Liz Earle Skin Secrets Book

Liz Earle used to be a beauty editor and is passionate about educating people about their skin and what they can do to make a visible difference. Liz has written many books about skin and nutrition over the last 20 years, and has pooled her knowledge into this one brilliant book. I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone with an interest in skin, nutrition and wellness, and how they all play a part in how your skin behaves and looks.

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Know Your Onions!

Onions are a true Superfood and we should try to include some in our everyday diet. Onions, Shallots, Chives, Leeks and Garlic belong to the “Alium” family and contain some potent properties reputed to cleanse your system and have unique anti-bacterial properties. Onions also contain naturally occuring antiseptic oils “Allyl Disulphate” and “Cycloallin”, research has found that Cycloallin helps the walls of blood vesssels dissolve clots that can form inside of them – this chemical is still found even after high temperatures, like frying.

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Crystal Clear Wrinkle Erase Pads

Crystal Clear Skincare have come up with the ultimate, instant eye lift with these Chitosan impregnated pads.

Available in a box of 8 treatments these miracle pads smooth, lift and hydrate the fine, delicate tissue around the eyes, creating a look that is instantly fresher and less tired, they also feel lovely and cooling on the skin.
It’s the ultimate optical illusion – giving you an instant eye lift thanks to the unique combination of an activator solution with Caffeine applied over the Chitosan pads.

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Super Seeds

Super Nutritious SeedsSeeds are a pretty amazing source of concentrated energy, so don’t be fooled by how small they are! Seeds are the life source of plants and absolutely bursting with nutrients, including protein so great for vegetarians. They are also packed with Essential Fatty Acids, Vitamins ( lots of skin friendly Vitamin E) and bursting with and Minerals.

The variety of seeds available can be eaten raw, delicious toasted, sprinkled on salads and porridge or just eaten by the handful, we should aim to have one handful (our own size hand!) a day of a mix of nuts and seeds. Try my Trail Mix for a variety of seeds, nuts and superfruits for healthy snacking.

The Most Nutritious Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds – Rich in protein, iron, zinc and phosphorous, these dark green seeds are delicious raw or cooked in both sweet or savoury dishes, I add a handful to my homemade Spelt bread. I have recently discovered Pumkin Seed Butter, which is an alternative to nut butters and is delicious and rich in Omega 3. Apparently Pumkin Seeds can improve your sex drive! especially for men, due to the high Zinc levels.

Sunflower Seeds – A particularly good skin food as they are very high in Protein. Also rich in skin friendly antioxidant Vitamin E, B Vitamins, Essential Fatty Acids and Fibre. Sunflower seeds can be eaten raw or cooked, added to breads and flapjacks, sprinkled over cereals, porridge and salads, also include in a Trail Mix, a delicious and nutritious snack.

Sesame Seeds – A good source of protein and high in Calcium, often used for oriental cooking, but you can eat the whole seeds either in breads, sprinkled onto salads or used in almost any way you like. Sesame Seeds are very tiny but contain plenty of skin loving Vitamin E and Lecithin, which is a substance that helps lock moisture into the skin and  improve dry skin whilst preventing premature ageing.

Dr Weil’s Food Pyramid

Dr Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Food PyramidDr Andrew Weil is a health and ageing expert, he has developed a common sense eating guide that is Anti-Inflammatory and therefore anti-ageing.

 The Anti-Inflammatory food pyramid is a practical eating guide for people of all ages to follow, to stay healthy and reduce the risk of age related diseases. You will also look better and have more energy!

“Following an anti-inflammatory diet can help counteract the chronic inflammation that is a root cause of many serious diseases, including those that become more frequent as people age. It is a way of selecting and preparing foods based on science that can help people achieve and maintain optimum health over their lifetime.” 

 Quote by Dr Weil – visit his website  and view the full Food Pyramid – print it out and don’t forget it!

 

Jan Marini Transformation Cream

Jan Marini Transformation Cream

Jan Marini Transformation Cream is one of the best moisturisers I have ever used, it’s one of my Hero Products. This silky cream rapidly and dramatically gives the skin a visibly smoother, silky feeling surface. Transformation Cream will rebuild and repair damaged cells to maintain and the appearance of youthful, healthy skin. Its light, emollient base is suitable for all skin types, I find this especially useful for skin’s that are normally oily, but in the winter find they need a heavier moisturiser, that doesn’t clog pores or cause acne!

Top Benefits of Jan Marini Transformation Cream

  • Oil free, non-comedogenic formula absorbs immediately – feels lovely on your skin!
  • Includes two newly developed Pentapeptides with Thymosin beta4, Transformation Growth Factor beta-1, and vascular Growth Factor
  • Supplemental agents include Hyaluronic Acid and Nayad, and a unique hydrating complex
  • Works well with Glycolic acid products, Retin-A, topical medications and make-up

 

This is an excellent moisturiser to use to help repair your skin’s barrier and generally strengthen your skin, it’s choc full of peptides and growth factors, ideal for use after a Derma Roller to aid Collagen stimulation – resulting in firmer, smoother, plumped skin.

Buy Jan Marini Tranformation Cream in our Skincare Shop

Clarity Blemish Repair Pen

Intraceuticals Clarity Blemish Pen

O2 Intraceuticals have come up with this genius Clarity Blemish Repair Pen, with it’s unique applicator pen containing a concentrated formula to target acne blemishes, help speed up the  healing process and reduce redness, without aggressively drying out the skin.

A powerful blend of active ingredients rapidly helps to reduce inflammation without dryness or flaking. The key ingredients in the pen are: Salicylic Acid, Phytosphingosine, Green Tea, Tea Tree,  Alpha Lipoic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid.

Anti-Contamination Applicator Tips

The unique disposable tip is designed to be replaced daily to avoid contamination, comes with 15 tips and you can buy replacements.

Use as required or twice daily onto blemishes.

Healthy Bean Burgers

Beans are an excellent source of protein and these tasty, spicy Bean Burgers help beat the winter chill and aid detoxification, they make a lovely wholesome protein packed lunch or dinner. We should all aim for a handful of skin boosting protein at each meal, remember that protein provides the building blocks for our skin!

Beautiful Beans are choc full of protein and a good source of minerals, B Vitamins and fibre, which are all vital for clear, strong healthy skin.

This is my recipe that has evolved over a few years of experimenting!

Makes 4 Burgers

Ingredients

1 Red Onion or 2 Shallots, finely chopped

Half a cup of finely grated Courgette and Carrot

2 cloves of Garlic, crushed

Half tsp Mild Chilli Powder

Half tsp Smoked Paprika

half tsp Cumin

One tsp Marigold Vegetable Bouillon Powder

1 can Organic Red Kidney Beans in water, drained and rinsed – or Borlotti Beans/Bean Mix

Half a tsp of English Mustard Powder

2 tsp Tamari Sauce

1 tbsp Tomato Puree

Either 1 egg beaten or half a cup of Quinoa – an option for Vegans

2 tbsp of Olive Oil for frying

  • On a gentle heat, sweat the onions for about 5 minutes in a little of the Olive Oil
  • Add the grated Courgette and Carrot, Garlic, Chilli Powder, Cumin, Bouillion Powder and Smoked Paprika and cook on a low heat for a further 5 minutes, then transfer the mixture to one side
  •  Roughly mash the Kidney Beans in a bowl
  • Add the mustard, tamari sauce and tomato puree to the beans and mix well
  • Stir into the bean mixture the spice and vegetable mix and add your beaten egg or Quinoa – mix well
  • Wet your hands and form the mixture into 4 burgers
  • Fry the burgers on a low to medium heat for around 5-7 minutes each side until golden brown

Serve with a wholemeal Pitta bread and salad, or homemade coleslaw. For a dinner serve with Sweet Potato Wedges and steamed Brocolli.

The Anti-Ageing Acai Berry

Acai BerryYou have probably heard much about the Acai Berry of late, but is it really a super berry or super hype? Well some recent medical studies have shown that Acai Berry has potent antioxidants that can be absorbed by the human body and have a very positive effect on our health.

The Acai Berry (pronounced ah-sigh-ee)  is a small, round, dark purple berry, the size of a small grape. The Acai Berry grows in clusters on the Acai Palm Tree, and is native to tropical Central and South America. The prime commercial source of Acai Berry comes from the area where several rivers converge within the Amazon estuary. The people of Brazil refer to Acai as “The Milk of the Amazon“.

Harvesting the Acai Berry doesn’t harm the Rainforest (something that concerned me), in fact the Acai Palm Tree will continue to thrive once the berries are picked, and it is an incentive for the natives to preserve the tree.

For centuries, the people of the Amazon have loved this unique fruit for its health boosting properties and prized it as a source of health and vitality. It seems modern science is beginning to document the many beneficial properties of the Acai Berry. It has extraordinary antioxidant levels and nutrient content, and is becoming one of the world’s top superfoods.

Why is Acai Berry so good?

The Acai Berry contains concentrated levels of Anthocyanins – a powerful family of antioxidants that assist in neutralizing the harmful effects that Free Radicals have on the body. Acai has an ORAC score (a measurement of antioxidant power) higher than any other fruit and vegetable to date, in fact it has twice the antioxidants of Blueberries and 10 – 30 times the anthocyanins of Red Wine.

 Acai Berries are rich in …

  • Antioxidants
  • Phytonutrients
  • Amino Acids
  • Vitamins
  • Trace Minerals
  • Omega fats – 3, 6 & 9

The Claimed health benefits of Acai Berry are….

  • Healthy and more Youthful Skin!
  • Slowing of the Ageing Process
  • Promotion of weight loss
  • Increased energy
  • Stronger immune system
  • Improved eye sight
  • Improved circulation
  • Preventing age related degenerative diseases – it has shown anti-cancer activity in a cell culture model.

There is a lot of claims being made about Acai Berry, and it seems that medical research is proving many of them true. Acai Berry may not be the answer to all diseases, and is not the only Super Food to eat, but consumed regularly will boost your health as part of a well balanced diet and Anti-Ageing strategy. For more information read Amherst College’s special Acai Berry Report.

Super Berry with Acai

There are many Acai Berry Supplements available today, one of the best is Dr. Perricones Super Berry Powder with Acai. If you would rather drink the juice, then Monavie has a Premier Acai Berry Blend, which has recently launched in the UK –  I take an egg cup full of this juice everyday – it’s delicious.