The Bright New Colours to Embrace Now

If you’re well and truly over the dark and dreary colour palettes that rule the cooler seasons, then it’s time to turn to the international catwalks for a bright and cheery solution. While there’s never any shortage of show-stopping colour on parade when fashion week rolls around, for spring/summer 2019 designers turned to the fiercest fluorescents. From popping shades of pink to highlighter orange and neon green, there’s no doubt the coming fashion season is going to be brighter than ever before.  

Fond of fluorescents and don’t want to wait? Take a look in the gallery below for all the style inspiration straight off the catwalk. 

Great Gut Health Could be the Answer to Radiant Skin

Could great gut health be the answer to radiant skin? We find out from Carla Oates, founder of Beauty Chef. 

While there might be a lucky few that are genetically blessed with flawless skin regardless of diet, founder of Beauty Chef, Carla Oates, believes the majority of us can’t have good skin with a poor diet. “People are noticing when they’re eating healthy and looking after their diet, their skin is changing, they’re noticing real results”, she says.

Oates says she realised the significance of the role the gut plays in good skin when her daughter developed bad eczema. After doing plenty of reading on the link between gut health and eczema, Oates decided to put her daughter on a gut-healing diet protocol, cutting out gluten and dairy, and then reintroducing food. “I did a lot of research on fermented foods and why they’re so good for gut health,” she says. “We both started eating these fermented foods and we noticed such a huge change in her skin. I felt so much better about my skin, too – it was glowing. That’s how my first product Glow really came to be.”

Oates’s Beauty Chef philosophy is that beauty begins with the belly, and all her inner beauty supplements focus on bio-fermented, wholefood nutrition with prebiotics and probiotics. But she says a healthy diet is still crucial for good gut health. “Ideally, I would love people to use my products to supplement a really healthy diet. If you’re taking the supplement and drinking [cola] every day, you’re undoing all the good with loads of sugar,” she explains.

Skin is an incredible barometer for what’s going on inside your body, believes Oates. “If we’re not getting the right nutrients we’re going to suffer from a host of problems,” she says. An unhealthy gut that is in need of some serious TLC could come across as fatigue, irregular bowel movements, bloating and other problems with your bowel movements. “If your gut is really unhealthy, it will show on your skin,” says Oates. And it could show as a dry, lacklustre complexion that could be prone to dermatitis.

To promote good gut health and radiant health, Oates advises a diet rich in low-GI, unprocessed foods. “It’s loads of coloured fruits and vegetables and food that’s easily digestible, and good fats, leafy greens, prebiotic foods and soluble fibre,” she says. As for skincare, Oates says we still definitely need a routine, but when we’re looking after our gut and our diet, our skincare doesn’t need to work as hard. “You don’t need as much skincare but you still need to protect the epidermis from environmental assault.”

SMART TIP: Add turmeric to curries, stir-fries and even smoothies. This powerful spice has strong anti-inflammatory effects that promote healthy gut bacteria.


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