How to sparkle without make up

With festival season almost here, Christmas party countdowns and bonfire night to get out the way, why not sparkle this November. Now we aren't really talking about tinsel and glittery eye make up. We want you to join us in this seasons sparkles from the inside and out. And to do this, it means taking care of your skin, eating well, and thinking positively. Why not right? A lot of us get overwhelmed with the Christmas rush, spending money we most definitely cannot afford and trying to keep up with the Christmas spirit and feel good.

So, let's start with cleansing. Washing your face twice a day is essential. Not only does it help you wake up in the morning, but rids your skin of the oily gunk build up which leaves your skin looking lifeless and dull. Washing your face with a good cleanser not only stimulates cell generation but the massaging motion makes your skin more plump and full. Good skin is a good way to start with sparkling this winter. To follow, a good moisturiser and serum will give your skin that dewy, glowing envious complexion we love. Products that contain peptides, fruit stem cells and antioxidants are perfect for this, they work magically to keep you looking young and radiant. Think collagen production, decreased wrinkles and firmer skin, urmmm yes please. Our Award Winning StemCellutions Range, contains THE best ingredients from science and nature to treat you skin. Our Miracle Serum won Best Anti Ageing product and yes contains lots of cutting edge ingredients you need to know about. 

Eating well really plays an important role in your physical and mental up keep. We don't need to drill in to you, that eating your greens is good. But we will anyway, especially your intake. The more the better. So you have probably heard of eating well to improve your heart health and reduce your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and certain cancers. But those greens can boost your cognitive function as well as reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. According to research one of the best ways to improve your mental health is through your gut. Just like your brain, your tummy has it's own nervous system which sends information to the brain via the vagus nerve. So, this explains reasons why when you're stressed or nervous a feeling of nausea and queasiness might come upon you. Just as the brain impacts the gut, what we put in our gut can impact the functioning of the brain. Good foods for brain power are, Fish- fatty fish, get those Omega 3's.

Whole grains are great for fueling the brain and body. Our primary source of energy comes from glucose, and glucose comes from carbs. Healthy sources of complex carbohydrates include whole-wheat products, bulgur, oats, wild rice, barley, beans and soy.

 Leafy greens such as spinach, romaine, turnip and mustard greens, and broccoli are high in folic acid, as are beets and lentils. Deficiencies in folate as well as other B vitamins have been linked with higher rates of depression, chronic fatigue and insomnia.

Fermented foods, such as yogurt with active cultures, kefir, kimchi, tempeh and certain pickled vegetables, contain probiotics (healthy bacteria) which have been shown in studies to reduce anxiety and stress hormones which effect the neurotransmitter GABA. By contrast, eating too many processed foods may compromise the delicate balance of healthy and unhealthy bacteria in the gut.

If you want radiant glowing skin, the old phrase 'you are what you eat' has never been more true.  We all love our creams, serums, lotions and potions but truly good skin starts with taking care of your insides. If you eat the correct balance of foods, your skin will receive the vital nutrients it needs stay plump, full and soft. 

We all know the word 'antioxidants' as it seems to be everywhere at the moment, and at Harley Street Skin Care we love them. We use them in our products and we swear by their powerful vitamins. Fruit and vegetables contain powerful antioxidants that help to protect skin from the cellular damage caused by free radicals. So, you ask, what are free radicals? These bad boys are caused by smoking, pollution, sunlight and air pollution. Free radicals can cause deep lines and age spots. If you aim for at least 5 portions of fruit and veg a day, your skin should flourish with normal skin development and skin tone. Try sweet potato, spinach or Kale. Kale is not just a phase.

Now, are you in? Eating well, and looking after your skin is easy. Your positive energy will carry you through the Christmas period. GOOD LUCK!

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