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Naked Glow Hot Chocolate Recipe

Unlike traditional hot chocolate recipes – potentially sugar laden and low in nutrients, this Naked Glow Healthy Hot Chocolate recipe is packed with goodies to get your cheeks glowing! 

What more can you ask for… warmth in winter, flavanols galore and a delicious drink to bring it all together! There is no need to feel guilty with this hot chocolate and sit back, relax and indulge as it nourishes, calms and creates radiant beauty!

Gone are the days of commercial hot chocolates with loads of fortification, powered dairy substitutes, flavour and emulsifier additives. This new gourmet health conscious era heralds many types of milks, sweeteners, boosters, raw cocoa and organic chocolates which when blended or melted make a smooth, rich and divine hot chocolate.

To make it easy to DIY your own drink I have created this Hot Chocolate Formula Chalkboard.

lük beautifood hot chocolate chalkboard

BEAUTY BENEFITS

Here are a few of the delicious skin food ingredients on the board.

Dark Chocolate: Providing the perfect boost of flavonols to nourish your body, these antioxidants help to fight against free radicals, preserving a youthful, bright complexion. They work to protect your skin from the suns damaging UV rays  while helping maintain it’s elasticity.  The cacao in chocolate slows collagen breakdown by  naturally reducing the amount of stress hormones released.

Raw Cacao: The unheated/ minimally processed base from which dark chocolate is made. Raw cacao is full of flavonols to protect and tighten your skin.  Raw cacao provides a much higher amount of these antioxidants, therefore a greater benefit in your body! Magnesium helps to relax your body and mind while phenylethylamine is a natural mood enhancer, helping you to stay positive!

Mesquite Powder: This high protein powder is the perfect addition to maintain stable blood sugar levels. It is low in GI and contains a natural sweetness to tickle your taste buds. It is also filled with vitamins including calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc helping to boost the nutrient content of your healthy hot chocolate.

Maca Powder: A healing herb from Peru. Known for the power to energise and revitalise, some like to call maca there very own superfood! It is a complete source of essential amino acids as well as containing alkalising properties. This helps to restore and balance the body, reducing its acidic state while working to maintain correct body processes.

Chia Seeds: Although they may be small, chia seeds are packed with goodness and help thicken your chocolate drink. Their high in omega three fatty acid content is ideal for both your brain and body! They work to reduce inflammation and keep skin cells hydrated to create a gorgeous plump complexion. They also ward off wrinkles as well as help acne – perfect for maintaining a bright, youthful complexion. Chia seeds also have a high protein content which helps to build and rejuvenate cells, creating a fresh and glowing appearance.

Cinnamon: Works to help skin neutralise free radicals, preventing them from causing damage and triggering inflammation, cinnamon is full of protecting antioxidants. It helps to brighten your complexion, as well as tightening and smoothing your skin! 

NAKED GLOW HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPE

To make the perfect hot chocolate for glowing skin – simply refer to the chalkboard image and start experimenting with ingredients and quantities for this hot chocolate recipe.
Here, I give you a little more detail on the making!

In a Vitamix or high speed blender that heats as it blends thru friction and creates the most creamy smooth texture, combine ingredients and whiz on high until mixture has heated up and is well blended. You can use traditional chocolate pieces as they will melt as it heats. Fill the bowl 2/3rds max.

On the stove. Heat hot chocolate recipe mixture in a saucepan whisk until all ingredients are combined and or melted.

To Serve: Create a little ritual around the making of your hot chocolate recipe. Select an earthen wear bowl or mug, lay a little tray and find a special place to savour your drink.

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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.

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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.





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8 ways to detox

8 Easy Ways to Detox Your Body

Detox your body the natural way with these 8 easy steps that will have you glowing from the inside out.

1. Juice cleanse

Did you know that for most people, it takes almost 18 hours for your body to digest and eliminate one meal?! Give your body a break and naturally flush out toxins whilst also keeping your body energised and satisfied a 3 day pressed juice cleanse to feel lighter, brighter and GLOW today.

2. Sleep more

Sleep is when your body rebuilds and regenerates itself. Without adequate sleep, your immune system is compromised, it’s easier to gain weight and you lack energy.  Not getting the rest you need and taking care of yourself doesn’t allow your body to function optimally, which includes its ability to naturally cleanse itself.

3. Take a tech-tox

Did you know that Harvard Medical School scientists found that being on your laptop or mobile before bed can actually disrupt the body’s production of melatonin ? This  in turn negatively effects our quality of sleep. Try a technology detox to improve your sleep patterns and be more present in your day-to-day life. Start by turning off your phone and TV every night after 8pm and not turning it on until after your morning routine.

4. Sweat it out

We all know that regular exercise is essential to maintain a healthy body but it is also an effective way of naturally cleansing the body through sweating.  Not only that, it also aids with blood circulation and digestion.

5. Drink up!

Increase your intake of detoxifying, antioxidant rich drinks like lemon water, green tea and green juices to hydrate, nourish and protect the body whilst promoting its natural detoxification methods.

6. Eat more fibre

Fibre is an essential nutrient for the digestive system to function properly.  Not eating enough fibre can result in bloating and sluggishness. When your digestive tract is working properly, toxins, waste, and anything else that has built up in within the tract will move through quickly helping you to feel lighter and more energised.

7. Reduce sugar

By reducing refined sugar in your diet, you’ll not only naturally improve your physical appearance (think glowing skin and unwanted weight) but you’ll also have improved  immune system, brain function and serotonin levels (happy hormones).

8. Clean out your makeup bag

We cannot stress how important this is! It is well known that your skin is your largest organ and it is said that “60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into the body” so it only makes sense that you nourish your skin the same way you do with your body with toxin free, natural makeup and skin care. Not only is this better for your health and the environment, but an Australian report published in the International Journal of Chemistry proved that natural products are better for your skin!
 

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Hot Chocolate

Naked Glow Hot Chocolate Recipe

Unlike traditional hot chocolate recipes – potentially sugar laden and low in nutrients, this Naked Glow Healthy Hot Chocolate recipe is packed with goodies to get your cheeks glowing! 

What more can you ask for… warmth in winter, flavanols galore and a delicious drink to bring it all together! There is no need to feel guilty with this hot chocolate and sit back, relax and indulge as it nourishes, calms and creates radiant beauty!

Gone are the days of commercial hot chocolates with loads of fortification, powered dairy substitutes, flavour and emulsifier additives. This new gourmet health conscious era heralds many types of milks, sweeteners, boosters, raw cocoa and organic chocolates which when blended or melted make a smooth, rich and divine hot chocolate.

To make it easy to DIY your own drink I have created this Hot Chocolate Formula Chalkboard.

lük beautifood hot chocolate chalkboard

BEAUTY BENEFITS

Here are a few of the delicious skin food ingredients on the board.

Dark Chocolate: Providing the perfect boost of flavonols to nourish your body, these antioxidants help to fight against free radicals, preserving a youthful, bright complexion. They work to protect your skin from the suns damaging UV rays  while helping maintain it’s elasticity.  The cacao in chocolate slows collagen breakdown by  naturally reducing the amount of stress hormones released.

Raw Cacao: The unheated/ minimally processed base from which dark chocolate is made. Raw cacao is full of flavonols to protect and tighten your skin.  Raw cacao provides a much higher amount of these antioxidants, therefore a greater benefit in your body! Magnesium helps to relax your body and mind while phenylethylamine is a natural mood enhancer, helping you to stay positive!

Mesquite Powder: This high protein powder is the perfect addition to maintain stable blood sugar levels. It is low in GI and contains a natural sweetness to tickle your taste buds. It is also filled with vitamins including calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc helping to boost the nutrient content of your healthy hot chocolate.

Maca Powder: A healing herb from Peru. Known for the power to energise and revitalise, some like to call maca there very own superfood! It is a complete source of essential amino acids as well as containing alkalising properties. This helps to restore and balance the body, reducing its acidic state while working to maintain correct body processes.

Chia Seeds: Although they may be small, chia seeds are packed with goodness and help thicken your chocolate drink. Their high in omega three fatty acid content is ideal for both your brain and body! They work to reduce inflammation and keep skin cells hydrated to create a gorgeous plump complexion. They also ward off wrinkles as well as help acne – perfect for maintaining a bright, youthful complexion. Chia seeds also have a high protein content which helps to build and rejuvenate cells, creating a fresh and glowing appearance.

Cinnamon: Works to help skin neutralise free radicals, preventing them from causing damage and triggering inflammation, cinnamon is full of protecting antioxidants. It helps to brighten your complexion, as well as tightening and smoothing your skin! 

NAKED GLOW HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPE

To make the perfect hot chocolate for glowing skin – simply refer to the chalkboard image and start experimenting with ingredients and quantities for this hot chocolate recipe.
Here, I give you a little more detail on the making!

In a Vitamix or high speed blender that heats as it blends thru friction and creates the most creamy smooth texture, combine ingredients and whiz on high until mixture has heated up and is well blended. You can use traditional chocolate pieces as they will melt as it heats. Fill the bowl 2/3rds max.

On the stove. Heat hot chocolate recipe mixture in a saucepan whisk until all ingredients are combined and or melted.

To Serve: Create a little ritual around the making of your hot chocolate recipe. Select an earthen wear bowl or mug, lay a little tray and find a special place to savour your drink.

luk

Beauty Nutrition Handbook

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




8 ways to detox

8 Easy Ways to Detox Your Body

Detox your body the natural way with these 8 easy steps that will have you glowing from the inside out.

1. Juice cleanse

Did you know that for most people, it takes almost 18 hours for your body to digest and eliminate one meal?! Give your body a break and naturally flush out toxins whilst also keeping your body energised and satisfied a 3 day pressed juice cleanse to feel lighter, brighter and GLOW today.

2. Sleep more

Sleep is when your body rebuilds and regenerates itself. Without adequate sleep, your immune system is compromised, it’s easier to gain weight and you lack energy.  Not getting the rest you need and taking care of yourself doesn’t allow your body to function optimally, which includes its ability to naturally cleanse itself.

3. Take a tech-tox

Did you know that Harvard Medical School scientists found that being on your laptop or mobile before bed can actually disrupt the body’s production of melatonin ? This  in turn negatively effects our quality of sleep. Try a technology detox to improve your sleep patterns and be more present in your day-to-day life. Start by turning off your phone and TV every night after 8pm and not turning it on until after your morning routine.

4. Sweat it out

We all know that regular exercise is essential to maintain a healthy body but it is also an effective way of naturally cleansing the body through sweating.  Not only that, it also aids with blood circulation and digestion.

5. Drink up!

Increase your intake of detoxifying, antioxidant rich drinks like lemon water, green tea and green juices to hydrate, nourish and protect the body whilst promoting its natural detoxification methods.

6. Eat more fibre

Fibre is an essential nutrient for the digestive system to function properly.  Not eating enough fibre can result in bloating and sluggishness. When your digestive tract is working properly, toxins, waste, and anything else that has built up in within the tract will move through quickly helping you to feel lighter and more energised.

7. Reduce sugar

By reducing refined sugar in your diet, you’ll not only naturally improve your physical appearance (think glowing skin and unwanted weight) but you’ll also have improved  immune system, brain function and serotonin levels (happy hormones).

8. Clean out your makeup bag

We cannot stress how important this is! It is well known that your skin is your largest organ and it is said that “60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into the body” so it only makes sense that you nourish your skin the same way you do with your body with toxin free, natural makeup and skin care. Not only is this better for your health and the environment, but an Australian report published in the International Journal of Chemistry proved that natural products are better for your skin!
 

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How to get glowing skin – the fast and easy way

I’m of the belief that we all deserve deliciously glowing skin that exudes pure vitality and radiance, but achieving complexion nirvana is not always an easy feat. Thankfully all you need is a bit of a boost, some healthy balance and the right nourishing practices to master a flawless canvas and heal your skin from the inside out.

Below, I’ve thrown together all of my best tips and tricks to help you supercharge your skin to optimum health and keep it glowy and gorg, without the need for pricey facials or dermal fillers. These quick steps are easy to squeeze into your daily routine and require minimal effort (amen). Read on natural beauties!

1. Always, ALWAYS wash your face at night – even if you’ve worn no makeup.

Over the course of the day, makeup, dirt, and oil build up on your face. Make cleansing your skin with an all-natural, nourishing formula part of your bedtime routine so you can clean and prep your canvas for lotions and potions that go on top. You might also want to apply a toner (free of alcohol, astringents and fragrances) which removes any product residue and will also help close your pores. Make your own healthy DIY concoction with 2 Tbs. of Apple Cider Vinegar and 4 Tbs. of distilled water. Combine in a bottle and shake well before each use. Apply using a cotton ball, being careful around the delicate eye area. Voila! Easy.

3. Smooth on some moisturiser and serum.

Moisturising your face morning and night with either either a lotion or serum (or both!) helps your skin repair itself and wards off wrinkles. Reach for natural, organic formulas that contain fortifying vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants that feed your skin at a cellular level and are free of any chemical baddies that could potentially strip the skin and absorb into the pores. Don’t forget your neck and décolletage! These areas can get super dry and irritated not to mention wrinkly if you never moisturise them. For best results, apply to freshly washed skin to lock in hydration.

4. Get your sleep.

It’s called beauty sleep for a reason! Sleep deprivation lowers circulation and can make your skin look lacklustre and dull. Amp up your body’s cellular renewal system by getting a minimum of 8 hours per night (7, if you’re super time poor, should do the trick!).

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5. Snack on nuts.

Healthy foods like Brazil Nuts and Walnuts are rich in selenium and omega-3 fatty acids to lower inflammation and put the brakes on breakouts. Macadamias are similarly full of high quality oils and fatty acids that aid in skin repair and rejuvenation, so don’t be afraid to keep a handful somewhere close by for when it’s snack time.

6. Keep hydrated.

Water helps clear the toxins that cause inflammation and blemishes, and is fab at transporting nutrients and oxygen to the skin cells which helps deliver elasticity, softness and smoothness. Aim for 2 litres per day, and if you struggle with this, set a reminder on your phone to drink every hour. You might also want to squeeze a bit of citrus in with your h20 which is a great little skin detoxifier. For a bit of flavour, try sipping on skin-soothing teas like chamomile or mint.

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6. Exfoliate once a week.
If your skin tends to be dry and flaky, a weekly exfoliation can clear out dead skin cells. That’s because your complexion looks radiant when it’s smooth enough to reflect light. Find a natural exfoliant that has super fine grains, and use light pressure and gentle motions. To make your own, combine  yoghurt, organic coconut oil and natural oats. Scrub on your face in a circular motion, let sit for 15-30 minutes, rinse, wash as usual. You’ll be luminous in no time!
7. Clean your makeup brushes and your pillow cases.
Our makeup brushes and pillows tend to collect dirt and bacteria which can cause breakouts so make sure you’re giving your brushes and bed linen a good wash at least once per week.

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9. Have a healthy, balanced diet.

A diet high in fats and carbohydrates can actually cause more wrinkles.  To keep your cells revved up and rejuvenated, stick to plenty of fresh fruit and veg, lean protein like fish, white meat poultry, tofu, beans and lentils etc. Here’s a list of more skin foods and their awesome nutritional benefits.

10. Enhance your glow with makeup.

One you’ve gone a healthy skincare routine downpat, what better way to add that little bit of pizzazz to your beautiful features than with skin-enhancing makeup that won’t clog your pores. If your skin is normal or dry, apply 100% Pure’s Tinted Moisturiser Creme which is jam-packed with antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetable pigments instead of synthetic dyes and features a hydrating formula to even out skin tone and gently blur imperfections. Using your fingertips, tap up and down your cheekbones, and dab whatever is left over on your brow bones, the center of your chin, and the tip of your nose. If your complexion is oily, dust a powder formula over the same areas with a small fluffy brush using 100% Pure Flawless Skin Powder Foundation. For a healthy, fresh-faced flush, dab the 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Pot Rouge into the cheekbones until fully blended. You’ll appear lit-from-within in no time!
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GREEN SMOOTHIE SKIN FOOD | Avocado, Mango, Banana, Kale + Chia Seeds

[recipe] Makes 4 large glasses | 5 mins wo-to-go | No Cook

We made this gorgeous green smoothie last friday in my inaugural “Beauty Wellbeing Workshop”. It was creamy smooth and delicious even tho it sounds an unusual combination. We drank it as an appetizer in the glam gold glasses as we prepped our lunch. Kelly’s scarlet nails look a treat next to it! You could also do shot glasses and pop a few edible decorative goodies on top.

I love to cook by looking at the ingredients I have on hand rather than following a recipe (hence the combo) and Ursula got to experiment with the ‘turbo charged’ cocktail blender I have  had for eons but rarely use – there was not a spec of kale in sight. So go ahead, experiment using this recipe as a guide.

BEAUTY BOOST:  Anti-inflammatory, rich in antioxidants, immune boosting, vitamin ACEK rich, EFA’s.  

Avocados for essential fatty acids and Vitamin E to keep skin soft and smooth. More on avo. Mango are rich in the carotenoid antioxidants + vitamins A&C – keeping your skin tight and toned. They also contain silica – a food active nutrient that acts as an internal moisturiser. Undeniably bananas are high in sugar (about 20g in a ripe one) and give you an energy burst (yeh if you are tired), but they also contain a high amount of fibre including the prebiotic inulin, which feeds our beneficial (probiotic) gut bacteria, the first line of defence for the immune system. Keeping your gut bacteria healthy can prevent inflammatory conditions like eczema and support the digestion and absorption of nutrients needed to retain optimal health and keep you looking and feeling younger. The high level of potassium ( ~ 400mg) they contain helps transport O2 round the body to renew and revitalise the skin. Kale is an excellent source of calcium, vitamins AC & K – all essential for skin health and Chia seeds are an excellent non-animal source of skin loving omega 3 to keep skin looking moist and plump.

YOU’LL NEED…..

1 ripe avocado

1 banana

1 mango (optional)

3-4 kale leaves

3 stems fresh mint leaves

1/4 whole lemon

2 tspns chia seeds

1 cup ice

1 cup chilled water or coconut water

TO MAKE….

Put  all ingredients in blender. Mix on high til smooth and creamy.

Serve in classes with a spoon or thick straw! Garnish if you have guests!

TIPS & TRICKS

  • For a more liquid smoothie add more water or if you don’t want the flavour diluted another high water content vegetable such as cucumber or a liquid such as coconut water, almond milk or dairy milk.
  • For more dimension and an extra hit of Vit C (support collagen synthesis) add a squeeze of lemon juice.
  • For a bite add a dash of tabasco sauce.
  • Add some probiotics via an unsweetened yoghurt.
  • If you want a lower sugar content – remove one or all of the fruits. I like it as is and because I don’t eat much food with added sugar.
  • You can sub in fresh pineapple for mango, parsley or spinach for kale etc.
  • Chia seeds swell to 10times their size so they have a real thickening effect on the smoothie. For a more liquid smoothie –  sprinkle on top instead of adding in.

KIDS 

I will let you know once mine have had a go at making & tasting it!

Lee Holmes’ Heal Your Gut – her new book

Lee Holmes new e-book ‘Heal Your Gut’ is not just a book for those with gut related illnesses. It’s for anyone who wants more energy, glowing skin, less brain fog and better moods…which I’m guessing is pretty much all of us?

In ‘Heal Your Gut’ you will find simple ways to heal, protect and nourish your body through her comprehensive four-week protocol including recipes, tips and tricks.

Lee Holmes’ ‘Heal your Gut’ presents game changing information in a way that is both easy and interesting to read as Lee explains how the gut directly influences the rest of the body including your immune system, brain and skin, something we here at Luk Beautifood are huge advocates of.

Your digestive health is imperative for the rest of the body to function at its best. Things like processed food, antibiotics, sugar, gluten and toxins all create an imbalance in gut flora which not only manifest as disease on the inside but also as dull or congested skin, lacklustre hair and weak nails on the outside.

I love the quirky drawing she uses and simple ways to help you, such as this quick test:

Test for yeasts in your body - Lee Holmes

The absolute stand out for me was the four-week protocol or ‘healing program’ that guides you step-by-step on how to heal and rebalance your gut. Lee holds your hand through the four weeks, addressing the body as a whole. Phase one deals with how to heal the intestinal wall, phase two guides you through detoxing your body, phase three focuses on a balanced diet and phase four is about detoxing your life from the outside in.

There are 59 healing recipes, many come from her success printed book “Eat Yourself Beautiful”.

The content page alone shows you the level of detail Lee has gone to to write this book.

Lee Homes Heal your gut

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Lee has previously suffered from an autoimmune disease, which after a long, painful journey cured herself through healing her gut and nurturing her body inside and out. Lee recalls these personal experiences throughout the book, which helped to bring the whole process closer to home and more achievable and was perfectly balanced with well-researched medical and scientific references, whichbeing a food scientist myself was important to me!

‘Heal your Gut’ will eliminate any confusion you had about how you should be nourishing your body and set the record straight.

Download it today from Lee’s Supercharged website for $18 to take control of your health and beauty wellbeing and see + feel the difference immediately!

Or, why not WIN WIN WIN a copy. Enter into comments at the bottom of this page in ” leave a reply’, what your fave lip nourish is and why and I will select the 5 winners. Closes 22nd August 2014, 5pm.

Enjoy! xx

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beauty benefits of chickpeas

Chickpeas or garbanzo beans are either black, green, red, brown or beige in colour. The most common type of chickpea is the kabouli variety which is beige in colour and an irregular circular shape.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Vitamin C, vitamin E, folate, molybdenum, manganese, copper, phosphorus, zinc, iron, fibre and protein!

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF CHICKPEAS:

Chickpeas are an excellent source of protein, necessary for growth and maintenance of cells within the body. Protein encourages a glowing appearance by replacing dead skin cells as well as maintaining healthy hair and nail growth. Beauty benefits of chickpeas also include the presence of the phytonutrient called saponin which acts as an antioxidant to destroy free radicals.  Molybdemum assists to cleanse the liver and detoxify the skin.  Beauty benefits of chickpeas help the body sustain a radiant, smooth complexion.

COOK:

Canned chickpeas are easily accessible from your local supermarket.  If buying dried, just soak them in water overnight or while you’re at work and then place in a saucepan with some fresh water and bring to the boil.  Reduce to a simmer and cook until plump and tender. Mix with some tomatoes parsley, lemon juice and olive oil for a quick snack!

TIP:

Cooked chickpeas will keep in an air tight container in the fridge for a few days while dried will keep in a cool dark place for months.

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PRINT TO KEEP HANDY

PRINT this gorgeous 10x15cm beautifood skin food card to keep beauty inspiration at finger tips reach in your kitchen

Step 1. Simply click on the  skin food image .

Step 2. Then right click and choose ‘Save image as’ where it will be a JPEG in whichever folder you choose.

Step 3. Open the saved image and print on a postcard size (6”x4”/10cmx15cm) photo paper.

Step 4. Send to printer for your gorgeous skin food card!

Step 5. Display on your fridge file in a A-Z card box in your kitchen.

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Eggs en Cocotte Recipe

Eggs en cocotte are simply baked eggs, with the addition of a few extra skin-loving red and green veggies they are fabulous way to start your super skin day! 

Known as oeufs en cocotte in French, this dish is named for the ramekins in which the eggs are cooked. Feel free to vary the veggies, add different types of cheese and herbs, or add  nitrate free bacon or chopped sausages like chorizo or even ‘baked beans’. Accompany with buttered toast and this dish makes a fabulous weekend brunch. 

Get your kids to help pile in the vegetables and crack in the egg for some fun in the kitchen.  Once you have mastered the cooking time relative to your oven temp / egg size you will wonder why you have not made these eggs all your life. Alternatively visit Eggs & Co. A tres cute  breakfast spot tucked into the cobbled back streets of Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris.  #youwish 

BEAUTY BOOST

Eggs are glorious breakfast foods! They contain all essential amino acids to ensure your body gets the protein it needs.  Protein is necessary for growth and maintenance of all the cells in your body. It encourages a glowing appearance by replacing dead skin cells as well as maintaining healthy hair and nail growth. Vitamin B also found in eggs is essential for helping your body to produce energy for the day ahead.  Choline, part of the B vitamin group works to ensure your skin has enough energy to produce collagen and elastin while supporting cell membrane structures to keep your skin tight and flexible! Eggs also contain lutein which keeps your skin elastic, along with choline to prolong the onset of wrinkles and a sagging skin.

Tomatoes in this eggs en cocotte recipe are cooked with oil to allow as much the lycopene to be released as possible. Lycopene is twice as an effective antioxidant as vitamin A and is highly effective at protecting your skin.  It will help to guard your body from the suns damaging UV rays throughout the day while maintaining a bright complexion.

EGGS EN COCOTTE RECIPE

20 minutes wo to go. Serves 4

YOU’LL NEED

Olive oil

4 eggs (large)

1 cup baby spinach

1/2 cup sliced mushrooms

2 tomatoes, diced

chopped parsley

1/2 avocado, sliced

Pinch of salt and pepper

Optional: 1 teaspoon of milk or cream

HOW TO

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.

2. Heat a good glug of oil in a pan over medium heat.  Add tomatoes, mush and squash them with a wooden spoon.  Add mushrooms and stir for  a couple of minutes til soft.

3. Rub the insides of four ramekins with a little olive oil and pop in baby spinach.  Add the tomato and mushroom mix on top.

3. Crack one egg into each. Add a tsp of milk or cream or creme fraiche (sour cream) to each ramekins to enrich the dish.

4. Transfer ramekins into a baking dish, pouring in boiling water until it comes half way up the sides of ramekins. Cover with foil or little lids if you have cocottes.

5. Bake the eggs in the oven until the whites are set: 8 minutes for runny yolks, 10 minutes for soft cooked and 12 minutes for hard cooked yolks. See tips & tricks below.

6. Season eggs en cocotte with salt and pepper, top with parsley and avocado and enjoy with some wholemeal rye toast.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Getting the ‘Perfect ‘cooked egg is a little bit of an art – several factors will affect whether your egg white is cooked and your yolk is still runny.
    • Oven – if your oven is on the hotter side, make sure to double check the eggs just before the preferred cooking time.
    • Size – bigger eggs (70g) cook slower than 55 or 60g eggs
    • Dish size & shape  – a higher side narrow ramekin will cook slower than a wider one. Le creuset have gorgeous little lidded dishes and now copies even exist in Kmart
    • Water bath – the height of your water will affect cook time as the higher it is the more it ‘buffers’ the hot oven and slows the cooking time.
  • Make a double batch of the tomato and save for tomorrows brunch.
  • Looking for a light meal?  Serve with a side of brown rice or quinoa

This eggs en cocotte recipe is the saviour your skins been looking for! Provide some extra care for your lips by treating them with a coat of lük Lip Nourish! Head over to our store to find your favourite flavour or shade.

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How to be Barefaced and Beautiful

As you know, at Luk Beautifood we’re about enhancing your natural beauty not just through what you put on your skin but what you feed your body and how ‘well’ you live your life, so this month we focusing on being BAREFACED and BEAUTIFUL….. and LOVING it!

It’s about nurturing your skin from the inside to get that healthy glow, rocking the natural look and learning to love the skin you’re in.

Lets start from the inside;

CLEAN FOOD

Food can do more for our natural beauty than any expensive creams, serums or potions will ever do. When eaten and applied, you are giving your skin the recipe to look its best. And when your skin looks its best, you feel your best and you don’t feel the need to completely hide it behind thick makeup!

The active nutrients in foods, from Vitamin A, C and E to minerals like iron and zinc are powerful anti-oxidants that neutralize free radicals that form in your skin due to the stresses of poor diet, toxins, smoking and exposure to the sun. Your body needs these nutrients (as well as enzymes, proteins, carbs, fat) to work at its optimum and give you healthy skin, strong nails and a lustrous hair.

Learn about the Top Foods for Healthy Glowing Skin here. 

NOURISHED LIFE

Not only is eating the right foods essential for your skin’s health, they give you the energy to live the life you love, because when you’re living the life you love, happiness oozes from your smile, your skin glows and you feel beautiful.

Why? Because you’re not stressed. Stress is extremely detrimental to how beautiful you look and feel. Over exposing yourself to environmental or emotional stresses results in a short supply of essential nutrients to what you body thinks are ‘unessential’ processes like the growth of hair, skin and nails which in turn leads to premature ageing, dull skin, dry hair etc.

Dr.Libby Weaver goes into depth about how stress affects your appearance in our interview with her, which you can read here.  

NATURAL BEAUTY

It’s not just food and lifestyle that affect our skin’s health, it is what we put on it. People are now realising that our skin absorbs what we put on it, in fact 60% is absorbed into the bloodstream within 26 seconds of applying*. Most mainstream cosmetics and skin care products contain numerous toxins, preservatives, thickeners, and artificial colours and synthetic fragrances that are not only harmful to your body but they are not doing any favours for your skin. Mineral oil for example, yes it is effective in moisturising, but it also suffocates the skin, not allowing it to go through its natural cell rejuvenation process. Look after your skin with natural makeup and skincare that is going to nourish and subtly enhance your features without harming your skin, body or the environment.  Our range of 100% Pure, all natural makeup is perfect to help you create that gorgeous barely-there look.

So luk lovelies, eat your beauty foods, live the life you love, enhance your natural beauty with pure, subtle makeup and LOVE the skin you’re in!

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Top Foods for Glowing, Healthy Skin

At Luk, we’re about educating people on the link between food and beauty. We want to show you how you can get glowing, healthy skin [sans make-up] simply from eating the right foods (or as we call them, beautyfoods!) to enhance your natural beauty.

When we talk about foods that “feed your beauty”, we’re talking about the Triple A’s: Alkalising, Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidant rich foods. These foods contain key nutrients to feed your skin and to keep it healthy, clear, hydrated, and wrinkle-free because the health of your skin cells is directly influenced by what nutrients are available to them.

When your body lacks the right amount, or the right kinds of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and essential fatty acids, it shows; mainly through dull, irritated, uneven and prematurely aged skin. Although lifestyle and genetics play a large part in your skin’s health, you need to look after what you’re putting in your body to get the best out of it in terms of health, happiness, energy and beauty.

Read on to find out how you can eat yourself to glowing, beautiful and healthy skin through alkalising your body, eating anti-inflammatory foods and giving yourself a daily antioxidant boost.

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Alkalise Your Body

Alkalise your body for healthier skin

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Eat Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Eat anti-inflammatory foods to maintain plump, clear, healthy skin

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Give Yourself an Antioxidant Boost

Eat antioxidants rich foods to reduce free-radical damage

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For a bit of help on how you can eat more of these beautifying foods, try one of our super quick, easy and tasty recipes! Like our anti-inflammatory super skin milk, alkalising go + glow smoothie or antioxidant rich pomegranate salad

Challenge yourself to incorporate more alkalising, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich foods into your diet for at least 30 days (roughly the life cycle of your skin) and tell us about the difference you see (and feel!) We’d love to hear about your experiences, leave a comment below, on our facebook page or send us an email!

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