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Antioxidant Rich Spring Smoothie Recipe

Everyone knows that sipping a smoothie in the warm spring sunshine is bliss… But did you know they can help your skin to naturally glow too?

Try our Antioxidant Rich Spring Smoothie Recipe for a skin loving nutrient boost!  This smoothie is specially designed to contain foods bursting with antioxidants and provide your skin with a refreshing treatment from the inside, out.  Foods such as spinach, cacao and cherries are filled with a variety of antioxidants and are high on the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) chart… Plus, they taste delicious together!

BEAUTY BOOST

Bursting with antioxidants, this smoothie is created to provide your skin the dose it’s been looking for!  With this degree of free radical neutralising power, you can say goodbye to skin damage and hello to a glowing complexion.  Did you know there is even evidence suggesting our body’s production of antioxidants may decrease as we age?  Our antioxidant rich spring smoothie recipe is sure to do the trick!  Antioxidants help to destroy free radicals in our body which are unstable compounds.  Through reactions in the body, they can transfer electrons and leave behind new free radicals. They come from the suns UV rays, cigarette smoke, pollution, our own normal metabolism and toxins presents in pesticides and other household chemicals.  They damage cell function and its integrity which in turn leads to sagging, wrinkled skin, blemishes and a dull complexion. Antioxidants can help combat the damage by neutralising free radicals and stop them from damaging our skin! It’s like your very own anti-aging cream working inside your body. With ingredients bursting with antioxidants, such as cherries, spinach and cacao, this smoothie will leave you feeling young and energised, while helping to sustain bright, smooth skin.Antioxidant Rich Summer Smoothie Recipe

ANTIOXIDANT RICH SPRING SMOOTHIE RECIPE

5 minutes wo to go. Serves 1

YOU’LL NEED

3/4 cup cherries

1 banana

1 /2 cup spinach leaves

1/2 cup walnut milk (or milk of choice, try our recipe here!)

1 tablespoon of cacao powder

Handful of blueberries (optional for garnish)

HOW TO

1. Chop banana and spinach leaves roughly and add to blender.  Add remaining ingredients and blend for one minute or until smooth.

2. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy, top with blueberries and ice cubes on a warm spring day!

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Use cherries fresh or frozen.  If using frozen you might need to add a touch more milk to the antioxidant rich spring smoothie recipe to ensure a creamy consistency.

 

luk beautifood Cranberry and Citrus Tea

Cranberry Citrus Antioxidant Tea | Natural Beauty Boost

[RECIPE] Makes tea for two | 30 mins

For a superfood burst of flavour and antioxidants

This gorgeous ruby and aromatically spiced tea made with fresh cranberries and citrus is perfect for Spring. It’s not only cheerful and cooling, it’s caffeine-free too – so all kids, and kids at heart, can join in the fun.

A much-loved staple for Thanksgiving in the Northern Hemisphere, I’ve re-imaged the recipe as the perfect tonic and delicious iced tea in the our warmer months.

BEAUTY BOOST

A powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory tonic, this Cranberry Citrus Antioxidant Tea helps prevent cell damage by free radicals and boosts the immunity to protect against a wide range of winter aliments. It also has stress-relieving properties to help to relieve tension and stress.

 

BEAUTY BITE

A year round superfood, cranberries contain a high nutrient and antioxidant content and are an  excellent source of vitamin C, fibre, vitamin E, vitamin K and manganese.
Cranberry also boast an impressive array of phytonutrients which are naturally occurring plant chemicals that offer the anti-inflammatory properties and protection from harmful free radicals.

Did you know: Sailors would carry cranberries on their ships to avoid scurvy due to the high vitamin C content and ease of storage when dried.

Iced Cranberry and Citrus Tea

Cranberry Citrus Antioxidant Tea

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • Generous handful cranberries – frozen (if dried use 1/3 cup)
  • 2 whole cloves
  • ½ or 1 cinnamon stick
  • Peel of orange, 2x 5cm x 1cm piece
  • Squeeze lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon of sugar if desired
  • Additional cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)

Method (It’s super simple!)

  1. Pop cranberries pot with water, cloves and cinnamon sticks and orange peel. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Add lemon juice. Sweeten to taste. Strain out cranberries if you like.
  3. Add cinnamon sticks for garnish if you like and serve hot or cold.

Enjoy

Green Tea Face Mist

DIY Green Tea and Rose Face Mist

[BEAUTY]

As the Spring days get warmer and our skin restores from whipping winds and indoor heating, this is the ideal ‘pick me up’ to refresh and rejuvenate. Create your own Green Tea and Rose Face Mist made from skin-loving ingredients to pick you up and cool down you down on the go.

Green tea is a great anti-inflammatory and soother and is full of antioxidants to give you ‘the glow’. If you suffer from breakouts due to increased sweat production in the warmer months, green tea also has antibacterial properties to help calm irritated skin. It can also be used to soothe and rejuvenate sun burnt skin.

There are numerous benefits of Rosehip oil, but in short it’s a great moisturiser as it’s full of omega fatty acids to keep skin supple and repair damage and also protects against free radical damage.

As an alternative, feel free to grab a lemon and zest some skin into the recipe. As well as being ‘uplifting’ and antibacterial it’s ideal for oily skin and acne or if you suffer from scars and age spots. As lemon juice is a natural exfoliant you may like to add some too. The citric fruit acid acts as a gentle “skin peel” that removes the top layer of dead skin cells, results in a smooth complexion. I like to use a few drops of lemon oil on my skin at night before moisturising.

Green Tea Rose Face Mist

HOW TO

1. Brew a fresh pot of [preferably organic, loose leaf] green tea

2. Pour into a small cup and add 3-4 drops of organic Rosehip oil

[OPTIONAL: you can grate some fresh lemon into the mix]

3. Stir well

4. Place the mixture in the fridge to cool and transfer into a small spray bottle [doesn’t have to be fancy, a plastic one from the discount store will do!]

5. Voila! Close your eyes and spray you face 1-3 times as many times as you like during the day

Relax and Enjoy

Refrigerate up to a week to keep the spray fresh.

TIPS AND TRICKS

  • You can keep the spray in your handbag and use it at room temperature, but I personally love that cooling effect of keeping it in the fridge
  • If you like, you can add vitamin E oil as well.
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antioxidant Rich summer smoothie clean food luk beautifood

Antioxidant Rich Spring Smoothie Recipe

Everyone knows that sipping a smoothie in the warm spring sunshine is bliss… But did you know they can help your skin to naturally glow too?

Try our Antioxidant Rich Spring Smoothie Recipe for a skin loving nutrient boost!  This smoothie is specially designed to contain foods bursting with antioxidants and provide your skin with a refreshing treatment from the inside, out.  Foods such as spinach, cacao and cherries are filled with a variety of antioxidants and are high on the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) chart… Plus, they taste delicious together!

BEAUTY BOOST

Bursting with antioxidants, this smoothie is created to provide your skin the dose it’s been looking for!  With this degree of free radical neutralising power, you can say goodbye to skin damage and hello to a glowing complexion.  Did you know there is even evidence suggesting our body’s production of antioxidants may decrease as we age?  Our antioxidant rich spring smoothie recipe is sure to do the trick!  Antioxidants help to destroy free radicals in our body which are unstable compounds.  Through reactions in the body, they can transfer electrons and leave behind new free radicals. They come from the suns UV rays, cigarette smoke, pollution, our own normal metabolism and toxins presents in pesticides and other household chemicals.  They damage cell function and its integrity which in turn leads to sagging, wrinkled skin, blemishes and a dull complexion. Antioxidants can help combat the damage by neutralising free radicals and stop them from damaging our skin! It’s like your very own anti-aging cream working inside your body. With ingredients bursting with antioxidants, such as cherries, spinach and cacao, this smoothie will leave you feeling young and energised, while helping to sustain bright, smooth skin.Antioxidant Rich Summer Smoothie Recipe

ANTIOXIDANT RICH SPRING SMOOTHIE RECIPE

5 minutes wo to go. Serves 1

YOU’LL NEED

3/4 cup cherries

1 banana

1 /2 cup spinach leaves

1/2 cup walnut milk (or milk of choice, try our recipe here!)

1 tablespoon of cacao powder

Handful of blueberries (optional for garnish)

HOW TO

1. Chop banana and spinach leaves roughly and add to blender.  Add remaining ingredients and blend for one minute or until smooth.

2. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy, top with blueberries and ice cubes on a warm spring day!

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Use cherries fresh or frozen.  If using frozen you might need to add a touch more milk to the antioxidant rich spring smoothie recipe to ensure a creamy consistency.

 

luk beautifood Cranberry and Citrus Tea

Cranberry Citrus Antioxidant Tea | Natural Beauty Boost

[RECIPE] Makes tea for two | 30 mins

For a superfood burst of flavour and antioxidants

This gorgeous ruby and aromatically spiced tea made with fresh cranberries and citrus is perfect for Spring. It’s not only cheerful and cooling, it’s caffeine-free too – so all kids, and kids at heart, can join in the fun.

A much-loved staple for Thanksgiving in the Northern Hemisphere, I’ve re-imaged the recipe as the perfect tonic and delicious iced tea in the our warmer months.

BEAUTY BOOST

A powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory tonic, this Cranberry Citrus Antioxidant Tea helps prevent cell damage by free radicals and boosts the immunity to protect against a wide range of winter aliments. It also has stress-relieving properties to help to relieve tension and stress.

 

BEAUTY BITE

A year round superfood, cranberries contain a high nutrient and antioxidant content and are an  excellent source of vitamin C, fibre, vitamin E, vitamin K and manganese.
Cranberry also boast an impressive array of phytonutrients which are naturally occurring plant chemicals that offer the anti-inflammatory properties and protection from harmful free radicals.

Did you know: Sailors would carry cranberries on their ships to avoid scurvy due to the high vitamin C content and ease of storage when dried.

Iced Cranberry and Citrus Tea

Cranberry Citrus Antioxidant Tea

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • Generous handful cranberries – frozen (if dried use 1/3 cup)
  • 2 whole cloves
  • ½ or 1 cinnamon stick
  • Peel of orange, 2x 5cm x 1cm piece
  • Squeeze lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon of sugar if desired
  • Additional cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)

Method (It’s super simple!)

  1. Pop cranberries pot with water, cloves and cinnamon sticks and orange peel. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Add lemon juice. Sweeten to taste. Strain out cranberries if you like.
  3. Add cinnamon sticks for garnish if you like and serve hot or cold.

Enjoy

Green Tea Face Mist

DIY Green Tea and Rose Face Mist

[BEAUTY]

As the Spring days get warmer and our skin restores from whipping winds and indoor heating, this is the ideal ‘pick me up’ to refresh and rejuvenate. Create your own Green Tea and Rose Face Mist made from skin-loving ingredients to pick you up and cool down you down on the go.

Green tea is a great anti-inflammatory and soother and is full of antioxidants to give you ‘the glow’. If you suffer from breakouts due to increased sweat production in the warmer months, green tea also has antibacterial properties to help calm irritated skin. It can also be used to soothe and rejuvenate sun burnt skin.

There are numerous benefits of Rosehip oil, but in short it’s a great moisturiser as it’s full of omega fatty acids to keep skin supple and repair damage and also protects against free radical damage.

As an alternative, feel free to grab a lemon and zest some skin into the recipe. As well as being ‘uplifting’ and antibacterial it’s ideal for oily skin and acne or if you suffer from scars and age spots. As lemon juice is a natural exfoliant you may like to add some too. The citric fruit acid acts as a gentle “skin peel” that removes the top layer of dead skin cells, results in a smooth complexion. I like to use a few drops of lemon oil on my skin at night before moisturising.

Green Tea Rose Face Mist

HOW TO

1. Brew a fresh pot of [preferably organic, loose leaf] green tea

2. Pour into a small cup and add 3-4 drops of organic Rosehip oil

[OPTIONAL: you can grate some fresh lemon into the mix]

3. Stir well

4. Place the mixture in the fridge to cool and transfer into a small spray bottle [doesn’t have to be fancy, a plastic one from the discount store will do!]

5. Voila! Close your eyes and spray you face 1-3 times as many times as you like during the day

Relax and Enjoy

Refrigerate up to a week to keep the spray fresh.

TIPS AND TRICKS

  • You can keep the spray in your handbag and use it at room temperature, but I personally love that cooling effect of keeping it in the fridge
  • If you like, you can add vitamin E oil as well.
100 Percent Pure

100% Pure Cosmetics ~ 100% natural fruit pigmented makeup

To make it easier for you to shop 100% natural makeup and not just our delicious natural lipsticks, we research and recommend other makeup that we love and think you will too.

One of these products is 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Makeup from America.

If you look after your body by eating healthy food and using organic skincare products why not apply the same philosophy to your makeup? I have hand selected a gorgeous collection of barely-there, nudes and naturals for you to create a healthy naked glow: that enviable effortless look we all crave.

With just a few products you can achieve radiant beauty that normally comes from eating organic food and living a nourished life.

Ideal for busy mums, young active girls and those of us that don’t want spend more than few minutes each morning applying makeup, there is something for everyone in this exciting all-natural range.

100 per cent pure

WHY IS 100% PURE SO GOOD?

Truly 100% Pure is health food for your skin! There are absolutely no synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrances or colours, no chemical preservatives, or toxins and the products are gluten free and suitable for vegetarians, some products are vegan too! It is one of the only makeup brands in the world coloured 100% from the antioxidant rich pigments of fruits and vegetables.

As much as 60% of topical skin-care products are absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream,” says Dr. Nancy Lonsdorf.  “They should be consumed with the same prudence that we use to choose our breakfast cereal.” With this in mind, you can be at peace knowing that the 100% Pure products you are applying are 100% safe and 100% perfect for sensitive skin types.

MADE FROM FOOD GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT

100% natural, the range is packed full of antioxidant and nutrient rich foods – if you look after your body by eating healthy food and using organic skincare products why not apply the same philosophy to your makeup? These foods contain key nutrients to feed your skin and to keep it healthy, clear, hydrated, and wrinkle-free because as we know, the health of your skin cells is directly influenced by what nutrients are available to them

Check out 8 top skin foods for summer

Or why not whip up this delicious skin-loving GREEN SMOOTHIE

Eat these foods for Glowing, Healthy Skin

Take it one step further by studying our Skinfood Nutrient Table in depth

100% pure nail polish

NAIL POLISHES

Not only are the 100% Pure 10-free, natural nail polishes much better for your health than most conventional brands but they look stunningly beautiful on! The colours are strong and vibrant with a smooth, creamy consistency that glides on and dries quickly to a high long-lasting shine. One of the best parts is that one coat is all you need for a full strength colour.

100% pure lip gloss

WHO LOVES 100% PURE?

Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Eva Mendez, Madonna and Jennifer Aniston are just some of the international celebrities who swear by the 100% Fruit Pigmented range and it’s easy to see why this forward-thinking brand is such a worldwide sensation.

The pure range of colour cosmetics is particularly famous for their Black Tea Mascara (being a global best seller). Here’s what one of our darling customers Maggie Ball had to say about this wunderprod:

“I love this mascara. It’s so beautifully packaged, and goes on like a dream – no clumping at all. The end result is very natural – thickens and darkens my lashes without looking over-done or fake. The mascara lasts and lasts and doesn’t rub off, and washes off with a little cleanser at the end of the day. Best of all it’s not the slightest bit irritating for my sensitive eyes – no rubbing or itching like most other mascaras for me. I don’t think I’ll ever use anything else!”

100% pure mascara
ARE 100% PURE COSMETICS SUITABLE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN?

Because 100% Pure cosmetics do not contain chemical preservatives, synthetic dyes or artificial fragrances that can irritate the skin, they are perfect for sensitive skin!

Rather than using chemical preservatives, 100% Pure cosmetics use natural preservatives such as anti-bacterial herbs, this and other unique proprietary technologies distinguish the company from competitors. They stabilise active ingredients from oxidising using Japanese Honeysuckle, Thyme, Oregano, Goldenseal, Rosemary, Lavender and a high concentration of vitamins and antioxidants to naturally preserve all products.

If you’re wondering how to achieve the perfect naked face using 100% Pure essentials, then this tutorial will act as the perfect guide.

makeup bag

SHOP HEALTHY SKIN MAKEUP

Here’s what we recommend from this exciting collection – remember each product is made from 100% natural, vegan and/or organic ingredients and is lead-free and gluten-free. Huzzah!.

Face: 1 luminous face primer and 1 luminous creme highlighter, 2 tinted moisturising blemish balms to blur spots and lines – one for light & one for medium complexions. 4 Healthy Skin Foundations – full coverage. 4 Sheer water Foundations for a soft dewy complexion. 4 Flawless Skin Foundation Powder Cremes for different skin tones and 3 brightening concealers.

Lips – the perfect Naked Lip Creme (chubby) Pencil to line and fill lips before applying one of 7 sheer neutral shades of luk beautifood lipstick, luscious fruit pigmented Lip Glaze Lipsticks and 4 juicy lip glosses.

Eyes – the bare essentials! A Black Tea Mascara and Maracuja Oil Mascara and Black Tea liquid eyeliner + 6 ultra soft neutral eye shadows and the classic smokey eye grey. 2 Eyeliners in Black & Dark Cacao Brown and an eye brightening white pencil. 1 Chubby Chocolate & Champagne Eye Pencil + Pearl Stick Eyeliner in Periwinkle & a stunning Pretty Naked Palette featuring shades for the eyes and face. To top this all off we also have the stunning eyebrow powder gels in different shades to suit different hair colours.

Cheeks – Cherry Cheek & Lip Stain for beautiful pink, natural looking flushed look + fruit pigmented luminzer for a radiant glow & a summery Cocoa Glow Bronzer. Not to mention 2 gorgeous, luminous, satin-finish blushes in Raspberry and Chiffon.

Nails – 10-free nail polish for an understated healthy look + base & top coat.

You can purchase 100% Pure range products from our shop.

5 Top Natural Beauty Tips for Autumn

Top 5 Natural Beauty Tips for Autumn

The temperatures become cooler, the days are shorter, the morning air is crisp and it’s time to start thinking about woolly jumpers and hats. Autumn is officially here, bringing with it a harvest of yummy foods and exciting Autumn beauty trends. But after months of sun, sand and sea exposure, Autumn also summons the need for some serious TLC.

Our 5 top Autumn beauty skin, hair and health tips will keep you in glowing condition top to toe through the change in seasons with a range of post-summer beauty rituals, natural foods and remedies to prepare your skin from the inside out and outside in.

1. Exfoliate often!

Autumn is the perfect time to focus on repairing and caring for your skin and health, especially if you’ve spent time at the beach in previous months. To save your skin from becoming dull, lacklustre and dehydrated during the colder months, up your exfoliation to twice a week. The exfoliation process increases cell turnover rate and promotes more radiant skin by removing dead skin cells that can prevent the absorption of any moisturisers or serums.

For the body, we recommend Dry Body Brushing regularly, which works to invigorate your lymphatic system and rid the skin of lumps and bumps. By starting to ‘dry brush’ you’ll not only exfoliate and boost your circulation and refine your skin tone, but also create more energy in the body and a feeling of general wellbeing. Check out this handy tutorial on how to dry body brush the skin.

When it comes to the face, try one of our favourite at-home pantry beauty recipes – Honey & Oats Deep Cleansing Mask, which is extremely cleansing, healing and softening to the skin, not to mention smells and tastes delicious! You’ll have a youthful glow this season in no time.

2. Swap coffee and sugary drinks for herbal tea

As tricky as it is to give up your morning coffee, herbal tea will do all kinds of wonder this Autumn, especially when it comes to your skin. Caffeine in coffee and some caffeine rich teas dehydrates the skin, which can ultimately leads to ageing and a dull skin tone.

Similarly, the high level of sugar in drinks like hot chocolate and lemonade can also be damaging to your skin, causing blemishes and break outs. In older women, sugar consumption can lead to the production of advanced glycation end products (AGEs), proteins that become glycated causing skin ageing, wrinkles and lines, so avoid as best as possible.

For the perfect substitute try this warming Chai Tea recipe, which is packed with antioxidants including vitamin C, vitamin A, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron and theobromine, the kinds of chai spices that prevent free radical damage that can lead to premature ageing. There isn’t anything better than a warm cup of herbal tea to ward away cold weather blues, don’t you think?

Chai

3. Increase hydration

As the season changes and the temperature plummets, it’s important to keep hydration at the top of your skincare regime. The skin repairs itself at night, and during this process, loses a huge proportion of its moisture. Throw heating into the mix, and we have ourselves a recipe for extreme dehydration.

Aim to use skin-loving nutrient rich hydrating balms that encourage and contain vital ingredients like Vitamin C, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. You might also want to layer your balms with serums to supercharge the thirst-quenching benefits or pop on an overnight mask for radiant skin by morning.

If your complexion has lost its glow, try this DIY Banana and Avocado Face Mask to nourish, plump and boost radiance or if you’ve experienced sun damage from a long, hot summer, then give this DIY Mask for Summer Spots a whirl.

Always opt for products that do not contain pore blocking ingredients such as mineral oil, drying alcohol, fragrance and preservatives that prevent your skin from breathing naturally.

And don’t forget your hands – as the skin on your hands doesn’t produce as much natural oil as the rest of your body, it’s much more prone to dryness, especially in colder weather. Pamper your hands with a deeply hydrating rescue remedy enriched with natural ingredients like Jojoba oil and soothing Marshmallow root.

Likewise, sun and sea can leave hair dry and damaged. Use the cooler months to nurture it back to health with powerhouse ingredients like coconut oil and argan oil for gorgeous, softer-than-ever tresses that remain hydrated and healthy.

4. Use natural lip care

It’s no secret that the chill in the air can be taxing on the lips, drying them out and leaving them a little worse for wear. Luckily, there’s a few key ways to keep them in tip top shape this season.

Firstly, the number one rule for keeping lips luscious is to not lick them to moisten them. Saliva is full of enzymes designed to aid digestion, not hydrate lips, so stay mindful to avoid lip licking.

Next, minimise the amount of salty and spicy foods you’re consuming which can trigger inflammation.

Thirdly, avoid products containing synthetic flavours and fragrances. Although it’s tempting to reach for a tub of petroleum jelly to protect chapped lips from the chill, it’s not as helpful as you think. As a by-product from the oil industry, petroleum jelly is not compatible with our skin and applying on your lips is like wrapping your skin in cling film, preventing it from breathing and potentially making the area even more sore and chapped.

Give your lips an even better edge against the elements with a super hydrating and nourishing lip balm like our Lip Nourish, which is made with avocado and citrus oils and natural emollients to keep your lips soft, smooth, hydrated and protected. For everyday wear, try Nude Cinnamon or Chai Shimmer, or even our best-selling Rose Lime. The unique melting texture of each crème-smooth balm will allow the lips to feel hydrated with a wash of sheer, delicious colour that will take you from day to night.

A handy tip is to coat your lips with Lip Nourish at night to awake with a soft, nourished lips by morning.

luk lip nourish 8 nude and neutral shades

5. Eat for beauty

You can make a big difference to your skin by making some small changes to your diet when the new season arrives. In particular, consuming clean, fresh food will give you the best beauty benefits.

Sweet potatoes, pumpkins, beetroot, apples, and pumpkin seeds are all in season during Autumn, and contain Vitamins A and C not to mention a plethora of healthy nutrients and antioxidants to reduce inflammation, slow down the ageing process and aid in the creation of new skin cells.

Don’t forget the fatty acids. Research shows people deficient in essential fatty acids often have dry lips and skin. So, it makes sense to boost your EFA intake in Autumn. Nuts, seeds, avocados and oily fish can help resolve parched skin, and embracing lipsticks containing EFA-rich avocado (Vitamin E), walnut and flaxseed oils (linoleic acid) have been scientifically proven to heal and hydrate.

If you’re not already taking an organic natural food booster, Autumn is a great time to begin. These not only gives your immune system a much needed pre-winter boost, but also works wonders to hydrate, smooth and protect your skin.





10 DIY Beauty Recipes




Avocado and lime dressing recipe

Avocado Lime Dressing

It’s good to have some go-to recipes, ones that you don’t much thinking about as you know they will tick your healthy eating criteria boxes: 

You know what I mean – this recipe for Avocado Lime Dressing is one of those. We simply take healthy everyday ingredients and turn simple into a little bit special: avocado is creamy and silky rich and limes are exotic (grown in warm tropical climate unlike winter lemons), together they make a magic combination and give green salad leaves a new look and taste.

 BEAUTY BENEFITS

Antioxidants such as vitamin C and limonoids found in limes as well as vitamin E, carotenoids and zeaxanthan found in avocado will work to boost your body’s protection, fighting against damaging free radicals.  This will help to reduce inflammation, sagging and wrinkles while keeping your complexion radiant and smooth. Vitamin C also boosts the production of collagen, keeping skin smooth and tight. Limonoids remain in the body for a longer period of time, maintaining protection for your body, hair and skin. Skin – healthy lipids help to revitalise your appearance, retaining moisture in your skin to keep it soft and silky. Potassium aids your kidney to flush toxins from your body while fibre helps to absorb essential nutrients leaving your body ‘cleansed’.

AVOCADO LIME DRESSING RECIPE
YOU’L NEED

1 perfectly ripe avocado

1 lime – juice and zest

garlic – just a little, crushed

fresh finely chopped herbs – 1 or more of mint, parsley, basil, chives, coriander

1 tspn dijon mustard

S&P

oil (olive, walnut, flaxseed)  – just a dash to create the desired consistency & flavour

HOW TO
  1. Mash the  avocado in a bowl.
  2. Add lime juice, zest, garlic, s&p, mustard – whisk in til avocado is smooth and creamy
  3. Add herbs – as little or much as you desire. Eg 1 tblspn or 1/4 cup.
  4. Adjust: add a touch of oil and whisk in. If too sour, add a dash of something sweet & or a bit more salt to balance the sweet, sour, salt ratio – the key to a good dressing.
TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Serve avocado and lime dressing over green leaves, chopped herbs and shaved fennel.
  • If you like give your salad a beauty boost with a sprinkle of plant protein rich nuts (eg toasted pinenuts or almonds) or seeds (pumpkin – zinc or chia seeds – omega 3’s) For more ideas on creating a green salad repertoire – click here. 
Detox salad with avocado lime detox dressing

Make sure you have mandolin on hand to quickly whip up a green + white salad.

 

Don't toss your salad you are ready to serve.

Don’t toss your salad you are ready to serve.

 

Luk Beautifood Blissballs

Glow Balls Recipe | the perfect, protein-packed, portable snack

[RECIPE] Makes lots! | 15 mins

This recipe is a craving buster, and contains no added sugar, is gluten free, protein-packed and makes the perfect go-to portable snack. Oh, and did we mention that it will boost your brain and nourish your skin. What more could you want!

BEAUTY BOOST

These little bliss balls are just packed full of goodness! Firstly raw cacao is full of flavonoids, which act as natural antioxidants. In fact, raw cacao has the highest antioxidant value of all the natural foods in the world! These antioxidants protect the body from ageing and disease by neutralising free radicals before they damage the structures of your skin that keep it tight and youthful looking. The fibre in the dates helps to keep your blood vessels healthy so that it can provide your skin with these nourishing antioxidants along with oxygen and other nutrients.

Walnuts are wonderful. These little cerebral shaped nuts are funnily enough excellent for brain health! Also their protein content is excellent for stabilising blood sugar while their omega-3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect that can stop the causes of wrinkles before they start. The cytokinins in coconut regulate the cell growth, which minimises the ageing of skin cells, balances PH levels and keeps the connective tissues strong and hydrated.  A high fibre and manganese content assists in digestion and absorption of all these important nutrients mentioned.

lukbeautifoodblissballs2

YOU’LL NEED

– 1 cup fresh seedless ‘medjool’ dates

– 1/4 cup raw cacao (use Loving Earth – you can find this in most health food stores)

– 1 cup raw walnuts

– 1 cup of almonds or other nuts (hazelnuts are wicked) & / or seeds such as sesame, pumpkin, sunflower.

– 1 tspn cacao butter or coconut oil (melted)

Optional

– zest of lemon or orange, or

– scraped vanilla bean pod / pure essence, or

– spice – chai or cinnamon, and/or

– handful cacao nibs

blissball

TO ROLL balls in

One or any of the following:

– organic shredded coconut, cacao, chia seeds, sesame seeds, goji berries,

TO MAKE

Throw all these ingredients in to a food processor and whizz until mixture is like a dough. Roll mix into small balls, roll balls in the shredded in coconut and keep in the fridge until firm.

TIP & TRICKS

Have fun by mixing up the textures and flavours of your Glow Balls. Maybe add a bit of lemon rind to the mixture for a zesty twang of flavour. Or instead of rolling in coconut, maybe try cacao, chia seeds, sesame seeds or goji berries create a beautiful look on the platter & to feed your skin!

TO SERVE

Make up a platter with a variety balls or pop 1 or 2 onto a pretty little plate and serve with a cup of re-balance tea.

Enjoy your nibbles!

Cindy

GLOW + GO Green Smoothie | Natural Beauty Boost

[RECIPE] Makes 900ml | 3 serves  5 mins Wo-to-Go.

For a Healthy Glow & Get UP & Go

In Summer when with the warm weather we’re naturally outside and active more.

Our home juicing menu has taken a turn from our staple red juice (beet, carrot, apple, ginger celery) to green juice to invigorate our body for ‘get up & go and a healthy glow.’

The ingredients used to make a green smoothie are all light, and non starchy which makes them easy to digest giving you an instant dose of beautifying food. And because there is no waste in making a smoothie you are getting a massive does of active beauty nutrients to feed your beauty including fibre to keep your digestive system moving quickly to remove toxins and increase nutrient absorption. There is no other way to get such a vast serve of fruit & vegetables that are quick to eat and keep you full for longer.

Making a green smoothie can be fun because there is such a fast array of green fruit and vegetables available to use.

  • Start with green leaves (kale, spinach, lettuce,) | think Vitamin A for complexion + chlorophyll  
  • Add beauty minerals  rich vegetables (celery, cucumber, [avocad0], fennel) 
  • Add a ‘sweetner’ (pear or green apple -pineapple is gorgeous) for flavour, fibre + antioxidants
  • Pop in some Citrus for vitamin C – we love it for collagen production and alkalising the body 
  • Toss in ‘active flavours’ for depth & fragrance – ginger, mint, parsley, fresh turmeric 
  • Liquify with water, ice, coconut water (for a sweeter, more fragrant style), green tea (antioxidants) or almond milk (to increase skin moisturising essential fatty acids and protein). 
  • You can always add ‘boosters’ such as flax seed oil, probiotics (the simplest is natural yoghurt), protein (an egg is great) or seeds such as pumpkin (zinc) or Chia (omega 3)

BEAUTY BOOST
The green pigment in plants – Chlorophyll – is an all round superfood. It helps neutralise acids in your body, seriously stimulates your digestion(!), boosts oxygen levels in your blood allowing your cells to receive more nutrients & energises your body. It helps to extract nasty toxins from your liver, essentially improving liver function + detoxes and cleanses your blood which promotes radiant skin.  It also reduces the signs of ageing as its antioxidant properties help neutralise free radicals. It’s super-rich in enzymes which promote cell rejuvenation. And lastly, it is alkalising and anti-inflammatory effect on your body alleviates skin disorders such as eczema, dryness, puffiness and redness. What are you waiting for?

Avocados for essential fatty acids and Vitamin E to keep skin soft and smooth. Kale is an excellent source of calcium, vitamins AC & K  – keeping your skin tight and toned. Celery & cucumber contain silica – a food active nutrient that acts as an internal moisturiser. Other beauty minerals include calcium, iron, manganese and potassium. Potassium & iron help transport O2 round the body to renew and revitalise your skin.

YOU’LL NEED
avocado – 1/2
kale – 3 leaves inc. stem
english spinach – 1 ‘root ‘with 6-8 leaves & stems
cucumber – 1/2 chopped in 4
celery – 1 stick  inc. leaves
parsley – 3 stems
mint – 2- 3 stalks with leaves
pears – 2 chopped inc seeds (no stem) or green apples
lemon – 1/2 with no rind + 1/4 strip rind
ginger – 1-2 thin slices
water – 1.5 cups (or coconut water or green tea + dash apple juice if you are inclined)
ice – 1 cup (needed for texture + flavour enhancement)
TO MAKE
Simply pop all ingredients in the Vitamix, turn on & increase speed to high. Blend for about a minute til smooth and creamy.
You may need to pulse the mix to begin with depending on what order ingredients went in or will need to use your tamper stick.
This recipe makes 3 good size jars so pop the spare/s ones in the fridge for the next day. They will last at least 2.
TIP & TRICKS

– the ice gives the smoothie a fabulous melt-in-your-mouth texture + keep the smoothie chilled as high powered blenders add so much energy when mixing it can warm up the smoothie!

– need to know more about juicing & making smoothies? Read more…

– or try my avocado & banana recipe

 

lük Beauty Boosting Green Smoothie | GLOW & GO

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Beetroot and Pumpkin Dip

Roast Beetroot & Pumpkin Dip – eat your antioxidants!

[recipe] Serves 6 |  75 mins go-to-woe

BEAUTY BOOST
So much beauty in colour! The vibrant purple flesh of beetroot is full of antioxidants and minerals that will look after your skin both inside and out. The minerals iron, potassium and zinc detoxify by creating healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen to skin cells for regeneration, repair and renewal. The antioxidants fight against inflammation which treats puffy and red complexions. Pumpkin’s bright orange colour is a sign that this veggie is loaded with beta-carotene. This plant carotenoid gets converted to vitamin A and acts as a very powerful antioxidant to neutralise free radicals thereby helping to prevent wrinkles and keep your skin moist and looking youthful. And the omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E of walnuts are another moisturising, wrinkle-fighting beauty boost to your skin.

YOU’LL NEED
2-3  beetroots – remove leaves, leave skin on but get rid of those rough bits at the top and bottom

2 chunks or 1/3 butternut pumpkin –  chopped into cubes

2/3rd cup walnuts

1/3 – 1/2 cup olive oil

1-2 cloves of garlic

1/2 tbspn black mustard seeds

1/2 tspn cumin seeds

salt and pepper to season

TO MAKE

  1. Turn oven on 180C.
  2. Place beetroot and pumpkin on baking tray lined with  non-toxic baking paper, drizzle with some extra olive oil, toss and place into. Roast for an hour.
  3. Halfway through roasting the beetroot add the garlic, walnuts, black mustard seeds and cumin seeds to the tray.
  4. Remove tray from oven when beetroot & pumpkin has roasted and garlic, walnuts and seeds are lightly toasted.
  5. Leave to cool before removing most of skin from the pumpkin.
  6. Add all roasted and toasted ingredients to blender or food processor and whiz until creamy.
  7. Add oil to mixture and blend until desired texture of dip has been reached. Season.
Beetroot and Pumpkin Dip

Beetroot and Pumpkin Dip

TIP & TRICKS

Toasting the walnuts, mustard seeds and cumin seeds and roasting the garlic by popping them into the oven while the beets are baking develops the flavour of the ingredients and infuses the beetroot with a spiced, nutty, garlicky deliciousness!

TO SERVE
Simply serve with a colourful array of fresh veggies and a variety of crackers.

Sensitive Skin Makeup

How to choose the best sensitive skin makeup

A simple breathing technique practised in yoga is the latest trend promising to lower our bodies’ inflammatory levels. If only it was this easy to heal inflamed, sensitive skin.

As skin is our largest organ and our first line of defence, flaky patches, flare-ups, breakouts and redness can be an early sign that health is being compromised.

When you consider women put up to 168 chemicals on their bodies every day – it’s no surprise the surface layer that protects us from harmful bacteria and allergens starts to shout for TLC. But who has time to plough through research to identify the best cosmetics for problem-prone skin?

So, we’ve scoured the scientific papers for you – to reveal which plant and vegetable extracts used in sensitive skin makeup are proven to repair your delicate facial skin and give that summer glow.

The good, the bad and the ugly: makeup ingredients to avoid

If mainstream media is to be believed, we absorb poisons from the air as well as from food, drink and beauty products. This apparently makes us sick and ages our skin to such a degree that our days must surely be numbered.

One study from subjects in Germany and China appears to link increased air pollution to brown spots on the skin. Products are now being made to specifically combat this urban phenomenon.

Unfortunately, there is ample evidence-based truth behind all the toxin tittle tattle. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the regulatory body for ensuring safe products and accurate marketing claims in the cosmetic industry, revealed makeup and self-care lotions and potions account for around 30 per cent of injury reports.

Some lipsticks, for example, can contain hazardous heavy metals including lead, beryllium, thallium, cadmium, chromium and arsenic which have been linked to cancer, bone, kidney, brain and nerve dysfunction, heart problems, hormone disruption, allergies, arthritis and skin inflammation.

Before you dismiss this warning thinking: How much could you possibly absorb through your lips?

Consider this:

What goes on your lips goes in – absorbed through your skin and licked off to enter directly through your mouth.

Lips

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If you wouldn’t dream of eating any of these ingredients then it’s time to think about removing them from your lipstick diet.

Other ingredients to be wary of on sensitive skin makeup labels are phthalates and parabens, which are hormone disrupters (a UK study associates parabens with breast cancer), carcinogenic coal tar, skin irritant formaldehyde, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. The last two are found in some mineral makeup and sunscreens, which studies have shown to have caused DNA damage.

Also look out for butylated hydroxyanisole (or BHA), a preservative which can be cancer-inducing in high doses. Some manufacturers are now using alternative preservatives to BHA and parabens with the catchy names methylisothiazolinone (MI) and methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI).

MI and MCI are found in some wet wipes, moisturisers, cosmetics and skin cleansers and can cause skin allergies. They are banned in leave-on personal care products in Europe.

So are levels of makeup toxins likely to do long-term damage?

Chemicals can be easily absorbed through the skin to the bloodstream, and in the case of lipstick, believe it or not we ingest up to 3kg over a lifetime.

Research carried out in 2011 by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found levels of lead in 400 tested lipsticks. Intense colours appeared to show the highest composition of lead.

On the whole, authorities say these quantities are too low to be classified unsafe. But one US study found that average twice-daily application of 10 of 32 tested lipsticks/glosses resulted in exceeding allergy-aggravating chromium intake by 100 per cent.

Canada, the US and EU have restrictions on acceptable levels of heavy metals in makeup. But unsafe products still hit the shelves as most do not require premarket approval and safety tests are the legal responsibility of manufacturers.

You can find out more about harmful chemicals in Australian cosmetics, on the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) website, which will help you understand the ingredients which should never be found in sensitive skin makeup.

Lip Nourish for Sensitive Skin

Sensitive Skin Makeup – Healing ingredients that help

With so much daily chemical dousing, it makes sense to choose trusted products made from food active ingredients packed with moisturising anti-inflammatories and antioxidants to soothe and heal.

Antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, D and E, play an essential role in fighting against free radicals that are the main cause of negative skin changes.

Avocado, sesame, jojoba, olive and coconut oils are often used in sensitive skin makeup as their protective health benefits are backed by science. For example, avocados are rich in essential fatty acids, which are needed to prevent eczema.

What’s more, eating more fruits and vegetables officially boosts happiness so if you want to lift your mood and your vitamin levels avocado drenches the dermis with ‘C’ nutrients scientifically proven to to tackle acne, rosacea and post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.

These properties make avocado oil perfect for young and mature skins as it also contains phytosterols (plant steroids) to calm irritated faces as well as boosting collagen in connective tissue to fight the signs of ageing.

Meanwhile, sesame oil contains skin-calming omega 3 plus the reparative minerals zinc and magnesium and, in lab tests, blocks out 30 per cent of UV rays compared to coconut, peanut, olive, and cottonseed oils which block 20 per cent. So simply look to food to nourish your features and flood them with nutrient-filled goodness.

These edible oils are spot on for use in sensitive skin makeup and will let your skin breathe easy.

Hydrate and protect your lips