Skin loving, made easy
Time for a pop quiz.
OK, let’s go!
Name 3 organs of your body.
What did you come up with?
If you immediately thought to answer with the heart, lungs, or liver, then yes, a gold star for you. (Bonus points for the more creative among you who said the spleen, stomach or kidneys..)
But what about SKIN? Did you think to say ‘skin’?
No*? No worries, you’re not alone. Even though the skin gets the prize for being the largest organ in the body (around 10kg worth on an adult, followed by the liver at around 1.5kg) it’s perhaps not the most readily associated with ‘Team organ’.
So we reckon it’s high time to give skin the love, attention and kudos it deserves. Afterall, our skin is literally responsible for holding us together – otherwise we’d just be a bag of bones. Plus, skin provides us with an airtight, watertight and flexible barrier between the outside world and our insides – again, kinda essential for getting around.
Skin also houses our sense of touch, helps regulate body temperature and produces vitamins – hurrah for skin!
But wait, there’s more…
When we say elimination, you think poohs and wees, right? Sure, you’d be correct, but skin is also an organ of elimination, helping us rid toxins from the body.
Tough jobs, huh?
And what thanks do we give skin?
Instead we complain about it, scratch it, burn it, shave it and pluck it, and sometimes even leave it out in the elements to fend for itself. Worse still, and often quite unintentionally, we force the skin to absorb substances that couldn’t possibly be healthy.
The thing is, skin is porous. It absorbs everything we put on it. Yup, every substance put on the skin winds up in the bloodstream. As such, it makes sense to know the ingredients of the skincare products such as sunscreens, moisturisers and creams we buy.
Put simply, what you put ON your body is just as important as what you put IN.
Big usually means scary
Big skincare brands that put profit over love and common sense generally cram a scary sounding blend of chemicals into a tube and sell it. We’re talking parabens, sodium lauryl sulphate, coal tar and petroleum derivatives. (Yup, we’re not sure what those things actually are, either..)
Natural ingredients, sourced from plant and mineral origins are kinder for you, your skin and the planet. It’s time to treat skin with love and get to know the products we do and don’t put on it.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of 5 wonderful ways to love your skin, naturally.
- Serve and protect
You live in Australia – check.
You love being outside – check.
Then you NEED sunscreen, my friend!
But not just any old stuff, right? You want a product that actually works to reflect and filter harmful ultraviolet rays, feels good and is free from the questionable chemicals that frequent big supermarket brand formulas.
Like a liberal dollop of sunscreen, we’ve got you covered. Our preferred options steer clear of the nasties and utilise zinc oxide’s naturally protective qualities to deter damage.
Click here to see sun-protecting products made with love, care, and without the bad stuff:
Love note: Sunscreen is only ever part of the equation. It’s essential to wear a hat, appropriate clothing, seek shade and avoid exposure in the hottest parts of the day – along with slip, slop slapping your chosen sunscreen – to be completely sun-safe.
- Give your dial the VIP treatment
Your face is your fortune, your visual calling card, and the place to display your emotions for the world to see. As such, it deserves the VIP treatment!
Facial skin is thinner and more delicate than body skin. Housing more sebaceous glands than other skin zones, the face is also the preferred venue for the body’s hormonal changes to show up. (Hello pimples and flushes!) That means your face requires a different kind of care, with products created specifically for your dial.
Unlike the glossy ads, we’re not gonna guarantee these products will banish the 7 signs of ageing (whatever they are…) but we will say our carefully selected range delivers wholesome, nurturing goodness over hype!
- Make your body sing
‘Head shoulders knees and toes, knees and toes.. ‘
Sing it with me, friend!
Yep, even the body parts that rarely see the light of day need some lovin’ fanfare! The best time to pamper your skin all over is directly after your shower, when the skin is still slightly damp. This will help keep all that lovely moisture locked in.
Ready to celebrate your skin? You’ll find plenty of body lovin’ options here.
- Save the stink
While we agree that BO is the pits, it’s time to give underarms a break.
Yes, it can be stinky, but did you know sweat is essential to life? Sweating helps prevent overheating, and if you weren’t able to excrete sweat from the body, you’d fall in a heap and die – eek!
As it’s not socially acceptable to be stinky, many manufacturers pull out all stops in an effort to stop the stink. Queue aluminium. Aluminium has long been used in deodorants and antiperspirants to block the process of sweating – but blocking a natural process sounds like trouble to us, and umm.. what’s with slathering aluminium, a metal, on your skin??
Several studies point to aluminium’s negative impact on the body, particularly the lymphatic system. Sounds like good reasons to favour aluminium-free products, don’t you think?
Pour over our selection of sweet-smelling armpit-friendly options to pamper your pits and keep your skin safe.
- Brush it
Fun fact: One third of your body’s toxins are excreted through the skin. You can help the process along with dry body brushing.
Here’s how it’s done: Nude up, and make long, gentle sweeping motions toward the heart with a natural body brush. (Avoid your sensitive bits – ouch!)
Dry body brushing works to unclog the pores and excrete the toxins that become trapped in the skin. It’s an invigorating wake-up call for your circulation and promotes baby-soft skin.
Add some zing to your morning – give body brushing a go!
What about baby?
Little skin is so scrumptious, delicate and special that we want to dedicate a whole other blog post about it soon – so stay tuned!
In the meantime, take a look at our big range to care for your family’s littlest member(s).
Hey skin, gimme some skin!Take a little time to understand and appreciate your hard-working skin. Reward it’s flexible diligence with products that nurture and support, rather than strip and deplete.
When you choose natural products, it’s easy to love the skin you’re in, and let it love you back.
* was it a YES? Then collect $200 and head straight to GO. Oh, scratch that. How about using code SKIN at checkout for 10% off instead