Essential Natural Skin Care Products For Summer

  1. Our go-to sunscreen for lazy afternoons in the pool, or weekends at the lake is Consonant’s The PERFECT Sunscreen™ ~ with SPF 30. This water-resistant cream goes on with no white residue, and is fragrance free for sensitive skin types.
  2. Hand and Foot Relief by Graydon: We love showing off our pretty pedicures but cracked, dry feet from sandals & walking on the beach require loving attention. Use a little of this cream every day for prevention, or slather it over your heels when you go to bed.
  3. 100% PURE Mascara: This natural mascara is one of our favourite green beauty finds! It can hold its own against a summer day of outdoor exercise, and play since it’s smudge, and water resistant.
  4. Vitamin B Active Moisture Enzyme Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover by Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics: Collaborations are cool and this partnership between beauty writer @beautybets and One Love Organics is no exception. Wash away your makeup, exfoliate, and clean your face with this multi-tasking natural skin care product. We think it’s the perfect summer cleanser as it restores your skin’s moisture and pH balance after being outdoors all day.
  5. 100% PURE’s Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer SPF20: With five different tints to choose from this moisturizer is a must-have for a lightweight summer makeup. We love to wear it when heading to work, an outdoor concert, or cocktails on the patio.
  6. Zoe Organics Everything Balm: Keep this aside for after the insects bite! This versatile balm is made with shea butter, coconut and jojoba oils to gently heal skin.
  7. Graydon’s All Over Soap & Shampoo: We love simplicity in our beauty routine especially in the summer. This plant-based soap can be used all over your body and hair plus its all natural ingredients are make it safe for the lake!
  8. Lovefresh Sugar Scrub: Summer skin can be more sensitive due to sun exposure. This fine sugar scrub is gentle enough for a regular exfoliation. It works well in between pedicures on our rough heels!
  9. One Love Organics Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo Powder: Summertime is all about activity. After a day at work, there’s still hours left to play outside. Keep it in your purse, and sprinkle the powder on your hair for a refresh between washes.
  10. Zoe Organics Insect Repellent: Whether you summer in the city, or cottage country, mosquitos come out to bite during humid days and nights. Spray yourself with this 100% blend of botanical oils and rub it in to keep yourself covered.
  11. Lovefresh Deodorant: Can deodorant make you happy?! We think so, with Lovefresh’s natural deodorant that really works. No stinky underarms here! There are a variety of gorgeous scents that can stand up to summer heat.
  12. Skin Soother Hydrating Lotion: Ella’s Botanicals created this for Causemetics, where four dollars from every bottle sold goes to help breast cancer patients. We also love its ability to sooth sun kissed skin. 

 

Posted in Beautiful Skin, Body Lotion, Organic, Plant-based Skin Care, Summer Skin, Sunscreen

Eat Your Way to Beautiful Skin

Most of us consider the products we use on our skin to be the most important thing when it comes to a glowing complexion. And whilst this plays a fundamental role, it's actually much deeper than that. In fact what we eat really affects our skin health too and some nutrients found in specific foods actually directly benefit the skin whilst others have exactly the opposite effect. Good gut health is also intrinsic to this. Happy digestion = a happy face. So here's how to do it.

Eat…

Nuts & seeds    Vitamin E-rich foods such as almonds, hazelnuts and sunflower seeds are an intrinsic part of good skin health since vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, protecting our skin from cell damage and promoting the regeneration of healthy skin cells. Brazil nuts are also an excellent source of selenium, important for skin health and just four of these bad boys per day will provide you with your daily recommended intake. And pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc which is intrinsic in regulating oil production.

Oily fish    The healthy oils found in fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and pilchards make up all of our cell membranes which keep them supple and flexible. They are also a great source of Omega-3 (also found in flaxseed, chia seeds and walnuts) which have important anti-inflammatory effects. If you don’t want wrinkles, up the ante on oily fish!

Avocados    These are the king of beauty foods both internally and topically as they contain vitamin E but are also a great source of biotin which helps prevent dry skin and nourishes hair and nails. Avocados are also a source of vitamin A which has been linked to improving acne-related conditions and the glutamine content helps protect the skin from environmental factors. 

Greens    Kale, spinach, broccoli and rocket are nutrient powerhouses – they are super alkalising and bring the body into a more balanced PH. They are also a great source of antioxidant beta carotene helping to support radiant skin as well as promoting detoxification and minimising toxin build up. Brimming with folate and vitamin C, essential for cell regeneration and repair, you really just can’t get enough of these guys!

Hydration is key    Skin membranes need to be well hydrated to keep them supple, in fact 60-75% of our body is made up of water. Aim for 2 litres per day and make water more interesting by adding slices of fresh lemon, fresh mint or cucumber. Caffeine and alcohol are dehydrating and age the skin so if you want to keep that youthful glow keep these to a minimum.

Avoid…

Sugar (aka the white stuff)    All sugar has an inflammatory reaction in the body and increases acid PH levels which affects cellular functioning. Also those peaks in blood sugars lead to a higher production of insulin, damaging collagen and increasing wrinkles.

Refined & Processed foods    This means those trans or hydrogenated fats. Anything white (except cauliflower) should be out. These nasty oils can deposit in the arteries affecting blood flow and circulation.

Dairy    Dairy foods can be one of the most common offenders for creating skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. Just be wary of having too much in the diet and if you suspect you might have an intolerance try removing it and see if your symptoms improve. Swap with plant based milks such as almond, cashew or oat milk.

A note on beauty products…    Be cautious of the toxins that are hidden in your beauty products as these can not only affect the skin topically but also contain hormone disrupters which can in turn affect a healthy complexion. For more info visit ewg.org/skindeep for a range of beautiful (and effective!) organic and natural versions.

from Harper's BAZAAR by Eve Kalinik / February 2014 (edited)

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