishes to learn about health.

My site is about providing information on health such that people can take from the site whatever it is that serves them, leave what doesn’t and in the process, hopefully, above all else, have the ability to make informed choices as to their health.

I was the CEO of KORA Organics for three years. KORA Organics is Miranda’s certified organic skincare line. I stepped down from that position in January 2013 to further develop a personal care range and to expand on my own personal wellness journey. Our goal as a family is to bring total certified organic goodness to the world and while Miranda wanted to keep KORA Organics as a certified organic skin care brand, it was my goal to share a range of truly beautiful certified organic products with the world and hence I am releasing, in February 2014 a range of certified organic personal care products, under the name of Divine By Therese Kerr namely: deodorant, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, mouthwash, mouth spray, hand wash and hand lotion and in April hair care products will also be released.  These products will compliment the KORA Organics range and eventually I will also bring out a baby range.

I also offer podcasts through my website for anyone interested in living a healthy life and will be adding podcasts from professionals in their fields from mid-January next year.

What are your favourite organic brands and products?
KORA Organics of course, which is my daughter’s Certified Organic skin care range. I am also releasing a line of my own: Divine by Therese Kerr, which will have certified organic personal and hair care products. This range will compliment the KORA Organics range offering even more certified organic goodness to the world.

Who and what inspires you?
Making a difference and contributing to other people’s lives, especially to the lives of young people is what inspires me most. You see, we are all incredibly unique, gifted human beings and sometimes we lose sight of that. Reminding people of that is what I love to do. Sometimes, people lose sight of how amazing they are and all it takes is for someone else to see the greatness in them and remind them of just how incredible they are. They then get the opportunity to discover it or rediscover it for themselves.

My family also inspires me; my son Matt, my daughter Miranda and my husband John. The people I work with and who share my passion for making a real difference and the people who are genuinely out there wanting to share this message of wellness inspire me daily. The manufacturers and growers of certified organic ingredients and produce inspire me because they are at the ground roots of an industry impacting and bringing about change to so many people’s lives and all of the people in the certified organic industry, without exception are doing what they do, I believe, because of their genuine intent to make a difference not only to people’s lives but to our planet. The generations that follow will benefit greatly from these innovators and they all inspire me, without a doubt, to be the best person I can be.

Sharing the world of wellness and seeing light bulb moments occur during one of my presentations or public speaking engagements inspires me, as does connecting to gorgeous souls during my presentations and via my website and social media sites.  I love seeing young people especially take up this message of wellness and adopt it totally into their lives.  Healthy can be and is simple. Healthy is also tasty and it can be reasonably priced if you know where and what to buy. I have heaps of beautiful healthy recipes on my website for you to take and use and soon will be adding products to my site such that it will become a one-stop wellness shop for all.

What are your best tips for a calm and stress-free Christmas?
Christmas is a busy time of year, but it is also a very special time of year where families come together to celebrate and create life-long memories. We often forget that while rushing around trying to make everything perfect.

My best tip is to just take time to be in the moment, to be present to the beauty of life and to those who you are blessed to share life with. If things are getting hectic or a little too much, take 10 – 15 minutes time out for yourself and meditate. I personally mediate for at least 20 minutes every single day as it allows me to shut out the world and to go deep within. This 20 minutes of a morning sets me up for an event filled, productive day where my body is transported (for the day) into parasympathetic nervous system state where it rests and digests and performs at its optimum.  Most of us operate in Sympathetic Nervous System State where we are in fight or flight and Christmas especially with us trying to be everything to everyone and be here, there and everywhere constantly find ourselves in this state. Sadly, when we are in this state (and most of us are consistently due to our hectic lifestyles) our bodies cannot digest food or burn fat and we wonder why we are feeling lethargic and worn out.  Time to meditate, eat healthy certified organic and use only healthy certified organic personal, skin and hair care products.

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December 6, 2013

7 Skin Care Tips For Healthy Skin

Acne, large pores, blackheads and oily skin are some of the most common skin conditions that many of us deal with, even into adulthood. Keeping these skin issues under control can be quite the challenge, so we’ve put together 7 skin care tips to help you get healthy skin.

1. Use the right products
You may be using the wrong skin care products for your skin type. Wash your face twice a day with a basic cleanser to keep your skin bacteria-free, and make sure you use an oil-free moisturiser. It’s also a good idea to try natural and organic skin care which has gentler ingredients as well as no preservatives and parabens (these can cause skin problems).

2. Reduce stress
Like hormonal imbalances, stress can cause the skin to flare up. Thankfully though, this is preventable. Try reducing your work load and activities in the day, spend some time meditating, doing yoga or just relaxing and doing what you enjoy, and you’ll find that your acne gradually improves.

3. Get sufficient sleep
Maintaining a healthy sleeping routine is very important to not just your skin, but your physical and mental wellbeing, so make sure you’re getting at least 8 hours of quality sleep each night. If you have trouble sleeping, cutting out caffeine intake in the late afternoon, drinking chamomile tea, taking a soak in the bath, and switching off the TV 30 minutes before bed can help to reduce stress, helping you sleep.

4. Drink plenty of water. Hydration is key to healthy skin and your general health, so try to get into a routine of consuming at least 2 litres of water a day. Drinking plenty of water flushes out toxins, keeps you hydrated from within and regulates your digestion, all key factors for healthy skin.

5. Eat more fruits and vegetables
Why is it we’re mad for the latest antioxidant-rich, vitamin-laden skin care, when we can get this naturally from within by eating more fruits and vegetables? Some fresh produce are specifically amazing for keeping your skin healthy and glowing. These include strawberries, plums, orange, red grapes, kiwi, pink grapefruit, artichoke, beetroot, cabbage, broccoli, red chicory, red chilis, dark and leafy greens, sweet potato and carrot, among many others.

6. Check with your doctor whether you might have a hormone imbalance
An imbalance in hormone levels can cause a host embarrassing skin conditions. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects an estimated 7 percent of all women, with symptoms including excessive hair growth, oily skin, blackheads and acne. Although there is no cure, your doctor might prescribe the contraceptive pill or progesterone to help balance your hormones and control the problem. If you do have PCOS, this will likely help with other symptoms of the condition too. Remember that treatments such as laser hair removal may not work in the long-term reduction of hair caused by a hormonal imbalance.

7. See a dermatologist
If you can’t find the cause for your skin troubles, a visit to a specialist can be very revealing. A dermatologist might be able to help determine whether an allergy is the cause of your problem, or may subscribe some effective products to help control, the condition.

July 19, 2013