Category: Eco Organics

Kicking Eczema’s Butt

Kicking Eczema’s Butt

By Lisa Blazevic |

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.

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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.

Thank you, ECO by SONYA.

Lisa Blazevic

@the_gentle_orchid

 

…and you thought it was extinct; it’s back! FACE COMPOST® MASK

…and you thought it was extinct… it’s back! FACE COMPOST® MASK – The mask that constantly sells out.

The world’s most sought after organic green mask. This mask is TRULY unique. It’s delivered everything and more I could have ever wanted. Super organic greens, seeds, oils all the stinky chunky good stuff! It’s raw and organic just like compost.

No toxic perfume to cover up the spinach, chlorella, spirulina smell. This mask is PACKED with skin benefits. White clay is the best out of the clays for all skin types. It is a great detoxifier and the Chia Seeds get right into the pores which SERIOUSLY leaves your skin feeling deeply cleaned.

It’s my weekly ritual. I’ve been waiting for this day.

So if you’ve been waiting for this So what is it going to do to your gorgeous skin?

Eco By Sonya Face Compost® is not just any face mask; it is a phenomenal luxe mask for all skin types that will revolutionise your skin with smoothing, anti-acne, anti-ageing & nourishing properties. It will brighten and draw out impurities leaving your skin hydrated and drenched in green goodness. It will clear, smooth and feed. Next Level skin care.

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7 Super Ingredients. 7 super powers. 7 minutes…. Next level skin care!

Certified organic by the Organic food chain of Australia. So what does this mean you ask?

No GMO’s. No animal testing. Nothing!!! I mean nothing synthetic/ artificial. Auditing and strict transparency on every ingredient and process.

Yes, I could make cheaper natural products for you…. it’s not my calling to do that. It’s creating the BEST incredible Aussie organic formulations. At the end of the day that’s all that matters when it comes to beauty products, the INGREDIENTS.

Get my green gunk on your face. X

Blessings Sonya x

Face Compost Mask | Luxe Organic 7 Minute Mask

Are you ready for your longest lasting tan yet!

Introducing the world’s first express spray on Organic Hemp body tanning water. A gorgeous express tan with phenomenal skin benefits! (without the munchies).

 

HEMPITAN™ Body Tan Water™ is revolutionary and made from only organic and natural ingredients in a unique spray on 1 hour Express formula. A beautiful blend of organic hemp and hyaluronic treats the skin while delivering your longest lasting darkest tan yet in a spray on convenience.

 

I wanted to create a tan that was dark and lasted a long time which is why I chose to use Hemp Seed. Organic Hemp Seed Extract has phenomenal moisturising and hydrating benefits that lock in moisture that helps prolong your tan. It’s also known to help relieve skin irritations and is non-comedogenic so it won’t block your pores.

 

Cacao helps to soothe, hydrate & balance skin complexion and Pure Hyaluronic that naturally boosts the moisture in your skin.

 

Hempitan™, dries instantly and smells amazing. Trust me you’ve going to love the combination of sweet orange and cacao. It’s perfect for all skin types from fair to olive complexions. It’s the perfect partner for Face Tan Water

 

Just, beautiful clean ingredients just for you and all of the usual things you’d expect from us. Aussie made, vegan, cruelty free, certified organic.

 

Calm – Smooth – Clear

 

Ditch the nasty chemicals.

 

Are pore size products making you poor?

Pores! The ever-growing market of products “claiming” to shrink pores may actually make you poor. I mean seriously, the market is filled with products making claims, not just for pores but everything under the sun! So are pore size products making you poor?

So how do we make sure we know what to look for?

What even are pores? Pores are all over your body, two types; sweat pores and oil pores. They are small openings in the skin under your hair follicle, which your glands beneath can pass through particles. Pore’s can be larger in certain areas of your body, especially the face; forehead and nose are problem areas for most. Like the rest of your body, each part plays an important role, so like them or not, your pores are here to help your body push oil to the surface and protect your skin.

Pore size is largely due to genetics, we all have them and we all need them, but what affects the size of them? And can we shrink them? I mean really shrink them?

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Put simple, anything that affects the collagen of your skin is going to weaken the elasticity and support of your glands. Culprits for the appearance of pores or the damaging of skin sebaceous glands (under the pores) are sometimes small easy things we can avoid, however not a lot of people know these easy avoidances. So yes, science says you can’t actually shrink pore size, however you can make then appear smaller

However, (We all love that word after bad news right) there is hope! To really change the ‘appearance’ of pores; the key to keeping them small is keeping them clear. This may be the reason why brands claim that their product shrinks pores, when in actual fact it clears them.

Yet you really need to make sure what you are using is really clearing them with natural ingredients, rather than artificial synthetic ingredients that strip the skin of it’s natural oils.

During the day be sure to wear as light a possible coverage with SPF ingredients that actually work, numero uno – Zinc! So here you go, secrets out; avoid the sun if you can, if you can’t which lets face it, if you live in Australia like me it’s pretty hard to avoid. UV rays, squeezing pimples, dead skin cells and trapped sebum all contribute to damaging and /or widening pores.

SO, be very wary of “false claims” that a product shrinks pores and stick to natural products that:

A: exfoliate, reducing the amount of dead skin cells and

B: really give your skin a good clean naturally without stripping the natural sebum under your pores.

Make sure to cleanse before bed, washing away a days worth of dirt and oil build up in the pores is really important before beauty sleep.

Sonya

 

 

Our super citrus cleanser is great at keeping pores clean and healthy.

Australian Finger limes cleanse deeply and gently.

 

 

Our vibrant intense Super Açai Exfoliator is designed to intensely exfoliate whilst enriching the skin with the powerful antioxidant and brightening properties of marvellous Acai! 

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Magnesium salts deeply clean and clear out pores for incredibly smooth and radiant skin.

 

 

Finish of with our Super Fruit Hydrator; a dynamic oil free moisturiser with pure Hyaluronic Acid and Wild Harvest Plum to naturally help reduce the appearance of ageing. It’s Non-comedogenic so it won’t blog your pores. (exactly what you need in a moisturiser)

Hydrator, oil free, non-comedogenic, pore size

Oil free & non-comedogenic so it won’t clog your pores.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VOTE for us in the Janey Loves 2018 PLATINUM Awards

VOTE FOR US IN THE JANEY LOVES 2018 PLATINUM AWARDS!

As a company, we really value winning awards as they reflect the amount of hard work that goes into creating products made with only Certified Organic and natural ingredients. We are determined to bring Eco Tan to every corner of the globe so that everyone can enjoy an all natural Organic Tanning, Skin Care and Body Care. This year we have entered the Janey Lee GraceJaney Loves 2018 PLATINUM Awards and we need YOUR help!

VOTE FOR US IN THE JANEY LOVES 2018 PLATINUM AWARDS!

Our Eco Tribe is so important to us and we only hope to grow bigger and educate more people on the ways of Certified Organic and cruelty free cosmetics. If you love our products, made only from natural and Certified Organic ingredients, then we need you to vote for us! WINNERS ANNOUNCED SEPTEMBER 2018

We have entered three of our best products in the Janey Loves 2018 Platinum Awards:

 

http://janeyleegrace.com/readers-votes/

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Glory Oil
  • Our Certified Organic Glory Oil is a miraculous night and day treatment oil pioneered to reduce the appearance of scars and fine lines and restore you skin to its true glory.
  • A drenching certified organic blend of unique super seeds; INCA INCHI + ACAI + PUMPKIN SEED OIL
  • Harnesses the phenomenal healing powers of organic superseed actives to help heal, soothe, hydrate & reduce the signs of ageing and assist in restoring moisture balance to your skin.
  • This specially formulated omega abundant, will help protect, improve and restore all skin types.

 

Face Compost Mask
  • Face Compost® Mask is not just any face mask; it is a phenomenal luxe organic mask for all skin types that will take your skin to its next level. Created to brighten and draw out impurities leaving your skin seriously smooth, incredibly hydrated and drenched in green goodness.
  • 7 SUPER INGREDIENTS. 7 SUPER POWERS. & MINUTES.
  • CLEARS, SMOOTHS, & FED

 

Super Fruit Hydrator
  • Your Super hydrating and dynamic oil free moisturiser with pure Hyaluronic Acid and Wild Harvest Plum to naturally help reduce the appearance of ageing.
  • It’s Non-comedogenic so it won’t blog your pores.
  • Intensely moisturising while being incredibly light. Nourishes the skin at a cellular level.

 

If you resonate with our message of cruelty free, all natural beauty then help us tell the world! Follow the link and vote for one, or all, of our four entries and support our brand ethos of cruelty free, all natural cosmetics.

http://janeyleegrace.com/readers-votes/

Thank you so much for your extended support. Our Eco Tribe has helped us grow to unprecedented levels and we’re forever grateful that you have helped Eco Tan get where it is today. Let’s make cruelty free beauty the only type of beauty!

 

 

The product that has claimed world-wide cult status since 2015

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ECO TAN Face Tan Water™, The product that has claimed world-wide cult status! The only real one of its kind.

 

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Face Tan Water | Gradual Tanning Toner

If I have been at all successful in sharing my number one message with you all, you will all know and understand what damage the sun does to our skin. It’s causes early signs of aging, pigmentation and most importantly, nasty skin cancers. This is why I am so passionate about creating products to both combat and prevent this damage.

My Global multi Award Winning, game changer, ECO TAN Face Tan Water™, is one product that has claimed cult status amongst faux tan lovers and industry professionals world-wide.

The very first of its kind, actuallyFace Tan Water™ is the only one of its kind and with people all over the world revelling in this revolutionary all natural and organic product, it has certainly upped the tanning game since its release back in September of 2015.

I kept hearing people say that self tanning their face causes them to break out. So that’s why I developed the world first certified organic Face Tan! Our brilliant formulation has oodles of phenomenal organic actives such as hyaluronic acid which is an anti-ageing miracle ingredient, plus orange peel extract to fight acne. It’s non-comedogenic so it won’t clog your pores.

 Check out our Youtube channel for the latest video. 

Got that tired dehydrated skin feeling?

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Got that tired dehydrated skin feeling?

 

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.

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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-

 

  1. 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”.

 

  1. 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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.

 

 

 

 

A perfume called ‘HEADACHE’ – by Sonya Driver

 

A perfume called ‘HEADACHE – written by Sonya Driver. 

Did you know that our Founder Sonya is a monthly columnist for HOLISTIC BLISS Magazine.  Holistic Bliss Mag focuses on the ‘WHOLE’ individual; mind, body and spirit and helps readers to think about their connection with themselves, others and the environment. A natural health and an holistic way of life magazine. 

 

 

Here’s Sonya’s latest article;

 

A perfume called ‘HEADACHE’ – by Sonya Driver

 

Have you ever sprayed some perfume on, or sat near someone that is wearing a strong perfume and suddenly you have a headache and feel queasy?

 

If you researched the toxicity in perfume you would flip. The EWG found that most products that contained synthetic fragrances, such as perfumes, lotions, washes etc contain a hormone disruptor chemical called Phthalates. They are linked to many health conditions such as breast and liver cancer, reproductive malformations, diabetes and so much more.

 

Allergy and intolerance rates are rising due to the amount of chemicals we come into contact with daily. It is near impossible to escape them; from the couch to the dishwasher, personal care products, food, water…. So minimising the dangerous invisible toxic chemicals is the only thing we can do. If I’m going to wear perfume, I just dab a tiny bit of pure frankincense on my clothing.

SUPER CITRUS CLEANSER | Organic and amazing!

SUPER CITRUS CLEANSER | Organic and amazing!

I know exactly what I like in a cleanser for my face.

I hate creams on it. I love ingredients such as lemon, lime, grapefruit all the citrus, let’s face it we want a super clean face. That’s what a cleanser is supposed to do. I hate residue left behind.

So my family were the test models. They are normally my biggest critic.

This cleanser is an extraordinary super blend of Certified Organic Aloe, Lemongrass & Caviar Lime to really get in and deeply cleanse and helps regenerate the skin for a smoother and more even complexion and is absolutely PERFECT for my skin (50+) and a big plus for my teenage daughters with their breakout and oily skin. Exquisite!

ORGANIC SKINCARE – Feed your face

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ORGANIC SKIN CARE – FEED YOUR FACE… SKIN COMPOST

The skin care market is so saturated, and the truth of what’s really good gets buried by who can market it the best. Who can get it into the right hands. Who can get the best packaging and on and on… The show begins; ‘stuff’ the ‘actual’ ingredients, let’s not look at that; too tricky, ‘time-poor’. Blah blah blah

I know all this, because I was unaware of this trap years ago too. I now grab a bottle and read the ingredients. Not as difficult as it sounds! You will start seeing the usual bad guys.

That’s why I wanted my SMALL skin care range to be certified by the Australian Organic Food Chain. I buy and support certified organic brands. Whether it’s food or cosmetics. Because I know how hard it is to get certification! It pi$&@s” me off when I hear people say “yes, but is it really organic?” If a product is certified by an Australian Certifier, it HAS BEEN through the wringer!