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We’ve been listening hard to all your facebook wallposts, twitter tweets & old-fashioned emails over the past week, and we’re here to answer your skin care questions!
The most-wanted topics were dry skin, hands and lips; under-eye circles, and uneven pigmentation.
So, what should you do about these common skin care worries?
Skin care Q: Dry Skin, Hands & Lips
Although a small number of us are blessed with picture-perfect complexions that are neither too dry nor too oily, most of us have skin that’s either combination and troublesome, excessively oily or excessively dry. If you belong in the latter group, then you’re lucky – there are lots of things you can do to help to hydrate the skin and alleviate dryness.
The first one is simple – drink more water. It sounds cliched, but drinking a sufficient amount of water each day is extremely important to your overall health, including the health of your skin. The skin is the body’s largest organ – and skin cells need hydration as much as other body cells. Maximum cell health requires that we drink at least 2 litres of water a day – around 6-8 glasses. Start aiming for this, and watch your skin improve!
Now for the external part - exfoliating & moisturising.
We mention exfoliation because it is still essential for dry skin types, as it helps to shed dry, dead skin and make way for new cell growth. Sloughing off dead skin cells also helps to prevent blockages in the epidermis, which can cause blemishes and exacerbate dryness. If your skin is very dry, a once-a-week exfoliation should be sufficient. We recommend our Mokosh Cleansing Powder or our Little Alchemist Lime & Papaya Exfoliating Polish, both suitable for dry skin types.
Moisturising for dry skin doesn’t involve choosing the oiliest or greasiest moisturiser you can find – but it does pay to stay away from the dryer ones, such as those marketed towards oily skin types, or oil-free moisturisers. If your skin is dry, you’ll benefit from a moisturiser containing hydrating oils such as jojoba and rosehip. If your skin is extremely dry by nature and normal moisturisers don’t cut it, try to find one containing avocado and/or macadamia oils – these are incredibly rich and hydrating. Our recommendation for extremely dry skin types is our Mokosh Face Oil for Dry Skin, $27.50 – it contains avocado and macadamia oils, as well as rosehip, jojoba and apricot kernel – it’s a specialised blend of oils especially chosen for maximum nourishment and hydration of dry skin.
As for dry hands and lips, there are several steps you can take to help keep them hydrated. One is to try not to submerge your hands in water too much. This means wearing gloves wherever possible when doing the dishes, and especially if your job involves washing your hands frequently. Over-use of soaps and detergents on bare skin can exacerbate dryness and skin conditions
like dermatitis on the hands – so cover up, and keep a hand cream handy -preferably a natural one, since chemicals can also exacerbate skin conditions. A great range of all-round natural hydrating creams is our cute Balm Balm Face Balm range – these little critters come in three varieties – fragrance-free, rose geranium and tea tree – and can be used as moisturisers, hand creams and lip balms! They are all organic and contain simple, natural ingredients like shea butter and calendula oil – plus, they’re small enough to keep in your handbag!
Dry lips follow the same logic – one of the worst things you can do for dry lips is to lick them! So try and refrain from doing this. Instead, use a natural, hydrating balm that contains nourishing oils and butters to soothe and seal the lips. Again, our Balm Balm Face Balms are wonderful for this, and make gorgeous glossy lip conditioners.
Skin care Q: Under-Eye Circles
It’s amazing how many requests we’ve had to cover this topic – so we’ll go into some detail for you!
Under-eye circles are caused by many different things – which is why they can be difficult to treat, and different products/methods work for different people. Some of the causes of dark circles include:
- hemoglobin breakdown = this process is much the same as the formation of bruises, and begins when red blood cells ‘leak out’ of the capillaries and wander into the surrounding skin. The body’s way of dealing with these stray blood cells is to use enzymes to break down the cells, including the ‘hemoglobin’ – the part that makes the blood cells red. Unfortunately, the material left over from this process has a blue-black colour. This is a normal bodily process, but because the skin under the eyes is particularly thin, it can sometimes be clearly visible in this area, creating so-called ‘dark circles’.
- pigmentation = sometimes dark circles can be caused by an over-production of melanin, the pigment in the skin that causes tanning. This type of under-eye circle is particularly common in those with darker skin-tones.
- dehydration & lack of sleep = these lifestyle factors can cause a ‘sinking’ of the eye tissue, resulting in the appearance of dark-circles. Fortunately, this one’s easy to fix – make sure you’re getting at least 2 litres of water a day, keep your skin hydrated by using a good moisturiser and eye cream, and increase your sleep levels.
- poor nutrition (lack of essential vitamins and minerals)
- allergies, colds or sinus infections (can lead to increased pressure on the blood vessels under the eyes, causing temporary dark circles)
- genetics = unfortunately this one can’t be changed – but you can do your best to avoid exacerbating your dark circles by getting enough sleep, drinking at least 2 litres of water a day, ensuring that your diet is balanced and healthy with plenty of fruit & vegetables, and using a good quality eye cream to soothe and hydrate the area beneath the eyes.
If you have dark circles, the chances are you’re unsure what exactly is causing them. In this case, the best advice is to try and keep on top of your diet, water intake and sleeping patterns, and ensure that you’re using a hydrating and soothing eye product to maximise the results. Eve Organics carries a range of beautiful, all-natural eye products to help with dark circles, puffiness and fine lines. If dark circles are your major issue, a great one to go with is our Healing Anthropology Rejuvenating Eye Repair, which contains carrot oil to brighten, rosehip oil to help reduce pigmentation, as well as anti-inflammatory white oak bark and licorice to calm puffiness.
Skin care Q: Uneven Pigmentation
Uneven skin pigmentation can be caused by hormonal factors, sun damage, or skin trauma, such as acne or eczema.
Sun damage is of course the easiest to prevent, and a great place to start if you’re not sure what’s causing your uneven pigmentation. Begin by ensuring that you’re protecting your skin with at least an SPF15 product every day – whether it be in your moisturiser or your foundation. Most mineral foundations contain a natural SPF from titanium dioxide, so these are a great way of protecting your skin naturally.
Hormonal pigmentation can occur anytime there’s a disruption to the balance of hormones in the body – such as particular stages in the menstrual cycle, during pregnancy or after prolonged stress. Thankfully, this kind of pigmentation usually disappears once balance is restored to the body, and you can limit the symptoms in the meantime by using a natural brightening product containing Vitamin C, A, licorice, rosehip oil, DMAE, white oak bark or alma fruit. For hormonal skin pigmentation, we recommend our Little Alchemist Ultra C Radiance Serum, with rosehip oil, seabuckthorn oil, Vitamin C & Vitamin A – and our Raw Gaia Raw Chocolate Face Pack, with raw chocolate powder (packed with antioxidants), tumeric (an excellent natural acne-fighter) and alma fruit powder to brighten.
Skin trauma generally refers to scarring of some kind, the most common cause of which is acne. In these cases, there are many methods available to help reduce scarring, including using products specifically designed to minimise pigmentation, or the ‘dark spots’ left over after acne infections. A wonderful moisturiser for clearing this kind of pigmentation is our Raw Gaia MSM Beauty Cream, which contains the ‘beauty mineral’ MSM – a stable form of sulphur – which is renowned for its skin-clearing benefits. Our Raw Gaia Raw Chocolate Face Pack is also excellent at healing acne-caused pigmentation, containing the clearing and brightening alma fruit powder, as well as tumeric – a natural acne-fighter.
So there you have it! Our answers to your common skin care questions – what the issues are caused by, what you can do, and the natural products we recommend!
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Until next time! xx
Sometimes, half the fun of using natural skin care is in the juicing, mashing and mixing!
So, we thought we’d provide you with some of our favourite natural skin care recipes – homemade skin care for those lazy holiday afternoons!
Homemade skin care is as fresh as it gets, and using raw ingredients means maximum nutrients, for a glowing, revitalised complexion.
Since we’re coming into summer here in Australia, we thought we’d start with a delicious tropical scrub for the face and body = our mango miracle mask!
Homemade Mango Miracle Mask
1 ripe, organic mango
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tsbp extra virgin olive oil
1 cup raw sugar
Mash up the mango, then add the honey and olive oil and mix until blended. Stir in the sugar.
Just before hopping in the shower, massage the mixture into dry skin, on the face, neck and any body areas that need some pampering!
Allow the mixture to remain on the skin for several minutes to sink in. (You can wash your hair while waiting – that’s what we do!)
Rinse off, and enjoy your glowing new summer skin!
The Bottled Version = Try our Little Alchemist Lime & Papaya Exfoliating Polish. This zesty scrub contains papaya & green tea extracts, as well as tangerine and lime essential oils, and shea butter to moisturise. It’s the perfecting smoothing, softening tropical scrub!
Next up, here’s a recipe for at-home brightening, without the nasty chemicals! Did you know that most whitening & brightening products contain ‘hydroquinone’, thought to be carcinogenic (cancer-causing)?
Get rid of pigmentation and uneven skin tone the natural way using homemade skin care – with our Luscious Lemon Brightening Mask.
Homemade Luscious Lemon Brightening Mask
2 tbsp honey
4 tsp lemon juice
3 tsp organic natural yoghurt
1 egg white
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until the mixture thickens.
Apply to a clean, dry face and leave on for 10-12 minutes. Rinse clean. Use this mask twice a week and say hello to brighter, clearer skin! (You can refridgerate the mixture as long as you use each batch within 1 week of preparation.)
The Bottled Version = Try our gorgeous Little Alchemist Ultra-C Radiance Serum - this little beauty contains Vitamin A and rosehip oil to combat uneven pigmentation and age spots, as well as containing calendula and evening primrose oil to calm and balance. It’s heaven in a bottle!
So, now that we’ve got the masks & scrubs covered, what about a natural homemade cleanser? Well, that’s where our Oats So Smooth! cleansing paste comes in! This beautiful homemade skin care recipe is all you need for smooth, hydrated skin – and it’s so easy to make!
Homemade Oats So Smooth! Cleansing Paste
1 tbsp natural organic yoghurt
1/4 cup oatmeal or cornmeal
Mix the ingredients to form a paste. Leave to sit for 1- minutes.
Smooth over the face, massaging into the skin as you rinse off. Then feel your baby soft skin!
The Bottled Version = try our Mokosh Face Cleansing Powder. Made with skin-loving ingredients like oatmeal, need powder, green clay and wheatgrass powder, it can be used as a daily cleanser and as a weekly mask – and it leaves the skin impossibly smooth!
And finally, a homemade skin care recipe for those tired or puffy peepers – our Creamy Cocoa Eye Concoction. This soothing cream is deeply hydrating and will smooth out fine lines, so you wake up with beautifully bright eyes!
Homemade Creamy Cocoa Eye Concoction
1 tsp cocoa butter
1/2 tsp almond oil
1/2 tsp wheatgerm oil
pinch of finely chopped rosemary
Mix all the ingredients into a smooth paste.
Apply gently to the eye area using your ring finger (it applies the least pressure of all the fingers so is perfect for dabbing around the eye area.) Wake up to gorgeous, smoothed eyes!
The Bottled Version = Try our Healing Anthropology Rejuvenating Eye Repair. It works fast at combatting the three major eye issues – dark circles, puffiness and fine lines. That’s because it contains a host of effective natural ingredients – like licorice and white oak bark to calm inflammation, carrot root oil to brighten, and jojoba oil and shea butter to smooth and hydrate.
So there we go! We hope you enjoy our homemade skin care recipes – if you have any of your own to share, or have tried any of ours and want to share your experience, please leave a comment below – we’d love to hear from you!
In the meantime, why not peruse the rest of our gorgeous 100% natural skin care range.
Until next time.. xx
As soon as you pump some of this eye cream onto your finger and start applying it, the first thing you’ll notice is the beautiful smell. It smells like… creamy coffee and flowers, all at once.
Be sure to apply it gently, by patting it on underneath the eye area (as with all eye creams).
We applied this one at night, and woke up to smooth, soft, supple-looking and feeling eyes. It honestly is that quick.
As soon as you’ve applied the product, you can feel it sinking seamlessly into your skin, and if you touch the area after you’ve applied it, you’ll notice how soft and smoothed it feels.
A beautiful product for smoothing out lines and brightening the eye area. Wonderful for people with crows’ feet around their eyes, dry skin, or dark circles.
This product is not only a pleasure to use, but it also conveniently contains 3 of the most potent and effective anti-aging ingredients available:
Argireline, a unique new peptide that both reduces the degree of existing facial wrinkles and has been demonstrated effective against their development;
Hyaluronic Acid, a compound that occurs naturally in every tissue of the body (as we age, skin loses hyaluronic acid and the ability to hold sufficient water. Feeding new hyaluronic acid to skin helps hydrate skin’s intercellular reservoir, smoothing down age lines); and
DMAE, which has been shown in studies to inhibit the formation of age spots and significantly improve skin tone.
AND, they’re all 100% natural! There are no synthetic ingredients in this product whatsoever.
What more do you need to know? An all-natural, delicious-smelling, smoothing, softening and potently anti-aging eye cream. Thumbs up from us.
For more information and a complete ingredients-list for this product, click here.