Five foods that provide natural sun protection

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FACT: sunscreen is our best friend when it comes to preventing premature skin ageing, sunburn and skin cancer.

But did you know your diet plays an important role in building your body’s defense against sun damage, too? Yes, by adding a number of delicious foods to your diet, you can help fight free radicals, prevent sunburn and even reduce your cancer risk.

So, which foods will naturally help protect you from the harsh Australian sun? We suggest munching on these delectable goodies…


Sun protecting food #1: purple and blue coloured berries

Yes, they’re wonderfully delicious, but blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, black currents, acai berries and elderberries have grand sun protection benefits, too. They all contain a potent purple pigment called anthocyanins, you see, which is one mighty naturally-produced protecting compound. Not only does it help to prevent your skin from getting burnt as easily, but reduces your risk of a number of degenerative and chronic diseases, too.


Sun protecting food #2: red and orange produce

Brightly coloured fruit and vegetables like tomatoes, oranges, apricots and watermelon all contain a natural pigment and antioxidant called lycopene. This goodie aids in protecting the skin against UV-induced skin irritations, while also fighting off free radicals. They also contain beta-carotene, which is rather powerful when it comes to reducing the risk of sunburn and improving the skin’s ability to protect itself from UV rays.


Sun protecting food #3: dark chocolate

Who would’ve thought eating chocolate was actually good for the skin, huh? Thanks to the high concentration of flavonoids in dark chocolate, you can help boost your skin’s ability to protect itself against skin damage like sunburn just by eating the stuff. As an added bonus, said key ingredient in this sweet treat will also boost blood flow and assist skin hydration.


Sun protecting food #4: cruciferous vegetables

Kale, broccoli, radish, cabbage, and cauliflower are all cruciferous vegetables, which are all chock-full of vital antioxidants. Eat them regularly and your skin will be better equipped to fight off free radicals, and your body will be able to build up a defense against cancer in both the skin and organs.


Sun protecting food #5: green tea

We already know green tea is a wonder drink when it comes to aiding weight control and body detoxification, but did you know it also helps to protect your skin cells from UVA and UVB rays? Better yet, green tea is also packed with polyphenols, which can also help prevent cancer from developing by limiting blood supply to cancerous areas.


Important sidenote: just because these foods improve your body's ability to prevent sunburn and sun damage from occuring, it doesn't mean you can skrimp on the ol' SPF. Always apply a broad spectrum sunscreen every day to ensure your skin stays properly protected.

Did you know these foods could help provide your body with natural sun protection? Will you be adding any of these food to your diet to boost your body’s own defense mechanisms?


Member Comments

Posted by: Snow princess (Australia)

Always good to know that the foods you enjoy also help protect you!

Posted on: June 24, 2013 (Jun 24, 2013 12:16pm)

Posted by: Jannz (Australia)

I didn't know about all of those, but I'd heard about dark chocolate and tomatoes (particularly tomato paste) were extremely effective

Posted on: June 24, 2013 (Jun 24, 2013 12:44pm)

Three products you never knew you could find in the Biotherm range

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After being around beauty products for quite some time now, there’s not much that surprises me (not to be confused with ‘delights me’. All beauty products continue to keep me as excited as a toddler in a candy store).

Well, imagine my pleasure the other day when I had one of those very rare ‘ahhhh’ moments (that’s my surprised noise) after learning that renowned skin care brand Biotherm not only has wonderful products to look after the health of your skin and body, but they have other awesome products, too.

Sorry, I’m being vague about said ‘awesome products’. Allow me to elaborate.

Surprisingly awesome Biotherm product #1: Sun Tan Auto-Bronze Lotion

Admit it, when was the last time Biotherm sprung to mind when you were out on the prowl for a new self-tanner? An unexpected addition to the Biotherm range, yet it makes so much sense. The brand is all about skin and body products that work to leave your skin healthier and more radiant. Combine that with natural-origin DHA, a non-sticky texture, and a fruity fragrance and you’ve got one hydrating, sun-kissed glow. Hooray!

Surprisingly awesome Biotherm product #2: Eau de Paradis Fragrance Mist

Imagine if perfume and toner had a baby. Now picture that baby grew up, fell in love and had a child with essential oils. This mist is that uber-baby! The beautifully fragranced spray (it’s a refreshing blend of raspberry, pomegranate, blackcurrant and blueberry extracts) works to tone and invigorate your skin while essentials oils and vitamin E deliver ultimate hydration to your skin. Heaven, right?

Surprisingly awesome Biotherm product #3: White Detox Translu-Cell BB Cream

It’s always exciting when a skin care brand releases a BB Cream. Why? Because it’ll be as dedicated to giving you're the sheer coverage you desire, as it will be to helping care for and improve your skin. This BB cream hits the nail on the head in both departments. It offers immediate coverage against hyperpigmentation and redness while reducing shine, providing great sun protection and brightening up your complexion.

Have you tried any Biotherm products? Do beauty brands you love ever release surprisingly awesome products?

Member Comments

Posted by: Candyfairy (Australia)

These all sound like lovely products, especially the fragrance mist. :) I haven't tried Biotherm products before but would love to.

Posted on: June 22, 2013 (Jun 22, 2013 12:24pm)

Posted by: apple8 (Australia)

The BB white d-tox cream looks good, I'd love to try this.

Posted on: June 22, 2013 (Jun 22, 2013 12:35pm)

Warming winter products

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When you’re so cold that you don’t even want to shower because it means taking your coat and jumper off, you know you’ve got the serious winter blues. 

Sure, once you’re in the hot water its heavenly, but then you have to get out and freeze in a towel while you dry yourself. Not to mention the icy cold creams and products you have to apply to keep you looking your best. Nope, I’d much rather stay under my doona and test out the cleansing reduction trend

But for the sake of those who have to smell me I’ve thankfully discovered a different approach, warming products. Yes, these products actually warm up as you apply them. Talk about toasty! Now all I need is a self-warming towel… 



I’m normally not a fan of hair masks, mostly because you have to get out of the shower to apply them and then wait around for five minutes before jumping back in to rinse it off. But the Wella Professionals Enrich Self Warming Treatment warms up and works quickly so that you can easily apply while in the shower. The mask tackles split ends (which tend to show up more in winter thanks to Mr. Hairdryer) and contains silk extract and shea butter to leave your hair shiny and soft.



My skin tends to get a tad neglected in the colder months, mostly because my runny nose doesn’t like to be accompanied by a cold cleanser. So when I heard about Sanctuary Spa’s Warming Mircrobrasion Polish, I could feel my face warming up at just the thought.  The polish warms up on your skin to help stimulate circulation and contains marine earth and natural kaolin to help draw out impurities and give your skin that cleansed and refreshed look and feel. It’s the perfect answer to radiant skin all winter long!



I hardly see my feet in winter because they’re usually hidden away under socks, boots and slippers. But it’s good to let them breathe every once in a while and the Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Warming Foot Smoother means your feet can also have a bit of pampering without your toes dropping off. The self-warming treatment exfoliates, conditions and moisturises your feet so well that you’ll want to take them out of their slippers to show them off! 



Another thing that hardly sees the outside world in winter: my body. The only time it is ever uncovered is in a nude three-second blur between the shower and my towel. But just because I never see it, doesn’t mean I can’t feel it. I love to exfoliate and there’s nothing better than baby soft skin that’s super smooth and most importantly, warm. Molton Brown Warming Eucalyptus & Ginger Body Scrub is an invigorating exfoliant that gently removes dead skin from the body. The fusion of pure eucalyptus oil, ginger root and Atlantic sea salt also keeps skin well moisturised, which is essential in winter. 


What are your tips for warming up your beauty routine in winter? Do you have a favourite warming beauty product?



Member Comments

Posted by: Candyfairy (Australia)

Wow I didn't even know there were warming beauty products out there! I just grint my chattering teeth and bare it. Some days when it gets super cold ill put the heater on in the bathroom. :)

Posted on: June 22, 2013 (Jun 22, 2013 12:27pm)

Posted by: apple8 (Australia)

Applying body oil does make me feel warmer afterwards, come to think of it, I never knew it was because of improved circulation.

Posted on: June 22, 2013 (Jun 22, 2013 12:39pm)

How-to: long-lasting make-up

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Sick of your make-up ‘disappearing’ from your face halfway through the day? Yeah, us too. It makes all that time and effort spent in front of the mirror seem like such a waste. Plus, it’s annoying to have to lug around your make-up supplies so you can re-do it multiple times throughout the day, right?

So what can you do to help your make-up stay put? Well, to start you need a cleansing product that effectively cleanses your skin and helps control oil production, but at the same time regulates your skin’s moisture balance and doesn’t leave your face feeling tight or dry. Clearasil Daily Clear Vitamins & Extracts Wash is an effective cleanser that’s formulated with nourishing ingredients like avocado and pomegranate extract, and vitamin E to keep your skin hydrated and healthy. Use it in conjunction with the Clearasil Daily Clear Vitamins & Extracts Scrub and your healthier skin will hold on to your make-up for longer!

And of course you can also watch our video above to get some other great tips on how to extend the lifespan of your make-up look!

Does your make-up seem to 'disappear' during the day? What tips do you have for making your make-up last longer?

Member Comments

Posted by: bebeautiful34 (Australia)

A great primer and setting spray really help makeup last longer!

Posted on: June 20, 2013 (Jun 20, 2013 4:08pm)

Posted by: Jessica712 (Australia)

Starting off with skin that's moisturised, primer and long lasting make up.

Posted on: June 20, 2013 (Jun 20, 2013 4:34pm)

Five of the best: jetlag fighters

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Ahh jetlag – also known as the only downside to traveling. It can make your first day in Paris seem like too much hard work and see you hitting the sack instead of hitting the town. So what if there was a way that you could fight the exhaustion after a long-haul flight? A way to ensure you didn’t waste any time on your holiday, or suffer through a week at work when you return? Turns out, there is – five ways in fact. Simply hover your mouse over the pink stars to find out why these jetlag fighters are just what the doctor ordered...

  1. Tranquileyes Puffy Eye Hydrating Formula

    Containing three effective anti-inflammatories (cucumber, chamomile, and aloe vera), this eye-pampering kit will help you to feel more relaxed and less puffy in a matter of minutes. Plus, dry eyes will be replenished and rehydrated.

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  2. Chillax All Natural Sleep Drink

    Featuring a unique blend of Montmorency tart cherry juice and cactium (both of which are clinically proven to aid sleep), you’ll find getting to sleep a little easier no matter which time zone you’re in. $3.50 for 90mL

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  3. Lush Whoosh Temple Balm

    This refreshing and reviving balm is enriched with lime, lemon, grapefruit and revitalising rosemary. It packs a powerful punch and works to invigorate your senses and shift you straight out of your sleepy state. Apply to the insides of your wrists and yo

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  4. Lush Whoosh Temple Balm

    Enriched with lime, lemon, grapefruit and revitalising rosemary, it packs a powerful punch and works to invigorate your senses and shift you straight out of your sleepy state. Apply to the insides of your wrists and your temples.

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  5. CHI, The Spa Jet Lag Recovery

    If you need eliminate all traces of mind-numbing jetlag, book yourself in at CHI, The Spa for a pampering jetlag recovery session like no other. Your inner vitality will be restored with a refreshing facial and deeply relaxing hair and scalp treatment.

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  6. Pretorius Sleep Better Travel Pack

    Give your body the best chance of fighting jetlag (and yourself the best chance of getting the most out of your trip) with this homeopathic preparation of staphysagria, coffea and melatonin to help counteract the symptoms of sleeplessness.

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What is your top trick to get rid of jetlag?

Member Comments

Posted by: apple8 (Australia)

I try and sleep the whole flight if possible. It means I miss out on movies and food etc, but at least I get off the plane feeling ok.

Posted on: June 20, 2013 (Jun 20, 2013 12:10pm)

Posted by: Candyfairy (Australia)

Haven't travelled enough to say I've ever had jet lag. I would stock up on caffine to keep me going so I didn't miss anything though, so bad as that is. Oh well. :)

Posted on: June 20, 2013 (Jun 20, 2013 12:12pm)