Skin tantrums

Woman ScreamingWe’ve all been there – our skin can be an unpredictable beast, and just when everything seemed to be going well, bam! It hits us with: the mother of all pimple(s) / a breakout of epic proportion / redness and its cousin splotchy / uneven texture and feel / an oil production in overdrive / dry skin that feels tighter than a tambourine,…

While you’re scratching your head thinking a) What have I done to deserve this? and b) How did this happen?, it’s always helpful to remember that your skin isn’t an island: if you’ve been eating less than well, not getting enough sleep, feeling stressed out, it’s going to show inside and out – and out means on your face and body.

The more products you use as part of your skin care routine, the harder it will be to pinpoint the culprit when things go bad – and it may in fact not be a single product that your skin disagrees with, but a combination of ingredients from different products. Bah! What to do?

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Wellbeing Weekly Challenge: dry brushing benefits ahoy!

Dry skin brushBefore the week is out, we thought we’d write an update on our Wellbeing Wednesday Challenge. So just in case you were holding your breath and wondering if we did manage to eat Chia Seeds every day for one week – you probably weren’t, but we’ll tell you anyway – we did it!

Giddy with the taste of success (we’ve already mentioned chia seeds don’t really taste like anything), we thought we’d tackle something a little trickier. Something we know we should do but never get around to doing – or do once every two weeks for 30 seconds at a time when we ought to be doing it every morning for at least 5 minutes – that’s right, we’re looking at you dry body brush.

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Natural skin remedies for party animals

Party Dog with Balloons and Party HatThis is for all of you who made merry late into the night this weekend celebrating the Grand Final Geelong win and woke up with skin worse for wear the next day.

Actually, all year round party animals who rock hard and need a hand getting your skin’s healthy glow back afterwards – this is for you too.

So behold, from us to you, a compendium of skin care tips that will help you get clear skin back, stat.

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Lavender: the multi-purpose essential oil

Franz Eugen Koehler - Lavender Botanical ChartLavender oil is best known for its calming and relaxing effect. Although it does a brilliant job at helping us relax and unwind (and even reduce anxiety if we are inclined to fidget), it’s somewhat short-changing this amazing oil not to mention its other powers.

The benefits of lavender are many and include analgesic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic and decongestant properties (amongst others) – it is truly an all-purpose oil that should be a staple in every home. It can be used for pain relief, to treat small burns and insect bites, it works a charm as a mosquito repellent, it’s especially wonderful as a treatment for dry, sensitive or oily skin, it can soothe bronchial cough and improve sleep quality. Not bad!

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