Liv Lundelius is a Sydney based makeup artist, specialising in toxin-free, cruelty-free beauty. Her work is proof that luxury, organic cosmetics deliver the ultimate professional results.
Passionate about clean beauty and mindful living, she embraces the kind of plant-based diet that is bursting with nutrients.
“As a professional in my field, I see it as my responsibility to lead a healthy lifestyle and promote beauty products that won’t compromise your health,” she explains.
The natural makeup artist hopes to inspire others to lead happier, healthier and more beautiful lives through her website Liv Life Mag is packed with wellness articles.
Liv has adapted a humble bowl of porridge for optimal skin health. Her version is packed with glow-getting ingredients. She explains the benefits of each one.
They are rich in essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium, potassium, iron, zinc and selenium.
These vitamins both help fight off free radicals and increase production of elastin and collagen.
This means they are minimising fine lines and keeping the skin firm and supple.
These little gems also have a very high vitamin C content, which speeds up wound healing, encourages collagen production and protects skin from oxidative stress.
Porridge contains protein, zinc, iron, magnesium, antioxidants, vitamin B, vitamin E and phytochemicals. This package of essential nutrients can help boost your immune system and fight infection.
Vitamin E is one of the best skin benefits of chia seeds. It is a powerful antioxidant that combats inflammation and wrinkles and it also keeps your skin supple, smooth, and soft.
Omega 3 fats are found in chia seeds, just like fish, but chia actually contains more omega 3 fats than salmon! (and unlike fish chia seeds are not contaminated with toxic heavy metals like fish is!)
Omega 3 fats combat acne, wrinkles, help promote smooth skin and also even keep your hair, nails and metabolism in good shape too! Omega 3 fats are also great for depression and your hormones.
Keeping your hormones healthy is so important for your skin. If you’re stressed, your hormones are likely to get out of balance and your skin will suffer. Eating omega 3 fats helps to keep your hormones healthy and your skin glowing. So make sure you eat your chia seeds.
Non Dairy Milk
Dairy often causes skin problems from acne to eczema. Replacing dairy with an all organic and sugar-free milk alternative like rice milk, almond, cashew or coconut provides your body with nourishment without the side effects of consuming dairy.
Ingredients make two bowls:
2 cups organic rolled oats
Milk of your choice. “We usually use rice milk, which is nice and light,” says Live, “but sometimes also almond, which makes the porridge super creamy. Make sure it’s free of sugar or any preservatives and additives. Buy organic whenever possible.”
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2 tablespoons organic high potency goji berries
1 organic apple of your choice (or banana)
2 tablespoons organic maple syrup
Pour the oats into a pot and cover with milk. Bring to boil then reduce to medium heat and cook for approx. 3 more minutes. Meanwhile, soak the chia seeds and goji berries in a bit of milk (unless you prefer them crunchy) Wash and cut the apple into small pieces.
Once the porridge is done, mix in the chia seeds and berries and give it a good stir in the pot before serving in breakfast bowls. Top with the fruit and maple syrup!
Carrot Cake Porridge – variation:
“I got this tip from a Swedish model I worked with on a photoshoot,” says Liv.
“To up my vegetable intake right in the morning and to keep me satisfied for longer I often grate 1 carrot into the porridge mixture while it’s cooking. It tastes best with a little cinnamon added.”
Liv Life Mag is a holistic beauty destination promoting plant-based diet, mindfulness and clean beauty products. Living and breathing this healthy lifestyle day in and out, Liv adds an authenticity to her work that shows in her personal, creative and heartfelt content.