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Five Reasons Why You Need a Face Oil

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Five Reasons Why You Need a Face Oil  

  1. Glow. Face oils are abundant in antioxidants which have a brightening and illuminating effect. & Snowflower Illuminating Face Oil contains a synergy of oils which infuse the skin with youth and vitality. Specifically it contains Snowflower Seed Oil and Kakadu Plum which are abundant in vitamin C to boost collagen production and brighten the skin. It also contains Emu Apple Seed Oil which has four times the antioxidants of Blueberries.
  2. Plump & Hydrate. Most moisturisers contain a small amount of oil, but not enough to make a big difference in water loss. Face oils are lipophilic, or fat loving, which means they pass though the lipid layer of the skin faster, preventing water loss and plumping skin with moisture more effectively. Camellia Seed Oil found in & Snowflower Illuminating Face Oil contains over 98% long-chain fatty acids. The unusual chemistry contains more carbon atoms than other edible oils, making it an excellent emollient oil that is intensely moisturising without being greasy. When applied to the skin it forms a moisture barrier to aid the skin in preventing moisture loss.
  3. Penetrate. If you apply an oil before your serum or anti-ageing moisturiser, the oil molecules behave like carriers, enabling the skin to let active ingredients like hyaluronic acid and vitamin C deeper into the skin layers and closer to the collagen-producing fibroblasts, without irritating the surface.
  4. Even Skin Tone & Reduce Hyper Pigmentation. Snowflower Seed Oil is one of the key ingredients in assisting in evening skin tone and reducing hyper pigmentation in our face oil. Named after the white, fluffy flowers of the plant, Snowflower Seed Oil reduces pigmentation, sunspots and enhances brightness and illumination of the skin.
  5. Reduce Acne. Precisely what many of us presume causes acne, actually prevents and treats it. Often the skin cells, when starved of hydration will begin to over produce oil in an effort to combat the moisture imbalance. Using nourishing natural facial oils actually feeds, protects and supports our skin tissue, helping to restore its balance and prevent acne break outs while promoting moisture and hydration

Tips on How to Apply & Snowflower Illuminating Face Oil

  1. Place four drops of oil on to the palm of one hand then using the finger of your other hand dot some oil onto the four quadrants of your face - your forehead, cheeks and chin prior to moisturising. Gently massage the oil evenly across your face. If your skin is very oil then one drop on the palm of your hand spread across the four areas of your face will be enough for you!
  2. Face oil is best applied after cleansing and toning and before moisturising. The molecules found in face oil are small which means they penetrate deep into the layers of the skin. Moisturiser molecules tend to be larger which may create a barrier making it difficult for the face oil to be absorbed.
  3. Applying a hydrating mist such as our No. 2 Citrus Rhapsody Radiance Tonique prior to using your face oil assists the oil to penetrate deeper into the layers of the skin.
  4. Blend your face oil with your foundation to create an extra dewy glow.
  5. Dab some face oil onto your cheeks for a cheeky illuminating effect.
  6. Apply a small amount of face oil to the tips of your hair to add back moisture.
  7. When flying, apply one to two drops over your moisturiser every hour to provide a protective barrier to prevent moisture loss from the dry cabin air. 
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Fountain of Youth Elixir Recipe

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Edible Beauty teas make the perfect base for smoothies, adding an incredible depth of flavour and enhancing the nutrition of your favourite liquid delights.

One of the most versatile teas for this purpose is No. 2 Fountain of Youth Tea. This tastes wonderful hot, iced with a squeeze of lime and/or frozen berries or as a base of an ultra antioxidant rich smoothie blend.

The recipe below is simple yet efficiently combines super-charged antioxidant-rich ingredients to create a potent youth and beauty boosting cocktail. The three ingredients which make this smoothie unique include:

  • Hibiscus: Hibiscus has been used as a traditional remedy in many Asian, African and Caribbean countries for years. Hibiscus is high antioxidants, which fight cellular damage and support the immune system. The natural chemicals in hibiscus also are known to benefit cardiovascular health, promote digestive and bowel regularity.
  • Pineapple & Papaya: This tisane contains the fruit superstars of anti-ageing. Pineapple and Papaya are abundant in natural Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s) and regularly feature in many anti-ageing skin formulas. Papaya also contains papain, a natural enzyme that promotes skin renewal and cell turnover to provide an all over glow.
  • Maqui Berry: Maqui berry (Aristotelia chilensis) is an intensely purple berry that grows wild throughout parts of southern Chile. Maqui berries contain unusually high levels of anthocyanins (antioxidants) called delphinidins. The delphinidins demonstrate potent anti-inflammatory activity, and a powerful ability to fight against oxidative stress. Studies show this compound is what gives the berries the ability to assist in regulating blood sugar levels, protecting against bowel cancer and assist weight loss. The berries have a wonderful sweet tart flavour described as a combination of blackberries, blueberries, watermelon and acai. 

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups of No. 2 Fountain of Youth Tea brewed and cooled
  • 0.5 cups of frozen mixed berries
  • 0.5 cups of frozen cherries
  • 0.5 cups of chopped pineapple (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons of Maqui Berry powder
  • 1/4 vanilla bean either whole or beans scraped

Directions

  • Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until combined. Serve cold garnished with fresh berries and a sprinkle of Maqui berry powder.

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Introducing the Edible Beauty Core Four

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Think naturally glowing skin is beyond you and that a four step skin care routine is only for super stars? We’re here to dispel that myth.

Anyone can achieve a radiant complexion naturally, and the perfect edible beauty routine is as simple as our “Core Four”.

Cleanse and purify with No. 1 – Belle Frais Cleansing Milk

This cleanser is like a breath of fresh air on the skin and is perfect for everyday use. Coconut oil acts as a base to remove impurities and leaves the skin fresh, radiant and hydrated. Our unique blend of Australian botanical actives support skin elasticity and firmness, refine pores, and reduce the appearance of pigmentation and fine lines.

Tone and uplift with No. 2 – Citrus Rhapsody Radiance Tonique

The ultimate in uplifting and refreshing skin care, this tonique nurtures the skin with our unique blend of antioxidant rich fruits and herbs. We’ve created this toner in the form of a refreshing spray that removes excess oil, promotes collagen production and leaves the skin feeling uplifted.

Boost and reduce pigmentation with No. 3 Exotic Goddess Ageless Serum

This is our youth and beauty booster. Hyalouronic Acid and Beta Glucan provide smoothing and plumping actions. Kakadu, Davidson Plum and Edelweiss are super charged with antioxidants, reducing fine lines and promoting collagen production. Acerola is rich in Vitamin C, helping to reduce pigmentation, prevent acne, refine pores and improve skin elasticity.

Hydrate and smooth with No. 4 – Vanilla Silk Hydrating Lotion

This is a light-weight hydrating face moisturiser with a luxurious satin consistency. Cocoa and Shea Butter provide a burst of hydration that has a strong repairing, preventative and wrinkle-reducing effect, while Australian native extracts protect the skin against oxidation and inflammation. Packed with antioxidants and AHAs, this moisturiser speeds up cell turnover, strengthens capillaries, helps to increase collagen production and improves skin texture. The essence of pure Vanilla extract subtly seduces the senses, completing the luxurious experience of using this cream.

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The ACE of Eating for Beauty

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When it comes to nourishing our skin, many of us will prioritise expensive skin care products over the foods that we are eating every day. But if you want to experience radiant and beautiful skin, the first step is in fact feeding your inside with a healthy diet! Being the largest organ in your body, your skin deserves to be nourished with the right nutrients to have you glowing – inside and out. Research suggests that there are a few key nutrients which are essential for radiant skin and for preventing many of the signs of skin aging.

  •  A for Vit. A

Vitamin A, or retinol, is one of the most widely acknowledged nutrients for healthy skin. In much the same way as topical anti-aging and anti-acne remedies rich in retinol claim to force your body to shed the old (pore-clogging and dulling) cells on your skin’s surface in favor of a healthier, younger layer of skin, eating foods which are rich in vitamin A similarly encourage your body to turn over new cells from the inside out.

Rough, dry skin is a common sign of vitamin A deficiency, which often first appears as rough, raised bumps on the back of the arms.

A diet rich in vitamin A leads to a brighter complexion that is less prone to breakouts and age spots.

Beauty foods rich in Vitamin A: Choose sweet potatoes, carrots, papaya and butternut squash and egg yolks from organic pastured chickens. I also recommend using cod liver oil if you wish to supplement, as this provides a balance of vitamin A and vitamin D that will reduce the risk of overdosing on vitamin A.

  •  C for Vit. C

Vitamin C is involved in the production of collagen (which keeps skin firm) and protects cells from damage caused by free radicals.

Increasing the amount of vitamin C in the diet can contribute to improved skin health and faster healing. Studies show that diets high in vitamin C are associated with better skin appearance and less skin wrinkling. Vitamin C may also help prevent and treat ultraviolet (UV)-induced damage by acting as an antioxidant, and may improve dry skin.

Broken capillaries, dry and rough skin and white bumps on the upper arms (hyperkeratosis pillaris) can often be a sign of vitamin C deficiency.

Beauty foods rich in vitamin C include: Bell peppers (red, green, and yellow), guava, kiwi fruits, broccoli, dark leafy greens, citrus fruits, all berries, mangoes, pineapple, snow peas, tomatoes, and watermelon. Certain fresh herbs such as cilantro, chives, thyme, basil and parsley are also high in vitamin C.

  • E for Vit. E

Vitamin E is the most abundant fat-soluble antioxidant found in the skin. It is released onto the surface of the skin through the sebum, an oily substance that coats the outer layer of the skin. This happens for about seven days after consuming vitamin E-rich foods, and acts as an important protective factor on the skin’s surface. Vitamin E also guards your skin against damage from the sun’s UV radiation. It even suppresses the formation of arachidonic acid, which could help improve inflammatory skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis and psoriasis.  Our bodies store vitamin E in our fat cells, and we depend on dietary intake of foods rich in vitamin E to keep these levels optimal.

Signs of a lack of vitamin E include dry hair and skin, slow tissue healing, hair loss and poor circulation.

Beauty foods rich in Vitamin E include: Spinach, turnip greens, chard, sunflower seeds, almonds, bell peppers, asparagus, collards, kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts and olive oil.

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Luminous Skin – Tonic Recipe

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This juice is the perfect skin drink for the warmer months, containing beautiful glow-giving fruits and veggies. Cucumber is hydrating and is also rich in silica, which promotes collagen production.

Mango is not only fresh and delicious, but also contains beta carotene which helps to protect the skin from sun damage. The leafy green purslane is a powerful anti-inflammatory, and is high in Omega-3s which promote glowing, younger looking skin.

Lemon and coriander are also wonderful for the liver – coriander helps to chelate heavy metals from the body and lemon stimulates the liver to produce enzymes required for the body to digest and detox efficiently.

 

Ingredients

1 cucumber

½ lemon, peeled

1 cup purslane

½ mango, peeled and pit removed

Handful of cilantro

Handful of mint

 

Directions

Put all ingredients through a juicer.  Alternate between the cucumber, mango, purslane and coriander to help move everything through smoothly.

You can also have this drink as a smoothie – just blend up all the ingredients with ½ cup of water.

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