When we were formulating Halo we wanted to create a multi-purpose product that was suitable for all skin types, offering support and nourishment to people with sensitive skin and that was safe for use during pregnancy, postpartum and while breastfeeding. To give our customers the best assurance possible we worked with TØTUM Naturopathy who are based in Byron Bay and Gold Coast, Australia to test and endorse Halo for her all round skin-loving purpose. TØTUM was born through the purpose of two qualified Naturopaths, Hunna Armstrong and Katherine Bibby, with a goal to inspire change in the way individuals view their bodies and health.
Hunna & Katherine’s driving motivation is to offer services that focus on education, to provide people with foundational skills to benefit their lives long term. The core values of TØTUM are to promote awareness of holistic education and health with authenticity, integrity and transparency.
Would you recommend Halo Multi-Tasking Oil safe for use during pregnancy / postpartum and while breastfeeding?
Yes, this product is safe for topical use during pregnancy, post -partum and breast feeding. As this oil contains a rich amount of skin supportive and hydrating nutrients, we would recommend it to be used to help prevent stretch marks during pregnancy.
Note: It is important to remember that the presence of stretch marks is determined by many factors and occur when fibres just under the skin break apart as the result of rapid weight gain. As moisturising helps to maintain skin elasticity, the best way to prevent unwanted stretch marks is to keep the skin nourished and hydrated.
The benefits Halo has for sensitive skin and how each ingredient can help
Amongst other genetic and environmental influences sensitive skin can be the result of dryness, dehydration, and disrupted skin barrier function. Sensitivity can impact all skin types, and is often associated with redness, irritation and reactivity. Halo oil helps address the needs of sensitive skin by providing skin barrier support, emollient hydration, vitamin replenishment, as well as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant support.
Rosehip oil is gentle on the skin making it a perfect oil for those suffering from sensitivity. It is rich source of skin healing nutrients such as vitamin A, E and fatty acids, and has shown to reduce redness and improve skin barrier function.
Grapeseed oil has a high concentration of antioxidant and hydrating fatty acids to help protect and support the outer layers of the skin. These antioxidants are also effective anti-inflammatories and help reduce free radical damage from the environment and minimise reactivity.
Sunflower seed oils natural calming action on the skin benefits those with reactive and sensitive skin. Rich in beta-carotene (precursor to vitamin A), vitamin E and omega 6 fatty acids Sunflower seed oil works with the skin to improve moisture retention and provide nourishing emollient hydration.
Calendula is a herb that has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal properties, both internally and topically. It is rich in carotenoids which provide antioxidant activity that supports the skins immune defence, providing protection from toxicity, along with daily exposure to the elements. Calendula also maintains skin integrity through its anti- inflammatory and healing properties, reducing redness and irritation.
Wheatgerm oil is rich in vitamin E along with other fatty acids and vitamins which protect them skin from damaging toxicity, provides hydration and strengthens skin integrity. Wheat germ supports tissue growth and repair making it an excellent oil to aid in wound healing for dry, damaged skin.
Pomegranate oil is abundant in polyphenolic compounds such as punicic acid, flavonoids, anthocyanidins and tannins. These compounds naturally occur in plants and offer protection against toxins by neutralising free radicals and against damaging UV rays.
As well as using Halo to promote healthy skin, which other Naturopathic advice could you give our community for supporting skin health by healing from within
As Naturopaths when we treat the skin, we look at all the other factors within the body that contribute to its health, which usually means looking at the functioning of our body systems, in particular our gastrointestinal, nervous, immune and endocrine (hormonal). These systems all directly influence the health of our skin, and therefore need to be supported for us to achieve better skin.
Some simple ways to nourish these areas of our health include:
Prebiotics & Probiotics ~ eating a range of high fibre fruits, vegetables, whole grains and pulses (prebiotics) will help maintain the growth of beneficial bacteria in your gut. Including fermented and cultured foods containing live bacteria in your diet is another way of enhancing your guts microbial diversity. The health of our gut microbiome has been directly linked to the health of our skin.
Liver supportive foods – among other things our liver is in charge of detoxification and bile production, both of which are essential to digestion, hormone balance, and skin health. Foods to support the liver are generally rich in antioxidants and include dark green leafy vegetables, cruciferous vegetables, turmeric, garlic, and dark berries.
Root vegetables such as pumpkin, squash and sweet potato – these foods are rich in beta-carotene, which converts to Vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is essential for the health of our skins dermis and epidermis by encouraging healthy skin cell production; it promotes skin healing, has skin firming properties, and is a natural skin moisturiser. These vegetables are also rich in vitamin E, C, and other antioxidants, which support your skins defences against UV rays.
Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage & brussel sprouts are in season now and are the perfect way to support our gastrointestinal and liver health. These foods are rich in fibre (supporting the growth of our beneficial bacteria), and also contain compounds called glucosinolates that activate our body’s own natural detoxification and antioxidant enzymes.
Warming bone broths – these are rich skin supportive minerals (zinc, magnesium, calcium) as well as collagen, and you can load these up with seasonal vegetables to boost your nutritional intake.
Stay hydrated: our bodies lose moisture throughout the day, even in the cooler months however we may not be as inclined to drink water during this time. To avoid dry, cracked skin ensure that you are replenishing with filtered water throughout the day. Herbal teas, broths & soups are winter friendly ways to rehydrate during the colder months.
Stress reduction – stress certainly should be first on your mind when you begin to understand the health of skin. Stress has a direct impact on digestive function by directing blood flow away from our digestive organs and towards areas of the body that are more necessary for survival. This essentially reduces our ability to produce and secrete digestive juices, impacts our gut bacteria balance, and causes hormone imbalance, inflammation and oxidative stress (all of which directly impact the health and appearance of our skin). There is also a whole new (and very interesting) field that has emerged called psychodermatolgy that explores the connection between our mental health, emotions, and the skin.
Improve circulation: Having healthy blood flow around the body supports detoxification, decreases inflammation and promotes radiant skin. Dry body brushing, Gua Sha or facial massage with a hydrating skin oil, and general movement & exercise are some ways in which you can improve your circulation.
Avoid too much heat: Boiling hot showers & heaters can deplete our skin of moisture. Wash your face & body with luke warm/warm water, or wash your face at the basin with a warm cloth to avoid dry, itchy skin.
TØTUM Naturopathy offers in-person and online naturopathic consultations as well as a beautiful collection of wellness products including purifying teas, skincare and herbal extract supplements.
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