You might be wondering why I'm writing about a wildlife park on a website that is predominantly about skincare, but there is a link - so bear with me.
Firstly - a few weeks ago I wrote a blog condemning Palm Oil and how to avoid it. Global Palm Oil production puts pressure on wildlife by destroying their habitat. Parks like Orana Wildlife Park and other zoos around the world play a really important conservation and education role for the survival of these endangered animals.
Most councils in New Zealand support their Zoos, realising the importance of conservation of not only global species but also NZ species. The Zoos/Parks attract visitors from out of town, provide lots of education programs for schools and play a really important role. We all prefer animals to be in the wild, but the truth is, humans are a horrible lot and do so much harm that zoo's are now some of the only places to see animals that have gone extinct in the wild.
It was with absolute horror that I read that Christchurch City Councils refused to support Orana Wildlife Park in their current round of funding and in the past five years they have only been given $350,000. In comparison, Wellington Zoo got $5.9m of funding for 20/21 year and Auckland Zoo got $12m in the last 2 years.
Orana Wildlife Park is the only open Zoo in New Zealand so provides a unique experience to the visitor. It has recently opened an Otter enclosure, and on Monday broke ground on a $1.4M White Rhino Conservation Centre, which is part of a global effort to help save rhinos from extinction.
I was so furious with the Christchurch Council, I immediately emailed Orana Park and even though I'm a teeny weeny tiny business, offered 50 free Natural Lip balms that they can sell in their shop to help raise money. I challenge other businesses to do the same to help out this vital park that all Cantabrians, indeed all South Islanders should be proud of.
I dropped them in yesterday - so please, go in to the park, see the Otters, the Silverback Gorillas, the beautiful Cheetahs, the wild dogs and meercats. It's really worth it and while you are there - buy one of our Lip Balms and support the park. If you can't get there - please head to Orana Parks website and hit the donate button. You'll be doing the world of good to these endangered species.
Stuff article about funding rejection.
Being at our Oriwa Naturals Market stall each week allows me to talk to 100s of women every month about their skin, and what they do to keep their skin young. I talk to a wide range – from women who don’t wear makeup at all, to those that wear a lot, and everyone in between. Although our makeup remover primarily takes makeup off insanely easily, from foundation, to waterproof mascara and eyeliner, it also rejuvenates and softens the skin, so you don’t actually need to wear makeup to get the benefits from it. We now have a strong following of people that will use nothing else, even those that don’t wear make up who swear that their skin is softer and younger looking. And that is the result we want. Happy Customers who are loving their rejuvenated softer skin.
Often I get people who say they forget to take their makeup off before bed, and I know I also have been guilty of this i too. It’s easy to do – too tired, a busy day, a late night, too much to drink – there can be a number of reasons. But try not to make this a habit as it’s really bad for your skin for quite a number of reasons. You are really putting your skin at risk.
The risks you take by not removing makeup are:
And don’t forget that by not removing your makeup, you’ll end up with makeup stains on your pillowcase, which over time will stain.
It’s winter, and we are having cold polar blasts throughout the country. Many of us might have irritated or dry chapped lips. So what causes them, and do Lip Balms help?
Having dry lips is not a new affliction, people have been trying to soothe them for centuries. Lip Balm using beeswax, Olive Oil and other natural ingredients have been reported as early as Cleopatra’s time around 40 BC. There’s even reports of human earwax being recommended as a remedy for dry cracked lips. I promise you, there is no ear wax in our Lip Balms!
Our Lips are constantly exposed to the elements – sunlight, wind, air and cold weather. They have to put up with our lifestyle, food, cosmetics, biting, picking, rubbing against clothes, kissing and much more. They are pretty hardworking and need to be tough! Lips don’t have hair follicles, sweat, saliva or oil glands so they’re prone to dryness as they have a lower ability to hold water than the rest of our skin.
There are many causes of dry lips – Skin conditions or infections such as coldsores or herpes, allergies, medications which impact the salivary glands, tongue injuries, dental issues, poor oral health - these can be brought on by eating disorders for example. Nasal congestion, such as a common cold, cold weather or wind which removes moisture, persistent licking which can create a wet-dry cycle that excessively dries out your lips. This dryness can also lead to pain, itching or stinging.
If your lips are dry due to adverse weather conditions, then certain balms can help protect the lips. Drinking adequate amounts of water can also help, because this prevents dry skin in general. Try and choose Lip Balms with natural ingredients that moisturise your lips.
There are ingredients in Lip Balms that can make things worse so avoid Lip Balms containing the following ingredients....
Be sure to stop biting, picking or excessively licking your lips.
Staying hydrated and applying a bland lip balm should be a routine incorporated into your everyday lifestyle for healthy, protected and moisturised lips.