Tuesday, 29 April 2014

12 Foods To Eat For Amazing Skin

I must confess I am a bit of a skin care addict, and I love to spoil my skin with lotions and potions that promise to make our skin look and feel amazing, but there is only so much they can do if you do not take care of our bodies from the inside out. That means making sure our food include as many naturally skin-boosting ingredients as possible.

Here are the top 12 foods you should try to incorporate into your diet to get radiant, glow and healthy skin.

Yogurt


Yogurt does more that just provide you with calcium for healthy bones. It is also rich in riboflavin, better known as vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and protein, a daily serving of plain, unflavoured yogurt will help detoxify your skin. However you need to be consuming greek yogurt to really see any benefits. Milk dairy yogurt can enhance breakout, whereas greek yogurt contains probiotics that assists out colon in eliminating waste, putting less stress on our to do the same. If you're an acne sufferer, like myself, considering adding Manuka Honey to your yogurt, as it is high in hydrogen peroxide which is a key ingreiant in many acne-fighting formulations. It is also beneficial for wound healing. This mix is a great treatment as the honey does not get broken down in your stomach.

Avocado

Avocado is rich in good fats, phytonutrients and full of vitamin E for hydration. It reaches the skin cells in the basal (deepest) layer of the skin. Avocado is a wonder food that do everything, it is full of vitamins A, D and E. the oil from the fruit has also been proven to increase collagen levels, during animal testings. We are no rats and there is no proof that it is the same effect on humans, but it is worth noting. Avocado oil is close in composition to the natural oil in our skin and the good fatty acids contained are great for sunburn or to soothe skin .

Watercress

My favourite leafy green, watercress, is rich in minerals and antioxidants (packed with vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E and K). Watercress is an aquatic plant full of antioxidants, iron, calcium and minerals like iodine that are great for the skin. Studies have shown that eating watercress daily increases antioxidant levels that assist body and skin health

Tofu.

As we age, skin loses it elasticity, thanks to supplies of collagen slowly decreasing. Packed with calcium, Vitamin E and protein, which makes skin cells. Tofu has the ability to slow down the loss of collagen and maintain skins bounce-back ability.

Berries

You've got a lot of choices here, and they are all scrummy. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and goji berries are the best for skin. However the darker the berries the more antioxidants they contain. The antioxidants attack the free radicals produced by things such as UV damage and pollution. Berries also load you up on healthy vitamin C to reboot collagen supply.

Salmon

Eating salmon twice a week could protect you against skin cancer. The high levels of omega-3 fat found in this oily fish are also great for general skin health. Salmon reduces inflammation as opposed to meat whcih increases it.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are good for your blood and heart, but new studies show that they also help shield against sun damage and aging skin. The studies also show that lycopene, the stuff that makes them red, increases the skin's natural sun protection and reduces damage from exposure. It's also said to stimulate circulation and production of collagen for youthful skin. Cooked tomatoes carry a antioxidant boost whereas raw once do not.

Nuts

You should be adding nuts to your next salad: whether it is almonds, pine nuts or walnuts, they all contain a big dose of vitamin E, selenium (an antioxidant with a high count of minerals), omega-3 fats and zinc, which boosts your collagen levels and protects skin from cell damage. Nuts are also high in fibre which keeps colon moving. The better the colon is working, the less pressure our skin to remove waste.

Seeds

As with berries and nuts, there is a wide variety to choose from, and all - flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds - have skin boosting properties. They are full of Vitamin E and selenium and will help to achieve a radiant complexion. Mix a handful of seeds into salads and soups. 

Tea

There are a lot of teas on the market that promise to be 'miracle' teas claiming to help us with weight loss and glowing skin, but the humble green tea actually does. Due to its high levels of antioxidants studies have shown that it minimises the UV treatment on skin. The more of the stuff you drink the higher you levels are. It can also can help to prevent skin cancer. Peppermint tea has been shown to normalise the hormone levels that contribute to problematic skin.

Kale 

Is there anything kale doesn't do? Kale like avocado is one of those wonder foods. It produces high levels of alkaline, which is great for giving nutrients to the inner basal layer of our skin. It is also yummy in a smoothie.

Broccoli 

Before kale there was broccoli. When it comes down to your skin and hair, don't discount broccoli. It does it all: detoxifies, is an anti-inflammatory, contains vitamin A, C and K and also is packed with sulforaphone. Bottom line is we need this ingredient. 

Lots of Love 

What Is Your Breakout Telling You?

Recently I have become fascinated with the Eastern tradition of face mapping. If you haven't heard about it before, face mapping is the combination of modern dermatology with ancient Chinese medicine and explores the idea that there's a correlation between your internal organs and different zones of your face.

I actually think that face mapping makes a lot of sense when you consider that your skin is also an organ, the largest you have. After a recent trip to London, I noticed that my skin broke out on cheeks because of the high amounts of pollution in the air. Also I can tell if I am going to have or have had a stomach problem based on the area about my brows. I really do find the whole principle of face mapping incredibly interesting. Besides it being an interesting topic, you can use this technique to clear up your skin. As once you have identified what is causing your breakout, it becomes easier to clear and prevent. While some causes are unavoidable others can be changed to help clear up your skin.

Without further ado, here is what your breakouts are telling you ....


1. Forehead - Breaking out across your forehead are often triggered by stress or a lack of sleep. Make sure that you are getting 7 to 9 hours beauty sleep a night to make sure your forehead stays clear.

2. Above the brow - This area is affected by your immune system. Blemishes here often happen before, after, or during illness such as the common cold or flu. If you are noticing breakout in this area, slow down for a couple of days, keep yourself hydrated and eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. 

3. Between the brows - Unfortunately for us sweet toothed girls this is the area which is link with our digestive system. Overindulging in unhealthy foods causes breakout here, so cut back on foods rich in sugar and dairy as well as alcohol will clear up this area. 

4. Cheeks - The cheeks are linked with your respiratory system. Smoking or breathing polluted air can cause breakout here.

5. Side of chin - Breakouts on the sides of your chin are caused by hormones. Breakouts here occur around the time of your period and happens on one side or another depending on which ovary is ovulating that month.

Hope this is helpful! 

Lots of Love 

Review || Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Intensive Mask

Hellooooo :)

The beautiful ends range from Herbal Essences is the range aimed at long hair. It is made from raspberry and Brazilian silk extracts to repair and prevent split ends. I picked up the mask a while back in Asda while it was on offer but RRP is £3.99

The mask comes in a large tub so you defiantly get you moneys worth. I have been using it once a week for about two months and have just finished the tub. The first thing I noticed about the product was the smell, it is delicious, I want to eat it! I really like the packaging of the product, the only downside is that if you try to apply it in the shower the tub ends up with water in it, but I just tend to turn the shower off and put it on.

The tub suggest to leave it on for five minutes, I like pause my shower at this point apply the hair mask put it up in a towel and apply a face mask then read a chapter of my book so browse bloglovin'. By this time it usually about 15 before I wash it off. My hair feels like silk after using it, even while washing the product out my hair felt lovely. The tub also suggests that you apply it from the ends up to the roots, I did that first time and the roots had gone greasy after about 16 hours or so.

I really like the product and it has done my hair the world of good, so I defiantly recommend it!

Have you tried this mask or any of the other Herbal Essences mask?

Lots of Love 

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

New Look Spring Wishlist

Helloooo, 

I'm having major envy over the 'just in' items from New Look. 
New Look Spring Wishlist

Sunday, 20 April 2014

NOTD || Topshop Matte Nails in Rendevous

Helloo, 

I am super excited about Matte Nail Polishes for ages now and this is my recent addition to my collection is this little number from Topshop in Rendevous.

The application is really easy as the brush has a flat top, also it dries really quickly which I guess has something to do with it being a matte finish. You need to use a couple of coats as it isn't very pigmented. The lasting power is okay, lasts only about 3 to 4 days without chipping. 

The range has thirteen shades. 

You can purchase the polishes here for £6.

Lots of Love 

Friday, 18 April 2014

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Review || The Body Shop Vitamin E Body Butter

Hello :) 

I am not the first blogger to have a love hate relationship with The Body Shop and I am sure I won't be the last. Some products I love and repurchase regularly and other I cannot stand whether it is the smell or the quality. Having said this though I am really loving the Vitamin E range, something that I had never really tried until recently. I purchased the Vitamin E Body Butter as I didn't really fancy a very overpowering scent, which TBS body butter often are, and I have fallen in love with it so much that when they were on offer the other week I went and purchased two more tubes. The price is £13.00 which I think it quite a lot despite it being a large tube (200ml) so I always try and look out for them when they are on offer, for example £5.00 a tube, which is very reasonable. 



The consistence of the butter is really nice and light, despite being a very thick cream, it soaks into your skin really quickly and doesn't leave you feeling greasy. It is great for use in all seasons, I used it all winter and I did not suffer with dry skin once which I often can especially on my legs, and I plan to use it all summer as a after sun and general moisturiser. TBS claim that the body butter offers 24-hour hydration for the skin and I must say I really think it is close to this, it really does make your skin feel and look lovely. 

The butter is really pale pink which matches the tube. It is really easy to apply and rub into the skin, I have even used it as a shaving cream from my legs and my legs had never been softer. One of my friends used the cream during her pregnancy and she said that it was the only cream to satisfied her itching without stinging or leaving a rash. 

The scent is lovely, if you prefer heavy fruity smells stick to one of the other body butters as this has a neutral smell, neither too strong or weak, just right! 

Finally we have the benefits of using a Vitamin E cream. Vitamin E is a very versatile vitamin which helps to maintain the skins natural oily balance as well as protect from ultra-violet light, pollution and many other harmful elements. It also reduces the appearance of stretch mark, age spots and scars, which is great for me as my legs are covered in scars from being a clumsy child. I have seen a reduction in my scars but as I am using bio-oil as well, I cannot really comment on how good or bad it is. 

What is your favourite Body Shop Body Butter? 

Lots of Love 

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Weekly Playlist

Hello,

The music this week has been a bit more upbeat thanks to the sunshine!






Lots of Love