Monthly Archives: August 2017

Summer Time – Sun Protection

Summer Lake Zurich

Summer Time & Sun Protection

Summer time is great for
getting your fill of Vitamin D, together with a chance to rest
& recharge your energy levels!
And make sure you get your Sun Protection right too!

We all love the summer time – well most of us do!It gives us a chance to chill, relax, spend time with our family and friends and change our daily scenery.

Holiday destinations whether near or far can assist us in feeling revitalised. I particularly love seeing where my friends go to for their vacations as it gives me something to add to my bucket list of places to see.

During the change of weather, some of my customers write me to ask about what sunscreen products to use and whether or not I make any. For strict legislative reasons, I don’t make certain products to sell, one of which includes sunscreen. Though over the years, I found it difficult to find sunscreen products that wouldn’t irritate my super sensitive skin.

Australia is famous for being a ‘Slip Slop Slap’ culture when it comes to the outdoors – Slip on the T-shirt, Slop on the sunscreen and Slap on a hat. Even Aussie kids at school cannot go outside in the playgrounds without wearing a hat to protect themselves from the sunshine.

During our jet-skiing days with my siblings in Melbourne, Australia, we spent most of our days and weekends out in the sunshine having a blast. Besides needing to keep hydrated drinking plenty of water, we had to protect our skin at the beaches and lakes for long periods of time. We wore our wetsuits & our caps but sunscreen had to be applied and reapplied especially after hours of being in the water & the sun.

One time I tried using the Cricketer’s famous ‘White Zinc’ on my face across the nose and cheeks.
‘Oh-My-God’ what a disaster trying to get off my face!

I had to cleanse and scrape at the end of the day and it still wouldn’t come off. The frustration of looking like a tomato face from both the sunshine AND the remains of White Zinc was so Urgh! Then there’s using Sun Creams which I found so rich on my skin, that they clogged my pores and caused me to break out with acne spots.

One day I tried something else. The discovery of Sun Block in the form of a stick was the best thing ever for someone like me. Of course, once I started using this, I stocked up big time and always carried it with me. What I found with Sun Block is that I could reapply it when needed, carry it in my bag all the time, and not worry about clogging my skin.

For those that tend to break out in acne during the summer , Sunblock is definitely a protection treat for your skin.It keeps your skin hydrated and protected without over filling your reserves with excess ingredients.

The other annoyance of the summer time are bugs, insects & mozzies which like to feast on our yummy sweet skin. And if you’re sweet like my family, then the mozzies will be hiding and biting whilst we sleep. For this, I made an All Natural Mozz-Off which contains ingredients like Lemon Lime, Eucalyptus Essential Oils that are great for our skin but not what bugs and mozzies like to smell. It was especially requested for a Customer’s gorgeous wedding which was held in a garden and the ‘Mosquitos were NOT invited’. Now I carry a small bottle of the concoction in my bag and apply on the skin to avoid being bothered by bugs!!

As the Sun draws the moisture from our skin, we need to stay protected and hydrated throughout the day. Preferably using sunscreen, sunblock for our faces, shade, a decent hat and by drinking plenty of water. This means that our after-sun care becomes just as important as protecting our skin during the day.

Start by making sure you cleanse your skin with a gentle product that replenishes and restores, rather than draw out more natural oils from within. Remember water and natural oils that are stored in our skin have been slowly evaporating from our skin whilst being outside in the heat. Our Cypress Cleansing Balm is made with Beeswax, Butters and Essential Oils. It makes you skin feel like it’s been re-boosted from within as the ingredients replenish your natural reserves. The gentle removal process allows for exfoliation of the skin even though the reserves have been filled up again. I just love this concept of treating without damaging your delicate skin.

For kids, I made the skin boosting Natural Baby Moisturising Oil which allows their skin to be rehydrated from face to feet. The ingredients chosen are soft and delicate for youngsters up to 10+ years of age, and includes Cocoa Butter, Calendula, Apricot Kernel together with Lavender and Roman Chamomile essential oils. I love using this on my kids as it protects & replenishes their skin, especially after spending hours basking in the sun like lizards!

For Adults that suffer with prickly heat or fungal infections, I have other products that help calm and restore the skin. Depending on where the condition is, Nourishing Face Balm or Renew Balm works a treat assisting with the heat rash and fungal infections, amongst other conditions like Eczema.

For those that have been ‘kissed by the sun, the Sun Kissed Balm helps with re-balancing this discolouration of the skin. (Though it does not remove freckles!) One of the key ingredients in this range is the Kukui Nut Oil which is rich in essential fatty acids linoleic and linolenic, Vitamins C, D and E to act as a natural preservative. The Sun Kissed Serum contains both Tamanu and Kukui Nut Oils for double the benefits.

For the body, we have 2 products that just melt with your body’s temperature when on the skin. The Mint Body Butter is what my husband describes as ‘Aero Bar’ for his body and always asks me to make bucket loads for him. Unfortunately this is not suitable for ‘Expecting & Nursing Mums’ , so for you, we have Geranium Hands & Body Butter. Both are applied the same way and benefit the skin without needing to apply very much!

In the previous blogs, Favourite Vegetable Oils , I shared about a whole lot of oils that I like to use. Sunflower Oil (Helianthus annuus) absorbs very quickly into the skin and leaves little residue. It has high concentrated levels of Vitamins A, B, D and E, together with insulin, lecithin and minerals. Whilst great for the skin, it has added UV Protection qualities in addition to the unsaturated essential fatty acids contained. For this reason it has been included in the ‘Sun Kissed Range’.

When I write a blend recipe to make for my customers, I always try to pick ingredients with the best benefits to help speed up the recovery, rejuvenation, repairing and replenishing process.When the products work a treat for you, please share with others so that they too can benefit like you have! I love hearing these stories as it makes me love doing this even more.

BLOG PARTICIPATION:

Have you had problems with your sunscreen or are you one of the ‘lucky’ ones that can use anything?
What is your favourite product for protecting your skin?

Should you wish to Contact us for more information about our All Natural Products, please send me an email info@essentiallylili.com

You can read more About Lili here, see the Products we offer and find other Essentially Lili’s Blogs on our webpage.

Kind Regards Lili @ Essentially Lili

Check out the Gallery of Pictures – includes Mozz-Off, Sun Kissed Range, Beach Summer Fun, Mosquitos Not Invited, Summer Sunblocks


Understanding Your Body

Lili Mothers Day Zurich

Understanding Your Body

The Key to Wellness is to be able to understand your own body!
This means knowing what suits you,
what irritates you,
what makes you happy, &
what keeps you ticking along
without any additional dramas!

Part of my health & wellness journey was a long and often painful process of trying to figure out what my body was telling me. Getting to the conclusion about what makes my body ‘Tick’ is actually quite empowering, as it allows me to be in control again! Allow me to elaborate further.

If you think about when you go clothes shopping and see something gorgeous in the display window and think, ‘Wow, I gotta have that’. You go inside, look around at all the other items you like, make a collection of products you want to try on and start the process of a quick ‘on/off, yes/no, definitely/maybe’ as you decide what you are going to take. Sometimes we need help from the shop assistant to make suggestions – perhaps a bigger size, or a different colour, or neither of these options.

In this instance, we use the mirror to tell us what the answer is for the clothes we are trying on. And sometimes, we ignore the mirror and we buy things anyway, because we like it and just have to have it! Can you imagine buying shoes that are 2 sizes too small? I’d say Ouch to that!!

Well our bodies are exactly the same, only the mirror that reflects for us is a bit different. Our bodies tell us something isn’t right when our stomachs cramp and hurt, our skin blotches with rashes, breaks out or itches, or when the headaches thump. The signs are often quite loud and clear, though sometimes the symptoms take a longer time to appear on the surface.

When I was a teenager and suffering with weeping, bleeding eczema from my face to thighs, my body hurt like hell from inside and out. The nights were particularly awful, as I would lay there itching and scratching whilst trying to get some sleep. I always wished the nightmare would be over in the mornings and I would be well again.

I had to do my journey the long and hard way. I had to go Cold turkey on ALL the things I liked – stop having the foods I liked to eat, the coffees with milk & sugar I liked to drink, as well as any skincare products I used which also included my stash of the cortisones.

Besides shedding excess kilos that I no longer needed to take with me to the change rooms, I learned that what I was consuming had an effect on my body, causing me to react with the itching and irritations on my skin. I understood from this journey what my body couldn’t cope with, which I still I try to avoid as much as possible.

As part of my Consultation services, when I ask those who come to me to write a food diary, it really is NOT so that I can judge or criticise what you eat, but to help you narrow down what suits you quicker.
I know it’s hard to imagine following something this simple from the beginning, but I can guarantee you it is worth the small sacrifice.

We often just assume that allergies and intolerances are automatically related to Dairy or Gluten products. But instead, this process with customers of mine has revealed a different fact. Intolerances are as individual as You are.

We have discovered one is intolerant to Red Wine; someone else has irritations when eating Salmon & Tuna; a different person seems to have environmental allergies we are still trying to pinpoint, whilst one other has sensitivities to Coconuts and Sugar. It surprises me too and removes the assumption that it’s always dairy or gluten products.

This is the reason I state that the Key to Wellness is to be able to understand your own body! Everyone’s Body is so Unique, that what irritates one person may not necessarily bother another.

For me personally, I know that if I eat too many Dairy products and add stress to my plate, my left hand will start to itch almost immediately. My body tells me that something isn’t right and I have to do something about it. The signs put me back in control to help prevent the irritations from happening again.

I also keep my skin hydrated especially at night time with the Essentially Lili Products as it gives my skin a chance to repair whilst I’m sleeping.

This is also the reason I will only make All Natural Skincare Products. I spent years using different medical & cosmetic brands, various strengths and versions of steroids / Cortisone that only further damaged my skin in the long run.

So with the products I make with love for you, my goal is to help speed up the healing process with you. The products are to help your skin regenerate new healthy skin cells, repair any that are damaged, and give you not only your confidence back, but your GLOW as well. I love when I see my customer’s happiness glowing on their faces & photos they send me. This really makes me happy too.

Our Products have so many benefits as shared on previous Blogs, as well as on our Ingredients page.
For example, I use Baobab Oil (Adansonia digitata) in quite a few of the facial products which contains Omega 3, 6 & 9 Fatty Acids as well as Antioxidants, Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, Vitamin C, D, E & F, proteins & minerals. The high content of Vitamins A and F are vital for skin rejuvenation and anti-aging and is contained in most of these products as well. Imagine giving your skin that every day? Well you can in my products!

BLOG PARTICIPATION:

Have you discovered foods that don’t agree with you? How did you find out and did you find an alternative in the meantime? If you haven’t found out and would like help, book a Consultation session so that we can begin the journey together.

Should you wish to Contact us for more information about our All Natural Products, please send me an email info@essentiallylili.com

You can read more About Lili here, see the Products we offer and find other Essentially Lili’s Blogs on our webpage.

Kind Regards Lili @ Essentially Lili

Check out the Gallery of Pictures – Selection of foods that can be healthy for some or cause intolerance for others; Rice Up vs Maccas; Renew Balm 100g a popular selection to help resolve Eczema; Trees in Zurich, Gotta love salad & lactose free cheese