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why purple food is so good for you

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We know we are what we eat but did you know that different coloured fruits and vegetables have an array of skin benefits? Whilst white foods tend to have the least skin benefits, brightly coloured fruits and vegetables are nature’s pharmacy when it comes to radiant skin.

why purple food is so good for you

Blueberries contain anthocyanin which is responsible for the red, purple, and blue colours of many fruits, vegetables, grains and flowers. Anthocyanins are heralded as the super ingredients for anti-ageing we have a look at why these purple gems are so good for us. Purple foods contain anthocyanins, which are health-promoting compounds that help to protect cells and assist with ant ageing and cell damage. Research suggests they play active roles in promoting eye, circulatory and cardiovascular health, protect against cell and DNA damage and promote longevity. Purple, blue and red foods have been shown to reduce inflammation and have a protective effect on cell membranes and collagen degradation.

Anthocyanins are predominant in tea such as rooibos and green tea, red wine, nuts, olive oil, cocoa and fruits and vegetables (particularly purple ones). Include these purple fruits and vegetables into your diet at least 4-5 days a week for maximum purple power…

Purple Carrots were first grown in the Middle and Far East, along with white, red, yellow, green and black versions. They are high in anthocyanins and pro-vitamin A carotenoids, which are powerful antioxidants. They may also help with weight management, glucose control, and fantastic for healthy glowing skin.

Purple cauliflower is a type of broccoli that turns green upon cooking. Cruciferous vegetables have been researched for their cancer-fighting powers. Cauliflower has antioxidants and sulphur compounds that assist the liver to remove harmful toxins.

Choose organic cruciferous vegetables as cauliflower, broccoli, brocollini type vegetables will absorb the chemical pesticides the most.

Plums are a good source of vitamin C, which helps with iron absorption. They are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin B2 and potassium. In addition, plums are a good source of dietary fibre. Adequate dietary fibre is essential to remove toxins from the GIT and aid in a healthy glowing skin. Additionally, both plums and prunes are full of phenols, natural compounds found in plants, which have protective properties therefore protecting the cells from free radical damage.

Purple sweet potatoes have long been considered the food of gods — 7,000 years ago they were reserved for Incan kings in their native Peru. Sweet potatoes that are purple in colour compared to the more common orange tend to have more antioxidant potential than other potatoes. Purple spuds score as high as Brussels sprouts, kale or spinach on the antioxidant power scale. These purple sweet  potatoes are also a good source of complex carbohydrates, potassium, vitamin c, folic acid and iron, wonderful for overall skin radiance and health!   It is no myth that purple foods are good for our general health and help to protect our skin from premature ageing, aim to eat a variety of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables every day to ensure you are receiving as many skin boosting nutrients as possible!

We know we are what we eat but did you know that different coloured fruits and vegetables have an array of skin benefits? Whilst white foods tend to have the least skin benefits, brightly coloured fruits and vegetables are nature’s pharmacy when it comes to radiant skin.

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what to look for in a moisturiser

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Its time for us to speak up about why we need to use a moisturiser and second of all, the other benefits can we get from this daily ritual.

What to look for in a moisturiser

Its time for us to speak up about why we need to use a moisturiser and second of all, the other benefits can we get from this daily ritual.

Good moisturiser will do 3 crucial things:

  1. Hold moisture in the outer layer of the skin
  2. Provide a protective layer on the surface of our skin
  3. Prevent evaporation

If your moisturiser effectively targets these areas your skin will feel softer and more supple, smoother appearance.

The type of moisturiser you select or are prescribed will be determined by what type of skin you have, for example, an oily skin may need a slightly different moisturiser than a dry skin.

Since winter is just around the corner we thought it best to investigate properties a dry or ultra-dry skin would look for in a moisturiser.

People with dry skin commonly suffer from

  • Itchy skin
  • Rough skin
  • Flaky or peeling skin
  • Cracking skin
  • Redness
  • Sensitivity
  • Tightness
  • Uncomfortable skin
  • Lines and premature ageing

A comprehensive moisturising solution for dry skin would not only hold moisture in the skin, and provide a protective barrier, it would also need to address these additional areas.

On top of this, typically, as we get older, our skin becomes dryer (this is due to changes in hormone levels), so you may find that you will also be looking for additional anti-ageing properties in your moisturiser targeted at ultra dry skin.

If you have ultra dry skin that becomes sensitised, uncomfortable and showing the signs of premature ageing, look for a moisturiser that delivers:

  • Intense nourishment and hydration
  • Anti-ageing properties (using active peptides – think of these as chemical messengers for the skin)
  • Antioxidant protection (especially needed as dry skin naturally possesses/contains less antioxidants)
  • Soothing and healing properties
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Relief for itchiness, irritation or discomfort

5 things about vitamin B you didn’t know

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Vitamin B is not only essential for general health and well being, it is essential for a healthy skin? The B-group vitamins are a collection of eight vitamins essential for various metabolic processes within the human body. So the more we consume Vitamin B – the happier our skin feels.

5 things about vitamin B you didn't know

1. B Family: Vitamins cannot be stored by the body and have to be consumed regularly in the diet.  Food processing, extended cooking times, stress and alcohol can destroy or reduce the availability of many of these vitamins, the skin being one of the first organs to show signs of deficiency.

2. B-Signs: Redness, scaliness, irritation, dermatitis and pigmentation can all be signs of a skin in need of vitamin B.

3. B3: From the B vitamin family, one particular vitamin, vitamin B3, is being heralded as a skincare hero ingredient.  Vitamin B is currently being researched for its uses in clinical dermatology with positive findings.

4. Vitamin B Heals: Vitamin B3 may assist with treating and improving the following skin conditions: Rosacea, Acne Eczema, dermatitis, Sun damaged, Ageing, Dry skin, Hyper pigmentation.

5. B Energetic: Niacin (Which is also known as vitamin B 3) helps the digestive system, skin, and nerves to function. It is also important for converting food to energy. However, because it is water-soluble, it is not stored in the body and leftover amounts of the vitamin leave the body through the urine. Which means you need a continuous supply of such vitamins in your diet. Foods to eat: Clams, oysters, mussels, liver, caviar, octopus, fish, crab, beef, lamb, cheese & eggs

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dry brushing for pro’s

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Nope, Im not talking about your hairbrush! Im talking about the humble dry brush!

dry brushing for pro's

So, you’ve heard dry brushing does wonders for your body… but, the thought of brushing your skin from the neck down doesn’t sound too enticing?

We want to reveal exactly why everyone should delve into dry brushing and how to do it, if you feel so inclined.

Dry brushing is excellent for your skin. In Europe, dry brushing has long been a beneficial anti-ageing treatment in spas because it keeps your skin firm and nourished, therefore looking younger. As we head into the summer, it should be an even more important step in your beauty routine.

Dry brushing stimulates circulation and lymphatic drainage and helps prevent/reduce cellulite. It also is effective in removing dead skin cells, allowing more oxygenation for the skin so it can breathe well and be more receptive to nourishing body creams. Without exfoliating the skin properly, any products you put on your body will sit on top of the skin versus penetrating the skin’s surface to properly hydrate.

Want to dry brush?

Dry brushing should be done once a week in the evening.

You can use a natural bristle brush or a natural loofah glove, but there are synthetic gloves available as well.

To start, using circular motions which help stimulate the skin and bring blood to the surface, begin at your ankles and create long exfoliating strokes up your legs, continuing upward to cover the rest of your body,

After you’re done dry brushing, take a warm bath and drop in some of your favorite essential oils. Then, in the tub, use a loofah or gloves with your favorite soap as a second step in your exfoliation.

Towel dry, and then apply a heavy cream to your body so it absorbs the hydration as you sleep.

Its so good even model Miranda Kerr cant get enough of it, she told popsugar.com.au ‘Body brushing is very important. It detoxifies the system, gets the blood circulation going, and is really reenergising. It’s one of my favourite rituals — I do it morning and night.’

Okay, so maybe dry brushing is worth a shot… and if can help prevent cellulite? I certainly will be keeping my dry brush handy!