Natural Skin Care Routine for luminous skin!

Cosmetics today are marketed so cleverly and lead us into thinking we need to lather our bodies in harmful chemical concoctions in order to have ‘perfect’ skin. In fact, skincare products can have a terrible affect not only on our skin but our overall health.

Some to watch out for…!

Parabens (have been found in breast cancer tumours), Benzoyl Peroxide (a possible tumour promoter), Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (used in 90% of skincare products, also used in car washes, to clean garage floors; it can cause depression, skin irritations, eye damage and even death) Tridosan a synthetic antibiotic ingredient and is registered as a pesticide.

There are of course many more of these, but you get the idea… So, if you’re looking for an all natural, inexpensive beauty routine, here it is.

I’m going to share with you part of The Skin guide…

(If you have been using synthetic products for a while, there is a chance you may go through some detox symptoms to begin with -this is a good thing- you don’t want that crap staying in your body.)

What you’ll need:

Raw Organic Cold-pressed Coconut oil (you can now get this fairly inexpensively in the UK but do bear in mind it lasts forever!)

Bicarbonate Soda

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Step 1: To wash your face/remove make-up + eye make-up: Use a small amount of coconut oil. This works great on getting eye make-up off! Remove with cotton pad.

Step 2: To exfoliate: Take half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda (take precautions if you have sensitive skin) massage into damp skin in circular motions, rinse with warm water.

Step 3: Splash face with very warm water several times (I do it with the highest temperature I can stand) THEN switch to the coldest water and splash (x 10-15 for each temperature)

You can repeat this process – but always finish with cold splashes and pat dry with a clean towel.

Step 4: Apply coconut oil to your face liberally and leave on overnight.

Once a week: Apply lemon juice to your face and leave to dry – it will tingle/sting for a minute- Lemons contain salicylic acid, an ingredient in acne and anti-aging treatments so lets just get it in its natural form! Yes please!

For problem skin this method can be applied daily.

Just Keep it Simple 🙂

Serious about Salads: Try the Vegetable Challenge!

Can you do the vegetable challenge?

‘What’s the vegetable challenge?’ I hear you ask…. Well, it involves two large salads everyday, thats’s all! Salads are really the most versatile and healthy option there is and you can get as creative as you like. My rule is the base should be greens, (cos lettuce, romaine or mini gems work very well) I then usually mix this with a bit of spinach or darker greens for more minerals. Fill your bowl with greens then add your toppings….

I recommend:

Beetroot, avocado, sweetcorn (organic), Quinoa, beans, lentils, sweet potato, dairy free pesto, dairy free mayo, tofu pieces, hummus….

Some ideas:

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Bed of Greens, beetroot, mange tout, chickpeas (with garlic, cumin, paprika, veg stock  splash veg milk), baked sweet potato pieces, vegan mayo.
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Bed of greens, grated carrot, broccoli (washed in boiling water) tofu, hummus + olive oil + pinch of salt.
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Greens, with avocado dressing, beetroot, mange tout, cucumber slices, quinoa + dairy free pesto, baked sweet potato, hummus.
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Courgetti, spinach, tofu pieces + dairy free pesto.

Feel the Difference when you fill up on raw foods!

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By adding more raw fruits and vegetables to your diet you can obtain maximum nutrition from these foods and better absorption of the nutrients. The nutrients from raw foods are more abundant and result in cleaner blood and healthier cells. This is our mission.  The superior nutrition you get from raw foods will return your cells to their more  natural functioning – the benefits are endless. Because raw foods are easy to digest, this frees up your energy enabling it to focus on its purpose, which is healing and cleansing. I try to eat 50% raw and I do this by having raw foods with (almost) every meal.

This is one of my easiest, most convenient raw recipes…

For the courgetti, you can buy fancy machines which are over-priced… OR for 10 euros I bought what looks like a potato peeler but actually makes these lovely noodles, look out for them in good kitchen shops:

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Grate/peel your courgettes until you get to the seeded middle ( you can juice this later). Your courgetti will look like this:

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For the sauce you will need:

3 tomatoes

1 small red bell pepper

Clove of garlic

Pinch salt and pepper

Tablespoon Nutritional Yeast (optional)

Blend ingredients and serve with avocado garnish.

Voila!

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How to Drink Vinegar, and Smile about it.

Vinegar… Natural Organic Fermented Apple Cider Vinegar.

A glass of vinegar water is one of the most refreshing drinks on my list. Although the taste is not something to rave about, the health benefits are!

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Tip: Use ACV on your skin. It’s the best toner you’ll ever use as it contains malic and lactic acids balancing the PH levels in your skin whilst softening and exfoliating! Because of this ACV is excellent used on acne, psorisis and even wrinkles.

Foods that are fermented are great for digestion reducing indigestion and raising energy levels. It is also good for the guts bacteria and helps to maintain a good bacteria balance.

Tip: Sip on ACV after a large meal or too much alcohol and it will help to normalise the PH in your blood, helping to reduce any negative effects. Drinking it before a meal helps suppress your desire to overeat!

Drinking ACV is thought to aid weight loss and reduce fat cells in the body. How? Who really knows? But it is said that the vinegar interferes with the body’s digestion of starch and therefore less calories are absorbed. You can find hundreds of weight- loss products out there which contain ACV as the main ingredient.

ACV has antibiotic properties and helps fight colds and flu, drinking it through flu season may prevent you getting ill.

 Tip: Gargle with ½ vinegar ½ water to soothe a sore throat.

ACV can be taken as a tablespoon in warm water but I also enjoy it in a large glass of cool water, it can also be taken in juice if you find the taste too much.

Tip: Add to olive oil, mustard and lemon juice to create your own dressing.

ACV is also a great hair tonic as it normalises the pH levels on your scalp it promotes better hair growth. It is also known to clear dandruff.

Tip: Put it in a spray bottle diluted with ½ water and spray onto your scalp – leave for 10 minutes, rinse and wash as normal.

When I drink ACV I feel ‘cleaner’ and I do feel it gives me an energy boost and stops unhealthy cravings. I also love using it as a toner on my skin (I often just wipe it over my face before gong to bed – nothing else) I am sure it reduces wrinkles and always gets rid of spots and my skin feels really smooth the next day.

So, if you haven’t tried using ACV, do it soon and tell me what you think!

Magical benefits: Lemon Water

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Drinking lemon water in the morning and/or drinking it throughout the day on a regular basis, can significantly improve your health. Get into the habit of this and it will naturally become part of your daily routine!

Some of the most notable benefits include: Cleansing of the liver, reduction of inflammation, better digestion, assistance in weight loss, promotion of healthy skin rejuvenation, boosting of immune system, assistance with the fighting of viral infections, gives a great Energy boost, and can be used in skin care (See ‘The Skin Guide’)

Ideas:

Squeeze half a lemon into a cup of warm water- drink on an empty stomach!

Fill your bottle with filtered water, squeeze in half a lemon – Take to work or exercise class for a refreshing and vitalising drink!

Create a jug or bottle of water infused with lemon slices and/or cucumber slices (leave overnight or for a minimum of five hours) for a fresh tasting, energy boosting, refreshing drink at home or on the go!

Table Scones

Gluten Free Table scones.

These Table scones are ideal for Breakfast snacks or an alternative to cake. Serve hot or cold, plain or with your favourite fruit jam.

Prepartaion: 4 tsp of chia seed soaked in a glass of cold water for 15 minutes (or until gooey)

Ingredients:

Buckwheat (sarrasin) flour 4 cups; 4tsp chia seeds soaked in water; 1tsp baking powder; 1 cup Vegetable Milk  (Rice, oat or nut); 3 cups water; 1 tsp Cinnamon; 1 – 2 tbsp coconut sugar; 2 handfulls of raisins (optional)

Method: Put your flour in a large bowl, add the baking powder, cinnamon and coconut sugar, make a hole in the middle and pour in the soaked chia seeds.

Using a hand blender, blend the mixture from the middle, gradually add the milk and water until you have a thick but smooth mixture. Add the raisins

Using a ladle and a good non-stick (pancake) pan, drop small amounts of mixture onto the hot pan, flip over after about 3 minutes.

Thank you for reading and enjoy your scones!

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