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

 

 

 

natural oils to fight oily skin

Best 6 natural oils to fight oily skin

Fighting oily skin with oils? Sounds crazy, huh? If you struggle with oily skin and clog pores is going natural the best way how to win this battle. Natural oils are great moisturizers that help to keep the skin smooth and healthy. The key is to choose right oils for your skin type.

Maybe you also experience this – applying expensive cosmetics products on your face that promised eliminate the shine and reduce oil production. You try them all, with no result. In fact, some of these synthetic products could make it even worse as they contain ingredients that trigger oil production and irritate the skin. I wish someone would tell me this when I was a teenager! Going natural is a safe and gentle way to get a healthy, radiant and smooth skin.

So which natural oils can help you to fight oily skin?

Jojoba oil

natural oils to fight oily skin

I love jojoba oil! It helps to control the production of sebum and has great regenerating and anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps to calm, protect and soft the skin. Its composition is very close to that of human sebum, so it tricks the skin to produce less oil. It contains Vitamin E and natural sunscreen. Especially in summer, it is a win-win! Let’s make it clear – jojoba oil is a wax that is liquid at room temperatures. It is light oil with yellow color that is easily absorbed.

Hemp seed oil

natural oils to fight oily skin

Thanks to its regenerating, softening, firming and healing properties the hemp seed oil is one of the best oils used for oily and acne prone skin. It contains Omega 6 (linoleic acid), Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin A and chlorophyll which gives it its dark green color with a light nutty aroma.  This oil absorbs perfectly into the skin without leaving a greasy film.

Macadamia oil

natural oils to fight oily skin

The same as jojoba oil, macadamia oil is also very close to the naturally occurring sebum of the skin. It’s hypoallergenic and regenerates, nourishes, protects, softens, heals, soothes and calms the skin. This oil contains Omega 6 fatty acid that helps to balance sebum production in the oily skin and creates a natural protective barrier. It slows signs of premature aging and improves the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and sunburn. Macadamia oil has a thick texture and is completely absorbed by the skin.

Grapeseed oil

natural oils to fight oily skin

Grapeseed oil is extracted from grape seeds and has regenerating and astringent properties. It helps to regulate natural oil production, treat acne, tight the skin, diminish dark circles and reduce scars.  It is rich in Vitamin E and quickly penetrates the skin due to its light and thin consistency.

Hazelnut oil

natural oils to fight oily skin

This oil is great for oily skin, dilated pores and blackheads and has purifying properties. It helps to eliminate blackheads, control the production of sebum, nourish and protect skin and makes the skin more supple. It is usually made from roasted hazelnuts, has a stronger aroma and contains Vitamin A and E.

Rosehip oil

natural oils to fight oily skin

Rosehip oil was the first natural oil that I tried, and I couldn’t be happier with the result! It is a perfect oil for oily skin. It can deeply penetrate the skin and help to get rid of the excess oil from the face. Rosehip oil also contributes to heal, regenerate and hydrate the skin and acne scars will fade faster. It has anti-aging properties and may reduce wrinkles. This oil contains Vitamin E and C, Essential fatty acids and Lycopene, the antioxidant, that helps to prevent premature aging and improve skin texture.

Boom! Are you ready to experiment? Finding the best facial oil for your skin type is pure gold!

Let me know how it went!

Your,

Madeleine xx

6 best oils for dry skin

6 best oils for dry skin: Make your skin glow

Do you suffer from dry sensitive skin? Have you tried various skin care products, but still never find the right one for you? I’ve been there, done that. But then I discovered the magic of natural oils! I would like to share with you 6 the best oils for dry skin.

You got me! I’m literally obsessed with facial oils!

Living on the Sydney beach is amazing, but not as great for my skin. Thanks to strong sun lights and salty water my skin suffers from dryness. After 2 years of non-successful attempts with a various range of conventional cosmetics products, I felt desperate.  Then I was lucky enough to spend two months in Bali. When I visited local markets I bought an organic coconut oil to give it a try. I was amazed by the result! It worked perfectly for me so I started to experiment with all types of oils. And I was hooked!

Here are my 6 the most favorite facial oils for dry and sensitive skin:

 Avocado oil

avocado oil for dry skin

Who doesn’t love avocado, one of our the healthiest fat? But have you know that you can spread avocado not only on the slice of bread but also on your skin? More precisely, avocado oil is extracted from the avocado tree that is native to Central Mexico. It supports skin regenerating and hydrating and makes the skin and hair more supple. It is quite thick and rich in vitamin A and E.  Avocado oil provides perfect protection and aftercare when your skin is exposed to the sun or the wind. There three different types available in the market: bright green (made from fresh pulp), dark green – almost brown (made from dried pulps) and pale yellow (has been refined, obtained from dried pulp). It absorbs easily and doesn’t leave a greasy film.

Evening Primrose oil

evening primrose oil for dry skin

This regenerating and softening oil, which is extracted from seeds of the primrose plant, is great for dry, wrinkled or damaged skin. It has yellow to pale green color and is thick and rich in vitamin E.

Jojoba oil

jojoba oil for dry skin

Currently my the most favorite oil, which is extracted from seeds of the jojoba shrub. Interestingly its composition is very close to that of human sebum (the natural oil which our skin produces). It helps to control the production of sebum, regenerate, calm, soften, and protect the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. As a bonus, it contains a natural sunscreen. Jojoba oil has a yellow color and is actually a wax that is liquid at room temperate. It absorbs very easily. This oil is my first choice in hot Australian summer.

 

Olive oil

olive oil for dry skin

We all know that extra virgin olive oil is perfect for our favorite salad, but have you know, that is the perfect treatment for your dry and sensitive skin too?  The olive oil is extracted from the ripe fruit of the olive tree and it contains vitamins A and E. It nourishes and moisturizes the skin. It comes in various shades of light green has an aroma that is more or less pronounced. When using olive oil for skin care, avoid an overly fruity scent.

Tip: Put a few tablespoons of olive oil to the bath water. Your skin will be smooth, soft and glowing.

Sunflower oil

sunflower oil for dry skin

This oil extracted from the seeds of sunflower is perfect for dry and very dry skin. It has softening and nourishing properties. It has a yellow color and a fruity aroma similar to that of sunflower seeds. The sunflower oil absorbs very well and is rich in skin soothing vitamin E.

Sweet almond oil

almond oil for dry skin

It is extracted from the kernel of sweet almonds and it helps to soothe, tone and soften the skin. The sweet almond oil may also help to treat minor burns. It has a pale yellow color and a very discreet scent, is rich in vitamins A and E. The sweet almond oil absorbs very quickly without leaving oily appearance.

Well, now you know my top 6 facial oils for dry skin. Now it is time to start experimenting and find the best one for you.

Can’t wait to hear about your favorite ones :).

Your,

Madeleine

 

 

 

natural skin care products

Amazing benefits of using natural skin care products

Are you a healthy lifestyle junkie? Do you choose healthy whole foods, enjoy being active, and love nature? Using natural skin care products is another way you can improve your overall health and health of our planet.

Are you wondering if natural skin care is the right choice for you? Here are a few benefits of using natural and organic cosmetics instead of conventional ones.

No Harmful Chemicals

What you put on your skin enters your body. Conventional beauty cosmetics include synthetic chemicals such as preservatives and colorants to give their products a silky appearance, perfumes, attractive colors, and long shelf live among other qualities.

The possible side effects of these chemicals include:

  • Increase of estrogen production in the body.
  • Can be carcinogenic.
  • Skin irritation, redness, or break outs.
  • Allergic reactions.
  • Block pores preventing the skin from breathing.

Natural cosmetics are safe to use with no unwanted side effects. You don’t have to worry that long-term exposure could do damage over time, but always be careful when you are choosing natural beauty products and read the ingredients list carefully. Even some natural products can cause allergic reactions or irritation. Luckily, the effects are much more understood than those from conventional cosmetics with synthetic compounds. Always be aware of your health condition.

Earth Friendly

Natural and organic skin care products are safe to your health and your local environment, too. Synthetic chemicals included in conventional cosmetics contain toxins that are released into our lakes and rivers from our own bathrooms. These chemicals affect local wildlife such as fish, seagulls, or turtles. It’s a known fact that our skin absorbs up to 60% of the substances that are applied to it and the rest returns to the environment.

And, of course, natural cosmetic products aren’t tested on animals.

 

Does going natural sounds like a good choice for you? Great! But how you should start?

I’d imagine that it could be quite confusing in the beginning.

Let’s have a look at the most common labels in the natural cosmetic industry and learn how to understand them.

Natural

means that the product include the ingredients derived directly from plants or minerals with minimal or no processing.

But be careful! Some cosmetic companies may use only one natural ingredient in the product and may still brand it as natural. Other natural skin care products may contain natural ingredients in very small amounts without any significant skin care effect. Some companies may use the word “natural source” referring to components that they obtained in a raw form from nature, but extracted using chemical processes or transformed in some way.

Organic

refers to ingredients derived from non-genetically modified plants, grown in ecologically-friendly environments without using artificial pesticides, fertilizers, or GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). Certified organic skin care products must adhere to strict standards for cosmetics ingredients. When trying a new product, always check if the name of any certifying organization is stated on the packaging.

Banned ingredients include:

  • Petroleum (paraffin, glycols, etc.).
  • Animals (other by-products naturally produced by animals such as beeswax, honey, milk, etc.).
  • Synthetic perfumes.
  • Colorants.
  • Silicon.
  • Toxic preservatives.

Synthetic-free

products contain only natural ingredients.

Cruelty-free

products are not tested on animals and  use the ingredients that do not contain any animal matter.

Vegan

describes only plant based cosmetic products.

PETA certified

means that PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has certified that the cosmetic brand does not test on animals.

When you are shopping for cosmetic products, be aware of possible misleading advertising claims that certain cosmetic companies use, but not all of them are frauds. It”s like when you are buying your food in the supermarket. Do your research, be well informed, and read the labels carefully!

Final tip: When you are studying an ingredient list, don’t forget that ingredients are listed from highest percentage to the lowest. Aim to choose a product with the synthetic ingredients listed mainly at the bottom, or not at all.

Can’t wait for your experience and questions!

Your,

M.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

what is body brushing

What is body brushing: Benefits & How to

Body brushing, one of the ancient Ayurvedic cleansing techniques, is an amazing beauty trick that has great health and beauty benefits. It costs literally nothing, takes only a few minutes a day, and is so easy to do. In case you’ve never heard about body brushing, let me simply explain what body brushing is and why it should become an essential part of your daily body care routine.

The Benefits of Body Brushing

Healthy, Glowing Skin:

Dry skin brushing helps to remove dead skin cells laying on the top of your skin, eliminate toxins, and unclog your pores. Your skin can breathe easily and absorb the essential nutrients you need. It’s also a good prevention of dry skin because it supports sebum secretion. As a result, you will get a smoother, healthier and more radiant skin.

Detoxify and Cleanse Your Body:

Body brushing stimulates your lymphatic system and increases blood circulation in your body. It helps to remove dead cells and other waste from your body.

Reduce Cellulite:

As a bonus, you can also reduce the appearance of unwanted cellulite! Cellulite is nothing more than fat cell deposits stored under the skin with very poor blood circulation. Regular dry brushing supports an increase blood flow in cellulite areas and loosens up fat cell deposits. How great is that!

Refresh Body and Mind:

Add body brushing into your daily morning routine followed by an alternating hot and cold shower for a while, and you won’t need your morning coffee anymore! You will feel immediately refreshed and ready to tackle your day.

How to Body Brush

Stand up in your bathtub or shower. Take a brush in your hand and start dry brushing your body at your feet working upwards in small circles. Then work from your hands towards your shoulders. Keep brushing for  at about 5 minutes. Aim to brush always towards your heart in the same direction with your lymphatic flow. Be gentle when brushing over sensitive areas. Have a shower after brushing and then apply a natural fruit oil (like coconut oil) on your skin. That’s it!

Body Brushing Tips

  • Use a good quality, natural bristle brush and, avoid synthetic ones because they can scratch your skin badly. A brush with a long handle will help you brush your back more easily.
  • Do not brush too hard. Use a more delicate brush for sensitive areas or brush with less pressure.
  • Brush lightly around cellulite areas.

As you can see, dry skin brushing has many health and beauty benefits, from softer, more beautiful and glowing skin to strengthening your immune system. So what are you waiting for? Let’s body brush! 🙂

Your,

M.