Native Australian Ingredients in Skincare

Native Australian Ingredients in Skincare

This month we’re focusing on all things native and what better way to do this then by exploring the profound benefits that native Australian ingredients can have on our skin.

The use of these native ingredients isn’t a new discovery, they’ve been around for thousands of years! It’s clear that our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities have been utilising these ingredients for centuries for physical and spiritual healing. Learn more about some of our favourite native Australian skincare ingredients and where you can find them down below.

 

WATTLESEED

Not only is Wattleseed a great food source, but it can also assist in fighting aging skin, wrinkles and promote better skin hydration.

One of our favourite skincare products which incorporate Wattleseed is Edible Beauty. Edible Beauty’s No. 1 Belle Frais Cleansing Milk contains Wattleseed extracts which have cleansing and pore-refining properties that can leave your skin feeling hydrated and radiant. This all-natural cleanser is definitely a skincare essential!

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TEA TREE

The oil from tea tree comes from the leaves of the native Melaleuca Alternifolia in Queensland and New South Wales, Australia and have been utilised as a traditional medicine by our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities for centuries. Tea tree oil has amazing anti-inflammatory properties which can assist in treating acne and can also soothe dry skin.

One of our favourite brands which utilise tea tree oil is Thursday Plantation. We love their Tea Tree Face Wash for Acne. This face wash can assist in removing excess dirt and makeup without stripping the skins natural oils, as well as leaving the skin feeling and looking fresher and healthier. The Tea Tree and Manuka Honey Clay Mask can also assist in drawing out skin impurities and dry out pimples and blackheads. How great does that sound that?!

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KAKADU PLUM

Kakadu Plum is a native Australian fruit which has historically been utilised by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities for its remarkable healing properties. Did you know that Kakadu Plum contains up to 75 times more Vitamin C than those well-known citrus fruits?! Crazy right? Kakadu Plum has a plethora of benefits for your skin which include stimulating collagen growth in your skin which can reduce fine lines, wrinkles and reduce those pesky dark circles. This is only a few of its benefits.

The Rohr Remedy Kakadu Plum Vitamin C Face Serum can assist in stimulating this collagen growth that we mentioned previously. This face serum is also perfect for leaving your skin glowing and feeling hydrated.

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LEMON MYRTLE 

Lemon Myrtle is another Australian native ingredient which has antibacterial healing properties which can assist with acne, anti-aging and overall skin repair.

One of our favourite brands, Alkira, stock various natural skincare products which incorporate Lemon Myrtle. We love their Anti-Pollution Facial Masque which can assist in detoxifying and improving blemished prone skin.

MACADAMIA OIL 

Not only do macadamias make a tasty treat, but the oil is also great for your skin. Macadamia oil is extremely light, non-greasy and can be easily absorbed, making it perfect for acne-prone skin as it doesn’t clog your pores. How great is that!

The Alkira Hydrating Kangaroo Paw and Macadamia Facial Oil can assist in improving skin hydration, elasticity, and can also assist in cell renewal and repair.

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These are only a few of the powerful native Australian ingredients which have great benefits for your skin. Click here to find more of our blogs.

Tips for Taking Care of Your Hearing

Tips for Taking Care of Your Hearing

There’s really no better feeling than putting your headphones on, blasting your favourite music and having a major main character moment, but what happens to our ears? If you’re having to shout to be heard over a noise, it’s more than likely that it’s actually damaging your hearing. Often, once our hearing is damaged it can’t be restored! So, what can we do to minimise the risk of this happening?

 

1. Wearing earplugs

Although we may try and avoid exposure to obvious loud noises like heavy machinery, what about concerts, clubs or even your lawnmower in the backyard? Wearing earplugs when exposed to any loud sounds, like the ones mentioned previously, can be extremely beneficial in maintaining noise levels and reducing the risk of hearing loss.

 

2. Turn that volume down!

I’m sure we’re all guilty of turning our house, car or headphones into our own mini concert and blasting some bangers. However, your electronics can damage your hearing the same way that loud machinery can! A top tip to minimise your chances of losing your hearing, is by listening to music, a movie or a video game at no more than 60% max volume and only wearing your earphones or headphones for no more than an hour.

 

FUN FACT:

Did you know that you can now view on your Apple devices your audio levels on the Health App?! Apple groups your headphone/earphone volume levels into two categories, “Ok” (under 80 decibels) to “Loud” (over 80 decibels). This tool can be extremely beneficial in finding out if your volume patterns and headphone use could be impacting your hearing.

For those Apple Watch lovers, the watchOS Noise app alerts you when you’re in a loud environment that could damage your hearing. Crazy right? There are also many apps which you can download on Android to monitor your audio levels.

 

3. Stress less

You’re probably thinking, how on earth could stress impact my hearing? We’re here to tell you that in fact it can! When your body is responding to stress, the overproduction of adrenaline actually minimises blood flow to your ears which can impact your hearing. Have you ever heard of Tinnitus? Many studies have revealed that countless individuals experience symptoms of Tinnitus like ringing, buzzing or whistling noises in their ear after experiencing a stressful period in their lives. So how can we stress less? Click here to find our favourite tips to reducing stress.

 

4. Get your hearing checked

It’s imperative to get your hearing checked every few years. If you’re experiencing symptoms of ringing sensation in the ears, having difficulty hearing conversations or others complaining that your volume is too high, this might be a sign that you should get your hearing checked ASAP!

 

Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July is a movement that is very close to our heart and each and every one of us can be a part of the solution to minimise our plastic consumption so in turn we can have cleaner streets, oceans and communities. So, what can we do to help our planet? Plastic Free July is the perfect time to kick-start your continuous journey to switching from single-use plastics to biodegradable, reusable and compostable options. We’re here to give you some of our favourite plastic-free tips for home, shopping and when you’re on the go.

 

FOR HOME

A little goes a long way when it comes to switching from single-use plastics to reusable items in the household.

 

Tip 1 – Switching your toothbrush

Did you know that annually we contribute to roughly 600 million kg of plastic toothbrush waste in only 365 days worldwide? That’s a LOT!

Go Bamboo is an amazing brand who range an array of sustainable products, one of them being their bamboo toothbrushes. Not only are their toothbrushes biodegradable and recyclable, but their packaging is also completely recyclable!

 

Tip 2 – Switching out your sanitary items

Sometimes we may forget that sanitary items including pads and tampons contribute to the mass waste that ends up in our landfills and takes thousands of years to degrade.

Pelvi, among other brands, are reinventing the wheel when it comes to sanitary items, offering reusable options which are safer for the environment. These include their reusable Menstrual Cups which can be used for up to 6 years and their Leakproof Underwear which can keep you protected for up to 12 hours and can simply be washed, dried and re-used!

 

Tip 3 – Buy refills when you can

Our first thought when our handwash or dishwashing liquid runs out is, “I’ve got to buy another one!” Wait one second. Refills are a game changer in reducing the amount of plastic we are putting back into landfill. Think of it this way, refilling the same handwash bottle is better than having to chuck out 10 of the same throughout the year!

Ecostore is a great example of a brand who have a phenomenal range of renewable and recyclable products, some of which are also refillable!

 

Tip 4 – No more cling wrap

Time to wrap it up on cling wrap and choose a more sustainable option!

Beeswax wraps are a must have in the WholeLife kitchen, as they last for a prolonged period of time, can help your food stay fresher for longer and they’re biodegradable. Apiwraps Beeswax wraps are one of our favourite brands which have a variety of wrap sizes to suit your kitchen needs.

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FOR SHOPPING

 

Tip 1 – Reusable Bags

Cut out plastic bags at your next shopping trip by switching to reusable bags. We love EverEco and their range of organic tote bags which come in a range of sizes to fit all your groceries, fruit and veggies.

 

Tip 2 – Avoid those pesky individually wrapped products

Once you begin to notice that plastic is pretty much everywhere, it can get a little overwhelming. When doing your weekly shop, try and avoid wrapped products as much as you can. Instead of purchasing plastic-wrapped meats, cheeses, vegetables and fruit, try and get your produce from the deli or placing all your vegetables/fruit into your handy EverEco tote bag.

Another pesky item is kids school snacks like biscuits and chips which have around 15 packets in the one box. To try and minimise this unnecessary amount of plastic, try and bulk purchase the product and portion it into reusable containers. So instead of using 15 single-use plastic items, you’re only using one.

FOR ON-THE-GO

 

Tip 1 – Have a bottle of water on hand

I’m sure we’ve all been there where we were in dire need of some water and the only option was buying another plastic water bottle. Wherever you go, its best to be prepared for those dire times and bring a water bottle with you. We love the Cheeki Classic Insulated Bottles which will keep your water nice and cold and to top it off, they’re completely plastic-free.

 

Tip 2 – Reusable cutlery

Whenever you can, don’t forget to bring a reusable cutlery set when you’re on-the-go to avoid pesky single-use plastic cutlery that you receive with your takeaway! Ever Eco have a great range of sustainable cutlery sets which are perfect on-the-go like their Bamboo Cutlery Set + Chopsticks. Of course, we couldn’t forget about Ever Eco’s Stainless-Steel Straws which should also be an essential in your on-the-go cutlery kit.

 

TIP 3 – Bring your Keep Cup!

A morning coffee is an essential, however, think about all those plastic cups you could save by simply bringing your own cup that you can reuse! Cheeki’s reusable Coffee Mug is perfect for on-the-go if you’re wanting to make a coffee at home and take it somewhere or getting a coffee from your favourite café.

 Let us know your favourite sustainability tips via our Instagram @wholelifepharmacyandhealthfood or read more of our sustainability blogs here.

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How Stress Affects Your Immunity

How Stress Affects Your Immunity

Life definitely likes to throw us some curveballs and at times it can get a little hectic when we have the added stress of deadlines, relationships and other life events which are completely out of our control. We’ve probably all experienced that feeling where we think everything, including us, is about to sink in a never-ending ship of stress.

 

HOW DOES STRESS AFFECT YOUR IMMUNITY?

 

Have you ever gotten sick around the time you were really stressed? That may be because, when you’re stressed, your immune system has a harder time fighting off antigens like bacteria, making you more vulnerable to infections.[1] Crazy right? When we’re stressed, our body’s lymphocytes levels can decrease (those knights in shining armour white blood cells which help fight off infections). The lower the lymphocyte level, the higher the risk of viruses including the common cold and cold sores.[2] This is exactly what we DON’T want.

 

So how can we minimise the impact that stress can have on our lives? We’re going to give you our top 5 favourite stress relievers which may assist you in easing those stressful times and potentially protecting your immune system that little bit extra!

 

STRESS RELIEVING TIPS

 

  1. Exercise: Sometimes the last thing we want to do on those cold wintery days is jump out of bed and do exercise. However, not only can regular exercise reduce the likelihood of you having a heart attack and other illnesses, but it can also reduce your stress![1] Next time you’re feeling that little bit extra worked up, try going for a run, walk or whatever you prefer. Don’t forget to set yourself a fitness goal to make your workouts more meaningful and give you greater satisfaction when you’ve achieved those milestones.

 

  1. Take a break: Sometimes we may think that the only way we will ease our stress is by tirelessly over-working ourselves to get it all done. At the end of the day, we’re only human and we need BREAKS!! In between trying to get all your tasks done, make sure you take a relaxing break like listening to your favourite music, spending some time with your pet or reading your favourite book. Taking these breaks can help to facilitate recovery, which can allow you to return to a clearer state of mind and reset your mood.[2]

 

  1. Make time for hobbies: To reiterate, taking a break is ESSENTIAL and if you can engage with a hobby during this break time that’s even better. Hobbies can bring extreme enjoyment into your life and can assist in minimising the impact of stress. A study showed that individuals in stressful jobs feel less of a need to recover from their day when they have hobbies that aren’t work related.[3]

 

  1. Taking one thing at a time: We’ve probably all felt at one point in our life like we had way too much on our plate and didn’t know how we were going to get through it. We’re telling you now, making a to-do list is a lifesaver. By creating to-do lists, it can be an instant stress-reliever and each task you cross off is extremely satisfying. Make sure during this process you continue having regular breaks.

 

  1. Connecting with nature: Immersing yourself in nature can be extremely beneficial in reducing your stress. It can also enhance your physical wellbeing by reducing your blood pressure, heart rate and the production of stress hormones.[4]

 

If your immune system is needing an extra boost, click here for our Wellness Juice Shot recipe!

 

The Many Benefits of Vitamin C Skincare

The Many Benefits of Vitamin C Skincare

Vitamin C; for most of us the first thing that comes to mind is a cold orange slice on a warm summer’s day. We know it’s linked to immune function (hands up if you take a chewable Vitamin C tablet when you feel a cold coming on) and that it’s one of the essential vitamins in a balanced diet for a happy and healthy body.

If you’re skincare addict (like we all are at WholeLife), you’ll know that Vitamin C doesn’t just benefit your health on the inside, but also your skin. Vitamin C is a high rotation ingredient in any skincare guru’s routine. If you’re not already using Vitamin C but want to learn more about what it can do for your skin, keep reading!

How Does Vitamin C Work?

Vitamin C is an antioxidant which essentially helps your body’s cells fight oxidative stress caused by free radicals. On a molecular level, free radicals can be defined as unstable atoms that damage cells, which translates to ageing skin. For example, ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun cause the production of free radicals, leading to – you guessed it ­– premature signs of ageing. Using Vitamin C in your skincare may be able to help fight these signs of ageing including fine lines and pigmentation.

Are There Different Types of Vitamin C?

Vitamin C in its pure form is quite unstable and irritable if directly applied to skin, which is why you’ll often find chemically altered variants that have been formulated to be more stable for skincare. Although these variants are less potent, they are gentler and can be used for those of us who have sensitive skin. Some Vitamin C derivatives to look out for on ingredient lists that play nicely with sensitive skin are Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate or Ethyl Ascorbyl Ether.

Can I Use Vitamin C With My Other Skincare Products?

Another thing to consider when delving into the world of Vitamin C skincare is what other skincare ingredients you’re already using. While Vitamin C has so many wonderful benefits, sometimes it can clash with other active ingredients and become ineffective or cause irritation.

As a general rule of thumb, it is often recommended that you avoid using Vitamin C and retinol at the same time. Some forms of Vitamin C will also clash with niacinamide (nowadays there are variations that have been developed to work with niacinamide! Yay!), and benzoyl peroxide can oxidise Vitamin C which reduces its efficacy. It is always recommended to use an SPF with Vitamin C (more on this later). As always, it’s best to consult a professional in the field (like a dermatologist) before getting too creative with combining active skincare ingredients.

What Can Vitamin C Actually Do For My Skin?

As interesting as the science behind it all is, we can be thankful that our favourite skincare brands have taken the guesswork out of how to effectively use Vitamin C in our daily skincare routines. Vitamin C may be able to boost the radiance of your skin, support collagen health, and may help to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. When used with a broad-spectrum SPF, Vitamin C may also be able to boost your sunscreen’s effectiveness – fantastic news for the quest against ageing skin!

Now we’ve got you convinced that you need Vitamin C in your life (and on your skin), here are some of our favourite Vitamin C skincare products from Derma E – a cruelty free, 100% vegan and eco-ethical brand committed to ethical beauty and proudly ranged at WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods stores.

Derma E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

Vitamin C Concentrated Serum

This luxurious serum is our top pick as the perfect entry into the world of Vitamin C! Derma E’s Vitamin C Concentrated Serum contains Hyaluronic Acid for intense hydration, which works with the stabilised form of vitamin C, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, which may help to guard your skin against environmental stressors and minimise the appearance of ageing. It also contains soothing Aloe and Vitamin E – a match made in heaven for skin in need of hydration!

Derma E Vitamin C Renewing Moisturiser | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

Vitamin C Renewing Moisturiser

A step you never want to skip! Straight after your Vitamin C Concentrated Serum, reach for this lightweight, radiance-boosting moisturiser containing 100% stable Vitamin C, Probiotics and Rooibos which may assist in building your skin’s natural defences while minimising the look of fine lines and wrinkles. This moisturiser is perfect under makeup and should come before SPF but after serums.

Derma E Vitamin C Hydro Gel Patches | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

Vitamin C Bright Eyes Hydro Gel Patches

Who doesn’t love that facial-like feeling at home? Derma E’s Vitamin C Bright Eyes Hydro Gel Patches are the perfect brightening pick-me-up to transform puffy-looking eyes into well-rested eyes ready for the day. These Hydro Gel patches have a cooling effect and are enriched with Vitamins C and B3 to visibly brighten the look of dark circles. Caffeine assists to depuff while Allantoin and Aloe help soothe the under-eye area. These can be used morning, night or before a big event.

You can find Derma E’s range of Vitamin C skincare products at all WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods stores.

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