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The 'Good, Clean, Fun' Blog

As you age, there are many delightful surprises that await you in your golden years. Wisdom, for one. Lovely laughter lines. Plenty of experiences to be had. And a few decades of memories (some glorious, some not-so-glorious). To keep you glowing, here are a few fun steps to keep wise skin in check.

If you’ve ever researched or purchased a skincare product that’s targeted at “anti-ageing”1 you’ve probably heard the words “skin renewal” bandied about. It sounds impressive, so surely a product with skin renewal benefits is good, right? Well, yes, it usually is. But not always. 
Years ago, if someone told you to smear oil all over your face, you would have looked at them in horror. But sometime over the past few years, face oils have managed to shrug off their bad rap as pore-clogging, acne-causing “don'ts” to being recognised as an instant way to get fresh, dewy skin.
Your skin barrier is a super complex ecosystem of lipids, acids, proteins and cells. But there is one part that’s just as important which is often overlooked - your skin's microbiome!

Do you always get pimples on your chin? Or maybe acne always seems to crop up on your cheeks and your t-zone? Your breakouts might be trying to tell you something!

If we asked you “Have you ever kept a skin diary?”, I’m sure we’d be met with oodles of puzzled faces staring back at screens all over Australia (and the world!).

Yes, it does sound a little bizarre at first, but it can be SUPER helpful, especially if you’ve got problem skin.

You see, 99% of problem skin doesn’t just happen on its own. It’s triggered by other things in your life.

When it comes to skincare, knowing your skin type is just about as important as knowing your name. You won’t get very far without it! Using products for the wrong skin type could mean even the very best ingredients mother nature has created could cause dryness, oiliness, breakouts or even irritation. Ugh. No thanks.

Your body does some gosh darn amazing things each and every day. It’s a (mostly) finely tuned system that keeps you going and protects you from harm (we hope). One of the amazing things it does is making new skin cells. And it makes a LOT of skin cells.

The key to fabulous and flawless skin isn’t a fancy arsenal of pricey products. It’s knowing what your skin needs at every age. We’ll be the first to point out that everyone is different, and that 2 people born on the exact same day might have completely different skincare needs. BUT...

Not so long ago it seemed a bit of a “too much information” when someone asked “how’s your gut flora?”. We didn’t talk about things like gut health and poo. The times they are a changin’! And now we're asking "How's your skin flora?"

So it's Saturday afternoon, I'm sitting at the Happy Shed all on my own. It's farrreeeezing. Aaron is at home with the boys and I'm rugged up, typing as quickly as I can so my fingers don't freeze. But then inspiration strikes... I need some of my elixir... No, not a bottle of rum. I need my turmeric latte.

Your skin can take a real beating from air conditioning, heaters, dry air, blistering winds and humidity. Cue: flaky skin, new lines, dullness, breakouts, or even yelps of pain! Sound familiar?

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