COLUMN: Make everyday tasks count

When we look into a mirror, we can see at a glance how we are going. A close examination of the skin will provide information about the quality of nourishment, sleep or attention you’re getting.

Dry, flaky or dehydrated skin tells us to address our fluid intake (reduce the dehydrating beverages such as coffee and tea and increase water with a squeeze of lemon to maximise hydration) and a dull and lifeless complexion indicates a need to refocus on oneself.

Irritated, red and inflamed skin may signal a call for help; to address ones emotional health, to re-examine diet and to acquire skill to improve self-esteem and confidence.

The skin’s signalling system will help prompt the owner to reflect on the reasons why it is like it is and the bodies’ inbuilt answering system will point us in the right direction to seek help or answers.

We can do more with less when we make informed choices about the products we use. It then comes down to taking action.

Today’s top tip: “Make what you do count”.

If you are having a bath, energise this everyday activity with the power of nature through aromatherapy. Adding 3-5 drops of certified organic lavender, bergamot and cedarwood to your bath will enable you to calm and uplift your mood, reduce stress and anxiety and cleanse and disinfect your skin just whilst you bathe.

Imagine soaking your feet in a lemon, basil and rosemary footbath whilst you work at your desk, helping you to focus, retain information and increase productivity. The multi-functional effects of essential oils enable you include them into many different activities, they help you to help yourself.

Make a pact with yourself to use certified organic skin care products that are vitamin enhanced, antioxidant rich and will guarantee the results you are looking for; the best organic products are designed to support your skin as an organ rather than a skin type. The chemical composition of state-of-the-art certified organic products harmonise with your body’s chemistry.

Be skeptical of an industry or marketing campaign that promises that chemicals are good for you and trust in Mother Natures ability to create superior beneficial substances.

FYI: Parabens are synthetic preservatives. They are not allowed in certified organic skin care products. They are usually combinations of methyl-, propyl-, and butyl parabens. They are widely documented as skin irritants especially when the skin is sensitive. They have been linked to a possible cause of breast cancer.

COLUMN: Understanding your skin

Today, more than ever, we are able to access technology and scientific research to help us make more informed choices about health and beauty. We now understand that beauty is not just skin deep: exercise, nutrition and our behaviour all impact our inner state of being, and ultimately our skin. Looking good has become an ‘holistic’ and ‘organic’ conversation; one that scrutinises nature and science.

It is therefore imperative that we have a basic understanding of our skin and its function in order to make informed choices about the products we use.

The skin is the largest organ of the body. It is the meeting place between the inner and outer world. It consists of two main layers, the top layer is the epidermis, the lower is the dermis, wherein lie sweat glands, oil secreting glands and blood vessels. Imagine the pores of your skin as little mouths with their own digestive system, what would you feed them?

The dermis contains collagen which gives the skin its elasticity. It is within the skin’s lower layers that new cells form and migrate to the epidermis, replacing dead and worn-out cells. It is our responsibility as a caring guardian of our own body to assist the skin in this natural function by keeping the skin clean and nourished.

The epidermis acts as protection and shelter to the more vulnerable lower tissue. It protects against bacteria entering the body and from overexposure to the sun. The skin is an excellent indicator as to how we feel and think and to gauge the compatibility of the food we put into our system. It will exhibit visual signs in response to the choices you make and actions you take.

To maintain optimum condition of the skin we should cleanse and nourish it daily using certified organic cleansers and moisturisers. Dead cells, sweat, dirt and bacteria must be removed – regular exfoliation is essential (every fourth day, or once a week for sensitive skin). 

The skin must also be fed – preferably eating organic food and drinking organic fluids – and protected against the external environment using certified organic vitamin rich skin and body care products. 


Start by avoiding all products that have parfum or fragrance added – many upmarket ‘natural’ type brands have this in their ingredients list. There is substantial evidence that indicates that if we remove synthetic fragrance from our skin care products we would see a massive reduction in allergic reactions and skin sensitivities.