Skin care

Firstly, I know this blog is about my baking, or photography. But this post focusses on neither (sorry!) The reason being, I’ve been focussing on a part of me this week, my skincare, and I wanted to share this with you. So, here goes:

I haven’t said too much about ‘me’, not really. I’d done so for a reason, but I’ll let you into a little something about me…I’m actually 27 years old and I still suffer from ‘bad skin’… I take good care of myself, I eat well (taken to a new level recently, as you can see from my blog) and I exercise…. To sum this up, it’s annoying. It’s annoying because sometimes, you feel like you can’t leave the house and you don’t have the confidence you want to have to get on with life.

Now before you say anything,I do get it, the only person who’s really stopping me from going out or not having the confidence, is me. My friends don’t care / judge me for my ‘bad skin’. But I do. I judge myself. I give myself a really hard time about it. I’ve cried, I’ve not wanted to go into work and I’ve let it take over my life. There are plenty of bloggers out there who experience the same as me. I’m not trying to say that I’m the only one that feels like this, in fact, quite the opposite. It’s hard though, everything around us in our day to day life is telling us to be ‘perfect’. And, you know what? It’s impossible. Your version of perfect is different from my version of perfect and different to somebody else’s, so guess what? You’ll never ‘feel’ perfect or ‘be’ perfect. However, what you can do is make sure that you are the best possible, you. If you want to. And, only do it for you (would be my advice). For me, it’s about being comfortable in my own skin. My skin will never be ‘perfect’ and neither will I. But, I am determined to not let it take over my life.

I have tried everything to help my skin. From heavy medication -which made me feel sad, isolated, unable to move or walk without being in pain…but cleared it for up to 6 months afterwards. (Since then, I’ve been trying to claw back those days without going on this medication. It’s left me with especially sensitive skin that still breaks out. Why did I put myself through 6 months of agony??? It hasn’t helped in the long run and I’m still not sure what causes it.) To every ‘miracle’ cream you could probably consider.

At the moment, I use dermologica products which are great but still hasn’t resolved the whole issue. Due to the ‘heavy medication’ I used 3 years ago my skin is now  really sensitive. It means that most shop bought products are too harsh/heavy and that I still break out but it’s much much harder to ‘cure’.

So, on to the happier side of this post (hooray, you say!) I’ve recently been using coconut oil for quite literally, everything. I say ‘literally’ because, I use it in cooking as the oil base, I use it on my face as a moisturiser, eye make up remover, the ends of my hair to give them a bit of a sprucing and you know what? I don’t get why I haven’t heard about it sooner. I’d recommend checking out this website, this is the brand of coconut oil that I use.

It hasn’t resolved my ‘bad skin’, I’m still working on other areas for that. But this is one great addition to my bathroom and kitchen cupboard that I now can’t live without. It’s also helping with the scaring on my face and to be honest, it’s just helping me feel better about things. I know that it’s 100% natural, it doesn’t react with my skin and it makes me feel comfortable (as well as smelling super nice). What more could I ask for? So my regime is a dermolgica precleanse and cleanser and then topped off with deliciously smelling coconut oil as a moisturiser.

Let me know if you’ve used coconut oil for beauty or if you’re an adult still suffering with ‘bad skin’ and fed up of hearing ‘you’ll grow out of it’…But for me, yoga, healthy food and coconut oil seem to be making me feel happier…and or at least smelling coconutty!!

Enjoy your Sunday 🙂 xx

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Day 4 – Crackers

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Wow. I can honestly say that I can’t wait for yoga tomorrow. The day after a bank holiday in work is always a bit of a rush. You never quite get an extra day off do you? It’s more ‘squish 4 days of work into 5’ or having to work at the weekend. I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels this way…am I? Anyway, after today I’m very much looking forward to yoga tomorrow. I’m already curious to see what pose she teaches us. ‘Crow’ is one where I always think “this is it, this is when I will publicly fall on my face”… It’s yet to happen, haunting me in the back of my mind, every yoga lesson. But still, I love it.

To continue my ‘healthier’ food choices. I’ve made some ‘healthy’ crackers. They are so delicious, it’s unreal (I see why Ella decided to call her blog ‘Deliciouslly Ella’). Seriously, how have these never crossed my path until now? They will go perfectly with the hummus I made yesterday. I’ll make a proper note in a few days time, but even after cutting out gluten and dairy for just a few days, I can already say that I have so much more energy. I’m positive about the changes that I’ve made so far. Have you tried any gluten/dairy free recipes? If so, let me know. I’m doing this mainly to make myself feel less sluggish… but I’m also hopeful it will help my skin. 27 and I still have bad skin? Such a pain. Come on amazing food, give me the answers I’m hoping for 🙂 Happy Tuesday!

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Day 3 – Sunshine and hummus.

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Hummus

Starting the day outside eating breakfast is one of my favourite things to do (it always makes me feel like I’m on holiday). Thankfully, I had some left over banana and blueberry pancakes (see ‘Day 1’ post) which I quickly threw together so I could enjoy the sunny morning outside. I really enjoyed my first challenge on Saturday, so I started to think ‘what should I make next?’. So, I decided that today was the day that I was going to make some home-made hummus (for the very first time). My boyfriend and I love the stuff, so it makes complete sense that I learn how to make it…

It was so easy. I’m not sure I will ever buy shop bought hummus ever again. I enjoyed making it (although I have made what was a ‘clean kitchen’ into something quite the opposite) so I’m sharing with you the photos. Just so that you can see how yummy it looks!

I’m off to eat it outside in the sunshine, enjoy your bank holiday Monday!


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Day 2 – Sunday and flowers at home

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If you’ve had time to check out my ‘about‘ section, you’ll see that I’m a fan of photography. I try and take my camera everywhere because you never know when you see that moment that you just want to capture. Last weekend I was a bridesmaid for my Brother’s wedding and I still managed to take photos, despite being in the event. One of my favourites is when I was walking back to my room at the hotel and noticed the bride up ahead with her best friend. It was great lighting, a long corridor and the bride and chief bridesmaid at the end. They had no idea it was being taken and they were really surprised and pleased with the photo. Very satisfying.  I hope you don’t mind, but I’m not going to include it in this post as I am a firm believer in privacy and, like this blog is for me, that photo was for them.

Anyway, whilst I’m talking about photography, I’d like to share with you one of my favourite photographers: Dove Grey Photography. She has a great personal touch and captures those natural moments that I’m so fond of. And, the best thing is that she adds photography tips every Tuesday! So now we can try and take photos that are just as amazing as hers, hooray!

I’ve decided today that I will take pictures of some of the vegetation around my place using one of her tips. This is me making sure I take time to appreciate everything around me and who doesn’t like flowers? Okay, so if you don’t, that’s fine but seriously, nature produces some amazing colours and that fascinates me! Some of the photos I’ve included are tulips (inside) and then onions (the long green things), peppermint (the one with white edges) and then a top down view of the tomatoes that I’m growing in our ‘grow house’. Which, as you will see, are at the early stages of growth. My favourites are definitely the tulips and I’m clearly still learning how to master the camera! I hope that you enjoy the photographs and I’d really like to hear your thoughts on your photography or what you’ve done for you today 🙂 Happy Sunday!

Tulip close up

Inside the tulip

sunset tulips

Pretty tulips

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Peppermint

Peppermint, tomatoes and onions

Onions in the making

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Top down view of tomatoes

 

 

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Day 1 – “The Project”

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Welcome to my first ever blog post!
Today as part of my ‘better food decisions’ project, I thought I’d make banana pancakes.

I love food and I’ve always aspired to my Mother’s completely British and wonderful cooking. But recently, I’ve been more aware of what I eat and how it affects my body. I’m not inventing / creating any recipes, but rather finding them online and documenting my progress. I love photography and this helps me learn and better my skills behind the camera too. Today I made awesome banana and blueberry pancakes from the Deliciouslly Ella blog and they were amazing!

In case you weren’t sure, of you haven’t heard of Ella’s blog, it’s essentially a vegan (brilliant) website that I use probably on a daily basis. I thoroughly suggest making them yourself, so I’ve included the link to her recipe for you: (http://deliciouslyella.co.uk/tag/vegan-banana-pancakes-gluten-free/).

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