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Welcome to the first week of our Skin Detox Challenge.  Over the next 12 weeks I am going to share my 30 plus years’ experience in the beauty industry with you. I’m on a mission to help everyone in our community achieve healthy skin.

Whilst I cannot promise amazing skin overnight, I can promise that if you are able to establish a healthy microbiome on the surface of your skin and strengthen your skin’s natural barrier function, your skin will use its own defence system to control outbreaks, minimize the effects of breakouts and minimize scarring.

Our skin is an organ and is as important as our heart or lungs. Our bodies are so clever and aim to repair damage as it happens. However, we rely on being healthy to support our skin and other organs as nature intended. Having healthy skin can be compared to going to the gym. We need to establish healthy habits and daily routines to get the results we desire.

Our skin is the largest organ in our body, performing many vital tasks; it provides a barrier to infection, pathogenic threats and harmful pollution. Despite this, our skin nutrition can often be overlooked and our good intentions to cleanse and fight bad bacteria can go amiss. Our skin is a micro-climate of ‘good bacteria’ necessary to regulate our skin, fight infection and retain moisture.  However, with the increasing use of synthetics, preservatives, parabens and sulphates in traditional skincare, our skin’s natural healing and pH balancing abilities can be dramatically decreased, as good bacteria are stripped, and moisture levels depleted.

While working with clients in myclinics, I became increasingly concerned about the ever-growing list of unpronounceable new ingredients in skincare, so I created an ethical beauty range from the most healing ingredient of all – Manuka honey, used by hospitals to topically heal skin.

Science backs up the fact that Manuka Honey has a positive effect on compromised skin. In 2013, our company conducted Independent Skin Cell Research, with the assistance of a NZ Ministry of Science and Innovation grant, resulting in scientifically proving the powerful 80% skin cell regeneration properties only found in NZ Medical Grade Manuka honey and Pure Bee Venom.

Manuka honey speeds up the healing process, and with daily use over a period of 6 months, skin will present thicker on the epidermis and regain strength. Our skin can then use its own defences to control aging, common skin problems and protect itself from environmental damage.

Manuka honey is anti-bacterial in nature, which means that it will use nature to eliminate bad bacteria in your skin and aid in good bacteria growth. Manuka honey is known to be an effective prebiotic – helping to fight bad bacteria associated with skin conditions. Prebiotics, particularly those found in food are often at the forefront of health and wellness conversations. You may be aware that they are great for aiding healthy digestion and can be found in your favourite kombucha or yoghurt. Many studies now show that probiotics and prebiotics when used in conjunction with each other, provide skin health benefits when consumed orally, and when applied topically to your skin.

It’s important to do your best to ensure the food you feed your body is of a high quality.

We know that natural, wholefood is best.

W E E K   O N E

To support you in developing an effective skincare routine so that you can enjoy and celebrate a fearlessly healthy face in just 12 weeks, we recommend making a brand-new start with our four hero products designed to strengthen your skin.

Remove Gentle Facial Cleanser, Prepare Spray on Brightening Lotion (toner), AM Day Serum and PM Night Cream

Cleanse, tone and moisturize twice a day

To assist your skin to effectively repair, you need to create a solid skincare routine. I recommend cleansing, toning and moisturizing in the morning and again at night. This is because, during the day, we need to prepare and protect our skin from external pollutants and the environment and, at night, we refresh and feed our skin allowing it to breath and rejuvenate naturally as we sleep.

To start fresh, simply follow these 3 steps…

Step 1:

Remove Gentle Facial Cleanser – Rich in Manuka Honey & Avocado Oil

When it comes to our Remove Gentle Facial Cleanser, a little goes a long way.

  • Simply squeeze out a bit the size of an almond, add a drop or two of warm water.
  • Warm by rubbing the cleanser in your hands.
  • Apply cleanser to the face neck and decollete. (safe to use around the eye & lip area)
  • Gently massage the cleanser around the area being cleansed.
  • Use a clean warm flannel to compress the skin and then remove the cleanser.
  • I recommend repeating the above step, if you’ve been wearing make-up. 

Mindful removal

I sometimes also add a little lemon juice or lemon oil to my warm water. If you have a busy life, then those couple of minutes of mindfulness practicing ‘slow beauty’ really makes a difference to your life. 

Step 2:

Prepare Spray On Brightening Lotion (toner) HERO PRODUCT –  Rich in Manuka Honey & Kiwifruit – Antibacterial

  • Either spray directly onto your face or spray a little into clean hands.
  •  Gently pat into your face, neck, decollete, avoiding the eye area. 
  • Leave the skin to dry and then apply your favourite moisturizer.

Hydrate well

Our Prepare Brightening Spray On Lotion (toner) helps to tone, tighten and even out the skin.

If you have very dry skin on your arms and legs, then you can use the brightening lotion to spray, rub in and feel soft and hydrated.

Step 3:

AM Day Serum – Rich in Manuka Honey Moisturizer & Ponga Fern Seed (Apply after cleansing and toning).  You only need a small amount as it will spread easily and will deliciously soak into your skin

  • Dot the moisturizer over the area to be treated.
  • As it warms to your skin, gently rub in.

PM Night Cream – Rich in Manuka Honey and Bee Venom Moisturizer (Apply after cleansing and toning).  This is a thick moisturizer designed for night-time replenishment.

  • Dot, night cream on your face, neck and decollete.
  • As it warms to your skin gently massage in, allowing your skin to repair and regenerate whilst you sleep.

Suitable for all skin types

Our Manuka honey moisturizers are suitable for all skin types, focused on strengthening the skin natural barrier function.

Tracy-Ahern

Tracy Ahern

Founder, Au Natural Skinfood

This is not a solo mission, I’m here to help!

If you have problem skin or a skin issue, I would love you to fill in our skin consultancy form and I will send you a product recommendation.

Our skin whilst we are all effectively the same, does have its own unique personality just like we do, I am here to give you advice on how to mix up our skinfood offering to best suit you.

So, where do you begin and what can you expect?

When considering your skin health, it is important to bear in mind which products you are using on both the outside and inside.

Deciding to try new skincare can be challenging, especially when transitioning to a natural skincare regime – it takes commitment.

Your skin may experience an initial adjustment period where your skin concerns may worsen before they begin to improve. However, this is normal in the detoxification process as the harmful chemicals and toxins are removed, and your skin barrier is retrained to self-heal and self-regulate.

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