Everyone wants to be silky smooth, especially during the summer months when we bare all. It can seem a bit overwhelming with all the options out there or maybe you don’t know what your options are. Here are some options and tips on how to make your usual method work better for you! The most popular options are shaving, waxing or hair removal creams. There are many salon treatments that have become available at home which can be very effective, such as epilating, dermablading and lazer hair removal.Shaving: The most typical way to remove hair from face and body is shaving, which is a quick and easy solution. To avoid razor burn and bumps always use a shaving base, cream or oil to prep skin before and after. Our Douvalls shower oil is perfect for all over the body and for those intimate areas, providing hydration and a silky smooth shave. For a preping lotion try Tend Skin solution to reduce razor bumps before and after. Also for an eco shaver try one with changeable heads such as bamboo razor. Waxing: Waxing is a long lasting option which can be great if you can plan ahead. You do need to grow the hair out on the area you want to wax as longer/thicker hair makes it more effective, this method isn’t the most pain free but it varies from person to person. A bonus is that each time you wax the hair will grow back thinner and it can last three to six weeks. You can get a professional wax done in a salon or from home with some great strips or kits. The mylee waxing kit is perfect if you want to do regular waxing at home. Lazer: Lazer sounds scary but it can be very effective and less painful than waxing. The effects can be long term if you’re dedicated to going to a salon or treating from home. This results in little to no hair after a while and less irritation of the skin. It can be pricier especially at salons, home machines make it more cost effective especially if eventually you never need to shave/wax etc again. We would recommend using the VEME or Phillips machine, both have a three year warranty and are already more cost effective that six salon sessions. Also remember to stay out of the sun and moisturise with a gentle unscented product such as our oils or body butter. Epilating:Epilating is essentially a fast speed plucker, it isn’t exactly painless but does last longer than shaving, again removing the hair from the root causing hair to grow back thinner. This is a mid range products and can easily be done from home for longer lasting effects. A great at home epilator is the Braun Silk machine, best used after a shower when skin and hair are softer and more easily extracted. Hair removal cream: Hair removal creams are a quick, easy and painless option, they can last a little longer than shaving too. However, always do a patch test on a less sensitive area as these creams essentially burn off the hair and are full of toxins and chemicals. You do need to be careful not to burn the skin as this can happen in left on too long. Make sure to take care of the skin afterwards as it maybe sensitive. Dermaplaning: Dermaplaning or dermablading can be great for on the go and your face. It can also help with skin troubles as it removes the top layer of skin along with hair. You can get this done in a salon or at home to remove hair, face peach fuzz, add glow to your skin and smooth the texture of skin. An added benefit is you skincare products will also sink in deeper, making them more effective. If you have highly reactive and sensitive skin you may want to rethink dermaplaning for your face or consider going to a professional. Facial hair wont grow back thicker or darker for most, it may seem that way though as you skin will be brighter after dermaplaning. We would always recommend a natural and unscented product to moisturise and soothe skin after any hair removal. You are not only removing the hair but also the exfoliating the top layer of the skin. An important note is to always use SPF after hair removal as your skin will be more sensitive.
Try to avoid washing your hair everyday as it strips away the natural oils. When washing use a shampoo and conditioner that is as natural as possible, sulphate free and full of healthy ingredients for hair.
Our Argan & Ungurahua oil shampoo and conditioner is packed with oils for improving shine, strength, growth and texture of hair.
By shampooing your scalp and conditioning the ends you not only use less product but avoid stripping the ends and a buildup of product on the scalp.
Rinse off your conditoner with cooler water if possible as this will increase shine.
Avoid brushing wet hair when you can. Allow hair to towel dry as much as possible first.Treatments: Use a hair serum/oil on the ends of your hair everyday or every other day and leave in to tame frizz, increase shine, detangle and prevent split ends. Use your Douvalls argan oil by adding a few drops to your hands and brush through the ends of your hair with your fingers. You can also use your Douvalls conditioner. use a hair mask/treatment once or twice a week on the scalp to increase growth, thickness, silkiness and condition of hair. Add your mask/hair treatment and massage into the scalp to increase blood flow and growth of hair. You can also use your argan oil by adding drops to the scalp and massage in, leave for an hour or overnight. diet, supplements & extras:
Keep up your protein intake, vitamins A, C, and E, zinc, iron, and omegas to improve hair health and growth. These include foods rich in protein and natural good fats such as hemp, avocado, nuts, seeds, tofu, greens, olive oil, fish/meat, fruit and nutritional yeast, a great vegan alternative.
Supplements full of biotin, vitamins C and B, zinc, iron and omegas will improve hair health along with skin and nails. Other hair specific supplements include Vivisacal and Nutrafol.
Reduce stress as much as possible as it can be a key cause to hair loss and thinning.
Sleep with a silk pillowcase to avoid causing breakage and tangles.Styling: Try to avoid using heat styling as much as possible or only 1-2 times a week. Always use a heat protection when styling with heat. As an alternative you can use pin curls (pin your hair or use rollers) and let your hair dry naturally or with minimal heat. Allow your hair to towel dry as much as possible before brushing or adding heat. Brush your hair regularly to spread the natural oils from the scalp to the ends. Avoid brushing wet hair if posible. Use silk hairbands or fabric scrunchies without metal clasps to avoid breakage or strain on your hair.
BUILD YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM: Immune support the clean way!
Foods not to have… Viruses feed off what you eat to stay alive!
By removing the foods that viruses feed on you weaken them and in turn strengthen your immune system.
Viruses like to feed on eggs, dairy, gluten, sugar and corn, if you have these in your diet it will be much harder to fight viruses and build your immune system. It maybe hard to remove all of these foods but even starting with some will improve immunity and weaken viruses.
Lowering fats in your diet can also improve immunity as fats decrease the amount of oxygen in your blood and blood is antiviral. You still need some healthy fats such as avocado, nuts and seeds.
Antiviral foods: Certain foods that feed the immune system and protect against viruses.
Celery juice, cucumber juice, garlic, thyme tea, ginger, elderberry syrup and tumeric are key foods that can help build immunity and fight against viruses. Try to include these daily into your diet for optimal immune support.
Supplements and Immunity: Not all supplements are created equal
Supplements can greatly improve your immunity but make sure they don’t have any of the added nasties you are trying to avoid, such as sugars, additives and preservatives.
Here are some of the supplements that could benefit your immunity:
Zinc sulphate: We are almost all deficient in zinc and it is key to our natural defence system.
B12: Many of us have B12 but it depends if it is absorbable by our bodies. B12 repairs and stops damage caused by viruses as well as aiding the brain, liver and kidneys.
Cats Claw: A powerful anti-viral that viruses cannot become immune to. Helping with sinus infections, colds, sore throats and more.
L-Lysine: Lysine helps to slow down viruses and ward them off. Lysine slows virus cells from multiplying
Vitamin C: An anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory that boosts your immune system and white blood cells, great in foods and skincare. Viruses are highly sensitive to vitamin C, causing the virus to break down and disappear.
Spiralina: Acting as an anticeptic as well as building immunity.
Goldenseal: Helps to build the lymphatic system to protect areas such as throat, lungs, ears and nose.
Recipes for Immunity: Keep up daily intake for positive effects for immunity.
Juice lemon and grate ginger into a cup of water, allow to soak for fifteen minutes or longer. Strain the water, add lemon/honey to taste. (leave in the fridge if desired)
Add fresh thyme into a mug with hot water, allow to soak for fifteen minutes.
Remove thyme and add lemon/honey to taste.
For too long now women in the media have been portrayed as fragile, dainty, airy, boring creatures who do nothing all day. If you take a look at any painting in the renaissance, women are depicted lying about in frilly dresses not doing much as they are so restricted by their garments. Society imposed on them a specific ideal of beauty, and that is to be the tiny quiet creature who does nothing all day and wait for her husband to come home. A woman should just be there to look at. Let’s fast forwards to the 21st century and although much has changed such as the way we dress, our freedom regarding work and voting and driving, the media still portrays women as fragile submissive beings in many editorial shoots. The men are always the ones in control, who are strong, but somehow, our society finds beauty in a naked woman who appears to be dead and helpless. Studies have shown that men are attracted to the look of women dying of tuberculosis because they cheeks are flushed, their lips are red from the blood and they are lying there, helpless.
Hello lovely reader,
Summer is over and it is time to get back into the swing of things, so we might be getting back to school, work, internship or another holliday. As we get caught up into our routine, we might not give ourselves the proper time and care we deserve. Some of us spent all summer being extra healthy because we were constantly outside, hiking, traveling, doing yoga, pilates, running on the beach (options are limitless); there is no better way to keep going with our adventures by the beach or in a new city than a refreshing smoothie, acai bowl, protein full omelet, Kombucha drinks on the go. A lot of us who believe in a healthy balanced lifestyle choose organic products such as Douvall in order to further portray how a healthy gut is equal to healthy skin. Both go hand in hand. What is the point of working so hard at the gym, if your diet is poor a can lead to a leaky gut or inflammation, which the impacts will be seen on your skin?
That is why we want to motivate you to make the end of 2017 and the start of 2018 your healthiest year yet. There are so many options out there in order for you to find what works for you and what makes you happy. We follow a strict vegan diet, however there are many other routes one can take to be healthy without going to extremes. It’s all about balance and not pushing too hard, or you will crash and burn.
It took us a while to find what activities could remain fun, challenging and motivating for a whole year. We found that mixing up yoga, tennis, boxing, running, balance and strength workouts made us feel more active and pushed us to live a healthy lifestyle because we loved the rush of endorphins and happy hormones. Sometimes it is hard to fit in a workout in your day, sut you can always find a way. You don’t need to join a gym, or the best yoga studio in order to keep moving. If you can afford it then go for it, but if your wallet restricts you from doing so, then go to a park with a friend or on your own. We decided to splurge on hot yoga at the HotPod Yoga Studio in London, but the rest we managed to find free or inexpensive ways to do them. For Boxing, check out the All Star Boxing Gym ( https://www.allstars-gym.co.uk/#) right past Notting Hill. They have saturday classes for two hours for 5 pounds only. You can sacrifice going out more for a meal or a drink, in order to afford yoga for example. Life is made of choices and you have to choose what the best ones are for your body soul and energy.
We are going to share with you a few of our favourite summer recipes to keep you going all year. You can obviously adapt with fruits and veggies of the season.BREAKFAST Acai Bowl
1. Soak chia seeds for at least 20 minutes in some of the coconut milk.
2. Simply add all ingredients into your Vitamix or high speed blender until thick and creamy.
3. The texture should be very thick, if too thick then add more almond or coconut milk.
4. If you stick a spoon into the mixture the mixture should be able to be thick enough to stay on the spoon, if not add ice or more frozen bananas.
5. Eat after making. Add ice as needed to desired thickness.
6. TOPPING OPTIONS: Unsweetened shredded coconut, goji berries, raw cocoa powder, homemade granola, Nourishing Muesli, banana chips, raw nuts/seeds, fresh fruit, avocado, dark chocolate chips, etc.MID MORNING SNACK Hummus with carrot sticks
Finely chop parsley and mint and add to cooked quinoa
Using salt as an abrasive and the back of a knife, mash and scrape the garlic into a paste
3Finely chop sundried tomatoes and roasted red peppers
4Combine all ingredientsMID AFTERNOON SNACK No bake Honey Peanut Butter Cookies
In a bowl, combine the rolled oats, natural peanut butter, honey and dark chocolate chips.
Mix thoroughly until fairly consistent.
Use a muffin tin as the mold to form the cookies.
Place them in the fridge for an hour or so to allow them to harden and then eat immediately.DINNER PESTO PASTA