Back story. Two weeks ago, I was on my way to netball to stand in the full sun. Yes, I had a hat and sunnies on, however the sun’s rays always find a way to slap me. Driving, reflections etc.
So, on this particular day I didn’t have my sunscreen and I had only had access to a chemical face sunscreen that came in a cute little bottle. I flinched as I put it on. The smell was hideous and toxic smelling however it was the only sunscreen available to me. It was a 50+ and within 15 mins I said to my daughter my face felt burnt! Not sunburnt but chemical burnt. I don’t even have sensitive skin!
I couldn’t wait to get home and wash my face. My skin was irritated, sore and tight for a couple of days
Step 3. I use our all Natural Rose Hip Sunscreen which in itself is a beautiful moisturiser. It contains Shea Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Green Tea, Rose Hip and of course natural zinc which creates a physical barrier between your skin and the suns damaging rays.
Firstly, there is no hard or fast rule. So, don’t over think it.
Why should I exfoliate?
Exfoliation and prep is key to a great tan. It creates an even surface like a canvas for the tan to adhere to. If you have a build up of dead skin cells on your elbows for example, the tan will grab and go darker on these areas. So exfoliate all your dry areas away.
When should I exfoliate?
1-2 days prior is best. Not the day of tanning as it will result in a light result.
How should I exfoliate?
Our BRILLIANT Exfoliation Glove will blow you away. Incredible for prepping the skin for tanning and removing old tan in seconds. It’s also reusable. I hang mine in my shower and simply rinse it out. Our duo Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub and Exfoliation Glove is essential for best tanning results. Beautiful organic ingredients will leave your skin smooth and deeply hydrated. My husband swears by our glove for ingrown hairs from shaving too.
It is a gradual tan that moisturises your skin and give you a soft honey glow without the drying effect of synthetic ingredients and food colouring. We use incredible nourishing cacao, avocado, aloe vera, grape skin. It contains only organic and natural ingredients and is vegan and cruelty free.
Who could use it?
Fair skin beauties swear by our Winter Skin™ however, it’s an essential for all skin types really. You can use it as a spray tan extended for example. First-time users to sunless tanning will love this product as its quite forgiving if you miss a spot you can re-apply to build it for your desired result. In other words, USER FRIENDLY.
How to use it?
Don’t over think it. It’s your moisturiser that gives you a tan. Just apply it to dry clean skin just as you would a moisturiser. Go slow start at your ankles and work your way up. Apply an even amount to all areas. Leave it on, get on with your life, it won’t stain clothes as it contains no dyes. You can reapply it the next day if you wish. I personally find 2 – 3 times a week gives me enough colour. Yes, you can use it on your face, however it is a super-rich formulation, so it could break some people out. We recommend our Eco Tan Face Tan Water™ which has been specially formulated for the face. Perfect pair!
It’s a one application Invisible Self Tan. It develops over 8 hours. It’s darker than Winter Skin™ however the same concept. It’s your moisturiser that tans you without synthetic ingredients. It contains only organic and natural ingredients such as aloe vera, avocado, macadamia oil and is vegan, cruelty free.
Who could use it?
Anyone that is after a gorgeous deep honey tan. Medium to deep skin tones are best suited for this tan, however I have many friends with fair skin and Invisible Tan™ is their tan of choice. It’s very individual. It’s quick and what I love about it is no one knows you are wearing it. You can apply it of a morning and by cocktail hour you have a beautiful holiday tan.
How to use it?
Best to exfoliate any dry areas first so the tan doesn’t grab such as knees elbows hands and feet. You all know our Tan Remover Glove and our Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub are a dynamic duo exfoliating team. I like to do two coats, think nail polish, I find it gives a better coverage and if I’m a bit slap dash it hides any errors. Many people like to sleep in this tan, it’s personal choice really. I prefer to apply it and wait a few mins, get dressed and go about my day. It develops over 8 hours. Invisible Tan™ lasts approx. a week, depends on how you look after the tan. Swimming, bathing etc.
Hmmm… I know some people that use it on their face however it would break me out as once again, it’s a super nourishing rich tan. Stick with our Eco Tan Face Tan Water™ for the face.
It’s our organic Body Tan Water with amazing Hemp Seed Extract to hydrate and treat the skin at the same time as giving your skin a beautiful glowing tan. It’s a water consistency so it dries super-fast and you literally can’t feel anything on your skin. I absolutely love this tan. It’s my daughter’s favourite and I have to admit it’s the one I reach for! An absolutely stunning & perfect colour!
Who could use it?
It’s our darkest and longest lasting tan. Medium to dark skin tones is recommended however if you are fair you could use this product and simply leave it on for an hour.
How to use it?
Start at your ankles and work your way up slowly. Applying the same amount of product to each area. Always do a double coat. To me it just gives you a better even tone. Spray it onto our Tan Applicator Mitt or use your hand. Don’t use a material mitt as it will absorb into the mitt. We have a specially created non-porous mitt that gives a great application. You can spray directly onto the skin or spray onto the mitt. I tend to do a bit of both. You can sleep in it, leave it for an hour (soft glow) or apply it and get on with your day.
It’s a beautiful foamy application. To me it smells like Jaffa’s. Chocolate, coffee, orange combo. Cacao Tanning Mousse™ is made from natural cacao so it won’t stain your skin like synthetic food colouring does. It hydrates the skin so goodbye crocodile effect. It gives you a beautiful chocolate colour that lasts approx 7-10 days.
Who could use it?
All skin tones can use Cacao Tanning Mousse™. You control how dark you like to go.
How to use it?
Start at the ankles and apply an even amount of product to each area. A second coat does give a richer darker colour. It also is best to do in case you have missed some spots. You can leave it for 1 hour or sleep in it. It’s up to you. I tend to apply and forget about it. I get dressed and go on with my day.
It’s my brain child cult product that is non-comedogenic (won’t block your pores). It also has anti-acne ingredients to help clear skin and even your complexion plus natural Hyaluronic Acid which is an anti-ageing ingredient and keeps moisture in your skin without feeling heavy. Eco Tan Face Tan Water™ is a global multi award-winning product and even my 70yr old mum wears it. It helps to camouflage her rosacea and broken capillaries. Ditch your foundation.
Who could use it?
How to use it?
Simple apply it to clean dry skin. Use about a teaspoon worth. I tip it into my hands and apply it that way. Wait a couple of mins before applying our Super Fruit Hydrator. I use it about twice a week. Find what works for you! Some apply it at night.
Whether you’re working your way through your teens or have been paying your own bills for years, acne is something nearly all of us have struggled with at some point in our lives. It can be embarrassing. It can be self-esteem effecting. And it can be extremely common. Unfortunately, there are so many different factors which could spark acne that it can be hard to narrow down what specifically may be causing your problem skin. But we’re going to try and help you pop those pimple problems. (Please don’t pop your pimples though!)
All acne has one thing in common – a clogged pore. What exactly has caused the blockage and inflammation can be confusing. Blocked pores can be caused by a number of factors. It could be that your dead skin cells are building up. It could be that your sebum oil is thicker or goopier than usual. It could simply be that you’re producing too much oil. From here, acne-causing bacteria come to feast on the clogged pore. Your body tends to view this an infection, causing your body’s immune system to come to the rescue. And that’s how your pimple reared its ugly head.
Of course, there can be several reasons for your body’s complete overreaction to simple clogged pore. A change in hormones or hormonal contraception, certain medications, diet and even stress can all contribute to a flare up. However, it is important to note that it’s not greasy, sugary food or bad hygiene alone that causes acne. There can be a number of things to consider, but the way to stop the unpleasant cycle of acne flare ups is to try and prevent those pores from becoming clogged in the first place. And the best way to achieve this is with a targeted skincare regime, like our Clear Skin Pack.
First, wash away the excess oil, dirt and grime with an anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-acne face wash like our Super Citrus Cleanser. Next, ensure you’ve removed any dead skin cells by exfoliating your skin. We recommend using our Super Acai Exfoliator, once a week, which harnesses the powerful antioxidant and brightening properties of Acai.
The most overlooked step is rehydrating your troubled complexion. While it can be tempting to skip moisturising your skin, drying out your complexion too much can lead to your skin overproducing sebum and creating a bigger acne issue to deal with. Using an oil free, antioxidant rich, non-comedogenic hydrator – such as our Super Fruit Hydrator – can help your skin balance out and keep your pores clog free.
The underrated skin hero in our Clear Skin Pack is our incredible Face Tan Water™. Non-comedogenic and high in antioxidants and specifically created to fight breakouts usually associated with other self-tanners, its anti-acne ingredients will help clear your skin and leave you with a beautiful, glowing and even complexion. Think of it like your secret Instagram filter to camouflage breakouts so you notice them less and feel more confident in your skin. That’s a yes from us!
PLUS we all like FREE things, so don’t forget our Clear Skin Pack includes our jumbo size handcrafted ALL NATURAL lip balm Glory Lips FREE. So now that your face is going to be gorgeous and glowing, your lips can too!
Kicking eczema’s butt…. I have never known beautiful, soft, clear skin. I was very young when I first began to wonder what it would be like. At twenty-nine years of age I have just seen the light at the end of a very dark and long tunnel, and it is beautiful.
For as long as I can remember, I have had Atopic Eczema, a condition that affects over one million Australians. Categorised by symptoms of intensely itchy, inflamed and weeping skin, Atopic Eczema is commonly found in young children and less often in adults.
I remember being about nine years old when my family doctor told me that by the time I became a teenager my eczema would, as if by magic, disappear. That wasn’t the case. I wish I could go back and tell my younger self that in about twenty years, it was about to get a whole lot worse. Maybe I could have done something about it then and saved myself from the constellations of what were once red stars, now white scars, scattered across my body.
You could always find me with a tube of steroid cream and some sort of moisturiser that I’d picked up from the grocery store that claimed to relieve eczema, but in truth, only irritated my skin even more. For most of my life I loved my steroid creams. I was dependant on them. I wouldn’t go anywhere without a tube. If I did, I’d feel the pangs of anxiety, and that question that would kick and scream in my head… what do I do if I get a flare up?
But steroids only masked the problem. The cream would thatch over the holes left dug in my skin from a night of sleepless itching, but it was a cycle, a vicious circle of using poison to erase the marks of an unforgiving skin condition at the expense of my overall health. A life dependant on steroid cream is not something I would ever recommend to anyone, especially my child or even myself.
As I got older, I decided I would try natural products. There would always be that odd story of some miracle eczema cream that some parent had dreamt up for their suffering child. After being disappointed by countless ‘miracle’ creams, I gave up.
For most of my late teens to early twenties my skin was doing just fine (by my standards). I could handle the occasional flare up with steroids, and if I could convince myself to forget about the scars, I would allow myself to bare my skin in public.
It wasn’t until 2016 when I fell pregnant with my first child, that what I call my ‘hidden health,’ (the health that you can’t see, the harmony, or in my case, chaos, within the body that I never really gave much thought to) became important to me. I was eating better than ever before, but little did I know, I was on a plummeting downward spiral.
My skin hated me throughout my whole pregnancy. My face was covered in bright red blotches. I itched my skin like a woman possessed. I could only put it down to the hormones of pregnancy, maybe I was allergic to them? So, I waited. After giving birth, my skin seemed to be healing and I thought I was getting better. The hormones were diminishing and I could finally see my face again. Then there was breastfeeding. It was easy, and my baby was such a good feeder, but when my breasts became covered, and I mean absolutely covered in thick red, weeping, insanely itchy, angry rashes I was desperate to quit. I was sick of the pain, sick of peeling off the bloodied fabric of my clothing, bed sheets and bras that had fused to my skin.
I began to believe that it was the breastfeeding hormones that was the cause of my living hell, but I continued to breast feed, deciding that I’d better work harder to find a solution to heal myself without it effecting my baby. The desperate idiot in me turned to steroids. I was told it would be safe, if used in small amounts and with proper care to wash my breasts thoroughly before feeding, and so began a scary, painful and time-consuming saga of cream, wash, feed, cream, wash, feed, repeat.
Something about pregnancy caused my body to react to my everyday irritants one hundredfold.
That was working fine until the eczema appeared on my arms, back, legs and stomach. I was covered head to toe in rashes, spots, redness. I would sit in bed, crying. Not wanting to move because when I did, I would feel the cuts on my fingers, elbows and knees split and bleed. When I went to the doctor, he was able to convince me that I needed a nine-day dose of antibiotics and a strong oral steroid. I asked if it would make my eczema go away, to which he replied a very confident “Yes.” Poisoning my body, and my breast milk worked a treat! On the tenth day, the day after completing my round of medications, my beautified skin from the previous day had turned into a blazing fire of death and I realised that I jeopardised my heath and the health of my baby in the pursuit of ridding myself of eczema. I would never go back to a GP for help with my skin. Ever. Again.
My little girl was just over a year old and I was sitting on the couch, trying to distract myself from itching, I was scrolling through Instagram when I came across an ad for Eco Tan.
I never had any luck with natural products. They would only ever make my eczema worse so I had my doubts for sure. I began scrolling through their Instagram page when I saw a picture of a woman whose before and after picture of her legs looked amazing. Her before picture looked similar to my own. I was so full of hope and excitement.
It was then that I decided to do some research into eczema. I thought, if I was going to spend more money on trying yet another cream in an attempt to heal myself, I was going to do it properly. I looked into what foods I should and shouldn’t be eating and decided then that I would try to stop eating gluten and dairy products to start. The next day, I went out to the shop and bought myself the COCONUT BODY MILK and the PINK HIMALAYAN SALT SCRUB.
Before every shower I would scrub the heck out of my body with the salty scrub and let it sit for a few minutes, allowing the salt the get right in there and do its job. Then when I couldn’t handle the salty sting anymore, I’d wash it off and follow my shower with lathering’s of the Coconut Body Milk and wait—wait for the itching to start up again. But it never happened. It felt so good, I actually cried. I cried because it felt so nice on my skin. I cried because for the first time, it didn’t make me feel worse. I cried because I finally saw a glimmer of light, shining through the bitter darkness I’d endured my whole life, especially over the past almost two years.
It wasn’t even a week before I began to see my body change. My breasts, legs, back, arms and face healed. Cutting out gluten and dairy was healing my gut, preventing the flare ups, and the products were stitching my skin back together again, healing my cells to the point that they are now—naturally healthy. My daughter is just about to turn two and I am still breastfeeding her, doing so knowing that she is no longer exposed to any poisons, for that I am the most thankful. Flare ups only happen now if I give in to that bar of chocolate, or ice-cream, or a tray of donuts. But the absolute beauty of my life now, is that I am in control of my body. I control if or when I flare up, and I know how to recover. And it doesn’t involve ANY steroids.
They say eczema can’t be cured, only managed. Well, I didn’t just manage my eczema, I kicked its ass.
Grab a glass of water and sit down for this juicy read. Ok, if it’s wine… get water anyway. Read on and find out why…
Have you got that tired dehydrated skin feeling? Dry, dehydrated skin can have a range of different causes. One particular word at this time of year that comes to mind is ‘winter’.
One of the biggest causes to our skin looking the way it does in terms of hydration, is of course water, yep your skin gets thirsty too. Our skin however is the last organ that will absorb hydration and water, and we all know in winter it’s increasingly harder to drink water. Suddenly you look at the clock and shit, its 2 o’clock and I’ve had one cup of water and that was in my tea! This can cause many internal problems like headaches, and external problems like pimples and dehydrated skin.
Yet winter, although a big cause for many this time of the year, isn’t the only cause of dehydrated or dry skin. Dry or flaky skin is actually slightly different to dehydrated skin. “Dry” skin, is actually related to the amount of sebum your body produces. Sebum or ‘Sebaceous’ glands act as a barrier preventing evaporation of moisture from the layers of your skin. If your skin has a tendency to be dry through most seasons, chances are your body doesn’t produce much sebum.
So what now? Create a loving healthy relationship with your skin, get to know it, study it, take note on what you are eating, what time of the year it is, or time of the month ladies, and finally what you’re using on your skin, read the ingredients, I repeat, READ THE INGREDIENTS.
Harsh ingredients will strip the sebum from your skin, so yes, you may feel like you have fresh clean skin, for the moment. But in the long run it will make your skin dry. Just like the food you eat, what you put in you get out; the same rule applies for skin. Apply, vitamins, minerals, oils and antioxidant rich natural skincare and your skin will love you for it.
Here’s a few key points-
So on top of drinking (or “forcing” in winter) water, what you put on your skin is what will be the most visibly noticeable. When I was working out (a long time ago; I now sit on the couch and watch Netflix) my trainer Vicki would say, “if you don’t always need to pee, you’re not drinking enough water”.
Our top winter dry or dehydrated skin hacks, Number one; think moisture! Not the cake type of moisture, moisture inside and outside your body! I swear, and so do my girls, by celery juice every morning. It is 80% water and will flush toxins from your system plus is a known potent vegetable for clearing acne.
Exfoliation is key! Get rid of those dead skin layers. Exfoliating regularly removes the dry flaky dead skin cells to reveal smooth healthy skin that can soak up all the moisture, it also stimulates blood circulation for healthier looking glowing skin and as we get older (more mature) we need all help we can get. My top products are either our new Super Acai Exfoliator or we do have a cult following of people that love (all hail) our Pink grapefruit/lemongrass scrub, the Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub. This is absolutely divine, the smell! Lemongrass, grapefruit it’s incredibly uplifting and leaves your skin deeply hydrated and silky smooth.
Super Acai Exfoliator
GLORY OIL is a MUST HAVE. No joke. Day and Night. Non-greasy, hand, nails, beards, you will be blown away with the results. This clever blend of raw organic cold pressed superseed oils has 3 times more vitamin E than Rose Hip Oil! Phenomenal. It literally is the one product that I could not live without. Still trying to figure out a way to bath in it… Truly an elixir from God.
NOURISH | SOOTHE | CALM | RESTORE
Instantly plumps and restores moisture to your skin, perfect for the backs of your hands
It’s possible to source sun protection that only uses all natural sunscreen ingredients! Prepare now to protect your skin from our harsh Aussie sun.
What you put ON your skin is just as important as what you put IN it. With so many sunscreens to choose from, and so many containing toxic chemicals, choosing the right one can be confusing.
Firstly, let’s discuss what exactly you are protecting yourself from in the first place?
Solar Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is invisible energy produced by the sun and made up of UVA, UVB and UVC. Most UVC is absorbed by the Ozone Layer as it hits. Unfortunately both UVA and UVB can penetrate that layer to reach the earth’s surface and damage human skin. Sunburn or even a suntan is a clear sign that your skin has been harmed by UVR! Every time this damage occurs will increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
Our Organic Personal Outdoor Spray is not only made with all natural and organic ingredients, but it can be used on skin and it really WORKS to keep the bugs away and allow you to enjoy the great outdoors!
More than just plugging our organic natural pest solution we also want to educate you on the toxic perils of more traditional sprays, DEET in particular.
Anyone who knows me knows I’m not lacking in oodles of spirit! I move a mile a minute and my world is full on and exciting and full of beautiful people. Never once do I take any of it for granted, but every now and again, I catch myself caught up in a whirlwind. At this point, I know it’s time to stop and make sure I’m spiritually and emotionally in touch with my spirit and that it’s not being contaminated with toxic surroundings, situations, thoughts or people. This is my time for a mental and spiritual detox.
In our recent experiences, people or brands claim to have “organic spray tan solutions” – this frustrates us beyond belief!!
This is, we think, one of our most important blogs to date…
Last night, we got an email from one of our new spray tanners. She was so shocked at the difference in ingredients between our organic spray tan solutions and other company’s “organic” spray tan solutions. It is SO frustrating how many other brands and business out there claim to be “organic” – when really their products are filled with toxic chemicals and potential carcinogens!