Now I know, this is nothing new to the world. We all hear the advice on drinking down hot water with lemon in the mornings to really prep ourselves for the day. But it never hurts to just hear it that one more time, maybe this will be the time it sticks…and you actually live by it. That's what happened to me at least.
I used to half-heartedly sip on hot water and lemon once in a blue moon and think that I was being good. Then I made changes in my life and made it my mission to actually care about myself and give myself a helping hand. That is where hot lemon water came in. I started drinking a big mug every morning and occasionally throughout the day. Over the past two months I've been seeing some wonderful changes and benefits…
Clean In = Clean(er) Out
In other words, Digestion. Lemon water is great for detoxing the body of toxins and impurities. By helping flush the rubbish through and out your system it helps support your liver and kidneys, your bladder, renal system and your stomach. What's more it can help detoxify your blood, beating free radicals and purify your blood. With these benefits it can help as a diuretic and a mover and shaker in all things being 'flushed out' shall we say.
Not only does lemon water have wonderful internal cleaning benefits but also while it is there working it's magic on cleansing your system it is also tinkering away balancing out your pH levels. As a citrus fruit it is highly acidic but once in your digestive system it becomes a powerhouse of alkalising goodness! This helps balance you out and decrease cases of heartburn, indigestion and acid reflux. Especially beneficial if you have a high acidic diet involving foods like pork, cheese and processed foods.
Now at some point in our lives we are all going to get a sniffle or stomach bug or two. But with all the benefits above lemon water can help fight that. High levels of Vitamin C and other nutrients help boost and build your immune system to ward of any nasties and kick their metaphorical butt if they do creep in. Furthermore, illness and disease love acidity, but guess what, your lemon water has made your body nice and alkaline so it's hard for illness and viruses to take hold. One mean lean illness fighting machine!
What Goes On Inside, Shows On The Outside
So your insides are working pretty grand by now and that is going to show on the outside. Bad skin can be caused by toxins and acidity. But wait you've got those sorted on the inside from the lemon water. Toxins are often flushed out through urine (etc), and through your skin, if your insides are toxin free then there won't be much to be pushed through your skin to cause break outs and wrinkles. Add in the benefits of Vitamin C and antioxidants provided by the lemons and you have even more blemish busting properties. And don't forget the skin on your scalp too, lemon and hot water is known to improve you scalps condition leading to less dandruff and stronger follicles which means stronger healthier hair growth!
There are many other benefits associated with hot water and lemon including, improved oral health and less stinky breath (nice), weight loss, healthier hair and nails. Also it can treat sore throats, stomach ache, arthritis, reduce the symptoms and reactions to hayfever and allergies. Additionally lemons are high in potassium which have endless benefits to healthy hearts, blood and blood pressure and your CNS.
- Try to use organic lemons to avoid any pesticides or wax in your drink
- Always wash your lemons (organic/unwaxed or not) before you use them just to make sure
- Gently rolling the lemon before cutting will help get all the lovely juice moving a bit to make a more zingy water
- I like to cut up lemons into circles or chunks and freeze them in bags. Then each morning you can just pluck a few out and pop into your mug of hot water. No muss, no fuss. Plus freezing the lemon keeps the nutrients and vitamins more intact than if cut lemons are left for a few days.
- Sip it slowly instead of all in one go so your body has more time to extract the benefits
- Drink on an empty stomach to get the full effect of the benefits, that's why it's suggested first thing in the morning.
Well it's been a long long time since i've done a wish list and that's not because i've been buying things either, i just haven't really had my heart set on much. That was until now and coupled with the fact that i'm on a spending ban. Hmph so wish list it is.
1 LuLu Organics Hair Powder. Heard so many amazing things about this hair powder and I love the fact that it is Talc free! It's expensive at £20 and hard to get but it is available to buy from Liberty's and Amazon. They have Lavender and Sage or Jasmine (my pick).
2 Melvita Fresh Micellar Water (Face and eyes - rose). I tried a sample of this from a travel size box and fell in love with it. It is going to be a definite purchase for the summer and keeping skin fresh and revitalised. Buy in most good natural health stores or online. (£15.50)
3 Primal Pit Paste. Another product that has rave reviews. Natural deodorants are notorious for being hit and miss but i've only read and heard high praise about this. Hard to find online, the tub is easier to get than the stick, but i'm not giving up just yet.
4 Zoya Nail Polish in Alma (From the new range Bubbly). I cannot wait for this new collection to launch, it's called Bubbly and features 6 metallic shades with a holographic edge and a jelly formula. this shade is the most beautiful balance between orange and yellow. (€9)
5 Dr Hauschka Liquid Eyeliner (black). I'm on a mission to finally swap my traditional liquid eyeliners with natural formulas. This brush isn't quite how i like it but i tested this out in WholeFoods the other day and the formula was lovely, a really true black. And it stayed around a fair while on the back of my hand which is always a good sign! (£18.99)
Give me anything coconut and i will gladly receive it with open arms. I was very excited to try this Essential Care Creamy Coconut Cleanser, it's been sitting in my skincare draw for yonks (i do believe i got it in a beauty box but it was so long ago i really can't be sure…)
Now first impressions were good but i do have to admit that while i do like this cleanser and would use it again, i certainly wouldn't say that it is anything to particularly shout about from the rooftops. But that's just me. It's very nice, but you know 'nice' is nice.
Top marks do go to this cleanser for being what it says on the tube and being a very lovely gentle cleanser ideal for sensitive skin. my skin had no worries with this in terms of harshness. Which is nice. It gives a good clean but by no means a deep clean and it did struggle somewhat with my heavier makeup days. For makeup it didn't have the 'melting' effect that other cleansers have so i had to really use cotton pads to get a good clean sweep, especially for eye makeup (pleasantly though it didn't sting my eyes at all)
However, due to being more gentle it is ideal for a double cleanse. Double cleansing provides a much deeper clean without it going too far and stripping your muggins dry.
I actually played around with this cleanser a lot and found that it made a lovely pair with a Konjac sponge, which together provided an effective slightly more enhanced clean. A face cloth was a touch too harsh and on it's own it was a tad too gentle. So after that it was used with my Konjac sponge (FYI i use the green french clay one) and it was perfectly adequate and nice.
I got surprisingly quite a few uses out of this tube (its a 30ml one - £6), i think because with the sponge i didn't need as much product as i did when using it solo. During the period of using it I didn't find it at all drying nor did it cause my skin to be oily, so snaps for that.
Finally the scent is definitely a pleasant one. I wouldn't guess coconut if i had my eyes closed, but i would say citrus and maybe a bit of eucalyptus. Obviously the main oil ingredient is coconut hence the name.
As for 'green-ness' of the product it's pretty fabulous. Its Soil Association certified, at least 88% organic ingredients, cruelty free and free from all the usual 'nasties' that we like to avoid. Good stuff.
Prima Spremitura Hand & Nail Cream* (£9.50) 150ml
Today I thought I would share with you a hand cream that has been getting me through this past month or so. I suffer from Dyshidrotic Eczema and one of the only things that people agree on is that stress aggravates it and moisturising can help soothe and reduce itchiness and redness.
Stress for me makes my OCD flare up which means i clean a lot (without gloves) and wash my hands a lot too which obviously won't help the eczema either! So as you can imagine I try to stress less (not so easy) and am always layering on the hand cream. Now I get through a lot of hand creams and like to experiment with new ones. So when i was offered a sample of the Prima Spremitura* olive oil hand cream from Simply Naturale i was eager to give it a test.
This hand cream is created in Florence Italy by Idea Toscana and is the only IGP certified olive oil product in the world. This certification ensures that the olive oil used is 100% extra virgin Tuscan olive oil (the best known olive oil available) and is organic. The olive oil used is actually food grade -so super healthy and clean. It also certifies that the ingredients in the product are at least 95% organic and that fragrances are 100% natural.
This cream is very thick and 'creamy' and a little goes a long way. At first when you apply it, it can feel very thick and heavy but you soon notice that it actually sinks in well and the first sense of stickiness is completely absorbed after a few rubs and it doesn't leave any residue. As with many hand creams that boast oils as a main ingredient I always have a worry that they will be greasy and 'oily' but with this hand cream there literally is no oiliness at all and the only indication of the olive oil being present is the very slight yellow tint to the cream and the distinctive olive scent that it has.
On the topic of the scent, it is at first a little odd, like olive oil, citrus and herbs, to me it is almost like a Greek salad. But actually it does grow on you and I've come to really enjoy the scent and find it quite peppy and invigorating. It isn't overly powerful but lingers a decent amount of time. There's definitely some citrus and lavender scents going on in there too, from the other oils included in the formula.
I've been using this daily for a month or so now and although I can't really determine if it has helped my DE anymore than another hand cream, I have started noticing that I'm actually applying hand cream less throughout the day. This may just be that i'm getting lazy but I think that possibly it could be that this hand cream is so gently nourishing that I don't feel like I need to keep reapplying it. With this and the huge amount in the tube it is lasting a long time!
This cream is free from: SLS, SLES, Parabens, silicon, artificial colorants, fragrances and Isothiazolinons. It is also cruelty free and both dermatologically and microbiologically tested.
A 150ml tube of this costs only £9.50 and can be purchased from Simply Naturale online
Aha! Finally a beauty box post back on the blog! last months box sort of slipped my mind completely what with everything else in my life and I think that although it was a nice box, it wasn't anything for me to rave about. And also i wasn't posting much anyway on here.
This months box however is one of those boxes that makes me go 'Ooooooooh' when i open it and shout a triumphant 'Yes' when i spot a well desired product.
So onto the goodies that have made me all shiny and happy from this box:
JANE IREDALE GLOW TIME
I love Jane Iredale products I just never buy them much because of the cost and i'm always worried about wasting product and money. So a sample to try before i buy is excellent and as spring and summer are on the way this BB cream with minerals and SPF will be bang on. Plus with my skin being bad from crazy hormonal changes atm, the term 'full coverage' is a blessing!
UNE BLACK KOHL EYELINER
UNE have been in my make up bag since they first launched and i'm a big fan of their products, especially their blushers! Saying that though, i've never tried their kohl eyeliners so this will is an ideal sample for me but it will have to be good because i'm an eyeliner fiend and it will be up against some stiff competition!
SANTE SHOWER GELS
Sante as a brand came on my radar a while back but i've not yet made the commitment to purchase anything, i'm saving my money to buy their liquid eyeliner and test it out which has been on my wish list since discovering them.
These shower gels look nice and i'm thrilled with the scents; Goji Power (Goji and lemon) and Coconut Dream (Pineapple and Coco)
FIGS & ROUGE MOCHA ORANGE LIPBALM
Um how fabulous does this sound?! Mocha ( a fave) AND Orange (one of my most loved scents/flavours ever) and in lip balm form. For a lip balm addict like me, this product is just a total dream and i can't wait to tear into the packaging and smooch it on.
REN ROSA CENTIFOLIA EXPRESS MAKE-UP REMOVER
Last but certainly not least by any mark, this is the most exciting and well worth it product from the bunch. I'm a ridiculously big REN fan and hoard their products and samples like a magpie. I haven't found a product I don't like yet. So a full sized make-up remover is just fabulous to receive! I'm always playing around with make-up removers from brand ones to DIY methods and i can gleefully add this to my 'next to try' list.
I'm chuffed as punch with this months box. How about you?
Thisworks In Transit Spray-on Moisture (£18) 100ml
This is one for all the ThisWorks fans out there!
Thisworks are expanding and are ready to launch new products to their In Transit range. Launching in May they will be adding three new products to the line including:
In Transit Spray-on Moisture
A quick and effective spray on moisturiser that is light and hydrating to give an instant replenishing moisture boost with balancing skin properties.
In Transit Balancing Body Lotion
A balancing all over body lotion that both moisturises and tones for silky soft and firm skin. Shea Butter provides rich nourishment and soft supple skin while ginger and lavender work to both invigorate and soothe the skin and senses.
In Transit Reviving Shower Gel
A fragrant revitalising gel formula for every day use that cleanses gently while providing a perky energising boost to both the body and mind with mandarin and bergamot essential oils. Also designed to help sooth and reduce tension!
All three products will be available from 5th May from thisworks online and in this works retailers including Boots.