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.
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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
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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).
Many of us have used various vapour rubs over the years, but have you ever checked the ingredients? The main concern is Petroleum jelly; Petroleum jelly is a byproduct of oil drilling – the kind of oil that winds up in gasoline.
We have developed a natural version that smells better (way better!) and its completely safe to use even on babies delicate skin.
The base of Skinmade Chest Balm contains beeswax, grapeseed oil and a blend of pure essential oils designed to help clear congestion and open airways allowing a peaceful nights sleep.
It smells amazing – fresh, calming and soothing… and it works wonders. Both Genevieve and I religiously use it on our kids and ourselves as soon as there are signs of a cold or congestion.
Health, happiness and beautiful skin.
#mumsontherun is all about celebrating busy mothers who wear many hats that range from caring for their kids, to being a business women or turning their passion/hobby into a living.
Meet Melinda from Moose & Bird… she is a mama, maker, collector, sometimes baker and adventurer. We asked Melinda a few questions about being a mum on the run!
Q1. What is your business/hobby/work and who are your kids?
Like most Mums, I’m a wearer of many hats. I’m a full time Mama currently on maternity leave, a part time Library Assistant and when time permits, a cloth doll maker. I have two beautiful girls, Millie, 3 and Mabel, 9 months.
Q2. What is your skin type and did it change after having children?
For as long as I can remember I have always had incredibly sensitive skin. As a young adult I tried product after product in an attempt to soothe my skin. It was an unpredictable mix of oily and dry with a handful of blemishes thrown in there for good measure. After my first baby was born I struggled with severe breakouts for 12 months and tried everything to help settle my skin and hormones. I think time was the greatest healer in this case. After my second little girl was born I was waiting for the dreaded breakouts to show themselves again. But alas, I was lucky the second time around. My skin is much less erratic these days (thank you Skinmade) and I am incredibly grateful to have found such a great product range to use on a daily basis.
Q3. What beauty routines/luxuries do you feel like are a distant memory?
Up until today it was most definitely a trip to the hairdressers. My last haircut was over 3 years ago!!! I was 5 months pregnant with Millie, had horrid regrowth and was heading to a wedding that afternoon. But today, I finally did it. I broke the drought! I dropped Millie at daycare, met my Mum for coffee and then had my haircut while my Mum smooched Mabel. It was a successful excursion and I hope to make it to the hairdressers again soon.
Q4. What is your best multi-tasking moment?
I often say to my husband that ‘multi-tasking’ is my middle name. I think it comes with being a Mama because I can guarantee that as soon as I sit down to breastfeed my big girl will need to go to the toilet, dinner will need to be cooked or the telephone will ring. Aaaaaahhhhh…..the things I have done whilst breastfeeding!!!
Hi it’s Genevieve here… so I stayed at a nice hotel on the Gold Coast last night. Beautiful room, beautiful views and overall a great stay. Then….(cue dramatic music) I checked out the amenities in the bathroom. A fancy brand of lotion, body wash and shampoo were neatly laid out on the sink. Unfortunately all my Skinmade products were at home so I used the body lotion and arrggghhh! It was so gross. So different to all the Skinmade products I test on myself. It felt thin, watery and plastic as though I had melted down some glad wrap and was spreading it on my skin.
Yes, its true I have become a skincare snob since starting this company. I have become so accustomed to the natural, pure, raw Skinmade ingredients that I forgot what these synthetic products felt like. Good brands, fake ingredients and made in China!
I couldn’t let this one slide so I emailed the hotel suggesting they should be supporting local Australian skincare businesses. I told them to check out www.skinmade.com.au and see what real skincare looks like, made by a real Australian company. It’s so important to support Australian brands that use natural ingredients.