Which Skin Type Are You?

Which skin type are you?

 

Cause I’m all about that skin, bout that skin...

One thing that everyone should know is what type of skin type they are. Knowing this information is important because it informs your decisions when purchasing skincare and cosmetic products, as well as what your skincare regime should be. Your skin type can change over time so it’s good to have a think about it every few years and see if you have noticed any differences in how your skin looks.

Skin type is often determined by a few different factors:

  • Water content
  • Oil content
  • Sensitivity

There are four common skin types, which each have unique signs so that you can determine which type applies to you: 

Oily Skin – an overproduction of oil which can clog pores and encourage skin conditions

  • Shiny, thick complexion
  • Prone to blackheads, pimples and skin conditions such as acne
  • Enlarged pores

Recommendation – My Activated Charcoal Body Scrub.

I contain exfoliating ingredients to help wash away excess oil and grime. Activated charcoal and kaolin powder can absorb more than one hundred times their weight and can help to restore the natural balance of oil on your skin. Finally, jojoba oil can help to reduce the oily nature of your skin as it is the closest plant oil to your skin’s oil and does not leave a residue. 

Dry Skin – an underproduction of oil which can leave skin flaky and irritated

  • Dull complexion
  • Flaky, red patches
  • Skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis
  • Itchiness
  • Less elasticity making wrinkles and dark circles more noticeable

Recommendation – My Raw Cacao Body Scrub

I help to target dry patches by gently exfoliating away dead or flakey skin. I can also help to address dry patches by removing any bacteria and hydrating the skin with nourishing plant based oils. Raw cacao powder is an antioxidant super house which can help to reduce the processes that cause free radicals and help to balance out the surface of your skin. 

Combination Skin – a little bit oily in spots and a little bit dry in spots which can call for different products for different areas. Common oily spots can be the t-zone and the chin.

  • A combination of the signs seen with both oily and dry skin types
  • Visible pores
  • Blackheads and pimples only in specific areas

Recommendation – My Green Tea Body Scrub

I contain exfoliating ingredients to help softly scrub away dry skin and bacteria. The green tea powder aims to soothe and replenish skin, helping to soothe irritated areas. This scrub contains three nourishing oils, including jojoba and coconut oil, which combine to help hydrate dry skin and also help to balance out oily skin. 

Normal Skin – The Goldilocks of skin types, not too oily and not too dry – it’s just right.

  • No sensitivity to cosmetic or skincare products
  • Rarely have imperfections or skin conditions
  • Even skin tone
  • Pores are not easily visible

Recommendation – All of my body scrubs!

Buddy Scrub aims to suit the masses and the combination of my many natural ingredients help to address issues that people can experience with their skin. Try me out for yourself…once you’ve had a taste of your ‘friend with benefits’ it will be hard to go back!

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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.

Shop the range of body scrubs here...

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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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The benefits of Jojoba Oil

 

You may have heard the name Jojoba Oil floating around in skincare products recently and wondered what all the hype is about, or even what it actually is.

Jojoba oil is actually a 100% natural wax ester and is cold pressed from the seeds of the Jojoba plant. Jojoba oil has a fine texture allowing it to be easily absorbed into the skin and suitable for all skin types. Jojoba oil is the only known oil like substance that contains wax esters that are similar to those produced by the skins natural sebum. As the skin often recognises Jojoba oil as its own oil, it is deeply absorbed into the surface of the skin, which makes it great for replenishing dry skin, but also for balancing oily skin. As Jojoba oil is so closely matched to the skin’s natural oil, it is quickly absorbed, helps to hold moisture in the skin and does not leave a filmy residue on the skin.

Jojoba oil is also rich in skin loving nutrients. The oil is high in Vitamin E which supports skin elasticity and helps to reduce the appearance of ageing. Jojoba oil also contains anti-inflammatory properties which help to relieve the likelihood of developing acne or bacterial skin conditions. It may seem counterproductive to add oil to your skin to reduce oiliness, however by using Jojoba oil your body is encouraged to reduce or balance its natural oil production.

My all natural Green Tea Body Scrub and new Activated Charcoal Scrub include Jojoba oil for its many skin benefits. You can view these scrubs and their additional benefits here and organise a scrub date in no time.

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