Do Eye Creams Actually Work?

While we are constantly encouraged to use eye creams even in our early twenties, how can we be sure that these often expensive formulas even work? Effective eye creams boast smoother lines and wrinkles, eliminate dark circles and decrease puffiness – which will often lead to a more youthful appearance. Below are just a few different ways to choose your eye cream, and how to treat your face the correct way.

Effectiveness on puffy eyes

Although almost all eye creams aim to combat those irritating puffy circles, this buildup of fluid and blood under the eyes can also be cured by caffeine. Try switching up your diet, since this could also dramatically alter the way your skin looks and feels. Recent studies show that cold temperatures can also reduce the look of puffy eyes – a cold compress works well to decrease the puffiness on problem areas.

Effectiveness on dark circles

Dark circles are often hereditary and won’t fully reduce in appearance – regardless of what you do to them. Other factors such as sun damage and pregnancy can often highlight dark circles which are often difficult to get rid of. Vitamin C, vitamin B3 and niacinamide have proven to slightly conceal the look of dark circles more effectively than eye creams.

Can I use regular moisturiser on my eyes?

Sure. Just remember that the eye area is more delicate than the skin on your forehead or chin, since it is quite thin and prone to breakage. You can use a normal moisturiser on your eyes, but the formulas are not as concentrated as you think. Choose an under eye cream which is fragrance-free, since this would be less irritable for the delicate eye area.

What ingredients should I look for?

When choosing a new eye cream, look out for the following ingredients which will transform the look and feel of your skin. According to plastic surgeon DR Marck Malek, pay close attention to “Hyaluronic acid (hydrates ), ceramides (retain moisture), retinol (promotes new cell growth or regeneration) and neuropeptides (increase the production of collagen and elastin production), vitamin C (collagen production), vitamin E ( nourishes and soothes skin). ”

How much eye cream should I be using?

Many people have the mentality that using too much eye cream will only help to repair and nourish the intended area. Only use the size of a pea on your under eye area, as well as the inner corner extending into the brow. If you have too much product left over, use it on your neck or hands.

These ingredients work in a number of ways to repair, smooth and nourish skin after increased exposure to the elements.

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August 7, 2014

Benefits Of Warm Water With Lemon

We’ve all heard about the health benefits from drinking warm water with lemon, and how it can kickstart your metabolism especially when consumed first thing in the morning. Lemons are citrus fruits which are extremely rich in vitamin C and work two ways by cleaning the body from the inside out, and giving a healthy glow to skin and overall complexion. But what else can it do? 

Natural diuretic

Mixing lukewarm water with a few drops of lemon juice helps to flush out toxins which have been lurking in the body overnight. Perfect to drink an hour before eating breakfast, the lemon helps the digestive system to easily break down food for the rest of the day.

Vitamins and minerals

Lemons are a natural source of vitamin C which will help the body fight against infection, especially during the winter months when it’s more likely to get sick. Just a few drops of natural lemon juice contains pectin fibre which specifically targets the colon and will help anyone suffering from irregular or inconsistent bowel movements.

Reduces inflammation

When consumed on a regular basis, lemon has the power to reduce acidity in the body especially the amount of uric acid which is found in joints. This helps to fight against some of the main causes of pain and inflammation which many people suffer with age.

Accelerates weight loss

Did you know that pectin fibre which we mentioned earlier, is also the main ingredient to help you lose weight? It specifically targets hunger cravings, and will make you feel fuller for longer throughout the day. Add a few drops of lemon juice in your water at any time of the day to fight off incoming cravings.

Balances pH levels

Although lemons are an acidic fruit, once metabolised the citric acid does not create acidity in the body, which means that they are a perfectly natural alkaline. Drinking warm water with lemon regularly helps to remove any harmful acidity which has made it’s way into the body.

Relieves tooth pain

Warm water with lemon can help to relieve the symptoms of gingivitis and some mild forms of toothaches. Although lemons by nature are very acidic, it is always best to brush your teeth before preparing this drink since it can erode tooth enamel over time.

Fights against viral infections

Next time your throat is sore and tender, prepare warm lemon water before your breakfast to fight off any viral infections which may flare up. The lemon juice will also work to boost your immune system, and help to minimise the infection altogether.

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By Felicia Sapountzis

June 14, 2014

A taste of spring

Oven Baked Chicken with Sweet Ribena Sauce

Vitamin C is an essential part of the daily diet, as it helps with the proper functioning of body tissue, including bones, teeth and blood vessels. Eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables will help to maintain Vitamin C levels in the body. The RDI (Recommended Dietary Intake) of Vitamin C for adults is between 30-40mg per day. Just one serve of Ribena syrup contains 180 mg of Vitamin C, easily fulfilling the body’s daily Vitamin C needs.Using Ribena to create recipes is another easy way to incorporate Vitamin C into everyday eating.

Oven Baked Chicken with Sweet Ribena Sauce

Ingredients (serves 4)

    • pieces of chicken on the bone (chicken Maryland or breast)


    • 4 teaspoons honey


    • 8 tablespoons Ribena Blackcurrant Fruit Juice Syrup


    • 4 teaspoons soft brown sugar


    • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar


  • 300mL chicken stock

Preheat oven to 200?C/Gas 6. Place chicken pieces in a roasting dish. Combine honey with half the Ribena and drizzle over chicken

Ribena Salad Dressing

pieces. Bake for around 45 minutes, or until chicken is completely cooked. Heat sugar gently in a saucepan until caramelised. Add vinegar, the remaining Ribena and chicken stock to the caramelised sugar and bring to the boil. Reduce and spoon over roasted chicken pieces.Per serve: 1180kJ (280cal), 5g fat, 0g fibre, 29g carbohydrates, 30g protein, 1.6mg iron.

This recipe is not too high in kilojoules or fat, and the cooking method of baking makes it a healthy meal. There is no fibre, but if eaten with salad or vegetables it will boost the fibre content. It’s a good source of protein, which helps to maintain and renew body cells.

Ribena Salad Dressing

Ingredients (serves 4)

    • 3 tablespoons olive oil


    • 2 tablespoons Ribena Blackcurrant Fruit Juice Syrup


  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar or cider vinegar

Combine all ingredients and drizzle over mixed lettuce salad.

Per serve: 585kJ (140cal), 13.5g fat, 0g fibre, 5g carbohydrates, 0g protein, 0mg iron, 26mg vitamin C.

The fat in this recipe is of the healthy monounsaturated kind, which comes from the olive oil. This type of fat helps reduce the harmful LDL-cholesterol levels in the blood and doesn’t affect the protective HDL-cholesterol. There is no fibre in this recipe but this will increase when served on a fresh salad. This recipe has a moderate serve of vitamin C, providing slightly more than half the RDI for normal adults.

All recipes have been analysed for their nutritional value by qualified nutritionist Kylie Isherwood, B. App. Sc (Food & Nutrition)

September 3, 2002

Apple Varieties – The Full Story

Did you know that there are over 10,000 varieties of apples growing around the world? They are now in season, so don’t pass up the chance to learn what all the varieties are. Of course we can’t let you know all the different types here today but we have listed some of our Shesaid favourites.One green grocer did give me a very important tip. Don’t wash apples until you are just about to eat or cook them. If you are going to use them in a salad, toss with fresh lemon juice to keep them from turning brown. They are also a great source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and potassium. One apple is only .5 grams of fat. So isn’t it time to grab an apple over a packet of chips?

Here is a glossary to take note of:

Type: Red Delicious

Looks Like: Bell-shaped and red

Flavour: Sweet, juicy, firm and crisp

Best for: Just to eat

Type: Golden Delicious

Looks Like: Yellow-green with speckles

Flavour: Very crisp, sweet and easy to eat.

Best for: Eating raw!

Type: Granny Smith

Looks Like: Medium sized and bright green

Flavour: Tart and crisp, very firm

Best for: Baked apples, apple piesType: Rome

Looks Like: Large, deep red, round

Flavour: Dense and smooth. Rich and sweet

Best for: Eating raw, baked apples

Type: Jonagold

Looks Like: Red blushed with gold

Flavour: Spicy, mild-tart but firm and very juice

Best for: Eating raw


May 1, 2000