Video: The Weekly Wellness Ritual – Jojoba Scalp Massage

Let me put my beauty editor cap on for today’s Wellness Ritual, Happies, and treat you all to a bit of insider knowledge: Jojoba Oil (the pure, good stuff) is an amazing remedy for scalp irritation and dryness.

This sudden change of season might see your scalp getting slightly more dry than it was in the hotter months, or perhaps, like me, your hormones are causing shifts in the way your body reacts to its environment. Either way, this simple scalp massage will not only rebalance your scalp, but your mind as well. It’s pure bliss. Enjoy!

Tell me Happies…

What do you think of scalp massage?
Keen to give it a go?

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Natural Ways To Treat Keratosis Pilaris

It’s unfortunate when the skin condition you have is commonly referred to as ‘chicken skin,’ but as many women know all too well, Keratosis Pilaris is one gobble of a task to tackle.

As a beauty editor, I’ve been learning about these little red bumps – usually located on the back of the arms, thighs or bum – for years. Caused by a build-up of keratin that literally blocks the hair follicle, the result is red, inflamed and bumpy skin.

Most treatments involve glycolic acid-based creams to gently exfoliate the area and unplug those blocked follicles, but this can sometimes exacerbate the problem if it dries the skin too much. You see, you have to keep your skin barrier protected and one of the easiest ways to do that is to up your moisture levels.

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So, after one Happy asked for help I thought I’d look into some other options. Here’s what I found…

1. Apple Cider Vinegar and Coconut Oil

I mean seriously, is there anything these two can’t do? They’re like the superheros of the health world and now, they’re on a mission to give you smooth, bump-free skin. Simply mix equal parts organic coconut oil and organic apple cider vinegar (around ½ a cup) with 1 tablespoon of soy lecithin and mix together. You might need to put the coconut oil in warm water to encourage it to liquefy, but once mixed, use a cotton bud to smear the ointment all over the affected area and repeat daily. Sure, you’ll smell a little vinegar-y but the coconut oil counteracts most of it, plus your skin will be ultra-smooth in no time at all.

2. Castile Soap

Basically a fancy name for a soap made with pure vegetable oils (rather than animal fat), Castile soap helps nourish the skin rather than dry it out. It’s also used to treat KP when used in conjunction with a gentle loofah. Simply apply the soap to the loofah and use soft, circular motions to remove the excess lumps and bumps. Follow up with coconut oil to hydrate the area and kill any bacteria. I love Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap.

3. Goat’s Milk Soap

The lactic acid in the goat’s milk also doubles as a very gentle exfoliator. Exactly what you need when you’re trying to breakdown those keratin plugs. In fact, you could also use a goat’s milk moisturiser to ensure that the lactic acid is working overtime to slowly eat away those dead skin cells. Hooray! Try Billie Goat Soap.

4. Up Your Greens, Down Your Dairy

Most skin conditions start in the gut, making all this hard external work only half the battle. If your KP is really bad, it might be time to make some tweaks to your diet as well. Start with the simple things like reducing (or preferably eliminating) as many processed foods as possible. Keep things clean, even just for a few weeks, to see if there’s any improvement. I also recommend playing around with dairy and seeing if it affects your skin. Either cut it out completely or switch to super high quality organic options instead. Finally, it’s time to up your greens. Indulge in green smoothies and juices, enjoy kale crisps and overload on the good stuff to help balance out your digestion and shift some of the old, toxic waste lying around. Oh, and take a probiotic to inundate your gut with good flora.

Tell me Happies…
Do you suffer from KP?
What do you do to fix it?
Any of these suggestions sound good?

Stay Happy,

Yaz x

DIY Beauty: Whole Living’s Dill Face Wash

You know those last few sprigs of dill that always seem to go to waste? I’ve just stumbled across a brilliant use for them thanks to www.wholeliving.com. So, why not brush up your beauty skills and savour dill’s natural exfoliating ability with this funky little cleanser that’s super easy to make.

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You’ll need…
1 x tsp of fresh or store bought aloe vera gel
1/2 x cup of organic milk
1 x tsp of freshly chopped dill

What you need to do…

Step 1: In a small bowl, combine aloe, milk and dill and stir until smooth.

Step 2: Massage mixture into damp skin with either your fingers of a muslin cloth for around a minute, and then rinse, alternating between warm and cold water.

Step 3: Pat dry.

Why bother? Well, Happies, this gorgeous cleanser utilises the antioxidants found in dill, which inevitably protects your skin from free radicals as well as bacteria. The lactic acid in the milk helps break down dead skin cells and improve the glowiness of your complexion, while aloe, as we know, is super soothing and great for irritated skin types.

Tell me Happies…

Do you like homemade beauty products?
Any recipes you’d like to share?

Ten Second Beauty Trick: Cold Water Blast

Sometimes small, subtle changes can make the biggest difference to your overall health. Case in point: my secret little skin-glowing trick that takes, on average, 10 seconds.

At the end of your lovely warm shower, once you’ve washed away your shampoo and conditioner, rinsed your body wash and cleansed your skin, turn the tap to cold. Freezing cold. And wait…wait…wait…OK, turn it off.

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This tricky little beauty tip instantly gets the circulation pumping in your body, giving your skin an instant pick-me-up and gorgeous glow. Basically, it’s a cheat’s way to detoxing as it forces circulation to increase, shifting toxins around the body and getting the blood pumping in all the right places.

If you’re really in the mood for some circulation boosters, try dry body brushing before you pop in the shower and massaging in a body oil after you jump out. Gorgeous, glowing skin in seconds!

Stay Happy,

Yaz x

It’s Christmas: Take Time Out, Reflect, Make Changes, Move Forward

This is a happy story. A wonderfully happy tale of inspiration and overcoming fears and anxiety to live your life to the fullest. A true Happiness Cocktail kind of thing. It’s also a festive kind of thing, because as you bring 2012 to a close, it’s important to start looking forward and ensuring you’re on track to all the goodness you deserve.

Here’s a real-life story for you, Happies:

It starts with a woman called Ashleigh Kajan, who I had the pleasure of meeting when I visited her delightful day spa in Camden, NSW. It’s called Eden, which also happens to be my favourite girl’s name, so it was just meant to be.

Ashleigh is currently living the dream. She has a wonderful husband, children and a thriving business that helps people cope with the day-to-day stresses of life. Sure, it’s a day spa with all the traditional trimmings of facial, massage, body treatments (I highly recommend the Javanese Lulur) and mani/pedis, but it’s so much more than that. It’s a place of healing.

And here’s why.

Ashleigh has overcome a lot to get to where she is now. She suffered severe workplace harassment and bullying at the tender age of 20, and completely lost her worth. “I was only 20 at the time; it stripped my confidence and self-esteem completely away from me. I felt worthless. I was a very confident girl growing up but after having someone I initially looked up to as a role model and mentor daily break me down took its toll. I felt like I wasn’t good enough, which turned into anxiety attacks during work meetings and then to depression. I had to leave, the thing that still upsets me is that I loved my job; I was so passionate about all the tasks involved in my role however the daily bullying broke my own,” she says.

But now, thanks to her bravery and self-belief all that is behind her and she’s focussing on a future bright with positivity. “It took about 2 years to overcome everything I went through and retrain my brain to think differently about people, life, dreams etc. I am a better person today. I think it’s important to experience different and difficult situations in your life because it makes you a stronger person.

Her advice? “I would say ‘go for it’, create a vision board and write down your goals and stick to it until you achieve them! Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot achieve your goals because you can. All it takes is passion, determination and the drive to hang in there through the tough times, there will be many stressful hurdles you will need to overcome before you reach your goal, but that’s what makes it even more rewarding once you get there.”

So, this festive season when you’re taking a little time for yourself, use it as a period of reflection. Bad things often turn into ‘phew’ moments. So, see what you need to change in order to be the best you can be, and above all…

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Image by Kelli Murray
Tell me Happies…
Do you have any fears you need to overcome?
Have you suffered bullying in the past and fought through it?
Stay Happy,
Yaz x