We are big fans of olive oil and going by the amount we consume daily, we should be virtually free of bad cholesterol and enjoy a long cardiovascular disease-free life. And another reason our bottle of olive oil never lasts long is because we sneak it in some of our weekly skin pampering as well…
In our weekly quest to try something new to exfoliate, we came up with an incredibly simple sugar scrub which also doubles as a face wash – it’s natural, it’s easy, it saves time and it leaves skin feeling squeaky clean and oh so soft. If you want to try our sugar and honey skin scrub, here’s how to do it… We’re even going to throw in some ideas if you want to tailor the recipe to perfection for your own skin type.
It’s gone so quickly, and what an amazing two weeks it’s been! We haven’t gone a single day without washing our face with honey, and what an improvement… Skin washed with honey just glows – pores shrink to an itty bitty size, skin looks healthy, vibrant and fresh and smells delicious (good enough to eat!). And all this happens very quickly – at the end of week 1 we were already seeing a big difference.
Last Monday we solemnly swore to wash our face with honey every day for two weeks, no exceptions, no excuses. Not only have we kept our word, we’ve noticed that our skin really loves it – it’s looking more plump, glowing and clear. So much so that we’re thinking of keeping the honey challenge going indefinitely.
The beauty of a natural skin routine is how much skin likes it: moving to all natural products can show dramatic improvement and make skin glow quicker than a blink.
Whatever your current routine, gentle cleansing is a good place to start. Continue reading
Tips to maintain beautiful skin during summer:
1. Drink lots of purified or spring water as the sun has a very drying effect and the skin (and body) becomes dehydrated. If you have been exercising or sweating heavily, make sure you replace the minerals lost during these times.
Electrolytes are minerals made up of potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium and can be depleted after exercise or during hot weather. They create electrical charges throughout the body that help the muscles and heart work properly. Our bodies may not be able to create electrolytes as fast as we are losing them in sweat, and we may need to find ways to replace them. Coconut water contains electrolytes and is refreshing, hydrating and a great way to replace these lost minerals. It is available at most health foods stores. Watermelon juice is also a good way to replace lost minerals and to rehydrate the body on a hot day.
2. Exfoliate once or twice a week to prolong your tan and remove the build-up of dead skin. See recipe for honey exfoliant or milk and honey scrub below. Do not expose your skin to the sun after you have exfoliated without first applying an all-natural sunscreen.
3. Cleanse the skin with a natural product such as aloe vera gel. Soak a cotton pad with the gel and gently wipe your face, neck and chest area to remove dirt and grime (you will also be feeding your skin with essential nutrients at the same time). Cucumber is also a natural cleanser – juice a small organic lebanese cucumber, apply to a cotton pad and gently remove make-up or grime from your face, neck and chest area. For tired, puffy eyes, soak cotton pads in cucumber juice, squeeze out the excess and put over the eyes for 10 minutes. Cucumber is great for the skin as it contains silicon.
4. Moisturise at least twice a day with a chemical/paraben free cream or light organic oil such as camellia, olive, hemp seed, sweet almond or avocado. Coconut oil is a wonderful moisturiser and provides the skin with many essential nutrients. Remember that everything we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies, so it is advisable to choose skin or hair products with as many ‘natural’ ingredients as possible.
5. Only spend short periods of time to prevent the skin from burning – 10 minutes is enough (we need sunlight to absorb vitamin D – click here). If you go out in the hottest part of the day, always wear a hat and apply a good-quality natural suntan cream (always read the label to avoid artificial chemicals) and reapply after swimming. Too much exposure to the sun without suntan cream can cause the skin to burn or become dehydrated and begin to age prematurely. Sunburn damages the cells of the skin and may lead to skin cancers.
6. Avoid refined, heavy foods, tea, coffee sugary soft drinks or too much alcohol (this is very dehydrating). Instead eat plenty of summer fruit, salads, and drink juices (click here to read ‘Juicing for Health and Vitality’).