Skin Care

  • 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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  • DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

    DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner
    It’s really important to clean your make-up brushes regularly. When you use the same brushes daily, you risk spreading oil and dirt to other areas of your face which can potentially cause your acne to worsen. Use this easy DIY cleaner at home to give your brushes a good clean. Do this in the morning before you leave for work or school, letting them dry during the day.

    Ingredients:

    • 250mL hot water
    • 2 tsp distilled white vinegar

    Method:

    1. Heat water and pour into a mug or heat proof container

    2. Stir in the vinegar carefully. Allow to cool until hot to touch but not boiling.

    3. Dip the brush in the solution and swirl gently against the bottom of the cup or container.

    4. Rinse under hot running water.

    5. Follow with a cold rinse.

    6. Dry flat so the water doesn’t seep inside and break down the glue.

    Olivia x

     

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  • How To Apply Concealer Correctly

    How To Apply Concealer Correctly
    Concealer should be one holy grail product in every woman’s beauty bag – especially if you suffer from acne and breakouts. Used correctly, concealer can cover up blemishes, under eye circles and any other beauty imperfections.

    It’s easy to be daunted by the idea of using concealer. Especially when there are so many shades and types to choose from. Once you learn the basics and how to apply, it’s the best beauty investment you will ever make.

    Concealer is the perfect product to compliment your makeup regime as it means you don’t have to over-apply your base or foundation. You can be quite light on your base and then cover blemishes as you need to with concealer. This is really important because you don’t want to suffocate your skin with a heavy  base or thick foundation – it can actually make your skin worse!

    How to Apply Concealer

    Before you apply concealer, ensure that you have cleansed, moisturised and applied eye cream. This will guarantee that your concealer looks smooth, natural and blends easily.

    1. Apply several dots.  Applying concealer is very similar to applying eye cream. You want to apply several dots of concealer under the eyes but this time you want to apply close to the lashes and inside corners of the eyes.

    2. Tap in the product. Gently tap in the product using your ring fingers. Always tap, don’t rub. Gently blend out.

    3. Apply concealer to blemishes. Go ahead and apply a dot of concealer to any blemishes or imperfections that require some extra coverage. It may be uneven patches or redness you are covering, not necessarily blemishes.

    4. Apply a second layer. Apply a second layer, ONLY if you need more coverage.

    5. Set with powder. Once you have finished your application steps, you will need to set the concealer with a high quality setting powder. You can either use translucent setting powder or some mineral makeup powder. The key is in the brush so make sure you are armed with a high quality powder brush. I like the VANI-T vegan brushes.

    Olivia x

     

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  • DIY Vanilla Sugar Lip Exfoliator

    DIY Vanilla Sugar Lip Exfoliator
    This DIY Vanilla lip exfoliator is a great natural and cheap alternative to store bought exfoliators which usually contain chemicals and additives. The best thing is, it really is good enough to eat!

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    Ingredients

    • 1 tbsp brown sugar
    • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 1/2 tsp of coconut oil
    • Pinch of cinnamon (optional)

    Method:

    1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl until it forms a pasty consistency.

    2. Gently massage mixture onto lips and lip lines in a circular motion.

    3. Rinse well with warm water.

    4. Use remaining product on hands or store in an air-tight container for 1-2 weeks. Follow with a lip balm or a little coconut oil over lips.

    If you love making your own skincare products, you will LOVE my Clear Skin DIY Face Mask eBook!

    Olivia x

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  • Tips for A Good Beauty Sleep

    Tips for A Good Beauty Sleep
    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – they don’t call it “beauty sleep” for nothing! Sleep is one of the most important things we can do for our body. When we are asleep, our body has time to rest and recover. Without it, we are irritable, stressed and our immune system is vulnerable.

    But a good nights sleep is not only essential for your health, it’s also essential to keep your skin looking its best! Here are five tips to make sure you are getting the most out of every beauty sleep!

    1. Practice a bedtime ritual

    Your bedtime ritual could include a warm bath with some lavender essential oil, a simple stretching or yoga routine and some meditation. A bedtime ritual should make you relaxed and ease your tension away. My night time ritual includes: light stretching, body brushing, warm shower, coconut oil massage, deep breathing, journal entry and a book before bed.

    2. Stay on schedule 

    Consistency is key when it comes to beauty sleep. When you stay on schedule with your sleeping pattern, you wake up feeling more rejuvenated and refreshed! Aim to be in bed with lights off at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. Snoozing your alarm is a big no-no! When you snooze your alarm, you risk going back to sleep over and over meaning you have a broken sleep.

    3. Sleep on your back

    Changing your sleeping position is easier said than done however the benefits of sleeping on your back in the name of beauty are definitely worth it! The average sleep is 6-8 hours which is a long time for pressure on the face, neck and chest area. It can lead to cleavage wrinkles, poor circulation, fine lines and little red bumps caused by fabric softeners. If you are finding it hard to sleep on your back consistently, alternate positions to relieve pressure on your skin.

    4. Indulge in a soft pillowcase

    Silk is a small luxury with BIG benefits. By swapping your pillowcases for a softer material like silk, you can prevent the effects of ageing and keep your hair healthy! Silk doesn’t just stop at anti-ageing benefits. Say goodbye to your birds nest hair do every morning too! Silk is easier on hair and helps avoid tangles and breakage. What more could you want? If silk is not an option, opt for a pillowcase with a high thread count instead.

    5. Create an environment

    Your bedroom should be your favourite room in the house, so get creative with your space and create a dreamtime environment. Add cushions, curtains, candles (remember to blow them out before bed!), oil burners, books and dim lighting. Using Lavender oil in an oil burner will help you to relax and prepare for sleep. Your bedroom should be a technology-free zone so remember to remove any TV’s, laptops or computers, iPads or phones from the room before sleep time. Books are certainly allowed so feel free to reconnect with some good old fashioned reading before the lights are off!

    Olivia x

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  • Why Sunscreen Is Keeping You Younger

    Why Sunscreen Is Keeping You Younger
    It was the best beauty advice I ever received. Wear sunscreen. Every single day of the year.

    It’s easy to think that we are invincible to the sun and although we may not notice the harsh effects of the sun. I can assure you. It can and will show eventually, especially on you fair skinned, blonde or red headed folk.

    Why exactly, is it important to wear sunscreen even during Winter?

    1. People who use sunscreen everyday look 24% younger

    That’s right. It’s now been proven in a new study by Australian researches that people who apply sunscreen everyday show 24% less skin ageing when compared to participants who only use sunscreen sometimes.

    2. The sun is strong even when the sun is not out!

    It’s important to protect your skin with a broad spectrum sunscreen even during the cooler months when the sun is not out. Most people think that because the sun isn’t out, they don’t need to protect their skin – but it’s the ultraviolet rays that damage skin so cloud cover means nothing. This is why you can get extremely sunburnt on an overcast day!

    3. Reduces your risk of skin cancer

    This is one of the most important reasons to wear sunscreen. Especially considering the deadliest type of skin cancer, melanoma most often kills women aged between 20 to 29.

    If you wear makeup it is best to apply your sunscreen before putting on moisturiser and your makeup. Aim to apply the sunscreen first, then wait about 20 minutes to let it really sink into your skin and also prevent it from caking up your makeup. To enhance your protection try using a mineral makeup with SPF in it as well, this will also give you an even coverage.

    If you have oily skin buy a sunscreen that is specifically made for your face, this way you won’t be adding any excess oil and they are usually lighter and easier to wear. There are many sunscreens out in lotion form, so do some research and find one which will suit you best. You no longer have to be afraid of the thick, greasy stuff getting stuck in your pores!

    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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  • 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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