Our Top 4 Winter Beauty Routines

 From the everyday to Christmas Day, here are our top 4 products that are essential for creating a wonderful winter beauty routine.

 

Replenishing Facial Oil

In winter it’s not just the turkey that’s dry, the colder months can severely dehydrate your skin. Using a facial oil a few times a week, along with your regular moisturiser, will help to seal in moisture, protect it from environmental damage, plump the skin and of course assist with those irritating flaky bits of skin which pop up on your face throughout the winter months. Argan Oil naturally nourishes the skin, increasing skin elasticity, while Yarrow Oil naturally soothes, reducing inflammation.

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I also apply a drop or two AFTER my I put my make up on, to highlight those cheekbones and add a touch of Christmas sparkle.

Deep Cleansing Face Mask

Never underestimate the power of a face mask. Quick results, minimum fuss and soft, glowing skin – a real  shortcut to speedy skincare success, as well as being a bit of 'me time'.

To alleviate signs of parched, tight, winter-weary skin, smooth over your face and leave for 10−15 minutes, then rinse off, then gently dry your skin with a warm towel. Use weekly, or whenever your skin needs a quick brightness boost. 

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For overnight intensive treatment, I like to apply it generously over my face, avoiding the eye area, then I simply rinse it off in the morning.

Perfecting Face Polish

The combination of fewer daylight hours, central heating and cold dry air makes your skin even more prone to drying out in the winter.  By exfoliating you banish those dead skin cells, making way for new ones, as well as any dirt and oil trapped in your pores. Our Perfecting Face Polish is made from finely ground coconut shells bound in a lotion made with moisturising oils and soothing herbal extracts, creating a gently exfoliating skin treat. 

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After giving my skin a good buff, not only is my skin cleaner and healthier but it is better prepped to receive my moisturiser.

Nourishing Rose Day Cream

Skin sensitivity can often be exacerbated by cold, windy weather. To rehydrate chapped cheeks or soothe a red nose, reach for our Nourishing Rose Day Cream, where a little goes a long way with this moisturiser.

The rich hydrating cream helps to soothe, repair and nourish skin with the help of its Damask Rose Oil and Argan Oil. Apply all over and then pat on an extra layer where needed.

Your usual moisturiser may not be enough in this cold snap, so pull out all the stops when it comes to nourishing winter skin with a hard-working hydrator.

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Massage in to your face and neck with gentle upward strokes. For extra hydration, mix with a couple of drops of Replenishing Facial Oil for a beautiful glow.oil rose

 

Which products are your beauty must-haves this winter? Let us know in the comments below or tag us on social media!

 

An interview with Yoga Junkies co-founder Hannah Wisniewski

Yoga Junkies launched on 1 November with a mission to inspire women to be the best version of themselves through the power of yoga.

Their monthly box subscription contains 4-5 surprise yoga lifestyle products, delivered directly to your door.

We chatted to Yoga Junkies co-founder Hannah Wisniewski to find out more:

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Congratulations on the launch of Yoga Junkies. Tell us a little bit about what we can expect from your monthly subscription box?

Thank you so much. We are so excited to finally start this new journey!

Each month, our members will receive a stylized box containing yoga lifestyle products from all around the world. The items include a range of yoga equipment, vegan snacks, natural cosmetics, jewellery, and gemstones plus our very own Yoga Junkies magazine. We put a lot of love and hard-work into selecting extraordinary products to provide an amazing experience to our members.

We are currently working on more ways to bring value to our members. Soon they will be able to access free yoga workouts and videos, our online magazine about yoga, meditation, nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle, and the second edition of our e-book.

Our vision is to build a comprehensive online community for everybody who loves the yoga lifestyle.

Where did your passion for Yoga begin, and what were your influences?

I came across yoga through a workout program called P90X, about five years ago. I loved each of the workouts in the program, but it was the yoga one that especially caught my attention. Not only did it challenge me in different ways– targeting small muscles, concentration, balance, coordination – but it also completely transformed the way I felt inside.

A short time after, I decided to take a step outside my home and attend a few yoga classes every now and then. This is when I went from a purely fitness-oriented style of yoga to the more spiritual and meditative side as well.

When did you decide to dedicate yourself to yoga personally and professionally?

I had a fun and successful career in a promotion agency but always had this feeling deep inside me that I needed to search for something more. I had no idea what kind of fulfillment I was searching for, but I just knew that I needed to make a change to find it.

So, last year, I decided to quit my job and begin building my own business. I had no idea what I was going to do at the time, but that didn’t stop me. I just followed my heart and let the rest happen as I went through my days. Then, one night at about 3 a.m., I woke up and had only one thought on my mind – “I have to go to India to learn about yoga”.

One night when I was in India, I finally realized what journey I wanted to begin. My husband Tyler has always loved subscription boxes but always said that the good ones were only in America. As I was thinking about this in India, it became clear that we should combine yoga and subscription boxes to bring a new yoga lifestyle box to the Yoga Junkies of Europe. 

How does Yoga help you on a daily basis? 

My daily yoga practice has become a major part of my life. It has made an enormous impact on the way I think and feel in everyday life. Completing a flow or holding a challenging pose allows me to forget my surroundings and look deep into myself. Yoga helped me to become more confident and love myself from the inside out. I became stronger not only on the outside but also on the inside.

What if someone may feel intimidated by yoga? How can they overcome this?

I know that seeing pictures online of people doing crazy moves can cause someone to feel intimidated by yoga. But it doesn’t matter if you can bend like a pretzel or if you’re struggling to touch your knees – yoga is for everyone and that’s what we love about it. When practicing yoga there is only one rule: to listen to your body and do what you can according to your ability. Actually, one of the best things about yoga is that the community is so welcoming. It’s amazing! You’ll find out after your first yoga class that everyone is there to learn just like you. So, don’t be intimidated if someone is more advanced than you. Go up to them and ask them to help you and you’ll soon find yourself with a new friendship.

Why is yoga so important and beneficial for your health & wellbeing? 

Yoga improves flexibility, builds muscle strength, and therefore, helps to lose weight. It helps you to maintain focus throughout the day and improves your sleep at night. But yoga is not just a form of exercise, it’s an all-encompassing lifestyle that transforms not only your body but also your mind. It provides you with inner strength, self-confidence and it can also reduce stress. Plus, a daily yoga practice boosts your metabolism – and who doesn’t love that?

 How are diet and lifestyle integrated into yoga practice?

Not at all, and yet so much at the same time. There are no direct links between them, so anybody can practice yoga no matter what their plates are filled with, or how they live their lives. Still, through yoga, you become more aware, present, and mindful to what you say, think, and eat. Starting with small adjustments, yoga helps you get rid of unwanted habits and develop a healthy lifestyle.

A yoga lifestyle can be lived in so many different ways…

What are some great nourishing options after a Yoga work-out?

If the yoga session was challenging, it’s always good to start your meal with some healthy carbs. What you eat really depends on your preferences or the time of day. For morning practices, a nice bowl of oats with fresh fruit on top is a great way to recharge the batteries.

Also, fresh fruits or smoothies are a good way to nourish your body with loads of vitamins and minerals. However, it can be difficult at times to grab something to eat when you’re busy with life. Thankfully there are more and more brands developing healthy vegan snacks as an easy to-go alternative. We are always so happy when we discover new snacks that help us with our busy schedule, and now we can even share these amazing companies with our members.

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 To order your Yoga Junkies box, visit https://www.yogajunkies.com/

 To WIN a Yoga Junkies box, as well as Organic Surge Super Fresh duo, please visit https://www.facebook.com/organicsurge or https://www.instagram.com/theyogajunkies/

Breaking bad habits - The Daily Essential Swap for Organic September

ORGANIC SEPTEMBER
It’s that time of year again!

So whether you are an Organic ‘nut’, only shop partly organic, or are only just converting to organic produce, we want to accompany you on your journey and help you make the switch from regular Highstreet skincare products to Organic and Ethical Produce and we can clearly recommend all of our products which:

  • Contain a minimum of 98% plant-based ingredients and a minimum of 10% of all ingredients, by weight, must come from organic farming.
  • Only use ingredients derived from renewable resources.
  • Never contain GMO, parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicon, PEG, synthetic perfumes and dyes or animal derived ingredients.

Step 1: Save yourself precious time in the morning;

After a sprightly dog walk, I jump in the shower and cleanse my face and neck with a pump of Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser. I use this in the shower to save time, but you of course can use quite simply with a hot cloth over the sink. This is incredibly good at getting rid of any overnight oil build up (even with my oily complexion!).

In the past I have always used foam cleansers, with the logic that it was the lather that would prevent breakouts and oiliness, but these products actually made my blemishes worse as they stripped my skin of its natural oils.

Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser even removes the most stubborn eye makeup! Something I have struggled with in the past, and the panda eyes look being an all too familiar one! I also suffer from sensitive skin so in the past if even a smidge of product has gone near my eyes then it has instantly reacted; all of Organic Surge’s skincare is suitable for the most sensitive skin.

Step 2: A moisturiser which does what it says

After a quick hot lemon drink for cleansing, I use Nourishing Rose Day Cream for my face and neck; it’s true that a little goes a long way! Not only does it smell incredible and has a lovely light feel but the Argan oil nourishes the skin so deeply, your skin feels truly soft. The damask rose oil also calms redness which I am often prone to. Finally,  Palmarosa and geranium oils infuse  the skin with vital moisture for a luminous, supple complexion.

After using an organic moisturiser with super concentrated natural ingredients and no chemical nasties, you’ll see what you have been missing out on.

Step 3: Not all Deodorants are the same

Why should we put up with products that could be harming our skin and even our health?

Deodorant is one of those daily essentials that we don’t even really think about, and it’s easy to get stuck in a rut with the same old products. I myself was guilty of that, until Organic Surge brought out their Super Fresh Deodorant.
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Specifically formulated with a unique complex of naturally derived ingredients to gently target odour creating bacteria and keep you feeling fresh throughout the day, it omits an ingredient so commonly found in the majority of Highstreet deodorants: ALUMINIUM.

Many people are not aware of the difference between an antiperspirant and a deodorant. An antiperspirant uses pore-clogging aluminium to block the skin and prevent sweating, a deodorant simply kills the bacteria that cause body odour whilst allowing the skin to breathe.

I have been absolutely amazed at the difference switching to an organic Deodorant has made. As a keen runner, I was pretty sceptical about its effectiveness, but there hasn’t been any odour whatsoever and not a sweat patch in sight! I haven’t really suffered from sensitive skin under my arm pits, but applying deodorant after shaving was always excruciating painful and I just learnt to live with the sting! But after using Super Fresh Deodorant the sting just doesn’t happen anymore. I couldn’t believe it!

Step 4: A handy companion

Previously, I’ve been guilty of choosing a hand wash based purely on packaging – something that will look great in my bathroom. It’s always been a bonus if it claims to be ‘moisturising’. Yet I've discovered that although many Highstreet brands use a small percentage of moisturising ingredients in their hand washes, they can leave hands dryer than ever, partly due to SLS, which gives the bubbles but is in fact a harsh chemical. SLS strips the natural oils from the skin leaving it dry, out of its natural balance and more susceptible to damage. This time of year is a particularly important time to make the switch to an organic hand and body wash, now that the colder weather is on the horizon. Switching to Organic Surge’s Hand & Body Wash range (available in three fabulous fragrances) which are specially formulated to cleanse even the most sensitive skin leaves me confident that my hands will win the fight against winter this.


You definitely don't need harsh chemicals to keep your skin in check. Let nature take care of it, switch to organic and you won’t look back!

 

Are you stuck in a bad skin care habit? Use Organic September as an excuse to switch things around with these Organic Surge essentials. 

 

Getting the best from moisturising

With summer just around the corner, it’s never been more important to review your skincare routine. Moisturising sun kissed skin should be an integral part of your daily routine, yet it doesn’t have to be a chore. By making a few adjustments to your application techniques, you should notice a real difference in the results.

Now you can enjoy many of our skin care products for less in our Spring Skin Event.

Keep the hydration

To lock in the all-important hydration, apply your moisturiser while your skin is still slightly damp, as opposed to dry. The perfect time to do this is directly after cleansing with the Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser or after applying the Refreshing Face Wash. Catch the excess moisture before it evaporates!WASH

 

 

Help boost skin's natural rejuvenation cycle

For moisturiser to sink in you need to eradicate the dead skins which soon pile up. Buff away the dead skin cells by using Perfecting Face Polish 2-3 times a week. This will stimulate, smooth and rehydrate all skin types.

The oily skin myth

It’s a common misconception that moisturising oily skin will only exacerbate it, yet it’s just as – if not more – important  to moisturise oily skin as it can actually help to balance your natural skin oils. With its quickly-absorbed, lightweight texture Blissful Daily Moisturiser was designed specifically for combination/oily skin types as it blends natural hydrators, antioxidants and essential oils to balance oily and dry skin zones.

Find your perfect match

Never underestimate the power of using the correct moisturiser for your skin type. We have 5 formulations to choose from:glow

For Normal/Combination Skin try Blissful Daily Moisturiser for a healthy, smooth complexion.

For All Skin Types, our best selling Overnight Sensation Night Cream contains lavender essential oil to both calm the skin and relax your mind.

For Dry Or Mature Skin try Super Intensive Daily Moisturiser which contains a rich blend of nut butters, jojoba and grape seed oils to bring welcome moisture to dry and uncomfortably tight feeling skin.

For normal to dry or mature skin our luxurious, organic rose day cream is the way to go, with a rich, soothing, nourishing day time formula that helps to counteract fine lines, leaving even the most sensitive of skin hydrated

 

Immerse your skin with intense hydration using our Radiance Recovery natural Night Cream. For normal to dry or mature skin.

To find out more, click here.

Finally, how much should you use?

This is a common question for the Organic Surge team.  We recommend an almond-sized amount of moisturiser to get the best results.

 

Simply Pure Beauty

Victoria Jensen, founder of Simply Pure Beauty, Penryn, is a qualified beauty therapist, masseuse and reflexologist of 25 years. Her treatments relax and rejuvenate to enhance mind, body and soul, so naturally we wanted to get know Simply Pure Beauty a little better….
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Simply Pure Beauty is a beautiful name for your salon, what does it represent?
I’ve been through a lot of changes in my life and I wanted the business to reflect where I am at this stage; able to celebrate balance and well – being. The salon is quite minimalist and it’s all white, which in part was actually inspired by Organic Surge’s products as I genuinely love everything about them.  I love the fact that they’re simple, organic, and adaptable to many routines.

What motivated you to embark on a career as a masseuse, reflexologist and beauty therapist?
I’m very passionate about mental health, and health in general and because I’ve been a beauty therapist for 25 years and worked in so many different places, I feel very strongly about working in a mindful and relaxed manner rather than trying to rush treatments.
Although I really enjoy doing a variety of beauty treatments − including things like waxing and tinting − I’m really passionate about giving someone a really good treatment, maintaining what you’ve been given naturally and looking after yourself in as holistic a way as possible.

For someone new to massage, what is the best way for them to begin?
It depends on the client, if someone was a bit embarrassed or shy then I would encourage them to go for something like a back massage to start with. I always explain what I’m going to do and how I’m going to do it so there’s no surprises. I use a warm bed, so that people can feel like they’re nurtured and the ‘towel technique’ so clients feel less exposed. I also give them the opportunity to ask me any questions, and they can ask me any questions throughout too.

How often would you advise people to have a massage or a facial?
I get asked this a lot; I always advise the client that it depends on their time and their budget. Most of my clients come once a month. I personally have a massage once I month.  I think if you leave it any longer than that then it’s like starting from scratch again, so maintenance is important.

How does massage therapy work and what happens to the muscles before and after?
In basic terms, when we use our bodies we get a build-up of toxins, especially if you do a lot of physical exercise, and eventually this causes the muscles to become quite tight, which is why you can ache in places such as the lumber spine.  When you massage the muscles, this increases the blood and lymph flow, which gets rid of the waste quicker, so not only are you increasing your blood flow and circulation, but you’re then going to be increasing your lymphatic system. I always advise that you drink lots of water because it will help to flush out the toxins, even if you’re having something like a facial or reflexology, it’s important to drink lots of water afterwards.

Finally a HUGE THANK YOU for offering an Organic Surge facial as part of the Facebook Competition:
“That’s my pleasure - I love my facials, they’re such a lovely treatment so I’m delighted to offer this as a prize. The lucky winner will start all snuggled up in a lovely warm bed, in a white duvet, with lots of white towels. Then I use mittens which are warmed up begin with the Organic Surge Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser Enriched with Natural Shea Butter which I remove with the hot mitts, and then sometimes I use an essential oil, depending on their skin type. Then I use the Organic Surge Perfecting Face Polish, which I later remove with the warm mitts, then I will do another cleanse, then we go into the massage. I normally decant a small amount of almond oil which I’ll warm up in my hands and apply to the Décolletage, and around the trapezius. I use the Organic Surge Replenishing Facial Oil Enriched with Argan Oil and warm it in my hands so that they can get that beautiful smell, and then put that over their skin, and then I will massage around their Décolletage, followed by a massage of the whole area. When that’s done I apply the Organic Surge Deep Cleansing Face Mask, and they then get some cotton discs and have a warm compress over their eyes. I then do a head massage, or sometimes a hand massage if they prefer. Once that’s done I cleanse off with a warm mitt, then I will apply the Organic Surge Hydrating Eye Cream Enriched with Jojoba Oil, and then Nourishing Rose Day Cream Enriched with Damask Rose Oil. Luckily the Organic Surge range suits everyone’s skin type.  Then I will put a warm towel around their necks for a nice finishing touch, and then either they won’t want to get up, or they may even be snoring!”

For more information on how you can win an Organic Surge facial at Simply Pure Beauty, as well as a bundle of Organic Surge products, visit our Facebook page.
For more information on Simply Pure Beauty visit https://www.simplypurebeauty.co.uk/

 

 

 

For the love of Roses



Guest blogger Stephanie from Expert Home Tips is here to tell us about her love-affair with roses.

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There’s just something about the rose. Elegant, feminine and with a whole list of benefits for mind, body and soul, this really is nature at its best!

All roses have properties that benefit the body, but there’s none quite as special as the Damask Rose. It’s the oldest species of rose known to date, with its use dating as far back as Grecian and Roman times, when it was used to perfume baths.

It’s the Damask Rose that can be found in the Organic Surge Radiance Recovery Night Cream. Its addition, in the form of essential oils, has many beneficial properties for skin that make this a stand-out product.

Besides smelling great, here’s what the addition of Damask Rose Oil can do for your beauty regime:

  1.  Helps acne-prone skin

 When pores become blocked with excess sebum, bacteria builds up, and this combination causes acne. For people that suffer from spots regularly, keeping bacteria at bay is essential.

The damask rose has antibacterial properties that make it an ideal treatment for acne-prone skin. It’s capable of completely destroying Propionibacterium acnes - the bacteria that leads to acne.

Organic Surge Radiance Recovery Night Cream could just be what your troublesome skin’s been in need of.

  1. Promotes younger-looking skin

There’s no need to invest in Botox if you choose a skin product containing Damask Rose. High in antioxidants, rose protects skin from sun damage that causes ageing, including wrinkles and sagging.

Additionally, antioxidants work to soothe and calm stressed skin, helping it to regain that youthful firmness we all chase after.

  1. Calms redness & soothes sensitive skin

For those with sensitive skin, redness can be a real problem. Many people presume oil would aggravate such skin - Rose oil, however, does the opposite. As it’s 100% natural and has anti-inflammatory properties, it actually works to soothe and calm skin.

This reduces redness and signs of irritation to leave the skin looking and feeling balanced.

  1. Intensely moisturises dry skin

Choosing a product that is moisturising enough for dry and damaged skin, but light enough to prevent breakouts can be difficult. This is where the Damask rose in the Organic Surge Radiance Recovery Night Cream comes in.

Rose oil makes skin more permeable, meaning the product is really able to sink deep into the skin and work its magic. As it’s also 100% natural and extremely light, it won’t clog the pores – Rose is an extremely versatile ingredient suitable for most skin types.

  1. Tones and tightens skin

One of the reason rose water features so much is toner, is due to its astringent qualities. It has a tightening effect on capillaries, which helps to reduce the appearance of pores as well as brightening the complexion.

The addition of Damask rose to a night cream is extremely clever, as it will lead to a supple and taught complexion in the morning. What better way to start the day!

If you love the scent of Rose as much as I do, (a lot and a lot) there’s another flower I’d also recommend exploring - the Rose Geranium.

Despite its name, the Rose Geranium isn’t actually a rose at all, however you’d be forgiven for thinking it was. One sniff is enough to fool you – it has the same, feminine floral scent, with some citrus added in for good measure.

If you fancy seeing just what this wonderful flower can do, you can try it in the Organic Surge Daily Care Refreshing Face Wash.

 

Incorporate Rose Geranium into your beauty regime today to benefit from:

  1. Mood-boosting effects

The Organic Surge Daily Care Refreshing Face Was has a truly stunning scent. In fact, the aroma of Rose Geranium alone can produce a mood-boosting effect, reducing feelings of stress and anxiety.

These are the kind of feelings you want products to promote during your beauty regime. Whether you have two minute or two hours, take a few minutes to be at one with yourself and feel utter relaxation with Rose Geranium.

  1. Stabilises both oily & dry skin types

The reason we experience dry or oily skin is due to and imbalance in the secretion of sebum – the oil that lubricates the skin’s surface.

One of Rose Geraniums most valued properties is perhaps its power to rebalance this mechanism when the skin is struggling to do so itself. Balanced sebum secretion means clear pores, and clear skin as a result.

  1. Clears and soothes acne-prone skin

Similarly to the Damask Rose, Rose Geranium also has anti-bacterial properties. This makes it an ideal ingredient in a face wash, ensuring skin is completely cleansed, and all traces of bad bacteria removed.

Washing the skin with a product like Organic Surge Daily Care Refreshing Face Wash gives acne-prone skin the best chance possible to keep pores, and skin, clear.

 

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Stephanie Cvetkovic is a fan of doing things a little differently. Whether that be cleaning lime scale with lemons, cleansing with coconut water or upcycling umbrellas, she loves living sustainably and making the most of what she has.

 

 

10 Things To Do When You Suffer from Sensitive Skin

These days it’s not uncommon to have sensitive skin, mainly because of the environment we live in, the food we consume, the products we use and the normal stresses of everyday life. Not to mention the genes we’ve been ‘blessed’ with. Usually, it’s a combination of some or all of these factors that can cause our skin to break out from even the mildest imbalance. This can be so disheartening for anyone that has experienced sensitive skin issues such as, eczema, rosacea or psoriasis, or just general sensitive or dry skin.

The good news is that because it IS so common, a lot of skin problems CAN be brought under control with a variety of lifestyle changes, and here are some top tips to help you alleviate those problematic skin complaints.

  1. The ‘wrong’ skincare products: Strong perfumes, artificial colours, preservatives and petrochemicals can all irritate the skin. Organic Surge products are NOT tested on animals and are 100% free of harsh chemicals – no parabens, sodium lauryl sulphate, no artificial fragrances or colourants and no genetically modified ingredients.In addition to this, and following some wonderful feedback from customers, we have put our Lavender Meadow products through clinical testing which has proven them to be suitable for use on eczema prone skin.
  2. Stay Hydrated: staying hydrated in crucial to our health. Not only that, but it flushes out any toxins in your body, and the benefits of drinking plenty of water will soon reflect in the way your skin looks. Drink at least 1.5 litres of water a day to ensure that your body and your skin are supplied with enough water to function optimally and flush out toxins from your system.
  3. Baths not showers: While showers may be quick and convenient, or relax you after a long day, a hot shower will also open up your pores and cause delicate skin to flush. The result of this makes sensitive skin even more sensitive and reactive. Showers can also strip the skin of its protective oils. Try to have a bath instead, or if that’s not an option, try turning down the temperature and end your shower with a burst of cool water.
  4. Using a water softener: If you live in the UK, particularly in Southern England, you will be well aware of the white, flaky deposits of lime scale in your kettle and on your shower screen. This usually means that you live in area of hard water. Hard water contains a higher than normal amount of lime scale, or calcium carbonate (CaCO3). Lime scale is known to interfere with the skin's protective barrier, causing irritation to dry skin. If you notice that your skin reacts to it, you can reduce lime scale by using a water softener. You can find out more here.
  5. Avoid or reduce Spicy food: Now we don’t want to be the fun police, because, let’s face it, who doesn’t like a nice spicy curry. However, as with most treats, if you do suffer from any form of sensitive skin then just try to reduce your intake of a spicy curry, as spicy food can often trigger or exacerbate it, particularly chilli, horseradish or MSG foods.
  6. Steer clear of processed foods: What we eat has a huge impact on our well-being, including your skin. Avoid eating heavily processed foods, which often contain additives. Eating a more plant-based, organic diet, rich in fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and beans, will provide your body with beneficial vitamins, minerals and nutrients, which will improve your health and well being and revitalise your skin.
  7. Cut out cigarettes and alcohol: It sounds like a no-brainer, yet we still do it. Alcohol consumption causes dehydration, skin spots and permanent changes in the quality and elasticity of your skin. Try giving up smoking and consuming alcohol in moderation. By setting yourself realistic goals you’re more likely to stick to them.
  8. Carefully manage your sun exposure: getting the balance of sun exposure is incredibly important – too much can aggravate sensitive skin, not to mention accelerate the effects of ageing and increase your risk of developing skin cancer. Too little sun is detrimental to sufferers of eczema and psoriasis. Vitamin D is crucial for the balance of the immune system and healthy bones, and also our skin.
  9. Staying calm: Stress and anxiety are known triggers for a number of mental and physical ailments but did you know that they can also affect the skin? Try a simple meditation for 5 minutes a day, just by sitting still with your eyes closed and focus on your breathing. If meditation doesn’t float your boat, then relax in a way that suits you – exercise, long bath or listening to your favourite tunes.
  10. Catch some Zzzzs! Sensitive skin can be a symptom of lack of sleep. Sleep deprivation affects the skin’s natural barrier function which can lead to dryness, irritation and increased skin sensitivity. The epidermis is less likely to be able to protect itself from chemicals and pollutants in the environment, so having an early night is more important than you think!.

 

Living with sensitive skin can be so disheartening. Organic Surge’s founder  Alan MacKenzie started Organic Surge because of his own issues with sensitive skin, and wanted to create an affordable organic skincare range. With a combination of the right lifestyle choices and the right products for you, your skin can regain its healthiness.

As always, please let us know how you get on!

Why choose Organic?

We’re clearly passionate about organic. Our founder Alan MacKenzie set up Organic Surge after suffering from eczema and skin sensitivity. He was frustrated that he couldn’t find good-quality, genuinely organic skincare at an affordable price.

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We’re a small team, based in the Scottish Highlands. We’re proud to be fully independent and striving always to make the best products we possibly can – products that are good for your skin as well as for the environment – is the heart and soul of what we do.

We wanted to find out more about why you choose organic skincare and beauty products, and the differences you see after switching to organic. We were blown away by the response. We had an incredible 214 replies to our Facebook question and we want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who contributed. So rather than hearing it from us, here are the top ten reasons why you choose Organic Surge skincare, bodycare and haircare.

 

  1. ‘Organic Surge beauty products don’t irritate sensitive and eczema-prone skin’ came up time and time again in your replies. We understand the challenges of sensitive skin. SLS, parabens and synthetic fragrances are the most common irritants in skin and bodycare products so it's safe to switch to Organic Surge, which is 100% free of these harsh ingredients. Plus, all Organic Surge facial skincare products have been clinically and dermatologically tested and are suitable for sensitive skin. Find out more about how we test our products to ensure they are safe for sensitive skin here.
  2. You share our passion for choosing organic because it’s better for the environment. We work with Ecocert’s global standards and ensure we use ingredients derived from renewable resources that are manufactured by environmentally friendly processes. We also work with Ecocert on ensuring our packaging is always reusable or recyclable. You can find out more about Ecocert’s standards here.
  3. You choose Organic Surge because we don’t use any of the chemicals you want to avoid, including GMO, parabens, phenoxyethanol, silicon, PEG, synthetic perfumes and dyes, and animal-derived ingredients (unless naturally produced such as beeswax).
  4. We were delighted that you said you choose our products because you like our honest approach. This is so important to us. We are a small team and don’t have a marketing department or even an employee dedicated to marketing. We put developing great performing products first and always try to be transparent and honest in everything we do.
  5. You like the way our organic products feel to use. A word that came up time and time again was ‘better’. We don’t use any synthetic fragrances in our products, only pure essential oils. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for their skincare benefits and mood-enhancing properties. They also give our products their vibrant, uplifting fragrances.
  6. You try to eat organic, so why wouldn’t you choose organic for your skin, body and haircare too?
  7. Thank you so much Katy Beardmore for feeding back on the quality of our customer services. Coreen and Jenny, who look after our customer services, are based in our office in the Highlands. They are on hand by phone on +44(0) 1955 606 061 or email, at info@organicsurge.com , to help with any questions or advice, so please do get in touch.
  8. You buy our products because they are cruelty-free.
  9. Do you do your grocery shopping on Ocado? Several people told us that they loved being able to easily pick up their favourite Organic Surge products with their weekly shop. Caroline A Emerson is a busy mum who told us that choosing Organic Surge gave her peace of mind for her skin and family.
  10. You also told us that you choose our products because they last and offer great value for money. The quality of the products was mentioned in many of your replies – which we are delighted about. We love reading your product reviews – Alan personally reads every single one. We include them on our website so you can read first-hand, unbiased reviews and feedback on every product.

Eat your way to a smoothier skin!

By Organic Surge


It’s easy to be a fan of clean living when every day we can see the difference using organic and natural beauty products makes to our skin and hair.

We all enjoyed National Vegetarian Week and we are finding it so inspiring to see all the great new vegan, plant-based, healthy living and sugar-free bloggers, chefs, cooks and writers out there. With new books from Deliciously Ella, Detox Kitchen, Madeline Shaw, Hemsley & Hemsley and Amelia Freer, there’s never been a better time to add nourishing plant-based recipes to your repertoire or even to go full out new vegan!

Bo from Bo's Kitchen is the rising star of the plant-based food revolution and definitely one to watch. She’s a vegan blogger and photographer whose Instagram page is a visual feast of delicious and easy-to-make original recipes.

We caught up with Bo to find out more about her beauty routine and life as a vegan.

Organic Surge Moisture Boost Haircare sits in the grass

Bo's top tips

OS: What is your beauty routine?

Bo: I cleanse and moisturise in the morning and cleanse, tone and moisturise in the evening. For cleansing, it has to be Organic Surge Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser. The pump dispenses just the right amount (so there’s no waste) and the texture is perfect for getting off every last trace of make-up. It’s brilliant value compared to other natural hot-cloth cleansers and it leaves my skin smelling like a bunch of roses! I also dry body brush as much as possible and do a hair mask at least once a week – I’m finding the Organic Surge 2-Minute Moisture Hair Mask is really fabulous.

Organic Surge Extra Care Products surrounded by smoothie ingredients
OS: What differences have you noticed to your skin and hair since you started using Organic Surge?
Bo: I’m very fussy about my skincare brands, but with Organic Surge I find my skin feels plumper and has a more even tone. I’m quite pale and can suffer from rosacea, but the Organic Surge Extra Care range perfectly suits my sensitive skin and the powerful ingredients (damask rose oil, shea butter, aloe vera, orange and geranium oil to name a few) mean I’m still getting a treatment every time I use them. I’m in love with anything rose and these products smell heavenly. The Replenishing Facial Oil is fabulous under the Nourishing Rose Day Cream – it sinks in quickly but leaves your skin soft all day.
OS: What is your top tip for a health-boosting food to include in our diets?
Bo: Spirulina and wheatgrass are my two top superfoods – both pack a nutritional punch to give you a huge boost and make you glow from within. I noticed a visible difference in my skin and hair after taking these superfoods with my smoothies. If you can’t get hold of them, my top tip is to drink lemon and hot water first thing in the morning – it fires up your digestive system and alkalises the body, which is perfect for healthy skin.

OS: When did you become a vegan and why?

Bo: I became vegan about ten years ago, just to see if I could do it. There aren’t any cons to the vegan lifestyle – sure, you have to cook a little bit more than before, but I think everyone should know what goes into their food. I have more energy than ever, work out every day, eat a huge variety of food and rarely get ill. It’s also very cheap to eat vegan – good for my wallet too!

You are what you eat

Bo has created  two super-easy and delicious breakfast recipes for us to start your day right.

A Picture of Cacao and coconut chia pudding next to Organic Surge Extra Care Replenishing Facial Oil
Cacao and coconut chia pudding

Chia seeds are little miracles for your skin – packed full of vitamin E, omega 3 fats, fibre, zinc, magnesium and protein, all of which help maintain a youthful glow. For the chocolate layer I added some cacao, which is high in antioxidants, increases blood flow to the skin and contains omega 6 fats which helps heal wounds and scars. Both of these superfoods combine in a creamy coconut milk mixture to make this deliciously healthy pudding.

1/2 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup water

2 tbsp cacao

6 tbsp chia seeds

1.Mix 1/2 cup coconut milk with 1/2 cup of water and add the chia seeds. Stir very well.

2.Split the mixture between two jars and add 2 tbsp of cacao to one jar. Mix well again. Leave both jars overnight in the fridge, or until all the liquid has been absorbed.

3.Layer your coconut chia pud and cacao chia pudding in your jar and top with raspberries and coconut.

Radiant Skin Smoothie Bowl next to Organic Surge Hot Cloth Cleanser and Rose Day Cream
Radiant skin smoothie bowl

This smoothie is actually a green smoothie bowl in disguise! It tastes sweet and creamy and boasts a whole host of skin boosting ingredients such as strawberries, beetroot, kale, avocado and flaxseed. The recipe makes enough for two bowls or three small glasses.

1 large handful of frozen strawberries

3 frozen bananas

1 large handful of kale (stalks included)

1/2 avocado

1 tbsp ground or whole flaxseed

1/4 cup coconut or almond milk

1/2 cup water

1 tbsp beetroot powder or 1 small raw beetroot

2 tbsp dairy free yoghurt

Toppings of choice: I used blueberries, kiwi, cacao nibs and shredded coconut

1.Add all smoothie ingredients apart from the yoghurt to your food processor or blender and mix until smooth. Pour into your bowl.

2.To make the pretty yoghurt topping, add small dollops of yoghurt all over your smoothie bowl. Stir with a chopstick of knife to make swirls. Top with fruit, cacao nibs and shredded coconut.

Time to Travel

By Organic Surge

It’s that time of year when we’re beginning to think about holidays – getting away from it all, discovering new places, escaping familiar routines. Wherever you go, though, your beauty needs and the problem of fitting everything into a too-small bag seem to follow you. So at Organic Surge we’ve created mini versions of some of our essential products to solve your problems.


The Organic Surge travel friendly tinctures lie next to sunglasses, flip-flops and jewellery ready to get packed.

Good things in small bundles

•Our must-have cleanser, Organic Surge Daily Care Refreshing Face Wash, containing 98.89% natural ingredients and suitable for all skin types, is available in a handy 95ml bottle. 

• Squinting at the sun? Rejuvenate and nourish the sensitive area around your eyes with Organic Surge Hydrating Eye Cream, available in a 20ml bottle.

Organic Surge Replenishing Facial Oil (30ml) will instantly hydrate parched, sun-kissed skin.

• And you can get Organic Surge Super-Intensive Daily Moisturiser, enriched with rose geranium essential oil and aloe vera, in a 50ml jar. ‘I wouldn’t be without my intensive moisturiser. Nothing else out there comes close,’ says customer Janny. Even on holiday, there are some things you just don’t want to change!

Organic Surges Home City bathed in golden morning sunlight.

Grown in Britain

You may not know it, but Organic Surge is based in Wick in Caithness, in the far north-east of Scotland, just a few miles south of John O’Groats. It’s a beautiful setting, even if we say it ourselves – lots of peace and quiet, picturesque houses built of local stone, a ruined castle (the Old Man of Wick) looking out over the sea and a scenic fishing harbour that was once the busiest in Britain. We’d recommend it as a holiday spot any time! Our favourite place is Keiss Beach on Sinclair’s Bay, a long strip of sand below by craggy cliffs where you can catch glimpses of seals and puffins. We’re proud to come from an area of the British Isles with so much natural beauty – it’s part of our inspiration for Organic Surge. We choose only essential oils and plant extracts certified as natural. It’s our way of protecting not only ourselves, but the environment around us as well.

Organic Surges Gardeners hand cream lies on a city guide near some pearls.

Preparing for take-off

If you are flying – to Scotland or beyond – a few simple precautions can minimise the effects of dry cabin air on your skin:

• Drink lots of water: the pressurised air in airplanes is notoriously low in humidity. A litre of water for every five hours of flight time should restore your body’s natural balance.

• Take care of your skin: up your moisturising regime before you travel and use an intensive moisturiser such as Organic Surge Gardeners Hand Cream to protect from dehydration during the flight.

• Keep moving: simple exercises such as stretching your arms, rotating your head or flexing your ankles keep your blood circulating and muscles relaxed to minimise fatigue. And don’t forget that the journey is only the start of the adventure to come!

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