Dare To Bare

Retextures your skin!
Retextures your skin!

We just had to share with you our go-to for the summer season. It’s so good, we dare to bare (even if it’s just arms). Summer bareness starts with award-winning Glytone Body, a retexturising, exfoliating body wash that is easy to use whilst bathing. It contains glycolic acid, which is the most bioavailable form of all the alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), meaning it more deeply penetrates the layers of skin to exfoliate at a much deeper level. Glytone is made in the U.S., but is available to UK residents through Amazon (shipping is very reasonable).

We love this so much, we use Glytone Body several times per week, slathering on the entire body, paying special attention to hands, feet, elbows and knees. Leave on for a minute or two whilst bathing or showering, then rinse off. Be sure to moisturise well afterwards, and use an SPF before sunning. You will see smoother, brighter skin emerge.

Then all you have to do is dare to bare!

Love, Rosycheeked

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Feel Your Oats (and Seeds) for Youth

HEALTHY OAT/SEED BAR RECIPE

Healthy oat and seeds bars to feel young from the inside out!
Healthy oat and seeds bars to feel young from the inside out!
All quantities are interchangeable/adjustable by you – as long as the mixture isn’t too runny and/or isn’t sticky enough, chop and change as you wish. I used…
250g/9oz organic oats (use gluten-free oats if you are gluten-sensitive)
A good handful of flaxseed
50g/2oz toasted sunflower seeds
50g/2oz toasted pumpkin seeds
50g/2oz toasted walnut pieces
50g/2oz dried blueberries (or cherries/cranberries – whatever you fancy)
Two generous tablespoons of either organic honey or home-made apple jelly or other clear fruit jelly (or you could use agave syrup)
175g/6oz organic unsalted butter

A youthful takeaway
A youthful takeaway
Toast the oats and nuts/seeds for a few minutes in a pan keeping careful watch that they don’t burn. Remove from pan and allow to cool. Melt butter and honey/jam in a large saucepan and stir until well blended. Add oats and stir well. Now add all other ingredients and stir vigorously to mix evenly. Mixture should be glossy and sticky enough to hold together. If it’s not, add a little more honey. Pile into a 10″ x 10″ traybake pan or similar – you could also do these in a cupcake tin but grease the holes well first – and bake for around 12-15 mins in a medium hot oven (170-180C/350 deg F) until golden brown. These have a tendency to go from just right to burnt in a short space of time so do keep an eye on them! When you take the tray out mark out slices or squares with a knife and allow to cool. You can then cut the lines through and finish cooling on a rack. These will keep (if they get a chance!) for around 4 – 5 days after which they do go a little soft.
Recipe by Penelope Bates
Love, Coco
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Moisturise A Go-Go

Properly moisturised skin is a completely different being, appearing more youthful and completely rosy-cheeked! Whilst a lot of things that go into properly moisturised and healthy skin come from within, there is much to be said (and gained) for moisturing a go-go.

We all moisturise in the mornings, this is a given. But as the day wears on, and facial products sink into the skin, sometimes skin can start to dry out by mid-morning or lunchtime. What we love to do at that point is moisturise on the go.

Dr. Hauschka's Rose Day Cream for moisturising on the go
Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream for moisturising on the go

The technique is simple, and there are endless products available to use. You just have to find the one that suits your skin’s condition at different times of the year, as skin moisture levels change with the seasons.

We highly recommend Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream, which comes in a tube and is easy to tuck into your handbag or makeup bag wherever you are going. It’s a true go-to, and comes in the original version (very moisturising) and a lighter version.

The tried and tested technique is simple. Take a tiny, tiny amount of moisturiser on the tip of your finger (ring finger is best) and gently push the moisturiser into your face with a light patting motion wherever it feels dry, even over your foundation! It works, every time.

Dr. Hauschka's Translucent Bronzer Concentrate...a drop will do!
Dr. Hauschka’s Translucent Bronzer Concentrate…a drop will do!

If you feel you need a bit more foundation where you are moisturising, add a tiny drop of your usual foundation to the mix, or add a drop of Dr. Hauschka’s Translucent Bronzer Concentrate, and pat away. You will love your skin all day long, wherever you are.

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What Happens on Sunday

Sundays matter. A lot. Everything that means anything happens on a Sunday. It sets up your week, it’s real life, new beginnings, and a fresh start 52 times a year.

What happens on Sunday lasts all week. Here are 9 things you need to do to get younger:

1.) Plan your healthy meals and snacks for the week. Consider what you are doing, where you will be, what you will need to stay energised, and satisfied. Bake that healthy bread (http://rosycheeked.com/get-it-while-its-hot-bread-that-is/), make that soup (http://rosycheeked.com/the-ever-youthful-tom-ka-kai/), get salads organised, make a great, green dressing for everything (http://rosycheeked.com/green-it/), cook some grains like brown rice or quinoa to store in the fridge, bake some chicken, or beans for protein, and prepare that kale (http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/10046/stirfried-curly-kale-with-chilli-and-garlic). Make sure you have everything you need for a healthy, happy week (and put it in tubs in readiness!).

Tom Ka Kai Soup for youth
Tom Ka Kai Soup for youth

2.) Go for a long, brisk walk somewhere green and take in the scenery, along with all the fresh air and a few hills too (hopefully). Take along a loved one, or your best friend (this can be a dog – borrow one if you don’t have your own, the owner will be grateful you asked).

Take a Sunday walk
Take a Sunday walk

3.) Plan and ready your outfits for the week. This reduces stress levels.

4.) Be A Bathing Beauty (blog post/report currently under construction, so make it up for now). Include bubble bath, candlelight and bathing salts (http://www.aveda.co.uk/product/8930/21950/Collections/Stress-Fix-Soaking-Salts/Index.tmpl) at the very least, and soak away!

Take a bubble bath with bathing salts for youth
Take a bubble bath with bathing salts for youth

5.) Catch up on chores to have an easy mind come Monday morning, and beyond. Tidy your desk, bedroom and kitchen.

6.) Go over your diary, and make a list of anything that needs to be done during the week to feel organised. Send out any emails before 6pm.

7.) Spend the evening indulging yourself in your favourite television programmes, chat with friends, or get ensconced in your favourite book.

8.) Spend the last hour getting ready for bed, i.e., setting your alarm, brushing teeth, moisturising skin, cleansing face, etc. And don’t check your phone or Facebook!

9.) Sleep the night away.

Have a great week! Love, Coco

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The Brush Off

A basic facial brush
A basic facial brush

Who would have thought deep cleansing (and getting younger) could be so quick and easy? A facial brush, used properly, deep cleanses and exfoliates to encourage fresher, younger skin in the most affordable and natural way, and can be used on face, neck and decolletage, removing the top layer of dead skin to improve skin clarity. This, along with stimulating circulation, creates  firmer, brighter, softer skin that more readily absorbs the nutrients in face cream.

Popular recommendation is to brush the face, neck and decolletage twice a week. If skin dries out and tone becomes uneven, try brushing once a week. If you feel this routine isn’t effective, try three times a week. Use your brush with warm water and a gentle cleanser in small, circular strokes, and take special care to avoid the delicate skin around the eyes.

Facial brush with protective cover from The Body Shop
Facial brush with protective cover from The Body Shop

If you’re using a facial brush, skip your scrub or chemical exfoliant entirely (as a facial brush is an exfoliant!).  For maximum benefit, keep your brush squeaky clean by washing thoroughly with soap and water after each use.

Anyone with skin conditions should use facial brushes with caution. The rough bristles can aggravate anything from rosacea to eczema to acne. People with these skin irritations may benefit from using facial cleansing brushes very, very gently and/or infrequently.

Facial brushes can be purchased fairly inexpensively, for a few dollars (£1-£25).

Another option from Dermalogica
Another option from Dermalogica

Pick your brush, and give your face, neck and decolletage the brush off, all in the name of youth!

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The Ever Youthful Tom Ka Kai

Good for strength, energy, kidneys, spleen, and tummy…a real all-rounder for the cold winter blues. Make this after work as a quick, comforting warmer or on a cold weekend evening whilst watching your favourite television programme. Whenever you make it, you will just feel the youth!

TOM KA KAI SOUP

  • 800 ml coconut milk (light or not, the choice is yours)

    Tom Ka Kai Soup for youth
    Tom Ka Kai Soup for youth
  • 500 ml chicken stock (the fresher, the better)
  • 2 small red chillis, deseeded and sliced into rounds
  • 4 stems lemongrass
  • 1 inch piece of root ginger, cut in half
  • 6 kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 chicken breasts, boned, skinned and cut into strips
  • 4 spring onions, chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • chopped coriander, to garnish
  • Sea salt and ground pepper to taste

Bring the coconut milk and chicken stock to a slow boil in a large pot. Add the chopped chilli, lemongrass, root ginger and lime leaves to the pan and simmer very gently for 20 minutes.

Add the chicken strips and simmer for a further 10 minutes (or just until chicken is cooked and tender). Remove the root ginger and lime leaves with a slotted spoon.

Add the spring onions, lime juice and serve garnished with fresh coriander.

Optional Extra: Add some dried rice noodles after you add the chicken for a more filling meal.

Enjoy, be warm, and feel younger this winter!

 

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Get It While It’s Hot (bread, that is)

This is our favourite get younger bread recipe. It’s easy, basic and a great way to keep a flat tummy (good for the digestive tract). We keep a loaf around all the time. Serve with soup, as toast, or make a good, old-fashioned sandwich out of it.

Get a 500ml pot of natural soya yoghurt and dump it into a big mixing bowl. Next fill the empty 500ml pot with wholemeal spelt flour and add to mixing bowl. Then fill the 500ml pot again with white spelt and, again, add to mixing bowl (you get the gist!).

Natural soya yoghurt
Natural soya yoghurt

Add 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and a pinch or two (sometimes three) of Celtic sea salt or Himalayan pink salt.

For extra health, measure out two tablespoons of ground flax seed and add to the mixture.

Mix it all together and knead thoroughly with your hands. Once kneaded and in a manageable lump, plop into a greased loaf pan, or better yet, a Pampered Chef stoneware loaf pan. The stoneware cooks beautifully and I love, love, love using it!

Pampered Chef stoneware loaf pan is perfect!
Pampered Chef stoneware loaf pan is perfect!

Leave for 10-15 minutes to gently rise in a warm place. Then bake in the oven at 160 deg C, or 325 deg F for 50-60 minutes.

At the flax seed stage, you can literally add anything…grated Parmesan cheese, raisins, dates, nuts, caramelised onion, olives, crumbled feta cheese, bacon, cinnamon, curry powder. Quite literally, the world is your oyster. Fill your boots (loaf) however you like, and bake away for youth.

Get younger bread
Get younger bread

Slice and serve warm with a little organic butter, or toasted the next day for a younger snack.

Add nut butter and sliced banana for a post-workout energy boosting treat!

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Go Au Naturel

At the recent Olympia Beauty in London last month, Geraldine McColgan dip NT CNM, represented the College of Naturopathic Medicine with her seminar Natural Choices for Anti-Ageing. RosyCheeked was there to get the lowdown on staying au naturel forever! In a nutshell (ha, ha!)…

What you eat today, you wear tomorrow in skin health, in that 80% of ageing happens internally (what you eat), 20% happens externally (what you put on your skin). She suggests the following dietary guidelines to slow down the ageing process and stay younger, longer.

  • Eat protein with every meal and not just meats, i.e., spirulina, quinoa, brown rice and beans, etc.
  • Avoid sugar
  • Consume whole grains instead of refined products, with seeds wherever possible
  • Choose lots of fibre rich vegetables in a variety of colours
  • Include cinnamon in your daily intake, i.e., 1/2 tsp per day on porridge every morning

These dietary guidelines reduce free radical damage internally, which drastically reduces the chances of wrinkles appearing over time. Reducing inflammation internally (even low grade inflammation) will keep you young and free from degenerative diseases and is, in fact, key for overall health. More tips to keep low grade inflammation at bay…

  • Eat organic
  • Add turmeric to your diet – a pinch every day
  • Eat ginger wherever you can; pour hot water over grated ginger for a daily tea treat
  • Add lots of leafy green vegetables to meals
  • Add some fermented foods to your meals – kimchi, sauerkraut, etc

Omega 3 fatty acids reduce ageing as well, so make sure you eat cold water fish 3 times per week, along with chia, hemp, and walnuts!

To naturally correct dry skin, eat more of the following:

  • Coconut
  • Nuts/seeds for snacking
  • Hemp oil, flax seed oil
  • Avocados
  • Green leafy vegetables

Up your intake of these younger foods and vitamins…

  • Vitamin A for extremely dry skin – orange foods
  • Eat more silica – peppers, cucumbers, apples
  • Sulphur – eggs, onions, garlic, leeks
  • Zinc – pumpkin seeds, ginger
  • Vitamin C is a skin vitamin, so make sure you get plenty!
  • Use Himalayan salt or Celtic sea salt to add minerals to your diet

And even more general anti-ageing advice…

  • Start your day with a green juice
  • Increase raw foods and sprouted foods in your diet
  • Increase your intake of yellow/orange foods
  • Get a goodly amount of Vitamin C foods
  • Fasting (missing a meal) occasionally is anti-ageing!
  • 5 cups of matcha green tea daily is hugely beneficial to the body
  • Decrease stress levels immediately!
  • Exercising regularly is vital to looking and feeling younger
  • Stay hydrated by consuming 8 glasses of water per day, along with hydrating foods such as cucumber, watermelon and celery

And lastly, be careful what you put on your skin…natural is always better, i.e, avocado honey facial mask, Greek yogurt for exfoliation, olive oil for a cleanser/moisturiser, and generally organic or homemade cosmetic products for a younger, healthier you!

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Glow, Glow, Glow Your Boat

Reclaiming a youthful glow for summer is what we all want. To reclaim that youthful glow, buy the best exfoliating mitt, sponge or cloth you can find, and gently scrub away in the bath or shower with a natural soap, like Dr. Bronner’s (www.drbronner.com).

Dr Bronner's all natural soap
Dr Bronner’s all natural soap

Or, if you prefer, buy or make a good quality body polisher, salt scrub or sugar scrub. Using circular motions, exfoliate away to remove dead surface skin, improve circulation and lymphatic drainage, and smooth out cellulite, to glow, glow, glow your boat. After that, you just need to add summer! You will adore the results.

Exfoliate regularly to recapture and maintain fresh glowing all over skin – feet and hands both love this!!! And don’t forget knees, ankles, elbows and armpits too. Always apply body oil or body lotion after exfoliating, and just before going out the door.

The real benefits from regular exfoliation go even further than a youthful glow: 

 

A natural exfoliating mitt from The Body Shop
A natural exfoliating mitt from The Body Shop

Improves the texture of dull skin, making it look more vibrant and youthful
Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles anywhere on the body
Sloughs off all the dead skin cells your body has shed, unclogging pores
Keeps skin clear and healthy, thus helping to prevent break-outs
Speeds up the skin renewal process, resulting in younger looking skin
Promotes a more even skin tone
The exfoliation process improves all over blood circulation, benefitting your entire self
Helps retain your tan when exfoliating before applying sunscreen
Helps get the most of your moisturiser, allowing it to penetrate and do its job in the deeper layers of the skin resulting in better moisture retention and smoother skin

DIY body scrub
DIY body scrub

Butter Lime All Over Body Scrub

1 freshly squeezed lime
1 cup Epsom salts
1/2 cup Jojoba oil
3 drops Tea Tree oil
Crush salts in a mortar and pestle before mixing with remaining ingredients. Apply all over your body for an antiseptic and antibacterial scrub that can even help to reduce foot odor!

From The Beauty Bean http://thebeautybean.com

 

Do not use body exfoliation methods on face or broken skin.

 

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