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The Priceless Beauty Technique You Need to Start Now

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When it comes to looking and feeling beautiful we often do not consider the fundamentals of maintaining our youthful radiance. One of the techniques I always introduce my naturopathy clients to is SLN, it sounds like the next NLP, brain rewiring or food intolerance testing technique. It is in fact more powerful and more importantly free. It is Self-Love & Nurturing. Whilst it is easy to dismiss self love or pampering, it is a critical component of any beauty routine. Read on for three key methods involved in practicing SLN and how they will help to nurture that inner and outer glow:


Beauty Sleep

Sleep is critical for the growth and renewal of all body systems, including the skin. A deprivation of sleep can make fine lines more visible, increase redness, exacerbate pigmentation and decrease skin hydration.

A reduction in sleep leads to a decrease in the body’s release of melatonin. Melatonin is a natural antioxidant secreted at night which acts to prevent the skin from free radical damage. This is one of the reasons poor sleep may lead to accelerated aging and reduced skin health.

The other reason that sleep may make you look older is that a lack of sleep increases the body’s release of the stress hormone cortisol. An excess of cortisol in the body will influence the breakdown of skin collagen, the protein that keeps the skin smooth and elastic.

A lack of sleep has been shown in studies to affect skin hydration, appearance and impact fine lines. In fact a study conducted by the University of Cleveland on the Effects of Sleep Quality on Skin Aging and Function showed that sleep deprived women were shown to show more significant signs of attributes like fine lines, uneven pigmentation and less elasticity versus their well rested counterparts. Poor sleepers were also shown to retain redness in their skin, experience greater moisture loss in their skin and recover more slowly from sun damage as compared to women who were getting adequate sleep.

Switch Off:

Time and time again I see clients who feel so burdened by work issues, with no down time, feeling they need to be constantly in work mode- checking emails, responding to calls and thinking about work issues at least 14 hours per day. This work-domiated culture we have produced means we are consistently exposed to Electromagnetic Radiation (EMFs) from or. computers, smart phones and other electronic devices which we are using for the most part of the day and even at night

Radiation exposure at the levels we are exposed to on a daily basis can result in skin burns, dry, wrinkled skin and what is known as photo aging.

Countless epidemiological studies, from The British Medical Journal to the World Health Organization (WHO) to the California Department of Health, have linked EMFs to lymphoma, leukemia, male fertility problems, autoimmune system deficiencies, birth defects, tumours, insomnia, heart problems and more.

In a study Consequences of late-night smartphone use and sleep, researchers from Washington, Florida and Michigan State universities have found that using smartphones before bed disturbs sleep, negatively affects work and accelerates ego depletion, which refers to people’s capacity to self-regulate behaviour and act positively and productively.

What can you do to try to switch off from EMFs?

  • Switch off from all electronic devices at least two hours before sleep. It will make for better sleep and ensure you wake refreshed and ready to tackle the next day with the motivation and energy required;
  • Invest in a proven EMF blocker;
  • Do not sleep with your iphone next to you or put it in aeroplane mode to prevent you checking it in the middle of the night; and
  • Aim to have at least 10 hours of the day EMF free (you may be surprised at how difficult this is).

Allow Yourself to Receive:

We often think that we must be constantly giving and that we do not deserve to pamper or receive. When we allow ourselves to self-pamper and receive we actually build a supply of energy, strength and confidence to continue to be the radiant beings we deserve to be.
Our talents, passions and interests are in fact the basis of our life purpose. Practice doing your best to give and receive as well as to receive from yourself. There is no need to wait for others to give back to you. You can indulge in yourself without guilt. A few of my favourite ways include having a relaxing massage, switching my phone off and enjoying a day in the ocean or lighting beautifully scented candles and reading a light hearted book in bed.

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The Perfect Pampering Duo

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The Perfect Pampering Duo

We often forget the importance of exfoliating and “masking” when it comes to our skin care routine. The Beauty Apothecary Desert Lime Flawless Face Polish and Coco Bliss Regenerating Mask make the perfect exfoliating and hydrating pampering duo.

Desert Lime Flawless Face Polish is a micro-bead polish which gently exfoliates to remove dead skin cells and impurities, revealing radiant flawless skin. It features he native Australian Extract Desert Lime which is rich in a phytochemical called coumarin which help the proliferation of skin cells. It is also rich in glycosides which support healthy collagen production and skin hydration. The Strawberry Fruit Extract found in the Polish helps to tone, purify and brighten the skin to impart a healthy & bright glow. Gingko Extract in the Polish increases blood flow to the skin, helping to restore a youthful, radiant appearance by getting rid of dead skin cells and increasing skin elasticity.

Coco Bliss Regenerating Mask is a lush hydrating mask that works to intensely hydrate, heal and soften the skin. The Mask is made using Shea, Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter as base. These ingredients are rich in fatty acids and intensely hydrate and improve the skin’s elasticity. The Mask also features Vitamin E oil which heals and regenerates the skin and B vitamins which act to quench and nourish the skin. Pomegranate is a beautiful addition to the Mask, it is rich in polyphenols and anthocyanins which strengthen cell membranes, reducing susceptibility to free radical damage and moisture loss.

Using the pampering duo is as simple as applying Desert Lime Flawless Face Polish on the face and neck with a circular motion, rinsing and patting the skin and then applying a thick layer of Coco Bliss Regenerating Mask. The Mask can be left on the skin overnight for intense hydration and repair or rinsed after 10

 to 15 minutes.

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How to Create Your Own Home Apothecary

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When it comes to the home, many of our household cleaners can be as toxic as our skin care. By overhauling some of the main cleaning products we use, we can ensure our families’ health is not being impacted by harsh chemicals.

Chemicals in everyday household cleaners have been linked to the onset or worsening of asthma, a narrowing of blood vessels, headaches, shortness of breath, nausea, and prenatal exposure may be linked to attention deficit disorder or even autism in children. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) have been shown to cross the blood-brain barrier and placenta, VOCs can depress the central nervous system; irritate the eyes, nose and throat; and reduce pulmonary function.

The good news is that you don’t need to rely on these toxic chemicals for a clean home. You can power through most household dirt with inexpensive and effective homemade cleaners. You can also customize your cleaners with beautiful smelling bacteria-busting essential oils.

Baking Soda: A truly multitasking cleaner, baking soda is a perfect substitute for cleaning powders that scour sinks and tubs without scratching. It’s also great for wiping down and deodorizing the fridge. Combined with an equal amount of vinegar, baking soda can freshen drains and prevent them from clogging.

Distilled White Vinegar: White vinegar is great at clearing grease and removing odour. Due to its neutralizing properties, white vinegar is also good for washing windows, cleaning kitchen counters and shining bathroom fixtures. Simply dilute 1 part vinegar in 4 parts water. Vinegar is also natural antibacterial due to its high acid contents so it makes a great alternative to caustic cleaners on toilets and floors.

Salt: Perfect for cutting through the grease in ovens, salt also works well for soaking up fresh carpet stains such as red wine, coffee or ink. Pour salt on the wet stain. Let dry, then vacuum.

Vegetable Oil (Castille) Soap: This natural soap is great for floors and all-purpose cleaning when combined with vinegar or even warm water. For an all-purpose cleaner, add 1⁄2 teaspoon of soap to 2 cups of water.. For floors, combine 2 teaspoons of soap with 6 cups of water. Make sure to rinse well to remove any dulling residue.

Lemons: Lemon’s citric acid content makes it perfect for cutting through stubborn grease and makes your home smell fresh. Lemon juice is also a natural bleach, especially when combined with the sun. Freshen cutting boards by rubbing a cut lemon over the surface. Lemon also works well for banishing fish and egg odors. Undiluted lemon juice can also be used to dissolve soap scum and hard water deposits.

 

Recipe: All-purpose cleaner and disinfectant

Just as effective as popular antibacterial cleansers, this formula is perfect for kitchen and bathroom surfaces.

2 cups hot water

¼ cup white vinegar

½ teaspoon baking soda

15 drops tea tree essential oil

15 drops lavender essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a reusable spray bottle and shake well. To use, spray on surfaces, especially cutting boards, countertops and toilets. Wipe with a dry cloth.

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Tips For Putting Insomnia To Bed

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Sleep is critical for growth and renewal of all body systems, including the skin. A deprivation of sleep can significantly affect our beauty so we want to ensure we are getting our beauty sleep.

My key tips for achieving a perfect night’s sleep, aside from a beautiful cup of sleeping tea include:

  1. Essential Oil Bath Bliss: A few drops of Roman Chamomile, French Lavender and Geranium Rose oils make for a luxurious bath soaking experience along with some Epsom salts which will help you release the stress of the day and soothe your tense muscles. If bathing is not your preferred relaxation option, take a few minutes when you climb into bed to massage a few drops of these essential oils into the soles of your feet, your skin, and your hands. Or better still, place a handkerchief or tissue under your bed with a drop of each oil and place it under your pillow. Do not place the oils directly on your sheets or pillow cases as they will stain!
  2. Magic Maca: Maca powder is one of my favourite ingredients for a warm relaxing drink at night. Maca has been used medicinally for centuries in South America and is known as an adaptogen. Combine a tablespoon of maca with a tablespoon of carob powder and some warm almond milk as an alternative to hot chocolate. Maca has the added benefit of being a fertility tonic so it may kill two birds with one stone!
  3. Meditation and Relaxation: Listening to relaxing music or a guided meditation often works well to assist calm the body and mind. Experiment with different apps and mediations to see which one works for you. Holosync meditation is one type I find effective in that it assists in the reduction of anxiety and balancing your emotional state.
  4. Not to Be Dismissed: It does go without saying that avoiding afternoon caffeine hits, large meals and exercise before sleep and keeping away electronic objects are crucial strategies to ensure a restful sleep.
  5. Should All Else Fail, Count Waterfalls….Not Sheep. According to an experiment conducted by researchers at Oxford University, counting sheep is actually an inferior means of inducing sleep. Subjects who instead imagined a beach or waterfall were forced to expend more mental energy, and fell asleep faster than those asked to simply count sheep.
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Why You Really Need Your Beauty Sleep

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What does a lack of sleep do to your skin? Can it really make you look older? 

There is a reason why we need our beauty sleep. Sleep is critical for growth and renewal of all body systems, including the skin.

A deprivation of sleep can significantly affect our beauty. It can make fine lines more visible, increase redness, exacerbate pigmentation and decrease skin hydration. The reason why is that a reduction in sleep leads to a decrease in the body’s release of melatonin. Melatonin is a natural antioxidant secreted at night which acts to prevent the skin from free radical damage. This is one of the reasons poor sleep may lead to accelerated aging and reduced skin health.

The other reason that sleep may make you look older is that a lack of sleep increases the body’s release of the stress hormone cortisol. A reduction of cortisol in the body will influence the breakdown of skin collagen, the protein that keeps the skin smooth and elastic.

A lack of sleep has been shown in studies to affect skin hydration, appearance and impact fine lines. In fact a study conducted by the University of Cleveland on the Effects of Sleep Quality on Skin Aging and Function showed that sleep deprived women were shown to show more significant signs of attributes like fine lines, uneven pigmentation and less elasticity versus their well rested counterparts. Poor sleepers were also shown to retain redness in their skin, experience greater moisture loss in their skin and recover more slowly from sun damage as compared to women who were getting adequate sleep.

What are the best herbs to promote sleep?

I have three favourite herbs for combating stress and promoting sleep:

My first and foremost herb for promoting sleep is Passionflower. Passionflower is a beautiful herb for relaxing and calming and is particularly effective where there may be many circulating thoughts preventing sleep.  Interestingly, the Latin name for the herb is Passiflora incarnata which literally translates to “passion made real.” Several studies have shown the benefits of passionflower in reducing anxiety, promoting sleep and calming the nervous system. I find it works particularly well where people are waking up frequently throughout the night as it promotes an unbroken and restful sleep.

Chamomile is another wonderful herbal antidote for stress and anxiety. Chamomile flowers have been used for centuries for their medicinal and beauty properties. Chamomile acts as a relaxant, promoting sleep and calming the body. It also has a number of anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, including the ability to accelerate wound healing and calm irritated skin.

Skullcap as the name suggests, focuses on reducing anxiety associated with many thoughts and mental stress.  It is a comforting herb which has traditionally been used to alleviate nervous tension and exhaustion and works to promote emotional well-being and relaxation during times of stress.

Passionflower, Skullcap and Chamomile are all present in Sleeping Beauty Tea.

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