<![CDATA[swiish]]> http://www.swiish.com/ Wed, 27 May 2020 21:47:17 GMT Wed, 27 May 2020 21:47:17 GMT LemonStand <![CDATA[WHY AM I ALWAYS TIRED?]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/why-am-i-always-tired http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/why-am-i-always-tired Mon, 25 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT

You asked, the experts answered. Here are the 7 reasons no amount of sleep is ever enough!

Your circadian rhythm is like your internal body clock that regulates sleep. Although everyone’s is a little different, your body was traditionally created to match the rise and fall of the sun every day. If you’re the type of person that wakes up and never gets out into the natural light, chances are - you’ll be a lot more tired! Getting out in the sun (particularly in the morning) naturally reduces your sleep hormone so that you feel less foggy and more energised for the day.

SWIISH Tip: Make seeing the sun for at least 15 minutes part of your morning routine. This is the perfect time to eat your breakfast, drink your coffee, or do a meditation - and this will double at sustaining your energy throughout the day.

We all know the saying; “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper”, but what you may not have realised is that eating this way not only improves weight and digestion, but also sleep! It takes a lot of energy for the body to break down food, so the bigger the meal, the more it has to focus on digesting - thus disrupting sleep.

SWIISH Tip: “Hara Hachi Bu” is a traditional Japenese phrase that says to eat until you’re 80%full (not 120% like most of us do!!). Seeing as the Okinawans of Japan are one of the healthiest populations in the world - why not try this eating practice yourself to help regulate sleeping patterns.

Try one of our light and delicious dinner favourites here: SPICY BROCCOLI SOUP

We knew it was coming because somehow exercise manages to pop its head up in every health topic! However, a predominantly sedentary lifestyle has been linked to feeling tired, lethargic, and energyless. This is not only because exercise helps us release cortisol (thus regulating our melatonin/cortisol hormone cycle for sleep), but also due to the energy boost it provides. The more you exercise, the more mitochondria you make - and these are the little things in your body that literally produce energy. Crazy - we know!

SWIISH Tip: Find a partner or friend to exercise with (even for only 20 minutes a day) and treat it like any other meeting or appointment you have that day. This means you can hold each other accountable. Now, right now when we say “with” we of course mean at a healthy distance! Sally and Maha have found calling each other and scheduling their evening walks at the same time ensures they leave the house and get moving! Or they do ZOOM workouts in their respective lounge rooms. Who will your long-distance exercise buddy be?

We understand that staying up to date with all the latest news announcements is important at the moment, but knowing when to switch off can be the difference between stress, and sleep. Entering the parasympathetic nervous system is what allows us to rest at night - and stress is the no.1 thing that prevents this. 

SWIISH Tip: Try to abstain from any media interactions (whether that be T.V., newspaper, or your phone) at least 30 minutes to an hour before bed. Spend this time with family, reading, or doing something like meditation that will calm your mind instead.

Did you know that you have photoreceptors over your entire body that respond to light? It’s true - they’re not just in your eyes! At night when you’re in bed asleep, any light in the room can actually trigger your photoreceptors to respond by releasing stress hormones that in turn wake you up.

SWIISH Tip: Keep your room dark, moody, and pitch black. An eye-mask is perfect for the light receptors in your eyes, but pulling the curtain down so that your whole room is blacked out will help you enter a deeper sleep.

Whilst most of us know that having caffeine too late into the evening will disrupt sleep, what we sometimes forget is the other beverages that can keep us awake as well! Be mindful of drinking black tea, green tea, white tea, and oolong tea in the evening - as these all contain caffeine and can interrupt sleep patterns more than you realise.

SWIISH Tip: Try our SLEEP Superfood Powder instead as it calms the body and helps you naturally increase your sleep hormone levels before bed!

For women in particular, protein targets can be easy to miss. This can cause you to feel tired and lethargic as protein is the building block of almost every important process in the body - including hormones that regulate sleep. A lack of protein not only stops you from entering deep sleep, but will also mean you’re unable to produce a sufficient amount of energy in the day.

SWIISH Tip: A good rule of thumb is to aim for 1 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight each day. Whilst everybody is different, just having this in the back of your mind when preparing meals is a great way to stay on top of your protein requirements.

One of Maha’s tricks is to add protein to her smoothies in the morning!

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<![CDATA[NEW IN BEAUTY]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/new-in-beauty http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/new-in-beauty Sun, 24 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT

From niacinamide to bakuchiol, these are the game-changers in skincare to acquaint yourself with...

We are all about this secret beauty weapon, which can benefit every skin-type. A form of vitamin B3, niacinamide works to protect the skin from environmental damage, build proteins in the skin, and lock in moisture. Yep, a total weapon.

Studies have also connected niacinamide with powerful antioxidant properties, protection from sun damage, and reducing proneness to acne and blackheads.

Because of niacinamide’s role in generating proteins - aka the skin’s building blocks, this nutrient works to fortify the skin, and build barriers that can ensure your face keeps its youthful glow.

In simpler terms, niacinamide is something to jump on. Like now.

If retinol is getting a little too harsh on your skin, bakuchiol is your back-up. Derived from bakuchi seed oil, this compound works to improve skin cell turnover, hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and overall integrity of the skin - just like retinol.

Used for years in skincare for anti-inflammatory and antioxidant purposes, bakuchiol is a holy grail for keeping skin silky smooth and wrinkle-free.


Experts say that this beauty is a jack-of-all-trades. Sourced from the seeds of the moringa oleifera tree, and is high in moisturising fatty acids and vitamins A and C. With emollient (easily absorbable), moisturising, and cleansing properties, this oil works to reduce fine lines, improve the appearance of dull, tired skin and soften dry and irritated skin.

In particular, dermatologists recommend this one for those suffering from drying skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis.

Sure it sounds a little funny, but the fact is - it’s damn genius. Squalene has high emollient properties, and mimics your skin’s natural oils to keep you hydrated and moisturised all day long.

This makes it perfect for dry skin and dry skin conditions, like eczema. A lipid produced by your own skin cells, squalene is applauded for its anti-inflammatory properties, and its ability to balance skin hydration. Research has found that squalene harbours detoxifying properties, and has high levels of antioxidants which helps the skin fight free radical damage and aging.

What’s more? Oil-prone skin need not hesitate to use this moisture-extraordinaire. Compatible with all skin types, this is the perfect alternative if you’re finding other oils too heavy or greasy. Squalene is non-comedogenic, which sounds science-y (and kinda is) but actually just means that it’s lightweight and won’t clog your pores.

What if we told you we could offer you ten times more hydration than your average hydrating serum?? Settle in your seats ladies, it’s time you heard about polyglutamic acid (PGA).

Polyglutamic acid has been found to absorb moisture almost 5000 times its own weight. To keep skin bright it also seals the skin, preventing moisture from escaping. On top of this, PGA works to improve elasticity and can increase the production of regular moisturising factors on the skin’s surface, for total game-changing hydration.


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<![CDATA[STRESS & ADRENAL FATIGUE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/stress-and-adrenal-fatigue-2 http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/stress-and-adrenal-fatigue-2 Sat, 23 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Is adrenal fatigue real? Or are you just stressed!? We asked expert Belinda Kirkpatrick for all the answers.

 

 

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<![CDATA[BRINGING STREET STYLE HOME]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/bringing-street-style-home http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/bringing-street-style-home Fri, 22 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Putting a cosy twist on Winter street style, Sally and Maha bring us their at-home look book.

If you aren’t quite ready to swap your fluffy slides for high heels just yet, this is the style guide for you.

CREATE THE LOOK AT HOME:

Almost every knit is a comfy one, but it’s what you pair it with at the bottom that makes the difference. These coated skinnies may look amazing - but they’re damn comfy too. If Sally had it her way - she’d wear them every day!

SHOP THE KNIT  //   SHOP THE PANTS


CREATE THE LOOK AT HOME:

The matching colour look works wonders in street style, but who’s to say it can’t be ultra chic at home too? According to Maha, this is the perfect WFH fit where comfort and style combine.

SHOP THE KNIT  //  SHOP THE SKIRT

 

CREATE THE LOOK AT HOME:

There’s nothing quite as comfortable as a maxi dress when you’re pondering around at home. The bonus of this outfit is that you always look put together - no matter how messy the hairdo!

SHOP THE DRESS

 

CREATE THE LOOK AT HOME:

Arguably one of the softest knits around, this is the throw and go look you don’t have to think twice about. Oh and the pants? Let’s just say we’re firm believers that you can NEVER have too many coated skinnies. They are to your wardrobe what coffee is to a Monday. Essential. 

SHOP THE KNIT  //  SHOP THE PANTS

 

CREATE THE LOOK AT HOME:

Sure we’ve got our comfy outfits down pat, but what are we wearing on our feet? Two words: Fluffy. Slides. If you were to walk into SWIISH HQ right now, we guarantee you’d find Sally and Maha walking around in a pair of these… but just to avoid any sneaky sister to sister shoe stealing, we made sure to bring you two classic colours to choose from.

SHOP THE GREY FUR SLIDES  //  SHOP THE BLACK FUR SLIDES





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<![CDATA[CLEAN LIVING]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/clean-living http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/clean-living Thu, 21 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Are your cleaning products dirty? Here's everything you need to know when transitioning to a home that's chemical-free.

What exactly is ‘clean living’?

Similar to clean eating and beauty, clean living refers to the use of all-natural cleaning products that are ethically sourced and contain no chemicals, toxins or nasties.


Why go clean?

The chemicals within many of these products can wreak all kinds of havoc on the body.

As they are toxins by nature, your detoxification systems must treat them as foreign which can be incredibly taxing to the body.

Further to this, chemicals found in these harsh cleaning products are known as endocrine disruptors, meaning they affect the functioning of hormones in the body – something that becomes an increasing issue for women as they reach menopause!

As well as this, clean living:

  • Protects the environment 

  • Helps keep your body healthy and toxin-free

  • Is less reactive for allergy-prone family members

  • Minimises indoor pollutants 

  • Protects your circulatory system and neurological health 

  • Is cruelty-free with no animal testing

 

How do you know if a clean product is truly clean?

The rule of thumb is: the fewer ingredients the better! These are some of the nasties to be mindful of when checking the ingredients list:

  • Formaldehyde – found in heavy-duty products, may cause neurological side effects

  • Ammonia – mainly in glass and polishing products, can cause respiratory issues

  • 2-Butoxyethanol – found in multi-purpose cleaners, can be damaging to the liver & kidneys 

  • Sodium Hydroxide – a common skin irritant


What to look for on the label?

Looking for the perfect clean living products? 

Check out our SWIISH Picks here:




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<![CDATA[COFFEE BOOSTERS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/coffee-boosters http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/coffee-boosters Sun, 17 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT

The coffee additions every health expert swears by.

Long gone are the days of enjoying just a cup of coffee, with your cup of coffee!

The modern world has us adding all kinds of weird and wacky things into our morning latte… but why?

Sure, these are ultra-trendy and instagramable coffees people are making here, but do the health benefits really back them up? We asked our wellness experts to explain. 


THE ULTIMATE COFFEE BOOSTERS

1. Turmeric + Black Pepper

The active constituent in turmeric known as curcumin is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powerhouse. Although turmeric has been trending for years recently, people have found adding it to their coffee hides its strong flavour well!

The black pepper is purely to make the turmeric more bioavailable, as it is poorly absorbed by the body on its own.

How to add it: Add ½ a teaspoon of turmeric with a ¼ a teaspoon of black pepper mixed or blended into your latte.


2. Mushies

Yes - you read that right. Mushrooms in coffee is now a thing.

Coming in a powder form, these mushrooms have a plethora of medicinal properties:

  • Anti-stress

  • Enhanced cognitive function 

  • Immune support 

  • Mood-boosting

  • Neuroprotective

  • Adaptogenic properties (more on adaptogens here)

How to add it: 1-2 teaspoons of medicinal mushrooms mixed into your coffee is all you need.

 

 

3. Cinnamon

If you’re heading into the winter months adding a little bit of cinnamon to your coffee sounds pretty damn delicious.

Cinnamon is one of the most underrated superfoods on the market, packing a punch when it comes to health benefits. Some include:

  • Anti-inflammatory 

  • Blood sugar regulation (meaning you don’t get that energy crash)

  • Antioxidant powerhouse 

  • Reduced blood pressure & improved heart health 

  • Immune cell support

 


4. Collagen 

Collagen is the most abundant protein in our skin responsible for giving you that baby-face glow you took for granted in your younger years. But here’s the issue...

Midway through your 20’s collagen begins to decline by 1-2% every single year causing all those fine lines, wrinkles and signs of ageing to appear.

To replace the collagen that is lost, it must be taken by a supplement as it cannot come from diet alone - this is where the ultimate coffee beauty booster comes in.

How to add it: Add 1-2 teaspoons of our SWIISH Wellness GLOW Marine Hydrolysed Collagen Powder to your coffee every morning. This flavourless addition dissolves instantly so you won’t taste a thing!

GRAB YOURS HERE

 

5. Cayenne Pepper

For those of you that can handle a bit of a kick, cayenne pepper is a great coffee addition to get the metabolism going.

Its active constituent, capsaicin, can increase and support the digestion of fats in particular.

As well as this, cayenne pepper can help reduce insulin spikes which come as a bi-product of coffee consumption. When insulin is high your hunger hormone has also shown to increase - meaning the control of this can ensure you stay fuller for longer!

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<![CDATA[GUA SHA V FACE ROLLER]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/gua-sha-v-face-roller http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/gua-sha-v-face-roller Sat, 16 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT

The battle of the beauty tools… which do you need?

Certainly the most beautiful part of our skincare regimen, we thought it was time to put the gua sha and face roller head to head.

Below we’ve created a table of all their benefits so that you can see the difference between the two and why every true beauty guru should have both in her toolkit

So, what's the take-home? 


IN THE MORNING: Use your face roller as it helps de-puff any inflammation from the night and boost your skin glow and texture.

IN THE NIGHT: Use your gua sha to boost blood flow and collagen production as you sleep, as well as face contour.


HAVEN’T GOT A GUA SHA OR FACE ROLLER YET?

GRAB YOUR GUA SHA HERE

 

GRAB YOUR FACE ROLLER HERE

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<![CDATA[HEAT OF THE NIGHT CHICKEN BOWL]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/heat-of-the-night-chicken-bowl http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/heat-of-the-night-chicken-bowl Fri, 15 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT

For a dinner that uses simple ingredients and will completely WOW your guests, look no further than our Heat of the Night Chicken Bowl.

This was one of the first recipes we included in our cookbook, Simple and Lean - it's been a firm favourite of ours for so long.

The flavours of this bowl really pack a punch and it's the perfect balance of protein and veggies so you’re getting a bowl full of nutrients that your body will love.

We'd love for you to whip this one up and let us know what you think! You can find more bowls, salads, snacks and smoothies in SIMPLE AND LEAN - right here.

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<![CDATA[5 WINTER SWIISH READS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/5-winter-swiish-reads http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/5-winter-swiish-reads Fri, 15 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Team SWIISH gives us the 5 binge-worthy books they can’t get enough of at the moment. 

So grab yourself a cosy cup of GLOW Hot Chocolate and book a comfy date with the couch, because we guarantee you won’t want to leave.


1. NORMAL PEOPLE - Sally Rooney

Now airing as a television series, Normal People has been flying off the shelves since its release in 2018. Following the complex relationship between two young adults, Connell and Marianne,  it is the type of novel that you can become all-consumed in. Critically acclaimed as being brilliant, heart-breaking, and utterly relatable - this one is bound to remain with you long after you finish reading it.


2. THE POWER AGE - Kelly Doust

All about fueling your inner power woman and kicking goals at any age - this book has SWIISH Tribe written all over it. Author Kelly Doust calls us to embrace our age and be loud about it! With interviews from dozens of leading women, including former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and food legend Maggie Beer, Doust gifts a guide to navigating midlife and turning it into… The Power Age.


3. FIRST, WE MAKE THE BEAST BEAUTIFUL - Sarah Wilson

At a time when our anxiety levels are above and beyond anything we’ve had to deal with before, looking for ways to manage the difficulty of this is necessary. In First, We Make the Beast Beautiful, Wilson is able to ground us and bring an insightful intention to anxiety. How? By instead viewing it as our greatest teacher. Walking us through Wilson’s personal journey, as well as interviews with the Dalai Lama and others of the like, it’s the type of read that you will refer back to for years, if not decades to come.


4. ROXY’S LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF TIPS AND TRICKS - Roxy Jacenko

Just as the name states it, this book is the unfiltered guide to business from our favourite boss lady, Roxy Jacenko. Covering all things social media, brand-building, and public relations, Jacenko teaches you to trust your intuition, work damn hard, and never settle. Officially the ultimate little black book for the modern woman - we simply can’t get enough of it.


5. WE SHOULD ALL BE MIRANDAS - Chelsea Fairless & Lauren Garroni

A witty, unfiltered, and hilarious read, We Should All Be Mirandas takes us back to the golden era of our favourite television show - Sex and the City. Only this time there’s a focus on the series brilliant yet deeply underrated character, Miranda. For the sarcastic, workaholic, practical, and forward-thinking Miranda in all of us, this book is the perfect reminder that life is filled with flaws, learn to take the bull by the horns and just embrace it, just as Miranda did… even when that means eating cake out of the garbage. 


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<![CDATA[IMMUNITY SUPERFOOD POWDER]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/immunity-superfood-powder http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/immunity-superfood-powder Thu, 14 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT

All your questions answered… Our new IMMUNITY Superfood Powder.

After a year in the making, last week we launched our brand new member of the SWIISH WELLNESS family…

 



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<![CDATA[DEODORANT DETOX]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/deodorant-detox http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/deodorant-detox Sun, 10 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Struggling to switch to a natural deodorant? We know... it’s the pits. Find out why a face mask for your underarms is the answer you need.

If you’ve ever had a peek at the ingredients on your deodorant, chances are you couldn’t pronounce a single word on the list (sound the warning bells please!). 

Parabens, phthalates, aluminium - these are just some of the toxins that are packed into deodorants all in the name of smelling good... but at what cost?

Often overlooked, this area of the body is coated with chemicals every day - so up next on our detox “to-do list”... UNDERARMS.



What is a “deodorant detox”?

You know how everyone loves a good clay face mask? Well, a deodorant detox works much the same - only instead of your face, it’s for your armpits! 

Believe it or not, the odour that comes from underarms isn’t the sweat itself, but rather from bacteria breaking protein down in the armpits close to apocrine glands (a.k.a “scent glands”). 

Deodorant detoxes help “reset” the body’s reliance on harsh chemicals to stop smell, allowing it to sweat naturally - without the excess protein breakdown.


Why else do I need a deodorant detox?

  • Eliminate odour caused by bacteria and protein breakdown

  • Aid the transition from your usual deodorant to a non-toxic version

  • Reduce the buildup of harsh chemicals and carcinogens on your skin 

  • Increase the duration and efficacy of natural deodorants 

  • Draw out impurities from the skin

 

How do I do a deodorant detox?

Let’s break it down shall we…


  1. Get your hands on The Armpit Detox

  2. Clean and dry your armpits… or just have a shower!

  3. Squeeze a small amount of ‘The Armpit Detox’ onto your fingers and apply a thin layer to dry armpits.

  4. Read, relax, or just chill out for 10-15 minutes while it dries.

  5. Repeat this process for 7-14 days and VOILA! You are officially detoxed. For maintenance, it is suggested you do a deodorant detox once a week or as needed.

 

 

2. Okay - so I’m ready to do a detox, can I use a deodorant at the same time?

Yes, you can use deodorant at the same time. In fact, a detox is the perfect time to start using a natural, non-toxic deodorant as your body begins to eliminate toxins.


3. What should I expect from the detox?

WEEK 1: You wouldn’t expect to see or feel many changes. 

WEEK 2: This is when majority of the odour-causing bacteria is expelled from the armpits, perhaps making you a little more sweaty and stinky than usual… But don’t give up there! In a few days the result will be worth it, we promise!

WEEK 3 & BEYOND: After your detox, bacteria will begin to reside, moisture levels under the arms will normalise, and your body will begin to regulate itself with the natural deodorant.


4. So I’ve done my detox, what deodorant should I be using?

A 100% natural deodorant that ticks all the boxes below. 

 NO Aluminium, Parabens, Alcohol or Nasties

 Made from only natural and organic ingredients

 Enriched with Probiotics and Magnesium

 Blended with essential oils (not artificial fragrances!)

 Neutralises body odour naturally

 All-day freshness and protection 

 Doesn’t stain on clothes

 Vegan and Cruelty-Free

 Australian Made and Owned

Can’t find a deodorant that does all of the above? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our two clean SWIISH favourites for you to use...

 

ROSE & GERANIUM 100% NATURAL DEODORANT



 

LAVENDER & BERGAMOT 100% NATURAL DEODORANT

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<![CDATA[SALLY'S WEEK OF WFH OUTFITS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/sallys-week-of-wfh-outfits http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/sallys-week-of-wfh-outfits Sat, 09 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Check out Sally’s #WFH looks of the week that pass the test on comfort and style.

MONDAY

“Monday’s are filled with team meetings and to-do lists to smash out the week ahead - so a comfy outfit that still makes you feel like a lady boss was key today!” - Sally

GET THE LOOK

TOP: SINCERELY YOURS BLACK CAMI

CARDI: LIVE FOR THE MOMENT LIGHT GREY CARDIGAN

PANTS: THE FREEDOM TO DREAM COATED SKINNIES

 

TUESDAY


“Coffee runs and errands took up my Tuesday morning before heading into Channel 7 for The Daily Edition - so as the weather gets cooler staying cosy was my priority” - Sally 

GET THE LOOK

BEANIE: CENTRAL PERK CHARCOAL BEANIE

KNIT: PERFECTLY COSY ROLL NECK KNIT IN BLACK

PANTS: NEW YORK ON MY MIND COATED SKINNIES

SHOES: VICTORIA BECKHAM

 

WEDNESDAY

“I’ve been doing Instagram lives at 8 pm every Wednesday by myself at the office, so my outfit for today had to be warm and stylish to take me through to the evening” - Sally

GET THE LOOK

EARRINGS: FOR THE MOMENT GOLD EARRING

KNIT: FOREVER A DREAMER PINK KNIT

SKIRT: BLUSHING BABE PLEATED SKIRT

SHOES:  BLACK LOW HEELS

 

THURSDAY

“A busy Thursday working on upcoming projects from home called for my favourite cardigan. It wasn’t too cool today so I was able to give my shorts and sandals one last run before Winter hits!” - Sally

GET THE LOOK

CARDIGAN: FOREVER MY LOVE CARDIGAN

TOP: THE CLASSIC WHITE TEE


FRIDAY

“Fri-YAY! Today’s look was simple: sporty meets comfort. Perfect for our end of week pizza party tradition - one which Elyssa and I were CLEARLY excited for!” - Sally

GET THE LOOK

TOP: NEW YORK CITY BLACK TEE

PANTS: PLAYING IT COOL JOGGER

 

LOOKING FOR MORE WFH FASHION?

CHECK OUT THE ENTIRE SWIISH COLLECTION HERE


 

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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 Fri, 08 May 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[FIND YOUR CALM]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/find-your-calm http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/find-your-calm Sun, 03 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Stressed? Anxious? Struggling to switch off and relax? We asked the experts for their top stress-busters.

The streets may be quiet, but our minds are in overdrive right now... hands up if you can relate SWIISH tribe. 

With everyone struggling to find their calm at the moment, we spoke with the experts to give us their top wellness tips…


1. BREATHE 

Before you read on, pause. 

Take one deep breath in… now pause again.

Hold this. Countdown from  5… 4… 3… 2… 1… and release. 

Let all that air leave the body. 

Feel a little better? We do too. 

When you’re constantly stressed, your body enters the ‘sympathetic nervous system’ associated with anxiety and cortisol (aka ‘stress hormone’) dominance. Breath experts explain that deep, slow, and controlled breathing can calm your entire nervous system into the ‘rest and digest’ state.

SWIISH Tip: Repeat the breathing technique we started with for just a couple of minutes each night before bed, or when you feel stressed.


2. SWEAT

Exercise is the ultimate mood booster. 

When you get your sweat on, your body releases little things called endorphins… aka our naturally occurring opioids! Experts say that endorphins help combat feelings of stress and anxiety.


SWIISH Tip: Go for a beautiful walk, run, or bike ride by yourself... even if only for 10 minutes! The fresh air will do your nervous system a world of good.


3. FOCUS 

… on the GOOD, and the good gets better

Whilst staying informed at the moment is paramount, it’s just as important that you switch off from time to time as well.

Here's some feel-good activities to turn your attention:

  • Donate to an organisation

  • Cooking wholesome meals

  • Sorting through old family photos

  • Reading or writing 

  • Having your own damn dance party

  • Watching a movie with your loved ones

  • Getting some sunshine

  • Re-organising furniture

  • Cleaning out “the junk draw” 

  • Creating a donations bag of clothes or household items

  • Working on your side hustle that you never have time for!!



4. FUEL

You should never underestimate the power of a good meal… or piece of chocolate! At times of stress, nourish your body with these foods that experts say boost mood and happiness hormones.

  • Cacao. Add it to a smoothie or enjoy some dark chocolate, because cacao is involved in the release of hormones norepinephrine and dopamine, giving us a mini feeling of “euphoria”

  • Cashews. For a mood-boosting snack, cashews are our go-to. They contain tryptophan, an amino acid that helps produce serotonin - our happiness hormone! 

  • Saffron. Turned into a tea or added to your dinner, saffron contains carotenoids and B vitamins that help elevate your natural levels of serotonin, in turn reducing stress! 



5. SLEEP

A bad night sleep leads to more coffee. More coffee leads to heightened anxiety. Then that anxiety translates to overthinking… and what does that mean? A bad sleep, again

We’re guessing you’re familiar with the cycle.

Sleep deprivation is linked to:

  • Higher stress

  • Compromised immunity 

  • Mood dysregulation

  • Weight gain 

  • Poor cognition

  • Hormonal dysfunction

So, what can you do?

The sleep hormone - melatonin - should be your no.1 focus for improving sleep and mental wellbeing. 

Our SLEEP Superfood Powder was designed to help your body produce melatonin. 

Mixed with warm milk for a delicious mild chai flavour, enjoying 1-2 scoops of SLEEP 30 minutes before bedtime is the perfect way to unwind and calm your nervous system for bed.


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<![CDATA[SKIN HUNGER, A REAL THING?]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/skin-hunger-a-real-thing http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/skin-hunger-a-real-thing Sat, 02 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT

After months of social distancing, what has a lack of physical touch meant for our body?

From the moment we are born, body to body connection is apart of everything we do. It’s our love language. Humans touch to express gratitude, condolence, congratulations, and every other emotion you can think of.

‘Skin hunger’, or ‘touch hunger’ as some experts call it, was first researched after World War II. At the time, American psychologist Harry Harlow conducted a controversial study on baby monkeys, supporting his theory that we have an innate craving for touch.

When given two options of inanimate ‘mothers’ - one made of wire and one made of wood covered in a comforting cloth - the baby monkeys undoubtedly favoured the cloth option, even though the wire version also held a bottle of milk!


Why is touch so important?

  • Stress management - a comforting touch has been proven to reduce the release of our stress hormone, cortisol.

  • Immune support - as high cortisol is linked to lowered immunity, physical touch may help your immune system function. 

  • Calms the body - touch has shown to slow heart rate and reduce blood pressure.

  • Relaxes your nervous system - all the stress signals your body sends through neurotransmitters are reduces with touch.

  • Builds trust and security in children - in early life, touch is linked to the release of happiness hormones such as serotonin and dopamine, helping kids build trust and connection with others.


How you can stay connected, even at a distance.

  • Cuddle your pet! Recently, pet adoptions have increased tenfold helping people channel all their love and affection. There’s nothing like a little crisis companion to get you through!

  • Self-care. It sounds simple, but any self-care from baths to foam rolling can help make up for lost connection right now.

  • Call your loved ones. Whilst nothing will replace a hug from your bestie, a FaceTime chat will do for now. Check-in with the ones you love often.

  • Keep moving. Everyone knows it, but exercise really is the ultimate mood booster that will help combat those feelings of anxiety and loneliness at the moment.

  • Remind yourself of the good to come. Rewatch old family videos or read some beautiful quotes, and repeat this mantra everyday…

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<![CDATA[HOME BEAUTY HACKS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/home-beauty-hacks http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/home-beauty-hacks Fri, 01 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Puffy eyes? Dry skin? Just can’t find a natural deodorant that works? We’ve got the clean beauty hacks for you.

You asked. We answered. Here’s our round-up of all your beauty questions below.


1. DARK CIRCLES & TIRED EYES

A: Collagen Under Eye Masks


2. FLAKY SKIN & POOR CIRCULATION

A: Natural Bristle Body Brush

Brushing your body with a natural bristle brush exfoliates and removes dead skin, whilst also stimulating circulation and collagen production. Curious? Learn how to body brush here.

 

3. DULLNESS & JAW TENSION

A: Rose Quartz Gua Sha


The gua sha is a beauty tool that is better likened to a personal masseuse! Helping to improve collagen production when used over the whole body, the gua sha is also one of Sally’s favourite ways to reduce jaw tension. Learn how here.

4. STRESS & DEHYDRATED SKIN

A: Intense Hydration Bath Salt Therapy

This specific combination of bath salts has been proven to boost your skin's moisture-retaining ability and balance pH. Infused with French pink clay and essential oils, this Salt Therapy makes for the perfect bath to reduce stress and calm the nervous system.


5. DRY & AGEING SKIN

A: Superfood Face Oil

This fast-absorbing face oil features 21 highly active skin-nourishing ingredients to be used before bed! Reduce signs of ageing and plump your skin with this blend of exotic superfoods. 


6. CAN’T FIND A NATURAL DEODORANT THAT WORKS?

A: The Armpit Detox

It’s not that natural deodorants don’t work, but rather that they don’t kill the bacteria causing your armpits to smell! The answer? A deodorant detox. This helps “reset” the body’s reliance on harsh chemicals, allowing it to sweat naturally - without the stink. 


7. STINKY PITS

A: 100% Natural Deodorant

Coming in two scents, ROSE & GERANIUM and LAVENDER & BERGAMOT, these organic deodorants are infused with probiotics and magnesium. The natural antimicrobial ingredients keep you fresh, dry, and odour free - whilst still allowing your armpits to breathe and release toxins naturally.

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<![CDATA[PAMPER YOURSELF]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/pamper-yourself http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/pamper-yourself Thu, 30 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Calling all beauty babes… We’ve got a FREE Beauty Pamper Pack for you!

 

Total Pamper Pack Value = $104.75 & you’ll get it free!



Want the FREE Beauty Pamper Pack? Here’s how to get it... 

For a limited time only, when you sign up to SUBSCRIBE & SAVE on any SWIISH Wellness product you’ll get the beauty pamper pack valued at over $100free! 


What’s SUBSCRIBE & SAVE on SWIISH Wellness?

On any of our SWIISH Wellness powders, you can subscribe for an automated delivery of the product!

 

T&C’s

Customer must have a monthly subscription for a minimum of 3 months. Gift to be sent out with the 3rd-month delivery. Offer ends Wednesday 6th May 2020. Beauty gift consists of: 2 x Collagen Under Eye Mask, 1 x Glow Getter Face Mask, 1 x Kiss Me Vegan Clear Lip Gloss, 1 x Luxe Silk Sleep Mask. Total pack value $104.75.

 

 



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<![CDATA[A GIFT FOR MUM]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/a-gift-for-mum http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/a-gift-for-mum Sun, 26 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Mother’s day gifting made easy. Here’s our SWIISH guide to gifts that you can send straight to Mum’s doorstep.


FOR THE BEAUTY BABE… 

1. ROSE QUARTZ FACE ROLLER

 

Not only is it pretty, but it’s perfect for the skin-obsessed! The crystal roller helps eliminate toxins, reduce facial puffiness, stimulate collagen production and reduce the appearance of under-eye bags.


2. GET GLOWING E-BOOK

 

With a little extra downtime on her hand, give Mum the gift of knowledge this Mother’s Day. This eBook is the ultimate GLOW guide with all the beauty industries best-kept secrets for beautiful skin. We know she’ll love it!


FOR THE WELLNESS OBSESSED…

1. SUPERGREEN SUPERFOOD POWDER - 150G

Has Mum been on the lookout for a green’s powder that doesn’t taste, well… so green!? This SUPERGREEN Superfood Powder is the perfect gift for her. With a mild pine-lime taste that is delicious in water alone, this is the greens that she’ll actually enjoy! 


2. SOOTHE ORGANIC MAGNESIUM OIL - 125ml

Whether she’s been a little tense with all that’s going on or often struggles with sore and aching muscles - magnesium oil helps the body relax and repair. Used for muscle/joint aches and pains, headaches, neck and shoulder tension, stress and anxiety, and sleeplessness… give Mum the gift of calm with this oil.


FOR THE STYLE QUEEN…

1. DREAMERS UNITE TEXTURED HOOP EARRINGS IN GOLD

If Mum loves a good statement jewellery piece, these textured hoops are the perfect blend of modern and classic to spruce up any of her outfits.

 

2. THE NEW ORDER LEOPARD WRISTLET

You know what they say, a girl can never have too many bags… or too much leopard print! This gorgeous wristlet is the perfect size for Mum to hold all her essentials, whilst adding a touch of style to every outfit. 


FOR THE EVERYWOMAN…

Can’t decide what to get Mum? Let her choose for you! 

A SWIISH Gift Card ensures she’ll love her gift no matter what. 

LOOKING FOR MORE OPTIONS FOR MUM? 

FROM BEAUTY & FASHION, TO WELLNESS & LIVING… WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED


 

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<![CDATA[MASTER YOUR MORNING]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/master-your-morning http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/master-your-morning Sat, 25 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Your night routine is only as good as your morning one! Amp up your A.M. with these healthy habits.

Humans are nothing if not creatures of habit. So, how can we use this tendency for the better?

If you’ve been following along on our 30 Day Sleep Solution, you would know that establishing a night routine is one of the most important steps to deep sleep.

But what about your morning routine?

After speaking with many sleep experts throughout the sleep solution, the standout fact we learnt was this; your night routine is only as good as your morning routine.

So, as we reach the final week of the sleep solution, we want to help you take the next step in your wellness journey… by mastering your morning routine!


AMP UP YOUR A.M. WITH THESE HEALTHY HABITS


1. AU REVOIR SNOOZE BUTTON

Although we think hitting the snooze button will give us those precious extra minutes of sleep - it may actually be making you more tired!

When you initially wake up, your body releases all the hormones it needs to get up and ready for the day - but when you hit the snooze button - you signal to your body to prepare for sleep again, meaning that when you do wakeup later, you’re even more tired than before!

SWIISH TIP: Instead of setting your alarm early to allow for snooze time, only set it for when you actually need to wake up instead. 


2. SUN TIME

Sunlight not only stops the release of your sleep hormone, melatonin, but it also works to boost cortisol and other energy hormones as well!

SWIISH TIP: Spend 5-10 minutes of your morning out in the sun - without sunglasses - so that your eye receptors can receive all the signals the light is sending to the body! 


3. A LITTLE BITE OF BITTER

The bitter flavour of lemon and apple cider triggers the release of digestive enzymes in the body to boost digestion and metabolism.

SWIISH TIP: Start your morning with a small glass of warm water with a dash of lemon or apple cider vinegar - your gut will love you for it.


4. MAKE YOUR MOVE

The reason sleep experts are always stressing the importance of exercise in the morning is simply because it wakes you up!

When you exercise, you trigger the release of endorphins, cortisol, adrenaline and other mood and energy-boosting hormones in the body.

SWIISH TIP: Start with just 5 minutes of any type of movement. Yoga, walking, pilates, even just stretching! Once you make the ‘act of movement’ a habit, you won’t even think about the exercise itself.

To check out some of the simple exercises Sally and the SWIISH team swear by, head here


5. SIP ON YOUR SUPS

It wouldn’t be a morning wellness routine without a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals. Starting your day with your superfood supplements helps you stay on top of your health, even when exercise and healthy food go out the window!

For Sally, that means:

  • 1 teaspoon of SUPERGREEN Superfood Powder stirred into a cup of water
  • 2 teaspoons of GLOW Marine Hydrolysed Collagen Powder in her coffee!
 

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<![CDATA[SWIISH TALKS ISO SANITY]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/swiish-talks-iso-sanity http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/swiish-talks-iso-sanity Fri, 24 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Feeling a little all over the place at the moment? Here’s what team SWIISH are doing to stay sane while staying home. 

As we buckle in for the long haul of our new ‘stay home’ lifestyle, certain things that at first weren’t an issue - may now be driving us stir-crazy.

There’s no science behind “staying sane” at the moment. It’s purely real-life trial and error figuring out what works… and what doesn’t! So today on Wellness Wednesday, we asked some of the SWIISH Team for their raw and honest answers on how they’re keeping their cool at the moment.

 

Sally (Co-founder)

My two stay-home saviours right now are...

  1. Keep the communication open. Don’t sugar-coat how you are feeling right now, honesty is key for boundaries when you’re all cooped up in the one house.
  1. Sleep, sleep, SLEEP. Taking our SWIISH Wellness SLEEP Superfood Powder every night and following our 30 Day Sleep Solution has been a priority. It helps me manage my mental and physical wellbeing at this crazy time. 
 

 

Maha (Co-founder)

“If I can go for a quick walk by the ocean and grab my morning coffee, I feel such a shift in my mood and mentality for the day.”

As well as this, I don’t think I’ve ever been as diligent as I am right now at taking my SWIISH Wellness SUPERGREEN Superfood Powder. 

HOW I TAKE SUPERGREENS:

  1. Add 1 teaspoon of SUPERGREEN Superfood Powder to water. 
  2. Stir and enjoy a blend of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, nutrients and probiotics.

Larissa (Head of Design)

“Getting my nightly iso-routine down pat has been pivotal!”

LARISSA’S CALMING NIGHT ROUTINE: 

  1. Warm bath with epsom salts.
  2. Lather magnesium oil on my legs and feet.
  3. 5-minutes on the foam roller. 
  4. Hop into bed with a warm cup of SLEEP Superfood Powder & a good book.

Brooke (E-commerce Manager)

“I’m basically binge-watching anything I can on Stan & Netflix whilst having intermittent naps on the couch… oh & of course eating chocolate!! 

I’m also keeping in close contact with my family & friends to make sure they’re all doing ok. I think this is important for both their & my mental health at a time like this.”


Maureen  (Online Store Coordinator)

“For me, jumping online to do a barre class works wonders. If I don’t get it done first thing in the morning - it doesn’t happen that day!”

For the family…

“As I’ve got two little ones, settling them is essential. Moving their evening reading time earlier in the evening and out to the balcony helps them get some fresh air and wind-down for the night.”


Leilani (Content Assistant)

“Without the separation between work and home, these mini self-care acts have become a ritual of mine throughout the workday...”

  • Yoga stretches in the sun - I just leave my mat out on the back deck to use. 
  • Keeping a Crystal Face Roller at my desk. It’s cool and soothing under the eyes whenever I feel a little tired.
  • Headstands… random... I know, but honestly, nothing refreshes me more than going upside down for a minute!

Sam (Graphic Designer)

“The same as everyone else… Netflix at night is the perfect escape. Right now I’m up to Season 5 of Outlander - if you haven’t already, it’s a must-watch!”  

More from Team SWIISH? Join us on Instagram below, we’d love to connect!

@swiishbysallyo

@sallyobermeder

@maha_corbett

 


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