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.

Top Party Tip
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. 

Top Party Tip
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. 

Top Party Tip

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.

Top Party Tip
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!

 

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 out of your Bedtime Routine

We shouldn’t need World Sleep Day to remind us that we all deserve a good night’s rest, after all it’s so important  for health and wellbeing, but it’s easier said than done.  Nothing affects how you look and feel as much as sleep, or lack of it. So, we’ve created a sleep meditation guide to help you to wind down and prepare for your great night’s sleep, so you can wake up feeling energised and ready to go.
  • Most importantly, stop using all devices one hour prior to sleep.
    Put all devices away in another room rather than keep them in the bedroom to discourage you from checking them during the night.
    Then, after you’ve finished your bedtime beauty routine, using Organic Surge’s restful essential oils found in products such as Lavender Meadow Hand and Body Lotion and Overnight Sensation Night Cream, which will help you to get your beauty sleep while caring for your skin, it’s time to prepare for some restful slumber.


    Lie in your soft warm bed and just take a few, long deep breaths.
    On the next inhale just hold the breath in for a moment and then let it go. Feel the wave of deep relaxation with each exhale.
  • Now is the chance to review your day. Take a few moments to do this.
  • During this moment, take a long deep inhale, then, gradually let the whole thing go.
  • Get a sense that with each exhale you let go of your waking self and this day and move into the freedom to sleep. No one to see, nothing to do, nothing you need to control but just let go of the day.
  • Start to count to four on the inhale, hold the breath in for two, and exhale for six.
  • Inhale 4 3 2 1.
    Exhale 6 5 4 3 2 1.
    (Repeat)
  • Now stay focused on your breathing.
  • Take one more deep inhale, and as you exhale sink down into your bed and invite sleep to come.

Sleeping Beauty

By Organic Surge

 

We’ve been doing some research into sleep tips – how to get more sleep, as well as how to make it work better for you. Sleep is nature’s way of resetting and restoring our system: we can’t live without it. And the good news is that you can help the process along with natural organically-certified body care products that boost your body’s responses.



Organic Surge Overnight Sensation cream rests between a sleep mask and three lavender cuttings.

Replenish and renew

During sleep your cells rebuild and repair themselves and your skin renews itself – so good-quality sleep is essential to keep you and your skin fresh and healthy. This night-time magic also enhances your skin’s responsiveness to nutrients, which is why enriching organic night creams are work so well. Organic Surge Overnight Sensation Night Cream is a soothing organic moisturiser that uses cocoa and shea butters to nourish and rehydrate your skin and boost the natural benefits of beauty sleep. Relax, drift off – and wake to a brighter, more radiant you.

Organic Surge Gently Cleansing Shower Gel sits on the edge of a bath in a white, brightly lit bathroom wrapped in a towel

Essential aromas

Lavender has long been a top sleep tip to promote a good night’s rest – traditionally lavender flowers were tucked into pillows and apothecaries prescribed lavender oil to ease ‘griefs and pains of the head and brain’. More recently, research has indicated that the smell of lavender lowers the activity of the nervous system, easing anxiety and leaving you feeling more relaxed. Our organic skincare range uses lavender not only in the Overnight Sensation Night Cream but also in our Lavender Meadow Hand & Nail Cream. Apply both before bedtime to soothe your senses with a delicate and calming aroma. It makes sleep as easy as breathing.

Lavender Meadow Gently Cleansing Shower Gel rests in a shower, still wet

Soak or shower

Your temperature naturally drops during sleep – so stimulating the process makes you drowsy as well as boosting your chances of night-long rest. Sleeping in a cool room helps. But another top sleep tip is a hot bath or shower – this warms you up so your body experiences a sleep-inducing drop in temperature when you climb out. Organic Surge Lavender Meadow Hand and Body Wash, Hand and Body Lotion and Hand and Nail Cream all maximise the warming experience of a soak or shower by adding the soothing smell of lavender. Relax, enjoy and set your body clock for sleep. Naturally.

Organic Surge Comforting Hand and Nail cream placed on parchment paper next to a sleep mask, a cutting of lavender and a sleep diary.

Sweeter dreams


You may be getting enough sleep, but are you maximising its benefits? Here are three top sleep tips to make sure the effects of a good night’s rest are visible on your skin.

• Sleep on your back: lying on your stomach can constrict the blood vessels in the face, causing dark circles.

• Plump up your pillows: keeping your head raised can help prevent the fluid accumulation that cause puffy eyes.

• Threads of kindness: use a pillowcase with a high thread count that feels soft against your cheek and avoid fabrics or dyes that might irritate sensitive skin.

New Years Means New Skin Routine

By Katherine Oakes

That post-holiday look and feel can, for many, be less than glamorous: dry and muddled skin tone, a lackluster complexion, and dark undereye circles tend to reflect our lack of self-care throughout the most wonderful time of year, making this part well, simply not the most wonderful time of the year. It is easy to think of your new beauty regime as “getting back on track” but sometimes that’s not the case – sometimes, it’s discovering a more healthy and holistic way of caring for your skin that can transform the way you think and act when it comes to beauty. So whether you are a seasoned skincare savant who has fallen off the wagon (and hey, we don’t blame you) or someone totally new to the process, the good news is that it is truly simple and starts right in your own home with the Organic Surge skincare line. And hey, it’s just one more excuse to turn your bathroom into your own personal spa sanctuary  something that we at Modernize get behind one hundred per cent.

Beauty as a Lifestyle

Your skin is the biggest organ in your body, as well as its own intricate ecosystem with a delicate balance that can be easily disrupted. However, this transparency is a dead giveaway  and it’s also your biggest tool for getting back on track toward whole body wellness. Supple, moisturized, radiant skin reflects your overall well-being so you can be sure that when things go awry the solution isn’t just in a tube. Organic Surge’s line of Extra Care skin products are free of harsh chemicals, toxins, parabens, and sulfates  the ingredients that are found in many commercial skin care products but are extremely harmful to your health and thus the health of your skin. Instead, Organic Surge nourishes and enriches your skin with 100% certified natural and organic products that beautify you from the inside out. With recyclable packaging and Organic Surge’s dedication and investment to helping alleviate impoverished children suffering in a Kenyan orphanage, it’s the kind of product that makes it easy for you to live a conscious and mindful lifestyle  the kind that not only makes you feel happy on the inside but radiates outward, too.

 

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.

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. 

 

 




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