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10 Ways to get naturally great skin

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Theres a few things that go into having great skin.  Starting with a well rounded routine will definitely get you very close.  But there are other factors that may play a part in how your skin is behaving. Lifestyle, genetics, the climate you live in can all change the way your skin behaves.  

Here are 10 ways to get naturally great skin, from small tweaks in your lifestyle to helpful tips to keep your skin happy!

Never and I mean NEVER sleep with your makeup on

We are all guilty of this, one time or another you either get home late and crawl into bed without thinking, or perhaps you stayed up too late browsing pinterest and getting sucked into Youtube videos (that’s 100% me) and get so tired that the thought of washing your face is to much to fathom.  I have been there and done that!! Now I try and get all that done just after dinner when we are winding down for the night and before we get sucked into binge watching something.

A little fact for you, sleeping in your makeup will age your skin 7 times faster, which means wrinkles will form quicker, cells will die sooner and the chance of you breaking out shoots through the roof. It will also dry out your skin like nobody's business, clog your pores and basically just make your skin very angry at you.  Who wants that? I’m hoping none of you said yes haha

Change your pillowcase regularly

This one is pretty straight forward, when you sleep, your pillowcase collects oils, skin and all that fun stuff so sleeping on it night after night you can only imaging how much is transferring back onto your face.  I suggest washing your sheets and pillowcases on the weekly to keep them clean and fresh for your pretty face to lay on.

Keep hydrated

Hydration for skin is everything, all skin types need it and most of us are lacking it.  If you want to know if your skin is lacking water, go to a mirror and lean in so you can see your forehead easily, gently pinch a section of skin together does it look like crinkled saran wrap or lots of tiny lines, if yes, this means your skin is lacking water.  At minimum I suggest drinking at least two litres of water a day, that is what your body needs to just perform its basic functions. If you want to know how much water you should be drinking for your weight check out this handy Daily Water Intake Calculator and it will tell you exactly how much your body needs to run properly

Get your beauty sleep

Sleeping is great, I don’t think anyone has ever said that they hate sleeping. But sometimes we just don’t get enough, my mind at times just decides that I don’t need to have a full night's sleep and lets me lay there wide awake for several hours...thanks mind! You A-hole!! Or perhaps it was a late night out, a long night of studying or  you are just a night owl!

When you sleep that is your bodies time to regenerate and build those new cells, so the more sleep, the more those cells can work.  The less sleep you get those same cells have to work twice as hard to regenerate and heal. So if you can try and not burn the midnight oil and get at least 8 hours of sleep your skin will thank you for it.

Protect your skin from those harmful UV rays

Tan...protect skin….Tan….or protect skin...ahhh it’s so hard to decide, who doesn’t like that soft glow of a summer tan?? We all know a tan makes our skin look amazing!!! But there is always a cost.  Tanning kills healthy cells and sadly the majority of the sun damage we get are from ages 12-18 when we believe we are invincible and the hot beautiful sun would never do anything to harm us!  But sadly it doesn't show in your skin till much later, in the forms of wrinkles, leathery skin and sunspots, which are the small patches of skin discolouration and in the worst case skin cancer.  So be safe when you’re out enjoying the sun, you may love that tan now but it will speed up the aging process. Protect your skin, wear sunscreen and find a natural alternative to achieve that glowing tan.

Keep stress to a minimum

How stressed you get really depends on your personality and how you handle different situations, so getting a hold of your stress levels may be more difficult for some.  But if I can try and get you to change your lifestyle and get you to look into what factors are making you stressed and work toward changing it, then I’ve done something right. Chronic tension and physical stress can cause a surge of cortisol in the body, which is a hormone that can break down collagen and elastic, which can lead to wrinkles.  We all deal with stress differently, here are a few ways that I am now trying to use to deal with stressful moments:

  • Meditation (I’m very much a beginner, but it is helping me a lot, certainly with the lack of sleep issue)
  • Keeping a happiness journal. I write down my goals and wishes, things I want to do and quotes that make me happy.
  • Yoga, again I am very new to this right now I just do it at home, but would love to go take some proper classes and make it a routine.
  • Floating. My younger brother got me into the art of floating and it really helps me clear my thoughts and process my life. If you’ve never tried it I suggest going Winnipeg has a couple places now, but my go-to has always been float.calm.

Change Your Diet

Food is your body's essential need, what you eat is so important and can affect your skin so much. Stay away from sugary foods, junk food, processed foods and add more fruit and veggies to your diet.  Include healthy fats (like Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Avocados) Omega 3’s (found in Walnuts and Salmon) Antioxidants (most green food), Vitamin C (Berries and citrus fruits)

Keep your skincare routine simple

I feel the way that the media runs there is a new fad or new skincare fix every single day. A company is constantly coming out with a new version of the new product that’s going to completely erase those wrinkles and make you look 30 years younger.  Don’t buy into it!!!  Keep your routine simple, with simple ingredients, nothing is going to turn the clock back completely you can help heal cell damage and slow the clock down, but we are all going to age.  Keep it simple, keep it easy and keep it natural, these are the best things you can promise your skin.  Trying every fad on the market is just going to confuse your skin.

Moisturize and Exfoliate

Two of the most important things you can do for your skin, not only that of your face but your whole entire body.  You should be exfoliating at least once a week...why you ask?? If you don’t exfoliate then when you put your moisturizer on, your only moisturizing the top layer of dead skin, so you’re really not getting the full benefits.  When you exfoliate, you slough away that layer of dead skin so your moisturizer can properly penetrate deeper into your skin.  It can also help speed up cell regeneration and cell turn over. So moisturize daily to keep that skin hydrated and exfoliate at least once a week

Do Not Pick at your Skin

Yes, I know how tempting it is to pick at those breakouts! Yes, I am guilty of past pickings! But picking and poking at your skin can cause scars and skin discoloration as well as the spreading of bacteria to the rest of your face, which in turn will cause new breakouts.  So stay away from picking and if you really want to get rid of that pimple either go get a facial so a trained esthetician can do it for your, or wrap your index fingers in tissue paper and very gently apply pressure to each side of the pimple and with gentle back and forth movements wiggle the whitehead or blackhead out of the skin. If it’s not coming out with gentle pressure, just leave it as it’s not ready to come out. If you feel a pimple forming, then put a couple dabs of our Spot Treatment on it and see it vanish.  Your skin will clear up much quicker when you keep your hands away!



What are you guilty of here? Don’t be shy!!! Out of this list what are things you’re going to try and change about your lifestyle to help keep your skin and whole body happy??

Dry vs Dehydrated

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These two often get clumped together and a lot of my past facial clients never really understood that there is a difference between being dry and your skin being dehydrated.  As well as clients with oily skin where always amazed that they could be suffering from their skin being dehydrated.

Today I want to break down the differences between dry skin and your skin being dehydrated, in hopes that it can help you better understand the needs of your skin.

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Here's a little skin tid-bit..Did you know that your Skin is made up of 70% water – around 20-30% of that is in the epidermis (top layer of the skin).  So when your skin is dry it is lacking oil, when your skin is dehydrated it is lacking water.

Dry Skin

  • Skin type, but can also be a temporary condition
  • Caused by lack of oil in the skin
  • small pores
  • skin may get flaky
  • a tight feeling to the skin. Certainly after showering
  • Skin looks dull
  • Skin isn't plump
  • milia and blackheads may still be present
  • Doesn't absorb products easily
  • Easily irritated
  • Aggravated by poor skincare

Dehydrated Skin

  • A skin condition, that can affect ALL skin types
  • Caused by lack of water in the skin
  • absorbs moisturizers really quickly.
  • When you pinch the skin on your forehead together gently it may look like crinkled plastic wrap
  • Pores can be both large and small
  • Skin can feel tight and dry and to make it even more confusing it can also feel oily and have breakouts......yay dehydration!!!
  • Blackheads and spots are still visible
  • aggravated by lifestyle

What are the causes of dehydrated skin

  • Environment - For those of you living in any cold climate, more than likely your skin will be dehydrated.  Wind, cold are, dry air, too much sun, air conditioning and central heating are all things that can cause your skin to become dehydrated.
  • Diet - What you put into your body will always have an effect on how your skin looks. The wrong foods, alcohol, caffeine, not eating enough water-heavy foods and simply not drinking enough water.
  • Lifestyle - Stressed anyone?? stress can cause your skin to do all sorts of crazy things, a poor skincare routine, not enough sleep, using the wrong products for your skin, medication-including birth control and smoking.
  • Genetics - Pregnancy can dehydrate your skin as well as your monthly cycle.

What to do and what not to do

DO

  • Drink plenty of water, at minimum 2 litres a day, this is what your body needs just to function properly.  They say roughly, for every 2 pounds you weigh your meant to drink 1 oz of water. This of course can vary so much, depending on lifestyle, activity, health....
  • Use balms or oils

Don't

  • Don't use any products that are harsh or stripping on the skin
  • Stay away from foaming products
  • Stay away from mineral oils
  • Avoid synthetic fragrances which will make a dehydrated skin worse and make a dry skin scream for help.

I hope this helped clear up the dry vs dehydrated issues that you may have been having.  If you have any other questions regarding what to do, please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will get back to you :)

 

Benefits and how to's of Oil Cleansing

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Raise your hand if the thought of oil cleansing terrifies you!!

Well I am here to tell you, that it shouldn't...its not as scary as you think and honestly its one of the best ways to wash your face.  Think of it this way...like dissolves like.

"But amber I have oily skin and your telling me you want me to rub oil over my skin"

"yes my friend...that is what i'm telling you...and trust me!!! you will never go back to those so called "normal' cleansers.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of how-to's lets talk about the history behind the trend.  Oil cleansing started way back in the Roman days before soap was easily available. In visits to the roman baths, they used to massage their bodies with olive oil and then scrape off the oil and dirt with a tool called a strigil in hot plunge baths held in rooms known as Caldariums.  So the art of oil cleansing has been around for a long time, but its only come back into popularity I'd say in the last couple years.

 

What is the Oil Cleansing Method?

Oil cleansing is basically when you take a combination of oils and use them to cleanse your face.  Why you ask? Oil breaks down oil.....which means as your massaging the oil onto your face, the oil seeps into your pores and starts breaking down buildup or dirt that may be clogging them.  Then when you place your warmed up wash cloth on your face, the steam will help drag out that oil and dirt from deep in your pores, then in a few easy steps you just wipe that oil off.....easy peasy!!

How to properly oil cleanse

Oil cleansing is different from your typical routine, if your used to foaming or cream based products that you can just splash off, this may take you a few times to get in the groove.  But once you'be gotten used to it, you really begin to enjoy the mini ritual you create for yourself.

Step 1 : With dry hands and dry face take about a quarter sized amount of oil cleanser and warm it up for a couple seconds by rubbing your hands together.  Massage the oil onto your face anywhere from 1 to 2 minutes depending on how much time you have, or if your wearing more makeup than usual...btw....our oil cleanser will remove your makeup!!!! If you have some problem areas; such as clogged pores on the nose or clusters of breakouts in areas such as; forehead, chin, jaw line, or anywhere else those pesky buggers may appear, make sure to spend a few extra moments in those areas to make sure you are giving the oil enough time to properly break down any build up.

Step 2: You need and I mean NEED to remove the oil with a face cloth...splashing will not work...if you do only use water to remove the oil there is a possibility your skin will break out because your not removing it properly, certainly if you don't remove it correctly and then put moisturizer on top, its just too much for the skin to absorb.  Now we have that out of the way.....not to be super bossy haha but I want you guys to get the best possible outcome from oil cleansing.  SO, your are going to warm your facecloth under warm/hot water and wring out the excess water, place it over your face to steam, again depending on time, you can either lay it for a couple seconds, or let it steam for a minute.  Once you've let it sit for your chosen amount of seconds just take the facecloth and in gentle circular motions just wipe your face.  Your then going to want to warm your facecloth again under the warm/hot water and repeat the process.

I know this may sound like more steps than your wanting....but it truly only takes around two minutes to cleanse your face and you get used to it and actually come to enjoy those few moments of a mini face massage and the nice warm steam of the facecloth.

Pros and Cons of Oil Cleansing

PROS

  • It's great for your skin, it will help clear up conditions such as; acne, breakouts, dryness and flakiness of the skin.
  • It wont strip your skin of its natural oils....so no need to worry about it being drying.
  • The hot cloth feels really nice...not much of  a pro, but hey!!! I like it :)

CONS

  • It may take a week or two for your skin to adjust to the new routine
  • It's a little more time consuming than your typical splash off face cleansers
  • You have to buy and wash face cloths...which in actual facts isn't too bad!

A few extra tid-bits

How often should you oil cleanse?

This is very much personal preference or what concerns you have.

I personally only oil cleanse at night, I have drier skin, so I find that I don't need to cleanse twice a day. In the morning I will either warm up the face cloth again and just wipe my face, or I'll dampen a cotton pad with toner and wipe my face with that. Then give my skin an extra spritz with the toner and finish with the nourishing face oil.

If you have oilier skin or are fighting some break outs, doing two cleanses a day may help those breakouts clear up quicker. And keep your skin clear.

Test it out, do what works the best for your skin...whether its once or twice a day, there is no rules! Just see what works best and go with it!

It may not be for you

Don't sweat it.....the oil cleansing method isn't for everyone, don't worry about it!! I don't take it as an offence if someone comes up to me at a market and says that its just not for them....I 100% get it....you may try it out and realize that it doesn't fit your life style.....However much I love it and honestly do believe that its the best way to cleanse your skin, I am very aware that its not for everyone....I am all for doing whatever is right for you!

That's it my friends, I hope this has answered any questions you might have had on the art of oil cleansing...If you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to ask. And if your wanting to know more about our Cleansing Oil make sure to read all about it HERE