Ten New Year's Resolutions for Healthy Skin in 2015

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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.



    Caring for your skin during the cold season

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


    Shea Butter

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

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

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


    Argan Oil

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

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

    Kernal Oil

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

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