No. 23 - Clean Thirteen. Dirty Dozen.

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Eat organic everything? In an ideal world yes, we would. But in the real world it's not possible for most of us. So how to prioritise what's worth buying organic?

During my Nutrition School studies we learnt about the Clean 13 and Dirty Dozen compiled each year by Environmental Working Group.

Meaning? Fruits + veggies on the Clean 13 list have the lowest pesticide residue. Those on the Dirty Dozen list have the highest. So when choosing what to buy, spend your money on those on the Dirty Dozen list first: πŸ“πŸπŸπŸŒΆπŸ₯”πŸ‡

And if you eat them, choosing organic meat, fish and dairy makes sense too.

No. 22 - Calcium Doesn't Have To Come From A Cow

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Dairy makes my skin misbehave. Especially cow's milk and I get asked "so how do you get enough calcium?" Easy. I get calcium from plant sources like:

πŸ€sesame seeds - I add them to porridge and granola and salads.
πŸ€tahini i.e. another name for sesame seed paste - often used in hummus (yum!!)
πŸ€dark green veg like kale, rocket, cabbage, spring greens and broccoli
πŸ€red kidney beans

No. 20 - What's Your Lipstick Made Out Of?

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πŸ’‹ Lovely lips. Since I switched to more simple, natural skincare, I've been applying the same logic to lips. The skin on our lips doesn't produce sebum and is more absorptive than other parts of our body: meaning what you put ON your lips matters. I found that using products made with mineral oil or petrolatum made my lips drier over time, especially the medicated ones I used to slather on. I've switched to products made with with natural oils like shea, beeswax and lanolin. A few of my favourites are:

πŸ’‹For glossy lips: @lanolips
πŸ’‹For smooth lips: @burtsbeesuk
πŸ’‹For colour: @absolution_cosmetics

Do you have any natural lip favourites?

No. 19 - Skin Loves Simple

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Strip it back.

I'm a massive fan of paring back everything to the absolute essentials... skincare included. I don't believe our skin needs loads of lotions and potions and thrives when we keep it simple. After sorting out my acne and eczema, my current skincare go-tos are:

  • cleansing with jojoba oil and a muslin cloth
  • moisturising then applying a natural sunblock during the day. I use @greenpeopleuk 
  • a facial massage oil at night
  • a gentle exfoliation with @renskincareAHA toner a few times a week

Simple. Quick. Skin loves it. What are your simple skincare secrets?