It’s easy to be a fan of clean living when every day we can see the difference using organic and natural beauty products makes to our skin and hair.
We all enjoyed National Vegetarian Week and we are finding it so inspiring to see all the great new vegan, plant-based, healthy living and sugar-free bloggers, chefs, cooks and writers out there. With new books from Deliciously Ella, Detox Kitchen, Madeline Shaw, Hemsley & Hemsley and Amelia Freer, there’s never been a better time to add nourishing plant-based recipes to your repertoire or even to go full out new vegan!
Bo from Bo's Kitchen is the rising star of the plant-based food revolution and definitely one to watch. She’s a vegan blogger and photographer whose Instagram page is a visual feast of delicious and easy-to-make original recipes.
We caught up with Bo to find out more about her beauty routine and life as a vegan.
Bo's top tips
OS: What is your beauty routine?
Bo: I cleanse and moisturise in the morning and cleanse, tone and moisturise in the evening. For cleansing, it has to be Organic Surge Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser. The pump dispenses just the right amount (so there’s no waste) and the texture is perfect for getting off every last trace of make-up. It’s brilliant value compared to other natural hot-cloth cleansers and it leaves my skin smelling like a bunch of roses! I also dry body brush as much as possible and do a hair mask at least once a week – I’m finding the Organic Surge 2-Minute Moisture Hair Mask is really fabulous.
OS: What differences have you noticed to your skin and hair since you started using Organic Surge?
I’m very fussy about my skincare brands, but with Organic Surge I find my skin feels plumper and has a more even tone. I’m quite pale and can suffer from rosacea, but the Organic Surge Extra Care range perfectly suits my sensitive skin and the powerful ingredients (damask rose oil, shea butter, aloe vera, orange and geranium oil to name a few) mean I’m still getting a treatment every time I use them. I’m in love with anything rose and these products smell heavenly. The Replenishing Facial Oil
is fabulous under the Nourishing Rose Day Cream
– it sinks in quickly but leaves your skin soft all day.
OS: What is your top tip for a health-boosting food to include in our diets?
Bo: Spirulina and wheatgrass are my two top superfoods – both pack a nutritional punch to give you a huge boost and make you glow from within. I noticed a visible difference in my skin and hair after taking these superfoods with my smoothies. If you can’t get hold of them, my top tip is to drink lemon and hot water first thing in the morning – it fires up your digestive system and alkalises the body, which is perfect for healthy skin.
OS: When did you become a vegan and why?
Bo: I became vegan about ten years ago, just to see if I could do it. There aren’t any cons to the vegan lifestyle – sure, you have to cook a little bit more than before, but I think everyone should know what goes into their food. I have more energy than ever, work out every day, eat a huge variety of food and rarely get ill. It’s also very cheap to eat vegan – good for my wallet too!
You are what you eat
Bo has created two super-easy and delicious breakfast recipes for us to start your day right.
Cacao and coconut chia pudding
Chia seeds are little miracles for your skin – packed full of vitamin E, omega 3 fats, fibre, zinc, magnesium and protein, all of which help maintain a youthful glow. For the chocolate layer I added some cacao, which is high in antioxidants, increases blood flow to the skin and contains omega 6 fats which helps heal wounds and scars. Both of these superfoods combine in a creamy coconut milk mixture to make this deliciously healthy pudding.
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp cacao
6 tbsp chia seeds
1.Mix 1/2 cup coconut milk with 1/2 cup of water and add the chia seeds. Stir very well.
2.Split the mixture between two jars and add 2 tbsp of cacao to one jar. Mix well again. Leave both jars overnight in the fridge, or until all the liquid has been absorbed.
3.Layer your coconut chia pud and cacao chia pudding in your jar and top with raspberries and coconut.
Radiant skin smoothie bowl
This smoothie is actually a green smoothie bowl in disguise! It tastes sweet and creamy and boasts a whole host of skin boosting ingredients such as strawberries, beetroot, kale, avocado and flaxseed. The recipe makes enough for two bowls or three small glasses.
1 large handful of frozen strawberries
3 frozen bananas
1 large handful of kale (stalks included)
1 tbsp ground or whole flaxseed
1/4 cup coconut or almond milk
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp beetroot powder or 1 small raw beetroot
2 tbsp dairy free yoghurt
Toppings of choice: I used blueberries, kiwi, cacao nibs and shredded coconut
1.Add all smoothie ingredients apart from the yoghurt to your food processor or blender and mix until smooth. Pour into your bowl.
2.To make the pretty yoghurt topping, add small dollops of yoghurt all over your smoothie bowl. Stir with a chopstick of knife to make swirls. Top with fruit, cacao nibs and shredded coconut.