Following on from last weeks “How I stay in shape” blog post, I thought I would bring you a blog post on “How I look after my skin”.
Olivia Jenkins, author of Clear Skin Project and Business Manager of Kosmea
It’s no secret that I have been on a health kick, both exercise and diet wise, but what I haven’t shared is that I have been changing my skincare regimes – a lot.
Until recently I wasn’t aware what parabens, petrochemicals and all the other nasties were. I bought my cleanser from Woolworths, and it was usually what was on sale at the time. I didn’t really care, as long as it gave me that clean face feeling. Now, having made the switch to organic skincare line Kosmea, I can’t believe I was treating my skin so terribly. Choosing the best for your skin is just as important as what you put in your body.
I figured there was a lot of women in the same boat as me, so I thought I would ask Olivia Jenkins, Business manager of Kosmea and Author of “Clean Skin Project” a few questions to reiterate just how important it is to look after your skin.
Q: What is your beauty philosophy?
My beauty philosophy is “less is more”. I know it sounds so cliché, but it is true! Our brand’s philosophy is harmony and balance; I believe the same when it comes to beauty. A simple and balanced beauty regime is key.
Q: What are the three most common misconceptions women have about skin care?
I believe the three most common misconceptions women have about skin care are:
- A Skincare regime along can cure all of your skincare problems. This isn’t true. Bad skin is often a reflection of what is happening internally. If your body is not functioning at an optimum level, you can’t expect your skin to glow.
- A skincare regime will produce immediate and continuous results. This is not true, as it takes the skin 30 days to regenerate itself. It takes almost 6 weeks to see if a skincare regime is working for you.
- Results are the same for everyone. Most women cite their best friends as their personal shoppers, and I believe to a degree that feedback from loved ones is great. However, if your current skincare regime is working for you, don’t change it because of someone else’s positive opinion on another range! Everyone’s skin is different, and you need to find what works for you.
If your body is not functioning at an optimum level, you can’t expect your skin to glow.
Q: What are the three worst things a woman can do to her skin?
They are so simple to do, but these habits really are terrible for your skin:
- Leaving make up on over night
- Not drinking enough water
- Smoking. It really does make your skin ugly!
Q: What skin-care products does every woman need (Kosmea of course)?
Of course! Every woman needs a bottle of Kosmea Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil in their beauty cabinet. It is the most versatile skincare and beauty product known to woman! You can use it as a moisturiser on its own, or a serum under your moisturiser. Due to high levels of essential fatty acids, Rose Hip Oil is great at hydrating the skin and combating any skin ailments (including wrinkles, scarring and fine lines!) It can also heal allergies, skin conditions (think eczema, psoriasis, rosacea) and dry skin. It¹s also safe to use on little ones (cradle cap and nappy rash) and my personal favourite, the best cuticle treatment I¹ve ever used!
Due to high levels of essential fatty acids, Rose Hip Oil is great at hydrating the skin and combating any skin ailments
In addition, the other product I would recommend to any woman is the Hydrating Rosewater Mist this perfect toner mist is made with 1000 distilled rose petals. It is the most refreshing and relaxing mist and it also doubles as a makeup setter.
Q: What super foods should we all be tucking into to create amazing looking skin?
Anything with a yellow or orange tinge is great for amazing skin! The orange colour in pumpkin, sweet potato, mangoes and carrots comes from beta carotene; a pre curser to vitamin A. Vitamin A is responsible for skin health and the regeneration of skin cells.
I would also be tucking into anything with antioxidants; there is more information in my eBook, but my rule of thumb is a punnet of blueberries a day to get a fantastic antioxidant hit!
Vitamin A is responsible for skin health and the regeneration of skin cells.
Head to my Instagram for some yummy, healthy recipes: @substance_blog
Q: I love that Kosmea is all natural. For the women who haven’t made the switch to natural skincare yet, what ingredients should they be wary of?
Synthetic products are filled of ingredients that women should be wary of. The top 3 I would suggest to stay away from include:
Parabens: These include Methylparaben, Propylparaben, IIsoparaben, Butylparaben. Parabens are a group of chemicals widely used as preservatives in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. (all Kosmea products are Paraben free.) Parabens have been linked to cancer, as well as promoting excessive oestrogen in the body. It is a medical fact that high oestrogen stimulates breast cancer, and anything applied to the skin can be absorbed up to ten times as much as if it was taken orally. I would definitely keep away from this one!
Petrochemicals: A lot of skin care brands use petroleum to thicken their products. Studies have shown that topical application of petrochemicals in rodents resulted in anemia, kidney degeneration, and nerve damage to the brain and spinal cord. Even more disturbing was that several animals died before the study ended! How terrible is that?
Cosmetic Fragrance: Many brands use an artificial fragrance made from petroleum or coal to replicate the natural aroma of products. Companies often use them because they are cheaper than using the natural scent. They are very degrading to our environment and often cause skin irritations.
Q: In the past few months I have been trying to live a healthier lifestyle. Incorporating new foods into my diet. I would love for you to share your favourite recipe at the moment!
Good on you! It’s always the best feeling! Well at the moment (it has been SO hot here in Adelaide so cold desserts are essential) my favourite recipe is this guilt free and delicious cacao mousse. So simple, and no baking needed.
My favourite recipe is this guilt free and delicious cacao mousse. So simple, and no baking needed.
Image via: The Healthy Chef
Recipe: Cacao Mousse
Only 4 ingredients, and it is amazing:
Can of coconut cream
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 rice malt syrup
1/2 raw cacao powder
Mix all of the ingredients together in a mixer or blender, separate into serving cups, and keep in the fridge for 5 hours. Then enjoy!