10 TIPS FOR BETTER SKIN!

10 TIPS FOR BETTER SKIN!

  1. Moisturise – the earlier you start the better! You’re never too old to start. Moisturise straight after cleaning your face and body to lock moisture to your skin.

Check out our related YouTube video that could help with your skin:

“How To Choose the Right Moisturizer”

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ds8TeONMug0&t=153s

  1. For double moisture and protection if you have a dry skin condition, it is better to moisturise both before and after your bath or shower.
  1.  Don’t be afraid to moisturise if you have dry or oily skin.  Moisturising with the right natural skincare product can actually prevent the skin from developing extreme dryness or extreme oiliness. If you use a natural body butter, you just need to adjust the quantity to suit your skin type.
  1. If you have dry skin, limit your baths and showers to 5- 10 minutes and use warm rather than hot water.
  1. During your bath or shower, using a fragrance-free face wash, body wash or natural soap bar can help prevent irritated skin.
  1. Use a sunscreen of no less than 30SPF, and preferably 50SPF on your face every day. If you’re staying indoors you should still use at least a factor 30SPF. Apply sunscreen at least 2-3 times throughout the day as it loses its protection.

Check out our related YouTube videos that could help with your skin:

“My Acne Story”

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZhvuX8XVIA

  1. If you have sensitive skin or a dry skin condition, you should opt to use a fragrance free natural/physical/mineral sunscreen.  This will have zinc oxide as a main ingredient.
  1. By eating a wide variety of plant-based foods such as vegetables, fruit, herbs, spices, nuts, seeds and pulses, you can help to improve your skin and health from the inside out.
  1. By improving the health of your gut, you can improve the health and appearance of your skin. You can have fermented food and drinks, or a good quality probiotic to increase the levels of good bacteria.
  1. Eating massively processed and sugar laden foods regularly WILL have a negative impact on your skin and health  

For more information, check our YouTube channel to help with your skin journey!

@ Tigs and Moo Naturals

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•	Foods that help Hormonal Adult Acne: Moringa

• Foods that help Hormonal Adult Acne: Moringa

What is Moringa?

If you are one of our regular Tigs & Moo Naturals YouTube viewers and were able to watch any of our informational YouTube vlogs in the past few months, you would have heard me rave on about how fantastic the herb moringa is for the skin and overall body health.

But first, what is Moringa?

For countless years, Moringa Oleifera has also been known as the drumstick tree, miracle tree, ben oil tree, or the horseradish tree.  It is a plant that has been used and regarded for its health benefits and its medicinal and anti-inflammatory properties for hundreds if not thousands of years. Not to mention, it is also an antidepressant.  It is also good to know that this information is supported by scientific research.

What does Moringa contain?

 I mentioned on a previous YouTube video that Moringa isn’t just a superfood for the skin, but for the overall health of the body.  This is because it includes;

  • 92 nutrients
  • 46 antioxidants
  • 36 anti-inflammatory properties
  • 18 amino acids
  • And, 9 essential amino acids

As someone who has suffered from hormonal acne for over 10 years, it is easy to give into temptation and become complacent when my skin is in its problem free looking stage.  But inevitably, it doesn’t take much to swing the scales the other way! It’s like a rude awakening when you feel that cyst slowly making an appearance on your face, knowing that once it has gone in a few weeks, you’ll be left with the hyperpigmented scarring. I then ask myself, was the sugar, gluten, milk and/or processed food worth it? A Big Fat Nope!

Well, thank God for Moringa! And here’s why!

It contains healthful compounds such as; 

  • Vitamin A (from beta-carotene)
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin)
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C and Folate
  • Protein
  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Zinc
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus

And if that doesn’t impress you then here are some nutritional reminders: 

  • It has 7 times more Vitamin C than oranges
  • 10 times more Vitamin A than carrots
  • 17 times more Calcium than milk
  • 9 times more Protein than yoghurt
  • 15 times more Potassium than bananas
  • 25 times more Iron than spinach

When it comes to major illness or disease it helps with:

  • Epilepsy
  • Rheumatism
  • Heart disease…the list is endless!

However, I did find during my research that you shouldn’t consume more than 11 teaspoons a day…but goodness knows why you would want that much. Remember practicing moderation is a good thing!!!!!!!!! 

Those on thyroid, blood pressure and diabetic medications should consult their doctors first.  I know that it can lower your blood pressure, which is why my husband takes it, so it may interact with your current medication.  Other than that there aren’t any other known side effects.

Can it help with my Acne?

Moringa has strong anti-inflammatory properties, thus it can help to reduce your inflamed acne when applied directly/topically on the skin. With continued oral consumption it will also help both the inflamed acne and any possible hyperpigmentation. 

Meanwhile, the Moringa Oil has plant hormones called Cytokinesis which helps promote cellular growth & prevent the destruction of skin tissue. It is also worth noting that the natural Vitamin C in moringa helps to boost the production of collagen and help prevent sagging of the skin, reduce fine lines & wrinkles. 

Moringa is also known to be a great detoxifier for the liver.  If your liver is struggling to do its job of cleaning or detoxing the body, this could be a reason for your adult acne.  Remember that acne is often a symptom or sign that something is going on inside your body that needs to be put right.  That something could be all or some of the following:

  • Inflammation in the body
  • Inflammation in the gut
  • Your liver has too many toxins
  • Your hormones are fluctuating or have become imbalanced
  • Your body has nutritional deficiencies.

Moringa can help with all of these!

Link below to the website of this information above:

For more information, check our YouTube video; 

Food that helps Acne: Moringa @ Tigs and Moo Naturals 

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Neem Oil! The Benefits Of Using Natural Oils.

I absolutely love Neem oil.  It is my bathroom cabinet saviour oil; my son’s eczema saviour oil and my daughters saviour oil for her teenage hormonal acne.  When I was first introduced to neem oil I couldn’t believe how quickly my son’s painful and itchy eczema flare up was calmed and controlled.  Knowing that his prescribed steroid cream didn’t ease his itch, or work quickly on his eczema I was advised by a family member to try neem diluted with another carrier oil.  I’m so glad I listened to their advice.

My son’s eczema itch stopped and within 2 days his eczema was noticeably calmer.  Within 2 weeks it was completely gone from his elbow, neck and knee joints. 

Now…I have to admit that at this point we had already eliminated milk and sugar from my sons diet.  His eczema flare up was however triggered when he accidentally ate a pancake that had cow milk as an ingredient.  The difference this time was that I didn’t panic and use a steroid cream or his usual prescribed dry skin creams, like I had during his previous flare ups.  Instead I continued with his 100% natural Tigs & Moo Naked Body Butter and simply mixed several drops of neem oil in with it, into the palms of my hands.

Even the nutty smell pungent smell of the neem oil could be forgiven, as we watched the eczema fade away without needing yet another trip to the doctor. 

That was four and a half years ago and I haven’t used a steroid cream ever since…despite the conventional dermatologist telling me that I should.  It is amazing how many doctors are still unwilling to try a more Homeopathic or Ayurvedic remedy over something like a topical steroid cream which at some point, with long-term use will cause damage to the skin, as is the case for my mum.  Topical Steroid Withdrawal is hell to go through for anyone let alone a child.

Neem, combined with my own body butter was and still is a little miracle dream team. 

Like many other natural oils and butters, neem has absolutely fantastic anti-inflammatory compounds that can soothe the skin and reduce the dreaded eczema itch and irritation. Some of these amazing anti-inflammatory properties are three compounds called nimbidin, nimbin and quercetin.  

Now, I’m no scientist, but I believe it works so well because neem also has antibacterial and antifungal properties.  I have even used this as a natural insect repellent when added to another carrier oil. 

Neem only has a comedogenic rating of 1 – 2 meaning it is less likely to block pores, making it a good choice for acne sufferers.  For those who want an oil that can aid collagen production, dry skin and wrinkles, neem also has an absorbency rating of 5, making it an oil that slowly absorbs into the skin and therefore offers a protective barrier.  Some of its other benefits also include properties such as fatty acids, antioxidants and Vitamin E.

When it comes to the smell, like Marmite, you either love it or hate it, but that is why diluting neem with another carrier oil is something I do, unless I am dabbing it directly onto acne.  My kids love the smell, I don’t!  But as I have seen the benefits of this oil first hand, I do add a couple drops to my daily facial moisturiser.

As always, test anything new on the inner part of your elbow and wait 48 hours.  If you’re going to give it a try, go for Organic Cold Pressed Virgin Neem Oil.

My skin tone, eczema, adult acne and fine lines salute this oil with the most respect!

Alison Williams-Smith

Sweet Almond Oil! The Benefits Of Using Natural Oils.

Firstly, and very important, anyone with a nut allergy should not use almond oil.  And, as with any type of new skincare product, you should always do a patch test first…especially if you have sensitive eczema prone skin.

Now that we have said that, it is good to know that almond oil is classed as both a moisturiser and an emollient, which is a double bonus for those who want to give it a go.  It is a vegetable oil, obtained from the dried kernels of the almond tree, it can be applied directly to the skin and hair, or used as an active ingredient or carrier oil.

As an emollient it smooths the skin, filling in little gaps, which helps the skin retain moisture by improving its barrier function.  As a moisturiser it supplies water to the skin and holds it in with an oily substance.

With its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and even anticarcinogenic properties, many people use almond oil as a natural skincare ingredient to help treat common skin conditions, such as dermatitis and eczema. There is good evidence that this natural moisturiser improves eczema when used regularly, and I myself add almond oil to my skincare routine regularly.

Almond oil includes B vitamins, vitamins A, D and E and also includes fatty acids such as oleic acid, which help cells to function normally.  

With an absorption rate of 3, it mostly sits on the skin and leaves a satiny silky look

It also has a comedogenic rating of 2 which means that it won’t cog the pores of most people, but may potentially block the pores of some.

By Alison Williams-Smith

References

Rosehip Seed Oil! The Benefits Of Using Natural Oils

Also known as Rosehip oil, the colour of Rosehip seed oil ranges from a beautiful deep golden tone to a rich orange-red.  If it looks more yellow in colour this means it has been more processed and refined, which removes many of its original properties and benefits.  It is also advantageous to know that when it is 100% pure it has a nutty toasty aroma due to the grinding process of the seeds.

When it comes to benefits to the skin there are lots of good reasons for using this natural oil.

First of all, and one which is massively important for those with sensitive skin or for those who are acne prone, rosehip seed oil only has a comedogenic rating of one.  This means it is highly unlikely to block pores

It also has a absorbency rating of one which makes it a dry oil that is absorbed quickly by the skin, without leaving that oily feeling.

If you are someone who shy’s away from the oily feeling, then this will definitely be an ideal oil for you.  There are many properties to rosehip oil that make it an ideal candidate for natural beauty warriors.

As well as fatty acids like linoleic and linoleic acid, which those with dry skin should use as part of their beauty routine to help prevent water loss, other benefits include that is has natural antioxidant properties.

All you natural beauty warriors by now will know that antioxidants are needed to help reduce inflammation in the body and skin.  By reducing inflammation and neutralising free radicals, our skin can help to repair itself from damage such as those caused by the UV rays of the sun, pollution, our diet and even some of the synthetic skincare we use which includes those artificial chemical fragrances.  Antioxidants can also aid in the production of collagen which is massively beneficial to those who want to prevent, slow down or reduce signs of premature ageing.

Did I also mention that rosehip seed oil is also a natural exfoliator? 

No! 

Then apologies, because it is! 

It is naturally high in vitamins A (retinol) and C which encourages skin cell turnover which means brighter, glowing, vibrant skin.

And for those with inflamed skin or skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis or rosacea, rosehip seed oil is rich with anti-inflammatory properties like vitamin E, anythocyanin and polyphenols. Those words may be a bit of a mouthful but rest assured, when simply put, it means you are treating your skin with love.

Included in rosehip’s many benefits is its use for those with hyperpigmentation.  As a person who has used this oil before, I know that although my face didn’t seem to like this drier oil, my body did reap the benefits.  When I mixed this with other carrier oils and used in regularly on my imperfections i.e. hyperpigmented areas of my body, after several months I did start to notice a difference to my uneven skin tone.

I learned later on that rosehip seed oil contains beta carotene and lycopene.  Both of these have skin lightening properties.

When I mentioned previously that it didn’t agree with my face, this was because it worked perfectly on my body during the 48 hour patch test, but when I made the mistake of using it on my face without diluting it with another carrier oil I did get a slight rash…oh to having super sensitive skin!!!!

So…the moral of this story is do that all important patch test and if you are still unsure, dilute it with another oil you are certain you don’t react to

Before I leave you I should also say that this is another oil that is easy to get hold of in wholefood and health shops, or online.

Alison Williams-Smith

References

https://www.herbaldynamicsbeauty.com/blogs/herbal-dynamics-beauty/understanding-the-comedogenic-scale-for-oils-and-butters

https://www.beneficialbotanicals.com/absorption-rates-of-carrier-oils/

Hemp Seed Oil! The Benefits Of Using Natural Oils

I should first point out that hemp seed oil shouldn’t be confused with hemp oil.  Hemp seed oil comes from the seeds of the hemp plant and is cultivated for non-drug use

An all-rounder skin oil that is ideal for most skin types, hemp seed oil doesn’t block pores and has a rating of zero on the comedogenic ratings chart, which means that that for those who are worried about the potential of an oil blocking your pores, you don’t have to worry about this one at all. 

With an absorption rate of 3, hemp seed oil leaves a nice satiny,  glowing finish on the skin, hydrates the skin well, reduces inflammation and can even help to balance out oily skin.

Research shows that as well as using it on the skin, dietary hemp seed oil…in other words ingesting it as part of your diet, can help to improve eczema symptoms.

When applied topically, hemp seed oil can help to improve eczema, acne, psoriasis and dry skin.  A 2014 study even found that hemp oil can contribute to stronger skin that is more resistant to viral, bacterial, and fungal infections. 

As an oil that is naturally high in fatty acids and omega acids, hemp seed oil is a skin soothing oil which also has humectant benefits, meaning that it attracts moisture from the air, to the skin.

In fact, hemp seed oil is so great that to date, it has no known side effects!

Personally I love to use it on my face, hair and body!