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Green tea has long been considered for the many health benefits it offers. Matcha green tea however is a super strength version that is said to be around ten times more nutritionally dense than regular green tea. This green powder is embedded in the Japanese culture and is delicious as well as being both energising and relaxing at the same time!

Matcha is a great ingredient to team up with our beloved Bestow Beauty Oil. In the simple smoothie recipe below we have done just that with the following health benefits.

Bestow Beauty Oil is a wonderful food for skin. It’s your edible cosmetic, making your skin soft, smooth and velvety. Bestow Beauty Oil is able to do this because it contains high levels of Essential Fatty Acids (Omega-3 and Omega-6) that are not only vital for your health but also the beauty and vitality of your skin.

Unlike most fats, your body cannot produce Omega-3 and Omega-6 this is why they are called vitamin F. We have created Bestow Beauty Oil: a blend of organic, unrefined, extra virgin seed oils cold-pressed from flax and golden flax to provide you with a source of these Essential Fatty Acids. Bestow Beauty Oil is a bit like fish oil only better tasting and containing more essential fatty acids for your wellbeing.

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AND HERE’S 4 REASONS WHY WE LOVE MATCHA!

It helps detoxify
Matcha has a high chlorophyll content, which plays a pivotal role in detoxifying the body. Thus when you consume Matcha it naturally removes chemical toxins, heavy metals, poisons, dioxins and hormone disruptors from our system, not to mention all those things we may have overindulged in over the summer break!

It helps prevent aging
There are more anti-oxidants in Matcha than any other superfood, blueberries, green veggies or dark chocolate! Because of this it can tremendously improve the health of your skin, helping it fight free radicals and slow the aging process.

It helps enhance concentration
Due to the presence of an amino acid called L-Theanine, chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine are produced in the body. These chemicals improve memory, enhance mood and increase concentration. Matcha makes you happy!

It boosts energy levels
The special combination of nutrients found in Matcha combine to give you a powerful energy boost without any side effects. It is clean and good energy that is released. Most people experience the stimulative effects of consuming Matcha for at least two hours.

BESTOW MATCHA SMOOTHIE RECIPE

200mls of coconut water
1 fresh or frozen banana
1 tablespoon of dairy free coconut yoghurt
1 dessertspoon of Bestow Beauty Oil
3 – 4 sprigs of fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon of Matcha powder
A sprinkle of chia seeds

Blend all the ingredients together other than the chia seeds, add some ice cubes if you are not using frozen banana and want a nice cold smoothie. Pour into a glass and sprinkle with chia.

WHERE TO BUY MATCHA POWDER AND BESTOW BEAUTY OIL

BESTOW BEAUTY OIL – Visit our stockist pages in the menu above and find one nearest you

MATCHA POWDER – matchamatcha.co.nz

This ancient Peruvian seed is said to be the ‘Queen of the Grains’. The Incas considered it to be sacred and called it ‘the mother grain’. It was believed to be a life-giving seed and legend says it was delivered from the heavens by a sacred bird.

*1 cup of white, red, black quinoa with amaranth, rinsed well
Handful of fresh, whole green beans
150g of haloumi, cut into strips
1 punnet cherry tomatoes, halved
3 spring onions, chopped
1/2 cup of fresh sprouts, I’ve used mungbean sprouts
Small bunch of fresh coriander, chopped
2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
Zest of two limes

DRESSING
50ml of olive oil
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil
50ml of freshly squeezed lime juice (about two limes)
salt and pepper

Bring the quinoa mix to the boil in 3 cups of water, simmer till cooked approx 10-15 mins. Strain and fluff up with a fork. Allow to cool a little. Fry the sliced haloumi in a tablespoon of olive oil until golden brown, set aside. Blanch the beans in boiling water then rinse in cold water. Place all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix.

Place all the dressing ingredients into a small jar and shake to mix. Pour over the quinoa salad and serve.

*An organic quinoa is preferred such as the Ceres organics brand.

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Moisturisers are the most important skin care product you can ever use. I believe that if you use nothing else on your skin, at least use a moisturiser. However, I never used to think that it wasn’t such a bad thing to use a cheap moisturiser. My theory was, better a cheap moisturizer than none at all. So whenever a client of mine commented that they could only afford a cheap brand, I never used to get too upset about it, even though I would have preferred they invest more in their skin I thought at least they were protecting their skin from water loss.

However, I have learnt something that has caused me to change my mind! Cheap moisturisers contain cheap ingredients, no surprises there, but the problem is the cheap emulsifiers they contain. You see emulsifiers are needed to mix oil and water together to form a stable emulsion. That way when you open your moisturiser it doesn’t look like French dressing. Emulsifiers are also quite beneficial, helping the actives in your moisturizer penetrate deeper into your skin.

The problem occurs when cheap, harsh emulsifiers build up in the top layers of your skin. You see, they retain their ability to act as emulsifiers but once the oil from your moisturizer has washed off they need to find other oil to emulsify. What they find is the oil-soluble chemicals found between the layers of your skin that are essential for helping your skin retain precious moisturiser and maintaining a good barrier function.

When you wet your skin with water, these cheap emulsifiers react with these important chemicals and cause them to bond with the water and rinse away! This is called the ‘wash out’ effect and you know it is happening if it doesn’t matter how much moisturiser you apply, your skin still feels dry.

So do your skin a favour, ask your beauty therapist which moisturizer they recommend for your skin type and invest in the best one you can afford.