Celebrate #EarthDay with Organic Masks

Earth day is all about looking after the environment. It’s important because not doing so not only harms ourselves, but also future generations. We already use too many chemicals in our daily lives and we’re exposed to so many through pollution.

But that doesn’t mean we should let ourselves go. So let’s celebrate how the environment nourishes us and pamper ourselves this #EarthDay with 3 of my favorite entirely organic wash off masks from Skinfood! Not only do they smell and feel great, but you will be amazed how good you feel afterwards.

This Black Sugar and Manuka Honey mixture is super effective and smells like something Winnie-the-Pooh would want to dig into. Coarse Black Sugar provides natural exfoliation, while Manuka Honey is known as the most nourishing type of honey in the world. It’s antibacterial to help ward off pimples and soothes burnt & dry skin. Perfect for #summer!
Enter the power scrubber! Skinfood’s Roasted Black Sesame Hot Scrub. Packed with minerals and natural oils, not only does it exterminate black and white heads, but it also makes your skin feel smooth and supple after using it. Just don’t use it in the sauna. The label says it will literally overheat.
This might be my favorite wash off mask of them all. Black Sugar and Strawberry, it’s perfect for clearing blackheads and whiteheads from sensitive skin, while gently exfoliating. The real strawberry in this mask also lightens dark spots and acne scars, as well as tightens your skin. Bonus! It smells like strawberry jam too! Mmmmmm…
For everyday cleansing don’t forget our Organic Konjac Sponges. Made entirely from the root of the Konjac Plant, they’re 100% organic and biodegradable and I love how it deeply cleanses my sensitive skin without irritating it! Use with your favorite cleanser to super charge it.


That’s it for this Earth Day ladies! If you have any other organic skincare regimes and products you use I’d love to hear about them below in comments!

5 reasons why YOU need a konjac sponge


They look like a cupcake that’s lost it’s top. But they don’t really taste like one. Trust me, I know. Even though we call Konjac Sponges, sponges, they are really a potato-like vegetable. Japanese people still eat them.
Taking care of our skin is a growing concern these days. There’s lots out there that does that for us. Some things rotate. Some of them oscillate. Some of them buzz. None of them have been used for thousands of years though.
And it’s no wonder. These 100% natural, squishy skincare miracle blobs are packed with vitamins, including A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D, and E, as well as proteins, lipids, fatty acids and minerals like copper, zinc, iron and magnesium, which you don’t lose through the freeze drying production process.
I’ve been using one daily and my skin now has a noticeable glow to it! And my acne seems to have subsided.
Still not convinced? Here are 5 other reasons to buy into a konjac sponge today.


Fight that acne

Got acne? I know how embarassing it can be, and, like me, you’ve probably tried every remedy under the sun! While some people or more sensitive than other, the basic triggers for acne are always the same. Bacteria, dirt, white and blackheads, and excessive oil are perfect ingredients for a juicy zit to form.
Konjac sponges are naturally antibacterial and pH balancing, and it’s flexible fibrous makeup makes it ideal to deeply cleanse skin.


Sunny complexion

Because Konjac sponges are such great and gentle exfoliators, the more you use it the more smooth and radiant you complexion is going to be!


Long Lasting Makeup

I’m like you. I look for makeup to be long lasting without considering what’s going on with the canvas it’s being put on. But since using a konjac sponge as part of my skincare regime I’ve noticed that most makeup lasts longer than it used to. Why? Well it turns out that flaky skin is not a great surface for holding onto makeup. When you apply it, it just feels dry, chalky and refuses to stick. Regular use of a konjac sponge fixes this by removing all that flaky, dead skin.


Cleanse without Drying

So you come home and you feel oily. You don’t want a break out, so you immediately break out the high powered cleanser. You’re skin feels like a brown paper bag after it, but at least it won’t break out, right? Wrong.
Harsh cleansers that dry out your skin can actually make the problem worse, as your skin attempts to rehydrate, sometimes it can overcompensate. Result? Breakout.
Konjac sponges deeply cleanse without drying out your skin. You can use it with your regular cleanser or cleansing water for an even deeper cleanse.


Sun Repair

I love a bit of time outside in the sun as much as the next non-vampire. But sometimes when you’re done, you’re all sticky from sweat mixed with that ultra high SPF waterproof sunscreen you put on. Ew… Am I right? Konjac sponges help get rid of that stubborn gunk that normal cleansing wont.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear sunscreen at all (collagen breakdown ladies, it’s the devil!). But let’s say you forgot to pop some on and you’re starting to feel that warm burn you get before you turn bright tomato red. Konjac sponges are also great for sunburn! They get rid of that dead skin you accidentally cooked off and they’re so gentle that you’ll barely notice the pain. Wince.
If you can’t tell, I love konjac sponges. In fact, so much, that we’re giving them away at our store for a limited time!
Check them out here and please, let me know how you go with them in the comments below.

10 Foods to Smear on Your Face

I’ve spent a lifetime defending myself for the slobby way I eat. It’s not that I completely miss my mouth. It’s that sometimes, because food is so very delish, it just doesn’t all fit into my too small gob. Damn my genes. But now I find that there are some foods that are beneficial to the health of the skin on your face.
So, whether it’s to find a natural and organic way to take care of your skin, or you’re like me and you just want an excuse for when mum complains about food that didn’t make it all the way inside your mouth, here’s 10 foods that are good to smear on your face.
1. Coconut Oil
The almighty virgin coconut oil! We’ve talked about it before, but coconuts have, for centuries, been the ultimate in natural skincare. Today we see them in all sorts of moisturizing products. Use virgin coconut oil directly on your skin as a light moisturizer, or mix 1 part with 2 parts granulated sugar for a delicious scrub. Either way, you’re going to smell yummy!
2. Eggs
We’ve talked about how eggs are magic for your hair before, but the same applies to your face. Egg whites, like snail mucus, cleanse and tighten your skin. Egg yolks make a rich moisturizer. Together, like Batman and Robin, you get a super mask. Whisk an egg until it’s creamy and apply it to your face. Let it dry for a few minutes before rinsing with cold water. Voila!
3. Baking Soda
Baking soda. What can’t it do? It’s great as a toothpaste, a kitchen cleaner, in cooking, and now, as a amazing exfoliator. Just mix a few drops of distilled water with baking soda to form a paste. Not only is it great for healing skin, stopping breakouts and acne, but it’s super duper cheap. You can even mix with your regular cleanser, for when you need that extra kick.
4. Lemon Juice
Not only is lemon juice great for cleansing and brightening your face, but who doesn’t love to smell lemony fresh?! Store them in the fridge and, when needed, cut one in half and rub it onto your face for 5 minutes. Feels good doesn’t it?
5. Honey
Honey is often used as a binder in DIY facial mask and scrub recipes, but on it’s own it’s still pretty darn good. It’s naturally anti-bacterial, and moisturizing properties make it a great mask.
6. Bananas
Now you have another way to use overripe bananas. Bananas are great moisturizer for all skin types. Their yellow undertone brightens dull skin, and they also taste good! Mix honey and mashed bananas into a thick paste, apply onto your face and leave for 10 minutes. You’re welcome.
7. Oats
People have known about how great oats are for your skin for ages. Oat moisturizers, exfoliators, scrubs and masks are everywhere. And there’s good reason. Oats are great for soothing sunburnt skin, and are a gentle enough scrub to make even the most sensitive skin smooth and glowy. Crush some oats and mix with water or milk to form a paste, and scrub away!
8. Yogurt
Yogurt really is a complete dairy food for your face. The active ingredient in yogurt is lactic acid, which helps freshen and exfoliate. The rest moisturizes and lightens your complexion. Keep it in the fridge for a soothing mask.
9. Almonds
Almonds are a tasty wonder nut. Grind them up and mix with milk (almond milk!) or water to make a thick paste. If the almonds feel a dry because they’ve been sitting in the pantry for a while, try with yogurt instead. It makes a great scrub to exfloliate, cleanse and moisturize your face.
10. Strawberries
Strawberries are the ultimate face freshener. They brighen your skin, cleanse dirt and oil from your face, and are packed with anti-oxidants. You can cut one in half and rub it directly onto your face, or mash them up, add some honey and apply it as a wash off mask.
Too lazy to do it yourself? Me too! That’s why we have this new, super yummy and storable strawberry and black sugar wash off mask from Skinfood.
What other DIY skincare tricks do you use with food? Leave them in the comments below!