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Spring Clean Your Skin – Inside and out!

As the cold Winter months finally draw to an end, now is a perfect time to treat your skin to a seasonal spring clean.  Dry and cold conditions, extra make-up and lack of sunshine could well have led to sallow, dull and even parched skin.

So what can we do?

Keeping your skin clean should always be tackled from the inside as well as outside – as ultimately lifestyle, nutrition and genetics play an equally important part as topical solutions alone. The latter however can not only give a great pick-me-up but greatly enhance ongoing skin health and appearance.

Clean on the inside…

Clean your skin with a smoothieA daily green smoothie will work all sort of wonders, not only for your complexion! There are numerous recipes out there but a simple, low sugar, easy to repeat one that only needs a basic blender is a good starting point.

The following recipe packs a real punch full of carotenoids (a small handful of kale has 10 times the minimum amount needed per day), detox goodies, vitamins A and C, enough healthy fat to aid absorption and a great source of essential minerals. It’s also slightly alkalising to help balance blood Ph. The following makes 500ml and has a surprising refreshing yet zingy flavour –

  • Small handful of kale, ideally frozen (split a fresh bag down into individual portions at start of week). Act as ice cubes then too!
  • Juice of 1 fresh orange
  • Juice of half a fresh lemon (or less if too tart)
  • Half teaspoon ground turmeric powder
  • Good few grinds of black pepper
  • 300ml unsweetened/pure coconut water

Throw it all in the blender and blend until smooth. Add water to make up to 500ml or desired consistency and blend again. If not sweet enough, add a few cubes of frozen mango and blend again. Mind that sugar though!

Clean on the outside…

Cleaning your skin photoTime for a deep cleanse – and then ideally long-term maintenance too. Sloughing off dead skin cells, unblocking pores and increasing circulation is the single most important thing to do for tired-looking, flaky skin.  All three can be tackled in one sitting with a good face scrub. It might not be the best timing to do this prior to going out as the blood flow to the face may make it rather rosy!

The most effective scrubs tend have both mildly abrasive properties as well as natural enzyme action. Never choose artificial micro-beads though for environmental reasons – remember from nature (or bio-friendly) is always best. Here’s a nice and simple DIY “breakfast” one to try at home.  Exfoliating, moisturising, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial all in one! Only use light, slow swirls with your fingertips to avoid pulling at the skin –

  • Finely ground (gluten-free if needed) oat meal or oat bran
  • Natural bio-yoghurt or mashed strawberries if lactose intolerant.
  • Runny raw honey

Mix above ingredients in three equal parts in a small bowl. Add extra oats if needed to get a nice thick consistency. Thoroughly apply to the skin, focussing on any dry areas and leave for 15 to 30 mins. Rinse off with warm water and gently pat dry.

Maintain the deep cleanse by making sure you thoroughly clean your skin before bedtime every day using your favourite gentle cleanser. A follow up scrub once a week will also keep you skin glowing and soft. 🙂


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All About Facial Cleansing

Benefits of Facial Cleansing – By Rosy Flynn
We’re so pleased to introduce our very first guest blog!!

Hello Everyone,

Today we are talking about the benefits of facial cleansing in your everyday beauty routine.

Cleansing can sometimes seem a daunting task, especially if you are making your first steps into the exciting world of skincare. The choice is so vast and can appear confusing while you try to figure out what you need or if you really need it at all.

Cleanser

To put it simply, during the day,dirt, grease, grime, make up and pollution build up on your skin, cleansing is exactly as it sounds, cleaning the top layers of your skin and removing the daily build up of toxins.

Traditionally this has been achieved with plain old soap and water, however, soap can often be very drying on the skin. Over time, dryness in the skin can increase the signs of ageing (for example, wrinkles) and thus, more and more of us are realising the benefits of turning to products specially formulated for use on our faces.

As previously mentioned, our skin is under constant attack from daily pollution, oil build up, dirt etc that, without proper cleansing, can build up with dead layers of skin on your face. This can lead to various problems such as acne, irritation, dull skin, clogged pores and the dreaded premature ageing.

Proper cleansing can alleviate this by removing the dead skin cells which, in turn, encourages new cells to grow resulting in a more radiant complexion. Cleansing also loosens the pores which not only helps remove blackheads and clogging, but also prepares the skin for further treatment (in the forms of serums, masks etc) and this is why it is so important to incorporate this step into your daily routine both morning and night (morning to remove the overnight production of sebum which makes us oily, and at night to take off the toxins of the day).

As a general guide –

Skin Type:

Investing in a cleanser tailored to your skin type will ensure you gain the most from your routine and your skin will truly benefit.

Oily Skin:

You are most likely to benefit from a gel based cleanser, these are the best at removing oils from the skin, which is fine if you have an excessive amount of oil but these types of cleanser can be stripping in dryer skin types.

Normal skin:

You can get away with most types of cleanser as you don’t really have any problem areas, but try to stick to cleansers that specify they are for normal skin as overusing products designed for oily or dry skin types (for example) can upset the balance of your own skin.

Dry Skin:

You need to have a gentle, moisturising cleanser, these types of cleanser are often creams, milks and lotions. Ingredients such as hylauronic acid are beneficial as this draws water into the skin and and plumps up dry skin giving you a more healthy, youthful appearance.

Sensitive Skin:

You need to be more careful with the types of cleansers you try, scented products can irritate the skin, as can products with a lot of artificial ingredients. Opt for organic where possible and in particular look for glycerin in the ingredients, this will bring enough moisture but also has no side effects or stripping properties.

Any Skin Type: Now this is all very well, however sometimes you might fall into more than one category (eg, normal with oily t-zone etc) and a skin type specific cleanser might not work for you, or you might want an all round cleanser that you can rely on regardless of bad skin days, and in that case, the best way to go is for a cleanser aimed at all skin types, these cleansers are personally some of my favourites as generally they clean without stripping and deliver enough moisture without leaving you greasy.

Be sure to look for a paraben free formula to avoid skincare nasties and you should be set to a lifetime of great skin.

I hope this has been helpful or just an interesting read. As with many things in life, finding a good cleanser for your skin can involve a little trial and error, your skin shouldn’t feel tight or sore after cleansing, nor should it change your skin type (e.g make a dry skin type shiny and oily or make an oily skin type start seeing dry patches) a cleanser is supposed to work with your skin type not change it.

Bye for now,

Author – Rosy – Sparkles of Light Blog – Click here to read more!