Allergy Awareness Week 2019

ORGANIC SURGE − ALLERGY AWARENESS − CLEAN BEAUTY 

At Organic Surge, we understand the challenges of sensitive skin. Alan MacKenzie, our founder, set up Organic Surge after suffering from eczema and skin sensitivity, and wanted to create an affordable organic skincare range.  In honour of Allergy Awareness Week 2019, we wanted to tell your more about our fantastic Lavender Meadow Range, which has been clinically tested for eczema prone and sensitive skin.

This multi-award-winning, fragrant range gently improves the skin’s appearance, while providing daily protection, reducing tension and stress, encouraging restful sleep and uplifting moods,  while calming the mind, body and soul. We love this powerful plant for all its unique properties, which is why we use it in our Lavender & Geranium Essential Oil Blend in all of our Gentle Meadow range. Lavender has been used for centuries for medicinal, natural health and beauty purposes. It has a strong aromatic scent and is full of therapeutic properties to help soothe body and mind.

LAVENDER MEADOW Lavender essential oil is distilled from Lavender flowers and is a calming, relaxing oil with a herby floral aroma, which is why it’s often used in aromatherapy to combat stress and calm the senses. The essential oil can be used as antiseptic to support skin care and natural healing and balance skin conditions. Geranium essential oil is distilled from Geranium leaves, releasing a rosy, refreshing and intense oil with a sweet floral aroma. It helps to harmonise the emotions and rebalance combination skin, by balancing the production of sebum, while keeping it supple and helping to soothe and heal irritation.

Every product in our range has been made from the finest skin-loving ingredients. Our Lavender Meadow Shower & Bath Gel, which recently won ‘Editor’s Choice’ in the Beauty Shortlist Awards 2019, will treat your skin with care whilst you enjoy the expert blend of calming lavender with balancing rose geranium essential oils.

Our Lavender Meadow range has been clinically tested and proven kind to skin and also suitable for people who may be prone to eczema. In the shower, apply using hands or a shower sponge, lather well then rinse off and towel dry. In the bath, add a generous amount under running water to create your own relaxing spa bath at home.

For super soft skin and lasting fragrance, finish by using our Lavender Meadow Hand & Body Lotion, which uses a blend of lightweight glycerine, rich shea and coca butters, to soften and moisturise your skin.

Did you also know that all Organic Surge products are 100% gluten free and vegan.

Find out more here.

Now with 20% off our clinically tested, award winning Editor’s Choice - this week only!

 

Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise!

We were recently honoured with the high accolade of Best Value High Street Beauty Brand in the Beauty Shortlist Awards, so we know how to combine the brilliance of science and the power of nature to bring you the most effective Clean Beauty that we possibly can. We know that when it comes to skincare, it is the delicate and often sensitive skin of our faces that needs particular attention and TLC. The key component to ANY skincare regime is to moisturise, moisturise, moisturise! And we have the perfect one for you:

Blissful Daily Moisturiser

Throughout the day your skin is affected by pollutants that simply can't be avoided in today's world, and a good daily moisturiser is your essential base. Help to neutralise environmental irritants, plus keep skin hydrated by using Organic Surge Blissful Daily Moisturiser. Apply liberally to the face each morning, smoothing in with fingertips, avoiding the eye area. A blend of natural hydrators and antioxidants protects skin ensuring a healthy, smooth complexion and is perfect for normal or combination skin.

Super-Intensive Daily Moisturiser,

Those with mature or dry skin types should opt for the Super-Intensive Daily Moisturiser, with the additional benefits of Aloe Vera to repair, sooth and moisturise skin. Again, apply liberally to the face each morning, and smooth in with fingertips. Specifically designed for dry skin that needs an extra surge of moisture this intensely hydrating cream provides the ultimate boost to restore dryness. Organic Essential Oil of Rose Geranium is key to restoring skin balance and reviving a dull complexion. With the additional benefits of Aloe Vera, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Grape Seed oil to repair, sooth and lock in moisturise, skin will look and feel super soft. 

Overnight Sensation Cream 

Avoid the morning blues and that after-party look when you wake up by gently massaging Overnight Sensation Cream into cleansed skin before you hit the hay. This luxurious cream restores hydration and revitalises you whilst you sleep. During the night, skin is at its most receptive and deprived of the goodness it craves. Bursting with natural skin emollients including Shea Butter, Glycerine and Aloe Vera, Overnight Sensation Night Cream lovingly restores skin and keeps it from harm. Organic Essential Oil of Rose Geranium is also included to help keep sluggish skin at bay. Make night time a time for your skin to recoup after a long day with Overnight Sensation Night Cream – for a sensational skin experience night after night!

 

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!

 

5 Night time Skin Care Tips for You by Ashley Parker


It’s no secret that night time skin care routines can make or break a person’s skin care routine.  Doing the right things before going to bed can either step up or decrease our skin care game.  Not only can we add new things to our routine, but often it is about refining what we are already doing.  In addition, being aware of those things that can step up our skin care game, and having it fit into our unique schedules.   So, what are night time skin care tips that can help improve our skin care?  That is why we created this list of night time skin care tips.

  1. Wash your face sooner than later. We all have our cut off time at night where we feel like we hit a brick wall of tiredness and the easy things such as washing our face, brushing teeth, etc. becomes more difficult.  Make a mental note to wash your face before the tiredness hits.  Sleep is when our body recovers, removing makeup and the daily buildup on the face will help prolong the repair process at night.
  2. Wash your pillowcase frequently. Why change a pillowcase frequently? Every day we touch different things that have bacteria and germs.  This then gets transferred to our face when we touch it.  In addition, any oils or dirt on the face gets transferred to the pillow when sleeping.  It is most important for people with acne prone skin to always have a fresh pillow to reduce irritation. 
  3. Use warm water when washing face. Despite what you may have heard, hot water can remove essential oils from the skin and cause dehydration and irritation to the skin.  Using warm water can reduce the chances of irritation.  Find the medium balance between cold and hot water when washing your face.
  4. Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells, prevent breakouts, smooths skin texture, and even clear pores. Exfoliation is one of the most important aspects of a skin care routine, fortunately it can be done from home.  It is a vital tool for people with blemishes as it helps kill bacteria and can help prevent breakouts.
    Some additional benefits of exfoliation include helping clear clogged pores.  If you suffer from clogged pores, exfoliation helps prevent congested pores.  Most common areas of irritation are the chin, nose and forehead. 
  1. Use a soft cloth when cleaning face. Whether you are using a cloth or facial cleanser device, ensure it is soft and non abrasive.  Abrasive facial tools or cloths can leave scratches on the face unseen to the eye.  This can lead to further irritation of the skin.  Know your skin type.  If your skin is sensitive, using the softest cloth may be the best fit for you. Use a serum to help combat damage to skin.

    Moisturize. Sometimes people avoid using a moisturizer at night.  Using a moisturizer at night can help keep the skin hydrated and prevent dry skin build up on the face.  At night, the skin is most permeable.  This allows for maximum absorption of active ingredients for the skin.  After showering or washing your face, you want to lock in the moisture.  Use skincare that might include a moisturizer to do this. Don’t forget about your neck when moisturizing! 

 

5 Tips to help you reduce your sugar intake this Easter

It’s a no-brainer that cutting down on sugar will give you more energy, less ‘afternoon slumps’, improve your skin glow, as well as seriously cut down your risk of health problems such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease, to name but a few. It can also disrupt your hormones which can affect your skin.

With Easter just around the corner you may feel as if you’ll need to brace yourself for the mountain of sugar you will no doubt consume, however, there is a solution − and not a lettuce leaf in sight! Follow these 5 simple swaps to help you cut down on the sweet stuff:

 

  1. Go Nuts. Not only are nuts a delicious and healthy snack, they also make great goodie bags if you fill them with a mix of pecans, walnuts, cashews and pistachios and tie them with ribbon. They make a great alternative to sweet, sugary Easter Eggs and are packed full of protein and flavour.

 

  1. Start your day as you mean to go on. Most breakfast cereals contains mountains of added sugar, even the so-called ‘healthy’ cereals. Why not swap your sugary cereal for proteins, such as poached or boiled eggs, or adding cheese and yogurt to your breakfast, which will keep you fuller for longer.

 

  1. It’s all about balance. Cutting out sugar completely is unrealistic for most people, and, to be frank, dull. Don’t deprive yourself of the good stuff, swap milk or white chocolate for dark chocolate. Chocolate with a high cocoa percentage is the better option, containing anti-oxidants, but maybe don’t eat the whole egg in one go!

 

  1. Water water everywhere! To keep hydrated, choose good old water instead of fizzy or sugar-sweetened drinks. Flavoured waters and fruit smoothies may seem like a healthy option but can be packed with sugar and certainly won’t fill you up. Keep hydrated throughout the day with water or try having a fruit tea, or adding fruit to flavour water.

 

  1. Spudulike. Swap your usual white potatoes for the equally, if not more delicious sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are higher in Vitamin A than white potatoes, which helps with skin cell turnover. Plus, if you’re an impatient cook like me, then you’ll be pleased to learn that they take a lot less time to bake than regular potatoes.

 

 

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