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5 quick tips for staying HEALTHY in a toxic world…

RENEW – our word of the month…  When I really started to think about all of the topics that need to fall under this I realised very quickly that we will need to repeat this word again!  SO much of what we need to do to become the BEST versions of ourselves possible begins with this word – RENEW!   Change and adaptability are two unavoidable experiences we face in life and instead of embracing them we cloud them with fear when we really should see these two little words as exciting and NEW!

Another thing we all need to be conscious of every single day is that a lot of what goes on around us in our lives is not necessarily the best option or in our guest blogger’s Tony Daniel’s opinion its about Staying Healthy in a Toxic World.  I prefer not to see the world as toxic from a viewpoint that I believe the world is a mirror or how we feel and think HOWEVER Tony is 100% correct from a viewpoint that we are faced with the choice between healthy and toxic every single day of our lives and by making some simple changes and some BETTER choices we can help our bodies be the BEST they can be.


Staying Healthy In a Toxic World

In our busy modern world, toxins are very common. Environmental toxins include things like heavy metals, pesticides, chemicals, food additives, drugs and pollutants, which are present in the air, water and food that we consume. Toxins do not only come from our external environment; toxins can also be generated internally by ‘bad’ bacteria, yeasts and parasites in your digestive system. These internally generated toxins are then absorbed into your bloodstream, affecting your health and vitality.

Spring and summer are the perfect time to embark on a detoxification program, as this is the time that your body is naturally looking to detoxify. Using a natural detoxification program can be one of the most effective strategies for rapidly improving the state of your health as it may help clear toxins out of your body and leave you feeling healthy and energetic.

There are many health benefits associated with detoxification, and in today’s world detoxing is important. Unfortunately toxins are very common in our everyday environment. Some examples of these toxins include heavy metals, pesticides, chemicals, food additives, and pollutants that are present in the air, water and food that we consume. As well as being exposed to these environmental pollutants, toxins may also be generated internally by bacteria, yeasts and parasites in your digestive system. These internally-generated toxins are then absorbed into your bloodstream, ultimately affecting your health. Rather than allowing these toxins to continue to build up in your body, you can use a detoxification program to remove these toxins safely.

What are some of the signs and symptoms of toxicity?

Recurrent headaches

Muscle aching and weakness

Nerve pain or numbness

Recurrent infections

Poor short-term memory and concentration

Sensitivity to environmental chemicals, odours and/or nutritional supplements

Chronic fatigue and lethargy

Anxiety and/or mood swings.


As with any detox program it is also essential that we consider some dietary changes as well.  

Here are 5 quick tips for staying HEALTHY in a toxic world…

1 – Always choose fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables. It is always preferable to buy

organic produce when possible.

2 – Avoid packaged and processed foods as much as possible.

3 – Remove foods containing artificial colours, flavours, additives, stabilisers and flavour

enhancers as well as foods containing hydrogenated fats.

4 – Read ingredient lists on products to ensure that the food does not contain high amounts

of saturated fat, gluten or sugar.

5 – Add fresh vegetable juice to your diet if possible.

When you are up and running, you will then enjoy the experience and the renewed vitality and reduction in pain that it will bring.

Quote:

“Detoxification is the quickest and easiest way to make significant positive changes to your health. Many symptoms drop away after a detoxification. With complicated cases, I often detox clients and many of their signs and symptoms disappear leaving just the more stubborn ones that need to be specifically address.”

Tony Daniel

Founder / Naturopath

Capalaba Natural Health

07 3823 3103

www.CapalabaNaturalHealth.com.au

www.facebook.com/capalabanaturalhealth

THANK YOU Tony for your professional insight and contribution to the month of RENEW!  We look forward to more blogs from you as the year goes on…

It really all comes back to 90/10 – if we focus on doing the right thing for our body, minds, soul & skin 90% of the time – we can take 5 and relax for 10… Remember – being hard on yourself is even worse for you energetically than actually eating that extra piece of chocolate cake… if you are going to do it – enJOY it and then get back on the wagon!

Till next time…

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Happiness is de-cluttering your mind

Clear the clutter and find focus!

Clutter is rarely a good thing… whether it be our work desk, our kitchen cupboards, our car, our inbox or even more importantly our mind!  It is near impossible to focus on one task when you have a whole heap of other seemingly important tasks either in your physical view or clouding your mind…

We need to de-clutter STAT!   

When it comes to the physical clutter LESS is always more!  We seem determined today to buy every new gadget that comes out and on the downside even less determined to throw anything out!  Have you all seen an episode of Oprah when she visits the home of a hoarder and gets them some help??  Now I am nowhere near that bad but I have been known to keep a empty Jaffas packet for over 10 years because it was from a first date…!

Today I want to focus more on mind clutter as that is I believe the very best place to start!

In order to do this I need to ask you to grab a piece of blank paper, a pen or pencil and a thick marker (or for you really tech savy peeps – your ipad, pen and the evernote app!)

Now I want you to write down EVERY single thing that is on your mind right at this very point in time.  EVERY single thing!  This is your private to do list and does not need to be shared with anyone.  Add anything that pops into your head from ‘write proposal for meeting with blah next week’ to ‘get waxing done’!  This could be a SUPER long list or it might be short – just as long as everything you think of is written down – it is right!

Ok once you are done with the list – grab your marker!

The next step is to write next to each thing on the list one of the following letters;

M – Move

I – Important

N – Not important

D – Delegate

Move – are the things that can wait until tomorrow or later in the week/month (we are going to create another list for them!)

Important – these are the things that you need to focus on TODAY and today only!

Not Important – these are things we can delete completely!

Delegate – are the things we can give to someone else to do.

Once you have given everything on your list a place – write up the MOVE list with all the tasks that can wait until another time, write up the DELEGATE list and put the name of who you are going to delegate each task too and rewrite up the IMPORTANT list so you have a much smaller and focused list of tasks that need your immediate attention.

HAPPINESS IS – breaking down a to do list into bite size pieces!

Until next time…

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How to get GLOWING skin in one daily step

Something I have come to learn over the past few years is that it is not only near impossible (I say near because I do believe there are people on this earth who could and will do it) to know everything there is to know about everything there is to know….  

In order to simplify my life and my business I decided  awhile ago now that it was much more effective to utilise people who are considered experts in those other fields to be my source of knowledge and inspiration on topic’s that are of interest to me and compliment or benefit my business, but that I personally don’t know everything about.

This year I will be asking lot of these experts to share their infinite knowledge with us so that we can all become a little bit more knowledgeable on many different topics.
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Who wants to understand their bodies so well that they truly become the BEST version of them selves possible?!?!  I certainly do!!

There is a quote that goes “it is best to know a little bit about a lot of things than to know a lot about just one thing”

To kick us off Jodie Smith from Bodecare who owns the largest range of dry body brushes in Australia has written an article on the Benefits of Dry Body Brushing.

Does Dry Body Brushing Remove Toxins from the Body?

Dry Body Brushing is a traditional natural health practice, which involves brushing over the skin dry and followed by a shower or bath.  Clients of bodecare love to dry body brush because of the amazing benefits to their skin through exfoliation and increasing circulation.

But does dry body brushing really remove toxins from the body? 

Jodie Smith, Director of Bodecare, owns the largest range of Dry Body Brushes in Australia. Jodie says “A lot of benefits of dry Body Brushing is not necessarily something you can only see….but what you feel.  My Clients tell me they feel energised after brushing and the reason for that is body brushing stimulates our circulatory system.    Dry body brushing stimulates the connective tissue attached to the capillaries sitting under the skin, to improve circulation travelling to the heart. It also assists the lymphatic flow around the body.   The lymph relies on muscle movement to pass through the body so if you are not an active person, dry body brushing is a wonderful tool to stimulate the lymph flow so that you are ridding the body of waste and toxins daily.   Some key benefits of dry body brushing are:

Lymphatic Drainage

  • Lymph is a very slow moving fluid whose function is to remove metabolic wastes and dead cells from our internal system and return it to the bloodstream. Through every day functions like breathing, exercise, blood circulation, the lymph is assisted in its ability to drain waste.  Dry brushing stimulates the dense network of nerves that run just under the skin layer, which in-turn increase blood circulation and the function of the lymphatic system. 

Toxins

  • Toxins are tucked away in all parts of our body tissue. Metabolic waste can be stored as mucus in the respiratory system, cholesterol in artery walls, stones in kidneys, form crystals around joints, and build up in fatigued muscles.  If not removed the metabolic wastes become toxins.  Skin brushing lightly stimulates the nerves under the skin that connect to the lymphatic system, which assists in draining these toxins from the body.

Cellulite

  • Research from renowned Naturopaths have shown that cellulite formation is related, in part, to local vein and lymph congestion.  Proper skin brushing speeds up metabolism, this helps break down the fatty deposits or toxins into the blood stream and release the waste from the body and therefore help to alleviate this condition.

Makes my skin glow?

Yes regular body brushing will make your skin glow because it is assisting the body in a number of functions like:

  • Exfoliates dry, rough skin, enabling moisturizing products to readily absorb into the skin and opens pores to    freely pass out toxins from the body.
  • Assists with stimulation of sweat and oil glands, contributing to the restoration of moist, supple skin
  • Strengthen the skin pores by assisting with increased skin tone.
  • Gentle stretching of connective tissues from brushing helps to regenerate production of collagen and elastin fibres.
  • Alleviates vein and lymph congestion to reduce orange-peel appearance or cellulite.

Jodie Smith

Bodecare

Toowong QLD Australia

www.bodecare.com.au

Thanks SO much for sharing Jodie!     

Which body brush should I choose

We stock a few different variations when it comes to dry body brushing accessories.  We have a standard long handled brush which is perfect for dry body brushing pre shower everyday and we also have the Bodecare Sisal Mitt which is a light open weave glove that you can use dry before the shower or that can also be used with your body wash in the shower too.  As long as there is some form of stimulation with a brush/mitt made from natural fibers, you are going to get, see and FEEL the results almost immediately! 

It literally takes about 2 minutes to dry brush your entire body and this is only once a day for AMAZING results for your mind, body and spirit! 

Get BRUSHING! 

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Happiness is – Living with intent

As we near the close of 2013 and a fresh new year sits eagerly awaiting us we have the option to choose how we look back at the previous year and just as importantly how we go forwards!

I can liken 2013 to riding a roller coaster…  this year for me has had some heart wrenching lows to the point where it felt like I may NEVER stop crying – EVER! But as life would have it – either side of these lows there were high’s that had me feeling like I could and would make all of my dreams come true easily and effortlessly…!  

So what have been the biggest lessons of 2013 that I can pass onto you to help you on your journey of growth and self discovery more commonly know as a lifetime???  I will share with you this;

It was Steve Jobbs who said
“because believing the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path”   

This could not be more true for what I have experienced this year.  I made a decision to end my marriage to a wonderful man earlier this year to whom I have 2 beautiful kids with – the reason (which took months maybe even years of soul searching to realise) was that my heart was telling me that was what I needed to do.  To this point in my life nothing has hurt me more than hurting Troy the way this did… but to have stayed would have eventually hurt him more this I know to be true.  

We are going forwards differently to most separations as we decided to always always put our kids first which seems to get forgotten in so many cases.  We are maintaining our great friendship and at this point in time our kids live in our family home all of the time and we come and go during the week so that they don’t have to.  

We have also chosen to spend time on the weekends together as a family because that is exactly what we are regardless of the marital status – we are a family – forever.  Yes this will of course evolve as time goes on and new people enter our lives but it will only be hard we choose for it to be – we are instead
chosing to believe we will attract more amazing people who love the way we live and can’t wait to become extended members of our unconventional but loved fuelled family unit.  

The high’s have been just as amazing! 

I started business coaching with The Entourage in May this year and the results are mind blowing.  Not just on a business level but on a soul and spiritual level as well because if you are in what my good friend Ben happily refers to as ‘your flow’ all of the right stuff will just keep happening. 

This year I truly embraced authenticity and I have realised that the REAL version of me is the very best version there is – to be able to live without a mask is refreshing and liberating.  I have met people with whom I have an immediate connection and I just know that there are bigger forces at play that made sure that we met… I have learned to listen to that inner voice regardless of how quiet it might be…

Sometimes it takes sitting really quietly and listening really intently to hear it – now for me its literally like having a conversation with another person in the room it is that clear.  Could this make me look or sound a little woo woo??  Maybe – but my belief is that we can all harness the power of our own minds and use this unlimited resource to our advantage every single minute of every single day. 

In 2014 I am looking forward to spreading this message even more widely!

There is one word that I will use that pretty covers what you need to do when you are staring into the face of all of the above – the unlucky, the heart wrenching, the happy and the FABULOUS!  

TRUST.

I will be the first person to tell you that this can be HARD!  It can feel like the most annoying word ever especially when times are tough – I remember asking my sister and my life coach on so many occasions through the really hard days – ‘what can I do to make this not hurt so much?”  The answer is always TRUST.  But there is something positive you can do to – you can be GRATEFUL for what you do have. 

It is so easy to focus on what we don’t have that we so often forget to remember all of the things we do… this can be as simple as the ocean… this is on my gratitude list ALL the time!  The fact that I can walk to the ocean from where I live makes me super lucky but just having them is worth a mention. 

When we remember what we are grateful for it opens us up for more of those things!  We attract what we feel so if we are feeling grateful for something – we will attract more things to be grateful for…  

That brings me to what I would LOVE for you all to join me in doing this New Years Eve…  

Find a HUGE empty jar – from January 1
st everytime something good, sweet, fun, exciting and happy happens to you – write it on a piece of paper and put it in the jar.  Next year at this time – we will be able to read back through all of the amazing things that have happened to us in 2014.  So many of the things that make our hearts smile on a daily basis get forgotten… I can only imagine how many of mine will be kid related!  Those guys can light me up in ways I never thought possible!!   We could even put something in the jar every day that we are grateful for… imagine reading back through 365 gratitude notes to finish the year… PERFECT! 

So when you are deciding how you feel about the past 12 months or about the year to come… remember to trust, to show gratitude and be grateful for all that you DO have, to notice the small things that make you smile, to spend more time with yourself listening to what it is that makes YOU happy… surround yourself only with those you give you wings and remember always that ‘those who don’t believe in magic will never find it” Roald Dahl…

Happy New Year to you all and I look forward to growing and sharing with you in 2014…

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Skin Care Myths BUSTED!

MYTH #1 – You should stick to one range of products.

Something you have probably heard in the past about skincare is that it is important to only use products from the same range/supplier in order to correctly care for your skin…. NOT TRUE!  This is a marketing and sales tool used to encourage you to purchase the entire range of products they offer.  This makes changing or trying a new skincare range expensive and sometimes impracticable.close-up-4-.jpg

If you are already using skincare but you are looking at trying Bubbles, you can do it whichever way is easiest for you.  You may want to start using our product exclusively and buy the entire range – great!

Or you may have one or two absolute favourite products that you can’t imagine living without like an eye gel or hydration serum… if so you can simply integrate these products into your Bubbles skin care routine.  If you want to start using our range but still have a few months left with some of your current products – simply purchase the products you have run out of first and build from there as you need…

If you have any questions regarding our products please contact us on
info@bubblesorganic.com.au

Until next time…

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Happiness Is – Introduction Blog.

Happiness is….. Introduction Blog.

jess-w-746.jpgThis week I wanted to share with you some life changing tips I have been learning from a book I am reading called “The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor.  

I have always been interested in the science behind what I ‘know’ to be the truth which is that thinking positive creates a happier person and in turn a happier life.  
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What happens in the brain to make this seemingly simple action of thinking positively change the way we look at the world?  

It has been proven in the past 20 years that the way scientists viewed the brain and its ability to change was completely wrong.  It was once believed that the brain could not grow or change – that is remained the same regardless of how much smarter you got over a lifetime of wisdom.  With today’s technology using MRI’s and scanning new research has shown that the brain can in fact change and does ALL the time.  One of the examples from the book I especially like was this one;

“A group of kids were given a task of putting blocks together in a set format.  Half the groups were primed to think of something they really loved and made them happy (which in my kid’s case would be nuggets for dinner!)  The other half was told nothing except the instructions.  “The group who were primed to be happy significantly outperformed the others completing the task both more quickly and with fewer errors”  

Society tells us that if we work really hard we will be successful and that this success will bring us happiness – More recent studies have fortunately gone on to prove that this is in fact backwards. 

Its is HAPPINESS that equals SUCCESS not the other way around.  We are always going to be more creative, productive and motivated when are coming from a place that is positive.

How does it relate back to your skin?? 

Very simply and powerfully – if we are happy on the inside we will glow and feel amazing on the outside… So much of who we are comes from our thought patterns and what we believe to be true – So BELIEVE you have GREAT SKIN and you are more than half to achieving that…

We will add a little more each month to start spreading happiness as far and as wide as we can.

Happiness is… what will bring you success.

Until next time…

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What’s all the fuss about water??

What’s all the fuss about Water??

WaterFACTS

• Our bodies are 70% water

• Our skin is made up of 70% water, 25% protein and 3% fatty acids & minerals.  But do we really need to keep up our water levels to have great skin?  Hell yes we do!

Our skin is our largest organ and as our largest organ it is the first one to lose its water stores meaning it ‘dehydrates’ very easily especially here in Australia.

By the time you feel thirsty you have already lost over one per cent of your total bodies water meaning you are ALREADY dehydrated.

We need to listen to our body, as every working part is dependant on good water supply.  Our brain is over 90% water which is why when you don’t drink enough – you quite literally can’t think properly as brain function has slowed.  Headaches are one of the first signs you need a glass of water – skip the panadol and have two glasses of water instead for a better result chemical free!

So what does lack of water mean for our Skin?

•  a build up of dead skin cells due to lower metabolisM

•  pimples and clogging due to slow elimination

 •  dryness which is a pre-cursor to lines and wrinkles

•  puffy tired looking eyes – we need water to stay alert

In a nutshell – there are NO benefits at all for choosing NOT to drink water.

Water benefitsHere are some tips for helping your remember to drink it!

• Drink herbal tea instead of water

• Drink your water warm in Winter.
Stop making that face – it helps! (yes I am the BIG brother for your skin!)

• Drink 500 – 1000mls of water before you do anything else in the morning.  I personally have just started doing this and ok there are more trips to the toilet but I can feel and SEE the    benefits in my skin already.

• Leave a full glass of water on your table or kitchen bench all day – as soon as you drink it – fill it back up.

 • If you still cant remember – set a hourly reminder in your phone.

Try these tips for 2 weeks and FEEL the difference –
you will be thanking me!

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DIY Pantry Exfoliation

This week we are looking at the WHAT of exfoliating…

What exactly should you be putting on your skin to renew and revive??

Normal/Dehydrated/Dry/Oily/Combination skin’s can use pretty much any of the following while;

Sensitive/Eczema/Dermatitis/Acne/Rosacea skin’s need to proceed with caution pretty much everytime they use something and exfoliating is no different.

We know the very best product on the market is our very own Be Smooth Face Polish and with gentle fruit extracts, mini jojoba beads and organic clay all skin’s can use this product (referring of course to the HOW in our previous entry (%%GLOBAL_ShopPath%%/blog/skin-treatments/exfoliation) remembering to always follow with a moisturiser to calm and restore.

However there are also some AH-MAY-ZING pantry items that will also give your skin that gorgeous fresh skin glow;

Paw Paw PeelPapaya Fruit

As mentioned previously – great to use on all of the more resilient skins – our TLC skins should proceed with caution – try a small piece and see how it feels.

Honey

What an amazing natural wonder and is perfect for our TLC skins.  Honey is hydrating, calming, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal – it is very acidic meaning it inhibits bacterial growth making it ideal for acne skins.  It heals without drying and natural enzymes similar to glycolic acid gently dissolve dead cells.  The acidy may cause some tingling if skin is weeping or overly irriated so test a small patch before applying to your whole face.

If your skin is inflamed and maybe has some pimples/pustules just apply like a mask with a brush or fingers to avoid irritating your skin OR mix with salt or organic raw sugar for manual exfoliation… leave for 10mins then rinse with tepid water.  Good luck refraining from licking your lips while waiting…!

Raw Sugar

Simply add one teaspoon of raw castor sugar to your jojoba oil, cleanser or or even olive oil – if using Jojoba or olive you can also add essential oils to make this method even more effective and we will teach you that very soon.

Tune in next week when we begin to look at why GREAT skin really begins WITHIN…

Until then…

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Exfoliation – Why, who, when, how and what…

So we have covered the WHY in our Renew to Revive entry, lets cover the who, when, what and how so we can all find that inner glowing skin we know wants to come out and shine!

WHO

Everyone! That includes all of you boys and the men in our lives ladies!  There will be times when certain skin conditions will require you to be more gentle or to take a little break completely eg if you have gotten sunburnt – hopefully this happens rarely or NOT AT ALL – you would NOT exfoliate your skin until it had healed completely.

WHEN

Normal, dehydrated, oily, dry, sensitive            once a week.

Sundamaged/mature                                     twice a week.

Acne, eczema/dermatitis, rosacea                    once a week

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HOW

Normal, dehydrated, dry, oily, sundamaged/mature

You can use pretty much any method discussed.  For homecare the best option is a product like our ‘Be Smooth Face Polish’ (as a link).  You would gently massage it into clean skin, remove with tepid water and finish with your chosen moisturiser.  Video here of Jess using Be Smooth??

Sensitive, eczema/dermatitis, rosacea, acne

(depending on the level of sensitivity – sensitive types may fit into the above group but overly sensitive types need to use this method)

Avoid any weeping skin or pimples.

Use a pump of your chosen cleanser with half a teaspoon of Be Smooth Face Polish (%%GLOBAL_ShopPath%%/products/be-smooth-face-polish.html) and mix in your hands.  Extra gently apply to the face – massage if you can but if sensitivity is high just apply and leave for 10-15 mins while the fruit extracts do their thing then remove with a soft cloth and tepid water – finish with our Be Calm mask or Be Replenished Serum  – or boys our HE preps and soothes balm is great here too.

Next week we will cover the WHAT and show you some DIY pantry ideas that everyone will benefit from!

Until then…

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90-10

Balance – this is such an important little word.  For one, without it we can’t walk without falling over – that alone should prove it’s importance.

balanceWe live in a society where people are becoming more aware that maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes fresh foods, exercise and some well earned time out is our ticket to living happily and dis-ease free for longer.

Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in all the fuss around clean eating and cross fit and marathons and avoiding sugar FULL STOP!  I don’t know about you but even when I know its ok to have a day off exercising or to indulge in a sugary treat – I rarely used to enjoy it because I was feeling guilty about my lack of commitment regardless of the fact that I had run 5kms the day before.

This is no way to live and I learned that FAST!

Let me tell you a bit about the evil emotion we call guilt.  Did you know that when you allow yourself to feel it – you are actually changing your body chemistry from an alkaline to acidic state automatically?  When your body is in an acidic state it has several adverse effects like reduced energy, increase in free radical production (more on these nasties later!) and leaves us prone to all kinds of diseases and virus’s.  So basically feeling guilty it turns out is even worse for us than the apple turnover was ever going to be!

Our golden rule is that 90% of the time we are doing all the things we know are GOOD for our body, mind and spirit.  10% of the time we are FREE to choose some less appropriate things like a Mocha Cold Fusion with extra whipped cream mmmmmmm…..  and so we have introduced you to 90/10!  We use the word FREE because we have earned this treat.

We need to eliminate everything negative so saying its our ‘naughty day’ OR ‘junk day’ is just as bad as feeling guilty so when you are doing your 10 – don’t just enJOY it  REVEL in it!

Until next time…

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Papaya Extract

Many people say they don’t understand how a natural ingredient can effectively protect, heal and replenish the skin in the same way a chemical or manmade product or ingredient can.  A very simple way to look at it is that the natural ingredients we use were here, in most cases, before man. Modern scientists are simply ‘copying’ the properties of these naturally occurring plants and fruits using manmade chemicals to create a synthetic product.

There absolutely is a time and a place for this type of research and I would never suggest that you put Lavender on a broken arm – I would tell you to visit the Emergency Room STAT!  However, when we are talking about putting something on your skin daily and in some cases more than once a day, we should really be looking for the most natural way to do this to ensure we don’t overload our bodies with chemicals that, quite frankly, aren’t necessary.

We have decided to dedicate one blog per month to one of our extraordinary raw ingredients so you can see for yourself the ‘science’ behind all of these natural wonders.

As we chatted about exfoliation last week – let’s chat a bit more about a fruit that excels in helping our bodies to renew naturally.

Paw Paw OR Papaya

We mentioned paw paw a little last week and I wanted to chat a bit more about it as it really is full to the brim with amazing skin properties and can help you from the inside out in so many ways. We use the certified organic extract of pawpaw or papaya in our Be Smooth Face Polish and here are just some of the reasons we choose this extraordinary ingredient:

  • Many chefs and recipe books suggest eating paw paw with meat to aid digestion – the reason for this is that paw paw contains a digestive enzyme called papain that breaks down the protein.  If you know a little about the skin, you will have already worked out why this is great news. If not, let me tell you that our skin is made up of 25 per cent protein in the form of keratin.  The word keratin might be familiar, especially regarding our hair and hair products. Paw paw, which is becoming more popular and is readily available in local markets, can be used by just about everybody as a natural exfoliant.
  • The papain enzyme helps to dissolve dead skin cells on the surface of the skin without destroying the living ones. This means that the risk of over-exfoliating and taking the cells to the Hayflick limit is removed. The Hayflick limit is where a cell has divided to its maximum capacity and is no longer capable of renewing, making it lifeless and dull.
  • We mentioned last week that AHAs work on dissolving the ‘cement’ that holds the cells together whereas paw paw seems to work on the actual dead cells as well. This is so much safer and user friendly especially for sensitive skin or skin that becomes flaky easily. It is much less likely to sting or burn like most AHAs can – I could almost say WON’T sting or burn as it is that rare when it does, but, being someone with sensitive skin I personally understand what it is like and would prefer that you always use anything new cautiously and sparingly until you gauge your skin’s reaction.
  • We told you last week about using paw paw peel on your face as a way of naturally exfoliating – the reason for this is that the papain enzyme is at its most potent closest to the peel so you will get the best results using that part of the fruit.
  • Like all fruits, eating pawpaw provides antioxidants to protect you from free radical damage.  Paw paw especially has superior antioxidant qualities because it is so rich in beta-carotene.  This is what gives it that gorgeous yellow-orange colour.  Beta carotene is a well researched, free radical scavenger and also the precursor to Vitamin A which is essential for great skin.  More on Vitamin A later.
  • Paw paw also contains lycopene. Lycopene is found in all red, orange and yellow fruits. There are about 600 members in the carotenoid group and all have high antioxidative properties.  They are required by our bodies for normal growth and the development of cells. When we have them in our diet, they are basically preventing the signs of ageing from the inside out!  Lycopene can also change the colour of your skin giving it the appearance of a tan safely.  That alone is a great reason to start eating this delicious fruit as far as I am concerned.
  • With three times the Vitamin C of an apple, twice as much as a banana and one third as much as an orange we could probably stop there but let me also tell you that paw paw also contains magnesium, iron, copper and manganese along with potassium and significant amounts of riboflavin, niacin, calcium, phosphorous and zinc.  The protein of paw paw contains all of the essential amino acids required in a balanced diet.
  • Tasty tip… paw paw also tastes really great with shredded coconut that is another of nature’s super foods, so mix the two and toss on some toasted almonds for an even better magnesium boost and enjoy a delicious vitamin-rich snack!

Until next time…

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Renew to Revive

To explain this process properly I am going to need to find my inner scientist and bring her through as this stuff is important and knowledge is power peeps so read on!

From the time a new skin cell is ‘born’ it takes 28 days to develop and move up from the dermis to the most outer layer of the skin or epidermis. When the cells finally reach the skin’s surface, they have already aged and become a hardened protein called keratin. So how do we keep our skin looking fresh and revitalised you might ask – those ‘old’ cells need to be removed of course!  It is that process which is called exfoliation and there is a bit more to it than you might realise.

Lets get techy for a minute – exfoliation by definition is “the removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the skin’s outermost surface, and has been used for many years to help maintain the skin“. So basically each time you exfoliate your skin, you not only remove the dry dead skin, you also stimulate the production of new skin cells too. “well Ill just do that everyday then’ is what you might be thinking – unfortunately it is not as simple as just exfoliating daily to achieve great skin – there is a delicate balance between not enough and over-exfoliating and it is important to understand the difference.

The first reason relates to cell production. To produce a new skin cell, an existing cell divides and becomes two producing a new fresh and healthy cell in the process – clever right! Our cells however, can only divide a limited number of times. This number is preset and cannot be changed. When a cell reaches its limit (namely the ‘Hayflick limit’) it becomes useless and can no longer produce collagen and elastin. So over-exfoliation creates too many of these useless cells and skin becomes more wrinkled and can actually become sensitive, red and blotchy.  A skin condition we would all wish to avoid.

Another reason is the significant role the outer layer of the skin plays when it comes to our skin’s health. It is responsible for protecting our body from the entry of bacteria, UV or ultraviolet light and water loss – our skin is our largest organ afterall so we need to treat it the way it deserves.  Because it provides such essential protection, we need to ensure we get that balance just right and that we don’t keep trying to scrub it off.

THERE ARE A FEW DIFFERENT METHODS OF EXFOLIATION THAT YOU CAN USE.  LET’S FIRSTLY LOOK AT THE THREE MOST COMMON METHODS;

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This is when you use a product formulated specifically to exfoliate the skin by massaging granules usually in a cream or oil base onto clean skin for approximately five minutes before removing with a soft cloth. Our gentle Be Smooth Face Polish as seen in QWeekend magazine is the perfect example of this method.  

AHA/BHA PEELS

Alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy peels can be made on either a natural or chemical base but they are more commonly chemical or have some chemical components. They are formulated to dissolve the ‘glue’ that holds dead skin cells to the surface. The percentage of AHA/BHA content needs to be fairly high for them to be effective and they are usually used only in skin clinics.

ENZYME PEELS

Usually a fruit based product, they are designed to accelerate the natural exfoliation process. Papaya (paw paw), pineapple, aloe vera and pumpkin are commonly used. There are some retail options available but most are done within clinics. These are a very gentle method of exfoliation.

So what is the best method of external exfoliation and how often should you do it? This depends a lot on your skin type and current skin condition. We will go over all of this for you in our upcoming blog “Exfoliation – who, what, when and why?” in the next few weeks so stay tuned!

Exfoliating internally is terrific way to look after your skin.  See next weeks blog on ‘Our Ingredients – Papaya Extract’ to learn how.  Overall, exfoliation is a must if you want your skin to remain replenished, fresh and healthy but don’t overdo it and damage the cells that are working so hard to keep you looking your best!

Until then…

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Why Choose Organic Skin Care?

It really excites us as a company that manufactures organic skin care that there has been an explosion recently in the use of words such as “natural” and “organic” and “pure” in the health, wellness and beauty industry. This is due mainly to the global community becoming so much more educated and environmentally aware.
The downside is that many companies are now using these words as supposedly true claims about their products and they use this new consumer awareness to their advantage to reinvent their existing skin care and cosmetic ranges to include a natural and/or organic element.
So how can you be sure you are getting a ‘genuinely’ natural or organic skin care product and how can you tell the difference??

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Ingredients like Aloe Vera are added at under 1% JUST so the name can go on it but at that ratio it has little to no positive effect on the actual skin..

What you find in a high percentage of these new ‘natural’ ranges is maybe one or two additional natural ingredients. Aloe Vera, Shea butter or Lavender, for example, are added at an extremely low percentage (in most cases less than 2%) and then companies are calling their new product ‘Natural body lotion with Aloe Vera and Lavender’.
The existing ingredients, which make up 95% of the product, are usually the same old petrochemicals, sulphates and parabens found in the original range. The hard part for consumers is being able to tell the difference between a genuine natural product and a fake.
Some of the claims made by supporters of natural ingredients and organic skin care products about using these synthetic ingredients on your skin can be quite frightening and sometimes severe. You might be wondering what the real issue is because you have been using them for years and have had no adverse reactions yourself? It has only been in recent research that experts have found a link between regularly using these types of ingredients on your skin and society’s increased rate of allergies, asthma and skin conditions like dermatitis and eczema.
Also as a side note – don’t ever feel guilty about something you weren’t even aware of. Its only when you have the understanding and the awareness that you can be expected to consider making a change…
There are always going to be much cheaper options when using synthetic ingredients and when companies are mass producing products for sale in supermarkets, they need to add even more of these synthetic ingredients to ensure longer shelf life. There is absolutely no way those companies could justify the cost of using the natural ingredients and preservatives that we use in their mass production – they would never reclaim their costs.

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Ask the company you are buying your products off WHY they choose the ingredients they use… This will help you gain trust in them based on their reasons..

Another part that makes this difficult for consumers is the INCI names given to ingredients to be used on labeling. Most of the natural ingredients sound just as dangerous and chemical as their synthetic relatives. Afterall they are all chemicals at the end of the day – some are from a natural source and others not so much!

Seeing as though you are still reading this, we can assume you are someone who really cares about finding and using an authentic natural/organic skin care range and our advice to you is this – look into the company selling the natural range and the people behind it. Look into their philosophies and reasons for making/selling natural products and, most importantly, make sure you can tell that they are passionate about what they do.

Putting in the hours of research, planning, recipe writing, ingredient selection and location, practice cooking with sometimes disastrous results, more recipe writing….(phew!)…that goes into making an authentic natural organic skin care product takes REAL passion. For those of us who do it – we absolutely love it and wouldn’t want it any other way…

 

Till next time…

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Skin Fundamentals (Part 4)

Welcome back to Part 4 and the final of our Skin Fundamentals blog series. This week we are going to cover the different Skin Conditions that are common especially here in Australia.

Your skin’s condition is the state of health your skin is in at any particular time and will change depending on your lifestyle, the weather, illness, your working conditions etc. So yes, you are right if you are thinking this changes all the time – it does! That is why it is important to start thinking differently and focussing on healthy skin and using natural skincare products that don’t add to any of the issues you may already be dealing with. In fact, changing to a natural range of product could solve that problem.

The most common skin conditions are;

Dehydrated

fine lines, dry flaky patches, feels tight and looks tired – don’t confuse this with dry – dry skin is lipid or oil dry while dehydrated is water dry.  The symptoms are very similar however need to be treated differently.  This skin type can feel sensitive and itchy.

Sun Damaged/Mature

Hyper & or Hypo pigmentation (brown spots and marks), medium to large pores, red patches and broken capillaries, sallow looking, lines and wrinkles forming or have formed and are heavy set and deep. This does NOT refer to chronological age – premature ageing is very common in Australia especially.

Acne

A case could be anything from a few pimples & blackheads sporadically appearing through to pustules, blackheads & inflamed blemishes covering the entire face and upper torso.  Always ask if you are unsure of the level of the acne you are dealing with, as essential oils are very effective when used with this condition in an acute state.

Eczema/Dermatitis

Red dry patches of skin that can be barely noticeable or very itchy, aggravated and inflamed. Can sometimes be open and raw – in this case you need to be extra cautious and if you feel a bit out of your depth – seek our advice. An essential oil would normally be the safest and most effective option here.

Rosacea

Typically red skin that flushes very easily – cheeks and nose especially. In severe cases blemishes are also present. It is aggravated by alcohol, spicy foods & heat. Again this condition can get quite inflamed and angry and you should again seek advice when unsure.

Now rather than give you solutions for these conditions and types – I want to reiterate here that our goal and primary concern is that our clients realise that everyone has a skin type – if your inherent skin type is dry – rather than trying to ‘fix’ something that cant be ‘fixed’ we need to teach you how to look after your skin and body in a way that supports your ‘type’ and help you achieve the healthiest skin you have ever had.  When your skin is healthy – it glows regardless of its so-called type!

That pretty much covers the simple skin basics.  Now we can get into the good stuff!  Tune in next week when we touch on why its important to use natural ingredients.

Thanks for reading peeps!  See you next week and until then…

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SKIN FUNDAMENTALS (PART 3)

This week we are going to look at what are commonly referred to as your ‘Skin Type’. In case you missed last week article here is a link to part 2 of our Skin Fundamentals series so you can catch up…

So lets get to it! Lets first look at the common descriptions of the different skin types. The five commonly used skin types are normal, oily, dry, combination and sensitive. Let’s look at each of these in more detail:
NORMAL SKIN

This term really urks me!  Supposed to be the best of the best skin types but who wants to be considered normal – certainly not me! Probably why I don’t believe in referring to our clients as a ‘type’.

  • Even, soft and smooth texture
  • Good elasticity
  • Pimples and blemishes are unusual
  • Pores are small-medium in size
  • Colour is fairly even with no red patches or pigmentation
  • The skin is healthy and glowing

I often just sit and stare at my 3 year old daughters skin in awe….. Oh if only we had known then to appreciate it… so flawless!

OILY SKIN

Most common in our teenage years when our hormones are in overdrive – for some this greasy type of skin continues on – there is a positive though – read on to find out…

  • Skin is shiny and greasy in appearance especially in the ‘T’ zone area (forehead, nose and chin)
  • Skin is thicker and more course than normal skin
  • Pores are larger and easily visible
  • Skin is less likely to develop lines and wrinkles (WAHOOO!!!!!)
  • After sleeping, an oily film could be found on the face
  • Hair is normally oily/greasy
  • Pimples, blemishes and acne are common.
DRY SKIN

A very difficult skin to diagnose as the signs of dehydration are SO similar and dehydration is very common in Australia…

  • Skin can feel tight and sometimes itchy
  • Skin is thinner than ‘normal skin’
  • Pores are tiny and barely visible
  • Line and wrinkles can appear earlier
  • Pimples and blemishes are rare (Yes – there is a plus in every group!)
  • Hair can also dry
  • Skin can be flaky with red patches
  • Skin is lipid (oil) dry rather than moisture dry (we will cover moisture dry which is known as dehydrated in our next entry on Skin Conditions)
COMBINATION SKIN
  • This skin type is probably the most common and can be both oily and dry at the same time so I believe this should be refered to as normal…
  • The ‘T’ zone area (forehead, nose and chin) and be oily and the cheeks and eye area dry
  • Pores are small to medium size
  • Mostly skin will look healthy – apart from the odd dry, flaky cheek or some blemishes in the ‘T’ zone area.  (YAY – I could deal with that!)
SENSITIVE SKIN

My skin ‘type’. This is still not seen as a skin type by a lot of skin care houses and is still commonly referred to as a skin condition, but those of your who have sensitive skin will know that it very rarely isn’t sensitive which to me makes it a ‘type’.  It’s the reason I started this company so in a way that’s a blessing in itself.

  • Can be sensitive to certain creams and cosmetics – especially highly fragranced ones
  • Red patches and blotchy skin tone is more common when in the elements like wind, sun and especially heat like after a hot shower. This is also common after pressure is applied to the skin.
  • Capillaries and blood vessels can be visible on the skin
  • Skin is usually fine with small pores.

That is skin ‘types’ in a nutshell – as we have said – we believe in aiming for only one skin type and that is HEALTHY SKIN.  Tune in next week for Skin Conditions.

Until then…

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Skin Fundamentals (Part 2)

Welcome to part 2 of Skin Fundamentals. Let’s have a closer look at the skin so you get a deeper understanding of why it is so important that we take care of it properly.

I want you to remember a time when your skin looked and felt great…. Chances are you were healthy – a lot of the time people say pregnant and it is not the pregnancy hormones necessarily but the healthier lifestyle choices that were made to look after the new bub!

Now do the opposite – remember a time when you were unwell??  How did your skin look??  Someone who has great skin – usually has great health too.

Healthy body = Healthy Skin

What is the largest organ of the body?? Answer – the skin!

PERFECT skin is healthy skin and the 7 steps to healthy skin are an acronym of the word PERFECT.

P – Protection
E – Elimination
R – Renew cells
F – Feed your skin
E – Essential Oils
C – Change constantly
T – Toxins to avoid

Let’s look a little more closely now at the skin itself…. The skin has three different layers that all have a very different but very important role to play.

The epidermis is the outer layer of the skin so it is basically the skin that you can see and touch. This is the layer that ends up dry, aged, dehydrated etc if we don’t look after our skin properly.

The dermis is the middle of the three layers and is where most of the action happens.  Nerve endings, blood vessels, sweat glands, the hair shaft and more are all found in this layer. This is also where collagen and elastin are produced.

The third layer is called the subcutaneous layer and it is made up mainly of fatty tissue.

It is what happens in your three layers of skin that plays a major role in determining how your skin looks and feels. We will chat more about these layers as we need to, based on the topic we are covering.

So basically SKIN IS SKIN – No matter what type.  The general principles of the skin are the same!  To categorise your skin into only one of 3 or 4 types, as most skin companies do, is limiting and consequently not specific enough to get you the results you require.  Your aim should be to achieve just one skin type and that is HEALTHY SKIN.

Most of you are going to have been told at some stage what ‘type’ of skin you have, so we do still need to have an understanding of the skin types. Remember though, that your skin can change daily, and sometimes even hourly, because your skin’s condition is the state of health that your skin is currently in. Depending on circumstances like the weather, illness and surgery, allergies, age etc it will be constantly changing.

Next week we will begin to look more closely at skin types and conditions and why it is so important to change constantly and understand your skin’s likes and dislikes.

Until then…

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Introducing Bubbles Blog Skin Fundamentals (Part 1)

Welcome to our PURE FRESH REAL blogs!!!! They have been a LONG time coming but like everything good – it always comes to those who wait… and we love you all so much for being so patient… Persistence is the key to every great accomplishment.

We will be doing weekly blog entries based around the varied factors we need to consider not only for great skin but your overall health, happiness and complete wellbeing. Our skin is a great indication of what is going on inside our bodies and you cannot have healthy skin without a healthy body so join us on a journey to help you implement some easy and effective way to live your very best life possible.

We will be covering everything you need to know in four primary categories of Healthy Body = Healthy Skin, Skin Care, Skin Treatments and Happiness is…

The first thing we need to do is cover some essentials so that you get a basic understanding of each of the above categories before we get started. Are you excited?? Good because so are we! Lets get started…

We will mention here that we LOVE and use a book called “If you want great skin – throw away your cosmetic’s” by Jennifer Jefferies and Helen Bairstow – its kind of like a Bubbles Bible… Jen is a good friend of mine and has given us permission to use it for training and information purposes. We will continue to refer to it over the course of our blog entries. Ill also see if there is a link to an ebook version for you too.

The health of our skin has to be dealt with holistically – which if you are not sure is by definition – Holism (from ὂλος holos, a Greek word meaning all, whole, entire, total) is the idea that all the properties of a given system (physical, biological, chemical, social, economic, mental, linguistic, etc.) cannot be determined or explained by its component parts alone. Instead, the system as a whole determines in an important way how the parts behave.

Women are under considerable pressure to have the right look – with pressure increasing on men too! It’s a fact that women spend about 19mins per day on their facial appearance alone – This equates to 6916 minutes per year or 5 full days just on our appearance. Using Bubbles the average time spent per day is more like 5 mins but either way – it is something we do on a daily basis so the more we understand the why’s the better.

We need to allow the laws of nature do what they do best which is to help our skin function perfectly. The first thing we need to do is to trust our instincts!
We all already know that the contents of a jar cannot change the inherent nature of our skin however the side of our brain which manages our emotions wants so badly to believe this that it can sometimes persuade the other – or our thinking brain – to believe it just might be true!

Its because the beauty industry likes to use one of the most powerful human emotions in most of their advertising campaigns – which one do you think I am talking referring to??

FEAR of course!

The fear of getting old or worse still LOOKING OLD!
They play on our desire to look young forever. What we want to do is change that mindset and help people look young with healthy glowing skin – naturally and without spending a lot of money and by damaging their skin in the process.

The answer is not all related to skin care – but not using anything at all won’t work either – like most things in life ‘it is all about balance’ (or what we refer to here at Bubbles as 90/10 but more on that later).

Until then..