smoothie for radiant skin

GSS smoothie for radiant skin

Glowing skin secret’s smoothie for radiant skin helps you to improve your skin health and gives you all essential nutrients your body needs when you feel tired. This is one of my the most favorite middle morning snack.

Smoothie for radiant skin

I was thinking how I can quickly improve my skin health and also get more energy. A few weeks ago I noticed a huge difference in my skin appearance. When I was pregnant, my skin was almost perfect. Now I can see pimples on my nose and forehead and couple wrinkles around my eyes. I need them to disappear!

Our little one will be three months old in a few days, so I’m slowly getting fit again after the birth. Luckily, Roman often works from home, so when our baby girl is sleeping, I can go for a quick surf or run. Woohoo! I also realized that now when I’m breastfeeding, I tend to crave more sweets than before. I usually try to make healthy choices, but now my body often asks for a quick energy boost. So I decided to get back on track and get proper nourishment for my body and skin. And the easiest way how to get it is to blend everything I need together! So smoothie it is!

Smoothie for radiant skin

I’ve been drinking this raspberry & banana smoothie for couple days (it’s my mid-morning snack) and already noticed the difference. My skin looks much better. I guess it’s true that the best way how we can take care of our skin is from inside out! It’s amazing how a simple thing like healthy balanced diet can do miracles!

 My favorite smoothie combination:

Spinach leaves – help to prevent acne and promote cells turnover.

Avocado – protects our skin from environmental damage that leads to fine lines, wrinkles, and signs of aging.

Banana – is an excellent source of quick energy and helps to lower blood pressure.

Frozen raspberries – help to stimulate collagen synthesis which keeps skin smooth and taught.

Ginger – helps to fight wrinkles, is a great immune booster, infection fighter and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Lemon juice – is packed with antioxidants and improves skin health.

A drizzle of honey – is optional, for a sweet tooth.

 

Smoothie for radiant skin

If you are replacing a meal with this smoothie, try to add some chia seeds or flax seeds.

Your skin will love it!

GSS raspberry & banana smoothie

Total Time: 5 minutes

GSS raspberry & banana smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 ripe banana
  • handful of frozen raspberries
  • handful of spinach leaves
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh ginger (1 small knob, peeled)
  • lemon juice (1/2 small lemon)
  • drizzle of honey

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Enjoy :).
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And what is your favorite smoothie combo?

Drop your ideas in comments below!

Madeleine xx

 

 

 

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How to get a perfect skin now

Is there a way how to get a perfect skin now? Well, it doesn’t happen overnight, but with following these 11 simple steps, you can quickly improve your skin health. As a bonus, you will be healthier, happier and feel better in your body. It’s a win-win! D0n’t forget that skin is our largest organ, and it can indicate our internal health. So how can you get and maintain healthy, glowing skin?

Get your Zzz’s

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Studies from 2013 and 2015 suggest that poor sleep quality can accelerate signs of skin aging, weaken the skin’s ability to repair itself at night and lower satisfaction with appearance. Not to mention that you can wake up with the horrible puffiness of your under-eye bags. Getting enough of sleep is one of the most important keys to the healthy radiant skin. If you are a chronic poor sleeper make sure you have at least 7 hours of sleeping per night and you will notice positive changes very soon. Do you have a special event when you want to shine? Get a good beauty sleep to get your perfect skin now!

If you have troubles to fall in sleep creating your bedtime ritual may help you to overcome this issue. It can be soaking in a hot bath with a glass of wine, having a cup of hot chocolate while reading your favorite book or put some calming music on and just relax. Then you will sleep like a baby!

Hydrate your body from within

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Skin is the organ and is made of cells, just like any other part of the body. Every cell in our body is created of water, and our bodies need water to function properly. Dehydration can lead to dry, tight skin with less resilience and more wrinkles. So don’t forget to hydrate your skin from inside out. Proper hydration helps to remove toxins and waste from your skin and body and cleanse it. Drinking water is the easiest thing you can do for your overall health and skin too! It can help you to get your perfect skin now! But you don’t have to go too crazy with water, recommended eight glasses per day if you are not thirsty is enough.

The best choice is plain filtered water. If you are not a fan of it, try dilutable vegetable and fruit juices or herbal tea. Or flavor your water with berries, lemon or lime and mint or cucumber. Staying hydrated is the best way to healthy, radiant skin.

When I wake up, the first thing I do is squeezing fresh lemon or orange in the glass of warm water and drink it up. (Just be careful with citrus fruit when breastfeeding.) If you want, you can also add sliced ginger root. It does miracles, and it is a nice way how to take care of yourself from the beginning of the day!

Eat your fruits and veggies

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The food we eat affects our skin appearance, acne, sagging or wrinkles. “You are what you eat” is true not only in overall health and body appearance but skin health too. If suffering from acne healthy diet can help you to reduce or prevent unwanted pimples. Choosing healthy food is the best way how to take care of your skin, reduce or even prevent common skin issues. Start nourishing your skin from within and give it its healthy glow from good nutrition.

What food is not the best for your skin

Fast food, sweets, and candies and food with refined sugar like white bread, cookies, chocolate, sweetened beverages, chips or white potatoes are not good for your waistline but aren’t your skin best friends either. Food with excess sugar (with high Glycemic index) can create an increase in cortisol through a process called “glycosylation.” In this process, sugars are bind to collagen and weaken it. The result could be aging your face and worse skin appearance.

Foods high in refined sugar can also spike your blood sugar level and trigger your body to make a burst of the hormone insulin, which helps your cells absorb sugar. High insulin levels circulating in your body can increase the production of sebum, the oil produced by the sebaceous glands in your skin, that can clog your pores quickly. In the end, you can have oily skin with red swollen pimples.

As a health coach, I helped my clients treat acne through diet. After changing their diet habits, all of them noticed an improvement in their skin appearance. I recommended them to avoid foods high in refined sugar and fast foods, alcohol, caffeine and also dairy products.

What food works wonders for your skin

You can never go wrong with choosing:

  • Plenty of fresh veggies and fruits
  • Healthy lean proteins (lean beef, turkey, chicken, fish, tofu, dairy)
  • Healthy fats (avocado, nuts, olive oil, salmon, sunflower seeds)
  • Whole grain carbohydrates (brown rice, whole grain pasta, whole grain bread)

If you want to supercharge your skin from inside superfoods like dark green veggies like spinach, silverbeet or kale, fruits high in vitamin C like berries and citrus fruits and omega 3s found in salmon, sardines, avocado or walnuts can do miracles. For me, the easiest way how to get proper nourishment when my skin is tired is to mix baby spinach, banana, lime juice, avocado, ginger and frozen berries in a smoothie. It is simple, quick and delicious. If you have a sweet tooth quality dark chocolate is an excellent choice! It contains cocoa flavanols, plant compounds with antioxidant properties, which help hydrate skin and improve circulation.

Give it a shot, and you will be amazed how huge effect has good nutrition on your skin appearance. Giving your skin and body all essential nutrients they need is the best thing you can do for yourself.

Get moving

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That’s a right babe! Don’t be lazy and get sweaty at least 45 min five days in a week. Stimulating your blood flow through being active is the best way to get your perfect skin now. As a bonus, you will get more energy and your dream body, increase your productivity and improve your sleep.

Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?

You don’t have to sweat in the gym if it’s not your thing. Just put comfy clothes on and go to nature. Walk, run, dance, just enjoy the movement and do what makes you happy!

I love water sports like swimming and surfing (I’m still a beginner, but very passionate one). I also stretch my body whenever I can. If you feel tired, stuck with ideas or just uncomfortable, do some quick and easy stretching exercise. It will refresh you immediately and ease the pain.

According to research from 2014 presented at last year’s annual American Medical Society for Sports Medicine meeting, inactive peeps who started exercise regularly experienced a reversal in their skin’s signs of aging. In fact, their skin under the microscope “looked liked that of a much younger person.”

Be gentle

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Using too many products, the ones with harsh chemicals or over-exfoliate your skin can lead to increased microscopic inflammation that can swell the surface of the skin, clogging pores and increasing blemishes and redness. The best what you can do is find natural products which work best for you, do not overuse them and limit exfoliating to once a week.

The word “organic” is currently one that sells. Everything organic is supposed to be better for our health and the health of our planet. But not everyone believes in it. Why should we go natural and choose organic when it comes to skincare products?

Organic skincare means going back, to our roots, to the mother of nature. Natural skincare products contain only the freshest, most naturally-sourced plants and herbs. Besides, there aren’t any harmful chemicals that could affect or inhibit the natural oils produced by the skin or damage epidermis, the outer layer of the skin. What I love about natural skincare is the fact that there is no need of using “corrective cosmetics,” because organic products improve the skin from within.

The key to the healthy and radiant skin to find the right cosmetic products for your skin tone. Everyone is different. What suits your sister, friend or colleague doesn’t have to be the best choice for you. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find which products suit you best. You and your skin deserve the best care!

Keep your skin moist

Regular moisturizing helps to prevent and treat dry skin, protect sensitive skin and improve skin tone and texture. Moisturizers slow down water loss through the superficial layers of the skin and strengthen your skin barrier. It also helps to protect the outer layer of the skin from harmful effects of sun, wind and other environmental factors.

You can have, normal, dry, oily, mature, sensitive or acne prone skin. The key is to find the best moisturizer for your skin tone that works best for you and does make your skin smooth and soft. Avoid moisturizers containing harsh chemicals at any costs. The natural ones are the most gentle option for your skin.

I always apply moisturizer after taking a bath or washing my skin. Currently, I use jojoba oil on my face and coconut oil on my body. I also love almond, rosehip and olive oil. And I’m always keen to experiment!

Protect your skin from sunlight

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Sunscreen is your skin best friend not only in summer! Now when I live in a sunny Australia, I never leave home without applying sunscreen with high SPF on my face! It works as a shield from harmful UV rays, prevent premature aging and sunburns and lower skin cancer risks.

Natural sunscreen provides physical mineral protection rather than a chemical barrier for absorbing harmful UVA and UVB rays. There is a discussion about retinyl palmitate, the ester of retinol – vitamin A and palmitic acid, and its possible link to skin cancer. According to the Environmental Working Group products with retinol palmitate may be encouraging the formation of malignant, potentially cancer-causing cells in the skin. Whether it’s true or not, the best way how to avoid the risk is choosing a natural organic sunscreen that doesn’t contain vitamin A.

Wash your face every day

Before bedtime, we usually wash our face to remove makeup, excess oil and dead cells that could weaken our skin. But did you know that cleansing your face in the morning is also beneficial? Splashing our face with cold water give us the fresh start of the day. As a bonus, it removes any toxins the skin eliminated during the night and refreshed the skin.

Never pop pimples

Going to the mirror without scratching that red swollen whitehead pimple or blackhead sounds impossible, right? I know what I’m talking about! I’m addicted too! But it is worth to avoid this temptation! Squeezing and popping can push pus and bacteria deeper into the skin. You are also irritating the skin and increasing the risk of infection. It can cause more unwanted swollen and redness and leave you with permanent pit or scar at the end. So hands off, lovely! It’s alway better to find a safer way how to treat zits.

Stop smoking

In addition to being bad for your overall skin, smoking can have a negative impact on your skin health. Smoking chronically deprives the skin of oxygen and nutrients that can lead to poor skin tone, wrinkles, sagging skin, age spots, line around the lips and greater risk of developing psoriasis.

Calm down and relax

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Is there mind – skin connection? Can your emotions have an impact on your skin? The experts say, they do! Chronic stress can increase a production of cortisol in your body, a hormone that can break down elastin and collagen, and cause premature aging and worsening certain skin conditions, like rosacea or acne.

There is plenty options how you can relax. For me, the best way how I can clear my mind is being in the water. Observing the underwater life while diving or snorkeling or catching waves is a kind of meditation for me. When you do something you love, it can be anything like cooking, reading a favorite book, playing video games or rock climbing, it’s amazing how you have no idea what time is it and just enjoy what you are doing.

If you need calm down quickly the best way is to connect with your inner self at least for couple minutes. Find a quiet place alone, switch all electronic devices and just be at the moment. Deep inhale and exhale works great to calm down immediately!

And that’s all so far. I can’t wait to hear your experience and tips how did you get your perfect skin now!

Madeleine xx

 

 

How to keep your skin glowing while traveling

How to keep your skin glowing while traveling

Who doesn’t love traveling? Our skin! Traveling, especially in airplanes, can be very exhausting for our skin. Fortunately, there is a way how to avoid dehydrated, dull and aged skin after landing and arrive refreshed and looking fabulous! So how to keep your skin glowing while traveling? Check my simple skincare tips.

I’m so lucky that traveling is an essential part of my life and I love it! It’s so exciting, discovering new parts of the world or going back home to hug our loved ones. But spending long hours in the plane can be also exhausting and tiring. For example, my last flight took me 34 hours when I was traveling from Europe to Sydney.

Flying has its own specifics, the high altitude and pressurized, recycled air surrounding you on the trip. The extremely low humidity in plane cabins can cause dehydration of our skin very quickly. So my dry skin quickly becomes drier and drier. Surprisingly if you have an oily skin, you are not safe too. If your skin is dehydrated and loses water, it starts to produce more oil to combat the dryness. Sound crazy, right? But don’t worry, I get you covered!

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Here are my beauty survival simple tips for healthy and glowing skin while traveling:

Pack your beauty bag

Being ready and having my skin care products on hand is crucial for me. Pack your beauty essentials in clear zip-lock bag so you can use them anytime you need. My travel beauty bag always contains lip balm, natural fruit oil (jojoba, rosehip or avocado oil), cleansing balm and hydrating tonic (use only when you arrive at the destination, not on the plane). And of course, deodorant, hand sanitizer, toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. You can also pack a shower gel and take a shower in time between your connecting flights. And remember, the maximum size is 100 ml per product.

Get ready

Before going to the airport I always clean my skin and apply natural fruit oil only. When I’m traveling I always leave my skin naked and avoid wearing any makeup, foundation, and powder. It’s also a good idea to apply a sunscreen on your face and shut the shade during flight.

Hydrate and nourish

I love to order one glass of gin and tonic during my flight, but always make sure I’m drinking enough water too. I usually bring a large bottle of water to the cabin and when it’s empty I ask the flight attendant to fill it for me. When it comes to food on the plane, I have some snacks like protein bars, raw unsalted nuts and cut up fresh veggies prepared in my bag so I have a healthy option. Walk often in the aisle and stretch your body whenever you can. It’s so refreshing!

Good sleep and aftercare

When I arrived, there is nothing better than having a relaxing, hot shower. Then I clean my face from dead cells with gently scrub and apply moisturizer. I also apply a natural oil on my whole body.

And my last tip? Take a nap or long sleep. It’s so good!

So happy traveling, Gorgeous!

Your,

Madeleine xx

The natural cure for acne: healthy diet

The natural cure for acne: Healthy diet

Are you wondering how you can win your battle with pimples? Is there a natural cure for acne? Luckily there may be a way… through healthy diet!

Fighting acne can be very exhausting. I still remember how terrified I felt when I woke up every morning before I checked my poor face in the mirror. Then I spent a couple of minutes trying to cover it with heavy makeup. The idea that other people could see my real face covered with huge red pimples was unbearable. I felt embarrassed, suffered from low self-esteem and sometimes, I preferred to stay at home instead of going out with my friends.

I have tried tons of acne treatment products, but nothing worked. I felt desperate.

All I wanted was to get rid of these red pimples and have pretty, healthy skin.

If you also suffer from acne, you are not alone. Acne, one of the most common dermatological conditions, is affecting millions of young adults worldwide.

It’s a complex hormonal problem, and other factors can bring it on or make it worse such as genetics and emotional problems. It also seems that making small diet changes can help you to get rid of or at least reduce pimples on your face.

From my health coaching experience, tweaking your diet can have a huge impact on your skin health.

You can eat your way to better, healthier, acne free skin.

How great is that?

Let’s have a look at what food groups you should avoid when fighting acne:

Foods high in refined sugars and fast food

Like white bread, cookies, chocolate, sweetened beverages, chips or white potatoes raise your blood sugar level quickly and trigger your body to make a burst of the hormone insulin, which helps your cells absorb sugar. High insulin levels circulating in your body can activate production of sebum. Sebum, the oil produced by the sebaceous glands in your skin, is responsible for clogging skin pores. When pores are blocked, they can easily be inflamed – swell up and go red. And voila, the pimple is here.

Dairy products

Also, spike your blood sugar level. They can contain added hormones and growth factors that may worsen your acne. Do you love milk and can’t imagine your life without it? Luckily, there are other alternatives like soy, unsweetened organic almond or coconut milk. However, remember, if you cut out dairy from your diet, you must get calcium from other sources. Here are a few calcium-rich foods Examples: beans, sardines, almonds, dark leafy vegetables (kale, spinach, bok choy, collards), oranges, chia seeds, quinoa, and seaweed.

Many people claim that going vegan helped them to get rid of acne. Cutting out dairy, fast foods, and sweets and a following healthy, balanced diet is one of the main keys to acne treatment. You don’t have to go extremes and give up meat products too.

Caffeine and alcohol

If you are a coffee lover, I have bad news for you. Unfortunately, coffee and alcoholic drinks can mess with your blood sugar levels too. Giving up of your favorite cup of coffee or Friday night drink may be hard, but it’s worth it; believe me.

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I bet you are thinking right now: “Ok Madeleine, but what I should eat instead?”

When battling acne, a healthy, balanced diet is the key. Eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables, swap white bread, rice or pasta for whole grain options and enjoy lean protein with every food. Don’t forget to have a portion of omega 3 fatty acids daily. They prevent inflammation and are found in fish like salmon or tuna, nuts, chia seeds or avocado.

Make these simple diet changes and keep it at least for 4 weeks long. After you notice a visible change in your skin condition, start slowly adding certain foods back in your diet to know how they work for you and your skin. If you break out one or two days later after a party or enjoying a box of chocolate, you will know what your triggers are – what food is best for you and what is better to avoid. I believe that everybody is different and knowing your acne triggers is a powerful weapon in your battle with pimples.

Be patient. Sometimes, it may take up to 12 weeks of diet change to see if a certain food is contributing to your acne. Don’t give up and eat your way in a healthy, flawless and glowing skin.

I wish you all the best and good luck on your journey to having a healthy, glowing skin!

Don’t forget to let me know about your experience. I would love to hear from you!

Your,

Madeleine