Archive | May, 2014

Elodie: New name, new look, new blog!

24 May

 

 

Elodie Beauty

 

Hey Lovelies!

Oceans & Potions has moved. . . and changed names! Elodie has officially launched!

You can find the same great content as you have come to love on Oceans & Potions, with reviews on the latest and best natural beauty products, DIY recipes, and skincare tips, PLUS now you can find clear skin recipes and interviews with experts in the beauty and wellness field.

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Key Lime (Avocado) Parfait

22 May

 

Avocado, lime, and coconut cream make up this sugar free, gluten free, and dairy free treat!

Avocado, lime, and coconut cream make up this sugar free, gluten free, and dairy free treat!

This key lime parfait is absolutely delicious, satiating, sugar free, gluten free,* and dairy free** — I know, that’s a whole lot of “free” so you may wonder, what is actually in it? Well, I will get to that in just a minute but first I wanted to tell you a bit about how this recipe came to be.

Lately I have been doing a lot of research on how sugar effects the body, particularly the skin. Not surprising the results are bad, very bad. When sugars enter the blood stream they attach to proteins in a process known as glycation and form Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs); rigid, weak, and malformed protein fibers.

Skin proteins that are most susceptible to glycation are: collagen (structural protein in connective tissue) and elastin (flexible protein in connective tissue)–not good news when we want supple, elastic, toned skin. Glycation naturally occurs in the body, but the process is accelerated by a number of external factors. . . high sugar diets being one of them. Sustained high blood sugar not only creates damage to connective tissue but also creates chronic inflammation, which is the source of many health problems contributing to skin conditions like acne, rosacea, psoriasis and eczema.

That is a long way to tell you that I am in the process of ditching the sugar and experimenting with some new recipes; ones that use no refined sugar, absolutely no artificial sugars (I always stay far away) and very little alternative sweeteners (like rice syrup, maple syrup, and coconut sugar). I am trying to recalibrate my body so that I no longer crave sugar and I can diminish my desire for sweet flavours in general. (Note: this recipe is very minimally sweetened, so adjust it to your taste).

Makes a fantastic satisfying breakfast, or refreshing summer treat!

Makes a fantastic satisfying breakfast, or refreshing summer treat!

Key Lime (Avocado) Parfait

Step 1: Coconut almond crumble

  • 1/2 c. large flake oats (* make sure to use gluten free oats if you have gluten sensitivities)
  • 1/4 c. sliced almonds
  • 1/4 c. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/8 c. coconut flour (not necessary, but I like the added coconut flavour)
  • 1Tbs virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 Tbs rice syrup (or sweetener of choice)
  • pinch of sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 C,  in a bowl mix all ingredients together, spread on a cookie sheet and bake for 5-8 min, or until toasted. Set aside. (Note: you can always double the recipe and have extra on hand for breakfast throughout the week).

Step 2: Key Lime Avocado filling

  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • juice of two key limes
  • lime zest
  • 1 Tbs virgin cocount oil
  • 1/2 Tbs rice syrup (or sweetener of choice)

Add all ingredients in a food processor, or hand blender, and blend until smooth. Set aside.

Step 3: Coconut Cream

(Note: I am all about making things easy and so I provide you with three options for this part)

  • Either use 1 c. of organic whole fat greek yogurt (**if you have no issues with dairy) + 1tsp of vanilla extract and 1/2Tbs of  sweetners (like rice syrup or maple syrup)
  • or use 1 c. plain coconut yogurt
  • or use 1 can of full fat coconut milk (no guar gum added) + 1tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 Tbs sweetener  (for full instractions on how to get delicious whipped coconut cream check out Oh She Glows for step by step instruction.

Step 4: Assembly

Now all you have to do is scoop each topping into a mason jar or bowl and layer as you like! Makes enough for 2- 100g mason jars.

Ditch the sugar, your skin (and rest of your body) will thank you!

 

DIY Brightening Papaya Face Mask

15 May

***(Please note: We have moved! For new content on natural beauty products and DIY beauty recipes go to elodiebeauty.com)

Spring is here!. It’s time to slough off the dead winter mask and show the world that glorious skin!

Papaya, Face mask, exfoliating, enzyme

Papaya face mask can be applied using clean fingers or a clean makeup brush

A few weeks ago I visited Julie Clark of Province Apothecary for the most rejuvenating facial. . . I mean seriously amazing (more about that in a later post). One thing that I love about Julie’s skincare philosophy is that she always recommends putting food on your face– you can’t get more natural that that!

She recommended using papaya as a face mask for both it’s exfoliating and healing properties. Papaya is extremely rich in vitamin C; 1 cup contains about 1.5 times the daily recommended daily intake! When applied topically, vitamin C has been proven to repair damaged skin cells caused by the sun or aging. It also contains an enzyme called papain that assists with the breakdown of proteins–in this case it will help remove dead skin cells and impurities on the surface of your skin. Additionally, papaya contains alpha-hydroxy acid which is a naturally occurring acid found in many fruits and acts as a gentle peel –leaving the skin smoother and clearer.

That is certainly a lot of goodness in one piece of fruit! Here’s the recipe:

1-2 inch cube of fresh papaya

1-2 Tsp of raw honey (or 1-2 tsp of yogurt- lactic acid provides added exfoliation and zinc helps heal blemishes)

1 Tbs of ground oatmeal (extra exfoliation, and good for sensitive skin)

Mix about 1 inch cube of papaya with 1 tsp on raw honey. Mash it up until it is all one consistency. Apply to clean skin and let sit for 10-20 mins. Rinse off and follow up with your usual moisturizer or oil.

oh, and don’t forget to eat the rest! It’s delicious!

– Seanna xx

 

 

 

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