The planet is our home; we need to be more responsible. Here's what I do.
Bag puss, a children’s TV character from my childhood. A saggy old cloth cat.
If you’ve read my blog over the past few months you’ll have picked up on my efforts to reduce the number of products that I use. I want to reduce the chemicals and their complications for the benefit of my health and the planet. This has resulted in no more shampoo, a deodorant that’s natural and just soap for washing. The only product left that I want to tackle is moisturizer. I haven’t found the answer to that one yet.
Meanwhile I’m becoming more aware of the advance of nature. I’m over forty five now so fifty is on the approaching horizon. I’m essentially not particularly vain but I do want to keep healthy while ensuring I do what I can to help my body and cells to keep repairing and sustaining.
I also know that collagen which gives our skin elasticity declines as we get older. So I decided to do some research to see what I could be doing to help my skin.
Firstly I didn’t want a product based route. I’m not convinced that external remedies of that kind can do as much as feeding your skin properly.
I found a really useful website and was very pleasantly surprised.
Among the long list there I found plenty of foods that we already eat. It was like a recommendation supporting many of the vegetarian habits we have.
Soy products of all kinds.
Dark green vegetables are also excellent for skin so that means our delicious kale recipe is ideal.
Beans are something else we include in our diet very regularly.
Red fruits and vegetables are there on a daily basis with their exciting lycopenes. And there’s plenty of variety.
Vitamin C features in our diet too.
Prunes are definitely something we’ll need to look out for but blue berries are something else we grow.
Omega Acids from Nuts such as cashews, pecans, almonds and Brazil nuts get featured.
And I was pleased to see Flaxseed and omega-3 getting a mention of course.
I’m happy about cucumber and sweet potato but celery won’t be on my list as I can’t stand the stuff.
And turkey won’t be on my plate any time soon.
When I saw Chocolate was good for your skin I was particularly pleased!
I’m not sure I can include Manuka honey as the air miles are pretty negative to bring it all the way from New Zealand but maybe there will be a European source one day.
Rose hips would be a good project to start working on as I’ve thought about foraging for these too.
Avocado Oil could be another interesting new adventure.
So the good news is I think my habits are already helping my skin and I can easily add one or two more.
Pass the prunes!
Does it matter if the leafy greens are purple?
a blog by a multilingual expat-since-birth, linguist, researcher, mum of three, living in the Netherlands and writing about bilingualism, multiculturalism, parenting abroad, international life...