I woke up one morning, 2 and a half years or so into motherhood and stopped to look at myself in the mirror for a second before rushing off to continue with busy mom-life... 2.5 years of sleep deprivation, and a serious lack of 'me-time' and that day I discovered the crows feet had crept in and my skin looked so sallow and sad.
I have never been one to spend too much time with my hair or beauty regime, except maybe on the rare special occasion, despite being a qualified beauty therapist, but I realised on that morning that I had made a big mistake in neglecting my skin for so long.
I finally decided to embrace my 'laughter lines' - after a couple weeks of drowning my sorrows and regrets and I began to make a concerted effort in taking better care of my skin.
It was during this time I began researching beauty products and decided to test out some DIY skin care products in the hope to avoid breaking the bank in my attempt to retain what youth I had left.
Rooibos tea is well known in South Africa for its amazing properties, such as calming, anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory properties not only for adults, but for babies too, there are some well known anti-age ranges in South Africa that have this special tea as a key ingredient and it has even been used to help babies who suffer from colic, by introducing this tea into their diets! So besides introducing this fantastic, naturally sweet, caffeine-free and antioxidant tea into our daily lives, I decided to incorporate some Organic Rooibos (Red-Bush tea) into my mixes whilst creating my anti-aging products and at the same time experimented with some baby and child friendly skin care products minus the harmful chemicals that come with most of the products available on the market...and this is where Earth Apple's, Grubby lil' Spud' range began!
There's a lovely book that really helped me on my way, called Staying Young, it has great information on foods to eat as well as DIY cosmetic products that will help with different skin, hair and nail conditions and it really helped me during the early phases of my journey of investing in my health and skincare. It didn't happen overnight, instead I gradually changed my diet, replacing refined foods to more whole foods, replacing milk chocolates to higher cocoa content/ less sugar content chocolates and sweets for more naturally sweet foods like dried fruits, I tried to incorporate the anti-age foods throughout the day together with the kids meals, foods which are not only great for anti-age properties but super healthy and nutritious for kids too! Most of the foods I incorporated are known to have beneficial properties to the skin when applied topically- so basically an inside- out approach to anti-ageing made simple when it comes to being a busy mum-literally slap a bit of Avocado on your face while dishing up and entertain the kids while you get them to eat their dinner, as strange/hilarious as it may seem, it does the job! Give it a try...if you dare :)
Here are some top anti-ageing foods to start incorporating into your diet:
Anti-oxidant Rich Teas – like Green tea and Rooibos tea
Wild-caught fish – like Wild Alaskan Salmon
Green leafy vegetables – like spinach and Spirulina (a supplement)
Berries – Are full of powerful antioxidants; great with plain yoghurt and a bit of honey(over 12months old children) at breakfast or snack time
Herbs – Turmeric and garlic contain anti-oxidants and cleansing nutrients that can slow the ageing process.
Lastly, the number 1 culprit for speeding up the ageing process turns out to be SUGAR...
So, no more sneaky sugary treats while the kids are asleep
... a bad habit I am yet to conquer!
I grew up in what they call 'the sticks' in KwaZulu Natal, South African.