Lately I have been experimenting with facial oils and have recently added a new one to my skincare routine with very good results. I wanted to use this oil for a good few weeks to allow time for it to work it's magic on my skin and I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised by the results that I have with it so far. I bet you're wondering which oil this is that has me singing its praises and it is non other than Rosehip seed oil. I have been using this oil for the past 5 weeks at night after I cleanse and tone my face, I apply two to three drops to my skin and gently massage it into my face. As Rosehip seed oil is a "dry" oil it means that it sinks into the skin quite easily and does not leave an oily residue.
During the past 5 weeks my skin has transformed from dry, flaky and blotchy to nourished, supple and almost completely acne scar free. I have also noticed that any fine lines that I may have had have appeared to have diminished. Having done a little research into the benefits of this wonderful oil used by ancient Mayans and Egyptians it is easy to see why at last I have found some good and lasting results from using it. I'll share some of these benefits below, the benefits of Rosehip seed oil include;
- Anti-aging properties : The oil contains vitamins A and C and antioxidants and is able to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin to promote collagen production.
- Age spot protection : the antioxidants, beta-carotene, tocopherols, and lycopene in the oil fight the free radicals that can cause sun damage and the vitamin A as well as the oils essential fatty acids help to improve texture, skin tone and pigmentation.
- Acne Scars and eczema : The effects of eczema, rosacea and acne scarring are significantly reduced due to the presence of the essential fatty acids which help to promote skin regeneration.
- Boosts the immune system : Rosehip oil is a top source of vitamin C and therefore helps to fight infection.
I think that this oil will be a staple of my skincare routine for some time to come and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to try out facial oils but are worried that they might break out in spots as this isn't the case with Rosehip seed oil. The brand of oil that I use is from The Ordinary a beauty brand from the Deciem company but you can get the oil from other reputable brands like Trilogy. It is probably best to get the oil from a certified organic, fairtrade and cruelty free source as you can be sure of the purity of the ingredients and how efficient it will be in delivering great results.
Have you used Rosehip seed oil?
~ E xx
Lately I have been a bit of a skincare junkie I admit it! My latest obsession has been with serums and especially face masks so when the opportunity came for me to purchase a new face mask made by one of my favourite natural skincare companies Evolve I jumped at the chance to try their new product on my skin. The Miracle mask is a lovely face mask bursting with fruit acids like Glycolic Acid from sugar cane and also Peruvian Maca which is a superfood that has had a moment in health and wellness circles lately. The Maca serves to provide cellular skin renewal and radiance to the skin. This face mask comes in a dark recyclable glass jar and has a very gloopy consistency to it, it is a deep yellow in colour much like sunshine! and smells fruity and amazing. I applied the mask to my face and waited the recommended five minutes before washing the mask off my face with some warm water, as I looked in the mirror afterwards I did notice that my skin was noticeably brighter and felt really good too. Now I have only used this mask a couple of times but I can see that it is going to become one of my favourite go to masks that I reach for when my skin feels dull and tired.
I love that this mask like all of the Evolve products are natural and cruelty free as well as being made and manufactured right here in the UK.
Have you tried any products from Evolve ?
Sometimes no matter how much things are seemingly going our way, there comes a time when like a lightning bolt it hits you that you feel unsettled, upset or down in some way. This realisation may be because of circumstances beyond our control that have happened to us directly but it can also be because of a reason that we just can’t seem put our finger on. At times it can seem that the weight of the world is on your shoulders and you just don’t care for anything or anyone in that moment, all you would like to do is curl up in a ball and let the world pass you by. There is a little light at the end of the tunnel that you feel you’re falling into, there is something that you can do, what? You may ask, well a little often forgotten ritual called self care or self love. Taking care of yourself is not selfish and is something that you can do not only to feel better about yourself but also to become better placed to interact with and even help your nearest and dearest.
Here is a list of things that you can do when things seem a little tough and you’re spiralling down to that dark place.
1. Allow yourself to feel and take on your feelings wholeheartedly without trying to dissect or analyse them.
2. Be kind to yourself and use self compassion by talking to yourself like you would a good friend.
3. Make yourself some tea honestly the power of a good cup of tea in this situation is underrated
4. Get comfortable by putting on some easy, relaxing clothes
5. Put on your headphones and listen to some of your favourite music to lift your mood
6. Get outside and go for a walk in nature without the distraction of technology
7. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, it may seem like the last thing you want to do but having a roommate, friend or partner do something as small as cooking dinner can make a world of difference.
8. Indulge in some healthy escapism like watching your favourite shows, movies or even planning a holiday somewhere by pining ideas on Pinterest.
9. If you read lose yourself in a good book or magazine or blog!
10. Spend the day in bed, not always ideal but if it helps you to recuperate then go for it.
11. Take a nice relaxing bath or hot shower to soothe you
12. If all else fails do feel free to grab a chunky blanket and curl up under it till you feel better.
what things do you do when you’re going through a tough time?
The weather these past few days here in the UK has been nothing short of wonderful, lovely, sunny and well full of the joys of spring! With the warmer days finally arriving my thoughts naturally turn to keeping myself and my son suitably hydrated. I do like to mix things up during the warmer months and experiment with different thirst quenching but health focused drinks. At this particular time my drink of choice is Kombucha, what is kombucha you may ask? Well kombucha is a fermented drink that is made traditionally from green or black tea, it was first recorded in Asia around two thousand years ago. It is basically a natural soda or fizzy drink and not only tastes great it comes with some added significant health benefits as it contains beneficial bacteria and yeast. It is classed as a food but regular consumers of kombucha may have noticed that it is said to;
Enhance mental clarity
Maintain probiotic health
Provides an energy boost
Aids in the detoxification process
Improves gastrointestinal function and metabolism
I honestly can't believe that this is my first post on this wonderful drink as it is one of my favourites. Kombucha can be brewed by yourself at home and the process for this is quite simple although I will cover the home brewing aspect of this in another post. I currently purchase my kombucha at my local health food store and I like the fact that it is brewed right here in the UK although there are so many brands out there now on the market so I am in the process of sampling as many varieties as I can. The cool thing about kombucha is just like conventional soda / fizzy drinks it comes in a variety of naturally infused flavours such as raspberry, lime, elderflower and so on. All in all it is a refreshing and highly nutritious thing to drink especially ice cold on a hot and sunny day but can also be enjoyed any time of the year really. It really is a natural and better alternative to reach for compared to conventional fizzy or soft drinks which can be full of extra added sugar and unwanted chemicals, preservatives and colouring.
Have you heard of or tried kombucha before?
~ E xx
Spring is well and truly here in the UK and with it comes some very unpredictable weather but with a few sunny days sprinkled in between it is possible to bring some hygge (hue-guh) from the cold and dark autumn / winter nights into the the lighter fresher days of spring. Below is a by no means exhaustive list of some ways that you can bring the Danish concept of Hygge into spring.
Have a picnic - If the weather permits and you have the perfect spot it's worth it to get outside and chow down on some health and nutritious food whilst enjoying the sunshine
Plant something - Being green fingered at this time of year not only gives you a sense of achievement, it is therapeutic too.
Bring in some fresh flowers - On that note, getting some flowers indoors whether freshly picked or bought is a great way to bring the outside of spring indoors and helps to uplift the mood and in some cases provides a beautiful scent too.
Open windows - Let that gorgeous spring time air in it's good not just for you but for your home to to let the fresh air circulate
Go for a walk / Ride a bike - A double whammy!, you get to go out in the beautiful spring weather and get some exercise to boot which gives you those lovely endorphins that keep you feeling good and lift the mood.
Light a candle or put up some mood lights - There's something to be said for creating a cosy atmosphere with some lights or burning a lovely scented candle, be sure to get some clean and non toxic burning candles if you do!
Get some vitamin D in the sun outside _ Just go outside and enjoy the lovely sunshine when it's available, this helps to get that all important vitamin D that is good for the bones.
Bake _ Baking some healthy treats is not only a nice nutritious way to get some much needed nutrients it also fills your home with a lovely and cosy aroma.
Journal - Putting pen to paper and writing down our thoughts is a great way to de-stress and is very therapeutic too. It can help us set intentions and give us direction toward our goals.
Listen to some uplifting music - not enough can be said for putting on some funky and uplifting music, it's a great stress buster and sets the tone for many a memorable spring moment.
What is your favourite activity to incorporate into your spring routine?