Spring is here but with quite a cold snap of late, The Beauty Chef office folk are dreaming of warmer weather and lazy beach days.
This month in our Living Beauty newsletter we are excited to introduce the latest skincare hero to The Beauty Chef range â€“ the PROBIOTIC SKIN REFINER, we meet the inspirational Sally Obermeder and learn all about how to balance digestive health for beautiful, glowing skin and vitality.
New-product alert: This month we're launching a brand new facial product and we couldnâ€™t be more excited! The Probiotic Skin Refiner is a topical exfoliant, hydrator and collagen booster - all in one. It is a bioactive whole food extract from the bio-fermentation of our powders and the hero ingredients are lactobacillus and lactic acid â€“ our Ingredient of the Month. Read below to learn why it might just be the missing link in your skincare routine.
New stockists: We love making it easy for you to find your favourite Beauty Chef products, which is why we are thrilled to announce 14 new Australian stockists. We now have stockists located in every state of the country. We are also excited to welcome two new international stockists to our growing stockist list: Shen Beauty in Brooklyn, USA, and Tonic Room in New Zealand. See www.thebeautychef.com for more information and the location of our retail partners.
Media round-up: It's been a brilliant few months for Beauty Chef products, with wonderful write-ups for GLOW appearing in everything from French Glamour magazine to Town & Country, Country Style and Wellness magazine. Our Inner Beauty Boosts also received a lot of media attention, with shout-outs in Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Women's Health and The State of Beauty. And It was wonderful to see our Dream Repair Serum get a mention in Prevention magazine and the Beauty Fix Balm featured in the Donna Hay magazine. If you missed our glowing reviews, you can catch up on your reading on our media page at www.thebeautychef.com.
Award win: We were overjoyed when BODY won the Best Overall Supplement in the POPSUGAR Australia Heath & Beauty Awards 2015 "thanks to the POPSUGAR panel of experts who voted us Number One and to all our customers who helped to make BODY such a huge success this year. The gorgeous Lola Berry was on the judging panel and said, It covered so many bases and ticked so many boxes, with both the protein (and great vego quality protein at that!) and antioxidants.
Beauty Expo Australia: In August The Beauty Chef team were thrilled to meet with so many industry experts and colleagues at the Sydney Beauty Expo. Thank you to all of you who stopped by the stand and to those who attended my presentations on Beauty Beginning in the Belly and the gut / skin correlation. I hope you enjoyed them!
INGREDIENT OF THE MONTH: LACTIC ACID
When you hear the term â€˜lactic acid, sore muscles rather than skincare is usually the first thing that springs to mind, but when this versatile alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) is regularly applied to the skin, it's an effective treatment for fighting sun damage, fine lines and premature ageing. Derived from milk, fruits, vegetables and plants, lactic acid is a great natural exfoliant that can be used to refine the complexion, firm up facial sagging and promote collagen growth in the deeper layers of the dermis. Skin products that contain lactic acid are fast acting, due to the fact that they naturally break down dead skin cells to help reveal fresh skin cells underneath.
Our brand new Probiotic Skin Refiner is a bio-active whole food extract derived from bio-fermented algae, vegetables, grasses, herbs, spices and fruits is naturally rich in lactic acid as well as lactobacillis probiotic; so not only does your skin get all the above benefits, but with beneficial bacterial, it helps to balance the skin's natural flora, strengthen the skin's barrier system and improve skin texture. Here at the Beauty Chef, bio-fermentation is part of our mantra. This genius process breaks down ingredients, so nutrients are more available for the skin and body to absorb and it also creates natural probiotics to help boost the skin's immune system.
We're proud to share this revolutionary new product, which provides all these benefits and more for radiant skin that glows with natural health. It's easy to use just dab a little on a cotton wool pad after you've washed your face, then swipe over skin and follow with your favourite moisturiser. It can be used morning and night and is a wonderful way to help reveal your best skin possible.
To celebrate the launch of our revolutionary new skincare product Probiotic Skin Refiner we are offering our Living Beauty subscribers this very special duo. With every purchase of Glow Inner Beauty Powder you can purchase the Probiotic Skin Refiner for the special introductory price of $40 (normally $69.95). Experience the power of FLORA CULTURE for Inner Beauty and Outer Beauty. Offer valid until Sunday 10th October 2015. Limit one per customer. Use the discount codeword FLORA-CULTURE at the checkout.
Black Bean & Cacao Protein Truffles
These nutrient dense, delicious balls of yum are the perfect snack or treat. Packed with protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, they are a great boost to your health too.
1/3-cup (45 g) hazelnuts 400 g can black beans, drained & rinsed 100 ml full fat coconut cream 4 medjool dates, pitted 2 scoops The Beauty Chef chocolate BODY Inner Beauty Powder 2 tablespoons cacao powder 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean powder Pinch Himalayan salt
Raw chocolate coating 1/2 cup (50 g) cacao powder 50 g cacao butter, coarsely chopped 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Preheat the oven to 180C. Line a medium tray with baking paper and set aside.
Spread the hazelnuts onto a small baking tray. Roast for 10-15 minutes, until the skins begin to come away and the nut is golden. Set aside to cool slightly.
Place the remaining ingredients in a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth.
Transfer the mixture into a medium bowl. Divide into fifteen equal portions. Using damp hands, roll into roughly shaped balls and place on the prepared tray. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until firmed up slightly.
Rub the roasted hazelnuts in a clean tea towel or paper towel, to remove the skins. Set fifteen nuts aside. Finely chop the remaining nuts.
Remove the balls from the refrigerator. Press a roasted hazelnut into the centre of each ball. Re-roll to enclose. Return to the refrigerator while you prepare the coating.
To make the chocolate coating, half fill a small saucepan with water and bring to the simmer. Place all of the ingredients in a heatproof bowl. Take the pan off the heat and set the bowl over the top. Ensure the base of the bowl does not touch the water. Leave for 5 minutes, or until the cacao butter and coconut oil melts. Stir to combine.
Holding the balls on a fork or using toothpicks, dip and roll the balls one at a time, to coat evenly. Place back on the lined tray. Sprinkle the balls with chopped hazelnuts. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until set.
Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Alternatively freeze for up to 3 months. Makes 15
I hear you say "Beauty Begins in the Belly“ what are your tips for good gut health and beautiful skin?
It's a good question, thank you. "Beauty Begins in the Belly" is a core belief of The Beauty Chef team. Here are my Top 20 tips to ensure your gut is in tiptop shape giving you the best chance for beautiful, healthy skin.
1. Eat low HI low human intervention foods. 2. Eat foods rich in prebiotics. Prebiotics help boost the growth of friendly bacteria. These include non-digestible food substances found in asparagus, bananas, endive, chicory, garlic, globe and jerusalem artichokes, kefir, leeks, onions, sauerkraut, shallots and yoghurt. 3. Consume lacto-fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kefir and The Beauty Chef Inner Beauty Powders and Boosts. 4. The combination of prebiotics and probiotics helps promote a healthy gut more than either consumed alone. 5. Favour organic foods, they're far richer in nutrients and free of nasty chemicals that compromise gut health. 6. If your gut is in bad repair, it may take a while for it to heal and get your own digestive enzymes working efficiently. Digestive enzymes may be helpful for a period of time. 7. Eat smaller meals and chew food slowly so it liquefies before you swallow. Saliva contains digestive enzymes that help break down foods. 8. Avoid drinking with your meal as it dilutes digestive enzymes. 9. Acidity in the body encourages unfriendly bacteria. Reduce acidity in the body by eating more alkalising foods including your green leafy veggies and reduce your intake of acid forming foods. 10. Try not to eat when you are angry or stressed as your body's fight or flight response predominates at those times, meaning digestion is not a priority and is slowed. 11. Grains provide a great source of fibre to aid detoxification but can be hard for some people to digest and contain anti-nutrients. If you consume grains, either soak them or ferment them to make them easier to digest. This helps to neutralise anti-nutrients too. It may be worth avoiding them for a while in the initial stages of healing gut health. 12. Lemon juice helps stimulate digestion. A shot of lemon juice before all meals can be a good aid to digestion. 13. Gluten and dairy sensitivities are quite common, so these kinds of foods are probably best avoided as they contain proteins that are hard to digest. Fermented dairy such as yoghurt are easier to digest. 14. Animal proteins can be hard to digest so are best cooked slowly in soups and stews. Spices such as garlic, ginger, cumin, cayenne and black pepper can be added to animal proteins to aid digestion. 15. Vegetables are best steamed or sauted as an excess of raw vegetables can weaken digestion. 16. Meat bone broths are high in minerals and other essential nutrients and are excellent for healing gut lining. 17. Other beneficial gut foods include chlorophyll rich greens such as celery, alfalfa and sea vegetables as well as fibre rich foods and green tea. 18. Stop bad bacteria in their tracks; avoid refined foods and sugar. 19. Coconut oil is helpful for gut health as it contains lauric acid, which is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. 20. Herbs that may aid digestive health include: fennel, chamomile, ginger, peppermint, lemon verbena, lemon balm, dandelion root, yellow dock, gentian root, slippery elm, licorice root, meadowsweet, oregano, garlic, pau dâ€™arco, ginseng.
TV Personality, Founder of SWIISH and Author of Super Green Smoothies, Sally Obermeder is both passionate and dedicated in her support for breast cancer causes in the hope of highlighting the importance of early detection. A great inspiration, here we get a glimpse into how she maintains her work/life balance and creates time out for herself.
1. What is the best piece of health or beauty advice you have ever been given? I know it's a cliche, but the best piece of advice Iâ€™ve received is that beauty begins from within. What you put into your body has the biggest impact. That's why I try and maintain a balanced diet, which includes a daily green smoothie. I'm not saying that I never eat dessert - I do. But generally speaking, nutrition is where it begins. 2. What does a day in the life of Sally Obermeder look like how do you find the time to stay fit and healthy? It's definitely a juggling act but it usually goes like this - I get up early to work out and then typically spend the morning at home hanging out with Annabelle. On the days she goes to kindy, you'll find me at the swiish.com.au office. Afterwards, I head to the Seven studio, for production meetings, and hair and makeup before filming The Daily Edition live each day at 2pm. Once we wrap, I'll head back to SWIISH before picking up Annabelle from kindy or from my Mum. We usually head to the park for a play. We eat dinner at home with Marcus most nights. Weekends are all about family â€“ we will take Annabelle to the park, the museum, and the beach or for play dates. I generally also try and squeeze in a catch up and a manicure with my sister and a coffee with a girlfriend. Sunday night is when Marcus and I try to have our date night. 3. What do you do to unwind? I love to go to lunch with my girlfriends. I watch back-to-back episodes of reality TV - anything from the Real Housewives series to Millionaire Matchmaker. I also love to treat myself to a massage every few weeks. 4. We love your book, Super Green Smoothies. Do you have a favourite recipe to share? Thank you so much! Maha and I are very proud of it, and we absolutely love that we get to share our recipes! Iâ€™d like to share The Original Skinny. Just because itâ€™s the first one that I ever started making, so naturally I have a soft spot for it. 5. You're an inspiration to so many people, who or what inspires you? Thank you, that is a very kind thing to say! I'm inspired by so many people, but for me the biggest inspirations come from those women who have blazed their own path, are true to themselves and have fearlessly followed their passions. 6. What are you reading at the moment? I love to read - both magazines and books. Recently, I've immersed myself in Lisa Messenger's Life and Love plus Ros Reines The Social Diary for a little bit of escapism! 7. Do you have a favourite Beauty Chef product, and a favourite way to use it? Yes - I love the Antioxidant Inner Beauty Boost. I add it to my Melonade smoothie from my book Super Green Smoothies.