The 60 Second Cleansing Method

So the 60 second method is something we’ve only recently discovered and honestly, I can’t believe we didn’t know about it sooner! It makes perfect sense when you think about it! Ok, so we’ve already talked about cleansing oils and how amazing we think they are. But it’s not just what you use that can make a difference to your skin? It’s the way you use it too!

How long do you spend rubbing in your cleanser? Do you even rub it in? Or do you just apply it with a cotton pad and wipe your make up off? Do you use the dreaded wet wipe?

What if I told you that actually massaging your cleanser in for 60 seconds would help clear your skin and give you a healthy glow? I’m talking really getting in there with your fingers…

Let me explain…

Been for a facial lately? Remember how your skin got warmer? That’s basic friction at work. Blood flow is stimulated by massage, and toxins are flushed from your skin as the blood circulates. The warmth of your skin opens up your pores, and allows dirt and bacteria to be lifted from your skin. This lets the awesome properties of the massage oil sink in.

The same is true for your face! Massaging the skin for just 60 seconds will warm the skin enough to open up the pores and let the cleanser really get tin there and do its job.

A word about purging

So if like me, you normally do a quick cleanse before collapsing into bed, when you first start using the 60 second method you might notice small breakouts. This is purging. It’s completely normal.

Because you normally don’t get into the deeper layers of your skin when you cleanse, bacteria lies dormant there, adding to regular breakouts. Breaking down that dormant bacteria flushes it to the surface of your skin. Don’t worry, it won’t last long! As you continue to properly cleanse your skin you will start to see a massive improvement!

Check out the video below to see the 60 second method in action!

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Cleansing Oils

Why you NEED this beauty essential!

Switching from your regular cleanser to a nourishing cleansing oil could be the best decision you make when it comes to your skin care routine! It’s quick, completely natural and leaves your skin feeling wonderfully clean and hydrated! You may be wary of using oil on your face, especially if you have oily skin but rest assured, cleansing oils are suitable for ALL skin types and WON’T leave your skin feeling greasy! I have oily skin too and let me tell you, switching to the right cleansing oil was the best decision I ever made!

Cleansing Oils
Our Everyday and Clear Skin Cleansing Oils

Here’s why cleansing oils are so awesome…

Did you know that your skin naturally produces oil (Called sebum), which it needs to stay healthy and supple? Did you also know that using chemical or alcohol based cleansers can sometimes strip your skin of these natural oils? Especially if you’re using them a couple of times a day! This encourages your skin to produce more and more sebum, leading to breakouts! It’s a nasty cycle right?!

The great thing about cleansing oils is that they cling to the surface impurities in your skin (Everyday dirt and make up) and pull them out without clogging up your pores. This means that they can then be gently rinsed away leaving your skin thoroughly cleansed, refreshed, and with your skin’s PH levels beautifully balanced.

When looking for a natural cleansing oil, here’s a little tip… I know it’s obvious, but don’t go for one with water in it. We all know that oil and water don’t mix, so when they’re combined in skincare products, more ingredients are needed to force them to mix. These added extras are often what cause adverse reactions. Choose an oil that will heal your skin. Grapeseed is lovely and light so makes a great base for a cleanser. Jojoba is the closest oil to your skin’s own natural PH levels, so also works really well!

If you want to have a go at making your own, we have a great recipe in our Ebook – The Seven Day Glow. You won’t believe how easy it is!

Here’s what to do:

1. Tie your hair away from your face

2. Apply 4-5 drops to the palm of your hand and massage into your skin for a good 60 seconds. (Read about why right here)

3. Use a warm, damp cloth to remove all the oil and voila! You’re done!

4. The great thing about a natural cleansing oil is that you can even use it as a nourishing moisturiser too! 2-3 drops should be sufficient to leave your skin feeling soft and smooth!

How easy was that?!

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Clean Those Brushes!

We all know that the products we use on our skin can affect its health… but what about the tools we use to apply these products? So this month I’ve been delving into the world of mucky brushes! Most of us probably don’t clean our brushes half as often as we should… myself included! And there’s a few really good reasons we should keep on top of things!

Brushes get a huge build up of powders and creams before you know it!

1. Breakouts!

Ever get breakouts of small annoying little spots all over your face? When it doesn’t seem to be hormonal, or anything you ate? The problem could well be your make up brushes! So every time you use your make up brush, you’re not just applying your make up. The bristles are also picking up dirt, oils, dead skin cells, bacteria… anything that’s already on your face. Over time, and in amongst the moisture trapped in the bristles, this bacteria breeds, and then the next time you use your brush, its transferred to your face! Not a pleasant thought!

2. Smoother Application

I can always tell when my foundation brush needs a good clean. My make up doesn’t go on smoothly and I end up with a patchy, caked on look. Not the best look! Again, this is down to the build up of old make up within the bristles. It’s like trying to paint a picture with a brush covered in dried paint… it just doesn’t work!

3. Contamination

That’s a scary word isn’t it?! But it’s true! Remember the bacteria and dead skin cells that get trapped in the bristles? Well when you go to apply more make up, that bacteria gets transferred to your make up! Most make up is stored in a dark place (in a cupboard or make up bag) which is the perfect place for bacteria to grow. This is not only bad for your skin, but it will cause your make up to break down more quickly.

It’s also worth mentioning that make up has an expiration date. Mascara tends to last around three months, creams are good for about a year, and powders can last up to two years. Knowing when to chuck your out of date make up is important. You wouldn’t eat out of date food, so why put out of date products on your face?

Lather up your brushes with hand soap, washing up liquid or specialist brush cleaner.

4. Longer lasting brushes

Want your brushes to last longer? Keep them clean! All that build up of bacteria and gunk on your brush will break down the bristles faster.

So how often should you clean your brushes? The answer is… as often as you like! You don’t need to do it every day, but it all depends on how much make up you wear.

Personally, I like to do mine roughly once a week… by then I’m starting to notice that my make up isn’t going on as smoothly as it should, and my bristles are getting a bit clumpy. You can use a specially developed make up brush cleaner, but I like to use either liquid hand soap or washing up liquid. I find they break down the build up easily enough, and my brushes are left smelling lovely when I’m done!

The bottom line is, as long as you add brush cleaning into your skincare routine, they’ll last a good long while and your skin will thank you for it!

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Top 10 Skin Care Tips

So you probably see tonnes and tonnes of articles about how best to look after your skin. They’re probably all perfectly valid. We just wanted to share our favourite natural tips!

 

1. Start from the inside!

Cow’s milk is the Joker to my Batman… It does horrid things to my skin but I love cheese! and pizza! So many foods can have an impact on not only our waistline, but our skin too! My face loves to tell me when I’ve had too much milk! Keep track of what you’re puttng into your body, and the effect it has on your skin. If in doubt, make a rainbow with your fruit and veg! colourful food can’t be a bad thing, can it??

 

colourful food for your skin

2. Massage more!

Now I’m not talking full body massage here… unless you’ve got time for one! Simply take a few seconds to massage your cleanser and moisturiser into you skin rather than just applying and wiping. The little extra pressure will boost circulation and help improve your complexion!

 

3. Exfoliate regularly, but softly!

Yup. little and often is the key here. Your skin cells do replace themselves and it really helps to get rid of the old, dead skin cells and allow the new ones to shine through! Go gently though or you run the risk of damaging the newly formed cells. Once or twice a week sould be plenty, depending on your skin type!

 

4. Don’t sleep in your make up!

I’m so guilty of doing this and I really should know better! How does this sound… make up, sweat, general pollutants from the day, bacteria, all mixed up on your pillowcase and nestled lovingly against your skin all night while you sleep. Gross, right?! Take your make up off before you go to bed. A couple of minutes to save all that yuk clogging your pores all night!

 

5. Get your beauty sleep!

While we’re talking sleep… make sure you get yours! Studies have shown that lack of sleep, and poor sleep quality can increase the signs of ageing and reduce the skin’s ability to act as an effective barrier. Think how tired your body and mind feel when you’ve not slept properly for a couple of days… Your skin feels it too!

beauty sleep for skin health

 

6. Fingers off your face!

Your fingers are covered in bacteria of one kind or another throughout the day. When you touch your face, you’re transferring that bacteria onto your face. There it sits, in your pores until you cleanse your face at the end of the day. Touching your face is especially a no no if, like me,  you suffer from breakouts. Leave them well alone and let them heal by themselves. (Its tough… believe me, I know!)

 

7. Chill out! Slow your roll!

I know… I’m so down with the kids! But seriously… Have you ever noticed that you always get a spot or breakout the day before a big event or occasion?? Its stress! Many studies have shown that the two are linked! So try and take some time for yourself every now and then!

 

8. Take more time at night!

That’s right… Spend more time on your skincare routine at night.Your skin repairs itself naturally while you sleep, so thats the best time to really nourish it! There’s no need to overwhelm your skin in the morning, and it will save you time getting ready!

 

9. Hydrate!

This is one you definitely will have seen everywhere! But the value of drinking plenty of water every day cant be overstated. Water will help keep your skin from looking dry and dull, and as an added bonus it helps flush out your system and reduces bloating! If, like me, you live in an area where the tap water doesn’t taste the best, try adding a couple of slices of lemon and cucumber to your water bottle, or infusing some berries!

hydrate your skin

 

10. Switch it up!

Just like with your clothes, you need to switch up your skincare with the seasons… or at least winter & summer! Colder months mean drier air which isn’t great for your skin. Try using a richer, more nourishing moisturier during the winter, and a lighter one for the warmer months!

 

5 Ways to Take Care of Your Skin This Winter!

Ok, you and your skin can tell… The weather has officially turned! At least we had a decent summer this year though right?!

So what does this change in weather mean for your skin?

 

Cooler weather

When the air is dry, it causes the moisture in your skin to evaporate! Great! Not! It means that you’re more likely to suffer from dry flakey skin, particularly if you’re prone to suffering with eczema or other dry skin conditions. What can you do? Opt for richer moisturizers that are more nourishing for your skin. You change your clothes when its colder outside, so why not your skincare products?!

 

Cold weather = Comfort eating

I know… Pizza, hot chocolate, blanket, sofa & movie night. When its freezing cold raining outside there’s really no better feeling is there? BUT we all know that what we eat has an impact on our complexion. Cold weather tends to mean comfort food, which is usually made up of bad carbs. Now I’m definitely not a dietitian, and I LOVE my comfort food, but I also know when I’ve over indulged. I breakout. A lot. That’s because foods which have a higher GI (Glycemic index) make your sugar levels spike which increase hormones that are responsible for acne. So during winter months, try to stick to slow release carbs if you can, like wholemeal bread, oatmeal and brown rice. Avoid white bread, crisps & potatoes. I know! I’m sorry! But your skin will thank you, I promise!

 

Heating

Around your home & in your car

Ever notice your lips suffer in the colder months? When you’ve got your heating on more at home or in the car, the air is dryer. And we know now that this means the air sucks the moisture from your skin. To combat this at home, place a couple of bowls of water near your radiators. (It’ll be cheaper than buying a humidifier!) Make sure you open your windows for a little while to avoid condensation and get a good airflow through the house. Also, make sure you stay hydrated! Its harder to drink more water when its not really warm outside, I know. But it really is the best thing you can do for your skin.

Sudden changes in temperature

Again this is related to heating and going from cold weather outside to a heated room or car. According to Harley Street dermatologist Dr. Ariel Haus, when there is a rapid temperature change, the capillaries in your skin contract and expand which can lead to broken veins and redness. So try and remember to wrap up warm when you go outside to reduce the difference in temperature from outside to indoors. Also look for products with anti inflammatory and anti irritant ingredients such as Rosehip, Frankincense and Lavender.  (We LOVE these ingredients and use them  our Sweet Dreams Night Cream, Pretty Peepers Eye Cream)

Hot baths & Shower!

I’ll admit, I was devastated to learn this because I love nothing more than a hot (And I mean HOT) bubble bath when its cold and dark outside. But its not great, because when the water in your bath or shower is too hot it can actually dissolve the protective barrier that your skin naturally produces! Instead, stick to warm baths and showers to protect your skin.

(I’m sorry… how pretty is this bath?? Totally going on my wishlist!)

Seriously though, its super easy to take care of your skin in the colder month! Have these tips helped?

Why Avoid Petroleum Based Products

Vaseline… What’s so wrong with it?

 

So… Winter is well and truly on the way. Nights are getting darker, the clocks go back soon, and we all know that colder days mean drier skin. Out comes the tin of petroleum jelly for your lips right?

And what’s so bad about that? Its cheap enough and it does the job. It just works! I’m not about to argue with that! I love saving money too! Put it this way though… You’re bloody starving and you eat a boat load of junk food rather than cooking a proper dinner. It fills a hole but doesn’t fuel you properly or nourish your body. Petroleum based products are exactly the same. They make a super effective barrier but they don’t have any ‘nutritional value’ whatsover for your skin!

 

So why is it even used?

Basically, because it’s cheap. Petroleum jelly is a by-product of the oil refinery pocess. It’s essentially the gunk that builds up in the machinery (Thats how it was discovered on an oil rig back in the 1800’s!)

But it’s used in major brands so it must be safe to use right?

The problem here is that as consumers, we have no way of knowing if the refining process used is high or low grade. And cosmetics companies will sometimes give in to temptation and use lower grade oils to reduce their expenses. Business is business after all. Now this is where the dangers are. When the refining is done at a lower grade, the petroleum will retain some of the more toxic (And even cancer causing) chemicals.

 

Petroleum Refinery

 

So what should I do now then??

Well obviously we’re going to say look out for plant based products. Replace petroleum, petroleum jelly, mineral oil and parffin with shea or cocoa butter, beeswax and vegetable/plant based oils!

Check out our Natural Kisses Lip Balm to see examples of some of the nourshing ingredients to look out for!

Five Reasons to go Natural!

Five Reasons to go Natural!

So… There’s a growing awareness that products with natural ingredients are better for you. But why is that? When you do your household shop, you’ve seen bottles of glass cleaner on the shelves that ‘contain vinegar’ right? Washing up liquid with ‘lemon & lime’? Why? Because they actually work! I know… shocking isn’t it???

And while its awesome that these companies recognize the power of natural ingredients, they’re often lost among the other ingredients in that little bottle! So why is going properly natural best?

 

It helps the environment!

Products made from conventionally produced ingredients often have a negative impact on the environment. Take sunscreens for example… We’re only just now realising the damage that chemicals within conventional sunscreens are doing to our marine life! Poor fishies!

 

It avoids irritation!

Chemicals, artificial colours, fragrances and fillers can all cause irritation, redness and sore skin! A lot of these extras are used to bulk out products, so manufacturers can get more out of a batch and increase their profits… Some are added as preservatives. But most of them aren’t great for our skin long-term!

 

They’re nice and gentle!

Yes! Natural products are gentler to your body! It’s not rocket science! We are part of nature, so natural ingredients will work well with our systems! Its only in the last hundred years or so that we’ve been able to synthesize chemicals to have the same effect as plants & herbs. Why? Because its cheaper, quicker and easier for manufacturers!

 

There’s no bizarre side effects!

Ever tried a new moisturiser or shower gel and come out in a weird rash? Or borrowed someone else’s perfume and got a stonking headache? Horrible isn’t it?! And what a waste of money too! With natural products, you’re far less likely to suffer an adverse reaction, simply because there’s less nasties in there! Obviously you will still need to watch any allergies, but generally speaking, you should be far safer. Did you know… many manufacturers use ingredients which actually dry out your skin over time. They’re not daft. They want you to use more of the product so you end up buying more! Petroleum in lip balm… classic example!

 

Fresh air to breathe!

How many times have you sprayed bathroom cleaner and had to open all the windows? A fair few I’ll bet! Same with cleaning the oven, am I right?? There’s a lingering smell and sometimes it can really get on your chest! Not fun. Natural products don’t do that! They leave the air smelling lovely and fresh and with no nasty feeling in your lungs!

 

Bottom line? Natural products will always be better for you. Manufacturers wouldn’t be using natural ingredients in their products if they didn’t work! As with any new product, we always recommend trying it out slowly, just in case!

 

Interested in trying your own natural products? Its dead easy (And cheap) to make your own! We’ve come up with a really simple bathroom (Or kitchen) spray that works incredibly well! Want to get your hands on it? There’s even a couple of bonus recipes in there for you too! Just click here to grab the FREE recipes! It couldn’t be easier!