Self-care is taking care of your entire self – also the things you might tend to forget about sometimes; your feet! I can recommend taking an epsom salt footbath once in a while 💕✨
Why not use the weekend taking a relaxing footbath? We often remember to take care of our face, body, hair, nails etc. but we very often tend to forget to take good care of the feet that carry us around all day. So hereby a little reminder to you – and to myself – to take good care of your feet.
A little easy recipe for a delicious footbath is to use epsom salt in it! You can also add in some good oils, fx apricot or sweet almond oil, or some calming herbs like lavender, chamomile or calendula.
Why Epsom salt?
Epsom salt is a magnesiumsulfat, which has a calming effect on your nervous system, and it makes your muscles relax. Epsom salt is also softening and moisturising for your skin, and it can help reduce swelling.
Just remember to sit for at least 15-20 minutes with your footbath, as that is what it takes before your body has absorbed the magnesium from the water.
You can take while having your feet in the bath to just sit and fully relax, drink a cup of tea, read a good book or watch a good movie.
Are you good at taking care of your feet? Or perhaps this was a reminder for you to take extra good care of them this weekend 💕✨
“A healthy outside starts from the inside“, or “You are what you eat“. You’ve probably heard this before, but it’s so very true! Not to say that some people aren’t blessed with “lucky” skin and can just eat whatever they want and still have perfect skin. But over time, you won’t be able to do so, if you keep eating processed foods, your body and your cells will eventually start to fail you, whereas, if you eat lots of whole foods and plants, you are fuelling all your cells with lots of nutrients, vitamins and minerals which your skin will love you for! 🥑💕✨
I’ve had a passion for holistic health and more natural skincare for many years. It all began with me suffering from digestive and skin problems in my late teens. I started to dive more and more into natural ways to “fix” my problems – and of course the body is complex and there can be many reasons for why your skin is breaking out, but one of the main reasons why my skin did, was because I wasn’t eating enough real, whole foods – “skin foods”.
Because what your skin loves is actually just that – whole foods – how the Earth has made it. Not all the processed, man-kind food products with thousands of ingredients, preservatives, sugar etc.
Your body, your health and your skin loves REAL, NATURAL, WHOLE foods.
I can clearly see on my skin when I eat too much “junk”. I don’t know whether that’s a curse or a blessing, but my skin is clearly telling me through pimples and skin problems if it does not like what I eat.
So I try to eat as much whole foods as I can, and I make lots of smoothies to get some extra vitamins in and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated! 💦
FOOD YOUR SKIN LOVES
Avocados are such a skinfood! They are high in healthy fats (the good kind of fat), that benefits many functions in your body – fx the health of your skin. Getting enough healthy fats is essential to keep your skin flexible and moisturised.
NUTS & SEEDS
Nuts and seeds are also an amazing source of healthy fats! Walnuts, pumpkins seeds, sunflower seeds etc.
Sweet potatoes are filled with betacarotene. Betacarotene functions as provitamin A, which means that it can be converted into vitamin A in your body. Betacarotene is found in sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach. When consumed the antioxidant carotenoids is incorporated into your skin and helps protect your skin cells from sun exposure. This can help prevent sunburn, cell death, and dry, wrinkled skin.
Broccoli is such a powerfood! It’s full of many different vitamins and minerals that’s important for skin health, including zinc, vitamin A and C.
Berries are high in antioxidants which help keep free radicals under control. Free radicals in larger amount can damage your cells, causing oxidative stress in your body. Antioxidants helps to “fight” those free radicals (aka. what’s speeding up the aging process and damaging your skin).
When I was younger all the youth magazine were telling you that to get ‘clear skin’, all you needed was this and this and this product to put on your face, and that diet really had nothing to do with your skin. Glad, times have changed and it’s now commonly known that skincare is about way more than just what you put on your skin. So today I want to share some of the things that influence how your skin looks 🥑✨
How to take care of your skin from within
Relax & Take someDeep Belly Breaths By taking deep breaths you are activating the parasympathetic nervous system (the one where you can relax), which is what you want. Because when you are feeling stressed, the first thing you body take nutrients from is your skin, hair and nails, since these aren’t essential features to our health. So if you want to take good care of your skin, take more pauses doing the day, breathe deep and just relax.
Eat more Healthy Fats Healthy fats are essential to our health and the beauty of our skin. This helps to moisturize your skin from within, and fats are needed in all your cells to function properly. If you aren’t eating avocados, nuts and seeds, then try to incorporate more of these into your diet. You can also use a good olive oil on your food, and use an oil supplement to add to your smoothies fx one containing flaxseed oil and evening primrose oil
Veggies Veggies Veggies Of course, this one almost don’t need an explanation. “You are what you eat” – so by eating lots of living leafy greens, veggies and fruits, you are fuelling your body with so many vitamins and nutrients that are essential for your body. To make your internal body and all its processes work better, it needs the right kind of fuel. Eat the rainbow, eat lots of fibre and you’ll start seeing wonders with your skin! Ps, I can highly recommend my green smoothie recipe!
Hydrate Your Body Our bodies consist of up to 60% water. The brain and the heart are composed of 73% water, the lungs are about 83% water and the skin contains 64% water. We are made up of so much water, which is why it is so important to stay hydrated. We lose water when we sweat, or pee, so we always need to hydrate our bodies for it to function properly. Not only drinking water, but also eating hydrating foods such as cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, watermelon etc.
Enjoy life! Enjoy your life! Have you ever heard the quote “You glow differently when you’re actually happy”? This is so true. That’s also why people glow when they are newly in love, or those people who follow their passion have that special glow over them – because you can just see that they are passionated and excited about something. One of the best things you can do for your skin and your health is to just enjoy life. Appreciate all the small things, be grateful about your life, do what makes you happy – spend time hanging out with your girlfriends, go hiking, go out explore, follow your passions, smile, laugh, have fun!
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!
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!
Hvis du ikke allerede har læst de mange forskellige holistiske skønhedsinterviews her på bloggen, så kan jeg kun sige at der er masser af gode tips og anbefalinger at finde fra nogle af de skønneste damer!
Jeg skrev til 4 kvinder som jeg finder særligt inspirerende indenfor det mere holistiske skønhedsunivers og de har delt ud om alt fra deres yndlingsprodukter, deres bedste selvforkælelsestips, til deres morgen og aften rutiner.