New Beauty Essentials and Summer Favourites
The new velvety soft Lavera mousse make up, made with pure natural and organic ingredients, just simply blends onto the skin upon application giving a flawless matte look. The mousse make up is a glamorous light textured organic mousse foundation giving a light to medium coverage without feeling heavy on the skin. Available in 3 skin tones $34.95 each.
This hydrating foundation blends easily and hides imperfections, creating a porcelain-smooth canvas. Free-radical fighting argan oil, organic blossom butter and vitamins A, C and E protect, rejuvenate and nourish skin. Available in 4 skin tones $33.75 each.
A woman consumes an average of nearly two kilograms of lipstick during her lifetime through drinking, eating and kissing – so keep lipstick natural! KM Lipsticks are made totally of natural ingredients. They do not contain any mineral oils, animal-based material, parabens or preservatives. Available in 10 essential shades $26.50 each
This healthy, good-for-you gloss from Revolution Organic is rich in vitamins and antioxidants to leave lips beautifully moisturized and gorgeously glossy. Formulated with 100% natural and 85% certified organic ingredients, the product delivers all the benefits of a lip treatment in a gorgeous gloss. Available in 5 high sheen glosses $29.95 each.
Zoya Professional Nail Lacquers are the first to remove toxic ingredients such as toluene, formaldehyde and DBP (dibutyl phthalate) from its formulations. Zoya Nail Lacquers are specifically designed to wear 7 to 10 days on natural nails. Over 30 Zoya nail colours to brighten your Summer only $16.50 each.
100% natural and created with 85% certified organic ingredients, this beauty multi-tasker delivers an instant healthy glow anytime, anywhere. The all-in-one balm infuses lips, cheeks, eyes, and décolletage with a natural, dewy radiance. Perfectly portable and ideal for on the go, the easy-to-use formula provides skincare and color in one for a hydrating hint of tint. Available in 3 gorgeous shades $37.95 each.
With the onset hotter, sunnier weather we will all tend to slather on more sunscreen and so what we are putting on our skin becomes even more important. I have pale skin, a history of Basal Cell Carcinomas and I use sunscreen regularly even in winter. I recently came across this excellent series of videos by Dr Oz. He looks at both sides of the sunscreen story and I definitely think they are worth watching:
I have had a close look at this topic and certainly agree with Dr Oz’s experts about choosing micronised zinc oxide based sunscreens. Read more about zinc oxide below:
There are definitely good brands of natural, micronised sunscreen available such as Eco, Wot Not, Devita and UV Naturals. Is is easy to choose a natural safe sunscreen as long as you know what you are looking for…so start looking at the label and find out what you are putting on your skin.
Spring is here and the days are just gorgeous but the sun is hotting up and with summer on the way it is time to prepare your skin. Eating the right foods, topical products and sun practices can all help increase your skin’s resilience and improve health. This article reviews the most significant things you can do to stay sun smart.
The most significant thing you can do to prevent sun damage is to wear sunscreen (natural of course). Research completed in September 2011 (Diffey BL, J Cosmet Dermatol) evaluated the effect of daily application of topical photo-protective products and its effect on facial photo-aging (skin aging due to sun damage). The results show that regular use of topical photo-protective agents (SPF sunscreens) significantly reduces the lifetime exposure to UV. While this may seem logical interestingly, the SPF rating was of lesser importance that beginning regular use early in life. In addition many only use an SPF product in the summer months and this study identified that year-round use was preferable. To sum up this research, start early and use an SPF product daily.
From a dietary perspective there are many good foods that can help your improve your skin’s resilience to sun damage. The phytochemicals found in many foods are powerful antioxidants, which can improve many aspects of skin health by reducing oxidative stress. These benefits include the reduction in UV light sensitivity and therefore long term sun damage. Eaten in high enough quantities, key antioxidants can promote a healthy glow that rivals a tan! Some good examples are outlined below:
Other tips include:
Daily Sun Protection
World Mental Health Day is this month on October 10th and this year the focus is based on the understanding that mental health begins with you. To achieve this the website 10/10 (10 out of 10) is encouraging people to make a mental health promise to themselves. So it doesn’t matter if you, a family member or friend has a mental illness or just care about good mental health, you can take part by making a promise that’s meaningful to you. The advice given by the 10/10 website is to keep it short and meaningful. You can post it on the website, facebook and twitter or just keep it personal.
Here are some ideas that have been posted at 1010.org.au:
I have chosen number 6 – switch off devices and tune out. What is your mental health promise? Share the love and ask your friends and family what they promise.
In my recent interview with Jodie Smith from Bodecare I mentioned Dry Face Brushing. I have had so many enquiries about this practice since then. Gentle manual facial brushing will speed up cell turnover and strengthen the skin’s inner structure much like body brushing does for the body skin. However, unlike the body, dry skin on the face builds up and can clog open pores. Dry facial brushing will very effectively exfoliate dead skin cells and minimise congestion as well as increasing circulation (nutrition) and draining away lymph congestion (toxins) around the nose and eyes. Once a week is often enough to achieve these beneficial effects.
The dry face bristles have to be a soft plant bristle, like Jute. Jute is a very fine plant bristle that is delicate enough for the skin around the eyes but still stimulating enough to drain away puffiness. Avoid choosing a brush that is harsh on facial skin, as it is can scratch and damage. For example bristles like Boar’s hair, coconut plant, Tampico plant are not suitable for delicate skin. Bodecare’s Dry Facial Brush is made from the finest Jute plant bristles. The brushes are vegan friendly, eco-friendly and manufactured under fair trade laws and really easy to use.Twitter It!
With the detox and ongoing dietary changes I have recently made (no dairy, no gluten) I shifted from feeling deprived of the things I couldn’t eat, such as buttery toast, by using a technique called “crowding out”. It is essentially a way of re-framing your view to help change eating habits. Crowding out means you add more healthy food to your diet rather than focus on cutting out the foods you enjoy. With time, cravings for more unhealthy foods will likely diminish. It worked a treat for me as I still get to eat heaps of yummy foods, like CoYo (coconut yoghurt) and Chia Pudding.
Blend together the Chia Seeds and Cacao until mixed. Add the liquid of choice and gently fold through. Don’t whisk too enthusiastically or air bubbles may form and the Chia Seeds won’t absorb the liquid properly. Add sweetener and fruit and let set in the fridge for 10 minutes by which time, it should be sufficiently chilled and ready to eat.
Image courtesy of Eating Bird Food. They also have an alternative pudding recipe which looks delicious.
In this great video Janella Purcell, naturopath and Grace Culhaci, founder of Pure & Green Organics discuss the benefits of Lake Salt for the body and topically for skin. Janella showcases recipes for flavoured salt and Grace demonstrates how to make a sugar and salt scrub, both of which look delicious.
A favourite salt of mine is Murray River Salt. It is light pink in colour, mild in flavour and is environmentally sustainable as it is processed from underground saline water, preventing it from re-entering freshwater reserves in the Murray Darling Basin. It is also great for body scrubs.Twitter It!
The consequences of poor sleep quality on your skin aren’t just a short-term and may in fact have a greater impact on skin function and ageing than first anticipated. Researchers at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center have found that poor sleepers show greater signs of skin ageing and are slower to recover from environmental impacts such as UV damage and skin barrier disruption.
Commissioned by Estee Lauder the study involved 60 pre-menopausal women between the ages of 30 and 49 with 50% of participants considered poor sleepers. The results show statistically significant signs of intrinsic ageing (due to internal factors) in poor sleepers using the SCINEXA skin ageing scoring system, including fine lines, uneven pigmentation, slackening of skin and reduced elasticity. There was no difference in extrinsic ageing, which relates primarily to sun exposure, however it was shown that poor sleepers had a slower recovery from sunburn indicating less efficient resolution of inflammation.
In addition, good sleepers have a 30% higher moisture recovery than poor sleepers, which is an indicator of skin damage repair time. In real terms this means that the skin of poor sleepers is more likely to be dehydrated and have increased sensitivity to topical agents, including any products that disrupt the skins protective layer.
I have previously written (here) about the effects of poor sleep worsening the outcome of skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis, however this research shows definitively that ongoing poor quality sleep can increase signs of skin ageing and slow repair time in those with healthy skin as well.
So the message, if your skin is stressed look to the deeper cause and if you think that poor quality sleep is contributing, it is worth doing something about it (sleep lifestyle recommendations here). Bottom line, if your skin is stressed, you are stressed!
Inflammation is a normal response to irritation or infection that helps to defend against microbes and is involved in damage repair. When the body can’t down regulate or there is a persistent stimulus this process it becomes chronic and can significantly accelerate skin ageing. Most skin conditions including rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and sensitive skin reactions involve inflammation, usually in response to some form of irritation, whether internal or external. Inflamed skin is characterised by redness, puffiness, blotchy patches, itchiness, welts, enlarged pores and will also cause skin dehydration. in the skin chronic inflammation doesn’t always show up so obviously and can just express as occasional reactivity, dehydration that can be improved with good quality skin care and premature ageing.
When skin inflammation occurs there is an increase in blood flow and local immune activation. This process increases the production of free radicals thereby reducing the skin’s antioxidant defences. Eventually it may result in damage of skin tissue, scarring and premature wrinkles. The stimulus for chronic inflammation might come from the a diet low in antioxidants or consuming foods that promote free radicals such as high GI foods and the wrong kinds of fats. Other factors that contribute to skin inflammation include smoking, chronic disease processes, excess sun exposure, a food allergy or intolerance or a lingering infection.
It is important to note that anything internal you do to reduce skin inflammation internally will also reduce inflammation in other body tissues. This is why a naturopath might treat Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriasis in similar ways as both are characterised by chronic inflammation regardless of the specific body tissue.
Topically there are key ingredients that will have potent anti-inflammatory activity. These include:
Reducing the effects of inflammation to a minimum is an important factor when addressing skin ageing and virtually all skin concerns. Start with small changes, adding in anti-inflammatory foods and if necessary using key topicals to help reduce skin inflammation.Twitter It!
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