Acne: Fact and Fiction May 25 2017, 0 CommentsMyths about acne die hard. Old wives’ tales about its causes continue to persist, in spite of scientific condition to the contrary. This article aims to shed light on some common myths about acne and attempts to separate fact from fiction.
Myth 1: People who have acne are unclean and maintain poor hygiene
There is absolutely no truth to this statement. Acne is caused by a hormonal imbalance in the body. When the oil glands responsible for keeping our skin waterproof and moist, over react to produce excessive quantities of sebum, they block the associated hair follicle, causing clogged pores, which develops into acne. So hygiene has absolutely nothing to do with it. In fact unnecessary scrubbing of the skin can exacerbate the problem. Do take care of your skin though - wash your face gently and pat dry.
Myth 2: Eating the wrong foods will lead to acne
The fact is that there is no co-relation between what you eat and acne. The chocolates, the French fries, the cheese pizza, and all those other fatty foods that have been lambasted ever so often, because of their unhealthy consequence have no affect whatsoever on your skin. However, eating a well balanced diet makes sense. So while you don’t have to be concerned as to whether your favorite treat affects your skin (at least directly), do remember that it does affect your overall health.
Myth 3: Acne is caused by stress
The truth is that the stress that most of us experience as part of our day-to-day existence does not lead to acne. Sometimes, acne can arise as the side-effect of drugs taken to treat severe stress. Talk to your doctor to find out if your stress medication is responsible for your acne. Stress can however make an already existing acne condition worse.
Myth 4: Acne is a merely a cosmetic disease
Well, acne does affect the way you look and yes, it is considered a threat to your physical well being. However, the fact remains that in some cases acne can lead to permanent scarring which is more than just purely cosmetic. Acne affects people psychologically. It is known to affect their perception of themselves, their self-esteem and confidence and their interaction with others. It can cause feelings of frustration, depression and social embarrassment.
Myth 5: Acne can not be cured
With the kind of products that are available today, such as the new Amboni Organics range for Problematic Skin coming out later this year, there is no reason why anyone should have to suffer the agony caused by acne. The fact is that acne can be cleared up with the right regime specific to their needs.
A Brief Overview Of Baby Acne November 02 2016, 0 Comments
Small babies may develop acne because of the lingering maternal hormones after delivery, which may cause stimulation to the baby's sebaceous glands. Your baby receives these hormones from the placenta, after the delivery.
Don't worry if your baby has pimples. About 20% of the newborn babies are affected by baby acne, also known as acne-neonatorum.
Let’s know the various aspects of this peculiar type of acne. First things first, the treatment for infantile acne is not the same as that of acne treatment for any other age group.
Infantile acne is gender-biased. Male babies are more affected than their female counterparts. Normally babies have the acne attack at the age of 3 weeks. Some babies have it from the time of delivery. Generally the types of acne you find in infants are papules and pustules. Papules are red bumps and pustules are whiteheads. They have a collection of pus.
Some babies also have acne on the scalp. Acne in babies does not require treatment as such. The lesions will take care of themselves within a period of four months. But do take the normal care of the baby as you would take care of its other body parts.
Use mild baby soap such as Amboni Organics Baby Wash and gently clean the face once in a day with water. Many of our customers have seen an improvement in their baby's condition in less than a week when they switch over to our natural gentle formula Baby Wash.Do not try harsher methods by using oil and other lotions which you think are good. They may at times, worsen the condition.
In your anxiety to photograph the baby, don't stuff his/her cheeks with cosmetics and if at all you need to have the touch-ups, do it in an imaginative way.
The ways of acne are indeed mysterious. If you have a family history of acne, that doesn't mean that your baby will have acne. And just because the baby has acne, it doesn't mean that, it will suffer from the attack of acne, when it grows up. Acne has its own working style and attacking strategy.
Our natural organic Baby Wash is perfect for the sensitive skin of babies. It does not irritate the skin like other harm products, but with the combination of aloe and lavender soothes the skin.
You have nothing to do with the infantile acne, relating to the treatment part. Just observe its arrival and departure. Well, arrival with anxiety and departure with pleasure!
Raspberry Seed Oil - Natural Sunscreen Benefits August 24 2016, 0 Comments
8 Tips For Healthy Skin June 24 2016, 0 Comments
Many of us are skin conscious. We want our skin to look young and healthy and we really do try to protect our skin from whatever possible harms there may be in our environment. This article explains some top tips for healthy skin.
Tip 1: Drink Water
Water has long been considered as the most efficient natural treatment or an almost free treatment for any skin condition because of its being alkaline, with pH 7.3. It prevents dehydration which is capable of producing sebum or oil from the sebaceous glands. Your skin needs water in order for it to function best, thus doctors and nutritionists suggest that a daily intake of between 6 to 8 glasses of water per day is highly needed.
Tip 2: Watch Your Diet
Nutrition plays a vital role in skin health too. Specific foods such as those acidic foods and dairy products are said to be effective in causing an allergic reaction in some people. Also, one of the widely debated topics in the area of nutrition today is chocolates. Some say that chocolate does affect the condition of the skin, while others say it doesn’t. Whatever the result may be, the best advice is just to follow a nutritious diet that has a number of fresh fruits and green-leafy veggies, as well as fibre. Amboni Organics complied an eating plan to work in conjunction with our skincare products to help you achieve smooth, glowing skin.
Tip 3: Consider Exfoliants
Many experts say that exfoliating your skin is another great way to attain a beautiful skin. So, why not try our Enzyme Face Polish, as it is capable of eliminating the dead skin cells and gives your skin a brighter more youthful look. Accordingly, this should be done once or twice a week so to free the skin to breathe.
However, it is essential to avoid using any body exfoliant on the skin on the face. The main reason for this precaution is that the facial tissue is more sensitive and finer than those tissues of the body. Generally body exfoliators are more grainy therefore too harsh for the skin on our face.
Tip 4: Consider a Healthy Routine for Facial Care
When it comes to facial skin care, getting into a healthy beauty routine is not bad. Most of the doctors today greatly suggest that you cleanse and moisturise your skin twice every day. When cleaning, never fail to remember cleaning the area on the neck, including your face. Apply a moisturizer or neck cream after. Our products – Morning Face Cream, Night Face Cream, Cream Cleanser and Gel Cleanser will definitely be a positive in your skincare routine.
Before going to bed at night, always bear in mind to remove all make up. Clean your skin before you sleep, no matter how tired you may feel. It was found out that during the night, the skin goes through a process of elimination and cannot breathe properly if it is clogged with make up. And, you may also find out that sleeping with your make up on will cause your skin to “break out” with spots on it.
Tip 5: Heal Your Feet
When it comes to skin care, the feet are often neglected. So, if care you found no time for a professional pedicure, try to fill a football or basin with warm water and add your favourite essential oil. Soak your feet for about fifteen minutes. Then, dry them and apply a rough skin remover onto them. Rinse this off and dry you feet well. And, if you consider pedicure, simply add some body cream to your feet for an easy and quick fix pedicure.
Tip 6: Avoid Too Much Exposure to the Sun
One of the most common precautions when it comes to skin care is avoiding too much exposure to the sun. As you may know, over exposure to sunlight causes sunburn. So, while current sun blocks only block out the UVB rays and still let in harmful UVA rays, it is still wise to cover up before venturing into the hands of Apollo. If possible, use a wide brimmed hat while tending your garden to keep the sun from your face.
Tip 7: Exercise
Aside from considering a healthy diet, exercising your body also helps keep your skin healthy. Note that a proper exercise does not only keep the body fit by regulating the oxygen; it also improves the glow of the skin as well.
Tip 8: Take Enough Rest
One common problem that face people is stress; the one which is not normal. It was found out that when a person is stressed, the adrenal cortex converts adrenal androgens to the hormone testosterone in male and female, which in turn results in overactive sebaceous glands. These adrenal androgens are released causing a double amount of testosterone, causing the face to be oily, while other areas of the body are still dry from dehydration. So, taking proper rest that includes 6 to 8 hours of undisturbed sleep daily is the best way to rejuvenate the skin.
What’s In Your Skincare Products? Ingredients To Avoid May 18 2016, 0 Comments
Just like food labeling, skincare labels also need to have the ingredients that are in the product included. The list of ingredients is set out so that the largest amount of ingredients is at the top and it works its way down to the smallest amount of ingredient.
But not all of the ingredients that manufacturers use are considered safe, and therefore we thought it would be a good idea to share with you some of the nasties that you should avoid and the reasons why.
Parabens are a family of synthetic esters used in many high end skincare products. Parabens are found in the form of methylparabens, ethylparaben, butylparaben, isoparaben, and more. The purpose of these ingredients is to use as a preservative to prevent bactical and fungal growth. It generally prolongs the shelf life of the product, but at what expense to our bodies?
Parabens work by imitating the hormone estrogen, high levels of which have been linked to a higher occurrence of breast cancer in women.
Most organic natural ingredients have therapeutic properties and many natural active ingredients have proven benefits to the skin and are not harmful in any way to our bodies.
Sodium Laureth Sulphate/Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
Sodium Laureth Sulphate/Sodium Lauryl Sulphate were introduced to skincare as an emulsifier or detergent. Alone or in combination, these surfactants are used as the primary detergents in a majority of products such as skin cleansers and body washes.
Studies were completed to see the effect of irritation on the skin caused by surfactants and it showed that irritation is dependent on the structure of the sulphate. ‘SLS is an anionic detergent which tend to be more irritating to the skin and eyes in comparison to amphoteric and non-ionic detergents’ (L. Rhein, 2007).
These ingredients are also known to cause skin reactions such as such as dermatitis or may cause inflammation. ‘Though emulsions are often used to treat inflammatory skin disorders such as eczema, emulsions may also cause skin disorders because of the presence of surfactants added as stabilisers’ (Bárány et al, 2000)
Polyethylene Glycols (PEGs)
Polyethylene Glycols are petroleum based ingredients and are often used in creams in particular, as a moisturising agent. PEGs are typically followed by a number correlating to how many units of ethylene glycol they comprise, in the form of say PEG-4 or PEG-100; the lower the number, the more easily the compound is absorbed into the skin.
They have a penetration enhancing effect which is important to remember for several reasons:
Firstly, PEGs make it easier for other undesirable ingredients in your skincare products to penetrate deep into your skin.
Secondly, PEGs have the potential to disrupt the skins natural moisture balance, thus altering the surface tension of the skin.
And thirdly, PEGs often come contaminated with toxic impurities. An example of such impurities is 1,4-Dioxane. This chemical is known to be carcinogenic in animals and may cause eye, skin and respiratory irritations, as well as have effects on the nervous system, and kidney and liver toxicity. According to a report in the International Journal of Toxicology by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review, pollutants found in various PEG compounds include ethylene oxide (used to manufacture mustard gas), 1,4-dioxane, polycyclic aromatic compounds, and heavy metals (lead, iron, cobalt, nickel, cadmium, arsenic).
Information on PEG toxicity is limited and contradictory at this stage, but by all accounts they should be avoided to ensure safety.
Skin Bruѕhіng - How tо Rеmоvе Dеаd Lауеrѕ, Regenerate Nеw Ones, And Make Yоur Skin Glow October 29 2015, 0 Comments
Our ѕkіn is thе bоdу'ѕ lаrgеѕt organ аnd thе оnе thаt іѕ mоѕt еxроѕеd tо thе rаvаgеѕ of thе сhаngіng wеаthеr conditions аnd оthеr harshness оf thе environment. Outѕіdе роllutаntѕ hаvе аdvеrѕе аffесtѕ оn our skin аnd саn make іt look dull and lifeless іf nоt gіvеn рrореr саrе аnd аttеntіоn. Did you know that оnе оf thе mоѕt effective wауѕ to bring your skin back to life is ‘ѕkіn bruѕhіng’. By using a body brush on the skin it removes the dеаd lауеr frоm the top оf thе ѕkіn. Thіѕ technique аlоnе wіll reveal your healthy glowing ѕkіn.
Experts say thаt gіvіng the bоdу a fіrm bruѕhіng аll over mаkеѕ the ѕkіn glоw bу rеmоvіng thе tор dull lауеr оf ѕkіn аnd encouraging new сеllѕ tо rеgеnеrаtе.
What іѕ rеquіrеd?
Onе nееdѕ a body brush wіth soft nаturаl brіѕtlеѕ ѕuсh аѕ those mаdе out оf natural рlаnt bаѕеd fibres оr a loofah. Grab a bruѕh with a handle іn оrdеr tо rеасh аll thе inaccessible раrtѕ оf the bоdу lіkе thе bасk аnd thе buttocks. Our brush even comes with a detachable handle.
Whеrе tо ѕtаrt?
Thе ideal time tо bruѕh уоur ѕkіn іѕ either juѕt before the ѕhоwеr аѕ thіѕ will hеlр іn washing away all thе dead сеllѕ or just before excerising as this will not only brush away the dead skin, but assist in circulating the blood flow. It's іmроrtаnt thаt уоur skin is drу whеn using a natural brіѕtlе skin bruѕh. Tо begin wіth, ѕtаrt bruѕhіng frоm thе feet and uр to legs, thеn frоm the hands аnd uр thе arms. Thеn dо the tоrѕо, back аnd frоnt. Rеmеmbеr tо аvоіd brushing on sensitive аrеаѕ and аnу аrеаѕ with ореn ѕkіn, аѕ this could be hаrmful аnd result іn іrrіtаtіоn. Kееріng thе flоw оf movements tоwаrdѕ the hеаrt саn be rеwаrdіng, аѕ thіѕ wіll ѕtіmulаtе thе blood flow and enhance thе ѕkіn'ѕ radiance.
Gеntlе brushing invigorates thе skin tо a grеаt еxtеnt. Nоt оnlу dоеѕ it improve the appearance of уоur ѕkіn by еlіmіnаtіng dеаd сеllѕ аnd hеlріng new ѕkіn tо rеgеnеrаtе, іt also stimulates blооd сіrсulаtіоn, thе lуmрhаtіс ѕуѕtеm, аnd greatly enhances tоxіn elimination. In аddіtіоn, thе massaging еffесt of the brіѕtlеѕ is known to be highly bеnеfісіаl for еlіmіnаtіng cellulite. It аlѕо ѕlоwѕ thе аgіng process оf thе ѕkіn through cell regeneration. Thе mаѕѕаgіng action of the bruѕh ѕtіmulаtеѕ bоth thе sweat and ѕеbасеоuѕ glаndѕ, thuѕ соntrіbutіng tо thе rеѕtоrаtіоn of mоіѕt, supple skin.
Skin bruѕhіng іѕ an ideal wау tо dеtоx thе ѕkіn аѕ well аѕ rid the bоdу оf toxins and rеvеаl a hеаlthу glоwіng skin. It is аn excellent, cost еffесtіvе wау tо trеаt the skin thаt саn bе реrfоrmеd in the соmfоrt оf your own home.
Berry Beauty Smoothie October 28 2015, 0 Comments
This smoothie is rich in antioxidants and contains sources of omega-3, protein and calcium.
1 cup of chilled Almond Milk
1 tablespoon of Flaxseed Oil
1/2 cup of frozen Berries
2 tablespoons of Coconut Milk
1. Place all ingredients into blender.
2. Blend on high until smooth.
3. Refrigerate if not drink immediately and consume within 2 hours.
WANT SUMMER SKIN IN WINTER? read this August 13 2015, 0 Comments
THIS WINTER YOU COULD HAVE SUMMER SKIN if you take my advice....
Are you working in an air conditioned office where the hot air is flowing and keeping you toasty warm? Or are you wandering around the windy streets doing coffee and lunch?
Which ever one you are, your skin will be suffering from moisture loss and feeling dry and you may even feel a bit of a sting on your lips and cheeks.
While reapplying your daily mosituriser in the middle of the day isn't realistic, spritzing a face mist throughout the day is definitely doable and will assist to plump up those dehydrated skin cells and freshen up your makeup.
CLEANSE - during the cooler months your skin tends to produce less oil and therefore needs a less abraisive cleanser, choose a MILK or a CREAM cleanser to help allow the skin to absorb more moisture. You know that tight feeling you often get right after cleansing your face? it can mean that the protective layer has been damaged by the product you're using
HYDRATE - this is where the face mist comes into play. It helps correct and balance dehydrated skin and can be used over makeup. It truely is a must have product
THE LOW DOWN ON SUGAR! May 04 2015, 0 Comments
When you are trying to avoid sugar, it can be tricky to know what sugar substitutes are good ones and what sugar substitutes are still packed with fructose (the stuff we are trying to avoid when we cut out sugar).
There are a host of sugar substitutes that are used in cooking and food products to replace sugar, but most of them are still packed full of fructose. Some even deliver more fructose than every day sugar!
Here I list just a few of the common sugar substitutes on the market and how they stack up against standard sugar.
- Sucrose is also known as white table sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar and rapadura sugar. It contains 50% fructose and 50% glucose.
- Agave Syrup is a sugar substitute made from the same Mexican succulent that tequila is made from. It contains roughly 90% fructose – it's one of those ones to avoid because it's actually higher than sugar (sucrose).
- Coconut sugar/Coconut nectar/Coconut syrup: Coconut sweeteners are a relatively new craze, they show up in many health food and although sound like they would be great for you, they still contain around about 45% fructose, which is almost the same amount found in sugar (sucrose).
- Honey: Whether it’s raw or organic doesn’t matter when it comes to fructose content. Honey contains 40% fructose, which is only 10% less than sucrose.
- Maple syrup is often used as a healthier sugar alternative. Unlike other sugar substitutes it does have some health benefits but still contains up to 40% fructose.
- Dates are often used to sweeten “sugar-free” recipes, but they contain roughly 30% fructose. Plus they often need to be used in large quantities to get the same sweetness. Be mindful when using them on the regular.
- Rice malt syrup is made from fermented cooked rice. It’s a blend of complex carbohydrates, maltose and glucose. It’s 100% fructose free. This is my go-to sweetener with everything I make.
- Stevia is a plant-based sweetener. It’s completely fructose free, (bonus!) and around 300 times sweeter than sugar. It’s great in recipes where you want to add a little sweetness, it can have a bitter aftertaste if it's used in large quantities and be mindful of the brand you are using, test out different brands because not all Stevia is created equal!
My Choice of Sweetener is Natvia
WHAT I DO: I use dates when cooking certain recipes and I use them in smoothies to sweeten also, I think dates are fantastic in moderation as they contain valuable fibre and nutrients. When it comes to cooking I almost always use either rice malt syrup or/and stevia. Both are very versatile and can be used in almost any recipe.
SUGAR AND THE SKIN: One of the main ways sugar ruins your skin is it causes inflammation in the body. Sugar is highly acidic, and while all acidic foods can cause inflammation to some degree, sugar is one of the worst. How so? Sugar causes a rise in blood sugar levels that surge and plummet, which leads to inflammation. Any sign of inflammation in the skin will cause breakouts, so be sure to avoid refined sugars and added sugars including white sugar, brown sugar, agave syrup, molasses, maple syrup and honey if you’re prone to breakouts. Instead choose rice malt syrup or even better use stevia!.
The inflammatory properties in sugar don’t only lead to breakouts, but also to wrinkles. Sugar basically attacks the healthy, supple collagen in your skin that keeps your skin wrinkle free. Sugar basically "eats" the collagen, so to speak, on a cellular level, which leads to dehydrated, dull-looking skin. When your collagen levels are depleted, wrinkles occur.
So for truly beautiful skin and healthy insides; avoid the inflammatory causing, calorie rich (16 calories per teaspoon, yikes), nasty little thing called sugar!
RECIPE FOR GREAT SKIN THIS AUTUMN April 27 2015, 0 Comments
FOOD, BEAUTY AND THE SKIN
Beauty, the saying goes, is only skin-deep. But the importance of skin goes a lot deeper. Most of us think of skin as just our body's visible outer layer, but in reality the skin is an organ—very much alive and charged with many important duties. Most important of all, It is the first layer of the immune system. For this reason, it is essential to keep our skin, like any other organ in our body, healthy.
Nourishment of the skin can come from both the outside as well as the inside. To keep your skin healthy and your face looking great, make sure the following foods are part of your diet:
- Green Tea
- Olive oil and Olives
- Brazil nuts
- Nonfat Dairy Products
Cook this winter time soup to feed your skin from the inside and help keep you warm!
Northwest Salmon Chowder
3 tbsp butter
½ cup chopped celery
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped seeded green capsicum
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups chicken stock
1 cup diced peeled potatoes
1 cup shredded carrots
1 ½ tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp dried dill
1 cup cooking cream
1 cup milk
2 cups fully cooked salmon chunks or 1 can salmon, drained, flaked, and bones and skin removed
In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add celery, onion, bell peppe, and garlic and sauté 4 minutes or until tender.
Add broth, potatoes, carrots, salt, pepper, and dill. bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer, covered, 40 minutes or until vegetables are nearly tender. Stir in corn, half-and-half, and salmon and cook 15 minutes or until heated through.
Yum Yum, get it in your tum xx
AVOCADO FACE MASK January 24 2015, 0 Comments
The avocado facial masks are an amazing source of goodies for your skin.
The fruit contains a lot of minerals such as iron, potassium, calcium, sodium, copper, magnesium, etc. It also contains vitamins A, E, B and K. The result of that special cocktail is that the avocado face mask reaches the deepest layers of the epidermis and gives elasticity even to the driest skin.
Try this recipe!
1. Avocado Face Mask:
1/2 soft avocado
2 tbs hot water
1 ts honey
Preparation and Usage:
Mash the Avocado with a fork or in a mixer. Dissolve the honey into the water and add it to the fruit. Put it into your face, using your fingers or a special brush. Avoid the area of your eyes and mouth. Keep 10 minutes and wash away.
Hope you enjoy my recipe!
METABOLISM BOOSTING GREEN CITRUS TEA January 17 2015, 0 Comments
If you are looking for a kick to your metabolism, get your teeth into this Green Citrus Tea!! Drink 1-2 cups a day and notice the difference.
NIKKI'S 'Beauty Food Smoothie' RECIPE December 17 2014, 0 Comments
This recipe is super charged with the right ingredients to work wonders on your skin.
The addition of wonder food "Acai + Berries" by Nature's Way gives this drink 22 times more antioxidants than blueberries, not to mention Omega 3, 6 and 9.
Just like a Clean Ice-cream - so get your spoon ready!!
1 Cup of ice
3/4 Cup of almond milk (depending how thick you want it you can add a touch more)
1 teaspoon of Super Acai + Berries (Nature's Way)
1/2 teaspoon of Super Greens + Plus (Nature's Way)
1/2 frozen banana
3-4 tablespoons rice syrup
3/4 cup frozen berries
1/4 cup Jalna Vanilla Lite yoghurt
BLEND and top with extra berries and cacao nibs :)
HYDRATING BATH SOAK - DIY RECIPE November 20 2014, 0 Comments
What is Epsom salt?
Epsom salts are an age old remedy for aching muscles and tired bodies...along with a multitude of other uses.
Epsom salt, named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Long known as a natural remedy for a number of ailments, Epsom salt has numerous health benefits as well as many beauty, household and gardening-related uses.
Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the amazing health benefits (*1). Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and help ease migraine headaches.
How will 'BEAUTIFUL GLOW BODY OIL' benefit me?
GRAPEFRUIT MINERAL SALT SCRUB RECIPE - DIY October 17 2014, 1 Comment
I love this homemade body scrub and even make it up for friends when asked!
It's so relaxing due to the magnesium sulfate AKA Epsom Salts which helps with detoxification, muscle soreness and insomnia. Grapefruit and lavender essential oils are common ones most people have and have so many wonderful uses; the lavender is great for relaxation, stress relief, antiseptic to the skin and hydrating while the grapefruit is gently uplifting while being great for fluid retention and cellulite!!
Jojoba oil is a luxurious choice as the base oil because it's oh so wonderful on your skin plus it is not comedogenic (ie: wont clog your pores) and it also suitable for oily skin types.
HERE'S HOW TO MAKE IT
1/2 cup Epsom salts
1/3 cup jojoba oil (or other oil you have)
5 drops of essential oil (3 grapefruit, 2 lavender)
In a non-reactive bowl stir all ingredients together and spoon into a glass jar (i recycle my coconut oil jars)
Store away from heat and preferably away from light, in the bathroom cupboard is perfect!
It will keep for months :)
Happy scrubbing ~ bet your pins look stunning for summer
5 TIPS FOR SPRING SKIN September 22 2014, 0 Comments
As winter winds down, it's easy to feel discouraged about the way you look. After all, we've been living through months of constant indoor heat on top of bitter cold weather leaving our skin flaky, dry and looking aged.
With spring comes sunshine, humidity, and time spent outdoors. And since spring is a time of rejuvenation and growth, it's the perfect occasion to pamper your skin. And if you’re on a tight budget, you’re in luck. There are a number of ways to improve your skin health without expensive facial scrubs, moisturizers, or wrinkle serums.
If you haven't scrubbed those dead skin cells off your face all winter, it’s definitely time to start. You should be exfoliating two to three times per week.
Aim for eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. An easy way to break it down is to drink an 8 ounce glass first thing in the morning, mid-morning, late afternoon, and before bed. Then, have a glass of water before each meal or snack. This will not only get you to your 8 glasses, it will help fill you up, causing you to eat less and potentially lose weight. You'll also likely see an increase in your energy levels and an improved mood, so get drinking.
YOUR FEET NEED A LITTLE TLC
We’re guessing you have seriously neglected your feet over the winter. With feet bundled up constantly in thick socks and boots, who can blame you? With flip-flop season right around the corner though, it's time to give your feet some attention.
Fill a foot basin or other container with six cups of warm or hot water and two cups of milk. The milk is a mild exfoliator and will also soothe your skin. Sit back, relax and soak for 5 to 10 minutes. This step will soften your skin, getting them ready for exfoliating.
After soaking, use a pumice stone to remove dry, calloused skin from your feet. Focus especially on your heels, which often build up the thickest skin. Scrub gently with the stone for several minutes.
Last, apply a moisturiser try Amboni's COCONUT + SHEA + VITAMIN E HAND & BODY LOTION to your feet or use an oil such as argan oil or coconut oil. Rub the moisturiser into your feet well and put on a pair of cotton socks to keep the moisture in.
Along with not paying enough attention to your feet, we’d guess you didn’t shave as often in the winter as you do in the summer. After all, if you're all covered up anyway, why bother? But with spring and summer comes bare skin so it’s time to get to work.
Before you grab the razor, exfoliate your entire body to remove dead skin cells. You can easily make a body scrub at home by simply mixing two cups of coffee grounds (used), a half-cup of sugar, and a half-cup (or less) of olive oil OR use our RELAX THE SENSES BATH SOAK MIXED WITH SOME OLIVE OIL to make a gorgeous luxe scrub. Using your hands, scrub from your neck down to your toes.
After you've finished shaving, apply moisturiser before you leave the humid bathroom. This will help seal the moisture into your skin and reduce the chance that you develop razor rash or shave bumps.
TAKE YOUR VITAMINS
One of the best things you can do for your skin is to increase your intake of antioxidants, which helps protect skin from free radicals. Free radicals are found in food, as well as tobacco smoke and polluted air. Free radicals cause skin damage and, over time, contribute to aging by destroying collagen. The less collagen you have, the more wrinkles you get.
Your skin will benefit greatly if you increase your consumption of vitamins E, C, and K. Getting enough vitamin A is also essential - if you're not getting enough, your skin responds by becoming dry and flaky. Most fruits and vegetables have plenty of vitamin A, so eating healthy will certainly help improve your skin's tone and elasticity.
Hopefully these little tips can get you feeling all beautiful and motivated coming into the warmer months of spring. Feeling good has never been easy with my budget friendly tips above.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me
4 STEPS TO GET RID OF WINTER SKIN July 01 2014, 0 Comments
Are you working in an air conditioned office where the hot air is flowing and keeping you toasty warm? Or are you wandering around the windy streets doing coffee and lunch?
Which ever one you are, your skin will be suffering from moisture loss and feeling dry and you may even feel a bit of a sting on your lips and cheeks.
CLEANSE - during the cooler months your skin tends to produce less oil and therefore needs a less abrasive cleanser, choose a MILK or a CREAM cleanser to help allow the skin to absorb more moisture. You know that tight feeling you often get right after cleansing your face? it can mean that the protective layer has been damaged by the product you're using, choose chemical free and natural products. Click here to get your Cream Cleanser from Amboni Organics
HYDRATE - While reapplying your daily mosituriser in the middle of the day isn't realistic, spritzing a face mist throughout the day is definitely doable and will assist to plump up those dehydrated skin cells and freshen up your makeup. It helps correct and balance dehydrated skin and can be used over makeup. It truly is a must have product !! Click here to get your Rose Water Toner/Mist
NOURISH - condition your skin from the inside - blueberries are the most amazing food because they are so rich in anti-oxidants and nourish the skin. My other top favourites are salmon followed by avocado; these two are major essential fatty acid foods which nourish the skin, hair and nails. Drinking white and green tea is the preferred way to warm up in the winter months while helping the skin too - try and ditch the black tea is possible. Also nourish with a natural face oil that will instantly soothe the skin, Click here to get your Hydra-Boost Face Oil by Amboni Organics
REJUVENATE - during the cooler months your skin tends to produce less oil and dry out due to air conditioning and outside elements like wind and rain. Try using a hydrating clay mask! The benefits of a french pink clay are hydrating, refining and clearing all while being gentle enough not to strip those all important skin cells of nutrients. Follow the mask with an unscented face oil for a super rich punch of moisture. Click here to find out more about Amboni Organics Rejuvenate Clay Mask French Pink Clay
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If you have any questions relating to skin / aromatherapy / fitness / nutrition, please drop me a line and I'll happily address them via a blog post :)
8 COMMON MISTAKES WHILE WASHING YOUR FACE June 05 2014, 0 Comments
Nikki Auckland - Aromatherapist and natural beauty expert shares some common mistakes that we can easily avoid.
8 FACE WASHING MISTAKES FROM NIKKI
1. Using the wrong cleanser for your skin
“Be sure that you are using the correct cleanser for your skin type and please try to avoid bar soaps at all costs — they can really dry out your skin.” Makeup removing wipes, or a foaming face wash can actually make your skin excessively oily or dry.
2. Not washing your hands first
Seems simple right? So many people don't wash their hands before cleansing. Your hands have bacteria, grease and grim on them, you don’t want to transfer that to your face when trying to wash it, so make sure to always wash your hands.
3. Using either cold or hot water
Using water that is to cold or hot can easily irritate and shock the skin on the face and over time could possibly lead to visible red spider veins on the face. (Yikes!!)
4. Putting your face wash on dry skin
Make sure to moisten the face before applying the cleanser, it will allow for a more gentle application. You don't want to cause excessive friction and you need the water to help loosen dirt and grime.
5. Not rinsing and repeating
This is a big one!! It’s crucial to make sure that you have sufficiently rinsed your skin of all cleanser. If the cleanser is not fully removed it can dry out your skin and lead to clogged pores. Don’t miss those forgettable areas such as either side of your nose, neck and hairline - and follow with a Face Mist or Toner to further make sure all traces of makeup have been removed.
6. Over exfoliating the skin
Exfoliating is a great way to remove the excess skin cells from your face, leaving smoother skin. But if you’re too vigorous or exfoliate too often you can actually be damaging the new layer of skin. It can lead to weakening of your face’s natural protection, dry out the new layer of skin or even cause the skin to produce more oil and make it oily. It can be a viscous cycle.
7. Using a scratchy, dirty towel
The towel you use to pat (not rub) your face dry should always be soft and, most importantly, clean.
8. Going to bed with makeup on
There are never any good excuses for leaving your makeup on overnight when sleeping. This can lead to irritation, redness and an accumulation of fungi. It blocks the pores and causes alot of build up on the skin. Simply DON'T EVER GO TO BED WITH MAKEUP ON - EVER!!!
BEAT WINTER SKIN - let us show you how May 23 2014, 0 Comments
- Cleanse with a cream cleanser
- Use an oil to moisturise at night
- Spritz a Rose Water Mist on the face throughout the day
- Exfoliate weekly
- Use avocado in your meals to add vitals nutrients: Avocados are among the healthiest natural ingredients on the planet and are also considered a complete diet for babies. They contain over 25 vital nutrients including vitamins (A, B, C, E, and K) and minerals such as copper, potassium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus - just don't overdo it as they carry a high calorie count
- Cold water fish such as salmon are great for the skin's health and healing process due to the high levels of protein and potassium as well as vitamins B-6 and B-12.
- Garlic is an excellent food for keeping the skin clear because it reacts with the blood to fight off many viruses and harmful bacteria. Fresh garlic cloves are ideal to use while cooking many types of food.
- Sweet potatoes contain high levels of potassium, sodium and vitamin A which all aid the skin wonderfully. The sweet potato might just be the best tasting vegetable that keeps your skin clear. It is delicious to eat in either a baked, grilled, and even dessert form via a pie or casserole.
- Not only is green tea wonderful for keeping the skin clear via the high levels of antioxidants, but it also helps build the immune system as well as burn fat like almost nothing else. It doesn't matter if you drink it hot or cold. It will be great for you as long as it's pure.
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BUMBLE BEES ORGANICS - Gets re-invented with a new name but has the same cute face May 12 2014, 0 Comments
This cute lil guy pictured here is my son Ashton, he was 5 months old at the time and happily dressed as a bumble bee. Cute huh?
He became the Mascot for my very first brand that I created called BUMBLE BEES ORGANICS..
He has since gown (now 6) and so has the business; I wanted to share with you all that we have re-invented the Bumble Bees brand and merged it under our Main brand Amboni Organics (named after this cute little bees 2 older sisters), can you tell my children are very close to my heart?
Bumble Bees Organics will be known as Amboni Organics but our love of organic and natural skincare hasn't changed, nor has our commitment to our loyal customers.
- Same great formulas
- Same beautiful love and care into each and every product
- Same cute little Ashton Bee promoting our baby range
We hope you continue to love and support our baby products which are now re-branded with different packaging and new fresh labels. Like I said before, we still offer the same amazing product formulas our customers have grown to love over the years, but if you do have any concerns please contact me via email@example.com
So from my family to yours, keep well, keep smiling, keep safe
ORANGE OIL IN SKINCARE - YES OR NO May 06 2014, 0 Comments
Orange oil extracted from the peels of oranges, is recognized for anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, soothing, and purifying abilities.
2 tablespoons zeolite clay
A few pinches of cinnamon, to stimulate circulation
A few drops of tea tree oil, if you want to clear up blemishes, add a couple of drops of orange oil
Mix ingredients in a small jar and add water a few drops at a time until you reach a thick consistency that holds together. If you accidentally add too much water, put in an additional tablespoon of clay until mixture thickens. Spread generously on your face, avoiding your eyes and mouth, and wait for the clay to dry (it will turn into a lighter colour and begin to flake off). Rinse with warm water, and moisturize with coconut, argan or jojoba oil.
MOTHER'S DAY - CUSTOM PACKS May 05 2014, 0 Comments
LET US TAKE THE STRESS OUT
OF GIFT GIVING THIS MOTHER'S DAY
Simply EMAIL US your budget and what products you are interested in - we will take care of the rest.
We will put together a collection of options that will suit your beloved mum - you can choose what products, what colour theme and how you want it arranged.
We will automatically include gorgeous gift wrapping + FREE hand cream, together valued at $29.00
Orders over $75 also receive free shipping Australia Wide
PS. Check out our home page for your 25% DISCOUNT COUPON
I hope all the mums have a wonderful day..
3 Things to nourish your skin!! April 30 2014, 0 Comments
ITS AS SIMPLE AS 1, 2, 3...
- WATER is essential to all body functions and does give our skin a healthy glow. It helps with signs of ageing and will definitely improve the texture of the skin. We lose so much water throughout the day especially when its hot, so remember to drink up.
- SUGAR is pretty much a nasty one.. sugar is acidic and causes inflammation in the body. It attributes to breakouts and should be avoided!! opt for Stevia which is a natural sugar substitute and far less acidic.
- CLEANSE your skin at night. Clear away the dirt and makeup from the day. Helps to re-balance the skin and address any hydration/oil problems. Cleansing at night prepares the skin for your beauty elixirs like night creams, serums and face oils. These are the little beauties that keep you looking younger and your skin fresh and glowing.
No time for beauty? April 04 2014, 0 Comments
- Sun cream for daytime is advised to prevent premature ageing, sunspots and skin cancer.
- A sheer non greasy lip cream in a soft pink or bronze usually works well for all skin tones.. it will add a healthy glow to lips and brightness to your face.
- Using a mineral powder with our Amboni Organics Hydra-Nourish Day Cream will give you a gorgeous tinted moisturiser - you can even deepen and lighten the colour depending on the season - ask us how firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wear your smile :)
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