Organic September

by Olivia Cartwright,



Organic September is something we endorse every year as it’s such a wonderful way to eat and live. Organic food is really getting back to basics in a way that is no longer the standard.  

With organic September now in full swing we are reevaluating the quality of the produce we put into our body. ⁠Organic food used to be the norm many years ago. Now it's considered a luxury. Yes organic food is more expensive than your average supermarket groceries but it is so worth it. ⁠

Organic foods do not contain any pesticides, fertilisers, solvents, or additives. This helps the overall biodiversity of plants and animals and makes it much better for the environment.⁠

One way we like to encourage organic fruit and vegetables into our diet without breaking the bank is with Oddbox. Oddbox is a really sustainable way to eat as they rescue odd & surplus fruit & veg directly from farms. Each box includes a letter which tells you which fruit and veg you're rescuing, where it's from and how to use it. ⁠

Use the code INSTA50 for 50% off your first box! ⁠

Radiance Cleanse has been soil association certified since our launch in 2009 and it is something we really believe in and endorse. Eating and drinking whole, organic, natural foods without chemicals or pesticides is a lifestyle choice we strive to make where we can. 

How to combat mask-ne

by Olivia Cartwright, , link

If the lower half of your face is not behaving as usual at the moment, you might be experiencing maskne - skin irritation and breakouts caused by wearing a face mask. The constant friction, heat and pressure that the mask places on your face leads to a condition called acne mechanica whereby the skin’s barrier is compromised and becomes rough and irritated and small pimples start to appear. This combined with the humidity from your breath creates the perfect environment for trouble making bacteria and pathogens to thrive which can lead to deeper, more painful breakouts. 

It’s likely that we’ll all experience maskne at the moment, but luckily it’s relatively easy to manage with some lifestyle tweaks, the right products, and healing treatments.

What can you do?

1. Treat your masks in the same way you would treat your socks. Just as you wouldn’t put yesterday’s sweaty pair back on your feet, don’t pop yesterday’s sweaty mask back onto your face. This will increase the chances of more excess oil, bacteria and debris transferring back onto your skin where it can cause more irritation. Try to have a clean mask for every day - that way you only need to do one laundry wash a week.

2. Choose your fabric carefully - look for softer fabrics that will be less abrasive on your skin. This will minimise the risk of micro-abrasions which can weaken the skin barrier and cause irritation. Cotton and silk are both great, gentle materials.

3. Avoid wearing makeup on the area if you can - you really want to minimise the number of layers on the skin, as the mask is already occluding the area, trapping oil and heat and debris.

4. Look for barrier strengthening ingredients such as vitamin B and probiotics that will help rebuild the barrier function, protecting your skin from further damage. 

5. Keep up a strict cleansing routine. Double cleanse in the evening with gentle cleansers to really dissolve any lingering excess oil and microbes before you sleep.





Fermented food

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The world of probiotics is a complex one. Fermented foods contain cultures that our bodies love. If your gut is your second brain then it is hugely important to look after it. Your gut microbiome thrives when it is been fed with diverse good bacteria. 

Not only does fermenting your food helps to enhance the preservation of foods, but eating fermented foods can also boost the number of beneficial bacteria, or probiotics, found in your gut. Regulating mood, boosting your immune system, decreasing inflammation, removing toxins, and assisting with both digestion and metabolism are some of the profound functions of probiotics and fermented food is the easiest and not to mention cheapest way to do this!

Fermented foods are far more potent than probiotic supplements. To give you an idea, 2 ounces of sauerkraut has more probiotics than 100 capsules. 4-6 ounces of fermented vegetables has around 10 trillion bacteria, compared to the average probiotic supplement that contains around 10 billion. In general, the diversity of the organisms present in fermented foods are far greater than those in supplements. 

It can be an acquired taste but don’t let that put you off. There are options for every taste preference. From sauerkraut to kimchi to kefir, to kombucha to yogurt there are a whole host of options for everyone! I like to have a shot of mango coconut kefir every morning before breakfast. 

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