Benefits of Coconut Oil: My Experience

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Today I thought I’d share some of the many benefits of using beautiful, organic coconut oil. Now, if you’re like me and you’re obsessed with anything coconut, you will absolutely love this product. I cannot go a day without using coconut oil in my routine, as it is so multi purpose. If you really want to get the full health benefits of coconut oil, you must get cold pressed extra virgin organic coconut oil. I swear by Niulife Coconut Oil that I found at a health food shop and can also be ordered online here. What I love about this brand is that this coconut oil is certified fair trade, certified organic, unrefined, vegan, non gmo, and much more!

Can we just talk about the delicious smell of this coconut oil…it’s absolutely divine! A must have for any coconut lover. The size may seem small, and you can order larger sizes, but in my experience I take around a full year to use up this whole jar and would rather have a smaller size so that I can use it all up before it expires (even though it does have a long shelf life). Keep in mind, that in warmer temperatures, the oil will liquify, and in cooler months, it will become a pure white solid.

Coconut oil is known to be antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal, serving many health benefits. Coconut oil is also the key ingredient in one of my favourite makeup lines, RMS Beauty!

I’ll start off by listing the many benefits of using coconut oil below:

-Healthy cooking oil

-Daily health/energy supplement

-Luscious body/hair oil

-Luxurious moisturiser and massage oil

-Make-up remover

-Baby oil: skin, rashes, etc

-Supports your immune system

-Keeps skin youthful, smooth and healthy

….and the list goes on!

My Experience:

Moisturiser: I’ve heard that using coconut oil as a face moisturiser either breaks people out or keeps their skin clear. Unfortunately, my skin type does clog up when using heavy oils, so I don’t use coconut oil on my face. However, it does make a fantastic lip balm for dry, cracked lips! I also suffered from bug bites all over my legs at one point and used only coconut oil everyday and they magically disappeared so quickly and without a trace left behind. It also soaks in really quick and helps to even out the skin tone. The smell of coconut also lingers on your skin afterwards, leaving it baby soft. I do agree that coconut oil is fantastic for any irritation, bites, and rashes. On this note, it is also fantastic for calming down razor burn and getting rid of those nasty bumps.

Oil Pulling: I also have started to get into oil pulling (swishing oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes), which you can read up on about all the health benefits. I mainly wanted to do this to whiten my teeth and keep my mouth clean, and I do notice a difference in the whiteness of my teeth and after one use I notice the enamel on my front teeth to look significantly better!

Overall, if you’re looking for an all purpose product that can offer you several health and beauty benefits and doesn’t cost you much, I would highly recommend using certified organic cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil. You won’t regret it!

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

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Benefits of Rooibos Tea: My Experience

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Hello Beauties!

If you’re anything like me and you are a tea-a-holic, I’m always on the look out for the next holy grail tea. I think I may have found it! Rooibos tea (or red bush tea) is a wonderful bright red medicinal, herbal beverage that is obtained from the Aspalathus linearis bush plant, native to South Africa. Rooibos tea is actually considered a herb, and not a true tea.

The taste is very unique and hard to describe…it’s almost nutty. It’s nothing like I’ve ever had before, so it took me some getting used to, but it’s something I crave now. It’s definitely a pleasant taste, not overpowering at all and pairs well with a lot of meals. You can add vanilla or honey to sweeten it. I’m someone who cannot stand tea that is too sweet or strong, and Rooibos tea fits perfectly for my taste buds! Make sure to get certified organic African red tea or Rooibos tea. You can get loose leaf or tea bags (which I prefer).

I’m someone who enjoys and craves tea all day long, and so I was looking for something that was caffeine free (unlike green tea) but had all the benefits, if not more, than my beloved green tea. Rooibos tea has quickly become my holy grail, go to tea. It has countless amazing health and skin benefits that I have personally experienced and thought I’d share with you.

So here is my experience…

I’m generally an anxious person who struggles to fall asleep at night. Because I was consuming so much green tea per day, my caffeine intake did not help with my insomnia. Rooibos tea is actually recommended by doctors to their patients who suffer from insomnia as it’s completely caffeine free and helps to reduct stress levels and relax the body before bed. Although I still do have some restless nights, overall a cup of this tea before bed does help to relax me significantly!

Although I am a healthy, young woman, I do suffer from weak bones, especially in the winter months as I don’t drink dairy milk. Rooibos tea is rich in calcium, manganese and fluoride minerals that assist in maintaining good bone structure and stronger teeth. I can say that this is completely true. No longer, do I hear and feel my bones “creaking,” especially in my knees.

Another amazing benefit of drinking this miracle tea is for the skin and anti ageing. My skin is absolutely in love with this tea! I have dry, sensitive and breakout prone skin, so anything that will help to hydrate it is a winner for me. I’m always on the lookout for a tea that has skin and anti ageing benefits. It is recommended to drink around 6 cups per day to see any results, which is very true. My skin clears up quicker, is more hydrated and soft, breaks out less, texture and skin tone is more even, and the list goes on. It also provides my skin with a lovely, healthy glow, that almost blurs any lines on the face. This is due to the alpha hydroxy acid and zinc content of Rooibos tea, which are very good for the skin. Not only are Alpha Hydroxy Acids, such as Glycolic Acid, naturally occurring in Rooibos tea, they are also found in skincare products, such as peels (the Environ Intensive Toner is amazing) to treat acne, wrinkles, and provide the skin with a healthy glow!

These are just the main benefits that I have experienced with this tea and would highly recommend everyone to try this beautiful tea and see the results for yourself! There are many articles online that have a comprehensive list of health and skin benefits that Rooibos tea provides. I hope this post helps anyone out there struggling with minor skin problems and love healing the skin naturally!

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

KORA Organics Cream Cleanser Review

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Hello Beauties!

Today I will be giving you the low down on an amazing new discovery, the KORA Organics Cream Cleanser! I was first given samples of this cleanser about 2 weeks ago and absolutely fell in love with it that I purchased the full size. I can usually tell with the first go if my skin will like a product, and I was given three samples so I felt like I was given a lot of time to see how my skin liked it….and it LOVED it. I am really picky with skincare products, including organic ones, because my skin is so sensitive and reactive.

I love how soothing and calming this cleanser is to my skin. I have tried organic cream cleansers in the past that were too rich and heavy and left a film over my skin and broke me out, but this one is formulated so perfectly in that it’s light and nourishing at the same time. I’ve had such hydrated, clear, glowy skin for such a long time whilst using this product. I never get flaky skin anymore, which makes applying my powder foundation so easy and seamless. My pores are also so much smaller that if I do ever get a pimple here and there it is so small and easily extracted that it leaves no mark behind!

I still use my Environ cleansing gel to remove my makeup as I don’t think this is powerful enough to do so. This is perfect for no makeup days when you don’t want to strip the skin of its natural oils. I have tried so many products from KORA Organics and I have yet to be disappointed! I love this product so much that I look forward to washing my face! It leaves my skin feeling very comfortable, not too oily, not too dry, just right. I would highly recommend this cleanser if you suffer from dry, sensitive skin and are looking to have a radiant, healthy glow.

Description on website:

Enriched with powerful benefits of Noni Extract, Aloe and Sandalwood to gently clean away dirt and grime whilst helping to nourish and revitalise dry, dehydrated skin. KORA Organics Cream Cleanser is ideal for sensitive skin; containing Rosehip, Avocado and Macadamia nut oils to nourish and maintain skin balance. Your skin will feel clean, fresh and invigorated.

I definitely agree with the nourishing and skin balancing properties!

Directions:

Cleanse morning and night. Gently massage a small amount using circular motions onto damp face, neck and décolletage. Rinse using tepid water and a soft face cloth. Pat dry. For beautiful skin follow with your choice of KORA Organics Mist and KORA Organics Moisturiser.

I would highly recommend using tepid water with this cleanser as it has helped calm my skin. The redness and dryness that I was struggling with has also diminished using tepid water with this cleanser. I don’t use a face cloth, however after I rinse off the cleanser with my hands I go in with a cotton pad, which is very gentle on the skin.

Ingredients: Matricaria chamomilla (recutita – Chamomile) Extract*, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf juice*, Olivoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Macadamia integrifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil*, Stearic Acid, Dicaprylyl Ether, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit) Extract*, Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Rosa eglentaria(Rose Hip) Oil*, d-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (soyabean derived Natural Vitamin E), Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citrus aurantium ssp.bergamia (Bergamot) Oil*, Santalum spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil*, Citrus reticulata (Mandarin) Oil*, Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit) Oil*, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lecithin (GMO free)*, Potassium Hydroxide, Lactic Acid, Sodium Chloride (Macrobiotic sea salt solution), Beta Carotene, Olea europaea (Olive) Oil, Aqua (Water), limonene**. *Ingredient from Organic Farming. **From essential oils. 98.33% of the total ingredients are from Natural Origin. 50.71% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming.

PROUDLY AUSTRALIAN MADE AND OWNED. NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS. VEGAN.

NO Sulfates, Parabens, Synthetic fragrance, Synthetic colours, T.E.A., D.E.A., Glycols, Silicones, PEGS. Ethoxylate and Formaldehyde free. Natural and Organic Cosmetic certified by ECOCERT Greenlife according to ECOCERT Standard.

Skin Type: For Normal/Dry/Sensitive Skin

Texture: 

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I absolutely love how creamy, yet light the texture of this cleanser is. It’s more watery than past cream cleansers I have tried, which is amazing for my breakout prone skin. It feels amazing and nourishing on the skin without being heavy or leaving a film on the skin. Your skin feels baby soft afterwards which lasts throughout the day, even with powder foundation on top!

Scent:

The scent is very natural, soothing and calming because of the Chamomoile. I love how the scent is not overpowering at all!

Packaging:

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I love KORA Organics aqua blue packaging! It’s so soothing and beautiful to look at. I also love the positive affirmations at the back of each product, in which this reads gratitude. I love the squeeze tube packaging, however I feel like some of the product leaks into the lid which could waste some product, however it’s not too big of a problem.

Price: AUD $44.95

Size: 90 mL / 3.04 fl.oz.

Results:

-clear skin

-smooth, baby soft skin

-flake free, hydrated and soothed skin

-balanced and even skin

Recommend? 100% yes! Especially for those with dry, sensitive skin.

Rating: 5/5

Where to Buy: http://www.koraorganics.com

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

Why Lucas’ Papaw Ointment is a Handbag Essential!

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I’m sure every Aussie owns this cult favourite miracle ointment or has used some in the past. It is honestly a beauty must have in everyone’s handbag or bedside table! What I love about the product is how versatile it is in treating numerous skin problems (mostly minor conditions). Even celebrities from around the world love this product, including Natalie Portman! If you are not from Australia, I would highly recommend you get your hands on this product, whether it’d be online or when you are visiting. It’s definitely something worth trying. I use it mainly for small cuts, chapped lips, or bumps (after waxing), and this works AMAZING for healing these skin problems very fast. By the next day, these skin problems are either almost completely healed or gone!

Product Description: Lucas Papaw Ointment is made in Australia from pure Australian papaws. Lucas Papaw Ointment has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.

What it is used for: Lucas Papaw ointment may be used as a local topical application for; Chapped Lips, Minor Burns, Chafing, Cuts, Gravel Rash, Minor Open Wounds, Nappy Rash, Scalds, Sunburn Splinters and Thorns, Temporary relief of the symptoms of dermatitis and eczema.

Ingredients: Carica Papaw (fresh fermented fruit) 39mg/g

Feel & Consistency: The ointment is very thick and moisturizing on the skin. It’s very smooth, but heavy in formula. Feels wonderful on chapped lips and lasts throughout the night!

Rating: 5/5

Recommend? 150%. This is a must have beauty item! This is not Australia’s cult favourite product for no reason! It’s such a wonderful multiuse product that delivers fast results.

Price: AUD $5.99

Where to Buy: Pretty much everywhere in Australia. Not too sure about international customers. You might have to try eBay or Amazon.

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

Beauty Tip of the Day: Drinking Water

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Drinking water to help keep your skin clear and hydrated is one of the most underrated and under practiced beauty tips. I used to be one of those people that didn’t believe what everyone was saying about drinking a lot of water and it’s ability to help clear your skin. I would drink water, tea, and healthy juices, however I never used to drink the amount of water I do today. One week, I decided to test this theory out. So, I started to drink between 1,500-2L of water a day. At first it was hard, but soon enough, I started to see really good results! Your skin starts to develop a really natural, healthy glow. I started to notice less breakouts, and yes, clearer skin. Not only did my face get clearer, but I also noticed a dramatic difference with my body breakouts. I was shocked because it’s such a simple beauty tip, but so effective. If you’d like to try this out for a week, I would suggest to steer clear from any soda or sugary juices. If you are craving other drinks besides water, you can have healthy teas, such as green tea with lemon. The recommended amount of water a day is 2L a day, but if that’s too much for you at first, i’d suggest 1,500L. Or you can just slowly build up to your own pace; really any water is better than nothing. Drinking water really flushes out your system; which also means that you will be heading to the bathroom more often! Another tip is to always bring a water bottle with you wherever you are going, so that you are constantly reminded to drink, and you can fill it up throughout the day.

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

Beauty Tip of the Day: Hot Washcloth Pimples

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Hello beauties! Today, I’d thought i’d share a simple, but very effective beauty trick with you all. Have you ever experienced those under the surface hard pimples/cysts that have no head but are red? Have you tried icing them and that doesn’t work? Well, you’re in luck because this beauty trick works like a dream, literally getting red of completely/ reducing the under the surface pimple so incredibly fast. This technique best works when in the shower as the steam really works to open the pores. Simply place a cloth or small towel under warm/hot running water from the tap for a few seconds, then press the hot cloth right on the spot for a couple of seconds. Repeat this action a couple of times until you are satisfied, and make sure to not pick at the spot as it is under the surface. I don’t know much about the science behind this technique, but I do know that it works because of the blood flow from the warm/hot water, which improves the circulation of oxygen to the under the surface spot. In my experience, most of the time, the spot is gone the next day, however if it is particularly stubborn it might take a few tries. I hope this beauty trick will work for you as much as it does to me!

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

Ice Facials

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I thought i’d share one of the best beauty skincare secrets I know, ice facials. It’s affordable, available to everyone and very effective. Simply, wash your face, and apply the ice cube all over the face until it has melted away completely, or just to the affected area. Ice is incredibly effective in reducing swelling (that of a pimple in particular), as well as to help even out the skin tone, reduce puffiness, and help in anti ageing. Depending on how your skin is, I like to ice my face every night, after I cleanse and before I go in the shower. I find that it really helps to reduce swelling of pimples, as well as to keep them at bay. Another trick, is to place the ice cube under the eyes to reduce puffiness, as well as to act as a natural anti ageing treatment to really prevent wrinkles. I would really recommend you try this quick and easy beauty trick, as I know how well it has worked for my skin and hope that it makes a difference to yours!

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

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