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The search for perfect skin seems eternal, doesn’t it? Particularly in this day and age, we are bombarded with images of perfectskin on perfectmodels whose entire lives are painted as just perfect. I try my hardest not to fall into this multi-million dollar trap and resist buying products touted as ‘miracles in a bottle’. But I don’t have the best skin. In fact, it’s been a source of stress and distress for years. And it’s really hard to not feel less when you’re surrounded by images of people with skin that is just, well…perfect!
But, what about a product that aims to improve your skin by improving your health?
That’s a different matter entirely.
Plenty of Aussies are familiar with this homemade beauty innovation, created by Carla Oates aka, The Beauty Chef. It has rave reviews all over the Internet, by people who swear it has actually made their skin ‘glow’. When reading these reviews, I had a dose of skepticism. It was fine for people with normal skin to praise a product that caused them to now have ‘glowing’ skin. What about those of us who actually have skin issues, like acne, dryness or sensitivity?
Hippocrates knew it when he said that, ‘all health begins in the gut’. Skip forward 2000 years, and we are finally catching on to the idea.
To Be Noted:
At the age of 17 I contracted glandular fever, accompanied by a solid dose of chronic fatigue. Nothing better in your last year of schooling, hey? Up until this point, I’d had baby smooth, clear skin. Well, no longer. The diseases ravaged me physically and mentally (so dramatic…but true) and the long-term affects still raise their ugly heads from time to time. But the one change in my body that has not shifted since is the facial breakouts that started during this time.
My incredible naturopath has worked tirelessly with me to clear my skin, focusing on detoxification, cleansing the body and gut health. The result is my skin is much better than it was, much less reactive and much less sensitive. Washing my face with water used to be painful! Anyway, I’ve told this long-winded story because I wanted you to be aware that while using The Beauty Chef products I was also using detoxification-focused supplements form my naturopath that I had been using for a while.
I decided to give The Beauty Chef products a go because I knew from working with my naturopath that many of my skin problems were coming from gut and detox-related issues. It seemed pretty logical that pumping myself with probiotic powders would help, right?
The Beauty Chef website has a helpful quiz you can take to determine which products would be most beneficial for your skin concerns. I actually emailed the team as well as I wanted a bit more insight. I received a reply within a day and their advice seemed pretty spot-on.
How to use:
The Beauty Chef powders are so easy to incorporate into your every-day routine. In fact, the website provides a number of delicious recipes that you can add your powders to.
I added 2tsp of the Cleanse powder, and 1tsp of the Glow powder to my daily smoothies. I add to this 2tbs of coconut yoghurt (which I normally hate, but in smoothies it’s quite nice), and some fruit and vegetables. I personally like to throw in some beetroot and a pear for some sweetness. I took this along with me to work and sipped on it throughout the morning.
The Cleanse powder lasted me about three weeks, while the Glow powder around five weeks. I did find some of the powder formed a bit of sediment on the bottom of my drink bottle, so I would swirl it before those last few sips to make sure I was drinking all of the powder.
For the first week…nothing happened. Which I knew was inevitable- the body takes time to adjust and heal. But still, I wanted results and I wanted them now. Patience sure is not one of my virtues. However, by half way through the second week my skin was starting to calm down. I still had little rashes of breakouts, but the flaming redness had dulled dramatically. My skin was smoother, much less sore and even my dad commented on how improved it seemed. The usually Saharan skin on my hands was significantly less dry, and my already strong nails grew and strengthened at an alarming rate! After three weeks, the usually frustratingly dry skin on my face had also calmed to a few tiny patches. In the week before my period, when my skin usually throws a tantrum akin to an over-tired-sugar-crashing two year old in a supermarket, it did get worse. But nowhere near how bad it used to get during this time.
But did my skin glow? Well… not yet. But to be honest, I feel like my skin was coming from such a problematic space, that expecting it to clear up and begin to glow was truly asking for a miracle Not going to happen. However, I have seen really significant change to my skin tone, breakouts and sensitivity.
Then…I went to London for two weeks. Without my Beauty Chef products. And boy, oh, boy was that a mistake. Within four days my skin had lost its mind. Missing my daily dose of these probiotic miracles, plus the horrendous water in London caused all manner of issues to flair: dryness, excruciating pain, breakouts, Hermione-frizzy hair, you name it. Within a week of returning home to clean water and my Beauty Chef products, my skin had returned to it’s healthier self and I refuse to go a day without either of them now.
My only disappointment with this product is that it comes in plastic containers, which we all know is not the best option for our beautiful planet. I hope that moving forward The Beauty Chef team will move towards more sustainable packaging for their incredible product.