What's The Deal With Activated Charcoal?

Everywhere you look, the secret power of activated charcoal is being sung from the rooftops. Walk down the aisle of your local pharmacy and activated charcoal products vie for your attention, ranging from scrubs and shampoos to face masks and even toothpaste. Worthy of all the fuss? Or just another skincare fad? Anything that has been around the block as many times as activated charcoal – and we’re talking centuries here - is usually a good indicator that there are benefits to be had.
What is Activated Charcoal?

If you’re anything like me, thoughts of activated charcoal and skincare conjure up images of exfoliating with a chuck of charcoal from last weekend’s braai. Don’t do that. Activated charcoal is different from your regular, run-of-the-mill charcoal. Typically, wood is used, turned to charcoal using high heat, before the final step (the one making it activated) of oxidation. Activated charcoal has a sponge-like quality, capable of drawing out chemicals and impurities, making it a potent tool for your skin/hair care needs.

Chances are your work doesn’t entail herding sheep on a Tibetan mountainside, breathing in crisp, clear air all day. More likely, both your skin and hair are being constantly bombarded by pollution and irritants throughout your day. Pores clog, grime builds up, breakouts hit hard, and hair becomes limp, lank and greasy. Give your skin/hair some much needed TLC and combat the toll of modern living with the help activated charcoal.

Benefits
An Impurity Vacuum

What makes activated charcoal such a powerhouse ingredient? The ability to pull the yucky stuff from your skin and hair. Oils, dirt, bacteria, and impurities are drawn to the surface of your skin and into the charcoal, then rinsed away, leaving you with a fresh canvas ready to absorb all the goodies from the rest of your skincare routine.

Acne and Breakouts

Antibacterial? Check. Anti-fungal? Check. Impurity-fighting? Check. Pore-cleansing? Check. Exfoliator? Check again. Activated charcoal ticks a whole lot of the anti-acne boxes. If you are struggling with acne or prone to the odd, pesky breakout, activated charcoal might be just the helping hand you need.

Hair – Volume, Body, and Bounce

Does your hair ever feel limp, lanky and flat? Enough dirt and oil will cause your hair to sag, leaving it looking tired and dull. Is your regular shampoo still cutting it? If not, using activated charcoal hair care products will have your hair gunk-free in no time, drawing out grease and grime. Your scalp gets some love too, itchiness, redness, oiliness, and dandruff all stand to benefit from activated charcoal hair products.

How Often Should I use Activated Charcoal?

The absorbing power of activated charcoal makes it fantastic at sucking up all the gross stuff we don’t want, but overdo it and you rob your skin of its natural oils and moisture. Different skins have different needs making it impossible to put a number on how often to use activated charcoal. Introduce your new product slowly, once per week is a good starting point, tweak from here based on your results. Afterwards, be sure to replenish and nourish your skin with a healthy skincare routine.

Stuck on where to start? We have something to for everyone with our Gorgeous range of Activated Charcoal goodies, be sure to check them out:

Activated Charcoal Facial Scrub | Activated Charcoal Conditioner | Activated Charcoal Detoxifying Cleanser

Activated Charcoal Shampoo | Activated Charcoal Face Mask | HG For Bros Activated Charcoal Cleanser

DERMA ROLLING - ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

I’m sure you’ve heard about all the amazing benefits derma rolling has to offer and if not, this post has you covered. The bottom line is that derma rolling is a potent addition to any skincare routine. Rolling is fully deserving of your attention, it’s quick to do, inexpensive and above all else very effective.

Why you should be rolling…

As we age our bodies produces less and less collagen (the stuff that helps our skin feel full, firm and youthful). Derma rolling causes micro-trauma to the skin, which sounds scary but it’s not at all. There are little to no side effects from rolling, you may be left feeling as if a little sunburnt, but this will pass within an hour or two. In response to rolling, your skin fires up collagen production past baseline levels, getting to work on skin repair and rejuvenation.

What products are you using right now? Derma rolling enhances your skin’s ability to absorb and utilize those products. Essentially, you’re going to get more out of whatever you’re putting onto your skin.

I’m battling with acne, can I roll?

Yes, but not overactive blemishes, this can cause the bacteria to spread (we don’t want this). Just roll around any active areas or wait for your skin to calm and settle. Rolling will get more from your acne products, helping speed up the treatment process. Check out our Acne range, we have some fantastic options to get you on the path to clearer skin.

How about scarring?

This is where derma rolling really shines. Whether you want to treat acne scarring, stretch marks or even surgical scars, derma rolling is a star player in skin recovery. Scars are formed through an abnormal build-up of collagen, derma rolling helps break apart this build-up encouraging collagen and elastin levels to return to healthy levels.

Stretch marks occur from the skin rapidly stretching and are a little tougher to treat than regular scarring. Our Stretch Mark Healing Oil teams up fantastically with derma rolling. The two get to work at reducing both the appearance of stretch marks and improving the overall condition of your skin, preventing any more from popping up.

Who doesn’t want to look younger?

The bump in collagen and elastin production derma rolling provides helps your skin feel fuller and firmer – the hallmarks of younger skin – plumping up deep lines and wrinkles. On top of that, rolling teams up with your anti-ageing skincare products to lessen the appearance of hyperpigmentation and sunspots. Derma rolling is our go-to way to slow and even reverse the signs of ageing that show up on our skin.

Are there any dangers to derma rolling?

With barely a downside to rolling and a quick recovery time, derma rolling is very low risk. To get the most out your sessions here a few things to keep in mind:

  • Be diligent about disinfecting your needles after each use.
  • Grossed out at the thought of sharing your toothbrush? Treat your roller the same way, no sharing.
  • Be sure to leave enough time between each use. Longer needles more days between use (see here for guidelines). Just like working out, it’s in the recovery time that the magic happens so be sure not to overdo it.
  • Rolling is safer than laser treatments and chemical peels, as there is no risk of pigment loss to your skin making it ideal for all skin types and skin colours.

Different derma rollers come with slightly different instructions for use, this is down to the needle length options. A shorter needle length means you can roll more often with quicker recovery time between bouts, a longer needle length requiring more time between each application.

Looking for a more detailed breakdown on how / how often to apply? Go check out our 5 in 1 derma roller here.

Not sure what serum to use with your derma roller?

As an introductory offer, we're giving you a choice between a free Happily Ever After Youth Elixir Serum or a Banish & Repair Blemish Free Serum, both valued at £30.50 If you are looking to treat pigmentation, pick the drop down with Skin Evening & Brightening Serum for £35.50

 

 

 

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.

Brush and Cleanse Your Way to a Happy Face

Using a high-quality cleanser is Step One of rock-solid skin care routine.

For most of us, our day to day lives takes place in an environment that puts our skin under constant stress. Pollutants and irritants latch onto our skin throughout the day, clogging up pores and causing oil and dirt to add up.

Cleansing goes toe to toe with grime, unclogging our pores, removing make-up and sloshing off any dead skin cells. Cleansing sets the stage for any products that come after, giving you more bang-for-your-buck with your toners, eye creams, serums and moisturisers.

Go Organic

What goes onto your skin also goes into your body. When we look to food for a nourishing healthful boost, we know to go for all-natural, high-quality ingredients (with the one exception being ice-cream, but I’m pretty sure that has soul-boosting-benefits). The way we view skincare products should be no different, with better quality ingredients leading to better quality skincare results.

Looking to lower your ecological footprint? Going organic and natural where possible helps protect the ecosystem, harmful synthetics and chemicals can have a destructive effect not only on our health but our soil and water.

Brushing for Boosted Benefits

While your fingers can do a fine job, our Sonic Cleansing Brush takes your cleanser to all new grime busting levels. Up to 11 times more effective at removing grime and makeup than manual cleansing alone. Our brush gets to work with tiny sonic pulses, brushing your skin with anti-bacterial bristles that dislodge any impurities, all while remaining gentle on your skin. A game changer for sure.

Debunking Cleansing Brush Myths

I have sensitive skin, won't brushing cause irritation?

Nope, just be gentle and don’t go overboard, staying with your usual cleanser and brushing twice per week is a good place to get started.

You may experience a breakout after brushing for the first time, this is the adjustment period and what your seeing is transient acne (a short-term reaction to the stimulus brushing has on your skin) – remember nothing good comes easy, once you’ve detoxified your skin its health will go from strength to strength

Won't it just spread bacteria around my face?

This only happens if you don’t clean your brush after use.

  • Rinse the brush head under warm water and use an unscented liquid soap to remove any dirt and makeup residue
  • Using your fingers, massage the bristles in a clockwise direction for a minute, switch to counterclockwise and repeat the process.
  • Once a week, soak the brush heads in some surgical spirits for a minute and don’t rinse off after, this will kill any remaining bacteria.
  • Always let your brush heads air dry.
  • Whilst the handle is water resistant, it is not waterproof so don’t submerge and wipe dry afterwards.
  • For best results replace your brush heads every 3 months.
  • The same way you wouldn’t share your toothbrush, don’t share your face brush with anyone else.

I have acne, is a cleansing brush out of the question?

Absolutely not! Our brush can help treat acne, eliminating excess sebum (a major contributor to acne production). You need to pick the right cleanser to pair with it (we can help) and introduce brushing slowly, two to four per week, paying attention to any angry outbreaks, scale back use if needed.

Be careful if you suffer with Cystic Acne (angry, tender red bumps from deep within your skin) as brushing can worsen this form of acne.

Try Our Gorgeous Cleansers

As with all our recommendations, it's hard not to shout from the rooftops about how much you’ll love our Hey Gorgeous products. If you’re on the lookout for a high quality, all-natural, organic cleanser go take-a-look-see at this lovely range, you really can’t go wrong

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!

 

Confused about whether you should use a serum?

You are not alone. There’s loads of confusing information out and to add to the confusion, there are so many serums to choose from! Think of the contradictions: Serums can be moisturisng, so how come you should still use a moisturiser?

Serums can be oil based but you have oily skin? Surely you should not apply oil to an oily skin?

It can be watery and so light; how can it possibly make a difference to the skin?

See what I mean…So many questions and we haven't even gotten to ingredient lists yet!

We’re de-bunking the myths and giving you the good stuff in a quick to read guide.

So, just what exactly is serum?
Serum is a skincare product that you apply to your skin after cleansing and toning and before your moisturiser, with the intent of delivering, effective, powerful ingredients directly into the skin. Serum is particularly suited to this task because it is made up of smaller molecules that can penetrate deeply into the skin and deliver a very high concentration of active ingredients. This makes them the perfect product for targeting specific skincare concerns, like wrinkles, pigmentation or just simply to keep your skin glowing and radiant.

Is serum a moisturiser?
Yes and no. Serums can include wonderful moisturising ingredients (for example, hyaluronic acid) to help skin retain moisture, but that doesn't make them moisturisers in the traditional sense. Moisturising lotions and creams are richer in butters and non-comedogenic oils to nourish and hydrate the upper layers of the skin and create a protective barrier on the epidermis to protect the skin and keep all the good stuff your serum provides in the skin.

How often should I use my serum?
For best results, our serums should be used mornings and evenings and if you are using a derma roller, directly after rolling.

Can I use an oil based serum even if my skin is oily?
Good question. Traditional serums are water based but now, there is a growing trend for oil based serums as they provide an abundance of benefits. Our Banish and Repair serum, formulated especially for acne prone/problematic skin feeds the skin with the correct amount of amino and fatty acids which helps to stabilise the over production of sebum (skin oil). The oils we include in our Gorgeous serums are cold pressed, organic oils that are easily absorbed into the skin. Because our products are not diluted down with emulsifiers, fillers and other synthetic ingredients, you don’t need to pile it on. Just a couple of drops is all you need.

 

So if an oil based serum is so good, why have a water based serum?

The molecular structure of a water based serum is much lighter than an oil which means that it can better penetrate the skin. There are also several ingredients that perform better when blended into lighter formula;  take L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) for instance. Vitamin C is a fantastic ingredient that plays a vital role in the synthesis of collagen production, so adding Vitamin C to the skin as an anti-ageing ingredient is ideal. L-Ascobic Acid however can be quite unstable and loses efficacy quickly, particularly if it is blended with strong competing ingredients. What you want is to ensure this fabulous ingredient penetrates deep into the layers of the skin and work its magic.  You could then follow this light water based serum with an oil based for additional skin goal benefits or seal in all the goodness with your moisturiser.

What about essence? Is essence serum?
Essentially. Based on where they come in the routine (after cleansing, before moisturising) and what function they serve (targeted skincare needs besides simple hydration) serums and essences are very similar. If anything, they differ in texture; for example, our Aloe Serum (which is brilliant for sensitive

Don't serum expire really fast?
Certain potent ingredients often found in serum can become unstable once they come in contact with air. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C), for instance, can oxidize and lose efficacy over time. But thanks to our on-point technology, the last longer so they can do your skin more good. Best rule of thumb is to store your serum in a cool, dry place and use it up within six months to a year.

Is serum right for your skin?
Definitely! We have a serum to suit your skin goals. If you're...
Acne-prone: Look for Banish and Repair (stabilises the over production of sebum, increases collagen production, enhances skin’s repair process, and reduces inflammation) or Soothing Aloe (also an antioxidant, reduces inflammation, heals calms and soothes the skin).

Mature/Dry: Look for Happily Ever After (an antioxidant, protects cells from oxidative damage), packed with amino acids (improves skin elasticity, increases ceramide levels in skin), skin loving essential oils to treat boost collagen production. Or Hydra Active, with hyaluronic acid (which retains moisture and fills the gaps between collagen and elastin to smooth and firm the s).

Looking/Feeling dull: Look for antioxidants and collagen boosters like our fabulous Vitamin C which combats free radical damage to lift and brighten the skin.

Pigmentation: Our Skin Evening and Brightening is the business! Made with liquorice root which works by penetrating deep into the layers of the skin and breaks down the build up of melanin. It the disperses it evenly throughout the skin. So no scary skin colour changes, just a gorgeous evening of your own skin tone.

Talk to us about our combinations serums or let us make a serum to suit your skin goals. We’d love to help.

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Email: info@hey-gorgeous.co.a

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