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COLUMN: Make everyday tasks count

By Judith White

Judith White explains how easy it is to incorporate skin-saving beauty practices into everyday activities, blog on MiNDFOOD.

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.



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