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Why do we only think of Frankincense at Christmas?

Mention Frankincense and most of us will think of the Three wise men and the Christmas story.

But the wise amongst us will know that Frankincense shouldn’t be confined to Christmas  – it is a wonderful ingredient that  can bring anti-ageing skin care benefits the year round.

Also known as Olibanum, Frankincense comes from resin of  the Boswellia sacra tree.

Frankincense  has been valued and traded for more than 5000 years and is shown on the walls of the temple of the Egyptian  Queen Hatshepsut near the Valley of the Kings.

In ancient times, Frankincense was harvested from trees in southern Arabia. The gum was extracted from the tree but this was a dangerous process due to  venomous snakes that lived in the trees. Some of gum of the tree was burnt to drive the snakes away before safe harvesting could take place.   

Boswellia Sacra trees  start producing resin when around 8 years old.  Harvesting can take place  2 or 3 times a year but needs to be managed because over-harvesting is known to affect the tree populations  by reducing germination rates. These tree populations are also being affected by conversion to agriculture.

You will find Frankincense in several products in the  Nourish ‘Treatment’ range  because it brings anti-ageing benefits.  It will help to tone and firm the skin whilst promoting  the regeneration of healthy cells;  it helps to balance the water and oil levels in the skin and can reduce the appearance of scars and blemishes.

Our new  Golden Glow Toning Body Shimmer: infused with golden resins of organic frankincense and myrrh plus super-hydrating hyaluronic acid and light reflecting particles, this unique iridescent shimmer locks in moisture, tones and firms the skin and imparts a natural, sun-kissed radiance.

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Research shatters the myth that how we farm does not affect the quality of the food we eat

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The Soil Association highlights a new study from Newcastle University that proves organic crops and crop-based foods are up to 60% higher in a number of key antioxidants than conventionally-grown crops.

The new study which has been published today in the prestigious British Journal of Nutrition, also shows significantly lower levels of toxic heavy metals in organic crops.

This is the most extensive analysis of the nutrient content in organic vs conventionally-produced foods ever undertaken and is the result of a groundbreaking new systematic literature review and meta-analysis by the international team.

Analysing 343 studies into the compositional differences between organic and conventional crops, the team found that a switch to eating organic fruit, vegetable and cereals – and food made from them – would provide additional antioxidants equivalent to eating between 1-2 extra portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

The findings contradict those of a 2009 UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) commissioned study which found there were no substantial differences or significant nutritional benefits from organic food.

Helen Browning, Soil Association chief executive commented: “The crucially important thing about this research is that it shatters the myth that how we farm does not affect the quality of the food we eat. The research found significant differences, due to the farming system, between organic and non-organic food.

“We know that people choose organic food because they believe it is better for them, as well as for wildlife, animal welfare and the environment, and this research backs up what people think about organic food.

“In other countries there has long been much higher levels of support and acceptance of the benefits of organic food and farming: we hope these findings will bring the UK in line with the rest of Europe, when it comes to both attitudes to organic food and support for organic farming.”

Source Information: “Higher antioxidant concentrations and less cadmium and pesticide residues in organically-grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analyses.” Baranski, M. et al. British Journal of Nutrition, July 2014.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/11/organic-food-more-antioxidants-study?utm_campaign=MADOC+Important+News&utm_source=emailCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=

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Choose a cleanser that will go the extra mile for you

Urban air contains many invisible pollutants that can undermine the health of our skin. 

Common pollutants like ozone,  sulphur dioxide and lead  all have damaging effects on the skin and can leave it looking dull and lacking radiance. But the appearance is only part of the problem; more worrying is that long term exposure to pollutants can result in dryness, premature ageing, even  acne and rashes.

So cleansing is possibly the most important element of any skin care routine and milk cleansers are very efficient at removing these  pollutants without stripping the skin of its protective layers.

 How do you choose the right cleanser?  Why not select a cleanser that will do more for you than just cleanse?

 If you have been skipping meals or burning the candle at both ends the BALANCE is the one for you.  This formulation of B vitamins will re-energise cells. 

 

Are you short of a good night’s sleep – RELAX will help you out with it’s wonderful lavender oil.

 

If you are feeling emotionally drained and need a little pepping up, try RADIANCE with tonka bean to brighten the skin. You’ll look and feel more radiant.

 

PROTECT will add some zing with its lovely aroma of lemon and mandarin.  And it’s packed with antioxidants to  protect your skin from stress and pollution.

 

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How to choose the right skincare routine

Combine a moisturiser plus a serum for a personalised skincare routine

Which moisturiser for your skin?

Normal skin

Radiance Brightening Moisturiser

With light reactive Tonka bean extract to leave skin even-toned and radiant. Alpine Foxberry is known to reduce pigmentation and Tonka Bean is a proven light-responsive optical brightener, to fortify the skin’s natural defences and enhance the natural luminosity associated with youthful looking skin.

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Oily/Combination skin

            Balance Essential Moisturiser

Unique to Nourish, this special blend of Glycan rich Apple Water Extract  removes dead skin cells making skin appear smoother;  Vitamin B Complex and minerals help restore stability and function to oily or combination skin. Vitamins C and E  help protect from damage by free radicals caused by stress and urban pollution.

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Sensitive skin

            Relax Calming Moisturiser

With Omega oils combined with soothing antioxidants to enrich the skin.  The formula includes Shea Butter, Argan Oil and a calming blend of Bisabolol and Ginger, which have strong anti-inflammatory properties to help calm the skin and restore optimum skin tone.

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Dry skin

            Protect Hydrating Moisturiser

With Organic Rosehip Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Orange and Mandarin Oils , this wonderful cream has a unique blend of ingredients containing superior antioxidants including one of natures’ most effective,  Vitamin C, known to protect the skin’s structural proteins, stimulate collagen and elastin and fight off free-radical damage to ensure your skin is left firm,  supple and resilient.

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                             Which serum for your skin?

Skin affected by stress? Soothe with

Relax Hydrating Peptide Serum

This peptide serum is a calming, cooling and effective hydrator that leaves your skin visibly healthy and soothed. Its unique blend primes skin, minimises redness and inhibits the development of rough skin.

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Skin needs moisture boost? Hydrate with

            Protect Replenishing Peptide Serum

With Organic Orange and Mandarin Oils, this peptide serum is a protective and effective hydrator that leaves skin visibly healthy and moisture. Recommended to help retexture the skin revealing a richer and rejuvenated look.

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Skin duller than usual? Rejuvenate with

            Radiance Rejuvenating Peptide Serum

With smoothing tripeptides and Tonka bean to suffuse the skin with luminosity.  A delicate yet effective hydrator and primer that leaves your skin visibly healthy and radiant. 

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Skin needs equilibrium back? Restore with

            Balance Nutritious Peptide Serum

A targeted vitamin and mineral blend to optimise skin nutrition and vitality. An effective hydrator that leaves skin visibly healthy and well balanced.

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Damaged skin? Repair with

            Argan Skin Rescue

It neutralises harmful free radicals and reduces the blotchiness and scarring associated with injury, acne, eczema and psoriasis.

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Tonka Bean – what is that?

One of the more unusual sounding ingredients we use in several  of our products is Tonka Bean Ferment.  I have to admit that, until I came to work for Nourish I thought Tonka was a brand of toys I played with in the 70’s and I hadn’t heard of Tonka Bean.

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Tonka bean  is the fruit of the Dipteryx Odorata tree which  originates in South America. Guyana, Brazil, Venezuela and Columbia are  the main producers of Tonka Bean.  The tree grows up to 30 metres in height and it is believed it can live for over 1000 years. 

The tree bears fruit and  each fruit contains a single bean; a tree yields  1 to 3  kg per year.  The fruit are harvested by hand and dried for a few days in the sun before removing the bean from the fruit ready for sale.  This crop provides an important income for rural families and, as the tree can also be used for its hard wood timber, it is important that use is managed in a sustainable way.

In ancient folklore it was believed that if you held 3 Tonka Beans in your hand and wished on them, then placed them under your pillow your wish would come true.

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So why is  Tonka Bean in Nourish  skincare products?

Tonka Bean ferment, when applied to the skin, acts as an optical brightener reducing the appearance of uneven skin tone and ages spots.  It absorbs UV light and  leaves the skin looking healthier and more radiant. Finally, it has anti-ageing properties thanks to the antioxidant protection it provides against extrinsic damage.

At Nourish, we use this extract of Tonka Bean in our Radiance range including our Radiance moisturiser which is why we call it Radiance Brightening Moisturiser.  We also use it in our Rejuvenating Peptide Serum which, we are proud to say,  has just been awarded ‘Best Skin Serum’ in the 2014 Beauty Awards from  Natural Products Magazine.  Perhaps one of our team held 3 beans in their hand and made a wish…

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Beauty comes from within…………..

Some say that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’, but what constitutes beauty to some may not to others. A good personality and a glossy head of hair are sometimes all it takes to be perceived as very beautiful.  But in truth, attractiveness and good looks are a personal matter and as any fine-looking women will tell you, lots of thought, money, time, and of course anxiety can go into making one look beautiful for those special moments. Of late though, there is a considerable shift to a more ‘natural’ look, with greater emphasis on looking younger. That said, it was good to see just recently some distinguished women happy to be photographed with no face makeup at all and accepting the ageing process with more grace than previously seen. 

As it relates to skin care products, they have come a long way over the years. Research has shown that actually there is a lot of goodness and anti-aging properties in natural plant products such as Aloe Vera, Argan oil and Olive oil, and today some skin care products are bringing us the benefit of these natural ingredients.   

But can we rely  on skin care products alone  to stay beautiful and youthful and glowing?

There is definitely a place for an excellent moisturiser in the bathroom cabinet, and perhaps a few other lotions and potions once we reach a certain age.  But, perhaps, because there is an abundance of cosmetic support within the beauty industry, we might be tempted  to forget that true beauty comes from within and so  the old adage ‘we are what we eat’ is equally important.

Food is of course our fuel for life energy and good health, and eating a correct balance of foods will also feed our skin all the vital nutrients through internal digestion to keep it looking young, healthy and glowing.  There are specific types of foods that help us achieve naturally beautiful skin and are crucial in keeping the signs of aging at bay, but in equal measure there are unhealthy behavioural habits that will be detrimental to healthy skin. Sleep for example, is vital. Seven hours of ‘beauty sleep’ is the least we need to prevent looking tired which automatically ages us. Alcohol, drugs, smoking and excessive sunbathing are all really harmful for the skin.

However, as it relates to nutritional intake, all foods that are rich in vitamin C such as blackcurrants, blueberries, kiwi, oranges, strawberries, green leafy vegetables such as kale and broccoli, all feed and nurture the skin. These foods aid in the production of collagen that strengthens the skin capillaries.

Essential Fatty Acids (Omega -3 and -6) are found in oily fish such as sardines, mackerel, salmon as well as plant sources like linseed and flax oil, avocado, nuts, - all excellent for skin texture and helping to prevent dry skin.

Vitamin E, found in avocado pears, hazelnuts, pine nuts and almonds, is essential for keeping our skin healthy and young.  The magic is in the antioxidant activity which is crucial for protecting skin cells from the ultra violet rays and pollutants that damage our skin every day.  We cannot underestimate the amount of damage from free radicals encountered everyday.  In fact most skin care products will contain vitamin E.

Zinc which is found in foods like liver (calves liver is best), pumpkin seeds, lentils, brown rice, oats, almonds, sardines and wheatgerm is also a remedy for skin damage.

Vitamin A which is found in liver (calves liver is best), eggs, carrots, spinach, yellow peppers, oily fish (sardines & mackerel), milk and cereals that are fortified with zinc, all contribute to helping new skin to grow.

We need Iron to keep skin tone up and this is found in many foods that constitute a varied balanced diet, so just add a small handful of dried apricots & sesame seeds (which contain iron) to your daily intake to improve skin tone.

Vitamin B2 (in fact all the B vitamins are crucial for good skin), gives your skin a healthy glow. Again liver is a good source, but cheese and eggs as well as Marmite are also excellent.

Water – It goes without saying that drinking plenty of water is absolutely fundamental to rehydrate our skin. Teas, coffee and juices do not count in the recommended eight glasses a day. 

Finally, it is recommended that these essential vitamins and minerals come in their natural form, so we are talking actual food. Relying on supplements is not suggested.  Start now and Good Luck! 

Yvonne Wake Public Health Nutritionist

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Kale is Wow!

Kale has made a miraculous comeback of late which is excellent news as its one of the most powerful green vegetables that we can possible consume.

Kale comes from the Brassica family, so cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, collards, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. 

Kale has many benefits as it relates to our health. Importantly, Kale is high in fibre, which is not only very crucial for digestive health, but fibre is known to bind bile acids, lowering blood cholesterol levels which in turn reduce the risk of heart disease.   Kale is brilliantly high in Iron which is needed to make haemoglobin – the oxygen carrier in our blood.  Kale is very high in lots of important vitamins like vitamin K (which keeps your blood flowing at the right clotting factor), vitamin A which aids vision and vitamin C which supports your immune system. Kale is full of the powerful antioxidants carotenoids and flavonoids which are known to protect against cancer. Kale is also a great detox food because of its fibre and sulphur content and this keeps the liver healthy. 

Finally, and not many people realise this, but Kale is packed with more calcium than milk has.  This prevents bone loss, and conditions like osteoporosis and will help to maintain healthy metabolism. 

It goes on…Kale really is a miracle food and should be eaten as often as possible.  Steaming Kale is the best way to keep all those amazing vitamins in the food.  Another plus is that Kale is not expensive to buy and it just so happens to be one of the most highly nutritious foods around.

Enjoy the health it brings you!  

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Feeling stressed?

Winter is a difficult time which we are all enduring. The rain, the cold and a lack of sunlight affect our mood and make us feel more tired and stressed…

 Are you aware about the effects stress has on our skin?

 Stress causes a chemical response in our body causing the skin to become more sensitive.

Stress can:

        - Make skin look dull and drawn

        - Cause reddening of the skin, especially on the face. This is caused by capillaries dilating, which allows more blood to enter the face area resulting in the skin appearing more red.

        - Aggravate skin conditions like psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema and can cause hives and other skin rashes.

During times of stress, it is especially important to respond to your skin needs and ensure your daily routine is not forgotten. It may also be necessary to top your skin up with essential vitamins and minerals, to prevent any unnecessary damage.

At Nourish, Dr Pauline Hili our organic skin care scientist has formulated a luscious range of products for sensitive and stressed skin using the calming fragrance of Lavender:

 

Lavender oil has long been used for it’s antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to help heal minor burns and insect bites.

Research has revealed that Lavender essential oil  maybe useful for treating anxietyinsomniadepression, and restlessness.

Nourish Relax:

 For your face and your body

 This range is formulated with Shea Butter, Argan Oil and a calming blend of Bisabolol and Ginger, which have strong anti-inflammatory properties to help calm the skin.

The superhero ingredient is the humble carrot, which is rich in antioxidant beta-carotene to protect cell integrity and helps the skin resist the damaging cascade of effects sensitivity can unleash resulting in reactions, inflammation and redness.

Further enhanced with soothing Lavender Oil, Nourish Relax is like a deep breath for skin, leaving it refreshed, relieved and ready to face the day.

 http://nourishskinrange.com/relax

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How to Apply Eye Cream

The eye area is the most delicate part of our face, this is also where the first signs of ageing appear. Crow’s feet are usually the first wrinkles to form, closely followed by other lines around the eyes.  This is because the skin in this area is thin and dry.   Also, we use our eyes to express emotion so the nearby skin is in constant motion.  Using an anti-ageing cream can counteract problem areas, but if you’re applying eye cream incorrectly, then you might be doing more harm than good. To realize its full benefit, it is important to understand how to apply eye cream properly and then build an eye-care routine into your daily skin care regimen.

1- Wash your face thoroughly to make sure it is clean before starting the application. Dirt, oil, or makeup can prohibit successful results.

2- Take a small amount of your eye cream. You only need a pea-sized dollop for both eyes; any less will not be enough, and any more is generally too much and won’t fully absorb into the skin. Apply every morning and night after your moisturizer.

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3- Use your ring finger.
Because your ring finger has the lightest touch, it is less likely to tug or pull at the delicate eye area.

4- Apply above the eye, up to the brow-bone area and under the eye. Most of us only think about the under-eye area, because that’s where the dark circles are, but your entire eye area needs to be moisturized for optimal results!

Start underneath the eye, above your cheekbone and just under the tear duct, and work your way from the inside bottom lid to the outside bottom corner. Continue to apply the eye cream along the length of the top eyelid. Make sure you touch the eyelid itself, the crease line of the eyelid, and the area underneath your eyebrow, known as the brow bone area. Pay attention to any problem areas where you have fine wrinkles or lines, even if those areas extend out from your eye line a bit.

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5- Gently tap in the cream to stimulate circulation. Tap the areas dotted by cream with a ligh,t gentle motion to help the eye cream absorb into the skin.

Tips

  • The eye cream needs time to fully absorb into your skin. For best results, you need to wait approximately 15 minutes before applying anything else to the eye area.
  • If crow’s feet are a concern, then make sure to get into the crevices at the corners
  • To extend the life and effectiveness of your eye cream product, store it in an area that is cool and dry, such as your refrigerator.

 

Why not try Nourish Revital-eyes?

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Supercharged with peptides, amino acids, B vitamins and antioxidants to boost natural resilience against signs of ageing. 
Biomimetic peptides boost the production of structural skin components to firm and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 
Vitamin-rich kale extract, macqui berry and pomegranate enzymes help counter puffiness and dark circles. 

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Lemon is good for the health and the skin!

The two biggest benefits of lemons are their strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers as well as their ability to aid weight loss by acting as a digestive and liver cleanser. The lemon is capable of detoxying the various body systems and works to flush the skin of toxins. Lemon contains high levels of Vitamin C, a strong natural antioxidant that neutralises free radicals. Vitamin C is essential to the bodys production of collagen and rejuvenates aged phyoto-damaged skin.

Tips to keep warm :

In a cup, squeeze half a lemon into boiling water, add a teaspoon of honey.  For added spice add a teaspoon of: cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg

Enjoy these benefits with our protect range!

http://nourishskinrange.com/protect

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