Natural beauty and well-being

22 November 2018

Black friday deal + my top green beauty favourites

For those who have been waiting for these special days to stock up your favorite natural beauty products, here's come the Black Friday sales & deals!

 LoveLula (free worldwilde delivery) is offering 15% off across all the products (except for the beauty boxes, gift vouchers and sales category).

Just use FRIDAY at the check-out (valid till 05/12).

Whether you want to do some early Christmas shopping or just treat yourself, below is a little round-up of my top Fall/Winter/Chritmassy LoveLula beauty goodies.

1- Trilogy certified organic Rosehip oil- A super concentrated and easily absorbed beauty oil designed to heal, nourish, and soften the skin. Perfect to use as a powerful skin treatment (review HERE). This is really a green beauty classic!

2- John Masters organic Vitamin C anti-aging face serum- An all year beauty rounder essential to unify the skin and help preventing the premature signs of aging. Say hello to smooth skin and unified complexion.

3- Kimberly Sayer ultra light moisturizer SPF30- My all-time favorite moisturizer that hydrates and protects the skin (review HERE). If your skin type diserves a bit more nourishment, you can go for the  moisturizer richer version.

4- Madara Daily defence cream- A rich yet easily absorbed cream made with some of the best botanical oils and butters to fight against the environnmental damages (review HERE). I can't tell you how much I love this cream. It does a perfect job at protecting hands and cheeks against the cold wintery wind. A Winter must-have!

5- Hurraw Chai spice lip balm- A super nourishing lip balm to soothe and repair dry lips (review HERE). A firm winter must-have! I never go out without it in my hand bag.

6- Neal's Yard Remedies Wild Rose hand cream- Your hands will never be dry and uncomfortable thanks to the rich and deeply hydrating hand cream from the famous english beauty brand. The scent is lovely and not overpowering. This is definitely the perfect pick-me up to naturally protect your hands.

7- JOIK Candle Vanille et Noisette I'm usually not super into candles... except when we approach the Chritmas season: candles can really transform any cold ambiance into a lovely and cosy atmosphere with a nicely scent in bonus. Vanilla and Nuts are the perfect combo: warm and sweet. Love it!

Happy shopping :-)

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20 November 2018

The beauty face oils everyone should know

Who does not love a good face oil that concentrates all the plant goodness and promises to deliver hydration and much more? Well, all face oils/blends are not created equal. I have tested over the last few months some face oils: all have their unique history, compositions, and benefits. Here's my little round-up below. If you are an oil lover and thinking of updating your face oil collection, then, you are going to be thrilled!

Esse Organics Repair oil*(£36.00 for 30ml)
Esse organics is a South African natural beauty brand that I really cherish. All the products I have tried so far never failed my skin and I have always observed an improvement of my skin after a couple weeks of use. And the Repair oil is by no means an exception to the rule. With its unique texture, the repair oil has been my go-to oil to provide softness, nourishment, and restore "that" glow. Rich in Flax seed, Rosehip, Vitamin E and Kalahari melon oils, I can't rave enough how my skin looked unified and healed the morning after.

Laponie Skincare Facial oil *(€44,00 for 30ml)
Originally from Finland, Laponie skincare combines a lovely range of natural and vegan skincare products designed to treat and care for the skin while carefully maintaining its balance. The Laponie facial oil is a luxurious oil blend made from regenerating Argan oil, calming Oat kernel oil,  healing Rosehip oil and soothing Raspberry oil. While this oil feels incredibly moisturising, it offers other skin benefits: it helps to decrease inflammation and improve redness areas. Suitable for all types of skin including skin prone to blemishes and breakouts.

Living Nature Ultimate day oil* (for 30 ml)
Featuring Tangerine peel and Lavender essential oils, the Ultimate day oil combines a very citrusy and refreshing scent with a lovely composition to ensure the skin stays smooth and glowing. This daily treatment is rapidly absorbed, suitable for all type of skins, and ensure the skin stays moisturised and soft. If your skin is too sensitive for essential oils, then, this oil may not be for you. All in all, the Living Nature day oil is great at maintaining the skin healthy/ happy and improving its radiance. I love applying one or two drops in the neck and even behind the wrist as an alternative to perfumes.

Troos skincare Fine botanical facial oil* ($46.00 for 30ml)
The elegant packaging is the first thing that caught my eyes. Isn't it beautiful? The fine botanical oil features some very classical plant oils known for their moisturizing and fast-absorbing properties such as Grapeseed oil, Olive oil  and Rosehip oil. The smart scent of French Lavender is beautiful and calming. The lightweight oil delivers hydration for a more luminous skin. This oil is targeted towards those with normal skins but would also recommend it to those with sensitive/dry skins.

Ooh! Organic Hemp balancing face oil 19,00 for 30ml)
This is just 100% pure Hemp seed oil that offers a hell lots of benefits for the skin. In addition to be very moisturising and softening, Hemp oil is reknown for its anti-inflammatory properties. Hemp oil is suitable for all skin types especially the troubled skin as it provides moisture without aggravating existing skin issues and/or clogging the pores. Applied daily, Hemp oil helps to minimize fine lines and contributes to a clearer complexion. A firm favorite here!

What do you think? Which oil would you like to try?

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11 November 2018

How carotenoids can help your skin

Today, I am opening a NEW series on the blog. Every month, I will be talking about a very specific molecule or family of molecules and broadly explain their role for the skin in general. Today, I am super happy to kick off with my first "candidate": CAROTENOIDS.

What are carotenoids?
Carotenoids are fat-soluble plant pigments which can be found in veggies or fruits. They are part of a big family of molecules that comprises many members such as β-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Carotenoids, especially β-carotene, are considered to be major anti-oxidants that help to fight free radicals resulting from UV exposure. Carotenoids cannot be synthesized independently by the body and must be provided by food.

What can carotenoids do for the skin?

They can do a lot.
  • They protect the skin against damaging UV rays at a cellular level.
  • They help to reduce premature signs of aging.
  • they may help to improve the skin suppleness.
  • They indirectly improve skin glow and resistance.

What food are rich in carotenoids?

Food high in carotenoids include veggies and fruits with a strong and vibrant color such as peppers, sweet potatoes, spinach, oranges, tomatoes, grapefruits but also carrots and sweet potatoes to name a few. Eggs are well-known to be rich in lutein.

What about carotenoids in skincare products?

Research studies have investigated the topical applications of carotenoids and all seem to lead to the same conclusion: carotenoids (especially lycopene and β-carotene) play an important role in skin health. Investigations have focused on the concentration of carotenoids stocked in the epidermis and their respective distribution following topical application and/or oral intake. Both topical application and carotenoid rich-food intake seem to result in an accumulation of carotenoids in the skin which is good news!

"So, it clearly sounds a good idea to incorporate in your beauty routine skincare products that contain carotenoids in their formulation."

There is a carotenoid that generates a lot of buzz in the skincare industry and I thought it clearly deserves a mention here. It is called Astaxanthin. According to research, Astaxanthin is a promising carotenoid which claims to be 6000 times stronger than Vitamin C, displays potent anti-inflammatory properties, is incredibly moisturising, and is able to scavenge free radicals generated by UV rays. Sounds good, isn't it?

A few beauty ranges have already included this fabulous compound in some of their range such Oskia city life range, Mahalo, Marie-veronique or Maya Chia.

The things you need to remember

Aging is natural. But if you want to help to decrease and minimize any signs of premature ageing, a healthy diet rich in carotenoids is one of the best strategies you could follow in addition to an effective skincare routine using actives- and vitamin-packed products

Always remember that once the skin is damaged by UV rays, even a change of liftestyle/high anti-oxidant diet won't be enough to repair 100% of the damages. 

So my golden rules are:
. use sunscreen (this ONE is my favorite)
. enrich your diet with a powerful anti-oxidant fruits&veggies
. invest in the right skincare products (see HERE)

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