Delectable winter skin

298x232-healthy_winter_skin-298x232_healthy_winter_skin1Delectable skin…..

Almost a distant memory in winter when climates, heating, starchy diets and an excess of clothes are all working together to dry our skin out from the inside out!

So what can we do to protect and restore our skins?

The first thing we all seem to do when our skins dry out is to stop our usual routines.  We go into protection mode and our skins do not thank us for it!!  We then get oily and break out.  What do we do then?  We start cleaning it like crazy to get rid of the oil and exfoliating it to rid ourselves of the congestion which then creates more dryness and the cycle starts again…

Our skins like routine like we do.  By following a routine daily,  we have created a cycle where our skin relies on this routine to function.  The amount of oil our skin creates and our cell renewal depends entirely on this routine.

So therefore in winter, we should never stop our routines to combat dryness.  We should adjust them instead.

Try cleansing with a cream cleanser instead of a foaming one or even ditch store bought cleansers all together and use olive or coconut oil on a cotton pad to cleanse, or try an Enjo daily face off – a microfibre pad that requires only water to clean (I am currently using one of these and LOVING it!  It’s amazing what it removes!).  If you exfoliate regularly, you will still need to keep that up to maintain a skin free of dead skin cells.  By removing those dead skin cells, you are helping your skin to breathe and to absorb the incredible moisture you are about to put on it.  And this is where we increase our moisture intake…

If your skin is not happy, you will need to up the moisture you are currently providing it.  In summer, the weather and humidity cause our skins to form a layer of protecting oil.  In winter, we need to manually do this.

After cleansing and exfoliating your skin, rinse it with cold water to close your pores and to protect your skin.  If you have a protective serum to apply, do this now.  Next, you need to seal the skin.  At this stage, I warm 5-6 drops of rosehip oil (packed full of vitamin c!) in my fingers and then rub gently but effectively into my face and decolletage.  You could also use jojoba oil.  Before this has a chance to dry, immediately add your moisturiser, once again effectively absorbing it into your face.  Make sure this moisturiser is a rich one to combat the drying effects of winter.  Your summer moisturiser just won’t cut it!!  At the moment, I am using a light facial shea butter formulation from Mokosh that is providing a beautiful luxurious layer upon my skin.

And don’t ever forget your sunscreen!

As for your body, the rules are the same.

Dry skin brush your skin before every shower, ditch your soap, at the end of every shower blast your skin with a shot of cold water (great for the skin and for your immunity!) and then…

Moisture, moisture, moisture!!

Being pregnant, I am keen to avoid stretch marks and therefore have made my very own body butter out of the world’s most decadent and divine oils!!  Five months in I am still (touching wood!) without a mark and my skin is singing!  I believe this body butter is perfect for EVERY dry winter skin not just my pregnant one.  I can’t wait to share the recipe with you soon.

xx

 

 

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Honey Lemon Sugar Body Scrub

honey+sugar+scrub

  • 1 cup raw castor Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • The juice of 1 Lemon

Conbine ingredients well.   Massage the gorgeously fluffy mixture onto gently into moist skin and then rinse.  I use it in the shower.   Pat dry.  And then moisturise your skin well.  I use organic raw pressed coconut oil on my body and a beautiful organic body butter on my hands, feet and elbows.

The smell of summer.  Yum!

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How to detox your hair and skin

1970393557931520_7sXZM65s_cOkay….What you’ve been waiting for!!  My favourite organic and toxic free body creams and hair care, toxic free make-up brands and removers and organic self tanners.

HAIR CARE

All I can say is “Yarok” rocks!!

I have tried pretty much all their hair products and I am soooo in lurve!  I am not a big hair girl.  I wash, treat and straighten my hair.  My hair is chemically lightened and prone to frizziness.  As my hair is frizzy, I aim for a smooth, free-falling feeling, preferring to steer clear from beach type products.  I get enough of that if I leave my hair be!

Well… Yarok’s “Feed your volume” shampoo and conditioner are such lovely products to use.  Unlike other silicon free, natural based shampoos, Yarok’s version feels like your hair has truly been fed!  Your hair feels soft and silky!  The cleanse is a great one too.  No residue left behind.

Their “Feed your Ends” leave-in conditioner……Wow! Love it! So light, yet so nurturing! I  apply this before drying my hair and then once I have straightened I add a few drops of “Feed your Shine” as a serum. Yum!

“Feed your Roots” mousse is great for getting that lift in your volume when you feel like a little oomphhh!

And “Feed your Youth” is a lovely oil based treatment oil that stimulates your scalp and hair to retain, as it says, the youth of your hair!  Just be careful to wash out well as it can leave oily hair if you don’t.

And Yarok’s products seem to work best when styled.

All of Yarok’s products can be found online in Australia at www.nourishedlife.com.au

BATH SOAK

My favourite bath soak is from Perfect Potion.  Detox Bath Soak. Double Yum!  What a luxurious way to detox!  Some Queen B beeswax candles to detox the air around you, some music…maybe a book… Need I say any more!

BODY SCRUBS

Make your own! So easy! Sugar, salt, lemon juice, honey, coconut oil.  Here’s a link to my yummy recipe.

BODY TREATMENTS

Coconut Oil….Coconut Oil…Coconut Oil!!!  Nature’s little secret!!! It is a moisturizer.. an antibiotic… a multivitamin…. a multi-nutrient, boosting, nourishing, anti-aging, anti wrinkle and anti-oxidant lotion…. An all in one skin cream!  And if you buy raw, virgin, organic coconut oil then, it’s super healthy too!  Pure coconut oil will not clog your pores.  Cheaper versions will.

For something a little richer for hands etc I love “Mokosh’s shea body butter!”  So rich and luxurious, you only use sparingly, therefore one jar of this body butter will last forever!

FAKE TAN

If you don’t believe that there could be an organic, all natural, fake tan then you are not alone!!  I researched long and hard before I tried “EcoTan”.  And I am here to tell you that it is the real deal!  The closest fake tan that you can get to nature!  And it is so easy to use and the colour is great!  When used properly, I found none of the streaking that I have found with other well known versions!

TOXIC FREE MAKE-UP AND REMOVER

I am not a huge make up wearer so this an area I am still researching.  What I can tell you though is Lavera and Zuii are fabulous toxic free make up brands.  Their lippies are DIVINE!!!!  I am especially in lurve with Lavera.

For a make up remover, I love “Mokosh’s Organic Makeup Remover“.

For make up, head straight to the experts!  Three fabulous Australian online stores that stock only toxic free make up that works!  These stores and their creators are inspirational people.  I am sooo proud to be able to share them with you.

Nourished Life

B kind

I am Natural Store

Hope my Greening your bathroom series has helped you on your way to detoxification.

Part one: Greening your bathroom cabinet and your health

Part Two: Toxic free skin care

Namaste ♥

xx