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We get sooo many questions about skin and our skincare range that I thought it was worth sharing our most commonly asked with you.

“I’ve just switched to Clémence Organics, so why is my skin breaking out?”

Some people experience a break out when switching to our range for 1 main reason: over-cleansing. Most people previously use a foaming cleanser which strips the skin daily, forcing it to produce extra sebum and skin oils. When you change to our Refining Cleanser (which is cream based) it takes approximately a week for your skin to adjust and slow down the extra sebum and oil production. Once your skin has adjusted, your skin will settle and break outs will be a thing of the past.

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I started making products for babies when I was pregnant with my first born because I was horrified at the ingredients found in most baby skincare. Seriously, I trawled every baby shop, health food store and pharmacy looking for truly natural and organic options and there just weren’t any.

I wasn’t going to put anything on my baby’s skin that wasn’t 100% natural and organic because I wanted to cherish my baby’s health. You might ask what skincare has to do with baby health. Turns out it can have a huge effect on it, starting at the microbiota.

What is microbiota and what has it got to do with my baby?

Our skin is colonised with a diverse ecosystem of microorganisms including bacteria, yeasts, viruses and fungi. Collectively, these microorganisms form what’s called microbiota. This colonisation begins at birth when a baby is exposed either to a mother’s vaginal bacteria and/or a mother’s skin bacteria. This ecosystem develops with age, and forms a protective barrier which contributes to the health of the skin.

The condition of a baby’s microbiota varies according to how a baby’s skin is treated, with some soaps and creams significantly affecting the skin’s microbiota. Too harsh cleansing, anti-bacterial agents, and steroid creams, can detrimentally impact the microbiota and increase the likelihood of a baby developing eczema and other dermatitis’.

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Most skincare products come with a recommendation as to how to store them so as to keep them safe and in top condition for as long as possible. Ours say ‘store below 30°C’. We go into further detail on our FAQs page:

“We recommend that products are stored away from direct sunlight and below 30°C. In warmer climates and in hot summer conditions we recommend that you store your products, particularly those in jars (Ultimate Face Cream, 2 in 1 Face Scrub + Mask), in the refrigerator.”

Refrigerator you say? That’s where mine have been these past 10 weeks to keep them as cool as possible. This summer in Australia has been extraordinarily hot and humidity has been at an all-time high. So how does this affect your skin care products?

We recently had a customer return a product to a stockist after some mould grew in the base of the jar, several months after opening. When I discussed this with the stockist I explained that we have had our products stability tested against mould and other common microbes, and they held up. So why would it still grow mould?

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We’ve just drawn the January winner for our monthly competition that asks entrants to tell us why using organic skincare is important to you (or why you want to make the change to organic skincare) (you can enter HERE if you haven’t already done so).

I love reading through these entries each month as we get some inspiring (and hilarious) answers. Here are a few of my favourites that might encourage you to make the switch (if you haven’t already done so):

“Because I don’t have to worry when my 1 year old learns how to open my jar of face cream and eats the entire tub.”

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I don’t normally make New Year’s resolutions but this year I decided that I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone. I took on an ‘if not now, when?’ attitude which has so far seen me riding horses on the beach and having surfing lessons with my nieces. I really want to make the most of my time and so I decided resolutions were in.

The first resolution I made was to learn guitar. This is definitely out of my comfort zone as I last tried learning guitar as a child (my father was a professional player) and after several lessons I convinced myself I couldn’t play. I’ve carried that mindset for years but on New Year’s Eve, when sitting around listening to friends play guitar, I decided it was time to give that mindset the heave ho.

The second resolution I made was to keep a diary. I haven’t done this for years as I convinced myself it was better to focus on the here and now, rather than reflect too much on the past. But when the kids ask me questions about my Dad that I can’t answer, I can’t help but wish that he had kept a diary that I could refer to. I want my kids to have the facts if they want them.

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Summer is finally here, hooray! This means warm days and nights, lots of catch ups and plenty of beach time. It also means your skin is exposed to more sun and heat than ever, and can be left a little worse for wear if not looked after.

Here are my 5 favourite products for keeping skin healthy and glowing this silly season.

1. Glow like crazy

I love summer for the chance to wear my beloved t-shirts and summer dresses, and nothing gives me more confidence than having glowing skin on my arms and legs. I’m not a fan of tanning lotions and would rather simply accentuate the health of my skin with natural oils. My favourite way to do this is with our Ultimate Baby Oil which contains 100% organic ingredients. Calendula gives skin a touch of natural colour, and camellia oil provides a natural glow and long-lasting hydration. It also smells absolutely divine! This product is for babes of all ages.

2. Spritz it up

Our latest product, Ultimate Biome Spritz, is perfect for keeping the skin on your face healthy this summer. Vitamin C and green tea extract protect skin against free radical damage caused by the sun (and excessive Christmas spirit!). Probiotics help strengthen the skin’s protective barrier against pollutants and rose hydrosol reduces redness. I keep a Spritz on my desk and in my handbag so that I have no excuses.

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Simple dietary recommendations that can make a huge difference to how your skin ages. Foods that boost collagen levels, scavenge free radicals and calm inflammation.

Our skincare plays an important role in how our skin ages but did you know that your diet is just as important? The head honcho responsible for keeping skin plump and looking youthful is collagen. Our bodies make it for us but this starts to decline with age and with a poor diet. Here is the low down on collagen and my top tips for boosting your collagen levels naturally.

What is collagen & where can I get some?

Collagen is a protein found throughout the human body and is naturally produced by all mammals and fish. This means that if I had to name the top 5 collagen rich foods, I would be naming parts of animals or meat-based dishes which are rich in collagen – tripe, bone broth, pigs trotters, animal skin (e.g. chicken skin, fish skin) etc. (note: actual collagen content varies dramatically according to age and size of the animal).

Can we absorb collagen from the food we eat?

Collagen is a large protein made up of several amino acids (Glycine, Proline, Hydroxyproline and Arginine). So when we eat collagen, our body breaks it down into the individual amino acids and utilises those amino acids as it sees fit. So yes we can absorb collagen from food, but whether our body utilises it to boost the collagen levels in our skin is a complete unknown.

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Our hormones are hugely powerful chemicals that surge through our system constantly. They all have different jobs and some dominate at certain times in our lives. But how do they affect our skin?

Over 3 weeks I’ll be taking a look at different life stages, what hormones are most active at these times, how they affect our skin and what skin issues thrive in these conditions.

 

Part 3 Pregnancy & Menopause

Although these two stages of life can be far removed from one another, they both herald a time when hormones are significantly changed from the norm.

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Our hormones are hugely powerful chemicals that surge through our system constantly. They all have different jobs and some dominate at certain times in our lives. But how do they affect our skin?

Over 3 weeks I’ll be taking a look at different life stages, what hormones are most active at these times, how they affect our skin and what skin issues thrive in these conditions.

 

Part 2 The Menstrual Cycle & Hormone Irregularities

After navigating our way through puberty (see Part 1 Puberty & Acne), we end up as young adults and our sex hormones start to balance out. Sometimes, however, they get out of whack for one reason or another and this can affect menstruation and the female reproductive system in general. When hormones are unbalanced, it has a flow on effect to other areas of the body. In this blog post we’re delving into the menstrual cycle, common female reproductive disorders and how they affect our skin.

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Our hormones are hugely powerful chemicals that surge through our system constantly. They all have different jobs and some dominate at certain times in our lives. But how do they affect our skin?

Over the next 3 weeks I’ll be taking a look at different life stages, what hormones are most active at these times, how they affect our skin and what skin issues thrive in these conditions.

 

Part 1 Puberty & Acne

(Yes that is me as a teenager!)

Our hormones gradually increase as we grow from infancy, through childhood. Once we hit puberty, which can occur any time after 10, our hormones take a big leap in production, particularly our growth hormones and sex hormones, which includes both oestrogen and androgens. Whilst oestrogen does play a role in keeping skin healthy, it’s the androgens that have a direct affect on the amount of sebum produced by our skin. An increase in androgen production can lead to excessive sebum production, known as seborrhoea, a common cause of acne. But it’s not just the androgens that cause acne. The makeup of our sebum plays a role here too.

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