Beautifying Breakfast

We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But did you know that it is also key for beautiful skin?

A breakfast with protein and healthy fats provides you with long lasting energy in the morning. At the same time you should avoid to eat sugar, fructose, refined grains and grains with a lot of gluten.

We recommend a portion of protein from the following ingredients :

For vegans

  • Nuts like walnuts, pine nuts and almonds
  • Vegan cheeses
  • Vegetable spreads
  • Legumes like lentils and chickpeas in small quantities
  • Quinoa
  • Avocado

For non-vegans

  • Eggs: organic or free range  (number 0 or 1)
  • Goat and sheep cheese (also cow cheese, if it’s a good quality, organic cheese and if you are not cow lactose intolerant)
  • Roquefort (it’s a great source of B12, especially if you don’t eat meat)
  • Ham from organic agricultures
  • Fermented milk like kefir and yogurt
  • Small fish such as sardines or anchovies
  • Organic butter

Combine it with a small piece of organic whole grain bread made from sour dough. Ancient grains such as spelt, kamut or rye have less gluten are easier to digest. You can also have a beverage without sugar – coffee, tea, vegetable milk (use stevia from the health food store or coconut sugar to sweeten)

You can also have a fresh fruit, but do avoid juices, especially fruit juices, in the morning.

A breakfast low in sugar and fructose, and with the right Omega 3 and 6 balance will provide your body with the optimal nutrients and a radiant skin.

The numerous medicinal properties of rosemary

Native to the Mediterranean region, the medicinal plant rosemary, originally called Rosmarinus officinalis, belongs to the mint family and has various health and beauty benefits.

Fresh or dried rosemary leaves are a good source of vitamin C and they are also contain minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, copper and magnesium.

Rosemary has numerous uses and benefits for your mind and body.

  • Boosts memory
  • Relieves stress and anxiety
  • Alleviates pain
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Detoxifies the body
  • It also has antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties.

Rosemary is not only a great addition to your diet, it’s also used as a beauty remedy due to its anti-aging and healing properties. This medicinal plant alleviates blemishes and helps to create a natural glow. Furthermore it also helps to treat stretch marks, cellulite and dandruff.

It’s for these reasons that we chose to use this powerful medicinal plant in our WAY TO RADIANCE Profound Nourishing Cream Concentrate.

The skin can absorb this cream immediately and it penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin.

It leaves the skin profoundly nourished, which over time creates a healthy glow.

ZERO PALM OIL

More than half of the products in the supermarket contain palm oil and maybe even your investment fund.

It is very hard to avoid palm oil today, as it is included in food, cosmetics, detergents and cleaning products. Even a conscious consumer almost can’t avoid using it, since there is only an obligation to declare palm oil on food products. In cosmetics and cleaning products palm oil is used in a modified way and therefore gets a new name such as Stearate SE or Cetearyl Alcohol. All LE PURE products are palm oil free and we support campaigns such as Zero Palmöl and are listed in their product database.

Below you can find a list of ingredients that contain or are likely to contain palm oils:

–  Vegetable Oil

–  Vegetable Fat

–  Sodium Laureth Sulfate (in almost everything that foams) ^

–  Sodium Lauryl Sulfate ^

–  Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS) ^

–  Palm Kernel#

–  Palm Oil Kernel #

–  Palm Fruit Oil #

–  Palmate #

–  Palmitate #

–  Palmolein #

–  Glyceryl Stearate #

–  Stearic Acid #

–  Elaeis Guineensis #

–  Palmitic Acid #

–  Palm Stearine #

–  Palmitoyl oxostearamide #

–  Palmitoyl tetrapeptide3 #

–  Steareth 2 *

–  Steareth 20 *

–  Sodium Kernelate #

–  Sodium Palm Kernelate #

–  Sodium Lauryl Lactylate/Sulphate *

–  Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate ^

–  Hyrated Palm Glycerides #

–  Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylaye ^

–  Cetyl Palmitate #

–  Octyl Palmitate #

–  Cetyl Alcohol ^

–  Palmityl Alchohol #

# These ingredients are definitely palm oil or derived from palm oil.

* These ingredients are often derived from palm oil, but could be derived from other vegetable oils.

^ These ingredients are either derived from palm oil or coconut oil.

Are you investing in palm oil without knowing it?

A new report by the Friends of the Earth US (FoE) states that some of the US’ leading institutional investors, including pension funds, are potentially fuelling environmental and social harm by ploughing billions of dollars into the palm oil industry through opaque financial arrangements.

FoE and As You Sow have developed a new database where members of the public can search for the name of their fund to see what palm oil holdings, and the value of the assets, are in the portfolio.

 

9 Superfoods that prepare your skin for the summer

Preparing your skin for the summer should be done well in advance of long sunbathing sessions. The ideal preparation already starts months before. The skin has the ability to protect itself and this ability, just like a muscle, needs to be trained. Sunscreen, especially chemical filters, should be used in a very limited way, as there are better ways to protect your skin from the sun.

Our skin needs sunlight to synthesise vitamin D, which is very important for our skin, bones and immune system. Therefore gradual tanning is the best way to get the sunlight your body needs, without damaging your skin. Start with a few minutes and then increase day by day). Use physical protection (hat, long sleeves, etc.), if the sun is very strong or if you have been exposed already for a while.

Another way is to help the skin from the inside. Certain foods increase the activities of the melanocytes, which are synthesising the skin pigment melanin. Green and orange plants are the ideal allies to help your skin: pumpkin, carrots, spinach, mangold, parsley, mint, green tea and also berries activate the skin’s autoprotection. You should start eating a few weeks before sunbathing.

Opuntia Discovery

Yesterday the team LE PURE went to discover the Opuntia cacti, one of the plant we use to create our organic products. Marie and I decided to go to a beautiful area with wild growing cactus. It’s really amazing to see such an exotic landscape in the very heart of Barcelona.

Marie gave us a short private lecture on the Opuntia cacti (the Latin name of the Prickly pear cactus) and its powerful health benefits: its adaptogenic properties are key to the stabilization of our physiological processes and to the decrease of cellular sensitivity to exogenous agents, such as stress and UV radiations.

                                 Opuntia Flower                 Opuntia: The Plant

She explained why she chose the extracts of this plant to create the innovative formulas of LE PURE products: in fact, the fruit and the leaves of the cactus are rich in folic acid, B vitamins, antioxidants, flavonoids and active ingredients, which have the power to balance and regenerate the skin. In this way, you help your skin stay young and radiant. Plants are our real allies. A day in the nature is a day spent learning its wise beauty secrets.

A special thanks to our dear videographer Leda who took beautiful pictures and recorded a video about the story how we met and decided to start LE PURE. We hope we will be able to show you the video soon. Stay tuned for more news!

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Neroli PB

Neroli Essential Oil – the Bitter Orange Flower

In all our products we use the essential oil Neroli, which is obtained from the flower of the bitter orange tree. It is one of the most expensive essential oils on the market and has a very delicate perfume, which helps to calm the nervous system. In combination with the essential oil of roses, these two luxury ingredients determine the delicate scent of all our LE PURE products. When you apply our products, close your eyes for a second and transport yourself to a place like the Alhambra in Spain, where you walk among orange trees and get seduced by their sweet perfume that lingers in the warm wind.

 

The Cactus

A cactus is a member of the plant family Cactaceae within the order Caryophyllales. The word “cactus” derives, through Latin, from the Ancient Greek κάκτος (kaktos), a name originally used for a spiny plant whose identity is not certain. Prickly pears typically grow with flat, rounded cladodes (also called platyclades) armed with two kinds of spines; large, smooth, fixed spines and small, hairlike prickles called glochids, that easily penetrate skin and detach from the plant. Many types of prickly pears grow into dense, tangled structures. Cacti are native to the Americas, ranging from Patagonia in the south to parts of western Canada in the north—except for Rhipsalis baccifera, which also grows in Africa and Sri Lanka.

According to Wikipedia, when Carl Linnaeus published Species Plantarum in 1753 – the starting point for modern botanical nomenclature – he placed all the species of cactus known to him in one genus, Cactus. In 1754, the Scottish botanist Philip Miller divided cacti into several genera, including Opuntia. He distinguished the genus largely on the form of its flowers and fruits.