Britain in Bloom

Now I’m no Charlie Dimmock, but even I couldn’t help but be amazed by all the awe-inspiring exhibitions at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. Normally I have trouble keeping weeds alive, but with a sunny Bank Holiday weekend forecast, I have made it my mission to transform my garden from a jungle in to a haven.


You couldn’t really avoid The Chelsea Flower Show this week if you tried. Not that you’d want to, with its immaculate show gardens, manicured lawns and highly imaginative displays there was plenty to inspire even the most novice of gardeners. Whetman Pinks even managed to create a cocktail glass of Dianthus. Cocktails and flowers, what’s not to love about that? Perhaps I won’t aim quite that high, and although my knowledge on plants is fairly limited, the one thing I do know about is how to look after my skin properly after a hard day wrestling a garden folk.


Firstly, the Organic Surge Gardeners Hand Cream is not just your run-of-the-mill hand cream. It’s made with a quick drying formula, so that you don’t have to have wet hands when you put on your gardening gloves. As well as a moisturiser, it also acts as an emollient, so it has a protective barrier for when you are working outside. Not only that, but the smell is just incredible, Lime Basil and Rosemary are a wonderful combination.

When you have finished a hard day in the garden and the lure of a G&T is just too overwhelming, I would recommend that you rinse off the majority of the dirt and soil with the Organic Surge Lavender Meadow Hand Wash. This has a gentle but effective formula, and is even kind to my eczema prone hands. Then I would apply the Gardeners Hand Scrub. This really works wonders for hard working hands, when the mud and earth has worked its way into the creases of your hands. The gentle scrubbing action of natural olive seed helps buff away ingrained dirt and roughened skin, while the enriched blend of plant extracts and moisturising shea butter will return your hands back to their former soft selves. Not only that, but they will be clean clean clean!
 

 

 


But please don’t take my word for it. We’ve created a special edition bundle (with a special discount price!) for any of those intrepid gardeners who are, like me, planning on spending their bank holiday in their wellies. It even includes the Lavender Meadow Foaming Bath, so that you can relax after your hard slog in the garden and reward yourself with a G&T, or a nice flowery cocktail....

Thank you to Whetman Pinks for the images

Getting the most from your Skin Care with Extra Care

A vital element of using your Extra Care products successfully in the comfort of your own home is to use them correctly: when and how you’re meant to. This way you will maximise potential and get the best possible results. We aim to give you invaluable advice and tips on getting the most from your personal selection of the Extra Care range, on here and in weeks to come, depending on your skin’s needs.

The key to any good skincare routine is just that – making sure you stick to the routine. Don’t think of it as a chore, but as a little bit of luxury for yourself!

Your daily skincare ritual

Cleanse – It is essential to remove impurities and daily grime every morning and evening so your skin can function, be healthy and look radiant. Cleansing with the Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser will purify and brighten your complexion and remove even the most stubborn of makeup. You wouldn’t leave your house in dirty clothes, so why treat your skin any differently?

Serum – After cleansing, refresh and comfort skin with the Intensive Smoothing Serum. I think this has to be my favourite product in the Extra Care range. There’s something about it, as soon as you apply it instantly perks you up, and the rich formula melts in to your skin. It also has a 92% organic content, and not many products can claim that!

Treat – Now the skin is perfectly primed for a treat! For particularly tired and dry skin, just a few drops of the Replenishing facial oil rich – massaged gently into skin in the morning and evening – will help to rebalance your complexion as well as dramatically increase the effectiveness of your daily moisturiser. Warm a small amount in your hands before gently smoothing over your face and neck. It intensively replenishes skin overnight too for satin-soft skin in the morning. If you are a little nervous about using oil on your face, dilute it in to your moisturiser. It is a dreamy combination with the Rose Day Cream.

For super sensitive or inflamed skin, use Ultra Light oil control lotion to naturally restore balance to your skin’s oil production levels. This also makes an excellent base layer for foundation.

Nourish – Give your skin the daily protection it craves by lavishing it with the appropriate moisturiser. Extra Care’s rich creams and plant based products are the kindest moisturisers for even the most delicate of skin. The Rose Day Cream smells incredible, contains Palmarosa, geranium oils, and argan oils to infuse the skin with vital moisture for a luminous, supple complexion. For night  time protection apply Extra Care’s Radiance Recovery Night Cream. This is a thicker cream (you don’t have to worry about your makeup slipping off so night time is THE time to go big on moisturiser) which boasts powerful botanical extracts to provide your skin with hydration and protection.

You can also use specific treatment for your eyes if these are a particularly troublesome area for you. The Hydrating Eye Cream has a high organic content of 92% and gently rejuvenates and nourishes the delicate skin around the eye area. It is an enriched yet lightweight blend that plumps the fragile skin around your eye, and the results are just phenomenal.

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Weekly wonders ritual

Just as you would clean your house, your face needs a good spring clean too! This is the time to exfoliate. Finely ground olive stone in the Skin Perfecting Face Polish gently removes dirt, impurities and dead cells to boost skin rejuvenation, and make your skin feel as good as new!

For a weekly deep cleanse, use a face mask. First Class Face Mask nourishes your skin and gives it a fabulous hydration boosts. But just make sure you use it in the privacy of your own bathroom – you don’t want to give your neighbours a fright!

 

Monthly radiance ritual

If you can, try and treat yourself to a Facial once a month. Not only will it make you feel relaxed, a professional will know how to assist you on your way to having clearer, brighter and healthier looking skin and a real spring in your step.

However, if you are watching the pennies then you don’t have to be a trained therapist to treat your skin to some gently stimulating massage at home. Using your fingertips, you can increase blood flow to your skin cells for that ‘glow’. It also helps to ensure your Extra Care serum is absorbed.

               

Ten New Year's Resolutions for Healthy Skin in 2015

One partied out Pooch

If, like me, you’ve felt like you’ve been dining at a medieval feast for the last week (turkey legs for lunch and dinner? Why not! Bailey’s for breakfast? Bring it on!) then you know what I mean when I say that my stomach, liver and head needs a bit of TLC after the crazy Christmas period. It’s so important to take good care of yourself after endless days of indulgence (which, by the way, you did deserve, so no need to feel guilty there, we all need a break after all), but don’t forget your skin needs just as much love as any other part of your body.

These are my top 10 tips to having a full skin detox so that you can begin 2015 with a healthy mind, body and soul. Not only that, but your skin will be glowing for your first day back at work, even though you may still feel like it’s the middle of the night, at least you will look the part.

  1. Increase your fruit and vegetable intake

    You are what you eat, it’s no myth. And yes, with food a complete abundance this time of year it’s even harder to say no to a Quality Street, but just make sure that you balance it out with the healthy stuff too.After all, Fruit and vegetables provide your body with vital vitamins and minerals.Yes, have a roast potato or two, but accompany it with a big pile of peas and roasted root veg too. Or have some Stilton, but pile on the grapes with the crackers too. Simple!
    You’ll also have so much more energy if you load up on fruits and vegetables, which makes the thought of going back to work a little less daunting!

     

    1. Treat yourself to a facial

    Hopefully you’ve been given some vouchers or a little pocket money for Christmas, and what better way to spend it then on a little pampering for yourself. It’s the perfect way to revive your skin after all that partying, and the essential oils will rejuvenate your skin, senses and make you feel relaxed.

    1. Flush out your system with the right hot drinks

    Rather than relying on a strong cuppa or thick black coffee to wake you up in the morning, try an alternative hot drink instead, like a green tea, or even better, a hot water and lemon. It’ll still warm you through on these cold frosty mornings, and it will rouse you gently for the day, rather than giving you a roller-coaster ride of an energy burst that caffeine will.

    4.Get back to basics and moisturise

    A good moisturiser is nothing but vital for your skin, especially at this time of year, what with all the cold weather, parties and vast quantities of all the 'wrong' food and drink! By sticking to your skincare routine it really will do wonders for your skin, and keeping it hydrated will help keep it smooth and protected.

    It’s a good idea to take some time to discover the perfect moisturiser for you, so that you can match your skin type to your moisturiser. Find out yours here.

    1. Water water everywhere
      There is nothing more natural and better for you then a big glass of water, but just make sure that you keep hydrated on the inside as well as the outside. Sip water throughout the day (aim for about 8 glasses a day). If it helps, set an alarm on your every half an hour so to remind you to keep sipping the H2o.water alert!

    2. Use an eye cream 

      The perfect way to soothe tired, partied out eyes is with a hydrating eye cream. It gently rejuvenates and nourishes the delicate skin around the eye area, and is excellent as a moisturising treat for delicate and sensitive skin. 

    Packed with skin loving nutrients, the enriched yet lightweight blend of organic shea and cocoa butters, along with nourishing organic jojoba oil and natural antioxidant alfalfa extract all help to improve skin tone.

    Apply after cleansing with your ring finger (it's the weakest), working from your lower outer eye clockwise for your right eye and anti-clockwise for your left, to cause minimal drag.

    1. Opt for natural

      Organic Surge cares about your skin and helps you to look and feel your natural best everyday. Organic Surge feeds your skin what it craves; naturally-derived, skin-loving ingredients and pure essential oils. It contains no obscure or harsh chemicals for your precious skin to absorb. And the natural fragrances smell delicious! Read about Organic Surge's natural ingredients here.

    2. Try a facial oil – no matter what your skin type

      Leave behind any doubts about using an oil – take the plunge! Ideal for even oily skin, facial oils help to balance your skin, and Extra Care’s new replenishing facial oil is a luxurious yet lightweight oil, which instantly hydrates parched skin. Using an uplifting blend of essential oils including soothing argan oil and yarrow oil, it leaves the skin looking and feeling comfortable, soft and fresh.

    3. Exchange your bar of soap for a liquid cleanser

    Cleansing your skin with a bar of soap – no matter how expensive it is, just simply isn’t good for skin and will strip your skin of moisture. Unfortunately, because of the way it is made it inevitably contains alkalis, usually in the form of sodium, which is very disruptive to the upper layer of the skin. Your skin cells need to stay moist in order to be healthy; acne conditions and sensitive or dry skin suffer from lack of water, so make sure that you use the correct cleanser and lotion.

    10. Stick to your night time routine

    Research shows that the skin repairs itself most effectively at night, so don’t neglect your skin at it’s most important recovery time. If you feel too tired to wash off your make-up before bedtime, try Kiss and Make Up Wipes for a quick fix. Or, like me, cheat! Night time routines don’t have to be done just before you go to bed. I take my make up off when I get home from work or after I have put my baby to bed. Washing off the day’s daily grime will clean and fully rejuvenate your skin. Most importantly, a quality night moisturiser will not suffocate your skin.

    When you’ve started on your New Year skin detox, we'd love to hear how you're getting on, so let us know in the comments how it’s going for you, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for our for skincare tips throughout the year.

     

     

    Happy Holidays

    ‘Tis the season to be jolly! And if you’re going to the USA then the season starts a lot earlier than in the UK, so it seems, and I’m packing (or attempting to pack) my bags to go and visit my family in the USA for Thanksgiving. What with the all the rules and regulations over what you can and can’t take in your hand luggage versus  the hold luggage, weighing up what I can cram in my re-sealable plastic bag compared to what I have to kiss goodbye to for the 9 hour flight seems like Sophie’s Choice . So I have to go through my virtual checklist:

     

    • Air conditioning means my lips will dry out, so have to, have to, HAVE TO take lip balm otherwise will resemble Tutankhamen
    • Foundation: hmm, tough one. Want to look presentable to family that I haven’t seen for years, however after a nine hour flight it’s going to take a lot more than 100ml of foundation to make me look a half decent human being, so it’s going in the hold. Is it? Or isn’t it….I don’t know. Arrrrggghh!
    • Mascara. Do I want to spend 20 minutes queuing for the bathroom on a crowded plane to peer into a smeary mirror in an attempt to apply mascara, only for turbulence to strike and thus end up with said mascara wand inserted in eye? I’ll get back to that one.
    • Perfume. Would LOVE take, but alas the bottle is too big for the 100ml regulation. Darn.
    • Moisturiser. YES YES YES!

     

    So after lots of umming and ahhing, I decide to give up altogether on taking any makeup with me for the flight, and I wave it goodbye as it disappears off in to ether on the conveyer belt at Heathrow airport. What I have decided to do is to ‘do the right thing’ and stay hydrated and moisturised for the flight, as I know that 9 hours on an aircondioned plane will zap my body of any form of moisture. I will definitely NOT take advantage of the free bar, and instead will just drink gallons of water, and ritually moisturise my lips and face….

    Well if you count tonic water as H2O and discount the gin that accompanied it, then I definitely obeyed the rules. As for my skin, well that was easy. The Blissful daily Moisturiser is in an easy travel size which meant that I had no problems taking it on board with me, and frankly it’s worth its weight in gold as it instantly revived my parched skin (OK, perhaps the G&T didn’t help on that part), but it definitely made me feel human again, and it sure helped me look a little less haggard.

    What also helped me was the Organic Surge Eye Gel. Having failed miserably at any attempt at sleep, along with staring at the in-flight entertainment screen for 9 hours, my bleary, bloodshot eyes needed a little TLC to say the least. As it comes in such a dinky bottle, I had no problems packing it my zip lock bag for the flight, and only a few small drops did wonders at refreshing the delicate skin around my eyes, and quite frankly it was a life saver. I would never travel without it again as the results were so instantaneous, and, as the plane landed and I wearily shuffled off to start my holiday, I at least LOOKED raring to go, even if my body clock didn’t feel like it. Goodbye England and hello sunshine!

    Not enough hours in the day

    Now the kids have gone back to school, mornings just seem to be a mad rush of half eaten bowls of cornflakes, 17 trips up and down the stairs as you suddenly remember you need to pack your phone/lipstick/squeaky toy (you need to keep the baby amused in the car somehow), and general chaos.

    We barely have time to take care of ourselves while balancing our family and our job, the house work, and trying to maintain a social life, too, so an easy skin care routine can be hard to stick to, especially if it’s a toss up between spending a sacred 5 minutes before the school bus arrives on brewing a strong Earl Grey or exfoliating your T-zone. Yet, with a few helpful short cuts in tow, it is possible to include an all-important skincare regime into your early morning rush hour. Here are my top tips:

      • Switch your mud-like coffee for a hot water and lemon. It’s a great natural detoxifier, and doesn’t taste too bad. Just think of it as a Virgin G&T…
      • When I’m in a hurry, I feel much better about the way I look if I can at least wash my face and put moisturiser on. A shower is even better, but that isn’t always possible first thing in the morning! Showering at night after the kids are in bed is a great tip too.
      • Apply Eye Gel – it cools and refreshes the delicate skin around the eyes. It’s lightweight, so quickly-absorbed, and contains green tea, menthol and eyebright extracts to reduce puffiness and rejuvenate your skin, so at least you LOOK like you’ve had 11 hours sleep.
      • Buy a wooden body brush, and use it on your whole body (not too hard, you’re not grooming a horse) to get your skin glowing. Then use your favourite body lotion.  
      • Use a peppermint lip balm to keep the lips soft and subtle, while also giving you a wake up tingle on the mouth.
      • To reduce hair frizziness (especially in the summer months), try a 2-minute moisture hair mask. The Organic Surge 2-Minute Moisture Hair Mask is super-charged with pure coconut oil and plant extracts, to penetrate the hair shaft, targeting damaged areas. After washing, just scoop a generous amount through your hair, combing it through. Allow just two minutes to work, then rinse away and dry as usual.
      • For an instant glam look, apply a bold lip colour. Opt for a long-lasting formula if possible. 
      • One quick sweep of waterproof mascara makes eyes look awake (even if you don’t feel it) yet natural. 
      • Spritz on your favourite scent for a simple way to feel refreshed. 
    • Finally, I find that hitting a Pilates class two times a week  is not only great for the complexion but for the neck, back, and knees  as well.

    I know that taking out time for a routine is a big achievement, and investing time in skin care is just a matter of discipline, after all you’re not Super Woman, but hopefully these few handy hints will help you survive the chaos. 

     

     

    Saving your Skin during Festival Season

    We are in the midst of festival season, and whether you’re in the mud pit or mosh pit, you’ll easily have time to keep that fresh-faced look (even without showering for three days) with the Organic Surge range, and because we have a super cute ‘minis’ range, you don’t have to lug around bottles of the stuff, which means extra room in your backpack to stuff in some more Home Brew – hurrah!

     

    Kiss and Make-up Wipes

    Not only are they hugely convenient, they will clean you up in no time, so you won’t have to get festival paint and glitter all over your favourite sleeping bag. They effectively sweep away make-up, dirt and impurities and rehydrate your skin, leaving it feeling clean and bright. Perfect for all skin types, even sensitive. Plus, they are completely bio-degradable and compostable, so won’t clog up the portaloo (if they’re not already blocked…). 

     

    Skin Perfecting Face Polish

    The chances are that you’ll probably be unable to give your face a good deep clean whilst crouching down in a tent with a bottle of dubious water and a ball cotton wool, so using an exfoliator will help to get rid of all the dead skin cells (not to mention mud) to make you feel clean and refreshed. The finely ground olive stone gently removes dirt, impurities and dead cells to boost skin rejuvenation, while the Rosemary and lemon essential oils purify the skin and make it smell divine. The chamomile and ginkgo biloba soothes while the almond oil rehydrates your skin, not to mention giving you a radiant complexion to disguise the three day hangover.

     

    Million Dollar Anywhere Balm

    This versatile little pot gives a super-surge of replenishing moisture and care to, well, anywhere really! Blending intense natural hydrators, super-charged organic essential oils and cocoa and shea butters it’s the ultimate multi-tasker, working wonders on hands and nails, heels, elbows, lips – wherever skin dryness or irritation strikes when you are out and about – or in the middle of a field. If that doesn’t convince you, than Organic Surge will donate $1 for every Million Dollar product sold!

     

    Blissful Daily Moisturiser

    With its quickly-absorbed, lightweight texture Blissful Daily Moisturiser blends natural hydrators, antioxidants and essential oils to balance oily and dry skin zones and maintain a healthy, smooth complexion. Most importantly it hydrates the skin so can help fend off dull skin from excessive drinking and late nights.

     

    Lavender Hand and Nail Cream

    This intensive moisturiser is quickly-absorbed to provide comfort and hydration. Enriched with organic lavender and geranium essential oils, and moisturising vitamin E, shea butter and cocoa butter, our hand cream works to prevent moisture loss leaving hands comforted and softened, and ready to party all night long.

     

    Days spent out in the elements enjoying live music, celebrating and generally not sleeping can take their toll on your skin, but with the mini range from Organic Surge you can still make sure that your skin receives its well deserved TLC, from morning through to night, in just a few simple steps.

    Top Blogger Beauty Tips

    Here at Organic Surge we’re big fans of beauty bloggers – we’re constantly impressed by their incredible knowledge and love of beauty. So we got together with some of the UK’s top beauty bloggers to share their beauty tips with you, dear readers. Take note!

     

    “Take care of your skin! Find the products that work for you, cleanse well and make sure your skin is properly moisturised. Having a good base to start from makes applying makeup much easier.”

    Estée, http://www.essiebutton.com/

     

    “If you are going for a heavy, smoky eye with plenty of glitter or loose pigment, then start with your eye make up first before applying your base products. This will allow you to sweep away any fall-out without ruining your make up and then you can finish off with concealer and foundation to give a clean, fresh look.”

    Milly, http://www.pearlsandpoodles.com/

     

    “If you’re like me and don’t wear make up all the time, when giving your skin a break apply organic aloe vera over the face like a mask and allow to dry. It helps your face during the colder months, fights inflammation and acne and soothes and moisturises your skin. As it dries clear, no-one will know your new all-day skin benefit.”

    LaaLaa, http://www.dolcevanity.com/

     

    “Make up brushes make the biggest difference when it comes to the make up you use. Even if the product is not the best on the market, if you use it with the right brush you can make it work for you. For example, a fluffy brush like the Mac 217 is the only brush I use for eyeshadow application because it makes eyeshadow apply like a dream. Also, the Real Techniques Contour Brush is the perfect rounded edge contour brush for getting right into the hollows on the cheeks. They are both total must-haves and I wouldn't apply my make up without them.” 

    Victoria, http://www.inthefrow.com/

     

    “Always keep skin hydrated with a good moisturiser that suits your skin type - even if you're naturally very oily. A nourishing cream for night time and a lighter moisturiser with SPF for the day are two essentials in my skin care routine. Beautiful make up application begins with a smooth, primed base and even if you're not wearing make up it's important to use moisturiser to protect your skin as much as possible from the elements.”

    Jennie, http://www.sailorjennie.com/

     

    Many beauty bloggers are huge fans of Organic Surge - click here to find out what some of them have to say about Organic Surge products.

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