Finding natural alternatives to the products in your routine

June 2, 2020

There are a lot of cosmetic products on the market that are designed and made entirely in labs, with very little attention paid to the natural side of the goods. While this isn’t always a problem, a lot of people like the idea of using natural products on their body, and it can be a lot easier to feel comfortable knowing that your routine is based on the natural world. To help you to achieve this with your own routine, this article will be exploring some of the best natural alternatives to the chemicals you use each day.

Moisturiser: Oil & Honey

Moisturiser is an excellent tool that can keep your skin feeling soft and smooth well into old age. You can find all sorts of complicated products on the market that can do this job, though you need only use a little bit of olive oil or honey to achieve similar results. While options like this won’t be as potent as something you buy off the shelf, they will provide you with a natural way to approach your routine.

Foundation: Mineral Foundation

Foundation is very common in the world of modern makeup, and a lot of people use chemicals like this to make their skin look smoother. A lot of the options you find on the market have been designed in a lab using harsh chemicals, but you can still find plenty of mineral foundation products on the market that provides a different take.

Stress Relief: CBD

It can be hard to escape stress when you’re living a busy life, and a lot of people rely on chemicals to help them to get through each day without having a breakdown. A lot of tools like this will alter your mind in other ways, though, and this can be hard when you’re trying to live a normal life. Having a bit of CBD honey on your toast each morning could solve this problem, giving you a natural way to alleviate your stress without having to deal with other complicated issues in the process.

Natural Soaps

Finally, as the last option to consider, it’s time to think about the soap you use. Strong anti-bacterial soap is great when you’re fighting viruses and trying to avoid outbreaks, but regular use of substances like this could make it hard for your body to fight bacteria naturally. Soaps made using butter and other natural ingredients can be found all over the web, offering a much lighter way to keep yourself clean.

There are a lot of cosmetic chemicals out there, and many of them offer great benefits. Of course, though, not everyone wants to have their body covered in strong products all the time, and it can be a good idea to look for something more natural if you want a change.


Get the most from your menstrual cycle

June 9, 2018
how to harness your menstrual cycle

Why we need to understand the menstrual cycle

People of a certain age may remember an advert for a brand of compact tampons where a schoolgirl has her hand up asking to be excused from the classroom. The premise being that her tampon is so small, no one can see what’s in her hand avoiding embarrassment. Twenty-five years later and not that much has really changed. I still feel the need to carry my bag to the office toilet and our menstrual cycle is still talked about in hushed tones.

Most of us have a basic understanding of how menstruation works on a physical level. However, changes and surges in hormones mean we have greater strengths at different times of the month.

Understanding this offers the chance to work with your menstrual cycle and use it to its best advantage.

How to harness your menstrual cycle

There are four phases in the menstrual cycle: menstruation, the follicular phase, ovulation, and the luteal phase. Each one creating physical and hormonal changes explaining why you might feel differently throughout the month.

Phase 1 – menstruation

This is when bleeding starts and is the first day of your menstrual cycle. Your energy will be at its lowest and you may feel tired and sluggish. You’ll need to rest more than usual. Try to avoid planning events and introduce some quiet time into your schedule.

Use this phase for self-reflection: look back on the last month and set intentions for the month ahead.

Phase 2 – follicular phase

Following menstruation, your body releases the Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) which stimulates the follicles in your ovaries to mature. Estrogen and testosterone rise during this phase giving you an energy boost.

Use this phase for creative thinking and problem-solving. Your mind will be sharp.

Phase 3 – ovulatory phase

Your body releases an egg at this stage of the cycle. Estrogen and testosterone rise to their peak and your energy levels will be at their highest levels. You may feel more confident: physically and mentally.

Use this phase for anything that requires confidence and being able to articulate your thoughts easily.

Phase 4 – luteal phase

Estrogen and testosterone start to decline and your body produces progesterone which is a relaxing hormone. You may also feel the effects of pre-menstrual syndrome (PMT) and feel more emotional, have headaches and/or experience bloating. Try to manage this with healthy food (even when your body craves carbohydrates) and any activity that makes you feel more balanced.

Use this phase to practice self-care and prepare for the next part of the cycle ahead.

Tools to help understand your cycle

Menstrual cycle website and App

We are Moody is an online platform designed to help you track your highs and lows so you can understand yourself better and get the most from your cycle.

moody website

The Instagram coach – Claire Baker

Claire Baker uses Instagram stories to share advice on how to use your menstrual cycle to live life in flow. She breaks down each cycle into seasons and explains how to use each one for its best purpose.

claire baker instagram

Five ways to drink more water

February 10, 2018
ways to drink more water

As someone who is approaching middle-age, I can tell when I’ve not been drinking enough water. My skin looks tired and far more wrinkly. A night drinking vino shows on my face… Without enough water, I also end up feeling dehydrated and lacking in energy. So this is why I made a resolution to myself that I would make sure I drink at least two litres of water a day. However, as someone who reaches for a coffee first thing,  it’s not always that easy. This is why I’ve tried to think of new ways to drink more water.

So these are my five ways to increase your water intake.

  1. Start the day with hot water and lemon. It’s great for flushing your system out and rehydrates you straightaway. I cut my lemon up the night before to save time in the morning so all I need to do is add hot water and I take it with me in my KeepCup to the station.
  2. Add flavour by adding mint, cucumber, lemon, ginger etc. I’m actually really good at drinking water at work (due to point 3), just not so great at home. I’ve found if I add mint to a carafe, I find it a much more enjoyable and interesting drink (basically I try to kid myself I’m in a restaurant).
  3. Buy a large bottle with reminders drawn on it to remind you when to drink. This has been the biggest game changer for me: partly because we only have tiny glasses at work and I tend to forget to refill it; and secondly, it really prompts me to check how much I’ve drunk. I bought one from Hydratem8 but you could easily buy a plain bottle and mark it yourself.
  4. Carry water with you. If I’m out and about, generally I will wait until I feel ridiculously parched before I will go out in search of somewhere to buy it. I tend to fill my bottle half full (it can be heavy otherwise) and it really makes a difference
  5. Remember there is water in lots of other things. Cucumber, celery, tomatoes and fruits such as watermelon and grapes all contain water. I tend to go for a camomile tea in the afternoon, which is a great way of drinking water with other health benefits too.
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