Skincare

Why you should moisturise your skin!

Many people who suffer from acne think that they should avoid moisturising because of the possibility of clogging pores or adding oil to the skin that could lead to further breakouts. However, that isn’t the case as not all moisturisers!

In fact, gentle cleansing and moisturising has been shown to be beneficial for problematic skin such as acne and eczema prone skin. Look for products that are labelled as non comedogenic or oil free for acne prone skin and oil for dry skin, which means they won’t clog pores. (I use different types depending on my skin that day)

Moisturising reduces the chances of skin problems.

Using the right kind of moisturiser for your skin can help maintain its balance. When skin is too dry or too oily, many common skin problems like acne start to pop up.

Moisturising can reduce the appearance of other blemishes.

Freshly moisturised skin has a healthy glow, which can  help distracting from any existing blemishes. Some moisturisers have some tint (I live for BB cream).

Moisturising helps your skin stay young.

It is important to keep top of looking after your most sensitive areas of your skin – the face, ears, neck, and chest. Moisturising can help give your sensitive skin the boost it needs to repair itself and stay healthy.

Moisturising fights wrinkles.

It is apparent that people with properly moisturised skin accumulate wrinkles at just a fraction of the rate of those with dry skin. Do it for the future you!

It relaxes you.

Let’s face it – after a hot shower, skin feels great but we need to realise that it strips the moisture right out of your skin. Taking just a minute to put on some moisturiser will make sure your skin isn’t only clean, but helps take that weight off your shoulders by making you feel more relaxed and at ease!

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Top 10 Natural Skincare Ingredients

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I have discovered 10 natural skin care products that work wonders on all skin and do a great job on fixing problematic skin types. Using unprocessed, whole-food ingredients is this best way for you to know exactly what you are putting onto your skin. I know this is a lot of leg work, so I recommend just taking an interest of these ingredients which help your skin in the skin care products you get from the shops as an alternative.

1. Coconut Oil

Use coconut oil on both your skin and hair to help cleanse, moisturize, remove makeup, heal wounds or scars quicker, and prevent razor burn. Coconut oil used internally is also beneficial for your looks. It contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, plus loads of healthy fats that help nourish your gut and increase immune function.

2. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil uses include working as a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal — its phytochemicals make it one of the most versatile and popular natural skin care essential oils there is.

The primary active ingredients responsible for its ability to reduce harmful bacteria include terpene hydrocarbons, monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

An extremely versatile and inexpensive natural skin care product, apple cider vinegar benefits include helping to kill pathogens (like bacteria), clearing skin problems caused by gut issues, cleansing the skin and helping to stop acne, plus providing antifungal properties.

4. Raw Honey

Raw honey is one of the best natural sources of nutrients, enzymes, vitamins and skin-boosting acids. Benefits of raw honey include reducing breakouts, providing moisturizing properties, containing antiseptic qualities, encouraging wound healing, fighting allergies or rashes, and helping to reduce scars.

Honey also makes a great homemade natural skin care product as an acne cure because it can be used in facial cleansers even on sensitive or mixed skin types.

5. Sea Salt

The salt contains anti-inflammatory properties to soothe skin and calm breakouts, remove dead skin cells and irritation, balance oil production, and help the skin retain moisture levels.

Sea salt comes loaded with tons of minerals and nutrients like magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium that it absorbs from the sea water where its produced. Many of these minerals are the same ones found in our skin cells and within our bodies, which is exactly why real sea salt can help balance, protect and restore the skin.

6. Avocado

An ultra-moisturising fatty fruit, the benefits of avocados include containing vitamins A, D and E that are able to penetrate the skin. It helps soothe sunburned skin, can boost collagen production and treat age spots. It also works to reduce inflammation of the skin when applies topically and can do the same internally when eaten.

7. Lemon Essential Oil

With its strong antibacterial constituents capable of reducing even fatally dangerous bacteria strains, lemon essential oil can be used to diminish acne breakouts caused by high levels of bacteria stuck in pores. It’s also useful for fading scars and age spots, can exfoliate skin, brighten and lighten skin, tone oily skin and fight wrinkles.

8. Argan Oil

Argan oil is so healing because it’s rich in vitamin A and vitamin E, various antioxidants, omega-6 fatty acids and linoleic acid. Argan is not only great for gently moisturizing skin, but it also boosts the shine and health of your hair.

It also helps heal irritations such as acne, bug bites, eczema and psoriasis, leaving skin feeling and looking youthful.

9. Aloe Vera

Most people associate aloe vera benefits with healing sunburns, but did you know that aloe also contains bacteria-fighting, soothing ingredients that fight inflammation, redness and itching? For hundreds of years aloe has been used to treat skin diseases, infections and as a natural treatment for fungal diseases in traditional Chinese medicine.

Aloe vera plants produce two substances used for medicine: the gel found in the cells in the center of the leaf, and the latex that’s obtained from the cells just beneath the leaves’ skin. These can be used as a natural skin care remedy for burns, frostbite, psoriasis and cold sores.

10. Shea Butter

Shea butter has been used as a natural skin care product in Africa for hundreds of years, where it is still largely cultivated and shipped around the world today. It makes an excellent moisturizing options for dry skin types and is inexpensive yet effective at reducing flaking, redness or peeling.

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My top 8 skincare tips!

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1. Make sure you have multiple cleansers – One thing that I found beneficial is have multiple cleansers for my face. Your body will get use to the same product so it’s important to rotate on a cycle so they can benefit your skin to its full potential (I have 3 cleansers).

2. Aloe Vera – Nothing beats it! One of my trusty go to is Aloe Vera! So when my skin is swollen, red and sore and I don’t know what to put on to make it better, I always put Aloe Vera! It helps naturally cool and moisturize your skin.

3. Tea Tree Oil – This is for my acne side! Do you get an odd spot on your body? I do and one thing I felt worked a treat instantly is Tea Tree bar of soap. It helps dry out your spot and vanish in no time at all!

4. No makeup brushes – They just spread the germs and make you break out more! Unless you clean your makeup brushes everyday, I really suggest not using them. Using your hands is just as good and is the safest option.

5. Clean towels & bedding – It’s important to regularly change and clean your towels and bedding. I feel like its best for people with problematic skin to keep this up as any slight chance of dirt can be trapped in there, we spend a lot of our lifetime cleaning ourselves and sleeping!

6. Exfoliating gloves/ flannels – Majority of the time with me is that I have all these cleansers but I don’t do it correctly! Using exfoliating gloves  or flannels help get rid of the dry skin that wants to linger.

7. Don’t pick your spots – I do this all the time and is something I’m adjusting to, if you pick them even if they are yellow heads, it’ll just spread and make more spots!!!

8. Allergy tablets – Warning don’t rely on this method but I found using allergy tablets a great way to reduce the size or get rid of any upcoming spots. This is logic as allergy tablets are to reduce swelling and obviously a spot is swollen etc.