How To Prepare Your Skin For Summer

Summer is just around the corner for my southern hemisphere ladies, and that means endless days of sunshine, relaxing and fun. However, the change in weather can affect how your skin looks, so there are some key ways to ensure that you are looking after your skin in the lead up to summer:

  1. Drink Plenty of Water

By now it’s common knowledge that you should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day. Our bodies are made up of over 70% water so it is crucial that you are replenishing your body with water, especially during warmer days where you may be swimming, sweating etc. Keeping hydrated also helps to improve the wellbeing of your skin and help to reduce the signs of ageing.

 

  1. Cleanse Your Face Twice A Day

It is recommended that you wash and cleanse your face every morning and night. This ensures that you are washing away any dirt, sweat or bacteria from throughout the day and also during the night. Opt for a cleanser that contains natural and gentle cleansing ingredients and is free from sulphates, parabens, cocamide DEA, synthetic fragrance or colours and synthetic preservatives. A natural cleanser will reduce the likelihood of adding toxic chemicals to your skin that can encourage skin conditions. You should also be cleansing, or washing, your body at least once a day with a natural cleansing body wash. Try my natural Activated Charcoal & Peppermint Body Wash for a detoxifying and refreshing clean.

 

  1. Exfoliate Regularly

Exfoliation is a skincare step that many people often neglect, yet it is an important way to remove dry & dead skin, bacteria, dirt and sweat. By exfoliating your skin, you are able to remove dead skin and toxins, making way for new and nourished skin. I recommend exfoliating with a natural exfoliating product such as a dry brush or one of my nine all natural, vegan body scrubs which contain plant based, nourishing ingredients to buff away impurities and leave soft, smooth skin. Click here to see the range.

 

  1. Moisturise Your Face & Body

After cleansing and exfoliating, your skin requires additional rehydration in the form of a moisturiser or serum. The type of moisturiser that you use may depend on your skin type, for example, you may opt for an oil free product if you have oily skin or you may opt for a cream moisturiser or body/facial oil if you have dry skin. My Sweet Orange & Lavender Body Lotion or two hydrating Body Oils are the perfect way to nourish your whole body following a shower and are a great way to give your skin added moisture throughout the warmer weather.

 

  1. Change Your Pillow Case

How often do you change your pillow case? Each night the oil, sweat, and bacteria from your hair, neck and face can get absorbed into the fabric of your pillow case. Over time, these nasties continue to build up and if not changed regularly, your pillow case can provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria on your face as you sleep. This may be a reason that you experience acne or breakouts in certain areas of your face. I recommend changing your pillow case every 3 days, especially in summer when you are more likely to encounter warm nights.

 

  1. Avoid stimulants

A diet full of stimulants such as coffee, sugar and processed food can wreak havoc on your skin health. Coffee can dehydrate you and cause your skin to appear dull and dry. Excess sugar can also lead to pimple breakouts, blackheads and other skin conditions. Try to limit the amount of sugary and processed foods that you are consuming and opt for more healthy options that will digest slowly such as wholemeal bread/pastas, crispbread with healthy fats such as avocado, vegetables with quinoa or cous cous. Also try to drink caffeine free tea, mineral water or water with a slice of lemon or fruit rather than coffee, to ensure your body and skin remain hydrated.

 

  1. Slip, Slop, Slap with Suncreen

It is important to wear sunscreen both in the leadup to warmer weather and during the summer months. Even on days that appear overcast or cloudy, the UV rays can be strong and still burn or damage your skin. With prolonged unprotected sun exposure, your skin can appear to be dry, wrinkled, or develop age spots or potential melanomas. Sunscreen with 50+ SPF rating is often recommended and will help to protect your skin throughout the summer, and there are many more natural options available. You might also find products such as body lotions or face foundations that have a sunscreen component added.

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5 Reasons To Use A Body Scrub

 

I’m all about making skin feel soft and smooth, and it’s no different when it comes to my range of natural, vegan friendly and cruelty free body scrubs. There are five body scrubs available each with their own nourishing properties; Raw Cacao & Orange Body Scrub, Green Tea & Lime Body Scrub, Activated Charcoal & Peppermint Body Scrub, Coffee & Mandarin Body Scrub and Bamboo & Lemon Body Scrub. So why should you be getting me in your shower and adding one of my body scrubs to your skincare regime? Let me tell you…

 

Buff away and moisturise dry skin

The primary purpose of using my body scrubs is to provide a gentle exfoliation for your skin. My sugar and sea salt assist in buffing away dead and dry skin, leaving your skin feeling softer and more hydrated. The nourishing plant based oils in my body scrubs, such as coconut oil and grapeseed oil, leave the skin with a moisturising layer after you rinse that will help to keep your skin hydrated and feeling oh so soft. I recommend my Bamboo Body Scrub, full of exfoliating bamboo powder.

 

Help to remove fake tan

Why use an exfoliating mitt made of synthetic fibres to remove your fake tan when you can use a nourishing, plant based body scrub? The gentle exfoliating properties of my body scrubs can help to remove the top layer of dead skin and fake tan, prepping your skin for a fresh layer of faux summer in a bottle. My moisturising oils will also help to hydrate your skin and can help prolong your fake tan.  I recommend my Coffee Body Scrub for a more intense exfoliation.

 

Remove bacteria from sweat and other toxins

What better way to make sure all the sweat and dirt from gym mats and equipment is washed off your skin than with one of my body scrubs? Sometimes a body wash just doesn’t do the trick and using a product with exfoliating ingredients will help to ensure that bacteria from sweat and other toxins are picked up and scrubbed away. I recommend my Activated Charcoal Body Scrub, which contains activated charcoal powder to help absorb toxins and peppermint oil to leave a fresh, minty feeling on your skin.

 

Provide nourishment for your skin

Unlike some lower cost body scrubs, my body scrubs contain ingredients that are natural and specifically sourced for their skin nourishing properties. Each of my body scrubs contains its own key ingredient which are full of vitamins, minerals and more. My combination of nourishing plant based oils also help to layer your skin with hydrating benefits. I recommend my Raw Cacao Body Scrub, which contains antioxidant rich raw cacao powder.

 

Help to leave your skin feeling smooth

The exfoliating, nourishing and moisturising benefits of my body scrubs can assist in reducing the appearance of skin conditions, clogged pores and stretch marks. When scrubbing up with me 2-3 times a week, you should notice your skin feeling softer and smoother with each use. I recommend my Green Tea Body Scrub, which features Japanese antioxidant rich matcha powder, as well as jojoba oil that mimics the natural serum produced by skin helping to balance oil sebum levels.

 

Click here to see my range of body scrubs and bundle options where you can get more of me for less!

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The Natural Body Wash You Need In Your Shower

Do you give much thought to the body wash that you have in your shower? Do you often just grab whatever is on sale and under $5? Well, it’s time to start thinking differently about your body wash and my Activated Charcoal & Peppermint Body Wash is all that needs to be on your mind.

Many popular and low cost body washes contain ingredients that are better left off your skin. The most common of these is Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and is a synthetic surfactant which provides the soapy suds as you wash. Similar variations of SLS are Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) and Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate (ALS). These surfactants are inexpensive and that's why they are used in everything from body washes, to toothpaste to engine degreasers. These sulphates can cause irritation to the skin in high doses over prolonged periods, so take a squiz at your body wash and if you see one of these ingredients listed then it might be time to part ways with this product.

Phenoxyethanol is also a popular preservative in skincare. Many companies claim that this is a natural preservative, however it is known as a nature identical preservative where it has been made synthetically to mimic the structure of a naturally occurring substance, in this case green tea.

It is also common for body washes to contain artificial colouring and fragrance. These ingredients are often made synthetically and can contribute to skin irritation.

With my Activated Charcoal & Peppermint Body Wash, you don’t have to worry about any of these nasties as I contain no SLS, no parabens, no synthetic colours/fragrances/preservatives, no nature identical, no Cocamide DEA & no EDTA. Made with natural coconut derived surfactants (decyl glucoside and coco-glucoside), aloe vera and botanical extracts, you'll soap up nicely and get an all over clean. Enriched with detoxifying activated charcoal powder and peppermint essential oil, I'll go on black and wash off to leave a faint peppermint fresh feeling. Activated charcoal powder is derived from coconut shell and has been used for centuries as a natural detoxifier for poisoning, water purification and absorbing toxins. The activated charcoal powder in my body wash will help to absorb any bacteria or dirt from the skin as you cleanse.

So if you’re ready to upgrade your body wash game to a natural, vegan and cruelty free alternative that detoxifies and refreshes your skin, then look no further. Click here to see more about my Activated Charcoal & Peppermint Body Wash.

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Introducing my new Activated Charcoal Body Scrub!

 

Who doesn’t like a good detox? Well put your strange looking kale juices aside and get your hands on my new Activated Charcoal Body Scrub. The activated charcoal has been treated with oxygen to make it more porous, and basically this means it can absorb over 250x its weight. Now picture the positive effects my scrub can have in absorbing nasties from the surface of your skin. Combined with exfoliating sugar and sea salt, as well as nourishing kaolin clay, coconut oil, grapeseed oil and jojoba oil, my Activated Charcoal Body Scrub is everything you need in a skincare product. Oh, and did I mention I leave you smelling like a peppermint candy cane?

Sugar is a gentle exfoliant which removes your dead skin cells and helps to enhance blood circulation to encourage the removal of toxins. Sugar is also a natural humectant which means that it helps to pull moisture from the air which can hydrate your skin. Sugar also helps to stimulate cell rejuvenation which can lead to smoother, youthful looking skin.

Sea salt is a more intense exfoliant for your skin and is great in removing dead skin cells. Salt is a natural detoxifier which can help to absorb toxins, leaving your skin feeling clean and healthy.

Activated Charcoal has been used as a natural detoxifier for over 3500 years. It has no known side effects and is often used for water purification and in hospitals to treat poisoning. Activated charcoal can bind to toxins and impurities in the skin and help them to be removed from the body. It is useful in treating skin conditions as it can draw out bacteria and toxins to help reduce the likelihood of developing acne and also soothe inflammation. It also helps to absorb bacteria that can be produced from sweat, which makes me a great post-exercise product.

Kaolin Clay has also been used for thousands of years to nourish the skin. Kaolin clay contains high levels of silica which helps to absorb oil on the skin, reducing the likelihood of developing pimples and leaving your skin soft and smooth. Kaolin clay is also thought to stimulate blood circulation which aids in the healing of skin conditions and promotes healthy looking skin.

Grape seed oil provides a great source of Vitamin E which is important for keeping your skin well moisturised. Grape seed oil also has some antiseptic qualities which can help to reduce the likelihood of developing skin blemishes.

Coconut oil is increasing in popularity and is a great source of moisturisation for your skin. It helps to keep your skin cell connection strong which can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles or sagging. Coconut oil will naturally clear away any dirt, grime, or dead skin cells. It also assists in soothing your skin irritations, prolonging your tan and reducing the signs of ageing.

Jojoba oil is one of the oils most closely matched to the natural oil in the skin. Your skin produces wax esters which keep the skin hydrated and these wax esters diminish as you age. Jojoba oil produces these wax esters naturally and therefore gives your skin the much needed hydration that reduces with ageing. Jojoba oil also contains essential vitamins A, D and E, as well as Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids.

Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant that helps to target the signs of ageing. Vitamin E does this by smoothing skin and reducing the signs of wrinkles, hydrating skin to improve skin elasticity and rejuvenating dry skin.

Peppermint Essential Oil  leaves your skin feeling fresh and smelling great…like a candy cane – YUM!

 

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