Interview: Amy Sumner
From a young age, Amy has been fascinated by nutrition and natural skincare. Now she has combined her passions into a rewarding and fulfilling career where she empowers people to live a healthier lifestyle.
We spoke to Amy Sumner, naturopath and eco make-up artist, about her top tips on caring for your skin inside from out and how her studies played a big part in helping her realise her dream.
Q. What tips would you give someone for skin health?
1. If you have acne, trial cutting out dairy and gluten, and switch to a low GI diet.
2. If you have blackheads, indulge in a weekly facial steam at home to open the pores, then apply a clay mask to draw out impurities.
3. Always take your facial skincare routine down to your décolletage.
4. If you find that you always have dry elbows, you may need to take fish oils or increase your intake of essential fatty acids in your diet.
5. If you have eczema, you may benefit from avoiding high salicylate foods while your eczema heals.
6. Skin health starts in the gut; see a naturopath for a specific probiotic recommendation.
7. If you have acne that is slow to heal and scars easily, and white spots on your nails, you may need a zinc supplement.
8. Use natural makeup and skincare products that are rich in antioxidants and nourishing ingredients, and free of harmful parabens, endocrine disruptors, carcinogens and neurotoxins.
Q. What’s your daily skincare routine?
I cleanse with Corrynne's Fuller's Earth Face Wash upon rising and then rub a piece of fresh pineapple over my skin - seriously! It makes the skin glow. I wash it off after about 20 minutes then spritz with rosewater, apply Elemental Herbology Cell Nourish and moisturise with Elemental Herbology moisture milk. I always keep my silica supplement in the bathroom next to my skincare products, so I am reminded to take one morning and night for healthy skin from within. At the end of the day, I use coconut oil and a muslin cloth to remove my makeup, apply Cell Nourish then moisturise with rosehip oil or my favourite moisturiser (which is ever changing!). I use a dry body brush every second day before showering and use organic coconut oil as a body moisturiser to keep my skin soft. I consider my makeup to almost be an extension of my skincare routine since the ingredients are nourishing and protective.
Q. Any brands/products you absolutely love?
There are so many! For makeup, my favourite brands are Lily Lolo, Adorn Mineral Cosmetics, Ere Perez, True Glue and Red Apple. For skincare I adore Corrynne's, Elemental Herbology and Australian Bush Flower Essences Love System. To achieve healthy skin from within, my obsession is The Beauty Chef.
Q. What are your favourite budget and luxury treatments?
The best body scrub is raw sugar combined with olive oil or coconut oil. It's also great to squeeze lemon juice into a footbath to soften and whiten the feet, and I then rub the empty lemon halves over my elbows to soften them too. I use coconut oil for everything - an eye makeup remover, skin cleanser, hair treatment, body moisturiser and bath oil. Sukin is a great brand for getting into natural beauty products on a budget with many products under $10. Elemental Herbology's Facial Glow & Cell Nourish are my favourite luxury treatments.
Q. What’s your go-to day and night make up look?
During the day my favourite look is healthy fresh looking skin with a subtle highlight, thick liquid liner on the upper lashline and false lashes applied with all natural True Glue, and nude glossy lips. For night time I like a chocolate smokey eye with false lashes and malt lips, a good contour and a little shimmer to the décolletage and shoulders.
Q. Could you tell me a bit about your education? What parts of your study did you love, what did you find challenging, and what was the most helpful to bring to you to where you are today?
I studied with Endeavour College of Natural Health from 2009-2013, at both the Perth campus and the Brisbane campus. I loved being surrounded by like-minded students and teachers who spoke my language and shared my passion. I loved the depth of learning we received and the high standard of work expected from us in return; however this was also the most challenging aspect. I am a smart girl but biochemistry is intense! Seeing clients in the student clinic was also very challenging, however I am very thankful I worked through that initial struggle in a supportive environment, rather than graduating without any clinical experience and landing in the deep end. Endeavour really prepared me to have confidence in my knowledge and practical ability, and I graduated with a support network of beautiful naturopaths whom I still keep in touch with today.
Q. What was the best thing about studying with Endeavour College?
The high quality of education I received at Endeavour was the most valuable thing for me. There are so many courses out there that will teach you a bit about health or give you some surface knowledge, but at Endeavour you really dive in deep and learn everything at the most detailed level with up-to-the-minute scientific evidence, which gives you the confidence to know that you can graduate a true expert in your field and really help people.
Q. Did you spend much time in the clinic? What did you learn in there in particular?
During my degree I spent many long hours in clinic, so by the time I graduated I felt I was already experienced at working in a clinical environment, and ready to go into practice. My first taste of clinic was in second year, and I spent the majority of my final year of study in clinic. It's true that you learn a lot faster when putting things into practice than just in theory. It was terrifying at first, but I learned so much from my supervisors and my clients. Being in clinic taught me to think on my feet, to put into practice my counselling and consulting techniques, and to find new ways to approach complex clinical cases - as well as a ton of theory from all the research we had to do to back up our prescriptions.
Big love to Amy for taking the time out to share her awesome top tips with us!
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