Beauty comes from the inside out. What you eat is what you are. I therefore try to avoid processed food which is not always possible of course.. Luckily I’m addicted to fruit and veg. I love avocados, nuts, seeds, spinach, coconut juice and bananas all of which have packed goodness in them, especially for skin. There are a couple of other ingredients which can make a real difference, according to a recent article in the Edit Magazine by Net-a-porter about LA wellbeing. LA has reinvented healthy living with a juice bar and yoga school on every street corner. They have a point though as even if you only incorporate a couple of these items in your daily diet you will over time notice the difference in your complexion, nails and hair . I have tried lots of recipes from the website GOOP (aka Gwyneth Paltrow) – they are all super healthy and tasty, highly recommend them. Check the ‘magic’ ingredients out below:
Kale: The green of all greens – add to salads, stir-fries and soups – Spinach is also rich in anti oxidants.
Bee pollen: Another top antioxidant that has the additional benefit of helping to relieve allergy symptoms – Manuka honey has many healing and preventative properties
Acai berries: This superfruit is packed with antioxidants – try Goji berries too.
Lucuma: A natural sweetener you can use in place of sugar. Honey works a trick too in teas/cakes etc.
Maca powder: A Peruvian root that is the new guarana – a potent energy source. Ginger is full of goodness – you can chop it up with honey and drink it as tea or use it in salads/curries etc. All root vegetables are good – try sweet potato.
Chia seeds: High in Omega 3 and numerous minerals, add to anything, from porridge to dessert. All nuts (uncoated/unsugared/unsalted) contain good fats. Healthy snacking!
Flax seeds: Fantastic for digestion, mix whole flax seeds into smoothies, porridge and granola.
Greens powder: Other than real greens, this is one of the most important things you can add to your diet – mix the powder into your daily smoothie.
Coconut oil: Instead of reaching for butter, try using this – it’s a far healthier fat. Make sure it is unrefined.
Green tea: contains the anti oxidant EGCG. All of the EGCG comes from green tea grown in fields on the Korean island of Jeju, which has the optimal climate for the most potent tea leaves.
Ginseng: Used in traditional Eastern medicine, ginseng has many health and beauty benefits and is only found naturally in a few places in the world. In skin care, this herbal root has rejuvenating effects and can help restore the skin’s moisture balance, fighting signs of aging and hyper pigmentation. (by the way ginger is a different plant than any of the types of ginseng root)
This week the Edit – net-a-porter’s weekly online magazine – recaps the 10 most important active ingredients in skincare. Obviously there are so many other really good ingredients, but I think it is a good starting point. When you go to the beauty department all the choices can seem really daunting, this at least gives a rough guide what to look out for. Read it here or see below.
Top 10 skin ingredients:
Best for: sensitive skin
Traditionally used in medicine for its antibacterial properties, these nano-particles of silver simultaneously calm inflammation, fight free radicals and boost tissue regeneration. The silver acts as a balancer to irritated cells – think of it as a probiotic yogurt for skin. An anti-aging godsend to anyone with sensitive skin that is prone to occasional breakouts.
TRY: Argentum Apothecary La Potion Infinie; argentumapothecary.co.uk
Best for: firming and
toning enlarged pores
These plant-derived natural acids are second to none when it comes to unclogging pores and encouraging younger-looking skin. Serums and peels packed with AHAs will firm, as the acids eat away dead skin cells and tighten pores. Great for anyone with enlarged pores or dull, unrefined skin.
TRY: Elizabeth Arden Intervene Peel & Reveal Revitalizing Treatment; elizabetharden.co.uk
Best for: fighting wrinkles and dull skin
Most world-renowned dermatologists swear these vitamin-A derivatives are the most effective skincare ingredients – a fact that speaks volumes. Free radicals, sun damage and lifestyle factors prompt your cells to inflame, which leads to lines and pigmentation. An extra benefit? Retinoids also tackle the production of melanin, prompting the skin to resume healthy, youthful turnover, resulting in brighter skin. TRY: REN Bio Retinoid Anti-Ageing Concentrate; renskincare.com
Best for: puffy eyes and fine lines
An old favorite and with good reason, these proteins stimulate the cells, promoting collagen growth and boosting circulation. This is good news for anyone suffering from puffy, sluggish skin around the under-eye area, as it is bad circulation that stops the blood from moving around and keeping your eyes line free.
TRY: Perricone MD Neuropeptide Eye Contour; perriconemd.com
Best for: brightening dull skin
If it is radiance you’re after, vitamin C is integral to your skincare. Known as ascorbic acid in the ingredients list, it acts as the engine to collagen production, boosts cell growth and increases circulation. When it comes to fighting dull, sun-damaged skin, this ingredient has the power you need. It is best applied in a serum at night to tackle skin at its most receptive.
TRY: Dr Sebagh Pure Vitamin C Powder Cream; drsebagh.com
Best for: sensitive skin with sun damage
Years of sun-worshipping in your teens can really catch up with you – thankfully there are some power ingredients out there that will do an impressive job of reversing the signs of sun damage. Niacinamide is actually a form of vitamin B that acts as a catalyst to the enzymes within your skin, prompting them to work faster at repairing cell deterioration.
TRY: La Roche-Posay Skin Perfecting Anti-Redness Moisturizer;
Best for: pigmentation
A powerful antioxidant derived from apples, phloretin is unrivaled when it comes to fighting the formation of melanin and inhibiting further dark pigmentation from appearing on your skin. It encourages cellular renewal, prompting healthier cells to come through.
TRY: SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF;skinceuticals.com
Best for: dry skin with fine lines
This is the “moisture holder” – a sugar protein that sinks into the skin and stimulates cells to build a matrix that acts as a webbing, clinging onto any anti-agers and moisturizers you apply, increasing their benefit. Pro-Xylane is also a channel for other
cell-repairing ingredients, helping them to reach the lower levels of the dermis faster. An all-round winner.
TRY: Astalift Jelly Aquarysta;astalift.co.uk
Best for: instantly
improving fine lines
A moisturizer with plenty of active anti-aging properties, this really can offer instant results. Silicone sits on the top of your skin rather than sinking in, which gives it the ability to smooth and improve its appearance instantly.
TRY: Indeed Laboratories Nanoblur;indeedlabs.com
Best for: sluggish, dull-textured skin
These are not as scary as they sound. In fact, they are proteins that boost not only collagen production but also blood-vessel formation – a godsend for those with skin that needs plumping. The slowing down of circulation in the dermis is one of the contributors to dull, aging skin.
TRY: BioEffect EGF Serum;bioeffect.co.uk
Charlotte Tilbury is one of my favourite make up artists. She not only creates amazing looks on for shoots and shows, she also has great style herself. Foxy, funny, feral are words that come to mind whenever I see a piece about her. She has partnered up with net-a-porter to do little cool make up tutorials. The one below is on french smokey eyes to complement their Edit magazine this week which is all about cool Parisian style. It’s easy to watch with great tips like to how to choose your foundation and how brows make a huge difference. Watching it makes you want to go out, put on those heels and jeans with smokey eyes and all. Now where is that great for people watching cafe with the gorgeously grumpy french waiter? Un verre de vin blanc, s’il vous plait!