Over the last few months I’ve been suffering quite a bit with my skin. I think because of a number of factors, but namely stress and hormones! Normally I’m not too bothered about a few spots, we all get them and it’s no big deal, but my skin was as bad as it had ever been when I was a teenager, both on my face and also my back and this really got me down and my self confidence took a knock. It isn’t something you want to be dealing with in your late 20s!

So I approached trying to improve it in a number of ways, and these are the top 4 tips that I feel have made a big difference to my skin:

1.  I took a lot of care taking my make up off each night and I got into a really good routine. I made sure to always wash my face after taking off my make up, regardless of how tired I was, so my face was as clean and cleansed as possible. I think investing in a product like the Facial Cleansing Brush would also be a great addition for this step as it really targets any hard to clean areas with its soft bristles. I’ve definitely added one to my skincare wish-list for the future!

2. Secondly I decided that the best solution would be to use products with as natural ingredients as possible, with limited chemicals and names of things I couldn’t pronounce; I just felt like that is what my skin was asking for and it allowed me to keep track of what was making a difference. I used a few different moisturisers but eventually settled for my favourite Tropic Moisturiser I have talked about previously.

3. I also started to regularly use a face mask to draw out impurities.  I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with face masks as I find my skin can sometimes be worse after using them, but I know in reality that’s because the product doing its job and skin does have a tendency to be worse before it gets better. But I tried the Tropic Clear Skin Mask and I felt like I got all of the benefits without having a skin meltdown afterwards, so I definitely wanted to include it on this list as I fell in love with the formula.

4. Finally, I have seen a huge impact and change in my skin since I started the Rawgust challenge (find out more here), and the improvements in my skin after eating raw for over 3 weeks now have been really noticeable. It’s clear that all those fresh vitamins and minerals have been the boost my skin needed. My skin is less aggravated and smoother in appearance. I have also been drinking so much more than I normally would, which has been a great lifestyle change for me.

 

How do you target bad skin? What are your tips?

Well well, we’ve hit the 3 week mark for Rawgust! I’ve eaten nothing but raw food for the last 22 days and I feel pretty damn impressed at myself!

I have had no temptations to cheat, in fact I knew I wouldn’t cheat from the first day I started – I might have moaned a few times (sorry boyfriend), and it would have been dreaaaaamy to eat a pizza after a night out last week, but I’m a pretty stubborn person and so I knew I wouldn’t cheat and that I needed to see this through to the end.

So in terms of benefits this week:

  • My energy is back up – in week 1 I was worried that I would have low energy the whole month, so I’m really glad it’s back to where I was before. The change in my energy was one of the biggest improvements I noticed when going vegan – I have so much energy, I bounce out of bed and I’m rarely tired when I actually go to sleep, and I get lots of comments about how I fit so much into my time – this answer is a lot more than just diet, but my diet is definitely a key factor in that!
  • My skin is the best it has been in 7 months and it makes me sooooo happy.
  • My hair seems to have grown a lot in between hair cuts this time – now I can’t prove this is because of rawgust, but it has had such a big impact on my skin, it makes sense that it would effect my hair too.
  • I made raw hummus using cashews (hummus is always a benefit!)

I’ve also seen a slight change in my taste buds and I tend to be craving savory vegetables over fruit now – I’m adding less fruit to my juices in the morning and I’m craving tomatoes, avocados and pickles!

9 days to go guys! But actually, I’m not even counting down now – I’m loving the raw diet!

Follow my updates here:

Rawgust Week 1

Rawgust Week 2

So we’re just about to hit the half way mark with Rawgust and I’m stoked I’ve made it this far! To be honest, the last week has been so much easier than week 1, and I’ve really enjoyed eating raw, rather than just trying to get through it like week 1 was a little bit!

I’ve also noticed that the dishes I have been making are meals I’ve never eaten before and the creativity Rawgust is forcing me to have in the kitchen has actually been really refreshing. I think we can all get in a rut with the foods we eat, and maybe don’t associate how certain foods make us feel. By eating such varied, fresh, raw, and nutrient dense foods I have definitely seen a difference in my body this week and it has reminded me how important it is to fuel our bodies with the right foods, not just what we fancy that day. I’m sure we’d all love pizza everyday, but that’s not what your insides will be craving, and Rawgust has really made me reflect on that.

The benefits I’ve seen this week have continued to build on week 1; my skin has continued to clear up, and I’ve continued to drop weight and my stomach is noticeably flatter. Another plus has been my energy is back up, so I think the lull in week 1 was potentially the detoxing phase as my body was getting used to eating raw.

I’m also much more conscious of striking a balance with the foods I’m eating to make sure I’m getting a balance of nutrients, vitamins and minerals – this can only be a plus for my overall health and wellbeing.

From a social perspective I still haven’t eaten out during Rawgust, so I think this will be the next hurdle – but I’m up for the challenge!

For those of you that missed it on social media, I’m guest speaking at the Summer Special Juice & Raw Food Masterclass at The Core in Old Town tonight! I’ll be talking about my journey with veganism, chatting about Rawgust and also making one of my favourite raw dishes for people to try! I’m SO excited and can’t wait to hopefully see some of you there!

Ok guys, I’m a week into Rawgust, so here’s a little update how it’s been going!

I’ve managed to eat completely raw for 7 days, with no slips ups – which I’m pretty proud of myself for!

I think I naturally have quite strong willpower, so I thought Rawgust would be a good challenge to push myself and try and be as healthy as possible. However when I first started, a whole month sounded pretty daunting! So I originally decided I would try and do it week by week, but now I’m a week in I’m definitely not ready to stop yet.

I found the first 2 days really hard, and all I wanted to eat in the evenings was cooked food. I’m not sure whether it was an actual craving or more habit and knowing that I was trying to avoid cooked food which normally has the effect of wanting the forbidden item even more.

But after the first few days, I’ve got into more of a routine and I feel really good putting so many fresh fruits and vegetables into my body. I bought a juicer and I’m obsessed with it! Green juice is everything and my body feels so super healthy!

I’ve also been forced to get creative with my meals, which I love! But eating out whilst following a raw diet would legit be a nightmare. Not many places in my home town serving up courgette noodles, that’s for sure.

So what are the health benefits of eating a raw food diet?

There are many many benefits associated with eating a raw food diet.

Eating a raw food diet means consuming around 75% raw foods, so it’s naturally going to be have a big impact to digestion, wellbeing and overall health. Some of the improvements that are expected are:

  • More energy
  • Up to 3 hours less sleep
  • Weight loss
  • Clear skin
  • Clarity of mind and better memory
  • Improved immune system
  • Improved fertility
  • Prevent or even reverse diabetes

Now I’m not aiming for everything on this list (fertility you can chill out), but so far I would say my skin seems a little clearer and I feel like I’ve lost a little weight – I never really weigh myself but my clothes feel a tiny bit looser, even though I’m eating more than I usually would. However I would say I’ve been more tired than usual, which could be a result of the raw food or could just be due to a few late nights.

I think week 2 will reveal more of the benefits – so I’m excited to see what the week holds!

Don’t get me wrong, it would be awesome to have some tofu about now, but I got through the first week so I’m feeling like I got this.

Can we just appreciate the sweetest Rawgust gift I received left outside my door for me? All the heart eyes.