Skin Care

  • 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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  • 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.

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    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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  • DIY Acne Scar Face Mask

    DIY Acne Scar Face Mask
    Forget over-priced facials and chemical products! This effective acne scar face mask can be made in your very own home with the most natural ingredients.

    Directions
    1. Combine the juice of 1 lemon and 3 tablespoons of yoghurt in a small mixing bowl
    2. Massage onto clean, dry skin
    3. Leave on for 10 minutes
    4. Rinse well

    For best results, follow with 2-3 drops of a Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil on clean, damp skin.

    For more face masks recipes just like these click here to check out my Clear Skin Masks recipe eBook!

    Olivia
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  • 5 Beauty Uses For Coconut Oil

    5 Beauty Uses For Coconut Oil
    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.

    Cuticle Care

    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.

    Baby Lips

    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.

    No Frizz

    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!

     

    Olivia

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  • Top 3 Acne Myths Revealed!

    Top 3 Acne Myths Revealed
    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.

    Olivia x

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  • Acne Scarring. End The Search. I’ve Found The Cure.

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    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.

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    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!

    Olivia x

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  • What Type of Acne Scars Do You Have?

    What Type of Acne Scars Do You Have
    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.

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    5 Types Of Acne Scars 

    There are many types of acne scars ranging in severity from mild to severe.

    1. Ice pick scars – These scars are thin, deep scars on the surface of the skin. They look like small puncture wounds, usually superficial.
    2. Atrophic scars – These scars are more superficial than ice pick scars. They appear as smooth, shallow pits on the surface of the skin.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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!

    Olivia x

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  • D.I.Y Natural Perfume

    Natural Perfume
    There are so many synthetic fragrances available, but you would be surprised at how EASY it is to make your own!

    It’s estimated that 95% of the synthetic fragrances on the market today are derived from petroleum by-products. Perfume is sprayed directly onto your skin and can be absorbed into the bloodstream. It is much safer to make your own, and a lot cheaper too!

    Ingredients/Supplies:

    • Small glass container (sealable)
    • 1 tbsp organic beeswax beads
    • 1 ½ tbsp jojoba oil
    • Favourite essential oils such as rose, lemon, jasmine etc (approx. 50 drops)

    Method:

    1. Gently melt the beeswax in a small glass bowl placed on top of a small pot filled with simmering water.
    2. Once the beeswax is melted, add your favourite essential oils and stir until well combined.
    3. Pour mixture into your container and leave until cooled.

    Simply use your fingers to melt the wax down and rub onto your wrists, neck or backs of knees.

    I hope this tip helps you on your journey to clear skin and a toxin-free lifestyle!

    Olivia x

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