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How to Avoid ISO Skin

Iso skin is the real deal! As our world has turned upside down in the last few weeks, it’s important not to leave your skin care behind.

It’s now week 5 of self-isolation, so any slacking off should be over! Yes, we’ve all been guilty of overindulging in sugary food, alcohol, and countless hours of Netflix binging, however it’s important to keep some structure and routine in your life for both physical and mental health, as well as the health of your skin.

Now is not the time to let your skin go!

1. Consistency is key!

Don’t get slack with your morning and evening skincare routine.

Like with exercise, progress doesn’t happen overnight. For visible results or even to maintain a healthy glowing complexion, your skin requires consistency. Cleansing, applying SPF, and moisturising are everyday essentials.

2. Don’t forgo the sunscreen


Being inside doesn’t mean that you’re off the hook and can skip the sunscreen. In fact, UVA light (PRESENT WITHOUT SUNSHINE) can penetrate right through window glass, which means that you still are at risk for premature aging and skin cancers. UVB rays can also penetrate through glass, which also contributes to aging of the skin.

3. At-home facial

I would encourage people to do an at home facial, at least once a week.  It will help to decongest the pores, improve circulation, remove excess dead skin cells and support the skin with beneficial nutrients like vitamins, proteins, minerals and antioxidants.

In this order: Double cleanse, exfoliate, mask, serum, moisturise
If you are missing a steam facial:
Fill a bowl with hot water and position your face over the bowl with a towel over your head to let your skin open up – you would do this after cleansing!

Tip – Massage in finishing products:
Give yourself a facial massage to boost blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. It is important to use very hydrating, rich ingredients as the skin is massaged – begin at the chin and gently stroke outward. Follow a similar pattern on all areas of the face: remember always up and out with your movements!
And –  NO at home extractions pretty please!!!

4. Nourish from the inside out

So, we nourish our skin not only topically, but also from the inside out. This can for some people be the most important way to keep their skin healthy as gut related issues can cause havoc on our skin. During stressful times we are often prone to eating more comfort foods.
Try avoiding heavily processed foods and strong dairy products as this can congest our skin. People suffering from breakouts should look at limiting sugary, starchy foods. Look instead at having lots of leafy greens, good fats such as avocados – I mean who isn’t a sucker for eggs and avo toast?? Adding things like chilli flakes and pepper to that takes it up a notch and chilli flakes are anti-inflammatory, boost metabolism and are full of essential vitamins.

Foods rich in Vitamin A include salmon, eggs, fish, broccoli, spinach, and most dark green, leafy vegetables, and adding that Vitamin A is a godsend for those suffering from acne.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant which also assists with immunity. As Vitamin C is not stored in your body, eating foods rich in it, such as oranges, is important.
Smoothies are also a great booster, adding bio fermented probiotic rich elixirs and powders from the Beauty Chef can help unlock glowing skin and a healthy gut.

5. EXERCISE!

Aerobic activity helps to protect the skin from free radicals, synthesise hyaluronic acid and can even slow down the ageing process.

Oxygen intake is key for this to happen so move and work out daily, even if it’s just a little.
Remember slow and steady wins the race! It’s the same when it comes to skincare sticking to a basic routine is best.

If you are unsure what products are best suited to your skin or what to do when, please get in touch, we are always here to help 😊! During self-isolation we offer virtual skin consultations with our dermal skin therapists to help you with your iso skin care. Our skin craves stability, let’s do it! Click here to learn more.

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Healthy Christmas Recipes to create this Summer

For many Australian families, Christmas is a compromise of old and new traditions. This year why not give your feast a healthy makeover with some seasonal, Australian produce.

In popular culture Christmas is characterised by turkey feasts, rich potato bakes, eggnog and mulled wine. While this may be the case for our Northern Hemisphere friends, a summer Christmas doesn’t quite suit the same menu.

Here is a list of quick and easy meal ideas to compliment your classic Christmas menu.

  1. Watermelon, feta and mint salad

This healthy and deliciously seasonal salad is the perfect salty/sweet paring for your BBQ prawns.
Simply dice some watermelon, roughly chop some mint, crumble some feta and drizzle with a balsamic glaze.
You can also add cucumber to the mix which is a cooling accompaniment on an extra hot day.

  1. Char grilled Broccoli and Brussel sprout salad with quinoa and grilled halloumi

This Christmas swap the starchy baked vegetables for a lighter and healthier side dish that will still fill and feed the masses. Especially if you celebrate Christmas at lunchtime eating excess amounts of potato and pumpkin will make you feel lethargic and bloated.

Instead offer your guests a healthy dose of greens while still tantalising their taste buds.
See Donna Hay’s easy free recipe guide

  1. Non- Alcoholic Cranberry Punch

Make sure you offer your guests enticing non-alcoholic drinks this Christmas day. Instead of sugar filled soft drinks, get creative and serve fruit and herb infused waters or step it up and try a healthy punch.

This cranberry and orange flavoured punch is perfectly festive.

  • Slightly thaw a packet of frozen cranberries then blend with a splash of water
  • Use a strainer to remove any pulp and to separate the fresh cranberry concentrate (much healthier than using cranberry juice cocktail)
  • Use a pitcher and combine 1.5L of sparking water with the fresh cranberry concentrate.
  • Juice 2 oranges and combine (using a strainer to avoid pulp and seeds)
    Top with whole frozen cranberries (replaces the need for ice cubes and won’t dilute the flavour)
  • Garnish with sliced oranges
  1. Grilled peaches with vanilla ice-cream

Stone fruits are perfect at this time of the year. Instead of labouring over a sticky date pudding simply halve a big batch of peaches and throw them face down on the BBQ for a smoky/sweet after lunch treat.

You can make this recipe with nectarines, plums, apricots and bananas too – which are also in season.
Follow the recipe here
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DIY Halloween treats & decorations

You don’t need to be a restaurant chef to make Halloween fun for everyone.

Whether you’re hosting a trick or treat party for your kids or a boo’s and booze party for your friends get creative with our easy list of ideas.

White Chocolate dipped strawberry ghosts

Witch Hat Cupcakes
Tip: if you’re not the baking kind, never fear buy the store-bought ones and just decorate with an ice-cream cone hat.

Mini Pumpkin pretzels:
All you need to do is add some orange food dye to a white chocolate mix and voila. You can add the green top if you’re feeling extra adventurous.

Hot Dog Fingers:
They might make your stomach churn at first glance, but we guarantee they will be a crowd pleaser.
Make sure you leave a bit of patient prep time to carve out your Frankfurt sausages.
If cooking really isn’t your style, then try your hand at these easy decorating tips.

Make a skeleton your dinner party centrepiece and arrange with fruit, cheese or lollies as you please.
Scare your flat mates, partner or children with some horror themed centrepieces.

Simply grab some jars from around the house, fill with either dolls heads or rubber masks, combine some water with a few drops of green food dye and you have a creepy science experiment.
Pro tip: wake up early and pop one of these in the fridge and wait for the screams in the morning.

Do you have a garden? Great! Use some dirt to create a dug up gravesite.

Stuff a scary Halloween mask with newspaper and wedge in between a closet or trap ceiling door.

Use fishing string to hang cheap dollar store witch hats to the ceiling for a magical illusion.


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Don’t break the bank with these thrifty skincare tips

When we talk about skincare it’s common for us to focus on your face.

However, the skin is our largest living organ and covers our entire body so we should be taking care of all of it. The good news is there are a plethora of natural and cost-effective products on the market that will give you that all body glow.

But before we begin, we thought we better educate you on why the skin on your face and the skin on your body deserves to be treated differently.

There are number of differences between skin on different parts of the body.  There are even differences in the skin from one part of the face to the next.  I’ll try to break down the major differences into categories:


1) Skin thickness.  Think of the difference in skin thickness on the eyelid (around 0.5mm) and the skin on the sole of your foot (up to 5mm in some places).  The skin has different thicknesses because it has different demands placed on it depending on location.


2) Oiliness.  The skin on the face has a lot more sebaceous glands (oil glands) on it than other parts of the body.  The oil (or sebum) has different proposed functions: it helps to lubricate/hydrate the skin, that it contains antioxidants, that it contains antimicrobial (bacteria-fighting) substances.


3) Number of other glands.  The skin under the arms, in the groin, and in the ear canals have special glands that produce a type of sweat that can smell.  These are called apocrine glands.  The sweat itself doesn’t smell bad, but it changes when it comes into contact with bacteria that lives on all of us.  This produces the smell.


4) Amount and type of hair.  The density of hair follicles on facial skin is actually quite high, but most of that hair is very fine and hard to see.  The density of hair follicles on the face is a lot higher than on the back, for example.


These are some of the major differences in skin in different areas of the body.  The reason we use different washes, etc. on different parts of the body is because of the different characteristics of the skin. The thinness of the skin plays a big role in that.

Natural products to use on your body:

  1. Dry Body Brush

These can be purchased by under $10 at most chemists or health food stores. Dry body brushing helps shed dead skin cells (and encourages new cell renewal), which results in smoother and brighter skin.

It can also help with any pesky ingrown hairs. It assists in improving vascular blood circulation and lymphatic drainage.


Try body brushing in upwards sweeping motions from your feet to your thighs and your fingers to your shoulders.

Try body brushing before every shower this week and see if you can feel the difference. Your skin should feel softer and smoother.

  1. Make your own body exfoliators

It might sound like too much work, but in reality a few simple household ingredients can combine into a wonderful in shower exfoliant. Next time you are in the supermarket reaching for your favourite shower scrub take a look at the ingredients and see if you recognise any of them.

The likeliness is they are full of pesky parabens and artificial fragrances that your skin is unknowingly absorbing. Like your face, you want to feed your body real ingredients.
Some of our favourite DIY scrubs:

  • Green Tea & Sugar Scrub
  • Pink Himalayan and Rose Petal Salt Scrub
  • Cucumber and Mint Scrub

For recipes click here to go to our Face Plus Pinterest Account and checkout our DIY skincare board

  1. Coconut Oil

Are you sunburnt or is your skin deeply dehydrated? Coconut oil is an amazing natural ingredient that should also be used outside of the kitchen.


Massage it into your body after your shower and notice how hydrated and glowy your skin looks.

Pro tip: If you’re suffering from dry and damaged hair cover your hair in some melted coconut oil and leave it on overnight (just makes sure to sleep on a towel, so you don’t grease your sheets).

It is an incredibly restorative leave in conditioner and your hair will be super glossy the next day.


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Everyday lifestyle changes to improve your acne

Healthy lifestyle choices to reduce acne. 


Eating and training like a Victoria’s secret model would surely result in great, acne-free skin however, we understand that our clients are busy with jobs and other obligations that get in the way of prioritising your skin 24/7. Here is an extensive list of achievable changes and things to try and help improve your acne.

  1. When you wake up in the morning start with 2 glasses of water to help flush your body of toxins (hydrated skin is also healthy skin) – then aim for 2 litres or more throughout the day
  1. Add a squeeze of lemon or apple cider vinegar to your water to aid in detoxification
  1. Limit your coffee consumption to 1 a day and if you need a caffeine boost drink green tea
  1. Talk to your doctor first, but try and take a pre/probiotic tablet everyday to deliver good gut flora to your body
  1. Add leafy greens to every meal of the day (in a smoothie for breakfast, in salad form for lunch and roasted, stir-fried or steamed for dinner)
  1. Skip the hot sauce and spicy curries (spicy food causes inflammation)
  1. Eat junk food in limited quantities and always wash it down with water
  1. Limit your alcohol consumption to the weekend and if you drink choose drinks low in sugar (avoid cocktails like the devil, instead opt for a glass of red wine)
  1. Wash/ Dry your face with a fresh clean towel EVERYTIME to avoid spreading bacteria
  1. Never sleep on the same pillowcase twice. Flip over the pillow for the second nights sleep then change your case in the morning.
  1. Clean your makeup brushes and sponges between every use
  1. Be conscious of how much you touch your face and ensure your hands are always clean
  1. Try not to sweat the small stuff, save the stress for issues that really matter (if stress is a big feature in your life, try a meditation app)
  1. Don’t over exfoliate your skin. Stick to twice a week and be gentle with your pressure
  1. Wash your face in warm water, not hot water (hot water causes inflammation)
  1. Swap your chemical makeup for mineral makeup
  1. Make sure your smartphone screen is cleaned frequently as this is a common cause of cross contamination
  1. Make sure you’re getting 8 hours sleep a night to ensure your immune system is strong
  1. Have a facial once a month to keep your skin in check professionally

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How to mentally overcome Rosacea

If you suffer from Rosacea, the first thing to understand is that you are not alone.

Rosacea is a common, inflammatory skin disorder with a worldwide distribution of more than 50 million people. Many famous faces have Rosacea; Prince William, Renee Zellweger, Cynthia Nixon, Bill Clinton and Lena Dunham to name a few.

While Rosacea has no known cure or cause the condition can often cause embarrassment and distress. One of the hardest hurdles to overcome is the fact that Rosacea can appear at any time in a person’s life.

Clinical studies indicate most Rosacea patients first noticed the redness in their 30’s-40’s, however, it can appear on anyone and sometimes quite out of the blue. 

While the condition is more commonly diagnosed in fair-skinned people of European descent, it can also occur in people of all ethnicities and skin types.
What to do when you first notice Rosacea

  1. If you do think you have Rosacea, the first step is the get a referral from your GP to see a dermatologist. Depending on the severity of your condition they might recommend anti-biotics, specific topical creams and/or dietary changes.
  1. Before meeting with your dermatologist (specialist appointments can take a while to book so make sure to be proactive about this), it is best to educate yourself on the condition as much as possible. Read about common trigger points and keep a journal of what you think your own triggers might be. Being conscious of your diet and lifestyle can really help inform your specialist as to an appropriate treatment plan.
  1. Once you have seen your dermatologist, book in a skin consultation and treatment with an experienced dermal therapist. There are many facials, Light and Laser treatments available that can help to restore the skin balance and reduce the symptoms of rosacea. A dermal therapist will also be able to work alongside your dermatologist to advice you on what topical skincare products you need to introduce into your regime and which ones you need to eliminate.
  1. The most important point to consider when you first notice Rosacea is the detrimental impact stress and anxiety have on the condition. Create an action plan to assure yourself that you are going to overcome this skin condition and alleviate some of the uncertainty and pressure of the unknown. Join online forums for people with Rosacea and create a network around you of people that understand what you are going through. By being proactive and conscious about the condition you can make better choices to avoid trigger points that result in rosacea flare ups.

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Aging: Mind over Matter

 


“Aging is a fact of life. Looking your age is not.”

Research shows that your genes are only 25% responsible for visible signs of aging. So don’t blame your mum and dad for your early onset of fine lines and wrinkles. There are other factors such as stress, environment, nutrition, lifestyle and immunity that play a key role in how we age.

While we can’t turn back or even freeze the clock, we can make everyday lifestyle adjustments to make sure that aging can be just a number and not a reflection on how you physically look and mentally feel.

  1. Get active

Move it or loose it. As we get older, everything starts to slow down from our collagen production, our cell turnover and most importantly our energy levels.

One University study found that human levels of serotonin (the brain neurotransmitter that regulates mood, appetite, sleep and blood pressure) naturally decrease with age, often resulting in depression, anxiety and hardening of the arteries.

Luckily, exercise is an excellent way to give serotonin levels a boost, as well as combat the effects of the stress hormone cortisol.

Make it a habit to move your body for at least 30 minutes every day to keep your body physically healthy and mind mentally happy.

  1. Get plenty of Sleep

They call it beauty sleep for a reason. You should aim for eight hours of sleep a night to give your body enough time to recharge.

While you’re sleeping, your body—and your skin—are hard at work healing themselves.

During the deeper phases of sleep, your body produces growth hormone, which repairs daily damage from things like sun exposure and pollution and creates new cells so you wake up looking brighter, fresher and younger.

  1. Maintain a positive attitude.

The glass is either half empty or half full. How you choose to look at it effects your perspective on almost everything you do in life. The single most important factor in healthy aging is cultivating a positive outlook.

Research shows that your attitude, resiliency and the way you cope with stress may be better predictors of healthy aging than physical disease or disability. So how do you attain—and maintain—a good attitude?

It’s all about outlook. Begin by accepting that nothing in life is permanent and try to look for the silver lining in every situation. A great attitude can help you enjoy getting older, instead of dreading or simply tolerating it.

  1. Forget what you think you know about aging

Many of us have preconceived notions of what it means to age. Whether it’s new mums cutting off their long hair, or women in their 40’s deciding to ditch skirts forever, these choices are based on social stereotypes.

Each generation is conditioned through television, books, movies, music and other aspects of culture about what people should act like, look like and even feel like as they grow older.

We incorporate these beliefs into our subconscious and they become part of the factors that control how our genes work.

The bottom line: If you think you’re old, you’ll act and look old, too.
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4 types of PCOS

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4 types of PCOS

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If you think you have PCOS then it is imperative you seek the help and guidance of a medical professional. Go to your doctor and ask for a blood test. Proper diagnosis requires a blood test that shows high testosterone or other male hormones like androstenedione or DHEA. Never accept a diagnosis that was made by ultrasound alone.
PCOS is not one thing. It is not one disease. PCOS is a set of symptoms. The key primary symptom is failure to ovulate regularly. Failure to ovulate is why you are deficient in estradiol and progesterone. It’s why you have high testosterone, and why you develop secondary PCOS symptoms such as hair lossacne, and infertility.
According to Dr. Lara Briden there are 4 Types of PCOS. If you believe you are suffering from it, you need to understand the root cause of your ovulation issue by identifying what type of PCOS you have. You should help navigate this under the guidance of your health care professional.
1) Insulin-Resistant PCOS
This is the classic type of PCOS and by far the most common. High insulin and leptin impede ovulation and stimulate the ovaries to make testosterone. Insulin resistance is caused by sugar, smoking, trans fat, and environmental toxins.
Is this you? You have been told that you are borderline diabetic, or you had an abnormal glucose tolerance test. You probably have elevated insulin, and you may also have elevated LH (luteinizing hormone). You are probably overweight, although you may be normal weight. Normal-weight insulin resistance can occur in the years following dieting or eating disorder.
Treatment ideas: The first step is to quit sugar.  A small amount of fructose is healthy but a large amount is a major contributor to insulin resistance. Please also consider gentle intermittent fasting, which works well to improve insulin sensitivity. Best supplements for insulin resistance are magnesium, lipoic acid, inositol, and berberine. The Pill is not a treatment for this type (or any type) of PCOS because it impairs insulin sensitivity. Improvement for Type 1 PCOS is slow and gradual over 6-9 months. Please see my Insulin Resistance post.
2) Pill-Induced PCOS or Post-Pill PCOS
Hormonal birth control suppresses ovulation. For most women, it’s a temporary effect, and ovulation will usually resume fairly soon after the Pill is stopped. But for some women, ovulation-suppression can persist for months or even years. During that time, it is not unusual to be given the diagnosis of PCOS. Some experts deny the existence of Pill-induced PCOS, but it is very real. It is the second most common type of PCOS that I see. I have spoken to many other clinicians who are seeing the same thing. We desperately need more research into it.
Is this you? You had regular periods before starting the Pill, although you may have had acne. You probably now have elevated LH on a blood test, although you may have normal LH and high-normal prolactin.
Treatment ideas: If your LH is elevated, the best herbal treatment is Peony & Licorice combination. If your prolactin is high-normal, then the best herbal treatment is Vitex (also called chaste tree or chaste berry). Do not use Vitex if your LH is elevated. Vitex stimulates LH so it will make things worse. Indeed, many of my PCOS patients report feeling worse on Vitex.
Both Peony and Vitex work on your pituitary-ovarian axis, and they are powerful herbs. I recommend you do not use them too soon or for too long. Do not take them if you are a teenager, or if you have just come off the Pill. Give yourself at least 3-4 months off the Pill. Do not use Peony or Vitex for more than 10 months in a row. They should not need to be used that way. If they are the right herbs, they will work fairly quickly (within 3-4 months). And then, your periods should stay regular after you stop the herbs. Do not take licorice if you have high blood pressure. Please seek professional advice.
3) Inflammatory PCOS
Inflammation—or chronic immune activation—results from by stress, environmental toxins, intestinal permeability and inflammatory foods like gluten or A1 casein. Inflammation is a problem for PCOS because it impedes ovulation, disrupts hormone receptors, and stimulates adrenal androgens such DHEA and androstenedione.
Is this you? You have other symptoms of immune dysfunction such as recurring infections, headaches, joint pain or skin conditions. Your blood test shows inflammatory biomarkers such as vitamin D deficiency, abnormal blood count, elevated C-RP, thyroid antibodies, or gluten antibodies. You may have elevated DHEA or androstenedione, and a positive urine test for intestinal permeability.
Treatment ideas. Reduce stress and exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides and plastics. Eliminate inflammatory foods such as wheat, dairy, and sugar. Treat intestinal permeability with zinc, berberine, and probiotics. Supplement magnesium because it is anti-inflammatory and normalizes adrenal hormones (HPA axis). Improvement is slow and gradual over 6-9 months.
4) Hidden-Cause PCOS
This is the ‘simpler-than-you-think’ type of PCOS. Hidden cause PCOS usually means that there is one simple thing that is blocking ovulation. Once that single thing is addressed, this type of PCOS resolves very quickly, usually within 3-4 months. Common hidden causes of PCOS include:
– Too much soy, because it is anti-estrogen and can block ovulation in some women. (A small amount is okay.)
 Thyroid disease, because your ovaries need T3 thyroid hormone.
– Vegetarian diet, because it causes zinc deficiency, and your ovaries need zinc.
– Iodine deficiency, because your ovaries need iodine. Please be careful with iodine supplementation. Read my iodine post.
– Artificial sweeteners, because they impair insulin and leptin signaling.
 Too little starch in your diet, because your hormonal system needs Gentle Carbs.
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Why you must learn to meditate

Be mindful of your mind!

Technology dominates our day to day lives so much so that it’s common to find the only time when we don’t have a device switched on and/or glued to our face is when we are sleeping.

The constant connectivity and wavelengths greatly impact our psyche. We have seen a rapid rise in diagnosed depression and anxiety and technology is largely to blame. Whether we’re being judged on social media, bombarded with news & paid advertising or feeling the pressure to constantly check in with work emails and correspondence.

There is this expectation that we must keep up. Meditation is an easy to master technique where the prime objective is to slow down and switch off. Essentially, the exact opposite of what modern life demands.

What is Meditation?
Meditation is a means of transforming the mind. Meditation practices involve developing techniques that encourage concentration, clarity, emotional positivity and a calm seeing of the true nature of things.

Like anything, meditation is a skill you need to practice. With regular work and patience these nourishing, focused states of mind can deepen into profoundly peaceful and energised states of mind.

How do I start meditating?
While technology is definitely the root cause of our inability to focus, it has also lead to some amazing technological advances to allow the practice of meditation into everyone’s devices.

At Face Plus Medispa we are big fans of the following Meditation apps
Headspace
Calm
The Mindfulness App

Starting with just a minute or two a day these apps allow you to relax with guided meditations and mindfulness techniques that bring calm, wellness and balance to your life.

In a guided meditation, a narrator or teacher explains the dynamics of the mind and how it’s likely to behave during meditation. (This is the approach.)

The teacher may also explain meditation techniques. (This is the practice.) Finally, the teacher may explain how to take these techniques into everyday life. (This is the integration.)

Why should I meditate?
For many people, meditation has become a tool for managing stress. For some, it helps to promote improved health, including a better quality of sleep.

For others, it helps them achieve some underlying sense of peace, and that feeling of contentment, no matter what they’re dealing with in life.

When we’re in a healthier place mentally, then we’re bound to interact with others in a more positive way, meaning meditation can benefit our relationships, too.

When we meditate, we’re cultivating an awareness of the present moment. We’re training the mind to better understand how and why we think and feel the way we do, with the aim of fundamentally transforming our experience, and perspective, of everyday life.

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Dry July Activities

If you are participating in Dry July you might find your typical social calendar a bit off bounds for the next month.

Luckily, Sydney has you covered with some incredible, healthy and booze free entertainment to help keep you social. Gather your friends and family and start planning your weekend adventures. The trick is to really cherish this detoxifying time, rather than hibernate the month away.

  1. Outdoor Ice- Skating

Ice-Skating might remind you of some of your favourite Christmas movies, but with Christmas effectively falling in July for us all down under, some of Sydney’s most iconic locations have turned into a winter wonderland.

This one is very kids friendly, so we recommend going to the late night sessions if you want some peace and quiet. Bondi Beach, Click here for more info St Mary’s Cathedral CBD, Click here for more info

  1. Healthy Cooking Class

Many of us associate cooking classes with decadent desserts or how to make pizza or pasta. How about trying a healthy cooking class and learning some tips that you can implement every night of the week.

At Face Plus Medispa, many of our staff are undergoing a detoxifying cleanse this Winter to ensure glowing skin for spring/summer. In order to cleanse we need to clear out our liver and remove all processed, inflammatory foods from our diet.

This anti-inflammatory cooking class is the perfect fit for those that want to loose that stubborn belly fat and feel more energised.
theme: Anti-Inflammatory, Winter Food. Click here for more info

  1. Indoor Rock Climbing

Similar to ice-skating, indoor rock climbing is a nostalgic throwback to our childhood birthday parties. Release the inner child and inner warrior and get climbing.

You will quickly find that this childhood pastime is much more of a workout than you ever remembered. Prepared to feel sore the next day. Click here for more info

  1. Pottery Classes

This one is for any lovers of old Cinema. Release your inner Ghost and get spinning. This beautiful and rustic Surry Hills Studio is perfect for absolute beginners.

Learn a new talent, get your hands messy and create a beautiful bowl for your living room. Click here for more info

  1. Take a hot yoga class

As someone who has never tried Bikram yoga, Winter seems like the perfect time to give it a go.

Something about warming your body in a slow and controlled exercise class then walking out into the fresh air. Sweat it out with fiery vinyasa at your nearest hot yoga studio.

For any Eastern Suburbs Locals, Hot Dog Yoga in Double Bay is having an introductory special. They are offering three weeks of unlimited classes for $50. Click here for more info

Don’t get struck down with the Winter Detox Blues. Get off the couch and out and about and explore some healthy activities that Sydney has to offer.

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