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How Omega 3 Fatty Acids Boost Your Skin Health

Regardless of whether you have specific skin concerns, or you simply want your complexion to look extra glowing, applying night creme religiously is a must. While we sleep, our skin cells regenerate at a much higher rate (Beauty Sleep is a real thing), which means that our skin needs a potent source of bio-active compounds to aid in the process of restoration and replenishment. Among these bio-actives, there is one that is an absolute all-rounder: Omega 3 fatty acids. Today we’ll tell you a bit more about its benefits and why it is worth adding it to your skincare routine.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids: How They Work?

While it is true that the best source of Omega 3 is a balanced diet, rich in raw nuts, fish and plant oils, the topical application of fatty acids is just as important. Omega 3 fatty acids have the remarkable ability to restore the integrity of a compromised lipid barrier, reducing unwanted moisture loss by up to 60%. By restoring optimal moisture levels, Omega 3 fatty acids counteract dryness and dehydration and help your skin look smooth, plump and dewy.

Apart from working its magic on the outermost layer of the skin, Omega 3 fatty acids penetrate and reach the dermis (the layer beneath the epidermis) where they keep inflammation at bay and provide deep nourishment.

What to Try: La Mav Omega 3 Advanced Nightly Repair Creme

The Benefits of Omega 3 in Skin Care

* Improved Skin Appearance & Health

The magical molecules of Omega 3 fatty acids instantly transform the appearance of the skin, making it look and feel smoother, softer and more radiant. Apart from that, with regular application, Omega 3 fatty acids further strengthen the skin (protecting it against environmental damage) + improve skin's overall health.  

* Hydrated Skin

As we age, the outer skin layer becomes thinner. The thinner it gets, the less water it retains, which inevitably leads to dehydration and dryness. This is where omega 3s step in! By forming a protective layer over the skin surface, Omega 3s reinforce the lipid barrier and help skin cells hold more water, resulting in soft and well-hydrated skin.

* Anti-Ageing Effect

Omega 3 fatty acids refill cellular lipids, keeping the lipid mantle intact. The integrity of the lipid mantle is directly related to the skin’s ability to preserve its youthful glow. The lipid barrier is not only responsible for maintaining optimum moisture levels, but it also plays an important protective role - it stops external aggressors from damaging the skin, thus prevents premature ageing.

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La Mav's Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's day is just around the corner and we are all on a mission to find the best gifts for the women that gave us life. To help you pick a present that your mum is sure to enjoy, we've created a short list of curated bundles, containing products that will cover the needs of every skin type. When in doubt, opt for skincare. You cannot go wrong.

Age-Defying Duo for $59

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The absolute best-sellers from our Anti-Ageing line are now available as a bundle! Rich in skin-plumping and wrinkle-smoothing bio-actives, these two beauty gems will transform the appearance of tired, dull skin, instantly. If your mum's primary skin concerns are fine lines/wrinkles, dryness and loss of firmness and elasticity, this duo will make her skin happy.

Don't take our word for it. The positive feedback from customers says it all. 

"This creme is light, absorbs easily and makes my skin feel revitalized and hydrated. The Bio-VA5 Wrinkle Smoothing Creme is my new favourite daily moisturiser, especially when paired with the eye lotion. I have now noticed a dramatic difference in the way my skin looks and feels!"
- Tamara, Happy Customer

Pampering Trio for $99

 

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A gift to help your mum relax at the end of a long day. Our ultra-gentle Hydra-Clam Cleansing Creme effectively removes all traces of impurities and makeup without compromising skin's lipid mantle. The DNA Phyto-Guard Pink Clay Mask draws out toxins, purifies and clears the complexion, leaving the skin invigorated and radiant. The Hyaluronic Acid Hydra-Max Serum restores optimal moisture levels, plumps up the skin and creates the perfect canvas for flawless makeup application. 

Complete Collection for $149

 

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If your mum never splurges on skincare, this gives you an excellent opportunity to treat her to a box of organic beauty goodies that she is sure to appreciate. Our Complete Collections contain 6 must-have products for your mum's AM and PM skincare routine. The products come in a beautiful gift box, making the present look and feel even more exquisite. All products included in the collection work in synergy to restore skin's balance and health, giving the complexion a youthful glow and fresh appearance. What else can you (and your mum) ask for? 

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5 Homemade Products for Beautiful Skin & Healthy Hair

Recently, we've been on a serious DIY beauty kick. We’ve tried and tested quite a few recipes and this week we’d like to share with you 5 of our best DIY beauty discoveries. Because making masks and scrub with all-natural ingredients is fun. Let’s have fun together!

Homemade Facial Steam

Apart from being incredibly relaxing for both your body and your mind, herbal steam facials benefit your skin and allow you to achieve radiant complexion naturally. The steam boosts circulation improving the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the skin, which gives you an instant glow-boost. Steam facials help to decongest skin and unclog pores, reducing the risk of unwanted breakouts. Last but not least, it’s an affordable way to have an at-home spa.

Our Favourite Recipe: Homemade Facial Steams

DIY Turmeric Honey Probiotic Face Mask

This mask is a true miracle worker! Not only does it leave your skin glowing with health, but it also helps reduce blemishes, pigmentation and fine lines.

Rich in potent antioxidants and bio-actives with anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric protects skin cells from oxidative stress, preventing premature ageing. The mild exfoliating properties of yoghurt boost cell turnover to reveal smoother and more radiant skin surface. The high doses of vitamins and minerals in honey, nourish and strengthen the skin, improving its overall tone and appearance.

Our Favourite Recipe: Turmeric Honey Face Mask

Homemade Peppermint Foot Scrub

With summer approaching, it’s time to pay attention to our feet. Since our feet will be “on display” throughout the whole summer season it’s essential to make sure they are nourished and hydrated. If you don’t have time to go to the salon for a pedicure, why not try giving yourself one at home?

A homemade feet scrub + a rich, thick cream applied every evening before bed, can do wonders for the skin on your feet. You’ll immediately feel the difference.

Our Favourite Recipe: Homemade Peppermint Foot Scrub

DIY Pink Grapefruit Lip Balm

Lips need hydration, nourishment and protection all year round (regardless of the season), and we believe that every woman should have one in her makeup bag. Lip balms are relatively easy to make and there are plenty of DIY recipes on the internet to choose from. This recipe, however, is among the best ones we’ve tried. We can’t miss sharing it with you!

PS: This balm is addictive! * (you’ve been warned) *
The scent of grapefruit is so energizing and refreshing – we simply can’t get enough of it!

Our Favourite Recipe: Homemade Pink Grapefruit Lip Balm

Nourishing Rosemary Hair Serum

After trying many commercially available lotions and potions that promise to revive your locks and reverse the damage caused by excess heat styling, dyes and sun-exposure, we always go back to the good old natural oils. Natural oils nourish, sooth and balance the scalp, whilst strengthening the hair and restoring its vitality. Adding essential oils to the mix increases the effectiveness of the treatment by improving microcirculation (when applied to the scalp) and gives the whole ritual of taking care of your hair a hint of a spa experience.

Our Favourite Recipe: DIY Rosemary Hair Serum

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Chick Chat with Jazze Jervis from The Calm Compound

This week, we have another special guest on the blog! Expert in essential oils, avid green beauty advocate and chief Mum-boss, Jazze is not only a true inspiration but a genuinely good human being we had the pleasure to meet. Let's see what she has to share with us...

1) I am... Jazze Jervis and I love feeling empowered, empowering others, feeling strong and healthy and giving without expectation.

2) I trust in... the laws of attraction and manifestation

3) I find it hard to... sit and do nothing (I even work in the sauna… what the?!). But I’m getting better!

4) I feel frustrated when... people claim that natural and non-toxic alternatives/makeup/skincare/lifestyle etc doesn’t “work”. But I also appreciate where they are coming from because that was me before I started my low-tox journey (#NegativeNancy).

5) I am thankful for... my life! I have a supportive husband, a beautiful daughter, a great job as a lawyer, and even more incredible job as a leader and educator. How lucky am I?!

6) When I wake up in the morning... I smash out a 30-minute workout in my driveway with a yoga mat, 8kg Kettlebell, resistance band, and some tunes!

7) When I go to bed... I think about my husband, because he is currently living in another State

8) If I could give advice to my 18-year-old self...  I’d tell her to always back herself and to not worry so much about what people think. You do you, boo!

9) I have chosen to support the natural beauty trend because... my skin is thanking me for it and I have never felt better. I have acne-prone skin so to walk into a store or the shops and to have someone comment on my glowing skin truly is a special moment for me. I am also much more aware of how harmful mainstream cosmetics can be on not only our skin, but our endocrine system, reproductive system, organs etc. Our skin is our largest organ so if we can switch to using natural and organic products on our skin, that is probably the biggest act of self-love we can embark on.

10) My favourite makeup item is... my La Mav Organic BB Crème!!

 

11) The skin care item I can’t live without… Oh, this is so tough! I’d say an oil cleanser – I can’t get enough!

12) When I have to do my makeup in less than 5 minutes, I always apply… (I don’t wear makeup much, so this is easy haha) my La Mav BB Crème with a dash of the Wildcrafted Organics Gold Balm. It leaves the most gorgeous dewy complexion!

13) I am obsessed with... watermelon and beetroot juices (oh, and essential oils!)

14) I want to... always feel healthy and strong so that I can continue to do what I love to my utmost potential.

15) And I don’t want to... forget that there is more to life than #Hustling

16) My mantra for happiness is… never give with an expectation.

17) Beauty is... confidence, self-awareness and love.

18) Don’t forget to... write down 10 things you are grateful for today.

For more from Jazze, check out her website and follow her on Instagram.

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The Botox Plant: Hibiscus Flower

Did you know that apart from its stunning beauty and bright, vivid colours, the Hibiscus flower is one of the few sources of natural compounds that allow you to achieve a botox-like effect? Today, we’ll tell you a bit more about the magical skin-transforming powers of hibiscus and what makes it so effective at reducing the visible signs of ageing and keeping your skin youthful and glowing.

What Are The Skin Benefits of Hibiscus Extract? 1) Stimulates Cell Renewal

Hibiscus is an excellent source of organic AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids), malic and citric acid being in highest concentrations. AHAs work by gently exfoliating the skin to encourage cell turnover and reveal smoother skin surface. Apart from its resurfacing effect, by sloughing off dead epidermal cells, hibiscus extract decreases the risk of congestion and breakouts. The result – even, spot-free, skin + radiant and fresh complexion.

2) Lifts & Firms

Elastin and collagen fibres are part of the connective tissue that holds our skin to our muscles. As we age, these fibres start to breakdown, which makes our skin loose elasticity, firmness and tone. Here is where hibiscus extract steps in! Hibiscus possesses the remarkable ability to inhibit the activity of elastase – the enzyme responsible for breaking down elastin fibres. Even though hibiscus extract can’t reverse this natural process and/or repair already damaged fibres, it can slow down the degradation of elastin fibres significantly.  

Various studies show that the regular use of products formulated with hibiscus extract increases firmness and elasticity, defines the face contour and keeps wrinkles at bay.

What To Try: Hibiscus Extract Ultra-Lift Creme

4) Protects From Free Radicals

Rich in antioxidants (anthocyanosides and vitamin C) hibiscus extract serves as a potent natural shield against free radicals. Hibiscus extract counteracts the negative effects of oxidative stress, preventing premature aging and UV-induced damage (hyperpigmentation, loss of firmness, etc). Besides that, anthocyanosides are believed to reduce inflammation and redness, which means hibiscus extract can benefit even those who have rosacea, eczema or acne-prone skin.

5) Reduces Enlarged Pores

According to some sources, anthocyanosides found in hibiscus, have mild astringent properties i.e. they can help reduce the appearance of pores + provide an instant skin-tightening effect.

6) Moisturises

The high content of mucilage makes hibiscus an excellent hydrating agent. Mucilage is a thick substance most plant produce. The primary function of mucilage is to store water and nutrients, in order to support the process of seed germination.

When applied topically, mucilage soothes and reduces irritations, while forming a protective film that prevents water from evaporating, keeping the skin hydrated and plump. Products formulated with hibiscus can be especially beneficial during the harsh winter months, when the cold weather takes a toll on our skin and causes flaking, redness and irritations.

Finally, hibiscus extract is well-tolerated and rarely causes allergic reactions, which means it can be used on all skin types. 

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How To Help Your Body Detox Naturally

As alarming as it may sound, the things that keep us alive, such as air, water and food, are also constant sources of toxins in our lives. Detoxification is all about cleansing your body and mind from these harmful elements that build up in time.

Everybody should detox at least once a year and the best time for it is if you feel unexplained fatigue, bloating, or mental confusion.

Although we have natural mechanisms in our organism that serve to flush out toxins (think liver), from time to time, they need help. The safest and most effective way to help them is natural. Here’s what you can do:

1. Start the day with water. It takes water to wash the dirt inside and out. So as soon as you wake up, have a glass of water. Make sure you drink only filtered or bottled kind and add a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice to it. The antibiotic and antiseptic properties of lemon will work as a powerful cleansing elixir.

2. Up your hydration levels. Don’t forget to continue consuming plenty of liquids during the day. It really doesn’t matter whether you prefer water, vegetable juices, or teas, as long as your hydration is regular. The best teas for detoxification are green, nettles, and dandelion tea. You will also be amazed at how great you’ll feel after a glass of freshly made kale, spinach and cilantro juice.

3. Move your body. Exercise pumps up oxygen and feel-good hormones in your system and provides you with a fit body. But sweating is the most important part of working out as it is a most powerful means of detoxification. Did you know that you can get rid of arsenic, mercury and lead through sweat? What are you waiting for? Drop and give me 20!

4. Stretch and release. Stretching after exercise will keep your muscles and joints flexible, but it will also lower inflammation and release you from stress and depression. What is best about stretching is that you can do it anytime, anywhere. Even at work, during your lunch break.

5. Sweat it out in sauna. If sports are not your thing, visit a sauna regularly to get the toxins out of the system. Who says detoxification should not be enjoyable

6. Take care of your oral cavity. Brushing your teeth after every meal isn’t enough. Oil pulling is a simple detoxifying technique that has been practices for centuries but many people are not aware of it. It consists of swishing around coconut oil in your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes. What it does is creates a chemical reaction with your saliva that kills the bacteria in the deepest unreachable crevices. Tongue scraping is another effective way to target the build-up on the tongue, which houses many bad bacteria. Use a steel spoon to scrape your tongue very gently from back to front every morning after brushing your teeth.

7. Try fasting. When was the last time you felt really hungry? The availability of food at every corner made eating a leisure activity rather than a necessity. Try eating vegetables and fruits for a day or two to give your digestive system a much needed break. Although you’ll be eating less, you will feel a surge of energy.

8. Unplug yourself. Why not extend the fasting to media and social networks? Refrain from replying to every message instantly and instead focus on what is going on in real world, in that moment. Talk to people around you, REALLY listen to the music, find a creative hobby. Then, at the end of the day, you can tend to your social media accounts and see if anybody in the virtual world needs your attention.

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5 Detox Recipes You Should Try

In the past few years, there’s been a lot of hype around the word “detox”. From teas and juices to bath salts and special diets – all promising to flush toxins out of our bodies. The truth, however, is that there is no magical pill that can stimulate the natural processes of detoxification. Your body has its own ways of cleansing itself and there is little we can do to speed up the elimination of toxins.

Nevertheless, we believe that avoiding substances that slow down the natural detoxification, while increasing the intake of essential nutrients, vitamins and bio-active substances that support the metabolic processes responsible for the elimination of toxins, can be highly beneficial for our overall health.

Today, we’ll share with you 5 of our favourite recipes that will help your body (and your skin) stay healthy, balanced and energized.

Epsom Salt Bath

You can never go wrong with a warm bath - especially if you add with a few drops of your favourite essential oils + Epsom salt to it.

Epsom salt is rich in magnesium – a mineral that is critical for various metabolic processes directly involved in the natural detoxification of our bodies. Besides, magnesium normalizes blood pressure, relaxes the muscles (and the mind) and keeps your heart healthy.

Our favourite recipe: Add 2 cups of Epsom salt, 1 cup baking soda, 5 drops lemon essential oil and 5 drops Grapefruit oil to a full, warm bathtub and soak for 20 minutes.

PS: Did you know that all products from our Organic Sunless Tan range are enriched with magnesium? Enjoy sun-kissed complexion regardless of the season, along with the many health benefits of magnesium

Green Smoothies

Green smoothies are an excellent way to alkalize the body and boost digestion, thanks to the high content of chlorophyll (found in all greens and believed to encourage the release of toxins) as well as fibre (cleanses the colon naturally), minerals, vitamins and enzymes.

Our favourite recipe: Put spinach, kale, fresh ginger, turmeric and black pepper + a few pieces of pineapple (rich in digestive enzymes) in a blender. Add water to taste and mix everything together. The piperine found in black pepper increase the absorption of curcumin – the primary bio-active compound found in turmeric. Enjoy!

Green Clay Face Mask

Beauty experts agree – natural clay is, hands down, the best ingredient for purifying the skin. Even though there are many different types of clay with different benefits, all are effective at drawing toxins out and cleansing the skin in depth.

Our favourite recipe: Mix 2 tablespoons green clay, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons water. Apply a generous layer of the paste to your skin, avoiding the eye and lip area, and leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry with a cotton towel.

Note: If you have very sensitive skin, skip the apple cider vinegar.

What To Try: La Mav Green Clay Detox Mask

Bone Broth

Bone broth is rich in minerals and vitamins that play a key role in many important metabolic processes in our bodies, including the process of natural detoxification. Bone broth is a great source of glutathione – one of the body’s most powerful detoxifying agents. Apart from improving immunity and strengthening overall health, bone broth also improves digestion, hence supports detoxification.

Our favourite recipe: We follow this recipe to prep our bone broth.

Coffee Body Scrub

Regular exfoliation with coffee grounds assists lymphatic drainage and stimulates circulation, hence the elimination of unwanted substances from the body. What’s more - it leaves your skin silky smooth and glowing + boost cell turnover.

Our favourite recipe: We love this recipe by Nutrition Stripped. Simple, easy and effective!

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How Does Niacinamide Benefit The Skin? 

In a myriad of miraculous skincare ingredients that pop up each season promising to rid us of all beauty-related headaches ones and for all, niacinamide sticks out as the one that stood the test of time. If you are wondering how come you haven’t heard of it before, look under vitamin B3 or nicotinamide in your cosmetics register. If this still doesn’t ring any bells then you have a lot to catch up. Niacinamide not only proved that it actually works, but it also proved to be very versatile in solving almost any skin concern.

What is niacinamide?

Simply put, it is a combo of niacin, a.k.a. vitamin B3, and nicotinic acid. Vitamin B3 serves in our bodies to support proper functioning of all major organs, including your brain, heart, liver and, of course, skin. It is a water soluble vitamin, which means that our body doesn’t store it and it should, therefore, be supplemented occasionally in order to avoid its deficiency.

How Niacinamide Helps Skin?

There aren’t too many multi-taskers in cosmetics industry such as this one and that’s what makes it so special. Just take a look at the amazing list of things it can do:

1) One of its major benefits (from which all others ensue) is its ability to boost the skin barrier. Niacinamide promotes the production of ceramide - a structural and signaling lipid molecule, which is naturally found in skin cells’ membrane, but which also naturally deteriorates with time. Thanks to niacinamide, it can be restored, keeping the skin barrier stronger. And stronger epidermis means that your skin will retain moisture more easily and defence itself against environmental aggressors more effectively. In the end, you get an improved overall skin structure.

2) When your lipid barrier is functioning as it is designed to, then everything else falls into place. Starting from the sebum production levels. If applied topically on a regular basis, niacinamide can take any excessive greasiness under control. This property, together with the anti-inflammatory benefits that this vitamin brings, is sure to prevent any acne flare-ups, redness and blotches. A must-try for teenagers!

3) There’s a good news for middle-agers as well. Niacinamide helps the synthesis of collagen, thus improving the elasticity of your skin. It prevents the formation of any new signs of aging, but also goes a step further and reverses the damage that has already been done. Goodbye fine lines, wrinkles and saggy eyelids. Hello youthful and plump skin.

4) Niacinamide protects the skin from the damaging effects of the sunlight by protecting its defence mechanism - the Langerhans cells. Prolonged exposure to UV rays causes the Langerhans cells in the top skin layers to die, depriving it of its natural immune system. And when our immune system is down, we are more prone to all kinds of undesirable conditions. Thanks to niacinamide, the invading microbes and free radicals stay powerless.

5) Overexposure to ultraviolet light is also known to lead to hyperpigmentation. While uneven skin tone is not harmful to our health, it is damaging our self-confidence. Niacinamide reduces the appearance of dark spots on your skin by controlling the melanocytes activity. These are the cells that produce melanin, that is the skin pigment, and then transfer it to the surrounding skin cells. Our friend niacinamide simply makes sure that this transfer is not over-exaggerated.

Having in mind all the above-mentioned properties, there is only one possible consequence of using niacinamide - radiant and glowing skin. Niacinamide knows no boundaries when it comes to age or skin type, so there are really no reasons not to include it in your daily skincare routine.

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Essential Steps For Glowing Skin During The Spring Season

Winter weather doesn’t quite favour our skin and collagen is usually the first to fall victim to it. Even if you were religious about your daily skincare routine, chances are that your face feels dry and cracked to the touch after months of windy days and dry indoor air. Come spring, it is time to give your skin a nice thorough overhaul.

But just like you wouldn’t wear your fur coat to the beach, intensive moisturizing creams and thick layers of makeup foundation should also be left in the rear view mirror. Below we give you 5 tips for preparing your skin for the spring.

1. Scrub, Scrub, Scrub

First thing you would want to do is get rid of that dull look and dead skin cells that have been building up during winter. Exfoliating will reveal a layer of fresh new skin, which not only looks healthier and feels gentler, but it also absorbs the nutritious ingredients from skin care products better. Choose light exfoliators and fruit acid peels that you can use up to three times a week without fear of going overboard. And always apply a moisturizing mask after scrubbing to help your skin’s recovery.

What To Try: La Mav Cranberry Bio-Exfoliating Scrub

2. Trade Sunglasses For Eye Care

When the sun gets higher in the sky and the days become longer and brighter, no matter how hard we try, we can’t help but squint. This leads to more fine lines and cracks around the eyes. Although wearing sunglasses helps with prevention, an eye cream formulated with peptides and B group vitamins will diminish the destroying effects of UVA rays AND smooth out the previously formed wrinkles as a bonus.

What to Try: La Mav Firming Eye Lotion

3. Switch From Creams To Lotions

Moisturizing is the crucial step in skin care, but in the case of moisturizing creams vs. spring, less is more. Heavy, unctuous creams are extremely effective on dry winter skin. However, ingredients like lipids stick to the skin and can only lead to clogged pores and breakouts as the days grow warmer. It is time to switch to lighter oil-free lotions that will keep your skin hydrated but will not weigh it down.

4. Hydrate! 

It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to keep the hydration levels in your body at check. All your organs need water, not just the skin. The more, the better. And since we sweat more as the temperatures start rising, there is more to compensate for. If you can’t make yourself to drink 2l of liquids a day, look for alternative sources. Citrus fruits, apples, watermelons, lettuce and carrots can be a great snack and they are packed with water. At night, a moisturizing lotion applied before bedtime will do the job for you.

What to Try: La Mav Hyaluronic Acid Hydra-Max Serum

5. Don't Forget About Sunscreen

This is actually an all-year-round piece of advice, but spring is the time when you should take it more seriously. Simply because we are all keen to spend more time outside than we did in the winter and our skin is not prepared for that. Most dermatologists recommend applying sunscreen every morning, before leaving the house, and reapplying it every two hours. Opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays and choose a higher level of protection (SPF of 30 or higher). After your skin gets used to sun exposure, you can switch to lower SPFs. Don’t worry, you will still get a tan. You will just avoid sunburns. It is also a good idea to wear a hat to additionally protect your face from sun damage since it is more exposed than the rest of your body.

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The Best Herbs For Glowing Skin

When it comes to healthy skin, the only word you need to keep in mind is ‘gentle’. That is why herbs are so great for skin care. They are milder than chemical ingredients, which makes them great for sensitive skin, yet powerful enough to solve even the most stubborn skin problems. The best part - you can grow them on your own, so you know exactly what you are putting onto your skin.

Let’s see some of the natural remedies are this world has to offer.

Aloe Vera

This herbal powerhouse is effective in treating sunburns, keeping your skin moisturized, and evening out your skin tone. Two of the most important vitamins for the skin are vitamins C and E. And aloe vera is abundant in those. The anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties of vitamin C help your skin fight the outbreak of new acne. But the vitamin also reduces the appearance of scars and redness from the old ones. Vitamin E, on the other hand, diminishes the damaging effects of sun radiation and keeps your skin youthful looking and hydrated. If you have fresh aloe leafs at your home, break one off, slice it along the side and scrape off the jelly stuff inside. Apply this topically and leave for 15 minutes. You will feel instant soothing effect.

Witch Hazel 

One of the major benefits of this shrub-like plant are it’s antiseptic properties. People with acne prone skin swear by it. It helps reduce the painful pimples and removes the excess sebum so that new acne do not appear. Being a natural astringent, witch hazel is often used to stop the bleeding of wounds. But thanks to this, it also reduces the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of skin aging, giving your skin a more plump look. You can make a witch hazel extract quite simply by leaving the bark of the herb in a cup of water and you can apply it freely directly to your skin or mix it into your favourite cream.

Rose

One of the most popular ingredients in the cosmetics industry, rose water is used to give you a glowing and smooth skin. But you do not have to buy expensive and chemically boosted products to enjoy the benefits of this herb. Steep some rose petals into water for a couple of days, then use this water to wash your face in the morning. Soon enough you will feel that your skin is much softer to the touch. Also, you can forget about the dark spots and uneven skin tone. All this is due to the high content of vitamin C in rose. It will also reduce the puffiness around your eyes and you will look fresh and rested when you leave your house in the morning.

Turmeric 

Turmeric has been used for thousands of years to reduce inflammation and treat fungal infections. Its main antioxidant, curcumin, has also been used in some animal studies to treat melanoma and the results are promising. Apart for medicinal use, turmeric is also praised for its cosmetic benefits. Mix this yellow powder in some water and apply the mask to your face twice a week and you will have that youthful appearance in no time.

Neem 

Perhaps you know it by other name, such as Indian lilac or Margosa, but you have probably met with this herb before. It is one of the most popular components of cosmetic formulas today. No wonder given its superb antiseptic, antipruritic, and antimicrobial qualities. Neem is a natural cleanser which not only soothes the inflamed acne, but also eliminates the acne causing bacteria and rids you of this pests in the long run.

The list does not end here, but it is a good start. Regardless of your skin type, mother nature has a herb for each. You just need to find the one that suits you the most.

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