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It’s what’s inside that counts

I’ve become a little health- mad of late and I’m sure that it has something to with turning thirty next month. I’m exercising every day, meditating each morning and becoming increasingly conscious about the products I put on my body as well as inside my body.

I am by no means holier than thou (but Champagne doesn’t count, right?), however I can’t deny the fact that small changes are making a significant difference to the way I look and feel. My skin is better than it’s ever been. My hair is thicker and shinier. I’ve got energy in the morning (a personal miracle) and the most marked improvement is my stomach, which used to give me serious pain and bloating if I so much looked wheat or dairy.

I am almost certain that I owe it all to the following products along with a new-found obsession with the raw food restaurant, Saf, on London’s Curtain Road.

 Balaton Spa Herbal Drink and Balaton Spa Herbal Moor Bath Liquid

These two products are at their most potent when used together. The Balaton Spa Herbal Drink is a truly detoxifying and healing blend of botanical rich moorland peat and moor Water, which is surprisingly nicer to drink that it looks. Simply add a teaspoonful to liquid half an hour before or after meals, 2 to 3 times a day. £34.99

The Herbal Bath is a 100% natural blend of herbs, minerals and organic substances that are only found in the Moors. It leaves the skin feeling super soft and the head, ready for bed £17.99.

www.balaton-spa.co.uk/Products_SW.html

 Source of Life Green Lightning

Two teaspoons of this power packed powder added to water turbo charges the day better than any amount of coffee will. The whole food complex is packed with vitamins and minerals, amino acids, enzymes, phytonutrients, antioxidants and more, super foods and oceanic algae like young barley plants, whole brown rice, spirulina, chlorella, and Pacific kelp. Aprox £32

www.naturesplus.com

A’kin White Tea and Aloe Hydration Gel Crème

I’m a big fan of A’ Kin products because they always deliver exactly what they promise. The main ingredients are aloe, which is simply the best natural hydrator around; white tea, which fights off skin ageing free radicals and olive extract to moisturise. If, like me, you have a complexion prone to spots and clogged pores but also are in desperate need of hydration, you can’t go wrong with this natural, vegan and cruelty free find. £17.99

www.ethicalpresence.co.uk/index.php/vmchk/facecare/moisturiser/White-Tea-Aloe-Vital-Hydration-Gel-Creme/flypage.tpl.html

Trilogy Facial Exfoliant

I urge anyone to step away from gritty, grainy face scrubs (leave them for the body) and switch to gentle exfoliating products such as this one. Grainy exfoliants may get rid of unwanted dead skin cells however you run the risk of damaging the fresh skin cells below. Trilogy uses honey enzymes and camellia oil to loosen dull skin cells and jojoba micro spheres to buff them away. It also contains rosehip oil – my favourite natural ingredient, which is unbeatable when it comes to keeping the skin well fed. £18.95

trilogy.bathandunwind.com/categories/facecare/Trilogy-Gentle-Exfoliant.htm

My Own Body Exfoliant

If you want fabulous looking skin in time for summer than look no further than your own kitchen cupboard. Take one cup of olive oil and add to 1 cup of sea salt. Scent with a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil. Orange is great for a morning pick me up or lavender will help aid a good night’s sleep. Rub all over the body before a shower, every few days.

NB use on alternate days to shaving- salt can sting!

Pukka Herbs Detox Tea

Every time I give this tea to a guest, they can’t believe that it’s a detox tea- it just tastes too delicious to be good for you. The purifying and cleansing blend of aniseed, fennel & licorice all make the tea sweet, so you really feel like you’ve had a treat.  Pukka herbs are vegetarian, carbon neutral, fairly traded and organic so it’s pretty much ‘Win, win’ all round. £2.09

www.pukkaherbs.com/file/502b5fb91b349d9b3c76125d7dd81b1b/detox-tea.html

 

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