How do you manage your workload? Are you a to do list lover?
Yes, I have lots of to do lists and my assistant compiles them for me and often lets me know when it is getting to too long and we need to edit it! Then we prioritise the list and pick off one thing at a time, and put in realistic time frames of when they will get done.
What is your workspace style & what essentials would I find on your desk at the moment?
I like to keep our office clean and calm. We have fresh white walls and floors and lots of plants, plants in the work place have been shown to reduce environmental stresses, like anxiety, anger and fatigue. Plus, they look beautiful!
On my desk are new product I'm formulating, an Aloe Vera plant, essential oil burner and always a cup of herbal tea (green, peppermint, ginger - it depends on the time of day). Also a big water bottle with The Beauty Chef’s Boosts in it. Also Beauty Fix Balm which apply to my hands, nails and lips throughout the day.
Your skin is absolutely incredible! What’s your biggest skincare secret that anyone on any budget can achieve?
For beautiful glowing skin, I recommend taking all the processed and packet foods out of your diet and add some lacto-fermented foods instead.
Lacto-Fermented foods are rich in bio-available nutrients and probiotics to feed the skin from within (fermentation predigests the food, so the nutrients are more available for the skin and body to use) and are great for improving digestion as they contain both prebiotics and probiotics. Great examples are sauerkraut, kefir and kimchi, or try The Beauty Chef GLOW Advanced Inner Beauty Powder, which contains 24 different skin-loving, lacto-fermented super foods.
Prebiotics and probiotics work to improve gut health and boost your immune system. They also support the body’s detoxification and elimination pathways. Probiotics directly neutralise certain chemicals and toxins so that they don’t have to be processed through the liver. This helps to ease the burden on the liver and the skin. A happy gut also means a healthy immune system, healthier bowels, healthier skin and better absorption of nutrients.
More and more research is showing the gut/skin link. For example a lack of hydrochloric acid in the gut is implicated in skin problems such as acne and rosacea. Lactic acid bacteria (found in our fermented products) helps increase levels of this acid. Poor digestive health means that the lining of our gut becomes more permeable than it should (also called “leaky gut”), food particles can slip thru and our immune system sees those as foreign substances. This leads to an inflammatory response in the body, and one of the main effects we see is skin disturbance, such as eczema, acne, and dermatitis. When we restore healthy digestion, our skin can revitalize. The fermentation process and probiotics like the ones found in our Glow Powder work together to get the digestive system back on track. Fermented foods promote better digestive health, leading to greater absorption of nutrients and improved liver. Probiotics are billions of good bacteria to keep the digestive system healthy and boost the immune system of the body and skin.
At The Beauty Chef we believe that good skin begins in the gut - it is about working from the gut outwards. The hair, nails and skin are the last places to get nutrients, which go to more vital organs first. So, if you are not getting enough of the right nutrients then these areas starve. Eating fermented foods helps ensure that your body is getting nutritionally dense food.
If your gut is out of balance, start eating fermented foods slowly. As you are suddenly putting all of this goodness into your tummy, it may take a few weeks to adjust. Maybe a few tablespoons to begin with, and then build up. It will make you feel more energised - think about the supercharged nutrients going straight into your body, as the food is already broken down and your body doesn't have to work hard to get them. You will notice your skin looking better, more radiant, and hair and nails, stronger and more lustrous. You will find that your tummy is flatter, bowel habits more regular and you may feel more content, as your neurotransmitters are also made in your gut.
I eat lots and lots of plants, all different varieties, herbs, spices, organic wherever possible. 70% are plants and some fermented in there, 20% good quality protein: grass fed or wild caught fish and sometimes 10% complex carbohydrates, but always gluten free – sweet potato, quinoa for example. I am a big believer in maintaining balance in life. This means being conscious about putting enough time into the things that matter such as your diet, spending time with those you love, having fun and working with purpose and also keeping an open mind. While I eat a very balanced diet and take into account different ideologies of eating, I avoid extreme fad diets and belief systems. I love raw food, but I also think it is important for digestion to eat some cooked food. Some food is better for you when cooked. I embrace many of the principles of paleo, but don’t have a completely paleo diet. The only thing I am quite extreme about is wholefoods. I choose low HI foods wherever possible – (low human intervention foods!). There is not much room in my world for processed food!
Talk me through your products - I use GLOW, SLEEP & COLLAGEN Inner Beauty Boost daily & I’m obsessed! What are your go-to faves & why?
I never go anywhere without my GLOW Inner Beauty Powder. It is my daily skin support and maintenance staple. It gives me an excellent dose of skin loving nutrients and also probiotics to nourish and boost digestive health. GLOW contains 24 carefully selected skin-loving ingredients, rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids and pre and probiotics, making it a powerhouse of nutrients in every 5g spoonful. Ingredients including organic Maqui berry, chickpeas, lentils, mung beans, rice, linseeds, buckwheat, millet, alfalfa seeds, quinoa, chia, pepitas, sun flower seeds, green tea, ginger, turmeric and more, all super-charged using The Beauty Chef’s exclusive Flora CultureTM bio-fermentation process
The Beauty Chef BODY Inner Beauty Powder is packed with three clean sources of fermented, bio-available plant proteins, super-fruits, vegetables, alkalizing greens, probiotics and matcha. Boasting benefits such as increased metabolism, immune boosting properties, energy enhancement and improved general wellbeing. This superfood supplement can be used in a meal supplement in a smoothie, pre/post work out drink, after school snack or for those who need added protein in their diets – or an immune and nutrient booster. The 45 superfoods found in the formula contribute to it giving you 100% of your RDI of vitamin C and 50% of your RDI of vitamin D.
The Beauty Chef COLLAGEN Inner Beauty Boost is a delicious, organic, bio-fermented probiotic concentrate designed to increase the skin’s production of collagen and promote a radiant, naturally plumped complexion from the inside out. Specifically formulated to address skin firmness, fine lines, free-radical damage and aid skin maintenance, COLLAGEN contains a blend of biofermented, Certified Organic maqui berry, acai, papaya, blueberry, goji-berry and pomegranate with grape-seed extract, zinc and vitamin C. Boosting natural collagen formation from the inside, this potent formula is also rich in antioxidants to help combat cellular damage and support healthy skin, hair and nail growth.
Where to from here? What are your goals for The Beauty Chef?
At The Beauty Chef, we will continue to create products and content that help to create positive change. To keep pushing boundaries in the beauty industry and re-enforcing The Beauty Chef’s philosophy that “Beauty Begins in The Belly”. Looking after your skin from within will create a radiance that no amounts of cosmetics can replicate and the bonus is that it makes you feel great too. The Beauty Chef was the world’s first bio-fermented inner beauty brand. Our products are literally alive with beneficial bacteria that help to balance digestive health! If you want beautiful, glowing skin, you need to start with a balanced, healthy gut.
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