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Beauty | 04.08.2016

6 quick snippets for glowing skin

 

Glowing skin, radiant skin, clear skin, smooth skin,
youthful skin.

Who's in? 

Many factors affect how your skin looks and feels – from diet, to climate, to hormones, to genetics, to the products you use. Some days, your skin looks great. Other days, it just doesn't look its best.

I've compiled a list of little tweaks you can put into place to clear up your skin naturally and put your best face forward every day.

our six Quick snippets – (try saying that really fast)

1. Keep it clean

I know this is something that I harp on about but besides cleansing, double-cleansing and cleaning your skin, something else to think about are your thoughts and the language that you choose to use.

If you’re thinking negatively about something or someone or using a lot of expletives, it’s just not pretty. Those thoughts can become lines that eventually become indelibly etched onto your face.

So clean up your thoughts and your language as well. Just saying.

2. Your regime

Work out what skincare routine works best for you. While we can provide you with guidelines, hints and tips, your skin is as unique and individual as you are.

It might actually respond best to putting your serum on prior to your oil or vice a versa. Some days you might need to immerse yourself in a truckload of moisturiser because your skin feels as dry as a bone, while on other days it feels smooth, silky and hydrated.

Adjust your routine accordingly and seasonally. In winter, your go-to product for all skin types is our Antioxidant Facial Oil – Omega 3-6-9. Use this on its own or use prior to any serum or moisturiser.

The most important thing is to suss out your skin type and then experiment.

If you're not sure about your skin type here's a quick way to find out:

Cleanse your face at night, then do not apply any moisturiser, serum or oils. Just leave it. When you wake up in the morning press a tissue on your face and see if there is any residual oil.

Normal – It’s the least problematic of all skin – lucky you. No apparent oily or dry areas skin appears balanced. The complexion is supple, healthy and clear with good circulation.

Dry – Occasional flaking of skin, no oily areas and skin feels taut. It is more prone to develop wrinkles, fine pores, has a sallow tone and can get irritated.

Combination – Oily generally in the t-zone or central part of the face (forehead, nose and chin) with a tendency to break out in those areas. Dry and normal skin elsewhere.

Oily – Shine appears all over the skin with no dry areas, thick and coarse with enlarged pores and a tendency to break out anywhere into spots, blemishes and acne.

If you’re still confused, take our online skin consultation to work out what products are best suited to your skin type. You can also order our samples online, which allows you to try before you make a commitment to a full size product.

3. No contact

It’s really easy to spread germs and bacteria onto your face. It’s actually a bit scary when you think about all the things that come into contact with your skin, from your dirty little mitts, to your phone, sunglasses, makeup brushes, sponges, flannels and pillowcase.

Make a habit of cleaning and washing everything regularly. Trial our OCD spray, which will eliminate your worries and cares (just kidding). When you're using your phone put it on speaker or better yet – keep those EMF’s well away from your precious head and use earphones instead. 

4. Take it Off

Don’t work out or sleep with your makeup on. It’s a big, fat no-no. Even natural makeup products still block your pores and don’t allow your skin to detox and transpire. Your skin needs to breath without suffocating, so give it a break.

Your skin is transpiring and perspiring when you exercise and balancing and detoxing when you sleep. You’re basically creating a bacterial soup on your face if you don’t wash off all the makeup, dirt, sweat, oil and build-up on your skin. Yukko!

5. Hormones and Stress

We all battle with them. The ups and the downs, the ins and outs, and then it shows up on our face, especially if there is a party of pimples on your chin and jawline. Any breakouts in this area is a premenstrual indicator of hormonal fluctuations.

Too much testosterone and androgens will send your skin into a spin. To test your hormone levels, I recommend seeing a naturopath and getting your bloods tested. Likewise, a spike in cortisol levels can also cause breakouts. When your nervous system is out of whack, you automatically go into flight or fight mode, which long term is very ageing and detrimental to your health.

So get out your zen music, pop your earplugs in and find a quiet place to sit and zone out for 15 to 20 minutes a day. My favourite new app is 1 Giant Mind. Check it out.

6. skin food

Your skin is only as good as what you put in, so banish breakouts for good with a few simple rules to start – avoid sugar, gluten and nightshades (eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes) alongside white and processed food that are in packets.  

Instead, eat fresh live organic food that is brimming with antioxidants and vitamins. Use supplements as prescribed by your healthcare practitioner if required. Include essential fatty acids in the form of fish oils or flaxseed.

Put a good probiotic and a daily dose of liquid goodness in the form of a green juice or smoothie on the menu once a day to flush out the system and keep the digestive enzymes flowing. Papaya and pineapple are also great additions but remember, it’s best to eat fruit as a meal on its own.

We'd love to hear about what you've found works for you to keep your skin and complexion glowing. leave a comment below and you'll go into our bi-monthly draw to win some mukti organics goodies.

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