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  1. Never pick off gel polish!
  2. Don’t use your nails as tools to open or pick things
  3. Wear gloves when cleaning or touching products with chemicals in
  4. Don’t bite your nails – always use a file (preferably a glass one which seals the keratin layers together and prevents chipping and peeling)
  5. Use a cuticle oil regularly to hydrate the skin and promote growth via the nail matrix. A little massage around the nail can help too!

YOU GOT THAT.

A vegan diet is incredibly high in nutrients, vitamins and minerals (yep, even protein!), but it’s wise to do your research about supplements for optimum health, regardless of your diet.

For vegans a particular topic of discussion is B12. You may have heard of B12, but if you haven’t you’re in the right place!

What is B12? 

B12 is a vitamin made from bacteria in both water and soil – it is essential for brain health and development and very low B12 can cause anemia and nervous system damage.

B12 is required in smaller amounts than any other known vitamin. In fact, only ten micrograms of B12 spread over a day appears to supply as much as the body can use. Symptoms of B12 deficiency usually takes five years or more to develop in adults, however it can be easily avoided by taking a B12 supplement or fortified foods.

Why is B12 associated with a vegan diet?

B12 is the only vitamin that is not recognised as being reliably supplied from a varied wholefood, plant-based diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, together with exposure to sun.

As a result, a common misconception is that B12 is an animal derived vitamin, which is why those following a vegan lifestyle need to take a B12 supplement. However in fact the reason why B12 isn’t easily obtainable in a plant based diet is the way in which our fruits and vegetables are now grown, treated and sanitized prior to sale. Whereas cattle and livestock are fed B12 fortified foods to ensure the vitamin is present in a meat-eaters diet, as well as many herbivorous mammals who absorb B12 produced by bacteria in their own digestive system.

How can you get enough B12 in your diet?

Good news is there are lots of B12 supplements available, including tablets, capsules and also liquid form. In addition, Nutritional Yeast is a key cupboard ingredient used in many vegan recipes – this is also a great source of B12.

Everyone could benefit from taking a B12 supp, not just those following a vegan diet, because it can be tricky to absorb and is most effective in small doses. So get yourself down to your local health store and stock up on B12!

How to identify serious B12 Deficiency?

Clinical B12 deficiency can cause a range of serious health problems, such as anaemia or nervous system damage, loss of energy, tingling, numbness, reduced sensitivity to pain or pressure, blurred vision, abnormal gait, sore tongue, poor memory, confusion, hallucinations and personality changes. Often these symptoms develop gradually over several months to a year before being recognised as being due to B12 deficiency, however they are usually reversible when B12 is taken.

If you suspect a problem then go to your doctor and get a blood test, as many of these symptoms can be caused by problems other than B12 deficiency.

Make sure you’re getting your B12 kids!

Tattoos are maybe something that you wouldn’t think to consider when following a vegan lifestyle, but surprise! There are many things to look out for when deciding to get inked, and it isn’t just the design.

Firstly, the ink itself.

The main components of tattoo ink tend to come from plants or metal, which is good news for tattoo lovers. However as with many products and industries, it’s never that simple. Black ink is often referred to as ‘bone black’, because it can contain charcoal derived from charred animal bones. Which is really just a lovely thought. Charred animal bones in your skin forever? Nah thanks. I’m good.

Unfortunately it doesn’t stop there, sometimes tattoo ink can also contain gelatin (hopefully we all know what gelatin is, but to recap it’s a jelly type product made from the boiled up bones, skin, tissue and ligaments from animals – and nope it isn’t just a byproduct of the meat industry, animals are killed directly to make gelatin, so it’s best avoided), and also shellac (from the lac bug).

In addition to this, the pigment within the ink is suspended in a carrier, and this ‘suspension’ keeps the ink mixed evenly to help with application. The carrier solution contains a variety of products such as ethyl alcohol, purified water, propylene glycol and glycerine etc. Glycerine typically comes from animals, specifically animal fat, so this is also something to avoid if you’re looking for a vegan tattoo (or you just don’t want to be gross forever).

Ok, enough with the bad news.

This doesn’t mean you have to remain vegan and ink-less forever, there are a lot of vegan inks now on the market! www.vegantattoostudios.com is a great resource for anyone considering a tattoo and wants to ensure it is ethical and animal free! And some vegan ink brands include: Eternal, StarBrite, SkinCandy, and Stable Color.

So once you’ve got the ink sorted, there are other things to look out for when planning your ink is the process itself that also have ethical implications. For example:

  • Vaseline: This brand tests their products on animals and the end product can sometimes contain bone char
  • Shaving: The moisterising strip on most razors contains glycerin – oh and they’re normally always tested on animals
  • Cleaning: Soap is normally used to clean the area – again, this might be from a brand that tests on animals or contain glycerin
  • Transfer: When transferring the design onto your skin, lanolin is quite often in the transfer paper which is derived from sheep wool
  • Furniture: It’s likely a leather couch will be used in the studio during the inking process
  • Gloves: Latex can often contain animal products
  • Aftercare: Many lotions and products used during the healing process can contain things like beeswax and fish oils

Whoa. I know.

But the good news is there are alternatives for all of these things! You can talk through these issues with your artist first and either many alternate arrangements, take along your own products or go for a completely vegan studio!

It just takes that little bit extra planning and consideration, but ensures you have an ethical statement on your body for the rest of your life.

A few weeks ago Honestly Ombré hosted a Vegan Raw Food Masterclass in our local town – it was an amazing opportunity to talk about a topic we’re very passionate about: Health. And it was a brilliant turnout! Thank you to everyone who came 🙂

It was a fantastic event and it was great to answer questions about raw food and veganism, and hopefully inspire the people who attended the event to make more healthy and ethical choices in their day to day lives.

We also shared 2 delicious raw recipes –  a courgette noodle & macadamia nut pesto dish, and an avocado chocolate mousse!

Thank you to Ottr. for filming the event and creating this beautiful video, as well as taking these gorgeous photographs.

       

We all obsess over our skin. There’s no hiding it, your face is on show to world the majority of the time, and so it’s understandable that we can have insecurities about its appearance.

Lots of factors can impact our skin, including hormones, products, pollution and stress all being the root to most breakouts and skin issues. And so getting into a good skin routine can give your skin the best chance to try and sort out any internal issues it might be up against.

These top 5 tips can make a big difference, and are a great starting point for achieving the skin you’d like. These tips apply to both men and women, as we all need to take care of our skin!

1. This is a no brainer: WATER PEOPLE. Drink the water.

2. Skin hygiene – ensure you are removing make up and products from your skin each night to let your skin breathe and self clean throughout the night. Get into a good routine, and don’t over apply lots of face creams and serums unless they’re treating a specific issue such as a bacterial infection. Your skin is a great regulator and will quite often improve when you remove products from your routine.

3. Products with long lists of chemicals in that you can’t pronounce probably aren’t the greatest thing for your skin! Keep it natural, and try to look for active plant ingredients wherever you can. 

4. Wear factor 50 sunscreen everyday. No we’re not joking! Sun is the biggest skin ager there is – think you look cute now with a tan? You’re risking looking like a shrivelled mushroom in later life. even when you can’t see the sun, or it’s an overcast day, the UV rays are there and you’re damaging your skin. 

5. Finally, to give your skin a fighting chance, monthly facials can be invaluable in staying on top of skincare. They can be tailored to your specific skin type and issue and can improve skin texture, tone, brightness, and reduce signs of ageing. Not to mention they are incredibly relaxing, and self care can help enormously with reducing stress and anxiety which all contribute to your skin.

How do you target bad skin? What are your tips?