What is Chaga mushroom and what are the benefits?
Chaga is a fungus which can be found growing on birch trees in cold climates such as Northern Europe, Siberia, Russia, Korea, Northern Canada and Alaska.
It has actually been used for centuries in some of the above mentioned countries. Mainly to boost immunity and treat diabetes, prevent chronic inflammation, fight cancer and generally improve overall health.
Nowadays we have become even more familiar with this rather unattractive charcoal-looking piece, and although there are still things to find out about its healing health benefits, we can enjoy it in the form of a fine powder; either as a nice cup of tea, or as a capsuled supplement, with a taste similar to vanilla and nut.
Chaga is low in calories, very high in fiber and loaded with antioxidants
It really works wonders with the entire body, inside and outside. In terms of skincare, Chaga, with its antioxidant properties, helps to slow down the ageing process by protecting our cells from free radicals. That’s why we find a variety of creams containing Chaga as the benefits are endless.
To sum it up, Chaga helps us stay strong when stress in its many forms tries to get us down, so in a way, it really is a Magic Mushroom 😉
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What is glutathione? In short, it’s a very powerful antioxidant that the body (the liver) makes and uses every day, and can be found in every cell in the body. It’s made up of three types of molecules known as amino acids and benefits the skin by boosting overall health. Since it is an antioxidant, it neutralizes and eliminates the free radicals (unstable atoms) that damage the skin at the cellular level to cause ageing and discolouration. (therefor often used as as skin whitening).
Glutathione has many important health functions and benefits, for example:
- supporting immune function
- helping the liver and gallbladder deal with fats
- regenerating vitamins C and E
- anti-aging properties
- detoxifies the body
When we expose ourselves to certain factors such as stress, environmental toxins, poor nutrition and, well, age (kind of hard to escape) the level of glutathione is reduced. Which we simply don’t want.
If you want to add glutathione as a daily supplement you can always go for the capsules, however, there’s a more pleasant way to go about this. Supermood is providing us with the beauty of Dark Chocolate with Glutathione. Voila’! I think this is a brilliant idea, as this is way more exciting than capsules 🙂
Get yours from my shop or pop by my office in San Gwann if you happen to be in Malta!
All you need is me – from True Organic of Sweden is a new, award winning favourite, ‘replacing’ the 8 hour cream from Elizabeth Arden. You can use it in a million ways, but so far I’m mainly using it to hydrate and add gloss to my lips, and also to put those small annoying fine baby hairs in place. It comes in 2 sizes (15 ml and 50 ml) so one can follow you around in your handbag and the other can stay at home as a back up 🙂
- Protects the skin against weather and wind
- Soothes red and irritated skin
- Makes the skin soft and supple
- Relieves minor sunburn
- Whitens and reduces age spots
- Hydrates dry skin
- Assists in minor scrapes
- Only a small amount is needed
It contains nothing but goodies, that’s why it’s a great replacement for other similar creams. Say hello to castor oil, beeswax, olive oil, shea butter, vitamin E and blueberry seed oil. That’s all.
I’ve recently started using one of the emulsions in the picture; Kanebo Emulsion III Super Moist and I really love it. Although I have a bit of an issue with dehydrated skin from time to time and oil based products seem like the obvious go-to choice, this water based emulsion is definitely doing the work. The texture is super light and absorbs quickly, and hydrates like crazy! Honestly, I start off with 2-3 drops of Supermood Egoboost Moisture Kick Serum, then eye cream and then I add the emulsion. That’s it. I don’t need any other product on top (well, if I go out I use BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Gel (6.5) but that’s it)
The word emulsion can be confusing as there are so many names and terms in the beauty/skincare jungle, but simply put – an emulsion is water based which makes it less heavy than a cream. It’s suitable for people with dry skin as it is very hydrating, but works well with oily skin too (being water based). Emulsions are more lightweight than a moisturizer but still extremely hydrating to the skin, and it soothes dry patches while keeping sebum (oil) and acne in check. So, win-win for everyone 🙂
In the skincare routine, the Emulsion III Super Moist can be used to prep for other beauty products, but it’s all down to your skin type and what other products you use. In my routine I use; cleanser, toner, serum, eye cream and then the emulsion. I could add another cream but with this particular emulsion, it’s enough to hydrate.
Sensai Emulsion III Super Moist
This pure Organic Coconut Oil is an all-time favourite! It’s a bit different as it’s actually completely fragrance free.
I personally don’t mind the coconut scent, especially in summer, but I agree it can become a bit overpowering if you also wear perfume, so having this fragrance free option is great.
Pure organic Coconut oil can be used in so many different ways;
- Hydrating face cream for day and night use
- Hand and cuticle cream
- For eczema, ulcers and bites
- As a hair mask to add shine and volume/Frizz tamer/Oil treatment/Dandruff treatment
- Massage oil – keep it in a warmer temp so it melts
- Body lotion
- Shaving balm
- Prevent and fade Stretch marks
This particular Pure Coconut Oil comes in a glass jar and is definitely display worthy 😉
Italian roots, made in Sweden
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Very soon you’ll find Finnish skincare brand Supermood in Malta. I’m currently working hard on setting up the shop, and soon you’ll be able to enjoy these beautiful products.
I love this brand because of their holistic approach to beauty and wellbeing;
Supermood is a natural Finnish skincare brand with a fresh take on beauty and wellness. We see beauty as an all-round holistic process, where physical and emotional well-being goes hand in hand with each other and are directly reflected in the way we look on the outside. That is why we do not offer just skincare products but also a selection of other wellbeing products ranging from dietary supplements to chocolate.
You’ll be able to find a good selection of Supermood products from my upcoming online shop Olistica, and also, feel free to stop by my office/store in San Gwann if you want to say hello and try the products.
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Bareminerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lip Colour
Love this cream-to-matte liquid lip colour from bareMinerals, one of few that doesn’t dry out my lips.
bareMinerals Gen Nude Swag matte
If you’re looking for a quick fix, this is your answer – Evolve Miracle Face Mask.
It’s literally a 5-10 minute job and voila – instant glow. To be fair, it’s not going to work wonders on your skin, but it’s certainly a good once-a-week habit.
The jar is display worthy and in this case, even the scent and color of the product is appealing. Like a tropical fruit. Kind of that ‘all-round’ product I was talking about in an earlier post.
The only minus I would come up with is the texture, I found it a bit too loose or runny. Once applied however, it stays put!
This delicious miracle face mask blended with 100% natural fruit acids including Glycolic Acid from Sugar Cane delivers instantly smoother plumper skin. Peruvian Maca, an ancient energy booster, helps to increase cellular renewal and skin radiance and reduces the appearance of ageing whilst Papaya acts as a natural exfoliator.
If anyone sufferes from very dry lips, this is your cure – Nuxe Honey Lip Balm.
I had been using lipsticks and a variety of balms which really dried out my lips and whatever I did, they remained chapped. It’s no fun when you have your skin under control but the lips are all dry and unattractive, so I ended up trying a rich balm from Nuxe. It really sorted them out from day 1 so I bought a whole box of these little glass jars 🙂
It has quite a rich and somewhat grainy texture, some people don’t like the grainy part, but if you warm it between your fingers before applying, those tiny bits dissolves quickly. I personally don’t even notice them but some people do.
Since it’s rather rich, using it at night is also a good idea if the texture is too much to use under lipstick, but I use it day and night just to make sure I never go back to that chapped, dry state again!
“Muscat Rosemary Oil and Beeswax is deeply replenishing.
Allantoin soothes while Acacia Honey repairs.
Vitamin E protects the lips.”
I change the color on my nails every 3 weeks when I visit my nail salon, and same goes for my toes, and last time I left the salon I realised I have absolutely nothing for my lips in my make-up bag to match the nails. It’s not just red, it’s red orange, which seemed like an easy thing to find, but turned out to be a lot more tricky than expected. Doesn’t really show on the pictures but it has quite an orangy tone. Thankfully I found a perfect match in Givenchy Rouge Interdit Vinyl number 08, a rushed buy at the airport on the way to Marbella. Small moment of victory 🙂