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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.

SLIDESHOW - 3 BEST WAYS TO GET GLOWING, HEALTHY SKIN

Alkalise Your Body

Alkalise your body for healthier skin

Smoothie image via Pinterest

Eat Anti-Inflammatory Foods

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

Turmeric image via Pinterest

Give Yourself an Antioxidant Boost

Eat antioxidants rich foods to reduce free-radical damage

Bowl image via Pinterest

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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Featured Image via Pinterest

100% Pure foundation guide, naural makeup

How To Choose 100% Pure Foundation Online

Discover your perfect shade in your perfect formula of 100% Pure products  to further reveal your natural beauty rather than covering it up. By matching your skin tone, you can create your perfect looking skin while highlighting your best features such as making your eyes pop or your lips luscious…or both!  100% Pure natural foundations  are filled with skin-loving ingredients and can do everything from hiding ‘imperfections’ (pimples, sunspots, dark patches) to evening out and enhancing your skin tone.

Depending on your skin type and the occasion, your foundation base and how you apply it (brush or fingers) and the finish you prefer (matt or dewy, full or sheer coverage) what you choose will vary so we have made sure we have the basics to help you create the perfect base for a flawless, natural glow.

And the icing on the cake is the entire range is pigmented with skin-healthy fruits and vegetables instead of synthetics dyes, not to mention chemical preservative and synthetic fragrance free, cruelty free, vegan and zero petroleum derived ingredients.

Type of Products
1. Healthy Skin Foundation with super fruits

A full coverage natural foundation are for those days or occasions when you want more!  A lot of traditional foundations leave your face looking and feeling caked, heavy and unnatural. But the 100% Pure Healthy Skin Foundation gives you a full coverage that you want whilst looking natural. It is also made with superfruits and antioxidants – yes there is a reason why it’s called the ‘healthy skin foundation’! This richly pigmented creamy formula will also conceal imperfections, but also even out and perfect skin tone without damaging your skin or clogging your pores, leaving you with a flawless, matt finish.

#tip for normal to dry skin moisturise or use a facial oil before applying as it dries quickly.

2. Sheer Water Foundation – with vitamins and antioxidants

Yes you read correctly! A must-have for all seasons when your skin needs a little extra moisture and you want that ‘dewy’ look,  this is the perfect foundation for everyday wear. The 100% Pure Water Foundation gives sheer, natural coverage to blur imperfections and even skin tone whilst giving you lasting hydration. It is quite sheer compared to the tinted moisturiser and foundation, so if you want to hide any imperfections, best to use a concealer underneath or some light powder of the top. It has the most ‘natural skin’ and dewy finish of all.

3. Tinted Moisturiser – with antioxidants

A tinted moisturiser is a great all rounder for anyone and is perfect for just about any occasion. It is almost a combination of the above 2 styles.  100% Pure tinted moisturiser is all natural and will help conceal imperfections and even skin tone without that cakey foundation feel, but is also buildable for when you want little bit of extra coverage.  Coloured with antioxidant rich, fruit and vegetable pigments it will also nourish your skin whilst you wear and give you an even natural glow. It is suitable for all skin types. This product is very popular.

4. Brightening Concealer
The 100% Pure Brightening concealer not only hides dark circles around the eyes but is made with antioxidant rich green tea and raw coffee beans to reduce puffiness and brighten the skin! It can also be used to conceal blemishes and pigmentation. It is made with rosehip oil to nourish delication skin around the eyes and prevent dryness. It is highly pigmented / dense.

5. Flawless Foundation Powder – with ground rice

If you prefer a powder foundation or you have particularly oily skin, the 100% Pure Flawless Skin Foundation Powder is the perfect choice. It is a super lightweight face powder that gives you a beautiful flawless poreless complexion. With oil absorbing rice powders and a talc free base, this powder even out and purifies skin. It can be used alone but works even better over a tinted moisturiser for a matte finish.

It is packed with anti-ageing vitamins: antioxidants, purifying eucalyptus and soothing rose, calendula and camomile petals. The rice powder absorbs oil to keep your face fresh. Use as is or over the top of any of the above for more coverage.

100% Pure foundations

L to R – Coverage Heaviest to lightest:  Brightening Concealer, Healthy Skin Foundation, Tinted Moisturiser, Sheer Water Foundation

How to match foundation – colour selection

When you sample a foundation, the ideal place for shade matching is natural daylight, inside near a window. On clean facial skin, test three foundation shades closest to your skin tone in vertical lines near the jawbone. Blend each shade in and look for the shade that blends the most naturally with your skin.

100% Pure foundation shades
For light SKIN TONES select Creme.

For light medium SKIN TONES select WhitePeach .

For medium SKIN TONES select Peach Bisque.

For tanned SKIN TONES select Golden Peach.

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Top 3 tips for creating the perfect base:

1. On clean skin, apply concealer under eyes and over any spots you wish to cover. Be sure to choose a concealer that is one shade lighter than your skin and blend it well. If you have fine lines, particularly around the eyes, apply the conceal after your foundation to prevent it from creasing.

2. Choose the most suitable foundation for your skin type.  For dry skin, try the tinted moisturiser or healthy skin foundation, and for oily skin, try powder on its own or over the water foundation. If you have particularly dry or dull skin, apply a dry oil or beauty balm first to achieve a more dewy, fresh finish.

3. The best way to apply any foundation is with a clean, vegan foundation brush, starting from the middle of your face and buffing the foundation outwards and blend past your jaw line.  To make sure your foundation isn’t patchy or cakey, apply it in the brightest area of your room near natural light.

To purchase 100% Pure foundation, visit Nourished Life.

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Learn how to create the perfect base for a natural glow with this post.

Beautiful skin starts within by eating clean, healthy foods. Have a look in our beauty foods  glossary  on what to eat for clear, toned and radiant skin.  Or read these posts

Top Foods for Healthy Glowing Skin. Click Here

How to be barefaced and beautiful.  Click Here

Skin Detox – Click Here

Or try one of our super quick, easy and tasty natural beauty recipes!  Like our anti-inflammatory super skin milk, alkalising go + glow smoothie or antioxidant rich pomegranate salad.

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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.

SLIDESHOW - 3 BEST WAYS TO GET GLOWING, HEALTHY SKIN

Alkalise Your Body

Alkalise your body for healthier skin

Smoothie image via Pinterest

Eat Anti-Inflammatory Foods

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

Turmeric image via Pinterest

Give Yourself an Antioxidant Boost

Eat antioxidants rich foods to reduce free-radical damage

Bowl image via Pinterest

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!

dividers R1-rough thin grey

be delicious.... inside and out

Featured Image via Pinterest

100% Pure foundation guide, naural makeup

How To Choose 100% Pure Foundation Online

Discover your perfect shade in your perfect formula of 100% Pure products  to further reveal your natural beauty rather than covering it up. By matching your skin tone, you can create your perfect looking skin while highlighting your best features such as making your eyes pop or your lips luscious…or both!  100% Pure natural foundations  are filled with skin-loving ingredients and can do everything from hiding ‘imperfections’ (pimples, sunspots, dark patches) to evening out and enhancing your skin tone.

Depending on your skin type and the occasion, your foundation base and how you apply it (brush or fingers) and the finish you prefer (matt or dewy, full or sheer coverage) what you choose will vary so we have made sure we have the basics to help you create the perfect base for a flawless, natural glow.

And the icing on the cake is the entire range is pigmented with skin-healthy fruits and vegetables instead of synthetics dyes, not to mention chemical preservative and synthetic fragrance free, cruelty free, vegan and zero petroleum derived ingredients.

Type of Products
1. Healthy Skin Foundation with super fruits

A full coverage natural foundation are for those days or occasions when you want more!  A lot of traditional foundations leave your face looking and feeling caked, heavy and unnatural. But the 100% Pure Healthy Skin Foundation gives you a full coverage that you want whilst looking natural. It is also made with superfruits and antioxidants – yes there is a reason why it’s called the ‘healthy skin foundation’! This richly pigmented creamy formula will also conceal imperfections, but also even out and perfect skin tone without damaging your skin or clogging your pores, leaving you with a flawless, matt finish.

#tip for normal to dry skin moisturise or use a facial oil before applying as it dries quickly.

2. Sheer Water Foundation – with vitamins and antioxidants

Yes you read correctly! A must-have for all seasons when your skin needs a little extra moisture and you want that ‘dewy’ look,  this is the perfect foundation for everyday wear. The 100% Pure Water Foundation gives sheer, natural coverage to blur imperfections and even skin tone whilst giving you lasting hydration. It is quite sheer compared to the tinted moisturiser and foundation, so if you want to hide any imperfections, best to use a concealer underneath or some light powder of the top. It has the most ‘natural skin’ and dewy finish of all.

3. Tinted Moisturiser – with antioxidants

A tinted moisturiser is a great all rounder for anyone and is perfect for just about any occasion. It is almost a combination of the above 2 styles.  100% Pure tinted moisturiser is all natural and will help conceal imperfections and even skin tone without that cakey foundation feel, but is also buildable for when you want little bit of extra coverage.  Coloured with antioxidant rich, fruit and vegetable pigments it will also nourish your skin whilst you wear and give you an even natural glow. It is suitable for all skin types. This product is very popular.

4. Brightening Concealer
The 100% Pure Brightening concealer not only hides dark circles around the eyes but is made with antioxidant rich green tea and raw coffee beans to reduce puffiness and brighten the skin! It can also be used to conceal blemishes and pigmentation. It is made with rosehip oil to nourish delication skin around the eyes and prevent dryness. It is highly pigmented / dense.

5. Flawless Foundation Powder – with ground rice

If you prefer a powder foundation or you have particularly oily skin, the 100% Pure Flawless Skin Foundation Powder is the perfect choice. It is a super lightweight face powder that gives you a beautiful flawless poreless complexion. With oil absorbing rice powders and a talc free base, this powder even out and purifies skin. It can be used alone but works even better over a tinted moisturiser for a matte finish.

It is packed with anti-ageing vitamins: antioxidants, purifying eucalyptus and soothing rose, calendula and camomile petals. The rice powder absorbs oil to keep your face fresh. Use as is or over the top of any of the above for more coverage.

100% Pure foundations

L to R – Coverage Heaviest to lightest:  Brightening Concealer, Healthy Skin Foundation, Tinted Moisturiser, Sheer Water Foundation

How to match foundation – colour selection

When you sample a foundation, the ideal place for shade matching is natural daylight, inside near a window. On clean facial skin, test three foundation shades closest to your skin tone in vertical lines near the jawbone. Blend each shade in and look for the shade that blends the most naturally with your skin.

100% Pure foundation shades
For light SKIN TONES select Creme.

For light medium SKIN TONES select WhitePeach .

For medium SKIN TONES select Peach Bisque.

For tanned SKIN TONES select Golden Peach.

Screen Shot 2014-11-23 at 11.55.32 am

Top 3 tips for creating the perfect base:

1. On clean skin, apply concealer under eyes and over any spots you wish to cover. Be sure to choose a concealer that is one shade lighter than your skin and blend it well. If you have fine lines, particularly around the eyes, apply the conceal after your foundation to prevent it from creasing.

2. Choose the most suitable foundation for your skin type.  For dry skin, try the tinted moisturiser or healthy skin foundation, and for oily skin, try powder on its own or over the water foundation. If you have particularly dry or dull skin, apply a dry oil or beauty balm first to achieve a more dewy, fresh finish.

3. The best way to apply any foundation is with a clean, vegan foundation brush, starting from the middle of your face and buffing the foundation outwards and blend past your jaw line.  To make sure your foundation isn’t patchy or cakey, apply it in the brightest area of your room near natural light.

To purchase 100% Pure foundation, visit Nourished Life.

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Learn how to create the perfect base for a natural glow with this post.

Beautiful skin starts within by eating clean, healthy foods. Have a look in our beauty foods  glossary  on what to eat for clear, toned and radiant skin.  Or read these posts

Top Foods for Healthy Glowing Skin. Click Here

How to be barefaced and beautiful.  Click Here

Skin Detox – Click Here

Or try one of our super quick, easy and tasty natural beauty recipes!  Like our anti-inflammatory super skin milk, alkalising go + glow smoothie or antioxidant rich pomegranate salad.

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Often found in powdered form, camu camu berries are native to the Amazon, South America.  They are tiny grape like berries, bursting with phytonutrients and are reddish in colour.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Phytonutrients such as anthocyanins, and ellagic acid, vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese and amino acids  including valine, leucine and serine.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF CAMU CAMU:

Camu camu berries contain one of the highest levels of vitamin C, second to kakadu plum. This means they are perfect for protecting against signs of early ageing! Camu camu works to enhance collagen production in which vitamin C is a co-factor to create firm, youthful skin, warding off wrinkles and sagging. It also supports the immune system, keeping you feeling and looking your best! The presence of amino acids aids muscle growth and recovery keeping you energised after a long week.

COOK

Camu camu is sold in powdered or tablet form.  Try adding it in to dishes to give them some gorgeous berry like flavour such as smoothies, yoghurts and desserts.

TIP

Look for beauty products containing camu camu, either online or at your local beauty store.  It is a gorgeous natural food ingredient and its high vitamin C content will really make a difference!

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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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How to stop sugar cravings clean food luk beautifood

How to Stop Sugar Cravings for Clear Skin

We know that the less sugar we eat, the less we’ll crave…but why is it so hard for to get to that point in the first place?

Although eating foods high in sugar and simple carbohydrates such as biscuits and cakes can leave your taste buds satisfied and give a short term †˜buzz’… they cause a drop in blood sugar levels which leaves your body craving more to restore those levels.

The problem doesn’t arise when treating ourselves every now and again; the issue is when we over consume these sweet treats, most of the time without even knowing it.  This is easy to do in today’s society as sugar is added to many processed foods, even ones we might consider to be healthy, such as yoghurt, breads and juices. In this post we’ll show you how to help you curb your sweet tooth in the instant they hit and quit sugar cravings for good not only for your health but for your skin.

Here is just a few ways over consumption of sugar can impact your complexion:

DAMAGING EFFECTS OF SUGAR AND YOUR SKIN
  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles: When an excess intake of sugar and simple carbohydrates (like white bread, baked goods etc) are consumed advanced glycation end products are produced.  Collagen and elastin in our skin are targeted by AGEs (the name suits right?!) damaging their strength and elasticity and bringing on wrinkles.
  • Redness and Puffiness: AGEs destroy antioxidants which protect us against free radicals and help to fight inflammation. This makes our skin more susceptible to damage from both inflammation and from the sun’s UV rays.  Along with the quick changes sugar can cause to your blood sugar levels this combination causes havoc for your appearance, increasing redness and puffiness within your complexion.
  • Acne: Excess sugar signals your hormones to make your skin glands work in overdrive.  This creates blocked pores and oily skin.  Along with increased inflammation the perfect environment for pimples is created and breakouts begin to occur!

But it’s not all bad news!  With some simple changes we can prep our body to sustain a radiate, youthful glow for more of our… not so youthful years.

QUICK FIXES FOR SUGAR CRAVINGS

#1 Brush your teeth! The taste of chocolate and toothpaste does not mix.

#2 Have an herbal tea with spices like cinnamon, cloves and cardamom as this will not only quench thirst but also reduce that need for a sweet taste in your mouth.

#3 Have a go-to mantra you tell yourself when sugar cravings hit that you KNOW will work. Our fav is †œYou can make excuses or you can make it happen†

#4 Chew a piece of gum, not only will it keep your mouth busy but again reduce that need for a sweet taste.

MAKE THE CHANGE

1.  Prepare yourself a standby snack! If you’re reaching for a sweet treat or afternoon pick-me-up make sure you have a substitute on hand so the decision is a no-brainer. Having a small container of trail mix or activated nuts in your handbag is a great go-to or for something a little more exciting try one of our super easy snack ideas.

2. Here’s for the chocoholics – If you consider yourself to be a chocoholic and you feel you couldn’t possibly go a day without it… now is the time to listen! Buying chocolate rich in cocoa (>70%) will not only reduce your sugar intake it will also boost your antioxidant intake when compared to †˜normal’ or milk chocolate.  A square or two is all you will need to fight sugar cravings, especially if it’s a rich dark chocolate. If you find yourself going back for more, your body may just be hungry or thirsty! Cold pressed almond milk is a great option, as it will not only satisfy hunger and quench thirst, but you can add beautiful spices like cinnamon or cloves to create a decadent sugar-free treat.

3. Distraction may be the key. Sugar cravings generally only last a small amount time and are often born out of boredom. If you feel a sugar craving coming on take it as a sign to involve yourself in something more intently for the next 10-20 minutes. Whether it’s going for a walk, browsing your fav blog, having a chat or making a herbal tea, find something that is enjoyable and works for you.

4.  Eat regularly! It is much harder to fight those sugar cravings when we’re hungry as well. After not having eaten for a while your blood sugar levels begin to drop. Which causes your brain to search for something that will provide a quick fix to boost your blood sugar levels. Eating regularly will help to avoid these situations, enabling you to keep your sugar cravings at bay.

5.  Eat fresh, wholefoods… Make sure you are providing your body with enough protein, fats and complex carbohydrates. Foods high in protein such as fish, lentils or eggs and carbohydrates such as brown rice will keep you fuller for longer and allow a slow release of natural sugars ensuring your blood sugar levels do not dip.  Eating unprocessed produce also makes it easier to steer clear of sneaky added sugars which can be hidden in the nutritional information panel on the back! Beat your sugar cravings while nourishing your skin!

If you are purchasing a packaged food, look out for sugar in disguise that can come under these names: corn syrup, dextrin, maltodextrin, fruit juice concentrate, high fructose corn syrup, fructose, galactose, glucose, hydrogenated starch, mannitol, honey, molasses, sorbitol, sucrose, and xylitol.

So there we have it, excess consumption of sugar is not only bad for your body it’s also terrible for your skin! Remember to consume sugar in moderation. It is recomended to consume no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day, which is around 26g.  Checking nutritional information panels of foods is important to ensure you are within this acceptable amount.

 

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