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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} A Bronzite Stone is a protective and grounding mineral that helps to restore harmony in your life. It strengthens your self-confidence and self-esteem, especially in situations where you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or powerless. Bronzite healing properties help to alleviate any feelings of doubt or indecisiveness. This particular bronzite meaning makes this a very beneficial stone to use when considering plans for the future.

Bronzite stones help you to take responsibility for your actions, while balancing, grounding and stabilizing your energy body in the process. Bronzite healing properties not only repel, but send back the negative energies to the sender. They instill the inner strength and courage to follow through with your actions to pave way for your dreams to come true.
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} A Selenite wand (pictured) is the ideal energy tool for all types of energy cleansing. Everyone needs one in their home. It is one of the the very few minerals that has the ability to quickly unblock stagnant energy and remove negative energy. Place one on each of your windowsills to protect your space and raise its vibration. Selenite crystals also greatly magnify the energy of anything that is placed upon them. Place your tumbled stones on top of them to clear their energy. 💎
Selenite is one of our must-have crystals—it’s one that we both wear each and everyday. It is a mineral that holds a very, very high vibration, working on many different energetic levels to cleanse, purify and clear your body of any negativity or energy blockages. Selenite crystals dispel all negative energy from the body and mind, bringing calming energies, deep peace and mental clarity.
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Unknown to many, Selenite also promotes fertility as well as unlocks any creative blocks. It is excellent for healers, light workers and people in the public to wear, as they act as an energetic shield surrounding your aura. Some even believe that its' natural ability to cleanse, purify and create energy flow throughout the entire energy system will help to restructure and regenerate cells. It is often used in holistic medicine treatments for physical healing, including cancer treatment and tumor reduction. 💎
Wearing a selenite necklace also shields and protects you from lower energy frequencies, especially energy vampires, spirits or ghosts. Selenite is a form of liquid light that infuses your aura and spirit with white light when worn or held.
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} An Andalusite stone is very powerful for psychic protection, grounding and motivation. Carry it with you when you are feeling anxious, stressed or fearful to help you feel more secure and protected.

Since ancient times, Andalusite stones have been used for protection. They believed that the Andalusite meaning as a sign from God, as it has a very unique, natural black cross within it. Andalusite stones carry a very highly protective vibration, especially for psychic protection. In ancient times, it was used to ward off the evil eye and any negativity directed at them. An Andalusite Stone is a powerful healing stone for focus and grounding, helping to strengthen all of your chakras so that you feel more balanced. It increases your motivation and willpower, so that you are fully focused on your task or goal. The andalusite metaphysical properties include having a deep connection with the Earth. When you hold these stones in your hands, you will feel a spiritually grounding and comforting energy. It helps you to change any negative energy into positive, fostering harmony and peace. Andalusite stones are also wonderful stones to carry when you are feeling fearful, depressed, anxious or stressed, as it helps to relieve stress and leaves you feeling more secure. 💎
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Peacock Ore’s (also called Chalcopyrite) rainbow color surrounds you with light to inspire positivity. It is a stone of creativity, innovation and blessings that helps to increase creative energies and stimulate new ideas. Hold it in your hands and say: Negative energy will not enter my space. I am surrounded by light and peace. This will amplify its properties for peace and protection.

Chalcopyrite is a wonderful meditation stone because it breaks up energy blockages to open up the crown chakra. It is also believed to be one of the strongest healing stones in the mineral kingdom, as it has the ability to align every chakra when placed upon it. Using it in body layouts causes a transformative experience that removes negative energy and replaces it with strong, positive energy. Meditating with them on a regular basis increases your intuition and helps you to become more in tune with the universe. It is also said to help us overcome the idea of “perfection,” encouraging us to embrace who we are and accept ourselves. 💎 
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Black Tourmaline is one the ultimate protection crystals. If you are looking to clear, cleanse and unlock any energy blockages in your home, place a piece of Black Tourmaline in each of the 4 corners of the room or at the 4 corners of your property. This creates a protective shield of energy to ensure that no negative and harmful energy permeates your space. The human body is constantly bombarded with positive and negative energies. When you come in contact with people everyday, you often pick up some of their energy. To maintain a balanced mind, body and spirit, you want to make sure that your energy is 100% your own, so knowing how to remove negative energy from your energy field is key. 💎
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} One of the oldest stones on the planet, Shungite is a must-have for any crystal collection. All gemstones have healing qualities, but in the case of this super stone, the unique purifying and cleansing properties of shungite make it unlike any of the other protection crystals. Found only in Russia, shungite has been a source of healing since long before the discovery of fullerenes within the stone. The natural fullerenes within this carbon dense stone have the ability to reduce the concentration of free radicals. That's why we always recommend setting shungite protection properties on your desk, to shield against the free radicals cast off by your tech devices. It's also great to place shungite in a glass of water to create a healing elixir. The high-carbon content within shungite acts as a filter. Modern water filtration systems use active charcoal carbon for the same reason. In Karelia, Russia, where shungite is found, they've been using shungite in their water for centuries! 💎
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Black Onyx is one of the best crystals for protection because it facilitates better decision making. In connecting with a black onyx protection crystal, you can work to shield your energy from regressing into negative habits or patterns. It's ideal for releasing tension, and guides you to find grounding within. Use black onyx to find stability during times of turmoil in your relationships. The self-confidence this stone imbues you with comes from that sense of balance within. It will encourage you to pursue your dreams without fear. Wear it as protection crystal jewelry and always have a bodyguard to shield your inner spirit from unwanted intrusions. 💎 
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Energy is your most precious human resource. Your energy makes you, you. Your physical energy, emotional energy, mental energy and spiritual energy all contribute to how you feel and show up to your life on a day to day basis. 
Your mind, body and spirit are constantly bombarded with positive and negative energies. Even when you do your best to maintain a positive mindset, you are still susceptible to the energies of others and your surroundings. When your co-worker or loved one is stressed, you may pick up that energy and take it on as your own. If you walk into a room where an argument just occurred, your energy field picks up the energetic residue left in the space. This is why it’s of utmost importance to prioritize protecting your energy.

When you feel safe, secure and energized on all levels, you just feel good. You are grounded, calm and able to make better decisions. Your performance at work sky rockets. Your relationships become easier. And your home feels like a safe, harmonious haven.

So what can you do to protect your energy? That’s where crystal energy comes into play. Throughout this week on the @ecobeautyeditor feed, you’ll learn what crystals are best for protection of your space and your energy.
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK This week’s @ecobeautyeditor feed will be guest edited by Heather and Timmi from (my all-time favourite) crystal house, @energymuse The women are going to be talking about crystals for energy protection — one of the most overlooked health and wellness subjects on the planet IMO. We are actually first and foremost energetic beings, so it makes complete sense that we would need to put certain protocols in place to protect (and nourish) our energy reserves. If you’re a crystal lover like me, stay tuned to find out what ones Heather and Timmi recommend, and why.
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Sexy Summer Skin: A Guide to Hot Weather Health

September 18, 2015
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Getting that enviable summer glow, from head to toe, goes well beyond sun protection and keeping hydrated. Here’s a guide to how.

As a mirror to our inner state of health or lack thereof, our body’s largest organ—the skin—constantly works hard to eliminate toxins from our daily living. It’s often the dumping ground for hazardous beauty product ingredients, environmental toxins from our air, water and food and, in some cases, the telltale canvas of our emotional state.

Contrary to popular belief, the key to ultimate skin health during summer isn’t about completely staying out of the sun or applying sunscreens, say a growing number of health, nutrition and skincare experts, who are teaching their clients a balanced, holistic approach to skincare that includes internal and external cleansing, wholefood nutrition, self care knowledge and mindfulness. Such recommendations are also having far-reaching health benefits for many, who are learning to nourish themselves, and their skin, in tune with nature.

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Australians spend big dollars on skin cures according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. An estimated $346, 578, 000 was spent in public hospitals alone on skin, subcutaneous tissue and breast disorders in Australia in 2001/2, with skin rash complaints listed in the top 10 patient reasons for visiting their general practitioner.

With preventative care less costly and generally more accessible, there’s good reason to take time out to understand and implement good skincare practices, says compounding pharmacist and skincare expert Shirley Be, who lists eating wholefoods with adequate water intake as one of the most important daily habits to adopt.

“Food containing high water content and eating plenty of colourful fruits and vegetables will help boost the water and antioxidant content in our bodies, protecting the skin cells and keeping them plump and hydrated,” she says. “This is particularly important during the summer months when the skin becomes dehydrated more quickly.”

Using the seasons as markers for healthy skin habits and rituals is a regular and natural reminder to look after one of the body’s most hard working organs. However, it’s important to look beyond media and sponsored experts who offer health and beauty advice according to advertising dollars.

The fact is: The how-to of glowing summer skin goes well beyond fascinations with fake tan and militant high SPF sunscreen applications—particularly if it’s a naturally a healthy exterior you’re hoping to achieve.

Vitamin D, Sunscreen and Understanding Toxicity

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While the step away from the “always wear sunscreen when outside” message may make traditional skincare proponents uncomfortable, there is research to show that whole body health, including the skin, requires adequate sunshine, without sunscreen.

Vitamin D plays a crucial role in skin health, and has been found to help to ward of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and even tooth cavities and depression. When we block the sun through excessive sunscreen use, we also shield our intake of this important nutrient.

According to a 10-year study conducted by The German Cancer Research Center, people aged between 50 and 74 with low Vitamin D levels were 71 percent more likely to die early. Meanwhile, a recent study published in the Biology of Reproduction found Vitamin D effectively reduces the size of uterine fibroids, and may prevent them from forming.

When we block the sun through excessive sunscreen use, we also shield our intake of this important nutrient.

Sunscreen toxins are also gaining attention for their negative health impacts on the skin and entire system. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is just one independent organisation that regularly warns the public about the importance of knowing what it is they are buying and applying. Sun protection products containing harmful ingredients, such as octyl methoxycinnamate, a common additive that has been found to disrupt brain and thyroid function, are found on most shelves in Australasia.

Another ingredient, oxybenzone, which is the most commonly used sunscreen ingredient, thanks to its ability to block UVA and UVB rays, has also been found to have real health implications, from biochemical and cellular level changes, endocrine disruption, organ system toxicity and more (source: EWG).

“One of the biggest concerns is that it has been found in urine samples, which means it enters the body through the skin—a study done by the Centre of Disease Control and Prevention in 2003 and 2004 found oxybenzone in the urine,” says holistic skincare advocate and entrepreneur Aaron Breckell of Happy Skincare, who regularly holds presentations at cancer and diabetic support groups to spread awareness about the issue.

Oxybenzone, which is the most commonly used sunscreen ingredient, thanks to its ability to block UVA and UVB rays, has also been found to have real health implications.

Of additional concern to in-the-know consumers are mineral sunscreens developed using nanotechnology. These are creams made from tiny particles, developed by science (not nature) that are believed by some experts to enter through the dermis and into the bloodstream. Such lotions are said to offer greater UVA protection, while allowing for clear application compared to the white residue of traditional creams. However, research has yet to deem these products safe without question, so choose and use with discretion.

In Australia, despite widespread sunscreen use, The Cancer Council of Australia estimates almost 125,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed this year, with that number to rise to 150,000 by 2020. It also confirms that from 1982 through to 2007, melanoma diagnoses increased by 50 percent, while non-melanoma skin cancer increased by 14 percent, with 950,000 Australians expected to visit a general practitioner this year, seeking skin cancer diagnoses and treatment.

Over the past decades, the incidence of skin cancer has risen in Australia: From 1982 to 2007 melanoma diagnoses increased by around 50 percent. From 1998 to 2007, GP consultations to treat non-melanoma skin cancer increased by 14%, to reach 950,000 visits each year.

However, Sue Heward, Cancer Council of Victoria manager says evidence shows that the SunSmart Program has been effective in reducing skin cancer rates in Australia, “especially in the under 40 age group who have grown up with SunSmart.”

“While melanoma incidence rates continue to rise in Australia overall, a breakdown of age shows that rates over the past decade are now falling in men and women aged under 44 years, and the rate of increase is starting to slow in older age groups,” she says.

“These figures suggest that sun protection messages may be having an effect on incidence rates; the younger age groups include those who grew up with SunSmart whilst older Australians are still experiencing incidence rates relating to pre-SunSmart sun behaviours in their early lives.”

Internal Cleansing and Skin Health

If the statistics are anything to go by, what we’ve been doing may need rethinking; with some of Australia’s holistic practitioners suggesting new approaches to skincare are needed and overdue. Many, including naturopath and health coach Jules Galloway, also agree that toxins in sunscreen and Vitamin D deficiency aren’t the only culprits in manifesting unhealthy skin and skin-related disorders.

“Detoxing the liver is imperative for clear skin,” Galloway says. “If the liver isn’t functioning well, it’s the skin’s job to pick up the slack and eliminate toxins. Flare ups of acne, psoriasis and eczema have all been linked to poor liver function.”

“Good kidney function also helps to create clear skin. The kidney’s job is to regulate fluid balance and excrete waste products from the body—both essential functions for clear, healthy skin. Avoiding alcohol and caffeine during a detox, plus drinking two litres of water per day, can give your kidneys a chance to rest and recover.

Flare ups of acne, psoriasis and eczema have all been linked to poor liver function.

Naturopath and former nurse Julie Dargan says everyone should consider undertaking “some form of detox”, especially in the lead up to summer.

“Doing regular detoxes can assist with symptoms such as acne, skin losing its youthful glow, bloating, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, eczema, hay fever, arthritis… the list is endless really,” she says. “Doing a detox does not have to be extreme. A simple practice of juicing one day a week could be a great start, or even replacing one meal a week with a juice.”

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Holistic health coach Jasmine Matthews, who holds seasonal detoxification programs at www.simplyreplenished.com adds: “The health of our liver, the body’s primary detox organ, has a direct influence on the health of our skin. The skin is another detox pathway, with the lymph pushing toxins out through it. When the liver has been overworked, and is struggling to keep up with the load of toxins being thrown at it, many of the toxins that would otherwise be eliminated through the urinary or GI tract are pushed out through the skin, creating skin conditions such as acne, eczema, boils, and cysts.”

“By cleansing the liver, you are giving it a chance to catch up with the load already within the system, as well as reducing the incoming toxins. Balancing out this load, creating ‘less in and more out’, results in skin that is going to be much more likely to be blemish free and able to remain healthy throughout summer.”

While the body excretes some of these chemicals, some stay on the skin surface and can cause greater incidence of summer sunburn. Assisting the body in this natural cleansing process makes good health and beauty sense say experts and cleanse converts who’ve achieved healthy skin and more energy as a result.

Cleanse Considerations

Springtime, long considered the time of renewal, is the perfect season to prepare your body and skin for summer, however, it’s crucial to see an expert before undertaking any detoxification program.

“There are different types of cleansing programs available over the counter, as well as lots of information on the internet but one should be aware that during a proper cleanse program, your body is undergoing a multitude of processes on a cellular level and this can quite often bring up symptoms that may need to be managed well,” says skincare expert and paramedical aesthetician Rosalina Soto.

“See your health and wellness coach or naturopath and get them to help you choose a cleanse program to help you with detox. Cleansing is more effective when managed. Most people will want to do this on their own, but fact is, that in most cases they can be doing themselves more harm than good. If you are under medical supervision for an existing health condition then, you ought to seek approval from your health care professional.”

Rosalina’s Summer Skin Detox Tips

  • Speak with your friends and do it as a group. It helps when you can talk to each other whilst on the detox and this also makes you accountable.
  • Clean out your pantry. Take all the foods that are high in sugar, sodium and fat and throw them out where they belong: in the bin. If you want to be healthy and age well, you need to take responsibility for your body.
  • Keep your activity levels low while on a detox as you are not fuelling your body enough for heavy activity.
  • Feed your body with good quality nutrients during your detox period or choose a program that includes nourishing as part of the detox.
  • Drink lots of water to flush out the toxins while you are cleansing. This is crucial to your success with cleansing.
  • Try and get an extra hour or two of sleep each night, this really helps your body repair and rejuvenate during your detox.
  • Feed the soul. Get some good meditation tracks to listen to when you have quite time. Affirmations are great when you are finding the detox a little challenging. A vision board is great also to help through the tough times if you need to lose some weight.
  • Book into a yoga class. This will help to normalise and balance the body, mind and spirit. It’s the perfect companion for a cleansing program.
  • Write down an action plan to use after the detox to maintain your cleansed body. I suggest gentle cleansing on a daily basis, changing your choices of food and a few life-style changes. Maintaining a clean body requires a little bit of effort but the rewards come in bucket-loads. A healthier body deals with infection and diseases far better than a body that is full of toxins.
  • Invest in a good hat, good sunglasses, great swimsuit, natural sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30+ and go out and enjoy summer.

Ancient Skincare, Modern Habits

In traditional Chinese medicine, ensuring skin health is a year round pursuit and has, for thousands of years, been treated from the inside out. It teaches the health of the lungs controls the skin, with the wellbeing of liver, kidneys and intestine also directly impacted.

When these organs don’t functioning optimally, they will have a significant impact on the condition of the skin, and skin issues can result. According to Chinese medicine practitioner Dr Shuquan Liu, people who suffer from asthma may have eczema and dermatitis as well. Meanwhile, psoriasis, acne and hernia are often related to liver and kidney heat.

“The fundamental premise is that healthy insides result in healthy outsides, with a radiant skin being one of the effects of this improved functioning,” he says.

Chinese medicine specialist at the Mi:Skn clinic in Perth, Francesca Perino, says emotions can also effect skin conditions, or exacerbate them, regardless of the season.

“From a Chinese Medicine perspective we see things very differently,” she says. “We believe that each organ in our body relates to an emotional state, for example the liver’s emotion is anger, the kidney’s is fear, the lungs are grief etc… When those emotions become overwhelming it causes energetic imbalance and disease in the related organ which in turn can lead to poor skin health.”

The fundamental premise is that healthy insides result in healthy outsides, with a radiant skin being one of the effects of this improved functioning.

Perino says long-term feelings of anger and frustration can damage the liver, which can lead to poor detoxification and excess body heat, which can lead to acne.

“Or grief can have an energetic impact on the lungs. In Chinese medicine the lungs help to moisten the skin and keep it resistant to external pathogens so weaken lungs through prolonged grief could cause dry skin and eczema.”

In Chinese medicine face reading, the following conditions relate to particular emotions:

Dark or light freckling or pigment on the lower part of the cheeks: Prolonged sadness and grief.

Dry skin all over the body: Lack of attention to self.

Prone to oily skin: A tendency to hide behind oneself.

Darkness under or beside the eyes: Prolonged fearfulness.

Multiple forehead lines: Overthinking and worrying too much.

Frown lines: Anger and frustration.

While borrowing from ancient remedies can reap big benefits, it’s also important to look at what modern habits are causing greater skin damage, particularly in the summer months.

Rosalina Soto adds that internal cleansing, and then eliminating junk food in favour of nutrient-rich fare is a must in order to produce healthy skin from a cellular level.

“One of the most important—and usually not mentioned reason for this increase (of skin cancer and other summer-related skin disorders)—is that we are not eating good quality nutrients, especially amino acids, the building blocks of life, to help our bodies function properly,” she says. “Our skin has pigment-producing cells called melanocytes that produce little umbrella like structures with pigment to protect the underlying skin cells. These structures, called dendrites, require tyrosine and the enzyme tyrosinase for their formation. A lot of us do not feed our bodies with enough good quality amino acids.”

Essential Foods, their Vitamins and Minerals

Many experts agree with Soto, that a healthy, balanced diet, which is also rich in good fats, is essential for fostering vibrant skin. Once the colon is cleansed, the body’s ability to absorb beneficial skin-loving nutrients is greatly enhanced, while the likelihood of skin disorders reduced.

Emma Hobson, Australasian Education Manager at the Dermal Institute International supports internal cleansing and nutrition as a vital component to the healthy skin picture, and says Vitamin B (or biotin) is crucial for skin, hair and nail health.

“The skin acts as a great reflection of one’s internal health… internal disharmony can manifest as skin conditions such as dry, irritated skin or acne,” she says. “Without biotin, we’d have a variety of skin problems including itchy skin and rashes, psoriasis, dermatitis and skin breakouts—B vitamins also play a key role in the function of the nervous system and affect hormone function.”

Beta carotene, which the body converts to Vitamin A, is also a healthy skin essential, adds Emma. “We need Vitamin A for healthy skin and an efficient immune system. It is also an excellent anti-oxidant.”

Without biotin, we’d have a variety of skin problems including itchy skin and rashes, psoriasis, dermatitis and skin breakouts.

One of Australia’s best-known nutritionists, Lola Berry, says she “loads up on berries” in the summer months and highly recommends her clients do the same in order to protect their skin.

“These little gems provide you with a truckload of antioxidants, helping to prevent free-radical damage to your skin,’ she says. “Blueberries are at the top of the antioxidant list.”

Berry also recommends snacking on wholefoods that boast good fats such as raw nuts and seeds, as well as coconut and avocados.

“(Also), any red fruit or vegetable is a food source of the antioxidant lycopene, which acts as an internal sun block,” she adds. “It protects the skin from free radical damage caused by overexposure from the sun.”

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Jules Galloway also suggests adding “lots of green juices” during detox and daily diet, while also taking quality supplements of “beauty nutrient” silica, which helps the skin to retain moisture, as well as zinc to heal spots, scars and blemishes. Vitamin C, she says, is also needed for building collagen, which helps to plump up fine lines.

“Green juices can help skin to really glow,” she says. “They are full of vitamins and minerals, and help to alkalise the body, which results in clear, luminous skin.”

Any red fruit or vegetable is a food source of the antioxidant lycopene, which acts as an internal sun block.

Beauty therapist Rose Wilkie, who treats clients at Sydney’s Alkaline Spa & Clinic, is also an advocate for adding fresh fruit and vegetables the diet year round, in order to foster better skin health during summer.

“Acidic lifestyles can create dull and lacklustre skin,” she says. “To promote a healthy pH within the body, consume alkaline-forming foods including dark, leafy greens and vegetables, linseed and flaxseed oil, almonds and fruits such as apricots, bananas, lemons and limes. Steer away from excess caffeine, alcohol, saturated fats, sugar and stress.”

Wake up to Water

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The standard advice of drinking eight glasses of water per day will stand your skin in good stead, particularly in summer, say many nutritionists and skincare experts alike.

Fluid loss occurs regularly throughout the day through simply sweating, breathing and going to the bathroom. Such evaporation happens whether we lead an active lifestyle or not, making it essential to replace what’s lost by drinking clean H2O.

Berry agrees, but believes water intake should be based on body weight, rather than a general measurement for all.

“Water is a key player when it comes to having great skin,” she says. “If you’re dehydrated, your skin dries out and loses its smoothness. Aim for one litre of water for ever 22kgs of body weight per day.”

Natural spring water is most beneficial to the body and skin, preferably not consumed from plastic bottles, which leach chemicals, even if BPA free. Adding a pinch of Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt can also do wonders, hydrating the body from a cellular level and having an overall positive effect on the skin. Sipping water at regular intervals also has bigger beauty and health benefits than drinking large quantities in one siting.

Regularly hydrating with water also helps the body to flush away toxins and waste, allowing organs, including the skin, to function more efficiently.

One of the best beauty practices anyone can adopt is to drink freshly squeezed lemon juice in a glass of warm water upon rising each morning. Lemon is a natural detoxifier, and also works to kick start the metabolism.

Facing the Elements

As the sun beats down during summer, it’s the face that takes the brunt of excess sun exposure, which means extra attention is needed on this area, says skincare specialist Shirley Be.

“The face is more exposed to the elements than the body, and the face is constantly naked, therefore the face and head are the first places to show ageing and compromises in the skin,” she says. “The skin is also more delicate and thinner than the rest of the body, so it requires more adequate hydration.”

Beauty therapist Rose Wilkie says adopting a summer facial skin care routine is a must if you wish to age gracefully. Her essentials include:

  • Skin needs heavyweight creams in winter because the air is so dry. Once summer comes, the air is much more humid, so a lighter moisturiser is a must.
  • Regular exfoliation is key, as sweat and sebum can build up on the skin and lead to clogged pores. Use a gentle scrub with small beads and follow with an oil-absorbing mask two times per week. This absorbs any excess oil and creates a beautiful matte finish to the skin.
  • Most skin ageing occurs during the summer, so to prevent fine lines, age spots and pigmentation, have a fantastic skincare routine at home and have regular professional facials.
  • Consume two to three litres of water every day.
  • Use a sunscreen with physical blockers such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, rather than chemical ingredients.

Cleanse and Moisturise

Just as internal cleansing is important to nourish and protect skin during summer, so is external cleansing, using natural products that keep the skin’s delicate acid mantle in tact. Sloughing away dead skin cells and environmental toxins with a gentle body scrub or soap is a great way to minimise sunburn, while promoting healthy, glowing skin.

At the Dermal Institute International, Hobson advises students to cleanse every night to remove dried sweat, dirt and debris that come with daily living.

“Thorough cleansing is really important,” she says. “I’d suggest using a pre-cleansing oil that really works at removing all traces of product, grime and make-up. Since you can experience more congestion and breakouts in summer, use a clay-based cleanser as a mini masque, two to three times per week.”

She also advocates religious moisturiser application, even for those with oily skin.

“There is a tendency to think you don’t need a moisturiser in summer if your skin is oily. Not true. A moisturiser is needed all year round to help seal and protect the skin,” Hobson says. “Choose a light weight, oil free moisturiser that has a mattifying effect—perhaps even one that is tinted so it will also double up as your make-up base.”

The Right Regime

As the elements change as the each season rolls around, so should your skincare regime in order to keep skin soft, supple and hydrated.

If sunscreen is a non-negotiable in your beauty bag, be sure to look for a product that contains the best natural ingredients that remain on top of the skin.

Different skin types require different attention and products in the warmer weather, so updating your favourites to suit the season is a great idea.

Skin Types in Summer

Sensitive Skin

Anyone with sensitive skin will know the hurdles of applying too many combinations of chemicals that are often part of everyday skincare products. Keeping it simple is the best rule of thumb if you’re prone to breakouts, blemishes and burns, as the summer heat will only cause further irritation. Nixing anything with fragrance is also important, as synthetic parfum is literally a toxic combination of hundreds of chemicals that can cause a host of skin (and health) problems. Choose ingredients that soothe and, if possible, ensure they’re from a certified organic source.

Oily Skin

Keeping oil at bay in summer can seem like a daunting task, but the job is much easier if you adopt a summer-suitable routine and products to match. With excess oil comes a bigger chance of breakouts, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t moisturise. Choose a light product and apply minimal amounts using your fingertips, after cleansing and toning. Using a moisturising toner is a great idea for those with oily skin as it can do wonders to minimise oil, while keeping the skin shine-free.

Combination Skin

Having combination skin doesn’t have to mean skincare regimes and product selection is a daunting task. Getting to know your skin, and how it reacts under seasonal conditions makes good beauty sense. Swap heavy winter-weight creams for lighter hydrating creams (or serums) and choose a cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin of natural oils. Many people with combination skin have an oily T-Zone, across the forehead, down the nose to the chin. Skip the moisturiser in this area and concentrate on dry patches. Also remember to moisturise the neck and décolletage.

Normal Skin

Normal skin can have different requirements, depending on your location. Humidity can cause oiliness, while dry heat can sap moisture. A gentle foaming face wash is a summer-appropriate alternative to heavier winter cream cleansers. Ditching heavy moisturisers in favour of natural hydrating serums will help skin stay hydrated throughout summer, without weighing the skin down and blocking pores with a combination of sweat and product.

The Goodness of Gua Sha

An ancient technique used by Asian, Greek and Egyptian civilizations is experiencing a resurgence in popularity, thanks to its ability to open pores to rid the skin of bad bacteria—yeast, fungus, parasites, as well as petrochemicals—which become clogged in the seven layers of dermis and epidermis.

Holistic health coach, Tyler Tolman, has incorporated Gua Sha into his life for six years, and has taught the simple technique to thousands of his clients.

“The skin is the largest eliminatory organ we have for getting rid of acid and other toxicity from the body and is essentially keeping us cool,” he says. “The skin should eliminate up to two kilograms of material each day, but this just simply is not the case because our skin gets clogged over time and soap doesn’t have the ability to really clean thoroughly.”

“Gua Sha will help you to tan and not burn, and will keep you healthy and your skin looking great. I recommend using it every day for one to two weeks, then do it two to three times per week indefinitely.”

How to Gua Sha

Buy aluminium-free bi-carbonate soda and a cheap brand of triple distilled alcohol such as vodka. Put mixture in a re-sealable jar with a top big enough to reach your hand in. Add 75 percent bi-carb to the jar then fill and saturate with vodka. Then fill about one centimetre above the bi-carb soda to make a putty.

While showering, simply rinse your whole body, then step out and add a few tablespoon size dollops onto a glove or loofah. Scrub each arm and leg, followed by the mid section, back etc.

“I even scrub my face and head with it—but be gentle at first—then get back in the shower and completely wash all of the mix off,” Tyler says. “I personally like to get out in the sun directly after and recommend using coconut oil to nourish the skin. It has a natural SPF of between five and seven.”

Dry Body Brushing

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Just as Gua Sha helps to eliminate toxins, so to does dry brushing. Using the two together throughout the year will do much to foster healthy, glowing skin—even for those who usually fear showing their extremities come summer.

Aussie supermodel Miranda Kerr is a big promoter of dry body brushing, thanks to its ability to stimulate blood circulation, while also riding the skin’s surface of dead cells.

“Dry body brushing has loads of benefits,” says The International Dermal Institute’s Emma Hobson. “It increases micro circulation, increases lymph flow—this is a very important benefit as this helps prevent water retention and puffiness—aids in toxin removal and helps (minimise) cellulite. It also has a gentle exfoliating action, keeping the skin soft and smooth.”

Creating a dry brush daily ritual before showering each morning is a great tool to add to your summer skin toolkit. Simply use small, circular motions, beginning at your feet, brushing toward the heart. Work your way up, while not forgetting your arms. Start brushing from the fingers, again in circular motions, toward the heart. Some dry brush fans also recommend light brushing on the face to help stimulate circulation.

“I recommend a firm brush for feet, legs, buttock and arms, and then I use a softer bristle for torso, front and back,” says dry brush advocate Jodie Smith who runs Bodecare, a company that specialises in dry body brushes. “If you only have one brush, then I suggest using lighter pressure on the more sensitive areas. Never use a plant bristle body brush for the décolletage and face.”

 Jodie’s Dry Brushing Tips and Tricks

  • Always use a plant bristle body brush, as it gives the best exfoliation and stimulation for the skin;
  • Always brush on dry skin and with dry bristles;
  • Regularly clean your brush to avoid bacterial infection. A lot of dead skin is sloughed off when dry brushing, so it is essential to wash your brush once a week with hot soapy water and leave it in the sun, or a well ventilated area, to dry;
  • Never leave a plant bristle body brush in a wet area, as it will mildew;
  • Use a paddle hairbrush with round timber pins and a soft rubber cushion base, so you can brush the scalp and also tap the scalp for extra stimulation;
  • A slight reddening of the skin, known as erythema, is normal, and is the blood circulation responding to the skin brushing.

Dry Brushing Precautions

  • Never brush over inflamed skin such as open wounds, inflamed sores, varicose veins, sunburnt skin;
  • Never brush during an active cancer state or over enlarged lymph nodes;
  • Avoid breasts and genitalia area;
  • If pregnant, seek your doctor’s advice before starting skin brushing;
  • If an allergic reaction appears, stop brushing;
  • It’s recommended not to brush on freshly shaved legs.

  • Sarah
    September 18, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Good list! The most expensive creams and treatments can’t hold a candle to fresh food and lots of water; I get the appeal of comfort food and a tipple now and then, but still, what you eat in private, you wear in public!

  • Shannon
    September 19, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Very true Sarah!