A simple, easy way to get you back on your healthy eating path, is to snack on foods that are great for your body, especially your skin.
This week why not snack on seeds? And in particular Pumpkin Seeds.
These guys are jam packed full of powerful beautifying elements such as zinc, vitamin B, vitamin E and essential fatty acids, omega 3,6 and 9. They also contain phytosterols, which help reduce cholesterol.
You can buy pumpkin seeds from just about anywhere now and when you start to look for something to snack on its a good idea to have a packet of these bad boys on your desk or kitchen cupboard. Replace them in the spot you would normally put your biscuits, sweets or savoury snacks, that way you’ll be more inclined to eat them and not be tempted by the others.
Incidentally, It’s external benefits are also amazing as its a natural antioxidant. Pumpkin Seed Oil is one of the potent ingredients in SkinGuru’s Rejuvenating Facial Serum, for which we’ve just received a commended merit in the Free From Skincare Awards 2013!
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Is this cold, horrible weather playing havoc with your skin? Well, spare a thought for those who suffer from Rosacea!
Rosacea is a skin condition that usually makes its very unwelcome appearance around the mid thirties.
Pronounced roh-zay-sha, it can be extremely distressing and uncomfortable for the person it affects. Manifesting as an area of redness across the forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin but may also appear on the ears, neck and chest. In its progressive form it turns into an itchy, bumpy rash and occasional pustules may also appear.
The condition affects mostly women and unfortunately our 21st century lifestyle really doesn’t help. Spicy food, alcohol, vigorous exercise and stress are amongst the many triggers that can cause Rosacea to flare up.
We at SkinGuru have been having amazing positive feedback from our customers who are affected by Rosacea and have been using our products! But I also suggest that you treat yourself holistically, as well as applying topical creams and potions. Follow these simple guidelines and you will experience a reduction in your symptoms.
Stress. This is by far a major factor in the flare up of Rosacea. Incorporate deep, calm breathing for a few minutes every day, take up yoga, and use visualisation techniques.
Food and drink: These affect individuals in different ways. Amongst triggers are hot and spicy foods, alcohol, hot drinks. Monitor which ones affect you the most and eliminate them from your diet.
Avoid very strenuous exercise for long periods of time and make sure your environment is cool and well ventilated.
Medical conditions: (such as menopause) and drugs can influence triggers, if this affects you speak to your doctor about possible side effects of medications.
The weather: not much anyone can do about the weather! Although there are precautions you can take. Keep your skin cool in the summer and moist in the winter, using a nourishing serum to protect against harsh winds and cold.
Skin Care Products: Avoid alcohol in products. If it burns or stings it is not doing your skin any good. Strangely enough some people still believe if a facial product stings it must be working!!
I highly recommend cleansing with our gentle Facial Cleansing Oil, using our GlowCloth to remove cleanser and then following with our Nourishing Facial Serum. The results we are seeing are speaking for themselves. In fact we will soon be posting a YouTube video, of an interview with a customer who says it has changed her life!
For further information on Rosacea I recommend the National Rosacea Society.
Mix all the ingredients together till resembles smooth paste. Apply to face and neck. Lie back, kick off your shoes and relax for around 20 minutes. Remove with damp cloth. Splash face with water and pat dry. Apply Nourishing Serum immediately.
As winter bites ever deeper into our skin (sorry it’s nearly Halloween, so couldn’t resist the vampire pun!) I hear lot’s of moans and groans from clients and friends about the annual appearance of dry, flaky skin that looks unsightly and can be very itchy and uncomfortable. There are many causes of this, such as low humidity which dries out the skin. The wearing of more clothes which are often made from synthetic materials which irritate the skin. And we use too much washing detergent and fabric softener, full of chemicals that also irritate skin.Many people change their diet from summer salads and fruit to more stodgy, comfort foods which may lack essential fats and vitamins needed for healthy skin. I suggest you try to implement the five tips below
to help keep your skin soft and supple during the winter months:
Moisturise your skin daily. Immediately after showering or bathing apply a moisturiser to your skin, which helps to seal in surface moisture.
Cleanse your facial skin with a nourishing oil cleanser to avoid stripping all of the natural oils from the skin. Avoid detergent based cleansers!
Place a bowl of water under each radiator, to help keep some humidity in the air. It’s especially lovely to add a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil to lift your mood. Or add eucalyptus oil, to help kill air borne bacteria and unblock stuffy noses!
Have a bath (don’t have water too hot), and put 3 tablespoons of oats inside a muslin bag which is tied and secure at top, under the hot tap while the bath is running. The oats will release a lovely milky substance into water which is amazing for the skin and is especially beneficial for children or anyone with eczema or sensitive skin. You can remove the bag from the tap and rub the bag over the skin, coating it with the oaty milk, before rinsing off. No need to use soap.
Supplement your diet with essential fatty oils, Omega 3 and Omega 6. Consult your local health food store for advice.
These are five simple steps, that if followed will prevent the flaky, dry skin that we all dread every winter. If you have any other tips for preventing dry skin, share them and leave your comments below.
What do you think off when you think of Castor Oil? Midwifes, Grandma, old wives recipes? Well the surprise is Castor Oil is as amazing and effective as any of the ‘trendy’ oils doing their rounds today.
It has been around for three thousand years and its uses and benefits are many, but for now let’s talk about, skin!
Castor Oil comes from the castor seed, Riccinus Communis. It is extremely high in ricinoleic, which is a fatty acid known for its anti inflammatory properties and this is what is thought to give it its amazing healing benefits. It is also an excellent anti bacterial and helps to destroy harmful bacteria.
In a skin cleanser castor oil is fantastic as it combats any bacteria on the skin, preventing
breakouts and spots. The composition of the oil is such that it acts like a magnet to dirt, breaking it down and drawing it out off the pores. It penetrates the skin deeply, taking with it any other ingredients it is mixed with, nourishing and rejuvenating the skin, if used with heat, it goes deeper into the skin increasing its efficiency ( see our video on our home page). If used in a skin cleanser daily you will see astonishing results! One last important point! Make sure the cleansing oil you use is derived from seeds that are pesticide free and have been produced without chemicals!
I am asked all the time “what is the most important thing I should do for my skin?”, and the answer is always, “cleanse thoroughly!”. There is no point in slathering any product, whether it be cream, lotion, cheap or expensive onto your skin if you haven’t prepared it beforehand. The usual methods of cleansing just don’t cut it! And above all else don’t use face wipes! Not only are they full of chemicals, they just don’t do the job properly, they skim over the surface of the skin, only removing surface grime and make up. So what do you use to cleanse your skin? Cleansing Oil. Using a natural cleansing oil is THE best way to remove all traces of accumulated dirt and make up. Trust me over the many years I have been giving clients facials, I have tried everything available and using a cleansing oil is by far the most thorough method. Why is it best?
It helps to regulate natural oil production of the skin. When you use detergent based or chemical cleansers, they strip your skin of natural oils, so the skin over compensates producing more oil!
Oil dissolves oil. When you cleanse with oil it naturally breaks down the dirt trapped in your pores allowing it to be removed instead of clogging your pores.
Natural botanical oils contain anti bacterial and healing properties which help prevent breakouts.
The natural oils are rich in nourishing phytonutrients which have amazing benefits on your skin, helping to heal acne scars and fight free radicals that cause ageing.
I challenge you to use Facial Cleansing oil for at least a month and be prepared to be amazed! You’ll never use face wipes again.
If you have any questions on today’s topic please add your comment below.