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The hidden dangers of high estrogen foods

Posted on: October 26th, 2017 by Bar3EAdm1n

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In women who are still menstruating, estrogen and progesterone are the two main hormones produced each month by the ovaries. When there is too much estrogen in relation to progesterone, you have a situation called estrogen dominance, where progesterone cannot reach the optimum 20 – 25 mg. during the final two weeks of a woman’s monthly cycle. This allows estrogen to go unopposed the entire month and upsets the normal progesterone/estrogen balance.

Foods high in estrogen can be harmful to your health by destroying this delicate hormone balance. Many of these high level estrogen foods can lead to health problems such as endometriosis, poly-cystic ovaries, hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue, auto immune issues and ovarian and breast cancer. So eliminating the following foods and adding more fruits, veggies and fermented foods to your diet will naturally decrease estrogen in your body.

  1. SOY You can not milk a soy bean… the process of extracting soy milk is highly carcinogenic and small amounts of these solvents and solutions remain in the milk and accumulate in the tissues of your body over time. Not to mention the hormone mimicking phyto estrogens that soy beans contain, one of these being isoflavones. Scientists have known for years that isoflavones in soy products can depress thyroid function, causing auto-immume thyroid diseases. Soy also contains high amounts of aluminium, the plant itself having an affinity for the mineral. Even if you don’t directly consume soy products, it is in so many products as a filler, that unless you read all labels carefully, it is impossible to avoid.
  2. MEAT  Synthetic hormones like synthetic estrogens are commonly fed to animals in industrialised countries, and found also in pesticides and herbicides, and these end up on our dinner plates. Two pesticides carried in animal fat—beta-hexachlorocyclohexane (beta-h) and mirex—have just been shown to elevate women’s risk of endometriosis by up to 70%, according to new research by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. 81% of soybeans are GMO and 85% of those are fed to livestock. That GMO soy does not just magically evaporate in the slaughterhouse or the milk processing plant. It ends up on your plate. Also be cautious of eating non organic eggs for the same reasons.
  3. DAIRY  Cows milk is a source of estrogen in the diet and can constitute as much as 80% of your dietary intake of estrogen, reports Estrogen Dominance Guide. Cows give milk while they are pregnant and nursing, so their estrogen levels are significantly higher. Dairy livestock are also regularly given doses of hormones to increase their growth and milk production. That’s why conventionally raised meats and dairy can contribute to gynecomastia.”
  4. SUGAR  Sugar disrupts the powerful hormone insulin. When insulin spikes, typically after a meal high in sugar, this can lead to lower levels of an important protein known as sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). SHBG binds excess estrogen and testosterone in the blood, but when it’s low, these hormone levels increase.
  5. WHEAT  Gluten sensitivity is a common yet little-recognized cause of female hormone imbalances that affects a significant percentage of women. The culprit is a molecule called gliadin, which is found in certain gluten-containing grains and causes symptoms in gluten-sensitive people. The grains that cause the greatest problems are wheat, rye, barley, spelt, and kamut; whereas corn, rice, millet, and buckwheat are generally considered safe. Wheat also causes inflammation in the gut which puts stress on your whole system.

Watch out also for xenoestrogens, chemical compounds with a hormone-like effect on the body. These substances are usually petrochemical-based, and most of them mimic estrogen. Xenoestrogens lurk in everyday items like personal care products / toiletries (soap, artificial fragrances like perfumes and air fresheners, cosmetics etc.), plastics (plastic food wrap, plastic bottles, styrofoam food containers), car exhaust, carpeting, furniture, panelling, paints, solvents and lacquers, household cleaners like detergents, and even medicine.

To detox your body of excess estrogen, eat more greens and consume dandelion and milk thistle.

If you find it too hard to eliminate these things from your diet, that is understandable but at least try to cut right back and eat organic if you must have them. To control my endometriosis, I have had to cut out all of these things but have the occasional egg, cheese and wheat. Once you have taken control of your health and made some positive changes, you will be amazed at how much better you feel in a relatively short time.

Vegan Lime & Coconut ‘cheesecake’

Posted on: September 2nd, 2017 by Bar3EAdm1n

When your mum brings you a bag of limes and a bag of ripe avocados from a local farm, it means time to get in the kitchen and get creative! As these two fruits are a couple of my favorites, I thought that combining them could very well be the delicious way to go. I was correct 😉

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This recipe contains ingredients that are all super skin foods in their own right, but combined, not only taste delicious but are a veritable treasure trove of good fats, protein, vitamins and minerals, all which are crucial for great skin health. It is also incredibly easy to make. Just remember to soak your cashews over night or during the day. If you make this yummy dessert, don’t forget to take a great pic and tag us on instagram! @bare_beauty_essentials #barebeautyessentials

Here is a breakdown of the main ingredients and how they benefit the health of your skin.

  • Nuts ~ Nuts are a great source of fatty acids, fibre, protein, minerals and vitamins, all which are crucial to healthy skin cell renewal.
  • Vanilla ~ Vanilla is a good source of essential oils, vitamins & minerals especially vitamin B and can help improve the look of your skin tone. Great source of antioxidants.
  • Coconut ~ High in good fatty acids which strengthen connective tissue and helps your skin shed dead cells. It is also high in manganese and copper both which support collagen production. Coconut oil is naturally high in fibre which will help improve your digestive system. You need a healthy digestive system to have healthy skin. (or anything else!) Also high is antioxidants. We use coconut oil in EVERYTHING!!!
  • Maple  Syrup ~ contains some important antioxidants and minerals like zinc and manganese.
  • Lime juice is enriched with Vitamin C. It has 9.2mg of Vitamin C per oz. It contains many other important nutrients like Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Calcium, Folate, Magnesium, Potassium, Choline, Phosphorus, and Betaine.

Vegan Lime & Coconut ‘cheesecake’ recipe

Base~                                                                                                                                                                                            250 gm Mixed nuts ( I use nuts that activate such as almonds, macadamias, cashews, pecans and walnuts)

50 gm Pure maple syrup

50 gm Coconut ( I prefer shredded)

Good pinch of Himalayan salt

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Filling

200 gm cashews which have been soaked all day or over night

75 gm lime juice and pulp

1 good sized Avocado

100 gm Pure maple syrup

100gm melted Virgin coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

zest from 1 lime

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Method

Line a loaf tin with baking paper. I use a thermomix to make this but a food processor will work fine as well.             Put all of the base ingredients into thermomix 15 seconds on speed 5. Scrape down sides and repeat. Press mix  into bottom of lined tin.                                                                                                                                                                            Combine filling ingredients except for the zest for 60 seconds speed 6 until smooth. Scrape down sides. Add lime zest, put in butterfly attachment and whip for 1 minute on speed 4. Pour on to base, smooth top and refrigerate until firm. Sprinkle with toasted shredded coconut. Enjoy!

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Super Nutritious Fluffy Vegan Brownies

Posted on: August 27th, 2017 by Bar3EAdm1n

SUPER NUTRITIOUS FLUFFY VEGAN BROWNIES

We all want beautiful, dewy looking skin. Most people spend ridiculous amounts of money on fancy serums and creams in an attempt to retain that youthful glow.  Even though skin care products help to improve the texture and appearance of your skin,  your skin will really only ever look as healthy as the food you eat. The more nourishing your diet, the healthier your skin will look and feel. This means a diet with plenty of foods high in good fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. All things vital to the health of your bodies largest organ.

Even delicious snacks and desserts can benefit rather than hinder your health.  A good example are these amazing guilt free brownies which are moist and fluffy, free from refined anything and vegan.

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Here is a breakdown of the main ingredients and how they benefit your skin from the inside out!

  • Cocao ~ High in antioxidants which are key in blocking harmful free radicals in the body and protects against premature aging. High in vitamin C & magnesium which protects your skin & keeps it healthy. Cocao contains omega 6 fatty acids, which help in cellular healing & promotes blood flow.
  • Nuts ~ Nuts are a great source of fatty acids, fibre, protein, minerals and vitamins, all which are crucial to healthy skin cell renewal.
  • Vanilla ~ Vanilla is a good source of essential oils, vitamins & minerals especially vitamin B and can help improve the look of your skin tone. Great source of antioxidants.
  • Dates ~ Dates are a natural source of vitamin B5 which is highly beneficial for skin cells as it repairs damage caused by free radicals. Medjool dates contain Vitamin A which helps to eliminate dry & dead skin cells and regenerate new ones. Loaded with vital nutrients, dried dates can nourish the skin and improve texture.

The ingredient which makes them fluffy is aquafaba. This is something that I have only just started playing around with and so far I am totally impressed and amazed that I haven’t come across it sooner. Aquafaba is the reserved liquid from (usually) chickpeas or any bean or legume really. You whip it with a little bit of cream of tartar or baking powder just like you would with egg whites until it forms stiff peaks and use it as a replacement. 3 tablespoons of aquafaba is equal to one egg white. It is magic!!

                      

RECIPE

Preheat oven 180 degrees fan forced. Line a square cake pan with baking paper.

DRY:

1 cup gluten free S/R flour

1/2 cup cocao powder

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp bi carb soda

1/2 tsp Himalayan salt

Sift together flour and cocao powder. Add remaining dry ingredient and blend well.

WET:

1 cup pitted medjool dates packed

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

3 tbsp nut butter (to make nut butter simply blend 1 cup of nuts with 1 tsp oil and 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt until smooth)

1/2 cup apple sauce

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Blend together until smooth.

Add to dry ingredients, do not over mix.

AQUAFABA:

1/2 cup aquafaba from chickpeas or some other bean or lentil.

1/4 tsp baking powder or cream of tartar

In a dry and very clean bowl add the aquafaba and baking powder or cream of tartar and whip with mixer on medium high speed until stiff peaks form. This usually takes around 3-6 minutes depending on how thick it was to begin with. Using tinned aquafaba usually works best.

Gently fold the mixture into the batter, being careful not to over mix as you want it to remain fluffy.

Spoon batter into prepared pan, gently smooth top and top with chopped nuts, berries, cocao nibs or whatever you feel like decorating it with. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when pricked. Allow to cool completely. Enjoy.

‘You are what you eat’. Truer words were never never spoken!

An orange a day keeps dull skin at bay!

Posted on: June 28th, 2017 by Bar3EAdm1n

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The humble orange is not only juicy and delicious, it also has a whole range of health benefits as well as having many positive effects on your skin. Not only does eating them give you a great boost of vitamin A and C, which your skin needs to be healthy, but the citric acid found in an orange’s juices can be used to exfoliate your skin which helps with acne. Basically, eating or juicing an orange a day keeps dull skin at bay!

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Oranges are rich in vitamin C, which your body needs to make collagen. According to the Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute, collagen is a structural component in your blood vessels, tendons and ligaments. However, it is also an important part of your skin. Collagen synthesis naturally slows as you age, and sun exposure over your lifetime can further impair its production, leading to skin damage. Eating a medium orange provides vitamin C and citric acid, both of which can stimulate collagen production. Vitamin C also protects cells from damage by free radicals which is one of the main causes of premature aging. Do yourself a favor and squeeze a couple of oranges into a glass to drink each day (organic or spray free is of course the best!). If you are feeling really adventurous, freeze some fresh juice ice cube trays and rub them on your skin to brighten dull and lack luster skin.

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Acne Prevention

Oranges also contain high levels of vitamin A, which helps your skin protect your body from invading bacteria and viruses. According to the National Institutes of Health, vitamin A is used in acne treatments. Vitamin C also helps reduce skin swelling, which may reduce the appearance of pimples. The citric acid found in oranges is also part of the chemical group alpha acids, which are powerful exfoliators that remove dead skin cells and cleanse your pores, helping prevent acne.

  • Oranges have a high content of citric acid which is effective in drying away acne. Orange peels contain a high amount of dietary fiber, which regulates bowel movements, thus eliminating harmful wastes and toxins from the body. This will prevent acne breakouts by getting rid of toxins.
  • You can prepare a face mask by grinding orange peels to make a paste and apply it all over your face. This will not only keep acne at bay but also combat skin oiliness. With regular usage, you can see a visible reduction in pimples and its marks.                                                                                                                                                                             Image result for oranges mask

 

ORANGE PEEL, OATMEAL, TURMERIC AND BAKING SODA FACE MASK:

Mix 2 teaspoons of orange peel powder (dry orange peels without the white part in the sun for a few days then grind in blender or coffee grinder) with 1 teaspoon of oatmeal and 1/4 teaspoon turmeric. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the mix. Add water or milk and gently stir the mixture to get a paste. Gently apply on the face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash it off with cold water. This face mask if useful to get rid of acne and dead skin cells. Oatmeal exfoliates the skin and removes dead skin cells. Baking soda cleanses the skin and removes the impurities

Aging

Citric acid, part of the alpha hydroxyl acid group, is a key component in skin products that reduce wrinkles and soften your skin. Citric acid, found in oranges, grapefruits and other citrus fruits, is used in chemical peel products, which remove dead cells to make your skin look younger. Furthermore, when applied topically, vitamin C can increase skin hydration, which reduces wrinkles and adds to a youthful appearance.

Sun Protection

The antioxidants vitamin A and C may also help reverse sun damage, protecting your skin from cancer and other negative effects. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, sun exposure breaks down vitamin A in your skin, leading to skin damage. However, an orange can help replace vitamin A and repair damage. Furthermore, vitamin C has been shown to build immunity to the sun in your skin. This helps to prevent damage from occurring in the first place.:

Treatment Of Dark Spots And Blemishes

  • Orange peels have a higher content of vitamin C than the fruit itself. Instead of throwing away the peels, you can dry them in the sun and grind them to prepare orange peel powder. This can be used as a body scrub.
  • You can mix the above scrub with milk and milk cream and apply it on your face. This will provide an instant glow to your face as well as reduce dark spots and blemishes on your skin.

A few of the health benefits of eating oranges are:

  • They have been found to help prevent kidney stones
  • Lower bad cholesterol
  • Help prevent diabetes by regulating blood sugar
  • Anti inflammatory so a glass of fresh juice a day helps with arthritis
  • High in fire so aids digestion
  • Vitamin C protects cells from damage by free radicals which can help fight cancer
  • Fibers, Hesperidin and folate in Oranges keep your heart healthy.
  • Folic acid present in Oranges helps in Brain growth development
  • Vitamin C present in Oranges increases the production of white Blood Cells which further improves your immune system.
  • Flavonoids and polyphenols in Oranges help you fight viral infections.
  • Calcium rich Oranges help you maintain healthy bones and teeth.

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Super Skin Food Smoothy

Posted on: February 5th, 2017 by Bar3EAdm1n

Doing the breakfast shift for my last couple of cheffing jobs meant that I got into the habit years ago of eating on the go, something that I still do to this day. Massaging most days and spending all day on my feet making potions and lotions means that I like to have something nourishing, filling and energy boosting to start my day. The smoothie I make each morning is all these things and more…it is also incredibly good for nourishing your skin from the inside. Here’s why..

Organic mixed berries~ easily found in the freezer section at Coles Woolies are your local health food shop (and even better if you can find a local fresh source and freeze them yourself) organic mixed berries are the basis of my smoothie. including raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and sometimes cranberries, putting in a handful of these little treasures adds antioxidants which is key to keeping your skin looking great.

Banana~ Being from Coffs Harbour, we have bananas in abundance and can easily find some at a great price at the local markets or on the side of the road. Try to get organic if possible as bananas are heavily sprayed with all sorts of nasty chemicals and sprayed to rapidly ripen them. Full of potassium pectin and fibre, they are also a good source of antioxidants, magnesium and B6. All things that help with cell regeneration and absorption of nutrients.

Kale~ Of all the super healthy greens, kale is the king. It is definitely one of the healthiest and most nutritious plant foods in existence. Kale is loaded with all sorts of beneficial compounds… some of which have powerful medicinal properties. It is jammed packed with vitamins and minerals especially beta-carrotenn (which the body turns into vitamin A) and C.

  • Vitamin A plays a pivotal role in repairing the tissues underneath your skin and prevents damage caused by free radicals.  A diet lacking in Vitamin A can lead to dry and flaky skin.
  • Vitamin C too helps reduce damage caused by free radicals, which is mostly likely to occur when your skin is overexposed to the sun. In other words, Vitamin C helps prevent premature aging of the skin and helps you stay younger-looking for a longer period of time.

Coconut Milk~ Whether ingested or applied topically, coconut milk is great for your skin. It is rich in vitamins A and C, calcium, iron and natural proteins which contribute to a smooth and radiant skin.

Coconut Kefir~  Is a probiotic that greatly assists with improving your gut health, which in turn means that it helps to cleanse the liver. In chinese medicine the liver rules the skin, eyes, and joints. coconut kefir eases aches and joint pains. Many people report having a prettier complexion. They experience the brown liver spots on the skin fading away and skin tags, moles, or warts drying up and disappearing.

Raw Protein PowderAmazonia Raw protein isolate Raw protein isolate is the first-to-market organic, raw, prebiotic, dairy-free protein with premium bioavailability. A gentle formula designed with optimum gut health in mind, enhanced with live digestive enzymes and prebiotics (food for good digestive bacteria) to support digestive balance, which assists with the breakdown and assimilation of protein for ultimate absorption. A healthy gut equals healthy skin.

Spirulina~ Spirulina is a blue-green algae. That doesn’t sound sexy, but this super seaweed is a lifesaver for its skin-savvy fans. As most of us know, our outside beauty is directly related to our inside beauty. “Radiance is nothing more than happy, healthy cells, and spirulina is an easy way to sneak more “beauty nutrients” into a busy lifestyle via diet,” says Julie Morris, a natural foods chef and super food expert, author of  Superfood Juices and Superfood Kitchen.

Maca Powder~ Is known to encourage healthy hormone production and stregthen the immune system. In addition to these and many other health benefits , organic maca powder is rapidly gaining a reputation for its ability to promote a healthy, radiant complexion and research has shown that it can structurally enhance the firmness of skin and boost its inherent protective abilities. Laboratory studies have demonstrated that maca root stimulates the proliferation of fibroblasts in vitro, resulting in visibly younger looking skin.

 

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Super Skin Food Smoothie Recipe

  • Handful of mixed frozen organic berries
  • 1 Banana broken into chunks (frozen if you like)
  • 1/2 cup Coco Quench or any other type of coconut or nut milk. Coco Quench has the most amount of coconut in it compare to other coconut milk blends and it has no added sugar. (available at supermarket or health food shop)
  • 2 small kale leaves broken up. Try to grow some in a pot! Fresh, vitality rich greens are the best!!
  • 2 TBSP Raw Protein Powder (get from health food shop)
  • 1/2 tsp maca powder (get from bulk food or health food shop)
  • 1/2 tsp spirulina (get from bulk food or health food shop)
  • 1 heaped TBSP Coconut Kefir (health food shop)
  • Top up with filtered water

Blend all together in nutribullet or nutri ninja until smooth. You can add different fruits if you like. I like to put a few ice cubes in it to keep it cool while I am on the go.

There you have it, a creamy delicious brekkie smoothie which is full of skin nourishing nutrients that will keep you feeling and looking good, inside and out. Enjoy

Laura

Bare Beauty Chef 😉

 

Cranberry Snowballs

Posted on: December 20th, 2016 by Bar3EAdm1n

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One last easy and scrummy recipe just in time for christmas!  These delicious Cranberry Snowballs (or Raw Coconut Macaroons the rest of the year!) are sooo quick and easy to make and taste like a little ball of heaven 

Best of all, the ingredients are super nourishing for your skin! Win win right???

Each recipe will have a breakdown of each key ingredient and how it benefits the health and appearance of your skin.

  • Coconut ~ High in good fatty acids which strengthen connective tissue and helps your skin shed dead cells. It is also high in manganese and copper bith which support collagen production. Coconut oil is naturally high in fibre which will help improve your digestive system. You need a healthy digestive system to have healthy skin. (or anything else!) Also high is antioxidants. We use coconut oil in EVERYTHING!!!
  • Cranberries ~ Contain high concentrations of vitamin C which repairs tissue damage & contains antioxidants.
  • Cocao ~ High in antioxidants which are key in blocking harmful free radicals in the body and protects against premature aging. High in vitamin C & magnesium which protects your skin & keeps it healthy. Cocao contains omega 6 fatty acids, which help in cellular healing & promotes blood flow. We used organic ark chocolate that is high in cocao.
  • Vanilla ~ Vanilla is a good source of essential oils, vitamins & minerals especially vitamin B and can help improve the look of your skin tone. Great source of antioxidants.
  • Maple Syrup ~Maple syrup’s plant-based compounds reduce oxidative stress, which is responsible for aging us at a quicker rate and reducing the strength of our immune system.  Maple syrup also supplies some trace minerals and antioxidants, while sugar lacks both of these.
  • Himalayan Salt ~ Himalayan salt rather than ordinary table salt or even sea salt is mined from ancient sea beds, so it is pure from modern environmental toxins. It provides a whopping 84 trace minerals, plus a unique ionic energy that is released when the salt is mixed with water.

Raw Coconut Macaroons (Cranberry Snowballs)

Ingredients~

  • 3 cups Shredded Coconut
  • 4 Tbsp Organic Maple Syrup
  • 8 Tbsp Organic Raw Coconut Oil. Solid not melted.
  • 5 Tbsp Coconut Flour
  • 3 Tsp Organic Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Tsp Fine Himalayan Salt
  • Organic dark chocolate to melt, chopped.

Method~

Combine all ingredients except chocolate in a bowl. I like to use a fork or metal spoon as to do this with your hands will melt the coconut oil too much and make it hard to form balls.

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Work fast, forming 1 tbsp sized balls. Roll in coconut. Place in fridge to firm up

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Melt your chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water till melted around the sides. Stir really well away from the heat until smooth and glossy. Don’t over heat as this will make the chocolate crumbly. See pics                                   snowballs5 snowballs6

Dip balls into the melted chocolate and place on a plate covered with grease proof paper. You can also drizzle the chocolate over the top with a teaspoon. Refrigerate until ready to eat.

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Remember to cook with love! Enjoy 

Click here to check out our OMG so delicious Super Easy antioxidant rich Choc Berry ‘Lamington’ squares. 

 

Super easy antioxidant rich Choc Berry ‘Lamington’ squares

Posted on: December 14th, 2016 by Bar3EAdm1n

OMG these are sooooo good! These antioxidant rich ‘lamington’ squares would have to be THE easiest and one of the most delicious things that I create in my kitchen. And I love to create..

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In our Bare Beauty ‘skin food lab’ we are all about what beautiful oils and butters can do for the health and appearance of your skin. In our kitchens, we think about what we can put in our bodies not just to improve our health but to encourage great skin from the inside out.

With this in mind, we have decided to do a few blogs about super skin foods with recipes that help your skin from the inside out! After all, you are what you eat 😉

Each recipe will have a breakdown of each key ingredient and how it benefits the health and appearance of your skin.

  • Cocao ~ High in antioxidants which are key in blocking harmful free radicals in the body and protects against premature aging. High in vitamin C & magnesium which protects your skin & keeps it healthy. Cocao contains omega 6 fatty acids, which help in cellular healing & promotes blood flow.
  • Berries ~
  • ~ Goji berries ~ Very high in antioxidants and amino acids, both which have a great impact on your skin. Amino acids increase your growth hormone levels which will help replenish the youth in aged skin and reduces inflammation by increasing blood flow.
  • ~Blue berries ~ Blue berries contain many different vitamins and nutrients which benefit the skin. These nutrients help with acne, broken capillaries and splotchy skin. The vitamins normalise oil levels in your skin, especially vitamin A. Also high in antioxidants and fibre.
  • ~Cranberries ~ Contain high concentrations of vitamin C which repairs tissue damage & contains antioxidants.
  • Coconut ~ High in good fatty acids which strengthen connective tissue and helps your skin shed dead cells. It is also high in manganese and copper bith which support collagen production. Coconut oil is naturally high in fibre which will help improve your digestive system. You need a healthy digestive system to have healthy skin. (or anything else!) Also high is antioxidants. We use coconut oil in EVERYTHING!!!
  • Vanilla ~ Vanilla is a good source of essential oils, vitamins & minerals especially vitamin B and can help improve the look of your skin tone. Great source of antioxidants.
  • Dates ~ Dates are a natural source of vitamin B5 which is highly beneficial for skin cells as it repairs damage caused by free radicals. Medjool dates contain Vitamin A which helps to eliminate dry & dead skin cells and regenerate new ones. Loaded with vital nutrients, dried dates can nourish the skin and improve texture.
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Now that the why of things has been sorted out, lets get cooking! (I tend to use organic ingredients where possible)

Super Easy Choc Berry Lamington Squares

Ingredients~

  • 350gm    Dates (I use half medjool and half regular dates)
  • 60gm      Shredded Coconut
  • 40gm      Cocao
  • 150gm    Berries (I used 50gm each of goji, blue berries & cranberries)
  • 2stp         Vanilla Powder or Extract (I like to use powder)
  • 50gm      Virgin Coconut Oil (Must be organic virgin for that yummy taste)

Method~

I use a thermomix but you can use a food processor as well.

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  • Put everything into the mixer and blend on medium high for 30 seconds. (maybe longer in a food processor)
  • Line a small lamington tin with cling wrap and put the mix on top of the cling wrap. Spread it around.
  • Place more cling wrap on top and press it firmly down right up to the sides of the pan.
  • Chill in fridge until firm. Cut into squares and try not to eat it all at once 😉

This also makes a great healthy treat at christmas time. If you have a whole food place near by, try to source your ingredients there.

Well i’m off to see if mine is ready to eat yet 😉  Enjoy! Keep your eye out for our next Super Skin Food recipe 🙂

Don’t forget to cook with love

Laura x

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Natures best kept beauty secret…

Posted on: October 26th, 2016 by Bar3EAdm1n

Water, the most basic and life giving substance on the planet. Without it, nothing would be alive. From the smallest organism to the largest behemoth. So it’s not surprising that our skin is at its best when we are fully hydrated. You lose a lot of fluid through sweating and other excretory processes which will leave your skin looking dull and aged. Water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.

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Drinking enough water is very healthy habit. Many people don’t like drinking plain water and instead have the habit of drinking coke, coffee, cordial or any other carbonated, caffeinated sugary water. They think that by this way they can compensate for not drinking enough water. Is that right? No it’s absolutely wrong!

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Your body needs enough water. Water that is alkaline and fresh is the best water to drink to keep your cells healthy. You can buy special filters that alkalize and remove chlorine and fluoride. Do not ignore water if other drinks are available. Water re-hydrates your system and make sure that you look beautiful with a glowing complexion. The bonus point is it makes you healthy as well and keeps your body and skin free from toxins.

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You hear many different theories on what is the correct amount of fluids, and which fluids are the best to keep you fully hydrated. Let me quickly set the record straight.

The amount of water your body needs varies depending on many factors. Your gender, where you live/climate, your life style, how healthy you are or if you are pregnant or breast feeding. *A pretty good indication of whether or not you consume enough water is if you urinate around 1 & 1/2 litres of liquid a day and it is a pale yellow to clear colour. If you are thirsty, you are dehydrated. Simple. Around 3 litres for males and 2.2 litres for women, again, depending on your circumstances (more if you exercise). *Although uncommon, it is possible to drink too much water. When your kidneys are unable to excrete the excess water, the electrolyte (mineral) content of the blood is diluted, resulting in low sodium levels in the blood, a condition called hyponatremia. Alkaline water and herbal teas are the best source of hydration although *what you eat also provides a significant portion of your fluid needs. On average, food provides about 20 percent of total water intake. For example, many fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon and spinach, are 90 percent or more water by weight.

Beauty benefits of drinking water.

  • Diminishes wrinkles: Drinking more water restore elasticity of your skin and therefore it helps in reducing wrinkles and even prevents new wrinkles from occurring.
  • Drinking enough water ensures the skin is hydrated from the inside and out, which results into preventing dry and chipped skin. Thus eventually it keeps your skin radiant, even toned and supple.
  • Consuming the correct amount of water helps in flushing out toxins from your system and can help cure acne.
  • Helps to maintain the PH levels in your skin
  • Drinking more water lessens dehydration and therefore helps in reducing the dark circles and bloodshot eyes. It will also give you sparkly and clearer eyes.
  • It also helps in losing extra weight. The reason for this is that by drinking enough water you improves your metabolism leading to improved digestion.

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Basically, no matter how many moisturisers, lotions, potions and toners we use, our skin will never look its best unless we drink plenty of fresh clean water (a good nights sleep doesn’t go astray either!) Not just your skin, but your over all health will improve. Go and grab yourself a glass :b

*reference from mayoclinic.org

recommended reading : Your bodies many cries for water by  F. Batmanghelidj M.D. and Michael Page

Simple body scrubs you can whip up in your kitchen!

Posted on: September 3rd, 2016 by Bar3EAdm1n

Spring has finally sprung  and with it comes the need for a bit of deforestation (as my husband likes to call it!) so we can expose our limbs after months of hibernation without looking like we are still wearing a pair of woolly tights!   Once the growth has been removed via whatever means necessary (I was just discussing with a mate yesterday, shaving your legs in the shower and watching the creepy looking “spiders” sliding down the wall after you tap the razor on the tiles ) the next step is to scrub away the dead skin so your legs are smooth and the skin is healthier. A lot of women will then apply some kind of fake tan so you don’t blind the masses when you step out in that cute skirt you have been wanting to wear for months. We like eco tan cocoa firming mousse.

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Benefits of using body scrubs

You probably exfoliate your face regularly to get rid of buildup and have a fresh, glowing appearance. You can get the same benefits for the body when you exfoliate the rest of your skin.

You may wonder: is it really necessary?

Turns out that your body may actually need exfoliating even more than your face. Not only is there more skin in general, but it sheds dead cells at a faster rate. Did you know that the dust in your home is 75-80 percent dead skin cells? In fact, most of us lose about 4kg of skin through dead skin cells every year.

Without regular exfoliation, those cells can remain on the surface of skin for too long, clogging pores, blocking moisture from getting into the deeper layers, and creating a hard, unattractive exterior.

So to have the healthiest and smoothest skin possible, exfoliating is key. 

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Here are some benefits you can get from exfoliating skin on the body about two-to-four times a week:

  • Enjoy smoother skin
  • Reduce and/or eliminate breakouts on your neck, chest, or other areas of the body
  • Help reduce the appearance of dark spots or age spots
  • Minimize the appearance of pores
  • Help eliminate dry skin and flakiness
  • Get smoother elbows and knees
  • Allow your moisturizer to work better, as it penetrates more deeply into exfoliated skin
  • Help prevent ingrown hairs and make hair removal easier
  • Smooth razor bumps and bumpy “chicken skin”
  • Help increase circulation to the skin, nourishing it from the inside out
  • Reduce stress

So now we know why using a body scrub is a great idea, here are some simple body scrubs that you can quickly whip up from the contents in your pantry and fridge! 

  • Coconut oil & Himalayan salts scrub ~ Super easy, whip up 1/2 a cup of solid coconut oil and add a few tablespoons full of pink salt. You can add as much as you like to achieve your desired scrubbiness. Keep cool.

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  • Cocoa & Coffee Jaffa scrub ~ Coffee is great for breaking down cellulite so this is always a favorite with the ladies. Keep your coffee grounds in the morning (instant is crap!)  Mix 1/2 a cup of brown sugar with 3 Tbls coffe grounds, 3 Tbls Cocoa powder, 2 Tbls melted cocoa butter or shea if you have it and 1/4 cup oil (coconut, avocado, macadamia, olive whatever you have in your cupboard that is cold pressed. They are all nourishing for your skin and full of vitamins). Add a few drops of orange essential oil. Mix well to combine ..Mmmmmmm

 

  • Vanilla Sugar scrub ~ Simply delicious and yes, you will probably eat some                                                        1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/3 cup olive oil (you can substitute avocado, macadamia, almond, or coconut oil as well ), 2 Tbs honey, ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract (you could also use 5 – 10 drops of your favorite essential oil), ½ tsp vitamin E oil (squeeze out a couple of capsules. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until well combined. Yummo

 

  • Peppermint Sugar scrub ~ This is a great scrub on hot days and when you have aching legs and feet. Whip up 1/2 a cup of solid coconut oil (you can mix in avocado oil for a greener look to your scrub) with 1 1/2 – 2 cups of white sugar. I think this is the only thing white sugar is good for!! Add a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil (try as you go so it doesn’t end up too strong) or 1 Tbls of peppermint extract. You can also add some dried peppermint tea leaves or lavender flowers if you have some. Totally cool 

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  • Honey & oatmeal scrub ~ We love using raw honey in our products as it is so healing for your skin and make a scrumptious Raw honey, sugar and cinnamon body scrub. This is a much more simple body scrub that is easy to make yourself. You need 1/2 a cup of oats, 1 1/2 cups of raw sugar, 1/4 cup honey & 1/4 cup coconut oil. Mix well and scrub away, and yes, you can nibble while you scrub 

 

  • Citrus Salt scrub ~ This is a great wake me up scrub and goof for after doing sports or the gym. Also it is very simple. Mix 1/2 a cup of sea salt with a couple of Tbls of almond, coconut or grape seed oil and a heaped tsp of grated citrus zest/ Lime, lemon, orange, grapefruit, a bit of each, whatever you have handy. If you use virgin coconut oil and add a couple of drops of lime essential oil and lime zest, you can make Coconut Lime Scrub! Bliss!

 

  • Cinnamon Scrub ~ Cinnamon is another good one for helping with cellulite. It is also very good for problematic and itchy skin.  It is beneficial as it brings blood and nutrients to the surface of the skin and increases collagen production. We make a lovely face scrub packed with honey and cinnamon. This body scrub is extremely simple. 1 cup brown or raw sugar, 1/2 cup coconut oil (or another cold pressed oil) and 1 tabls organic cinnamon. Best to get your cinnamon from a whole food shop or health food store as the cinnamon you buy in the supermarkets is generally inferior in quality.

 

  • Green Tea Scrub ~Green Tea is loaded with antioxidants and has antibacterial properties which makes it perfect as a body scrub ingredient. I like to use white sugar in this recipe as it gives the scrub a nice ‘clean’ look but you can use whatever you have on hand. 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1 bag of green tea leaves, I like to add 1 tsp Matcha Green tea powder as it is so high in antioxidants,  1/8 cup cooled green tea, 1/8 cup almond, grapeseed or olive oil. Something light that doesn’t over power the green tea. Brew a tea bag and let it soak while cooling. Mix the sugar, tea leaves, oil, Matcha if adding and the cooled tea. So easy. Enjoy. 
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Sacred Blue Lotus – Skin Care of the Ancients

Posted on: August 22nd, 2016 by Bar3EAdm1n

Nymphaea caerulea, better known as the blue lotus flower, is actually a gift to the world. Originally found on the banks of the river Nile, the Nymphaea caerulea, also called the blue lily, today is found all over the world including the Indian sub-continent. This beautiful blue flower is considered sacred by Indians, especially the Buddhists. Historians have always considered the blue lily symbolically rich and associated it with the ancient Egyptian culture. But recent studies have revealed that it has healing properties as well. Nymphaea caerulea was used by ancient Egyptians as a stimulant to increase sexual desire. It was also a symbol of the Egyptian deity ‘Nefertem’. Today we know that the sacred blue lotus can be used for a variety of medical purposes (Voogelbreinder 2009, 247). It can be used to make various healthy concoctions including blue lotus tea, wine and martinis! All you need to do is to soak the petals for up to three weeks to obtain the intoxicating beverage. Blue lotus ‘tea’ can easily be prepared by boiling the flowers for 10–20 minutes. No matter how you consume or use it, the Nymphaea caerulea will surely provide your body with tons of health benefits!

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At Bare Beauty we have decided to use these amazing properties in our skin care range, aptly named the Sacred Blue Lotus Skin Care Range!

Some of the skin care benefits of blue lotus are as follows:

1. Natural Moisturizer:

In many countries extracts from the seeds, petals and stamens of nymphaea caerulea are used in the preparation of  skin care products that provide instant hydration to the skin. So if you suffer from dry, flaky skin, use this oil in your natural moisturizer and flaunt your new found glowing skin!

2. Oil Control:

So you have oily skin? No worries; the blue lotus has something for you too! External use of blue lotus can balance oily skin and prevent pimple and acne breakouts.

3. Relaxant:

If you are stressed and anxious &  looking for some relief, turn to Nymphaea caerulea! Blue lotus flower is also used to make perfumes and its oil is widely used in aromatherapy to give you a feeling of tranquility and peace (Ratsch 1998, 398-399). An added bonus when using it in skin care products. Not only will your skin feel great, but you will feel calmer as well and a happy mind equals a happy body (and skin!)

The sacred blue Lotus has many other heath benefits as well

  • The blue lotus contains ginseng, which gives it anesthetic properties.
  • This blue symbolic flower has the potential to regulate your urinary system. (Voogelbreinder 2009, 247-248).
  • If a person is suffering from constipation, then medicines made from nymphaea caerulea can really help.  (Ratsch 1998, 399).
  • The use of this flower or its extracts can help regulate irregular periods and ease menstruation cramps.
  • Diabetic complications such as cardiovascular problems are potentially regulated by this sacred water lily.  (Voogelbreinder 2009, 247-248).
  • Studies show that this sacred flower acts as a pain killer like Arnica and also has muscle relaxant properties. So, if you are suffering from nerve disorders, use this flower for pain relief and well as relaxation. (Voogelbreinder 2009, 247-248).

Nutritional Value:

A steroid known as Nymphayol present in these flowers is scientifically responsible for anti- diabetic activity. This steroid performs its duty by healing the endocrine tissues which are damaged. It even has the power of stimulating insulin secretion in beta cells. Researchers reveal the fact that rhizome of this plant contains starch and can be used as a tasty food! Whether eaten roasted or raw, the rhizome as well as roots of the blue lotus flower is indeed very nutritious. Rhizomes are even used to make medicines. The stalks are eaten as vegetables. Large proportion of nutrients like protein and tannin are present in the seeds. Extracts of this flower contains anti- oxidant, which helps the body remain young. The all-in-one nymphaea caerulea provides a warm pleasant feeling. It is one of the best natural health enhancing tonics that has ever been found.

 

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References :

Ratsch, Christian., The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants: Ethnopharmacology and its Applications. Rochester: Park Street Press, 1998.

Voogelbreinder, Snu, Garden of Eden: The Shamanic Use of Psychoactive Flora and Fauna, and the Study of Consciousness. Snu Voogelbreinder, 2009.

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