Guest post by Sabrina Jacquier Parr
Dull Skin, chapped lips and scaly legs don’t have to be the cruel side effects of winter! Banish dry, irritated skin with my 5 tips guaranteed to have you glowing through winter!
If your goal is to have healthy, youthful, glowing skin you need to remove old, dead skin cells and encourage proper cellular turn over. Exfoliating both removes the old dead skin cells and speeds up cell renewal letting healthy skin cells grow. Dead skin cells reduce the amount of absorption you get from your products and increases winter dryness and irritation.
For the face I recommend a gentle exfoliator that can be used daily such as Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser or Pai Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator.
For your body you want to go for a coarse grain such as the Sans Ceuticals Bio Active Exfoliator or if you have the time dry body brushing is amazing. Celebrities such as Miranda Kerr swear by it! The bristles need to be quite firm so opt for a product specifically designed for the job such as the Bodecare Body Brush .
2. Moisturise More
You may have found a moisturiser that works just fine in spring and summer but as weather changes, so, too, should your skin care routine. Opt for cream and oil based cleansers and moisturisers as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a water based product. (Hint: Many lotions labelled as “night creams” are oil-based.)
However choose your oils with care because not all oils are appropriate for the face such as shea butter which can clog the pores and cause breakouts.
Coconut oil is also a wonderful budget beauty buy that can be used for just about everything - moisturising the body, the face, hair treatment and as a dietary supplement. Always look for an organic virgin oil such as Indah Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
3. Use SPF
If you don’t want to grow up looking like nannas old crocodile handbag then use an SPF every day, even in winter! If you don’t have an SPF in your day cream always remember that your sunscreen should be the last product applied – using other skin care products over your sunscreen will dilute its effectiveness.
I personally forget to apply sunscreen especially in winter if it is not already in my day cream, so I go for a product such as Kimberly Sayers Anti Oxidant SPF 30 Moisturiser or Ultra Light SPF 30 Moisturiser. Both these moisturisers are awesome as they don’t smell or feel like SPF, but most importantly don’t make me break out either.
4. Eat your Omega Fatty Acids (fish or flax seed oil).
These are even more important for those of you who do not eat a lot of fish or olive oil. Omegas keep your skin youthful by keeping enough natural oils in the body and skin to help prevent dehydration which is aggravated by cold weather and indoor heating. The higher the natural oil content in your skin, the younger you look and slower you age.
It is important to remember that not all supplements are created equal, it really is a case of you get what you pay for, so go for the best!
The only brand of supplements i will take are Garden of Life from the United States. This range of vitamins and supplements are produced with raw (meaning uncooked, untreated, unadulterated) organically grown ingredients, and contain live enzymes and probiotics. They are mostly vegan and gluten free. I purchase mine from iherb.com
I take Garden of Life Oceans 3 Healthy Hormones (specially designed for woman - for healthy skin and hair)
As winter approaches many of us prefer to stay at home getting cosy in front of the tv with a cup of tea then pounding the pavement in the cold, but that’s exactly what we need! Exercise helps nourish skin cells and keep them vital as blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin. In addition to providing oxygen, blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals, from the body.
Do you have any special tips for keeping your skin looking amazing in winter? Share with us in the comments below.
Bio: Sabrina Jacquier Parr is the Founder of Flora Organica Natural & Organic Skin Apothecary (www.floraorganica.com.au) and advocate for the growing green beauty industry in Australia.
Since launching my new eBook 12 Steps to Wellness I have had many people commenting about the photo’s throughout the book with many people saying things like:
‘You look so natural in front of the camera.’
‘How do you build up the confidence to pose in front of the camera like that?’
So, tribe – I’m going to get real with you. The night before the shoot I was actually feeling nervous and a bit anxious about the shoot. In my head I was imagining the photo shoots of days past, back when I was a model and actress. So, as I sat with this uncomfortable feeling, here’s what came up for me:
The last time I had stood in front of a camera I was very unsure of myself. I was scared, lost and lacking self-love and self-confidence. I’d been thinking thoughts like:
What if they judge me?
What if I am not good enough?
What if the photos turn out badly?
What if I can’t do this anymore?
All these were running through my head again the night before the shoot. I kept thinking ‘why is this coming up for me now?’.
The answer of course was that I was holding on to how I felt the last time I did a photo shoot as a model. I was holding on to an old ‘story’, one that no longer served me. One way I like to work through these feelings is to journal. It’s a great way of getting all the mind chatter onto the page. So, when I journalled about this I saw the truth.
The fear I was holding onto from the past no longer needed to stick around and in that moment I made a choice – I decided to let go of that fear. I could have held onto it for the whole two days of shooting but I choose to drop it right then and there. It really is as simple as that.
When I sat down in front of the camera on the first day of shooting I remember feeling more beautiful than ever before. But a different kind of beauty, a deep sense of self-acceptance. Apart from loving what I was doing nothing else mattered. A hair out of place, makeup not right, clothes not ironed – nothing mattered and I didn’t actually care what anyone else thought. Even though I had three people constantly staring at me I was overwhelmed with inner bliss, peace and joy. Even when they would say ‘that pose isn’t working Mel, lets try something different’, I didn’t take it to heart (like the old me would of).
Wow how far I have come!
This shoot was SO different to my old photo shoots where I’d constantly get poked with makeup brushes until you had so much makeup on makeup on makeup that I’d feel like a greasy pancake. They’d tease and backcomb hair and through the fog of hairspray I’d look into the mirror and think ‘have I been electrocuted?’.
Usually the photographer wasn’t the warmest of people (which didn’t help), they just wanted to get on with the job and the catering was full of sugar, caffeine and highly processed foods. For 8 hours or more I’d hear things like ‘move left’, ‘nope stay there’, ‘actually little to the left’, ‘no that’s too far’, ‘go back, half an inch forward, back, nope, stop, it’s not work, trying something different’.
But this shoot was totally different, I did my own makeup, I got a blow dry on the first day and my hairdressers did such a great job that I didn’t even need to re do it the next day. Actually I didn’t even touch it. Without all the hair product, makeup and highly toxic chemicals that come along with it I felt more beautiful than ever.
This is because real beauty comes from within! It doesn’t matter how much you put on your body, if you don’t feel and love yourself from deep within there’s no point. Trust me!
Some of my gorgeous tribe regularly bump into me around Bondi and as they’ll tell you I won’t be wearing makeup. I just don’t feel the need to lather my body in toxic junk. I choose to let my real beauty shine from within.
I really want you to understand this. There’s so much value put on the highly retouched images that come out of fashion shoots and magazines. But, I was there and I can tell you – it’s not glamorous, rarely beautiful and there’s a lot of work done post shoot to get the models looking like that.
But the shots you see of me on my website and in my book are me! We removed a few fly away strands of hair, balanced the lighting but otherwise you’re seeing me. The real me! Happy, radiant and loving life.
So, what is real beauty?
Real beauty comes from within.
It’s a deep sense of self-acceptance, acceptance of what is and self-love.
I know you’ve probably heard that before. So I want you to sit with it. Really sit with it. Next time you’re in front of a mirror, look at yourself – really look into that gorgeous face of yours and allow your beauty to glow from within. If you find this tough, don’t worry – it’s not easy to do when you’re self-love barometer is a little low. My 12 Steps to Wellness book has an entire chapter dedicated to helping you with this!
I’m going to finish with an affirmation, practice saying this to yourself, ideally looking into your eyes in a mirror.
“I am radiant, my skin is luminous, I embrace my natural beauty and shine from within”
What do you think gorgeous, do you believe real beauty comes from within? Leave me a comment or pop on over to Facebook and share your real beauty stories with me.
When I put my clients through my personalised 6 month Path To Wellness program one of the things I teach them about is that you are not only what you eat and drink but you also what you put on your skin. The creams, perfumes, oils and lotions we lather our bodies in on a daily bases are loaded with toxic chemicals that get absorbed straight into our blood stream. Think about it, would you eat your mascara or lather your foundation on your gluten free toast? HELL NO SISTER! What you are using on your skin is going straight inside your body. Instead of your mouth being the vechial it’s your skin (which is your largest organ).
I get all my clients to do a bathroom clean out and get rid of everything toxic. Or they can do it slowly. Once one thing runs out you replace it with the organic, none toxic version.
I asked Sabrina Jacquier Parr from Flora Organics to give us some more information on toxic skin care.
Sabrina what is the difference between normal cosmetics and organic cosmetics?
There is a lot of confusion about what is means for a product to be ‘natural’ or ‘organic’.
A lot of brands and companies are releasing ‘natural’ and ‘ organic’ products onto the market that are trying capitalise on the trend rather than really being non toxic. Marketers are becoming very clever about what they classify as ‘natural’. A perfect example is Methylparaben &Propylparaben which occur naturally is some fruit but have to been shown to mimic estrogen and been linked to breast cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity and skin irritation. It’s ironic that companies such as L’Oreal release pink ribbon products yet they still use Parabens in their products.
The cosmetics industry cottoned decades ago that they could substitute a whole variety of natural ingredients for cheap synthetic ones, raising their profit margins and lowering their production costs without you even knowing it! Natural and Organic beauty may be more expensive, however what you are buying are products made by companies that truly care about their consumers by using beautiful, non toxic ingredients.
Knowledge is our best defence against clever and confusing marketing. Just because something occurs in nature or is labelled ‘Hand made’ doesn’t always make it good for you. It is best to familiarise yourself with ingredients and know the effects.
On the Flora Organica website there is full transparency so customers know the provenance and ethos of the brands, and ingredients used in every product.
What are the worse chemicals we need to look out for?
The really scary thing is that there are hundreds and hundreds of chemical ingredients that are used in cosmetics and everyday products that have not been tested and we don’t even know the full effect they will have on our health.
Of the ones that we know, there is certainly strong scientific evidence that these chemicals have been linked to some pretty horrific diseases that have become all too common in todays society.
- Aritifical Fragrance (Parfum, fragrance, aroma)
Around 95 per cent of chemicals used in fragrances are synthetic, petroleum derived compounds. These can potentially cause neurological problems, respiratory and skin irritation, migraines, asthma, cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders, allergic reactions and multiple chemical sensitivities.
Chanel number 5 may smell nice and Brad Pitt does a nice job selling it, but it is actually doing you more harm then you realise.
A golden oldie in toxic beauty circles, these substances have a chemical structure surprisingly like estrogen’s. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) itself admits that all parabens have endocrine-disrupting effects. Meaning the body thinks you have extra estrogen – weight gain, depression, even cancer and birth abnormalities can result.
It doesn’t take a science degree to understand that anything derived from crude oil can’t be good for you. Petrolatum, mineral oil, petroleum jelly – it goes by many names but these crude oil derivatives, whilst leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth, not only interrupt the skin’s own moisturising powers, they can cause breakouts, cell sluggishness and great sun susceptibility. Petrochemicals are also a hotbed for contamination and are of course, extremely not sustainable. However, they are CHEAP!
Vogue called one product ( i won’t name the product but you can google the claim) ‘probably the best cleanser in the world’. The first ingredient on its label – Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil). But if that wasn’t bad enough you also get a cocktail of parabens too - Methylparaben, Bht, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben.
At $115 for 100ml it’s just madness.
SLS, a detergent, is found in approximately 90% of commercial shampoos, including “no more tears” baby shampoos as well as toothpastes, bubble baths and shower gel. It makes a product bubble and foam.
SLS is an industrial floor cleaner and degreasant that is a known skin irritant and modifies the structure of the skin’s outer layer, enabling easier absorption of other more toxic chemicals. There is evidence to suggest that Sodium laureth sulphate (SLS), touted as a milder alternative, can cause reproductive effects and damage to liver, lungs & immune system.
Why is using organic products so important for our health?
Natural cosmetics contain optimal amounts of bioactive ingredients that are very important in aiding anti aging and the general the health of the skin at any age. Anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, oils (from seeds & nuts), fruit and vegetables, are all a rich source of nature’s most potent phytonutrients.
Natural skin care products and treatments are powerful and effective tools in the fight against all skin concerns as skin is able to recognize and assimilate the natural ingredients producing maximum results.
One message I am really trying to share as well is that no matter if the product is natural or not, beautiful glowing skin cannot be found in a bottle alone. It doesn’t matter how wonderful and pure the ingredients are, outer beauty is a reflection of what’s going on inside too. I truly believe in a holistic approach to beauty: eat fresh whole foods, preferably organic, drink water, exercise often, use clean natural or organic products, meditate daily, surround yourself with nourishing people and don’t forget to think positive!
Acne and problematic skin are your body’s way of telling you something is not quite right. It doesn’t mean run to the doctor and get a prescription for roaccutane, steroids or antibiotics. This is called the band-aid effect. We need to get to the root cause of why your skin is breaking out.
This is where face mapping comes in. Face mapping unlocks the mysteries behind problematic skin. Thanks to the combined knowledge of dermatologist (who analyzed skin behaviors) and ancient Chinese medicinal methods.
Different areas on your face correspond to different problems. Using this map you can determine how to prevent them from recurring.
Using the face mapping method to decode what’s going on with your body is both incredibly informative and very extensive if you ask me. Here is an overview of the basic areas and what breakouts or abnormalities in those areas mean:
Lately many of you have been asking me about my skin so I thought I would post about it.
I was a lucky kid. I never got a pimple growing up. But, a few years ago, when I had my cocktail of health issues, I got serious breakouts as a result. It only lasted a year, on and off. But, it really affected me—especially because I needed good skin for my job in TV. The condition of my skin actually stopped me from getting a few massive TV roles.
Anyway, as I went on my path toward healing myself naturally with whole real foods my skin continued to improve. Not only did my pimples clear up, but also my skin was a lot more vital and youthful than ever before.
Apart from cleaning myself from the inside out, I used a very basic skin care regimen of cleansing and moisturising, using organic products from this site (That’s it!) No eye creams, exfoliate, night cream, day cream, special cream this or that. I just kept it very simple, 2 products plus I regularly got Omnilux facials.
What is Omnilux?
Omnilux is a non-invasive light therapy treatment that reduces the appearance of the visible signs of ageing. Combined with a facial, Omnilux helps minimise fine lines and wrinkles by assisting the skin to naturally heal itself without causing any cell damage. Omnilux is completely painless. (Actually, it’s very relaxing!) It uses a pure, non- laser light source that is not an ultraviolet or infra-red light.
How does it work?
In simple terms, Omnilux is like a deeper massage to stimulate the layers of the skin that therapists’ hands can’t reach. It works to help plump up skin naturally. The process is similar to how photosynthesis works in plants.
This light energises, rejuvenates, and repairs damaged skin while naturally boosting your body’s own production of collagen. The treatment leaves you with younger, smoother, plumper looking skin.
Omnilux light also accelerates wound healing with an associated reduction of scarring. It is effective for problematic acne conditions or for post-operative recovery of the skin.
What are the benefits of Omnilux therapy?
- Boosts collagen production.
- Anti-ageing, wrinkle reduction, skin rejuvenation.
- Anti-inflammatory and wound healing.
- Suitable for mild to moderate inflammatory acne to reduce scarring.
- Accelerates recovery for post- operative procedures.
- Improves skin tone and texture.
- Encourages lasting hydration in the skin.
- Versatile treatment head is suitable for all areas of the body.
How long does an Omnilux treatment take?
For maximum benefits, it is recommended that you get at least nine treatments. You’re under the light for typically thirty minutes. However, the therapists will clean and prepare your skin first. So, in total, a treatment takes about forty-five minutes.
I have finished my 9 sessions and now get a “top-up” once a month to keep my skin glowing.
Book for the month of September at Younger Faces in Double Bay and you’ll get $200 off when you quote my name. Treatments are usually anywhere between $99 to $120 per session. Younger Facers are giving you 9 sessions for just $691 but only when you book in September and quote my name.
Call Younger Faces on 0414 904 673 today.
Please note I am speaking from my own personal experience.
Have you tried Omnilux before? If so, what did you think?
Ever heard the saying ‘you are what you eat’? Well we are not only what we eat and drink but also what we use topically on our bodies and spray in our homes.
Think about it! Would you drink the liquid out of your expensive perfume bottle? Or the cockroach spray you use in every corner of your house? Or the bleach you use to scrub your bathtub? HELL, NO! There is no way in the world you could get me to drink any of those. Let me ask you this: If you wouldn’t drink those substances then why would you spray them on your body or use them in your home?
Our skin is our largest organ. Whatever we use topically gets absorbed straight into our bloodstream. The same goes for toxic sprays, candles, and incense. They all contain highly toxic petrochemicals and parabens that wreak havoc on your health.
A few years ago, I got really sick. I declined the doctor’s advice of antibiotics indefinitely. Instead, I decided to weed out all the toxicity in my life and heal myself. I started with my diet—cutting out packaged foods, refined sugars, salts, carbs, soft drinks, and all processed foods. Next was the toxicity around my home. I literally took a big garbage bag into the bathroom and threw out everything. Coming from the TV industry, I used to get a lot of products for free. I managed to fill two massive garbage bags with toxic crap. Then, it was on to the kitchen. All the toxic sprays, liquids, and powders were discarded.
I committed to bringing only natural, organic, chemical-free products into my home. From that moment on, my health improved! My eczema and allergies cleared up. My boyfriend’s hay fever was gone. I had a heck load more energy because my body no longer had to process and deal with the crap I was putting on and into it.
If you are unsure what some of the ingredients are in your favourite moisturiser, cleanser or hand cream are click over to EWG’s cosmetics database, where you can find out exactly what is in your products and how toxic they are.
I recently met up with the beautiful Irean from Nourished Life. She is dedicated to sharing her toxin-free message. After trialing a bazillion (Well, maybe not that many, but a lot!) products and spending loads of money to find the best ones, she shares the best of the best right here. It’s a one-stop toxic-free shop to help you live a toxin-free life for you and your loved ones.
I used to go and get my organic deodorants from one place, my natural shampoo and conditioner from another, and my makeup from somewhere else. But, now, I can get all my products from right here at Nourished Life, without even leaving the house. It’s awesome and super cheap! I’ve actually found the prices at Nourished Life are a few dollars cheaper than most health food stores.
If living a toxin and chemical-free life is something that interests you, contact me today for a free health consultation. I can teach you how to live the best and least toxic life you have ever imaged. Be sure to visit Nourished Life to stock up on all your toxin-free products.
Have you ever looked at the back of your products? If so what did you think ?