I am still buzzing from our GET READY TO GLOW workshop last night where Becky Crisp from Wild Spirit Naturally and I taught a bunch of green beauties about creating a healthy beauty regime. We sipped turmeric smoothies whilst I talked all about the best foods to incorporate into our diet for that inside out glow. Then, our goddesses got messy and enjoyed preforming a healthy facial regime under the instruction of Becky. We learnt all about the importance of oils and nutritional skincare ingredients for that glowing sexy skin and the best way to use each step within your regime. It was so much fun and I’m feeling so grateful to have shared such a special evening with so many beauties so I thought I would share it will you too! If you would like to join our next workshop then I have included a link at the end of this blog for you to purchase your ticket and book your place at our beauty table.
Open a magazine or turn on the television and you’re bound to see advertisements for lipstick, anti-ageing creams and other magic elixirs that promise youthfulness, beauty and radiance. But if you’re here, reading this article then chances are you’ve discovered that these ‘quick fixes’ don’t build the long-term beauty that you are seeking in a natural and holistic way. What does build beauty is a balance of daily diet and lifestyle choices and attentiveness to mind-set, outlook and self-perception. Real, beautiful results come from ordinary, everyday actions that have the power to affect a dramatic overall change in the way you look and feel.
I continually hear from women just how important there skin is to them and the concepts around beauty nutrition, that is, the foods and nutrients that directly support and enhance our beauty by defending, repairing and strengthening it – and healthy vanity or our innate desire to look and feel beautiful are so relevant in our lives today. Our skin can literally ‘sell’ us and for Becky and I that is certainly very true.
More and more we are learning just how dramatically our mind-set creates our reality. When it comes to beauty the link between mind and matter is incredibly powerful. Yes, you are what you eat but you are also what you believe!
What is absolutely central to our learning about beauty is that beauty is an inside job. We have to look inside ourselves for the answers to our own beauty. When we heal the beauty issues we carry about ourselves we restore the image that we carry about ourselves to be a healthy one that is based on healthy principles rather than perfection.
When we look towards natural beauty we can start to employ tools that are neither exclusive or expensive and we can literally watch as our skin transforms from painfully blemished, irritated and inflamed to calm, clear and healthy.
FOODS FOR A HEALTHY GLOW
Rich in cocoa flavones, plant compounds with antioxidant properties, which help hydrate skin and improve circulation. Women who consumed a high flavone cocoa powder drink daily for 12 weeks experienced less skin roughness and scaliness compared to a control group.
The antioxidant lycopene (levels of which are higher in cooked tomatoes) improves skin’s natural SPF.
These nuts have omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which help the body retain moisture, giving your mane a healthy-looking shine. The protein content of the walnuts helps boost hair follicles, making hair fuller and stronger.
It’s one of the best sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, nutrients that absorb and neutralize the free radicals created by UV light—including the wavelengths that actually get through sunscreen and reach your skin.
Hemp seeds are made up of 30% pure protein and a full range of amino acids and essential fatty acids needed to maintain your skin’s structure. You can sprinkle a spoonful on cereal, or use hemp seed oil in dips or add it to your morning smoothie. According to a study noted in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment, symptoms of skin dryness and itching significantly improved after using hemp seed oil for 20 weeks when consuming one to two tablespoons a day.
This sweet treat is high in vitamin C and the enzyme bromelain, which is known to be an effective skin softener. Drinking pineapple juice and munching on the fruit help the body synthesize collagen, which supports skin structure, while vitamin C and amino acids aid in cell and tissue repair, giving you a youthful appearance. Add it to your morning smoothie for a refreshing treat.
NUTRIENTS FOR A HEALTHY GLOW
Foods: Strawberries, peppers, kiwi fruits
Vitamin C is a pre-cursor to collagen production and is also an antioxidant. When light hits your skin, it creates free radicals. These bounce around inside your skin and lead to DNA damage, which turns into aging. The antioxidants attach themselves to free radicals and neutralize them so that they can’t do damage.
Food: Green Tea
Why: Matcha tea helps skin stay more elastic and smooth, and is known to reduce damage caused by the sun to our skin. The anti-oxidants found in matcha tea boost blood flow and oxygen to the skin, which delivers key nutrients to keep your complexion look and feel healthy.
Why: Oats also have high amounts of zinc, biotin, magnesium and potassium – a deficiency in these key nutrients can lead to more brittle hair and more breakage.
Foods: Pumpkin seeds
Why: These little wonders are packed with zinc, as well as vitamins A and K and omega-3 fatty acids, all of which are essential to building a healthy hair shaft. They’re also rich in fatty acids and vitamin C, which are important for producing sebum – your skin’s natural oil – to protect and repair skin.
Foods: Sardines & other oily fish
Why: Fatty fish is particularly rich in the type of omega-3 called DHA, an anti-inflammatory. “Inflammation is now known as the root cause of acne”
Why: Not only does spinach give you strength, but it’s also a major anti-ager. It’s rich in beta carotene, which converts into the powerful anti-aging vitamin A. This nutrient is crucial for allowing proper moisture retention to the epidermis, helping to prevent wrinkles and remove dead skin. For premium absorption, pair spinach with a food that’s high in vitamin C. Try a squeeze of lemon in a homemade dressing drizzled over a spinach salad.
Food: Avocado oil
Why: We all got the message about the benefits of eating whole avocados; now it’s the oil that’s getting all the attention. Avocados contain good amounts of vitamins A, D and E and omega-9 fatty acids – one of the building blocks of healthy skin – which is highly concentrated in the oil. All of these nutrients help to even out skin tone over time when added to your diet regularly.
Why: Spirulina is a popular energizer due to its high content of amino acids, making it a complete protein source and essential for healthy skin because it aids in cell growth and repair. Spirulina is also alkalising, contains detoxifying chlorophyll and is a good source of sulphur, which is an important healthy hair nutrient.
Why: Flaxseeds contain alpha-linolenic acid, which is a nutrient our body converts to skin-friendly, anti-inflammatory omega 3’s that are essential for gorgeous youthful skin. They protect against oxidative damage by strengthening the cell’s natural defences.
Preparation: Add to your smoothie each morning or your cereal. Just make sure to grind the seeds so our body can access the nutrients for absorption and keep refrigerated, as the oils are unstable in heat and light.
Why: Ounce for ounce this tiny grain packs a huge amount of calcium into its small size. The calcium comes packaged for optimal absorption with a powerful line-up of amino acids from the 8g of protein that helps to form and strengthen the collagen found in our skin.
Preparation: You can cook amaranth into a creamy breakfast porridge with other grains or add it to salads as you would chickpeas or quinoa.
HELPFUL FOOD PAIRINGS
Pistachios + Figs
The vitamin B6 found in pistachios helps the body to better absorb calming magnesium found in figs. Together they support rejuvenate sleep, stress reduction and healthy nerve function.
Matcha Tea + Grapefruit
Matcha green tea alone is fabulous for beauty thanks to its incredible high anti-oxidant content and anti-wrinkle phtyo-chemical compounds, but when you add a squeeze of grapefruit to your cup your body will reap far more anti-oxidant benefits since citrus juice allows the body to absorb even more of the green tea’s anti-ageing compounds.
Wednesday 24th May 6.30pm – 8.30pm @The Farm Girl Cafe, Notting Hill
Learn: Beauty betrayer ingredients, skincare products, foods and lifestyle factors damaging your skins health. How detoxing can help your skin by increasing circulation and lymph drainage. What to avoid PLUS popular skin myths to ignore.
Hands on: Make your very own summer skin scrub to increase circulation and lymph drainage.