Eucalyptus trees are a powerhouse plant for many natural remedies.
Indigenous Australians used eucalyptus leaf infusions as traditional medicine for treating body pains, sinus pains, congestion, fevers and colds.
The Blue Mallee variety is native to Australia and yields a particularly high quality eucalyptus oil. We have sourced Australian Certified Organic Blue Mallee, and use it in 3 of our products:
- Organic Eucalyptus Blue Mallee essential oil – great for at home aromatherapy and homemade cleaning products
- Chest Balm – 100% pure and natural it is safe to use on yourself or children. Rub it on the chest, back and soles of feet to help clear congestion and aid in a peaceful nights sleep.
- Massage Blend – we have added Eucalyptus to our Massage blend as it has a gentle warming effect on the body and aids in reducing inflammation. Perfect for at home massage.
TIP: If you are lucky enough to have access to a Eucalyptus tree try hanging some of the leaves in the shower so that the steam releases the healing aromas.
Blue Mallee Eucalyptus has an earthy fresh scent, is energising, balancing and purifying. We consider it a staple for every household.
Health happiness and beautiful skin
When your short on time and the kids are banging at the bathroom door, here is a quick 15 minute D.I.Y facial…
- Bring life back to your hair by combing coconut and cedarwood Hair Serum through your hair.
- Hop in the shower and mix castile and lemongrass Cleanser with oat and lemon myrtle Scrub to form a paste.
- Massage all over face and neck. Leave this on your face/neck while you do the next step. The Australian clay in the scrub mix acts like a mask to draw out impurities in your skin.
- Wash out the Hair Serum with a good quality organic shampoo / conditioner.
- Wash the paste off your face.
- Hop out of shower and apply rosehip and cucumber Serum to your face and neck.
- Finish your D.I.Y facial with a spritz of rose Floral Mist
Your hair will feel soft and thick and your skin supple and fresh. Beauty doesn’t have to take time and money.
Health happiness & beautiful skin
“By morning, my skin feels soft and the biggest noticeable difference I’ve found is that it seems to minimise my pores, giving my skin that blurred effect. After a week of use, my breakouts and bumpy texture started to clear…”
With the cooler weather creeping in, your skin becomes vulnerable to the dry air, cold winds and indoor heating. Here are our 3 top tips for beating dry skin:
- Hydrate from the inside. In the cooler weather we often don’t feel like we need to drink as much water. Keep your water intake up. Also make sure you are eating plenty of essential fatty acids (EFAs) (avocado, oily fish, nuts, flaxseed oil). EFA’s are especially good for preventing dry skin, whiteheads and blackheads.
- Try adding some Bright Skin Oil to your daily moisturiser (Cream or Serum). It’s a great way to intensify your moisturiser to remedy dry flaky skin. The added oil leaves your skin hydrated and gives you a lovely dewy look.
- Cleanse and exfoliate. Use a gentle cleanser that doesn’t strip away essential oils. Try mixing skinmade dry scrub with your cleanser and leave it on your skin for a few minutes. It acts like a mask to draw out impurities and remove dead skin cells.
Use the following code to get 25% off skinmade winter essentials when you spend $50: WINTERESSENTIALS
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Last year my family suffered from the flu badly. Everyone got it a week apart so it felt like it dragged on for over a month. My 2 boys (3 and 6) were badly affected and had almost 2 weeks off school and kindy. This year I am getting in early and preparing NOW for the pending winter. My focus is on my family’s health and strengthening the immune system.
Here are my top 5 tips to help survive this winter:
1. Healthy food
Our immune systems can take a hit if constantly bombarded with food intolerance’s, additives, preservatives, and sugar. Focus on clean eating with plenty of fresh veggies, whole fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, eggs, and meat. Avoiding processed and packaged foods is important. If you suspect you or your family have food intolerance’s, investigate this by seeing a Natuopath or Kinesiologist. See the links below for a few of my favourite healthy eating resources:
Regular exercise is essential for good health and a strong immune system. Try to keep your body moving, it can be as simple as going for a walk around the block, or doing some gentle yoga at home.
3. Calm stress and anxiety
It’s important for adults and especially children to have lots of time to rest, especially during winter. Resting helps your immune system thrive. For overly active kids, art can be a great way to keep them quiet yet occupied – try a 30 day art challenge with the whole family or meditation.
Often, we are not allowing ourselves enough time to sleep. For adults aim to be in bed by 9 / 9.30pm to allow for quality sleep. For children, depending on age, need between ten and 14 hours of sleep per day. If you have trouble sleeping, or often feel tired Circadian Rhythms can help give you insight on how much sleep you need and when your body regenerates. It’s basically the 24 hour cycle in the physiological processes of living beings.
5. Natural remedies
Our chest balm contains a blend of essential oils and is ideal for helping clear congestion and opening the airways allowing a peaceful nights sleep. Rub it on the chest, back and soles of feet to help clear congestion. Affordable at $16, it will last you a good 12 months.
Get our Eucalyptus + Lemon Chest Balm for only $10 with every order. Its the perfect remedy for clearing congestion and aids in a peacful nights sleep.
Use codeword: WINTERSURVIVAL
Offer ends: 30 April 2015
Probiotics are the good bacteria that naturally occur in our guts. They protect our digestive tracts, help us to digest food, assist in toxin clearance, and shield us from invading bacteria and viruses. When this bacterial balance becomes disrupted we can see changes in our ability to fend off infections. Look for brands that have between 5 and 20 billion colony-forming units (CFUs).
Other remedies include homemade bone broth, increase water intake, ginger, garlic, lemon, avoiding dairy, increase vitamin c, hot tea, sunshine.
Let us know below what your natural remedies are!
If there were only 2 things that you do to your skin each day – make it cleansing and moisturising.
There are many beauty products out there for pimples, dry skin, oily skin, blackheads, wrinkles etc. However affordability and time to apply all of these products can be a huge barrier for many people.
Keep your skincare routine simple.
Cleanse and moisturise morning and night. And when time and money permits, you can explore other beneficial products.
Cleansing your face in the morning and before bed is essential for maintaining healthy, glowing skin. The effects of not cleansing daily can cause breakouts, dry and/or oily skin, and generally a dull complexion. Cleansing is essential for:
- allowing dirt and old skin cells to be removed
- helping to remove makeup grime and bacteria
- allows the skin to breathe properly and freely
- promoting good circulation to your face
- preparing the skin to properly benefit from moisturising
Look for a natural cleanser that is pH balanced (meaning the acidity and alkalinity levels are balanced to be similar to your own skins pH levels). Your skin should NOT feel dry and tight after cleansing, it should feel clean and supple.
Moisturising your face will help you to have softer, more elastic skin, and it will keep your skin hydrated. Moisturising is essential for:
- hydrating your skin
- balancing sebum production
- preventing dehydration and dryness
- locking in moisture
Look for a moisturiser to suit your skin type. A cream is perfect for dry/mature skin and a serum for normal/oily skin. Oil blends are also great for all skin types. Oil is the most pure thing you can use on your skin and is deeply nourishing. Using a cream or serum in the morning and an oil blend at night, is a great combination to get the beautiful glow.
Offer ends 31 March 2016
Unfortunately pimples do not discriminate, you can get them at ANY age! We put together our top 5 tips on surviving a breakout:
1. Cleanse! Make sure you are cleansing morning and night. Look for a pH balanced cleanser so you aren’t removing your skins natural oils.
TIP: After cleansing your skin should feel soft and clean, not tight and dry.
2. Detoxify your skin! Exfoliate your skin every few days (less if you have dry sensitive skin) to remove excess dead skin cells and to smooth out any uneven areas. Use a clay mask or face steam to draw out impurities. Our Scrub is perfect to use as an exfoliator and mask. It contains a natural oats and ground walnut shells for exfoliating and white clay for purifying.
TIP: Try leaving a small amount of mask directly on blemishes over night to help reduce them.
3. Hydrate your skin by moisturizing day and night! For oily/combination skin look for a Serum and for normal/dry skin try a cream. Face oils are also amazing for your skin, and are the most pure way to hydrate your skin.
TIP: Use our Bright Skin Oil before bedtime for an intense hydrating treatment. Your skin will look bright and soft in the morning.
4. Eat healthy, exercise, drink water, de-stress and sleep! Pay extra attention to your diet and try some gentle exercise. Try going to bed by 9.30pm and eliminate alcohol, sugary treats and dairy (dairy can cause increased sebum production).
TIP: If you are super busy, even a 10 minute workout or walk still makes a difference to your body and mind.
5. Be gentle with your skin. Keep your skincare routine simple and always use natural products. Using harsh ‘quick fix’ products can cause long term damage
Contact us here if you have any questions.
Health, happiness and beautiful skin
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Buzzwords like “pH-balanced” are common advertising tools in the health and beauty industry. When it comes to skin cleansers, pH levels do make a difference. But what does pH-balanced even mean?
What is pH?
pH is an abbreviation for potential hydrogen. A pH number measures from 0 to 14 how acidic or alkaline a liquid is — anything above 7 is alkaline and anything below 7 is acidic. Water has a pH level of 7 – it’s neutral, meaning it has the same amount of acids and alkalis, which balance each other out.
Your skin has a pH level of between 4 – 6.5
The outermost layer of your skin (acid mantle) has a pH level of between 4 – 6.5 (it often varies in different areas of the skin). It is a slightly acidic environment in which protective species of micro flora/bacteria reside. This outer layer helps your skin retain moisture and keeps germs out.
Its important to use a skin cleanser that says it’s pH-balanced, right?
Typically soap has a pH level of 9 to 12. This is too high for your skin. If the outer layer (acid mantle) becomes disrupted, damaged, or loses its acidity, the skin becomes more susceptible to damage and infection. Washing skin with high alkalinity soaps or detergents can cause the temporary loss of this acid mantle and encourage abnormal bacterial growth and dryness in your skin. It only takes a split second for an alkaline product to degrade the skin barrier enough for an irritant or damaging detergent to penetrate, long term daily use on the skin can contribute to long term issues on all skin types such as increased irritation, acne, moisture loss, skin aging etc.
So, what type of cleanser should you look for?
To help maintain the skins outer protective layer (acid mantle), use a mild cleanser with a pH level similar to that of the skin itself. You can test your cleanser yourself with pH test strips (available from most chemists).
Our skinmade cleanser has an optimal pH level. If you are used to using a alkaline cleanser it might take you some time to adjust to using a more acidic cleanser. Over time though you will see a huge improvement in your skin.
Did you know a lot of the sunscreens out there do not protect us against harmful UV rays. Many brands also contain chemicals that affect our hormones, damage our skin, and sometimes increase the risks of skin cancer. Here are some tips for you to use the next time you are buying sunscreen.
Limit your use of sunscreen by covering up when in the sun and avoiding the sun during the middle of the day (when the sun is at its hottest)
Look for sunscreens that contain Zinc Oxide. Physical sunscreens, containing either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, form a film on top of the skin that reflects or scatters UV light.
Avoid chemical sunscreens, which absorb UV rays. While chemical sunscreens can protect against damage from UV rays, they can also contain toxic chemicals which are all absorbed through the skin and end up circulating your blood stream.
Amongst a list of many there are a few ingredients to look for and avoid:
- Dioxybenzone and oxybenzone – very powerful free radical generators around as they can disrupt hormone function.
- Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) – PABA releases free radicals, damages DNA, has estrogenic activity, and causes allergic reactions in some people.
- Octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC) – kills cells in mice even at low doses
- Benzophenone – hormone disrupting chemical that interferes with thyroid function and lowers testosterone, and there are serious concerns about its impact on male fertility.
What is Nano technology? Many sunscreens contain nanoparticles of zinc oxide or titanium oxide. Older sunscreen formulas use larger particles, which is what gives most sunscreens their whitish color. Smaller particles are less visible, meaning that when you rub the sunscreen into your skin, it doesn’t give you a whitish tinge. There is a lot of debate about nano particles and what they do. The fear is that they’re so small they seep in through our skin cells, but the jury is still out on the damage they may do.
So what brands are safe?
You can check the ratings of sunscreen brands on the EWG website: www.ewg.org/2013sunscreen/
Don’t be scared of the sun… vitamin D has many benefits to your physical and mental health. Try and get sun every day (with no sunscreen on) but only for 20 – 40 minutes at a time and before 10am or after 5pm (in Australia).
We received the loveliest email from a customer this week….
“I just wanted to say thank you so much for your awesome customer service and your beautiful products. I’ve been using the bright skin tea and oil and love them both. The world scent is beautiful and it’s such a shame you aren’t doing the scents anymore, I’ll just have to make this one last as long as I can! I can’t wait to give my friends in the UK their little gifts, if they like them it will be nice and easy for me to find Christmas and birthday gifts to send back for them.Thanks again ladies, love your work!”
Thank you for taking the time to send us some positive vibes 🙂