When I hear the word ‘diet’, I imagine deprivation and misery — but this autumn I’ll be trying out a ‘beauty diet’. We use beauty products to slow ageing — antioxidants in particular mop up the damage caused by free radicals in the environment, which weaken cells. This is relevant in our diet too: antioxidants present in food fight internal damage to cells and supply nutrients to build better skin, hair and nails. Take vitamin C, found in citrus fruits, kiwis and broccoli: it aids collagen synthesis and is healing. Vitamin E helps skin elasticity; you’ll get it in abundance in avocado, nuts, seeds and eggs. Essential fatty acids from oily fish and green, leafy veg lubricate the skin, hair and nails from within. And sulphur, from eggs, shellfish, nuts and poultry helps create keratin necessary for healthy skin, nails and hair. Eating these foods for beauty benefits is a healthier approach to looking, and feeling, better than traditional restrictive dieting. Now that’s a ‘diet’ I can get on board with! We all love a surprise, especially if it’s a beauty-filled box of tricks! The UK subscription service Glossybox now has Irish beauty Rachel Kavanagh at the helm as CEO. The former Fair City actress and founder of Rockstar Tan knows Irish women love value, access to niche brands and themed beauty surprises, and the service is up and running on this side of the water. Subscribers to the site can choose a three, six or 12-month subscription. For this they receive a fabulous box of five surprise treats sourced globally every month that are always worth more than the monthly fee. Delivered to your door and fabulously wrapped, it’s an amazing treat. Subscription costs €46/€77/€159 (subject to conversion rates). And wouldn’t it make an amazing gift idea for Christmas? Check out glossybox.co.uk. Natural/organic beauty is one area in skin and haircare that’s steadily on the rise. Some brands we are familiar with for their nourishing, natural ingredients — Origins, Aveda, Neal’s Yard — but there are so many more, such as A’Kin, Suki and Phytologie, all of which are available in Ireland. Take a trip to beautybible.com for advice and a glossary of ingredients and products from beauty gurus Josephine Fairley and Sarah Stacey, health editor of the Irish Daily Mail’s You Magazine. The site is a beauty fan’s treasure trove and they also have a great mobile app!
Fragrance can have a powerful effect on our mood. Uplifting scents, like citrus, can make us feel invigorated, while calming ones such as lavender can soothe and relax. This NEOM set includes a Happiness Diffuser (neroli, mimosa, lemon), Complete Bliss Travel Candle (Moroccan rose) and a Tranquillity Pillow Mist (lavender, sweet basil, jasmine). Yum.
This gem of a brand from London’s Covent Garden has undergone big changes in the last year or so by venturing into direct selling. Unlike other sellers that come knocking, open your door to NYR! This excellent facial mist is a star buy; it is soothing, refreshing, suitable for sensitive skin and can be used over make-up to perk up your skin.
No doubt you’ll be aware of the skincare ingredient hyaluronic acid — the water-attracting substance that is found naturally in the skin and also added to cosmetics to plump, fill and hydrate. This highly concentrated and botanically derived hyaluronic filler does just that and contains additional vitamins E and B for strength. Apply 1-2 drops daily to cleansed skin.
NEOM ORGANICS HOME SCENTING GIFT SET €65; visit neomorganics.com
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