GROOMING By Belinda Morris
Well-groomed from the inside out…
Unless you happen to be blessed with really, really good genes (and even then) there’s really no point in spending money on making your outside look good, if you haven’t taken care of your inside. Great-looking, healthy skin and hair doesn’t happen without a healthy body filled with healthy foods.
No, this isn’t a lecture on how you should stop eating junk food, drinking alcohol and smoking. ‘Pot’ and ‘kettle’ aside, you know all that stuff, so you don’t need me to repeat it. But this is a reminder of things you can do to make your inside and therefore your outside better… and it’s hardly onerous. Just up your antioxidant levels.
Antioxidants fight the signs of ageing and nurture skin health – eat plenty of plant foods and you’ll be stocking up on them, as well as vitamin C. But you can help the process with, specifically, organic foods and supplements, with their even higher antioxidant content.
If you know your teas, you’ll know the name Pukka Herbs, but they offer more than just a good brew. Having said that, even as I type, I’m sipping on delicious Turmeric Gold Tea, which not only has a gorgeous rich yellow colour and a mildly spicy taste, but is also jam-packed with antioxidants (not for nothing is the spice known as ‘the golden goddess’ in India. I’m also particularly fond of Pukka’s Cleanse Tea, which has dandelion and nettle for the cleansing bit but also aloe vera which helps to rehydrate skin – very useful as the weather warms up. (£2.49)
Turmeric is also included in Pukka Glow Supplements which help to purify skin that is plagued by irritations, inflammation and general damage caused by certain skin conditions. The cocktail of natural ingredients also help to purify the blood and promote healthy liver function – which will also be reflected in your skin. (£16.95)
And made from castor oil seeds, Pukka’s cold-pressed organic Castor Oil is high in vitamin E and contains essential unsaturated fatty acids like omega-6. I’ve been applying a little drop (warmed first in the palm of my hand) to the rather frizzy ends of my hair and also to my dry scalp. It’s also good for hair growth apparently. (£9.95)