Best Gift For Mother’s Day 2015

Not sure what to give your mom this Mother’s Day 2015? 

The Miessence certified organic skin care is a great gift for your mother! For a limited time only, Miessence is giving away a FREE Berry Shimmer Creme with Any purchase of their Skin Essentials Pack.

You can read more about the “Benefits of using certified organic skin care” HERE.

Another great article to read is “Ever considered changing your current skincare products” HERE

This offer is only valid until midnight 8th May 2015. So don’t miss out on this opportunity to treat your mother with something special. Purchase online at www.teresaorganics.com

 

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All Natural Acne Remedies

hide faceWhen we meet a new person, the first thing that people notice is our physical appearance. Our physical appearance is linked to our self esteem.

If we know that we look good, we also feel good and our confidence lifts up. So if a person has an acne problem or bad skin, it can cripple their confidence too.

There are things that you can do to improve your skin’s complexion.

Natural Remedies For Acne Treatment

Things To Consume

  • Probiotics: Improve the overall balance of your gut. Read more about the benefits of probiotics HERE.
  • Pumpkin Seeds: Thins sebum and boosts healing
  • Avocado: Provides protection for the skin with antioxidant carotenoids, vitamins C & E, and fatty acids
  • Fresh Salmon: Moisturizes the skin as it contains omega 3 fatty acids
  • Even Primrose Oil: Balances hormonal acne
  • Aloe Vera Juice: A liver and hormonal tonic to help prevent breakouts
  • Vitamin A: Helps maintain structural and functional integrity of skin cells
  • Fresh Garlic: Has antibacterial properties
  • Vitamin B5: May reduce oil production by sebaceous glands
  • Kale: It is cleansing, alkalizing and rich in mineral
  • Liquid Chlorophyll: It helps cleanse blood 

5 Things To Avoid

  • Stress: Any kind of stress might cause breakouts
  • Squeezing pimples: It can spread bacteria and sebum to surrounding areas and may cause other problems
  • Smoking: May impair blood flow and slows down healing of acne lesions
  • Harsh products: Some products may clog pores and worsen an acne problem
  • Certain foods: Some foods may cause skin breakouts

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Organic Facial Ritual To Control Acne

You can use the certified organic skin care products from the Miessence range to give yourself a luxurious organic facial everyday for your skin health and to control your acne problem.

For four years, I have been using the Miessence skin care products and haven’t looked elsewhere. Based on my personal experience with these products, I truly believe that people can use these products to control their acne problem or even get rid of it.

There are no harsh chemicals involved and won’t dry out your skin.

9 Step Anti-Acne Routine

Step 1: Cleanse

Cleanse your skin twice daily (am/pm) with Miessence Purifying Cleanser. This gentle cleanser will remove the top layer of dead skin cells, oil, perspiration and pollution.

If you want to learn more about the ingredients in this cleanser, you can read my post on the benefits of using certified organic skin care HERE

Miessence Purifying Cleanser

Step 2: Exfoliate

Use the Miessence Garnet Exfoliant to polish and decongest skin for a more radiant complexion. This will scrub away dead skin cells and reduce blackheads too.

For normal, combination, oily, or clogged skin, use it a few times a week. But do avoid exfoliating blemished skin though as this would spread bacteria to surrounding unaffected areas.

Miessence Garnet Exfoliant

Step 3: Mask

Use a clay-based mask, Miessence Purifying Mineral Mask, to draw out toxins from within the skin so that they can be washed away.

All you need to do is make a paste by combining 1 tsp of the powder clay mask with 1 tsp of water and apply it on your face with a fan brush for 10 – 15 minutes, then rinse off.

Miessence Purifying Mineral Mask

For normal, combination, or oily skin, use twice a week.

But if you have an acne problem, then use daily for a week, then every second day for a week, then twice weekly until congestion and blemishes have disappeared.

Note: To avoid skin dehydration from the mask treatment, it is important to follow with the below steps to protect the skin.

Step 4: Brighten

To lighten and brighten your complexion, you can use the Miessence Probiotic Skin Brightener. This may improve photo damaged skin too. Use twice daily (am/pm).

Miessence Probiotic Skin Brightener

Step 5: Condition

Feed and hydrate your skin with nutrients in the water-soluble botanicals, organic herbs and essential oils with Miessence Skin Conditioner. This will prepare the skin to lock in moisture when you get to Step 7. Use twice daily (am/pm).

Miessence Purifying Skin Conditioner

Step 6: Treatment

Use the Miessence Purifying Blemish Gel, by patting the product on affected areas such as blemishes, pimples, and cuts on the skin. Use twice daily (am/pm).

Miessence Purifying Blemish Gel

Step 7: Moisturise

Must use a moisturiser to hydrate skin and create a protective barrier against harmful things such as free radicals, and prevent moisture loss. Use daily (am/pm). For problem or oily skin, use the Miessence Purifying Moisturiser.

Miessence Purifying Moisturiser

Step 8: Serum

Use serums to lock in hydration and for a deep moisturisation. The eyes and neck area have delicate skin, so you can use the Miessence Eye & Neck Serum for these areas. You can use the Miessence Rejuvenessence Facial Serum nightly to help regenerate and revitalise the complexion.

You can read my organic review of the Rejuvenessence Facial Serum HERE 

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Step 9: Mineral Makeup (if you are a woman)

You may like to try out the Miessence cosmetic range. Their liquid foundations (translucent foundation) and Mineral Powders contain a natural mineral called zinc oxide that gives your skin some protection against UV rays and free radicals. Acne can flare up with heat, so wearing makeup with SPF is recommended.

Miessence Makeup

Where To Buy Miessence Skin Care Products?

Miessence products can be purchased through my online store at www.TeresaOrganics.com

There are many other products there too other than the skin care range. You can basically live a chemical-free lifestyle by using all the products in the Miessence range. 

Conclusion:

If you have an acne problem, it is best to look after yourself internally and externally.

I hope you have enjoyed this article. This post is only based on my own opinion and experiences. Your experiences would be different.

The anti-acne routine is a guideline to control your skin problem. It has worked for me and I don’t have any pimples on my skin. I can’t guarantee anyone that they will achieve the same result, but it is worth a try if nothing has worked for you.

If you experience any other problems, it’s best to see your doctor.

Thank you for reading this article, what are your thoughts about it? Please leave comments below.

What Is An Organic Product?

grapesWe hear and see the word ‘organic’ so many times, in grocery stores, restaurants, personal care products, butcher, juice bars, health shops, and even in chemistry class in schools.

But does anyone really know what is in organic products, or even know why a product is called ‘organic’?

It seems like many people have mixed opinions about the term ‘organic’. 

Some people think it’s a marketing gimmick, while others think that just because something is labelled ‘organic’, then it must be healthy.

When someone tells me that something is organic, the first thing that comes to my mind is that the product must be a little pricey :)

What about you? What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when someone mentions ‘organic’? Do you really know what makes it organic and why? Learn more about organic HERE!

Do 100% natural beauty products cause allergies?

skin allergyIt is very common for people to assume that just because a product contains 100% natural ingredients that it must also be hypoallergenic. In fact this is not always the case. Natural products and allergies have been reported before.

A recent article appeared in ABC13 Eyewitness News about a severe allergy reaction caused by a common preservative found in natural and hypoallergenic products called methylchloroisothiazolinone. You can have a read of this article here. CLICK HERE

Like any new product that you have not tried before, regardless of whether it is natural or certified organic, it is highly recommended that you do a patch test first to see how your skin reacts to the ingredients of that product.

Patch Test Prior To Trying New Product

Patch test is so important when it comes to trying out new products and should not be ignored regardless of your age or ethnic background.  A 2004 study reported that 10% of adults in the United States and Europe suffered from adverse reactions to cosmetics, as well as 30% being vulnerable to allergic contact dermatitis.

A patch test can simply be conducted by dabbing a small amount of preparation onto sensitive areas such as the pulse of your wrist, the crook of your elbow, or the back of your ears. Leave it on for 24 – 48 hours and watch for any adverse reactions.

Typical signs of allergic reaction includes redness, a rash, any form of breakouts on the skin, itchiness, pain, flaking etc. Other possible signs may also include nausea or respiratory reactions. But if any signs are present, it’s best not to use the product. If you do, it is highly likely you are going to experience an allergic reaction with that new product that you just bought.

Be Careful of the ‘Natural’ or ‘Organic’ claim

shock lookIt is without a doubt that people are choosing more natural alternatives for their lifestyle. So there is that demand for natural products in the market. But the problem is that there is no regulation for using the word ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ in packaging.

A  company or brand can still state that their product is made with natural ingredient’s even though a small percentage of a “not so natural” ingredient is used in their product.

If you are not good with reading labels, you should consider natural products that have the third party certification such as the Natural Products Association Seal. This certification is your assurance of authenticity when shopping for natural products.

The same principle applies for organic products too. Choose organic products that have been certified by a third party such as ACO (Australian Certified Organic) or USDA (US Department of Agriculture). Read more on certification here. CLICK HERE

Another great article that I recommend reading is called Benefits of Using Organic Skin Care. CLICK HERE

Detox Process With Natural And Organic Products

wash hairDo you know that when you switch from using chemical products to natural and organic ones, there is a detoxing process that your body goes through?  The detoxification process means that your body is trying to get rid of those toxins that have accumulated in your body from years of using chemical-ladened products.

This detoxification process may last for the first few weeks when you start to use natural and organic products. Everyone may experience different things during the detoxing process. Some people don’t experience anything at all. It just varies from person to person.

For example, commercial hair products usually contain ingredients such as dimethicone, cylcomethicone, other chemicals with ‘cone’ in it. These are silicone derivitives that give your hair this ‘plastic’ coating. When you switch to a natural or organic hair product, your hair may feel dry and knotty for the first few weeks because your hair is basically going through a detoxification process to eliminate the silicone or other chemicals from your hair. Once this process is complete, your hair may feel soft and silky.

Another example is the detoxification of the armpit. The switch to a natural deodorant may initially cause the individual’s body to be more smelly. This is due to the accumulated chemicals from using conventional deodorants that had blocked the body’s natural ability to function properly like sweating.

Regardless of how long it takes for your body to naturally detox, there are things you can do to speed up this detoxification process.

Tips To Quicken Detoxification Process

DETOX YOUR BODYFOR DETOXING YOUR HAIR:

1) Prepare a bath with 1 cup sea salt, 1 cup apple cider vinegar, and 2 cups bicarb soda. Hop in the bath and swish your hair around in it. This needs to be done with a few baths for maximum benefit.

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2) Make a paste of bicarb soda and your natural/organic shampoo and wash your hair with it a few times.

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3) Make a paste of clay with your natural/organic shampoo and wash your hair with it a few times.

FOR DETOXING YOUR ARMPIT:

Mix 1 tablespoon of bicarb soda or clay, 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar, and 1-2 teaspoons of water together in a glass bowl. Then spread in an even layer over the armpits and let it sit for 5 – 20 minutes. (recommended to start with 5 minutes then gradually increase to longer time). If it hurts, then remove it straight away.

This application may cause some redness as it will increase blood-flow to the area, but it will go away quickly. Wash off with warm water. Repeat this daily or as needed until odor goes away and natural deodorant is non-irritating.

Thanks for reading this article, If you have enjoyed this article, please leave a comment below. If you have other ideas for detoxing the body, I would love to hear about them.

The best facial cleansing wipes should not contain nasties

Facial cleansing wipes seems to be the quickest and most convenient way to freshen up during the day for some people. If you are like me and prefer to choose natural and organic face wipes rather than chemical ones from the supermarket, then you may want to continue reading this post. I thought about this topic because I have two different brands of facial cleansing wipes that I occasionally use when I feel like removing my makeup quickly after I come home from a long day at work.

I have one called Natures Organics Australian Pure Sensitive Cleansing Wipes and the other one is WOTNOT facial wipes for combination/sensitive skin. I would like to look closely at these two products and analyze their ingredients to see whether they contain any nasty ingredients even though their packaging claims that they are ‘organic’. As I have written in an earlier post called Benefits of Using Certified Organic Skin Care, if something claims to be ‘organic’, but there is no certification logo to back this claim, then it can not be fully trusted.

This post is not intended to put down the below products, but it’s simply to show you which product is better based on their ingredients. To me, the best facial cleansing wipes are those that do not contain any nasty ingredients at all. But the product ingredients will speak for themselves. To analyze these two products, I would use the chemical maze shopping companion guide and EWG website, which you can find in the Resources tab.

Nature Organics Australian Pure Sensitive Cleansing Wipes

Natures Organics  Natures Organics Ingredients

Description:

Australian Made & Owned. No Synthetic Fragrance, No Mineral Oil, and Alcohol and Paraben Free. Choose Cruelty Free (CCF) Accredited.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Glucose, Sugar, Coconut Oil, Canola Oil, Chamomile Extract, Cucumber Extract, Aloe Vera Extract, Zinc Oxide, Castor Oil, Guar Gum, Oat Bran, Vitamin E, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

My Thoughts:

Usually when ingredients contain names that are very long and difficult to pronounce, it’s more likely a chemical ingredient. The last two ingredients highlighted in red and circled in the image, are definitely ingredients that I need to look up in the Chemical Maze book. According to the book, it says that these ingredients are both preservatives and are banned in some cosmetics in Japan and restricted in Canada. Potential side effects include human skin toxicant; allergic reactions; sensitization; and suspected immunotoxicity.

Although these two preservatives are in very low amounts, I still prefer my products to not have nasty ingredients in them. But the rest of the other natural ingredients in this product seems alright. My personal rating for this product is 3 out of 5.

WOTNOT facial wipes for combination/sensitive skin

WOTNOT facial wipes  WOTNOT ingredients

Description:

100% natural and biodegradable fibre, Free from Alcohol and Artificial Perfumes, Free from Parabens and Petrochemicals, Ideal for sensitive skin, and removes all make-up including waterproof mascara. Contains certified organic ingredients, and are not tested on animals.

Ingredients:

Purified water, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride (vegetable derived), Glycerine (vegetable derived), Cetearyl Alcohol (plant derived), Certified organic aloe vera*, Certified organic sweet almond oil*, Certified organic rosehip oil*, Tocopherol acetate (vitamin e), Cetearyl glucoside (plant derived), Polyaminopropyl biguanide (extra mild preservative).

*Certified organic ingredients

My Thoughts:

Looks like this product has three ingredients that are certified organic. The rest of the ingredients are all natural. There’s nothing harsh about these natural and organic facial wipes. I prefer this product over Nature Organics Australian Pure Sensitive Cleansing Wipes . My personal rating is a 5 out of 5. If you want to find some WOTNOT products for your face or even for your baby, you can do a search in Amazon, which is located on the right-hand side of this post for your convenience.

Your Thoughts?

Which one would you prefer to use? If you have enjoyed this post or have any other thoughts, please leave a comment below. If you want to keep up to date with my blog posts, remember to subscribe with your email.

Are toxic chemicals in makeup harming your health?


toxic ingredientsDo you realize that toxic ingredients in cosmetics can be harmful for your health?

If you are a woman and wear makeup everyday to work, parties and other social events, then it’s better to take a better look into what you are putting on your face on a daily basis, and make sure that your products do not contain harmful chemicals that are associated with certain health problems.

If you are planning to have a baby, then I highly recommend you choose safe products during pregnancy. Any toxic chemicals the mother uses on herself will also be transferred to the baby! A great article that you can read about toxic chemicals in personal care products is found HERE.

This video about toxic chemicals in cosmetics will be an eye opener for everybody. It was produced in conjunction with the campaign for safe cosmetics. This is the main reason why I chose to use natural and organic products. I believe everyone should make that same choice too.

The Story Of Cosmetics

Want to find out more about the ingredients in your personal care products and cosmetics, just click on the Resources tab for a list of useful websites to do your research.

Thanks for reading this article. I hope you enjoyed it. If you have found this article helpful or have useful ideas to share about this topic, please leave a comment below. 

Benefits Of Using Certified Organic Skin Care

Why choose certified organic skin care?

The best organic skin care products are those that have been certified. Do you know that the cosmetic and personal care industry is unregulated and companies are allowed to use almost any ingredients as they wish. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the US government does not review the safety of the products before they are sold to consumers.

There is a huge misrepresentation of the word ‘organic’. A company can claim something is ‘organic’ if it contains one ‘natural’ ingredient, but in actual fact, it may contain 100’s of the 10,500 harmful chemical ingredients that are commonly used in our personal care products. We call this greenwashing!

The only guarantee that an ‘organic’ claim is authentic is to have them certified by an independent regulation body, such as Australian Certified Organic (ACO). Certified organic products will carry a symbol, logo or other trade mark to indicate that they have achieved certification.

The benefits of using certified organic products and processes includes:

  • Independent third party guarantee of quality and purity of ingredients
  • Safe, clean and potent plant extracts of high vitality
  • Sustainable agriculture that respects, supports and nurtures the complete ecology and energy of our planet
  • Authenticity and integrity of ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ claims
  • Prevention of damage to the environment and humans by toxic chemicals used in conventional agriculture

What is Miessence?

Miessence is an Australian company which manufactures and distributes an extensive range of certified organic products that I love and trust. They have developed over 70 top quality innovative products for those people who want to truly live an organic lifestyle and minimise toxins in their home environment. The products are available worldwide.

My favorite products are the Miessence skin care products. Their skin care product range is quite broad. There is a product for every part of the face, such as a skin brightener, eye and neck serum, blemish gel and more. But their basic skin care essentials for our every day routine are designed around four different skin profiles.

SOOTHING SKIN CARE RANGE 

(The best skin care for sensitive skin)

Some of the h19104-Soothing Skin Essentials Packerbs used includes:

– Organic Chamomile: Antimicrobial, calming, and soothing properties.

– Organic Horsechestnut: Decongests, drains broken capillaries, calms, and strengthens.

– Organic St Johns Wort: Moisturises, astringent, refreshes, and tones. An anti-inflammatory and a skin tightener.

– Organic Witch Hazel: Drains, astringent, anti-free radical, anti-inflammatory and protective.

– Carrot Seed: Regnerates, tones, and heals. Excellent for mature and congested skin, couperous skin and eczema.

– German Chamomile: Anti-bacterial and fungicidal properties. Excellent for wound healing and painrelieving.

– Organic Rosehip Seed: Regenerates, moisturises, and heals. It is used to reduce scarring and facial lines, soften scars and retard premature aging.

 

PURIFYING SKIN CARE RANGE 

(skin care for acne skin or oily problem)

Some of19103-Purifying Skin Essential Pack the herbs used includes:

– Organic Burdock: Astringent, softens, soothes, and purifies. Restores the smoothness of the skin. An excellent remedy for acne and eczema.

– Organic Echinacea: Purifies, stimulates, calms, and revitalizes. Firms and tones the skin.

– Organic Nettle: Anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, astringent, and strengthens.

– Organic Plantain: Astringent, soothing, and healing. Tones the skin and reduces oil secretions of the skin.

– Organic Witch Hazel: Draining, Astringent, anti-free radical, and protective.

– Organic Tea Tree: Astringent, regulates, and repairs. A potent antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties that treat acne.

– Organic Lemon Myrtle: Astringent, anti-bacterial, and repairs.

– Organic Jojoba: Nourishes, moisturisers, anti-free radical, and protective.

 

BALANCING SKIN CARE RANGE 

(Good for normal combination skin)

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Some of the herbs used includes:

– Organic Calendula: Soothes, heals, restores.

– Organic Chamomile: Antimicrobial, calms, and soothes.

– Organic Marshmallow: Softens, revitalises, emollient, and hydrates. Controls oily skin and soothe allergic skin reactions.

– Organic Olive Leaf: Repairs, tones, firms, and an antioxidant. Improves skin hydration and elasticity.

– Organic St Johns Wort: Moisturises, astringent, refreshes, and tones.

– Organic Lavender: Soothes, relaxes, and regenerates. It regulates sebum production.

– Organic Rosehip Seed: Regenerates, moisturises, and heals.

 

REJUVENATING SKIN CARE RANGE 

(Skin care for aging skin or dry mature skin)

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Some of the herbs used includes:

– Organic Gotu Kola: Anti-wrinkle, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and heals. It is useful for stressed skin, to heal wounds, dermatitis, and is a valued skin tonic.

– Organic Hops:  Astringent, Purifies, Stimulates, tones, and a dark circle treatment.

– Organic Horsetail: Stimulates, tones, firms, anti-free radical.

– Organic Nettle: Anti-allergenic, circulation enhancer, anti-inflammatory, astringent

– Organic Geranium: Tones, softens, soothes, and balances.

– Moroccan Rose: Anti-wrinkle and regenerates.

– Organic Avocado: Moisturises, nourishes, and softens

– Organic Rosehip Seed: Regenerates, moisturises, and heals.

 

Daily Skin Care Routine In Just 2 Minutes

To find out how to use the Miessence skin care products watch Narelle Chenery, Director of Product Development for Miessence, as she takes you through a simple, daily, 2-minute skin care routine that will make a big difference in the health and appearance of your skin. The potent botanical extracts in Miessence’s Cleansers, Skin Conditioners, and Moisturisers remove pollutants and dead skin cells, feed and hydrate, and lock in moisture.

 

 

You can purchase Miessence Skin Care at www.TeresaOrganics.com

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