Keeping your skin dry with QV skincare

It is almost summer in Victoria, and summer for us means that it will be hot and dry. In Victoria, we have to wear a mask when we are outside of our home. This will be made mandatory for all of the summer until we can find a vaccine.

Many people, including myself, get dehydrated skin underneath the mask. When it is hot, we sweat a lot and become really dehydrated. One way of looking after our skin is to drink lots of water, but most people don’t like this idea of drinking 2-4L of water. In the summer, we should be drinking about 4L of water. 1 L of water can be found in our fresh fruits and vegetables, depending on how you cook them.

But then there is QV skincare. They are for all skin types, including the most sensitive ones. You can find them at Chemist Warehouse and other good pharmacies. I have been using them for a while now. My skin has been moist, and I have no rash. My skin is sensitive.

Most people use disposable masks, which I find dries out their skin really easily. I use the best cotton ones.

Now that you have to wear masks a lot, it’s best not to wear any makeup under the mask. You are beautiful, just as you are.


Self care with the Body Shop products

The Body Shop is a company that is known for its environmentally friendly products. During COVID times everyone has been hit the hardest.

Whilst the Body Shop stores are closed in Melbourne you can buy your products online.

Here they do great foot creams, bath bombs, and scrubs for a night in. A night in is important to relax the mind. A night having a foot bath is also important for the mind.

They have an amazing range of body butter. I love their mango flavor.

They also have face scrubs and other moisturisers and things. I have tried the hand cream a few times and enjoyed using it.

Here’s how to do a foot bath.

You’ll need about half an hour for the whole process and you’ll need to wear some loose pants. You’ll need thongs and a bathtub and bath salts to relax the feet in.

Some people like to have wine at the tub but I’m fine just without.

First, fill the bathtub with warm water. Take off your socks and roll the pants up. Next, sit on the edge of the bathtub and soak your feet for 5 minutes. And then you can use the Body Shop pumice stone to get rid of the dead skin. You will need to do this a few times. This will be a good chance to inspect your feet to see whether you have any spots or other odd things going on in there.  And then soak your feet for an extra five minutes.

Now get out of the tub and dry your feet. If your toenails need to be cut, do that first whilst its drying. Put your thongs on and go to another spot where you can put some moisturizer on it and let it dry. I love the Body shop’s foot cream.


Hydrate with Healthy Care tea

I got the tea for $14.95 at Chemist Warehouse. Each box has 60 serves in there which is enough to last me for 4 weeks. I got the assorted box which is good and that means that I get to try all the flavors of tea.

It’s important to hydrate. Even more so when we are coming up to Summer and on the warmer days. This makes for an easy hydration option for people that don’t like water.

There are three flavors to the tea: raspberry, tropical, and original. 

The tropical one was really sweet. I really liked it. The raspberry not so much. The original was just darn fine.

I had to ask them online as to what’s in the tea as I did not see the ingredients list on the box. Here’s what they said:

“Ingredients in each of the sachets of tea: Green tea extract, Green tea powder, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Soluble Corn Fiber, Prune flavor, Strawberry flavor, Green plum flavor, Surraclose (a type of sugar), Silica (collagen supplement), Maltic Acid, Gardenia Pigment (Yellow and Green)”

Buyer beware: this is a fat burning tea which means that if you are not exercising that fat will go into fat storage and then you will pay for it later when you stop drinking it. When you don’t exercise then the fight or flight hormones will not be released.  The body has hormones like epinephrine and norepinephrine (the body’s fight or flight mode). These hormones can suppress appetite and gastric function so we are not hungry. The body already goes into flight or fight mode when it is stressed or doing exercise. 

The fat burning tea has some sort of stimulants in there, mainly caffeine so it will just add to the body’s stress mode. These stimulants don’t give you energy, they in fact borrow energy which means that later on, you’ll be more tired then you were before.

Use with caution and with exercise. 


September is Claratyne Hayfever relief month

September is the beginning of Spring in Melbourne. Here it is also the month where all the pollen come as there are so many flowers. This is where people get hayfever and the like.

We talk about Claratyne and hayfever relief here.

What is hayfever?

It is all the sneezing and runny nose as well as itchy eyes from allergens such as dust and pollen.

Claratyne is a type of hayfever relief tablet that lasts for 24 hours. It works effectively in reducing your symptoms. You can take one tablet daily and then it will work within half an hour.

Obviously, due to restrictions, we cannot go out as much. Hence our hayfever will not be as bad. Also if you wear a mask you might not breathe in as much pollen and dust. But if we have to go out for exercise avoid going on days of high pollen

Another thing that can help is consuming a diet rich in fiber. That will help you get rid of the toxic waste and some of the hayfever symptoms.

Don’t forget to hydrate as we lose more water when we breathe through the mouth.

When you come home from your outing make sure that you change your clothes and wash your hands. We would be doing this anyway to stop the spread of the virus.

Change your sheets every one to two weeks. Dust settles on the sheets.

You can buy Claratyne at Chemist Warehouse and all other major pharmacies.


Phillips noodle maker

This noodle maker I got it last Christmas as a present. Here you can save some money in making your own noodles. Making your own noodles is so easy.

Video courtesy of Phillips

During the Covid when we are all stuck indoors and money is tight, we can save a bit of money by making noodles. The noodles we make is really yummy.

It is easy to clean and it can churn out noodles within minutes. To make homemade noodles you just need flour, water and one egg.

Do buy the machine from Harvey Norman and other good retailers like Myer and the Good Guys. In Victoria, it is mandatory to wear a mask in store but you can order online and get it delivered.


Skillshare

Thanks to Siim Land for recommending this.

Skillshare is a website that allows you to learn some skills for $20 a month. It is free for the first two months and then it’s just $20. Many people are out of work now and need to upskill.

They have lots of self help classes as well as classes on how to master Instagram and other business essentials. It was lots of fun learning about self esteem and it was easy to use.

The lectures were short and easy to hear.

Do try Skillshare for yourself.


Food for Health’s fruit free bar

I got these bars at Woolworths as I really wanted to try them and I loved Food for Health’s protein puffs. They come in a pack of six.

SO I had the same expectations of them. They are gluten free and fructose free and they are full of goodness. They have a bit of honey in them and that’s what creates this sweetness. Oh and they are full of wholegrains.

This is an easy snack for the lunchbox.

Do go out and buy them at your local Woolworths and Coles.


Cooking with Montague apples

Montague Apples have been around for a number of years now. During the Autumn and Winter seasons apples are quite cheap as they are in season. You can buy them from your local green groccer and independant stores such as IGA. During the Coronavirus times these businesses need your money to survive.

Here you can make apple pie which is what I love during winter. We used this recipe (the recipe is from Cooking with Tovia who is on Youtube) which they used Macintosh apples instead of Montague apples. But you can use Montauge apples for this (or apples of any sort)!

We usually buy store bought crust as we don’t have time to make our own.

Do enjoy Apple pie as a dessert or as an afternoon tea. The ones that are store bought can be too sweet so do try and make your own with Montague apples.


Liddells yoghurt

Liddells is a lactose free yoghurt. Here I got them at Coles and Woolworths as a snack and a delicious lactose free thing. There are some people that are lactose intolerant. Normally I buy them at Coles for about $2 and they are easy to eat.

They do have sugars in them though. So far I liked the strawberry ones but they have vanilla and other flavours.

And now they sell them at Cheaper Buy Miles for $1 for a pack of four tubs of yoghurt. I actually really enjoy the plain flavours and you can buy the tubs for the kids that are going back to school. In Victoria it is only Grade Prep, Year 1,2 and VCE students. The tubs would be good to keep in their lunchbox.


Ensure protein drinks

This is a supplementary food and is only meant to be consumed with a whole food diet. These days people are looking to lose weight without stepping out of their house. We are all cooped up in here due to the Covid19.

So it is essential that people get their recommended daily protein. Some people don’t consume meat so these protein drinks are a great idea.

The drinks are really nice. You can get the powder or you can have it in a bottle. I prefer the powder as that’s easier to mix with water and its less calories as well.

Most pharmacies would have these drinks and since they are an essential service they are open all the time for you to go in and get them as well as all the neccessary medicine.