Skin Superfoods

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Our skin is what we eat. It’s that simple. Is there anyone out there who doesn’t want a gorgeous, radiant glowing complexion? Thought not. But because the skin is the last place in the body to receive the nutrients we ingest, many experts counsel that a two-way approach is what pays real dividends. Quite often, the nutrients that boost skin health when we eat or drink them also deliver amazing skin benefits when applied from the outside, too.

We’re well known for taking lots of supplements: can’t live without them. Without Daily Energy, Sibergin, Power of KrillBetterYou DLux 3000 etc. (that’s for our vitamin D levels, more important than ever at this time of year). But we also try to eat well, too, packing our diet with skin-friendly foods. So here’s a run-down of some of the best things to eat, drink – and to slather on – for your best-ever skin…

Pomegranate: The luscious red juice of pomegranate – and the seed-filled fruit itself – are bursting with the super-nutrient ellagic acid, a mega-antioxidant that’s renowned for protecting and repairing skin. Pomegranate has actually been found to turbo-charge the effect of sun protection when added to sun lotions. Read More…

Are you drinking enough (water)?

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Ever since my gran told me as a teenager that drinking water would give me beautiful, clear skin I’ve been trying, and most often failing, to sip the prescribed 6-8 glasses or 2 litres per day (depending on who you listen to). I’ve lost count of the number of heavy bottles I’ve lugged around in my bag or that have sat on my desk only to be left almost untouched. As the wintry weather sets in, it becomes even more of a sticking point. No matter how many acupuncturists, Reiki therapists, nutritionists, yogis, facialists and doctors tell me it’s good for me, I just don’t like it. Especially cold water, with ice. Especially with a meal (which I now know is not a good idea anyway because it dilutes the digestive enzymes).

I’ve been mulling on this lately and I do realise it has become a battle of wills between me and my body. Because deep down I know I feel better when I drink more water. I know this because when I get back in touch with my thirst and appetite (and having just been on a detox that’s where I’m at) most of the time, my hunger pangs are actually liquid pangs. And when I have enough liquid I completely forget the 4pm coffee/chocolate craving, I’m more energetic and my skin still looks bright and moisturised at the end of the day. Mind you, that’s in combination with the cocktail of expensive face creams I’m now addicted to. Plus, what we eat can contribute to how hydrated we are – plenty of crunchy salads, fruit, lightly cooked vegetables, soups which have a high water content make sense as opposed to dry, salty or dense foods. Read More…

There’s Something in the Water!

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This article has been reproduced by kind permission of The Mail on Sunday YOU Magazine.

More than half of UK households don’t own a First Aid manual. Rather shamingly, I was one of them until I received a copy of the revised 9th edition of Dorling Kindersley’s First Aid Manual, which is written by St John Ambulance, St Andrew’s First Aid and the British Red Cross. (All run first aid courses by the way.)

The book is covers everything: from how to treat an unconscious adult or child, who’s not breathing – begin CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) with chest compressions immediately, the first two minutes are vital when someone stops breathing – to today’s topic: dehydration. Read More…