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  • How To Apply Eye Cream Correctly

    How To Apply Eye Cream Correctly
    So you have an eye cream but you’re not sure if you’re using it correctly? Eye creams one of the most commonly misused skincare products. To get the best results, use a high quality natural eye cream with no added chemicals.

    The skin around your eye area is much thinner than other areas of your face and must be treated with extra care. Follow these simple do’s and don’ts to get the most out of your skincare regime and avoid reactions to products!

    Use Your Ring Finger

    Your ring finger is the best finger to apply eye cream with, as it has the lightest touch and is the least likely to tug at the skin.

    Apply in Small Dots

    This is where most of us go wrong. Apply small dots of product under the eye area, below the eyebrow and the inner and outer corners of the eye. Product should be applied directly underneath the eye brow, not on the eye lid.

    NOTE: Do not apply product too close to your eye, your natural body heat will already push the product into your eye so it’s best not to apply product too close.

    Gently Tap In

    Once the product has been applied to the eye, use your ring finger to gently tap the product into the skin until it has been absorbed. If you must, use lightly sweeping strokes to gently massage product in.

    Let It Absorb

    Once applied, allow the eye cream time to absorb properly. Go and brush your teeth, have your breakfast or have a cup of herbal tea. It’s important to allow enough time for the eye cream to work it’s magic. 5-15 minutes is plenty.

    Don’t Use Too Much Product

    Don’t overdo it. As mentioned earlier, as your skin heats up during the day it will naturally push product into your eye. To avoid seeping during the day, only apply a small amount of product. Start with a small amount and add more if you need to so you avoid wasting product.

    Olivia x

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  • Zinc: My Go-To Supplement for Acne 


    If you have acne, you should definitely try taking zinc. This is because one of the most common mineral deficiencies responsible for breakouts and acne is ZINC.

    Want to know how Zinc helps cure acne? Read on:

    A research study conducted by Turkish researchers compared levels of zinc in patients with acne and those without acne. Their study concluded that the patients with the most severe acne had the lowest levels of zinc and the patients with no acne had the highest levels of zinc.

     

    How Does Zinc Help Acne?  

    Zinc is an essential trace mineral found in the body and is responsible for cell regeneration and duplication. When zinc levels drop too low, the body can experience various side effects and symptoms.

    Common symptoms of zinc deficiency:

    • Acne
    • Hair loss
    • Dry skin
    • Low sex drive
    • Spots on fingernails
    • Loss of appetite

    Zinc essentially reduces the body’s inflammatory response to bacteria. Because acne-prone skin is far more prone to bacterial infection than normal skin, zinc can reduce the inflammatory effect of bacteria that’s responsible for turning spots red.

    How Much Zinc Do I Take?

    The recommended daily intake of zinc is 14mg for men and 8mg for women however 40mg should not be exceeded. It’s best to take your tablet with a meal once daily.

    You can also increase your intake of foods high in zinc. Try incorporating more of these foods in your diet:

    • Oysters (raw)
    • Chickpeas
    • Lamb
    • Pumpkin seeds
    • Sunflower seeds
    • Plain yoghurt
    • Lentils
    • Cashews
    • Quinoa

    Remember that zinc supplements must be taken everyday or you must be eating foods high in zinc daily so that you reach your recommended in take. If you let your levels drop too low, you can experience breakouts.

    Try the supplement for a minimum of 30 days and track your results.

    Do you have an experiences with zinc and clearing acne? Please let me know in the comments below.

    Olivia x

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  • Clear Skin Mexican Bowl

    Clear Skin Mexican Bowl
    I love Mexican Bowls because they are SO fresh! There is nothing better than a meal that satisfies you, and doesn’t leave you feeling bloated or sluggish. The best thing is you can add any of your favourite fresh vegetables to mix up the flavours!

    Ingredients:

    • ¼ cup black beans
    • ½ avocado, peeled and sliced
    • ½ cup purple cabbage, chopped
    • ¼ cup corn kernels
    • ¼ cup red onion
    • 1 cup lettuce, chopped
    • 1 lime
    • ½ sweet potato, chopped
    • 1 tomato, chopped fresh
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 tbsp coriander, fresh

    Directions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius. Chop sweet potato and place on a tray lined with baking paper. Drizzle olive oil over the sweet potato and season.
    2. Place the sweet potato tray in the oven and roast for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Toss with a spatula and place back in oven for a further 15 minutes or until tender.
    3. Remove sweet potatoes from oven and set aside to cool.
    4. Place chopped lettuce into your salad bowl of choice and top with sweet potatoes, tomatoes, corn, black beans, onion and cabbage.
    5. Squeeze fresh lime or lemon juice over the salad and season.

    Enjoy!
    Olivia x

     

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  • Clear Skin Fruit Salad

    Clear Skin Fruit Salad
    This fruit salad not only looks amazing on the plate, but is actually great for your skin! The berries are FULL of anti-oxidants and the other ingredients help to give you glowing skin. It’s one of my favourite dishes to bring to parties because it’s easy to make and is so bright and colourful.

    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
    • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
    • 1 mango sliced
    • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
    • 1 kiwi, peeled and chopped
    • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
    • 1/2 cup organic orange juice
    • 1 handful of chopped walnuts

    Directions:

    1. Combine berries, kiwi, mango and pomegranate in a salad bowl.
    2. Pour orange juice over the salad in the bowl.
    3. Sprinkle with walnuts.

    Voila! Enjoy!

    Olivia x

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  • My Top DIY Beauty Secret For Clearing Acne!

    My Top DIY Beauty Secret For Clearing Acne
    Look no further than Epsom Salt. Yes I know, it seems bizarre but Epsom salts are actually one of the best-kept beauty secrets when it comes to clear skin! The best part is, it’s beauty on a budget. You can pick up Epsom salt at your local supermarket or pharmacy for under $5.

    What is Epsom Salt?

    Epsom salts, is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. It has been known to be a natural remedy for a number of ailments and has numerous health benefits. Magnesium helps to reduce inflammation and aids muscle function, which is why Epsom salt is used in a hot bath. Sulfates help to improve nutrient absorption, flush toxins and ease headaches.

    How to use Epsom Salt in your beauty regime

     The process is very simple.

    You will need:

    • 1 tbsp Epsom Salt
    • Daily cleanser

    Method:

    1. Mix 1tbsp of Epsom Salts with your daily cleanser in your hands or a small container.
    2. Apply the solution to your face and cleanse as normal.
    3. Rinse well

    Note: You may find the Epsom Salt dissolve as you gently massage the cleanser into your skin – this is normal.

    I do this morning and night and I find it prevents breakouts and also helps to heal any active spots. If you are finding that this is too drying for your skin, reduce to 2-3 times per week or whatever feels best for your skin. Everyone is different.

    Make sure you are using a good hydrating moisturiser, serum or oil afterwards to rehydrate your skin. I use Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil and follow with a natural facial serum.

    Let me know your experiences with this favourite beauty tip of mine!

    Olivia x

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  • Chocolate Coconut Bites

    Chocolate Coconut Bites
    This is a great recipe that is similar to raw bliss balls, only SO much easier because you don’t need to spend lots of time rolling each individual ball! It is perfect as a sweet snack and you won’t accidentally eat the whole thing like a normal block of chocolate because the ingredients are wholesome and filling.

    Ingredients

    • 200g almonds
    • 250g pitted dried dates chopped
    • 65g desiccated coconut
    • 20g cacao powder
    • 1/4 tsp sea salt
    • 20g raw honey
    • 70g coconut oil

    Directions

    1. Grind nuts in a food processor or Vitamix.
    2. Add chopped dates, coconut, cacao, salt and honey and process.
    3. Add coconut oil and mix for a few minutes or until fully combined.
    4. Press mixture into a slice tin and set in the refrigerator.
    5. Chop into squares and serve!

    Enjoy!

    Olivia x

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  • Is Your Skincare Actually Natural? Five Ingredients To Avoid!


    There are thousands of skincare brands to choose from in today’s day and age. But how do we know which one actually works? And how do we know if it is actually good for our skin?

    What if I told you that 90% of your skin and makeup products aren’t safe to use? Chances are, the cosmetics you have in your very own bathroom will contain one or more of these ingredients.

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    Five ingredients to avoid at all costs:
    Here are the five ingredients you should avoid in skincare products at all costs. If your products contain these ingredients you should seriously consider a natural alternative.

    SLS/SLES
    These foaming agents are also industrial level de-greasers. They increase dryness and roughness and may aggravate dry skin and eczema (hmm, wonder why!). They also disturb the growth process of new hair and skin.

    Mineral oils
    Mineral oils are actually a petroleum-based product (not a mineral water substance as a lot of people think!). Mineral oils clog the pore, interfere with the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, promote acne and other skin irritations. They also slow down the development of new, healthy skin cells resulting in premature ageing.

    PEGs (Polyethylene Glycol)
    PEG’s are used to stabilize and thicken skincare and make up products. They are petroleum based – ew! Evidence suggests that PEG’s may be allergens to our skin and draw out moisturise from the skin.

    Parabens
    Although inconclusive, studies have shown that parabens can be absorbed into the bloodstream and have been found in cancerous tumours, particularly breast tissue. Parabens are also noted as suspected allergens and as a cause of allergic dermatitis.

    Parfum
    We all love a beautiful scent in our cosmetics however, artificial fragrances are made using many synthetic chemicals and can cause skin irritations. Opt for a natural fragrance like essential oils instead!

    The side effects of some these ingredients include:

    • Skin inflammation
    • Eye irritation
    • Increased risk of cancer
    • Dermatitis
    • Nausea
    • Diarrhoea

    I hope this post has helped you to understand what your skincare may contain. The more natural your products are, the better your skin will respond! There is no need to be putting chemicals on our face when there are SO many great natural alternatives to choose from.

    Olivia x

     

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  • How To Rebuild Your Confidence When You Have Bad Skin

    How To Rebuild Your Confidence When You Have Bad Skin
    I know the feeling oh, too well!  You’ve gone from being this social butterfly with clear glowing skin to a depressed, sad and anxious hermit. Putting on makeup hurts. It’s so much effort and you still don’t feel confident with a whole face of “war paint”. You feel helpless and have no idea what to do.

    It wasn’t too long ago that I would have given my left arm to be cured of acne. I didn’t want to leave the house to do my food shopping, let alone go out and face the world in a social setting. So how do you deal with the social anxiety you feel on a daily basis?

    Stop The Negative Cycle

    We are constantly looking in the mirror thinking how ugly we are or how ashamed we are of our skin. How is that type of environment meant to foster any type of positive emotion?

    Believe it or not, the times when you hate yourself the most are the best times to practice positive thinking.

    Do any of these thoughts sound familiar?

    • I can’t do that/go there because my skin is too bad
    • I’m not good enough
    • Other people are more attractive or more successful than me
    • I don’t do things as well as other people do
    • I don’t have time to look after myself/rest
    • I can’t afford this

    Part of the reason we are so down about ourselves is because we haven’t showed ourselves any love. As we begin to spend more time working on ourselves, confidence will gradually be rebuilt.

    Rebuild Your Confidence with Daily Positive Affirmations

    Affirmations are positive statements that you say to yourself daily. They are best done in front of a mirror so you can look into your own eyes. Sounds a little strange huh? Truth be told, this is one of the most effective ways to re-build a positive body image. Telling yourself that you are enough, you are loved and you are beautiful as you are.

    It’s hard to like yourself when you look in the mirror and you just want to cry. I totally get it. But feeling down about ourselves will not make the situation any better.

    The best thing you can do is beginning to rebuild your confidence again. The best results come from daily positive affirmations. It’s very simple to do and anyone can do it, virtually anywhere!

    Start with some very basic affirmations such as:

    • I love and approve of myself.
    • I trust in the process of life, I am safe.
    • I am pleased with my appearance.

    Repeat these statements over and over in front of a mirror for 10-20 minutes. If you repeat this every day for 30 days, you will start to see and feel big changes in your life. You will notice a shift in your confidence; suddenly you will notice that you’re starting to feel good about yourself again.

    It’s so important to continue with your affirmations even after you start seeing results, as self-love is something that we must continue to do everyday until it really becomes a habit and our way of thinking changes for the better, forever.

    Put Yourself First

    That’s right. This is a healing journey and in order to help others, you must first help yourself.  I am a huge advocate of being kind to others and helping out whenever you can however, I also know my boundaries and how to best look after myself. This is something you must learn to do in order to heal your body and regain your confidence.

    Saying no to things you don’t feel like you don’t feel you can commit to is completely okay.

    Set yourself a routine to stick to that allows time to prepare your meals properly, complete school or work commitments, spend time with your family and see friends on a social basis.

    There also needs to be at least an hour of every day dedicated just for you. That could be anything from going for a walk, daily affirmations, having a nice cup of tea and relaxing, meditation or yoga. It’s up to you.

    What do you feel like doing for yourself today? Cherish that time and allow your body time to relax after the stress of the day.

    How Long Before I Start Seeing Changes?

    Every one is different and will experience healing in different time frames. The most important thing to remember is to be patient with yourself and your body. The best thing you can do is not get angry at yourself when you don’t notice changes straight away, they WILL come.

    Before long, you will feel your body becoming stronger and your thought processes becoming more positive. You realize that clear skin will come as a result of loving yourself. Nourishing your body with healthy foods, hydrating your body with lots of clean water and making positive lifestyle choices that show yourself respect.

    Make some time today to write a weekly plan for yourself considering nutrition, lifestyle and exercise. Include a daily time slot for affirmations and do this for a minimum of 30 days. Share your experiences with me in the comments below, I would love to hear from you!

    Need a weekly planner to get you started on your clear skin journey? Check out these free downloads: https://www.oliviajenkins.com.au/free-planner-downloads/

    Olivia x

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