❄My Top 5 Winter Essentials❄

❄My Top 5 Winter Essentials❄

We’re almost half way into November, and its finally getting cold (yes after the exceptionally warm October we had in England!). This isn’t the best season for our skin, as well as hair. With the festive season it is not always easy to stay on top of a well balanced diet. Therefore it is important to keep our bodies hydrated and nourished with the vital nutrients and vitamins. Our skin, nails and hair also tend to dry out and get damaged.

These are my top 5 essentials to survive through the cold winter months. I am not a health expert, but these essentials may prove useful to you as they have to me.

 

1) Coconut oil hair mask: It is a white solid in the jar, but melts quickly in the palm of our hands. This oil can be used as an alternative to olive oil, or vegetable oil, as well as a great skin moisturiser. I have recently purchased the cold pressed Chi  100% Raw Organic Coconut Oil, retailing at £9.44. Personally I am not too fond of the smell on my skin, so I prefer to use it as a conditioning hair mask, to prevent my hair drying out in the winter. I try to use this hair oil mask once a week on dry hair, applying it the night before I wash my hair. Take some in your fingers and gently massage it through the whole scalp, making sure the whole head is covered with some oil. Whatever you have remaining in your hands, run it through the length of your hair, comb it through using a wide toothed comb and tie a loose braid. Keeping it on overnight helps to condition and soften your hair. Use a shower cap or a towel on the pillow if you are worried about greasing up your pillowcase, and pillow! don’t drench the hair with the oil, excess oil will just run down your face as it melts! Make sure you wash it out thoroughly with shampoo, it takes a few goes to remove all the oil. It cannot, however, be used as an alternative to a conditioner because it doesn’t rinse out well with water alone. If you do have extremely frizzy or heat damaged hair, take a small pinch (smaller than the size of a pea), rub between your palms, and pull it through the length of your dry hair (remember to use a small amount or you will end up with a greasy mess).

Chi coconut oil

 

2) Aloe Vera Gel: Click here for my post on Benefits of Aloe Vera. You can also use this as a full body moisturiser.

Aloe Vera Gel from Boots

 

3) Lip Balm: My favourite is the one with Burts Bees Beeswax Vitamin E & Peppermint for £3.69. Having used Vaseline and other lip moisturisers in the past, discovering Burts Bees was the best thing the could happen. It stays on for long, you do not need to keep reapplying it the way you would with Vaseline, it is super moisturising, the Vitamin E soothes dry chapped lips, and the Peppermint oil refreshes the lips. The fact that the product is made from a natural ingredient, bees wax made it even more attractive. The tube is more hygienic than using a lip balm from a tub, and it also fits easily into your small clutch bags or pocket. Its good value for money as you don’t need to keep re-applying it and it softens and conditions the lips, especially in the winter. I also apply it before I do my make up, and keeps my lipstick from cracking.

Burts Bees

 

4) Green Juice: Check out my Greeeench Juice recipe. I like to have this every morning for breakfast, as I get my 5 a day as well as a good intake of water to kick start my day.

Green Juice

 

5)Lip Scrub: Mint Julips by Lush Handmade Cosmetics for £5.50. I try to use this once every fortnight (frequent use can have negative effects). This lip scrub tastes like mint chocolate chips, and also acts as a moisturiser. It eliminates all those cracks, rough bits and bleeding of the lips. You only need a minimal amount of the scrub, rub it gently on your chapped and cracked lips, and you can lick it off after using it. The small pot lasts a long time, I have had mine for 2 months, and its not even near the half way mark.

It contains:

Caster Sugar (coarse): helps to exfoliate and hydrate the skin

Peppermint Oil: Cools the skin by stimulating nerves and dilating blood vessels

Organic Jojoba Oil (from the jojoba seeds): Readily absorbed by our skin epidermis is the nourishing and softening

Vanilla extract: For flavour

Tagetes Oil (from the marigold flower): Contains antimicrobial and anti fungal properties keeping the skin clear.

Mint Julips Lush

 


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Greeeench juice

Greeeench juice

My go-to healthy smoothie, a great detox drink that keeps me filled up. Rich in antioxidants, its a good smoothie to kick start the day. The best bit is that it does not taste bitter, infact it tastes like regular juice out of a carton, just that its freshly made and the healthier option.

These are the key ingredients I choose to use, the base of greens is parsley(can also use spinach or kale), followed by cucumber, apple, grapes, freshly squeezed orange and/or lemon juice, and a small slice of ginger gives a nice kick to the drink. Add 1-2 cups of water, or enough water to help blend the ingredients. I tend to add ice at the top, or even use frozen grapes instead. It tastes best when its consumed immediately after blending. I use the Moulinex Optiblend 2000 (AAW945) blender to make this refreshing smoothie.

Available at: http://www.moulinex.co.uk/pages/food_AAW945.htm?OnpageA=1

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Handful of grapes
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Organic apples. If is difficult to source organic apples, peel off the waxy skin.
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Lime, apple, ginger, grapes, cucumber and parsley
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Add the leafy greens first, followed by the remaining ingredients in which ever order. Don’t forget to add around 1-2 cups of water, depending on how thick you want it.
The final product
Happy Juicing!

Try it out and leave a comment below 🙂

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Benefits of Aloe Vera

Benefits of Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera PlantAloe vera gel is found in the inner part of the aloe leaf. whereas the yellow aloe vera latex is found right under the skin. Aloe vera gel is more commonly used compared to the latex. The latex has been known for asthma, colds, bleeding, diabetes, varicose veins as well as vision related problems.

Having personally used aloe vera gel topically for two years continuously, I can definitely see the benefits of this wonderful natural product. Because I have extremely sensitive skin, I use aloe gel as a facial moisturiser. Applying it right after I wash my face, avoiding the eyes, it initially feels like a face mask when its setting into the skin, however, after a few minutes, that stretchy feeling disappears, leaving me with soft glowy skin. This product has really helped enrich and moisturise my skin and prevent any breakouts, pimples and acne. I use the Life Plan Organic Aloe Vera Gel from Boots for £7.49, which you can purchase in bulk when they have the ‘3 for 2’ offer (which is on almost all the time! 😃).

Aloe Vera Gel from Boots

This product can be purchased at:

http://www.boots.com/en/Life-Plan-Aloe-Vera-Gel-200ml_1133817/

If using fresh aloe vera gel from the plant, I would suggest applying it on once you have washed your face (straight out the shower), leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash off. This is because the gel direct from the plant can be quite heavy as it is not formulated or adapted for a specific use. However, it does leave the skin feeling extremely moisturised.

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Cut the leaf near the stem, with a sharp knife. It gets quite messy as the latex and gel oozes out.

Cooling of the skin is essential to all humans, especially when exposed to excessive sunlight. Aftersun skin care is important to prevent further skin damage, hence if you are looking for a natural product which has minimal chemicals, try out aloe gel, and even better if you can use one straight off the plant. Aloe vera is excellent for burns, and being a natural product, doesn’t cause further damage to the skin.

It can be used to prevent and treat stretch marks. Prevention is always easier and better than treating. When treating stretch marks, mix aloe gel with Vitamin E and Vitamin A, for best results on older stretch marks. Promoting skins natural regeneration, as well as protecting the skin from free radical damage.

As it helps reduce stretch marks, it also helps with redness and darker spots on the skin.

Helps reduce and get rid off eczema and psoriasis by reducing the inflammation, irritation and redness of the skin.

Aloe vera can also be ingested (a small piece, or juice), which cools the body internally and nourishes the digestive system. The aloe latex cells contain properties which are use as a natural laxative.

It is the only known natural, vegetarian source of Vitamin B12.

 

Side Effects

Aloe gel is more likely to be safer to use than aloe latex, especially when used or consumed at high or unknown doses for long periods of time.

Seek medical device if you do experience any other side effects upon use of aloe vera gel or latex.

 

 

Disclaimer: 

These are my experiences and opinions on the use of aloe vera gel and latex.

It is best to contact your General Practitioner before consumption or the topical use of products, especially if your currently taking other medication.

 

Love,

Akruti x