The Glow Getter

Get your glow on with simple Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), the most natural antioxidant of all, essential for all tissue growth and repair in the body.  Think of it heading off free radicals to leave skin wrinkle-free and unblemished. So it only makes sense to use it in a skin cream, cleanser, or gel, or take it as a supplement or, preferably, both!!

Vitamin C is essential for healthy gums, skin repair and collagen production, besides soaking up the free radicals that try to attack your skin cells. These repairs result in smoother, younger looking skin. The actual list of benefits from vitamin C consumption is staggering and too long to list here.

In fact, a study in the Journal of Epidemiology (May, 1992) was reported to show that people who have high blood levels of vitamin C live 6 years longer than those who have lower blood levels. That’s some impressive anti-ageing!

According to Dr. Nicolas Perricone, a world renowned expert on anti-ageing skin care, Vitamin C, in the proper form, can restore a smooth surface and a youthful glow to ageing skin. That’s a fairly powerful statement!  The form he promotes is Vitamin C ester which is, in simple terms, L-ascorbic acid joined with a fatty acid derived from palm oil. This form is the perfect skin treatment as it can be properly absorbed into the skin and deep into the skin cells, being fat soluble. You can look for Vitamin C ester in tablet form, and also in facial creams and cleansers.

Make your own gel (, or buy a gel or cream…

Vitamin C Ester cream by Dr Nicholas Perricone


Vitamin C gel
Vitamin C gel







Like we said, go get your glow… you will most definitely notice a difference.

n.b.  A healthy daily intake is 100 mg for adults, the current Recommended Daily Allowance is 60 mg daily, but it is widely considered safe to take up to 1000 mg per day especially during times of stress or illness.

Love, Coco



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Make It Your Own

This recipe for precious nighttime lip and eye oil is from the book, ‘Anti-Ageing Secrets’ by Mahayana Isabelle Dugast.

Create your own precious nighttime lip and eye oil
Create your own precious nighttime lip and eye oil

I use it religiously whenever I am not trying anything else out for my followers. It’s creamily divine, even though it’s an oil. There is no scent to this recipe as no essential oils should be used around the eyes, according to Dugast.

I make mine in a beautiful green glass bottle (any dark coloured glass bottle will do) with a roller ball so it glides onto circular eye bones and lip line quickly and easily. Pat the oil in gently on the eye bone around the eye with your ring finger clockwise for the right eye, anti-clockwise for the left eye, and all around the lip line. By morning, you will look refreshed and all fine lines around eyes and lips are greatly diminished!

Fill half a 100ml bottle with sweet almond oil, then add:

15% of borage oil, 15% of avocado oil and 15% of Evening Primrose oil, and shake vigorously! Apply every night…it’s practically a religion!

It will keep for 6 months (out of sunlight).

Make it your own for youth!


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It’s A White Out

White tea has recently become one of our cornerstones of getting younger. Full of antioxidants, white tea is medicinal in nature, and is key to rolling back the years.

White tea has the highest antioxidant level of any tea!
White tea has the highest antioxidant level of any tea!

Tea has been traditionally used as medicine for centuries. Modern science is now discovering what people in China and throughout the world have long known; tea is good for you. While green and black tea are very healthy, white tea is the least processed tea and has the highest antioxidant levels, protecting your body and skin in so many, many ways.

Recent studies show that white tea improves the blood and circulatory system, protects against stroke and various cancers, increases good cholesterol, increases bone density and strength, lowers blood pressure, naturally kills a wide variety of bacteria and viruses (including flu, colds, staphylococcus, streptococcus, fungus and pneumonia), and boosts the immune system generally, contains fluoride to keep teeth strong and healthy, and kills the bacteria which causes plaque, tooth decay and bad breath, and contains enough antioxidants to protect the skin against free radicals, slowing the breakdown of collagen in the body, promoting healthy and radiant skin, and fights the harmful effects of ultra-violet radiation (that’s the looking younger bit).

White tea leaves
White tea leaves

White tea is best brewed with pure water that is very hot, but not boiling. For stronger flavor, steep for a few minutes longer. Use 2 teaspoons of loose-leaf tea per cup, or 1 teabag.

Studies show that 2-4 cups of white tea per day yield the greatest health benefits and, having a very delicate, sweet flavour, needs no milk or sweetening, which only increases its benefits.

Set aside a few minutes every day for your own tea ritual. Use your favourite teapot and spend a few quiet moments enjoying your tea. Breathe deeply, sit back, make yourself comfortable, relax and reap all the get younger benefits.

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Breathe Easy

Breathe easy
Breathe easy

We know stress ages the body, so steer clear whenever you can. Start by taking 5 deep breaths per hour all day long – keeping your blood oxygenated, your mind sharp and clear, and your body completely out of stress mode.

Another, more intense method of breathing to combat both stress and skin ageing is to very gently breathe in until your lungs are full, hold the breath for a few seconds (don’t force it), and gently breathe out, completely emptying the lungs. You will find this exercise hugely energising. It also enhances concentration and skin repair, a double winner.

Lungs shrink as we age. In fact, lung cells die off faster than we can replace them. Research indicates we lose 45% of your lung capacity by age 70.

So fill your lungs with rich oxygen, and allow your blood to convey more nutrients to all parts of your body; strong lungs deliver a quicker recovery from sickness or injury, along with a younger visage.

Different types of breathing (the details) :

– Conscious breathing is the first step in meditating. Close your eyes and think of the breath going in and out of your body. You are meditating!

– Belly breathing is easy (and fabulous for digestion). Simply lay on your back in a comfortable position and place your hands on your belly. As you inhale, fill your belly with air, and feel it rise underneath your hands for a count of 3 or 4.

As you exhale, feel your belly sink toward the ground, and make this exhale last a beat or two longer than your inhale. You should almost immediately start feeling more relaxed. Repeat this several times, then try it standing up!

– Alternate nostril breathing is a mainstay of some types of yoga. It has been shown to help brain clarity and concentration. It’s simple after you get the hang of it.

Push all of the spent air out of your body through your nostrils (don’t force it, just gently exhale).

Use your right thumb to firmly press your right nostril closed, and gently take a breath through your left nostril.

Next push your right ring finger to close your left nostril (as below), lift your thumb and breathe out through your right nostril, then breathe in again through the right nostril.

Pause for a second, then repeat the other way around.

After a few rounds, gently return to breathing normally through both nostrils and note how marvelous you feel!

nostril breathing

Breathe easy, the choice is yours.

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Hot It Up

The delights of hot water
The delights of hot water

Using this ancient Chinese/Japanese/Ayurvedic remedy eases digestion, flattens the tummy and keeps skin cells hydrated (plumped up) at the same time. Just take tiny sips of hot water (as hot as you can comfortably drink) frequently throughout the day (and by frequently we mean four to six mugs-ful). It cleanses the stomach and flushes out toxins too. It’s even been reported to cure heartburn…

n.b. If you can’t face plain hot water, add a spoonful of raw honey, grated ginger, fresh lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit, or a few mint leaves and sip sip away. Or just drink plain ol’ herbal teas…the benefits abound!

The benefits, you ask?

– Reduces food cravings in between meals

– Cleanses the stomach, entire digestive system, and lymphatic system, flushing out toxins along the way

– Naturally helps cut down on teas and coffees

– Relieves acute indigestion, vomiting and abdominal cramping

– Improves blood circulation

– More hydrating than cool or cold water, hot water allows deeper penetration and hydration into the cells

– Helps prevent constipation, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome

– Warm and soothing to the body, especially in times of illness

– Creates a glowing, healthy complexion

– Keeps energy levels up throughout the day

– Keeps mindless noshing at bay!!

Reclaim the svelte-ness of your youth.

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A good facial is like molten gold, refreshing, relaxing, invigorating, and energising. And a good facialist (yes, it’s a real word) is best found one way, and that’s word of mouth. The next time you see glowing skin on someone, ask who their secret is… they’ll be flattered. That’s how I found Angela, and literally everyone needs an Angela. Put yourself in her capable hands, with all her life’s purpose know-how, and emerge with glowing, rested skin, looking years younger. Little surprises await…a hot rock on your tummy or in your hand, warmed socks when it’s cold outside, an impromptu foot massage with handmade, delicious-smelling oils; it’s all de rigueur, and a truly amazing experience.

A good facialist is a gift!
A good facialist is a gift!

Firstly, skin is assessed after a warm welcome, a hug and a chat in a soothingly decorated, warmed room. Then Angela starts working her magic using every trick in her expansive repertoire to help you (and your skin) look younger and younger. And it works, every single time!

Afterward, a gentle wakening with a hot cup of mint tea just feels divine, and never rushed or businesslike. You can even request a take-away…a facial/body oil tailored to your skin’s needs so you can recount the experience in your own home.

I truly believe her talent is God-given and enhanced by being knowledgeable, purposeful, and having hugely high standards. She is absolutely devoted to her craft, and never fails to deliver enthusiastic skin care.

So you see, everyone needs an Angela (angel, I call her) and word of mouth is a good way to find one. That kind of dedication can be spotted by smooth, glowing skin a mile away, and all you have to do then is ask, “Who is your secret?”

Attending every 3-4 weeks optimises you and your skin! It’s like a religion…

n.b. Following a skin care regime recommended by your facialist or using your own favourite products will preserve your youthful glow. It’s all very highly recommended.

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Rub the Tub

Massage your tummy for health!
Massage your tummy for health!

Gently massaging your abdomen daily covers a multitude of sins, aiding digestion, boosting concentration, enhancing the calmness within, trimming the waistline and (all importantly) combating the symptoms of ageing. Rub your tub (tummy) using any technique that feels right to you, or read more about it in “Gut Instinct What Your Stomach is Trying to Tell You” by Pierre Pallardy.

See below for a detailed how-to using several different methods. Use any (or all) of these methods for 1-2 minutes, morning and evening (but not just after eating). This will result in a flatter, trimmer stomach and improved digestion, resulting in better nutrient absorption, which is most definitely anti-ageing!

Who knew a bit of rub a tub-tub could go so far?

These are the four different abdominal massage techniques we use. The first one is the pancake massage. Using flat hands, making as much contact as possible with your tummy, gently move your hands in circular motions in opposite directions, starting with hands together just under the ribcage moving downwards, then up the sides of the tummy. Looking down at your tummy, your right hand is going clockwise, the left hand counter-clockwise. This is magic!

The second technique is a deep tissue massage using tiny circular motions, targeting any areas of tightness. I use the fingertips only for this type of massage as gently as I can.

The third technique is a pinch and roll; just grab a little bit of tummy fat between thumb and forefinger, and pinch and roll (gently). Any area you find particularly painful is good to work on.

The fourth method of tummy massage is to use flat hands in a big clockwise circular motion, up the right side, down the left. You can also add your favourite massage oil to any of these massage techniques. It is all happy healing!

This website if not intended to diagnose or treat any health concerns. If you have questions about your own health, please contact your doctor.

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Tomato Heaven (In The Name of Youth)

oventomatoes1Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes – how versatile and young they are, full of lycopene (a substance which devours 10 times more oxygenated free radicals than Vitamin E -a good thing!) and Vitamin C. These are so easy, and incredibly delicious.

Oven dried cherry tomatoes

You will need:

2 or 3 packs of cherry tomatoes
Sea salt
Sunflower or light olive oil
Baking tray
Wire rack

Cut tomatoes in half and place as close together as possible on the rack until it is filled. Sprinkle with sea salt and oregano. Place in very low oven – 110-120 degrees C (230-248 degrees F) for around 3 hours. During this time check occasionally – if necessary move the inside tomatoes to the outside and vice versa. Return to oven. At this stage, even though the heat is low, it is wise to check them every 15 minutes or so. You are looking for them to be mostly dried but to retain a small degree of squidgyness in the centre. During the drying process you will find that some are ready before others – remove these to a separate bowl and reserve until they are all done.

The cooked tomatoes should look like this, a bit soft
The cooked tomatoes should look like this, a bit soft

Clean and sterilise a jar – I find this quantity of tomatoes fits nicely into a honey jar. When all the tomatoes are done pack them tightly into the jar and then top it up with the oil. Turn the jar gently to try to remove air pockets and keep filling slowly with oil until it reaches the rim and all the tomatoes are covered. Seal with lid. These can be eaten immediately or will keep for about 4 weeks (keep them in the fridge once opened). Use them as a side dish, in salads, with roasted vegetables, on sandwiches. They add a richness of flavour to absolutely anything! When you’ve eaten all the delicious, flavourful tomatoes you will be left with a beautifully flavoured oil which can be used for salad dressings, marinades and stir fries.

Recipe and photographs courtesy of Penelope Bates

Or use some oven-dried cherry tomatoes in this delicious (young) pate:

Whizz together in a food processor, mill or blender equal amounts of oven-dried (or sun-dried) tomatoes and pine nuts. Add a squeeze or two of fresh lime juice to taste. Enjoy!!

The finished product should look like this!
The finished product should look like this!
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The Amazing Tahini

Raw Light Tahini
Raw Light Tahini

We all know of the humble sesame seed. Sesame seeds are tiny light beige or black seeds made up of 55% oil and 45% protein, packed full of nutrients and antioxidants.

Tahini is simply sesame seeds ground into a butter, called tahini or sesame seed butter, with a consistency a bit thinner than peanut butter. Made from roasted or raw sesame seeds, the healthiest choice is made from raw seeds, with nothing added, subtracted or refined. (Tahini made from raw seeds is lower in fat.) Tahini keeps for several months after opening if refrigerated and over time may separate to form a layer of oil on top, which is quickly fixed by stirring.

Tahini is a high quality protein that is easily digestible and non-acidic, ideal for people with weak digestive systems, and provides quick energy for active people and athletes, and is rich in many vitamins and minerals, but it is particularly rich in B vitamins; B1 (thiamine), B2, B3, B5 and B15. B vitamins help to promote healthy cell growth, regenerate the body after injury, and help to support the immune system, nervous system and digestion.

It is also an excellent alternate source of calcium, phosphorus and copper, helping to support strong bones, muscles, teeth, and red blood cells and vessels. It also contains fiber, iron, potassium and vitamins C and E, with no cholesterol. It is a source of omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, which are beneficial to brain and heart.

With all these powerful nutrients, studies show that tahini has anti-ageing qualities and contributes to youthful, fresh looking skin (we love that).

A common sauce in the Middle East is made from tahini, lemon juice, garlic and salt usually served with eggplant, avocado, chickpeas, potatoes, peppers, and bread or pita.

Tahini is also served with fish and meat, especially roast lamb, and it is an essential condiment in falafel sandwiches. It can be added to soups and stews as a thickener, and makes a delicious salad dressing (recipe below). It is also a perfect breakfast topping for waffles, pancakes, or toast when mixed with an equal amount of honey.

Recipes Made with Tahini (from The Raw Gourmet ©Books Alive by Nomi Shannon)

Frozen Vanilla Bliss
This tastes very much like dairy soft serve ice cream, only better. Not only is it a great way to start your day but it also makes a healthy snack

3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons raw tahini, or more to taste
1-2 frozen bananas, cut in chunks
Dash vanilla (optional)

In blender, combine water, tahini, banana and vanilla. Blend until thick and smooth. Serve immediately. Serves 1.

Creamy Carrot Asparagus Soup
This could be called the king of soups. The fiber in the asparagus creates a delightful texture, and the tahini gives the soup a smooth quality. Do not use the woody ends of the asparagus; chop only the most tender part, about two inches from the end.

1 cup carrot juice
1 cup coarsely chopped asparagus, or more to taste
2 heaping tablespoons raw tahini or almond butter
1 teaspoon chopped onion, or more to taste
Nama Shoyu (a raw soy sauce) or celtic sea salt, to taste
Dulse flakes, to taste

In a blender, combine the carrot juice, asparagus, tahini, onion, nama shoyu and dulse flakes. Blend all the ingredients until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Yields approximately
1 1/2 cups. Serves 1.

Variation: Heat soup in the top of a double boiler or over very low heat until it is warm to the touch. For extra spice, stir in 1/2 teaspoon wasabi powder. Or try it with a dash of curry powder or for a nice East Indian flair, use some garam masala.

Orange Tahini Dressing
This delightfully light dressing only takes a few minutes to make. Its simplicity invites variation. Try adding 1-2 teaspoons tamari (a soy sauce made without wheat), or 2 teaspoons poppy seeds and 1/4 teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder.

2 tablespoons raw tahini
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon dulse flakes
1 teaspoon grated ginger root
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon curry powder
Pinch sea salt
optional: curry powder, dried Kaffir Lime leaf

In a small bowl, place the tahini. Add the orange juice gradually, blending it with the tahini. Add the dulse, ginger, cinnamon, curry, and salt. Yields approximately 1/2 cup.

Halvah is a candy popular in the Middle East, where it is made from ground sesame seeds.

1-1/2 cups raw almonds
1/2 cup raw tahini
3 tablespoons honey (or 3-4 soaked dates)
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a food processor, place almonds and process until finely ground. Add the tahini, honey and vanilla, and process thoroughly. Press the mixture onto a plate or pan until it is 1/2″ (1 cm) thick. (Don’t worry about filling the pan, just press the mixture to the correct thickness.) Chill the halvah in the refrigerator for 1 hour or more, then cut it into bite-sized pieces and roll into little balls. Yields 20-24 pieces.

Enjoy the amazing tahini!


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Younger Holiday Shortbread Recipe

Younger Holiday Shortbread!!

Wow (and young) your friends with this delicious shortbread over the holidays. Serve warm or cold with a cup of their favourite coffee to relax and have a good chat! You will all feel the younger for it…

Younger Holiday Shortbread

8oz / 225g white spelt flour

5oz / 140g unsalted organic butter – very soft

3oz / 85g white sugar (substitute demerara for an even deeper flavour)

2oz / 50g (more or less if you like) chopped chocolate or chocolate chips

1 tbsp double cream

Blend all ingredients until they form a crumb type mix and start to clump together. Add the double cream and mixture will come together. Wrap in cling film and chill – minimum 30 minutes, but up to a day. You can also freeze it at this point.
Roll out to desired thickness and use a cookie cutter to make shapes OR press mixture into a shallow tin and bake at approx 170 deg C/335 deg F for 15 minutes or until golden brown. If you’ve used a tin mark out squares whilst mixture is still warm. Cool and cut through to make small squares and transfer to a cooling rack until completely cooled.
The chocolate chips can be replaced with toasted almonds, pistachios, fudge or white chocolate chips, or whatever you fancy to vary the recipe.


Recipe courtesy of Penelope Bates

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