BEAUTY

  • 5 DIY Makeup Tips For Glowing Skin

    5 DIY Makeup Tips For Glowing Skin
    Ever wondered how celebrities manage to look flawless at every red carpet appearance? The key is an effective beauty routine and simple makeup tricks to bring out your natural glow and make you look radiant all year round.

    Glowing skin is one of the best beauty assets anyone can have. It can make you look healthy, radiant, polished and more attractive – so it’s very important to look after your skin.

    There are techniques you can use to hide blemishes, dark circles, even skin tone and highlight your best features. Try these top five makeup tricks for glowing skin all year round:

    Step 1: Prep skin with a primer

    This is one makeup tip all celebrity makeup artists believe in. A primer is a product to use on you skin before any other makeup is applied. It should be applied after cleansing to freshly moisturised skin. Some primers have a moisturiser already included in them so just check the instructions on the packaging.

    Using a primer helps to prepare the skin for your foundation and allow your makeup to be applied even – creating the perfect base for makeup. Without a primer, your makeup can ‘grab’ and become patchy and uneven. It’s important to always use your primer on a cleansed, moisturised face underneath your foundation.

    Step 2: Use a skin illuminator 

    When used correctly, skin illuminators can be your best friend. Illuminators help to reflect light onto the skin making your skin look radiant and youthful. Simply mix one part illuminator to two parts foundation and blend onto your face.

    You can also purchase illuminators with an in-built bronzer to give you that all over sun-kissed glow! I like the idea of doing this because it saves me worrying about appearing too light – especially during the cooler months.

    You’ll be left with a dewy, luminous complexion all day long – just remember to lightly dust with a translucent powder before you move to your next step.

    Step 3: Contour with a powdered face bronzer

    Looking for a sun kissed glow? Now that your skin has a flawless base and you’ve finished applying your foundation or base coverage, you can use a powdered face bronzer to give your face some dimension.

    Simply take a powder, blush or contouring brush, gently swipe over your powdered bronzer palette. Tap your brush to remove any excess bronzer and use brush to gently apply it to cheekbones, bridge of nose, jawline and chin. Bronzer helps to highlight these points and contour your face creating depth, while using a highlighter will bring things forward.

    You can even use a “Bronzing & Highlighting face powder duo” which has both products in one palette. One swipe of this product on the cheeks instantly contours and highlights exactly where needed.

    Step 4: Use a liquid or cream based highlighter

    For some extra oomph and to give the illusion of higher cheekbones, larger lips and brighter eyes, use a liquid or cream based highlighters.

    Apply a small amount of highlighter to your finger and gently pat points of your face including cheek bones, corners of your eyes, bridge of your nose and cupids bow.

    This will give your face a gorgeous glow and help to highlight your natural bone structure. Remember, less is more – so go easy and build your way up. This is not body glitter and you can easily go overboard.

    5. Use a clear gloss 

    This is a simple yet very effective makeup tip for glowing skin. Simply dab a little clear lip gloss under your brow bones, cupids bow of your lip or any other feature of your face you wish to highlight.

    Appy it over foundation or blush and gently work around with your finger to give your face a radiant glow. Voila!

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  • DIY: How To Use Green Tea For Beauty

    How To Use Green Tea For Beauty
    We all love drinking green tea for health benefits but did you know you can use green tea for beauty benefits too? Read on for my favourite green tea beauty tips.

    Green tea is growing in popularity all around the world for its amazing health benefits. But there is so much more you can do with green tea to benefit your body and your skin. From DIY facial masks to toners, there are so many amazing ways to get glowing hair, skin and nails every day with green tea.

    Green Tea Facial Toner

    My belief has always been that if you cleanse your skin properly, you won’t need a toner. In saying that though, I really like the idea of using green tea on my skin after cleansing and exfoliating as a way of preserving my skin that little bit more and fighting premature ageing.

    I love the benefits of green tea on my body so it was only natural that I fall in love with this facial toner recipe as well. You can try the below recipe after cleansing or exfoliating your skin and I find it is the PERFECT base for applying your rose hip oil on top. Note: Never apply rose hip oil to dry skin or you will just look oily!

    Ingredients:

    2 cups brewed green tea (cooled)
    1 clean spray bottle

    Method:

    1. Simply brew 2 cups of green tea and allow to cool.

    2. Once cooled, pour into your empty spray bottle and use in replacement of a store bought toner.

    It works great to tighten and refresh dull skin to make you look fresh and glowing. You can also keep your toner in the fridge during the warmer months to give your skin a real wake up call!

    Green Tea Body Scrub

    Green tea has potent antioxidants and free-radical fighting benefits that help keep your skin looking refreshed and younger. One of the best things you can do for your skin is exfoliate regularly so it makes sense to include green tea in your beauty kit for DIY beauty products.

    When you exfoliate the skin, you help to remove any dead skin cells and debris that is trapped under the surface and clogging your pores. It also helps to improve circulation in the skin, making you look refreshed and younger.

    My favourite recipe for a DIY Green Tea Body Scrub is here:

    Ingredients:

    1 cup sugar
    1/2 cup coconut oil
    1 tbsp green tea (loose leaf or from tea bags)
    1 tsp matcha green tea powder (available at most health food stores)

    Directions:

    1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix until well combined. Feel free to add more coconut oil if you would like however 1/2 cup is quite moisturising.

    2. Store in a glass jar or air-tight container and apply during bath or shower time in a circular massage motion.

    Green Tea Hair Mask

    While it’s important to look after and care for your skin, it’s also important to nourish and protect your hair too. We often forget to take good care of our hair and this can result in dull, lifeless and brittle hair.

    The best thing you can do is pamper yourself to a DIY intensive hair treatment once a week to keep your skin, and your hair happy!

    You will find that the honey helps to nourish and hydrate your hair, making it look more shiny. While green tea will prevent hair loss and help to stimulate your scalp.

    Ingredients:

    1 cups brewed green tea (cooled to warm)
    1/4 cup coconut oil
    1 tbsp honey

    Method:

    1. Boil kettle and brew 1 cup of green tea. Allow to cool to a warm-hot temperature, but not boiling.

    2. Add coconut oil and honey and mix well in a container of your choice.

    3. Apply mixture to your scalp and hair, gently massaging from roots to ends.

    4. Leave for 30 minutes or over night and then wash hair as per normal.

    Green Tea Face Mask

    Face masks are the perfect way to give your skin the hydrating and detoxing boost it needs to look crystal clear, all year round. If you suffer from skin concerns, this recipe is going to be perfect for you!

    Green tea helps to promote youthful, glowing skin by fighting free radical damage and fighting against acne breakouts. You should use a face mask once a week after cleansing to help promote a healthy, glowing complexion.

    Turmeric powder use in the recipe is known for its anti-inflammatory properties that fight skin concerns like acne, acne scarring and eczema. It also acts as a potent antioxidant to lighten dark spots, blemishes and sunspots.

    Ingredients:

    2 tbsp brewed green tea (cooled)

    2 tbsp greek yoghurt

    1/2 tsp lemon juice

    1/2 tsp turmeric

    1/2 tsp cinnamon

    Method:

    1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.

    2. Cleanse skin and apply the mixture to damp skin.

    3. Wait for the mixture to set on your skin after a few minutes, then apply again. Repeat until finished.

    4. Allow the mask to sit on your face for ten minutes and rinse well with cool water.

    It’s best to follow with a gentle moisturiser, serum or rose hip oil. Only 2-3 drops of rose hip oil is necessary.

    Don’t waste thousands of dollars on expensive beauty products that promise the world. You can make your very own natural skincare products at home, with natural ingredients and minimal expense. I love making my own natural skincare and encourage you to ditch your products that contain SLS, mineral oils, parabens and other nasties that could be making your skin worse!

    If you like this article and want more DIY face mask recipes, check out my Clear Skin DIY Face Masks eBook here!

    Have you tried some of these recipes? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below 🙂 x

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  • 10 Beauty Uses For Coconut Oil

    10 Beauty Uses For Coconut Oil
    Coconut Oil has to be one of my favourite beauty products of all time. It’s so versatile, you can use it for everything and it’s super affordable – mega BONUS!

    I’ve experimented with Coconut Oil in my beauty regime for centuries now and have narrowed down to just 10 of my favourite uses for it. I usually keep one jar of coconut oil in my bathroom and another for the kitchen to avoid any contamination from using your hands.

    Storing Coconut Oil

    Because Coconut Oil is natural and an oil, it’s important to keep it away from sun, light, heat and air. The best place to store it, is in a cool, dark bathroom cupboard with the lid done up tight. If you leave the lid off or don’t do it up properly, the oil will begin to oxidise. Then it will smell funny and TRUST me when I say, you won’t want to put it on your skin!

    Here are my top ten uses for Coconut Oil:

    1. Face Moisturiser

    Apply 2-3 drops of coconut oil to clean, damp skin morning and night for best results. You should wait 5 or so minutes before applying your foundation or base so it doesn’t mix with the oil before it’s had a chance to absorb properly.

    2. Eye Makeup Remover

    You cannot go past coconut oil as an eye makeup or any type of makeup remover! It works wonders around the sensitive eye area and is so gentle on that delicate area of skin. I usually dip a cotton tip into the coconut oil then gently swipe underneath my eye area until makeup has been removed.

    3. Nail and Cuticle Cream

    I’m pedantic about my nails and have always suffered from weak, splitting nails – even as a kid. Coconut oil has worked wonders in reviving my nails and making them stronger and healthier! You can use this throughout the day as an ointment for your nails OR you can soak your nails in coconut oil with a squeeze of lemon for 20 minutes each day. This will make them stronger and healthier, plus stop any splitting!

    4. Split Ends Serum

    If you have split ends, unruly or frizzy hair – coconut oil will be your new best friend! Simply take a small amount between your fingers, melt it down and then apply to your split ends or unruly hair. Be careful not to apply too much as it can make your hair too heavy. Less is best.

    5. Hair Treatment

    This has to be a hairdressers best kept secret – no need to spend hundreds on deep conditioning hair treatments. Coconut oil works wonders on your hair. Simply heat up some oil and massage into your roots, all the way down to the ends. Leave it on overnight for best results and then shampoo and condition in the morning. I always do this on the last night before washing my hair to keep it super healthy and shiny!

    6. Lip Balm

    Another budget beauty idea that has amazing benefits for your lips. I usually spoon a small amount into an empty lip balm container and carry with me in my handbag. You can apply it as often as you like and it’s 100% natural! No need to worry about this drying out your lips as it works to nourish from the inside out for gorgeous, glossy lips.

    7. Oil Pulling

    Oil pulling helps to keep your teeth white and your gums healthy. Simply take 1 tbsp coconut oil into your mouth and gently swish around your mouth with your tongue for 10-20 minutes. Start at 5 minutes and work your way up to 20. Seems strange I know but I ALWAYS notice whiter teeth within a few days of doing this. Plus – it draws toxins out of your body at the same time. Just remember to spit the oil down the drain and brush your teeth after. DO NOT swallow.

    8. Bath Oil

    Add some coconut oil to your bath for extra nourishing and moisturising benefits. It helps to soothe dry or sensitive skin, leaving you feeling silky smooth. If before bedtime, add 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil to your bath to help you relax for a better nights sleep.

    9. Body Oil

    Forget body moisturiser, use coconut oil instead for the best skin of your life. Coconut oil is rich in vitamins and minerals which work to heal your skin from the inside out. If you’re suffering from any dryness, uneven skin tone or rashes – you can expect to see an improvement after using coconut oil. It’s best to apply it after getting out of the shower while your skin is still damp. This helps the oil to absorb faster, so you don’t have any oily residue.

    10. Cracked Heels Balm

    Massage 1tbsp of coconut oil onto cracked heels at night before you go to sleep and cover with a pair of cotton socks. Sleep in this overnight and watch your cracked heels fade away.

    For more skin tips and tricks like this make sure you follow me on Instagram HERE! Have you tried any of these coconut oil treatments? Let me know your feedback in the comments below!

    Olivia x

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  • The Truth About Accutane: The Side Effects Doctors Don’t Tell You About


    If you suffer from severe acne that has NOT responded to traditional acne treatments like low-dose antibiotics or birth control, your doctor or dermatologist may prescribe the popular acne treatment, Accutane or Roaccutane.

    Want to know the truth about Accutane? Read on:

    Accutane or Roaccutane is a drug that has been widely used to reduce acne symptoms after a course of approximately 4-6 months. It was originally prescribed to people who presented with severe acne that did not respond to other traditional treatments. However, it has since gained popularity has been prescribed more frequently for less severe acne.

    Why is Accutane one of the most controversial drugs on the planet?

    Most people are unaware of the documented list of severe and some permanent side effects associated to taking Accutane.

    Common side effects include:

    • Dry eyes
    • Dry lips
    • Nosebleeds
    • Sensitivity to sun
    • Thinning hair
    • Extremely dry skin

    Most people are aware of these tolerable side effects and choose to continue on with their course of Accutane. However, what many people don’t know is there is also a LONG list of serious side effects that have been reported which continued long after stopping the medication.

    More serious side effects include:

    • Severe allergic reactions
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Vision problems
    • Hearing loss
    • Permanent liver damage
    • Permanent migraines and headaches
    • Skeletal hyperostosis
    • Severe aches and pains in lower back
    • Birth defects (if taken when pregnant or trying to conceive)

    Due to the possibility of birth defects and harm to unborn child, it should never be used during pregnancy. Women who have taken the drug should avoid pregnancy for at least a month after ceasing taking the drug.

    There is also suggestions that taking Accutane or Roaccutane may lead to depression, anxiety, mood disorders and suicidal thoughts. Researchers still debate whether the drug causes depression however the manufacturer openly states that “Synthetic derivatives of vitamin A, can negatively impact brain chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin.”

    The FDA website goes on to warn “All patients treated with isotretinoin should be observed closely for symptoms of depression or suicidal thoughts, such as sad mood, irritability, acting on dangerous impulses, anger, loss of pleasure … mood disturbance, psychosis, or aggression.”

    Furthermore, statistics show that there were 72 suicides linked to Accutane between 1989 and 2003 by American teens younger than 18. This statistic is HIGHER than suicides linked to Prozac – a popular anti-depressant drug.

    Accutane or Roaccutane works by stopping excess oil production responsible for causing acne. The issue is that the drug damages your sebum glands and liver function during the course of medication and your liver may not be able to balance your hormones properly.

    Did you know you can achieve the same results safely and naturally?

    Accutane or Roaccutane works to improve fat metabolism and reduce inflammation. However, it is possible for these benefits can be achieved naturally and safely.

    How? By eating the right diet, supplements and skin care alternatives that aren’t going to cause potentially irreversible damage to your body and depression. By increasing your intake of foods high in Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene you can effectively reduce the over-production of oil by your sebaceous glands without the side effects!

    Supplements like vitamin C, E, Zinc and Glutamine all help to boost immune function in the body and reduce inflammation that is responsible for the red, inflamed breakouts associated to acne.

    Accutane is NOT the magical solution to acne and can make your skin worse!

    Do not be fooled into thinking that accutane is the magical solution for acne. It does not treat the root cause of acne, it merely addresses the symptoms.

    By stopping your skin’s natural oil production, you can experience more dryness which ultimately can lead to premature ageing. The secret to maintaining youthful skin is to keep your skin adequately hydrated inside and out. If you’re stopping your skin’s natural oil production, your skin is more prone to wrinkling and can make you look older than you are.

    The best long-term acne solution is one that addresses the internal issues of WHY you are suffering from acne. Skin conditions are your bodies way of saying there is something wrong and you need help. Turning to Accutane or Roaccutane is not the answer, it will simply mask the issue and potentially cause more problems in the long term.

    Look to a long-term solution that uses natural methods like diet, lifestyle and skincare solutions to clear your skin forever without the drugs, chemical products and gimmicky tricks.

    Discover the natural techniques to cure acne forever and regain your confidence again. Clear Skin Project shows you how to quickly and easily cure acne permanently WITHOUT harmful drugs, expensive creams and without the side effects – guaranteed!

    Check out the testimonial of some of my clients who followed the advice in my Clear Skin Project program to completely clear their skin HERE! AMAZING and completely drug and expensive skincare product-free!

    Have you tried a course of Accutane before? What were your experiences like? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

    Olivia x

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  • DIY Coconut Rose Body Scrub

    DIY Coconut Rose Body Scrub
    I absolutely love making DIY skincare products and this has to be one of my favourite body scrub recipes.

    Body scrubs exfoliate dead skin cells and impurities from your skin leaving your skin feeling silky smooth. The base of coconut oil is very nourishing meaning your skin is moisturised as well as gently exfoliated.

    The best time to use a body scrub is during a hot bath or shower. Gently massage the mixture onto your skin in circular motions until all your skin is covered. Once applied to your entire body, gently rinse with water. Follow with coconut oil as a moisturiser.

    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup coconut oil
    • 1 cup rose petals
    • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
    • 1/4 cup jojoba or almond oil
    • Jar

    Instructions:

    1. Add coconut oil to the jar.

    2. Pick fresh rose petals and place into the jar on top of the coconut oil.

    3. Add sugar and jojoba/almond oil to the jar and close the lid to allow oils to infuse into the rose petals.

    4. Leave for 1-2 hours then mash up the contents of the jar with a spoon.

    Enjoy! Have you tried this recipe? Let me know your thoughts below. I’d love to hear from you.

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  • How To Get Rid Of Hormonal Acne After The Pill

    How To Get Rid Of Hormonal Acne After The Pill

    Are you thinking about coming off the pill or birth control but want to avoid your skin going crazy? Or have you recently come off the pill only to get two or three months down the track and have your skin erupting in cystic acne?

    Want to get rid of hormonal acne after the pill? Read on:

    Learn how to prevent and cure your acne after coming off the pill, naturally. Now I will be honest, curing this type of acne is harder to treat than other types of acne due to your body trying to balance its hormones again. But you will get there, and a lot faster with these tips on how to get clear skin fast.

    Take A Zinc Supplement

    One of the first things you should do is go out or online and buy yourself a decent Zinc supplement. Why? Because zinc is directly involved in the metabolism of different hormones in your body. Low levels of zinc increase the conversion of testosterone to DHT (dihydrotestosterone) in your body which is one of the androgens that contributes to the cause of hormonal acne.

    You might notice that your skin is SUPER oily after coming off the pill which is the perfect breeding ground for more acne. This is because the increased DHT causes the enlargement of the sebaceous gland which increases the production of acne-causing sebum or oil!

    Dosage: Take 25-50mg of Zinc per day for best results in conjunction with the clear skin meal plan and advice in my eBook here.

    Limit The Caffeine 

    Swap your morning latte for a calming herbal tea instead. Tea’s like dandelion root, nettle, liquorice and cardamom all help to reduce inflammation in the body and support your liver and kidneys.

    You want to assist your body in healing and balancing your hormones so it’s best to avoid caffeine during this time. Why? Because caffeine increases your cortisol (stress hormone) levels and can wreak havoc on your endocrine system – leaving your body feeling stressed.

    The last thing you want to do during this time is place any more additional stress on your body, particularly if you are already suffering from hormonal breakouts. That in itself is stressful enough.

    Avoid All Toxins 

    Avoid all toxins, including the ones in your food AND your beauty cabinet. Be mindful that you are consuming the largest amount of toxins through what you eat so it’s so important to follow a clear skin meal plan like the one in my eBook – Clear Skin Project.

    One of the secrets to curing hormonal acne for good is avoiding toxins and drinking lots of water to assist your body in eliminating what it needs to. If you don’t avoid toxins and drink enough water, you may make your skin worse as when your body can not eliminate toxins normally, it can excrete through your skin instead.

    Be mindful that you can also be exposed to toxins through your beauty cabinet including harsh chemical skincare products, makeup and household cleaning products. Look out for ingredients like: SLS/SLES, mineral oils, parabens, PEGS, artificial preservatives, fragrances, parfum and colours.

    Click here for the top list of ingredients to avoid.

    Add More Maca To Your Diet

    Maca powder is widely known for its history of promoting hormonal balance in both males and females. Most women will notice a decrease in PMS symptoms (YAY!), increased fertility, and improved skin.

    Maca is high in minerals and essential fatty acids, making it the perfect supplement for hormones and has relatively no side effects. If you plan on taking maca powder to help clear your hormonal acne naturally, you should start with a small dosage.

    How much do I take?

    Maca is a powerful superfood that can give you more energy than you re used to and can quickly support hormone balance. Ideally, you should start with around 1tsp of maca powder per day and then increase to 3 teaspoons over a period of 1-2 weeks. If you find that you are more hyperactive than usual or your acne becomes worse, you can lessen your dosage to suit your needs.

    Remember that natural remedies take a few weeks to hit your system properly so there may be around three weeks before you notice the changes affecting your body properly and improving your skin.

    Get Your Beauty Sleep

    We’ve heard this one time and time again, but in the case of treating hormonal acne – this really does work. One of the side effects of not enough sleep, is your body craving all the wrong foods. When this happens, you’ll more than likely feel tired and eat poorly based on not having enough energy to prepare your meals properly.

    In order to allow your body to balance its hormones correctly and clear your hormonal acne for good, you must get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep every single night. The optimum hours for sleeping are 10pm-7am so try to be in bed winding down with a cup of herbal tea or a book by 9:30pm every night.

    It’s really important to listen to your body during this time and allow it the rest it needs to balance your hormones naturally. Your body needs time to adjust to not being on the pill anymore and will be using extra energy to recover and heal.

    If you are finding it hard to wind down after work or school, try these simple tips:

    1. Run a bath with 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil.

    2. Burn 2-3 drops lavender essential oil in an oil burner before you go to sleep.

    3. Make a cup of chamomile tea before you go to bed, to relax yourself into dream time.

    4. Write all your thoughts and to do lists down in a journal before you go to bed so you’re not going to sleep worrying about what you have to do the following day.

    5. Listen to some relaxing music or meditate for 20 minutes before hopping into bed.

    Follow A Clear Skin Meal Plan

    This would have to be the MOST important step in curing your hormonal acne naturally after coming off the pill – I cannot stress this piece of advice enough. It is VITAL that you follow a clear skin meal plan, avoiding all the wrong foods and eating all the right ones.

    Your diet is a huge factor in curing hormonal acne quickly. If you follow a meal plan like the one in my eBook you will have much faster results in clearing your skin for good.

    Why? Because certain foods can make your acne worse and in turn will make you lose even more confidence. The last thing you want to do is lose hope and then go back on the pill in a desperate plea for clear skin again! Do not give into this temptation. You have decided to come off of the pill for a reason, so don’t feel tempted into going back on it just so you can put a temporary fix on the problem for a while – it will still be there when you try again next.

    By avoiding certain acne trigger foods and increasing your intake of acne curing foods, you are helping your body to clear your skin more quickly. Foods like pasta, white bread, pizza, cakes and sugar are things that you are going to be craving during this time – these are also the worst possible foods for your skin.

    By increasing your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables and consuming healthy grain choices like brown rice, quinoa and coconut flour – you are reducing the amount of inflammation in your body and improving your skin. For a full list of foods to eat, foods to avoid, a downloadable shopping list and a 14 day meal plan – you can check out my full guide here.

    Let’s Get Started

    Now you have these top tips on how to get rid of your hormonal acne and clear your skin for good, you can put them into action.

    If you feel that you need more help, one-on-one coaching or a copy of my full guide please feel free to email me [email protected] or click here for my full guide. It’s the best investment you’ll make and something that you can keep for the rest of your life – constantly reviewing when you need some extra skin advice.

    The full guide explains the exact foods you need to eat and avoid to clear your skin and end the breakouts. It’s been created using hours of research and tried and tested foods for acne.

    I tell you what not to eat, what to eat and how to plan your meals for the program. It includes three main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) plus two snacks for in-between main meals.
    Please feel free to comment any questions below, I’d love to hear from you and your questions about getting rid of hormonal acne after coming off the pill! x

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  • 5 Amazing Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

    5 Amazing Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
    You have more than likely have heard of Apple Cider Vinegar and it’s vast health benefits, including clear skin. In fact, you probably have a bottle sitting in your pantry right now. You’ve been thinking about taking it and seeing what all the fuss is about but you have no idea where to start.

    What is Apple Cider Vinegar?

    Apple Cider Vinegar is made by fermenting the sugars from apples which then turns them into acetic acid, which is the active ingredient in vinegar.

    Acetic acid is a anti-bacterial and can help kill pathogens, including bacteria. This makes it the perfect remedy for DIY household cleaning products, treating nail fungus and ear infections. Hippocrates even used vinegar for wound cleaning over two thousand years ago!

    Apple Cider Vinegar has been around for decades and was more than likely used by your mother or grand mother to dress salads. It’s true – it does make a superb salad dressing. But the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar don’t just stop there. It has taken the world by storm as the latest and greatest health drink that promises amazing detox benefits. But how do you use it and more importantly – WHY?

    Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar:

    • Clear Skin
    • Improved Digestion
    • Reduces Appetite
    • Weight Loss
    • Prevents Candida and Balance Gut Bacteria

    1. Clear Skin

    That’s right. Apple cider vinegar is one of the most powerful health tonics for the skin and can even be used as a toner! Simply mix one part vinegar with two parts water and use as an overnight treatment for acne and spots. You can also use this as a internal health tonic by enjoying 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar morning and night. I find it’s best diluted in some water or poured over a salad.dont

    2. Improved Digestion

    Digestion is the buzz word on everyones lips and seems to be the root of all problems, including acne. Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar in water can help to naturally improve your digestion.

    Take a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of water approximately 15 minutes before your meal to stimulate your digestive juices for better breakdown of your food.

    It’s especially helpful when you’re experiencing a bacterial tummy bug due to Apple Cider Vinegar’s anti-bacterial properties. Because Apple Cider Vinegar contains high levels of acetic acid, you can expect your body’s absorption of important minerals from your food to be far more effective. Translation – especially useful to us women who generally have a hard time getting all the calcium our bodies need to keep our bones strong!

    If you can’t tolerate the taste, try dressing a salad with it or diluting in some water.

    3. Reduces Appetite 

    In 2005, a Swedish study found that people felt satisfaction from their meals for longer after eating bread with vinegar as opposed to bread on its own.

    Acetic acid is the magical ingredient found in all vinegars that promises to help reduce the glycemic index of foods and thus slowing the rate at which sugars are released into the blood.

    The high content of this magical acetic acid is found in apple cider vinegar thus making it an impressive medicine.

    4. Weight Loss

    Vinegar helps to lower blood sugar levels, so it makes sense that it would help you lose weight. Vinegar has been shown to increase feelings of fullness, helping you to feel more satisfied from your meals. Most people will consume 200 less calories when they start their day with Apple Cider Vinegar.

    By reducing calorie intake, this will translate into reduced weight over a period of time. It’s still recommend that you consume your recommended calorie intake for the day to keep your body happy and healthy but if you find that you are piling up your plate and portion sizes are in issue, Apple Cider Vinegar can definitely help!

    5. Prevents Candida and Balances Gut Bacteria

    Apple Cider Vinegar is full of powerful acids that are known to improve your intestinal flora. If you suffer from candida symptoms like acne, fatigue, digestive issues, poor memory, lack of focus or anxiety, you’ll benefit from including Apple Cider Vinegar in your diet daily.

    You may experience some candida “die off symptoms” within the first week of your new Apple Cider Vinegar regime. This is completely normal and a vital step in the candida-cure process.The discomfort happens when candida yeast are killed off by the vinegar which results in more toxins being absorbed into the bloodstream.

    Be sure to up your water intake to make the symptoms more bearable. Remember that die off symptoms are a sign that it’s working!

    How Do I Use It?

    The easiest way to enjoy apple cider vinegar, is diluted in a glass of water. The ratio is completely up to you.

    I prefer to pour 1tbsp of apple cider vinegar into a glass and add another 2tbsp of water. I then shot the drink as I find it’s the easiest way to get it down.

    Others prefer to mix 1tbsp in a full glass of water. I encourage you to experiment and do what works best for you.

    You can up your intake to 2 tbsp per day. I would be inclined to have one with breakfast and one with lunch. It’s best to take it with food so that it doesn’t burn on the way down.

    Keep in mind that vinegar is quite strong so you do need it diluted with water and then drink another glass immediately after your dosage.

    What kind should I buy?

    Personally, I would only ever use the liquid form of Apple Cider Vinegar. It is possible to get it in a pill or tablet form but I would much prefer to drink the liquid, you know the exact quantity that’s going in your body and you don’t have to worry about fillers in a tablet.

    I’ve used lots of different types of Apple Cider Vinegar and I always come back to Bragg. There are a million and one testimonials on this brand online and they really are the “trusted” brand when it comes to this type of vinegar.

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    Bragg is also certified organic and by choosing an organic brand and one that most likely resembles light brown murky liquid, you are getting the highest possible quality product. Sounds gross, but this is the most natural form of apple cider vinegar. The more processing the vinegar goes through, the less effective it will be.

    Olivia x

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  • DIY Aloe and Lavender Facial Mist

    DIY Aloe and Lavender Facial Mist
    Aloe vera juice, lavender and frankincense have cell-renewing properties to refresh the skin and leave you looking glowing and youthful!

    Use this DIY Facial Mist as often as you like to set your makeup, refresh your skin or even apply before your rose hip oil!

    Ingredients:

    • 1 tsp distilled witch hazel
    • 10 drops lavender essential oil
    • 10 drops frankincense essential oil
    • 250ml aloe vera juice
    • Spray bottle

    Method:

    1. Combine the witch hazel with the essential oils in a spray bottle of your choice.

    2. Shake well.

    3. Add the aloe juice and shake again.

    4. Mist your skin as often as you wish.

    Tips:

    • Use to set makeup for the day. Simply mist your face after finishing your makeup application and it will make your skin look more natural and radiant.
    • Use before you apply your rose hip oil to make sure your skin is nice and damp.
    • Whenever you’re feeling tired or in need of a refresh, mist your face.
    • Pop in the freezer overnight and allow to defrost during the day for a refreshing wake up call during the Summer months!

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