Your beauty boost 2018

Posted on: 9th March, 2018

Category: Health

Contributor: Hannah Dare

Your Beauty Tonic is on Special Offer in Organico in March, we’ve negotiated a €5 discount off the price of a month’s supply!

Today was a beautiful sunny day, and it felt amazing to get some sunshine on my skin. While sitting in the sun I reflected on how important our skin is, and how important it is to focus on keeping it in good shape. Our skin keeps us in one piece and protects our delicate insides from the world. As we age, our skin becomes drier, but there are some easy ways of keeping it well-moisturised and in supple and healthy condition. This month I decided to do some research into the different ways we can maintain our skin’s natural beauty.

In Organico we have always advocated aiming for beauty from within – moisturising your skin by taking omega oils, supporting cleansing by taking certain herbs. More recently the focus is on improving the structure and elasticity. One of the most effective methods of improving these is by consuming Collagen, which is a natural protein that is hugely abundant in our bodies and has a particular affinity to our skin. Collagen is popping up everywhere in the natural health and beauty sector, in skin creams, supplements and even in Lattes (OK, the Lattes is mainly in the US, but still!)

Collagen is an important building block for the skin. It makes up to 30 per cent of the protein in our body and 70 per cent of the protein within our skin. Collagen helps our skin stay toned and supple. The dermis, which provides the foundation for the skin, is closely involved in the skin’s elasticity and flexibility, and is the main source of collagen in the skin. Once we reach the age of 50 we have lost up to 40 per cent of the collagen from our skin. Hence the interest in adding collagen to our diets in order to try and balance the scales a little.

There are lots of ways to increase your body’s access to collagen. Unless you have been living off-grid for the last while you will have heard about the health benefits of Bone Broth, which is an  excellent source of collagen. I don’t have space to include a recipe for Bone Broth here today, but you will find plenty online (or have a chat with your grandmother!). To make a super tasty and nutritious hot drink with your broth, stir in a teaspoon of miso and pop some chopped scallions on top for a bit of crunch. Don’t cook the miso though, it kills off important enzymes. Drink a cup daily for a Collagen boost.

Another way to boost your body’s own own production of Collagen is to eat foods high in vitamin C, such as citrus, red peppers, strawberries, guava and kale, as well as foods high in sulfur, such as broccoli, cauliflower, onions and garlic, which aid in the development of collagen. In general, eating lots of veggies and a variety of fruits will enhance collagen production. Cutting sugar is also helpful, as sugar destroys collagen and elastin.

Apart from drinking bone broth and eating collagen-promoting vegetables you can take a collagen supplement. We have a number of different Collagen supplements in Organico, mostly in the form of powders. Interestingly, two of the most popular are from Irish companies. One that is getting a lot of attention recently is called Your Beauty Tonic, also called Botox in a Box, which contains 5,000mg of marine fish collagen per sachet, which is scientifically and clinically shown to improve skin moisture level, and skin smoothness, plus it can help prevent the formation of deep wrinkles and help skin suppleness. It also contains hyaluronic acid, which when taken with other powerhouse ingredients like natural anti-inflammatory MSM can support both skin and joint health. I’m trying this supplement myself at the moment.

When you read the ingredient lists for collagen supplements you will see that it always comes from either animal or fish sources. So what if you are a vegetarian? Well, Collagen is the critical building block for beautiful skin, hair, and nails – but you need silica to build collagen! Animal sources of silica actually have less than plant sources, making this an easy choice even for non-vegetarians. The highest content for silica from an edible source comes from the common horsetail (Equisetum arvense) stem – which sounds kind of non-vegetarian, ironically. I remember playing with Horsetail as a child – it’s the grass like plant that kids love to pull apart and put back together. That’s why it makes sense that it’s a herb that helps maintain our skin’s elasticity – your skin needs to stretch and heal and bounce back, something that this herb is very good at! You can take Horsetail as a Herbal tea, as well as a herbal supplement. Apart from helping build strong bones and skin it’s also used as a mild diuretic and kidney tonic.

If you want to try taking a collagen supplement or silicea supplement or if you would like to know more about natural approaches to healthy skin, do call in and have a chat to us about your needs. Organico is open from Monday to Saturday, 9am – 6.15pm and our online shop is open 24/7 –

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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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17th February, 2018  ·  

Check out this new upbeat indie-folk track Edges, released today from Inni-K with a video by Myles O'Reilly. Inni-K will be performing at Levis’, Ballydehob on Saturday 24th February, with support from Sam Clague.
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