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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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. 

 

SPARKLE LIKE MARKLE! Wedding Skin Prep - The FinishingTouches

It’s never too early to begin prepping your complexion for your BIG DAY and that complete wedding day radiance you deserve!

Taking care of your skin in the lead up to your big day:

Establishing a regular skincare routine will help your skin find its natural balance, and skin loves consistency, so stick with your core set of products. Cleanse twice a day with the Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser to gently remove daily dirt and impurities. If you’re short of time with all the wedding prep, take it into your morning shower with you. The massaging action will stimulate blood flow in the skin, giving a natural glow to your complexion. hccThe Shea Butter naturally moisturises the skin, while the Orange Peel Oil naturally rejuvenates the skin. Don’t forget that skin regenerates itself every 28 days, so it won’t take long for you to notice an improvement in your skin’s tone and texture.

Just before your wedding focus on getting as much hydration into your skin as possible, which will have a naturally plumping effect on your complexion, as well as giving you the all-important glow. Be sure to try and drink the recommended 2 litres of water a day and for that additional hydration and comfort ; massage our Replenishing Facial Oil into your neck and face.

For a complexion boost, add a pump of Nourishing Rose Day Cream to the Facial Oil to refine your skin texture. If you do this before you apply your make up, being sure to massage gently on to your face, neck and décolletage, your skin will be a perfectly primed base for your foundation. The secret to long-wearing make-up is all in the prep, so be sure to cleanse and moisturise thoroughly.

Taking some you time and looking after your whole body:

Every bride’s dream is to have an all-over flawless complexion. Whether you prefer to bath or shower, Rose Whisper Hand & Body Wash & matching Hand & body Lotion safeguard your skin's natural moisture while cleansing and moisturising. Enriched with Damask Rose and Geranium essential oils & Organic Aloe Vera to naturally soothe and calm skin, this elegant, luxurious natural fragrance will last the duration of your big day.

Apply the hand & body wash to damp skin in the shower, with hands or a shower sponge. Lather well and breathe in the organic essential oil fragrance blend. Or for a softly foaming bath, pour a little into the bath directly under running water.

Gorgeous Rose Whisper natural hand and body lotion will complete the ritual: it’s super-hydrating and quickly absorbed and will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and moisturised.

Finally, while you may feel tempted to stay up late finishing last-minute tasks, set yourself a bedtime curfew. Lack of sleep not only depletes your skin, it will make you feel sluggish and more likely to rely on sugary snacks and caffeine, all of which can contribute to dull skin and breakouts. Rest, relax and enjoy your big day.

If you have any pre-wedding beauty or de-stressing tips you’d like to share with us, please add to the comments below!!

 

 

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.

 

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.

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.

 

 

Britain in Bloom

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


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


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

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

 

 


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

Thank you to Whetman Pinks for the images

Getting the most from your Skin Care with Extra Care

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

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

Your daily skincare ritual

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Weekly wonders ritual

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

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

 

Monthly radiance ritual

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

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

               

Ten New Year's Resolutions for Healthy Skin in 2015

One partied out Pooch

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

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

  1. Increase your fruit and vegetable intake

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

     

    1. Treat yourself to a facial

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

    1. Flush out your system with the right hot drinks

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

    4.Get back to basics and moisturise

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

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

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

    2. Use an eye cream 

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

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

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

    1. Opt for natural

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

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

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

    3. Exchange your bar of soap for a liquid cleanser

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

    10. Stick to your night time routine

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

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

     

     

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