Do you suffer from dry, damaged hair? Do you have split ends and frizzy lengths? It may be time to nourish your hair with a high protein DIY treatment mask to reverse the signs of damaged hair.
Eggs are a great source of natural protein for for your hair and egg yolk is rich in healthy fat and protein which is intensely moisturising. Yoghurt also contains a small amount of protein and can help revive damaged hair.
4 tbsp Greek yoghurt
1 tbsp Coconut oil
1. Crack egg into a mixing bowl and beat with a fork for 30 seconds.
2. Add remaining ingredients and combine with a fork for 30 seconds.
3. Coat hair evenly with the mixture, covering roots to ends.
4. Leave on hair for 20-30 minutes and then rinse with cool to luke-warm water.
5. Be mindful not to have the water temperature too high or you may cook the egg in your hair!
Have you tried this hair mask? Leave your comments and questions below!
A question I am often asked at this time every year is, “With Christmas just around the corner, how can I make healthy meals that are good for my skin and taste delicious too?”
The holiday season begins again soon but it doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of your favourite foods or be anxious about your skin breaking out!
I will share with you my personal holiday eating tips and meal ideas that will keep you on track with your Clear Skin Project! These are delicious recipes even if you aren’t following the plan.
Do NOT Skip Meals
Begin your day as any other day on the Clear Skin Project meal plan. Do not skip meals to save on calories or carbohydrates. The worst thing you can do is skip meals and then binge eat at your next meal. Try to incorporate lots of vegetables onto your plate whenever possible and limit sugar or processed foods and bread.
Eat Snacks Between Meals
Eat a protein-packed snack an hour before your holiday meal.
Don’t think of the holidays as an excuse to binge on unhealthy food. Be sure to plan in advance to make sure there are healthy options available that you can enjoy. If there are no healthy options, take some time to make some clean snacks or meals to bring along with you to the festivities. You’ll be surprised how many guests will choose fruit over dessert! Especially after a heavy meal.
When enjoying your holiday meals, make sure you are eating mindfully. Some great things to do are to take five deep breaths before you start your meal and sit next to someone you find interesting and can have an engaging conversation with. Chew your food thoroughly and slowly and put your fork down between bites.
Make Simple Swaps
You can make holiday eating more healthy by making simple swaps for healthier choices! Opt for steaming, roasting and grilling instead of frying in oil. Swap your roasted potatoes for roasted pumpkin and sweet potato. Create simple dressings and sauces using olive oil, lemon and oregano instead of sugary glazes. Include a healthy salad with all main meals and have a fresh tropical fruit platter instead of a sugar filled dessert!
Supplement With A Probiotic or Alkaline Detox Drink
We want to keep our gut happy and healthy during the Christmas period and help it to recover from any food choices we wouldn’t be making during a normal period. Have 1 tbsp Organic Apple Cider Vinegar twice a day with lunch and dinner and have a shot of Coconut Kefir to keep the bacteria in your gut abundant. The happier you can keep your gut, the better you will feel. Your skin will thank you for it too!
My favourite brand of Apple Cider Vinegar is an American brand called Bragg and my favourite brand of Coconut Kefir is Peace, Love & Vegetables in Byron Bay, Australia.
TIP: Team up with a friend so you can keep yourself accountable to making better food choices this holiday season!
It’s common knowledge that sugar contributes to your waistline, but how about your skin? There are constant reports on sugar and its effect on obesity and heart health but you may wonder if it is also contributing to acne and bad skin. The bottom line is yes, and I’m here to explain why.
When you look back on 50 years of clinical studies, there is a strong indication that diet and acne are linked. Studies have also shown that sugar promotes inflammation in the body, which in turn is reflected in your skin. We know that an unhappy gut = unhappy skin. When we feed it sugar it will surely aggravate your skin.
What Sugar You Should Avoid
I’m not talking about the sugar that is naturally present in fruits. Fruits can be wonderful for your skin and are far better for you than junk food. I’m talking about sugar that is present in simple carbohydrate foods like candy, ice cream, cake, white bread, pizza, potato chips, pasta, ketchup, jam, soda and snacks.
These foods are simple carbohydrates and cause problems for your skin. Why? They rapidly break down into glucose and cause an insulin spike in your body. They are pro-inflammatory foods which mean that they promote inflammation in your body, including your skin.
Simple carbohydrates are composed of one or two sugars that are refined and hold little nutritional value to the body. Because of their very simple structure, they are converted into sugar in the body much quicker than recommended.
The Best Type of Sugar
The best type of sugar is the one that is present in complex carbohydrates as they are broken down into glucose (sugar) at a slower rate than simple carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates include foods such as brown rice, sweet potato, whole grains, beans, and broccoli.
Complex carbohydrates have a higher nutritional value to the body than simple carbohydrates. For this reason it’s recommended that simple carbohydrates are limited or reduced and complex carbohydrates are increased. These are the healthier sugars for your body and will fast track your journey to clear skin.
These foods will help to keep your blood sugar levels in check.
Tips To Keep Blood Sugar Levels In Check
Eat healthy, balanced meals frequently. Lowering your sugar intake does not mean you should lower your food intake. In order to keep blood sugar levels balanced you must re-fuel the body every three hours to avoid insulin spikes.
Get lots of beauty sleep. Getting enough sleep every night will ensure that your stress hormones (cortisol) are kept in check!
Stress-less! Keep stress levels to an absolute minimum and practice deep breathing techniques to manage daily stress. Stress can spike insulin levels in the same way that sugar can.
For best results, I recommend that you follow an anti-inflammatory diet of lean protein, healthy fats and a complex carbohydrates for clear, glowing skin!
The favourite part of my day is receiving transformation photos from people who have had AMAZING results from following my clear skin guide! The Clear Skin Project has transformed the lives of people all across the world who have suffered from moderate to severe acne.
Check out this recent transformation that will blow your mind! WELL DONE to Niki who has followed the guide and achieved amazing results! I am SO proud of you, it takes a lot of effort and dedication to achieve these incredible results.
Niki suffered from moderate acne and inflammation. After following my guide she has completely cleared her skin and regained her confidence!
You too can achieve clear skin for life. Nourish your body from the inside out and follow the advice in my guide to clear your skin in 30 days or LESS!
This is the perfect scrub leading into summer, it will get rid of your dry skin and help to eliminate cellulite! Coconut and vanilla are a scent match made in heaven, your whole bathroom will smell amazing. I love giving this scrub as gifts, it is so personal and inexpensive plus you can package it in cute jars and personalise them depending on who you are giving it to.
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (not essence)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1. In a small pan, melt coconut oil over low heat until it is a liquid.
2. Let oil cool slightly and pour it over the brown sugar in a jar or glass container.
3. Add vanilla extract and cinnamon, mix well with a spoon.
4. Massage into clean, damp skin while in the shower.
5. Store remaining product in an air-tight container. Product will last for 1-2 weeks.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune, inflammatory skin disorder that affects nearly 3% of the world’s 7.1 billion population!
It affects both males and females of all ages, genders and ethnicities and to date there is no known cure. So how do you improve the appearance of Psoriasis naturally?
Eat More Alkaline Foods
The body is constantly overloaded with toxins and acid forming foods that slow digestion. A diet high in alkaline foods is invaluable to treating Psoriasis.
Start your day with a mixture of 1tbsp Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, ½ Lemon (juice), ¼ tsp Cayenne pepper and 1 tsp raw honey in a lukewarm glass of water. Be warned, this is a tad challenging to get down but the benefits reported are amazing!
Include more of these alkaline forming foods in your diet: carrots, broccoli, almonds, basil, beetroot, celery, cabbage, spinach, cucumber, celery, lettuce, garlic, kale, cinnamon, avocado, flax seeds and cacao.
Try A Gluten Free Diet
Although studies are inconclusive as to whether there is a link between gluten and Psoriasis, I personally believe that this skin disorder has a strong connection to gut health. In order to improve the gut, gluten and grains should be limited to reduce inflammation in the body.
Changes in diet can take up to 12 weeks to show improvement in your skin, so be patient. Following a gluten-free diet means eliminating foods made with wheat, barley and rye. That means no traditional white bread, pasta, cookies or beer – swap for brown or wild rice, quinoa and amaranth.
On the plus side, a gluten-free diet will encourage you to consume more fresh fruit and vegetables. Juices are a great way to incorporate your daily servings in one go!
Take Regular Detox Baths
Detoxifying baths using Epsom salts and apple cider vinegar (1 cup per bath) are an amazing way to detox the body and purify the skin. Be careful not to run the bath too hot, a warm bath is best – so as to not upset the skin.
Soak for at least 15 minutes – bring a good book with you if you find it hard to relax. Gently pat dry your skin once you get out of the bath and follow with a high quality Rose Hip Oil or Coconut Oil as a body moisturiser.
Use a High Quality Rose Hip Oil
Rose Hip Oil has been used since ancient times as a healing oil to help repair and regenerate skin cells. It contains an abundant array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are vital for skin health.
It’s crucial to keep Psoriasis well hydrated and natural fruit oils like Rose Hip are the perfect way to hydrate your skin naturally – and it even doubles up as a healing oil!
Always apply Rose Hip Oil to clean, damp skin morning and night to aid in absorption.
Choose the Right Supplements
There are so many vitamins available in today’s day and age, but which ones are the best for Psoriasis? Most studies point to Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Milk Thistle and Evening Primrose. Remember that you will need to stick to a new vitamin regime for 4-6 weeks before you notice any improvement. It’s quite normal to take a long time for changes in your body to surface so be patient.
Like a new vitamin regime, a new health regime will take time before you notice changes in your skin. I recommend starting with simple changes like increasing alkaline foods in your diet and reducing gluten. Once you are settled in this pattern, start adding some vitamins to the mix and use your rose hip oil consistently every day.
It may not happen instantly, but changes in your body WILL happen. You just need to have the right mindset and stick to a routine. Love your body and it will love you back, I promise.