The skin on your face is the thinnest skin on your body. In fact, the thinnest skin you have, which is found around your eyes, is 80 times thinner than the thickest skin on your body (hint: you stand on it). Yet your face gets exposed to more skincare and cosmetic products than any other part of the body. Washes, moisturisers, toners, peels, lipstick, foundation, blush and eyeshadow, the list is endless. So, it’s not surprising that skin allergies often appear first on the face.
‘Don’t forget to wash your hands!’has always been a frequent demand on our farm to our little ones and big ones alike. Now with this awful COVID19 situation, it’s become a reminder of how important simple hand-washing is to our health.
There’s one oil that you’ll find in many products that we strongly believe is an absolute no-no in skincare: that oil isMineral Oil. Despite its innocuous name, mineral oil is actually a form of petroleum (yes, the stuff that goes into your car) and is a by-product of the distillation of crude oil into petrol/gasoline.
Every new parent stresses about having everything ready for their new arrival - we know the feeling all to well - the list of ‘required’ baby items seems endless! Where being over prepared is certainly better than being under prepared, when it comes to baby skin, less is more is most definitely true. Fewer skincare products with fewer ingredients, and a lighter touch is always best.
Dark patches, strange lines, itches & rashes, breakouts - pregnancy skin isn't just about that pregnancy glow! Pregnancy skin goes through a lot more than most of us realise, here's a peek at some of the changes it has to deal with, and our recommendations...
It's well known that atopic eczema is often triggered by allergens in the environment (dust mites, certain fibres, pollen, mold) and in the diet (dairy, shellfish, eggs, nuts). But if you have atopic eczema or know someone who does, you might have noticed that there are other strange triggers of the itch-scratch cycle.
There are so many natural skincare products out there, and they all sound amazing, but how do you tell if the skincare you’re buying is really as natural as it claims? Here are four simple checks you can make to ensure you’re really buying natural...
As mummy skin goes through the ups and downs of pregnancy (literally!), hormonal changes and physical stress can wreak havoc on the skin. Similarly, aging skin, going through hormonal change and environmental stress, can become difficult to manage as it fails to recover as quickly as before.
Have you ever noticed how newborn baby skin is almost translucent? That’s a sign of how incredibly thin it is. Having been submerged in amniotic fluid for months, it’s suddenly exposed to air and needs to adjust to an entirely new environment.
We all know that our skin secretes sebum. For those of us with eczema, too little of it. For those of us with acne, too much. Sebum contains all sorts of amazing substances which help fight bacteria, infection and anything harmful that could threaten to enter our bodies. It also lubricates our skin without which we literally wouldn’t be able to move, and every day would be a bad hair day.
With all the chemicals out there, it’s no wonder that skin problems, from eczema and psoriasis to acne and persistent dryness, are aplenty. Now, instead of slathering our skin in synthetics, dousing it with fragrances, and covering it in make-up, why not give your skin the much-needed break it deserves?
Did you know there’s no legal requirement in many countries to put an expiry or best before date on skincare products? Yet, almost all skincare and cosmetics carry a ‘best before’ or ‘expiry’ date - so what do they really mean?