3 Reasons I don't look for organic or natural in my skincare products

3 Reasons I don't look for organic or natural in my skincare products

You’re probably wondering right now if there was a typo in the title.

I mean doesn’t everyone want organic and natural?

We are marketed to relentlessly about how natural a product is in a way that assumes that’s a good thing. Marketing implies that organic means premium which is why we are prepared to pay more for organic items.

So, why wouldn’t I choose skincare products that are described as organic or natural?

Let me give you three reasons and see if you change your mind about organic and natural once you’ve read them.

1. There is no commonly agreed definition of what organic means

Most of us think that organic, when on a product, means that the product is free from toxins, like those used in pesticides etc.

But the truth is that there is no internationally agreed definition so organic means different things in different countries and to different people.

Some countries have standards but there is no obligation for product makers in those countries to even follow the recommendations before they put the word organic on their products.

Even products that are ‘certified organic’, which means they are adhering to a guideline by a certifying body, are not 100% organic.

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How to make your skincare regime easy

How to make your skincare regime easy

If you are someone who doesn’t have a regime then this post is for you.

You want something easy so you can get started and make it a habit. Then you can add to the regime as you see fit.

If you have a regime and it’s working for and you’re happy, then these tips are probably not for you, but maybe there is something you could tweak to make it even easier.


Revamp123 Rules of Effortless Beauty

I’m going to break it down what I call the Rules of Effortless Beauty into 3 main areas.

1. Choose products that give results

Ok, this may seem like a no-brainer but I know many people who are using products and when I ask what has it done for you, they’re not sure.

They may know the marketing spiel that goes with the product but they can’t say for sure what benefits they get from it.

If you see results, then you are more likely to be motivated to keep using the product. It becomes an easy decision.

So, the first rule of effortless beauty is choose products that show results.

I recommend trying a product on one side of your face and then comparing how that side looks and feels compared to the other side.

It’s a personal experiment that will guide you in making better choices for yourself.

I love that products I use give an immediate result and when I just apply on one side of my face, that side feels softer, smoother, more radiant etc.

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Getting the right recipe for your skin

Getting the right recipe for your skin

I likened skincare to baking a cake in the last blog. And certainly you need to get the basics right before you start adding the specifics that make the cake stand out.

And the basics for skincare are

  • using a pH balanced moisturiser

  • using moisturisers that have humectants

  • having anti-oxidants in your skincare products

When you’re young, you really only need to get the basics right.

But as you age, you will have other issues and you’ll need to add ‘flavours’ to your basic regime to address your specific problems.

What happens to the skin as we age?

The genetic blueprint we are born with is constant throughout our life, but how the actual genes express themselves changes with time.

Think of the firmness of a baby’s skin and compare to someone in their late 40’s on and it’s obvious something has changed - and what has changed is that collagen and elastin production have downgraded their expression (downsized, if you will) so the underlying structure of the skin loses some of its support and that shows with fie lines, wrinkles and sagging.

And while some genes downgrade their expression, some upgrade like melanin production which is why sun spots (which some people call age spots) appear.

Not only do those changes occur but cell turnover slows down so you don’t shed your dead cell layer as quickly and that causes dullness.

So, common skin issues are:

  • fine lines and wrinkles

  • sagging

  • dullness

  • uneven tone

  • sun spots

Do young people have skin issues?

Teenagers and young adults will be only too aware of skin issues that they feel plagued with.

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Are the skincare products you’re using daily giving you the results you want?

Are the skincare products you’re using daily giving you the results you want?

Have you ever baked a cake? If so, you’ll realise that most cake-making starts with the basics like

  • cream butter and sugar

  • add flour

  • add eggs

Then you get to add the other stuff that makes this particular cake what it is - maybe the zest of a lemon, or carrots or maybe bananas or maybe my favourite -cocoa.

But you have to start with the basics before you can add the special touches. Otherwise it just doesn’t work.

Skincare - like baking a cake?

I believe that skincare is a bit the same as baking a cake - you need to get the basics right first. But that’s not where most people start and actually there are a couple of basic skincare mistakes that are quite common.


Navigating the marketing hype

I used to get caught up in trying to sort out my skin issues before I had the basics sorted. And honestly, I was most often totally confused and unsure of what I needed.

We’re fed so much hype and marketing on what we have to do for this or that problem. And every season, if not more often, there’s a certain flavour that we need to be incorporating into our regime. Just when we’d got used to the last ‘big thing’

Do you ever feel so confused that you don’t even bother any more?

I mean, how do you navigate the information overload ?

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7 reasons you'll want to add Marula Oil to your beauty regime

7 reasons you'll want to add Marula Oil to your beauty regime

Marula Oil - the new beauty oil on the block

There are so many great beauty oils, you may wonder why you’ve never heard of Marula Oil before. Well, I can guarantee that is going to change as Marula Oil knocks the others off the shelves because of it’s extraordinary properties

Loved and used for centuries by the indigenous women of South Africa

This rare oil is no Johnny-come-lately by any means. For centuries, indigenous women in South Africa have eaten the fruit and used the oil from the nut of the Marula tree for soothing and moisturising their skin and protecting it from the harsh environment.

Rich in anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids

Marula oil has the highest concentration of omega 9 oil (oleic acid) in any plant as well as having omega 6 oil (linoleic acid), anti-oxidants like Vit E, Vit C and flavonoids. It is one of the most stable of topical oils used in skincare.

What this means is that it’s high in anti-oxidants and is excellent at combating free radical damage that causes premature ageing.

Compared to argan oil, marula oil has 60% more anti-oxidants and is much more skin friendly

7 benefits you won’t want to miss out on

  1. Anti-ageing properties - Marula Oil reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by protecting against environmental damage. The anti-oxidants fight free radical damage caused by sun, pollution, stress, illness, smoking etc and so help repair and restore the skin

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How to get the best beauty products for you

How to get the best beauty products for you

In this week's blog, I'm going to explain how you can become your own research assistant to ensure you get the best products for you. If you're wondering why you would need to become your own expert, I would suggest that if you are paying money for products that you put on your skin, you want to be pretty sure they're working and worth what you're paying.

 

Before I explain how you can become your own research assistant, let me briefly explain, in everyday language, how research works because that's the basis of how your beauty products make it to the shelves in the first place. Once you have an understanding of that, you can find out how you can become your own researcher so you get the best products for YOU. 

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How to Resolve a Common Skincare Mistake

How to Resolve a Common Skincare Mistake

Are you making a key mistake with your skincare?

Most of us want to maintain youthful, radiant, clear skin and we use beauty and skincare products to do that. A survey of over 2000 Americans found that on average, women use 12 products (168 separate ingredients) in their beauty and skincare regime every day. Men use less but still average 6 products (85 separate ingredients) daily.

So clearly, we invest a lot in maintaining our skin. But are you making a fundamental mistake when you choose your ingredients (or the products that contain them)?

Are you confusing a common skin condition with your skin type?

A common mistake is that people confuse dehydrated skin which is a skin condition that anyone can have with dry skin which is a particular skin type.

Let's quickly recap - what's a condition and what's a type?

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How to frame yourself in 5 minutes or less

How to frame yourself in 5 minutes or less

The point of framing your face is to help highlight your eyes and give your face some definition. Andhelp to highlight and compliment your bone structure.

Eyebrows have been in the spotlight for a wee while now. There is a real trend for the super dark, highly shaped and defined eyebrow. That may or may not be the look your going for – that’s ok.

I am going to show you the basics and possibly the most understated look – you can go ahead and add more colour and definition if that’s what you are after.

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10 hot tips to keep your hair healthy

10 hot tips to keep your hair healthy

I'm growing my hair.  It's a bit of an experiment. I've already had to have a mercy cut. You know the one - it was just looking ratty and pretty scruffy.

I've got my hair this long already though - it's taken a bit over 2 years - so I want to actually get it longer so I can decide if it's for me or not. Getting through this in between stage is definitely challenging me.

There are some common stressors for hair and I probably don't do too bad as it happens:

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    A secret weapon to reduce sun damage

    A secret weapon to reduce sun damage

    I know I don't have to tell you about protecting yourself from the sun. Slip, Slap, Slop. The messages about using topical skin protection, wearing a hat, covering up your palest bits are well ingrained, especially for those of us in New Zealand and Australia where melanoma rates are particularly high.

    But then there's the Vitamin D debate - you have to have some sunshine for adequate Vitamin D and bone protection because none of us want fractures as we get older.

    So, here you are once again, balancing on the tight-rope of life. This time, enough sun to give you adequate Vitamin D levels balanced by enough protection to prevent skin cancers.

    Well, interestingly there is a new weapon you can add to your sun protection armament

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    7 Tips for Healthy Body Recycling

    7 Tips for Healthy Body Recycling

    I am currently listening to Yann Tiersen as I am working - I've only just been introduced to his music but I'm in love already. This music captivates my soul. There is a haunting nature about it and as I listen it occurs to me how perfectly all the instruments are in harmony and complementing each other to make a creation that can move me to tears.

    What an amazing display of every instrument doing its job. You just know that each instrument is lovingly played by a musician who will keep it clean, keep it from getting dusty, keep it tuned and generally love it.

    Your body is even more amazing that an orchestra. It is a complex system of organs and functions and cells all working in harmony to create a symphony.

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    FINALLY SOMETHING THAT ACTUALLY WORKS

    FINALLY SOMETHING THAT ACTUALLY WORKS

    Inspired by a recent photo comparison I wanted to quickly touch base.

    I get told all the time that "You've always had good skin" and I am asked often if I can really say that my new regime has IMPROVED my complexion.

    And I often think, 'Yeah, I have always had pretty good skin, and I have always taken care of it. I have always spent money on good products - it is not an area I have spared expense over my adulthood. So then I began the hunt for photos to compare my OLD skin with my NEW skin.

    I find old pictures. I take new pictures. I like to COMPARE. (to myself, with myself)

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    8 Tips to Help You Achieve Naturally Glowing Skin without make-up

    8 Tips to Help You Achieve Naturally Glowing Skin without make-up

    A 'brow to collar' guide to staying beautiful naturally because we all have those days we just want to get up and go.  These tips will help you go out without make-up and feel confident you look radiant and fresh-faced.

    And even if you do wear make-up, and let's face it, makeup is a great way to highlight your best features, wearing it does not mean that you should neglect properly caring for your skin. Your skin is not only your first line of defense against the outside world, but it is also the first area that the effects of aging begin to show. In fact, the best way to allow cosmetics to enhance your natural beauty is to give your facial features the best chance to shine on their own—starting with the right skin care routine.


    Each part of your face is unique and should be treated as such.

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    Were you a Child Bride?

    Were you a Child Bride?

    Were you a Child Bride?

    I was having a conversation recently and was asked how long I'd been married and when I said 25 years, the person looked a bit shocked and then said 'what, were you a child bride?'

    Had to laugh. No, actually I married in my early 30's.

    Staying Youthful

    I love it when people think I look younger than I am. Who doesn't?

    I have looked after my skin, sort of. I did live in London for 17 years so avoided the harshness of the New Zealand sun!

    I haven't always been great with skin care but since my 40's, I've tried to be better at it.

    Never went for cleanser and toner products as it seemed like too much trouble and I didn't understand the rationale. But have been good with a day moisturizer with sun protection. And I wear a hat or cap in the sun - mostly.

    Products that give you a youthful glow?

    Every year until this one, when we travel to London

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    Jojoba - The Low Down

    Jojoba - The Low Down

    Jojoba is a common ingredient in skin care products, but what is it and what does it actually do?

    Well, we have the low down on everything you need to know about jojoba right here.

    WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?

    Jojoba is a shrub that is native to the dry regions of Mexico and the southwestern region of the United States, including the Colorado desert, the Sonoran desert and the Baja Californian desert. Jojoba is also known as goat nut, deer nut, pignut, wild hazel, quinine nut, coffeeberry and gray box bush.

    WHAT IS IT?

    The jojoba shrub, Simmondsia chinensis, grows to 1-2 m and has oval, gray-green leaves and small greenish-yellow flowers. Each of the female plant flower capsules contains one or more seeds that eventually fill the capsule and crack it open leaving the mature seeds to fall to the ground. Jojoba oil is actually an odourless, golden coloured liquid wax that is produced from the seeds of the jojoba plant.

    Unlike other plant oils, jojoba oil is more a liquid wax that is more akin to our natural skin oils.

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    Skin Polishing - the pumpkin solution

    Skin Polishing - the pumpkin solution

    In April I was at a convention and had the opportunity for a free facial skin analysis. They take a photo and then with all sorts of manipulation can tell about age spots, sun damage and other issues. I was happy that I passed with flying colours on most aspects of skin analysis. The only thing that showed up was an accumulation of dead skin cells.

    So, I decided I needed to do something about that. Several years ago, I actually had a microdermabrasion facial which is a skin resurfacing treatment and removes dead skin cells as part of the treatment. I have to say that it was not a relaxing treatment - not painful as such, but certainly not painless and not comfortable.

    I was delighted when I read the information about Polishing Peel - Skin Refinisher, which contains pumpkin enzymes.

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    The Sun and the Skin - The Low Down

    The Sun and the Skin - The Low Down

    Stay informed of the latest advice regarding your skin and sun exposure so you can be confident that your sun exposure is safe and you stay healthy.

    The sun has ultraviolet rays which can damage the skin. However, the body does need to skin to have some skin exposure to make Vitamin D. This blog will make understanding safe sun exposure easier.

    The Basics

    Skin Damage

    The sun damages collagen and elastin fibres in the skin. They respond by releasing enzymes that increase free radicals in the skin and cause more collagen break down. It’s like a vicious cycle
    Ultraviolet or UV rays that damage the skin include both UVA and UVBrays.


    UVA rays

    • Damage deep layers of the skin
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    Anti-oxidants and the Skin. The Low Down

    Anti-oxidants and the Skin. The Low Down

    Be informed about the ingredients you put on your skin so you can confidently choose products that are going to improve the way your skin looks and feels.

    The Basics

    The integrity of the skin’s structure isdue to proteins like collagen and elastin. We all know that with age, our skin structure is less robust, so let’s get the low down on what ages our skin and what anti-oxidants do to help the skin’s integrity.


    So, the following cause skin damage:


    Age

    • With increasing age, there is a reduction in cell turnover and reduced repair so the skin becomes thinner
    • The skin loses some of its natural elasticity
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