The Cause of Skin Redness…and How to Solve it

Redness on the skin is something most of us experience at one point or another but in this modern-day world it is just one of the many reactions that is happening more and more frequently. One of the most frequent causes of skin redness in recent years is the sheer increase in pollution and toxins and the way in which they affect our skin. The skin essentially rejects these foreign substances when they make contact or are absorbed by the skin resulting in skin redness and sensitivity. The increased use of chemicals as preservatives (for increased shelf life) in our everyday products from laundry detergent to skincare means that our skin is constantly having to fight harsh chemical substances all day, which means we are often left with red, and rashy skin as a result of all of the exposure.

As a result of all of the elements causing skin redness it is important to really focus on your skincare routine to treat it in the best way possible to ensure it remains healthy and allow the redness to go. Below are some of the things you ca implement into your beauty regime today to help your skin:

1. Chuck the Toxins:

There is much action that can be done at home to reduce the toxic load you put your body and your skin through. Opt for more natural and preferably organic brands and products that you feel confident use largely natural ingredients. Not only is this kinder on your skin and the environment but it also means that your skin will have less foreign substances to fight and will look clearer and retain a natural glow, reducing any previous redness.

2. Protect Your Skin:

Ensure you use a moisturiser with SPF every day. This may seem like a extreme request for those of you living in colder climates but the truth is sunshine can cause permanent skin damage no matter what the temperature is. The use of any moisturiser will provide the skin with some support against toxins by providing a barrier between your skin’s pores and any polluting substances but by adding in an SPF it means your skin is covered no matter what the conditions.

3. A Good Diet:

The benefits of a healthy diet cannot be overlooked when it comes to the health of your skin. A healthy, balanced diet provides your skin and body with healthy proteins, fats, carbohydrates as well as all of the vitamin and minerals you need to create glowing skin. A healthy diet will mean any redness caused by internal factors will be vastly improved and also give the skin the necessary nutrients to be able to ward off external pollutants, thereby reducing redness.

Skin redness is often hard to pinpoint on one single cause, however by leading the healthiest lifestyle you can both in what you eat as well as what you apply to your skin you are sure to reap the benefits. Redness is generally a sign of skin irritation so treat your skin with care with few, great quality products to protect your skin against this modern-day life and you should find your redness become a thing of the past.

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How To Get Rid Of Acne the Vegan Way

Acne is a very real struggle for many people and for anyone suffering from it, it might seem that the only solution is to attack the acne with the most powerful, chemical-laden skincare you can find. However that doesn’t need to be the case with natural remedies offering powerful solutions. Many of the options I will discuss can already be found in your kitchen cupboards or are affordable options available from the nearest pharmacy or supermarket!

1. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is already well known for supporting with sun damage due to its healing anti-inflammatory propoerties, but these same properties can help reduce acne down more quickly. By decreasing the swelling and redness associated with acne, applying Aloe Vera can actually mean your acne will go down and recover much more quickly.

2. Baking Soda

As well as being a typical household item, baking soda has a whole range of uses! By diluting baking soda with a bit of water you can actually apply the lighter mixture to your acne as baking soda soothes the skin as well as providing ant-inflammatory properties to help reduce down problematic skin. You can also add tea tree oil for double the impact…which leads me on to point number 3…

3. Tea-tree Oil

Tea tree oil is fantastic and is used in a multitude of home remedies from helping clear a cold to treating fungus. Luckily one of its magical powers is also as an anti-inflammatory to help soothe acne. Simply add a drop or two of the oil to a cotton pad and put on the desired area. Tea tree works particularly well on acne that is causing irritation and is often raised and sore.

4. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil offers many advantages when treating acne and like some of the other items I’ve discussed further up on the list it is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory which helps with particularly tough bouts of cystic acne, as well as decreasing redness and inflammation in the skin.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is typically  made from a combination of apples and a substance know as mother of vinegar. This is essentially a form of cellulose and bacteria that supports in improving the condition of a whole host of ailments. Apple cider vinegar mixxed with a bit of water can also help destroy the bacteria within cystic acne, helping  reduce swelling and improve the texture of the skin.

6. Steam

Steam happens to be very efficient in detoxing harmful particles from the skin by assisting to clear clogged skin pores, thereby also decreasing swelling and also infection. Simply pour hot water into a bowl putting you face over the bowl, covering your head with a towel or cloth to keep the steam in.

This article was brought to you by our lovely contributor Daisy Grace. Daisy is a Health & Beauty Consultant, who helps women live a life they love, in a body they live. She is a long-time native from Oklahoma, USA and writes article on various topics. Daisy’s purpose and passion lies in facilitating health breakthroughs with women who deserve good health, happiness and self-love.

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Skincare Mistakes that Make You Look Older

A proper skincare routine is necessary to ensure you age well and are not left with uncared for, wrinkly skin. Many women take care of their skin with an effort to retain its youthfulness, charm and maintain a healthy look. However, its important to be aware of just how much impact your daily beauty routine has to the way your skin will age. As well as the various external factors at play such as UV rays, lifestyles, pollution and stress, there are also common skincare mistakes that may be impacting your skin in a less positive way. Discover below some of the most common skincare mistakes you may be making and how to reverse them!

1. Inconsistent skin care habits

Failing to maintain daily skincare practices is like being inconsistant with your medication…it simply works less effectively; if it works at all!  Inconsistant habits can include constantly jumping from one to another, sleeping with make up still on, as well as failing to cleanse the skin daily. All in all each of these habits mean that your skin will really not feel the true benefits of whatever you are using on it, and is likely to age more quickly as a result. Ensure you follow a consistent routine; not matter how simple, to care for your skin to prevent premature aging.

2. Over-Exfoliating

Over-exfoliating the skin causes irritation and inflammation of the skin so opt for once a week maximum. Light exfoliation once a week means dead skin cells are removed and dry skin is helped out, without aggravating the skin too much.

3. Using skin care products that full of chemicals

With such an excess of information out there on the ingredients in skincare products its hard to know what to go for. Many of the makeup and skincare brands in our local drugstore are often full of chemicals, so we always look at the ingredients and try and opt for the ones that tend to use the fewest chemicals/or ingrediants we’ve never heard of! When in doubt go for natural, vegan brands and use the fewest preservatives possible. Chemicals act as free radicals in our bodies, which unfortunately speed up the aging process.

4. Forgetting the sunscreen

It’s hard to controls our genes but it is very easy to control environmental exposures. Sunscreen prevents harmful sunrays from destroying our skin. The UV rays are responsible for dark spots, wrinkles, damaged collagen and dilated vessels so take action each and every day by opting for skincare that contains an SPF.

5. Wearing make up all the time

A healthy skin has a slower aging rate. Avoid wearing make up for many hours or too often. Too much make up damages the skin by denying it a platform to rebalance and to breathe. This can make you look older than you really are, so allow your skin a break to breath.

6. Neglecting the eyes

Most women take care of their skin religiously, but they often forget that the brightness of the eyes contributes to a youthful look. To avoid wrinkles use eye masks rich in beta-carotene compounds and always wear sunglasses to protect the eyes from harmful UV rays.

This article was brought to you by our lovely contributor Daisy Grace. Daisy is a Health & Beauty Consultant, who helps women live a life they love, in a body they live. She is a long-time native from Oklahoma, USA and writes article on various topics. Daisy’s purpose and passion lies in facilitating health breakthroughs with women who deserve good health, happiness and self-love.

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New Year, New You: How to Organize a Small Closet?

Tired of fumbling in your small closet every day for something to wear to work? The reality is with more and more of us living in big cities, our wardrobes are getting smaller and harder to maintain than ever! The size of your closet can be a big challenge when it comes to storing all your stuff and keeping it neat and organised. Below are a few tips on wardrobe organisation ideas that will get you on the right track for the new year and start 2017 with a tidy, organised wardrobe and none of the hassle.

1. Take everything out of the closet

When organising you have to start with a blank slate to really make a difference. Start by taking everything out of the closet…sometimes it has to get worse before it gets better! Clean the whole closet to see what you have and access your storage needs. Remember you want to make the most of the limited space available.

2. Purge, purge, and purge

Be ruthless, if you haven’t used it recently, you don’t need it. Donate it or throw it away. Go through your clothes and remove everything that doesn’t fit or is out of style. Leave only the clothes you love, make you feel great and that really fit. This extra space created will not only mean you can see mroe easily exactly what it is you own but also saves you time when deciding on what to wear.

3. Organise like items together

This is one of the key closet organisation ideas. After the purge, put like items together into small groups. Put all shirts together, shoes together and the like. When all things are divided out, you will realise that it makes it easier for you to see the kind of organisation system you may need to help maintain the tidy space.

4. Build extra rod space in your closet

If your closet is still overflowing nows the time to create more space by building an extra rod in your closet. The beauty of adding extra rod is that you don’t have to call a handyman or get the power drill. You can easily do it yourself. In the absence of extra rods, you can also use multiple-tiered hangers which can help organise more clothes into what is essentially the same hanging space.

5. Install a Valet Hook.

Why not utilise the space outside the closet by installing a pullout rod or a hook. Use the hook to hang dry clothing before it gets into your closet. You can also use the pullout rod or the hook to organise your party outfits or your next day’s work attire. This helps you create more space inside your closet as well as making it easier for you when dressing. You can also install an over -the-door rack where you can hang your belts.

6. Always put things back in their spot

After organising your closet by having like items together it is important to maintain the organisation by ensuring every item has its place and that that it is always returned there.This may be a challenge at the beginning, but once you get used to it, you will realise how easy life can be despite limited space in your closet.

A well-planned closet is important to keeping your room serene and clutter-free. It only takes a little thinking, and minimal effort teamed with a few organisation ideas to turn your cluttered closet into an orderly sanctuary. For maximum results organising a small wardrobe is all about making use of all the available space you have as well as avoiding overcrowding by simplifying what you put in there.

This article was brought to you by our lovely contributor Daisy Grace. Daisy is a Health & Beauty Consultant, who helps women live a life they love, in a body they live. She is a long-time native from Oklahoma, USA and writes article on various topics. Daisy’s purpose and passion lies in facilitating health breakthroughs with women who deserve good health, happiness and self-love.

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7 Natural Way to Fight Wrinkles without Resorting to Botox or Surgery

Wrinkles are a beautiful sign of ageing but in today’s society they can lower confidence levels or even be embarrassing. Naturally as we age certain signs like wrinkles can become more prevalent.  However there are so many ways to maintain a more youthful appearance and fight wrinkles naturally without turning to needles. Below are a few steps anyone of any age can take to keep wrinkles at bay and even slow down the ageing process!

1. Eat Your Vitamin A

Including vitamin A-rich foods in your diet is best way to fight the ageing signs. Foods containing vitamin A also help with a range of skin issues from treating acne to improving texture and glow. Vitamin A is found in forms of beta carotene therefore present in carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, wheat grass, and winter squash. These foods help to encourage healthy and glowing, plumper skin by reducing the fine lines that develop on the skin. Vitamin A also fights the inflammation and free radicals which affects the body; which in turn gives you vibrant, blemish-free and younger skin.

2. Get Glowing skin with Greens

Greens here signify fruits and vegetables that contain all your vital vitamins and nutrients which combat wrinkles developing in the beginning. They also contain chlorophyll which is a pigment which is derived from sun and present in most plants. This is most detoxifying and beautifying nutrient as it energizes the plants including leafy veggies. Greens help reducing the fine lines and texture thereby improve the appearance of skin. For your wider body green vegetables and fruits help with digestion and the natural elimination of toxins both from your skin and other key organs.

3. Use Coconut Oil around Your Eyes

This may be something you had never considered but using coconut oil around the eyes (where wrinkles tend to show up first) helps lubricate the skin with the fatty acids contained within the oil. Coconut oil is incredibly moisturising and also helped the skin look more glowy.

4. Eat Enough Healthy Fats

Healthy fats are essential for youthful skin. Keep your fat sources to whole foods which include avocados, chia seeds, unsweetened coconut, flax seeds, pure dark cocoa, walnuts, and hemp seeds.

5. Get Clean Sources of Protein into Your Diet

Healthy, vegan sources of protein are incredibly beneficial to retaining healthy blood sugar levels. Clean proteins help keep stable insulin levels which increases collagen under skin. The collagen has elastic properties which gives you firm skin and improves the texture. This prevents the fine lines  developing so much and softens your skin. Some protein-rich sources include kale, spinach, chia seeds, beans, legumes, hemp seeds and almonds.

6. Supplement with Spirulina

Spirulina is a blue-green freshwater algae which is extremely high in protein. It has 4 grams per tablespoon of protein. It is also very high in chlorophyll and Vitamin B12, iron, Vitamin A. Considering the presence of such nutrients this is one of best supplements for healthy skin. Spirulina is easy to incorporate into your daily routine as it  is available in either the form of powder and tablet, to be taken with water in either case. Spirulina also has a whole host of other benefits including reducing headaches, sugar cravings and fatigue.

7. Get Enough Sleep

In order to prevent your body from getting fine lines sleep is incredibly important. Deep sleep allows your skin to shed the dead skin cells and repair itself overnight. A good night’s sleep naturally refreshes your body and improves both the look and feel of your skin, making it look more radiant. However the thing to note is that regular, good sleep of 7-9 hours is key rather than inconsistency.

Daisy Grace is a Health & Beauty Consultant, who helps women live a life they love, in a body they live. She is a long-time native from Oklahoma, USA and writes article on various topics. Daisy’s purpose and passion lies in facilitating health breakthroughs with women who deserve good health, happiness and self-love.

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