5 Foods for Glowing Skin January 10 2014

If you were looking for an excuse to devour some food, you’ve come to the right place. Demolish the following 5 foods and reap the skin benefits. Your tastebuds will be thanking you too.

1. Save Skin with Sweet Potato.

These bad boys contain omega 3, fatty acids, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc as well as essential vitamins. They provide anti-inflammatory benefits to the skin plus they’re packed full of antioxidants – which help in fighting skin damage. Sweet potato fries, yes please!


2. Soften Skin with Walnuts

Packed full of omega-3 essential fatty acids as well as copper, walnuts help to improve the elasticity of skin and boost collagen production. Grab a handful and eat your way to a better complexion!

3. Protect with Pomegranates

Pomegranate contains polyphenol antioxidants, which helps to protect the skin against free radical damage. They also reduce the signs of sun damage. But most importantly, pomegranate seeds are delicious.


4. Boost Skin with Blueberries

These incredible little berries are the key to glowing skin. Experts consider them one of the best sources of antioxidants available. They help to reduce cell damage, keep the skin looking younger and make skin glow. Go on; get to the supermarket and stock up.


5. Cut Wrinkles with Capsicum

Studies have found that women who eat green and yellow vegetables regularly, tend to have fewer wrinkles - especially around the eyes. They’re also an antioxidant gold mine, which helps to decrease skin sensitivity. Cut up some capsicum, invite hummus along and you’ve got yourself a party.



Why You Shouldn't Wear Make-Up During Exercise October 25 2013

We've all heard that wearing make-up during exercise is bad for our skin. Many studies have shown that wearing makeup while exercising can ruin your complexion.

When our body temperature rises during exercise a few things happen to our skin. Other than just sweating, as skin becomes warm it also becomes slightly relaxed and pores enlarge. When make-up is applied to skin at this state, even the best foundation will create a streaky effect and increases the chances of a breakout.

During a good workout, your skin needs to be able to breathe. The heat along with your sweat will open up your pores and skin will become blocked with nasties. Your skin becomes a muddy mess of bacteria, dead cells and make-up. Not everyone reacts by getting spots, but most will experience blackheads, skin dulling and contributes to uneven skin texture.

Before a strenuous workout skin should be cleansed and a light moisturiser should be applied because free radicals are created when we exercise. Post exercise, skin should be cleansed lightly to wash off sweat and any germs you picked up at the gym. A cleanskinco mask is a great way to moisturise within a few hours after the gym.

If you shudder at the idea of exposing your natural skin, try to use an oil-free, light tinted moisturiser or BB cream. After your workout, cleanse your face as soon as possible before your skin cools down and your pores become tightened. Once your pores tighten, you’ll be trapping in the make-up, sweat and grime in the pore opening which leads to breakouts. Also, replace mascara and eyeliner with an eyebrow and lash tint!




8 Tips For Preventing Pimples October 21 2013

Read these 8 tips to keep those spots away from your skin!

  1. Establish a good skin care routine
    Wash your face morning and night with warm water and a mild cleanser. Try to resist scrubbing as it can further irritate inflamed skin. Make sure you dry your face with a clean towel to avoid spreading acne-causing bacteria.
  1. Keep your skin hydrated
    Many acne-fighting products contain ingredients which dry the skin, so always use a moisturizer which minimizes dryness and skin peeling.
  1. Clean your makeup brushes regularly
    Makeup brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria if they’re not regularly cleaned. Use a mild liquid soap and warm water to clean them once a week!
  1. Inspect your hairline
    If you have breakouts along your hairline, avoid using fragrances, oils and harsh chemicals on your hair. These can migrate to the face and block your pores. Experiment with a few hair products until you find one that doesn’t aggravate your skin!
  1. Don’t pop pimples!
    Put those hands down…yes, you! Popping pimples forces toxins deeper into the tissue which delays the healing process and also causes more pimples!
  1. Limit your time in the sun
    The sun’s harsh UV rays increase inflammation and redness. Ensure you’re slip, slop and slapping with at least an SPF 15.
  1. Stock up on fruit and vegetables
    Nourish your body from the inside, out. Studies show that eating more fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains to your diet boosts your immunity and skin health.
  1. Get moving!
    Exercise boosts circulation and blood flow throughout the body which helps to nourish skin cells. It also allows the body to sweat out any potentially damaging toxins.  And if that wasn’t enough, exercise produces the most ideal conditions for producing collagen – that help keep fine-lines at bay!