Natural Remedies For Dry Winter Skin

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Five Minutes With: Edible Beauty Founder Anna Mitsios

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.

Ginseng: How It Can Transform Your Skin

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How To Get The Best Skin Of Your Life

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.

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  • 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.

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5 Tanning Tips For A Toxin-Free Faux Glow

A beautiful bronze tan is the perfect summer accessory. Not only does it make you look slimmer and more toned, but a tan also looks amazing when paired with bright summer fashions and beachwear. Here we share our five top tanning tips for creating a gorgeous golden glow using only natural and cruelty-free beauty buys.

1. Exfoliate for a flawless finish.

To ensure a smooth surface on your skin for an even application, it’s vital that you exfoliate your body thoroughly prior to applying a self tanner.

“You should always exfoliate 24 – 48 hours before applying tan to remove the dead skin cells on the top layer of skin,” advises Sonya Driver, founder of organic and cruelty-free tanning brand Eco Tan.

We recommend exfoliating in the shower with a natural granulated scrub, like Atom’s delectably aromatic Coffee Body Scrub:

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2. Prep your danger zones.

Fake tan can ‘grab’ onto dry skin, which can result in dark patches and an uneven-looking tan. To avoid this, apply a tiny amount of body lotion to dry skin before you apply self tan. “A small amount of moisturiser can be applied to dry areas of concern, like your elbows, knees, and ankles,” advises Sonya.

The palms of your hands are also prone to discolouration, because they tend to be in contact with the tanning mousse or lotion for a longer period of time. To avoid stained palms, simply use a tanning mitt or glove and wash your hands thoroughly after applying self tanner.

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3. Apply self-tan strategically.

When applying tanner, it’s best to start with your feet and work your way up to your legs, butt, torso, back, chest, arms, neck and face. This technique will help you avoid streaks and creasing.

It’s also best to apply your tan in circular motions, rather than rubbing up and down. This will help ensure that you cover every square inch of skin, minimising the risk of streaks and missed patches.

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4. Keep your skin hydrated to extend the life of your tan.

Your tan will gradually fade over a period of about a week as your skin naturally sheds and renews itself. And while you can’t make your tan last forever, you can help it linger a little longer simply by applying moisturiser at least once per day.

“Moisturise daily to keep skin hydrated and nourished to extend your tan,” says Sonya. “Another tip is to use a body wash that is soap-free and SLS-free so that it doesn’t strip away your tan.”

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5. Remove your old tan before reapplying.

It might seem like a good idea to layer more tanning lotion or mousse straight over the top of your old fake tan to deepen the colour, but this is a big no-no.

Your old tan will start to become patchy as your skin cells naturally shed, and it’s important to start with a smooth and even surface when applying fake tan. For this reason, you should remove your old tan completely before you reapply.

“The best way to remove old tan is by exfoliating,” advises Sonya. “I remove old tan when I notice it is starting to wear off. This is usually 7-10 days after I’ve applied it.”

To remove fake tan, use a body scrub that’s blended with natural oils like coconut or jojoba oil. You can make a D.I.Y scrub by mixing ¼ cup of raw sugar with ½ cup of coconut oil – we like INDAH Coconut Oil To Go.

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Five Minutes With: Endota Spa’s Melanie Gleeson

With over 90 day spas operating across the country, endota spa is one of Australia’s biggest beauty industry success stories. We spoke to founder and CEO Melanie Gleeson to discover what prompted her to enter world of natural beauty and wellness, and what’s in store next for the beloved franchise.

THE ECO EDIT: What led you to create your own day spa, and what was your vision for endota?

Melanie: After spending some time overseas working as an au pair after school, I came back home to manage a small day spa in Eltham. This foray into the industry helped hone my business skills, and ignited my passion and drive to open my own day spa.

I saw firsthand, a physical and emotional change in women from when they entered the spa to when they left. I knew I needed to be a part of this in a bigger way. The endota spa story began in 2000 when as a 26-year-old I took a risk and followed a dream and left behind the security of a full-time job.

My vision and passion was and still is to help women be their best, so they can live their best life. The ethos of the brand was fuelled by my personal belief in the power of positive sharing and inspiring others to reconnect.

The Mornington Peninsula where I grew up was the inspiration for endota spa. The Mornington Peninsula is a place of light expanse and stunning natural beauty inspired by the energising properties of the sun and calming effect of the water.

Every endota spa aims to transport the client to a similarly euphoric space that ignites calm, invites relaxation and rejuvenates the spirit.

Did the fast growth and popularity of endota surprise you? 

I opened one of the first day spas on the Mornington Peninsula in Australia, at a time when few people even knew what a spa was – and fewer recognised the importance of investing in wellbeing.

Fast forward to today and there are now almost 100 spas across the country, and endota spa is Australia’s leading day spa. We employ 1000 people, 90% of whom are women, and 500,000 people visit our spas annually.

I often have to pinch myself and acknowledge how far endota spa has come. I am humbled by the growth and feel so blessed to be doing what I love, and to have people walk away after a treatment physically and emotionally replenished.

What do you believe are some of the key reasons for endota’s success?

We all lead such busy lives and are consumed constantly by noise. Social media, computer, TV, radio, the internet and smart phones…we are always connected to a device. We encourage our clients to leave their everyday stresses behind and turn off their phones.

A spa is one of the very few places left where this is required.

I think people – especially women – crave this time to replenish their energy levels, mental wellbeing and physical health. And while I don’t believe enough women make their health a priority, more and more are starting to realise they should.

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Many women struggle to put their own needs first and therefore rarely pamper themselves with a spa treatment. Why do you think women should place more value on ‘me-time’?

Wellness is good for the soul, and as women we are so busy running around looking after everyone else that we often forget ourselves. But in order to be able to provide the best for others, or give our undivided attention to our children, work, family or friends, we need to take time out for ourselves.

When women arrive at the spa their tension and stress is palpable. Their shoulders are raised and their body tense. When they leave, their shoulders are relaxed and down.

Wellness is good for the soul…

The key message we want to communicate to women is that visiting a spa shouldn’t be considered a luxury treat; it should be a healthy habit. A part of a woman’s wellness routine, like a yoga class, or going for a walk; a massage is relaxation for the mind, body and soul.

It recharges you and makes you feel good about yourself from the inside out.

Along with its beautiful spa treatments, endota is known for its natural beauty products. How did you go about creating your skincare and body care range?

endota spa OrganicsTM was first launched in 2006 and has gained a loyal customer base. After nearly 10 years in the market we decided it was time to review and reformulate the range to harness the latest developments in the scientific skincare industry.

Last September the range was relaunched, combining the best of science with the power of nature. This offers consumers a range of certified organic and natural products that address skin concerns unique to Australians – dehydration, pigmentation and ageing.

The inspiration for launching an organic and natural skincare range ties back into the brand’s ethos. It was important for us to ensure that this heritage range used the very best in Australian native ingredients to help enhance and protect skin. Even back in 2006 when we first launched the Organics range, we believed in the power of using nature for healing.

We use native Australian ingredients, called the endota spa Bio-Active Plant Complex. It contains three exotic Australian rainforest fruits: Davidson Plum, Lilly Pilly and Lemon Aspen, which help to moisturise, rejuvenate and protect the skin by delivering a boost of naturally occurring Vitamin C.

We believe in the healing power of nature…

We are lucky to have such a powerful range of natural ingredients here in Australia that are highly effective and won’t harm skin.

We work with a skincare laboratory and leading pharmaceutical chemists to help develop and test our products. These experts specialise in premium, holistic, natural and organic ingredients and they have helped create a range of skincare formulations that address Australian skin concerns.

Each of the products has been certified as either natural or organic by the ACO and COSMOS and contains; no parabens, mineral oils, sulphates, SLS/SLES, PEGS, synthetic fragrances and dyes, GMO’s or silicones and is proudly not tested on animals.

There are a total of 33 endota spa OrganicsTM products for the face and body in the range today.

What is your favourite endota skincare product at the moment, and what do you love about it?

My absolute favourite bathroom essential is our endota spa OrganicsTM Coconut and Grapefruit Melting Body Balm. It contains natural rapidly absorbed oils and butters to deeply nourish and provide an intense moisture boost. This is perfect for summer when my skin gets particularly dry.

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My favourite product from our face range is the Multi Vitamin Treatment Oil, which is high in anti-ageing properties and deeply hydrates skin to smooth fine lines. I apply this oil morning and night under the Nourish & Repair Night Cream for a noticeably smoother complexion.

Do you have any exciting new product launches or developments in the works that you can share with us?  

This is such an exciting time for endota spa. We are going through a growth phase and have a number of new initiatives, products, treatments and franchises opening.

We have just launched two brand new treatments to our menu, which is really exciting. The first is our New Age Light Therapy Facial which uses LED light to deeply hydrate and stimulate cell regeneration by boosting collagen and elastin production. It is non-invasive, like all our treatments, but it delivers instant results.

We have also created a new signature massage named the Deep Recovery Massage. This treatment uses jade stones, which are believed to help facilitate self-healing. We will be adding more exclusive treatments to our menu next year as well, so stay tuned!

After many years of research and development we launched our first cosmetics line in July this year. The premise behind the range is about enhancing your natural beauty – not covering it. We use native ingredients in the range such as Kakadu Plum so that it applies like makeup but treats like skincare.

We have also just launched an anti-ageing skincare range, NEW AGETM elements; that contains potent ingredients to treat skin concerns associated with ageing, such as loss of collagen, dehydration, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. We have worked with skincare specialists from Italy and Australia to develop this range and will be adding to it with more products next year.

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10 Eco-Chic Gift Ideas For People You Love

With Christmas just around the corner, now’s the time to get those festive season pressies wrapped and under the tree. But if you’re stuck for gift ideas, don’t fret! We’ve put together a list of gorgeous natural beauty products, kits and treatments that will ensure you’re in everyone’s good books.

1. Madara Happy Skin Essentials Pack

This cute little kit from holistic skincare brand Madara is the perfect treat for all skin types. Featuring Madara’s award winning Micellar Cleansing Water and their innovative Oil-To-Milk Exfoliating Scrub, this set would put a smile on anyone’s dial.

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2. Lily Lolo Iconic Eye Collection

Who wouldn’t want pretty peepers for Christmas? The Lily Lolo Iconic Eye Collection features the brand’s cult favourite Laid Bare Eyeshadow Palette along with a must-have Black Eye Pencil Natural Mascara for long, fluttery jet-black lashes.

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3. Frank Body Babe Island Kit

Perfect for the gal (or guy) who likes to have silky smooth and tropically scented skin, Frank Body’s cute-as-a-button Babe Island Kit includes a delectable Coconut Coffee Scrub and lush Coconut Body Balm.

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4. Endota Spa Gift Voucher

Handing out one of these beauties will make you a firm favourite this Christmas. You can select from a range of treatment options when ordering a gift voucher – we highly recommend Endota’s New Age Light Therapy Facial, which combines active natural skincare with the latest LED technology for gorgeous, glowing skin.

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5. Pai Instant Calm Discovery Collection

This beautiful skincare pack is the perfect gift for people with sensitive skin. This exquisite kit features Pai’s Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, Lotus & Orange Blossom BioAffinity Skin Tonic, Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream, plus an organic muslin cloth.

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6. Inika Limited Edition Discover Kit

This lovely kit is the perfect pressie for a friend or relative who is keen to try mineral makeup. The set includes some of Inika’s hero products including their Certified Organic Pure Primer, Certified Organic Liquid foundation, Certified Organic BB Cream, Mineral Foundation, plus a Kabuki Brush.

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7. Acorelle Absolute Tiare Eau de Parfum

This heavenly scent will make for an enchanting gift this Christmas. The fresh floral fragrance features top notes of orange and tangerine, a heart of ylang ylang, jasmine and tiare, and a sensual base of vanilla.

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8. Vanessa Megan VM Men Citrus & Spice Natural Cologne

Any self-respecting bloke who takes pride in his appearance and grooming habits will appreciate this crisp cologne. With a warm, spicy blend of mandarin, patchouli and clove, this chic scent is uplifting, alluring, and 100% natural.

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9. The Beauty Chef Cookbook

Looking for great gift ideas for the domestic goddesses and green juice junkies in your life? They’ll adore this beautifully photographed cookbook that’s jam-packed with delicious, nutritious, and complexion-enhancing meal ideas. With over 150 gluten-free, dairy-free recipes, this clever cookbook promotes gut health and boosts beauty from the inside out.

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10. Essano Limitless Luxuries Pack

Containing an array of beauty boosting plant extracts and natural ingredients like rosehip and Argan oil, New Zealand brand Essano is a truly gorgeous range that captures nature’s essence. This affordable travel bag includes Essano’s cult favourite micellar water, moisturiser, eye cream, body lotion, shampoo, and conditioner.

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The Benefits of Manuka Honey & Manuka Oil In Skincare

Manuka honey is a nutrient-rich natural wonder derived from the nectar of the Manuka bush flower. This plant (scientifically known as Leptospermum Scoparium, if you’re in the mood for technical lingo) is indigenous to New Zealand. The honey that bees create using Manuka flower nectar isn’t just mouth-wateringly delicious – it also has unique healing and soothing properties.

Manuka honey is incredibly anti-inflammatory thanks to its natural antibacterial and antifungal properties. When added to skincare products like cleansers and moisturisers, the benefits of Manuka honey include a reduction in skin inflammation and redness, as well as an overall calming and soothing effect on the skin.

“Manuka honey is full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients,” says Antipodes founder and company director Elizabeth Barbalich. “Not only is it antibacterial, but it’s also antimicrobial which helps heal skin infections.” This antibacterial action helps to soothe and reduce the symptoms of skin conditions like acne and rosacea.

In addition to reducing inflammation and redness, Manuka honey is also incredibly hydrating. “Manuka honey is a humectant, drawing moisture into the skin, therefore helping to hydrate, heal and nourish the skin,” says Elizabeth. Read on to learn more about the benefits of Manuka honey in skincare, along with its vegan counterpart Manuka oil.

Manuka Honey Quality & Rating System

Not all Manuka honey is of the same quality. Scientific tests can be performed to identify the presence of certain natural compounds, which indicate if the Manuka honey in question is authentic, pure, and of high quality. Here’s some basic information about determining Manuka honey quality:

  • When Manuka honey is being tested, scientists look for the presence of signature natural compounds – the three main compounds are Leptosperin, DHA and Methylglyoxal.
  • This organisation verifies the quality of Manuka honey using internationally standardised testing systems, and they also help protect consumers from counterfeit Manuka honey (yes, this is a thing that exists!) by regularly checking and analysing honey samples from the marketplace.
  • You can read more about the UMF rating system on the association’s website, but as a guide, a great quality Manuka honey will have a UMF rating of 18 or higher. Antipodes, for example, only uses top quality Manuka honey with a 20+ rating.
  • Another common rating system is the MGO scale, with anything scoring a MGO rating of 692 or higher indicating great quality Manuka honey. You can read more about the UMF vs. MGO ratings systems here.

Our Favourite Manuka Honey-Based Skincare Products

Erica Brooke Honey Cream Cleanser

If you’re after a cleanser that nourishes while it cleans, look no further than Erica Brooke Honey Cream Cleanser. This rich, luxurious cleansing cream helps to heal, renew and hydrate your skin while also cleansing away dirt, excess oil and impurities.

In addition to anti-inflammatory Manuka honey, the cleanser also contains goldenseal extract and frankincense, which help to protect your skin from free radical damage. The formula also contains colloidal silver, which helps to reduce blemishes and skin irritation.

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Antipodes Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Light Day Cream

With potent extracts like Manuka honey, bee venom, Vinanza grape, kiwi seed, mamaku black fern and calendula oil, Antipodes Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Light Day Cream is a beautiful and natural way to get a gorgeous, luminous and hydrated complexion.

The natural antibacterial properties of Manuka honey helps to calm inflammation and shrink blemishes, while antioxidant-rich grape seed and kiwi help to brighten your complexion and protect your skin from free radicals, which can contribute to premature skin ageing.

This lush formula also contains nourishing avocado oil, which keeps skin feeling soft and hydrated. Avocado oil is also known for its anti-ageing and collagen-boosting properties, making this lush cream a must for women who want plump, supple and deeply hydrated skin.

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Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask

There are very few things more luxurious and pampering that a rich face mask. Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask is a beautiful way to take 20 minutes out of your week and reclaim some me-time. Containing antibacterial and anti-inflammatory Manuka honey, this lush mask will leave your skin feeling soothed, happy and nourished.

Immediately after using it you’ll notice a reduction in redness and skin irritation, and your complexion will also feel deeply hydrated and moisturised to boot. This luxe face mask also smells divine courtesy of natural extracts like vanilla pod and mandarin.

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Manuka Honey vs. Manuka Oil

Manuka honey isn’t the only amazing thing to come from the Manuka bush. Manuka oil is a wonderfully healing ingredient that’s comes from the leaves of this potent plant. The oil is extracted by steam distillation, and can be obtained using sustainable practices that don’t damage the health of the Manuka tree.

Manuka oil has many similar properties as Manuka honey. It’s highly antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial – making it extremely anti-inflammatory. This means that it’s a fantastic ingredient to use in skincare products designed for sensitive, red, and reactive skin.

Because Manuka oil is extracted directly from the leaves and doesn’t involve the use of bees and honey, it’s a great alternative ingredient for vegans who won’t use Manuka honey because they actively avoid products made from animal or animal by-products.

Our Favourite Manuka Oil-Based Skincare Products

Manuka Biotic Natural Face Cleanser

A brilliant option for women with sensitive and blemish-prone skin, Manuka Biotic Natural Face Cleanser leaves your complexion feeling fresh and clean while also removing bacteria to help combat blemishes.

In addition to antimicrobial Manuka oil, this cleanser is blended with green tea extract and Witch Hazel, along with nourishing essential oils like jojoba oil, rosehip oil, and almond oil, which help to hydrate and nourish your skin.

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Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream

With skin-loving antioxidants and nourishing omega 3, omega 6, chamomile and rosehip, Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream is like a sweet, soothing dream for sensitive skin.

Manuka oil combats inflammation and bacteria, while its core ingredients of chamomile and rosehip deeply nourish, soothe and hydrate. This gentle formula is also free from alcohol, which can be triggering for sensitive skin conditions like rosacea.

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