Sunday, 28 June 2015
For a girl who used to have oily skin and suffer from pretty bad skin in her twenties, trusting oils and beginning to use them took a leap of faith. The first one I ever used was actually to combat my acne. I must have been in my mid twenties and I was so fed up with using harsh medicated products on my skin to dry out my acne. I remember reading an article in Elle magazine about Natalie Portman loving Dr Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream for her dry, sensitive skin. It was not the first time that I’d heard about the brand and so I went on their website and ordered a booklet that explained their whole approach to skincare and everything you needed to know about their products. That’s where I first read that "like treats like", and therefore a good oil was the best way to balance oily skin. There was so much backed up research that made so much sense to me that I bought their Clarifying Day Oil (it used to be called Normalizing Daily Oil back then) and I never ever looked back. I stopped using it after a couple of years because it had worked so well I no longer needed it. It is the only thing that got rid of my bad skin, and ever since then I have been a total convert to oils and to a more natural approach to skincare.
Monday, 22 June 2015
On Sunday it will be 6 months since this blog was born, and it doesn't quite feel real. I want to say that not everything has been a surprise, but I can't think of a single aspect about blogging that has been as I had expected it!
Monday, 15 June 2015
As you read this I will be away on holiday spending a week at a yoga retreat in France. I had been planning to leave a few posts written and scheduled so that everything was as if I hadn't gone away. After all, I've been fairly inconsistent during the past month and I've seen the number of visits drop. However, I had a change of heart at the last minute, partly because I just didn't have time to do it. I knew that they would be rushed and poor quality, and so I thought that perhaps what will help me get over the inconsistent schedule and back into a more regular posting routine would be to give myself the break I'd craved, give my brain some space to hopefully think about more interesting things to write about.
If you come here regularly, thanks for your patience and sorry I've been so flaky recently!
In the mean time, here is my to do list for the next few days :) What's on your to do list?
Thursday, 11 June 2015
The sun has been shining for days and I am off on a break next week, so my brain is all on summer mode. This is the season I love the most: summer fruits, eating outside, summer holidays and sunshine make me very happy.
It is no secret that the sun ages our skin, but above anything, it is really important that you are safe. There are over 2 million new cases of skin cancer diagnosed in the world each year, a number I find staggering, so protecting your skin from the sun is essential.
Thursday, 4 June 2015
As soon as the weather gets warmer it is so much easier to eat healthily. When the temperature rises (which, let's face it, doesn't happen THAT often in the UK), all my body craves is summer fruits and lighter meals. Omelettes are something I make a lot, because they are so quick dish to make and so versatile. You can put in anything you like and it will most likely taste great. Fritattas are essentially omelettes that you finish cooking under the grill instead of flipping them over. I love this one, because the grated courgette makes it very light, the feta cheese gives it a bit of punch and the mint is what makes it special and more delicate.
100g feta cheese
A handful of fresh mint, chopped
1. Set the grill to medium temperature
2. Beat the eggs
3. Grate the courgette and add it to the eggs
4. Crumble the feta cheese and add to the bowl
5. Add the chopped mint leaves and give it all a stir
6. In a frying pan, put a tablespoon of oliver oil and add the mixture when it is hot
7. Once one side is cooked, remove from the hob and put the pan under the grill to cook the top. Be careful with the handle of your pan. If it is made of plastic, make sure it is outside of the grill!
I normally add a simple salad and some bread with olive oil and a drop of balsamic vinegar. Hope you enjoy it, and if you make it, tweet me a picture @sunshineandglow. I'd love to see your creations!