A favourite among celebrity A-listers Victoria Beckham and Miranda Kerr, rosehip seed oil has become a popular home treatment miracle oil of sorts. Rosehip seed oil is derived from the fruit left behind by a rose after its petals have all fallen. Boasting benefits to the skin, hair and nails, it’s no wonder that this oil has even gotten the royal seal of approval from none other than Duchess Kate Middleton. Not convinced yet? Here are 5 benefits of rosehip seed oil that will make you head out the door for one. View Post

Your skin is the largest organ in your body and skin cells are renewed every 15 to 30 days. If your diet is even marginally deficient in any of the key nutrients, your body doesn’t have all the right building blocks to make healthy skin cells. This is very quickly reflected in the condition of your skin.

The right vitamins and minerals – such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, Zinc and Iron – all protect the skin, improve elasticity and help to heal. They can be found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, pulses, grains and meat. But that’s not the whole story: your skin also needs protein, found in lean meat, chicken and fish, and omega-3 fatty acids, found in oil-rich fish.

If these don’t sound like the type of foods you normally eat, don’t go for a complete overhaul all at once – it’s more difficult to stick to. Try introducing a couple of new things a week and experiment with new recipes. To give yourself the best chance at making long-term changes, go with what appeals in the supermarket rather than forcing yourself to eat something you don’t like the look of.

Top Tips For Healthy Skin

  1. Say no to crash diets: they tend to be deficient in key nutrients, and when body weight yo-yos, skin loses elasticity and can start to sag.
  2. Fruit and vegetables are your skin’s best friends. Plant-based foods are the best source of antioxidants that can help neutralize the effect of free radicals. Free radicals are formed when molecules break up, and have been linked with ageing and wrinkles.
  3. Don’t be afraid of fat. Foods like oil-rich fish, avocados, nuts and seeds contain essential fatty acids which the body can’t make; these can help improve skin’s elasticity.
  4. Keep skin hydrated. Moisturize from within by drinking plenty of fluids, especially water
  5. Snack sensibly.  Snacks like nuts, seeds and dried fruits will release glucose more slowly and steadily, which can help balance blood sugar levels as well as provide you with skin-friendly nutrients.

 

 

Do you know that blackberries contain a wonderful source of folic acid and vitamin C? Both of which are vital in aiding your body’s ability to rejuvenate and repair cells!

Credits: Kristina Paukshtite

Tip of the day:

Do you know that blackberries contain a wonderful source of folic acid and vitamin C? Both of which are vital in aiding your body’s ability to rejuvenate and repair cells!

Here’s a recipe for a stunning blackberries dessert.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh blackberries
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 recipe pastry for a 9-inch double crust pie
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 cup white sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Combine 3 1/2 cups berries with the sugar and flour. Spoon the mixture into an unbaked pie shell. Spread the remaining 1/2 cup berries on top of the sweetened berries, and cover with the top crust. Seal and crimp the edges.  Cut vents in the top crust for steam to escape.
  3. Brush the top crust with milk, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup sugar.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C), and bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. Cool on wire rack.
Do you know that blackberries contain a wonderful source of folic acid and vitamin C? Both of which are vital in aiding your body’s ability to rejuvenate and repair cells!

Credits: The Bricks Kitchen

 


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You’re right, we, at Porcelain, can’t stop raving about fruits and vegetables. With so much goodness, what’s not to love about them? In this second part of the vitamin C series, find out more about what exactly is in your vitamin C product!

Do You C The Derivatives?

As I’ve mentioned in the previous post, vitamin C is an unstable ingredient. It is easily oxidised, causing the product to lose its efficiency. Fortunately, there are many vitamin C derivatives available in the market that skin care companies use in their products. An ideal vitamin C derivative should be able to penetrate into skin cells and boost collagen synthesis. It should also be more stable and less irritating than vitamin C.

L-ascorbic Acid

This ‘natural’ form of vitamin C is probably just another fancy name. Fresh and properly stored, L-ascorbic acid works well for people without sensitive skin. Again, as with all things, there are down sides. L-ascorbic acid can become a skin irritant as it is a very powerful antioxidant. As it is the most natural form of vitamin C, it destabilises the easiest. So, if you are using a product with L-ascorbic acid, it should be well stored to keep its ‘freshness’. Some companies attempt to do that by selling L-ascorbic acid as a serum in individual dime-sized sealed pouches that look like little fishes. To get to the serums, users simply twist off the end of the pouch. These one-time use pouches seem to be effective in preventing the oxidation of the vitamin C. However, as a rule of thumb, don’t use anything that you are unsure of.

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP)

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) is fast becoming the popular ingredient in skin-care lines. As a water-soluble derivative of vitamin C, it is non-irritating and more stable than L-ascorbic acid. Here’s the best part of MAP: It seems to have the same potential as L-ascorbic acid to boost skin collagen synthesis and is effective in significantly lower concentrations. It also appears to be a better choice for those with sensitive skin. Like L- ascorbic acid, MAP still destabilises over time. Hence, proper storage is still very important to maintain its freshness and effectiveness.

Ascorbyl Palmitate

Ascorbyl palmitate is the most widely used fat-soluble derivative of vitamin C in skin care. Like MAP, it is also less irritating and more stable than L-ascorbic acid. However, it takes larger quantities of ascorbyl palmitate to get the collagen-producing effects of Vitamin C and there are doubts as to whether the concentrations in skin-care products currently are enough to support collagen synthesis. It should also be noted that ascorbyl palmitate degrades with time as well.

In all, when purchasing vitamin C products, try to keep the “freshness” of the product. Check that it is stored in opaque packaging that is well sealed. Always remember that as a powerful anti-oxidant, vitamin C oxidises very easily. So, on your part, keep it away from sunlight as UV light tends to destabilise the vitamin C in your product, rendering less effective, if not harmful to your skin. Try to purchase colourless products as vitamin C oxidised at advanced levels tends to have a yellowish tint. A simple way to protect your skin is to always look out for the expiry date of the product!

For more information on vitamin C and its derivative, you can check out Smartskincare.com.