Before and after lymphatic drainage and how it changed my life

Before and after lymphatic drainage and how it changed my life


Here you can see two photos of me, taken a year or so apart. The first photo was before I even knew what  a lymphatic treatment was, while the second photo was a few months into my treatment.

My whole life I have been called “baby face”. I have always been self-conscious about the roundness of my face, desperate for the cheekbones and contouring I saw on so many women around me. It didn’t matter how much I exercised, what weight I was or what food I consumed, my face stayed round. The best way to describe how it looked and felt is swollen, my face was swollen. I didn’t understand why and I definitely didn’t know there was anything I could do about it. Until I met naturopath Charmaine D. I went to Charmaine for hormonal support transitioning off the pill, but where I’ve ended up is far beyond what I could’ve imagined.

Charmaine noticed instantly that my face was rounder than what my body’s build allowed and suggested we begin lymphatic treatment. For this treatment to start, I needed to really understand what it was I was dealing with and why.

What is the lymphatic system? The lymphatic system is a drainage network that removes cellular debris, large proteins, foreign bodies, bacteria, viruses, toxins and excess fluid from our organs and vessels. Our lymph nodes act as ‘purification centres’ and is where the lymph fluid moves through. Its primary function is to protect our body from illness and accumulated waste. The lymphatic system circulates lymph throughout the body, approximately 1.5 to 2 litres. When activated efficiently, this can increase to 10-30 litres per day. As the lymphatic system is not connected to the heart, it cannot rely on the heart pumping to circulate, but rather other methods such as muscle contraction. There are many reasons why the lymph vessels or lymph nodes become clogged or stagnant such as stress, illness, emotional shock, dehydration and lack of physical activity. When this stagnation occurs, it can result in fluid retention and swelling.

This fluid retention and swelling is what was wrong with my face. Due to constant illness as a child, my immune system and lymphatic system could never rest and recover, always being in the fight or flight mode, trying to protect me. This caused many issues, mainly fatigue and lymphostasis. In order for my lymphatic system above my heart to work properly, that stagnant fluid needed to be drained and my lymph nodes needed to relax.

This was done both externally and internally with herbs and lymphatic pumping. Charmaine D used botanical herbs that internally aid the drainage of the lymph nodes. This ensured that from the inside out, my lymphatic system was getting the support and drainage it needed. Externally, Charmaine was using a mechanical lymphatic drainage pumping machine, engineered in South Australia. It works similarly to Chinese cupping in that it mechanically massages the lymph nodes to stimulate the deep and superficial lymphatic vessels, which in turn promotes drainage and aids in stagnation. Unlike Chinese cupping, it does not cause bruising, but rather utilises strong puffs of air to stimulate that lymphatic massage.

Charmaine D performed this drainage treatment on half of my face for the first time and asked me to cup both sides to feel the difference, and after only one treatment there was a drastic difference. Fast forward two years later and with a few months of internal herbal treatment, as well as consistent lymphatic drainage pumping, my face is now the shape and size it should be, with no swelling. More than how it looks, however, I also have more energy, am less likely to feel fatigued, and don’t get sick as often.

Through Charmaine’s extensive knowledge on skin and naturopathy, she was able to heal me from the inside, as well as the outside, in a way that utilises natural products and doesn’t cause more harm in the process. For anyone who is concerned about their lymphatic system, for the face or entire body, I highly recommend reaching out to Charmaine D for a consultation.

Cell Defence Skincare and Tapping

Cell Defence Skincare and Tapping

Naturopath and skin expert, Charmaine D, has formulated a skincare line called Cell Defence. Cell Defence is a high performing, botanically based skincare program formulated with an understanding and belief of the concept that plant ingredients are far safer, gentler and better for human health than synthetic chemicals. It was this belief that initiated the formulation of Cell Defence and for it to be crafted from the infusion of all things pure in plant chemistry. A chemical free product prepared in line with the Do No Harm guidelines of a Naturopath. Treat the cause don’t band-aid the issue. The major differentiation of this skincare line is its combination of pure, active ingredients which are jam-packed into every formulation. Each preparation is synergistically combined to work together in harmony with your own skin. When purchasing a skincare product individuals need to be confident in the knowledge that the product’s ingredients will work harmoniously with their skin’s requirements. With this in mind, Cell Defence is backed by a Naturopath that has had her own skincare clinic for over 25 years.

Although always beneficial, how we apply the products onto our skin may have the ability to increase the benefits. For example, after cleansing your face with the Hibiscus Flower Foaming Cleansing Gel, and toning your face with the Skin Saviour Toner, applying the next product; Lilac Rebalancing Plant Stem Cell Serum through gentle tapping may increase the product’s benefits, and may ensure the skin absorbs it more thoroughly, allowing for penetration at a cellular level.

Tapping is more commonly associated with EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) tapping, and used for emotional release and energy rebalancing. Under the belief that energy and emotions can become trapped and stagnant in the face. This treatment has been used on people suffering with anxiety and is similarly associated with acupressure and massage. 

Therefore, tapping of a plant-based, healing product into the skin on our face may not only provide benefits from the botanically-based skincare, but also provide a relaxing routine, and potential emotional release.

Performing any routine mindfully, ensuring all action is rooted in grace and self-care, can significantly increase it’s benefits, from eating mindfully, to moving our body mindfully. It is therefore plausible that applying our skincare mindfully and with grace can transform the usually rushed, mundane chore, to a time of self-care and meditation.

Though EFT has trigger points and correct methods, tapping product into your skin does not need to be so strict. For a brief introduction to tapping, see the video of a Cell Defence customer tapping her serum into her skin. With no right or wrong way, just ensure to tap gently. This customer is a long-term client of Naturopath, Charmaine D, and has been suffering from histamine and hormone-induced acne. By utilising these botanically-based, gentle skincare products, she has found an increase in skin health and moisture-retention, as well as scar reducing and soothing. She also states the process of tapping her products every morning and evening has created a mindful ritual that resets her headspace. She also states that the tapping may be helping her circulation and prevent stagnation to her lymphatic system (see lymphatic blog).

For acne healing and lowering histamines it is recommended by Charmaine D to use the Lilac Rebalancing Serum for the full face. For a boost under the eyes, it is recommended to use the Saffron Eye Firming Serum. All of the Cell Defence serums benefit from being tapped into the skin gently and with care.

For more information on the skincare program or Charmaine D’s naturopathic and skincare expertise, book a consultation online to begin your journey to healing and oneness.



Conquering Hay Fever Naturally: A Naturopathic Approach to Seasonal Allergies

Conquering Hay Fever Naturally: A Naturopathic Approach to Seasonal Allergies

Discover How Charmaine D’s Expertise Can Relieve Your Hay Fever Symptoms

The change of the season may bring joy to some with the blooming flowers, lush greenery and sunny days, however, for those who suffer from seasonal hay fever, this change in season can bring much discomfort. Seasonal hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen, grasses, trees and weeds which can cause sneezing, and itchy eyes. Your immune system, which is designed to protect your body from harmful things such as bacteria, viruses and foreign substances, mistakenly identifies pollen as a harmful invader and may work over-time or exaggeratedly and react to substances that are not actually harmful. The severity of these symptoms vary depending on the person, and they often worsen during peak pollen seasons.

There are many allergens that stimulate the body’s exaggerated immune response such as dust, foods, insect bites, molt, pet hair and pollen. These allergens can cause a range of allergies such seasonal hay fever, dermatitis, eczema or food and drug allergies.

The most common triggers for Spring hay fever in Australia are:

  • Grass pollen (ryegrass, bermuda grass and kikuyu grass)
  • Tree pollen (wattle trees, birch trees, oak trees and pine trees)
  • Weed pollen (ragweed, plantain and pellitory)

There are two types of ‘immediate sensitivity’ antibodies which mount to an immune response immediately after being exposed to an allergen. These antibodies can be tested with skin pricks and blood tests to determine each specific allergen your body reacts to.

Most medications to treat hay fever are focused only on symptomatic relief, including antihistamines, steroids and decongestants. Although effective at treating symptoms, these medications may bot directly target the root cause of immune system hypersensitivity.

The naturopathic approach, taken by myself Charmaine D, however, focuses on getting to the root cause. This process begins by eliminating the triggers. This is important in order to figure out what else is causing the hypersensitivity reactions while also addressing the root cause. Diet is the next step for focus. This is because the foods we consume have a direct impact on our overall health. Our gut, and the foods we put into our gut, can determine how our body reacts to allergens and other threats. By focusing on a clean, nutrition-dense diet, provided by Charmaine D, we can ensure you are setting your body up for the highest levels of success. Naturopathic supplements and botanical prescriptions are developed for every individual and their situation by Charmaine D, and can also help to lower levels of your histamines and improve your symptoms.

Majority of allergies always involve the gut. This is because 80% of our immune system is located in our gut, and produces an antibody called IgA. In an ideal scenario, our gut should be producing large quantities of IgA as it is the first line of defense against any foreign substance. The flora balance and lining of our gut must be healthy in order to produce the amount of IgA required so the rest of our bodily systems never have to deal with the substances.

Another bodily system in charge of producing IgA are our adrenals. With high levels of the hormone cortisol (during times of stress caused by many simple and complicating situations), the adrenals will decrease production of IgA antibodies.

The liver would be assessed next as people who suffer from allergies and hay fever usually have a high toxic body burden. Toxins are also foreign substances, however, unlike allergens, they are actually harmful to our body. In order for our body to process these harmful toxins, our liver needs to work hard to alter the state of these toxins. If, however, the toxins are too much and the liver can’t alter them at the rate in which they come in, then the toxins build up in our system and can increase the body’s sensitivity and reactivity to harmless substances.

Additionally, those who suffer from Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) may have exacerbated hay fever symptoms. This is due to the fact that mast cells (a type of immune cell), in MCAS sufferers, is hyperactive and releases excessive amounts of chemical mediators, including histamines. Histamines are the key played in allergic reactions and is responsible for many of the common hay fever symptoms, such as sneezing, itching and congestion. When people with MCAS are exposed to allergens, their already overactive mast cells can intensify the allergic response which leads to a more severe and prolonged reaction. Charmaine D can teach you so much about this in your consults with her.

Not only to individuals with MCAS release higher amounts of histamine and other inflammatory compounds, they also usually have a lower allergy threshold, meaning, even minimal exposure can lead to symptoms. In addition to the high histamines and low allergy threshold, individuals usually have profound sensitivity to a wide range of environmental triggers, making them more susceptible to allergens. It is also important to note that although hay fever is seasonal, individuals with MCAS may suffer year-round.

It is slightly more challenging for those with MCAS to manage their hay fever symptoms, but not impossible! It is highly recommended you book a consult with Charmaine D naturopath, who can work closely with you to create a personalised treatment and strategic program.

Interestingly, and worth noting, is the phenomenon known as cross-reactivity. This is when some environmental allergies can be linked to food allergies. This means, that proteins in certain foods resemble proteins in pollen or other allergenic substances, leading to allergic reactions when consuming these foods. Some common environmental allergies that can trigger food allergist or cross-react with specific foods in Australia include:

  • Birch Pollen Allergy:
    • Cross-reactive foods: apples, pears, cherries, plums, peaches, apricots, carrots, celery, almonds, hazelnuts and kiwi
  • Grass Pollen Allergy:
    • Cross-reactive foods: tomatoes, potatoes, melons and oranges
  • Ragweed Pollen Allergy:
    • Cross-reactive foods: melons, zucchinis, cucumbers and sunflower seeds
  • Latex Allergy:
    • Cross-reactive foods: bananas, avocados, chestnuts and kiwi
  • Mugwort Pollen Allergy:
    • Cross-reactive foods: celery, carrots and coriander
  • Dust Mite Allergy:
    • Cross-reactive foods: shrimp, crab and lobster

Not all people with an environmental allergy will experience cross-reactivity with related foods and the severity of reactions can range. However, if it’s something you are concerned about, ask Charmaine D naturopath for further information.

There are some easy-to-implement natural ways to address hay fever and help with your body’s reaction:

  • Local honey: eating local honey may help desensitise your body to the specific pollen in your area.
  • Saline nasal rinse: using a nasal rinse can help to flush out the pollen and irritants from your nasal passages and eases symptoms such as congestion.
  • Steam inhalation: inhaling steam from a bowl of hot water can also provide relief from nasal congestion. Adding a few drops of eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil can enhance the effectiveness.
  • Quercetin-rich foods: quercetin is a natural compound in foods like onions, apples and citrus and acts as a natural antihistamine. Charmaine D can assist you with a great quercetin supplement and food guide.
  • Probiotics: probiotic-rich foods or supplements can help you to maintain a healthy gut microbiome. Charmaine D has sourced these for you.
  • Allergen-reducing practices: keep your windows closed when at home during high pollen seasons, use air purifiers and wash your bedding regularly.
  • Herbal teas: herbal teas such as chamomile and nettle tea are known to be anti-inflammatory and can help soothe hay fever symptoms. Charmaine D can expand on this.
  • Stress management: engaging in stress-reducing activities such as yoga, meditation or deep breathing exercises can help lower cortisol levels, helping lower your hay fever symptoms. Charmaine D can work hand in hand to develop your personalised de-stress program.

There are many natural remedies and simple life-style changes you can make to help with hay fever and symptoms. Consulting with Charmaine D naturopath can help you make sense about the specifics for you and why it is you are suffering. Having bespoke support may benefit you in understanding more about your body and the hay fever you suffer from.

If you would like to chat with our naturopath, Charmaine, book a complimentary 30 minutes Why You? Consult below. Her gift to you, (one per person).

Living with Histamine Intolerance: a guide to help beginners

Living with Histamine Intolerance: a guide to help beginners

Guest blog written by current client, Georgia

For the first 28 years of my life, I had only ever heard of histamines when talking about hayfever medication. So when I went to a naturopath to discover the underlying causes of my dry skin and acne, I was shocked to hear that my many ailments were all caused by high levels of histamines. “But I don’t suffer from hayfever,” I thought. How could this be accurate?

Fast forward twelve months and I am now a histamine expert, well, at least compared to before. I have learnt what histamines do in your body, why we need them, why some people suffer from intolerances and the triggers. I’ve learnt how it affects me physically and mentally, and I’ve been able to understand what it is my body needs to lower my histamine levels and maintain a healthy balance.

So what are histamines?

Histamines are chemicals that your immune system makes to help rid your body of potential danger (allergens). Histamines are part of your body’s defence, causing you to itch, sneeze or tear up, to expel the allergens from your system. They are these to protect us. So how then do they cause so many of us problems?

Usually it’s when they overreact to the danger, or allergen. Often, our body sees the triggers (such as pollen, pet hair, etc) as a more serious threat than it is in reality, and our immune system reacts accordingly, releasing higher levels of histamine to try to eliminate these dangers.

Histamines are stored in our mast cells, and the body sends a signal to these mast cells to release the histamines. Mast cells are found in your skin, blood, gut, lungs, nose and mouth. After the histamines are released from the mast cells, they cause blood flow to the area in which the histamines travelled to, causing inflammation. Histamines, therefore, are an essential and natural part of our body’s defence system.

So, how come there are those of us who are intolerant?

First of all, histamine intolerance does not mean we have a sensitivity to histamines, but rather we produce too much of it. Our bodily systems believe us to be nearly constantly under threat, meaning we can have a constant and high release of histamines all the time.

Although the symptoms vary depending on the individual, some of the common reactions to high histamine levels are:

  • Itchy skin
  • Dry or irritated eyes
  • Hayfever-like symptoms
  • Runny nose
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Hives
  • Anxiety
  • Acne, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis

For my whole life I believed most of these symptoms to be normal and I would endure them daily. Specifically itchy skin, acne, fatigue, anxiety and irregular menstrual cycles.

Many things can trigger histamine releases. Aside from the common triggers such as pollen, pet hair and grasses, some others are:

  • Non-natural fragrances found in perfumes, candles and cleaning products
  • High-histamine foods (which I will go into further detail about below)
  • Leftovers or old foods
  • Alcohol
  • COVID and other viruses
  • Some medications

The two biggest triggers for me personally were foods and fragrances, two things I had a relatively high level of control over. So these were the two things I changed in my lifestyle straight away.

When researching and learning about histamine levels in foods, it seemed complex and not many websites seemed to agree. Some sites said raspberries were high, others said they were safe – it was very confusing! Because every body reacts differently to triggers, I decided to test it myself, to find out what my big triggers were and what my body was happy with.

Here is what I found:

*please keep in mind these were my specific findings*

High Histamine (high triggers)

  • Tomato (including ketchup, tinned tomatoes etc)
  • Avocado
  • All dairy (except ricotta)
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Alcohol
  • Aged cheese
  • Fermented foods (except miso paste)
  • Leftovers (especially chicken)
  • Preservatives
  • Refined Sugar

The foods listed above were basically non-negotiable trigger foods that I had to eliminate straight away. Interestingly enough, my body reacted to each food differently. For example, when I ate tomato I had extreme hay-fever like symptoms, when I ate avocado I became extremely fatigued, when I ate spinach my anxiety was through the roof and when I ate dairy I broke out in pimples. This was a process of trial and error, but I found them to also be the most commonly high-triggers for others experiencing histamine intolerance as well.

Many website state foods such as miso paste, sourdough bread and raspberries to be high in histamines, but none of these were a trigger for me.

It’s also important to keep in mind that histamines grow in foods that have already been cooked. Hence why leftovers and aged foods have high levels of histamines. So even if you prepare a low-histamine meal, if left in the fridge over night and consumed in the few days to come, the histamine levels can rise nearly 20x.

Here are some dietary tips and tricks I found helped when substituting high- histamine foods:

High-Histamine Foods

  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Pears
  • Milk
  • Smashed avocado
  • Yoghurt
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Sugar
  • Preservatives
  • Coffee


  • Red capsicum
  • Kale
  • Blueberries, blackberries
  • Apples
  • Coconut milk
  • Smashed pumpkin
  • Coconut milk
  • Green sauce (below)
  • Honey
  • Whole-Foods
  • Peppermint or herbal tea

Other foods that I found really calmed my gut and lowered my histamine levels are:

  • Ginger
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Herbs (especially basil and mint)
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Broccoli and broccolini
  • Bok choy/Pak choy
  • Peaches
  • Mango

Finding low-histamine recipes was also a challenge. Although there are a few blogs out there for people suffering from histamine intolerance, the recipes were limited. What I started to do was modify regular recipes and swap out high- histamine foods for neutral foods.

For example, if a chicken and veggie soup required spinach, I would substitute it for kale. If a pasta recipe had mushrooms and peas I would swap out the veggies for broccolini and capsicum. I stopped eating strawberries with my granola and started eating blueberries. I found an amazing recipe called ‘Green Sauce’ which is basically a herb sauce which I use for nearly EVERYTHING that requires a sauce.

We also stopped using nearly anything that came in a packet due to the high levels of preservatives and started to cook with only whole foods. Our recipes became more simple, but our bodies preferred them.

In relation to leftovers, this was something that I struggled with the most, as we cook extra food every evening to take to work for lunch the next day. For the first few months I had to avoid this and I ate lots of fresh salads, platter food (cucumber, crackers etc with homemade dips) and cooked my lunches on the day. This ensured my histamine levels throughout the day stayed low.

I didn’t drink alcohol anyway so I didn’t need to find a substitute, but if you suffer from histamine intolerance, alcohol, especially wine, are huge triggers and really need to be eliminated. The benefits of not drinking alcohol are immense, so all of your bodily-systems will thank you!

If you wear perfume, STOP. If you light candles at home, STOP. If you are using store-bought cleaning products, STOP. These fragrances and myriad of chemicals used in these products are so detrimental to your health in so many ways. Histamines just being one. I have friends who suffer from headaches all the time, and the moment they stopped using their candles around the house, those headaches went away. Pure essential oils in diffusers are a great alternative and not only smell great, but can also bring with them an array of health benefits. I have found Lavender, Frankincense and Peppermint to be three oils that actually helped with my high levels of histamine. In addition, when mixed with fractionated coconut oil, essential oils can make an effective perfume.

In regards to cleaning products, fabric softeners etc. Try and make your own. Vinegar, Bi-carb and Castille Soap are life changing and can clean nearly anything. I have some recipes below for you to try!

In addition to eliminating food and environmental triggers, creating a relationship with your local naturopath, like my current naturopath Charmaine D, and discussing a treatment plan can also be beneficial. There are many natural supplement and herbal solutions that can work as anti-histamines that actually retain low-levels of histamines, rather than just block histamines like regular over the counter anti-histamine medication.

The goal is to create a sustainable plan for the rest of your life. Often, we are battling histamine intolerances for our whole lives, but with strict action early on to reduce our histamine levels to a more maintainable amount, we are able to slowly but surely introduce histamines back into our life and diet without drastic damage. For example, I can now drink coffee with now histamine reaction. I can also have small amounts of tomato without being triggered. The most exciting thing is I can now eat leftover meals with no reaction!

Although at the beginning of your journey it may seem daunting and impossible, please know that with a few lifestyle and dietary alterations, you can live and eat in a varied and sustainable way. It took 2-3 months for me to really wrap my head around it all. And a little while longer to stop craving the foods I would eat all the time (bye bye smashed avo and tomato on toast). Once my palate became accustomed to the substituted foods, I stopped thinking about all the foods I couldn’t eat and started focusing on all the foods I COULD eat.

Another thing to remember is to practice mindfulness while you eat. Really focus on how your body and mood is reacting to the foods you ingest, and that will be the biggest factor in sticking to foods your body loves. When you are in-tune with how foods make you feel, you tend to naturally stay away from those that make you feel worse.

Good luck on this journey, and here’s to finally figuring out why we didn’t feel well for such a long portion of our lives!

To your health,
Georgia xx


Green Sauce

  • 2 large handfuls of herbs (my favourites are basil and mint)
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1⁄4 – 1⁄2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp honey
  1. Add all ingredients of food processor.
  2. Blench until smooth.
  3.  If too thick, add more oil or a bit of water.

Laundry Liquid

  • 1 cup Castille Soap
  • 1⁄2 cup salt
  • 1⁄2 cup Bi-carb
  • 3.5L warm water
  1. Add all ingredients into a bucket.
  2. Mix well until combined.
  3. Transfer with a funnel into glass jars.
  4. Shake before each use.
  5. Depending on the dirtiness of your clothes, use 1⁄4 – 1⁄2 cup of liquid per wash.
  6. Add a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil to create your frangrance

Surface Spray

  • 500ml glass spray bottle
  • 2 tbsp onGuard cleaner concentrate (or cleaning vinegar)
  • 10x drops lemon essential oil
  • 10x drops grapefruit
  1. Fill glass bottle with cool boiled water.
  2. Simply add all the ingredients into the glass jar and shake.


  • 30-40x drops of your favourite essential oils (can be 2-3)
  • Fractionated coconut oil
  • Glass 10ml roller bottle
  1. Add essential oil into the roller bottle.
  2. Top up with fractionated coconut oil.
  3. Apply to wrists and behind ears.

Charmaine D, our naturopath, is here for you and is committed to helping you move through your ailments and forward into the rest of your life. 

Book in for a free 30 minute skincare consult and see how she can help you!

Reveal the Perfect Canvas in mere Minutes: Embrace the benefits of mindful morning and evening facial cleansing

Reveal the Perfect Canvas in mere Minutes: Embrace the benefits of mindful morning and evening facial cleansing

Optimise your daily routine by embracing a comprehensive cleansing process that not only eliminates impurities but also primes your facial skin like a blank canvas, ready to absorb and maximize the benefits of subsequent skincare products.

This essential step ensures that your skin is thoroughly cleansed and optimally prepared, allowing other products to penetrate deeply and deliver their intended results more effectively. By investing just one extra minute in this transformative cleansing ritual, you establish a solid foundation for your skincare regimen and elevate the overall effectiveness of your selected products.

The Evolution of Facial Cleansing: From Ancient Civilizations to Aboriginal Traditions

Throughout history, different cultures and civilisations have developed unique methods and rituals for facial cleansing. From the well-developed beauty regimens of ancient Egyptians and Greeks to the principles of balance and harmony in traditional Chinese medicine, skincare practices have evolved and been influenced by cultural beliefs and available resources. In this journey through time, we explore the ancient traditions of facial cleansing, including the use of natural ingredients and the profound knowledge of bush medicines found within Australian Aboriginal cultures. Discover how these diverse practices have shaped our understanding of skincare and continue to inspire modern approaches to cleansing the face.

The ancient Egyptians embraced a comprehensive skincare routine that encompassed facial cleansing. Their method involved a combination of natural ingredients like milk, honey, and oils. To cleanse their faces, they would delicately apply these substances onto their skin and then rinse them off with water. Notably, Cleopatra, an iconic figure of ancient Egypt, was often associated with a famous ingredient in her cleansing regimen: milk. Legend has it that she would indulge in donkey milk baths, renowned for their believed moisturizing and rejuvenating properties. These milk baths were revered for their ability to hydrate the skin, leaving it luxuriously soft and supple.

In ancient Greece, society recognised the importance of taking care of their skin and would cleanse their faces using a combination of olive oil and fine sand or pumice. This mixture was gently applied to the face, massaged in circular motions, and then rinsed off with water. Afterward, they would often apply a moisturising oil or herbal infusion to keep the skin hydrated.

Traditional Chinese medicine emphasised the importance of balance and harmony in skincare. Chinese people used various natural ingredients for face cleansing, such as rice water, green tea, and herbal decoctions. These ingredients were believed to have cleansing and soothing properties for the skin.

Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of medicine, incorporated facial cleansing as part of its skincare practices. Cleansing pastes made from natural ingredients like sandalwood, turmeric, and chickpea flour were used to cleanse and exfoliate the skin. These pastes were mixed with water or rose water and gently massaged onto the face before being washed off.

Australian Aboriginal cultures have a deep knowledge of bush medicines and natural ingredients for skincare, with a particular emphasis on cleansing. Many Aboriginal communities traditionally utilise local plants, herbs, clays, and natural oils for their cleansing properties. These natural ingredients are known for their ability to cleanse, purify, and soothe the skin. From plant extracts like tea tree oil, renowned for its antibacterial properties, to traditional cleansing rituals involving native clays, Aboriginal skincare practices prioritise the use of natural elements found in their local environment to achieve effective and gentle cleansing of the skin.

It’s important to note that while these ancient practices have historical significance, modern skincare standards and scientific research have led to the development of more advanced and effective cleansing techniques and products.

After exploring the ancient history of facial cleansing, we can now shift our focus to the present and how you can create a personalised sanctuary for your skincare regimen. By transforming your personal haven into a dedicated space for your skincare routine, you can elevate the experience and make it a soothing and invigorating ritual. To begin, gather and organise the must-have items for your cleansing process. It’s essential to have face washers or cleansing pads, hand towels, organic hand wash, warm water, and a high-quality, natural face wash readily available. These items will ensure you have everything you need within reach, making your cleansing routine convenient and enjoyable.

Prioritise Hygiene with Clean Face Washers

Gently removing your face wash with a warm face washer can offer a warm, pampering experience, however, failing to follow proper hygiene practices can lead to potential skin health concerns. Here are a few reasons to proceed with care when using this method:

  • First, using a dirty or contaminated face washer can introduce harmful bacteria to your skin.
  • Second, excessive scrubbing or rough handling may cause irritation or damage to the delicate facial tissues. Ensure that the face washer is made of a soft, gentle material.
  • Lastly, not properly cleaning, drying and storing the face washer after each cleanse can create a breeding ground for bacteria. To prevent the accumulation of bacteria and growth of mould, it is recommended to avoid leaving damp facial, face washers lying around. To maintain optimal hygiene and prevent potential skin irritation, establish a diligent cleaning routine by washing your face washers separately with hot water after each use. Consider using natural cleansers like soap nuts or mild fragrance-free soap to ensure effective cleaning without any harsh chemicals that may irritate the skin. Rinse face washers thoroughly and allow them to fully air dry before storing them in a dry location.

There are various types of face washers that can be used for cleansing. Here are a few popular options:

  1. Cotton Face Washers: Soft and gentle on the skin, cotton face washers are a common choice for facial cleansing. They are absorbent and can effectively remove impurities without causing irritation.
  2. Microfiber Face Washers: Made from fine synthetic fibres, microfiber face washers are known for their exceptional absorbency and ability to trap dirt and oils. They provide a deep cleansing experience and are often preferred for their exfoliating properties.
  3. Muslin Face Cloths: Muslin face cloths are lightweight and breathable. They offer gentle exfoliation and are suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Muslin fabric is known for its softness and durability.
  4. Konjac Sponges: Konjac sponges are natural, biodegradable sponges made from the root of the konjac plant. They are soft and gentle, making them suitable for sensitive skin. Konjac sponges can help cleanse and gently exfoliate the skin.

Remember, the choice of face washer depends on personal preference and skin type. Experimenting with different types can help you find the one that works best for your skin and enhances your cleansing routine. Remember to replace your face washers periodically.

Enhance your Skincare with Clean Hand Towels

It is essential to maintain the cleanliness and freshness of the hand towels used for drying your face. To ensure optimal hygiene, it is recommended to change your hand towels every two days, or more frequently if it becomes visibly soiled or starts to develop an unpleasant odour. Just like your face washers, it is important to clean them separately with hot water and a natural cleanser and thoroughly dry them after each cleanse.

Cell Defence Cleansers: Perfectly Synchronising with Essential Ingredients for Effective Skin Cleansing

Throughout our typical daily routines, our facial skin comes into contact with a multitude of elements that can compromise its cleanliness and freshness. Environmental pollutants, exposure to the elements, and everyday activities can leave unwanted residues on our face. To ensure optimal skin health, it is essential to incorporate an effective facial cleanser into our skincare regimen. Several factors contribute to a cleanser’s effectiveness, including being gentle on the skin, nutrientrich, environmentally friendly, and potentially avoiding harmful substances. Additionally, the presence of Aqua (water) in the ingredients contributes as a solvent and carrier for other ingredients. Let’s explore these qualities in more detail:

  1. Gentle on the skin: A good cleanser should be mild and non-irritating. Bio-organic ingredients derived from natural sources, such as plants, fruits, and herbs, are often gentle on the skin. When combined with Aqua (water), they provide a gentle yet thorough cleansing experience, effectively removing dirt, impurities, and excess oil without causing irritation.
  2. Nutrient-rich: An effective cleanser should not only cleanse the skin but also provide nourishment. Bio-organic ingredients, along with Aqua, are often rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. This combination helps replenish and hydrate the skin, promoting a healthier complexion and supporting its overall health and vitality.
  3. Environmentally friendly: Opting for a cleanser with bio-organic ingredients aligns with environmentally conscious choices. These ingredients are typically sourced from renewable resources and produced using sustainable farming practices.
  4. Potential avoidance of harmful substances: Many individuals prefer bio-organic ingredients to avoid potentially harmful synthetic chemicals commonly found in skincare products. By selecting cleansers with these natural and safe ingredients, you can have peace of mind knowing that you are not exposing your skin to harmful substances, such as parabens, sulphates, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances.

Additionally, look for cleansers that meet the following criteria:

  • Non-comedogenic formulation: Opt for cleansers labelled as non-comedogenic. These products are specifically formulated not to clog pores, making them suitable for all skin types, including oily, combination, and sensitive skin.
  • pH-balanced formula: Look for cleansers that are pH-balanced to match the skin’s natural pH level, ideally around 5.5. This helps to preserve the skin’s natural protective barrier and minimise the risk of irritation.

Considering these qualities in a cleanser, empowers you to make a more informed choice that addresses your skin’s needs while promoting a gentle and nourishing cleansing routine. Seeking professional advice is particularly important if you have specific skin conditions, allergies, or if you’re unsure about the right skincare routine for your unique skin. Charmaine D is a renowned Esthetician who has expertise in skincare and can provide personalised recommendations based on your individual needs.

Highly recommended: The Cell Defence skincare line – a collection of premium cleansers that will elevate your skincare routine. All Cell Defence cleansers are formulated to be pH-balanced, crafted with bio-organic ingredients, and are free from harmful substances like parabens, sulphates, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances, giving you peace of mind about what you’re putting on your skin.

Thoughtful Morning and Evening Facial Cleansing Routine
  1. Start by thoroughly washing your hands to create a protective barrier against the transfer of germs and impurities to your delicate facial skin.
  2. Gently wet your face with lukewarm water, preparing it for cleansing. Avoid using hot water as it can strip away natural oils and cause dryness.
  3. Dispense a miniscule amount of your selected Cell Defence cleanser into your damp hands, create a lather, and gently massage it onto your damp face using upward, circular motions. Pay extra attention to areas prone to oiliness or congestion, such as the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin). When removing makeup, be particularly thorough around the eyes and lips, as makeup in these areas can be more stubborn. For detailed instructions on eye makeup removal, refer to my blog “Eye-catching Eye Skin”.
  4. For a soothing and refreshing sensation, place a warm face washer over your face, gently pressing it against the skin. Allow the warmth to penetrate and effortlessly remove the cleanser, makeup, and impurities. Alternatively, you can use a soft face cloth or delicate remover pads, sweeping them gently across your face.
  5. If you’re removing makeup, repeat steps 3 and 4 to ensure thorough cleansing. Using the Cell Defence range of cleansers is economical since you only need a small amount for each cleanse.
  6. Gently pat your face dry with a clean, soft towel, avoiding harsh rubbing to prevent irritation. While leaving excess water on your skin after cleansing is not harmful, it can diminish the effectiveness of your succeeding skincare products. By patting your face dry, you remove most of the water while retaining a thin layer of moisture, enabling your subsequent skincare products to penetrate and effectively lock in hydration.
  7. For a deeply effective cleanse, consider using your Cell Defence cleanser as a relaxing facial treatment once a week. The natural and safe ingredients ensure a gentle yet thorough cleanse.

Remember: Consistency is the key to unlocking optimal results in your cleansing routine. Stay committed to your skincare regimen and reap the rewards of healthy, radiant skin.

Book in for personalised guidance from Charmaine on which cleanser is right for you. As a naturopath, she’ll ensure that it aligns with your unique health needs and goals.

Hibiscus Flower Foaming Cleansing Gel – 100ml

Indian Moringa Gentle Cleansing Gel – 100ml

Wild Chamomile Gentle Cleansing Milk – 100ml

Cell Defence by CD

Cell Defence is a revolutionary natural skincare system formulated by Naturopath Charmaine D. Discover our range of pure, potent plant stem cell serums, moisturisers & cleansers. Proudly made in Australia.

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Unlock the Power of Nature: Revitalise Your Skin with Cell Defence Cleansers

Unlock the Power of Nature: Revitalise Your Skin with Cell Defence Cleansers

Welcome to a world where nature meets science, where skincare goes beyond surface-level cleansing.

Cell Defence presents a range of three exceptional cleansers that harness the power of botanical ingredients to rejuvenate your skin from within and restore its natural radiance. Let’s dive into the remarkable benefits of these cleansers and discover how they work synergistically to transform your skin.

  1. Hibiscus Cleansing Gel: Unveiling Purity and Radiance Indulge your skin in the gentle embrace of our Hibiscus Cleansing Gel. Enriched with the calming properties of Aloe Vera, Hibiscus Flower Essence, and Red Algae Extract, this vitamin and nutrient-rich formula effortlessly removes impurities and makeup while maintaining your skin’s natural moisture balance. Deep cleansing, hydration, exfoliation, and improved texture are just some of the benefits this cleanser offers. Its antiseptic qualities and wound healing properties make it ideal for promoting skin health.
  2. Indian Moringa Gentle Cleansing Gel: A Natural Elixir for Your Skin Experience the magic of Indian Moringa with our Gentle Cleansing Gel. Moringa oil, known for its high content of behenic acid and beneficial fatty acids, supports the integrity of the skin barrier and is especially beneficial for sensitive skin conditions. Infused with Green Coconut Water, Moringa Seed Peptides, and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, this cleanser delivers deep hydration, reduction of acne-prone skin, wound healing support, and overall skin regeneration. It’s a daily companion for achieving a clear and nourished complexion.
  3. Wild Chamomile Gentle Cleansing Milk: Calming Comfort for Your Skin Embrace the soothing embrace of our Wild Chamomile Gentle Cleansing Milk. Powered by Blue Chamomile Oil, this cleanser possesses anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibiotic benefits. It penetrates deep into the skin layers, reducing inflammation and protecting against harmful bacteria. Combined with Capuacu Seed Butter and Red Algae extract, this formulation provides deep hydration, gentle makeup removal, and a refreshed and soothed skin sensation. Suitable for all skin types, it effectively retains moisture and reduces skin inflammation.
Synergistic Beauty: The Power of Natural Ingredients

What sets these Cell Defence cleansers apart is the careful selection of premium, natural ingredients and their synergistic effects. Hibiscus, Indian Moringa, and Chamomile offer a range of benefits, from deep cleansing and hydration to anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These ingredients work harmoniously to nourish and protect your skin, resulting in a clearer, smoother, and healthier complexion.

Beyond Skincare: Harnessing Nature’s Healing Potential

As a naturopath, I believe in the power of holistic wellness. The same ingredients that enhance the beauty of your skin can also support your overall health. Hibiscus, Indian Moringa, and Chamomile have been used in traditional herbal medicine for various health conditions. Incorporating these ingredients into your daily routine, whether through skincare or internal use, can provide additional benefits like immune support, digestive health, and stress reduction.

With Cell Defence’s range of cleansers, you can achieve more than just clean and refreshed skin. Harnessing the power of nature, these formulations offer a holistic approach to skincare and overall well-being. Choose the cleanser that aligns with your skin’s needs, knowing that you’re providing your skin with the finest ingredients and the nurturing touch it deserves. Experience the transformation as your skin reveals its purest form, radiating beauty from within.

Embrace the journey of natural beauty and unlock the potential of your skin with Cell Defence cleansers. Discover the power of botanical synergy and let nature work its wonders. Your skin deserves the best, and Cell Defence delivers.

Book in for personalised guidance from Charmaine on which cleanser is right for you. As a naturopath, she’ll ensure that it aligns with your unique health needs and goals.

Hibiscus Flower Foaming Cleansing Gel – 100ml

Indian Moringa Gentle Cleansing Gel – 100ml

Wild Chamomile Gentle Cleansing Milk – 100ml

Cell Defence by CD

Cell Defence is a revolutionary natural skincare system formulated by Naturopath Charmaine D. Discover our range of pure, potent plant stem cell serums, moisturisers & cleansers. Proudly made in Australia.

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60A Broadway, Glenelg South SA 5045

0407 077 134

Copyright © 2022 Cell Defence by CD | Site by AVIDA Creative