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Amazing Hair, Nails & Skin

IMG_8555The benefits that omega 3 and 6 has on your skin, hair and nails are well known. I thought I would share two products I have been using simultaneously, one that I take in capsule form and the other I smear all over myself : )


I have been using Mama Mio Omega Body Oil which is said to be superfood for your skin. I read somewhere ‘say goodbye to lizard skin’ and was sold. The skin on my legs is so dry at the moment. I also have post-pregnancy skin recovery going on so moisturising is very important. I should point out that you obviously don’t need to be pregnant to use this, just have crispy skin like myself : ) omega-body-oil_29Nov11_rgb__89055_zoom This oil slides on your skin so it’s much quicker to apply that a cream. The best bit about it for me is that it is a dry oil, I hate feeling sticky. It’s smells of sweet almond and jojoba, which is really just soft and natural if you have no idea what I’m talking about. It is recommended that you use it once a day on damp skin after your shower. I pay extra attention to my tummy since my skin is in the process of firming up there. I also make sure to apply it to my bum, hip and thighs for the lovely stretchmarks. It’s available from Debenhams, pharmacies and online and costs €27.


I have always taken an Omega supplement, even as a child. Over the years I’ve learned that the quality of the oil is of vital importance. Now I’m a firm believer in buying within your means so I have tried all different kinds of oils over the years. When I was expecting I raved about Mor EPA, it ended the dreaded ‘pregnancy brain’. I have since switched to Udo’s Choice (which is also suitable for pregnancy). P070026_L Omega 3 and 6 help combat  wrinkles, acne and inflammation, eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, cracked heels, dandruff, and even balances oily skin.For me it’s all about strong glossy hair, strong nails that don’t split and flake and radiant skin. When I forget to take my supplement for a week or so I notice a change in my all three, get grumpy and go pick up some more. Udo’s have a 6 Week Glow Challenge on their website, where you can log your results and get €4 off your next bottle. I will be doing just that. It’s available in oil and capsule form. The oil can be drizzled over salads of added to soups and smoothies. I tried this before with Viridian Beauty Oil (€13.45), which I also love. It’s a balance of 3:6:9 fatty acids and helps plump the skin amongst all of the other benefits for skin conditions like eczema and rosacea. 500 Ultimate Beauty Oil 200ml I have only tried the Udo’s choice capsules not the oil but it sounds just as good. The capsules are oils start at €14.99 which is a pretty good price for good quality supplements. Does anyone supplement? 

Aging, Beauty Tips, Diet/Excercise, Health & Wellbeing, Health & Wellbeing, Pregnancy & Baby, Skin Care

Stetchmarks – weight gain, pregnancy, teen growth spurts…

I received an email from a reader last week requesting a post on stretch marks. I may be in my twenties but I have a few run-ins with blasted stretch marks over the years, most of which occurred during my early teenage years. I have done much research over the years and tried just about everything to encourage them to fade. Now, I’m no expert but I’m happy to share what I have learned and what products I use.

1. Stretch marks can happen to anyone – They’re not age related. They can happen when you got through a growth spurt in your teens, put on weight or are pregnant. Stretch marks occur when the skin stretches and a tear appears in the tissue. It may appear purple at first but they fade to a faint silver shade with time.

2. Skin must be supple to bounce back. If you have dry skin it lacks lipids.

3. Stretch marks can be genetic. Blame your mammy.

4. You can help prevent them, although genetics may win in the end. At least when your body returns to normal the moisturisation will encourage your skin to follow suit.

5. They fade over time naturally. You can also help them fade by ensuring the skin the nourished and moisturised.

6. They may never completely disappear – it is ripping of tissue after all

7. Moisturise from the inside – If you have dry skin moisturising from the inside can help. My skin was so dry as a teen that I needed to moisturise my entire body 3 times a day for it to feel comfortable. Then a friend of mine, a naturopath, recommended I take flax supplements. After a few weeks my skin was far less dry and I only moisturised going to bed every second night. Drink plenty of water, if you’re body is dehydrated your skin won’t see a drop!

8. Moisture on the outside – Moisture is your friend. That being said there are very few ingredients that have proved helpful in fading and protecting your skin from stretch marks. Cocoa Butter has proved to be effective. As has Bio-Oil which is a little expensive. Bio Oil helped my scars heal flat so personally I would try it on stretchmarks. The Body Shop Cocoa Butter stick and Palmers Cocoa Butter(see below) are also good. I moisturise my stretched areas (for m e it’s hips)morning and evening without fail. It takes dedication and a constant stream of lipids to keep dry skin supple.

8. Pregnancy – start early. Genetics is in play, so if your mum had stretchmarks during pregenancy be prepared. They will fade after delivery but may not completely disappear. Palmers Cocoa Butter. Twice a day at least.

9. Teenagers – My own stretchmarks formed at the age of 14 when I took a growth spurt and my hips arrived. I didn’t actually out on any weight, I was a pigeon at this stage, but the growth spurt was enough to cause them. If you are a teenager, relax, they will fade. You’re skin is much more supple than women older than you. Moisturise regularly and take care of your skin. They will fade.

10. A bit of fake tan makes the world of difference. It counteracts the purple / silveriness. Try it.

* A note on organic – Many lab made creams that cost the earth and claim to rid you of your stretchmarks. Be realistic. You are often paying for the label and the advertising. Lab made chemicals are often too large to be absorbed by the skin, you will feel the residue sitting on the surface. In my experience a more natural approach is best. Nourish from the inside, add more moisture from the outside and stay hydrated. When you have those in check then start thinking about including a cocoa butter formula and maybe some bio oil. When choosing a cocoa butter formula check the ingredients on the back of the bottle – if cocoa butter is listed near the top of the list than you can rest assured that the product has enough of the ingredient to be effective.

I will post a recipe for a diy stretchmark cream later this week, it’s far more effective than most shop bought products thanks to the quality of the ingredients and the lack of synthetic chemicals.

As I said, I’m no expert, but I hope this helps!

Acne/Breakouts, General, Health & Wellbeing

Acne and Vitamin D3 – Clear skin

Over the past year I have had near constant breakouts on my chin and sometimes my jaw. I put it down to hormones and try to deal with the breakouts using antiseptic products. Three weeks ago I had a bit of an epiphany.

Some background info… (skip to the bottom for the research)

Before I went away I had a huge, well at least huge to me, sore on my chin. It started as a small group of spots then turned into a sore. It was there for about 4 weeks, it wouldn’t heal. After the ‘leave it alone’ method failed me, I tried \Savlon Healing Cream and Germoline. No luck. I eat a balanced, healthy diet (most of the time) so I wasn’t thinking of a deficiency.

Twenty four hours after my flight landed it was healed! Miracle? Probably not. I decided it had to be the sun as there was no change in anything else. For the whole holiday I didn’t get one spot despite loading my skin with thick sun lotions. Having clear skin made me realise how stressful it is having constant breakouts.

I arrived home and low and behold a spot pops up the next day. I googled the relationship between the sun and acne and found a few articles that discussed the effects a deficiency in vitamin D3 and acne. It occurred me that not only do I lack sunshine in my life but that I gave up drinking milk about a year ago (to avoid the antibiotics from cows milk).

Here are some interesting facts I found:

  • Getting sufficient Vitamin D can help resolve acne by making the skin and body healthier
  • Because the sun provides the most potent source of vitamin D, make sure you get enough exposure to the sun to improve your chances of having well-nourished skin.
  • 10 minutes of sun exposure per day can provide you with the vitamin D that you require to help encourage healthy skin and fight acne
  • Take supplements or eat foods rich in vitamin D, such as cod liver oil and raw milk, to promote healthy acne-free skin. Although natural Vitamin D may not encourage the same type of skin cell growth as synthetic Vitamin D
  • The healing properties associated with Vitamin D can help minimize the appearance of acne scars and to encourage your skin to naturally repair damage done by acne.
  • And no, sunbeds don’t offer sufficient Vitamin B and we all know they increase the risk of skin cancer significantly.

In conclusion I need to drink milk and get 10 minutes of sunshine a day. The first is not a problem. The second however, is Ireland’s fault!

*Article was on

Health & Wellbeing, Health & Wellbeing

Beauty from the Inside out: Breakfast for beauty

In the interest of promoting beauty from the inside diet cannot be ignored. I decided to start with Breakfast beacuse, well, I just love breakfast. I would happily eat breakfast foods at every meal time. I found this recipe last year in Carol Vorderman’s detox book. It’s great for those trying to loose some weight before Summer or for those of you after a morning detox. I love it  because it’s nutritionally balanced and provides lots of beauty benefits.

The ingredients in this breakfast really fill you up but they also promote healthy looking skin. Oats are rich in soluble fibre which improves digestion and encourages clear skin (it also lowers cholesterol). Oats contain magnesium and zinc, necessary for skin healing and immunity. They provide slow release energy leaving you fuller for longer. When I have porridge for breakfast I eat less rubbish during the day. The almonds and the seeds provide essential fatty acids. These balance hormones and will help alleviate any hormonal breakouts.

Banana porridge with honey:(makes 4 servings)

  • 175g Rolled Porridge Oats
  • 250ml of Soya, rice, sesame or almond milk – Cows milk is a no no for a detox breakfast
  • 250ml Water Continue Reading
Health & Wellbeing

Beauty from the inside: The effects of Vitamin C on the skin

I love this series of Beauty from the inside posts. Today I’m looking at the effect Vitamin C has on the skin. Vitamin C is the building block of collagen, the protein that gives the skin elasticity, structure and tone. It also protects the skin from free-radical damage which can lead to disease and on a smaller scale, free radical damage to the skin.

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, this means that our bodies don’t store it. We need to get enough vitamin C from our diet.  Vitamin C is necessary for the growth and repair of tissue. It is essential for healing wounds so if like me you are trying to get rid of that lingering pimple mark, get the juicer going.

Vitamin C can be found in:

  • Kiwi (Highest), oranges, mango, papaya, lemons, limes, grapefruits, papaya…
  • Broccoli
  • Peppers
  • Berries: Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries etc
  • Tomatoes

I have on occasion resorted to ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) supplement. According to researchers many of us are mildly deficient in it since our bodies can’t sythesise or store it. When I feel a cold coming on I always get a breakout, this tells me that my immunity is low. My immunity, or often lack there of, has a very obvious effect on my skin, epic breakouts. As a result I try to boost my immunity as best I can; exercise, balanced diet, water, sleep and plenty of vitamin C from my diet.

Bath & Body, General, Health & Wellbeing, Tutorials

Loosing Excessive Water Weight

If you are suffering from water retention and there is no underlying medical condition, there are a couple of natural things you can try to reduce the bloat.

1. Reduce your sodium intake.  When your ankles are puffy, salt is often the culprit. Bear in mind that sodium is lashed into ready-made meals, biscuits etc.

2. Drink lots of water. The body stores excess water when water is in short supply.

3. Make good dietary choices. Some foods are know diuretics (make you pee); Cucumber, watermelon, watercress, garlic, tomatoes, beets, oats and artichoke flush out the kidneys.

It’s worth noting that during your period water retention can be a nightmare. Drinking more water and avoiding salt helps.

You can also try a bath infused with essential oils that act as diuretics. Choose from Fennel, Cypress, Lemon, Juniper, Oregano, Grapefruit and Celery. The oils can be combined in particular ways to make a synergistic blend that has better impact. These synergies can be used in one bath.

Diuretic synergistic blends:

a) 3 drops of Lemon with 1 drops of Juniper Continue Reading

General, Health & Wellbeing

Beauty from the Inside Out: Chlorella Experimet

I heard about the natural supplement Chlorella on Twitter a few months ago. Another YouTube beauty guru (can’t remember who) spoke about it clearing up her skin and leaving her feeling full of energy. I was intrigued and decided to do a little research.

Chlorella is green algae found naturally in ponds. It’s sold in tablet and powder form. It is considered a Super Food by holistic nutritionists; it’s high in protein and essential nutrients and full of antioxidants.

According to the Journal of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (March 2001) chlorella is an excellent source for detoxification.

According to the information on the leaflet Chlorella… Continue Reading