After months of mainly fashion and food posts, I finally have another beauty post for you, as St. Ives kindly invited me to their nature inspired beauty event at the quaint little Daisy Green Food Café the other day.
St. Ives produces high quality yet affordable face and body scrubs inspired by nature. The gentle apricot scrub, for example, is made of 100% natural extracts and exfoliants and is formulated without parabens and phthalates – I can’t wait to try it.
The event was filled with so many highlights, I don’t quite know where to begin. I guess I’m gonna start with the most obvious choice – the food. On arrival, I was greeted with the yummiest avocado, apricot and yoghurt smoothie. I hadn’t eaten anything for six hours and my tummy was rumbling, but this little baby filled me right up. Throughout the evening a wide range of healthy canapés prepared by the lovely girls from the Daisy Green Food Café was served, with the wild rice pancakes with avocado being my absolute favourite.
After pleasing my tummy I ventured over to the beauty quiz corner where we had to answer questions about common skincare myths…As a true beauty junkie I thought I was gonna nail this, but surprisingly enough, it was really challenging – I had to guess about 90% of the answers…oops.
I then moved on to the facemasks table to make my very own facemask out of 100% natural ingredients. I went for the brightening mask consisting of 1 ripe strawberry – nature’s no. 1 exfoliant, 1 tsp of yoghurt and 1 tsp of honey. It smelled truly divine and was such a treat for my dull skin.
And last but by no means least, Julie Montagu, yoga instructor, health and wellness coach, foodie, author and TV personality (Ladies of London on ITVBe) shared some exceptionally valuable advice with us on how to nourish our skin from within. These are the main points I remember from her talk and my little chat with her afterwards:
1. Oats to are a great source of fibre and protein and keep you full for a long time.
2. Eat half an avocado each day or 8/9 nuts for your daily intake of healthy fats and wrinkle free skin.
3. Add a teaspoon of raw cacao to your daily breakfast or smoothie for a full load of antioxidants.
4. Our skin is constantly exposed to free radicals that promote skin aging. Apricots for example, fight those free radicals.
5. For everyone with blemish prone skin: cut out all dairy products from your diet. The hormones in dairy can be a major cause of breakouts.
6. Eat millet.
7. Don’t use expensive beauty products that are pumped up with chemicals. Julie recommends Content Beauty for facial treatments and organic skincare that doesn’t break the bank.
8. Supplement your diet with Chlorella as an alternative to Spirulina.
9. Avoid sugar. When it is part of the 5 first ingredients, don’t buy the food.
10. Drink green tea, but no coffee.
What do you do to nourish your skin from within?