It’s not only a daily swag of skincare products that keep your complexion fresh. Lifestyle has a big impact on how quickly your skin ages and if you want to look younger for longer (who doesn’t?) steer clear of these habits.
Raiding the cookie jar for an afternoon sugar hit might be tasty but it’s not doing your face any favours.
Foods like white bread, cookies, pastries, anything packed with processed sugar and even some fruits rate high on the glycemic index (GI).
The body turns high GI foods into glucose super quickly, which leads to a speedy spike in insulin levels. This spike creates a surge of inflammation in the body, which isn’t good news for your skin. It stimulates enzymes that play a role in breaking down collagen and can also worsen skin conditions such as acne and rosacea.
Opting for healthy low GI foods - which release insulin more slowly and steadily - is a skin saving way to fill up at meal times. In general, a diet including a range of healthy fats (olive oil, avocado), lean proteins (salmon), fibre (broccoli and cauliflower), antioxidants (berries) can reduce inflammation in the body.
Consistently missing out of quality shut-eye puts you on a fast track to looking years older.
Sleep is a time for the body to heal, renew and flush toxins from the skin. If you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re preventing your body carrying out these crucial functions at its most optimal level.
Dark undereye circles are the most obvious tell-tale sign you’re not getting sufficient ZZZZzz; lack of sleep causes the blood vessels to dilate and show through the delicate skin under the eye. Poor sleep also affects skin elasticity; leading to a sagging complexion with lines and wrinkles becoming more pronounced.
Breakouts can also increase. Our bodies produce more of the stress hormone cortisol when we don’t get enough sleep; leading to fresh breakouts and making existing acne worse.
The quality of sleep is also key. Maybe you’re sleeping 8 hours a night but if it’s restless, broken sleep your skin still won’t have the chance to heal itself like it would with 8 quality hours.
Of the environmental factors that lead to premature skin ageing the sun takes first prize as most damaging. We’re all for heading outdoors and getting active but don’t skip the sunscreen.
Spending too long in the sun without quality sun protection leads to wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity, sun spots and a change in skin texture.
The UV light from the sun responsible for causing most of the visible signs is UVA. UVA rays seriously damage collagen structure because they penetrate more deeply into the layers of skin than UVB rays.
UVB rays, however, are responsible for the more immediate result of too much time in the sun, sunburn, leading to dry, tight and sore skin. Overexposure to UVB can also increase the risk of skin cancer.
Always opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen; it offers protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Including sun protection in your daily routine, no matter the weather or season, is a non-negotiable if you’re truly committed slowing down the signs of ageing.
If you’re constantly stressed, anxious and tense, it’s guaranteed to show up on your face.
Under stress, our bodies produce the stress hormone cortisol, just like it does when we’re not sleeping enough. If you’re living in a chronic state of stress, cortisol is constantly surging through your body.
This triggers an elevation in blood sugar, which damages the skin’s collagen and elastin. Cortisol can also lead to thinning of the skin, slow wound healing and make the skin more susceptible to infection.
High levels of anxiety can also suppress your skin’s hyaluronic acid production which can result in dryness, making wrinkles and worry lines appear deeper.
Opt for an extra nourishing moisturiser during stressful periods to give your skin extra support and stay hydrated with plenty of water. Be kind to skin that’s already under stress - skip toxin-filled products and make plant-basedd skincare choices instead.
Oils can unclog pores, plump out lines, level up your moisturising efforts and protect skin from free radicals.
There can be confusion around oils though; how do they work with moisturisers? Why would you apply oil to oily skin? We’ve got answers; here's the lowdown on what face oils can do for your complexion.
Helloooo hydration. The best way to maximise the supple skin effects of a face oil is to apply it after you moisturise with a cream or lotion.
Face oils will seal in water from the moisturiser, preventing it evaporating off the skin. Your skin cells then drink up the water that’s been trapped in while the oil remains on the outside of the cell keeping it lubricated and protected.
Applying face oil before bed gives your skin a chance to soak up the goodness overnight; also a smart idea for thicker oils that may be a little too shiny for daytime!
Face oil not only helps seal in moisture, it also keeps the bad stuff out.
Your skin is constantly under attack by free radicals; in fact, the air around you might actually be one of your skin’s biggest enemies! Free radicals are the damaging molecules that come from UV light, pollution, cigarette smoke and any chemicals in the air. Free radicals are responsible for damaging the skin’s DNA and breaking down collagen which speeds up the ageing process.
Face oils work by forming a protective barrier on the skin, minimising free radical penetration of the epidermis and fighting off the damage they cause.
A few oils, in particular, have earned themselves an A++ when it comes to plumping out wrinkles and lines. Native Australian Sandalwood Seed Oil is rich in Ximenynic acid, a rare fatty acid known to reduce fine lines, improve skin tone and increase hydration and derma strength.
Rosehip oil is also a superstar anti-ageing oil; it powers up healthy skin cell production and stimulates fibroblasts. Fibroblasts are responsible for creating collagen and increasing the firmness of skin, keeping wrinkles at bay.
It may seem a little crazy to use oil on top of skin that’s already oily but hear us out.
Excess production of oil occurs when the oil-water content of skin is out of whack. Using products that strip your skin of oil in an effort to banish shiny complexion syndrome makes the problem worse. Skin produces more oil in an effort to overcompensate for the oil that’s been stripped away. It’s one vicious, oily cycle.
By using a face oil, you’re not stripping the skin so the sebaceous glands won’t go crazy making extra oil and your complexion will stay balanced.
Not all oils are created equal though. The best ones for oily skin are those that are anti-bacterial and super soothing like chamomile or jojoba.
Pro tip: These two oils also tighten pores and help them appear smaller; making them a great primer for makeup.
Ready to try the beauty-boosting benefits of face oil for yourself? Our Sacred Youth Face Oil is an exquisite blend of healing, nutrient-rich botanical oils; including Kakadu Plum and Native Australian Sandalwood, to indulge and beautify your skin.
I am so excited to announce the release of our new Sacred Youth Oil. This beautiful and unique blend of nutrient rich plant oils is a must have for your skincare collection. Featuring Native Australian Sandalwood Seed Oil, rich in the rare Ximenymic Acid known for its powerful anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory properties to reduce fine lines, improve skin tone and hydration and increase derma strength. You don't need to worry about greasiness with this oil. It is fast absorbing without leaving a greasy residue. Say hello to beautiful, healthy and youthful skin! :)
We are very pleased to announce that the Karinda Purifying Cleanser received Special Recognition in the Natural Health International Beauty Awards 2017!
Many hours of research and development and a lot of love and passion goes into each and every Karinda product. It is a real honour to receive recognition in these prestigious awards :)
Karinda's Rejuvenating Serum has been shortlisted for the 2016 Pure Beauty Awards for
Natural And Organic: Best New Natural Face Product !!
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This exotic looking plant is the Australian native Emu Bush, also known as Poverty Bush. It survives very dry and harsh climatic conditions and its leaves have traditionally been used by the Australian aboriginal people for washing sores and cuts and for gargling due to its natural antimicrobial properties. The Phenolic Acids found in this unique plant behave like alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). Alpha-hydroxy acids are often used in cleansing and exfoliating skin care products to help increase cell turnover by removing the "glue" in the upper layer of the skin that holds old and dead skin cells together. Certified organic Emu Bush Leaf Extract has been included in the Karinda Purifying Cleanser to gently remove dead skin and impurities leaving your skin feeling amazingly refreshed, clean and revitalised!
It is a common myth that the foam in cleansers and shampoos is what cleans our skin and hair. The foaming agents in these types of products are actually just that – foaming agents. It is the active ingredients in cleansers that clean and purify your skin. Foaming agents are typically drying for the skin and can strip its natural oils. They are also very cheap ingredients while active ingredients can be very expensive. Don’t be fooled into thinking the more a cleanser foams the cleaner your skin will be!The Karinda Purifying Cleanser is a perfect mix of organic oils, organic water based active botanical extracts and detoxifying sea salt extract. The lightweight, milky cleanser has been mildly fragranced with natural essential oils of Neroli and Geranium and is suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin. Great for acne sufferers too!
Welcome to Karinda : Watch the brilliant Karinda featurette for information on this exciting new luxury skincare brand from Australia.
The wonderful bath warm waters of Cable Beach, Broome, W.A.
We travel across to the other side of Australia in search of the heralded - wild harvested Kakadu Plum, which is a key ingredient in the Karinda Skin Care range.
We are thrilled to announce that our Nourishing Moisturiser has been Highly Commended in the Nature & Health Natural Beauty Awards 2016!
Check out the December-January 2016 edition of Nature & Health Magazine to see our Nourishing Moisturiser described as "luxurious yet lightweight, with antioxidant rich Kakadu Plum".
Not only is this gorgeous moisturiser packed with powerful antioxidant rich native Australian extracts it also includes a biologically active peptide that stimulates the skin's own defence mechanisms against oxidative stress.