Over the last few years, I’ve grown to be quite conscious about what I put in my body, and likewise on my skin. It started when I briefly lived in Paris, France, and was learning to cook the French way. This involves lots of veggies, light cooking, and learning to enjoy wholefoods.
I started to notice a few benefits from my diet change, such as shinier hair, and I generally felt happier too. Since then, I’ve dabbled with eating well and natural beauty, trying different supplements, powders, oils… you name it, I’ve probably tried it!
In all this trial and error, I’ve found a few products and recipes that have stuck with me. I think they’re worth a try if you’re looking to boost your inner beauty!
Game, set, matcha…
One of the not-so-healthy habits I picked up in Paris was a caffeine addiction. We would drink espresso upon arrival at work, after lunch, at 4pm. In fact, whenever else we wanted a chat in the café! Now, I limit myself to one coffee per day. If I ever fancy a warming drink I’ll go for matcha tea. It’s high in antioxidants, tastes great when mixed with a splash of soy milk and dash of sugar (see my Matcha Latte recipe). It is much better loose than in a tea bag too.
Put the lime in the coconut (oil)
Coconut oil has received a bad rep recently, but contrary to most, I’m still a fan of using it in both my bathroom and kitchen. The oil is indeed high in saturated fat, but in a diet made up primarily of wholefoods, this adds real balance. Plus, if you set aside a little coconut oil in another jar, it’s great for removing makeup (use exactly like a cleanser), smoothing onto skin, or even in your hair!
Loco for cocoa
I’m a big fan of both cocoa and cacao – but both have different uses in my kitchen! Both cocoa and cacao come from the cacao bean. They are great for getting some rarer minerals such as magnesium in your diet. The difference is that cacao is raw, whereas cocoa has been heated before it gets to you. To make the most of both, use cacao in your recipes that don’t involve cooking (such as my Raw Chocolate). Use cocoa in hot chocolates and cooking.
Return of the maca
Maca is my favourite addition to my diet – it’s tasty, it’s healthy, and I have it almost every day in my smoothies. It’s probably the least known of the list. It’s an exotic root vegetable that has been powdered and tastes quite like caramel when mixed with a few sweet ingredients. Maca has a number of benefits, including immune system support, vitamin C, and protein. I like to add a heaped teaspoon to my Chocolate & Peanut Butter smoothie most mornings for a healthy boost!
Besma Whayeb, Curiously Conscious