It’s officially Autumn down here in the southern hemi, but a confused Autumn; meaning that some days still call for no sleeves and sunblock and others for flannel PJ’s and a fire. Typical Auckland weather, really. But I’m not complaining, I think Autumn is probably my favourite season. Not only as it’s kinder on my Pitta body that often overheats and is prone to heat related exhaustion and/or anger, but for everything that the season represents; old habits and patterns falling like leaves to the ground. Preparing to turn inward. Switching up our meals to more grounding root vegetables and warming spices, and exercising at a more gentle pace. That’s what it means for me, anyway!
Skin and skincare is one of my greatest loves and something I’m often asked about. Coming back from Bali where I was perpetually sweating or in air-conditioning, I knew I’d need to go heavy duty on the skin regime when I touched down in NZ. So it was fortuitous that I arrived home to a package of the full Organic Skincare range to sample. This range is made locally here in NZ by a beautiful girl, Deanna, and is completely free of toxins and nasties. I hadn’t worn a scrap of makeup the entire 5 weeks I was away, so I knew I’d need more nourishment than deep cleansing, and these products were just what I needed. So without further rambling, here is my Autumn beauty round up--the products and supplements my skin is loving this season.
The 5 Skin Products I Swear By This Season
Organic Skincare Hyaluronic Serum - renowned for being a holy grail ‘skin plumper’ due to its ability to hold 1000 times its weight in moisture, this serum doesn’t block pores and is great for sensitive skin due to its calming and hydrating abilities. I’ve been using this little gem every night; I press it onto my face and then roll in with my jade stone crystal face roller after cleansing with the daily gentle cleanser. My skin is definitely back to the condition it was before Bali. Every other night I’ll pat a couple drops of the argan oil on top to give a double dose of moisture. (The shea butter in this range has also been a godsend for my crazy dry legs I always get from airplanes.) I truly can’t say enough good things about this range! Simple is always best.
Vitamin C - there’s so much more to Vitamin C than just the common cold, if you’ve watched That Vitamin Movie you’ll know that it’s often touted as a wonder drug. But the reason I take this humble vitamin twice daily is for its skin properties, notably its link to collagen production. According to this article on one of my favourite wellness websites The Chalkboard Mag, Dr. Steven Gundry, author of The Plant Paradox recommends: “For better looking skin, and less damage to blood vessels and potentially a longer healthier lifespan, I recommend taking either a timed released vitamin C of about 1,000 mg twice a day, or chewing a 500 mg vitamin C four times a day, which is quite easy for most people to accomplish.” I take the Solaray Timed Release Vitamin C 1000mg purchased on iHerb.com and if you purchase through iHerb using my referral code we’ll both get a discount-yay!!
Weleda Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash - I must be coming of age because I go crazy for anything rose-scented at the minute, and this body wash is no exception. I’m predominantly a bar of soap kind of gal (the Trade Aid rose soap is lush), particularly when traveling, but when I’m feeling boujee I’ll reach for the Weleda. It leaves my skin hydrated and softly scented. Tip: we typically over-wash our bodies, removing beneficial bacteria, so just stick to washing the bits that need to be washed with soap--armpits, butt-cheeks (toilet seats--gross), feet and the rest can just be rinsed, so we can let our microbiome flourish.
Collagen powder - I’ve been using Bulletproof collagen protein off and on for about two years, after getting on the BP coffee bandwagon (and then swiftly off it when I realised my adrenals were shot). You can add the collagen powder to a smoothie, coffee, hot chocolate or in a glass of water as it’s tasteless. It supports healthy skin, bones and joints and I always notice my hair grows crazy fast when I take it. Not to mention my gut functions a lot better due to the gut-healing properties of collagen. There are many brands on the market - Two Islands Co. and Great Lakes Gelatin to name a couple, but I love Bulletproof for the ‘cleanliness’ of the range--the collagen comes from pasture-raised, antibiotic free cows so you know you’re not getting any extra crap. I get mine from a reseller in Auckland here.
Alkaline Water - Maybe my best kept beauty secret, I started drinking boxed Alkaline water about two years ago when I did a cleanse and was educated on how harmful tap water is to our bodies. When I learned that tap water was typically filled with heavy metals, fluoride and “toilet paper residue” (that last line made me want to barf), I decided I could afford to invest in boxed water once a week. A 10 litre (costs about $8) will typically last me a week as I’ll have filtered water out and about at cafes etc. I use it in my tea and coffee when I make it at home and most of the time when cooking (obvs not with a boiled egg or something). You really can feel the difference. That full, bloated, slushy feeling you get in your stomach when you drink a big glass of water? You don’t get that with alkaline water. Most supermarkets sell boxed alkaline water.
So there, that’s it. I’ve shared on my Instagram that I used to have really bad skin. Oily, very acne-prone (even into my thirties), and just lacklustre. It wasn’t skin I was proud of, and I would rarely leave the house without some form of make-up on. About a year ago I uploaded a YouTube video about my skin journey, sharing my skincare regime etc, because a lot of people started remarking on my skin and asking what I’d done to transform it. And honestly yes I simplified my skincare regime and removed anything with toxins; yes, I have a fairly healthy diet and consume a lot of skin-loving foods (but my diet is still full of things I’m not proud of), but the thing that transformed my skin the most was when I started shedding emotional baggage and shifting my belief system. And this is what I shared in the video. It’s just one of the reasons why this is where I do most of my work with my ‘health coaching’ clients; because our mindset, emotions and trauma is the bottleneck that stops every other area of our lives from flourishing. And until we heal that, we’ll not be able to move forward in the way that we want to.
I hope this was helpful. Let me know in the comments below if you want more blogs on skin health! xo