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  • Tips for A Good Beauty Sleep

    Tips for A Good Beauty Sleep
    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – they don’t call it “beauty sleep” for nothing! Sleep is one of the most important things we can do for our body. When we are asleep, our body has time to rest and recover. Without it, we are irritable, stressed and our immune system is vulnerable.

    But a good nights sleep is not only essential for your health, it’s also essential to keep your skin looking its best! Here are five tips to make sure you are getting the most out of every beauty sleep!

    1. Practice a bedtime ritual

    Your bedtime ritual could include a warm bath with some lavender essential oil, a simple stretching or yoga routine and some meditation. A bedtime ritual should make you relaxed and ease your tension away. My night time ritual includes: light stretching, body brushing, warm shower, coconut oil massage, deep breathing, journal entry and a book before bed.

    2. Stay on schedule 

    Consistency is key when it comes to beauty sleep. When you stay on schedule with your sleeping pattern, you wake up feeling more rejuvenated and refreshed! Aim to be in bed with lights off at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. Snoozing your alarm is a big no-no! When you snooze your alarm, you risk going back to sleep over and over meaning you have a broken sleep.

    3. Sleep on your back

    Changing your sleeping position is easier said than done however the benefits of sleeping on your back in the name of beauty are definitely worth it! The average sleep is 6-8 hours which is a long time for pressure on the face, neck and chest area. It can lead to cleavage wrinkles, poor circulation, fine lines and little red bumps caused by fabric softeners. If you are finding it hard to sleep on your back consistently, alternate positions to relieve pressure on your skin.

    4. Indulge in a soft pillowcase

    Silk is a small luxury with BIG benefits. By swapping your pillowcases for a softer material like silk, you can prevent the effects of ageing and keep your hair healthy! Silk doesn’t just stop at anti-ageing benefits. Say goodbye to your birds nest hair do every morning too! Silk is easier on hair and helps avoid tangles and breakage. What more could you want? If silk is not an option, opt for a pillowcase with a high thread count instead.

    5. Create an environment

    Your bedroom should be your favourite room in the house, so get creative with your space and create a dreamtime environment. Add cushions, curtains, candles (remember to blow them out before bed!), oil burners, books and dim lighting. Using Lavender oil in an oil burner will help you to relax and prepare for sleep. Your bedroom should be a technology-free zone so remember to remove any TV’s, laptops or computers, iPads or phones from the room before sleep time. Books are certainly allowed so feel free to reconnect with some good old fashioned reading before the lights are off!

    Olivia x

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  • Clear Skin Vegetable Rice Bowl

    Clear Skin Vegetable Rice Bowl
    This vegetable rice bowl is the perfect meal when you are trying to achieve clear skin. Avocado is an amazing source of good fats and cabbage which has anti-aging and skin healing properties. I love mixing up my vegetable bowls so I always have variety, which avoids me getting sick of my lunch.

    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup brown rice
    • 1/4 purple cabbage, shredded
    • 1 large carrot, julienned
    • 6 cherry tomatoes, sliced
    • 1/2 cup lettuce, chopped
    • 1 avocado, sliced
    • 2 tbsp hummus

    Method:

    1. Rinse rice well in a strainer and set aside. Bring a large saucepan of water to boil.

    2. Add the rice, reduce the water to a simmer and cook until the rice is tender but still firm. Drain rice and set aside to cool.

    3. Shred the red cabbage, julienne the carrot and chop cherry tomatoes in half. Pit the avocado and slice.

    4. Assemble the bowl as creatively as you wish. Then top with hummus or a squeeze of lemon and olive oil.

    Olivia x

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  • Why Sunscreen Is Keeping You Younger

    Why Sunscreen Is Keeping You Younger
    It was the best beauty advice I ever received. Wear sunscreen. Every single day of the year.

    It’s easy to think that we are invincible to the sun and although we may not notice the harsh effects of the sun. I can assure you. It can and will show eventually, especially on you fair skinned, blonde or red headed folk.

    Why exactly, is it important to wear sunscreen even during Winter?

    1. People who use sunscreen everyday look 24% younger

    That’s right. It’s now been proven in a new study by Australian researches that people who apply sunscreen everyday show 24% less skin ageing when compared to participants who only use sunscreen sometimes.

    2. The sun is strong even when the sun is not out!

    It’s important to protect your skin with a broad spectrum sunscreen even during the cooler months when the sun is not out. Most people think that because the sun isn’t out, they don’t need to protect their skin – but it’s the ultraviolet rays that damage skin so cloud cover means nothing. This is why you can get extremely sunburnt on an overcast day!

    3. Reduces your risk of skin cancer

    This is one of the most important reasons to wear sunscreen. Especially considering the deadliest type of skin cancer, melanoma most often kills women aged between 20 to 29.

    If you wear makeup it is best to apply your sunscreen before putting on moisturiser and your makeup. Aim to apply the sunscreen first, then wait about 20 minutes to let it really sink into your skin and also prevent it from caking up your makeup. To enhance your protection try using a mineral makeup with SPF in it as well, this will also give you an even coverage.

    If you have oily skin buy a sunscreen that is specifically made for your face, this way you won’t be adding any excess oil and they are usually lighter and easier to wear. There are many sunscreens out in lotion form, so do some research and find one which will suit you best. You no longer have to be afraid of the thick, greasy stuff getting stuck in your pores!

    Olivia x

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  • Almond Milk Recipe

    Almond Milk Recipe
    Almond milk can be quite expensive if you use it for a range of purposes. Here is a really simple recipe for almond milk you can make at home and the best part is that it’s free of preservatives and additives! Almonds are great for your skin as they contain essential fats, magnesium and Vitamin E.

    Ingredients
    • 1 cup raw almonds
    • 2 cups water
    • Honey to taste
    Equipment
    • Bowls
    • Strainer
    • Measuring cup
    • Blender or food processor
    • Fine-mesh nut bag
    Directions

    1. Soak almonds overnight.
    Place almonds in a bowl with approximately 1 inch of water. As the almonds absorb the water, they will begin to expand. Allow to stand, uncovered overnight in the fridge. The longer the almonds soak, the creamier the milk will be so feel free to leave for up to 2 days.

    2. Drain and rinse.
    Drain the almonds from the water and rinse well with cool running water. Almonds should feel squishy when pinched.

    3. Combine the almonds in a blender.
    Once the almonds have been drained and rinsed, place them in a blender and cover with 2 cups of water. Blend continuously for approximately 2 minutes until the almonds resemble a fine meal and the water is white. Scrape down the sides of the blender or food processor bowl if necessary.

    4. Strain and press.
    Line the strainer with the opened nut bag and place over a measuring cup. Pour the mixture into the strainer carefully. Clean hands and squeeze to extract as much milk as possible. You should get approximately 2 cups of almond milk.

    5. Refrigerate and enjoy.
    Pour almond milk into a storage jar or jug of your choice and store in the fridge for up to two days. Leftover almond milk can be used in oatmeal, smoothies and muffins.

    Voila!

    Olivia x

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  • 3 Dairy Alternatives That Love Your Skin!

    3 Dairy Alternatives That Love Your Skin
    If you are allergic to dairy, I’ve compiled a list of the top three dairy alternatives! Even if you are not allergic to dairy I recommend trying some of these alternatives as having too much dairy can spike insulin levels which promotes inflammation in your body, resulting in inflamed skin. If you have struggled with acne for a long time, try limit your dairy intake and this way you can monitor if it is irritating your skin and causing breakouts.

    Rice Milk

    Rice milk is the third most popular alternative to dairy, and with all the benefits – it’s no wonder why! Rice Milk is made from boiled rice, brown rice syrup, brown rice starch and water. Rice milk is the most hypoallergenic of all milk products, has the least amount of fat compared to all other alternatives and is naturally high in all B vitamins which are essential to your metabolism, circulation and nerve function.

    Pro’s:

    • Low in fat
    • Nice flavour
    • Easy DIY milk

    Con’s:

    • High in sugar
    • Low in protein

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    Oat Milk

    Oat Milk is made from oat groats and water however is not a gluten-free alternative. Oat meal is a great source of folic acid, vitamin E, calcium, vitamin D and fibre! Oat milk is best suited for tea’s, cereal and oats as it does not bind well when cooking. It’s also higher in sugar when compared to other dairy alternatives.

    Pro’s:

    • Oats have many health benefits
    • Cholesterol free
    • Good source of vitamins

    Cons:

    • Not suitable for those with gluten allergies/sensitivies
    • High in sugar
    • Thin consistency

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    Almond Milk

    Almond milk is low in fat and calories and contains no animal by products. It’s made from ground almonds that been mixed with water. Compared to soy and rice milk, almond milk has the highest concentrations of vitamins and minerals. It contains copper, zinc, iron, magnesium, manganese, calcium, potassium and selenium. All of these nutrients are naturally occurring meaning that you can make your own almond milk and it’s just as good as the one you buy at the shops!

    Please note: Almond milk is not safe for those with tree nut allergies.

    Pro’s:

    • Low in fat
    • Good to bake with!
    • Easy DIY milk

    Con’s:

    • Not suitable for those with nut allergies/sensitivies
    • Low in protein

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    Olivia x

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  • Yummy Clear Skin Recipe: Raw Energy Balls

    Clear Skin Recipe
    These special energy balls are the perfect mid-afternoon snack! I can guarantee you they will be a huge hit if you bring them to work or school for others to enjoy. The best bit is they have skin clearing ingredients such as almonds and walnuts which are full of essential fatty acids, and dates which are natural source of Vitamin B5 & pantothenic acid which can repair damage caused by free radicals.

    Ingredients

    • 20 dates
    • 1/2 cup almonds
    • 1/4 cup walnuts
    • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
    • 1 tbsp coconut oil
    • 1 tbsp chia seeds
    • Desiccated coconut & raw cacao powder for rolling

    Instructions

    1. Place the almonds and walnuts in a food processor until finely chopped. Place in a bowl and set aside.

    2. Blend the dates, coconut oil and cacao until they form a lumpy dough. Add 1-2 tbsp of water if the mixture is too stiff while blending.

    3. Remove the mixture from the blender and add to the bowl of blended nuts. Combine the mixture well with a wooden spoon or clean hands.

    4. Using a spoon, pat a small amount of the mixture into your hands and roll into a ball. Roll in desiccated coconut or cacao powder before placing on a plate.

    5. Store the plate in the fridge.

    Enjoy!

    Olivia x

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  • Top 5 Alkaline Foods To Make Your Skin Glow!

    Top 5 Alkaline Foods To Make Your Skin Glow
    Nutrition is one of the biggest keys to clear skin. But how do you know which foods are best to eat to make your skin GLOW? Here are the Top 5 Alkaline Foods to reduce inflammation in your body and make your skin clear in no time!

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    1.  Almonds & Almond Milk

    Almonds are one of the healthiest foods you can eat.  Remember to only eat a small handful a day and raw almonds are always best.

    2.  Broccoli

    Broccoli is naturally high in vitamin C, vitamin A and calcium. I recommend to eat Broccoli at least 3-4 times per week to take full advantage of it’s amazing health properties. Pair it with grilled Atlantic Salmon for a real skin treat!

    3. Beetroot

    Beetroot has been known to cleanse the blood and detoxify the body so it’s no surprise that it makes the top 5 alkaline food list. Beetroot is naturally high in vitamin C, vitamin K and folate. It’s best served in salad, as a side and in fresh juices.

    4. Avocado

    An all-time favourite fruit and rich in potassium, healthy fat, vitamin C, vitamin A and fibre! Incorporate in salads, raw treats, smoothies and more!

    5. Carrots

    Not only are Carrots great for eye health, but they are also fantastic for an alkaline diet. Carrots are high in vitamin A, vitamin C and calcium. Get your carrot fix by juicing with other vegetables or chopping into carrot sticks and teaming with hummus.

    Olivia x

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  • How To Make Smoothie Packs!

    How To Make Smoothie Packs
    You have heard of meal prep right? Cooking up a big batch of veggies and protein at the start of the week and freezing it, well you can do the same prep for your smoothies!  Take the hassle out of making smoothies by preparing your own DIY smoothie packs and storing them in the freezer. It will also make great use of fruit that is becoming too ripe.

    1. Plan Your Fruits and Vegetables

    Make some time to write a list of in-season fruit and vegetables you will be including in your meals and beverages for the following week. Be sure to include extra for smoothies and feel free to shop smart too! If there are some fruits that are on special, these are perfect for making smoothies and will stay fresh as they will be frozen straight away. TIP: Remember to buy some freezer bags to store your ingredients in for later!

    2. Prepare Your Ingredients

    Before any chopping is done, it’s really important to wash all your fruit and vegetables thoroughly – even if they are organic! If you are using a regular blender, be sure to chop into smaller pieces for easy blending. Chop all your favourite fruits and vegetables and mix together in separate bags. Be sure to experiment a bit to include a wide variety of ingredients and multiple colours – you want to eat the rainbow!

    3. Label Your Smoothie Packs

    Label your smoothies with the date it was packaged and be creative with your smoothie names! Store in the freezer, keeping in mind you won’t need to add ice when it’s time to blend because all the ingredients are already frozen!

    4. It’s Time to Blend!

    Now comes the fun part! Take your choice of smoothie pack out of the freezer and pop into your blender. Add a liquid base of choice – almond milk, rice milk, oat milk, coconut water and blend until smooth.

    Enjoy! Let me know how you like this idea in the comments below.

    Olivia x

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