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.

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! 

 

Breaking bad habits - The Daily Essential Swap for Organic September

ORGANIC SEPTEMBER
It’s that time of year again!

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

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

Step 1: Save yourself precious time in the morning;

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

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

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

Step 2: A moisturiser which does what it says

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

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

Step 3: Not all Deodorants are the same

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

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

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

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

Step 4: A handy companion

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


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

 

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

 

Getting the best from moisturising

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

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

Keep the hydration

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

 

 

Help boost skin's natural rejuvenation cycle

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

The oily skin myth

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

Find your perfect match

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

To find out more, click here.

Finally, how much should you use?

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

 

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.

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.

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

How to care for sensitive skin

Sensitive skin is a tricky little blighter to deal with and as the word ‘sensitive’ suggests, it needs to be handled with care - so don’t go upsetting it! Whether your skin sensitivity shows itself through redness, dryness, itchiness, tightness, soreness or a combination of factors, sensitive skin is easily irritated so it is important to adopt a skincare routine that keeps your skin calm, soothed and comfortable.

Here are our top tips for caring for sensitive skin:

Less is more – don’t overload your sensitive skin with products, ingredients and treatments.

Stick with what works – if your skin loves it, keep using it! Don’t get tempted to keep chopping and changing the products you use just because you’ve received a new sample/read about the latest ‘miracle’ cream/your friend swears by it.

Patch test - If you do try out a new beauty product, always do a patch test first to ensure it doesn’t cause a reaction to your sensitive skin.

Skincare routine - Opt for creamy cleansers (the Organic Surge Gentle Cleansing Lotion is ideal) rather than foaming cleansers, which could dry your skin out further. Moisturising is essential – the more hydrated your skin is the more comfortable it will be, so make sure you moisturise every morning and night without fail. Treat your skin to a weekly nourishing face mask. A customer review of the Organic Surge First Class Face Mask said: “I have extremely sensitive skin and have never been able to find a product that works as well as this mask does”, so why not give it a try?

Choose natural - Natural ingredients are kind to the skin and some synthetic ingredients commonly found in skincare are known skin irritants, so why risk it? Sensitive skin particularly loves natural ingredients such as chamomile to comfort and sooth, vitamin E to help reduce inflammation and irritation and green tea to reduce inflammation and act as natural skin healing agent, so look out for these when choosing your skincare products.

Treat your skin with care! When applying your products don’t rub your skin too firmly and try not to touch your skin at all when it isn’t necessary, to minimise irritation.

All Organic Surge facial skincare products have been clinically and dermatologically tested and are suitable for sensitive skin – check out the full line up at www.organicsurge.com

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