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15 days to better skin : grab some nuts …

We’re just motoring through our 15 days here, aren’t we? As you can probably tell, beautifying the complexion incorporates so much more than just a great cleanser and face oil; and that’s why today, we’re focusing on how to fuel your body for a healthy glow.

Day 6 : January 6

There are plenty of dietary changes that can help alleviate and regulate any skin issues that might arise. For example, you may hear a lot about cutting out dairy or soy, or both dairy and soy all together. And of course there is also tonnes of info out there about eating more veggies, or consuming nothing about superfoods. Since you’re probably already watching what you eat to get bikini body ready in 6 months, I’m going to avoid any further nagging and chat at you about two snacks you can add to your diet without disrupting your current weight-loss plans.


These two nuts are right up there with the “easiest snacks ever” that you can bag up and stick in your purse for on the go noshing. No prep. No mess. Eat straight from your tiny tupperware container.

Almonds, which are high in Zinc can help aid in the healing of wounds, skin rashes and exzema. Walnuts can also help prevent or calm down breakouts, but because of their Omega-3 fatty acid content they can keep you looking younger a little bit longer.

Incorporating both buts into your routine takes a simple trip to a bulk food store, and some prep in advance.

Crunch on.

TIP : If almonds or walnuts on their own don’t seem appealing to you, try adding them to a tasty salad for some added texture. If you’re not dieting, crush some walnuts on top of a delicious brownie, bowl of ice cream, or piece of chocolate cake!

HOMEWORK : Do your research on supplements for both Zinc and Omega-3 fatty acids. If you can’t adopt a routine of eating almonds or walnuts, and aren’t sure if your current diet incorporates enough of either nutrient, a supplement can help to top you up! Do speak with your GP first if you have any concerns about additional supplements.

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complexion perfection goals : what’s your skin type? (part 1)

pssst! guess what – do you know that most women who think they know how to treat their skin type properly, actually don’t? it’s true – i kid you not. so let’s change that! now, i know new year resolutions are supposed to be a little more reflective than “i should change my cleanser” … but, the new year is a great reason to start being fresh.beautiful

there are normally three major skin types that we see come through the studio :

- acne prone (most common!);
- rosacea (most commonly mis-diagnosed … or self-diagnosed); and
- allergy prone (itchiness, hives, blotchiness).

today, let’s focus on the acne prone¬†complexion and how we can treat it more effectively and properly for a complexion perfection 2015.

acne prone skin comes in all sorts – from those who see one or two spots (think whiteheads) that pop up in new places each week, to those with congested areas that take forever to clear up (tiny bumps or clusters of blackheads).

when it comes to acne, many of our clients think that exfoliating will rupture or aggravate the situation and avoid it all together … but the opposite is actually true. exfoliating regularly helps to remove pore clogging dead skin cells and breaks up congestion.

and let’s chat about salicylic acid – also very important to clearing the pores. it’s tempting to hit your skin with something strong just to get rid of the problem ¬†(we’ve all been there and made our skin a dry flaky mess) but the truth is most complexions only need 1%. That’s all it takes to clear away the dead skin.

and spot treating? it’s a must! something needs to fight off and kill that acne inducing bacteria. cleansing only prevents the situation from getting worse but it won’t clear up an ongoing problem on its own. for single blemishes spread throughout the complexion – white heads for example – applying a spot treatment directly to the offending spot(s) is all you need to do … don’t go overboard. if you’re fighting congestion – then grab an allover product to address the entire area.

last but not least – don’t get lazy! yes, exfoliating can be regulated to 2-3 times per week, depending on the product, but cleansing and treating? twice daily with no regrets! bacteria can grow and return quickly – don’t give it a chance to sneak up on you!

there you go : treating acne a whole new way for 2015. have you been doing it right? or can you admit that you may have been wrong? we would love to hear from you so comment away!


p.s. stay tuned to part 2 when we tackle rosacea!

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roses are red … and so is rosacea


if you suffer from rosacea, you may have been experiencing a flare up now that summer is in full effect. i know, it sucks. rosacea can take on many forms aside from just the persistent redness as some of you may have accompanying bumps or dilated blood vessels … sometimes both.

it’s more important than ever that you wear a liberal amount of sunscreen (that can actually be said of everyone, rosacea or not) but here are some other tips to help keep your flare-up from, well, … flaring up:

stay cool: easier said than done in a heat wave, i know, but this season bring down the temperature in everything you do. this means cooler showers, consuming cold water (as opposed to room temperature), and mist your face with some cooling thermal water whenever your face feels flushed. cold compresses can be your friend …

stay inside: or at least in the shade. you have to accept that extreme weather is NOT your friend so during peak hours on a hot day, you’ll want to stay either indoors or in a shaded area. if your lunchtime destination is a patio, that’s fine – but enjoy the patio life under a big umbrella.

stay neutral: variety is the spice of life, as they say. unfortunately, spicy food is a well-known trigger and so is alcohol. spicy food, alcohol and hot hot weather is NOT a great combination for you. when summerlife is filled with ribfests, pot-luck bbqs, and a cooler of beer it IS hard to resist. pick and choose carefully when to indulge in this combination of three.

stay fresh: switch up your product line. focus on cleaner and lighter products that are hypo-allergenic. heat, sweat, and more sweat make it easier for chemicals to be absorbed by the skin therefore causing irritation. hello flare-up. lighten up your load and choose the most natural products you can.


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