What you put on your body is equally as important as what you put in your body. If lockdown is good for anything, its time for self care, creating and eating well. We have put together a list of our very favourite foodies and favs to inspire and motivate this little bump in the road.
READ - HOME BODY - RUPI KAUR. Her third collection of poetry. Rupi wrote, illustrated and self-published her first book at 21. If you have been effected by trauma not matter how big or small this little book of poetry will have a huge tug on your heart strings. If you like this one you will LOVE her other two prior. Milk & Honey and The Sun & Her Flowers. I read all of these each within a night.
BLOG - Natural Harry - My sister bought me her book WHOLE for my birthday last year and its totally changed the way I cook. Whole plant based recipes that don't require a whole mess of random weird ingredients. She loved my cooking so much she bought her own copy and now we compare notes and have started adding our own little spins to it! Her most recent book HOME is also well worth the purchase, with home cleaning recipes and an awesome cracker alternative.
WATCH - GIVEN - (The Goodwin Way) A super sweet documentary of a family travelling and surfing the world from the child's point of view. Word of warning there are some amazing locations and epic scenery filmed so you may come away feeling a little devo about not being able to travel right now!
FOLLOW - Deliciously Ella. Just do it. Her amazing photography will have you up and cooking within minutes.
INSPIRE - Flamingo Estate California. An amazing 5 acre farm in the middle of LA. Its owner believes in restoring pleasure back into our everyday lives without the guilt. You also have to check out his bath house. It is TO DIE FOR! And the garden will have you contemplating a water fountain.
Everybody sweats. Okay not every body, but most bodies. But did you know that body odour isn't actually caused by sweat? Forget everything you thought you knew about body odour, sweat, and deodorant because we're about to break it down for you. Your daily detox rituals and morning routines just got a whole lot better.
What causes body odour?
The purpose of deodorants is to reduce body odour. Antiperspirants are a subclass of deodorants, and they typically contain aluminium, which works to plug your sweat glands and reduce sweating. Less sweat means less smell, right? Not quite.
Body odour isn't caused by sweat, but by the bacteria on the surface of your skin. And when bacteria encounters sweat, it breaks down the molecules in sweat and turns it into acids, which are what cause the unpleasant smell. It also goes into a breeding frenzy. Remember, bacteria thrives in dampness.
Then there are those claims that aluminium-based antiperspirants increase the risk of cancer and Alzheimer's, which have been turning people towards natural alternatives for years now. The idea was that the aluminium that prevents sweating also traps toxins in the lymph nodes around the armpits (causing breast cancer) and also affects the blood-brain barrier (causing Alzheimer's).
Other kinds of deodorant (that aren't antiperspirants) tend to be alcohol based, which work to turn your skin acidic and repel bacteria. These kinds of deodorants usually also contain perfume to cover up any residual odour left behind from any straggling bacterium on your skin. These kinds of deodorants tend to irritate and dry skin, and even cause allergic reactions.
Whichever way you slice it, traditional deodorants and antiperspirants are generally designed to interfere with one of the body's natural detoxification processes. Sweat (which itself is virtually odourless) is one of the ways the the body disposes of waste.
With more awareness about what we're actually putting on and in our bodies, many people are choosing to say goodbye to traditional antiperspirants and deodorants in favour of natural alternatives, which is why we are delighted to be offering Moon Mud as part of our bath and beauty range. Packed with powerful natural ingredients, such as shea butter, coconut oil and bergamot, this is the natural deodorant you will want to make the switch to.
What happens when you switch to natural deodorant
Making the switch to natural deodorant means you're opting for plant-based and naturally occurring ingredients in your quest to smell good and feel fresh from dawn right through until dawn the next morning. But when you switch to natural deodorant, you're likely to go through a detox period, so it's good to be aware of the side effects. Here's what you need to know about switching to natural deodorant.
1. You will smell—but it's temporary
When you make the switch to natural deodorant, your body may begin producing more of that odour-causing bacteria in the underarm area. This is temporary, but still bothersome. Luckily, since so many people are making the switch you'll likely go unnoticed.
2. You will sweat—but sweating is good
Sweat is one of the ways we eliminate waste through the skin. If you're switching from an antiperspirant to a natural deodorant, you will probably start sweating much more. This is your body flushing out toxins, and it won't last forever. It's just part of the detox process, and typically lasts just a few weeks.
3. You may want to mitigate these side-effects...
Even knowing the detox is only temporary, it can be helpful to give yourself the best chance of going to the natural side for good. Giving your underarms a clay mask treatment can help to "unplug" your pores and remove some of the buildup from your previous deodorant, which may help to reduce any unpleasant smell that comes about after you make the switch.
Wearing natural fibres (like 100% linen) will help the situation, since it's naturally moisture-wicking and breathable, meaning sweat and bacteria can more easily evaporate from its fibres.
Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.
Understanding your skin type is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your skin. Because if you don’t know your skin type, then how can you know what your skin needs? And pick products that will actually work? And how will you know if your star signs are compatible? Impossible! You can’t! So, let’s fix that, and figure out once and for all if your skin is oily, dry, sensitive, combination, or normal.
If your skin is shiny, prone to blemishes and congestion, and generally features large, coarse pores - you’re probably oily.
Oily skin comes about because the skin overproduces sebum (the "oil" that causes blackheads, congestion, blemishes, etc) due to its oil content being out of whack. The body then tries to fix by producing even more sebum to compensate. A vicious cycle indeed.
It can be triggered by hormones, stress, diet, weather (humidity!), and is quite often genetic – tis the skin you have been dealt. Cosmetics and the wrong skin care (harsh/astringent) can also trap oil and exacerbate oily skin.
If your skin feels tight, dry, or even rough, and you have no oily spots - you’re probably dry.
Dry skin lacks oil (not water, that’s dehydrated skin which is a skin condition, not a skin type) and it is very common. Because your skin is slacking off with oil production, it also tends to produce lines and creases far more quickly than oily skin.
Ageing, hormones, and genetics are all contributors to dry skin, as well as some external triggers.
What should you do to help it?
- Incorporate oil rich skincare into your routine to make up for what your skin’s not naturally producing.
- Avoid skin care and cosmetics made with sulfates which are known to be stripping, and will likely worsen your dry skin.
- Regularly exfoliate to clear away those dry, flaky skin cells.
If your skin is prone to rashes, inflammation, and redness - you’re probably sensitive.
Sensitive skin tends to be pretty reactive. So environmental factors (temperature, wind, sun), and some skin care, and makeup can easily piss off your skin. It’s also known to be thinner and feature cute little red patches especially around the nose, cheeks, chin, and neck.
What should you do to help it?
- Where possible, opt for specialised skin care (super gentle, irritant-free formulas), and makeup (mineral is best-in-class for sensitive skin).
- Always ALWAYS patch test new prods before welcoming them into your skin care team.
If you’ve got both oily and dry spots on your face - you’re probably combination.
Shine AND dry patches? At the same time? Congrats you’ve got combination skin. Combo skin exists on a spectrum, so depending on whether you veer more oily or dry, you might get an oily T-Zone at 5pm, or find your fine lines become more pronounced throughout the day, respectively.
What should you do to help it?
- Use face oil to replenish dry spots and regulate excess oil production at the same time.
- Multi-masking was made for combo cats. We’d recommend a clay mask on the T-Zone, a hydrating mask on the cheeks.
If your skin is supple, smooth, plump, with small-medium pores, and a healthy colour - you’re probably normal.
The goldilocks of skin, and actually not all that normal; normal skin is the most rare and the least problematic of all the skin types. Your skin is well-balanced, so it’s neither too oily or too dry, and is most likely to be in (relatively) good shape. In other words, things are pretty rosy for you.
What should you do to help it?
- Because you’ve got the least troublesome skin type, finding the right routine will be easier for you. Focus on the fore core products: a sunscreen, an effective cleanser and exfoliant.