Hello to my blog readers! I’ve written many articles for my blog to help and advise with common skin care concerns. I have added some quick links to our most useful posts below.

If you have any suggestions for new blog post topics, email me at and I will attempt to cover your topic of choice.

All the best!

Natasha – Owner/manager of The Sanctuary 🙂

Cosmeceuticals vs department store/chemist/supermarket products – why active homecare is the key to making real changes to your skin

Eat alkalising food for great skin – acid vs alkaline food chart

What causes pigmentation? What can be done about it?

Choosing the right sunscreen – not all are created equal

How does topical vitamin C benefit your skin?

Fighting acne and breakouts with salicylic acid

Want to boost your skin’s collagen? Use peptides!

Benefits of AHA’s – why they are good for your skin

Gylcosaminoglycans and skin hydration

What causes adult acne?

Tips on how to get rid of adult acne

Natural Remedies/Treatments for Eczema

8 Reasons why your skin needs Niacinamide, or vitamin B3

Combating dehydration through nutrition and essential fatty acids

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Combating dehydration through nutrition and essential fatty acids


Is your skin dehydrated? Dehydrated skin can lead to premature lines and wrinkles, congestion and a dull skin tone. So, what’s the solution? Drinking enough water might only be part of the solution, especially if you have an impaired skin barrier. An impaired barrier leads to accelerated trans-epidermal water loss aka TEWL – TEWL is basically a fancy term which means that water in your skin is evaporating off it.

To maintain a healthy, strong skin, don‘t over-do it with harsh cleansers and face scrubs as these will only disrupt your barrier. It is imperative that you are nourishing your skin with essential fatty acids and maintaining a healthy balance of ceramides/lipids. This will be helped through a diet containing good fats – your omega3s which are found in foods including fatty fish (mackerel/salmon/tuna), nuts (eg walnuts/almonds), seeds (eg chai/flax seeds) and vegies including broccoli, avocado and spinach.

Wholistic Skin Health and Skin Inflammation

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Wholistic Skin Health and Skin Inflammation

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If you are suffering acne, eczema, rosacea or psoriasis, it is possible you may have a zinc deficiency. Zinc is an essential mineral that’s required by the body to make proteins and DNA. It’s needed for healthy metabolism and is one of the keys to good immune function. Given zinc’s many important roles, it’s concerning that 85 per cent of Aussie women and 67 per cent of men are getting less than the recommended daily intake. It’s easy to test for zinc deficiency – visit your naturopath. If you’re deficient in zinc and start taking a zinc supplement, you’ll find your immune system should improve along with improved healing of lesions. Also, anyone with skin inflammation should look at their diet and try to eat more alkaline foods to calm the skin. These types of skin conditions need to be treated not only with topical ingredients, but from the inside as well.


The Great Wall …. Of Skincare!

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on The Great Wall …. Of Skincare!

The Great Wall of … Skincare!! I have so much love for all of our product lines! ❤️❤️❤️ they help us to transform skins from blah to brilliant every day. Aspect Skincare, Cosmedix, SkinMedica, PCA Skin, Societe Skincare, Colorescience.

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The Aspect Starter Kit – The Perfect Sampler!

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on The Aspect Starter Kit – The Perfect Sampler!

The Aspect Starter Kit is a fantastic way to sample some of the best of the Aspect range of products. It contains:

Purastat 5 – a cleanser containing lactic acid so it gentle exfoliates while deeply cleansing
? Exfol-L 15 – a lactic acid serum which exoliates, brightens, decongests and hydrates
? Extreme C23 – a vitamin C serum which stimulates collagen/elastin, plumping lines and firming the skin
? Phytostat 9 – a super hydrating moisturiser containing peptides and antioxidants
All this for just $126 ✔✔✔

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Holiday Skincare Routine

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Holiday Skincare Routine

Going away in holidays does not mean the skincare regime goes out the window!! Consistency is key ? I am visiting family in Singapore and keeping up with my regime of vitamin c, AHAs, retinol, hyaluronic acid, pigment inhibitors, peptides and SPF. ???I am trying to introduce cosmeceuticals to my family here too!

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Wholistic Skin Health: Chia Seeds

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Wholistic Skin Health: Chia Seeds

CHIA SEEDS ?? why is it a super food? Quite simply, it is chock full of nutrients: it is high in protein, fibre, omega 3 and 6, calcium and zinc. Chia also contains Vitamins A, B, E, and D, and minerals including sulphur, iron, iodine, magnesium, manganese, niacin, thiamine.
Chia seeds are one of nature’s richest antioxidants. Antioxidants speed up the skin’s repair systems, and prevent further damage. Taking chia seeds can prevent premature skin aging due to inflammation free radical damage.
Chia seeds are mostly tasteless. How do you eat them? Sprinkle them on your salad, add them to a smoothie, throw them into a curry, casserole or pasta dish, or make a yummy chia pudding like the one pictured. So eat up, enjoy and feel the benefits!!

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Why you need to get more omega 3 into your body

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Why you need to get more omega 3 into your body

I take two fish oil capsules every day, for its omega 3 benefits.

From a skincare view, omegas work to hydrate skin from the inside out, as well as decrease inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, keratosis pilaris, etc. The studies on omegas for health continue to grow & have been proven to help heart health, brain health, mental health, child brain development, etc.

Omegas & healthy fats keep our billions of cells lubricated & fluid, leading to healthy cell communication throughout the body. Without healthy fats, cells become rigid, leading to poor communication between cells & decreased cellular functions throughout the body. These are perfect in the digestion category and an essential part of a healthy diet.

Health is wealth my friends!

What is so good about the Blueberry Smoothie Peel?

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on What is so good about the Blueberry Smoothie Peel?

The CosMedix Blueberry peel is recommended for:
Luminous, glowing skin
Correcting dull or ageing skin, mild acne or congested pores
An ideal introductory treatment, or pick-me-up before a special event

Combining antioxidant blueberry extracts with stimulating lactic acid, the Blueberry Smoothie Peel by CosMedix is a powerful yet gentle exfoliating peel and scrub.

Different to your typical facial, the Blueberry Peel involves the application of a gentle chemical agent to remove the dead epidermal layer of the skin, revealing the brighter skin beneath.

Moisturise – Day and night

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Moisturise – Day and night

Moisturise day and night! Your day moisturiser should include an SPF, sun protection is key to the prevention of premature ageing. Your night moisturiser should preferably contain antioxidants and emollient ingredients in order to lock in serums and maintain a healthy protective barrier for your skin. Don’t get lazy – make sure you’re looking after your skin AM and PM!

Avocadoes – Mother Nature’s Moisturiser!

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Avocadoes – Mother Nature’s Moisturiser!

Does your skin often feel dry, dehydrated? Does it look a little dull? Do you want to add more life to it? Do you want to make your skin softer and more supple? Eat avocados!! Avocados are Mother Nature’s skin moisturiser. With their healthy fats, vitamins and antioxidants, they offer remarkable benefits by improving your skin from the inside out. Now, excuse me while I eat my avocado for breakfast