Dear Beautiful Readers,
I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for being the wonderful people that you are. I love sharing information with you all – even if sometimes I wonder if anyone is reading, and the I will receive an email, a comment on Instagram or Facebook, or sometimes people will tell me directly how much they love and are inspired by the blog, or how their family use the recipes, or how much better their health is, and it just makes my heart explode.
I have been wanting to do a giveaway for a while, and when the opportunity came up to team up with Tata Harper, I jumped at the chance. Our skin is our largest organ, and I think it is sometimes easy to forget that what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream, just like anything we put into our mouth. So although this is not a food related post per se, I think it is perfectly relevant. I am ecstatic to be able to give away two prizes of Tata Harper products worth over $200 each. As my readership is mainly split between Australia and USA, I wanted to allow residents of both countries to be eligible – hence the two prizes. But more on that below.
Just in case you are not familiar, Tata Harper is a 100% chemical free skin care company, that make the most divine lotions, creams, oils and tonics. Tata founded the company after being unable to find the products that she wished existed. That is her in the first image, on her beautiful organic farm in Vermont, USA, where a lot of the ingredients are grown – gorgeous! The products are hand-made on site. I have been lucky enough to use them for the last month or so, and honestly from the first application I was in love! My skin felt softer, well hydrated and light. The Regenerating Cleanser is soap-free and has enzymes, pink French clay, and an ever-so-gentle exfoliating action, sloughing off dead skin cells and leaving me with super soft skin that I have to spend a minute just touching, aah it’s the little things! Somehow Tata has managed to nail the balance between perfectly cleansed and hydrated, without stripping my skin of it’s natural oils. The Replenishing Nutrient Complex is a beautiful face oil that is topical nutrition for the skin, and great to use on dry or rough spots. And the Rejuvenating Serum is probably my favourite – a tiny amount is enough to leave my whole face feeling amazing!! The products are thoughtful, effective, full of herbs, and the best thing – 100% natural!
I asked Tata if she would share knowledge and experience with us, and here is what she had to say.
What are your top three skin care tips?
First, exfoliate regularly – I actually use a gentle exfoliating cleanser every day, morning and night. Not only does this keep the complexion brightened and looking refreshed, but by clearing away the top layer of debris and buildup, you allow the skin to better absorb your following products, like moisturizers or a serum. Plus, blackheads are caused by a combination of dead skin and facial oil (sebum), so by keeping the dead skin cleared daily, you’ll help blackheads to disappear.
Next, eat well! Some people don’t realize, but our diets have a huge impact on the way our skin looks, both in the present day and in the long-term. Sugar, caffeine and processed foods in general don’t do anything good for the skin. Nourish it from the inside out with fresh fruits and vegetables.
Last, start using an antiaging serum as early as possible! I believe in preventative skincare – that by taking care of it early, you can keep the skin looking amazing for so much longer, without having to take drastic action. It’s something my grandmother and mother taught me, and I’ve been a believer ever since.
What chemicals or products should we definitely be avoiding?
The main thing avoid is an ingredient list that is full of things you can’t pronounce. Top ingredients to look out for would be PEGs, parabens, synthetic color and fragrance, DEA’s and phthalates. My favorite tool to recommend is a site called Skin Deep: ewg.org/skindeep. It’s a database of all of products, everything from cleaning products to hair care and skincare, and they give you background and safety information on the ingredients inside. It’s an essential resource!
What is it about your products that you are most proud of?
I’m so happy that they give women beautiful, healthy, balanced skin, while delivering visible antiaging results, without a single drop of synthetic chemicals.
How To Enter
So on to the fun part. The lucky two winners will receive one Regenerating Cleaner, one Rejuvenating Serum, and one Replenishing Nutrient Complex each. This giveaway is Instagram based, and very simple.
All you need to do is make sure you are following @mywholefoodromance and @tataharper on Instagram, make a comment on the image in my feed showing the prizes as above tagging @tataharper and @mywholefoodromance, and hashtag #myskinfoodromance. Please also note in the comment if you are in Australia or the USA/Canada.
That’s it! If you don’t have an Instagram account, they are free and very easy to set up. Feel free to tag friends and share as you like. You have until the 1st June, 2014 to enter. For a full list of terms and conditions, please see My Wholefood Romance Giveaway Rules.
***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***
Good luck friends, and thank you. x
P.S. Please let me know if you would like more to share more on skin heath, food for skin, and any of my DIY facial and scrub recipes.
*I was gifted these products, however all opinions are my own.