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Five minutes with: Antonia Kidman

What attracted you to Living Nature?

I was attracted to how natural and pure the products are. They have no preservatives, additives or parabens, which is very important to me.

In addition to your skincare, do you live as naturally as possible?

I try to abide by nature as much as I can. I don’t eat 
100 per cent organically but I do eat healthily and I avoid preservatives and processed foods. I never buy them for my children. I have a compost bin, I grow my own vegetables and I have citrus trees.

What is your philosophy for day-to-day living?

You can choose your mood. You can’t choose what people do to you but you can certainly choose how you react. You are in control of your own mind. That said, I’m very aware that there are ups and downs in life. For me, lifting myself up if I feel a little flat is about engaging with other people and getting out and doing exercise.

How do you juggle work, exercise, motherhood and looking good?

I’m very busy but my life is fairly structured – I like routine! Exercise is a big part of my life. I go to the gym, run, swim and do yoga. As for looking good, I think that keeping fit and eating well definitely shine through.

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Shed Your Winter Skin

With spring just around the corner, does your skin need a new season makeover? Exfoliation is one of the simplest ways to achieve a radiant and healthy glow this spring, and we have all the tips to help you along the way.

OUT OF HIBERNATION

If winter calls for hibernation and 
heavy, chunky clothes, spring calls 
for stripping back the layers to reveal bare skin. With months of cold weather, low humidity and indoor heating, your skin is under serious assault and can end up looking dry, cracked and flaky.

While we generate, on average, a new layer of skin every two to four weeks, it is important to speed up this natural shedding process by exfoliating. Exfoliation effectively sloughs off the upper layers of dead skin cells to reveal the newer, smoother tissue underneath.

SCRUB SELECTION

Choose a body scrub with a grainy texture so that when you rub it onto your body, dead skin cells are removed. Look for scrubs that contain “polishing” ingredients, such as oatmeal, ground almonds, sugar and sea salt.

Chemical exfoliation products are another good option: rather than containing granules, these products may use mild acids, such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), including salicylic acid. These acids continue the exfoliation process by further abrading and removing the top layer of dead skin cells.

DRY BODY BRUSHING

Use a loofah or an exfoliating brush or gloves to treat your skin to dry body brushing before having a shower. Start from the soles of your feet and work your way up to your chest using long, upward strokes. Dry body brushing is particularly beneficial for activating the lymphatic system, which improves circulation and reduces fluid retention.

SHOWER TIME

In the shower, apply an exfoliating scrub to your loofah or exfoliating brush or gloves and, in gentle, circular movements, scrub your entire body. Pay attention to rough spots, such as heels and elbows.

HYDRATION MATTERS

Exfoliating regularly can be extremely drying and can do more harm than 
good unless your skin is re-hydrated 
with moisturisers, oils or lotions. Fortunately, exfoliating also allows hydrating products to work more effectively, removing the surface layer 
of dead skin cells that can limit how much of the product gets through.

TIME TO SCRUB

The frequency of your scrub-down largely depends on your age and skin type. As you get older, skin cells renew themselves more slowly and your skin can become dull and ashen.

So, it pays to exfoliate more often – at least three times a week, if not daily. If you have oily skin, you should exfoliate more often, as dead skin cells accumulate faster and are not shed as easily as with dry skin. If your skin is very dry, however, it may be too delicate to handle harsh scrubbing more than once or twice a week.

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