<![CDATA[swiish]]> http://www.swiish.com/ Wed, 12 Aug 2020 03:30:57 GMT Wed, 12 Aug 2020 03:30:57 GMT LemonStand <![CDATA[IF IN DOUBT, BREATHE IT OUT]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/if-in-doubt-breathe-it-out http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/if-in-doubt-breathe-it-out Mon, 10 Aug 2020 00:00:00 GMT

We saw him on goop and loved him. Now he’s got something special just for you, SWIISH tribe...

Coming to you all the way from the UK, we asked breath expert, Stuart Sandeman to take us through a sleep-supporting breathing method – more akin to miracle work.

Teaching you to harness the power of breathing for better health and wellbeing, Stuart explains the importance (and all-too underrated) benefits of breathwork for sleep.

“A good nights sleep, as we are aware of, is vital productivity, our headspace, energy levels, immunity, athletic performance, and even weight management. The list goes on and on.” Stuart says. “But we don’t often think about the link between how we’re breathing and how we’re sleeping.”

Our brain autogenerates patterns of breath depending on the information it receives from the environment, our senses, and our thoughts.

“The brain does not know the difference between a threat external from us, and a threat fabricated from thought alone. It triggers the same stress for a ‘fight or flight’ breathing response; short and shallow. ”

“In the case of sleep, if you’ve had a stressful breathing pattern due to the demands of your day then it’s most likely you’re stuck in that fight or flight breathing response when your head hits the pillow.”

Stuart explains that this provokes the brain to think it’s in danger (the same kind of danger as if a tiger were chasing you!), and as a result, loses the desire to sleep. The follow-on effect here is that your entire sleep-wake cycle is disrupted. Sleep hormones that should be released are instead replaced with cortisol and adrenaline (your stress hormones) reducing your ability to enter a deep slumber.

“It’s important that we override this with a bit of prep before we go to sleep so we can tell our brain and our body that everything is cool, super-relaxed, calm and ready to sleep.”

So, how can you do this? Through this fool-proof 1-minute breathwork routine…

More from Stuart here...

Breathpod provides breathwork sessions in all environments (1:1, online, corporate and events) teaching you to utilise the breath for your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. You can catch Stuart for a daily free breathwork Instagram live on @breathpod at 5pm AEST. For more, connect with Breathpod below.

Instagram:@breathpod

Website: https://www.breathpod.me/

Facebook: Breathpod

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<![CDATA[CLIP IT]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/clip-it http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/clip-it Sun, 09 Aug 2020 00:00:00 GMT  

Add a touch of femme to every outfit with this hair essential.

Hair clips have made their way back onto the fashion scene – especially with WFH life meaning we only need to dress from the top, up! Here's how to wear them in class and style.

 

Rule 1: Nudie neutrals

Going for the neutral colours that are closest to your natural hair colour are ideal for keeping the look subtle. If you have lighter hair go for a beige or fawn colour, and if you have darker hair opt for the deeper brown, hazel tones. 

Rule 2: Keep it simple

If you are going to try a clip that is a little more dominant in appearance, implementing the “less is more attitude” is imperative. Try not to overpower your look with too many clips, instead focusing on just one, larger clip that will make a statement on its own. 

Rule 3: Think outside the box

Most of the on-trend clips follow the sleek, more rectangular shapes. Although these are beautiful, selecting a circular clip can provide a depth of difference to your hairstyle that is both unique and elegant. You can even mix up the texture of your rounded clip by going for a sleek gold alternative!


Rule 4: Make it match 

The silver or golden details of a clip are often visible when paraded around in your hair. To keep the look classy you should aim to match these to the rest of your jewellery, as mixing too many gold and silver accessories can often take away from the class of a look. Keep it streamlined using gold with gold, and silver with silver if you’re wanting to give this trend a go. 

 

Rule 5: Fine lines

If you‘re wanting to group a couple of hair clips in a messier look or have them sitting symmetrically on either side of your head like the runway models have, thinner clips are the way to go. Aiming for a finer, straight, and understated hair clip will let you exert elegance whilst still keeping up with the contemporary style. 

Rule 6: Let it speak 

When you have a stronger hair clip, be sure to let it be the talking piece of the outfit. Not overpowering it with earrings, necklaces and jewellery is important, as this is where you can overdo it. Aim for minimalistic, understated accessories that blend into the look, rather than compete with the hair clip style.

Rule 7: Location, location

Exactly where you place the clip on your hair plays a big role in whether the look works or not. Although putting these hair clips right at the forefront of your head seems to be the look the runways are going for, in your day-to-day this might not have quite the desired effect. We suggest either putting the clip at the back of your hair to create a half-up-half-down look, or, pushed further back on your sides so that it isn’t bordering right where your hair meets the skin line. 




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<![CDATA[4 STEPS TO (AT HOME) WELLBEING]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/4-steps-to-at-home-wellbeing http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/4-steps-to-at-home-wellbeing Sat, 08 Aug 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Guide your wellbeing back to balance with these simple steps, all from the comfort of your home.


1. STRETCH IT OUT

People rave about exercise for health on the constant – but what about stretching? Taking a moment to give your muscles the proper stretch and release they need is a great act of self-care. Whether it be 10 minutes in the morning or at night, stretching is the perfect time to be kind to your body, look after it, and just breathe.


2. DAILY DIGITAL DETOX

It’s hard to switch off with so much changing in the world everyday… but as much as our phones are a great tool of communication, they can also be a great burden – more than we know.

Setting a goal to give yourself at least, 1 hour before bed without a phone is a great way to keep your mind out of the crazy social media world, and more in-tune with your own thoughts and queries.


3. TAKE A MOMENT

This one is a no-brainer, but it’s a no-brainer we seem to keep slipping out on…

With hectic (at home) schedules, it can be easy to just pile, pile, pile more things on the to-do list. Before you know it, you’re running thin on energy, motivation and rest.

We’re making this small act of self-care a total staple this year. Whether it be a bath at the end of a long week, a coffee treat at your favourite cafe, or an easy yoga flow in the morning, each week, make it a priority to take a moment and just slow.

Try our favourite energising 1-minute yoga flow here


4. GET GROUNDED

Believe it or not, touching the physical earth is something we don’t do enough of – even in life at home.

‘Grounding’ or ‘earthing’ is a practice that looks at touching the soles of your feet onto the grass, sand, or bare earth. Taking your shoes off and walking or standing barefoot for just 5-minutes a days has shown to:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety 

  • Support sleep

  • Improve mood

  • Help ease chronic pain

  • Reduce inflammation



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<![CDATA[GOOEY RAW CHOC CARAMEL SLICE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/gooey-raw-choc-caramel-slice http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/gooey-raw-choc-caramel-slice Fri, 07 Aug 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Gluten-free / Dairy-free / Refined Sugar-free

Makes 16 slices


INGREDIENTS:

For the base 

  • 2 cups almond meal

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

  • 2 tablespoons almond butter

For the caramel 

  • ½ cup natural crunchy peanut butter

  • ½ cup Medjool dates, roughly chopped

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted 

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • Salt, to taste

For the chocolate 

  • 2 tablespoons cacao

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted 


METHOD:

  1. Line a small tray with baking paper. 

  2. In a large bowl, add the base ingredients and mix until combined. Transfer to the tray, pat with the back of a spoon to flatten, and place in the freezer.

  3. In the same bowl, add the caramel ingredients and briskly mix to combine. Remove tray from freezer and pour the caramel mix on top evenly. Return to freezer.

  4. In the same bowl, add the chocolate ingredients and briskly mix to combine. Remove tray and pour chocolate on top to completely cover.

  5. Return tray to freezer to set for at least 30 minutes. Store in fridge for 1-2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Ooey-gooey GOODNESS! This Raw Choc Caramel Slice is an absolute crowd-pleaser – we guarantee you won’t be able to stop at just one piece (good thing it’s a healthy version!).


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<![CDATA[YOUR SLEEP TOOLKIT]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/your-sleep-toolkit http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/your-sleep-toolkit Fri, 07 Aug 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Last month we spoke to a range of experts – all in the name of sleep. From breathing techniques to yoga flows, we’ve pulled together the ultimate sleep toolkit to help you put those sleepless nights to rest.

 

1. BED-TIME, FLOW-TIME

Did you know that gentle yoga before bed has shown to reduce joint stiffness, promote relaxation, support against sleep-disrupting menopausal symptoms, help regulate sleep hormones and reduce physiological stress?

We asked super-yogi Kirsten Scott to design the ultimate 5-minute Yoga Flow, specifically to soothe the body before bed.

Get your zen on below.

2. JUST BREATHE

For those nights when your brain is in overdrive, we asked the best in the business (all the way from the UK!) to give our SWIISH Tribe a simple bedtime breathing technique that will have you cool, calm and collected in no time.

Follow this 5-minute breathwork to support a night of restful, deep sleep

3. YOUR SLEEP SOLUTION

The final addition to your sleep toolkit, this e-book will help you master your slumber, once and for all. What’s inside?

  • Everything to know about your sleep cycle

  • Sleep needs through the ages

  • Expert insider tips

  • Sneaky sleep-disruptors you never knew about

  • How to create the perfect wind-down

  • A peek into Sally and Maha’s sleep routines

Want to get your hands on this super Sleep e-book? Check out the slumber packs we’ve created for you below. But hurry! They’re going fast!

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<![CDATA[EASY ITALIAN EGG PIZZA]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/easy-italian-egg-pizza http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/easy-italian-egg-pizza Fri, 31 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Dairy-free / Refined Sugar-free / Vegetarian

Makes one pizza

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 wholemeal pizza base

  • 2 tablespoons hummus

  • 1 cup baby spinach 

  • 1 tomato thinly sliced

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes

  • 1 teaspoon Italian herbs

  • Salt and pepper

METHOD:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.

  2. Spread hummus over the base of the pizza. Top with baby spinach and tomato.

  3. Crack the eggs onto the pizza spacing them evenly, closer to the centre so that they don’t drip off the edges. Use a fork to spread the eggs evenly over the pizza, breaking the yolk.

  4. Sprinkle with chilli flakes, Italian herbs, salt and pepper. 

  5. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Serve immediately.


If you’re looking for a family-favourite that’s ready in no-time, this Easy Italian Egg Pizza is your go-to!

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<![CDATA[THE POWER FLOW]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-power-flow http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-power-flow Mon, 27 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Struggling through the 3 pm slump? We asked yoga expert, Kirsten Scott, for the ultimate 1-minute energy booster.

As the WFH life continues, many of us are finding we have a little less work motivation than usual. Okay, maybe a lot less.

Without our co-workers around to break the day up with a chat or coffee run, the 3 pm slump is hitting real hard.

As we searched for the answers to our energy troubles, we knew it was time to call in the wellness big guns. Let us introduce SWIISH Wellness Expert… 

We asked Kirsten for her top 3 yoga poses that can be done in less than a minute to boost our energy levels whenever we hit the wall!


THE 1 MINUTE ENERGY FLOW

Step 1: To start your flow, you can enter this position from downward facing dog (see top image for this position) or simply laying on your stomach.

Step 2: Hold for 10 breaths

In addition to giving you that much-needed energy boost, this is also a great stretch for the front of the body.

Kirsten’s Tip: Be sure that you avoid locking your joints by having a slight “micro-bend” in your elbows, especially if you have a tendency to hyper-extend in that area.


Step 1: From your first position in Upward Facing Dog, simply lift yourself into downward dog again before stepping 1 foot forward to enter this position.

Step 2: Hold for 5-10 deep breaths on each side.

This variation of Low Lunge is not only an excellent way to bring energy into the pose, but it is also a really great hip and quad stretch. Practise this variation to improve your mood and release tension from the hips.


Step 1: From your second position in Low Lunge With Arch, lift your back foot to the top of the matt so that you are standing. Then lay on the floor to enter this final position.

Step 2: Hold for 10 breaths.

This deep backbend will stretch the entire front of your body and help to improve your posture. This one will also open your chest and shoulders, which is great if you find yourself often hunching and rounding your shoulders forward at your desk.


Artist Credit: Isabel Andrade

 

WANT MORE YOGA & WELLNESS TIPS FROM KIRSTEN?

FIND HER ON INSTAGRAM HERE:

@KIRSTENSCOTTHEALTH


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<![CDATA[SKINCARE DECODED]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/skincare-decoded http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/skincare-decoded Sun, 26 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Does anyone else look at the ingredients of their skincare and think 'huh??'...

With so many new skincare technologies and research out in the market, we are constantly being inundated with what we should be putting on our skin, but because we are not scientists (obviously!), it can be incredibly confusing about what everything means.

Have no fear though because we have done the hard work for you and have decoded what the most common skincare ingredients – AHA and BHA – actually mean.

Your skin can thank us later.

 

AHA (alpha hydroxyl acid) is one of the most common ingredients in skincare products because it refers to exfoliant ingredients like lactic and glycolic acids. These types of ingredients can be incorporated into pretty much any type of skincare product, from masks, toners, moisturisers, peels, exfoliators and cleansers.

AHA is a wonder ingredient because it cleanses your skin deeply, removing dead skin cells whilst also providing a tonne of moisture. AHA products also have anti-ageing benefits and suit sun-damaged or dry skin.

 

BHA (beta hydroxyl acid), also known as salicylic acid, is pretty much the same thing as AHA, but does it more effectively. Just like AHA, it's anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, which leaves your skin super clean and calm.

This makes any skin product with BHA ideal for oil, congested and acne-prone skin types. BHAs help to deep clean your pores that cause whiteheads and blackheads, so it’s basically it’s skincare’s super ingredient.

So there you have it: AHA and BHA decoded, but basically, both ingredients are the not-so-little secrets that ensure clear and gorgeous skin!



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<![CDATA[GUT LOVIN’ GOODIES]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/gut-lovin-goodies2 http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/gut-lovin-goodies2 Sat, 25 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Eating these foods will help you get out of your gut rut!

If you're looking for some gut support, we've rounded up our favourite foods that may be more common than you think! Optimising gut health with these nourishing goodies is excellent for:

  • Skin health

  • Digestion

  • Stress management

  • Improved mood

  • Immunity

So without further ado, let's deep dive into our top 4...

GREENS

Honestly, what can’t green veggies do?  Not only are they are amazing for healthy hair but they’re also just as beneficial for a healthy digestive system. Leafy greens are pretty much sugar and starch free, low in carbohydrates and high in fibre, making them super easy for the body to break down. One of the best greens to help you get out of your gut rut is asparagus, which helps promote regularity, decreases bloating and contains high levels of chlorophyll, which decreases inflammation. Grilling asparagus is our favourite way to eat it, served with lots of other veggies, a generous squeeze of lemon and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese. YUM.

FERMENTED FOOD

Your gut is made up of millions of bacteria that help to digest food. There’s good and bad bacteria found in the body but fermented foods like yoghurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and pickles contain the good ‘live’ type that’s essential for a healthy gut. Not all yoghurts are created equal though, so to reap the full benefits, make sure you look out for a brand that is ‘live and cultured’, like Chobani.

SUPERGREEN SUPERFOOD POWDER


Feel like your digestion is a little off, but find it hard to fit in all the different types of gut-lovin’ food into your diet? Our SUPERGREEN Superfood Powder is here to help. It’s packed full of 40 ingredients including vitamins, nutrients, prebiotics and probiotics. Aswell as this, it's loaded with veggies, fruits and superfoods that have been specifically included to aid digestion, such as pineapple, cucumber, alfalfa, ginger, bromelain and papain. Mixing one teaspoon into a glass of cold water every morning will not only leave you feeling energised – but your gut will also eat up all the benefits!

WHOLEMEAL BREAD


We all know that fibre is good for our health but did you know there are different types of fibre that all benefit our bodies in different ways? Insoluble fibre is the best for gut health and good digestion and can be found in wheat bran, vegetables and wholemeal bread. As bread lovin' gals, we like knowing that we can have our bread and eat it too, all whilst keeping our gut happy.

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<![CDATA[PEAR & RASPBERRY BLISS BANANA BREAD]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/pear-and-raspberry-bliss-banana-bread http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/pear-and-raspberry-bliss-banana-bread Fri, 24 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Dairy-free / Refined Sugar-free

Makes one loaf, around 8 slices

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 3 medium-sized ripe bananas

  • 2 eggs

  • ½ cup almond milk

  • ¾ cup raw sugar

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 cups oats

  • 1 large pear, peeled and roughly chopped

  • 1 cup frozen raspberries

 

METHOD: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC and grease or line a medium-sized loaf tin.

  2. Combine bananas, eggs, milk, sugar, coconut oil, baking soda and oats in a blender, and blend until smooth. 

  3. In the blender, stir in the pear and raspberries. Pour mix into the loaf tin and bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes. 

  4. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

This Pear & Raspberry Bliss Banana Bread hits the spot for all your healthy sweet-tooth cravings!We love it as a mid-morning or afternoon snack, toasted with butter… it’s pure deliciousness.

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<![CDATA[THE FAST SLEEP HACK]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-fast-sleep-hack http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-fast-sleep-hack Fri, 24 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT

I’m looking for a sleep hack that works – is this diet the real deal?

Douse your pillow with lavender. Keep your bedroom on the cooler side. Always wear socks to bed. What do these all have in common? They’ve been said to support sleep (although for some, the verdict is still out!).

As you may have noticed, this month we have a bit of a slumber theme going on, as we help you build your very own Sleep Support Toolkit

From experts to sleep tips – we’ve got it all. Today we’re taking a closer look at the diet making some serious sleep claims… even overtaking intermittent fasting!

Introducing to you: Circadian Fasting

What is circadian fasting?

Believe it or not, what we eat is as important as when we eat it. Late-night meals can throw your whole body out of whack, as research shows your metabolism changes throughout the day.

In short, circadian fasting means you eat with the sun. Similar to other fasting diets, there is a prolonged period where you don’t eat. In this diet, it falls within the 12 hours of the night.


Why does it work? 

Every cell in the body follows what’s called ‘a circadian clock’. This dictates the timing of each cellular process over a 24 hour period, therefore becoming your circadian rhythm.

One of the most important of these is the regulation of your sleep hormone, melatonin. Now we won’t get too science-y on you here, but from an evolutionary standpoint, the two main things that control these circadian processes are: food and daylight.

In the morning, breakfast and sunshine cause melatonin to decrease, but in the evening darkness and a certain amount of time without food make it increase. Sounds simple, right? 

Not quite so. 

What’s the issue?

A few fun inventions such as digital screens, light bulbs and an almost never-ending supply of food means the following: melatonin has been (seriously) disrupted.


What does circadian fasting do?

Research has shown that aligning mealtimes with your circadian rhythm can:

  • Improve sleep – our favourite benefit!

  • Lower blood pressure

  • Support weight loss

  • Reduce the risk of chronic diseases

  • Enhance energy

  • Minimise inflammation

So, how do you ‘circadian fast’?

  • Eat between a 12 hour period, closest to the suns rise and set time (e.g. 7 am-7 pm)

  • Make breakfast your biggest meal

  • Don’t skip lunch! (Fasting in the day throws your rhythm out)

  • Aim to have 75% of your daily nutrition before 3 pm

  • Consume a variety of healthy wholefoods during mealtimes


If all this seems a little over the top when it comes to supporting melatonin production – we hear you – which is why we’ve come up with a more “user-friendly” solution. Designed to support your sleep with maximum benefit and low fuss, the packs below are loaded with everything from soothing lavender oil to calm your body, SLEEP Superfood Powder that increases your melatonin levels (naturally), and an e-book loaded with the answers to all your sleep questions

Enter dreamland here…

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<![CDATA[SWIISH TRIBE TRIES IT: SLEEP]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/swiish-tribe-tries-it-sleep http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/swiish-tribe-tries-it-sleep Mon, 20 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Does the SLEEP Superfood Powder work? The SWIISH Tribe investigates.

As our lead creative, Larissa is responsible for the brand look & feel of all things SWIISH. A true 360-degree creative, a typical day in the office for her could include: mood boarding a new project, mocking up a website, sourcing props, styling and photographing product, liaising with web developers & printers, copywriting, creating social media content, and editing & retouching photos. She trialled our best-selling SLEEP Superfood Powder and here’s what she had to say. 

As a long-term insomniac, I actually decided to try the SLEEP Superfood Powder before I started working at SWIISH. I’ve always had trouble turning off my overthinking-creative brain at the end of the day, as well as taking ages to fall asleep, I often wake several times during the night, sometimes unable to fall back to sleep at all. After a bad night, I wake up exhausted and fragile, dragging my low-energy ass through another non-stop day. 

In a nutshell: it’s hard to be creative when you’re running on empty. So finding a sleep solution was a priority for me. Over the years, I tried various over-the-counter drugs, including a long love affair with Mersyndol Night Strength – which worked great until it didn’t (apologies to my poor liver). I tried everything: valerian root and chamomile tea, meditation, sleep hygiene routines, even dousing myself in lavender before bed. Nothing worked! Until I tried out SLEEP...

WEEK 1: THE FIRST NIGHT

First thought: please don’t let this taste bad. As a herbal medicine veteran, often the most effective remedies look like dirt and taste even worse (think gag-alert). I decide to mix one scoop of SLEEP into a hot chocolate just to be safe. I also add a generous teaspoon of honey (damn you sweet tooth!). I needn’t have worried – it adds a mild nutty chai-type flavour, which is really nice with the chocolate. I hop into bed to sip and read. Two pages in and I can feel my eyelids getting heavy already. The next thing I know I’m waking up to my morning alarm. WTF. What is this witchcraft?

WEEK 2: TRIAL AND ERROR

I’ve been slack, only taking it every few nights. But I really notice the difference when I don’t: basically, if I don’t take SLEEP, I don’t have sleep. Well, not quality sleep anyway. On nights I take it, even if I do wake up I fall back to sleep again easily and deeply. I wake feeling refreshed, calm and alert – not dopey or groggy like after some other medications. I like the taste so much that sometimes I crave it during the day with a hot chocolate – but considering how fast it knocks me out maybe not a goer for a workday. Resolve to make an effort to take it more regularly.

WEEK 3: THE VERDICT

I’ve found that while it works great as a one-off, SLEEP works even better when you take it every night. I’m logging on average a solid, satisfying 8 hours a night.

My new sleep routine looks like this:

  1. Hot bubble bath with Epsom salts (or a long shower if I’m feeling lazy)

  2. Some light stretching or foam rolling

  3. Lavender oil beside my pillow/humidifier

  4. Make my SLEEP powder in hot chocolate and hop into bed to read

I’ve come to look forward to the sweet gradual heaviness as I naturally ease into sleep. It’s definitely alleviated some of the anxiety you get with insomnia (vicious cycle: you can’t sleep so you get anxious, which makes it even harder to fall asleep). When I take SLEEP, if I wake during the night I drift back again to dreamland easily and gently. That’s the other thing: I’m dreaming long epic dreams again (which I love). I guess now I’m sleeping long enough to carry a storyline! I think I’ve found my elusive sleep solution.

Have something wellness-based you’d like Larissa or another member of the SWIISH team to try for you and report back on? Send us an email at hello@swiish.com.au or DM us on Instagram at @swiishbysallyo. We’d love to hear from you!


 



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<![CDATA[SAL'S SPACE HACKS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/sals-space-hacks http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/sals-space-hacks Sun, 19 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Maximise on minimal space with these super hacks.

We have to admit, we’re neat freaks. But that’s predominantly because we love space! Between furniture, kids’ toys, shoes (hey, we’re only human), books and kitchen appliances, most people don’t have the luxury of space or storage in their homes.

Over the past few years though, we’ve figured out some space saving hacks that have been absolute lifesavers. 

Buying a whole new cupboard just for an extra bowl or two is hardly savvy spending. Investing in a few shelf racks or floating shelves instead will not only save space, but money too!     

Who needs precious space in their cupboards taken up with annoying little spice jars?! Keep your kitchen tidy by simply sticking food to the wall (just not in the same way the kids do!) Magnetic holders are a unique and stylish way to store spices, along with any other bits and pieces that otherwise end up scattered everywhere!     

We think most women would agree that a one-story shoe space is just not enough. Four stories sounds a bit more reasonable… maybe five? Placing a multi-storey shoe rack in your closet or getting creative and making shelving on the wall for your shoes will leave you wondering what to do with all the space! Plus it’s a great way to display your favourite shoes and makes dressing in a hurry a breeze! Maybe it’s time to go shopping...

Hybrid furniture – a must-have for any space deprived apartment. You can turn an ordinary chest of drawers into a window bench with one throw of a cushion!  I also love to double up drawers as tables wherever I can.

Having more than two tables in your home can sometimes seem like an unnecessary waste of space. Especially if you don’t always use them! 
We’re obsessed with this idea of nesting tables that slide right over the top of each other. It’s so easy to keep one tucked away and then just whip it out whenever the girls come over for coffee. So simple but so stylish

Art feature or storage space? These cute little boxes provide that rare blend of modern, chic and practical. Ikea Trones are like little cabinets that take up barely any space because they’re so shallow. Each one of the squares (pictured) pulls out so you can slip all sorts of bits and pieces inside. Whoever thought of these things is seriously clever! 

 

This has got to be one of our favourite space saving hacks. Vertical wall gardens are the best if you want to add some greenery into your life but you don’t have the space and they can work either inside or outside so they’re perfect if you live somewhere with a small or non-existent yard. They’re perfect for growing herbs!

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<![CDATA[IMMUNE ESSENTIAL]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/immune-essential http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/immune-essential Sat, 18 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Looking for extra immune support throughout these winter months? We've got the answers for you.

 



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<![CDATA[FULL SLEEP AHEAD]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/full-sleep-ahead http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/full-sleep-ahead Fri, 17 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Sure we could rattle off a hundred “scientifically proven” ways to support your sleep, but we know it’s all about finding what works for YOU. To help you out, we asked Team SWIISH for a sneak peek into their night routines...






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<![CDATA[GREEN GODDESS GLOW SMOOTHIE BOW]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/green-goddess-glow-smoothie-bow http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/green-goddess-glow-smoothie-bow Fri, 17 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Dairy-free / Refined Sugar-free

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS:

For the smoothie bowl

  • 2 teaspoons GLOW Hydrolysed Marine Collagen Powder

  • 1 cup baby spinach 

  • 1 cup coconut water

  • ¼ coconut milk

  • 1 banana

  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

For the toppings

  • ¼ cup rolled oats

  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds

  • 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter

METHOD:

  1. Add all smoothie bowl ingredients to a blender, and blend until smooth.

  2. Pour into a bowl and add toppings to serve.

This Green Goddess Glow Smoothie Bowl is a breakfast favourite here at SWIISH, loaded with skin-loving, collagen goodness! 

SWIISH Tip: Instead of having this smoothie as a bowl, pour it into a mason jar without toppings for the perfect grab-and-go breakfast.

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<![CDATA[THE CLEAN BEAUTY BREAK DOWN]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-clean-beauty-break-down http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-clean-beauty-break-down Mon, 13 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Clearing up the cosmetic confusion, we’re breaking down what’s clean and what’s not, to help you navigate today’s ‘greener’ beauty aisle.

 

WHAT IS CLEAN BEAUTY 

In a broad way, ‘clean’ beauty refers to any beauty product that is produced with due consideration of the environment, animals and humans. While the term is largely open to interpretation in the beauty world, clean essentially means non-toxic, where ‘clean’ products use only natural, plant-based ingredients.

LEARNING THE ‘CLEAN’ LINGO

When it comes to clean beauty branding, words like ‘organic’, ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’ are flash points that pop up almost everywhere. But is it all just a marketing ploy, or is there ‘devil in the detail’?

Our answer: Well, kind of.


Products with a ‘certified organic’ logo on them indicate that the item has been produced in an organic way, with organic ingredients. In Australia, we follow some of the highest beauty standards in the industry, making the process for earning organic certification lengthy and expensive. Ultimately, any organic product sold in Australia has undergone thorough inspection by an external organisation.

‘Sustainable’ & ‘Green’

These two phrases go hand-in-hand. Any product claiming to be ‘green’, ‘environmental’ or ‘sustainable’ has sourced ingredients and packaging that in no way harms the planet. Often these products will use no-waste packaging and be devoid of unethical ingredients like petroleum and plastic.

“Vegan”

Vegan labels will indicate that a product does not contain any animal by-products or ingredients sourced from animals. Remember, vegan products can still contain toxic and non-toxic chemicals, despite being animal-free.

INGREDIENTS TO AVOID

The list of ingredients to avoid can make cleaning up your beauty act seem like a science lesson. Parabens, Phthalates, Triclosan (and other unpronounceable words) are all ingredients that appear on product packaging in some way. But what are they and what do they mean for clean beauty? 

Here’s what to avoid as a rule:

Parabens

Found in makeup, hair care, shaving and moisturising products, parabens are everywhere and important to limit in everyday use.

The dangers of parabens are in what we don’t know - scientists are still unsure of how harmful they are to the human body. What we do know is that parabens are easily absorbed and play a role in causing hormonal imbalance. Studies have found that parabens can be linked to processes like reproductive organ harm, thyroid disruption and even obesity.

Sulfates

Sulfates are known as ‘detergents’ found in most beauty products. They’re what make your shampoos lather and cleansers foam. Most commonly, sodium lauryl sulfate is known for its bad rep in the world of hair care, for acting as a harsh and stripping cleanser. Its harsh effects can cause dryness, redness and irritation for sensitive skin types.

Sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfates were once thought to be carcinogenic, but recent research has found the risk to be significantly small. Though many feel that this is debatable. 

Fragrances & Phthalates

While fragrance is generally harmless, phthalates are what you need to look out for. Phthalates refer to a group of chemicals used to make fragrance in products last longer. They are generally abbreviated as DEP, BBzP, DBP and DEHP on the product label. 

The issue with phthalates is that they may have been found to have a significant impact on reproductive and hormonal function in children and men. In some reasearch papers childhood obesity and reduced sperm count have been linked to phthalate exposure. 

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde has been identified as a potential carcinogen - meaning it has links to cancer formation, in both animals and humans. It is also ranked in the top 10 most common contact allergens, and is known for causing psoriasis and contact dermatitis.

The cosmetic industry has since cleared most products of formaldehyde, but the chemical still lingers in keratin smoothing treatments. Although what is tricky is that most salon keratin treatments will not explicitly list formaldehyde on their product...

What to look out for: Ingredients like methylene glycol, formalin, methanal, and methanediol all release the formaldehyde compound when mixed with water. To be safe, speak to your salon technician and ask for an ingredients list before using any products.

CLEAN ALTERNATIVES

We follow a simple rule of thumb when it comes to clean beauty: If a product is meant to last all day on your face or your skin, then it’s best to swap. We suggest finding natural replacements for face and skin moisturisers as well as for regular items in your morning routine, like oils, serums, deodorants and sunscreens. 

Here are our favourites:

SUPER DRINK SUPERCHARGED SERUM | $49.94

Hydrating and nourishing, our Super Drink Supercharged Serum will leave your skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated. 

 

SUPERFOOD FACE OIL | $49.95

A nutritious and aromatic blend of all your favourite superfoods, with a list of plumping actives working in the background to keep your skin young and glowing.


ROSE & GERANIUM 100% NATURAL DEODORANT | $19.95

Rose, geranium and sweet lemon scents will carry you through the day with our favourite natural deodorant, sure to keep you dry and fresh from day to night.


ADULT NATURAL SUNSCREEN LOTION | $29.95

SPF 30 in our natural sunscreen will keep all spots sun-protected, and all kiddies safe outside this Summer. We even have a special formula for the little ones as well, in our Kids Natural Sunscreen Lotion.



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<![CDATA[STRESS, SLEEP & ENERGY SUPPORT]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/stress-sleep-and-energy-support http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/stress-sleep-and-energy-support Sun, 12 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT

I’m always tired, stressed & in overdrive. What can I do?!

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<![CDATA[TIME TO CHOP?]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/time-to-chop http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/time-to-chop Sat, 11 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT

If–like us–you found iso more akin to one long bad hair day, we hear you. This trending chop is the key to freshen up your look.

The time for the shaggy bob has come, and it’s got layers and waves galore.

While it’s definitely an act of #bravery to don a shorter look, the beauty of this romantic-style bob is its versatility and the fact that it suits every hair type.

Hence why It-girls from Paris to New York are trading in their long locks for more movement and less refinery.


HOW TO GET THE LOOK

NYC hair stylist Devin Toth says when it comes to achieving that effortless, wind-tousled wave, it’s all in the cut.

Layers, a short length and some serious bangs will add volume and texture that is easy to work with. To keep it lasting all day, add a touch of mousse or hairspray and go.

From there you have endless options to consider. Side swept or bold curtain bangs? Long or short layers? Any good hairdresser will be able to model this style to suit your hair type and texture. We suggest collecting some inspo on your phone to get a better idea of what might suit your hair and face shape.


For those blessed with curls, we say embrace ‘em.

Thin, straight hair will suit light bangs and a subtle wave (easily achieved with a curling iron, or braided overnight).

Add subtle highlights to your hair to give your bob a more ‘undone’ look, the bonus is this will also up the volume and texture levels.

And for when hair is misbehaving, accessories are your saviour:

With the major return of butterfly clips, sleek pins and bold hair bands, you’re bound to find some that will resolve any bad hair day.

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<![CDATA[RIGHT ON THE HONEY]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/right-on-the-honey http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/right-on-the-honey Fri, 10 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Move over Manuka, there’s a new super-honey in town. But is it worth the hype?

There's a reason that honey has been a staple in everyone’s pantries worldwide for centuries. From being a natural sugar alternative to curing sore throats and colds, honey is one of those ingredients that will stand the test of time. 

We have recently discovered a new type of honey though, that is believed to have more health benefits than Manuka honey! Kanuka honey (yep, kanuka!) is clinically proven to be anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial and supports the digestive and immune systems as well as making the perfect face mask for people suffering from skin problems like inflammation, acne or rosacea. Unlike Manuka honey, Kanuka honey contains AGP (a type of protein) that exhibits anti-inflammatory activity, which makes it so effective for treating immune and digestive problems. 

Hidden within the rolling valleys of Great Barrier Island, New Zealand, lies the golden nectar of the Kanuka honey bee. Collection of this rare honey only happens once a season when the flowers of the Kanuka tree are in full blossom. 

You can pick up a jar of Sven’s Kanuka Honey from Nourished Lifebut at $79.95 a jar, it doesn’t come cheap. But our bet is that the crazy good benefits are worth every penny.  

Internal Use: Take 1 teaspoon of honey twice a day as a maintenance dose. Daily intake can be increased to 3 times a day if required.

As a Face Mask: Using a clean spoon take about a teaspoon (5g) of honey from the jar. Tip it over your fingertips, rub your fingertips together, then spread the honey gently over your face, paying particular attention to problem areas. It may help to dot it onto your face first. Leave it on for at least 10 minutes and up to an hour. Rinse off with warm water and pat skin dry.


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