It's hard to believe it's April already - it seems like only last week that we were celebrating the New Year. There are lots of things to celebrate here at The Beauty Chef, namely the wonderful news that the beautiful Anthropologie stores in the US now stock The Beauty Chef products, plus our arrival at London's world-famous department store, Selfridges. With one of the biggest beauty halls in the world, Selfridges has long been a destination shopping hot spot for people looking for innovative beauty brands and we are honored to be part of their curation. In fact, The Beauty Chef team have just returned from the very successful launch at this iconic store, our products being very well received and already working their magic in the bellies' and on the complexions of Londoners - exciting times! This month in our newsletter, we share how to get your hands on tickets for Melbourne's Colour And Coconuts Wellness event (I'm still writing my talk for that!), introduce you to the benefits of papaya, talk about rosacea, share a delicious papaya popsicle recipe as well as chat with the gorgeous, natural make-up artist Emmily Banks. Plus we're offering you a newsletter exclusive special of 15% discount off the entire Beauty Chef range. Enjoy!
New stockists: It's been exciting times at The Beauty Chef, with our products finally available in the UK and Europe in the iconic department store, Selfridges, on London's Oxford Street. Also available online at www.selfridges.com. We're also thrilled to announce that the very cool US based lifestyle store, Anthropologie, is now stocking The Beauty Chef range in-store â€“ you can find us in California, New York, Colorado, Virginia, Missouri, Philadelphia and Texas as well as online at www.anthropologie.com. Event: If you live in Melbourne, grab your tickets now for the Colour and Coconuts Wellness Event on 30 April, where The Beauty Chef founder, Carla Oates, will be speaking alongside five other inspiring women including Sarah Wilson, author of I Quit Sugar. Covering everything health, wellness, beauty and self-love, there will be a lunchtime workout, healthy food trucks and a wellness market at this one-day event. We hope to see you there. Tickets are available now atÂ www.colourandcoconuts.com.
Eating half a fresh, ripe papaya with a squeeze of lime juice is a favourite breakfast treat here at The Beauty Chef HQ. Packed with antioxidants, vitamins, flavonoids, minerals, folate, copper, magnesium, lutein and fibre, itâ€™s one of natureâ€™s miracle fruits thatâ€™s both good for your body and brilliant for your skin. Plus, it also contains an enzyme called papain, which is great for your digestive system and helps to maintain optimum gut health. Rich in vitamins A, B, C and E and antioxidants like beta-carotene (which gives the fruit its rich orange colour), papaya works to keep the skin in good condition from the inside out by helping to combat free-radical damage, which can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. Its high levels of vitamin A also helps to keep your hair in tip-top shape by increasing sebum production and boosting moisture levels. As a key ingredient in both the ANTIOXIDANT and COLLAGEN Inner Beauty Boosts, all these benefits for skin and hair have been super-charged via The Beauty Chefâ€™s new five-stage Flora Culture Plusâ„¢ bio-fermentation process, where a variety of natural probiotic strains are used to create a bio-active concentrate that addresses skin firmness, fine lines, free-radical damage and gut health and which repairs and rejuvenates skin from the inside out. A shot a day of either Boost is all you need, what's more, it's the easy way get the benefits of this wonder fruit when papaya is out of season.
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Q: I have sensitive skin that tends to go red easily around the cheeks sometimes with small pimples and I'd like to get it back on track, help!
A: It sounds to me like you may have a mild case of rosacea. Many people suffer from this condition without even realising it, thinking that their skin is just sensitive or prone to redness. However, rosacea (which is defined as skin flushing and is most visible on the cheeks, nose and chin) often has a trigger, such as spicy food, hot showers, temperature changes (both hot and cold), alcohol, hot drinks, sun exposure, exercise or stress and is usually present alongside other skin conditions, like dryness, broken blood vessels or even acne-like pustules. However, these triggers are rarely the true underlying cause that started the problem in the first place. Many practitioners believe that rosacea stems from a digestive disorder. In particular, studies have shown that high levels of the bacteria Helicobacter pylori can be linked with rosacea, as well as small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and in some cases a mite called Demodex.Â
Other studies have shown that low hcl production in the gut can be a contributing factor (often co - existing with helicobater pylori)
Clinically, many people find that their rosacea improves when digestive function is addressed and levels of good bacteria are established.
Topically, use natural and gentle products that contain anti-inflammatory ingredients (avoid anything with alcohol or perfume). Cleansing with coconut oil can be helpful as it is both gentle and anti-bacterial. The Dream Repair Serum, which contains camellia-seed oil along with babassu-seed oil (rich in lauric acid, which is antibacterial and healing, and full of protecting and soothing vitamin E and collagen-boosting phytosterols) is also great for rosacea and can be used nightly to help ease symptoms. If you are prone to break-outs as well, mix a few drops of the serum into a little water and pat over the face. I also like to use Beauty Fix Balm as an intensive topical treatment, as it's rich in camellia-seed oil (a natural anti-inflammatory), young coconut extract (a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial), rosehip oil (packed with omega 3, 6 and 9 oils, which hydrates dry skin and improves the appearance of scars and fine lines) and shea butter (full of vitamins and fatty acids to nourish skin, and packed with cinnamic acid, which is a natural anti-inflammatory) gently massage a little balm over skin when red patches appear. With most skin conditions stemming from digestive issues, including rosacea, it's a good idea to also take a fermented supplement that contains prebiotics and probiotics to help maintain good gut health. We formulated GLOW to tackle beauty from the inside out, so add a scoop a day to a glass of filtered water or a smoothie to help address skin redness from within.
1/ 2 cup (125 ml) unsweetened pomegranate juice 1/ 2 cup (75 g) raw cashews, soaked in cold water overnight 250 g peeled & seeded papaya, coarsely chopped (approximately 1/ 2 medium papaya) 1/ 2 cup (125 ml) coconut milk 1/ 4 cup (60 ml) TBC Antioxidant Inner Beauty Boost 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1/ 4 cup (60 ml) freshly squeezed lime juice
Pour the pomegranate juice into the bottom of six 100 ml popsicle moulds. Freeze for 12 hours, or until almost frozen solid.
Drain and rinse the cashews under cold water. Place the cashews and remaining ingredients in a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate until pomegranate juice is frozen.
Spoon or pour papaya mixture into the moulds to fill completely. Insert popsicle sticks. Freeze for a further 4 hours or overnight, until completely frozen. Run moulds briefly under warm water to help release the popsicles.
Popsicles can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Makes 6
Emmily Banks is a natural makeup-artist, eco beauty advocate and founder of Depths of Beauty. Emmily is passionate about sharing the importance of non-toxic beauty products for the health of people and the planet. She is on a mission to help others discover a true wellbeing-conscious radiance!
What is the best piece of beauty advice youâ€™ve ever received? "Beauty starts from within" - It's true, there's no amount of makeup that will make you glow and radiate like a healthy and balanced lifestyle can do! Also "less is more" is another favourite motto of mine!What does a day in the life of Emily Banks look like? How do you keep a balanced lifestyle?
My days vary quite a lot depending if I have a location photo shoot/makeup artistry job, brand consulting session, meetings, blogging, website or admin day, events or a speaking commitment. As my ever-changing schedule (which I love!) doesn't allow a set routine, I have integrated a few weekly non-negotiable practises to keep me balanced and sane!My beloved non-negotiable's include getting out in nature daily, which normally includes a dip in the ocean, soft sand sprints or a Bondi-Bronte run. I also make it a priority to nourishing my body on a daily basis with healthy food choices - cold pressed organic juices and broths with added turmeric, garlic, ginger and veggies are currently a staple in my diet! Sleep is also extremely high on my list of priorities to keep balanced, healthy and well. Outside of my health and fitness routine, I also meditate and utilise other forms of energy healing to balance my body, mind and soul. Â
Who inspires you? I find inspiration anywhere and everywhere, from friends, family and clients to animals and nature.I also find people who are making a difference in this world for the better, VERY inspiring. Entrepreneurs who don't conform to society's restrictions and expectations. Those people who dream big and have self-belief to build empires that serve and help others.
Do you have any tips for people who want to make a transition into using eco-beauty products? Just start beauties! Every little change makes a difference to your health and the planet! Perhaps begin by switching the easiest products first - think personal care basics like deodorant, body wash, moisturisers, sunscreen etc. Then move onto the next easiest switches - mascara, lipstick, bronzers, blush and so on.