It's empties time! It has been a while since I have last posted. Its been a very busy time as I have been travelling quite frequently. However, with so much travel I have had the pleasure of using up a little more product that I normally would as my routines have been pretty streamlined and quite consistent. In the month of September I have used up some favourites of mine which I may have spoken of in the past or you have seen me used frequently in my daily routines on Instagram. Read on to find out a few the things I finished in September....Read More
If there is one thing that I have learnt recently - it is that stress can really wreak havoc on the skin. Stress and its effects on the body is something I have always known about but it hasn't really had a tremendous effect on me personally. This was up until recently, about 2-3 weeks in the lead up to my wedding where I started to break out around my right cheek.
For someone who has generally been blessed to have pretty good skin and with such a big day coming up, something that may seem so trivial suddenly became such a big deal. I racked my brains as to how and why this started to happen. Was it a product? An ingredient? My generally healthy diet (although chocolate intake may have increased closer to the big day)? After going through everything, the answer was quite simple. It was that dreaded wedding stress that many brides talk about. So many things were happening, there were so many things to do, I wasn't sleeping, not properly eating and in a nutshell I was pretty stressed!
At the time I was in the process of talking to Cassandra Hilton, founder of Ocinium, resident beauty genius and naturopath about her skincare line and learning about the term organic cosmeceutical (read more about it here). In our chats, I randomly asked her what I could do about my skin, which was clearly freaking out. She was kind enough to give me some tips and on the lead up to the big day I adopted what I could. Whilst my skin wasn't amazing, it was significantly better and I noticed a shift in my skin's general health when the craziness of the big day was over. Coming back from my honeymoon, I told Cassandra that I wanted to write a blog post on stress and she was kind enough to contribute and help me understand the science behind it all. What I learnt is that recent research shows that our skin is an immediate stress perceiver and is a target of stress responses. My research also confirmed that stress, our skin and how our body works is complex and is also commonly linked to other factors such as genes, lifestyle and general health. However, in saying that stress can contribute to our skin's behaviour and along with Cassandra's help, I went to find out how and why.Read More
An area of skincare that has always interested me is the world of cosmeceuticals whereby, the product is a cross between a cosmetic item and a pharmaceutical as they contain higher concentrations of active ingredients that are clinically proven to bring about active and physical changes in the way the skin will look and feel. Generally, cosmeceuticals have a lot of clinical evidence and trials that back its claims. When I think of cosmeceuticals, I often think of products that do contain a lot of synthetic ingredients and never would I think a line could potentially be naturally derived. I was recently proven wrong!
Not too long ago, I stumbled upon Ocinium, an Australian skincare line that prides itself on using organic and natural ingredients in combination with a high concentration active ingredients that we see often in many 'mainstream' skincare brands. These ingredients include powerhouses such as retinol, niacinamide, CoQ10, Vitamins B, C and E just to name a few. Ocinium prides itself being a brand of "organic cosmeceuticals free of the toxicity of synthetic chemicals, fragrances, sulfates, petrochemicals and parabens". The active ingredients that the line uses are predominately antioxidants that have been approved for organic certification are have also been back by science for high performing results and safety.
With this extremely interesting approach to skincare, I just had to chat to Cassandra Hilton, the founder of Ocinium and find out more about this fascinating approach. What I found was that Cassandra was just a wealth of knowledge and had such passion in organic and naturally derived skincare that showed true clinical results. She mentioned that there is a lot of skepticism in the beauty industry that 'greener' or 'cleaner' brands are not as results driven or are just marketing 'fluff'. What Cassandra has set out to do is to prove the skeptics wrong and show that natural beauty brands such as her beautiful line, Ocinium can indeed show the same powerful results as other cosmeceutical counterparts. Her brand shows that natural skincare can indeed incorporate those powerful active ingredients with beautiful botanicals to give the same if not better, high performing results.
I recently took a moment to pick Cassandra's brain on all things Ocinium, skincare related and what it takes to create a product.
Read more for the interview...Read More