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Five tips for healthy skin

The cooler weather can affect how your skin looks and feels so if your skin has been feeling a bit dry or irritated it could be a good time to adjust your skin care routine. The good news is there are quite a few simple changes you can make without breaking the bank.

1. Take shorter, cooler showers
Hot showers might feel like they’re washing your cares away but they’re actually having the opposite effect on your skin. Hot water strips your skin of the protective oil that helps it retain moisture so basically - the longer and hotter the shower - the more moisture your skin loses. Turn the temperature down and stick to shorter showers - your skin will thank you for it and you’ll save on water and electricity bills too.

2. Moisturise after your shower
Applying moisturiser while your skin is still damp helps lock in moisture and nourishes your skin far better than if you were applying it to dry skin - use a moisturiser with rich natural emollients like jojoba oil (listed on labels as Simmondsia Chinensis Oil).

3. Drink plenty of water and eat food that’s in season
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and eating seasonal water-rich foods like nashi pears and blueberries, and also by incorporating more fresh vegies into your diet. Toxins entering your body via your food an also affect your skin so look for food that is organic or has had minimal spraying, wherever possible.

4. Avoid harsh products on your skin
 Many soaps, cleansers and body washes contain chemicals to make them lather and foam, as well as antibacterial ingredients and preservatives that can irritate and potentially damage your skin including SLES, (Sodium Laureth Sulphate), CapB Parabens (methyl paraben, propyl paraben and ethyl paraben), Triclosan and synthetic dyes. Less is more; look for products that contain as few ingredients as possible, avoid the nasties mentioned above and if you’re extra sensitive or have allergies then you might want to try products that are fragrance free.

5. Eat healthy fats
Replenish your skin from the inside out by incorporating healthy oils into your diet. Coconut oil is great for cooking as it can withstand high temperatures, extra virgin olive oil is ideal for salad dressings and it’s a good idea to eat oily fish (sustainably caught sardines and tuna) or take fish oil or flax seed oil supplements.

Useful links:

The Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Pesticides in produce is here: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/

Commonsense Organics offer a great seasonal produce guide for New Zealand here: http://www.commonsenseorganics.co.nz/yk-files/52a071bf82026faaff1acde05f4bf7c6/Commonsense+Organics+Seasonal+Guide+.pdf


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Comments | 9

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    Don't forget to apply sunscreen or moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher to prevent the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching the skin even in winter especially doing outdoor activity.
    By Sandra Ooi on Wed July 01, 2015
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    Too many to choose from but liked avoiding harsh products on the skin.
    By Deb on Tue June 30, 2015
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    I like the tip of not having too warm a shower...guilty as charged!
    By Jessica on Tue June 30, 2015
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    Eating healthy traditional fats is definitely a high priority for glowing, supple nourished skin and one of my favourites is cultured butter. I also make ghee from it, which not only tastes terrific, it's superb as a natural full body moisturiser after a tepid shower, and my lips love it.
    By Kyra Xavia on Mon June 29, 2015
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    I really hope you'll bring out your own line of skincare asap! I currently use your coconut soap followed by your baby moisturiser on my face. I'll be so happy if/when I can use Ecostore facial products! smile
    By Heloise on Fri March 21, 2014
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    Avacado is very useful for dry skin. Mixed with a tuna and sardine salad it is ideal for the skin. My Number one tip is lemon juice. First thing in the morning squeese the juice of a lemon into warm water. This has a two prong effect. Not only will your skin lap it up but,it has a soothing effect on a sluggish bowel. All in all, Your skin and body will feel the over-all effect. You won't look back!
    By Peter J. Hannigan on Fri March 21, 2014
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    Thanks Max, your comment prompted me to google oatmeal face scrubs and I found this great looking blogpost which has oatmeal scrubs as well as sugar, coffee and a whole bunch of great looking recipes: http://www.sheknows.com/living/articles/956905/how-to-make-your-own-exfoliating-scrub
    By Melanie Rands on Wed March 19, 2014
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    Oatmeal. Wonderful exfoliant and good for soothing windburn and other skin irritations, and all nutural grin
    By Max on Wed March 19, 2014
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    Easy tips ! Thanks Mel
    By Lindsey on Tue March 18, 2014

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