What your skin needs right now| Procoal

I’m a big fan of face masks. There’s something so relaxing about having one that I always make sure I add it to my skincare routine on weekends, to properly end the working week.

After the wedding party in Portugal (there’s a post coming soon about it), I came back with an allergy on my skin face which I believe it was due to all the makeup I wore on those days. My skin is just not used to wearing makeup and because it was a different country, the water I used and products to remove it were different, so I’m guessing it all had a bit of influence and the results weren’t very good.

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To make sure my skin was back in shape, as soon as I got back to England I made sure I picked a nice purifying sheet mask. Something natural and smooth to my skin.

And that’s when I tried Procoal Instaclear Control sheet mask that contains botanical extracts that have the benefits of salicylic acid such as exfoliation, and anti-microbial action, without irritating the skin, which is something I really had to avoid. It’s free from parabens, silicones, SLS, mineral oils and paraffin.

So after I cleaned and dried my face, I placed the mask carefully positioned around nose, eye and mouth. I left it for 20 minutes and after removing it, I gently massaged my face until any remaining essence was fully absorbed. I didn’t rinse it afterwards because it just got absorbed.

I could feel a great sensation on my skin straight away, it was softer and smoother. I continued with my daily skincare routine and three days later all the blemishes on my skin were gone and I was so glad my healthy skin was back!

You can check this mask and other products from Procoal here – https://procoal.co.uk/

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What is Rhodiola Rosea Root and why I take it

If you’ve never heard about Rhodiola, let me tell you that is most commonly used for increasing energy, endurance, strength, and mental capacity.  It is also used to help the body adapt to and resist physical, chemical, and environmental stress.

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Rhodiola Rosea Root grows at 10,000 feet in the Altai Mountains of Siberia. The root when cut gives off the aroma of a rose. It’s suitable for Vegetarians, Vegans, Gluten Free, Soy Free & Dairy Free.

I started taking Rhodiola Rosea from Brainpower Nootropics 6 weeks ago as a natural supplement to help me fight common daily stress and I can tell you that I definitely feel the difference.

I’m a very organised person so I tend to accept any tasks coming my way because I can always find time to do them, but what I never do is considering taking time off. Nowadays I’m more conscious about it and I make sure my daily schedule is balanced with work, entertainment and relaxing time off. But for the days that are hard to maintain this balance, taking something natural is great support.

I always take two capsules a day with water, they don’t replace any of my meals and I make sure I maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and eating a varied, well-balanced diet.

This is only my personal experience, so if you’re considering using Rhodiola I would recommend you to visit the following link so you’re fully informed:

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Healthy Food for Your Christmas Dinner| Guest Blogger Zara Lewis

As Christmas is about the corner, it’s about time you got gifts for your loved ones and started to think about your perfect meals, so be sure to stay with us and keep on reading if you need some help! Here are four healthy recipes that will sweep everyone off their feet, so check them out and nail this task like a real pro this Christmas!

Salmon with red wine-morel sauce

In case you weren’t aware of that fact, salmon is highly nutritious fatty fish which is extremely tasty, versatile, and easy to find. As it’s loaded with nutrients, it can actually reduce risk factors for several diseases, which is exactly what makes it more than desirable during the holiday season. This salmon recipe uses mushrooms that will give this dish a fantastic meaty flavour and make your Christmas dinner much more enjoyable – especially if you aren’t really a fan of fish. The rich red-wine sauce together with barley, parsley, and steamed broccolini will undoubtedly enhance the taste even more, as well as a few drops of apple cider vinegar, and we’re sure that everyone will enjoy this amazing dish. Check out the recipe here.

Quinoa-stuffed pumpkins

Apart from being really yummy, this dish is a low-fat one, too, which makes it more than perfect for the upcoming Christmas dinner. Did you know that pumpkins are highly nutritious and rich in antioxidants and vitamin A? On the other hand, quinoa is gluten-free, high in protein, and it also contains all nine essential amino acids, which is why you should use it in this recipe as well. Organic quinoa is probably the best possible choice, so be sure to get quality organic food online if you can’t find it in your local store. Apart from quinoa, you should stuff your pumpkins with mushrooms and Moroccan spices, and top them with pomegranate and yoghurt later on.

Roast turkey with potato pan gravy

Turkey is probably one of the most popular choices when it comes to the holiday meals, and reasons for that are more than good. First of all, it’s packed with protein and nutrients, and it’s also low in fat. Apart from that, turkey meat is a great source of zinc, iron, potassium, and selenium, and you should know that regular consumption can even help in lowering your cholesterol levels.  Just remember that brining the turkey 12 to 18 hours before roasting will make it extremely yummy and super juicy at the same time. The gravy should be prepared in a mixer if you want to achieve a silky, smooth texture, and you can always thicken it with potatoes instead of flour or cornstarch. It will reduce the number of calories while giving it a much better taste. Check out the recipe and enjoy your turkey this Christmas!

Honey pecan triangles

Everyone knows that pecan pies are all the rage during the holiday season, but why wouldn’t you give this dessert a little twist and prepare it in a completely different way? Pecan nuts are absolutely unavoidable during this time of the year, as their crunchy texture and buttery flavour make them a quite interesting ingredient to add to a large number of dishes. They are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, which is why they gained so much popularity. This dessert is really delicious and easy to make, and you should know that brown sugar and honey make it even sweeter and tastier.

As you can see, there are a lot of fabulous recipes that are healthy at the same time, so be sure to take them into consideration this Christmas. These four are certainly among the best ones, so don’t be afraid to give them a try and stay full and healthy during the holiday season!