I’ve always believed that you have to look after your body from within so that you can reap the benefits on the outside.
I was born in the 70s and from an early age I was told about the skincare and health benefits that you get from eating the right food. In particular (being from Indian origin) I also learnt how cooking with spices can have a major impact on your total well-being from the inside, out. It is this food education coupled with twice daily moisturising, cleansing and toning I feel has really helped to keep my complexion in tip-top condition.
As I went into my University years the beauty industry started to become saturated with a whole new range of products that promised to target ‘anti-ageing’, make you look radiant, turn back the clock etc etc. If you’ve been to Uni you know that the last thing you have time for is cooking, especially from scratch. I was having far too much fun to think about chopping and peeling so I embarked on a downward phase of eating poorly and relying just on skincare products to keep me looking good. Long story short, as soon as I left Uni and had to go back to my parents until I found a job, I was quickly whipped back into shape by mum who broke those bad eating/health habits. This sounds crazy, but almost immediately I started to feel better, more energised and my dull, lack-lustre complexion started to glow again.
Fast forward to present day, the importance of eating the right foods and understanding the connection between eating well, health and beauty has never been more prominent….sugar is bad, anything green is good, buy a Nutribullet or better still ask for one on your birthday, eat kale morning, noon and night and the list goes on.
Taking on board the well-being phenomenon brands like Organic Pharmacy, Murad and even Bobbi Brown have recognised the benefits of ceratin foods and food types and have created new and innovative products that bridge the connection between food, health and beauty.
The Organic Pharmacy Beauty Drops
This is one of the most innovative and exciting launches out there. Why? Because you can literally add a few drops into water and drink it for goodness within, OR..(here comes the best bit) you can add a few drops to your skincare to restore radiance. That’s right you can drink it or use it externally. Containing Ginseng, Gotu Kola and Bilberry, the formula boosts the cells’ antioxidant protection, improves hydration and skin hydration and it’s all down to the ingredients:
Bilberry – is a powerful antioxidant that helps against ageing of the skin and also acts as an astringent to help support capillaries, reduce redness and perfect for toning and revitalising the skin. Internally it acts as an inflammatory and can benefit the brain and improve circulation.
Ginseng – A traditional Chinese medicine with a long history of use as a stimulant and tonic. It is often used in skincare as an an anti-ageing ingredient but it is also known to improve stamina, concentration, healing, stress resistance and work efficiency.
Gotu Kola – Another herb with a long use in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. This is a wonderful skin healer especially if you suffer from acne and eczema. It is also know to help fatigue, anxiety, infections, and circulation.
Take 5 drops with water for a daily boost of goodness or if you’ve had a late night or skin looks dull and tired add 2-3 drops to your serum, moisturiser or mask to give your complexion an instant boost. Don’t be fooled, these 3 powerful ingredients might not look like they can pack a punch but they have some extraordinary benefits and combined together they can supplement your body and skin with over 40 powerful actives including Vitamin C, Vitamins, Enzymes, Phenolic Acids and much, much more.
The bridge between science and beauty is also getting smaller. Dr. Murad is a respected Dermatologist’s ‘Water Secret’ theory is based around the idea that as we age, we all experience cellular water loss which needs replenishing in order for our body and skin to stay healthy. When he refers to ‘cellular water’ this doesn’t mean just drink lots of water, it’s all about the water you get and keep through eating raw fruits and vegetables. To enhance this idea, Dr Murad has created a range of supplements that help to attract and retain essential water to the skin with Essential Fatty Acids, deliver essential nutrients to increase circulation, dramatically firm the skin and much more.
Bobbi Brown Intensive skin Supplement
Taking the idea of using active ingredients and putting them into skincare, Bobbi Brown created this Intensive Skin Supplement. Formulated with White Birch Extract to reduce the look of fine, dry lines and Grape Extract to clarify and brighten the complexion, this advanced multi-benefit serum means you can enjoy a firmer, smoother, more even-toned and radiant complexion in as little as 4 weeks.
In today’s on-the-go environment both at work and home means we need all the help we can get to help us feel healthier on the inside and beautiful on the outside so it’s great to see that some of our favourite beauty brands are thinking more than just skin deep and delivering high performance products that look after our total well-being.