Clear Skin

  • 7 Ways To Reduce Toxins and Detox Your Skin

    7 Ways To Reduce Toxins and Detox Your Skin
    Do you suffer from hormonal acne around the chin and jaw line? Breakouts in these areas signal a hormone imbalance or increased stress. Your skin is the largest organ of elimination and when your body is over burdened it can result in toxins excreting through your skin. There are things that you can do to prevent and treat these pesky breakouts. Find out how to clear your skin with my TOP detox tips for clearer skin NOW!

    Increase your water intake

    Water governs almost every function in your body. It aids digestion, circulation, absorption and even excretion. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and is made up of millions of cells. Without water, your body cannot function properly and will struggle to eliminate toxins from your body. When this happens, your body will look to other ways of excreting toxins and can often result in breakouts on your skin.

    TIP: Aim to drink 7-9 glasses of water every day. If you are drinking from a bottle, make sure it’s glass. I love the VOSS bottles and often add lemon slices for an extra detox idea!

    Eat organic wherever possible

    Did you know that your body absorbs majority of its toxins through FOOD? That’s right. Processed foods, sugars, soft drink and foods with artificial flavours are the WORST foods you can eat for acne. These foods increase inflammation in the body, hold little nutritional value and can irritate your gut.

    The best way to avoid toxin intake through food is to eat organic whenever possible and completely avoid processed foods. This isn’t always an option when out and about and it can be more expensive to buy organic when you are doing grocery shopping. That’s why I’ve created an easy DIY Veggie Patch idea that can be created in even the smallest of spaces! Check it out HERE!

    TIP: Avoid foods containing artificial colours, flavours, hormones 

    Use natural skincare products

    I only ever recommend natural skincare products to my clients. This because most mass cosmetic companies use ingredients such as mineral oils, PEGS, petrochemicals, artificial colours and fragrances, SLS/SLES and more as a base for their formulas. These ingredients are known to irritate the skin, cause cancer and even make conditions like acne WORSE! These ingredients are absorbed by the skin and can enter your bloodstream leaving you open to absorbing more toxins into your body.

    TIP: Choose a natural skincare brand with no nasties and a low essential oil content. My favourite brands for skincare and makeup include Swisse and VANI-T Mineral Cosmetics.

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    Say no to chemical cleaning products

    This is a BIG one. It’s important to remember that what goes ON, goes IN. That means that whenever you are washing the dishes, hand washing clothes or any other type of cleaning that involves contact of cleaning products with your skin, your body is absorbing chemicals.

    Opt for natural cleaning products instead that use minimal or NO chemicals. You can even make your own cleaning products using vinegar, essentials oils and even baking soda.

    TIP: If you MUST use chemical cleaning products, make sure you are wearing rubber gloves so that no chemical contact is made with your skin.

    Drink more tea

    When I say tea, I mean herbal tea.  Stay clear of traditional black tea, english breakfast and early grey. Instead, opt for a yummy ginger, dandelion, liquorice, burdock, nettle or chamomile tea that will soothe your digestive system and calm your skin. These teas will naturally improve digestion, liver function and aid your body in its natural processes.

    If your desperate for a caffeine hit or are trying to give up the coffee, opt for a green tea instead. My personal favourite is a green tea and quince blend – delish!

    TIP: Be sure to have an extra glass of water for every diuretic style tea that you consume to ensure your body and skin are always hydrated.

    Take a Detoxifying Bath

    Detox baths are an amazing way to treat your skin and detox toxins from your body. One of my favourite recipes for a detox bath is:

    Fill a bathtub with hot water. Add a cup of Epsom salts (buy at the supermarket or pharmacy/drug store) and a cup of organic apple cider vinegar (I use Bragg) to the water. This will draw out impurities and toxins from the pores as well as ease any tension from your muscles.

    TIP: Relax in the bath for 20 minutes for best results. You can use this detox bath idea every day if you enjoy it as much as I do!

    Treat Yourself To A Face Mask

    Treat yourself to a detoxifying face mask once or twice a week and help your skin to eliminate extra toxins. When it comes to beauty products they are often expensive, toxic, and ineffective. Often, those very products are loading our precious bodies with toxins which only accelerate the ageing process and overburden our system.

    Try this detoxifying face mask recipe at home.

    Ingredients:

    • 2 tbsp bentonite clay
    • 1 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
    • 1 tsp coconut oil
    • 1 tsp raw honey
    • Juice of half a lemon

    Combine all ingredients together in a small mixing bowl and apply to clean skin. Leave for 15-20 minutes and rinse well with water or a muslin cloth.

    TIP: For a deeper cleanse, use an organic cotton muslin cloth to remove your mask. They are even machine washable!

    The most important piece of advice I can give you is to take small, simple steps to improve your health and your skin. Don’t feel like you have to change everything at once. Be open to the change, try introducing one tip every week and make it part of a new lifestyle as opposed to a quick fad.

    If you need more help with your skin, write to me with your questions or check out my Clear Skin Project guide HERE.

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  • 5 Reasons You Still Have Acne

    5 Reasons You Still Have Acne
    You’re suffering from breakouts and NOTHING is working. You’ve tried every pill, potion, cream and tablet but you’re still suffering from acne. What are you doing wrong?

    Here are the top five reasons you still have acne and tips on how to treat them now:

    Diet

    If you’re consuming lots of processed foods and foods that are high in sugar, I can almost guarantee you will still be suffering from acne.  If you find that you are eating a well balanced, healthy diet and are still having issues it may be time to get a food allergy test. It is possible to have food allergies to “healthy” foods such as eggs, nuts or even garlic! These stomach upsets can cause your skin to flare up and result in acne.

    What to try: Include more fruit and vegetables in your diet and avoid any processed foods including sugar. Check out my 14 Day Clear Skin Meal Plan HERE!

    Stress

    It’s no secret that stress causes those pesky breakouts around the chin and neck area but it’s even MORE common if you already suffer from acne. Be mindful that stressful situations can cause an inflammatory response in the body and result in further breakouts.

    What to try: Take breaks during the day and enjoy some deep breaths, meditation or light stretching.

    Lifestyle 

    One of the best things you can do for your skin is live a balanced life. Alcohol, smoking and sweet foods are all going to trigger further acne and breakouts. That’s not to say you can’t have fun! Just make sure you are not smoking (it makes your skin ugly) and if you choose to drink, opt for an organic wine over a highly sugared pre-mixed drink. It’s also really important that you are clocking a good nights sleep every night. 8+ hours beauty sleep is what’s needed every night to rejuvenate your body and skin.

    What to try: Live a balanced life and enjoy 8+ hours of beauty sleep every night.

    Skincare 

    Remember that what goes on, goes in. That goes for skincare too. Be mindful that skincare and makeup products containing nasty chemicals such as SLS, mineral oil or artificial fragrances can flare up your acne and make your skin worse. If you are using a synthetic skincare regime, I would HIGHLY recommend that you switch to a natural brand. The benefit of using natural products is a reduction in toxins that enter the blood stream.

    What to try: Opt for a natural skincare brand. Some of my favourites are People for Plants, La Mav and LUSH.

    Toxins

    An overload of toxins in the body can result in acne and breakouts. This is because your liver and kidneys have to work over-time in order to flush all the toxins from your body and purify your blood. The best thing is to reduce intake of toxins as much as possible and assist your liver in eliminating toxins. Be mindful of toxins in food, particularly pesticide sprayed fruit and vegetables and processed foods. Aim to have 7-9 glasses of water every day, remembering that tea/coffee are diuretics so consume an extra glass for every cup of tea/coffee you drink.

    What to try: Choose organic fruit and vegetables, wash produce well, reduce intake of processed foods and drink 7-9 glasses of water every day.

    Need more help? Check out my complete acne guide including 14 Day Clear Skin Meal Plan and downloadable shopping list HERE. 

    Olivia x

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  • Is Sugar Causing You Acne?

    Is Sugar Causing You Acne
    It’s common knowledge that sugar contributes to your waistline, but how about your skin? There are constant reports on sugar and its effect on obesity and heart health but you may wonder if it is also contributing to acne and bad skin. The bottom line is yes, and I’m here to explain why.

    When you look back on 50 years of clinical studies, there is a strong indication that diet and acne are linked. Studies have also shown that sugar promotes inflammation in the body, which in turn is reflected in your skin. We know that an unhappy gut = unhappy skin. When we feed it sugar it will surely aggravate your skin.

    What Sugar You Should Avoid

    I’m not talking about the sugar that is naturally present in fruits. Fruits can be wonderful for your skin and are far better for you than junk food. I’m talking about sugar that is present in simple carbohydrate foods like candy, ice cream, cake, white bread, pizza, potato chips, pasta, ketchup, jam, soda and snacks.

    These foods are simple carbohydrates and cause problems for your skin. Why? They rapidly break down into glucose and cause an insulin spike in your body. They are pro-inflammatory foods which mean that they promote inflammation in your body, including your skin.

    Simple carbohydrates are composed of one or two sugars that are refined and hold little nutritional value to the body. Because of their very simple structure, they are converted into sugar in the body much quicker than recommended.

    The Best Type of Sugar

    The best type of sugar is the one that is present in complex carbohydrates as they are broken down into glucose (sugar) at a slower rate than simple carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates include foods such as brown rice, sweet potato, whole grains, beans, and broccoli.

    Complex carbohydrates have a higher nutritional value to the body than simple carbohydrates. For this reason it’s recommended that simple carbohydrates are limited or reduced and complex carbohydrates are increased. These are the healthier sugars for your body and will fast track your journey to clear skin.

    These foods will help to keep your blood sugar levels in check.

    Tips To Keep Blood Sugar Levels In Check

    • Eat healthy, balanced meals frequently. Lowering your sugar intake does not mean you should lower your food intake. In order to keep blood sugar levels balanced you must re-fuel the body every three hours to avoid insulin spikes.
    • Get lots of beauty sleep. Getting enough sleep every night will ensure that your stress hormones (cortisol) are kept in check!
    • Stress-less! Keep stress levels to an absolute minimum and practice deep breathing techniques to manage daily stress. Stress can spike insulin levels in the same way that sugar can.

    For best results, I recommend that you follow an anti-inflammatory diet of lean protein, healthy fats and a complex carbohydrates for clear, glowing skin!

    Olivia x

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  • An Amazing Clear Skin Transformation!

    An Amazing Clear Skin Transformation
    The favourite part of my day is receiving transformation photos from people who have had AMAZING results from following my clear skin guide! The Clear Skin Project has transformed the lives of people all across the world who have suffered from moderate to severe acne.

    Check out this recent transformation that will blow your mind! WELL DONE to Niki who has followed the guide and achieved amazing results! I am SO proud of you, it takes a lot of effort and dedication to achieve these incredible results.

    Niki suffered from moderate acne and inflammation. After following my guide she has completely cleared her skin and regained her confidence!

    You too can achieve clear skin for life. Nourish your body from the inside out and follow the advice in my guide to clear your skin in 30 days or LESS!

    Olivia x

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  • How To Combat Psoriasis For Good Skin

    How To Combat Psoriasis For Good Skin
    Psoriasis is an autoimmune, inflammatory skin disorder that affects nearly 3% of the world’s 7.1 billion population!

    It affects both males and females of all ages, genders and ethnicities and to date there is no known cure. So how do you improve the appearance of Psoriasis naturally?

    Eat More Alkaline Foods

    The body is constantly overloaded with toxins and acid forming foods that slow digestion. A diet high in alkaline foods is invaluable to treating Psoriasis.

    Start your day with a mixture of 1tbsp Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, ½ Lemon (juice), ¼ tsp Cayenne pepper and 1 tsp raw honey in a lukewarm glass of water. Be warned, this is a tad challenging to get down but the benefits reported are amazing!

    Include more of these alkaline forming foods in your diet: carrots, broccoli, almonds, basil, beetroot, celery, cabbage, spinach, cucumber, celery, lettuce, garlic, kale, cinnamon, avocado, flax seeds and cacao.

    Try A Gluten Free Diet

    Although studies are inconclusive as to whether there is a link between gluten and Psoriasis, I personally believe that this skin disorder has a strong connection to gut health. In order to improve the gut, gluten and grains should be limited to reduce inflammation in the body.

    Changes in diet can take up to 12 weeks to show improvement in your skin, so be patient. Following a gluten-free diet means eliminating foods made with wheat, barley and rye. That means no traditional white bread, pasta, cookies or beer – swap for brown or wild rice, quinoa and amaranth.

    On the plus side, a gluten-free diet will encourage you to consume more fresh fruit and vegetables. Juices are a great way to incorporate your daily servings in one go!

    Take Regular Detox Baths

    Detoxifying baths using Epsom salts and apple cider vinegar (1 cup per bath) are an amazing way to detox the body and purify the skin. Be careful not to run the bath too hot, a warm bath is best – so as to not upset the skin.

    Soak for at least 15 minutes – bring a good book with you if you find it hard to relax. Gently pat dry your skin once you get out of the bath and follow with a high quality Rose Hip Oil or Coconut Oil as a body moisturiser.

    Use a High Quality Rose Hip Oil

    Rose Hip Oil has been used since ancient times as a healing oil to help repair and regenerate skin cells. It contains an abundant array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are vital for skin health.

    It’s crucial to keep Psoriasis well hydrated and natural fruit oils like Rose Hip are the perfect way to hydrate your skin naturally – and it even doubles up as a healing oil!

    Always apply Rose Hip Oil to clean, damp skin morning and night to aid in absorption.

    Choose the Right Supplements

    There are so many vitamins available in today’s day and age, but which ones are the best for Psoriasis? Most studies point to Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Milk Thistle and Evening Primrose. Remember that you will need to stick to a new vitamin regime for 4-6 weeks before you notice any improvement. It’s quite normal to take a long time for changes in your body to surface so be patient.

    Like a new vitamin regime, a new health regime will take time before you notice changes in your skin. I recommend starting with simple changes like increasing alkaline foods in your diet and reducing gluten. Once you are settled in this pattern, start adding some vitamins to the mix and use your rose hip oil consistently every day.

    It may not happen instantly, but changes in your body WILL happen. You just need to have the right mindset and stick to a routine. Love your body and it will love you back, I promise.

    Olivia x

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  • Clear Skin Citrus Juice

    Clear Skin Citrus Juice
    This is one of my favourite juices to drink in the morning! I love adding a bit of ginger to mine for an added kick. All of these ingredients promote healthy glowing skin, and don’t cause inflammation.

    Serves 2

    Ingredients:

    • 2 apples
    • 2 pears
    • 2 oranges, peeled
    • 2 lemons, juiced

    Method:

    1. Combine all ingredients in a juicer.
    2. Enjoy!

    TIP: Go ahead – add some Ginger if you like the taste! It adds a powerhouse of nutrients to your juice!

    Olivia x

     

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  • Clear Skin Snacks in Under 5 Minutes!

    Clear Skin Snacks in Under 5 Minutes
    Snacking is an effective way to include extra nutrients into your diet and prevent hunger cravings between meals. Most of us tend to be unprepared when it comes to meals and will often grab meals on the go, which are usually processed and packaged. If you aim to add snacks in between breakfast, lunch and dinner you will find yourself less hungry and this also helps to keep your blood sugar levels steady so you don’t binge or overeat.

    If you’re looking for healthy snack options that are good for both your body and your skin, look no further. Here are my top five healthy snacks that can be made in less than 5 minutes!

    Raw Brownie Ball

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    I was introduced to Brownie Balls on a recent detox holiday in Bali and have never looked back! This is one of my all-time favourite healthy snacks and satisfies any chocolate craving! In a food processor, combine 1 ½ cups walnuts until blended fine. Add in 1 cup dates, ¼ cup cacao, 1 tbsp coconut oil and blend until well combined in a dough consistency. Roll the mixture between your hands and form balls, dust with cacao or shredded coconut and store on a tray lined with baking paper in the fridge.

    Fruit Skewers

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    Eat the rainbow with this fun and quick fruit recipe! Simply chop all your favourite seasonal fruit and thread onto a skewer. You can swap fruit for veggies too and include carrot, celery, broccoli, cucumber and tomato!

    Veggie Dippers

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    Do you have a jar that you can make use of? Put 2 tablespoons of your favourite hummus or greek yogurt tzatziki in the bottom of your jar, stick a handful of carrot and celery sticks into the hummus. Screw on the lid and voila!

    Banana-Cakes

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    One of my all time favourite pairings – banana and peanut butter. Simply top a gluten-free rice cake with 2 tablespoons of your favorite nut butter (could be cashew, almond or another fave) and half a sliced banana. Sprinkle with cinnamon for extra health properties!

    Energy Bars

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    One of my favourite go-to snack options when I’m on the go! In a food processor combine 1 cup dates and blend until a thick paste forms. Add 1/3 cup cacao, 1/3 cup chia seeds, 1 cup almonds and/or pistachios and blend until well combined. Spread onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and press down well until a ½ inch thick rectangle forms. Wrap tightly and chill overnight in the fridge. Unwrap the block and cut into 8 bars, dust with coconut for extra brownie points!

    For a full 14 Day Meal Plan with yummy skin loving recipes, check out my top selling eBook Clear Skin Project which includes everything you need to know to clear your skin in 30 days or less!

    Olivia x

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  • Top 5 Alkaline Foods To Make Your Skin Glow!

    Top 5 Alkaline Foods To Make Your Skin Glow
    Nutrition is one of the biggest keys to clear skin. But how do you know which foods are best to eat to make your skin GLOW? Here are the Top 5 Alkaline Foods to reduce inflammation in your body and make your skin clear in no time!

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    1.  Almonds & Almond Milk

    Almonds are one of the healthiest foods you can eat.  Remember to only eat a small handful a day and raw almonds are always best.

    2.  Broccoli

    Broccoli is naturally high in vitamin C, vitamin A and calcium. I recommend to eat Broccoli at least 3-4 times per week to take full advantage of it’s amazing health properties. Pair it with grilled Atlantic Salmon for a real skin treat!

    3. Beetroot

    Beetroot has been known to cleanse the blood and detoxify the body so it’s no surprise that it makes the top 5 alkaline food list. Beetroot is naturally high in vitamin C, vitamin K and folate. It’s best served in salad, as a side and in fresh juices.

    4. Avocado

    An all-time favourite fruit and rich in potassium, healthy fat, vitamin C, vitamin A and fibre! Incorporate in salads, raw treats, smoothies and more!

    5. Carrots

    Not only are Carrots great for eye health, but they are also fantastic for an alkaline diet. Carrots are high in vitamin A, vitamin C and calcium. Get your carrot fix by juicing with other vegetables or chopping into carrot sticks and teaming with hummus.

    Olivia x

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