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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.

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  • 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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Rose of Jericho, Nature’s Miracle Plant…

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Selaginella Lepidophylla, (otherwise known as The Rose of Jericho,) is native to  the Chihuahua Desert in Mexico, and is famous for being a ‘resurrection plant. It has featured in literature and on television, and is one of our favourite skincare ingredients here at Nourish.

After the rainy season, the plant dries up, dropping leaves and curling branches into a tight ball, and “hibernates”. Within the ball, the fruits remain attached and closed, protecting the seeds and preventing them from being released prematurely.

When deprived of water, the plant does not die, instead it enters a dormant state, and can remain this way for many years. The Rose of Jericho is a tumbleweed, and so when it has curled up and protected its seeds, it retracts its roots and is carried across the desert sands by strong winds, often rolling for decades until it finds a fresh source of water, or until rains come again.

When the plant finally reaches a fresh source of water, the ball begins to unfurl and the resurrection plant really lives up to its name. After appearing dead for years, it will ‘wake up’ from its dormant state, open up and disperse its seeds. If there is enough water in the new location, the seeds will germinate within only a few hours.

This process is amazing when it occurs even once, however the Rose of Jericho can repeat this mini miracle time and time again; travelling the deserts over and over, thanks to a complex system of sugars contained within the heart of the plant.

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Here at Nourish, we recognised the amazing possibilities of this amazing plant, and have managed to include it in our products to provide truly incredible levels of moisturisation in the skin. Featured in our Argan Skin Renew and Revital-eyeswe love the Rose of Jericho so much, we’ve even adopted one in our London offices…

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Looking after your skin through the ages…

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Looking after your skin through the decades is about ensuring that skin is always repairing and re-growing faster than it is degrading,  and part of that is ensuring a really good skin maintenance regime is in place to protect against the daily stress our skin undergoes.  

Regular removal of the cellular debris that causes damage in the body is the best option for ensuring  you get the maximum mileage out of your skincare regime. “Cleanse, tone and moisturise” is the Nourish mantra for every age group. This, combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise will ensure your skin stays looking younger, for longer.

20s

In your twenties, always keep your skin topped up with antioxidants, and get into the practice of using products that contain antioxidants, (like vitamin c,) as this will ensure your skin has a reservoir of active ingredients to help ward off environmental damage. During these years the balance of growth reactions to degrading reactions within the skin is still very favorable, and as long as good practices are in place, skin maintenance should be relatively easy. If you are indulging in a lot of late nights and drinking heavily, be sure to take regular supplement of milk thistle and B vitamins.

30s

In the your thirties the most notable changes in the skin are a reduction in the level of ‘water soluble matrix components’ such as hylauronic acid and glycoproteins. At this point it is important to start ensuring your moisturiser contains ingredients to support these water soluble components, such and vitamin b. Regular exfoliation should be added to your skincare routine. 

40s

In your forties the level of estrogen in the body begins to decline, and this is accompanied by a decrease in epidermal lipids. At this stage it becomes more important to supplement your skin and diet with omega 6 and 9, as these are oils that the body cannot make for itself. The addition of a facial oil to your skin care routine is also highly recommended. 

50s and +

In your fifties collagen and elastin decline start to become more significant, and visual signs of ageing can become more prominent. Having a regular routine that incorporates exfoliation and facial oils is a must.  Look out for ingredients such as rose of Jericho, which help protect the vital enzyme systems within the skin, and ensure regular use of moisturisers containing vitamins C and B.  Facial acupuncture has also been shown to help stimulate rejuvenation.

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What do you think of kale?

It should be a favourite ingredient at this season. Why?

Kale’s antioxidants can provide beauty benefits! The free radical neutralizing effects of the antioxidants in kale can help keep your skin looking great by preventing loss of skin elasticity triggered by excessive ultraviolet radiation. When your skin is exposed to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, it forms metalloproteinases. Metalloproteinases are enzymes that help repair sun-injured connective tissue. However, not all metalloproteinases are beneficial: some metalloproteinases destroy collagen, which can lead to wrinkles and fine lines on the skin. Free radicals seem to support the production of these collagen-damaging metalloproteinases.

Here’s an idea - try this delicious smoothie:
• 1 mango, peeled and cut into chunks
• 2 cups kale, loosely chopped
• 1 banana, cut into chunks
• 1 ½ cups pineapple, chopped
• ¼ cup orange juice

And try our Fantastic Revital-Eyeshttp://shop.nourishskinrange.com/Revital-Eyes.html

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Hands, and how to keep them looking young

We all know how important it is to look after your skin, applying moisturiser after washing your face and exfoliating when we shower, so why do so many of us neglect our hands? Hands are our main connection to the world, and have to deal with more stress than any other part of the body, yet they are too often overlooked in our skincare regimes.

The skin on the back of the hands is different to the skin covering other parts of the body, as it is considerably thinner, and has far less sebaceous glands, which means that it becomes dry very quickly. In contrast, the skin on the palms and fingers is much thicker, and absorbs moisture quickly. For this reason it is important to choose a hand cream that is rich in moisture, and ingredients that will allow your skin to absorb it.

The back of the hands is often one of the first places to show signs of ageing if not properly looked after. Choosing a good hand cream that suits your skin type will keep your hands looking youthful, and ensure that they not only look good, but that they feel softer too.

Day to day tasks can tire out the skin on our hands, especially in the hot summer months when they are exposed to extremes of temperature, harsh air conditioning and lots of water, (which is actually the main cause of dryness.) Water has a naturally drying effect on our skin, and even something as simple as doing the washing up without gloves can do more harm than you might realise, leading to dry, cracked and painful skin.

As we have talked about in previous Nourish Blogs, when we sleep it is our skin’s chance to repair itself and recover from the day’s stresses and strains. This is a great chance to use a specific cream that is tailored to the results you need, such as anti ageing or skin – lightening, as your hands will be able to soak up all the ingredients. For a really intense burst of moisturisation overnight you can try wearing a pair of gloves after applying your chosen cream. While this might look a little strange, it will prevent any cream rubbing off, and allow it to really sink in. Try this for fifteen minutes, and you will really feel the difference!

Over the years hand creams have become much more advanced, and can be tailored to treat specific conditions. Here at Nourish we are proud to have created four wonderful creams, that will care for your hands whatever your skin type, (you can check them out here.) With vitamin E, Shea Butter, Glycerine and a variety of natural Essential Oils, they will give your hands lots of much needed moisture and leave them feeling really loved!

So take care of your hands, and make sure you are using a good hand cream that both suits your daily skincare regime and caters to your natural skin type. And if you aren’t using a Cream already, there’s never been a better time to start, and start seeing results.

 

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It’s a beautiful world…

The world we live in is a beautiful one, there’s no doubt about it. Nature has carved this planet into uncountable wonders, an they’re all out there just waiting to be discovered.

Over hundreds of thousands of years, Earth has been shaped and sculpted by both Nature and Man to form some awe-inspiring sights. So in this week’s Nourish Blog, we are taking a look at some of the amazing things that can be achieved when we work together…

Machu Picchu, Peru

Located in the mountains above the Urubamba Valley, Machu Picchu is a pre-Colombian Inca site that will leave history buffs, nature lovers and everyone in-between speechless.

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Built initially in the middle of the 15th century, Machu Picchu was said to have been inhabited for around 100 years before it was abandoned, and went uncovered for over 3 centuries until a Yale lecturer, Hiriam Bingham, rediscovered the site in July 1911.

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Today’s temperature in Machu Picchu… 21 degrees

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Officially recognised as the largest reef system on earth, the Great Barrier Reef encompasses almost 3,000 reefs within the 2,600 kilometre area of land that it covers.

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Although the Reef is clearly visible from space, it is when looking at it from underwater that its true beauty becomes apparent. There are over 1’500 species of sealife that call the Great Barrier Reef home, and over 400 types of coral can be viewed in the area, so if you do get a chance to visit the area, be sure to take an underwater camera!

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Today’s temperature on the Reef… 25 degrees

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

One of the Society Island in the Pacific Ocean, Bora Bora is known today as one of the most beautiful and luxurious places in the world. It began to appear in the public eye just after World War II, as it was used by the American army as a supply base, and it is even rumoured that a many military personnel refused to leave Bora Bora after the war had ended, and stayed there permanently.

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Best known now for its luxurious bungalows that sit on stilts in the water, Bora Bora is an increasingly popular destination with holidaymakers, (especially honeymooners,) and it’s not difficult to see why!

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Today’s temperature in Bora Bora… 28 degrees

Victoria Falls, Zambia / Zimbabwe

During its long journey through South Africa, The Zambezi River flows over Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe. Its highest point is well over 360 feet tall, making these some of the most dominant and naturally stunning waterfalls anywhere in the world.

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Since the turn of the 20th century, Victoria Falls has become one of South Africa’s foremost tourist attractions, and are regularly seen as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of The World, more so than any other waterfall in the world.

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Today’s temperature at the falls… 32 degrees

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Rudyard Kipling famously called this place ‘The Eighth Wonder of the World’, and looking at these pictures, it isn’t hard to see why. Milford Sound is a fjord on New Zealand’s South Island that is encompassed within the Fiordland National Park.

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Surrounded by mountains that stand in excess of 1,200 feet above the Tasman Sea which flows through the sound, the area is well known for its diverse wildlife and impressive natural beauty, with many different varieties of fish living in the water, as well as dolphins and seals.

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Today’s temperature at Milford Sound… 10 degrees

Abisko, Sweden

Although the village of Abisko is a picturesque and scenic place to visit, that is not what attracts thousands of Tourists per year. It is much more commonly recognised for the sky above, than for any attraction on the ground.

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The Aurora Borealis, or the ‘Northern Lights,’ are caused when charged particles from the sun meet the Earth’s magnetic field, and are regarded as one of the greatest natural spectacles on Earth. While there are many places around the world from which it is possible to see the lights, Abisko is said to be one of the best.

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Today’s temperature in Abisko… 12 degrees

Bhutan, South Asia

Bhutan, (officially known as The Kingdom of Bhutan,) is a small and unusual country located at the eastern end of the Himilayas.

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Bhutan is reportedly the world’s only carbon sink, meaning it absorbs more CO2 than it gives out, and the only country whose largest export is renewable energy: they sell hydroelectric power. In keeping with the Buddhist belief that humans and nature form a symbiotic relationship, 72 per cent of the country is forested, and they maintain that 60 per cent always will be. This environmental pledge is part of their idea of “Gross National Happiness”, whereby the treasury measures progress against “four pillars” – sustainable development, environmental protection, cultural preservation and good governance – rather than just GDP…

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Today’s temperature in Bhutan… 16 degrees



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