My Skin Care Routine

I am a skin care addict!! If you name a brand of moisturiser you can be sure I’ve probably tested it! Growing up I didn’t have much interest in make up, I would spend all my wages on cleanser, toners, moisturisers instead. I guess this comes from my own Mother who used to lather us up in moisturiser as she did her night time ritual!

I tend to go for the natural/holistic brands and I never use a brand religiously, I change it up all the time so this list is only what I am using at the moment!

Morning:

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water: You can pick this up in Pennys for only €4.50 and it’s a great all rounder. I use it most days and it’s great for taking off make-up (even stubborn eye make-up) the great thing about the micellar water is it’s suitable for all skin types, even those with sensitive skin! This product is also so much better than using baby wipes after a night out, so there’ll be no excuses for forgetting to take the make up off now!

garnier_skin_naturals_micellar_cleansing_water_400ml-e1414078143998No7 Beautiful Skin Radiance Exfoliator €10.50 (Boots) I use this scrub 2-3 times a week and it’s nice and gentle on the skin, my skin tends to get quite dry so this works really well and doesn’t dry my skin out like some of the other scrubs on the market.

dry-radiance-exfoliator_500x500REN Vita Mineral Daily Supplement Moisturising Cream €26 (Arnotts) I love this moisturiser so much! It’s  provides so much nourishment and moisture to my dry skin and it smells amazing! My only negative with this product is that there is no SPF but they do claim that it’s packed with powerful antioxidants, trace elements and vitamins further protect and energise the skin. I love how soft and bright it makes my skin look!

REN_Daily_Supplement_Moisturising_Cream_50ml_1395657419No7 Early Defence Day Cream €24.95 (Boots) I use this every other day as I love that it’s aimed at the 20-35 age group.  Not only does it contains an SPF 15 to protect from the harmful UVA rays but also Lipopeptides and Vitamin A help reduce the appearance of fine lines. The cream itself is really light and is easily absorbed by the skin. It’s not on the market that long but I am really impressed with it!

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Evening

  • I would apply the micellar water again especially if I have eye-liner or mascara on. I don’t really wear foundation during the day, I keep it for nights outs! I occasionally use a BB Cream or just a bit of concealer under my eyes if I’m feeling tired.

Traditional Glycerin and Rosewater €3.49 (Boots): I use this as a toner and it’s lovely and rich and makes my skin feel nourished, especially in winter. It’s such a bargain too but may not suit those with oily skin.

10130117Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate €42.50 (Arnotts) This is an investment to your daily routine and I know it may seem expensive, but you only need to use 3 drops per night so it last a very long time. I am in love with this product,the key ingredients including squalane (a skin-healing botanical lipid), evening primrose oil and lavender oil calm and moisturise the skin overnight giving you that “I’ve slept for 8 hours” look! The scent is my favourite part and because it’s lavender based is good for helping you drift off to the land of nod! I would suggest asking for a sample at any Kiehls counter before forking out, just in-case you don’t like it!

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Other face serums I love: 

Irish brand: Kinvara €28: A gorgeous face serum made with all natural ingredients and smells good enough to eat.

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Cult favourite: Trilogy Rosehip oil €19.95/€34.95:Trilogy oil has been doing the rounds for a while now and there are no signs of it going anywhere, it’s known to be highly effective for scars and stretch marks and other skin concerns including dehydrated and ageing skin.

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Occasionally 

Lavera Wild Rose Face Mask €3.45 (Nourish): I love slapping a face mask on maybe 1-2 times a month. Some brands dry out my skin but I love this revitalizing one from Lavera, like other products I use the added rose helps to hydrate my dry skin.

Pure Coconut Oil: Yes, it’s not just for cooking! This superfood is so pure it can be applied directly on your skin! Mix together 1 tbs of coconut oil and 1 tbs raw honey and apply as a face mask, leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse and pat dry the skin-Hello gorgeous skin!

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If you like this post then you may like my “6 Natural Tips for Healthy Skin” I did a while back!

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6 natural tips for healthy skin

beautiful-rain-pictures-45-photos-14With the freezing cold and windy weather upon us, it means our skin is having an awful time. Even using the thickest dry skin cream doesn’t seem to work and I get patches of dryness. As a young child I was taught the importance of skincare; most nights I was lathered in Nivea lotion after my bath! This regime has stayed with me my whole life and I have a basic routine that I follow every morning and night that works for me. But there are other points to keep in mind in order to achieve healthy, glowing skin.

1. Remove processed/refined sugar from your diet: When I go sugar free, the biggest change is always in my skin. It becomes brighter, and I get that sought after healthy glow, so much so that I can forget about make up. Refined sugar is a toxin and as the skin is our biggest organ, when the body tries to process these toxins, it leads to breakouts. Sugar also ages the skin and can lead to premature ageing, which is due to the sugars attacking the collagen in the skin and causing dehydration. Try a sugar free plan and see how you get on; after 4 weeks re-introduce some natural sugars and you will definitely notice a difference.

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2. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate: This is the one we all know! Water is so important for healthy skin, so start your morning with some lemon and hot water instead of coffee and this will help to flush out toxins as well as hydrating the skin. Drink water throughout the day, and keep in mind that if you are training regularly you will require more than the average person, aiming for 3 litres.
3. Eat more fats: Omega-3 fatty acids are known to be anti-inflammatory. The high ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in our modern diet likely plays a role in common inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema and rosacea. Omega-3s heal the skin from the inside out, repairing damaged cell membranes which helps to make the skin more resilient to both internal and external threats.

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4. Focus on your skincare: The obvious one here is to ALWAYS make sure to remove any make up you are wearing before going to bed and that even means before you crawl into bed at 4am after a wild night out! Leaving make up on overnight clogs the pores and leads to breakouts. Introduce more organic natural products into your regime, and treat your skin like you treat your diet, looking the ingredients of your products. Look at what suits your skin type (dry, normal, combination, oily, or sensitive). Some of the health shops do great products that work really well, (I’ll include some recommendations at the bottom). Bring coconut oil out of the kitchen and into the bathroom; you can you it as a face-mask, moisturiser, body moisturiser, scrub, hand cream – the list is endless! Avoid sun damage and always use a SPF 30+, even in winter.

5. Cut your shower time: Believe me – there’s nothing I love more than a long, hot shower, but cutting your shower time and cooling the temperature of the water will do wonders for your body. It’s an easy step to incorporate into your regime and will make a lot of difference.

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6. Eat gelatin: Not the Haribo kind unfortunately, I’m talking about grass-fed Gelatin! Gelatin is essentially cooked and powdered collagen. People pay serious money for creams that claim to packed full of collagen to reduce wrinkles. The thing is, it doesn’t work very well, collagen should be consumed internally. Taking gelatin daily will help build great hair, nails and skin from the inside out, helping to reduce wrinkles and scars or stretch marks. I use a brand called Great Lakes and this can be added to smoothies but my favourite way to consume is by making jellies.

If you have any natural beauty tips, please share in the comments below!

Products I love and recommend:

Rosehip Oil: I love this stuff, I use it before bed every night and because it’s light it won’t clog up the skin like some night creams. The oil’s potent natural actives make it highly effective for scars and stretch marks and other skin concerns including dehydrated and ageing skin. You only need a tiny drop so a bottle will go a long way.

My choice: Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil-€35 or Kinvara Rosehip Face Serum-€28 (Kinvara is an Irish brand and smells divine) Available in Nourish Health Store.

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Rose Water: Toner can be pretty harsh on the skin and lead to dryness. I suffer with dry skin and always find that my skin feels really tight after using it. I haven’t used toner in a very long time because of this, I have a good quality eye make up remover for nights out but a few times a week I use rose water in place of toner. Rose water is filled with antioxidants and vitamins, therefore, it can help prevent the signs of ageing and nourish the skin. It’s really cheap and can be purchased in most pharmacy or Boots store. Be sure you don’t buy the Rosewater for cooking as that is NOT suitable for skincare.

My choice: Organic Rosewater Spray €7.89 (Healthshop.ie) Traditional Glycerin and Rosewater €3.49 (Boots)

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Thanks for reading xx

The Benefits of Aloe Vera juice

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IBS is the most common functional gastrointestinal disorder with worldwide prevalence rates ranging from 9–23%, I am part of that percentage unfortunately and I have tried many remedies to cure it. Most doctors just fob you off with some kind of medication which I might take for a few weeks but as I don’t agree with this I always stop taking them, I mean surely we can heal these things with Diet & natural products, thats what our ancestors would have done, right?

Since I took on a new diet about 2 years ago, which is a “semi-paleo/ gluten free diet” and includes daily supplements “fish oils/B-12/Aloe vera juice- I haven’t had many bad attacks of IBS. I feel the Aloe Vera is a huge part of this, even when you drink it, you just know its doing good to your body!

So I thought I would do a post to show just how good it is for you, so here are some of the benefits of Aloe Vera:

  • Aloe Vera is full of antioxidants- it will boost and enhance your immune system.
  • If you are working out on a regular basis, aloe vera juice will help your body and your joints to recover at a much higher speed, because it reduces inflammation.
  • Drinking aloe vera juice is like drinking a vitamin and mineral cocktail, it contains Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, E, Folic Acid and Niacin. Minerals in aloe vera include Calcium, Sodium, Iron, Potassium, Copper, Zinc, Manganese, Magnesium and Chromium.
  •  Aloe vera juice has natural detoxifying abilities and drinking aloe vera juice can help improve bowel regularity and increases protein absorption.
  • Increases the fibroblasts activity. Fibroblasts are cells that are located in the skin and participate in the formation of certain fibres, such as collagen and elastin. These fibers give the skin its inherent structure and elasticity.
  • Lowers high cholesterol.
  • Alkalizes the body, helping to balance overly acidic dietary habits.
  • Boosts cardiovascular performance and physical endurance
  • Helps in the healing of ulcers, IBS, Crohn’s disease and other digestive disorders
  •  healthy digestive system makes sure that we absorb as many of the nutrients as possible from the foods we eat.So there are some of the benefits of the natural wonder ” Aloe Vera” You can purchase a bottle in your local Health Shop, I use the cranberry flavour as I can drink this on its own, the original flavour can be very tangy and I found it hard drinking it first thing in the morning.

Stay Healthy 🙂 🙂

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*Please note all the benefits here are claims & the contents of this website are provided for educational purposes only and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition.

Benefits of Wheatgrass

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The taste of wheatgrass is “unique” to say the least, I would advise putting the powder into Smoothies or juice rather than just adding water like I did today, But I’m sure I’ll get used to it!

One thing you should know about Wheatgrass is its NOT the same thing as common wheat − only the name is similar. So there’s no worry about yeast or gluten allergies or intolerances. 

So why should we consume Wheatgrass??

  • Its boosts your energy levels
  • Gives you a daily detox
  • Provides all the nutrients & minerals you need to stay healthy.
  • Rejuvenates your body’s cells
  • Reduces acid in the body
  • Cleanses your body & increases oxygen levels

Not bad for a tiny sachet I say!!

I’m using Urban Wheatgrass sachets but you can get wheatgrass fresh, powdered or in supplement form from most health food shops.

Links:

http://www.hippocratesinst.org/wheatgrass/benefits-of-wheatgrass

http://www.wheatgrassuk.com/index.html

https://www.wheatgrass.ie/?gclid=CNys67a2nbYCFbM72wod_VkALQ