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We all know the impact diet has on our complexion, what we eat can change the balance of hormones which in turn can affect our skin. Imbalances can cause inflammation and acne which can prematurely age skin. Thanks, but I don’t need any help with my skin aging so like everybody else I’m aware of what I eat and I try to stay healthy by eating a balanced diet. I avoid sugar, make sure I’m getting my vitamins, drink lots of water, etc. I don’t go overboard, I’m not a fanatic, because life’s too short to obsess about these things and deny yourself some small pleasures.
But then for some reason, and only during summer, I start thinking about putting food on my face! I get caught up in the freshness of it all, the juicy wild berries, succulent watermelon, cooling cucumber and I’m inspired to make my own skincare products from nature’s abundant larder. I start looking at produce in the market in a whole new way. Hmm… that Manuka honey will make an excellent moisturizer. I search the Internet for the best ingredients to make a cleanser and toner (Apple Cider Vinegar, in case you’re wondering!) or a moisturizer (Honey anyone?). Here’s just a couple (there are literally hundreds) I can share with you:
Berries are choc full of antioxidants, salicylic acid and alpha hydroxy acid, which all work to exfoliate your dry, dead skin and encourage a brighter, younger complexion. Mash and mix them into a face mask, apply, then sit back and relax.
Cleanse & Tone
With its pH of 5.5 which is very close to the perfect balance for humans, Apple Cider Vinegar makes an ideal facial cleanse and toner. Mix with a little water, apply with a cotton ball, then follow up with a moisturizing treatment.
Honey is a humectant, which is just a fancy way of saying it retains moisture. Spread it on your skin, let it sit there and soak in, then rinse off after it starts to drip.
If that all sounds too messy, try Avocados instead. There is little this superfood can’t do when it comes to nourishment. The high fat content is particularly good for dry, sun-damaged or sensitive skin.
Protect, Soothe and Repair
The mix of flavonoids, phenols, and polyphenols found in oatmeal are all natural anti-inflammatories that will help soothe irritated or inflamed skin conditions such as eczema.
Cocoa is rich source of antioxidants, helping protect your skin against free radical damage. It also contains a little caffeine which will tighten skin.
Better still, red wine...packed with anti aging resveratrol and tannin which also help restore collagen and elastic fibers.
Fruit on your Face? Are you inspired yet? - No neither am I?
We all love the power of plants and i’d be the first one with green face, if I was stuck on a desert island. I’m here to tell you not to bother. I’ve done it. I’ve done all of it and believe me, it’s more hassle than it sounds. Picture the scene, my face dripping honey all over the place, mashed and rapidly browning avocados in my hair, glass of red wine in hand and the doorbell goes! It’s sticky, messy and thoroughly unpleasant, not to mention embarrassing if you’re caught in the act. YOU LOOK RIDICULOUS! There has to be an easier way to get great looking skin… Right!
There is a place for healthy food, and it’s not on your face. Mash your avocados on a slice of toast, drizzle with a little olive oil, throw on a few farm fresh tomatoes and just eat to get all the same benefits.
For your face, there are amazing products that actually work. They won’t rot, they smell nice and look good in your bathroom or on your dresser. They’re easy to use and take no preparation time whatsoever which means you have more freedom to enjoy the only practical (and my favorite) natural anti-aging remedy, red wine. Just grab a glass, pop on a sun hat and get in the garden, that way you won't be attracting wasps and ants to snack on your face.
One of my favorite Serums is an AHA I always use it at night, it magically makes dull dead skin disappear without peeling or abrasion it’s packed full of natural Glycolic Acid (derived from sugar cane) Increases collagen production to tighten and firm my skin and I don't have to sit there with fruit on my face or stung by wasps (double bonus) I just apply, then a moisturizer and go to bed then wake up with a brighter complexion and an even skin tone. Our About Face AHA Serum will amaze you - try yours here.
Avocados are great, but seriously I want something more substantial to moisturize my face I also demand ingredients that combat signs of aging. Angel Face Moisturizer is packed full of peptides to help repair skin (what the hell does that mean)? Well, this clever little peptide instructs your skin to behave like it did in your early 20’s, and that my friend is to fix itself, so this powerful ingredient tells your skin carry on fixing itself long after the natural aging process slows down. In doing so, It improves collagen production and skins thickness, It firms your skin and reduces wrinkle depth and density, aside from not being able to make your morning coffee this little peptide is a keeper.
Let Me Tell You What Matrixyl Can Do For Your Skin?
Professor Karl Lintner gave the world Matrixyl over 10 years ago, with Sederma launching a product after 2 years in development and clinical trials. After so long you’d think the beauty industry would have moved on to the next fad, but Matrixyl is still here and it’s still relevant simply because it works. Scientifically proven to reduce wrinkles, improve the skin’s texture and produce collagen, it’s youth juice in a bottle.
The original formula may have been tweaked, improvements made, ingredients added but the essential long chain amino acids known as peptides remain the key factor.
But what is Matrixyl, how does it work and what are the benefits for my skin? I’m no scientist but I do want to know what I’m putting on my face and I don’t want to waste money on products that make outrageous claims so here are my findings for you.
Skin is mostly made up of the protein collagen; it’s the structural support or foundation of our skin that provides support and suppleness. Young people have lots of collagen, their skin is smooth and taut, but as we age collagen is destroyed and not replaced. Matrixyl was designed to stimulate the skin’s natural production of collagen; it works by prompting a response in our skin cells and different peptides can trigger different messages. Think of it a bit like a key and a lock. The structure of the peptide (or key) determines its function (or the lock it fits). There are three products containing Matrixyl; the original formula, Matrixyl 3000 and Matrixyl Synthe 6. Neither one is particularly better than the other, they just stimulate different cellular responses in the skin.
Matrixyl 3000 contains a combination of different peptides and it’s the synergy between them that unlocks benefits for our skin.
Our skin’s natural repair mechanism can detect a breakdown in collagen and will react by releasing interleukins to mediate inflammation and replenish collagen more vigorously. It’s a good thing and it’s how we heal from wounds, and why young skin looks so plump, tight and firm; but because we lose the ability to produce collagen with age, high levels of interleukins can eventually lead to faster degradation of the skin.
So, Palmitoyl Peptides to the rescue!
The addition of Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 reduces the production of interleukins, molecules that promote inflammation as part of the body’s natural defences, but ultimately lead to loss of elasticity in the skin and the appearance of wrinkles.
After the age 35, hormone levels begin to drop, and significant levels of interleukins are found in the skin even when there is no stimulus for inflammation. The results are slow regeneration, loss of firmness and the potential for healing.
Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 inhibits the release of interleukins by up to 40%, reducing inflammation and the aging process, while helping skin regenerate.
Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 is composed of the same fatty acids found in our skin, making absorption very easy. It signals skin cells to promote collagen and, when applied topically on the skin, will improve its quality of tone and firmness, reducing wrinkles over time.
Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 works synergistically with the others, offering much the same results as retinoid but without the side effects. This peptide does not cause the redness, stinging, peeling and itching associated with retinoid. It significantly increases the amount of hyaluronic acid in the skin. The result is an improved skin tone from maximum regeneration with increased elasticity and firming. Researchers at the University of Reading found that Matrixyl nearly doubled the amount of protein collagen needed to give skin its elasticity.
The low down!
According to Sederma, the results of a clinical study of women, demonstrated that after just 2 months of treatment with Matrixyl 3000, deep wrinkles were reduced by 45%, and the skin’s muscle tone increased by nearly 20%. Basically, this stuff works ladies and ermmm, Gents!
Phew… ok science over! I got a bit carried away there, so here’s the low down in simple terms. Matrixyl 3000 combines the peptides that mimic the appearance of broken down collagen, causing skin to produce more collagen and elastin because the peptide specifically stimulates collagen synthesis and skin repair. So basically, if you're concerned about aging skin, you want this powerfully firming skin care ingredient in your life, well on your skin. That's why we chose ‘Angel Face’ as the name for our Matrixyl 3000 Anti-Aging Moisturizer, because that is exactly what you're going to get!
Spring has sprung, it’s in the air, you can feel it, a new positivity shines from within us as warmer weather appears on the horizon. It’s time to start thinking about gathering your friends in a field somewhere to cover yourselves in glitter or flowers before dancing and singing along to your favourite band. It’s festival season again.
It’s time to celebrate life at Coachella, Lollapalooza and the Burning Man. Or, consider venturing further afield and try Glastonbury, the Montreux Jazz Festival, Magnetic Fields or Benicàssim. There are literally thousands of festivals to choose from with something to suit every taste, however eclectic.
Not just about music, there are festivals for food, beer, arts and crafts, theatre, literature, the alternative, the weird and the utterly wonderful. It’s a global phenomenon, and rightly so! Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or first-time festival virgin, the experience is simply life-affirming and an opportunity to make memories that will last forever.
Everyone should try a festival at least once so we’ve put together a handy guide on the essentials needed to help make your experience a memorable one for all the right reasons. We asked some seasoned festival goers for their top tips on what items they can’t be without, ideas on what to wear, easy hairstyles, and simple skin-care.
Amanda from NY has been going to Glastonbury in the UK for over 10 years. A huge music fan, she’s seen everyone from David Bowie and The Who to Stevie Wonder and Dolly Parton perform on the legendary Pyramid stage.
Katherine from CA is a regular at Coachella, she loves celebrity spotting almost as much the music and her festival life revolves around glitter. Her favourite headliner is Florence and The Machine.
Marissa from WI loves Lollapalooza, She’s seen Paul McCartney, Alabama Shakes, Ellie Goulding, The Last Shadow Puppets, her favorite was Lana Del Ray in 2016. She just loves dancing and singing along to as many acts as she can.
What festival item can you simply not live without?
Amanda: I picked up a beautiful leather belt bag at Glastonbury one year and since then I’ve never been without it. It fastens around the waist like a regular belt but has all these compartments to carry your essentials like; money, phone, lipstick, etc. It means I’m hands-free to dance, drink and enjoy myself knowing my stuff is safe.
Katherine: I can’t do without baby-wipes and hand sanitizer. I can take off my makeup and freshen up using baby-wipes if the line for the showers looks too long or if the hot California sun is making me break a sweat. I’ve used them clean dishes and my tent, they’re great for everything. I take tons of them!
Marissa: The bathroom lines at festivals can be ridiculously long and the hygiene after a day or two is terrible so my secret is, I always carry a Shewee! It’s basically a portable toilet device, with a couple of different options. One allows us girls to pee like boys, standing up. The other, a flexible, disposable container that absorbs and seals liquid in a gel-like substance and is ideal if you’re caught out late at night in your tent.
How do you wear your hair at the festival?
Amanda: My hair is medium length, but quite fine and a little on the greasy side. I need to wash it everyday which isn’t always possible at festivals. Dry shampoo has always been my friend but lately I’ve been getting extensions and I have them braided into an elaborate do that requires little or no attention. My hair can get wet in the rain and it still looks fabulous!
Katherine: My hair is really short and I tend to dye it all sorts of funky colors, turquoise is my favorite right now, so doesn’t take a lot of care beyond a bit of product, but if it starts looking unkempt I’ll generally slick it back before adding a flower or pom-pom crown.
Marissa: My hair is wild and crazy curly, so after a couple of festival days it ends up in a top-knot or a couple of braids, I’ll usually add some glitter to the roots too and you can never go wrong with pretty slides, and the shops at festivals always have really cute things, you can get all sorts at the stalls, between bands I like to shop a little.
What’s your favorite festival outfit?
Amanda: At Glastonbury you can’t afford to be without wellies (rubber rain boots), the mud is everywhere and regular footwear is impossible. I like to wear shorts and a simple tee if the British weather allows it, but I always carry a waterproof coat that packs away really small. One tip, never wear an all-in-one jump suit, they’re a pain to wriggle out of in porta-potties!
Katherine: My staple has always been a loose floaty dress and some cute sandals or flip flops. Comfort is key at festivals but you don’t have to compromise on style, take things that are interchangeable and still look good even when they are creased.
Marissa: I usually opt for shorts and comfy sneakers or sparkly converse but paired up with funky tops, hats and I always go big on accessories, especially sequins and anything that sparkles. At festivals anything goes, that's why they are so much fun.
How do you simplify your daily beauty routine at a festival?
Amanda: I always get eyelash extensions and my brows done so my face has definition so I can keep makeup to a minimum. Gel nails are a must for me too, especially because putting up and taking down tents can get regular nail polish all chipped.
Katherine: Sunscreen is super important at Coachella, I always use factor 30 as a base and apply makeup on top. I love a shimmer highlight on my cheeks and I often apply a little eyelash glue to add some extra sequins and tiny jewels to match my outfit or my hair.
Marissa: AHA serums are great way to refresh your skin because of the exfoliating action, and I top mine off with a good tinted moisturizer that has added sunscreen. Being fair I’m also a huge fan of tinted brows and over the top fake eyelashes, then all you really need is bright lipstick and a cool pair of shades.
Back in January 2015 I decided I needed to do more to keep fit and healthy, so I joined the beginners course at my local running club. As a complete novice, I never thought I would ever race, never mind attempt a marathon but with training and support from club leaders I was encouraged and persuaded to enter a local 5K and I’ve never looked back. In running, I’ve found a competitive streak I never knew existed and since that first race I’ve chalked up a 10K followed by a half marathon and just recently I was part of the relay team in a 40 mile ultra-run. I’ve loved every minute of them all! Entering a full marathon seemed the next logical step.
I live in the UK, home to the iconic London Marathon, one of the world’s major sporting events and one to cross off the bucket list. With it’s historic landmark buildings, famous crowd support and the last leg of the race down The Mall before crossing the finish line, I knew this was the one I wanted to enter. Around 250,000 people enter the ballot for the London Marathon but with only 50,000 places available I was totally floored to receive the ‘You’re In’ magazine through the post last October. It was totally unexpected. Elation and panic set in equally before the reality hit home, I was going to have to train, really HARD! Lucky for me, my running club buddy also had a successful ballot entry and we’ve agreed to support one another through training because running can be such a solitary sport sometimes. It will be fantastic having someone alongside me, putting in the miles and offering words of encouragement.
Training is going really well and we’re increasing the miles slowly each week to avoid injury. I’ve added Pilates and cross training to the mix for strength and stamina. To keep focus we’ve planned a few races before the main event, mainly to practice our crossing the line camera-face, plus our medal acceptance smiles! It’s all about the bling you know ;-)
The icing on the cake and the most motivating factor will be my family there watching me achieve this, cheering me on and giving me the strength I know I’ll need to complete the monumental distance.
Or any other day for that matter
Being single maybe your choice, or you might consider it an irritating and temporary circumstance that needs resolving ASAP, but finding yourself alone on Valentine’s Day should never be a cause for concern. Let’s face it the whole shebang is part of a global retail marketing machine anyway, designed to make you part with cash for goods and services pushed out to the masses at an inferior quality than usual. Why anyone complies beggars belief!
But, not everyone can resist the pressure and feelings of sadness about being single on a day dedicated to lovers can creep into the minds of even the most steely strong and independent women. I am here to tell you are not alone and also to get some bloody perspective on the situation. For a kick-off, there are millions of people out there just like you and while some are happy being alone, others are snivelling into handkerchiefs and it’s time to stop because your life is NOT empty or incomplete if you’re uncoupled.
There are many advantages to being single. For example;
Embrace all of them and don’t feel guilty because being single is a state to be enjoyed and cherished. Think of it as time for enrichment, a chance to try new experiences, meet new people and develop your independence. Being single at least once in your life will benefit your personality, making you more interesting and attractive.
However if none of this appeals and you’re adamant that you work better with a significant other then I suggest enlisting the help of friends. Smug marrieds love nothing more than playing match-maker so refuse to attend their functions unless they invite other, preferably good-looking, singles to functions so you can mingle with similar unattached people. Get close friends to write your online dating profile because they will make you sound far better than you ever could.
Above everything, be open to the unexpected because love can take us by surprise!
And don't forget to love yourself first, because if you can't love yourself, how the hell are you gonna love anyone else?