A Tough Nut: Why Sugar Scrubs Are the Better Alternative to Walnut Scrubs

From time to time, we all yearn for a deep cleanse. Congestion, flaky skin and uneven texture require a more serious approach, and your regular shower gel cannot provide it. That is when you need to resort to physical exfoliants, AKA scrubs.

With endless available options, it can be hard to choose the right scrub. If you are a fan of deep exfoliation, you might be drawn to harsher, walnut-containing products. But are they safe to use? Let's talk about some physical exfoliators that you can add to your weekly beauty routine without being afraid of damaging your skin.

 

Is Walnut Scrub Bad for Your Skin?

According to leading dermatologists, you should never use walnut-containing scrubs in your skincare routine. Why? The certified dermatologist Shasa Hu claims that walnut is too harsh. Its granules are not round enough, which may cause microscopic abrasion to your epidermis.

In other words, walnut scrubs might cut up your face with micro-injuries, making you more sensitive to environmental pollutants. In case you do not want to have micro-tears irritating your skin, you need to consider safer, gentler alternatives.

 

Sugar, Ah Honey Honey

Unlike ground apricot or walnut shells, the sugar naturally dissolves during use, meaning it transforms from scrub into a gentle polish that perfects your skin. Its rounder granules are less abrasive, which is perfect for sensitive skin.

Other benefits of sugar-based body scrubs include:

  • It gently exfoliates your skin, even if it is extremely sensitive;
  • Sugar scrubs fight signs of aging;
  • Sugar brightens tired, dull-looking skin.

Apart from its excellent exfoliating properties, sugar cane contains minerals that are good for your skin. The glycolic acid and minerals found in natural sugars can protect your skin by keeping toxins out. To discover limitless skin benefits of sugar scrubs, try out my range of natural, vegan sugar scrubs. All of my body scrubs feature sugar as the main exfoliant to promote radiant, glowing skin.

 

Other Scrubs for the Ultimate Cleanse

If you crave for a really deep exfoliation, you can try sugar scrubs mixed with other plant-derived ingredients:

Coffee Body Scrub

If you want to be squeaky clean and smell like your favourite morning beverage, choose a sugar scrub that contains grounded coffee. Apart from removing dead skin, coffee has other benefits:

  • Exfoliating and anti-inflammatory properties;
  • Reduction of cellulite and stretch marks;
  • Improved circulation.

If you have always wanted to add a powerful body exfoliator to your weekly routine, take a look at my Coffee Body Scrub. To maximise sugar and coffee benefits, I'm enriched with Vitamin E, nourishing Coconut Oil & Grapeseed Oil, plus I smell like fresh Mandarin. Yum! This impressive blend will clean your skin and make it glow.

Green Tea Body Scrub

Green tea has powerful detoxifying properties. So if you want to wash away toxic pollutants, there is nothing better than my Green Tea Body Scrub. This mix of Green Tea Matcha Leaf Powder, Sugar and Jojoba Oil will purify your skin and mind. Plus it smells like coconut & lime, heaven!

Raw Cacao Body Scrub

Do you love chocolate as much as I do? Then my Raw Cacao Body Scrub is an absolute must-have. Raw Cacao Powder and Almond Oil will make you smell like a (vegan) chocolate bar while taking good care of your skin.

Activated Charcoal Body Scrub

Struggle from blemishes and spots? Help your skin fight skin conditions with my Activated Charcoal Body Scrub. A power couple of Charcoal and Peppermint oil will help to reduce inflammation and boost the healing process.

Bamboo & Lemon Body Scrub

Next time you take a shower to wake up in the morning, try my Bamboo and Lemon Scrub for an instant, refreshing energy boost. Its zesty fragrance will wake up your senses while sugar and salt are cleansing your skin.


Keep Your Skin Nourished and Healthy

To achieve better results, use only natural, safe ingredients on your skin once or twice every weak. Our all-natural, vegan products will help you nourish your skin without causing allergies and irritations.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Include An Oil In Your Skincare Regime

So you think you’ve got a pretty great skincare regime. You cleanse, tone, moisturise daily, and exfoliate every few days. But if you’re not including oil somewhere in there, then you are missing out on one of the biggest secret weapons of skincare. We’ve all been told that oil is bad for our skin because it can create clogged pores, pimples and other breakouts, so it might seem counter intuitive to put it on your face. But there are good oils and bad oils, and by including a good, natural oil in your skincare routine, you’ll definitely start seeing the difference.

If you’re still not convinced, here are the top 5 reasons why you should include a body oil in your skincare (and even your makeup) routines.

 

Oil is the closest thing to the sebum our skin produces naturally

Oil has the amazing ability to match the levels of sebum produced by our skin. Sebum is the oil that is secreted from the sebaceous glands found underneath the skin, and its main purpose is to provide moisture to the skin and protect it from drying out, as well as acting as a barrier to things like bacteria and viruses that threaten to penetrate the skin. It contains a wealth of essential nutrients like vitamin E, triglycerides and healthy fatty acids, and acts as an anti-inflammatory to keep our skin balanced.

Sebum is an incredibly important factor in healthy skin. However, sometimes your body can create too much or too little, and that’s when you can experience things like acne, dryness, flaking and so on. Using an oil is the best way to address these skin concerns. There are many different types of oils to choose from, but one of the best for skincare is often said to be olive oil. This is because it’s plant-based (from the olive tree) and contains a rich amount of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids that are just like the ones found in sebum. Applying it to your skin (both face and body) will encourage a healthy response in terms of improved collagen production, increase the flow of oxygen, boost hydration and lessen the appearance of dullness and sagging. My natural Rose & Hibiscus Body Oil contains cold pressed olive oil as well as other plant based oils to nourish your skin.

 

Oil absorbs faster and more effectively than creams and lotions

Oil by nature is thought to be pretty thick and slimy, right? So how could it even come close to being absorbed easier than other moisturisers? When you consider the ingredients of many moisturisers, you will often see a lot of added fillers and emulsifiers in order to make it creamy. These often synthetic ingredients aren’t necessary or even particularly healthy for your skin, and as such they aren’t as readily absorbed as more natural options.

A plant-based oil like jojoba (which is actually pronounced ho-ho-ba) is perfect to use as an everyday moisturiser. It’s an emollient, which means it can soften and soothe the skin, and it’s rich in vitamins A, D and E. It also contains antioxidants that can fight signs of premature aging, repair damaged cells, brighten dull skin, and encourage regeneration. Jojoba oil also balances the production of sebum, so the more you use it, the less likely you’ll have to deal with all those related skin problems. If you’ve been looking for a way to rejuvenate your skin and give yourself a natural glow, jojoba oil is perfect (and it complements every skin type, so it works well for everyone!). You’ll find cold pressed jojoba oil in both of my natural Body Oils.

 

Oil makes a great, inexpensive makeup primer

You may be aware of how important primer is in your makeup routine, but good primer can be pretty pricey. Luckily, oil makes for a great primer that is not only effective, it’s cheap too! Applying oil to your face before makeup application ensures you’ve got an even, hydrated base to work with, and will put a stop to any flakiness or cracking of foundation and concealer as it helps it glide on smoother.

The key is to choose an oil product that contains natural, plant based oils without synthetic preservatives, fragrances or mineral oil. This will ensure that you’re not adding any unnecessary or potentially irritating ingredients to your skin. Rub the oil between your palms to heat it up and make it easier to apply, then massage it into your face. Leave it to soak for a few minutes before blotting it with a tissue, apply your makeup like usual, and enjoy the natural radiance!

 

Oil achieves a natural, radiant glow

If you’re heading out for the night or spending a day out with friends or family, adding some oil to your skin before hand is a great way to achieve a natural, sunkissed glow. A natural body oil will help to hydrate and nourish your skin, leaving you with a slight sheen that catches the light and highlights your skin.

You can even add a little highlighter to your skin after applying oil to help it shimmer and shine even more and last longer into the night.

 

Oil is usually all-natural!

You know I’m all about being natural and that natural ingredients are the most beneficial for your skin. So when it comes to choosing oils to use on your skin (whether it’s for your face or body), plant-based oils are definitely the best – especially when compared to many of the moisturisers available. However, this doesn’t mean that all oil is created equally! You should still look into the ingredients of an oil before you start using it as there are a few things to avoid, such as mineral oil.

Mineral oil, also called paraffin oil, liquid petroleum and white oil, used to be hugely popular. But as we’ve learned more about it, it turns out that it’s actually not anywhere near as healthy for us as we once thought. It’s a comedogenic, which means it clogs pores and is more likely to cause pimples and other skin problems, and it also doesn’t contain any nutritional benefits for the skin or even provide hydration. But don’t worry, there are still plenty of oils out there that you can use for your face and body. Some favourites are: argan, almond, sesame, sunflower, neem, rosehip and avocado oil, just to name a few. If you don’t know where to start, my Rose and Hibiscus Body Oil or Jasmine and Chamomile Body Oil is a great place to begin!

 

No matter what your skin problems are, the best products are often not the ones given over the counter or those that contain a wealth of hard-to-pronounce ingredients, but the ones made naturally by our planet. Experiment with an oil in your skincare regime, such as my Body Oils; your face and body will thank you for it!

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The Top 4 Tips for Protecting Your Skin this Change of Season

 

Seasonal changes can have an effect on your skin, and the upcoming season – autumn – is often considered the worst for breakouts. This is because your skin produces more oil during the summer months, but as the seasons change the cooler air encourages layers of dead skin to form. This build up traps sebum and bacteria underneath the skin’s surface, increasing the risk of pimples and acne breakouts. And since the skin is such an important part of the body (did you know it’s the body’s largest organ?), you should take care of it all year round. Here are the best things you can do to keep your skin sweet and supple this season!

1.   Exfoliate

Exfoliating should be a large part of your skincare routine already, and if it’s not, then now is definitely the time to introduce it. Exfoliating is the removal of all the dead skin cells that lie on the outer layer of the skin. It’s an important process, because it helps encourage brighter, healthier skin all over the body. It can also aid in the revival of aging skin and help stimulate better collagen production.

Having a consistent exfoliating routine all year round is highly beneficial, but it’s especially important in the colder months. This is because humidity levels drop and the cool weather can dry the skin out even further, leaving behind a bigger build up of dead skin cells than usual. Exfoliating doesn’t only remove this added build up, it also helps to increase circulation of the blood which can promote that gorgeous, healthy glow in your skin.

It’s best to exfoliate 2–3 times a week with a gentle, all-natural product. Over-exfoliating can be equally as damaging as failing to do it, especially if you use products that have nasty chemicals and additions in them like microbeads (which are terrible for the environment and banned in many countries!). If you’re new to exfoliating, look for one that is aimed at sensitive skin, so it’s less harsh and abrasive. And you don’t need to stop at your face, exfoliating your whole body can do wonders for your wellbeing. Just grab one of my nine all natural body scrubs to get scrubbin’!

2. Cleanse

Washing your skin everyday is critical to keeping it clean and healthy. As you go about your day, your skin can come into contact with all manner of different irritants and pollutants like dirt, pollution, air conditioning and the weather. If all of that sits on our face and body, it deprives our skin of oxygen and can encourage free radicals to form, which is when fine lines, pimples, breakouts and dry skin can occur.

In autumn and winter, these issues can be exacerbated by the dry, cold air. Cleansing once a day helps you to keep your skin squeaky clean, by removing impurities and boosting hydration and blood circulation. It will also prevent production of excess oils that can add to further breakouts and skin issues.

There are so many different kinds of cleansers available on the market, so it’s important to find one that is best suited for your skin type. If you’re usually prone to dry skin, avoid anything with alcohol in it as that will dry your skin out even further. If you’ve got oily skin, a cleanser with a lower pH level can help balance production of oil, and for those with sensitive skin, avoid anything heavy in fragrance or other additives. For the best results, choose a cleanser that uses organic, natural ingredients. My natural Activated Charcoal & Peppermint Body Wash is the perfect way to cleanse and nourish your face & body.

3. Moisturise

Well, this one is just obvious! Moisturiser is your best friend all year round, but especially during the colder months. It is the best way to take care of any feelings of dry, flaky and tight skin. When the weather hits those lower temperatures, your pores can shrink quite dramatically in order to protect your skin from the elements. This can make it more difficult to remove the dirt and oil, and dehydrates the skin even further.

Replenishing that loss of moisture and keeping your skin well hydrated is a great way to promote healthy skin and make you feel good. For the best results, choose a rich, creamy moisturiser filled with natural ingredients. Avoid extremely hot showers (which might be hard to do when it’s so cold!) as this will only dry your skin out more, and apply your moisturiser after you’ve cleansed, when your skin is still damp. This helps lock in moisture and keeps your skin softer for longer. My Sweet Orange & Lavender Body Lotion is the perfect combination of natural ingredients to nourish dry skin, or if you are more of an oil person – my two natural plant based oils are just the moisturiser for you!

4. Stay Sun Safe

Sunlight is important for healthy skin because it provides us with vitamin D, which is essential for a number of things like healthy bones and even better moods. But even though summer might be over, don’t make the mistake of putting away your sunscreen! The sun’s harsh UV rays, while not as nasty as they are during the hotter months, can still be damaging in autumn. Even if the day is overcast and the clouds are heavy and thick, almost 80 percent of UV rays can still get through.

When those rays come into contact with the skin it can penetrate the skin layers, causing sunburn and killing or damaging skin cells. This can cause a wide range of damage, all the way from early aging signs to skin cancer. Using sunscreen on your face, neck and body is the best way to counteract potential damage, as well as wearing a hat, sunglasses and covering up when outdoors.

While sunscreen used to be quite thick and pore-clogging, it’s come a long way over the years and has been formulated for everyday use. It can promote healthy skin by protecting essential proteins like collagen, elastin and keratin, and can ward off early signs of aging. To use it properly, apply it every morning before your make up, and reapply every two hours if you’re expecting to see a lot of sun.

 

Check out some of my deliciously all-natural products to make sure your skin remains completely protected in the coming colder months!

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The top 6 benefits of Coconut Oil for your skin

So it’s 2018, and guess what? Coconut oil is still a big deal. This magical elixir isn’t going away any time soon – in fact, our love for it just keeps growing. The best news – it features in almost every single one of my natural products!

Coconut oil is one of those all-purpose ingredients that can be used in just about any situation. It’s fondly referred to by many as ‘the Tree of Life’ and it can make you feel better in a myriad of different ways, both inside and out. It’s an amazing source of healthy fats like lauric acid - which helps lower cholesterol and boost metabolism. It also contains antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties make it a great natural remedy for everything from dandruff to bleeding gums.

You might already be using coconut oil for your hair, your face, your teeth and as a staple in your diet, but are you using it on your skin, as well? If not, you should be, because there are endless benefits to doing so. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and it’s also one of the ways our body rids itself of toxins (along with the kidneys). When we slather ourselves from head to toe in questionable products that might contain more toxins than we’re aware of, it can cause much more harm than we’d like to believe. So, if you’re looking to go natural, here are the top 6 benefits of coconut oil for skin care.

  1. As a moisturiser

Coconut oil has a high composition of saturated fats, which makes it the perfect replica for our skin’s natural barrier. It works by trapping in moisture, so the best way to utilise this is by applying it right after a shower when your skin is still nice and supple. Whether your dry skin is caused by dehydration, stress, exposure to damaging elements or nutritional deficiencies, coconut oil will be able to penetrate deep into the layers of skin, where it’s easily absorbed and can start working its magic. My two body oils and all of my natural body scrubs contain coconut oil and other plant based oils to provide the ultimate way to hydrate and moisturise for your skin.

  1. For makeup removal

The skin around the eyes is the most fragile of the whole body. When we’re using and removing eye make-up everyday, the pulling, rubbing and general wear and tear can cause wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of aging. But coconut oil is one of the most gentle, inexpensive makeup removers on the market. The thickness of the oil means it works even on the heaviest makeup looks, and it can even remove waterproof mascara with ease. Simply dab some onto a clean fingertip and massage the oil gently over your closed eyelids and lashes, then wipe with a cotton pad.

  1. To treat skin disorders

Coconut oil is reported to be highly effective on certain skin disorders like acne, psoriasis, eczema and even Athlete’s Foot. This is all thanks to its ability to reduce inflammation, fungal infections and other harmful microbes that can wreak havoc with our skin. Coconut oil contains agents such as monolaurin and monocaprin, which can help protect the body from various skin disorders and the painful, irritating side effects that come with them. My natural body scrubs are the perfect way to exfoliate away dry/dead skin and nourish with a healthy dose of coconut oil, vitamins and minerals, helping to reduce the appearance of skin conditions.

  1. For dry scalp care

For those who suffer from a dry scalp or dandruff, coconut oil is the best way to treat it without using any of those nasty chemicals that come in a lot of other anti-dandruff products. The best way to do this is to shampoo your hair, then massage a few tablespoons of melted coconut oil into your scalp. Wrap a warm towel around your hair once you’ve covered the entire scalp (you can simply heat the towel up in the microwave for around 30 seconds), and leave it on for at least half an hour. The longer you can leave it on, the better it’ll be. Rinse the coconut oil out (it might take a while, so be patient!) and comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb. Doing this at least once a week will assist you in properly moisturising your scalp and getting rid of your dandruff problem.

  1. As an anti-aging weapon

Coconut oil can prevent and reduce signs of aging like dull skin, dryness, large pores, fine lines and sagging skin. This can be attributed to the large amounts of Vitamin C and Vitamin E found in the oil. These vitamins are antioxidants that are well-known for their ability to make the skin glow with good health. Coconut oil is also rich in protein, which is essential for keeping skin healthy by assisting in the repair of our cells and tissues, even replacing any damaged skin cells with healthy ones. Try applying one of my natural body oils to your face and skin after a shower and notice the improvement in softness, smoothness and reduced appearance of fine lines.

  1. To replace your toner

Coconut oil is a big ingredient in many natural skin care products thanks to its ability to cleanse and tone. Every day, our skin collects residue from our environment; things like our food and drink, as well as what we’re exposed to - like pollution, dirt, wind and the sun. All these things (and more) can cause negative effects on the skin over time, if they’re not removed properly. This is why cleansing and toning should be such an important part of your skin care routine, and coconut oil is a perfect ingredient for it. Using coconut oil means you can remove that buildup of harmful toxins while leaving the skin’s healthy, natural oils behind. It’s important to note that coconut oil is a comedogenic, which means it can have a tendency to clog the pores of some skin types. So you only need to use a small amount in order to get the best effect. Try using my natural Activated Charcoal Wash to help remove dirt and toxins, then follow with some coconut oil.

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You can see why I’m all about coconut oil and how my products can help to cleanse, nourish, moisturise and more!

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