TOP TIP #3 Aloe Vera
Keep an aloe plant handy in case of sunburns, rashes and insect bites.
Aloe vera is a succulent plant, easy to care for and very versatile. It has been used for hundreds of years topically as a cooling wound healer and internally for a variety of digestive complaints.
Did you know that your skin is the largest organ in the body and a major part of the body’s natural elimination and detoxification?
Skin produces antibacterial substances to protect you from infection and also enables your body to produce vitamin D when exposed to the sun.
Your skin even contains densely packed nerve cells that act as messengers to your brain, making your skin a crucial part of your interactions with the world around you.
Facial acupuncture was reportedly used as early as the Song Dynasty (960AD – 1279AD) to treat the Empress and Emperor’s concubines.
Over the last centuries, facial acupuncture has been commonly used for facial conditions such as Bells Palsy, Tendo-Mandibular Joint syndrome, acne and rosacea.
More recently, facial acupuncture has been gaining popularity again as it has been used by celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Sean Connery, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Kardashian and Madonna for cosmetic purposes. In the press facial acupuncture has been hailed by some as the ‘holistic alternative to botox’.
Beauty comes from the inside. The best skin herbs tend to 'cleanse' the body of toxins on the inside by aiding detoxification, making you glow on the outside!
Cleavers (Gallium aparine)
Folklore states that drinking a cold infusion of this for nine weeks will make you so beautiful, you will become irresistible!
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE INSIDE OUT - EDIBLE SUN PROTECTION!
Beta-carotene & Vitamin A
Beta-carotene is found in all yellow, orange, red foods and has been shown to prevent DNA mutations triggered by sun exposure. Carrots, sweet potatoes and red peppers are therefore essential for your sun protection diet.
Beta carotene converts to vitamin A in your body. Vitamin A, also known as retinol, is essential for protecting skin from damaging sun rays. However, not everyone can convert Beta Carotene into Vitamin A and it might be beneficial to add some foods naturally high in retinol such as cod liver oil and animal livers.
TOP TIP#4 - A palatable and safe traditional detox recipe
Dandelions, Nettle and Cleavers cold infusion for a cleansed body & beautiful skin:
Take a good handful each of cleavers, dandelion leaves and nettles (use gloves for this one!)
Rinse and place in a 1-2 litre jug of cold water.
Leave to infuse overnight.
In the morning, strain and drink the liquid.