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    Lavender, acne and insects!

    Lavender may not be exotic or new but the fact it has been one of the most used herbs for hundreds of years proves to me just how effective it is for health and healing in our bodies. Dioscorides, the author of the original herbal medicine bible de Materia Medica (written in 50-70 AD), was the first to document it’s many benefits. The Ancients Greeks used it, as did the Romans and every civilization since. It has been a staple in medicine cabinets as an antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, aromatic, bitter, carminative, digestive, diuretic, sedative, stimulant, tonic, and more. PHEW! But the story which always grabbed my attention and for me illustrates lavender’s remarkable benefits for our skin is the one involving perfume chemist...

    Do we need to change our skin care seasonally?

    As Spring (finally) starts to show its face I am being asked about the need to change skin care products. The answer is yes and no… well it depends on your skin. Rather than rely on external places telling you what to do, the most important thing to do it take notice of how your skin is, and how it changes seasonally. Although I make changes during this season, the timing changes each year, depending on the air temperatures and when I need to replenish my products From Winter to Spring the air temperatures rise and with that the amount of moisture in the air rises too, this means much less water loss from the skin. In the Winter skin care is primarily about combatting...

    Teen skin and breakouts. A more natural approach for healthier skin.

    As young people enter into the teenage years their skin starts to change too. Both parents and children start to worry about the dreaded breakouts that can affect them both physically and emotionally. Breakouts in this age group are caused most commonly by hormonal changes and sometimes by food intolerances (wheat and dairy being the most common) but ensuring the overall health of the skin is good, and that the products being used to care for the skin are not doing more harm than good can mean the difference between a mild case (or none!) and something much more worrying. One of my main annoyances with the mainstream drugstore brands is that they are marketed to young teens to help prevent spots and blemishes but in my experience all they...

    When should my child start using skin care?

    Unsurprisingly many of my customers are moms, so when their children start to either have skin issues or start to experiment with skin care products, they get in touch with me to ask "Is your skin care suitable for my teenager?" or "When should my son/daughter start to use products?". Two great questions, here are my answers: Is my skin care suitable for young skin? Absolutely! As my skin care is focused on working with our skin's natural rhythms and processes it is perfect for first time skin care users. I shudder at all the face scrubs and masks that I slapped on my fresh skin during my early teenage years (and earlier!). Young skin, however, does not need a full range of products, just one...

    A more technical read… but important. Our skin’s acid mantle.

    Skin Anatomy
    I am about to bring out two rounds of new products.... the first of which are formulated for skin that is really sensitive. The kind of skin that reacts to almost everything, feels tight and even sore all the time. The only skin care products that can be used on this kind of skin are the pharmaceutical creams and washes that do no apparent harm (in the short term) but certainly don't do anything to help heal and repair the skin and reverse the crippling sensitivities. In this blog I wanted to write about the pH of the surface of our skin and our "acid mantle". What is it? And why is it SO important? Especially for super sensitive skin. You have probably heard the terms...

    Sun cream for all seasons!

    Sun Cream for all seasons
    As I look out my window and see the snow start to fall out of the heavy grey sky, the last thing I should be thinking about is sun cream. But, this time of year I start to get lots more questions about sun protection from two types of lucky customers. Firstly, the winter sun beach-seekers, and secondly, the blue-bird day snow-seekers. Sun protection products are some of the scariest on the market in my opinion, with high levels of toxic, irritating, hormone disrupting chemicals. They are the skin care product I get the most amount of questions about, from customers seeking alternatives due to many and severe adverse skin reactions. Thankfully there are more and more options on the market which don't have the...

    Be gone forever, Blackheads!!

    Chamomile & Mandarin Cleanser Detail
    Have you tried endless scrubs and masks to clear away the blackheads in your T-Zone? Do they seem to work for a day or so then all of a sudden your skin looks exactly the same? Let me explain why, and then tell you MY secret to blackhead free skin. A blackhead is an enlarged pore with an oily plug sitting in it with a dirty "head" (hence the name). When we use a scrub to remove it this is what happens. As we scrub our skin the very tip of the blackhead gets scraped off, at the same time the scrubbing action causes inflammation and irritation to the pore opening, this inflammation actually pushes the rest of the oily plug deeper into our skin....

    Pregnancy acne – what’s your story?

    Pregnancy acne - what's your story?
    So everyone says that your skin and hair look their best ever in pregnancy. Well, maybe for some. In both my pregnancies (I'm nearly 7 months into my second) I have struggled with keeping the skin around my chin clear of blemishes. I definitely find solace in the fact that these spots are due to the fact that I am growing a baby, but sometimes it's very frustrating. When you are feeling tired and possibly nauseous no-one can argue that looking good helps you to feel a little bit better. My skin during my second pregnancy has definitely been much better. When I found out I was expecting I thought about what would help and have stuck to a routine (almost) every day. I cleanse,...

    Are you addicted to your lip balm?

    When I was a teenager I carried at least 2 or 3 lip balms with me everywhere. It allowed me to lose one (or two) and still be OK. Sounds dramatic but I'm not kidding. If I didn't apply lip balm every 20 minutes or so, after an hour my lips would be cracking and sore. I was addicted. It seemed odd that the more lip balm (moisturizer) I applied to my lips the drier they became. Odd in the same way that my friend's legs are still very very dry after applying the same "ultra intensive" moisturizer for years. Surely my lips should have been soft and smooth and my friend's legs silky and moisturized after applying all that product? My all time worst...

    Quick sunscreen checklist

    Schmidt's
    I tried to buy some sunscreen from my local drugstore yesterday, assuming that there would be at least one or two that I consider safe for me and my family, however there was not one that I would put on my skin, let alone my son's! I want to share my quick checklist when reading sunscreen labels. First the active ingredient: (These are the 4 most common.) Good: Zinc Oxide OK: Titanium Oxide (Note: Check these are not in nanoparticle form, it may say on the label, if not ask! Nanoparticles get absorbed into the skin which we do not want.) Not great: Avobenzone VERY BAD: Oxybenzone Scary stuff! (check out here to see why) Once you have got a good active ingredient check the...
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