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  

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Anti-inflammatory Foods That Help Acne:  Organic Matcha

Anti-inflammatory Foods That Help Acne: Organic Matcha

What is Matcha?

You may have heard of the word Matcha, recently but not known what it is or what it does.  Or maybe you haven’t! 

So…what exactly is Matcha?

Although the term “Matcha” is Chinese in origin; where chá is a mandarin dialect meaning tea, it is more relevantly popular from Japan, in which they have invented a rather unique method than simply grinding green tea.

Like green tea, the leaves come from the Camellia Sinensis plant. However, to create Matcha the young leaves are put in the shade before harvest, to avoid direct sunlight. By keeping them in the shade, it increases the amount of chlorophyll content in the leaves This is what gives its colour a vibrant green and ensures that the Matcha is packed full of nutrients.

The leaves then go through a process of steaming, drying and grinding into a fine powder.  This results in the production of more antioxidants and more health benefits.

Can it help with Acne?

Due to my natural insane ability of being great at collecting hormonal adult acne & the hyperpigmented scarring that follows on my face, I tend to shy away from certain foods and drinks that I know are a trigger for me. Caffeine is a big NO NO for keeping my acne at bay, that is except for one very specific tea.

I’m sure you have guessed it by now… Organic Matcha Powder

A green tea that packs many powerful benefits for acne sufferers.

If you are an acne sufferer and want to continue consuming your daily caffeine, it is worth knowing that the antioxidant levels of Matcha powder are three times more than regular green tea?  It is an anti-inflammatory drink and also fights insulin resistance!  It is a high insulin level and inflammation in the body that can be acne triggers, therefore this drink is a BIG benefit for you!

When it comes to health, Matcha has been countlessly tested and researched.  It has been found to help prevent diseases such as; Type 2 diabetes, alzheimer’s and cancer.

Personally, I’ve only used Matcha in powder form and added it either to a non-dairy oat milk, to make myself a latte before I hit the gym or I’ve bought and used Matcha teabags. It definitely has the caffeine taste, that I personally don’t like, so there is a need for me to add honey.  But for those of you  who have made the move away from coffee and are used to the caffeine taste, you might be okay without the need of any natural sweeteners.

What I like about Matcha is that unlike coffee, tea or energy drinks, where you get that quick hit and then caffeine crash, Matcha is more like a slower release and so its effects last longer.  

Caffeine dense drinks like coffee or energy drinks can spike that hormone ‘Cortisol’. This is a stress hormone, and when the stress hormone cortisol spikes, this stress can then cause be a trigger for your acne. For that reason, MATCHA really is a better choice of drink!

If you keep up with our blogs and YouTube videos, you will already know by now how important consuming food and drinks that are high in antioxidants are for our overall health and specifically our skin’s health. Antioxidants help clear up those free radicals that are caused by the sun, pollution, our lifestyles, some of our not so natural skincare products and even our tap water. Thus, it is important to mention that Matcha contains an antioxidant called EGCG or epigallocatechin gallate. This antioxidant massively helps combat several of the root causes of acne:

  • Decreases Inflammation in the body – If your body is constantly inflamed, this can contribute toward your acne.  By drinking Matcha it can be an aid toward decreasing the release of pro-inflammatory cells in the body
  • Protection from free radicals and UV damage – Free radicals and UV damage can not only can add to scarring from your acne, but also ageing. Hence, there is a need for the protection it provides.
  • Lowers or limits the production of sebum – You need enough sebum (the skins natura oils) to protect the skin, and prevent premature ageing but not too much so that your skins pores become blocked and causes acne.
  • Decreased Insulin resistance – Naturally  reduces insulin levels and significantly helps with the absorption of glucose levels, so if you don’t have that insulin spike, you don’t create too much of the stress hormone cortisol that I mentioned earlier which again means you’re on the road to clearer skin!

Does the type of Milk make a difference?

If you’ve watched my previous video on cow milk and acne, you will have heard me talk about cow milk being researched and shown to increase your IGF-1 (Insulin like Growth Factor-1) hormone within the body. This can be a nightmare for acne sufferers and those with eczema, as it can have a direct impact on your skin.

In particular for acne, high levels of IGF-1 can cause your skin to produce too many skin cells. This then block pores, as these cells push up to the epidermis, the top layer of skin. The blocked pores cause the inflamed infected acne that we know only too well. The good news is that EGCG epigallocatechin gallate in Matcha tea can limit the effect that IGF-1 has to the skin.  It can prevent the skin cells from being over stimulated by blocking the actual IGF-1 receptors.

If you’re a lover of caffeine, then how is that not a win-win situation?

Just as a reminder I will say…REMEMBER, if you’re making changes to your daily diet, make one change at a time for at least 2 weeks, so you can see or feel the difference for definite.  That way if a new change hasn’t worked for your skin, or has made it worse, you know to eliminate it instead of second guessing whether it was the culprit.

For me I like my Matcha with oat milk and honey…a Matcha Latte. It isn’t horrible, but it is a completely different taste to coffee, so try it for a couple of weeks and give it a chance.

I have also combined Matcha Powder with Moringa Powder in a hot oat milk drink sweetened with honey, so I am getting even more antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. 

My skin thanks me for it and I’m sure yours will too.

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Food & Drinks That Help Fight Acne: MATCHA

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DO I HAVE ECZEMA?

DO I HAVE ECZEMA?

What is Eczema?

Do you sometimes get very itchy skin? Do you have unexplained spots or a rash on your body? Do you have dry skin? Is your skin inflamed.  What can it be?

Atopic Dermatitis, generally known as Eczema is commonly found in children and adults, and it is on the increase.  It is a skin condition where irritation and inflammation occur; and tends to occur more so on those with allergies hence the term “Atopic”.  It is also more prevalent amongst those with asthma and hay fever.

Eczema comes in a few other forms and each type has its own symptoms. It isn’t contagious but can be caused by different triggers.

What can trigger my Eczema?

In some cases of eczema, common triggers are rough fabrics, detergents, fragrance, perfume, skincare, body soaps, sweat, food products, grass, allergens, cold air and a lack of humidity caused by central heating, and even stress or a combination of these elements.

For some sufferers, the main cause of worry is that the reaction can occur without any apparent reason, even if a person isn’t exposed to the usual triggers. This is where triggers such as the lack of sleep and stress as mentioned previously, can also be considered.

What are the symptoms?

It can look different for everyone, and depending on your skin tone it won’t necessarily look red. Nevertheless, frustratingly itchy skin is often a common symptom, followed by dry patches, inflamed skin, possibly discoloured skin, rough thick patches of skin and if itched, broken and also infected skin. Eczema can vary in intensity when it comes to how irritating the itch can be, and there is no knowing how long it will last.

Straight away…Is the best time to deal with the symptoms of eczema before it spirals and gets worse. Also consider consulting with your doctor, dermatologist or a naturopath regarding your symptoms.

Types of Eczema:

Atopic Dermatitis, the most common with a frustrating itch. It can leave skin prone to infection and inflamed skin. It can appear anywhere on the body and face.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis, happens when your skin comes into contact with a substance. The substance triggers a reaction in the immune system. Therefore, try to avoid fragrance in skincare, detergents, laundry cleaning products and wool.

Cradle cap or also known as Infant seborrheic Eczema, it can look crusty but it isn’t itchy. Mostly affects babies up to the age of 1 year old.

Adult Seborrheic Eczema, this can appear on the scalp as a mild dandruff but can end up on ears, face, and chest. Normally found in 20 to 40-year-olds. This can look flaky and can become inflamed. It is normally caused by an increase in yeast and if it becomes infected it will need an anti-fungal treatment.

Dyshidrotic eczema. It is more common in women than men and appears as small fluid filled blisters on hands and feet. Those blisters can itch and hurt and the skin can crack and flake. This can be caused by allergies, stress, damp hands and feet, and exposure to substances like nickel, cobalt, and chromium salt.

Hand eczema, it is dry & itchy and can also form blisters or cracks. This type of eczema can be triggered by exposure to irritant causing chemicals from various industries like hairdressing, cleaning, healthcare, laundry or dry cleaning.

Nummular dermatitis, this looks like a round coin shaped dot on the skin, can itch a lot and become scaly. It is triggered by insect bites, an allergic reaction to metal or chemicals, dry skin and atopic dermatitis can also be a trigger for nummular dermatitis.

Stasis dermatitis. This type of eczema is triggered by fluid leaking out of weakened veins, and into the skin. It causes swelling, itching and pain and mainly affects the lower leg. The affected leg can feel achy and heavy and may develop open sores. This tends to happen to those who have blood flow issues in their lower legs.

Don’t think there is nothing you can do about it, even if you have been told it is genetic or it keeps reoccurring.

If your plan is to treat it naturally and more long term, you will need to look at what is causing your eczema. We are all unique, so what triggers one person’s eczema, may not be the same for another person. It is definitely useful to keep a food and lifestyle diary. It can even be a simple spreadsheet which includes

  • What food and drink you had that day, when and where you consumed it.
  • Products you used like skincare, haircare, sunscreen, perfume, or makeup.
  • What you wore that day, like what kind of jewellery or clothing.
  • What activities took place that day: whether you went for a swim, to the gym, walked in the city or the woods, sat on grass or cleaned the house, etc.
  • What you put in your bath.
  • Stressful day, fun day, good night’s sleep, exercise, air conditioning, or central heating.
  • Symptoms other than eczema such as; stomach pain, sinuses, or headache.

Even if you think that your sweat could be a possible trigger for eczema, it is definitely worth documenting everything for 2 weeks before starting your short-term exclusion diet of removing all known eczema triggers for 2 weeks and then reintroducing one at a time to see if there is a reaction. Some of the usual suspects are:

  • Gluten (wheat, rye, barley)
  • Animal milk
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Soya
  • Alcohol
  • Oily fish

You will eventually start seeing patterns and be able to pinpoint. Once food, skincare and your environment have been addressed you can also look at gut health and possible supplementation to help your gut, skin and overall body health.

You can seek the help of practitioners such as:

  • Naturopaths
  • Homeopaths
  • Dermatologists

Treatments like:

  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Light therapy

Once you deal with the triggers and the possible root cause of your eczema it will reoccur less and less.

Remember, it isn’t a one cure fits all condition. You may, like myself or my son have several eczema triggers.

Your eczema is unique to you. It won’t be cured or healed overnight but there is light at the end of the tunnel, as you understand more about what triggers it and what helps to prevent your eczema.

Once you have a better understanding, you will keep adapting and making changes to further improve your skin and health.


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How Do I Know If I Have Eczema @ 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!

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Food that helps Acne: Moringa @ Tigs and Moo Naturals 

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CAN FIZZY DRINKS CAUSE ADULT ACNE?

CAN FIZZY DRINKS CAUSE ADULT ACNE?

What is a Fizzy Drink?

Whenever you feel thirsty, is a fizzy drink one that comes to mind? It may satisfy you temporarily but, do you know how much it can actually affect your body and skin?

Fizzy drinks are also known as carbonated drinks, soda or soft drinks, but ultimately all they are is a liquid containing dissolved carbon dioxide…and lots of other junk to get you addicted to the taste and the elevated feeling!

Can A Fizzy Drink Affect My Skin?

Although, in positive news there has been a decline with the consumption of fizzy drinks in most countries, there are still some risks especially to your health which can then influence your skin.

One drink can contain 10 teaspoons of sugar, plus high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners including sucralose, acesulfame k, potassium and aspartame and artificial flavouring. They can also include food colouring, caffeine and preservatives.

If your intake is not moderate to none, there can be an increased danger of several medical problems such as diabetes, tooth decay, obesity, attention deficit disorder, mood swings, the list is endless…and that list didn’t even include the skin conditions that are on the increase such as teenage & adult hormonal acne, eczema and psoriasis.

I have mentioned in my YouTube video titled Do Fizzy Drinks Cause Acne? The simple fact that overconsumption of sugar has been linked to developing hormonal issues in our body.

Insulin, for instance, is a hormone affected by sugar. High levels of insulin can then have an effect on the other hormones in your body, such as oestrogen and testosterone. Thus, this hormone imbalance can then cause an acne breakout.

So, when your blood sugar increases significantly, it increases the risk of inflammation in your body. This inflammation plays a role in the development of acne. Hence, when you consume a lot of sugar which can be found in fizzy drinks, your hormones are constantly elevated and can then increase the oil gland/sebum activity on the skin, which also leads to acne.

If you have an acne problem, I suggest switching to a low glycaemic index drink. This can result in lower inflammation levels and fewer acne occurrences. If I really feel like having a sweet drink I dilute freshly squeezed fruit juices with fizzy water.

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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