December 05, 2018

Why we don't make a toner

We believe that toners are an unnecessary step that often does more harm than good in the long run and are in our opinion, just one more thing that cosmetic companies can convince you to buy and put a few more dollars into their bank account.
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December 03, 2018

Jojoba oil is pretty magic.

Jojoba Oil is such an important ingredient as it is very close to your skin’s own sebum that is produced by your sebaceous glands. If your skin is tired it will help hydrate it. If your skin is oily, it will help calm production of sebum. How's that for magic?

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November 21, 2018

The Free Radical theory of ageing and how Anti-Oxidants help in the fight?

Anti-Oxidants are hugely important in the fight on Free Radicals as it is able to donate an electron to unstable atoms or molecules that would otherwise steal an electron from a healthy atom rendering it unstable. I promise this article will be an easy read... View full article →
November 21, 2018

The importance of using the right cleanser

Is your cleanser doing more harm than good? Maybe... (not if you're using ours though obviously!). Here are a few things you might not have considered when choosing a cleanser that's right for you.

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October 17, 2018

5 Reasons To Exfoliate twice weekly

1. Provides a deep clean 2. Increases nutrient absorption of your moisturiser 3. Your skin will glow 4. Better makeup application 5. It makes your skin feel great View full article →
January 26, 2018

Hemp Hearts for great skin and good health!

Hemp Hearts | Cactus Skincare

Hemp hearts are awesome. Now whilst we are a skincare company so the main context for us here is that including hemp hearts in your diet regularly is going to help your skin, it also is fantastic for your overall health. To me, we want our skin to look good because we want to be happy, we want to feel confident when we’re out in public so I’ll cover briefly why they’re great for skin first then go into the general health benefits. Although that said, they’re kind of interrelated.

If you’re healthy, chances are you’re going to have better skin. Your body is going to prioritise nutrients to the proper functioning of your body so if you’re deficient in something, anything your body gets of that ingredient you’re low in it’s going to send it to the departments that handle the nuts and bolts of function and your skin will most likely be last on its list of priorities.
 
So anyway, here we go!
 

  1. High in Omega 3 fatty acids

 
Omega 3 is an awesome ingredient to help reduce skin inflammation and can help ease things like psoriasis, flaky skin, acne and rosacea. Often in our modern diets our omega fatty acid ratios can be lopsided and our omega 6 often outnumbers our Omega 3 10 to 1. For general health it’s better to have that ratio looking like 4:1. Hemp hearts have a ratio of 2.5:1 which might seem like it’s going too far but because so much of our food is out of whack in this regard and Omega 3’s are a little hard to come by hemp hearts do an awesome job of balancing things out.
 
  1. High in GLA

 
Another essential fatty acid this one is actually an Omega 6 fatty acid and helps with hormonal health with many women finding benefits for things like PMS. They help stimulate hair and skin growth and have also been observed to help with breast pain, obesity, skin allergies and Premenstrual syndrome.
 
  1. Weight loss

 
Many experts say that hemp hearts work beautifully as an appetite suppressor and can aid in the burning of fat and muscle growth. This is partly to do with the fact that it has a high fibre content.
 
  1. Helps fight cancer

 

Cancer sucks. So eating foods that help keep it at bay is a great idea. Because of it’s Omega 3 to 6 ratio as well as its GLA content makes it very helpful in maintaining a healthy immune system.

 

Also, there are studies showing that hemp hearts can help slow, stop and sometimes even reverse the spread of breast cancer, some brain tumours and lung cancer.

 

Now if you’re like me… hemp hearts don’t seem like the most obvious ingredient to include in a meal, so I normally just dump a few tablespoons in my morning smoothie. Although, in writing this article I did a search and it seems that there are more recipes than I thought and I’m keen to try out a few that I found here:

 

http://www.hulledhempseed.ca/hulled-hemp-seed-recipes/

 

Comment below if you have any thoughts or if you’d like us to cover something else!

Sources:
https://www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/gammalinolenic-acid
http://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/hn-10013910
https://www.nature.com/articles/6603236

 

August 17, 2017

Brittany Bloomer | Pound Paws for the win!

So, Brittany Bloomer has been using Cactus Skincare for around 3-4 years now and we've come to know her quite well over that time. She runs an amazing charity called 
Pound Paws
 which does incredible work in re-homing animals that otherwise would often end up being Euthanised.  View full article →
August 11, 2017

How to spot treat pimples overnight!

Pimples and acne are essentially an infection in the skin. A pore gets clogged with dead skin cells and bacteria become trapped inside the pore. 

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July 10, 2017

Choc avocado fudge cookies! Deliciously good for skin!

Cassie Ritchie | Cactus SkincareI once dreamed of a world where you could make indulgent cookies that tasted amazing and actually served a positive role in your health. Well, this dream is now a reality. We are now living in post “cookies that can positively affect your health” times.

This recipe, once a closely guarded secret of the Swiss royal family* now is published here for all to enjoy.

*This may or may not be 100% accurate. 

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July 08, 2017

Stephanie Hunt - beauty, ethics and finance

Stephanie Hunt | Cactus Skincare
 Stephanie has been using Cactus for over 3 years now and over the years I've gotten to know her a bit and she is an amazing woman. After finding success as a model she decided she wanted to pursue a career in finance and is a very smart lady. She's also super passionate about ethical living and yeah... definitely someone worth paying attention to!
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