7 Amazing Skin and Health Benefits of Rosemary

Rosemary has been used by cooks and apothecaries since ancient times to enhance the flavours of everyday food and set tastes buds alight. Also known as ‘Dew of the Sea’,  (derived from Latin ros marinus) it has a reputation for strengthening memory. In times past, brides and grooms wore a sprig of Rosemary as an emblem of fidelity. It was once burned in sick rooms to purify the air. I read recently that in Mediterranean countries, fresh linen was dried on a bed of rosemary to help repel moths. Oh happy days, don’t tell anyone but I  have mothophobia, scurred to death of moths (yes that’s a real word) and so I will be making some rosemary water and spritzing my bed sheets every night!

So let’s get to the 7 amazing skin and health benefits of this wonderful herb.

  1. It is high in antioxidants and is known to increase the skin’s elasticity and reduce age spots.
  2. Rosemary contains essential oils and compounds such as phenolic acids which are known to protect cells from oxidative stress. They also have anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antiseptic properties. Skin types that benefit from rosemary are – oily, acne prone, mature and sun-damaged. (source)
  3. It also promotes hair growth and is known to leave your locks looking glossy.
  4. This wonder herb is rich in B-complex vitamins such as folate and riboflavin. And Vitamins A, C and E.
  5. Add to the list minerals and nutrients like calcium, potassium and magnesium as well as omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids.
  6. Has a relaxing effect on the respiratory and digestive system.
  7. Medical studies have also shown that Rosemary stimulates the memory. and is also mood enhancing thus helps to relieve stress.(source)

Rosemary Toner

  • A couple of sprigs of Rosemary
  • Container with a spritzer

How to

Put your rosemary in a pot. Add water. Bring to the Boil. Leave to Cool. Strain the liquid into your container. Store in a cool place. Easy peasy!

Rosemary is a potent and powerful herb and makes for a delicious cuppa. However, if you are preggers then it is best to avoid.

To kickstart your immune system and help you put a pep in your step, make a cup of this gorge tea.

Ingredients

  • A sprig of Rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons of honey.
  • Squeeze of Lemon

Method

  1. Tear up about a tablespoon of fresh rosemary leaves.
  2. Juice a lemon.
  3. Add to a pot with about two cups of water.
  4. Bring to the boil, then allow it to rest and cool.
  5. Strain the tea and simply add honey to sweeten.

Live strong, be confident and happy!

**NB**If you are pregnant avoid Rosemary tea. As always, herbs and spices can be potent healers. Use in moderation. Consult your doctor if you are on blood pressure meds or blood thinners. Otherwise enjoy.

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7 Quick and Easy Post Pregnancy Skin Care Tips

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Welcome new moms! Is your skin feeling a little wrecked after pregnancy? Are you having trouble knowing where to start with your skin routine? Trouble finding a few extra minutes in the day? Well, I’m here to help as best I can. First off, I must give a shout out to the wonderful Sylina, a former bride of mine and now an amazing mom of two. She inspired me to think about and put to paper my top 7 Quick and Easy Post Pregnancy Skin Care tips.

1. Cleanse and Tone:

Whether you are a first-time or third-time mom, finding time to clean your skin is essential. Cleansing is an important part of the exercise regimen for your skin. It helps to keep facial muscles toned and your skin clean and bright so you look less stressed. Trust me, it doesn’t take too long. Just one minute to clean up, freshen and brighten up tired skin. If you have oily skin with blemishes, use a gentle facial wash (with no bits in it) to clean your face. Toning will help to tighten the pores and prevent breakouts.

For dry skin, use a gentle cream cleanser and tone your skin with rosewater. I use cotton pads to remove my cleanser, but rinsing off the cleanser with water then towel drying your face after is fine too. And don’t forget to tone. Spritz some rosewater onto your face after you are done. In addition to tightening pores, toners stimulate blood circulation and aid in attracting more moisture to your skin.

2. Moisturize Day and Night:

As a mom, your emotions are flitting all over the place and the hormones are settling back after pregnancy. Newborns bring so much joy but also a good bit of extra work. Keeping your skin well hydrated and moisturised will fight off free radicals caused by daily stresses and external factors also. Even more important, you don’t want them baba’s to add on a couple of years. Moisturising twice daily will help further tone your facial muscles and keep wrinkles at bay.

If you have oily skin I advise you apply a lightweight moisturizer every morning, to keep your skin hydrated and again most importantly, don’t forget to apply a night time lotion after cleansing. For dry skin, it’s important to apply creamier textured moisturizers.

Oily skin = Lotion = lightweight moisturiser.

Dry skin = Cream = richer and thicker moisturisers.

3. Eye Creams:

Sleepless nights generally equal dark circles and puffy eyes. To combat this I recommend applying an eye cream daily. Also, adding discs of cool cumber or chilled black tea bags also help stimulate the blood circulation to the eyes and encourage lymphatic drainage. This all helps with reducing the puffiness. Oh, and don’t forget to drink plenty of water!

4. Protect your skin while out walking the Baby:

Babies tend to get you out of the house more, and there is nothing like a stroll in the park to settle the baby and help keep you sane. And because the aul’ hormones are all over the gaff, it is imperative you shield your skin from the ‘sun’ and external elements. My bet is you have a factor left over from last summer. If not, applying sun protection with a minimum of SPF30 will protect your skin while you step out. Keeping your skin protected while outdoors will also reduce the risk of further hyperpigmentation problems. Better still, keeping your skin moisturised and protected whilst out and about reduces premature ageing. Come on lads, you gotta love your skin!

Nuxe SPF 50 Protects and Moisturises my go to sunscreen!

5. Use a Mask and Exfoliator:

Exfoliating, followed by a facial mask once a week will help remove any oily build up, and dead cells from your skin. Use a bit of water on your fingertips to move the exfoliator around your skin. This will help slough away dead skin cells and also lighten pigmentation and reduce acne. Follow your exfoliator with a deep cleansing mask.

Masks for Oily skin should be clay, charcoal or seaweed-based.

For Dry skin, apply a hydrating and moisturizing mask.

And to benefit fully from this mini beauty treatment, do it before bed, tone the skin straight after and apply your night cream.

6.  A little bit of Hair Care:

I recommend you wash your hair twice a week with a good SLS  free (sodium laurel sulphate) shampoo. Top tip to help exfoliate the scalp – Once per week for about a month, put in a capful of organic apple cider vinegar. After a month reduce this to one capful twice a month only. Organic ACV exfoliates and treats your scalp and will give your hair a super glossy shine. And don’t forget to invest in a good conditioner to boost the moisture levels back into your hair.

7.  Take a bit of time out for yourself and meditate.

Taking into consideration meditation is not for everyone, this is still an outstanding piece of advice that was offered to me way back in the day when I had babies. When your partner comes home, hand over the baby and give yourself at least 20 minutes to decompress, breathe, do your mini skin routine and just simply to have a bit of time out for yourself. If you are a single parent, this means finding a bit of time for yourself when your child sleeps. Turn off the phone and tv and just sit in silence with yourself for as long as you can. To all you mums, when you’re giving yourself a bit of time, please hug yourself and affirm,

I am a great mum and I am doing amazing.

As always, if you need any other tips or tricks or have questions, please comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

 

x

Pro Makeup Artist Top 7 Essential Party Items

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Do you want your eyes to command all the attention this coming holiday season? Want to dazzle your buddies with a few newly acquired makeup skills? Then you’ve arrived at the right place. I’ve selected my top 7 essential makeup items and thrown in a few key tips too.

Party Time

  1. If you are looking for a fresh and radiant complexion, and a foundation that will last all day then Dermablends got you covered!  I’ve been using both their New Cover Matte Foundation for a month now and their Corrective Fluid Foundation for years. The Cover Matte Foundation is great for the gals who suffer from oily, acne prone skin or rosacea. It covers, absorbs excess oils and calms the skin. The corrective fluid works on most other skin types including problematic skin types such as eczema.  Firstly, prep your skin before foundation application. This ensures it will last all day. Blend with a beauty sponge for total coverage let it sit for ten minutes to interact with the pigment of your skin. After all your eye makeup is done, apply some powder to fix it in place. Easy! I used Dermablend and The Balm Foiled again palette on my face in the featured image.

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  2. Are you naughty by nature?  Check out the Balm’s extremely fun and totally bad ass Foiled Again Palette. It’s a glittering must and guilty pleasure for this coming season. It has an array of foiled eyeshadow pans that are easy to apply on the lids of the eyes for some instant holiday sparkle. It also has a few matte shades to help you prep the lid before application. My top tip – Prep your lids, then apply arrested under the brow bone for a bit of lift. Grab a small flat nylon brush, easy to conceal in your party bag. Next, use it to apply a very small amount of concealer over both lids. Then simply select your favourite shade (mine’s Guilty) and with your ring finger or brush, press and pat your favourite colour over your entire lid for an intense bit of sparkle.
  3. Sick of trying to get the perfect flick? Well stop, there really isn’t any need. Note Cosmetics eye pencil lines more fluidly than gel liner.  #Loveit! You’ve already got a good bit of sparkle on your lids. Now just line, with either their black or brown liner on the top lid for a bit more definition. Tip – for a more smoky look, line your water line and half your lash line from the outer corner of your eye to about halfway in and smudge with the sponge tip applicator. Simps, smokey eyes to go! 
  4. For big, bold and, intensely black lashes, you’ve just gotta try Isa Dora’s Stretch Lash Mascara. It’s impressive! It has an adjustable wand that shrinks so you can do a bit of detail on the inner lashes and hard to reach lashes. Then stretch them out with the longer wand for added length and definition. I’ve been using it daily and #EyesAdoreIT!
  5. Pink Blush / Bold Blush, become a non-touring rebel! Swish on a load of Clarins 09 pink blush with gold dust and sparkle.  Give yourself a big cheezy grin and apply to the apple of the cheeks and highlight. 
  6. If you feel your face needs a bit of structure then use your bronzer to contour. No need for 50 shades of brown to get sculpted, your favourite bronzer will do. Mine is the Clarins Bronzer, as it suits a range of skin tones including mine. It add’s a glorious bronze glow to your skin and contours more naturally. Simply apply under and on your cheekbones and blend towards your ear. Swish a dab to your temples, around your hairline, and under your jaw bone for a warm, subtle contoured glow!   
  7. Need a bit more attention! Go big, go bold, go Matte or Ultra Glossy. Depends on your lipstick love! A couple of killer colors Urban Decays glossy red Assin and The Body Shops Matte Goa Magnolia. Both shades will add a bit of impact and glam to your party bag. Check out my mini videos on both lipsticks. Which one do you prefer??   

And that’s all folks. Seven simple steps to total fabulousness. Enjoy the party season, rock out and dazzle with your makeup skills.

Love yaz.

x Debs x