All posts tagged: vital vitamins and minerals

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Get glowing skin with fruity goodness

Fruits are hugely beneficial to our bodies. They are bursting with vitamins and antioxidants and have many health benefits. Don’t just think that it’s the exotic fruits like guavas and gojis that are the fruit powerhouses. Everyday fruit such as grapefruit, apples, blueberries, avocados, kiwis and tangerines have proven powers, such as limiting fat production, boosting metabolism, reducing cholesterol and even fighting cancer. Below are some of our favourite fruits and some tips of things you can do with them for great skin benefits, other than eat them, obviously! Banana: This is one fruit that’s abundantly available all through the year. We know it’s a good source of iron, magnesium and potassium and helps reduce menstrual cramps. The effect of banana on skin too is not something that can be ignored. Bananas are rich in vitamin A, B and E and hence works as an anti-aging agent. A fresh mashed banana facial can do wonders for your skin. Lemon: Lemon juice is an important ingredient in most recipes. It’s a fruit for all seasons and should always …

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Rejuvenate your skin with avocados

I LOVE avocados! They’re one of nature’s most powerful fruits. And because I love them, I’ll never waste one!  So when you have an avocado that’s gone a bit too soft to eat in your salad, either make it into guacamole or alternatively use it as a face mask! Rejuvenating skin masks are one of the oldest forms of beauty treatments. In ancient times, across many lands and cultures, women have applied many simple and exotic substances on their faces in order to keep the skin smooth, silky, beautiful and protected from the elements. The delicate skin of the face is particularly affected by the elements – both in winter and summer and a good face mask can work wonders to replenish vital moisture, vitamins and minerals. So if you’ve got some mushy avocados left then here’s what to do with them! Avocado Mask There’s more to avocado than guacamole! Avocados are Mother Nature’s skin moisturizer. With their healthy fats and phytonutrients, they offer remarkable benefits to human skin – both when eaten and when …

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Love tomatoes: nature’s anti-ageing weapons

Tomatoes are grown and eaten throughout the world and are believed to be great for the heart . They contain carotene lycopene, one of the most powerful natural antioxidants. In some studies lycopene, especially in cooked tomatoes, has been linked to the prevention of prostate cancer and may help with decreased risk of breast cancer, head and neck cancers. Lycopene has also been shown to improve the skin’s ability to protect against harmful UV rays and so for this reason the tomato is a great weapon against ageing. But also don’t forget to use sun protection (for UVA and UVB) and anti-ageing oils for your lips. As well as eating tomatoes for their benefits, if you’ve got some that are a bit squishy and not at their best for salads or cooking, then whizz them up in the blender with some lemon juice, a pinch of salt, pepper and a sprig of parsley for a lovely refreshing juice. Alternatively, twice a week at bedtime, cut a tomato in half and rub it over your face …

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Mythical Corn – not just good on the cob!

Corn is a huge part of Mexican life. It’s an absolute staple food and has even had a mythical status in Mexico. Being an ancient and nutritious crop full of vital vitamins and minerals (including pantothenic acid, phosphorus, niacin, dietary fibre, manganese, and vitamin B6), the Mexican ruler, Moctezuma, made it a symbol of life and fertility and offered it to the Gods as sacrifice. We don’t sacrifice it as such, but we do offer it up to the makeup gods and use it in our GMO-free Translucent Corn Perfecting Powder! As well as corn starch and corn powder, we also use corn resin (which as PLA is what makes the body of our fabulous new Eco Sharpener!). Corn Resin is made by isolating the starch stored in the corn kernels and converting it into sugars.  During a process of fermentation and separation the sugars become lactic acid, which is used to create the plastic called polylactide. Corn Resin requires about 20% to 30% less energy to produce and contributes only half the carbon dioxide than plastics …