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Welcome to Week 9 – great work!

Are you ready to up the ante on your skincare routine?
Did you know sun-grown, natural ingredients in New Zealand are known to contain twice the level of vitamins compared to those grown elsewhere in the world?

Research proves that vitamins play an important role in skin health. Often these vitamins are most effective when applied directly to the skin. Meanwhile, following a healthy balanced diet power-packed with nutrient and vitamin-rich foods will support both your skin and overall health.

Did you know that our skin can give us clues about our overall health? It can hint at larger internal issues, which means that keeping an eye on our skin is of utmost importance. For instance, rashes, itching or skin discoloration may be warning signals of viral infections, autoimmune issues, or even allergic reactions. These may present themselves before other symptoms appear.

The skin also plays host to millions of microscopic bacteria. As unwelcome as it may sound, the surface of the skin supports and hosts a range of tiny organisms known as skin flora, which interact, mostly harmlessly, without our knowledge. Much of the bacteria on our skin helps protect the surface and aids our immune cells to ward off infections. More often than not, the only time we become aware of bad bacterial presence on the skin is if we encounter a rash or a pimple.

That’s why I encourage you to keep a close eye on your skin’s texture this week and arm yourself with the knowledge of what vitamins you need to include, to well and truly get your glow on!

Revitalize your skin with these five Vitamins

1. Vitamin A – This increases the rate of cell turnover and can improve the texture and tone of the skin. Try our Dr Au Concentrates Anti-Aging Face Oil No. 1 and Dr Au Concentrates Anti-Aging Face Oil Level 2, both with Vitamin A.

2. Vitamin B-3 – This helps with signs of skin aging and there is good research suggesting that it may also help to reduce the appearance of age spots and skin discoloration. Try our Remove Gentle Facial Cleanser with concentrated Vitamin B.

3. Vitamin C – Well-known as an antioxidant, research proves that in the right dose, this vitamin can reverse oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Try our Prepare Spray On Brightening Lotion (Toner), rich in Vitamin C.

4. Vitamin D – This vitamin is inherent in sunshine and research proves it supports skin cell metabolism by aiding the skin to repair and build new growth. Try Dr Au Concentrates Superfruit Eye Serum, rich in Vitamin D.

5. Vitamin E – Like Vitamin C, Vitamin E is another potent antioxidant that can slow aging caused by free radicals and oxidative damage. Try our PM Night Cream, rich in Vitamin E.

Ponga fern (Cyathea Cumingi) is a species of fern that grows freely in New Zealand. For centuries Maori people have used the pulp from young fronds of the Ponga tree ferns for their wound-healing properties.

It was recently realized that a polysaccharide composition which can be derived from this fern can form a molecular network to give instant lift. Thanks to a unique composition of polysaccharides, this extract can form an elastic, resistant, and continuous film which tightens the skin immediately. The molecular network formed on the surface of the skin improves the cutaneous micro relief and prolongs the youthful appearance by fighting skin slackening.

This ingredient is so gentle on our skin, creating a barrier of protection between your skin and the environment. Fine lines and wrinkles are reduced with immediate visible results!

Au Natural Skinfood’s AM Day Serum is designed to use in the morning. This serum is blended with concentrated, enriching ingredients to target your skin concerns powerfully and safely. Each one of the ingredients in this serum has a mission.

New Zealand Ponga fern has for centuries been used for wound healing. This unique ingredient will give your skin an instant lift and will help form an elastic, resistant and continuous film which immediately tightens the skin. Its lightweight texture and scent make anti-aging skin therapy a pleasure driven ritual for the senses and prepares you for the day ahead. Your skin will be left feeling tight and soft, making this serum the perfect primer for foundation application.

AM Day Serum is designed to be used on its own, it does not need another moisturizer to trap it in. It really is a gentle lovely way to start your day.

Turmeric is proven to slow down the aging process.This is because of its active ingredient curcumin. I highly recommend that you find ways to top up with more turmeric in your diet – whether you have it in a buddha bow, fry it up with a little coconut oil and black pepper (which activates the curcumin) and add to an oat milk sunshine latte or take a supplement, just get more into your system.

The reason curcumin is so effective is that it helps blood vessels retain their youthful flexibility and it also increases blood flow to the brain.

Post-menopausal? Curcumin also offers some protection against bone mass loss.

There are four elements to building perfect bowl food – otherwise known in our office as ‘bountiful bowls’. This includes adding high-quality grains, powerful proteins, a generous serving of greens and veggies and then topping off with your favorite dressing.

Hot, cold or a mixture, there is no hard and fast rule to a good bountiful bowl but the one thing it must be is packed to the brim with healthy ingredients so it has a full, rounded appearance.

Typically your bowl should look like a rainbow, seasoned to your liking and power-packed with filling nutrients and vitamins that aid weight loss and overall health and wellbeing. Below is a glossary list of 20 great ingredients for your bountiful bowls that will help you repair and care for your skin.

Salmon, avocado, quinoa, pumpkin & sunflower seeds, lemon, honey, almonds, olive oil & flax seed oil, broccoli, apple cider vinegar, yogurt, beetroot, berries, kumara, tomato, red or yellow peppers, chickpeas & lentils, eggs, Parmesan, Feta, Neufchatel cheese

Female bees are the engine

The worker bees are all female and they do all the work for the hive. Workers perform the following tasks inside the hive as a ‘House Bee’: Cleaning, feeding the baby bees, feeding and taking care of the queen, packing pollen and nectar into cells, capping cells, building and repairing honeycombs, fanning to cool the hive and guarding the hive.

As a recap, our four essentials are: Remove Gentle Facial Cleanser, Prepare Spray on Brightening Lotion (toner), AM Day Serum and PM Night Cream.

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 favorite 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!

I’m here to give you advice on how to mix up our skinfood offering to best suit you. Be assured, that after four weeks your skin should be accustomed to natural products, settled and problem free.

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

About our skin…

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 microclimate 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.

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