Nature Inspired Beauty With St. Ives

Nature Inspired Beauty With St. Ives 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.

Nature Inspired Beauty With St. Ives Nature Inspired Beauty With St. Ives 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.

Nature Inspired Beauty With St. Ives Nature Inspired Beauty With St. Ives 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.

Nature Inspired Beauty With St. Ives 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.

Nature Inspired Beauty With St. Ives Nature Inspired Beauty With St. Ives 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.

Nature Inspired Beauty With St. Ives 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?

  • http://www.bibigoeschic.com Bibi

    I love St Ives products! The event looks like fun, how great that you got to make your own face mask!! X

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    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      I know right? It was soo much fun :) xx

  • borka gamero

    Wow! This looks great… I’m loving the event and brand!
    Kisses from Miami,
    Borka
    http://www.chicfashionworld.com

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thanks dear! Glad you like it :) xx

  • adelinas choice

    Great post and photos!
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    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you Adelina :) xx

  • Tanaka

    This is some solid advise. I struggle with cystic acne which forced me to become pescetarian…. my only issue is I cant seem to give up cheeses or cheesecake sigh. Have been using a 2part apple cider vinegar 1 part water toner and teatree oil to keep my breakouts under control. Havent used Ives scrubs in a while though- will def give it another try! Thanks for sharing xo

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    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thanks for sharing your personal story! My skin is also very sensitive to dairy products, but just like you I love everything to do with cheese 😉 In your case, I wouldn’t recommend using a physical scrub..those tend to aggravate cystic spots. Skincare maven Caroline Hirons recommends chemical exfoliants instead :) xx

  • Elena Dal Maso

    Great pics indeed, what an amazing beauty post :) Bye the way, I do love Prosecco!
    I try to nourish my skin from within every day with water, vegetables, fruit, green tea (a a little coffee…). And it works!

    xoxo
    http://www.bellezzefelici.blogspot.com

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you so much Elena :) Great that you know how to nourish your skin. Mine is a bit moody and unfortunately doesn’t like a lot of what I eat 😉 xx

  • http://cvetybaby.com/ Cvetina Cekova

    Beautiful pictures Jasmin! Love them! I never see this brand, I will check out to smell the scent!

    xx

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    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you dear! That’s very sweet of you :) xx

  • http://www.reveriesanctuary.com/ shanaz@ReverieSanctuary

    I love how colorful the shots are in this post. Such heaven for my eyes. I love coffee too much to give it a pass but I also love green tea and yogurt. Have no clue what millet was and now I sort do, thanks to you. I’ve used St. Ives apricot facial wash when I was younger and it sure smelled yum that I am tempted to rekindle my love for the gentle cleanser. Thank you for the informative post sweetie! :)

    missreverie | Fashionista NOW

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Awe thank you…I guess there’s nothing a VSCO filter can’t fix 😉 Glad you liked the post. I wish I remembered why millet was good for the skin, but I really can’t 😀 xx