Today I’m talking all things beauty! I get soooo many questions on the daily about the products I use and how I look after my skin, and this blog tells all!
First and foremost, I’m a big believer that a healthy, balanced diet is the key to a healthy exterior. At the end of the day, what we put INSIDE our bodies is what’s reflected on the OUTSIDE. If you’re someone who suffers from a few-too-many breakouts; or who’s hair won’t seem to grow; or nails keep breaking; I strongly recommend to start making changes with your diet – make sure your diet is rich in micronutrients and healthy fats, also staying hydrated daily is a MUST! So many of us underestimate the power of water for both fat loss and skin, hair and nails!
So many of us are looking to spend money on supplements + hair and skin products, when the things we have daily access to can make some of the biggest changes. I truly believe that keeping my body hydrated (3L each day) and keeping my diet rich with micronutrients plays such a massive factor in my hair and skin health!
Before we get into products, I've listed some of my tips to keeping healthy on the inside too!
- Every morning I have a Green Juice (Lime, Spinach, Kale, Ginger and Coconut Water). I buy it on my way home from gym for $6.50! I find this cheaper and more time efficient than juicing them myself!
- I have one scoop of Greens Powder either in my smoothie or oats every morning! The Greens I use is Nourish 365 Chocolate Greens! I have a 10% discount on these if you use the code BBR! Click here to see more.
- I ALWAYS make sure I have had 1.5L of water before 11am! I aim for 3L a day, so by reaching half way before lunch I'm always on track to reach my goal!
- I add 20ml of Aloe Vera Juice a day! I usually add this myself to my juice in the AM! You can buy this from your local supermarket (Woolworths or Coles)!
- Don’t track your greens! I track macros daily, but I never get myself or my clients to track there non starchy greens! Why? Because with flexible dieting I notice many people would prefer to fill their calories with macros such as carbs, proteins and fats and their micronutrients seem to take the back seat! I was once guilty of this! That is why I do not track them! I don’t think we can put a limit on our micronutrients!
Okay let’s talk products!
The main question I get surrounding my hair is – “Is your hair natural?” – yes it is! Again, I genuinely believe nutrition plays a large role in how long and healthy my hair is. When I was younger, and my diet definitely wasn’t as ‘nutrient dense’, my hair definitely wasn’t anywhere near as healthy or shiny! This has been something that I find has increased over more recent years. The more I nourish myself and look after my health, the better I feel and the more by body reflects it.
To support my natural hair growth, I also take/use the following:
- Fish Oil – Fish Oil is filled with essential Omega’s that aid in healthy hair and skin. They’re what gives your complexion that ‘nice glow’. This is the fish oil I'm currently using!
- Silica – Silica is a natural vitamin that helps with hair and nail growth. I do find when I take Silica consistently my nails always appear to be stronger; and more hair goes through a growth spurt.
- Moroccan Oil - Every time I straighten my hair I use Moroccan oil! Argan oil is naturally high in fatty acids and Vitamin E, making it a good treatment for damaged hair. Our hair becomes damaged from blow drying and straightening, and the weather! It needs love and care too! This is the Moroccan Oil I use.
The second question I get surrounding my hair is if I get it dyed and cut – Yes, I do! My natural hair colour is a light brown; so, I dye my hair darker. I dye and cut my hair every 6-8 weeks. I get my roots dyed with colour; and a natural gloss coat over my ends. I also get Olaplex 1 & 2 which is what keeps my hair strong and ‘full’. Since moving to the Gold Coast, I’ve been going to Trendz Hair Studio and loving it!
What other products do I use for my hair?
I have had 2 keratin treatments in the past and do get them when I feel my hair is becoming too ‘frizzy’. Outside of this I use a salon grade Shampoo and Conditioner recommended to me by my hairdresser. This is the conditioner I'm using now. I also apply a leave-in-conditioner after every wash - I'm using this one currently. I rarely blow dry my hair as I prefer to let it dry naturally; however, I do still straighten my hair 1-2 times a week. I find when my hair is healthy, I only have to straighten it once per wash; and it’ll stay straight without looking dry.
**Something new I learnt this year! Shampoo your hair TWICE!! I am a rookie and never knew this! This the Shampoo I've been using.
I’m no hair expert, this is just what works for me. If you have unhealthy hair I would definitely look at increasing your daily water intake and improving your nutrition first, and then trying some different natural products to see how you respond. Hope this helps!
When it comes to skin, again I am a BIG believer that your nutrition plays a massive role! Everything we eat, drink and apply to our skin is reflected through our skins complexion and appearance. Keeping a balanced micronutrient dense diet is so important for our skin! Ensuring we’re consuming enough healthy fats is also going to ensure your skin is always looking vibrant and fresh!
Fats you may not be consuming but should!
- Fatty Fish
- Chia Seeds
- Dark Chocolate (yes hehe a good quality dark chocolate)
Collagen – Some doctors are referring to this magical white powder as the new anti-aging product of the century and after I have been using it – I am starting to agree. Collagen promotes skin elasticity (keeping that cellulite and those wrinkles at bay) as well as regeneration of the skin. Collagen is predominantly constituted of the amino acids glycine, proline, alanine and hydroxyproline. These specific amino acids reduce the signs of aging. Research is now showing that collagen promotes younger, more vibrant looking skin, improves the skins moisture levels, improves smoothness, improves the signs of deep wrinkles and improves skin suppleness.
Collagen also reduces cellulite and stretch marks. When skin loses its elasticity as a result of decreased collagen, the side effect is more visible cellulite as your skin becomes thinner. Improving your skin’s elasticity through collagen helps reduce that dimpling on your skin.
My current skin care routine is:
- I cleanse day and night! I have been using Rationale but am looking to change things up! I have been researching a few products I am thinking of trying so will keep you updated!
- I use 2 serums in the morning and one at night! This brand was recommended to me by a skin clinic!
- Balance Skin: Rebalance Anti-Ageing Serum (Morning and Night)
- Balance Skin: Rebalance Brightening Serum
- I have started to make a big effort to wear sunscreen (guilty of forgetting this)!
- I have had 2x Microdermabrasion treatments and 1 LED Light therapy! I really love these and want to get them every 2 months!
- I also cleanse once a week with a mask! Usually on a Sunday!
The truth is I am no professional, just a gal doing her best and trying to learn! But I do get a lot of questions so wanted to share my little tips and tricks! We are all unique and our bodies respond to different foods / products differently. I believe the best thing to do is listen to your body! If your skin or hair is going through a bad phase, check to see if anything in your diet or any new products could have triggered it. An example of this is when some of my clients find whey protein to flare up their skin. Opting for a plant-based option has really helped them!
I really recommend investing in a GOOD quality protein! I've been taking a more natural approach with my supplements and have been loving Happy Way!! You can check out there range here and also get a 10% discount when you use the code BBR10!
I believe that less is more, so I try not to ever use too many products or apply too much make-up. The more natural remedies and good foods I eat, the better I look and feel.