We know you love online shopping, and you know we love sharing our favourite ethical stores with you. This week we’d like to introduce you to ecoture australia, an online beauty and fashion destination created by mother and daughter duo Rebecca Dow and Caitlin Clark. After struggling to find fashion and beauty products that were not only gorgeous but also ethical, sustainable and cruelty-free, the pair took matters into their own hands and launched ecoture australia – a premium online shopping destination for people who want real style – but not at the expense of the planet and its human and animal occupants. Here ecoture australia co-founder and brand manager Caitlin Clark shares the store’s journey with THE ECO EDIT.
THE ECO EDIT: What prompted you and your mum to create an eco-focused shop?
Caitlin: I became vegan in 2015, which led to extensive research into where everything I bought came from – and it was a truly eye-opening experience. Then after I had a leather-free handbag destroyed by an exploding smoothie, it became clear that there simply weren’t enough places to buy a range of products that I was confident were both ethically produced and cruelty-free. So that’s when we decided to create a site that had covetable fashion and beauty products that we were also personally comfortable about stocking.
Why are natural and ethical cosmetics important to you?
For me, it’s driven by the fact I’ve always had troublesome skin and so I’m very careful about the ingredients I use on it. The products are often just nicer, they feel and smell better, and introduce a bit of luxury into every day. When it comes to ethics, I can’t justify needlessly exploiting the Earth or its animal inhabitants for what is essentially my vanity.
I can’t justify needlessly exploiting the Earth or its animal inhabitants for what is essentially my vanity…
What role do you see ethical and sustainable products playing in the future of society and retail?
They’re already rapidly increasing in popularity, which is fantastic. But I’d like to think that ethical and sustainable products are more than just a trend. With so much information at our fingertips, more brands are being transparent in their operations, so I think ethical and sustainable products are the promising future of retail. I look forward to the day that they’re the norm.
Can you please describe who the ecoture australia customer is, and what they’re looking for in their products?
We like to say the ecoture customer can be anyone. Many come to our site specifically looking for ethical or organic products, however we’re increasingly seeing customers that are simply looking for quality – clothes that are made well and beauty products that work. There have also been more men buying from our site lately, which is encouraging too.
What are your fave beauty products you stock?
1) Jasmine Lotion from Earth tu Face – it smells absolutely divine. I always get so many compliments when I’m wearing it and it’s beautifully light on the skin.
2) La Crème Gommante (Natural Organic Gentle Cream Exfoliant) from Absolution – it’s a lovely, fine scrub that removes impurities but is gentle enough for even my sensitive skin. I use it twice a week, it’s an essential for me.
3) Natural Nail Colour Remover Wipes from LVX – these wipes are amazing! They have a natural, plant-based formula that removes nail colour so easily but they actually leave your nails looking healthier after use.
What’s next for ecoture australia?
We have an exciting expansion coming up but can’t give away too many details at this stage.
Want a brighter, more radiant complexion? Simply exfoliate your face two to three times a week with one of these five beauties and before you know it you’ll be rewarded with the glowing, healthy skin you’ve always dreamed of. Here’s our edit of the best natural scrubs and facial exfoliants on the market:
1. The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner
Looking for a multi-tasking exfoliant that’ll give your complexion a huge healthy boost? Try The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner. This self-preserving exfoliant serum helps breaks down dead skin cells, which improves cellular turnover while also improving your skin tone and texture. Containing bio-fermented whole food extract and lactic acid, this clever number is a skin hydrator, exfoliant and collagen booster – all in one!
2. Madara Exfoliating Oil-To-Milk Scrub
If you’re after an exfoliant that’s effective yet still gentle on your skin, look no further than Madara Oil-To-Milk Exfoliating Scrub. The beautiful formula refines and renews your skin with apricot and oat oil molecules, to leave you with a truly glowing and refreshed complexion. Added bonus: it smells incredible!
3. Mukti 2-in-1 Resurfacing Exfoliant
Looking for a natural exfoliant that will perk up your complexion instantly? Try Mukti 2-in-1 Resurfacing Exfoliant. Formulated with bioactive native Australian AHAs, jojoba floraspheres and bamboo stem particles, this exfoliant will renew, refresh and refine your skin.
4. La Mav Cranberry Bio Exfoliating Scrub
This affordable scrub is formulated with bamboo and organic cranberry seeds to remove dirt and impurities. It contains Kakadu Plum extract and Goji extract along with wheat amino acids to help fight skin ageing and will leave your skin feeling soft and looking luminous.
5. May Lindstrom The Clean Dirt
When luxury and efficacy are both your prerogative, reach for May Lindstrom The Clean Dirt. This brightening and exfoliating cleanser gently buffs away dirt, impurities and dead skin cells with a beautiful blend of cleansing clays, warming spices and healing salts. It legit smells like a chai latte and makes for a truly unique and sensorial experience.
With temperatures dipping to bone-chilling lows these past few weeks, our skin is suffering some serious side effects. From chapped lips to dry, cracked fingers, scaly legs and a parched flaky face, this season is certainly proving to be no picnic for your epidermis. Here we show you how to solve your dry winter skin woes the natural way.
Switch To A More Nourishing Cleanser
While most natural cleansers are gentle and hydrating, in the winter months your skin may require even more TLC and nourishment. We recommend switching to an oil-based cleansing balm or cream.
One of our current faves is Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser, which replenishes your skin with oodles of flaxseed oil, jojoba, coconut oil, shea butter and Vinanza Gold grapeseed extract. We truly love how indulgent this cleansing balm feels as your massage it into your skin.
Another of our winter cleansing faves is May Lindstrom’s The Honey Mud Gentle Cleansing Silk, which is a lush, velvety face mask and cream cleanser in one. We recommend popping this on about 20 minutes pre-shower (or bath) and letting it truly soak into your skin before massaging it in deeper and rinsing off.
Fight Dry Winter Skin With An Ultra-Rich Moisturiser
The only way to beat dry winter skin is to combat it with heavy-duty hydration. When shopping for a face or body moisturiser in the colder months, look for products that have a higher natural oil content to help replenish your skin’s barrier layer and protect it from harsh temperatures and moisture-zapping wind gusts.
Here at THE ECO EDIT we can’t get enough of Weleda Skin Food. Chock-a-block full of skin-loving goodies like sweet almond oil, rosemary, wild pansy, chamomile and calendula, this cult favourite is a supremely rich moisturiser that’s perfect for both face and body (multi-tasking for the win!) – and with a small tube only setting you back $14.95, it’s a bargain as well.
We also love The Beauty Chef’s Beauty Fix Balm, which is amazing for super dry hands, chapped lips, scaly legs and irritated or inflamed dry patches anywhere on your winter-ravaged body. Made using fermented young coconut, honey, rosehip and linseed, it’s a great multi-tasker and one of the best natural skin salves on the market. Give it a whirl and you’ll soon discover why this little tub is a staple in our beauty cabinet.
As a naturopath and nutritionist, Anna Mitsios understands the complex relationship between our health and what we put in and on our bodies. She has witnessed first-hand the incredible power of herbs and natural foods to transform, nourish and revitalise, which prompted her to launch her incredibly successful brand Edible Beauty. Here we glean life advice (and more than a few words of wisdom!) from the founder of the beauty range that’s quite literally good enough to eat…
THE ECO EDIT: What initially sparked your interest in naturopathy and nutrition?
Anna : My interest in nutrition had been sparked (as it so often is) by my own health journey. I was diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic at the age of 18. As soon as I was diagnosed I became fascinated by herbs, nutrition and lifestyle as a way to manage my blood sugar levels.
Diabetes ended up being a great catalyst to ultimately changing my career path away from the finance industry and provided me with a passion to help myself and others using natural herbs and nourishing foods.
What role can herbs and natural foods play in people’s health?
I see herbs and natural foods as being critical to maintaining people’s day-to-day health. When it comes to both herbs and natural whole foods, they can both be easily incorporated into our daily diets just by making a few slight tweaks to what we are eating and drinking.
For instance, simple changes like replacing coffee with a cup or two of herbal tea and making a conscious effort to increase green veggies by having a large salad every day can have a profound impact on energy levels and our skin.
I am a huge believer in the powerful ability of herbs and nourishing foods to transform and revitalise us on a daily basis. They operate at a higher level than vitamins and powders as there is a synergy in the interplay of nutrients and minerals found in whole foods.
Do you think modern western society has lost touch with nature, and what impact does this have?
I do think we have lost touch with nature as the demands of our workplaces and families have become more involved, and technology has also become such a significant part of our lives. This affects everything from our relationships, to our physical movement, vitamin D intake and general outlook on life.
We have lost the grounding and stability that we obtain when we are experiencing the beauty of nature. I do feel that we are becoming more aware of the need to incorporate more time enjoying the sea, sun and earth – it would be a dream to have workspaces with outdoor areas and compulsory work hiking and camping trips!
What led you to create the Edible Beauty brand?
I became inspired to start my own skincare range when treating clients in a fertility clinic and seeking a way to improve the management of my own auto-immune condition. I was recommending products that were free of anything that would disrupt hormone balance, including fragrances, preservatives and alcohol.
As we absorb about 60% of what we put on our skin, I wanted to find something truly “edible”. The challenge was finding products that I could use and recommend that were both 100% natural and also luxurious. I felt there was a need for a product range which was pure enough to be “edible”, but that was also luxurious and a sensual delight to use.
So I embarked on creating my own range for women who want high-grade pure natural products that are also a pleasure to use. Healthy and therapeutic can absolutely also be luxurious.
In addition to skincare products, Edible Beauty also stocks herbal tea – tell us about them.
The beauty tea range is all about beauty from the “inside out” and compliments the skincare line, which is working externally to nourish the skin. I have used the liquid herbal blends that I would normally use in my naturopathy practice and converted them to tea blends, which means that people can get the therapeutic benefit of the herbs on a daily basis.
The herbs I have used are potent and therapeutic but easy to drink which is what I love about them. We have so many men and women who use the skincare and tea hand in hand to get the most effective results in transforming their skin.
What is Edible Beauty’s best-selling tea?
Our No.10 Balancing Butterfly Blue Tea and No.4 Golden Glow are both best sellers. The No.10 blend was released last year and contains a beautiful flower called the Butterfly Pea, which has a beautiful blue hue due to its rich anthocyanin content which makes this a wonderful tea for the skin and hair.
The added benefit of this tea is that it contains blood sugar balancing herbs such as Gymnema, Goats Rue and Cinnamon, which also work to reduce sugar cravings. The tea has a naturally sweet flavour with a cinnamon overtone that makes it so easy to drink.
Our No.4 Golden Glow tea is one of our original blends and has potent hormone balancing herbs, which makes it perfect for anyone suffering from hormonal acne.
Edible Beauty has been a huge hit in Australia and already has over 13K followers on Instagram – what do you think has led to this success?
There is a growing awareness of ingestible beauty products, which are resonating with so many people – both men and women, which one of the key reasons for our success. We also have had incredible support from Sephora Australia in boosting the brand exposure to so many women, along with the support of health conscious consumers, the vegan community and small and local businesses.
Being made in Australia is something we are so proud of and is something that our followers recognise and value. I am honoured that Australia has been so encouraging and supportive of Edible Beauty Australia and lucky that I have the support of family and friends in growing the business. My great love for natural therapies and herbal medicine has made it effortless for me to be able to communicate the importance of herbs, nutrition and lifestyle in improving our skin and beauty from the “Inside Out”.
What are three of your favourite Edible Beauty skincare products at the moment, and what do you love about each one?
My favourite product that I have trouble going a day or two without is the Edible Beauty & Gold Rush Eye Balm. This has specks of edible gold in it which work to brighten the area under the eye and reduce inflammation. The coffee in the product also helps to decrease eye puffiness. This is definitely “the one” if you are prone to late nights, computer work or have dark under-eye circle genes.
I would also have to say that our & Soothe Me Balm is also a skin saviour for me. It is the go-to if my skin is feeling lack lustre or if I have spots popping up. The blend of botanicals in this one makes it a quick fix for everything from acne, sunburn, eczema and irritated skin. It also smells like cucumber, so you may be tempted to eat this one!
My most recent favourite is the Bloom of Youth Infusion Mask. This is a bamboo sheet mask, which is great as a skin boosting treatment. I use this one when I have had a long week, if I have been traveling or if I have a special occasion that requires my skin to be looking fresh and vibrant. There is a potent extract in this one called Swertia Chirata which has been clinically shown to reduce fine lines in less than seven days so I am a little addicted to these sheet masks!
What habits or practices do you incorporate in your day-to-day life to help nurture your mind, body and soul?
I ensure that I spend time in nature on a daily basis; it provides me with an opportunity to clear my mind, become grounded and put daily stressors into perspective. I am lucky to live across from the water so I am sure I take advantage of this.
The habit of making tea and sipping on this is also a daily nurturing ritual- chai is one of my favourites as I feel it is a wonderful calming tea and digestive aid. I am also a huge believer in a predominantly plant based diet so love nourishing my body with greens. Reading and music are my soul food and I indulge in these every day.
A beautiful body wash can transform your everyday hum-drum shower routine into an energising, decadent and uplifting experience. Here we reveal five of our favourite natural body washes that will add a touch of toxin-free luxury to your life.
Combining an addictive infusion of herbal absinthe with refreshing mint, pine and cypress, this gorgeous offering from Madara foams up into a luxurious lather and leaves your skin feeling clean and soft, while your senses will be invigorated and enlivened. The addictive fragrance is unique and truly intoxicating, and the bottle itself looks oh-so-beautiful in your bathroom.
For a truly indulgent and uplifting shower experience, try this energising body wash from Rahua. Scented with Palo Santo, lavender, eucalyptus and vanilla bean, this refreshing shower gel transforms your bathroom routine into an uplifting aroma-therapeutic experience. It gently cleanses skin without stripping away its natural oils, and is also infused with Rahua’s signature rainforest-derived Ungurahua oil, along with quinoa and hibiscus.
For a truly zesty shower experience, try this refreshing natural body wash. Formulated with kombucha, aloe vera, grape stem cells, spirulina, pine bark extract, white tea and green tea, this gentle yet effective body cleanser not only leaves you feeling squeaky clean, it also helps to restore your skin’s moisture and radiance.
Turn shower time into a ultra-refreshing experience with Mukti’s zesty Botanique Body Wash. Featuring the invigorating scent of desert lime and lemon verbena this luxe cleansing gel is infused with nourishing certified organic botanical extracts, it truly is a beautiful way to stay fresh and clean.
This fresh, vibrant castile soap works wonderfully as both a body wash and hand wash. The green-tea scent is the perfect way to refresh your senses in the bath or shower. Castile soap is made from plant-based ingredients, making it great for vegans, and Dr. Bronner’s version is concentrated, biodegradable and extremely effective in addition to being made with organic and certified fair trade ingredients.
While we adore healthy, safe and 100% natural skincare products, they do tend to be expensive due to the type of ingredients they’re made of and the associated cost of manufacturing natural products. But green beauty doesn’t always have to equal pricey beauty – here we reveal five of our favourite natural moisturisers that will keep your skin feeling healthy and hydrated without costing you an arm and a leg.
1. Best Moisturiser For Sensitive Skin:
Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Lotion
For those with a delicate and sensitive complexion, Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Lotion is a gentle and restorative option. Designed for skin that’s prone to imbalance and irritation, this extra mild lotion contains almond oil along with plum kernel oil to boost hydration and restore your skin’s natural protective barrier – and with continued use you’ll noticed a marked improvement in your skin’s resilience. This gorgeous facial lotion is one of our favourite natural moisturisers – and with a price tag under $30, we reckon it’s a total bargain too.
2. Best Day Cream:
Vanessa Megan White Tea Anti-Oxidant Day Cream
If you’re after a day cream that can help protect your skin from environmental stressors as well as keep it hydrated and supple, look no further than Vanessa Megan’s beautiful White Tea Anti-Oxidant Day Cream. Formulated with powerful natural ingredients like white tea extract and pomegranate, this lotion is loaded with potent natural antioxidants, which help combat free radicals. This will help keep your skin functioning at an optimal level, which in turn will help it look and feel more youthful for longer.
3. Best Night Cream:
La Mav Omega-3 Advanced Nightly Repair Crème
This award-winning night cream is an absolute steal at $49.95, and one of our top picks for mature and dry skin types. Designed to deeply hydrate, the rich and luscious formula features omega 3 essential fatty acids derived from jojoba, avocado, Marula oil and shea butter, along with hyaluronic acid which gives skin an intense boost of moisture. This decadent night cream also contains clinically proven bio-actives that will help your skin look and feel healthier, firmer and plumper.
4. Best Moisturiser For Oily Skin:
Acure Oil Control Facial Moisturiser
While most of us associate oily and acne-prone skin with our teen years, more and more adult women (and men) struggle with blemishes and excess sebum production. Some organic and natural moisturisers can overload oily skin, resulting in breakouts – which is why those with oily and acne-prone skin should seek out products designed specifically for their needs. Acure Oil Control Facial Moisturiser contains balancing ingredients including lilac stem cells, which have been shown to even out oil levels and help heal blemishes. The lightweight formula is also easily absorbed, so it won’t leave your skin feeling greasy or suffocated.
5. Best Body Moisturiser:
Madara Flower Dust Lotion
Hands up if you moisturise your faces on a daily basis, but are guilty of neglecting the rest of your body? You’re in luck, because Madara’s beautiful shimmering Flower Dust Lotion will inspire you to turn over a new leaf and treat your body with the TLC it so desperately craves. Featuring sparkling minerals and rosehip extract, this soft and beautifully lightweight lotion gives your skin a subtle, luminous shimmer and also keeps it hydrated for hours on end with moisturising ingredients like cocoa butter and sunflower oil. We recommend applying a little extra on your collarbones, shins and shoulders for an extra-glamorous glow.
Ginseng is an incredibly potent natural ingredient. Know for its invigorating, rejuvenating and revitalising properties, ground ginseng root is a popular health supplement that can boost lagging energy levels to help people function at their best. Read on to learn more about this natural super ingredient, and discover how it can work wonders for your complexion as well as your health.
ALL ABOUT GINSENG
Ginseng, which grows predominantly in east Asia and north America, has long been heralded as a natural way to reduce anxiety and increase mental clarity, and an extremely important component of traditional Chinese medicine. “Ginseng is an adaptogen, which means it can help to reduce the negative impact of stress,” says naturopath, presenter and author Emma Sutherland.
There are three main varieties; Siberian ginseng, Indian ginseng, and Korean red ginseng. “Korean red ginseng is the most powerful of all the ginsengs,” says Emma. “It’s the perfect tonic for fatigue and enhances both mental and physical health. Korean red ginseng actually protects our mitochondria – the batteries of our cells – from damage.” Healthy mitochondria results in better cell repair and reduced cell ageing and degeneration.
GINSENG IN SKINCARE
When used as an ingredient in skincare products like moisturisers, cleansers and face masks, ginseng can help boost healthy skin cell activity. “It increases skin cells’ ability to heal and repair by supporting the mitochondrial health of the cell,” says Emma. “Ginseng also increases skin hydration and collagen production and helps protect the skin against the effects of pollution and UV.”
Ready to incorporate this natural wonder ingredient into your skincare routine? Read on to discover our top product picks…
Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream
Boasting 99.6% natural ingredients, this incredibly hydrating, plumping and replenishing moisturiser is a total game-changer for masstige brand Kiehl’s. They’ve chosen to forgo artificial thickeners and emulsifiers, opting for plant-based ingredients instead – and the quality shows in the cream’s luxe, indulgent texture. Korean red ginseng and Manuka honey are the heroes of this nourishing moisturiser, and together they work to leave your skin looking fresh, radiant, smooth and plumped.
Vanessa Megan Cryo Facelift Ice Cube Treatment
This unique treatment instantly leaves your skin looking brighter, more toned and refreshed. The kit consists of individual serum infusions encased in mini containers which you pop in the freezer prior to use, along with a muslin cloth which is used in to apply the frozen serum. To use, simply pop out one frozen serum from it’s container, wrap it inside the muslin cloth, and massage onto your face, neck and décolletage until completely absorbed. Containing active natural ingredients including ginseng, hyaluronic acid, quandong and green coffee seeds, the treatment feels amazingly soothing on your skin and helps to combat puffiness and dehydration while promoting a radiant, luminous glow.
La Mav Sweet Orange Foaming Cleanser
This is one of all-time favourite cleansers here at THE ECO EDIT, and while as a rule we generally prefer cream cleansers, this foaming cleanser is the perfect choice for those with oily or combination skin. Formulated with ginseng, sugar cane and papaya extract, this gentle foaming cleanser removes makeup, oil and impurities to leave your skin looking bright, clean and fresh. It also contains nourishing goji berry, antioxidant-rich Kakadu plum, refining and soothing Witch Hazel, along with soothing rosemary and marshmallow extract for an extra dose of nourishment for your skin.
Nature’s Own Korean Ginseng 500mg Capsules
Combining a ginseng supplement with ginseng-based skincare is a great way to increase the potential benefits of this unique ingredient. Nature’s Own sell a ginseng 500mg supplement, which is one of the most potent options you’ll find at your local chemist. This supplement can help enhance stamina and endurance and may be particularly handy during times of stress. It could also help to boost and maintain a healthy immune system. We recommend taking this particular supplement in the morning – if you take it at night you can potentially experience some sleeplessness.
Radiant, glowing and beautifully healthy skin is something most women covet – but often it can feel out of reach. If you struggle with adult acne, dullness or temperamental and sensitive skin, you understand just how frustrating and demoralising it can be when you look in the mirror and aren’t happy with what’s reflected back at you.
And while genetics, hormones and environmental factors play a big role in how our skin behaves and looks, there are some simple lifestyle and dietary changes you can make – along with a selection of nourishing skincare products you can use – to help boost your skin’s health and create a complexion you’d be proud to show off to the world.
Healthy Skin Starts From Within
Just like your eyes are windows to your soul, your skin can be a proverbial mirror that reflects your internal health. “Your skin is most closely linked to your digestive, immune and endocrine (hormonal) systems,” explains naturopath, nutritionist and BioCeuticals Practitioner Educator Emily Seddon. “If your gut is not absorbing nutrients such as minerals, vitamins, fats, proteins and antioxidants, or if it’s being irritated by problematic foods, this can be reflected in the appearance and quality of your skin cells.”
The gut and skin are also similar in that they are both eliminatory systems. If you body isn’t eliminating toxins properly, it’s pretty near impossible to have to have healthy skin. “Issues with elimination organs like the liver can set off a chain of events that may cause the skin to become itchy and inflamed,” says Emily. Your hormone levels can also have a huge impact on the appearance of your skin. Ever noticed an extra pimple or two on your chin that pops up to say hi right before your period’s due? Fluctuating hormones are the likely culprit.
Ready to start balancing your internal health so you can begin healing and nourishing your skin from within? Here’s how:
Avoid highly processed foods. “Start by cutting out processed foods and avoid anything that is packaged,” advises nutritionist and wellness coach Jessica Sepel. “If you don’t understand the label, don’t eat it.” Jessica also advises giving up soda, cutting out artificial sweeteners, and avoiding foods labelled ‘low-fat’ or ‘fat-free’ – these are often loaded with sugar or are highly processed. Instead, opt for a variety of healthy wholefoods with a focus on fresh organic veggies and lean protein.
Reduce your consumption of caffeine and alcohol. Caffeine and alcohol can be quite dehydrating and irritating to your internal systems, with alcohol in particular affecting the appearance of your skin. “Excessive alcohol intake can cause trouble by dehydrating the body and skin and increasing inflammatory markers in the body,” says Emily Seddon. “This can result in irritating dermatitis, and an overall red appearance of the skin.” This doesn’t mean you have to cut out alcohol and caffeine altogether – just keep your consumption sensible; one coffee or tea a day, and a glass or two of wine on a Friday or Saturday night is completely fine.
Up your intake of antioxidant-rich foods. Foods that are high in antioxidants – such as brightly coloured fruits and vegetables – help to combat oxidative stress and cell damage, which are linked to premature skin ageing. “Some antioxidants, like zinc and Vitamin C also play a large role in wound healing,” explains accredited practicing dietician, nutritionist and BioCeuticals Practitioner Educator Natalie Bourke. Up your intake of antioxidant-rich foods like green tea, blueberries, green leafy veggies, kiwi fruit, tomatoes, carrots and sweet potato. If you’re concerned that you’re not getting enough antioxidants in your diet, Natalie suggests you talk to your healthcare practitioner for a recommendation of a high quality supplement.
Eat more essential fatty acids. While we’ve often been taught to avoid fatty foods, our bodies actually need certain types of healthy fats in order to function properly – our skin in particular craves these healthy fats. “Fat is found in our subcutaneous tissue, which helps to provide the plump and smooth appearance of our skin,” says Natalie. “Beneficial fatty acids, like omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon and chia seeds, have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body as well. Taken internally, they may help to reduce inflammation, redness and itching of the skin.” In addition to salmon and chia seeds, walnuts, mackerel, tuna, eggs (the yolk in particular) and flaxseeds are also great sources of omega-3 fatty acids. A supplement like fish oil liquid is also a great way to up you intake of omega-3.
Add probiotics to your diet. Probiotics are very important to your overall health and the appearance of your skin because they curb inflammatory processes that would otherwise go unchecked in your gut, which has a flow-on effect throughout the body. “Probiotics attune the release of ‘substance P’, which plays a huge role in several skin conditions,” says Natalie. “In fact there is research to suggest that probiotics can affect sebum production…one trial showed that 54% of acne sufferers had significant changes in their gut micro-biome.” Here at THE ECO EDIT, we love The Beauty Chef’s probiotic-enriched supplements, along with natural kombucha fermented tea.
Drink more water. This one’s pretty obvious, but adequate water intake is something that’s very easy to overlook on a day-to-day basis – and it plays a huge role in having healthy skin. Our skin is over 60% water, and it loses liquid very easily when the weather is dry or hot, or when we sweat. Drinking between 1.5 – 2L of water a day is ideal, as it will help to keep your body and your skin properly hydrated. If you struggle to drink that much water, you can also count healthy non-caffeinated beverages like coconut water and herbal tea towards your daily quota.
The best part of a healthy diet is that your skin won’t be the only thing that benefits. In addition to improving your overall health, you’ll feel more energised too. “When I feel healthy I feel like I can do anything,” says nutritionist and wellness coach Jessica Sepel. “When you embrace a healthy lifestyle, you realise that nothing feels as good as being healthy. I have more sustained energy, better quality sleep, my sugar cravings subside, I maintain a healthy weight, and my hormones stay balanced.”
Nourish Your Skin From The Outside
While your diet, overall health and genetics will play a critical role in the health and appearance of your skin, topical skincare also plays it part. Cleansing twice daily and replenishing your skin with nourishing, hydrating natural moisturiser is one of the best ways to ensure your complexion looks it best. This entire site is filled with information and recommendations for fantastic natural skincare products, but if you’re after some quick, fuss-free advice, we’ve included some of our favourite product picks below:
If you’re in need of a new cleanser, we recommend Mukti Hydrating Cleansing Lotion, which is ideal for all skin types and extremely gentle and nourishing. Generally speaking, we advise using cream cleansers rather than foaming cleansers or gels, as they tend to be gentler on your skin and are less likely to impair your skin’s natural barrier layer.
Exfoliating is also important as it removes dead skin cells, reduces congestion, and helps promote a healthy glow. The trick is to not overdo it – twice a week is plenty, and don’t apply too much pressure to your face when using an exfoliant. Try Madara Oil-To-Milk Exfoliating Scrub, which is gentle yet effective.