Our Go-To Skincare For Eczema

Battling with eczema is a struggle that millions of us go through every day. Eczema is derived from the Greek word meaning ‘to boil over’, a name that does justice to just how angry, inflamed and itchy your skin feels during flare-ups. There’s no outright cure for eczema but by putting into place a healthy skincare regime, inevitable flare-ups will be less often and less severe.

Triggers

Here’s where things can get frustrating, it can be a long process of trial and error before rooting out your eczema triggers. Are you stressed? Depressed? Anxious? Is it humid? Hot? Windy? Cold? Have you got a dog? Seventeen cats? Dust mites? Had any red wine with dinner last night? Tomatoes? Curry? Strawberries? Are you a smoker? Perfume wearer? Have you changed your washing powder or fabric softener? As you can see, working out your triggers is a tough task, but well worth the effort and once pinned down, should be avoided like the plague.

The Itch-Scratch-Itch Cycle

Eczema shows up most commonly in the elbow crease and behind the knees, but angry, rough, bumpy patches can strike anywhere. Flare-ups start off moderately itchy but before long you’re going to town, scratching with determination, soon that moderate itch becomes a full-blown firestorm, angrier and more inflamed than before. Anything you can do to take the intensity out of the itchiness will greatly help with how severe your flare-ups get. We’ll dive into anti-itch skincare down below.
Arguably worse than the maddening itchiness is the blow eczema can cause to your confidence. Just remember that no one else even notices your flare-ups and stressing over how they look can be a vicious circle that makes things worse. Stress and anxiety are not only the most common triggers for eczema, but the hardest to recognise.

Skincare for Your Symptoms

While there is no cure, we can use skincare to help tackle eczema in three key areas:
  • To help break the itch-scratch-itch cycle with a soothing product
  • Decrease the vulnerability to flare-ups by boosting the skin’s overall hydration
  • Target flare-ups directly with an ultra-hydrating serum

 

Aloe Cooling Gel
 
Just as the name implies, our gel cools the skin from all kinds of irritation, burns, bug bites, sunburn and importantly for us, relief from eczema itchiness. Our cooling gel is anti-inflammatory, its alkaline nature calms angry skin, helping add moisture back to dry, irritated skin flare-ups.
 
Coconut Whipped Souffle
 
Is there anything better than a long hot bath? It’s tough to argue there is but hot water robs your skin of moisture leaving it dry and vulnerable to eczema flare-ups. Cooler water is kinder on your skin but whatever temperature you settle on, slathering on a thick moisturiser as soon as you get out is key to locking moisture in and keeping irritants out.
Our luxurious, intensive moisturiser restores essential fatty acids, natural oils and hydration back to your skin. Using cold pressed oils, raw butters and coconut water, our favourite body cream is perfect at re-nourishing your post bath/shower skin.
 
Hemp Oil Healing Skin Serum
 
Packed full of antioxidants, our Hemp Oil Healing Serum gets to work on stubborn eczema-prone skin. Ultra-hydrating and nourishing, your flare-ups will have an added layer of protection from irritants and environmental triggers. Used in combination with our Coconut Whipped Souffle your skin will be left happier, healthier and more resilient.
Be sure to apply your powerhouse serum to flare-ups first, then go ahead and lock in all the benefits with your high-quality moisturiser on top. Use your cooling gel frequently, especially when flare-ups start to itch. 

How to De-Stress for Clearer Skin

Anytime you’re in life-threatening danger, your body unleashes an avalanche of stress hormones. This hormonal cocktail pushes you into action, either you fight back head-on or hightail to safety. The Caveman-You might find yourself fending off a bear or running away from Ghorc, the angry caveman from next door. Here, your fight-or-flight system could make all the difference, but what about the 21st century-You?

Even though you and Ghorc no longer share similar day-to-day experiences, your fight-or-flight system doesn’t shut off. Instead, your body now sweats the small stuff - overreacting to rush hour traffic, that scary movie or an upcoming dentist appointment. If you don’t take time to unwind this stress can creep up on you, throwing you out of hormonal balance.

Always feeling stressed? Always battling with breakouts? The two are very much linked, anything you can do to lower your stress can go a long way to happier, clearer skin.

If your fight-or-flight system is an acceleration pedal, is there a way to apply the brakes?

Here are three tactics taking you from feeling frazzled and burnt-out to feeling like a monk-on-a-mountaintop:

1 - Meditate

The benefits of meditation go much deeper than being just a simple tool to unwind:

  • Lower blood pressure.
  • Improved blood circulation.
  • Lower heart rate.
  • Less anxiety.
  • Less stress.
  • Lower blood cortisol levels.
  • Deeper sense of calmness in the body and the mind.

Putting meditation into practice can be intimidating, here are two easy methods to try out:

Concentration Meditation

  • Find yourself a quiet space, free from distraction.
  • Get comfortable, sit or lie, it’s up to you.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Focus on your breathing: Don’t try control your breathing, be natural.
  • How does your breath feel on the way in? On the way out?
  • Count each breath - one on the inhale, two on the exhale – count to ten.
  • If you make it to ten, begin again. If you lose your number, don’t stress, simply start back at one.

Mindful Meditation

  • Begin here with the same set up as above.
  • Instead of fighting your thoughts, just sit and observe anything that comes to mind.
  • Don’t get involved with whatever pops up.
  • Let your thoughts drift through your mind.
  • It’s not as easy as it appears. You’re going to want to emotionally react, but over time you’ll develop more skill at staying calm and at peace.

Putting Meditation into Practice

  • Meditation is a skill, and like any skill, you’ll get better and better with practice.
  • Set a minimum time goal you can crush each day, the more ‘wins’ you can rack up the more embedded meditation will become in your routine.
  • Start with just two minutes (set a timer on your phone).
  • When you build consistency, up your time - thirty-second jumps work well

2 - Read

Looking for an easy, cheap and effective way to drop your stress? Look no further than reading, with many of the same benefits as meditation, plus some added extras, reading has a lot to offer:

  • Lower heart rate.
  • Slower breathing.
  • Temporarily get out of your own head and into the authors.
  • Drop muscle tension.
  • Boost your creativity.
  • Slow cognitive decline.
  • Bump up your intelligence.
  • Improve your nighttime routine, leading to better sleep.

What to read? Anything that tickles your fancy, the more you enjoy your book, the more stress-dropping benefits there are up for grabs. If you’re not a natural bookworm, getting into the swing of things can take time. Set a page goal, start with ten pages a day, when you’re consistently hitting that goal feel free to step it up.

The benefits of reading kick in from just six minutes, so don’t feel the need to slog through the entire Game of Thrones saga in one sitting!

3 – Journal

When thoughts are running rampant in your head like a sugared-up toddler, it can be impossible to put your finger on the source of your stress. Writing out your thoughts helps rein in the toddler, allowing you to pinpoint where your stress is coming from. Knowing your stressors and setting up a game-plan is a proven way to clear a cloudy mind.

  • What are you feeling right now?
  • What has stressed you out recently?
  • What steps can you take to tackle the source?
  • Is there a short-term solution you can put in to practice?
  • How about a long term-solution?

Putting together a consistent run of tracking your daily thoughts can help you identify any triggers that fly by under the stress radar. Start small, consistency is the key. Set five minutes aside and answer the above questions, it may feel a clunky process at first but with persistence comes the benefits.

Skincare Tools

Stress is a factor in all kinds of skin related battles, from breakouts to itchy, dry scalps. Team up the stress squashing tools with our Gorgeous skin care products for happier skin and a happier You.

Prone to breakouts? Gorgeous Acne Treatment Range

Struggling with a dry scalp? Try our fabulous Activated Charcoal Shampoo

Sunlight: What You Need To Know

We’re all clued up on the downside of too much sun, if not, here’s a quick crash course:

There are two kinds of harmful rays that reach us through sunlight:

Scary stuff, but with the correct balance, can sunlight exposure be good for us?

Well, Serotonin, a hormone boosted from sunlight exposure plays a role in regulating our:

  • Mood
  • Social behaviour
  • Appetite
  • Digestion
  • Sleep
  • Memory

There are links between serotonin deficiency and depression. Seasonal Affective Depression (SAD) is more than just the winter blues. Lethargy, irritability, comfort eating, weight gain, headaches and sleep problems can all be indicators of SAD. Shorter winter days and longer nights (reduced sunlight exposure) can have a chemical impact on how we feel. Sunlight helps to battle back through serotonin production.
 

Sunlight and Skin Conditions

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises the potential benefits of using sunlight to help treat the following skin conditions:

  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Jaundice
  • Acne

Sunlight and Vitamin D

Sunlight (UVB rays) boosts our vitamin D production, leading to stronger bones, improved mood, healthier immune system, better sleep and a higher release of serotonin, leading to a more calm, focused mood.

Vitamin D deficiency is linked with, you guessed it, a reverse of those benefits, including:

  • Weak bones, osteoporosis
  • Skin and hair issues
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Exhaustion – even upon waking

So, we’re all caught up on the good and the bad of getting some sun. How much sun should you get? Unfortunately, there is no clear answer, variables such as where you live, time of the year, weather and skin tone all play a role.

The World Health Organisation suggests that 5 – 15 minutes of sunlight on the arms, hands and face 2 – 3 times per week, is enough exposure to enjoy a vitamin D boost and all the tag along benefits.

Bear in mind that we want to be unprotected for this short window of time, allowing the UVB rays to stimulate vitamin D production. Anything longer than 15 minutes - be sure to apply sunscreen generously and often to avoid sun damage.

Our fantastic Young in The Sun Mango Butter Natural Sunscreen is packed full of all-natural ingredients, the star player being Zinc Oxide.

Zinc Oxide is a non-nano powder that sits on top of the skin (rather than being absorbed), creating a natural, non-toxic sunscreen. Unlike many chemical sunscreens, zinc oxide protects against both UVA and UVB rays by scattering and reflecting them. Preventing against sunburn, soothing irritation and combating the signs of photoaging.

All our Gorgeous Sunscreens are made with skin-loving ingredients in mind; Shea, Coconut Oil, Jojoba, Carrot Seed Oil, Avocado Oil and Zinc Oxide ensure our sunscreens are suitable for the most sensitive skins out there and are perfect for your little ones.

You Should Be Toning: Here’s Why

If your skin care routine consists of only cleansing and moisturising, adding a toner into the mix can be a real difference maker in the health and happiness of your skin.

Let’s Talk Toning

Toning slips in right after cleansing, taking care of any makeup you might have missed and removing any cleanser build-up left on your skin. Your skin is now able to take full advantage of your moisturising/serum products; they’ll go on smoother and absorb deeper into the skin, boosting their benefits.

Like getting your swimming pool from murky green to crystal clear blue, your skin thrives when its pH balance is kept within a tight range. Skin prefers a slightly acidic balance of around 5-6 (on a scale of 0-14). Cleansing although fantastic for your skin, tips its pH balance towards a more alkaline nature. Toning combats this loss of balance bringing your skin back into the sweet spot.

Toning gets to work unclogging the skin’s pores from the oil, dirt and grime that build-up throughout the day. Toning tightens up the cell gaps of your skin, shrinking down pore size and leaving you less vulnerable to the irritants and pollutants that bombard us while out conquering the world.

Not all Toners are Created Equal

If you’re battling with your skin, it’s well worth the time to be sure your new Toner is free from synthetics, doesn’t contain any alcohol, preservatives or artificial colouring. The addition of those icky ingredients to your daily skincare routine can have adverse effects leaving you with chronically sensitive skin.

You can’t go wrong with our Gorgeous range of Toners (if we say so ourselves), they’re meticulously handcrafted from choice natural, organic ingredients without any of the harmful stuff.

How to Apply Your Toner

After cleansing your face, spray your toner onto a cotton wool pad and wipe across your face and neck, paying particular attention to your forehead, nose and chin. Then spritz onto the skin to get maximum benefit from all those skin loving ingredients. Here’s the kicker…whilst your skin is still slightly damp from the toner, apply your follow-on products like your serum and moisturiser. Application to damp skin massively improves product penetration and of course, efficacy.

 

How To Get Rid Of Keratosis Pilaris

If you have a high concentration of tiny red or brown bumps clumped together on your arms, upper thighs, bum or even your cheeks – chances are you have Keratosis Pilaris (KP). You’re not alone, a staggering one out of every two of us battle with KP in our adolescence and early adulthood.

What is Keratosis Pilaris?

You may know it as ‘Chicken Skin’ down to the visual similarities KP shares with a freshly plucked chicken – Lovely, I know! Keratosis Pilaris is caused by the body over producing keratin, a hair protein found in the skin. This keratin build-up blocks the hair follicles causing small bumps to appear where the hair can’t push through the skin.

What Makes Keratosis Pilaris Worse?

  • The winter months
  • Dry skin
  • Shaving/Waxing
  • Being out of hormonal balance - high oestrogen levels
  • Pregnancy
  • Picking at the bumps

Usually Keratosis Pilaris causes no physical discomfort or itchiness, but it’s easy to become self-conscious when wearing strappy tops and bikinis. By the time you reach your thirties, Keratosis Pilaris normally takes care of itself, leaving you bump free. But if you don’t want to wait (and who does!) what can you do to help?

Exfoliate

But don’t overdo it! One to two times per week use a gentle sugar-based scrub – try out our fabulous Goji Berry Facial Scrub (ideal for your body too) – polish over your problem area in small circular motions. Remember, let the scrub do the work, you’re not sanding down wood.

Moisturise

Flax Seed Oil Skin Serum - Fantastic at deeply moisturising the affected area, helping to visibly lessen the bumps, leaving your skin feeling smoother and softer. Apply a few drops of this fabulous serum to the affected areas and allow to absorb. Apply at least twice per day to clean dry skin for best results.

Dry skin tends to make Keratosis Pilaris worse, combat this with a consistent skincare routine that includes daily moisturising - you can't go wrong with any of our lovely, luxurious moisturisers. 

Cardio: A Tool For Skin Health?

Love it or hate it, the health benefits of cardio make it something you don’t want to miss out on. If you want a tougher heart, stronger lungs, something to help battle depression and anxiety, a weight management tool or even just a confidence booster, cardio should be your go to. But will lacing up and hitting the running trails help your skin?

Stress and Pesky Breakouts

We all feel stress, and in turn our bodies release cortisol – a useful hormone for say, that sabre-tooth tiger attack, not so much for rush hour traffic on deadline day. Your skin will thank you for anything you can do to lower stress. Do you ever breakout at the worst possible time? That wedding, job interview or work presentation? Our sebaceous glands are involved in our skin’s oil production, and are stress sensitive, meaning when you’re really feeling under it, so is your skin.

Cardio is a great way to blow off steam and de-stress, so long as you don’t go too hard. We’re looking for an activity we can perform in a light, easy manner. Think brisk walking, light running, cycling, hiking, dancing, anything that bumps up your heart rate. We don’t want to be huffing and puffing though, prolonged exercise at a high heart rates can spike your stress, having detrimental effects on what we’re looking to achieve.

That’s not to say high intensity exercise doesn’t have place in your routine. But if you’re using exercise to boost skin health, light and easy for most of your workouts is the way to go.

What to Aim For:

  • 3 – 5 x per week
  • 20 – 40 minutes per session
  • Stay within 120 – 150 beats per minute (if you have access to a heart rate monitor)

No heart rate monitor? No problem. The talk test is an easy way to ensure we don’t go too hard. Check throughout your session that you’re able to string several words together comfortably, if you’re gasping for breath after a few words, back off the intensity. We want to finish each session feeling energised, ready to take on the world, not beaten into the ground.

Boost Your Blood Flow

You’re running along, your heart starts working a little harder, blood is being pumped close to your skin to help cool you. Increased blood flow brings with it a nourishing blast of oxygen and nutrients, leading to more skin health and vibrancy. Not only does blood flow flush out cellular debris – think, cleansing your skin from within – but, plays a part in skin cell regeneration, slowing down the ageing process.

Stimulate Your Collagen Formation

Collagen combats wrinkles, providing your skin with structure, firmness and elasticity. Unfortunately, as we age our body throws yet another below-the-belt-punch at us, by producing less and less collagen. Want a way to punch back?

 Aerobic exercise stimulates the formation of collagen, making it a fantastic tool to offset the natural downturn in production as we age. As with anything, don’t expect magic after one workout, enjoy the process, play the long game and the results will come.

Won’t Sweating Make Breakouts Worse?

To be clear: Sweating does not cause your skin to breakout.

Still in your running gear a couple of hours post run? Well, this can be a contributing factor to breakouts. Just be sure to thoroughly wash your face and body post workout and reap all the skin benefits cardio has to offer.

Looking for a kind way to wash your skin post-workout? You can’t go wrong with our Gorgeous range of Cleansers; made from organic, luxurious ingredients, free from parabens, sulphates and synthetics, makes our cleansers suitable for all skin types.

How to Supercharge Your Serum Results

 

You’re eagerly anticipating the arrival of your Hey Gorgeous serum, and rightfully so. Our serums are chock-a-block full of the antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients your skin craves. You’re excited to see the benefits those free radical fighting, active ingredients bring to your skin’s happiness. How can you maximize all the goodness your serum provides? Moisturise!

Likely, moisturising is already part of your skincare routine. If it’s not, now is the time to jump onboard the glowing skin train. Unlike a serum, where no seal is formed, moisturising adds a protective barrier to your skin, trapping moisture within, while keeping yucky environmental particles at bay. 

How does this boost the effects of your serum?

Well, that handy barrier moisturising creates, has a key role to play in supporting your serum’s efficacy. Acting not only to lock in moisture but also those luxurious, active ingredients your serum provides. A match made in skin heaven. Penetrating much deeper into the skin and with nowhere to go, your serum gets to work, impressively combating the pigmentation, acne, scarring and free radical damage we all battle with.

Moisturising does far more than benefiting serum usage alone. Enhancing skin vibrancy, reducing dullness and of course, hydrating the skin are all stand-alone reasons to include moisturising in your daily routine. So, show your skin some TLC with the moisturiser and serum dream team, being a fantastic way to improve how you feel in your own skin. 

We have something for everyone, be sure to check out our Gorgeous range of moisturisers by clicking here. 

Get Your Beauty Sleep

You’re slogging through that to do list, but there’s no end in sight. Meetings, emails, phone calls, got to pick the kids up, can I squeeze in a quick run before making dinner?! Our days are packed full. Come the end of gruella, binge watching the latest season of Orange is the New Black, trumps that early night every time.

But, are you Short Changing Your Skin Game by Skimping on Sleep?

More and more research points to a resounding Yes. Beauty sleep isn’t the stuff of mythology. Spending a minimum of 7 hours in Slumber Land every night, is one of the best things you can do for your skin (not to mention your overall health).

Let’s talk the skin benefits of being a sound sleeper…

While you sleep your body raises blood flow to the skin. Have you ever woken to find an extra glow and boost to skin quality? That’s blood flow in action. Any product applied to your skin before a quality night sleep is more readily absorbed, giving you more impact and benefit.

Avoid the dull, drab, lifeless look of a zombie, from poor sleep. Team up a Luxurious Night Cream with consistent shut eye and take your skin health to a new level.

Battling with breaks outs?

A robust immune system helps keep at bay the bacteria responsible for breakouts and acne. Be less susceptible to breakouts by prioritizing sleep, and benefit from beefing up your immune system.

In addition, try out our Banish and Repair Serum to knuckle down on clearing up your skin.

Puffy Eyes and Dark Rings

We can all agree that pandas are up there on the adorable scale (if not, we can’t be friends). However, the puffy eyed, dark rings look is harder to pull off as a human. A poor night’s sleep is a stressor to the body, with that stress comes inflammation and water retention. With no regard to that Monday morning work presentation, or that hot dinner date, poor sleep will show on your face.

For those times puff eyes and dark rings are unavoidable, a good quality Eye Cream can be a get out of jail free card.

Struggling to Drift Off? Give These a Try:

  • Avoid screened devices 1 to 2 hours before bed. This habit can go a long way to restoring a healthy sleep schedule.
  • Have a set bed time. Winding down with a predictable routine every night will work wonders for your internal body clock (circadian rhythm). Falling asleep becomes as routine as brushing your teeth.
  • Sunlight exposure. Fine tune your body’s internal clock through sunlight, feel more awake through the day and sleepier when it’s time to power down. Simple but effective.
  • Make your bedroom as dark as possible. Blinking electronics seem harmless but can create difficulty drifting off.
  • Set a caffeine cut off point in the day. While tempting to push through the afternoon energy dip with a couple of extra strong lattes, caffeine can disrupt sleep 10 to 12 hours after consumption. We all have different sensitivities, no later than 12 pm is a good place to start.

Prioritise your sleep and reap not only the benefits of clearer, happier more vibrant skin but improvements to so much more!