My skin type is to the dry and sensitive side, so over the years I’ve found many things that help to combat dry skin and moisturise the skin both from outside and from within. I want to share those tips with you, so here you have my 4 tips for dry skin!
One of my first tips would be to try to experiment with facial oils. Facial oils are very moisturising, and can really help combat dry skin. If you have very sensitive skin and break out easily, you can try oils such as jojoba, rosehip oil or evening primrose oil.
2. Healthy fats
It is not just enough to moisturise the skin from outside-in, one of the best things you can do if you have dry skin, is to eat more healthy fats. Eat more nuts, seeds and avocados, these will moisturise your skin from within. Hemp seeds, walnuts, cashew nuts, chia seeds, almonds, sesame seeds etc.
3. Avoid harsh products
I don’t know about you, but when I was a teenager, all the youth magazines promoted skincare products which was really harsh and damaging for the skin. At that time, I thought that if you were going to combat pimples and acne, that was what you had to use. Boy, was that wrong. These types of products actually damage your good bacteria on the skin, and dry out the skin. So avoid all types of ‘harsh’ products. Instead try fx some balm cleansers or some very gentle milk cleansers.
4. Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate
We cannot talk about dry skin, without talking about water. Hydrating your body with water, or watery foods (fx cucumber) is so important. Drink more water, and your skin will thank you!
Alana Olivers is a very inspirering woman who I’m following on Instagram & Youtube. We have very similar interests, within health, skin, and the whole mind body connection. Alana works as a skin coach and is just such a positive person, and I am so happy to have created such a beautiful ‘online friendship’ with her, without even having met her in real life. I find Alana very inspirering, and she has so much knowledge within the field of skin & health, which she is going to share much more of in this interview.
Dear Alana, will you tell us a little bit about yourself? Who you are and what you do?
I was born and grew up in Switzerland but I now live all over the world. I am a skin coach (I help others to make their skin look and feel its best) and I run my own company in Switzerland where we produce 100% natural, personalized, cruelty free, vegan skin care. My passion is to empower and help others see how amazing their bodies’ healing abilities are and to show them how much modern medicine underestimates what the body and skin can do all by itself, without any pills, just by giving it the right ‘fuel’ and treating it as a whole.
I am an introvert who loves to read books about health, the skin, the brain, genetics, epigenetics, psychology and the mind, who didn’t have a social media account until 24 years old and now tries to figure out how it works while still feeling weird in front of a camera every time 🙂 .
I believe that our health is the biggest wealth we have in life and that we should appreciate and respect our body and trust in its abilities and I hope to inspire others to see that the same way.
You share lots of skincare tips on your Youtube and Instagram, what made you become interested in skin? And, how did you gain the knowledge that you’ve learned?
A couple of
years ago I was diagnosed with something which made me spend a lot of time in
the hospital getting treatments and surgery which ended up weakening my immune
system massively. Apart from my completely weakened body, I started to get skin
rashes and acne, my body overreacted to literally everything and no skin care
helped. I tried everything from affordable to extremely expensive skin care,
but somehow it just made things worse.
I started to look into the ingredient lists and I was shocked to find out how
many chemicals were in there. I knew that there had to be a better way. I
started to read all the books I could get my hands on about healing the skin
and the body. I cleaned up my diet and my lifestyle as well as making my skin
care myself to make sure I can control all the ingredients.
I decided to take courses in natural skin care, nutrition, holistic medicine,
holistic healing etc. and I used every free minute to read everything about the
skin and what influences its healing and wellbeing. Soon thereafter people
started to take notice that my skin got much better and became interested in
what I did, and I started to coach them with their own skin and through word of
mouth I got more and more clients. That’s when I decided to make a Youtube and
Instagram account to share what I love most with more people 🙂
What are your 5 best skincare tips?
The foods you consume far outweigh the skin care you are applying topically, so make sure to heal your skin from within before spending money on something which can only (in the best case) help with the symptoms of your problem.
NEVER be afraid of using oils on your skin. If you are choosing the right oil for your skin it will be the best thing you’ve ever done when it comes to skin care (and it won’t clog your pores)
Be as gentle as you can and don’t overdo it with products (9 steps skin care systems were created by companies which want to sell you a loooot of products). Your skin was built to protect you from the world, it is an awesome organ and it just needs your support (not you trying to take over its job 🙂 )
Never forget that your skin is just part of a whole organism, your body. You can never heal the skin without healing the body, and as soon as you heal your body, your skin will be healthy as well.
80% of what you apply to your skin will be absorbed directly into your bloodstream. So make sure that the skincare you apply only contains ingredients which you would also feel comfortable with if you would have to eat it.
What is 1 thing you have experienced that most people do not think about when they want to improve their skin, which actually has a huge impact on how your skin looks?
the gut health. The health of our digestive tract influences the health of our
skin directly. Many of my clients are a little surprised to say the least when
I ask them about their bowel movements since they booked a consultation which
should cover their skin problems. But your gut is an organ which is responsible
to eliminate (literally:P) everything your body doesn’t need and the digestive
tract also has the vital job when it comes to absorb nutrients and vitamins.
If your gut is overwhelmed or constipated it can happen that part of your
already digested food gets reabsorbed into your bloodstream which leads to
inflammation which in turn can lead to acne and/or rashes and eczema. It is so
important to take care of your gut health, to me it is the seat of our health,
If your gut isn’t healthy your whole body (including your skin) is out of
balance. So, make sure to eat enough pre- and probiotic foods, avoid processed
foods and junk foods and lower your sugar intake. After taking antibiotics make
sure to use probiotics to bring the “good bacteria” back into your digestive
Do you have some daily rituals that you do every single day?
YEEEEEES 🙂 ! I am all about rituals, I believe that without creating small rituals around the things you want to improve in your life nothing really happens. The habits which made the biggest difference in my life are:
I always start my day with a 10-20 minutes Meditation and I usually also finish my day like this (it is one of the best rituals I have every implemented into my daily life).
The second thing I do is that I start every single day with lots of warm water (I either add lemon, ginger, turmeric, apple cider vinegar or some sort of tea to it, whatever I have on hand that day).
I also work out every single day since I believe that an active lifestyle is so important for a healthy body (and beautiful skinJ), I either run, go on a bicycle, go for a hike or do yoga.
Another ritual I have is that I read or listen to an audio book every day (usually before bedtime, and always when I commute) for at least 30min – 1 hour.
What is your skincare routine like?
My skin care routine is extremely simple. I use the oil cleansing method to cleanse my face in the evening. After that I always have a look at my skin and decide what it needs that day. That might just be some fresh Aloe Vera or a serum, or a mask, Vitamin C, or a product/DIY which contains AHA or BHA to exfoliate my skin (I only exfoliate my skin 1x a week). After that I just apply my 100% natural night cream and go to bed.
In the morning I usually don’t wash my face at all. I use some rice water toner (I have a recipe for that on my channel) and then I either apply some of my day cream (if my skin feels dry that day) or just leave it at that. Once to twice a week I go to the sauna and apply some manuka honey as a face mask. That’s basically it 🙂
You have also created your own skincare line. Can you tell us about the products you have created?
My Skin Care Company is based in Switzerland and is called “Natural Choices”. And this is exactly what the products are all about. They are 100% natural, cruelty free and vegan, they are free from chemicals and preservatives as well as silicones and parabens.
I think our skin is so different from everybody else’s. That’s why all the products are personalized (that means a person comes for a skin analysis or has a skin coaching session with me and after that we choose each ingredient for each product specifically for that person and then creates a unique product).
The benefit of that is first of all that we can address the specific skin problems with ingredients which matches the specific needs of our client, and also that we can change the formulation once the skin starts to get better (as well as making adjustments for Winter/Summer time).
Which books have changed your life?
Super Genes (Deepak Chopra M.D & Rudolph Tanzi Ph.D.)
The Four Agreements (Don Miguel Ruiz)
The Telomere Effect (Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn & Dr. Elissa Epel)
What is your best advice for people who are dealing with skin issues and are feeling insecure because of their skin?
For sure it
is always hard to deal with skin problems just because it is usually not
something you can easily cover up and everyone sees it so you feel exposed and
judged, at least that is how I felt.
The most important advice I can give is to try to shift your perspective about
it. It is not an easy thing to do, but it is truly life changing.
Don’t see the rashes or pimples or dry flakes as something your body does against you but as something it does FOR you. Try to see it as the language your body communicates with you. It tries to tell you that something is wrong, that for example your digestive tract or your liver is overwhelmed (breakouts, dull skin f.e.), or you don’t get enough sleep (dull skin, dark circles), or that your body is chronically inflamed (rashes, eczema, acne).
If you look at your skin problems from that perspective, then first of all you can figure out the cause for it and solve your problem at its root instead of just treating the symptoms, plus you enter into a much deeper relationship with your own body and will soon learn to read every sign it gives you and act accordingly.
Once you have been able to heal your skin you’ll be so much stronger and grateful for the process you had to go through because other people will never get the chance to learn this.
Which 3 people have inspired you most in your life?
He is one
of the leading figures when it comes to the body mind connection. His books
introduced me to Ayurveda, to mediation and taught me how important our mindset
is for the healing process of our body.
inspired my whole childhood into my adult life until now. Not him directly as a
person but his movies. I sometimes still find myself scrolling through Netflix
ending up watching Mulan or the Beauty and the Beast. I am a Disney Girl :p
and me went through a lot together and have an extremely strong relationship.
He unknowingly teaches me new lessons every single day but the most important
thing he taught me is probably that being yourself and to stand up for who you
are is certainly not always the easiest way but that it is always worth it, and
in the end the most rewarding.
If people want to learn more about you, or support you in any kind of way, where can they do this?
Winter is just around the corner, it actually snowed a little bit in Denmark the other day! That calls for lots of cozy times and self-care practices, to help with the mood and make the cold and dark Winter times a bit more enjoyable.
Here are 7 Cozy Winter Self-Care Practices
1. Drybrush your Skin
During Winter your skin tends to get a lot more dry. Something that can help with this is dry brushing your skin (preferably every day, or just before you take a shower). Dry brushing helps mildly exfoliate the skin and get rid of dead skin cells.
Is there anything better than snuggling under a blanket, with a cup of tea, and a warm footbath while watching a good movie? I absolutely that I love this. Winter is the perfect time to give your feet some love, especially now that they are locked inside big boots for many months. I like to make a footbath with some epsomsalt and lemon juice.
5. Light a Candle
Winter time calls for candles. Am I right? It just creates such a cozy and comforting vibe to see candles lit inside your home.
6. Time for Tea
I can basically drink tea all year long, but Winter time especially calls for those warm drinks. Whether that be herbal teas, hot cacaos or a delicious smelling chai lattes. Pour yourself a warm drink, grab a blanket, light the candles and engage in a lovely book, your favourite movie or have a great talk with your best friends.
7. Yin Yoga
I might be a bit biased here, but Cathrine (my boss) has really showed me the wonders of Yin Yoga. Yin yoga is a very slow and deep yoga practice. You stay in each pose for 3-5 minutes, and you thereby get really deep into the stretches. It feels amazing, and it is so relaxing and it really calms you down. Yin yoga also calls for warm clothes and you usually finish off with a blanket over you in Savasana. You can either take a physical yin yoga class, or you can do it at home by fx using Yogavivo.
What are your favourite things to do during the Winter, to make life a little bit more enjoyable? Share them in the comments, and let’s inspire each other!
Hi everyone! It’s been forever. Big jokes on me when I last posted and said that I was going to start posting regularly in here again. Well, that did not happen, because then uni started again and I got a bit overwhelmed. But now I’ve gotten into a a better routine and I have LOTS of ideas scribbled down and blog posts planned that I want to share with you here on the blog.
First, I want to share 3 current favourites with you guys, which I’ve been absolutely loving lately!
I absolutely love a (good) cup of matcha latte. Believe me, you can for sure also get some not-so-good ones out there (I’ve definitely tried that as well). But, a good cup of matcha latte is just a delicious, comforting drink to sip on. I love to have it on cafés or to make it at home during the colder months and then drink it while reading homeworks or doing some work. It just makes the day a little bit better (and I’m all about adding those small things into your everyday life that brings you more joy!).
🌱 Gua Sha Facial Massage
I had a little period of time where I forgot about doing gua sha facial massage, but I just got back into it again, and wow, I just really, really love it! And, I feel like I do such a great thing for my skin. It really stimulates the blood flow and circulation in your skin. I can recommend the Honesty Beauty Talk’s book where you can read and learn a lot more about the benefits of gua sha massages.
🌱 Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanse
As some of you might know, I have got a new job, in a health store – and I absolutely love being surrounded by healthy food products, supplements and natural skincare! A few weeks ago one of my colleagues recommended me to try the Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanse, and I have fallen completely in love with it. This is the perfect cleanser, especially if you have dry skin, since it leaves your skin so smooth and soft afterwards! I feel like having a real spa night every night when I apply this to my face. It just smells divine and I love the little ritual with applying it in circular emotions, and then use a damped wash cloth over my face to gently remove it – it’s just the best!
What are your current favourites? Whether that be a new tea you have just tried, a book you have read recently, or something else! Share it in the comments and let’s us all inspire each other!
Indlæg skrevet i samarbejde med Naturligolie.dk, som har sendt mig nogle af deres produkter. Jeg har selv brugt deres olier igennem de sidste 2-3 års tid, og jeg er så begejstret for dem.
Indenfor de sidste par år er jeg virkelig begyndt at tænke mere og mere over hvad jeg bruger af produkter i alle livets aspekter. Jeg vil gerne have, at de er naturlige og ikke er fyldte med alverdens kemikalier og tilsætningsstoffer. Dette gælder især når det kommer til hudpleje, da jeg har lært at 60 % af hvad vi putter på vores hud bliver absorberet ind i blodbanerne og påvirker vores hormonsystem og krop, og dermed vores overordnede sundhed.
Hvorfor at økologiske olier er fantastiske
Det er netop på grund af ovenstående at jeg er blevet så vild med Naturligolie og deres produkter. Her får man de reneste, økologiske olier og det tilmed i en glasflaske i stedet for plastik. For ikke at nævne, at al deres emballage som produkterne bliver sendt afsted i er genbrugeligt og helt uden plastik, det er jeg virkelig stor fan af! Her er man altså sikret at man ikke putter nogle dårlige ingredienser på sin hud, men kun sunde, nærende, økologiske og rene olier som virkelig går ind og nærer og plejer huden.
At vælge økologiske produkter er ikke kun godt for din hud og din egen sundhed, men er også med til at passe på planeten, da produktionen af råvarerne dermed ikke er blevet sprøjtet med pesticider som går ned og forurener og skader jorden.
Forskellige olier til forskellige behov
Jeg kan rigtig godt lide at man hos Naturligolie kan købe enkelte olier, og så kan man helt selv gå ind og blande og mixe som man vil. På den måde kan man lave en olie mix som passer præcis til ens egen hudtype.
Jeg har selv siddet og studeret alle de forskellige olier og læst om hvad de er gode til, samt taget testen på deres hjemmeside for at finde ud af hvilke olier der er gode til lige netop min hudtype. Det er nemlig virkelig individuelt hvad for olier du har behov for, afhængig af din hudtype – om den er tør, moden eller om du har tendens til uren hud osv.
Jeg har tendens til tør hud / uren hud, og er for tiden rigtig glad for at bruge hybenkerneolie blandet med lidt granatæble olie og jojoba olie.
Jeg synes at olier er så skønne at smøre på huden, de sørger virkelig for at huden bliver dejlig blød og fugtet og når man så tilmed går ind og læser om de forskellige egenskaber som de diverse olier har, så bliver det bare endnu bedre, for så føler man virkelig at man gør noget godt for ens hud. Jeg har nu brugt olier i både ansigtet og på kroppen de sidste mange år, og jeg er virkelig glad for det – det gør huden smuk, blød, smidig og fugtet.
Du kan også lave dine egne produkter ud af de forskellige råvarer du kan købe hos Naturligolie. Jeg har selv lavet min egen læbepomade, en ansigtscreme og body butter – dem kan du finde opskrifterne på lige her.
Har du prøvet at bruge olier i ansigtet? Eller på kroppen? Hvis ja, hvilke olier er dine yndlings?
This post is written in collaboration with Naturligolie.dk (Danish company which means ‘Natural Oils’), which have send me some of their products. I’ve personally used their products during the last 2-3 years and I’m so happy about them.
Within the last couple of years I’ve really started to think more about what I use of products in all aspects of life. I want them to be natural and not filled with harmful chemicals and additives. This is especially important to me when it comes to skincare products, since I’ve learned that 60 % of what we put on our skin is getting absorbed into our bloodstream and affects our hormonal system and our body, and thereby our overall health.
Why organic oils are amazing
It is exactly because of the above information that I’m so into Naturligolie and their products. Here you get the purest, organic oils and you also get them in a glass bottle instead of a plastic bottle. Not to miss, all their packaging which the products get send in is recyclable and completely without any plastic, and I really like that! Here you are ensured that you won’t be putting any bad ingredients on your skin, but only healthy, nourishing, organic and pure oils which really nourishes the skin.
To choose organic products is not just good for your skin and your overall health, it also helps protect the health of the planet since the production of the raw materials is not getting sprayed with pesticides which then absorbs into the ground and damages the Earth.
Different oils for different needs
I really like that you from Naturligolie can buy oils separately and thereby go in and mix it together just as you like. In that way you can make a mixture which fits exactly your skintype.
I’ve been reading about all the different oils and what they are good for, and taken the test on their website to find out which oils are especially good for my skintype. Because it’s really individual what kind of oils different kind of skin types need – whether it is dry, mature or you have a tendency to breakouts.
Personally I have a tendency to dry skin / smaller breakouts and I’ve become really fond of rosehipseed oil mixed with some pomegranate oil and jojoba oil.
I really find oils to be so lovely to put on the skin, they really make sure that the skin gets soft and moisturised, and when you start reading about the different benefits of the different oils it just gets even better, because then you really feel that they make a difference on your skin. I’ve now been using oils on my face and body for the last couple of years and I truly love it – it makes the skin glowy, soft and moisturised.
If there’s something I really love to do, it’s to make my own skincare products. And I’ve already created a bunch of them and shared them in here with you guys, but if you are new to this blog, then here you have some recipes for homemade skincare products!
By making your own skincare products you will know exactly what is in them, and you can customise them to fit your skintype. You can play around and try different ingredients, fx try using jojoba oil instead of almond oil. Put less of some of the “butter” in it and more of the liquid ingredients if you like a more liquid consistency in your products. You can really play around and find what fits you and your skin type. Some homemade skincare products are also the perfect idea for a present to your friends, sister or mom!
It’s time for another book recommendation, and this one I read in like 1-2 days, it is exactly what I LOVE to read about: health and beauty and natural ingredients which doesn’t harm you or the planet. The book is called Naturally Gorgeous and is written by Charlotte Vøhtz which is also the creator behind the brand Green People. I really find Charlotte’s story inspirering, she started her brand Green People because her daughter got eczema and they couldn’t find any products which she could use, so Charlotte created her own brand.
I got this as a birthday present from my sweet friend Ida, and she really knows me, because if I should have written a book, then this is basically what I would have written. It’s all about avoiding toxic ingredients in your skincare and food, eating nourishing food, drinking water and herbal teas, lots of suggestions for natural skincare, recommendation for dry brushing, DIY recipes for skincare products etc. You get the drill.
If you love natural skincare and beauty as much as I do, and I almost bet you do if you follow me either here on my blog or on Instagram, then you would for sure love this book as well.
I just tried making my own face cream the other day, and it turned out really well. I asked you guys on Instagram if you wanted the recipe, and that was a solid yes! So, here you go!
The recipe is made with only 4 natural and pure ingredients and water. Simply, easy and you are then assured that you only put good ingredients on your face. Because remember, whatever you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body. Therefore I want to use as pure ingredients as possible.
The face cream is very moisturising, and perfect for dry winter skin. This cream is also perfect if you have very sensitive skin, because all the ingredients are very gentle and soothing.
If you are not used to putting oils on your face, then you might find the cream a bit too greasy to use as a day cream, but it sure is perfect for a very moisturising night cream.
50 g almond oil
10 g sheabutter
6 g bee’s wax
50 g water
a few drops of vitamin E oil (optional)
*Shea butter is known for repairing skin and boosting collagen
How to do it
It is so simple, you just put all the ingredients into a double boiler and melt it all together. Once it is all melted, you put it into the freezer for 15-20 minutes. Then you take it out and use a mixer to blend it all together until it has a nice, smooth consistency. Then use a spoon to scoop it into a glass or tin container, and voila you’ve got yourself your very own face cream!
Jeg elsker at læse om andres skønhedsrutiner og små ritualer, og jeg valgte derfor at skrive til nogle kvinder som jeg finder særligt inspirerende indenfor dette område.
Den tredje i rækken af holistiske skønhedsinterviews er Tine Emilie Svendsen, som er den anden af grundlæggerne bag det nye danske make-up mærke Miild. Jeg har selv mødt Tine et par gange, og ligesom Tanja, er hun også et rigtig hjertevarmt menneske. Jeg finder masser af inspiration i Tines Instagram og i hendes små insta stories. Hvis du vil lære lidt mere omkring Tines skønhedsrutiner, så læs med nedenfor.
Hvad er, ifølge dig, det bedste man kan gøre for dig selv og sin hud/krop (både fysisk og mentalt)?
Det bedste jeg kan gøre for mig selv er at huske at bruge tid på mig selv. Tage et langt aften bad, og koble fra. Jeg tror på at det er vigtigt at man finder et sted, hvor vi bare er opmærksomme på os selv, og ikke behøves være noget for nogen andre end for en selv.
Hvad er dine yndlings produkter til ansigtet?
Mine yndlingsprodukter til mit ansigt er en god serum, en olie, og en maske. Med de tre produkter kan jeg nå langt. Lige så meget som jeg elsker at have makeup på, lige så meget elsker jeg den rene hud. Med en maske føler jeg at min hud bliver renset lidt ekstra. En olie som jeg både kan bruge i ansigtet og på min krop efter det varme skønne bad. Jeg prøver lidt forskellige serummer af. Lige nu bruger jeg en fra Purely, som giver mig en let fornemmelse, men samtidig fugt. Så lægger min makeup sig også pænere.
Jeg er meget glad for olier. Jeg bruger dem til mine spidser i håret, ansigtet, og på min krop. Naturlig Olie, har lavet mange forskellige, og jeg har fået hjælp til hvilket der passer til mig. De laver nogle gode guides på nettet.
Hver aften fjerner jeg makeup! Jeg tror kun at jeg har prøvet at “glemme” det to-tre gange. Jeg synes bare det er så vigtigt at få fjernet makeup og snavs fra dagen. Så kan du lægge dig på puden, og have en aaaah-følelse. Jeg bruger olie til at fjerne min øjenmakeup, der bruger jeg mine fingre til at smøre det af, sammen med vand. Så bruger jeg en foam lige for tiden fra Matas Natur serie. Jeg bruger en serum, og en olie, eller dagcreme udover, og så er jeg klar til at gå i seng.
Hvordan er din morgen rutine?
Det første jeg gør når jeg står op, er at tjekke Instagram, om der er nogle som har lagt smukke Miild billeder op og tagget os 🙂 Så tager jeg et hurtigt bad, ind i mellem laver jeg det til et koldt bad, så jeg rigtig vågner 🙂
Så smører jeg mig ind i serum til ansigtet, efterfulgt af olie til krop og ansigt. Så lægger jeg selvfølgelig min makeup med Miild produkterne, og sætter lidt hår. Jeg gør ikke meget ved mit hår, enten nede, eller i en lille klemme. Jeg bruger Mason Pearson børsten, og elsker den! Jeg synes virkelig jeg kan mærke og se at den giver en god volume.
Tusinde tak til Tine for at besvare spørgsmålene, og for at lade os få et indblik i hendes skønhedsrutiner!