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It might surprise you that what we consume is just as important as the products we use when it comes to keeping our skin healthy. It’s important to get the nourishing nutrients we need in order to look our best.
So, what foods can help keep our skin healthy?
It’s also very important to have a healthy digestive tract to keep your skin looking great. These are some additional nutrients you should include in your diet to help keep your gut and skin healthy:
Fiber – Foods rich in fiber will help your digestive system remove waste.
Probiotics – These healthy bacteria will help balance your digestive tract
Digestive Enzymes – These can assist in helping you get as much nutrition from the foods you eat as you can. Look for a quality digestive enzyme.
I hope you learned something new from these tips. Check out our infographic below that illustrates the importance of nutrition and gut health for skin! For more information on health and wellness, feel free to visit us at our blog, What’s Up, USANA?.
This post has been contributed by Diana Smith.
Many enjoy a glass of white wine here and there, and it can be a good way to make sure that you are protecting your body from the inside. However, you can help your skin in several of ways by using white wine facials. Whether you enjoy a nice long vinotherapy session at home or go seek a professional, your skin will be thankful.
Red Wine vs White Wine
In essence you can use either variation as a cleanser and toner, and you can even have a glass of wine to go with the process. Wine, in general, contains many antioxidants which will help repair and prevent your cells from being damaged further. Moreover, some of the ingredients, present in both wine types, can help iron out wrinkles and make your face seem younger. Furthermore, wine is known to have anti-aging characteristics as well, meaning that it will be a great asset in making sure you look younger once more.
Create a Spa Day for Yourself
The good thing about white wine facials is that you can easily make them at home, meaning that you can pamper yourself and create a fantastic evening of enjoyment and relaxation. Finding a good recipe will be crucial though, which is why you should look into how you can make a wrinkle and anti-aging facial mask to help you out. On the other hand, do not just blindly mix together ingredients, as you will have to make sure you understand your skin’s complexion and what some of the elements can do to it. Make sure to take your time to be able to thoroughly enjoy yourself, and to finally relax.
Long Term Effects
Unfortunately, in the short term, you will not notice a lot of things changing, which is why you need to be patient and keep applying the facial mask whenever possible. Think about the near future, and how it can help smooth out your skin, and give you a lasting glow that can make others feel jealous. Then again, be mindful how many times you apply a facial mask, as it could damage your skin if you are not careful enough. After all, you are playing with potent ingredients which if mixed right could do wonders, but, on the other hand, they could be dangerous.
Mind Your Wine Selection
You should be picky with your wine, and try to get the best of the best, if you do not want to have poor quality results in the end. Moreover, try to find a good store which will be able to supply you with high-quality wines, but at a reasonable price. Moreover, try to surprise yourself and opt for exotic wines which could be even better for your skin. The bottle shops in Melbourne offer a great selection of local, national, international wine, at affordable prices. You will be able to experiment and create the perfect home-made white wine facial to help you skin look smooth and young.
The popularity of white wine facials is gaining wind, and its many features are being used in therapies all over the world. Though, if you feel like treatments are expensive, you can always make your own home-made variant, which could end up being even more fun to do. Though, remember to first practice home, and to find the right ingredients, to make something that will definitely help out your skin in the long run. Bear in mind to try and find a good year and a bottle of wine which will be good to drink, and for your facial mask.
Switch to Natural and Organic Makeup
Research shows that those who wear lipsticks consume between 1,5 – 4 tubes in their lifetime!
That's a pretty terrifying fact if you think about the number of products smeared and smudged across your pout up until now. And it's not just your lips…
The human skin, which wraps and protects our precious bodies, has the impressive ability to absorb up to 60% of the products we use, which are then deposited into the circulatory system. Studies have revealed that an average woman will absorb 30lbs of the ingredients in her moisturisers over 60 years! So, then, does it not make much more sense (and for a far healthier alternative) to be absorbing all-natural essential oils, plant oils, mineral pigments and waxes, as opposed to ingesting petroleum by-products and synthetic chemicals?
It's time to make the switch to Organic Makeup.
WHAT ARE YOU USING?
We here at The Organic Project (TOP) find it difficult to believe that the cosmetic industry is actually getting away with the bad things they are putting into makeup. Allegedly, cosmetics are the least regulated industry under the FDA. Even that 'trusty' foundation on your shelf could be causing more problems than you realise!
All those irritations you experience – including acne, contact dermatitis, sensitive skin, inflammation, clogged pores and redness, to name some – are usually a result of man-made products. What's more, recent research suggests that some of the ingredients found in non-organic products (both cosmetics and personal care products) could be linked to cancer, Alzheimer's disease, allergies, birth defects and type II diabetes.
Most conventional cosmetics use petroleum-based ingredients, which rely on a number of harsh chemicals, such as aluminium and lead, for the production process. To add insult to injury, these toxic substances require extensive mining, meaning a lot of land is being destroyed and stripped of significant wildlife. By switching to Organic makeup, you will not only be protecting your bodies from harmful chemicals, which can actually be poisonous to the endocrine system, but also helping the environment and reducing your carbon footprint.
DON'T PANIC, USE ORGANIC
'Natural' ingredients are derived from natural sources with no synthetic compounds. Certified Organic makeup take things a step further and should contain only plant-sourced ingredients that are cultivated without the use of synthetic chemicals, toxins or pesticides. Evidence abounds for the healing powers of handmade, natural products, which are also much gentler on the skin. Your body is more likely to accept and understand ingredients from the earth, like calendula, sunflower, burdock etc. Makeup and skin care products with natural minerals also provide antioxidant protection, and their vitamin C levels have shown to provide natural sun-shielding benefits. Caring for your body includes skin care choices that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. As well as being chemical- and toxic-free, organic makeup and skin care products reduce dry, tired and dull-looking skin. Remember, beauty comes from within so make sure you are absorbing the right stuff.
HOW TO CHOOSE
To be 100% organic, a product must contain only organically produced ingredients (excluding salt and water). Stay away from mainstream cosmetic brands since most contain harmful substances that are known irritants and carcinogens. Some ingredients to avoid include aluminium, artificial colours, benzoates, formaldehydes, fragrances, parabens, petroleum, paraffin, sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate and more. Never trust a brand – if a cosmetic does not list its ingredients on the label, pop it back on the shelf!
TOP loves these Australian organic and natural makeup brands, all of which are available on our site:
When I want to start my day with a rush of amazing bush flower botanicals to give my mind and skin a lift, this is what I use. This Body Love Moisturiser is infused with select flower essences to help you feel loved, nurtured and accepted. Flower essences have the ability to absorb into our psyche and deeper emotions.
Not only does this work on our mind, but this moisturiser is so silky soft and smooth, creamy and velvety and is perfect for all skin types. I’ve been using it for about 4 months, lucky it lasts for a long time because it’s one of those creams that I don’t want to end and I want to buy more of.
I lather it all over my decollatege and face, I use it under make-up and before I go to bed at night.
The natural scents of all of the Australian bush flower products are so unique, each product is different and I really haven’t experienced any other products quite like these. I can immerse myself in the Australian bush and imagine being surrounded by all of the native Australian flowers and wildlife.
Infused with the following carefully selected flower essences to help you with body acceptance - Billy goat plum, five corners, flannel flower, little flannel flower, mulla mulla, she oak, wisteria.
These are such gentle products, but also very effective in treating lines and wrinkles and moisturising sun damaged and ageing skin. They are certified organic, of such a high quality and very affordable.
Australian Bush Flower Essences has been developed and researched by Naturopath, Ian White, a fifth generation Australian herbalist. Love System was created by Paul Loveday who spent 7 years developing this healing line of skincare.
Love System are winners of the Natural Health International Beauty Awards 2015, you can purchase the Body Love Moisuturiser at Australian Bush Flower Essences.
Recently I've had the opportunity to try Kelapa Organics Baby products and found them to be of an extremely high quality, a luxurious and effective treat you can give your baby, at the same time knowing that they are completely safe for babies skin.
From the very beginning of a baby's life we should be using organic products. Babies have such sensitive and delicate skin, it’s very important to use skin care products which soothe babies skin, rather than use products which contain toxic chemicals which can irritate, especially babies prone to excema and skin rash problems.
Some ingredients, such as sulphates and parabens in mainstream baby products, can cause breathing issues and even enter into babies bloodstream and affect reproductive organs.
Luckily we are living in a time where people are becoming aware of this and we have the opportunity to treat babies with the gentle and safe care they deserve.
One of the major ingredients in the Kelapa baby range is certified organic coconut oil. I'm also a big fan of the Kelapa range for adults and I have found that the high quality of the coconut oil has made a huge difference to the nourishing treatment to our skin.
Baby Shampoo and Body Wash
My little nephew and I have been testing the shampoo and body wash over the last couple of months, trying to get a really good feel of the product. I have found this wash to be beautifully soft and gentle on his delicate and sensitive skin.
The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities of the organic coconut oil has helped to keep his skin moisturised while protecting from further irritation. There has been no hint of excema or any redness.
As a shampoo it is very gentle and leaves his hair feeling soft, fresh and clean. It's so gentle it doesn't sting his eyes, but it thourougly cleanses. The soft and gentle scent of mild lavender is calming and perfect for babies bed time, I also love the two in one factor of a body wash and shampoo.
Made for babies, kids and even adults with sensitive skin, this lotion can be used all over body and face. It sinks in quickly and is very light and moisturising. The lotion spreads evenly and is soothing and nourishing. It's so creamy and nice, with a soft baby smell, but all natural. Incredibly soothing for my nephews sensitive skin and I love using it myself, I found it very good for after sun care and soothing sun kissed skin.
With the nourishing properties of organic coconut oil and sweet almond oil, it's perfect for healing dry patches of babies skin. You can use this daily with the confidence that this is safe and moisturising for your baby.
With the essential oils of lavender and bitter orange, the lotion has a calming effect on all of our minds at the end if the day!
Kelapa, grown out of a passion to provide high quality skin care products, which are as gentle and as close to nature as possible is made and owned in Melbourne, Australia. All products are free from Sulfates, Parabens, Artificial Preservatives, Synthetic Fragrances and Artificial Colours.
Kelapa Organics Baby Products are available at Kelapa Organics.
baby lotion - Ingredients: *Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Purified Water, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, *Organic Coconut Oil, *Organic Sweet Almond Oil, *Organic Shea Butter, *Organic Cocoa Butter, Glyceryl Caprylate,*Organic Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Bitter Orange Extract, *Organic Lavender Essential Oil, Natural Vitamin E.*Certified Organic Ingredients
baby shampoo - Ingredients: *Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Purified Water, Coco Glucoside, *Organic Guar Gum, *Organic Coconut Water, *Organic Vanilla Oleoresin, Bitter Orange Extract, Citric Acid, *Organic Lavender Essential Oil, *Organic Coconut Oil, *Organic Glycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate *Australian Certified Organic Ingredients
One of the first areas we notice ageing is around our eyes, if we’ve had a late night, are overworked or stressed and tired, we start to develop under eye circles and bags under our eyes, even when we are in our 20’s. If the skin around our eyes look tired, it can age us dramatically.
When using an eye cream you only want to use a natural and organic cream, this is very important for the delicate skin underneath our eyes. There are so many eye creams out there, it is hard to know where to start. What I always look at is the ingredients. I like to research each ingredient and find out exactly how the product works. As I am a big believer in the power of herbs, particularly for healing our skin, I was very happy to see the amazing list of ingredients in Bor Organics eye cream.
These are just a few of ingredients - Nettle Leaf extract: known to be very healing for the inflammation of skin and an anti-inflammatory, lemon myrtle: tightens skin, bladderwrack: filled with minerals to nourish skin, burdock root: contains PABA, great for maintaining firmness of skin, ginger: contains around 40 antioxidant properties that prevent free radical damage and protects against ageing, ginseng: has the ability to boost skin-firming collagen.
Putting the cream to the test -
On first application I found the cream to be of a medium texture and fast absorbing. Very good for sensitive skin, doesn’t sting (even if i accidentally get it into my eyes!)
Being of fair skin and also a lover of sun, I am noticing lately the light sun spots under my eyes. I thought this would be a good test to see if it helped to lighten them. I’ve been using the cream morning and night and I noticed a definite lightening of the spots, maybe this is due to the lemon myrtle ingredient.
It decreases the effects of fine lines, my eye area feels far less dry and tired and definitely less puffy after I apply the cream, great for after a bad nights sleep or after staying up too late indulging!
A tiny amount amount goes a long way with this cream, so it's going to last for ages.
Because of the great consistency I can apply make-up straight after. I really like the packaging, it comes in a tube and has a cool retro feel to it.
Bőr Organics is made up of certified organic, natural and pure ingredients, with an amazing array of herbal plants and minerals.
This is a full list of the eye cream ingredients -
Ingredients : Camellia sinses (White Tea) extract*, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Urtica dioica (Nettle) extract*, Glycerin*, Cetearyl Olivate and Sorbitan Olivate, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) oil*, Persea gratissima (Avocado) oil*, Rosa canina (Rosehip) oil*, Butyrospermum parki (Shea butter)*, Beeswax*, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) Oil*, Arnica Cordifolia Extract*, Fucus vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract*, Arctium lappa (Burdock) root extract *, Calendula officinalis flower Extracts*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower extract*, Zingiber officinale (Ginger) Root Extracts*, Ginkgo Biloba Extract*, Ginseng (Panax) Extract*, Camellia sinses (Green Tea) extract*, Ascophylum nodosum (Kelp) Extract*, Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) extract*, Azadirachta indica (Neem) Seed Extract*, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract*, Olea europaea (Olive leaf) extract*, Carica papaya Fruit Extract*, St Hypericum perforatum (St. John's Wort) Extract*, Camellia sinensis (White Tea) Extract*
No nasties. No parabens. No chemicals. No animal testing. Ever. Environmentally friendly. Recyclable.
Bőr eye cream is available at Bőr Organics.
This post has been contributed by Laura.
Summer might seem like a long way away, but it always seems to creep up on us when we least expect it. The days are already getting lighter. There’s no better time to start getting your summer body than now! No need for fad diets or ridiculous amounts of exercise. If you start now, you can coast into summer and feel confident in your bikini. Here’s what to do!
Change Your Diet
Take a look at your diet and see if there is any way you can change it for the better. You should be filling your diet full of natural, whole foods to get the best summer body. Eating 200 calories of vegetables is so much better than eating 200 calories of chocolate, and you’ll feel fuller for longer. Learn how to use nutritional labels and opt for fresh food over prepackaged. Instead of drinking calorific drinks, opt for water and green tea too.
Find Ways to Get Active
Getting active is important if you want a summer body too. Even if it’s something like taking the stairs rather than the lift, it’ll all add up. Getting in some regular exercise about 3-4 times a week is a good idea. You could play a sport with a friend, swim, or lift weights. Whatever you do, make sure you enjoy it. Your exercise routine should be vary to make the most difference to your body. Make sure you’re not putting too much emphasis on cardio either. It might help you to lose weight, but it won’t shape your body the way you want it.
Start Taking the Right Supplements
Taking supplements is the third step you can take when going after that summer body. Providing you’ve got your diet right and you’re getting plenty of exercise, you can incorporate supplements to help you achieve your goals. Just don’t expect supplements to do all of the work for you. They’ll enhance your results, but they won’t be solely responsible for them. You can even look into nutritional cleansing with certain supplements to help aid your fat loss.
Allow Treats in Moderation
Now, cutting out treats completely would probably lead to bingeing. So you definitely shouldn’t do that. You should allow yourself one or two small cheat meals per week - emphasis on small! Don’t go OTT or eat until you feel so stuffed that you have to undo your jeans. Simply look forward to this meal at the end of a week when you’ve worked hard. It’ll keep you going and it’ll also give your metabolism a little kick too.
Monitor Your Progress Properly
To get an accurate idea of how you’re doing, you need to monitor your progress properly. You don’t want to just weigh yourself, as that’s inaccurate. Instead, measure yourself and take pictures too. This will keep you going when you think you aren’t making progress!
Rome wasn’t built in a day, so the key is to avoid rushing this process. The longer you give yourself, the less pressure you’ll feel. Then it’s a case of maintaining your results. You can’t just go back to how you were before!
This post has been contributed by Diana Smith
Before you know it, the colder seasons are going to be long forgotten and your cracked and weary skin will be in urgent need of some recovery. When spring finally arrives and shines upon us with its warm sun rays and the soft wind fondles our skin, it will be time to step up the game and take some appropriate measures. So until we welcome spring once again, it is best to learn how to properly nourish our skin so it would be glowing by the time you can say regular skin care! And here is how to do that:
Protect and Serve
We all know that prevention is the best medicine. Keeping this in mind, make sure to remember to protect your skin from those harmful UV rays. Do not be fooled by the overcast weather, because these rays can affect your skin either way. So always remember to apply a natural sunscreen whenever you are going out so you would be sure that you are keeping your skin safe. Strong sun can cause brown spots, deep lines, wrinkles, but also skin cancer. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Exfoliation Is the Key
You never know how much dirt and dead cells can pile up on your skin during these long and weary seasons. Because of this, you should know that exfoliation is the key to every regular skin routine. This means that you should exfoliate at least once a week, in order to bring your skin back to life. Of course, exfoliating applies to the whole body, not just your face. Be sure to use a quality exfoliating scrub or a loofah, as some less quality ones could cause irritations to severely sensitive skin.
Rehydrate For Recovery
One of the most important aspects of every skin care routine is remembering to keep your skin moisturized and hydrated. You might have noticed that during these few colder months your skin has become dry and cracked at certain places. This is mostly because the cold weather dries out the skin and it is not getting sufficient amounts of water. Because of this, it is important to drink lots of water in these transition months and to remember to use products that additionally moisturize the skin.
Eat Healthy and Plenty
Another thing that is mostly neglected by people is to make certain changes in the diet plan. Most of us are used to eating heavy and fat foods during autumn and winter. But in order to prep your skin for spring it is important to make some alterations in your nutrition. Make sure to implement some vitamin rich foods that will boost your immune system and nourish your skin. Also, eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables that are rich in water so you would additionally hydrate your body. Antioxidant rich foods will also help you detox your body and rid it from all the piled up toxins.
Choose Your Products Wisely
When it comes to the products you use on daily basis, what is crucial is to rely on natural-based products that nurture your skin and help it recover in the best possible way. Try to stay away from products that contain alcohol or other chemicals that might dry out your skin even more or cause other skin conditions. Make sure to choose something suitable for your skin type like asap skin products that are designed to revitalise your skin and give it proper care.
When spring finally arrives, make sure to welcome it with arms wide open and skin shining brightly. Keep in mind that every skin type is different and that you should nourish your skin accordingly. Do not hesitate to consult with a dermatologist so you would get all the needed information about proper care for your skin.
Babs Deodorant is a natural creme deodorant. I have tried so many different deodorants over the years and to be honest many natural deodorants haven’t worked too well for me, so I was pleasantly surprised that this unique deodorant creme was powerful enough to prevent underarm odour, using gentle ingredients.
I’ve been using this deodorant in the middle of summer in very hot and humid weather. I’ve been wearing it to work, going to yoga class, to the beach, walking around the park and by the end of the day I don’t have any smelly armpits!
The creme works by killing the bacteria under your arm pit, you still sweat naturally, but you don’t get any sweaty smells.
This is actually a paste and all you do is take a tiny bit on your fingers and rub it underneath your arms. This type of deodorant has worked really well for me, I hadn’t tried a paste before, wasn’t sure what to expect, but I think it's great.
The consistency of the paste changes a little bit, depending on the temperature, if it’s really hot weather the paste won’t be as thick, but it doesn’t matter, it works just as effectively. You can always place it in the fridge to make it firm again.
Babs deodorant comes in two different scents, tea tree and lavender. I tried the tea tree oil and it has a nice fresh, clean scent.
We all know about the dangers of aluminium and parabens in chemical based deodorants, particularly with links to breast cancer, that’s why I’ve avoided using those products for years. I had been using a crystal stick, but find this paste much more effective. I can safely wear this to work. As I deal with many people during the day, I don’t have to worry about sweating when I’m under pressure.
I also find this creme very soothing to my skin, I haven't experienced any stinging after shaving. Another problem I’ve had with some deodorants is they would stain my clothes, but not this one.
I like the glass jar, I always prefer glass to plastic products, it's environmentally safe and better for our health.
I'm really happy with this deodorant, I think this will work well, even for men in physical labour jobs. For me it works even better than mainstream deodorants, without the nasty chemicals.
These are the ingredients - Coconut oil (Cocos nucifera), Shea butter (Butyrospermum parkii), (naturally mined) Sodium Bicarbonate, Arrowroot, Cocoa butter (Theobroma cacao), Beeswax (Cera flavia), Tea tree oil (Melaleuca terntifolia).
All very safe ingredients and nourishing to our skin.
Babs Bodycare is an Australian based company, all of their products are handmade in Melbourne. Their products are 100 percent natural, organic and chemical free.
Babs deodorant is available at Babs Bodycare.
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