8 Health and Skin Benefits of Green Tea Matcha

Green tea has been around for many many years, however more recently it has come to the forefront as a staple ingredient in food, beverages and skincare. Many of your much loved products are turning green and for good reason, as green tea has many health benefits that make it a superfood for your body and skin.

 

  1. Matcha is rich in chlorophyll which is a natural detoxifier and helps to remove toxins from your skin and body.
  2. Matcha contains high levels of catechins, which are a potent antioxidant and help to fight the processes that cause free radicals and prevent poor health.
  3. Matcha helps to absorb and prevent excess oil and sebum on your skin, which can help to reduce the appearance of acne and blackheads.
  4. Matcha naturally produces energising properties, which helps to stimulate skin cells and blood flow to help reduce the effects of ageing.
  5. Matcha contains more antioxidants than dark chocolate, spinach and fruits like acai combined.
  6. Matcha contains a number of important nutrients, including iron, protein, potassium, calcium and vitamin C.
  7. Matcha contains L-Theanine, an amino acid that supports relaxed and smooth skin.
  8. Matcha contains anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce the appearance of skin conditions and support radiant skin.

 

Now that you know some of the great benefits of green tea matcha powder, you can see why it’s included in my Green Tea Body Scrub. This scrub gently exfoliates your skin with sugar and pure sea salt, nurtures your skin with green tea powder and moisturises with plant based oils.

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Weekend Pamper Session

As a scrub, I always love a long pamper session with a gorgeous gal and I know that the weekend is your prime opportunity to spend some quality time on your skin – and with me of course!

After a long working week, the weekend is a great time to relax and pamper yourself. Whether it’s to prepare for a night out or just to feel rejuvenated for the new week, giving your skin some extra TLC is well worth it. Not only will you be left feeling fresh and confident, but your skin will be less likely to harbour bacteria, excess oil and clogged pores.

So here are Buddy Scrub’s tips on having a weekend pamper session:

 

  1. Wash off the week – the first step to prepping for your skincare routine is to hop into the shower or bath to clean your skin. The warm water of a shower or bath helps to open up your pores and allows you to get out some of the gunk that might be trapped.
  2. Squeaky clean – while in the shower or bath, use a good quality body wash to cleanse your skin and remove any excess bacteria or oil. A body wash that is all natural is recommended to avoid adding chemicals to your skin which can be absorbed. Be sure to also wash your face with a facial cleanser and remove any makeup from the day.
  3. Scrub a dub dub – a pamper session wouldn’t be the same without a scrub involved. Exfoliate your skin to help remove any fake tan residue, dead skin, dirt or bacteria. Exfoliating also helps to give your pores a deeper clean after they have been opened up from your shower/bath. Scrubbing at least once a week helps to keep your skin healthy and less likely to develop skin conditions so it is perfect for a weekend pamper session. You can cosy up with me for the night and choose from – Raw Cacao, Green Tea or Activated Charcoal Body Scrubs.
  4. Mask it – after you have completed the above steps, it is time to towel dry your face and body. Apply a clay based face mask which will help to absorb any remaining dirt or bacteria from your pores and also help to close pores up again. Leave the face mask on for the recommended time and then remove with a washcloth and warm water.
  5. Smooth as a baby’s… - The final step to your pampering session is to moisturise your face and body. This can be done with a natural moisturiser product or with a natural body oil. Moisturising helps to rehydrate your skin following the above procedure and will keep your skin looking soft and smooth.

 

Then, it’s time to show off your radiant weekend glow xxx

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8 Tips for Winter Skin

 

Winter is upon us in the southern hemisphere, and when we are covering up in layers of clothing it is often easy to forget about your skin.

Covered up or not, it is important to care for the health of your skin all year round. The winter weather can be harsh on skin; and whilst it is not as exposed to the sun, salt and sand of summer; it is subjected to cold temperatures, harsh winds and lack of moisture. These conditions can lead your skin to become dry, flakey and rough. If the condition of your skin deteriorates this can encourage unwanted wrinkles, ageing and poor circulation.

This blog highlights some of the things that you can keep in mind this winter to ensure that your skin remains soft, hydrated and nourished, and of course recommends a date with me!

 

  1. Avoid Wet Clothes

Wearing wet socks, gloves or clothes can encourage bacteria and also lead to itching and irritated skin. If you happen to get caught in the rain this winter, try to change clothes as soon as possible or attempt to dry out your clothes.

  1. Slip, Slop, Slap

Whilst it may not be warm outside, your skin is still exposed to harmful UV rays. Wearing sunscreen, especially on your face, can help to reduce the effects of UV rays on your skin and avoid further complications such as a skin cancer. I recommend a facial moisturiser or foundation that contains SPF protection.

  1. Exfoliate

More often than not, it is easy to forget exfoliating as part of your skincare regime. However, your skin is a living organ that sheds dead skin cells and sweats out what is harmful to your body. If you do not exfoliate your skin regularly, dead skin cells can build up and harbour nasty bacteria or block your pores. As a result, skin conditions such as eczema, acne or infections can develop. My range of body scrubs provides the perfect exfoliating product that not only exfoliates your skin but also provides nourishing and moisturising properties. My new Activated Charcoal Body Scrub is the go to option for its added detoxifying effects.

  1. Moisturise

By regularly exfoliating your skin, it is much better able to absorb additional skincare products such as moisturisers. Moisturising is a skincare necessity throughout winter to provide your skin with much needed hydration and to help reduce dry, cracking skin. My products all nourish your skin with natural oils such as coconut and grapeseed oil which will provide a much needed moisturising layer after your shower or bath. You can then choose to add another moisturiser for added softness or opt for a natural body oil if your skin is extra dry.

  1. Hydrate

Drink, drink, drink – water of course! Whilst you may not feel as dehydrated as you would in the summer months, it is essential to consume up to 8 glasses of water per day. Your body requires water to function at its best, and often if water is lacking then your skin becomes the last organ that your body focuses on nourishing. As a result, your skin can look a little worse for wear. Carry a drink bottle around or keep a water jug by your desk to serve as a reminder to drink water.

  1. Avoid free radicals

Free radicals are harmful molecules within your body that can multiply and consume healthy cells, leading to illness and disease. These free radicals can wreak havoc on your body and the unhealthier you become, the worse your skin health gets. Aim to reduce the amount of free radicals that enter your body by avoiding smoking, drinking alcohol, inhaling chemical fumes (household cleaning products, petrol etc), and unhealthy foods (take-away, high fat foods, high sugar foods, soft drinks). Ensure that you are eating nutritious meals on a regular basis and exercising for up to 30 minutes daily.

  1. Ban Hot Baths

In the early mornings or freezing cold nights of winter, a hot shower or bath often provides comfort. However, having your shower or bath temperature too hot can actually dehydrate your skin and cause dryness. It is best to keep your water at a stable warm temperature and aim to reduce your time spent in the shower or bath to ensure that your skin doesn’t dry out.

  1. Consider a supplement

If you find that your skin is looking dry and rough despite your best efforts to look after it, you may want to consider a supplement to help support your skin’s health. There are a number of natural supplements on the market for this purpose, including ‘Swisse Ultiboost Hair, Skin and Nails’.

 

If you find that you are still experiencing problem skin throughout winter and the above tips do not seem to be helping your condition, consult with a qualified dermatologist who can assist you in developing an individual treatment plan to address your skin concerns.

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Introducing my 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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