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The Do's and Don'ts of Clearer Skin 0

Skincare doesn’t need to be so complicated and we have found out that actually just doing the basics can make a drastic difference.

Here, to prove our point, is our basic list of the Do’s and Don’ts of skin care…

Do:

  • Drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin – your skin is made up of cells which are predominantly made up of water. The more hydrated you are, the healthier they will be (and look!)
  • Choose your cleansing products carefully – If you have sensitive skin, make sure you use a product that’s gentle on the skin (For us ladies, we would recommend Green People Ultra-Sensitive Cleanser however for the gentleman we would recommend Bulldog Sensitive Face Wash).
  • Eat a balanced diet – When your body receives all the nutrients it needs, everything runs more effectively including your skin. For extra points, try and incorporate more Fatty Fish, Avocados, Walnuts, Sunflower Seeds, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli and Tomatoes.
  • Invest in a good moisturiser – Once you have removed all that daily dirt and make up, make sure you follow up with a good moisturiser. Choose a moisturiser based on type of skin (for dry skin, opt for a more hydrating moisturiser however if you are on the other end of the spectrum get your hands on a lighter one). Men are the biggest culprits for not moisturising, especially after shaving, once again, we would recommend looking in our Bulldog range.
  • Take care in all weather conditions – It goes without saying, protect your skin against the sun and make sure you use the right sun protection but in the colder months your skin can take as much damage depending on where you are living. One of the reasons is the cold weather can dry out your skin and make it look dull – anyone else suffer from cracked lips? Make sure you keep a lip balm on you to help keep moisturised.

Don’t:

  • Over wash – It sounds strange but if you wash your face too much, you can actually wash away the natural skin oils that you need in order to have that healthy glow (some oils are actually really good for the skin!)
  • Sleep in your make up – This is a big no-no which a lot of us are guilty of from time to time. However tired and however tempting, try and clean your skin twice a day and make sure, before you crash in bed, your face is clear so it can breathe.
  • Have too much caffeine – Unfortunately that morning coffee is dehydrating you and your skin which can leave it looking dull and dry. Swap your daily coffee for a healthier herbal tea or a decaf alternative. Your skin will thank you for it.
  • Use heavily fragranced cleansers – these can dry out and damage even oily skin types. Try and go for a fragrance-free cleanser where possible – leave the nice smells to your perfume!
  • Smoke – We are not here to judge but when it comes to your skin, this is one of the biggest reasons for drying it out (as well as adding premature wrinkles). The reason for this is because smoking reduces the blood flow to the skin which can leave it discoloured. Smoking also depletes the body’s Vitamin C which helps repair and protect the skin.  

Our Do’s and Don’ts are by no means preaching, we are all guilty of damaging our skin in some way – we live in a modern world. The more we can do to protect the skin we have, the better it is going to look for longer!

But remember – don’t be too hard on yourself about it (Stress causes wrinkles...Sorry!)

Why are Superfoods so Super? 0

It’s in our name – we love superfoods! We eat, drink, live and breathe them!

We talk about how great they are, the benefits on your body and how to incorporate them effortlessly in to your diet (it really is that easy!). 

With so many to choose from, where do you even start? Let us help you with some of our favourites!

Quinoa

The health benefits related to this little seed can range from reducing blood pressure (due to the fibre) to aiding weight loss by making you feel fuller for longer. It is also rich in iron keeping our red blood cells healthy and magnesium which can alleviate migraines.

Enjoy this little bundle of health in a salad or, if you are looking for something a little more adventurous, try it for breakfast with scrambled eggs and avocado (get some early health points!

Blueberries 

It’s not enough that these little berries have no cholesterol in them, the high fibre content also helps to reduce cholesterol in the blood stream (decreasing the risk of heart disease).

On top of that, they are packed to the brim full of vitamins that supports heart health.

We love to eat these berries by themselves however they are also a great addition to a morning smoothie!

Chia

We go on about this enough but we love Chia seeds. There is so much that is packed in to these little seeds from the HUGE amount of nutrients to the lack of calories to the high fibre and protein content helping you lose weight.

Indulge on these seeds in so many ways (smoothie, salad, soup...) but our favourite is leaving them to soak overnight in coconut milk and enjoy them the next day!

Green Tea

Claimed to be “the healthiest beverage on the planet”, it is loaded with antioxidants and packed full of nutrients. Not only can that lead to improved brain function but can also lower the risk of cancer.

We tend to enjoy this in its simplest form, as a drink. So, when you have 10 minutes, kick back and relax whilst you enjoy all the rich flavours!

Watermelon

This hugely hydrating fruit is great for a number of reasons which include potentially preventing cancer, improving heart health and lowering muscle inflammation. This is all down to the huge amount of nutrients and plant compounds packed in to this juicy treat!

Another one we like in its simplest form with no fuss but we are a bit partial to a watermelon drink (for when we are on the go!)

 

If you have any suggestions on how to incorporate our amazing superfoods in to your diet, let us know. We believe eating healthy should be effortless - help us prove that’s true!

5 Handbag Essentials for the Working Mum 0

When that alarm goes in the morning, a number of parents in our office know how difficult it is to just get sorted for the day – especially when you have a little one throwing a mass amount of attitude your way!

When we finally do get to leave the house, we can guarantee that we have forgotten something that was needed whether it be a baby wipe, a drink (non-alcoholic during the busy working hours we are afraid!) or some hand sanitiser.

Fear not! We have compiled our “go to” list of essentials that are a must when dealing with juggling the demands of a baby/toddler/child and trying to remain professional within office hours.

  1. Baby wipes

An absolute MUST! The number of meetings I have walked in to with baby sick down my shoulder is sending shudders down my spine even to this day! Not to mention, the mucky looks received when dropping my child off at nursery with a snotty nose with nothing to wipe it on …. Just make sure you carry them and you will thank us!

  1. Bottle of water / flavoured water

I barely have time to get myself ready on a morning some days let alone hydrate myself properly. It isn’t until I have dropped my daughter at nursery that I notice how thirsty I am so carrying this is essential.

  1. Healthy Snack

I am guilty of occasionally skipping breakfast when I am rushed (I know, a complete sin!) but for those days, I always make sure there is a healthy snack in my bag. On good days, it’s fresh fruit (but that’s if I remember to pack it!) otherwise I always keep a Nakd bar in my bag for a snack on the go.

  1. Hand Sanitiser and Moisturiser

I don’t even question what is on my hands anymore after dropping my daughter at nursery but I know I couldn’t be more thankful for the hand sanitiser and moisturiser saving the day.

  1. Change of Top

Always, always, always needed. For those mishaps that a baby wipe can’t solve…a full change is just required.

 

If anyone else has any ideas, let us know in the comments – we could always use them to make our days run a little smoother!

 

Top 5 Smoothie Recipes of 2018 (so far…) 0

A constant struggle for anyone trying to eat healthily but also grab something convenient and quick for breakfast – say hello to the breakfast smoothie!

Full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to promote good health, we have rounded up our favourite one’s for you to try (and where to find the full recipe – we unfortunately can’t claim them as our own!):

  1. Banana Ginger Smoothie

Loaded with the essential vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy and balanced diet, this smoothie is great for both lowering blood pressure due to the high-quality honey used and can help with stomach issues such as sickness or nausea due to the high concentration of ginger.

Ingredients that you will need include (Serves 2):

  • 1 Banana (Sliced)
  • 6 oz Vanilla Yoghurt
  • 1 Tbsp High Quality Honey
  • ½ Tsp Freshly Grated Ginger

Combine all the ingredients together and blend until smooth – Voila! 

View Full Recipe Here

  1. The Very Berry Breakfast Smoothie

Helping to fight against Cancer, Heart and Circulatory Disease and Age Related decline, this simple and fruity smoothie packs a lot in to that one glass.

Ingredients that you will need include (Serves 2):

  • 1 x Frozen Unsweetened Raspberries
  • ¾ Chilled Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • ¼ c Frozen Pitted Unsweetened Cherries
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Good Quality Honey
  • 2 Tsp Finely Grated Fresh Ginger
  • 1 Tsp Ground Flaxseed
  • 2 Tsp Fresh Lemon Juice

Combine all ingredients together in a blender and add the Lemon juice according to your taste.

Read Full Recipe Here

  1. Detox Green Smoothie with Chia Seeds

With our favourite superfood, Chia Seeds, this smoothie is designed to give you a boost in the morning and stay fuller for longer, helping with weight loss and that sometimes hard to resist snacking that can happen mid-morning (don’t worry, we are all guilty of it!).

Ingredients that you will need to include (Serves 1):

  • 1 Cup Spinach Leaves
  • 1 Banana (sliced)
  • 1 Cup Frozen Pineapple Chunks
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

Once again, blend and enjoy!

Read Full Recipe Here

  1. Green tea, Blueberry and Banana Smoothie

With another one of our favourites, blueberries, this smoothie is a high source of antioxidants as well as being low in calories. This is the perfect start to the day if you know it is going to be a hard day – the green tea has been known to help brain function (to name a few health benefits).

Ingredients that you will need to include (Serves 1):

  • 3 Tbsp Water
  • 1 Green Tea Bag
  • 2 Tsp Honey
  • 1 ½ c Frozen Blueberries
  • ½ Medium Banana
  • ¾ c Calcium Fortified Light Vanilla Soy Milk

Microwave Water until steaming and add tea bag to stew. Once stewed, removed tea bag and add honey (stir till dissolved). Blend the rest of the ingredients and add tea.

Read Full Recipe Here

  1. Pumpkin Coconut Smoothie

Suitable for a range of diets which include Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan and Vegetarian, this is great for potentially improving sensitivity to insulin (thanks to the cinnamon), lowering blood pressure and providing powerful anti-diabetic effects.

Ingredients that you will need (Serves 2):

  • 1 Cup of Coconut Milk
  • ¼ Cup Organic Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 Teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 Frozen Banana Sliced
  • 1 Cup of Ice

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Read Full Recipe Here

Let us know how you get on or what your favourites are.