Happy 10th Birthday Organic Surge!

Ever wanted to pick the brains of Natural Health expert and Organic Surge Founder Alan Mackenzie? Well now’s your chance.


Alan is a born and bred Scotsman, and after establishing his career in teaching and then Interior design, he also set up the largest hairdressing business in the Highlands. Alan suffered from sensitive skin and this inspired him to develop an understanding for hair and skin products, so together with renowned Italian cosmetic Scientist, he travelled to Milan to research and develop products that would alleviate sensitive skin issues. By 1995 he realised that the future lay in natural and organic ingredients and he scoured the world for the very best ingredients and formulations, and so Organic Surge was created.

 

What were you doing before you launched Organic Surge?
I suffered for many years with sensitive skin, and after founding a hairdressing business I became interested in the effect that chemicals have on the skin. I began working with an esteemed cosmetic scientist and discovered that natural formulations with organic ingredients were hugely beneficial for his skin. The rest is history!

How did you go about turning an idea into actual useable products?
It took many years of hard work and research to complete all the formulations, and the team are firm believers that that money should first be spent in research and development so that the product line up would be world class and the results would speak for themselves.


What’s the most rewarding aspect of your job?
I feel most rewarded when a customer takes the time and effort to contact us and  say how much they love Organic Surge and the huge improvement it’s made to their skin.

I know how hard we all work at Organic Surge to ensure that our products are not only beautiful to use but give real lasting results. It really does make all the development work so worthwhile. We can put as much as three years in to developing a new products and bringing it to the market place.

If you could give one piece of health & beauty advice what would it be?
Listen to your skin...choose products which are natural and work with your skin and not against it. Even if you are unfortunate enough to suffer from eczema, you can guarantee that there’ll be something in our range that will suit you, for example we spent a lot of time and research in to our lavender range which has been clinically proven suitable for sensitive and eczema prone skin.

What’s your best Organic Surge discovery?
Our Hot Cloth Cleanser. We tested and tested to bring the best Hot Cloth Cleanser to the market place, and it’s since won several awards. I'm very proud of it.

What is the OS product that you couldn't live without?
The Hot Cloth Cleanser. Male, female, whatever skin type, I don’t know anyone that doesn't love using it. That’s why we've brought out a special limited edition version for our Anniversary.

 Ten years on, Alan still strives to source the very best and affordable skin care, and is constantly innovating the successful problem-solving products of Organic Surge. With this objective in mind, Organic Surge has created many revolutionary products that really do deliver results, as well as the continuous perfection of what exists with innovations, formulas that are constantly reinvented and best-sellers that stand the test of time.

Daddy, daddy cool!

Father’s day is fast approaching (just in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past month) and I’ve been thinking about which of our products our Daddies would like to open up on Sunday morning, along with breakfast in bed of course!

While we appreciate that most of our 1 million fans are more ‘pink’ than ‘blue’, we also appreciate that a lot of men DO care about what they slather on their skin, and Organic Surge does have its fair share of male enthusiasts, and here's what our beloved male customers have to say about our shower gel range:


"What a blast. This'll wake you up, but in a nice way. I'm going back for more and have never showered so much! "  Steven, a fan of our Citrus Mint shower gel. 

"I can’t believe how long the freshness lasts and that a shower gel is making all of that happen!" Andrew, a fan of our Super fresh shower gel. 

"So happy with this product. Will keep buying it from you!" Jamie
"This will wake you up from the deepest daze. It lathers up really well and cuts through acres of dirt at a stroke".  Steven G
"This is such a wonderful shower gel. I will purchase again soon." James

All fans of our Ocean Fresh shower gel!

But it’s not just shower gel that the guys like (for some of them like to look rough, tough and smell nasty). Men have sensitive skin too, and if they are going a little thin on top (sorry Dad) then there’s no shame in giving them a little extra boost. Try buying him the Volume Boost Shampoo and Volume Boost Conditioner (half price this week!) and watch the delight on his face as hair follicles perk up.

And of course, we couldn’t finish without asking our leading expert at Organic Surge what HIS favourite product was. Over to you Alan, founder and creator of Organic Surge:

"I've got really tricky skin so I've developed a new routine for myself...firstly I use the Hot cloth cleanser to cleanse my beard area and that softens my beard well. I thought for fun I'd try shaving with the Hot cloth cleanser and it worked a dream so I shave with it and then use a hot wet towel after to remove any residual cream and then I complete it with the replenishing facial oil. A ten out of ten routine for me...and here's an extra tip..if I haven't shaved for a few days I use the Hot cloth cleanser and then a tiny bit of facial oil with the Hot cloth cleanser as I shave! I also use the rose cream on all non shaving days..I really like it because it's non greasy yet my skin feels supple with it (well as supple as an old man's skin can be)."

 


So there you have it. Never be stuck for ideas again! And don’t forget, there’s still time to get 20% off all ‘gifts for him’ this father’s day.

Looking after your princess during pregnancy

Congratulations to William and Kate on the birth of their Princess

As the world goes baby mad to welcome in the new princess, it got me reminiscing about my little bundle of joy (who’s not so little now!)  I ‘shared’ my first pregnancy with Kate, and there is just 3 weeks between our babies. I even suffered from the same dreaded Hypermesis gravidarum as Kate, and can only wish her the best of luck with looking after two under two (one is hard enough!).

Like most other women, becoming pregnant means that you really have to think about everything that comes in to contact with your body, and that means what goes on it too. The skin is the body’s largest organ and research proves it capable of absorbing up to 60% of the ingredients in the products we apply, so for me that meant choosing organic, premium ingredients to get the best for me and my unborn.

The real advantage of using natural and organic bath and body products is that they enhance the skin’s natural function; working in synergy with the skin by utilising active ingredients that help optimise skin regeneration.

Organic Surge developed its range of products with a selected blend of naturally derived ingredients and certified organic essential oils that have caring yet effective qualities. An abundance of natural ingredients have been used in skin and hair care for many years, many of which are widely recognised for their genuine effectiveness in enhancing the health and vitality of the skin and hair.

 

Ch-ch-ch-changes

Your body changes every day (literally) and that can bring a whole load of interesting consequences to add to your already unstable hormonal level.

 

During pregnancy, you may develop: 

  • stretch marks
  • broken veins
  • sensitive skin
  • itchy skin
  • changes in skin colour (pigmentation)
  • spots
  • chafing
  • Misery, thanks to all of the above.


Thankfully, most of the skin changes that take place during pregnancy disappear after your baby is born, however to get you through it, here are my top Organic Surge products.

 

  1. Pregnancy can be an itchy time for women, what with skin stretching over the abdomen. I liked to soothe my skin with Lavender Meadow Body Lotion, a light, hydrating lotion enriched with organic lavender and geranium essential oils, which only lifted my mood, but made  my skin feel soft, smooth and moisturised.
  2. Your nails can change noticeably during pregnancy, what with the extra hormones making them grow faster stronger. However, some women, might find that their nails tend to split and break more easily during pregnancy. If this happens to you, try and keep them trimmed and lavish them with Gardeners hand cream. The omega 3 from Peruvian Inca Inchi Oil helps protect skin from dehydration and damage, whilst extracts from marine algae soothe skin redness.
  3. Many women experience changes in their hair texture and growth during pregnancy. The hormones secreted by your body will cause your hair to grow faster and fall out less, which is great! I liked to keep mine in tip-top condition by using the 2-Minute Moisture Hair Mask. It contains pure coconut oil and plant extracts, and it works to penetrate the hair shaft. It leaves my hair so soft and manageable, so no more hairbrush wars for me!

 

 

Spring Clean Your Skin Routine

Turn that frown upside because it looks like, finally, the SUN IS SHINING! With today (10th April) forecast to be the hottest day of the year so far, it’s time to switch the central heating dial down, don your bathers, and, while you’re at it, adjust your skincare routine.


Seasonality is a key aspect to your beauty regime, as it needs to respond to the effects of specific weather conditions.


Alongside seasonal colour collections, we should be increasingly aware of how changes in the environment are affecting the conditions of our skin. Just as the winter months are the time to target extreme dryness, the warmer months are the time to nourish skin with protection against sun damage or humidity.


Did you know...?
67% of beauty lovers change their skincare routine each season 
 

So with this in mind, we’ve selected the best of the Organic Surge bunch for the tops picks for Spring.

Spring time means that it’s time that we should dare to bare our perfectly polished pins, and in order to achieve this look in super-quick time try our . With its deliciously uplifting fragrance, our new and improved body scrub contains, natural pumice, combined with sunflower seed oil, to gently exfoliate your skin to help reveal your natural beauty.

Spring time means that it’s time that we should dare to bare our perfectly polished pins, and in order to achieve this look in super-quick time try our Tropical bergamot skin perfecting body scrub. With its deliciously uplifting fragrance, our new and improved body scrub contains, natural pumice, combined with sunflower seed oil, to gently exfoliate your skin to help reveal your natural beauty.
And while we’re on the subject of exfoliating, don’t forget to pay careful attention to your face, with our skin perfecting face polish; you can happily scrub away those winter month skin cells.


Did you know...?
18% are more likely to exfoliate during the summer compared to 20% of winter buffers


Serums come in to their own at this time of year. Not only can they help to boost collagen and elastin production and restore firmness to the skin, they accelerate cellular renewal which can brighten the skin and make it appear more luminous and smooth.


Our intensive smoothing serum should be applied twice daily and is the first product that should be applied to the skin after cleansing and toning. Your sunscreen should be applied over the serum in the morning and then your moisturiser should follow.


Did you know...?
6% of serum users use more facial serum during warmer months


So hop to it, banish those winter blues and shake up your beauty regime for scrumptious spring time skin. Right. I’m off to buy an ice cream....
 
Statistics gathered from Poshly.com

Egg-stra Care This Easter


The four day weekend is so close that you can practically taste the chocolate, and everyone at Organic Surge Towers would like to wish you all a very happy Easter! 
Yet Easter isn’t just about celebrating the end of Lent and seeing how many cream eggs you can fit in your mouth in one go, it’s about celebrating new beginnings and so why not make the most of the super long four-day weekend and revise your Organic Surge skincare routine.
It's easy to rush through a morning routine, or skip a nighttime step in order to get to bed that 5 minutes faster. But each step is important. For example, cleansing is vital to keep skin healthy, revitalised and protected from external and internal factors that can lead to signs of ageing. Your skin will reap rewards if you cleanse effectively, and with the right cleanser too, no matter what your age or skin type is. You see, one step cannot really work effectively without the others - it's as simple as that. Unless you properly clean your face before applying your Extra Care serum, oil and moisturiser, the natural and organic goodness within these products cannot be absorbed properly into the skin as they are blocked by make up and the remains of daily dirt and grime. If you remember the important yet simple (and pleasurable) step of the Extra Care skincare step, you will find that beyond Easter you’ll be showing off your refreshed, radiant complexion, albeit with a slighter larger waistline! 
Our natural brightening hot cloth cleanser gently removes dirt and impurities, harnessing the highest quality essential oils and moisturisers to care and clean to fully rejuvenate skin. Massaged over dry skin, it will loosen and dissolve everyday grime, which is then wiped away with a cloth and hot water. The massaging action will stimulate blood flow in the skin, giving a natural glow to the complexion, enhanced by the gentle exfoliation from use of a cloth in the cleansing regime. Personally I can't live without my Hot Cloth Cleanser. I use it in the shower to save time in the morning, and it makes my skin feel soft almost instantly. I adore the rose scent too, it's just heavenly! Plus it helps me to wake up in the morning too! Here's what Fiona, one of our loyal customers, has to say about it. 


I've been using this for just over a month now, after using the market leading rival product for years. Comparing the two, I find I need to use less product with this one, you can massage it in for longer before it 'dries' on the skin, so you get a longer clean. It leaves skin feeling really soft and smells gorgeous. It's brilliant ... and a little less expensive too.

If you prefer a wash-off face cleanser and wish to smooth and improve the appearance of dull, sluggish complexions, try our Daily Care Face Wash. It rinses away daily dirt and impurities, removes make-up on the face and around the eyes (not an easy task for me!) The 100% natural lather and essential oils help to restore your skin’s natural balance, and the hygienic pump means that there's finger double dipping! Our customers love it too, thank you Jenny M!:

I LOVE this product! It has a lovely aroma, it washes my face gently but
also removes all traces of make-up. The best bit is it lasts for ages and is sold at a good price! I'm always trying to convert friends and family. Also it's made in Scotland so is supporting our local economy and its organic so gentle on my skin :-) 

 


So enjoy your lovely long Easter break, and the copious amount of chocolate, but also remember to make the time to cleanse properly and you will soon reap the rewards. 

 

 




Say it with Roses


Do not underestimate the healing powers of nature, so while millions of women (and men) will be receiving a dozen or so red roses on Saturday, lovingly purchased from the garage up the road, why don’t you dig a little deeper in to the wonders of one of nature’s most beautiful creations:

DAMASK ROSE OIL

This essential oil is extracted from the damask rose Rosa damascena of the Rosaceae family and is also known as Bulgarian and Turkish rose, and attar of rose. Damask rose oil is known for its ability to soothe and harmonise the mind. For your skin, it gently hydrates and moisturises it naturally, and can calm any redness or sensitivity.

It contains powerful anti-oxidants that repair and replenish damaged skin.

Try it in our Nourishing Rose Day Cream.

 

PALMAROSA Essential Oil

Extracted from the dried grass harvested before it flowers, palmarosa oil has a sweet floral aroma with a hint of rose

Aromatherapy uses: relieves stiff and sore muscles while calming the mind and uplifting and invigorating the spirits. Clears confusion, muddled thinking.

Skin benefits: balances skin hydration level and stimulates cell regeneration. Helps keep skin supple and elastic and is valuable for use with skin conditions such as acne and dermatitis.

Try it in our Lavender Meadow Hand Wash.

 

ROSE GERANIUM Essential Oil

Extracted from the rose geranium plant, it has a sweet and rosy smell with a mint overtone

Aromatherapy uses: has a balancing effect on the nervous system and relieves stress and anxiety by lifting the spirits

Skin benefits: helps to balance the secretion of sebum and clears dull or sluggish skin. Its antiseptic properties make this oil an effective aid to help with skin irritation or problems.

Try it in our Ultra Light Oil control lotion.

 

Spread the love this Valentine’s Day, because we LOVE your skin.

 

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 Part 2

    After escaping the jetlag relatively unscathed, I had to contend with that weird, motion sickness feeling that you get for at least two days after you’ve landed. You know the one, where you’re brushing your teeth and all of a sudden the ground beneath you is whooshed away is if the plane you’re not actually on anymore has plummeted several thousand feet to Earth. Anyway, once Post Plane Motion Sickness (as I like to call it) had subsided, I began to truly relax and feel in ‘holiday mode’.  Best of all, I was in Arizona, so the dreary grey drizzle of home seemed like one distant foggy memory to me.  Acclimatising to desert heat also meant that my skin needed to adjust. It was just settling in to hibernating winter mode, and now, all of sudden I was thrust back in to brilliant sunshine, and endless blue sky (oh, the hardship). Luckily I had my lightweight Blissful Daily Moisturiser with me, which was a saving grace. It’s light and refreshing, and doesn’t give me that heavy, sticky feeling, that makes my newly applied makeup instantly slide off my face. I have to say, it never left my handbag so it went everywhere with me.

    Enough of my smugness about the desert heat: you can’t go to Arizona without a) doing a road trip, and b) visiting the Grand Canyon. So I did both. Unfortunately, the Grand Canyon is really quite high up (note that I’m not a travel writer) and so this meant, yep, you guessed it, back in the cold again! Despite the fact that I hadn’t actually packed for this temperature, I managed to get off quite lightly, as the brilliant, blue sunshine (sorry English folk) meant that it wasn’t too nippy. That and I also had my trusty hand cream with (again, another handbag staple) to contend with the roller coaster temperature ride I was taking my skin on. And my hands REALLY suffered. First of all, I have eczema, and the main area that I get it is on the tips of my fingers and palms of my hands, and this is the first place it flares up if I receive:

    • Not enough sleep
    • Not enough sun
    • Too much cold

    As I had basically subjected my hands to all of the above, I was officially screwed. However, I did get some light relief with the Gardners Hand Cream, and the feeling of relief when I applied it was instantaneous.

    Thank goodness! Yo yo temperatures are not good for sensitive skin sufferers, but luckily for me, because all the skincare products I wanted to take with me were travel sized, it never seemed too much of a burden – even taking it to the Grand Canyon. I also highly recommend the Kiss and Make Up wipes. Not only did they remove my make up (naturally) but they also doubled up as a handy wet-wipe – perfect for long, sweaty road trips across the desert.

    OK, enough already, I promise not to brag again, especially now that I’m back in blightly and am once again acclimatising my skin for the forthcoming Arctic Weather Bomb. Oh joy....

    Caring for your skin during the cold season

    As the outdoor temperature drops and we reach for that extra blanket, crank up the central heating and snuggle up to a hot water bottle, it comes as no surprise that the cold weather can really take its toll on your skin, leaving it dry and gasping for moisture. If you suffer from problematic skin during the chilly seasons, then adjust your beauty routine in a very simple way: make it richer and more protective. What your skin needs in the warmer months to be radiant and evenly toned varies to what it desires in the colder seasons. For a start, it’s a good idea to go for slightly richer creams in winter and reapply frequently to keep chapped skin at bay. This will provide nourishment and protection. But which are the best ingredients to use?

     

    Shea Butter

    Shea Butter is a vegetal butter extracted from the seeds of the Shea tree. It is extremely rich in moisturising, nourishing and protecting components, as well as vitamins. It is a perfect natural recipe for dry and sensitive skin, and it is perfectly tailored for winter skin care.

    Our natural brightening hot cloth cleanser is enriched with shea butter, and gently removes dirt and impurities, harnessing the highest quality essential oils and moisturisers to care and clean to fully rejuvenate skin.

    Massaged over dry skin, it will loosen and dissolve everyday grime, which is then wiped away with a cloth and hot water. The massaging action will stimulate blood flow in the skin, giving a natural glow to the complexion, enhanced by the gentle exfoliation from use of a cloth in the cleansing regime. Perfect to fend off Jack Frost!

     


    Argan Oil

    Historically, Argan oil has been known for centuries for its protective properties, and it is the perfect gift from Mother Nature to sort out your winter skin care. It hydrates and nourishes skin, protects it from damage by free radical, as well as increasing skin elasticity. This ingredient really does wonders to bring radiance and vitality back to dull, damaged and dry skin.

    Our new Extra Care range has many products which contain Argan oil, but I really recommend the Replenishing Facial Oil for that incredible moisture boost. It is a luxurious yet lightweight oil, which instantly hydrates parched skin. Using an uplifting blend of essential oils including argan oil and yarrow oil, it leaves the skin looking and feeling comfortable, soft and fresh. You can even mix a couple of drops with your day or night cream for added nourishment. 


    Kernal Oil

    This is a deeply nourishing, hydrating and protecting oil. It is also tones, hydrates, revitalises, soothes and softens; yet it has a uniquely light and natural feeling on the skin. It's the ideal companion for the winter months and will alleviate tired, dull, and, sensitive and devitalised skin. Packed with skin loving nutrients, the Extra Care Nourishing Rose Day Cream is a luxurious moisturiser which provides instant hydration to skin that needs it most. As well as kernel oil, it contains Argan oil (see above) which is renowned for helping to protect skin from damage by free radicals; damask rose oil to calm redness, and palmarosa and geranium oils to infuse the skin with vital moisture. It will give your skin a luminous and supple complexion. The consistency of the cream is perfect for allowing good absorption into the skin, an excellent base for makeup and will leave your skin feeling hydrated all day.

    During the cold seasons your skin will thrive if you introduce different natural ingredients in to your skin care regime. Each botanical brings a different balance of vitamins, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and other ingredients. You can alternate Shea butter with Kernel oil and Argan oil, depending on the day, the weather and how your skin feels. Don't let your skin down during this winter, wrap it up warm!

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