October 13, 2017

Signs of over-exfoliation and how to bring the softness back to your skin

Over-exfoliated? Find out how to bring the softness back to your skin

- Signs of over-exfoliation
- and how to bring the softness back to your skin

What are the signs of over-exfoliation:

dry scaly skin, rough skin, tightness, inflammation, breakouts, milia, sensitized skin, constant flaking, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, accelerated ageing

Over-exfoliated skin remedies:

- Wean off gradually
- Downtime
- Calm and sooth
- Repair the barrier
- Anti-inflammatory, soothing, healing professional treatments
- Massage
- Daily home skin care management

Wellness tips:

- Hydrate
- Eat foods rich in essential fatty acids  
- Antioxidants

I hope you found this interesting and informative. If you have any comments or your own experience about (topic), share your thoughts in the comments below. For more beauty, skin care tips and advice visit my blog www.thebeautybusiness.com.au  and if you would like to learn more about the skin and skin care, join my facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheBeautyBusinessStudents/   

Thank you again for joining me, be sure to tune in each week to discover the latest beauty news and trends and to learn how to better look after your skin. So until next time, have a fabulous week!

Jana Elston x

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October 6, 2017

How to Brighten a Dull Skin, Review of the SNS Nail Dipping System and My Favorite Beauty Product Right Now

Welcome to Skin Tips Saturday Live!

Tune in today to find out about:

- my experience with the new and popular SNS nail dipping system
- the beauty essential I am in LOVE with right now
- how to brighten a dull skin

Why skin gets dull: dehydration, dead cell build-up, toxins, poor circulation, illness, lack of exercise

How to Brighten a Dull Skin

- Cleanse your skin morning and night
- Exfoliate regularly
- Use skin care with Vitamin C
- Improve skin metabolism with minerals - zinc, copper, calcium, magnesium
- Re-energize skin cells with Siberian ginseng
- Detoxify the skin with green tea, dandelion extract, prickly pear

Wellness tips:

- Detoxify in the morning with hot lemon water
- During the day drink at least one green smoothie
- Drink one green tea or dandelion tea every day
- Go for a walk
- Book a facial

I hope you found this interesting and informative. If you have any comments or your own experience about the SNS nail dipping system, the makeup blender sponge or treating a dull skin, share your thoughts in the comments below. For more beauty, skin care tips and advice join my facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheBeautyBusinessStudents/

Have a fabulous week!
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September 27, 2017

Hоw tо Live to 100 – Rеѕvеrаtrоl аnd Itѕ Anti-Aging Bеnеfitѕ

Hоw tо Live to 100 – Rеѕvеrаtrоl аnd Itѕ Anti-Aging Bеnеfitѕ Jana Elston

It mау still bе lоng bеfоrе wе find the еnd to humаnitу'ѕ quest fоr lоngеr lifе, but lаtеlу, many hаvе bееn tоuting thе anti-aging еffесtѕ оf Resveratrol as whаt may be thе роtеntiаl wеllness ѕрring оf thе elixir оf lifе.

Whilе no соmроund in nаturе саn actually be аblе to mаkе uѕ livе forever, Rеѕvеrаtrоl iѕ fоund tо contain ѕеvеrаl рrореrtiеѕ thаt саn not оnlу рrоlоng life but саn аlѕо make you healthier and, thеrеfоrе, hаррiеr.

Fоr оnе thing, Rеѕvеrаtrоl hеlрѕ inсrеаѕе thе bоdу'ѕ еnеrgу, allowing уоu to bесоmе ѕtrоngеr аnd hеаlthiеr for more рhуѕiсаl and mental асtivitiеѕ during thе dау. Thiѕ is bесаuѕе Resveratrol supports the efficient functioning оf mitochondria, thе powerhouses оf thе cell whеrе еnеrgу is ѕtоrеd аnd released. As thе body grows оldеr, the function оf mitосhоndriа in уоur сеllѕ naturally dесrеаѕеѕ. However, with rеgulаr intаkе оf Rеѕvеrаtrоl, mitосhоndriа is соnѕtаntlу supported, thus your body рrоduсеѕ more еnеrgу fоr уоur daily асtivitiеѕ, mаking уоu look and feel younger than оthеrѕ nоrmаllу dо during middle оr оld age.

Rеѕvеrаtrоl'ѕ capabilities tо рrоtесt уоur DNA аnd repair dаmаgеd сеllѕ аrе аlѕо ѕignifiсаnt in рrоlоnging your years. DNA iѕ constantly аt riѕk tо thе fоrеign ѕubѕtаnсеѕ that еntеr оur bоdу and interact with thе сеllѕ. Resveratrol, when it wоrkѕ in synergy with оthеr hеаlthful ѕubѕtаnсеѕ, ѕuсh аѕ vitаminѕ аnd minerals, wоrkѕ to рrоtесt thе DNA from the оutѕidе еlеmеntѕ аnd аvоid thе onset of ageing.

In a widеlу рubliсizеd rеѕеаrсh lеd bу Dr. Dаvid Sinclair аnd a tеаm оf еxреrtѕ from the Hаrvаrd Mеdiсаl School, Rеѕvеrаtrоl wаѕ fоund tо be оnе оf thе molecules thаt activated thе ѕirtuin genes in уеаѕt, fruit fliеѕ, аnd nеmаtоdе wоrmѕ. Sirtuin is the one rеѕроnѕiblе fоr rераiring DNA аnd regulating gеnеѕ thаt еxреriеnсе altered еxрrеѕѕiоnѕ аѕ уоu grоw older. It also improves сеll respiration and quickens a person's mеtаbоliѕm rate.

Rеѕvеrаtrоl is a рhуtоаlеxin соmроund fоund in аbоut 50 ѕресiеѕ of plants аll аrоund thе world. Thеѕе inсludе grapes, mulbеrriеѕ, raspberries, knоtwееd, аnd some рinеѕ and lеgumеѕ. Rеѕvеrаtrоl is produced most especially whеn a plant undergoes a lot of ѕtrеѕѕ, ѕuсh аѕ injurу, оvеr-еxроѕurе tо ultrаviоlеt rays, оr еxtrеmе tеmреrаturеѕ. In еffесt, Rеѕvеrаtrоl works tо dеfеnd thе plant аgаinѕt thе hаrmful elements surrounding it.

As an anti ageing ingredient, Resveratrol looks very promising and mау very wеll ѕеrvе to protect thе humаn body frоm harmful elements аnd offset thе еffесtѕ оf аging.

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September 23, 2017


Facial massage is not only relaxing, it is an essential step in facial treatments to deliver beautiful results. 

Here are some benefits of facial massage:

  1. Releases muscle tension, easing pain and relaxing wrinkles
  2. Increases micro-circulation, boosting skin healing, repair, and skin rejuvenation
  3. Tones the muscles, lifting facial features and supporting the skin
  4. Stimulates collagen production, plumps out wrinkles, firms & tightens the skin
  5. Improves lymphatic drainage, reducing fluid build up, puffiness; speeds the cleating of acne & skin inflammation
  6. Enhances penetration of active serums for enhanced results

A well-experienced beauty therapist will have a good understanding of the facial anatomy and be able to customize facial massage for your individual needs. They will select from a number of techniques to help you achieve best results including:

Swedish massage

  1. effleurage - light, flowing slow and relaxing movements to ease muscle tension and infuse products
  2. petrissage - kneading technique to work on deeper muscles, improve muscle tone for lifting effect, stimulating collagen & elastin production to improve skin firmness and elasticity. This technique also helps improve healing of skin and scarring.
  3. tapotement - fast, rhythmic actions with light to medium pressure including flicking, rolling, pinching, tapping to stimulate blood circulation, lymphatic drainage, collagen production, and has a toning effect on the nerves in the skin.


A massage technique based on alternative principles acting on acupuncture points in the facial, scalp and neck area to improve energy flow, relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic drainage. It acts on the nervous system to relieve stress which helps the skin heal and regenerate. 


Japanese style technique that can be light or firm working on the meridians and acupressure points to bring balance back to the body. This technique can also be used on the head, face, neck, and decolletage. An intuitive approach, the practitioner will seek out areas of imbalance and will apply massage techniques to restore balance. Improves skin healing and rejuvenation.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

A gentle manual stimulation of the lymphatic system to drain away waste materials to reduce fluid retention, puffiness, and toxic breakouts. Excellent for puffy eyes and face, double chin, skin congestion and adult acne. 


Not a massage technique in itself, but often used with the above massage techniques, aromatherapy is the use and application of selected botanical essential oils to improve skin health. Oils are selected to help ease any number of skin conditions including scarring, rashes, wounds, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, acne, pigmentation, and aging. Aromatherapy also acts on the nervous system and helps to relieve anxiety, stress, fatigue, and helps lift the mood and spirit. 
So as you can see, having a facial that includes a good massage is not relaxing but quite therapeutic for the skin, the mind and the body.  If you would like to see improved and enhanced results with your facial treatments, always select facials which include a good massage. The best and most important benefit is that there is no downtime and no negative side effects of facial massage. The various massage techniques can be applied as needed for any skin type or condition. 

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August 9, 2017

Benefits of Face Serum for Best and Quick Results

Benefits of Face Serum by Jana Elston
Benefits of Face Serum

Do you need a face serum?

I'm frequently asked if using a serum is always necessary.  My take on it is that if you have a good daily skin care routine established, then yes! Using serums can absolutely help to boost results!

What does a face serum do?

Serums are targeted skin care products formulated to penetrate deeper into the skin with a higher level of active ingredients. Serums a loaded with nutrients to feed the skin. Serums can fight wrinkles and brighten a dull skin. They can help improve the texture of the skin, refine open pores, unclog and decongest the skin. Serums can hydrate the skin, help stimulate collagen production for anti aging benefits as well as for improving scarring. Serums can fight bacteria and help speed up the healing of acne.

When should you use a face serum?

Serums can be used whenever your skin needs a boost or you need to target a specific problem to get faster results. If you are embarking on a new skincare regime and would like to specifically target particular problems on your skin, always include a good serum to get maximum results fast.

Seasonal changes, lifestyle, dietary changes, illness, hormones, and stress can have a big impact on the skin. During these times, your skin is in special need of extra care. So if you're traveling, or you've had some major lifestyle changes, changes in your diet, you've been sick, stressed, or your hormones are playing up, this is a good time to think about using a serum to boost your skin care.

Finally, if you're serious about long-term skin care and a beautiful skin long-term, you can use a serum all the time. I always use serums under my treatment creams and I vary my serums every 1 to 2 months depending on what my skin needs. I use serums morning and night and I have a different serum for the day and a different serum for the night.

When to apply a face serum?

You should always apply a serum on a perfectly clean skin so apply your serum after cleansing and toning before applying your moisturizer. Yes, you do need to apply a moisturizer because serums are designed to penetrate, so you need to seal them in.

Tip to get the most out of your serums:

To help your serum penetrate even deeper make sure you exfoliate your skin regularly. If you do not clean your skin properly and don't exfoliate regularly the makeup, dirt, and grime, and dead cell build up will prevent the serum from penetrating. So if you're going to invest in a good quality high strength serum make sure that you get your basics right with your daily skin care routine.

So what's the best serum for your skin? 

Face serum for oily and problem skin:

Look for serums formulated for oily skin and to treat pimples and acne.  The active ingredients you're looking for are zinc, licorice, salicylic acid, Tea tree oil, Centella Asiatica, allantoin and/or niacinamide (B3).

Face serum for dry skin:

If your skin is dehydrated look for a serum with hyaluronic acid.  If your skin is dry look for serums that contain ceramides, plant oils such as jojoba or argan oil, and essential fatty acids especially Omega 3.

Face serum for rosacea:

If your skin tends to be red with dilated capillaries look for serums with calming botanicals such as mint, bilberry, and Ruscus. Niacinamide is excellent for dilated capillaries as well as rosacea. If you have acne rosacea a serum with glycolic and salicylic acid is excellent to help get it back under control.

Face serum for sensitive skin:

If your skin is itchy, burning and stinging then you need calming, soothing anti-inflammatory vitamins and botanicals extracts. Panthenol (B5), Allantoin, chamomile, wild Jasmine leaf, cucumber, aloe vera, and hyaluronic acid.

Face serum for aging skin:

Aging skin begins to thin, sag and wrinkles as it loses collagen. Look for collagen boosting ingredients such as vitamin C and peptides. Protect existing collagen with anti-glycation ingredients and MMP inhibitors.

Face serum for pigmentation problems:

If you have freckles, brown spots, age spots, stains, melasma or chloasma Then look for serums with AHAs such as lactic acid or if the pigmentation is more pronounced look for glycolic acid. These serums are best used at night to exfoliate and lift off pigmented cells. During the day protect your skin from UV damage that causes pigmentation with serums that contain vitamin C, licorice, resveratrol, and niacinamide. Of course, you need to protect your skin with a good sunscreen as well.

Although I tried to keep it brief, this has turned into a bit of a mega article about serums. I hope this has helped answer your questions about using face skincare serums. If you would like a specific product recommendation, don't hesitate to private message me via my Facebook page.

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June 12, 2017

Ancient Chinese Secrets to Help Heighten & Maintain your Body’s Energy Levels

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Have you ever wondered about the changing energy levels in your body and the underlying systems that keep you going from day to day, and year to year?

Ancient Chinese mastered the knowledge of the energy levels in the body. Over the years, this age-old wisdom has helped countless individuals in achieving a wholesome and fulfilling lifestyle.

Yin & Yang

Chinese traditions and medicinal practices endorse the belief that Qi, a name for energy, travels within the body through several meridians that are basically channels. So, if the energy is not allowed to flow freely and on its own accord, there will be a disruption in the balance of energy within the body. According to Chinese researchers, the body hosts fourteen meridians that are all connected to a key body part.

The Yin meridians are found in the front or anterior section of your body, while the Yang meridians are placed in the back or posterior of your body. The energy flow in the Yin meridians is upwards while it is downwards in the Yang meridians.

Yin signifies softness, earthy, dark, wet, inviting, and connected with the night, moon and seasons like winter and autumn. Yang, on the other hand, means dryness, strength, agility, light, masculinity, the sun, daytime, and spring and summer seasons.

The idea is that Yin and Yang are traits that prevail throughout the body. However, neither of these two succeeds in completely dominating the individual’s energy levels. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that in order to maintain a wholesome, healthy and active body, one needs a harmonious balance between the Yin and Yang energies.


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Aromatherapy can help achieve a balance between the Yin Yang because the essential oils bring about changes in these energies with their rate of evaporation. However, in order to achieve that you must pick out the right essential oils with high notes and evaporation rates.

Ancient Chinese medicine dictates the use of warm and energizing essential oils to drive away depression, fatigue, exhaustion, and nervousness, for instance, Basil can reduce Yang to balance out Yin. Similarly, deep middle note oils, such as Geranium and Lavender, are highly effective at creating the perfect Yin-Yang balance while Vetivert essential oil will help you cool down, soothe away anxieties, and eliminate Yin deficiency. It also helps with meditation.

Roman Chamomile essential oil is a great pick to increase the free-flowing surge of Qi, while German Chamomile works wonders at regulating and improving the digestive system along with encouraging the flow of Qi and eliminating muscular spasms. If you seek an essential oil to alleviate the damp symptoms of catarrhal conditions, traditional Chinese medicines suggest Cardamom that is considered the most powerful energy tonic offered by nature.


Massage is undoubtedly the best way to offer your mind and body the pampering care of aromatic essential oils. Truly, there’s nothing so irresistibly relaxing and luxuriously dreamy than being massaged with the delicious fragrances of aromatherapy oils invigorating your mind, and heightening your senses.

Massage not only regulates the body’s energy levels, but more importantly, it relieves depression, stress, and anxieties that plague the mind.

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May 17, 2017

Gain Greater Results With A Holistic Approach

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Have you ever wondered why some of your skin or beauty results may be taking longer that you would like? Is it possible that you may be sabotaging your beauty with your diet and lifestyle habits?

There is only so much that can be done with the latest machines and skincare technology. Many people seek the quick fix. We can correct many skin condition and deliver excellent results, but is it possible to gain even better and long-term results if you approach your beauty concerns holistically?

Let's take the case of acne. We can address, take care of, and even to some extent, control acne breakouts. But what we are dealing with is often the symptoms of a greater problem. So, all we can do is alleviate the symptoms, but in some cases to address the cause, you may need to look further than corrective skin or beauty treatments.

Many people look for the magic cure for acne (or ageing, or pigmentation etc). There are excellent treatments that will clear skin conditions effectively, but all we are doing is stamping out the fire. If you keep lighting the flame and causing a new fire, your skin conditions will reignite - pardon the pun. You need to turn off the ignition. You need to address the cause of your skin problems. And the cause is often internal or environmental (lifestyle). It may be the hormones during puberty, it may be the stress on your body, lifestyle factors, or undiagnosed food intolerances in adulthood. In the case of ageing and pigmentation, it is definitely linked to lifestyle factors. You can have "good" genes and still age faster if you sunbake and smoke all day long. You can have "bad" genes and have a great skin if you look after yourself. It's no longer just about the genes. It's about the environment and how it impacts on your genes.

A holistic approach includes taking care of your skin, your mind and your body. Taking care of your body with good nutrition, regular recreation, relaxation, and exercise will foster a healthier mind, body and skin. Skincare and professional treatments will correct your skin problems and deliver awesome results, but to maintain those results, you need to address the cause of your skin problems. Look at your diet and lifestyle and be honest about your health and wellbeing. Are you doing your best to look after yourself, your health, beauty, and wellbeing?

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May 9, 2017

Easy Ways to Make Your Hair Grow Faster

Here are some tips that can help your hair grow longer and healthier

We all dream of a healthy, long, and voluminous mane cascading down our waist that can be styled in numerous ways to change our look. But you see, like all the other parts of the body, hair also require utmost attention, nourishment, and care or else they lose their healthy sheen and shine.

Here are some tips that can help your hair grow longer and healthier:

Regular Trimming Sessions

If you want to give Rapunzel some serious competition with your long, lustrous locks, you need to get regular trims to clip out the dead hair and encourage the growth of healthy hair. You see, a nice trim will help you get rid of those awful split ends that cause excessive breakage, reduce the shine, shrink your hair volume, and stump the hair growth altogether.

Essential Oils

Just like your body, your hair and scalp also require essential nutrients, minerals, and vitamins. There is an abundant variety of natural oils that can help you nourish your hair with moisture and hydration. Oils such as fennel, olive, coconut, lavender, almond, and jojoba nourish the hair from deep within, promote growth and strength, and keep the hair healthy and shiny by locking moisture deep within each strand.

A Healthy Scalp

Imagine your scalp as the soil, and your hair as the leaves sprouting out of the roots embedded deep in the soil. If you don’t take good care of your scalp, your hair will never grow out to be long, healthy, and lustrous. You must cleanse, moisturize, nourish, and hydrate your scalp, along with taking effective measures to prevent and eliminate dandruff, acne, eczema, and all other scalp ailments that cause breakage and hair loss.

Wholesome Diet

Ladies, beauty is always skin deep, and if you’re devouring the wrong diet that lacks essential nutrients and comprises mostly of processed foods, you can bid farewell to your dreams of flaunting healthy, long hair, despite the number of hair-growing gummy bears you eat every day.
You need to brim yourself with heaps of calcium, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and fibers by devouring superfoods like nuts, fish, milk, whole grains, lentils, strawberries, and beans.

Stay No to Heat!

If you want a long and lustrous mane, you not only need to cover up your hair against the harmful UV rays of the sun, but also quite excessive use of styling tools like curling irons, blow dryers, and straighteners.

Invest in a good hair SPF formulas to protect your hair. If you have a habit of heat styling your hair every single day, you need to quit this habit because it’s horribly damaging for the hair. Instead, get a haircut that suits your natural hair type and doesn’t require much styling other than a good combing, followed by a natural air-dry.

Eat your Vitamins

Hair requires a mighty dose of vitamin C, B, E, and biotin to encourage growth, strength, volume. and shine. These essential vitamins will also improve your skin health and firmness. However, instead of fancy supplements, try to eat natural food and fruits rich in these nutrients.

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May 1, 2017

Becoming Aware is the First Step Towards a Healthier and Happier You

Resolve to be kind to yourself and schedule a little time out this week to relax and re-connect with yourself. To become conscious of your health and wellbeing.

90% of our waking hours, we do the same thing, day in day out. We wake up, shower, dress, eat on the run, work, come home in the evening to cook and clean, fall asleep on the lounge watching TV before finally getting off to bed.

Time just flies, and the days, weeks and years just become a blur. We live our lives on auto-pilot. We buy and eat the same takeaway because we have always done so. We sit on the couch all night because we have always done so. We rush through our morning routine, after sleeping in, because we have always done so.

We gradually build habits and routines that are not healthy for us long-term. But we don't seem to notice as we adapt to a fast-paced lifestyle, neglecting our spiritual self, our mental health, our nutrition and our wellbeing. People no longer know how to identify stress because they have become so used to it. They think it's normal.

Our bodies, however, are fighting an ongoing battle on the inside. The body is under stress when we overeat, eat processed food, food high in sugar, and when we don't drink enough water. Our body becomes stressed when we don't give it enough time out to relax and recuperate, to exercise or when we don't get enough sleep.

Becoming aware is the first step towards a healthier and happier youThis week, as you go through your day by day activities, stop and think. Become conscious of your habits. Is what you are about to do good for your health and wellbeing longterm? Think how you can replace habits that lead to poor health and wellbeing with habits that will support you and make you feel and look amazing.

Start small, and build it up. Instead of drinking coffee, replace it with green tea. Instead of ordering takeaway that is full of fat, sugar, and salt, have a nutritious salad sandwich instead.
Instead of sitting on the couch watching TV all night, take your yoga mat out and do some stretches as you watch TV. Better still, take a warm bath, and go to bed early with a great book.

Walk your dogs, toss a ball and have a play. Go for a swim or do a Zumba class. Plan to do something relaxing, fun and recreational at least every second day.

Try and become conscious of your daily habits this week. Becoming aware is the first step towards a healthier and happier you.

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April 17, 2017

How to Tell If Your Skin Is Dehydrated and What You Can Do to Prevent It

As beauty therapists, one of the first skin conditions we learn about is skin dehydration. I guess we learn about dehydrated skin first because it is so common and can lead to and be associated with other skin conditions such as premature aging, wrinkles, skin irritations and sensitivities, red skin, dull and sluggish skin, excessively oily skin and even clogging, congestion and potentially acne.

So how can you tell that your skin is dehydrated?  The first thing people notice when their skin is dehydrated is how tight it feels. The skin feels uncomfortable and you will feel like you need to put a moisturizer on. On the surface, the skin appears dull, has almost a gray look to it. It can look shriveled, like fine tissue paper crinkled up. When you touch a dehydrated skin, it can feel rough and may be flaking off in places.

Beauty therapists use diagnostic tools to help them confirm that the skin is dehydrated. Using the magnifying lamp, they inspect the skin, touch and feel the texture and gently lift the skin with a finger to look for fine lines. They may even use a Woods Lamp or other similar tools that emit a black light to identify dehydration. Under the black light, dehydration looks dark purple to black, and we can easily spot where it is located.

Once we have confirmed the skin is dehydrated, it is relatively easy to correct but first, we need to identify what is causing the dehydration. Dehydration is caused by exposure to a harsh environment, harsh products, and not drinking enough water.

If your skin is exposed to a harsh environment, for example, air conditioning, heating or low humidity weather conditions, then protecting your skin with a good moisturizer is important. The key ingredients in a good hydrating moisturizer are hyaluronic acid, ceramides, glycerin and sodium PCA.

If your products are drying out your skin, these will need to be replaced with the correct products for your skin type. Soap, foamy gel cleansers and cleansers with a high concentration of AHAs or salicylic acid will dehydrate the skin. Products designed for oily skin can be very stripping.  If your skin is feeling tight and dry after cleansing, it’s time to look at your cleanser to determine if it is the right one for you. Look for gentle milky cleansers that will protect and hydrate as they cleanse your skin.

If you are not drinking enough water, this will show up on your skin. Your skin is last in line when it comes to water and nutrition so even small changes in lifestyle can cause your skin to reflect the stress on the body. If you find it hard to remember to drink water, here are a couple of tips.

How to Get Hydrated Other Than Drinking Water

How Drinking Water Keeps Your Skin Looking Brighter, Smoother and Youthful

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How to Get Hydrated Other Than Drinking Water

There is no way around it, you have to drink up - water that is. Your skin cells need to be juicy and plump so that your skin looks nice and dewy and plump. If the poor cells are dehydrated, they shrivel up like prunes and guess what that looks like on the surface?

If you can't bear to drink 2L of water eat fruits and veggies high in water content such as watermelon, celery, tomatoes, lettuce, kiwi and capsicum. Most fruits and salads are high in water content, so make sure you enjoy a cup or two at every meal.

Snack on yogurt, freshly squeezed veggie juices and drink fruit and herbal teas. All these add water to your diet and essential micro nutrients so that you are not only hydrating but nourishing your skin cells as well.

Soups are also an excellent way to nourish and rehydrate. Starting your meals with a soup can also make you feel fuller so you don't tend to overeat.

Keeping up your fluids does not have to be boring and strictly water only. Add some fruits, salads, soups, and herbal teas to your everyday meals and you will enjoy a more youthful skin in no time.

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April 11, 2017

Get The Glow Back With These Easy Steps

Have you been a little neglectful of your health and wellbeing? Hectic lifestyle, poor diet, lack of sleep, lack of exercise and lack of relaxation can not only take its toll on your body, but will cause the skin to look dull, stressed, blotchy, congested and prematurely aged. The effects of fatigue, stress and poor nutrition is visible on our skin within days. Here are some easy steps to get the glow back this long weekend.


1. Dring hot lemon water before breakfast every morning. Juice 1/2 a lemon, add to hot water and sip. The lemon juice is effective at neutralizing acid in the body which is responsible for inflammation. It will help to detox the liver as well as your skin.


2. As well as drinking fresh water, make yourself some nutritious salads and soups this weekend. Commit to drinking 1 cup of green tea every day. The high water content and nutritional value of these meals will help you get your glow back from the inside out.


3. Give yourself a detox facial this weekend. Start with a double cleanse to remove makeup and impurities, next exfoliate to remove dead cell build up and finish with a brightening mask. This alone can brighten and improve the look and feel of your skin instantly.


4. Add a good quality vitamin C serum into your skincare routine. Vitamin C is one of the most important nutrients for your skin and has many skincare benefits. It helps to brighten a dull skin, improve skin immune system, fade pigmentation, boost collagen production for a firmer skin and protect the skin from free radical damage.


5. Get outdoors and get some fresh air. Playing sports, walking or gardening will help your body improve circulation and lymphatic system. Boosting blood circulation will deliver essential nutrients to your skin to make it glow and improved lymphatic circulation will help your body detox.


Make a plan and a commitment this long weekend to look after yourself. Take some time out to relax and unwind. With these simple everyday lifestyle changes, you will feel refreshed, recharged resulting in a healthy glowing skin.

Enjoy your long weekend!

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April 1, 2017

6 Mighty & Powerful Superfoods For Radiant and Healthy Skin

Healthy skin and a radiant youthfulness are not only achievable simply by cosmetic procedures, and diligent home care. Ultimately, we must turn towards mother nature because nutrient-packed superfoods can nourish our beauty from inside out, and give us that gorgeously healthy skin and radiant complexion that we so crave.

Here, take a look at some of the healthiest superfoods for a radiantly glowing and healthy skin:

Ginger to Support Skin Healing & Repair

Carrot and ginger soup with yoghurt
Carrot and ginger soup with yoghurt

For centuries, ginger has remained popular for its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This incredibly delicious spice is enriched with healing and medicinal benefits, along with being extremely beneficial for the skin. If you want to restore a weak, damaged skin and give it a nice soothing effect, add some ginger to your stir fry.

Avocados to Boost Collagen Production

Avocado for skin health
Anti-ageing avocados
Avocados are the best natural skin moisturizer packed with Vitamins C, E, and K, along with whopping quantities of magnesium, folic acid, protein, and potassium. All these healthy nutrients preserve your youthfulness and eliminate the signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles by nourishing your skin from the inside out. An avocado salad is just what you need to shield your skin against the havoc wreaked by pollution, sunlight, and smoke.

Chia seeds to Reinforce the Skin Barrier

Power Salad with Lemon Chia Seed Dressing
Power Salad with Lemon Chia Seed Dressing
This deliciously crunchy superfood is brimming with omega-3 fatty acids that act as essential building blocks for the growth and functioning of healthy skin cells. They also aid in the production of new collagen, which is vital to provide the skin a healthy and strong foundation, devoid of fine lines and wrinkles. So, what are you waiting for? Go fix yourself a crunchy chia seed smoothie!

Almonds to Reduce Inflammation

Porridge with Apples, Almonds & Cinnamon
Porridge with Apples, Almonds & Cinnamon
These incredibly tasty nuts are one of the best sources of Vitamin E. Almonds not only nourish the deep layers of your skin but also provide protection from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. Almonds are also packed with countless antioxidants and anti-aging properties. Almond is highly effective in reducing signs of aging, such as wrinkles and fine lines, along with treating several other skin ailments, like eczema, swelling, acne, psoriasis, and inflammation. Add almonds to salads and stir-frys.

Blueberries for Powerful Antioxidants

Blueberry Chia Seed Pudding
Blueberry Chia Seed Pudding
This delicious superfood truly steals the crown when it comes to skin-healthy foods. They are packed with heaps of antioxidants, such as quercetin and anthocyanins, along with heaps of Vitamin C that give you a radiantly glowing and even skin tone. All you need is half a cup of blueberries to prevent the emergence of premature signs of aging. You can always enjoy blueberries and yogurt for a healthy breakfast, use them as a fruity topping for your cereal, or whip them up in a delicious berry smoothie with raspberries and strawberries that are equally beneficial for a healthy skin.

Tomatoes and Red Capsicum to Support Skin Nutrition

Roasted Garlic, Red Capsicum and Tomato Pasta
Roasted Garlic, Red Capsicum and Tomato Pasta
Tomatoes are hands down the best superfood to enrich you with a powerful dose of lycopene, a strong anti-aging antioxidant that also aids in the prevention of heart diseases and cardiovascular dysfunction. Tomatoes and capsicum help support a healthy circulatory system, which nourishes the skin. And the best part is that lycopene is most effective when it is cooked, so whip up your favorite tomato sauces and soups, and devour them to your heart’s content.

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