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Five Summer Skincare Changes That We Swear By

Posted by Anna Mitsios on

As the summer heat starts to kick in, we tend to make changes to our diet, skincare and even our hair style. But we do not often consider what our skincare may require. Summer sun, humidity and more sweat mean that our skincare regime requires a few changes to ensure we are keeping the fresh, radiant and hydrated glow that keeps our skin youthful and vital. Five of the summer skincare changes that we swear by for naturally beautiful summer skin are below.

 

  1. De-Grease. Removing excess build-up of oil and grease at the end of long summer days is essential to ensure that your skin is blemish free and that active ingredients that you use on your skin work most effectively. If you do not already have one, choose a cleanser which contains ingredients that break up grease and oil such as Salicylic Acid. The No.1 Belle Frais Cleansing Milk contains Salicylic Acid (still edible!) along with Wattleseed which refines pores and Strawberry and Apple Extracts which work to brighten and boost the skin.
  2. Tone Things Up. Toning the skin is often a forgotten step but is so critical in summer. It ensures that the skin is kept bright, firm and hydrated. Avoid alcohol based toners which strip the skin of its natural moisture balance. Instead choose a toner with natural anti-microbial botanicals such as Citrus Essential oils, Calendula and Echinacea along with pore refining botanicals and natural AHAs.  Edible Beauty No.2 Citrus Rhapsody Tonique makes a wonderful travel mist to hydrate the skin in summer. The fruit rhapsody in this toner (Fig, Apple Extract, Sweet Orange Floral Water and Bilberry) provides ultra-hydrating and brightening action.
  3. Summer Bare. It is tempting (and of benefit) to go “bare” with skincare and makeup during the summer months. A thick moisturiser or oily foundation can leave the skin feeling greasy and looking dull. A tinted moisturiser on the other hand will hydrate and nourish the skin whilst evening your skin tone and letting your skin breathe. Tinted moisturisers provide the perfect “no-makeup makeup” look and a sun-kissed glow which is effortlessly sexy in summer. The advantage of Edible Beauty No.4+ Tinted Vanilla Silk Hydrating Lotion is that it provides a natural sun protection factor and contains nourishing hydrating ingredients which lock moisture into the skin without making the skin oily. Use a second application of the lotion if you would like additional coverage.
  4. Ditch Your Night Cream. Night creams can often be unnecessary in summer. Whilst in winter skin tends to be more prone to dryness, summer skin can have more of a tendency to be greasy. I still recommend keeping up your skin's hydration and providing high levels of antioxidant protection, however this can be achieved with light weight serums and treatment masks. The No.3 Exotic Goddess Ageless Serum provides an abundance of antioxidants and naturally plums and hydrates with Hyaluronic Acid, Beta Glucan, Kadadu Plum and White Tea. Use a sleep hydrating mask, such as the & Coco Bliss Intensive Repair cream/mask once or twice a week to replenish, reduce redness and firm the skin and if your skin is prone to acne or oil build up use an aloe gel based moisturiser such as the & Soothe Me Balm to hydrate without creating excess oil build up.
  5. Alkalise & Hydrate, Hydrate. Keeping your skin hydrated on the inside ensure that you have the maximum glow on the outside. Naturally in summer we tend to gravitate towards lighter foods which are easier to digest. Be specific about going about 75% alkaline with your diet. This is easy to do and just requires that you fill your plate with an abundance of fruits and veggies which are naturally alkaline. Choose foods which have a high water content such as cucumbers, lettuce, watermelon and stone fruits. Drink chilled herbal teas and avoid more than a coffee a day to ensure acid levels are kept in check. For a chart on alkaline foods check out the below link: http://www.alkalinesisters.com/alkaline-food-chart/
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Edible Beauty on the Fly - Must-Have Tips for Beautiful Skin on the Go

Posted by Anna Mitsios on

 Photo credit: @gypsea_lust

Long haul flights and aeroplane food are not often synonymous with gorgeous glowing holiday skin. We are here to provide you with ten easy ways to ensure you are glowing when you arrive at your beautiful destination and when you return to reality!

  1. Keep it Up – Travel is not a good enough reason to stop your basic skincare routine. Ensure you continue to cleanse, tone, apply serum and moisturise when you are on the go. Our & Edible Beauty on the Fly kit provides you with travel friendly skincare products which make this as easy as packing them into your carry-on bag.
  2. Spray Away – One of the easiest ways to prevent your skin becoming dehydrated and dull is using a hydrating mist. Ensure your mist is alcohol-free (to prevent further drying) and rich in antioxidant-rich fruits and botanicals (try our No. 2 Citrus Rhapsody Toner Mist) to give you immediate radiance. For best results give yourself a spray every two hours. Your skin will be so thankful!
  3. Plump it Up – Our No.3 Exotic Goddess Ageless Serum is rich in antioxidants and wildcrafted Australian botanicals which work extra hard at protecting your skin from the oxidative damage that cabin air can cause. It has the added benefit of providing instant plumping action, being rich in Beta Glucan and Hyaluronic Acid which attracts 1,000 times its weight in water.
  4. Miracle Masks – Hydrating Masks provide instant radiance and nourishment, taking away from any lines, redness or irritation that creeps up on the face. Apply a hydrating mask such as & Coco Bliss Intensive Repair as a thick layer on the skin. Leave for 20 minutes and then remove with a washcloth or cotton wool. This mask works wonders at dissolving signs of any wine or chocolate that may have snuck into your holiday diet.
  5. Stay Hydrated – Hydration is the key to getting to your destination with a glow. Stay away from alcohol, coffee and sugar-laden drinks. Instead opt for pure water. Bring along a lemon or your favourite herbal tea and use these whilst on board for additional hydration. Ensure you maintain your “greens” intake when you’re on the plane. To ensure you get your veggies, bring along some chopped carrots, celery and cucumber sticks – they will stay fresh for at least four to five hours when on the go.

 

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Liquid Gold - Winter Beauty Elixirs

Posted by Anna Mitsios on

When it comes to avoiding dry flaky winter skin and creating the dewy, lush and moisture-rich skin which we are all after, we have a tendency to think first to what we are putting on our skin and then in our bodies. I love providing the body with absolutely everything that it may need to give us a healthy glow and that includes the below liquid gems which are ultra-nourishing and hydrating in their own right.
So whilst it may be tempting to reach for a mug of hot chocolate or coffee, give these drinks a go and you will be glowing on the inside and out this winter.

 Image Credit: @wunderworkshop

  1. Saffron

 If you had thought you had exhausted most of the skin boosting herbs and foods there were out there, you may be surprising to know that there is a super exotic skin-loving spice that is relatively undiscovered when it comes to the skin. Saffron is an exotic spice obtained from the flower “saffron crocus”. It is found in Europe and Asia and literally worth its weight in gold due to the sheer volume of flowers required to obtain one gram.

Saffron is a wonderful agent for boosting skin hydration and brightening the skin. It is rich in skin-loving vitamins including vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc and B vitamins which are all essential for healthy skin repair and renewal. What makes the spice incredibly potent is its unique profile of actives, the most important of them is a-crocin, a carotenoid compound, which gives the threads their characteristic golden-yellow colour. It also contains other carotenoids, including zea-xanthin, lycopene, a- and ß-carotenes which are powerful anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants which protect the skin from oxidative damage and aid in accelerating skin cell renewal. 

On the Inside: Tea is one of the best ways to ingest saffron for its beauty benefits.  The active compounds in the saffron threads are water soluble, and absorb straight into your bloodstream through your digestive system. Just add 4 to 6 strands of saffron to one cup of boiling water. Add some grated ginger (about 1 teaspoon) or cinnamon along with a pinch of stevia. Steep for 15 minutes to allow the threads to infuse and release their active compounds into the hot water. 

On the Outside: Saffron will assist the skin in retaining moisture and also has skin lightening benefits which will help you achieve an ethereal glow. It is also antimicrobial so when applied topically will help to soothe acne-prone skin. To make a mask, add a few threads of saffron to a ¼ of a cup of milk. Add a teaspoon of olive oil and let the strands infuse overnight if possible. Apply this mixture to the skin with some cotton wool and leave it on for at least thirty minutes before rinsing off.

 

  1. Kefir

You are likely to know about the benefits of fermented foods or the gut however you may not know that they also work wonderfully to rejuvenate the skin, boost collagen production and reduce inflammation.

The skin and gut axis are intimately connected which means that the microbes in our gut communicate with the bacteria that are living within the skin barrier. This means that our gut microbes have a role to play in the control of

Kefir specifically is rich in probiotics which improve gut flora and aid in the digestion of food and absorption of skin-friendly nutrients and minerals, which your body requires to create glowing and beautiful skin.

Studies have shown that acne, eczema and even psoriasis benefit from the consumption of probiotics.

On the Inside: Boost your gut friendly bacteria with a dose of kefir daily. You will notice your digestive system improves (any tendencies towards constipation will be alleviated) and your body’s detoxification processes will also get a kick start. This will allow your skin to benefit from the removal of excess toxins which can make their way to the skin barrier and the removal of excess hormones which can create hormonal skin conditions. You don’t need much kefir to provide you with skin and belly benefits. Start with 30 mls daily and build to 50 mls over the course of 2 to 3 weeks.

On the Outside: When applied topically fermented foods or probiotic rich foods have been shown to increase hydration by strengthening the fatty ceramide layer of the skin which assists in retaining moisture. They also assist in protecting the skin barrier against unfriendly bacteria, environmental toxins and free radicals which cause skin ageing.

 

  1. Chamomile

Chamomile beats most herbs when it comes to its soothing properties. This liquid gold infusion has so many skin benefits from being anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing, anti-bacterial and skin healing. One of the reasons I love it is due to its ability to reduce skin redness and irritation including relieving eczema and to combat acne. 

Chamomile’s healing properties come from its daisy-like flowers, which contain volatile oils (including bisabolol, bisabolol oxides A and B, and matricin) as well as flavonoids (particularly a compound called apigenin) and other therapeutic substances.

On the Inside: Chamomile tea is so easy to drink, whether it is as a cold drink or a hot pre-bedtime relaxant. Edible Beauty No. 3 Sleeping Beauty Tea has a wonderful dose of the herb in there.

On the Outside: Edible Beauty Australia’s & Soothe Me Balm contains Chamomile Extract. Apply the balm to the skin before bedtime to reduce redness, irritation and provide ultra-hydration.

 

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