“Keeping your skincare routine simple is key”, says Virginie Claire of V.Claire Natural
Cosmetics.

Alison Canavan is constantly on the go, as are most women juggling it all while trying to
find time to take care of themselves. I have been looking after Alison’s skin care for the
past two years and simplicity is all there is time for! While putting The Full 360 Series
together, promoting, studying and travelling her skin had become tired and dull. Knowing
she will not have the time or patience for using numerous products I recommend two.
PHYT’S Concentré Reviderm for day and PHYT’S Serum Antirides at night.

Sallow skin can lose its lustre quite easily. PHYT’S Reviderm oxygenating line specialises in
bringing radiance to a dull, tired skin. Its content of Chlorophyll from Alfalfa, Avocado,
Kombu Algae and Acerola (high in Vitamin C), energises, revitalises and brightens the
complexion. Chlorophyll carries oxygen to the cells and encourages microcirculation,
where it provides powerful anti-oxidant effects.

CONCENTRE REVIDERM Skin

        PHYT’S Concentré Reviderm is available from the PHYT’S Online Store

 

Serum Antirides is a highly nutritional phyto-complex, rich in nourishing vegetable oils
(Wheatgerm, Castor Oil) and regenerating essential oils and herbal extracts (Rosemary,
Thyme, Cypress) shows its full strength on wrinkles and slack. It reduces the number,
surface area and length of wrinkles for smooth and visibly younger skin. It is important to
massage in well with fingertips to stimulate connective tissue and circulation.

SÉRUM ANTI-RIDES Skin

                   PHYT’S SÉRUM ANTIRIDES is available from the PHYT’S Online Store

The key to having good skin being consistent and committed to a good skincare routine.


The ethos behind V Claire is simple, La Vie Claire – The Clear Life. Virginie Claire’s dream of providing completely natural cosmetics began 10 years ago when she discovered PHYT’S organic skincare in France and brought it to her own salon in Harold’s Cross. Follow her journey on Facebook and Instagram.

Your hair is one of the most precious parts of your body as it defines your look and personality

To keep your hair attractive and last longer, it needs your proper attention. Negligence and concentrating too much on styling instead of concerning its health will be detrimental in the long run. Although your bald look can be equally attractive you may shudder to think about it. Your hair is composed of protein and has three layers – the innermost layer medulla, the middle layer known as the cortex and the outer layer is called the cuticle. The cuticle mainly protects your hair from the outer harsh environment and corresponding damage.

So, when this cuticle gets damaged your hair becomes vulnerable to the external environment and gets a dry and lusterless look with no shine. Damaged hair is usually accompanied with a loss of elasticity, broken hair, split ends, and harsh texture. Your scalp may also become itchy. The hair gets tangled easily and no styling gives the desired look. In short, you are in a miserable state of mind.

Your hair may be damaged because of various reasons. Some of the most common reasons are:

• Too much washing with strong soaps and alcohol

• Exposing it to a hot and dry environment

• Using blow dryers and heat styling tools too often

• Direct exposure to the sun

• Using uncontrolled chemicals and colors for styling

• Exposing it to chlorinated water for long (during swimming)

• Not having enough moisture

• Having prolonged stress and using rough pillow covers

If you have thin and fine hair your hair is more prone to damage and call for additional care. Moreover, some medical conditions can make your hair damaged, such as anorexia nervosa, malnutrition, some genetic disorders and thyroid gland malfunctioning.

Although the most suitable method to remove damaged hair is trimming, the following natural therapies suggested by TheBarbr can help you regain your lost shine, volume, and health of your hair.

In addition here are 8 different ways to remedy damaged hair:

8 ways to improve damaged hair

As I have been facialist and skincare specialist for over 20 years I get asked quite a lot by
my clients ‘Virginie, Why should I choose a natural skincare or makeup?’

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Virginie Claire (Right)

My answer is simply ‘Why not choose a natural quality product if you have the choice?’ It is up to us to take control of our skin through:

  • Consistency and Commitment
  • Ingredients
  • Knowledge & Education

There can be a lot of confusion and concern regarding ingredients in our cosmetics, one of
the most talked about is parabens. Here I hope to inform not alarm you on what they are and why they are used in cosmetics. So you can choose your products based on an informed choice. Virginie, V Claire Natural Cosmetics.



What are parabens?

Parabens have been in use since the 1950, and are frequently added to cosmetics to prevent the growth of bacteria. The majority of cosmetics use a combination of them because they are cheap and effective.

What are parabens made of?

Parabens are man made, they are a chemical compound of para-hydroxybenzoic acid. They regroup into methylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben.

What are the effect of parabens on our wellbeing?

Parabens are xenoestrogens, meaning they mimic oestrogens in the body and unsetle the body natural hormones. Also, they can be stored in the body, resulting in a cumulative effect that can damage health overtime.

This overload of oestrogens has been linked to health issues such as breast cancer and reproductive disfunction, including early onset of puberty and reduced sperm count.

What is the natural alternative to parabens?

Many ingredients can be used to preserve cosmetics such as:

Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic acid, glycerin, sorbic acid, essential oils such as thyme, oregano, rosemary, clove cinnamon, tea tree and many more.

Using a few parabens is harmless, but using a multple amount of cosmetcs including parabens may afect your wellbeing.

Take control of your skin and wellbeing by KNOWING THE INGREDIENTS your cosmetic is made of. Be curious and ask questions, then you can make the right choice.

 

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If you are looking to escape the outside world in the run up to Christmas then Carton House is the perfect place to spend an afternoon.

Last week I took my Mum to The Spa at Carton House and we indulged in an afternoon of pampering and relaxation. My mum is my rock and she is always by my side. For the past few years her love and support has enabled me to study and grow into a new career in wellbeing so what better way to thank her than with a relaxing treatment and lunch. My mum is difficult to buy for but her favourite thing in the world is a massage. I will say though she is a tough critic but as she walked into the relaxation room after her treatment she was smiling from ear to ear. She said Nancy was one of the best therapists she has had and she felt great.

RELEXOLOGY CONNECTS BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT

I was drawn to the reflexology session and my therapist Alla was excellent. Her knowledge and intuition was spot on and she picked up on everything going on in my body. Reflexology is an ancient art of healing the body and mind. After an invigorating foot scrub and an application of hot towels to the feet and legs, gentle pressure is then applied to specific points on the feet to establish a healthy flow of energy within the body and to encourage your body’s own natural healing system. It’s an incredibly relaxing treatment and Alla picked up on my digestive issues and also on my back pain. The treatment helped me to focus on healing and her aftercare plan helped me to fine tune my daily habits to what my body currently needs.

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The Carton House spa is one of the nicest I have visited. The beds in the treatment rooms are not only heated but also very wide and incredibly comfortable. This makes all the difference for me as it really enhances your treatment experience. The relaxation room (below) is so spacious as you can see in this picture. We ate sorbet and fresh fruit and snuggled under the beautiful blankets truly appreciating the time alone. After our treatments we relaxed in the pool, steam room and sauna.

A HISTORICAL TREASURE

Carton House is steeped in 835 years of history and you can also step behind the scenes for a tour of the house too. You can avail of the stunning 1,100-acre grounds and take a walk in nature after your treatment. Connecting with nature, especially if you live in the city is so important as it helps us to connect with our spiritual self and truly appreciate the beauty of the world we live in. As a daily mindfulness practitioner I love taking a moment each day to appreciate my surroundings. At Carton House this is incredibly easy to do.

spa treatment, carton house, midweek treatments, inner peace, reflexology, massage, facial, pamperFeeling fully revived and relaxed we headed to the main house for lunch. My mum loved the room we ate lunch in and in this picture you can see (above) the old kitchen that was used by the staff of the house many years ago.

spa treatment, carton house, midweek treatments, inner peace, reflexology, massage, facial, pamperWe had a delicious meal and relaxed and chatted over tea before heading back to the real world! Sometimes life can run away with us and with the festive season fast approaching its nice to take a break and de-stress.

The spa at Carton House are offering some great packages at the moment including:

Midweek harmony package (priced at €150pp) – this includes a 55-minute facial of your choice and a 55-minute massage of your choice and unlimited access to relaxation room, pool, sauna and Jacuzzi

To book visit Carton House Spa

You can’t open a newspaper or turn on a TV these days without hearing about the latest greatest wellness trend

However if I’m honest, when it comes to health it frustrates me that we focus so much of our time and attention on what we put into our body with minimal awareness or understanding about what we are putting on our body!

I have seen people turn into freaks about food. They ask a million questions in restaurants and cafes and read every tiny detail of every food label in the supermarket. Then they return home and spray toxic deodorants, shower and lather themselves in perfumed products.

The fact is if we really want to empower people to live healthier lives then their environment must be taken into consideration. According to US research one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in our personal care products are industrial chemicals. (source EWG.org) So what are you really putting on your skin? Could your hormonal issues actually be down to your choice of cleanser, deodorant or even cleaning product? Could your skin rashes or allergies possibly be caused by the ridiculous amount of toxins we ingest topically and in the air each day?

I’m not going to lie it’s a minefield trying to sift through what’s actually safe and what’s not. My product philosophy is similar to my food philosophy – Keep it simple & keep it real. However, some experts are now saying that what we put on our skin can actually be more harmful than what we put into our mouth.

In simple terms our skin is our largest organ and recent studies show that

  • the skin absorbs more than 60% of the toxic chemicals in our cosmetics.
  • The average woman uses about 15-20 products each day totaling about five pounds of unnecessary and unwanted chemicals each year.

It’s simply impossible to eliminate all toxins from our lives because today we live in a toxic world plain and simple, however what we can strive for is balance.

We can’t control the air pollution in our cities and towns but what we can control is what comes into our homes and what we use for our own personal care. Our bodies are incredible machines that are capable of detoxifying very efficiently but it comes down to toxic load. These days our bodies are consistently exposed to toxins in many forms whether it is environmental toxins, pesticides, food additives, heavy metals, household products and wireless technology. We are already fighting against so much so really what I’m asking you to do here is really think about the how hard you want your body to work unnecessarily.

 

So what’s in our products?

There is everything from skin irritants in our body wash to hormone disruptors in our moisturizer.  Ingredients like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sulphate (SLS), which is a foaming agent found in industrial cleaners, engine degreasers, car wash products and in our make-up and skincare.

Formaldehyde, considered to be a human carcinogen, is found in carpet cleaners, paint, dishwashing liquid…and body soap and baby shampoo!! Octinoxate is an endocrine disruptor that mimics estrogen and can disrupt thyroid function.

Parabens, used in a wide variety of personal care products and foods are in fact endocrine-disrupting chemicals which can be absorbed through skin, blood and the digestive system.

Phthalates pronounced THAL-ates are more chemicals, which are linked to endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and even cancer. They have been banned from cosmetics in the European Union, but you need to watch out for them in U.S. products.

The list goes on and on and at risk of it becoming overwhelming I have a simple guide and some top tips about what you can do to get started:

I have personally pared down my cosmetics cabinet and cleaning supplies to more natural alternatives over time and I encourage people to do this in stages or it can feel too overwhelming.

Since taking a Full 360 approach to my personal wellness my health has improved enormously. I live medication free from illnesses like depression, anxiety and asthma and my quality of life is far better too.

  • As your products run out replace them with more natural and chemical free alternatives. There are so many fantastic and affordable brands out there now that there really is no need to use the toxic ones.
  • Start with switching your deodorants to natural ones. Anti-perspirant’s have come under the spotlight because there are concerns about the negative effects of aluminium. Aluminum essentially plugs your sweat ducts and stops sweat flowing, which I used to think was amazing but is it coming at a cost? The less favourable ingredients in deodorants may be absorbed and cause estrogen like hormonal effects and could contribute to breast cancer.
  • Next move to your largest surface area, which is the skin on your body, and look at switching up your shower gel and body cream or oil. Look out for plant-based products, as they are more effective and nourishing. At home I add some essential oils to some coconut oil for a quick and inexpensive moisturiser. I use Dr. Hauschka, Phyts, Anu, Human and Kind.
  • Next try and switch all your cleaning products as they run out. I love Ecover and bio and Lily’s

I hope this helps and I promise you showing some love to your awareness of your environment will pay off. Lets face it if we are going to work on our internal happiness then surely it would be a crime not to keep your face and body happy too.

Where do we start! The benefits of changing your makeup cosmetics to natural and non-synthetic are endless from Mascara, lipsticks and liners. You name it.

 

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It’s important to consider changing, especially when you think that we put these items on our most delicate skin tissues every day! The eye and lip area, we essentially consume lip colours, can absorb these products’ ingredients into the system. Where synthetics are difficult for our system to breakdown, they can build up or can become irritants and allergens to us. Again we ask ourselves, if there is a pure, clean and beneficial equivalent, why would we not change our habits?!

My preference for the first thing to change would be your foundation. From self-experience and through guiding clients, the change to the skins condition can be positively huge! With using natural and organic skincare in professional treatments and advising homecare for the past ten years, I have seen the benefits to better hydrated, balanced, soothed and all round happier skins. Then, we undo it all with a foundation full of ingredients that go against our skin goals: dehydration, congestion of blackheads and breakouts, sensitivities / redness can creep back in and the battle to balance it with a facial begins again.

So what are the ingredients in natural foundations that we can achieve optimal skin health I hear you say:

Vegetable oils: Apricot Kernel, Avocado oil, Argan kernel oil, Shea Butter, the list goes on. They provide the skin with antioxidants through abundant vitamins, essential fatty acids to give the skin nourishment, flexibility and softness. A plumped skin with vegetable oils is a smooth skin.

A synthetic version: Polymethyl Methacrylate – plastic filler for lubricating and smooth finish. Big problems in cosmetics are plastics, especially these micro plastics which are detrimental to our environment and the food chain. These are washed down the sink and cannot be processed. These plastics are found in fish. We eat fish.

Silica: A mineral derived from plants such as Horsetail. Enhances health of our connective tissue, mattifies / aborbs sebum and sweat, softening.

A synthetic version: Dimethicone – silicon derivative for an occlusive or masking effect; filler effect; barrier; mattifies. The issue is that it locks in moisture, sebum, bacteria, pollutants to the skin and therefore breakouts and congestion are more common, especially those prone to imbalances, e.g. teenagers at puberty.

 

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Plant alcohols: These components create essential oils and preserve products. They are anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and give a natural scent to the product. You will see this written at the end of the ingredients list, for example: geraniol, linalool, limonene, etc.

A synthetic version: Phenoxyethanol – a synthetic alcohol to preserve, stabilize and scent. It can  irritate / sensitise the skin leaving it feeling and looking tight. Capillaries can weaken and redness may persist on the skin if it is constantly irritating the skin everyday.

Vegetal Hyaluronic Acid: A carbohydrate and humectant (attracts water) that behaves like a sponge attracting water to itself and expanding to hundreds of times its original weight. This has beneficial effects for supporting connective tissue and visibly plumping and hydrating the skin.

A synthetic version: Glycerine – if a synthetic form of glycerine is used, its humectant properties will give a soft feel to the epidermis but it is so strong that it actually leaves the tissues below quite dehydrated and tight (lacking water). If glycerine is in the ingredients list, it’s always good to ask if it is of chemical or vegetal / plant origin. The natural glycerine is very gentle.

My top picks for natural and organic foundations are from Couleur Caramel:

Hydra Jeunesse – Inca Inchi oil, a peruvian oil high in essential fatty acids to soften and nourish the skin. Hyaluronic acid to smooth, plump and hydrate. Gives beautiful radiance and glow.

Compact Foundation – An all in one full coverage product with an apricot powder base to give a lessened dewy look compared to Hydra Jeunesse. It uses Shea Butter, Apricot Wax, and Jojoba giving fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants to the skin while providing long lasting and professional wear. Popular for brides!

Working with and learning about firstly natural skincare products; secondly discovering professional and natural makeup, it was only natural to complete the triangle with natural fragrances.

Over the past few years, I have lost interest in dousing myself in the usual front runners of perfumes and opted for more natural and subtle fragrances. I suppose the main reasons for my change of heart would be:

  1. The amount of synthetic ingredients perfumes can contain.
  1. They can be so over powering to the senses (ever been knocked sideways by a stranger passing you who has most obviously bathed in a bottle of Eau de Parfum?).
  1. Photosensitivity: I have met far too many women with strong pigmentation on their necks where they have sprayed perfume for years for it to have only reacted to UV and damaged the skin.

Shopping for and discovering natural perfumes has awakened my senses in the best way possible and has me enjoying spritzing liberally once again. Natural perfumes simply use organic plant alcohols with 2 or 3 essential oils. Essential oils are classified as base, middle or top notes which classifies the staying power of a scent: base notes linger, top notes will disappear more quickly. Many citrus notes are top; some floral and herbs middle; base notes can be more woody, pungent. Oils have synergy so there is usually a mix of notes in a perfume.

What I love about the simple formulas is people’s reaction on smelling a scent: it stirs an emotion and takes them back to a memory of something or someone. The obvious benefit of natural perfume is the organic agriculture behind the ingredients and the non- use or need of any synthetics. Our skin absorbs so much of what we apply to it (and how many products do we apply a day?), and one must take into account what we also breathe in when we spray perfumes.

The staying power of a natural fragrance will never be as strong or as long lasting as the synthetics, but then again, spraying onto the pulses and hair and enjoying the scent won’t be so damaging to our health or the environment so I’m quite happy about a little re-spray half way through my day!

There have been controversial ingredients used by perfumeries in the past, and still possibly today, such as musks which are derived barbarically from deer and civet cats. The argument here is obviously that that is a natural derivative but I think the earth offers us enough notes in plants to leave the animals out of it. With synthetic perfumes, you just don’t always know what exactly is in them so isn’t it easier to read a label of transparency, understand it and know what you’re wearing is good for you… body and mind!

When it comes to ingredients I just can’t deny how lovely it is to read such a simple and short list:

  • Alcohol (plant)
  • Cornflower Water
  • Labdanum
  • Patchouli
  • Clary Sage (Pure Patchouli perfume Acorelle)
  • All ingredients from organic farming made from organic ingredients

Just this 2017, V.Claire Natural Cosmetics introduced natural perfumes, Acorelle.

Acorelle

There are 9 perfumes divided in effects of Energizing, Balancing and Soothing… Let your senses guide you to your favourite!

Oily skin isn’t always a bad thing. It can give you occasional breakouts, but it doesn’t mean that it can’t do anything good for your skin.

Having oily skin can slow down the rate of skin aging. One good reason is the protection the oils provide for your skin.

They form a barrier to combat pollutants, UV rays and other environmental stressors. Apart from that, having oils on your skin can also mean constant moisture.

You’ll look glowing, too.

These benefits, however, are only possible if your skin is well taken cared of. Oily skin can cause mayhem without the right products or proper skin care routine.

When there’s too much oil, your pores can easily get clogged, especially if it gets mixed with dirt, makeup residue and dead skin cells.

So, to make sure that doesn’t happen, you need to cleanse it, preferably twice a day. This is to make sure that there’s no dirt or makeup residues that can clog your pores.

Toning and moisturizing are important as well. These two steps can bring back the moisture your skin loses each time you cleanse.

Although your skin is capable of restoring moisture by itself, it can actually take quite awhile. By toning, you’ll be bringing back that lost moisture quickly.

Sun protection is important, too. A good sunscreen can help you combat excessive oil production while making sure your skin stays protected against the sun’s harmful rays.

And if your skin is already suffering from the consequences of not doing any of these skin care steps, such as acne, acne spots and dull skin, you may need to use something more potent to bring back your skin’s healthy complexion.

This includes investing in the top vitamin c serum for face. Vitamin C serums have the ability to brighten the skin, including any dark spots you may have.

They can also tighten up pores and even out your skin tone. In addition to that, they also have anti-aging benefits by boosting your skin’s collagen production.

The more collagen there is in your skin, the more supple, elastic and younger-looking it will become.

Now, if these steps overwhelmed you- don’t fret. Here’s an infographic to guide you in getting rid of oily skin.

6 Easy Things You Can Do To Get Rid Of Oily SKin

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Last week I headed out to see Susan Fox in Eden Beauty group for an ocean miracle treatment using Casmara skincare.

When Susan and I decided to collaborate she sent me out some of the Casmara products to try. I started using them at the same time as I gave up coffee and sugar. This meant that I was detoxing so the products would really be put to the test.

I found the Casmara products gentle and lightweight which was perfect for the hot weather we have been experiencing. I used the 3 n 1 marine cleanser (€20), the hydra lifting serum (€40) and the hydra lifting firming moisturising cream.(€36)

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Casmara was developed in Valencia in Spain and they develop and manufacturer all of their products in house which is very rare these day’s.  They invented the worlds first peel off algae masks in the 70’s and are very innovative bringing out new products regularly.

FREE FROM…

The Ocean Miracle range is silicone, paraban and alcohol free. It has no animal or egg derivatives and has an Eco Cert, which means it’s ingredients are organic, natural and not tested on animals. The products and facial contain Sea plasma where the salt is removed from seawater and you are left with a plasma that is incredibly rich in nutrients. Sea plasma contains 72 of the 91 elements on the table. It also contain Wakame kelp which is the main ingredient in miso soup and scientist who studied the longevity and ageing of the Japanese people believe the reason the live to such advanced age and have such beautiful skin is their high intake of wakame.

THE SALON

When I arrived at the salon the entrance was just off The Main Street in Wicklow but as soon as you walked sown the entrance lane you felt a sense of peace. The salon has eight treatment rooms offering everything from facials to LED Light Therapy Mask.  At Eden beauty group they will always tailor their treatments to the needs of the client.

THE TREATMENT

I have been suffering breakouts recently as my body and mind has been going through changes. I had quite a few blocked pores and I was delighted when Susan suggested extraction. There are only a few exceptional beauticians that can do extractions well and Susan is one of them.

casmara, eden beauty group, susan fox, facial, ocean miracle treatment, cleansing, natural skincare, skin health, beauty, natural products, skincare, health, wellness, holisitic health, wicklow townBefore starting the Casmara Ocean Miracle treatment Susan did a deep cleanse and then straight into the extraction! There was minimal pain and I felt quite excited at the prospect of my blocked pores being freed!! After the pain was sheer pleasure and their was a foaming mask, wakame kelp and green tea to ensure a sensory delight.

STEPS OF CASMARA OCEAN MIRACLE TREATMENT

  1. Cleansed with Green Tea Cleanser. This is a fabulous product as it contains green tea and silk proteins so it hydrates while cleansing. It is 3 products in 1. A cleanser when used on wet skin and then an exfoliator when used on dry skin with a cloth or brush. It also is an eye make up remover and you do not need a toner!

 

  1. Extraction. (Needs no description lol)

 

  1. Applied Oxygenating foaming mask. This felt amazing as it foamed on y skin. It is a fabulous treatment for stimulating cell activity and infuses the cells with pure oxygen with stimulates cell activity and makes them more responsive and better able to absorb the products applied after it.

 

  1. Susan applied an enzymatic peel; this is a peel that does not scrub or overwork the skin but rather gently melts off dead skin cells. It contains fucogel which is extremely hydrating, it contains olive oil and stops you getting that tight dry feeling you sometimes get after a peel or scrub.

 

  1. After stripping and peeling the skin you need to feed it so Susan massaged in an ampoule with Sea plasma and Threalose, which is a seaweed that holds it’s moisture for hours when the tide goes out and it is exposed on the rocks. It keeps moisture locked into your skin.

 

  1. A serum was applied that has Juvenessence in it. This slows down the cells in your body changing laminine (which is a protein) to Progerin, which is what causes cells to age. This means that this facial actually works at cell level to slow down the ageing process.

 

  1. A cream with more Wakame was applied. Wakame has been proven in clinical studies to activate 14 genes stimulating collagen, Elastin and HA (firming) in the skin.
  1. casmara, eden beauty group, susan fox, facial, ocean miracle treatment, cleansing, natural skincare, skin health, beauty, natural products, skincare, health, wellness, holisitic health, wicklow townLast but not least was the mask. It is made up of pure Wakame Kelp it lowers your body temperature by 6-8 degrees and dries from the outside in pushing products deeper into the skin. It also helps reduces any inflammation and sooth the skin. I loved this part and as you can see it also covered my eyes and I felt a deep feeling of rest at this stage of the treatment.
  1. At the end a moisturizer was applied, which had a combination of all the key ingredients in the facial. My skin felt fresh and not a sign of the extraction anywhere.

THE AFTERMATH

Over the next few days I felt my skin brighten. I had a few breakouts, which I expected as my chin in particular had been very badly clogged and needed a deep cleanse. I headed to a movie premiere with James on Sunday and as you can see from the photo below my skin looked fresh and everyone was asking had I had Botox??? The answer is no I have never had any treatment like that.

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This facial is super effective, clean, environmentally friendly and uses the latest advances in science to deliver totally natural ingredients deeply into the skin. It is also safe for even the most sensitive skin.

To avail of a 10% discount on online orders. Go to the online store here and then use the code Ali10.

For more information contact Susan at Eden Beauty Group Reception + 353 (0)404 61295

Black Garlic – White Tofu – Red Peppers

Farmers markets can be hubs of culinary discovery. They surround us with tastes from our locality and from much further afield. My taste buds are frequently sent on mouthwatering adventures, from the sweet exotic flavour of the papaya fruit to the more savoury flavours of the salty succulent samphire. This week we are delving deep into the dark side of cooking as we take a look at black garlic and tofu.

Tofu, The Green Door, Black Garlic, Crispy tofu, recipe, organic food, Food Ideas, Dublin 8, Christy Stapleton, nutrition, foodWhat is Black Garlic?

 Many people believe that garlic is turned black through caramelisation or fermentation but this is incorrect. Fermentation requires microbial action and caramelisation requires pyrolysis (the use of heat to separate chemical composition). The process that occurs in the case of black garlic is known as the “Maillard Reaction”. It involves a chemical reaction between amino acids and reducing sugars.

Tofu, The Green Door, Black Garlic, Crispy tofu, recipe, organic food, Food Ideas, Dublin 8, Christy Stapleton, nutrition, foodFresh bulbs of white garlic are aged under controlled levels of heat and humidity over the course of a month until they have become black. This process alters the flavour of the garlic bringing it from its savoury beginnings to something a lot sweeter, milder and sticky to the touch. Perhaps most importantly it wont leave you with pungent garlic breath.

Black garlic can have many uses in your kitchen. It can be spread on bread, turned into sauce, tossed in a soup or mixed into a marinade. Today however, we are going to blend it with some dark soy sauce and maple syrup to create a sweet coating for crispy tofu cubes.

 

Crispy Tofu with Black Garlic

What’s black, white and red all over? Well aside from a newspaper, it’s this delicious quick and easy recipe! I promise it will taste better than the Irish Times.

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  • 1 block of tofu
  • 6 cloves of black garlic
  • 3 tbsp peanut oil (vegetable, avocado or chilli oil all work great too!)
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 red pepper
  • bunch of chives

Method:

  1. Drain the tofu and chop up into bite size cubes.
  2. Slice the red pepper into strips and set aside.
  3. Place the black garlic, maple syrup, soy sauce and peanut oil into a blender and whiz up until it is a smooth liquid.
  4. Heat some peanut oil in a wok before throwing in the tofu, turning it frequently until all pieces are a crisp golden brown.
  5. Remove the tofu and set it aside.
  6. Pour the sweet black garlic mixture into the wok until it is sizzling hot.
  7. Toss the tofu back into the wok along with the red peppers and stir fry until the tofu is coated in our mixture.
  8. Serve with some chopped fresh chives and enjoy!

All the ingredients mentioned above can be found at The Green Door Market. Like us on Facebook or follow me on Instagram as I continue my culinary adventures.