We have all heard about the great health benefits of coconut oil incorporated into your diet. I bet you haven’t thought to use it in your beauty regime though! Coconut oil is so versatile and it is a great cheap, natural alternative to products filled with nasty chemicals that damage your skin.
That’s right! You can use coconut oil on dry and flaky fingernails. Massage a small amount onto your nail beds twice daily for strong and healthy nails.
Makeup No More!
Coconut oil is a gentle way to remove makeup from around the eye area. Melt down in your fingers and gently tap around your eye area. Remove with a damp cotton pad.
Transfer 1 tbsp into an empty lip balm pot or small jar and keep in your handbag. I use it under my lipstick and on tinted moisturiser only days.
Luscious Body Oil
Coconut oil is my go-to body oil. It contains a natural SPF4 sunscreen and keeps my skin hydrated morning and night. I find it’s best applied to clean, damp skin.
I swear by Coconut Oil as a hair serum. I always use a small amount of coconut oil to tame split ends and sleek down any fly-away hairs!
Acne is the most common skin condition in the world yet there are so many myths on what causes it. You name it, I’ve heard it.
“Wash your face more”
“Leave your skin alone for a while”
“Go out in the sun more and dry it out”
I’m here to shed some light on this topic and share with you the Top 3 most common acne myths I hear ALL the time.
MYTH #1: If you wash your face more, your acne will go away.
Wrong. Acne has nothing to do with how many times per day you wash your face. Although good skincare practice is extremely important in the fight against acne, if you wash your face ten times per day your skin won’t suddenly clear overnight. Over washing can also strip the skin of its natural oils, which means moisture needs to be added back on and that leads to the need to buy more skincare products. When using a new cleanser make sure it doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry or tight.
Tip: Cleanse your skin with a gentle, natural cleanser morning and night. Rinse well with clean water.
MYTH #2: Leave your skin alone and the acne will clear on it’s own.
Wrong. Leaving your skin alone and hoping for the best is not going to magically clear your acne. You could be waiting months or years for results doing this. The worst part is, results may never arrive. Acne affects people of all ages, so if you think it will go away once you get older, you may be wrong. In order to achieve clear skin you have to be ready to overhaul your entire life, this includes the way you eat, think and things you do.
Tip: In order to take control of your skin and regain your confidence you must be proactive in the fight against acne.
MYTH #3: Go out in the sun more and dry your acne out.
Wrong. Sun damage is responsible for 95% of wrinkling so it’s recommended to always wear a sunscreen when outdoors, even in the middle of winter! Truth is, the sun can actually make breakouts worse. Particularly if you are already prone to acne! UV rays can damage the skin and weaken the barrier, causing a loss of moisture. This can lead to overproduction and overgrowth of sebaceous glands resulting in blackheads.
Tip: Always wear a sunscreen and remember to cover your neck, décolletage and the back of your neck.
So the acne is gone, but you’re left behind with red marks or deep scarring and have no idea how to fix it. How can you speed up the healing process of acne scarring to reveal a clear, smooth complexion once again?
End the search, I’ve found the cure.
How to cure acne scarring is one of the most commonly asked questions I get asked everyday. What if I told you there was a way to magically speed up the healing process and help improve the appearance of acne scarring?
How Acne Scars Are Formed
Acne scarring can strike at any age as a result of moderate to severe acne. In particular, the formation of cysts or nodules can cause inflammation and damage the natural collagen in your skin.
Then there are the red marks that appear when your skin is trying to heal itself. The good news is that most red marks are not permanent and are easy to cure.
Acne Scar Removal Products
I’ve tried and tested countless scar removal methods over the years, some with no success at all. There are thousands of products available promising amazing results but deliver nothing. I’m here to clear the air on what works, and what doesn’t.
Your Go-To Acne Scar Removal Product
It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. The product that will become the staple product in your bathroom for curing acne scarring is rose hip oil.
Yes, oil. I’m telling you to put oil on your skin. Seems crazy huh? Truth is, brands have been brainwashing you for YEARS. You’ve been told to use oil-free products if you have acne and dry your skin out completely to help heal and prevent breakouts.
I’m here to tell you otherwise. Oil is not the enemy and will not ruin your skin. In fact, certain fruit oils can actually re-balance your skin and give it the hydration it needs, thus minimise breakouts. The best part is that it not only rebalances your skin, but it also helps to improve the appearance of acne scarring.
If you dry your skin out too much, it will not only become dehydrated but it will also be more prone to further scarring. The best thing you can do for your skin is keep it hydrated, both inside and out. That means you must eat foods that hydrate your body internally, drink lots of water and maintain a good skincare routine.
The best type of oil for your skin is rose hip oil. It’s packed full of essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants to keep your skin hydrated and help to improve the appearance of any scarring.
You only need 2-3 drops to reap the benefit of this magical oil. Simply massage into clean, damp skin morning and night. Follow this daily for up to three months to see best results.
Which One Do I Use?
Quality is very important when it comes to oils. Although you may not think it, there is a difference between budget rose hip oil and a premium quality rose hip oil.
Look for Certified Organic rose hip oil that has been accredited by the USDA, ACO, ECOCERT or BioGro. An organic governing body has officially accredited any oil with this accreditation and you are guaranteed to receive the real deal.
Rose hip oil should be dark. Not clear. Rose hips are red so it’s only natural that the oil should be a similar colour. If the rose hip oil is lighter than a golden yellow, try something else. The darker your rose hip oil is, the higher the quality.
How Do I Use It?
There are three golden rules to live by when using rose hip oil.
1. Firstly, rose hip oil must be applied to clean skin after cleansing or exfoliating.
2. Secondly, it MUST be applied to DAMP skin to help with absorption. Never apply to dry skin.
3. Thirdly, less is best. You only need to use 2-3 drops. This will be more than enough to cover your face and neck area.
P.S Don’t be surprised if your skin purges a little after using this product, it’s known to detox the skin and release any built up grime that has been trapped under the skin.
Have you used rose hip oil before? Did it cure your acne scarring? Let me know your experiences below!
Ever wondered what type of acne scars you have? Acne scarring is what’s left behind after nodules and cysts are gone. They come in all shapes and sizes. Red, purple and skin toned.
Acne scars can strike at any age but usually later in life as a result of picking, popping and rubbing blemishes. They can also occur without picking as a result of intense inflammation in the skin during active breakouts.
5 Types Of Acne Scars
There are many types of acne scars ranging in severity from mild to severe.
Ice pick scars – These scars are thin, deep scars on the surface of the skin. They look like small puncture wounds, usually superficial.
Atrophic scars – These scars are more superficial than ice pick scars. They appear as smooth, shallow pits on the surface of the skin.
Keloid acne scars – These scars are bumpy, raised and usually dome-shaped. They range in colour from pink to red and are a result of overactive collagen deposits.
Hypertrophic scars – These scars are similar to keloid scars. They appear as raised bumps on the skin, but are usually smaller and found on the neck or back.
Rolling scars – These scars are shallow, yet wide and deep in the skin as a result of several grouped acne nodules. These scars cause a wavy texture in the skin and are most commonly seen on cheeks.
Stay tuned for a blog on how to get RID of acne scars!
Acne can be caused due to poor diet and lifestyle, as well as hormones which are majorly affected by stress. Yoga has amazing health benefits for your body and can even help to clear your skin by releasing stress in the body.
These four poses help to increase blood circulation to the head and face area, which in turn can lead to clear, glowing skin. Don’t worry if you have never tried yoga before, these are fairly simple yet still offer the maximum benefit to your skin!
My Top 4 Yoga Poses to Clear Skin:
Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
Stand up tall with your hands by your side.
Place your hands on your hips and inhale.
As you exhale, soften your knees and fold down slowly from your hips.
Place your hands onto your legs, ankles or the floor.
Corpse Pose (Savasana)
Lie on your back with your feet spread slightly apart
Inhale deeply and hold it while tensing your whole body
After tensing your body for a few seconds, exhale and release as if to let go of your stress
Seated Forward Bend Pose (Paschimottanasana)
Sit down with your legs stretched out in front of you
Stretch your lower back and raise your arms above your head
Slowly bend forward
Place your hands on your lower legs, ankles or feet
Cross Legged Pose (Sukhasana)
Sit on a yoga mat or cushioned surface
Arrange your legs in a cross legged position
Place your hands on your knees with your palms facing up and your index finger and thumbs gently touching
Try these poses at home for 5-10 minutes every morning as a perfect way to start your day!
Have you tried yoga before? Did you have good results? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
For most people, clear skin is something they take for granted. Truth be told, there are millions of people just like you who are affected by skin conditions including acne. It affected me for five years and I tried just about everything to clear my skin.
Eventually I came to understand that there is not just one single cause of acne. It’s caused by compromised organ and hormone function and must be treated naturally.
Love Your Liver, Love Your Skin!
In my opinion, your liver is the most important organ in the human body. It is responsible for detoxing the entire body. Big job when you think about it. Your liver acts as a filter and literally cleanses your bloodstream of toxins you are exposed to on a daily basis.
We are exposed to toxins everywhere we look. Synthetic skincare products, caffeine and food additives, just to name a few. Our liver has the very important job of cleansing our body of all these nasty toxins.
But what happens if your liver is not functioning properly? If your liver is not functioning properly, it cannot process toxins from your body. What happens next is a build up of toxins in the blood stream. These toxins are expelled from your body however they can. Even through your skin.
Top Five Tips For A Healthy Liver
1. Eat organic food as much as possible
Your diet is one of the largest burdens for your liver, as it works hard to eliminate any toxins found in food. Many foods are contaminated with chemical additives, growth hormones and pesticides.
By eating organic foods as much as possible, you limit your intake of these nasty toxins. Opt for organic fruit, vegetables, chicken and oats.
2. Use natural skincare products and cosmetics
Your skin is the largest organ in the human body so it’s only natural that you need to be mindful of what it comes into contact with. On a daily basis your hands are exposed to many products including hand wash, hand lotion, shampoo and more.
Whenever possible, use natural skincare and cosmetic products. This includes any hand, hair, body, skin care and makeup products. Swap your foundation for a natural makeup made with organic mineral powder.
3. Use natural household products
It’s easy to forget that toxins are everywhere you look, even in your household cleaning products. That’s why it’s very important to choose a natural alternative and always protect your hands by wearing gloves when cleaning.
4. Avoid alcohol
Alcohol may destroy liver cells resulting in potential liver damage. Liver damage can cause inflammation, alcoholic hepatitis and fatty liver health. Alcohol consumption can also cause dehydration, which in turn dehydrates the skin resulting in fine lines and wrinkles.
5. Avoid smoking
It will come as no surprise that smoking may harm your livers ability to process and eliminate toxins. It can also make liver disease induced by alcohol worse. These two go hand in hand.
Remember, fighting acne is a journey and it involves looking after yourself from the inside AND out!
Inflammation in the body is a common complaint among millions of people across the world. But you might ask – why? Inflammation is the body’s attempt at self-protection. When something harmful affects our body, our body’s response is to try and heal itself.
An anti-inflammatory diet plays an important role in keeping your skin clear and your cortisol (stress hormone) levels in check. Research has shown that certain types of fats and carbohydrates play a major role in promoting inflammation in the body.
5 FOODS TO AVOID:
White bread is made from refined white flour containing very little nutrients and dietary fibre, which are essential for a healthy digestive system and stable metabolism. It is also filled with added sugar and bleached using chemical bleaching agents, all which can wreak havoc on your skin.
Alcohol is a hepatotoxic which means its a toxin to the cells that detox your body, leaving you with pasty looking skin and huge pores, as well as liver damage. It also dehydrates the skin, leaving it less plump and fresh the next morning.
When you ingest sugar or foods high in sugar, you body breaks down these carbohydrates into glucose, which raises your insulin levels (hormone that controls blood sugar levels). When your insulin levels are raised, it is like a burst of inflammation throughout your body. Inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, resulting in saggy skin and wrinkles.
Oils found in greasy, fast food aggravate acne. They are also filled with artificial flavours, added sugar and saturated fats all, which spike insulin levels and lead to inflammation.
Sausages, bacon, hot dogs and deli meats are bad for your skin because they are FULL of artificial flavours, fat and salt. This in turn makes it hard for your body to digest and also aids in inflammation.
5 FOODS TO FIGHT INFLAMMATION:
Salmon is full of Omega-3 fatty acids that help reduce inflammation and signs of ageing in the body. These ‘good fats’ help protect against and repair sun damage, and are responsible for health and hydration of cell membranes – giving your skin that soft and glowing appearance!
Leafy greens are full of vitamins, minerals, and disease fighting phytochemicals. They also contain lots of water which keeps you hydrated and contribute to glowing skin and hair.
Nuts are filled with good fats, fibre and protein which can help make skin supple, smooth and younger looking. They also help reduce swelling and inflammation, helping treat skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis and eczema.
Garlic is a great all rounder full of compounds like Allicin, Sulphur, Zinc and Calcium all which have health and skin benefits. Allicin has anti-fungal, anti-aging and skin smoothing benefits and also increases anti-oxidant levels in the skin. Sulphur prevents infections and helps to reduce inflammation.
Olive oil is a good fat and has been known to reduce inflammation. It is also great for very dry skin, ingested both orally and applied topically to clean, damp skin.
“Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food” – Hippocrates