October062017

Feel better, naturally!

 

As the seasons change and the days get warmer, I tend to become more conscious of my health and wellbeing. Feeling and looking better, inside and out, doesn’t have to mean expensive treatments and procedures, it can be as simple as incorporating more natural remedies into your day.

These natural tips will help you to feel your absolute best coming into the warmer months!

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

 

Apple Cider Vinegar has been used for centuries to help with all sorts of health problems, including lowering blood sugar and fighting diabetes, lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of heart disease. A few tablespoons with water in the morning will boost your immune system, and as an anti-inflammatory tonic, apple cider vinegar will help with everything from problem skin to headaches. Its anti-bacterial properties also make it ideal for a facial toner, simply dilute a couple table spoons with water and apply to face.

 

Lemon water

 

My wellness go to! In the same vein as apple cider vinegar, lemon water in the morning will do wonders for your energy levels and general wellbeing. When ingested, lemon becomes highly alkalising, helping to balance out your internal PH levels. Lemons are also a great source of vitamin C, so this antioxidant-rich water will help to fight off free radicals, which will leave your skin glowing, and support weight loss.

Exercise and Meditation

 

Maintain a healthy body and mind with exercise and mindfulness. Stress can take a huge toll on your health, so an hour long walk in the morning, yoga class or jog will help you to sweat, which helps to release toxins from your skin and most importantly, will help you to de-stress.

 

Meditation, or just slowing down, also has a world of benefits – find a quiet spot, close your eyes, inhale positivity and exhale the stress and negativity from your day.

 

Dry Brushing

 

I’ve recently stumbled upon this absolute gem for natural health, and my skin has never looked or felt better. Brushing your skin once a day with a natural brush will boost circulation, sweep away dead skin cells, stimulate your lymph nodes, aid digestion, and improve the appearance of cellulite. The easiest time to do it is before a shower, and always brush towards your centre.

 

Drink More Water

 

This one seems obvious, but the moment you make a conscious effort to drink more water, you will notice your energy level rise, and your mind will become clearer. Water is the most important thing to flush out toxins, improve complexion and general wellbeing. I find I will drink more water if I have a drink bottle on me.

 

 

September292016

Body Basics: The DIY Way

It’s no lie that skincare products can be expensive, especially good ones. Thankfully, contemporary society is now much more aware of the benefits of using natural skincare products, for both our skin and our environment. We now consciously think about what we are putting on our bodies every day, and look for healthy, cruelty free options. When it comes to skincare, I am strictly a 100% natural girl. I’ve used Xtend-life’s gorgeous New Zealand made range for years, and can’t get enough of it. However, if you don’t have the money to continuously buy natural skincare products (because yes, they usually are more expensive than the ones which aren’t natural), there are actually lots of easy, cost-efficient ways to make your own at home. When it comes to things like scrubs and masks which you don’t use everyday anyway, the options are boundless. I’ve put together a few of my favourite, simple recipes and tips for do it yourself body products. They are all VEGAN.

 

Angela’s Avocado Face Mask

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I love avocado! Not only is it delicious to eat and fantastic for your health, it’s also great for your skin. This mask is super easy to make and feels amazing. Cocoa powder and maple syrup both contain tons of antioxidants, and avocado is perfect for moisturising and cleansing.

Ingredients:
1 avocado
2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tbsp. maple syrup

Directions:
• Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until smooth and creamy.
• Apply liberally to the face and neck. After 10 minutes, rinse thoroughly with warm water.

 

Quick Coffee Body Scrub

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This scrub smells amazing and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. You can also use it on your face if you’re gentle. If you drink plunger coffee, keep your ground beans afterwards and use those.
Ingredients:
¼ cup coconut oil
½ cup ground organic coffee beans
¼ cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup coarse salt
8 drops of your favourite essential oilInstructions:
• Mix all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until well combined.
• Apply to skin in the shower then wash off.

Magical Milk

450980_idea-2_2Milk has many different uses and is another natural way of looking after your skin. I like to use soy or cashew milk because of the creamy consistency, but you can use whatever you have on hand. It’s a great makeup remover for sensitive skin. Just dab some on your closed lashes then swipe off with a cotton bud dipped in warm water. It’s also nourishing for dry hands. Heat up a large bowl of milk and soak your hands in it for about 15 minutes. You’ll be amazed at the changes!

 

 

 

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