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Blog | Natural Skin Care & After Sun Care | Australia

BORN AGAIN BODY CO-FOUNDER

Born Again Body

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Sun Seeker: Jessica Piercy, Born Again Body Co-Founder

After interviewing two beach babes about their love of adventure, health tips and travel plans, we thought we’d introduce ourselves too.

Tell us about yourself – who you are and what do you do?

My name is Jess and I’m one of the co-founders of Born Again Body. 

How did Born Again Body come about?

Born Again Body has stemmed from a love of travelling, spending time in nature and going on adventures – all while still wanting to maintain a great skin routine.

Having spent a lot of time living and travelling abroad in hot, tropical climates – Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and also home in Australia – we found it hard to find a product that would take care of our skin after a day in the harsh sun. Most of the products on the market were full of toxic ingredients, too heavy in texture or just not what we were looking for.

We wanted a product that was deeply hydrating yet super lightweight, easy to use and convenient enough to take with you on the go. Something that could be used after a day in the sun to calm the skin but also to be used as a daily body spray to keep the skin feeling rejuvenated and nourished all year ‘round.

How do you keep your sense of adventure in everyday life? 

I love being active and always on my feet. Adventure in everyday life doesn’t necessarily have to mean hiking a mountain or surfing the waves. A normal, adventurous day for me can include a session at the gym or a hot yoga class, getting stuck into a day of work or catching up with friends for lunch. It's about enjoying the little things in life that can be the greatest adventures. 

What does your perfect summer's day look like?

The perfect summer’s day would have to include a morning hike or walk along the beach, coffee and breakfast at one of my favourite cafés, Woods in Bangalow, discovering new beaches or chasing a waterfall, then spending the afternoon with good food and great company while watching the sun go down on a beautiful day. 

What do you do to look after your skin and hair after spending so much time in natures elements?

I’ve had a consistent beauty routine from a very young age so looking after my skin and hair has always been an important part of my life. Nowadays I wouldn’t be able to live without a good eye cream, coconut oil for my hair, a high SPF sunscreen, an excellent face serum, Born Again Body’s Hydrating Skin Tonic for my body and drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated. Prevention is key and having a consistent routine definitely pays off. 

Do you have your next adventure planned? Where and why?

Morocco! Can we go right now? 

I’d also love to do some more exploring along the coastlines of Australia. We’re so lucky so live in such a beautiful country and yet I feel we don’t take advantage of that enough.

THE BRIGHTSIDE LIFE

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Sun Seeker: Haylie Doyle, The Brightside Life

We're all for an endless summer. That carefree appetite for adventure. Those days that roll effortlessly from breakfast to after-dinner cocktails. Why bother with any other season?

To celebrate the start of summer, we sat down with fellow sun-lover Haylie Doyle to talk about travel plans, sunshine and what she’d rather do for a hen’s party.

Tell us about yourself?

I'm Haylie! During the week I am a yoga and Pilates teacher, and on weekends I run Healthy Hens, which offers an alternative to the traditional boozy hen’s party. We offer packages of activities like learning to surf, stand-up paddle boarding, yoga, Pilates, picnics, raw dessert cooking classes and (my personal fave) glamping.

I also run mini retreats in my home town of Yamba on the East Coast of Australia. The retreats are the perfect combo of adventure and chill time – and the food is out of this world!

How did The Brightside Life come to life?

I think that all the events and experiences in my life have led to the creation of The Brightside Life. It combines everything I love – from surfing to yoga and Pilates to events and marketing.

How do you bring a sense of adventure into your everyday life? 

I'm drawn to the ocean. I think the ocean naturally comes with adventure – weekend camping getaways, beach runs, overseas travel... I'm always travelling to places because of the beaches.

What do you do to look after your skin and hair after spending so much time in the elements?

Anything aloe vera. I love to lather my skin and hair with it in summer. It's the best.

How do you take care of your soul, being a creative entrepreneur?

I think routine is a big one for me, so making sure I give myself the time and space to go for a run at the beach or go to a yoga class and spend time with my partner and friends. It's so important to make sure your cup is full so you can then give your energy and time to others. 

Do you have your next adventure planned? Where and why?

I have couple of trips planned to my hometown of Yamba to visit my family and run my retreats over the next couple of months. I'm not sure what else is on the cards for next year... there are definitely a few places on my list: Spain, Portugal and Morocco are well up there. I live for sunshine, beaches and food. Oh, and Mexico and Bali are always on the list!

FLICK PALMATEER

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Sun Seeker: Felicity Palmateer, Professional Surfer

Felicity Palmateer – also known as Flick – won her first surfing contest when she was 12. She’s since gone on to compete in the World Surf League, win the Margaret River Pro Trials, become the first female to surf Cow Bombie in Western Australia, be nominated in the Ride of the Year category of the XXL Big Wave Awards, be the first artist to exhibit at the Cape Mentelle Winery, become a global ambassador for the Marine Stewardship Council and Billabong and… we've run out of breath!

Everything about Flick exudes a holistic lifestyle: her healthy eating, her balanced mental and physical activities and her love of art. She took time out of her incredibly busy travel schedule to tell us a bit more about herself.

What’s happening in your world at the moment?

Well, at the moment, my life is a semi-hectic mix of surfing, fitness, travel, photo shoots, family and planning. The past year has been a great one for me in lots of ways. I hurt my knee competing at Margaret River back in March, which was a bummer, and it meant I didn’t get as much time in the water as I would have liked. It was also my first ever semi-serious injury and took about six months to get back to 95% or so – but in that period I also got to travel and check out some amazing places. A highlight was definitely swimming with humpback whales in Moorea! I love art, but haven’t been able to get to that as much as I would have liked, but I’ve started working on some new concepts. And more recently we had the big wave event at Jaws. It was the first ever women’s professional big wave event and I finished third. That was just an incredible day. Historic. And something that I loved being a part of.

How did your life as a professional surfer eventuate?

My dad. He got me into surfing when I was really young. He’d wake me up and we’d jump in his old four-wheel drive Landy and hit the road. Usually I’d be asleep while he did the driving. I grew up in Western Australia so typically you can drive a long way to find good waves. We’d get up at 4am so we’d be there at first light and he’d just always push me to get out there, whether it was big or small. I didn’t really have a choice! Sometimes I would be shi!#ing bricks, but other times we’d score amazing waves. But I entered my first contest at age 12. Dad didn’t really want me to do it; I think he was worried that if I lost I would be over it, but I won. So after that he always kept supporting me.

How do you bring a sense of adventure into your everyday life? 

Surfing requires you to be intrepid. Unless of course, you want to stay at home and surf right where you live. But most surfers are addicted and crave the variety of breaks and different conditions and challenges that the world’s different surf spots offer. And I think people who really latch onto surfing are naturally curious and possess an element of risk taking in their make-up. I rarely go a day without craving some water time, so out the door I go!

What do you do to look after your skin and hair after spending so much time in the elements?

To be honest I don’t really do that much, but I love anything natural or organic. One of my go-to products is coconut oil. I love it on my skin and in my hair. I put it on the ends of my hair. Because I have a lot of hair it helps manage my frizz and keeps it nourished!

How do you take care of your soul?

Wow, that’s a deep question! I try to live a balanced life. Easier said than done of course. I think even if you’re not consciously attempting to maintain balance, then you instinctively seek it. That might mean sleeping when you feel tired, or stretching when you feel tight.

Personally, I watch my diet, I make sure I keep my body moving (I usually start the day with a walk and a coffee), I make sure I get lots of sun on my skin, get good sleep, drink loads of water, maintain good relationships, and have passion. In my case surfing and art are two passions…

Do you have your next adventure planned? Where and why?

Well, I’m in Hawaii right now! And so is the rest of the surfing world… ha ha. But I’m home for Christmas, then actually won’t be going too far for the first couple months of the year. Oh, actually, I am going to somewhere special. I’m doing a shoot for Billabong with an awesome chick, Brydie Mack (@wolfcubwolfcub). She's a photographer and we have a very special destination we’re headed to in January. We’ll send you a pic!

For more surfing adventures you can follow Flick on Instagram and Facebook.