Skin care and makeup can only do so much. It sounds cheesy, but the truth is that the best kind of glowing skin is the kind that comes from within. For the most radiant skin on your wedding day, start incorporating these 10 foods into your diet now.
Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and plums have the highest antioxidant content of any food. Antioxidants work to fight free radicals and protect cells from damage, which helps to defend the skin against premature aging.
Not only are nuts full of fiber, protein and healthy unsaturated fats, but they’re also rich in vitamins and minerals, like vitamin E, an antioxidant that promotes softer, clearer skin. Try integrating walnuts, which fight inflammation, almonds, which contain the most fiber of any nut, and cashews, which are rich in iron, zinc and magnesium, into your diet each day.
Lycopene, the antioxidant compound which gives tomatoes their vivid red color, has been linked to numerous health benefits, and has been shown to eliminate free radicals and naturally protect against sun damage.
If you’ve ever included avocados in a DIY face or hair mask, you know that they’re immensely moisturizing, thanks to a significant amount of healthy fats. They also contain numerous other nutrients, including vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, and minerals like potassium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus.
You can never have too many green vegetables in your diet, and broccoli is rich in antioxidants like vitamin C, which stimulates collagen production for supple skin.
Salmon is one of the best edible sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are key for hydration and overall skin health, including increased radiance. It’s also full of anti-inflammatory fats and the mineral selenium, which is responsible for tissue elasticity.
You’ll notice that foods rich in antioxidants generally have a positive impact on the quality of your skin, and dark chocolate—low in sugar, high in cocoa—is no different. Flavonols help your skin to naturally protect itself from UV damage while fighting free radicals and increasing circulation.
Beans aren’t just cheap, filling and delicious—they’re also rich in nutrients, like zinc, vitamin B6, iron, biotin, and more, all of which contribute to better, healthier skin (and hair, too!).
Ancient Greeks and Romans considered olive oil a key component of their beauty routine for good reason. Its healthy unsaturated fats and antioxidant-rich vitamins help to moisturize from within, regenerate skin cells, protect against free radicals, and reduce chances of skin cancer.
This one’s a no-brainer: Drinking plenty of water is the easiest way to get and maintain glowing skin. Dehydration shows on your face in the form of dryness, flakiness, and eventually, wrinkles. Follow the recommended 8-by-8 rule—eight eight-ounce glasses per day, which is equivalent to about two liters.
Green tea has widely gained popularity in the recent years, due to its health and beauty benefits. Green tea contains high concentration of anti-oxidants, which helps to fight against free radicals in the body. As a result, it helps to delay the formation of wrinkles, fine lines and other diseases. The regular consumption of green tea accelerates the slimming process of the body. It flushes out toxins from the body, thus helping in the natural de-toxification of the body.
There are many cosmetic products available in the market containing green tea as an active ingredient. However, if you do not wish to spend a bomb on these products, then try these homemade green tea face masks for different skin types!
How To Use Green Tea For Face Pack
Firstly prepare the green tea concoction by boiling the green tea leaves in 2 cups of water. Cool down the mixture and stain it to get the green tea concoction.
1. Green Tea Pack for Oily Skin:
Rice flour treats blemishes, pigmentation and dark spots. It also has exfoliating properties and helps absorb the excess oil and sebum from the face. Regular use of rice flour in the face packs will give one a healthy and glowing skin.
Take 1 teaspoon of rice flour and add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in it.
Prepare a smooth paste by adding 2 teaspoon of green tea water.
Apply all over the face and keep for 20 minutes before rinsing with cool water.
2. Green Tea Pack for Dry to Normal Skin:
As we all know, sugar is an excellent skin exfoliate as its granules act as micro particles removing the dead cells and dirt form the upper layers of the skin. It slowly dissolves on the skin, thus leaving the skin soft and smooth. The cream moisturizes and hydrates the dry skin, also providing a natural glow to the skin.
In 1 teaspoon of cream, add 1 teaspoon of sugar and mix well. You can also use brown sugar for better exfoliation.
Prepare the pack by adding 1-2 teaspoon of green tea concoction into it.
Apply all over the face and slowly scrub in circular motions.
Keep for 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
3. Green Tea Pack for Sensitive Skin:
Curd is rich in protein, calcium and vitamin D, and thus moisturizes, fights acne, clear blemishes, reduces sunburn and discoloration of the skin. Curd is very mild and relieves skin off any irritation, thus making it ideal for sensitive skin.
In 1 teaspoon of curd, add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.
Prepare the pack by adding 1-2 teaspoon of green tea water into it.
Apply all over the face and keep for 15 minutes before rinsing with cool water.
4. Green Tea Pack for Glowing Skin:
Do you suffer from wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet or dark spots and need an instant fix to get glowing skin? Then use the green tea pack to instantly add the glow to your face and also moisturize.
In 2 teaspoon of honey add 1-2 teaspoon of green tea water and mix well to get a solution.
Dip cotton balls into this solution add apply all over the face.
Keep for 15 minutes and rinse off with cool water. Repeat this face pack twice a week to reduce the signs of ageing.
5. Green Tea Pack Rejuvenating Face Pack:
After a tiring day at work, all of us need to rejuvenate our body and skin. This green tea face pack instantly rejuvenates and refreshes your skin. The banana in the pack will moisturize your skin if you have dry skin, else you can use multani mitti if you have oily skin.
In 1 teaspoon of ripe mashed banana, add 1 teaspoon of curd.
Mix well with 1-2 teaspoons of green tea water and prepare a smooth paste.
Apply all over the face and keep for 15 minutes before rinsing with cool water.
While hair loss may be the absolute last thing on your mind right now, the reality of the matter is, one day many of us will experience thinning hair. Eek! Here’s what you can do to help ensure your locks look as healthy, thick and gorgeous as possible for decades to come.
1. Steer clear of tight hairstyles
Yep, that means no slicked back ponytails, super tight buns or braids. “Traction over long periods of time can lead to inflammation of the root of the hair and ultimately hair loss,” points out Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in the department of dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City.
2. Go easy on the flat iron
Seriously! Be kind to your hair, and don’t overuse your flat iron, warns board-certified dermatologist and author of Skin Rules, Debra Jaliman. “If you continue go over the same piece of hair with a straightener you're going to eventually cause bad breakage.” And as you know, breakage leads to hair loss.
3. Quit chemically processing your hair
Why is it so terrible for your tresses? Well, because chemicals to color, curl or straighten your hair into a non-natural situation do so by breaking and recreating molecular bonds, explains board certified dermatologist and founder of Art of Dermatology Dr. Jessica Krant. “This is a serious chemical reaction that can be caustic and damaging to the scalp and follicles themselves. After several years of processing, some women lose the ability to grow hair permanently.”
4. Get supplemental help
According to L.A.-based dermatologist Dr. Alex Khadavi, creator of Advanced Skin & Hair, gelatin supplements are being used more frequently now to make locks look healthier and also to complement hair loss treatments. “Studies have shown that large doses help support healthier looking, beautiful strands with no side effects.” He recommends taking around 2-3 grams per day. You can easily find gelatin supplements at your local drug store.
5. Don’t mess around with your hormones
Did you know that going on and off birth control pills disrupts your body's natural hormonal balance in both directions? “Starting some pills leads to thinner hair, while stopping others can have the same effect,” says Dr. Krant. “Consult carefully with your doctor before starting a new birth control pill if you already have thin hair and don't want to make it worse.”
6. Protect your hair from the sun
Remember to wear a hat or use a quality SPF spray on your locks. When hair is exposed to the sun over a prolonged period of time, it dries it out, making it more prone to breakage. Plus, the UV light from the sun can damage bonds and weaken strands as well, notes Jaliman.
7. Manage your stress
Believe it or not, stress is a major cause of hair loss. Women’s hair restoration specialist Lucinda Ellery advises finding something that calms you down (whether it be a new hobby or sport or something as simple as a massage) and making it a regular part of your life.
8. Minimize heat styling
“Heat doesn't only damage your hair strands, drying them out and creating bubbles (from boiling!) under the smooth cuticle that causes a loss of sheen, but it also can damage your hair follicles too, making them less able to grow healthy hair long term,” says Krant. “So no sitting under dryers, ladies! If you must use a hair dryer, only dry the middle third of the shaft, avoiding heat on your roots and tips.”
9. Eat a well-balanced diet.
For beautiful hair from the inside out, be sure to eat a well-balanced diet consisting of food rich in iron, beta carotene, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, zinc and biotin, suggests Ellery.
For years, the cosmetic world is busy churning out a female hair loss solution. For years, women are waiting for that ultimate solution, which revives their hair beauty. Today, the solution is in your hands. What’s more? You can easily get it online.
This is the name on almost every American women’s lips. If you love your hair, you will love this brand. This is because this hair formula is designed specifically to fix damaged and thinning hair. According to reports, one of the burning beauty problems in America is hair loss among women.
So, it is not wrong to say that Keranique arrives in the American market at the right time to save damsels of this land from atrocities of bad hair.
In female species, hair loss solution does not come easy. One reason is that hair loss pattern is different in males and females. Most over-the-counter products are designed to treat male hair loss. Although they are marketed as products for both sexes, they hardly work on women’s scalps.
Males experience balding, while females experience diffused shedding. Wisdom says that you must have a hair formula designed especially for women’s scalps. Keranique formula is just the right one in this regard. At last, somebody has thought about female hair loss pattern.
The brand’s products contain ingredients that work with female biochemistry. Experts say that this makes it more effective and safer. Creators of this formula have taken utmost care to use only essential ingredients and avoid harsh sulfate group.
So, if you are looking for an effective female hair loss solution, you are in for a pleasant surprise. Just log onto this brand’s official website and let your hair dreams come true. Glamorous, thicker locks are soon going to be yours. Are you ready for this magnificent transformation over your scalp?
Whether you've been for a jog around the park, a weight training session, boxing or a swim, you have a key window of opportunity to ensure your body recovers quickly to support fat loss and create lean muscle. Post-workout nutrition is one of the most commonly neglected components of nutrition, and along with breakfast, is one of the most important times of the day to nourish the body.
Having access to a nutrient-rich meal that is high in protein and contains the right amount of Clean & Lean carbohydrates straight after training isn’t always possible or practical, which is why at Bodyism we recommend using protein powders such as our own Protein Excellence.
To ensure we are able to feed and nourish the body straight after training, a good quality blender/shaker is a must so that you can make a protein based post workout shake quickly - and all your hard work in the gym doesn’t go to waste! Our new Bodyism Clean & Lean Shake Machine from Bodyism makes it even easier - and means no more lumps...
Many blenders/shaker bottles can leave your shakes tasting powdery or lumpy. The Clean & Lean Shake Machine features a specially designed blade, which mixes powdered supplements without damaging their structure. It also comes with a leak-proof sports drinking cap, which is essential if you take a pre-made shake with you to the gym. It’s also made from a non-toxic plastic free from BPAs, so you’re not exposing your body to the nasty toxins found in many plastic containers.
Whether you’re trying to ensure you have enough energy to get through a training session or are trying to beat off the afternoon slump, reaching for your favorite energy drink may be doing more harm than good in helping to achieve your goals.
One of the biggest problems with many energy drinks is that they are full of sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Not only will these ingredients increase your risk of diabetes, they will also cause your body to release serotonin. Before a workout, serotonin is your worst enemy as it will leave you feeling tired and lacking the drive and energy to train.
Now you might be thinking that this doesn’t apply to you as your energy drink is sugar free or low carbohydrate, but these types of energy drinks can be just as bad as they’re generally full of toxic sweeteners or artificial ingredients that you can’t even pronounce. Sweeteners and artificial ingredients add to your body’s toxic load, making it harder for your body to burn fat and stay young and energetic.
Now here are my top 3 Clean & Lean alternatives to energy drinks:
1/ Organic Coffee – Coffee has been shown in numerous studies to improve drive, concentration, strength and endurance. Opt for an organic coffee to limit your toxin intake and don’t have coffee after 2pm so it doesn’t effect the quality of your sleep.
2/ Green Tea – A cup of green tea is a great alterative to coffee if you’re sensitive to coffee. It’s full of antioxidants and is a great natural energy booster.
3/ Berry Burn – Bodyism’s pre workout supplement that contains Acai berry, Green Tea and L-Carnitine. All 3 are natural energy boosters that don’t fatigue your adrenal glands as much as many energy drinks or high caffeinated drinks. It’s also low in sugar and tastes incredible.
The same rules apply to the foods we eat every day as to what we consume pre-workout. Stick to natural ingredients as much as possible and don’t consume anything that you can’t pronounce!
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Farrah Storr, Editor I just bought a pair of very luxurious Hey Jo leggings. So I'll be training in them for my triathlon. Then eating a Lindt bunny. Obviously.
Emily Murphy, Picture & Managing Editor I plan on walking off my Easter eggs in the Chilterns. I'm going to put my walking shoes on, grab my hiking stick and go on a mammoth of a walk with my husband, plus the obligatory pub lunch will of course be required.
Amy Grier, Features Editor I will be bringing my new running shoes to Rome, offsetting all the lovely pizza, pasta and Aperol Spritzes (Spritzi?) with a few morning runs around the city in training for the Nike, 'We Own The Night' in less than a month's time! (I will also be being very wary of the risk of death by Vespa).
Amelia Jones, Editorial Assistant Whenever I see my family we crack open a bottle of Bolly. A few glasses might make me forget my troubles after a long week – not my name, I don't drink that much – but a study by Reading University revealed it could help boost your memory as you age. I'm not taking any chances. Chin chin.
Katie Mulloy, Deputy Editor I'll be in Paris for the weekend and will make a fleeting return to the 'sensible' drinking habits I managed to cultivate while I was out there – hello pavement café and slow sipping on a glass of good Brouilly.
Faye O'Sullivan, Deputy Art Director Long brunch, long bike ride, long bath!
Anita Bhagwandas, Beauty & Health Editor I plan on being mindful over the Easter weekend, going back to Wales, appreciating the nature and fresh air and enjoying really simple but rarely-done pleasures like reading. Sometimes your brain just needs a break from the stress.
Alexia Dellner, Deputy Web Editor Leaving the city means I get to play with my boyfriend's family's dogs all weekend! I plan on going for long walks on the Norfolk coast chasing after two cockerpoos - quite the work out, trust me!
Alice Beverton-Palmer, Web Editor I rarely get to see my brother, who lives in Aberdeen, so it'll be a treat to go for a long run together along Regent's Canal. What takes the shine off is the certain knowledge that he's going to kick my butt.
'One day at university, I got up early to do some exercise before my lecture. The lights were off so I thought, 'Great - I've got the place to myself!' I switched on the lights and sat by the rowing machine, only to see a naked couple having sex on the bench press next to me. So very awkward.' - Harry Winfield, Junior Designer
The gym hero
'Just recently, I totally misjudged my jump onto the sides of the treadmill during sprint intervals and was yoinked backwards – luckily my PT was there and caught me with ONE HAND. So manly.' - Alice Beverton-Palmer, Web Editor
The photo finish
'There was the time I cycled all the way to Paris from London, without a single hiccup, only to literally fall off my bike and onto l'Arc de Triomphe. Très embarrassing.' - Faye O'Sullivan, Deputy Art Editor
The lesson learned
'The day after Valentines day this year, I had to run out of a class midway through because I was so hungover. Then I went to the gym to 'run off' said hangover and proceeded to fall/roll off the treadmill. I thought I'd got away with it until I got a nice slow clap from my PT who'd seen the whole thing.' - Amy Grier, Features Editor
The perfect ending
'I fell backwards over a massive punchbag after a killer boxing class once. I just didn't see it. Arse on the floor, feet in the air, red face!' - Frances Young, Chief Sub-editor
The classic mishap
'At Barry's Bootcamp, I noticed that my leggings were on inside out and was so distracted by this fact that I fell off the treadmill. Oops.' - Amelia Jones, Editorial Assistant
The dancing queen
'Pretty much every dance class I've ever been to is embarassing – I have incredibly bad coordination and am always that person who's out of time. Sad face.' - Katie Teehan, Deputy Sub-editor
The classic part II
'I've stepped onto a treadmill before without noticing that someone else had left the machine on. As you can imagine, it would of been TV gold!' - Wayne Hannon, Art Director
The wrong place at the wrong time
'The first time I went to a Zumba class, I decided to randomly drop in on one without realising that everyone else had been going to the same class for months. I couldn't follow any of the moves and kept bumping into people. I haven't been to a Zumba class since!'