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the conversation - Sofiia Manousha

the conversation - Sofiia Manousha

we sat down with Sofiia Manousha to find out more about her wellness rituals. 

Sofiia founded mybeautyfuel food as a way to share her recipes with her close friends after having health problems for a couple of years. she changed her diet and lifestyle moving towards plant-based foods and encompassing wellness in all it's forms into her every day rituals. she now features in French Vogue, works with brands such as Stella McCartney.

you have a very busy career, acting, directing and your wellness work with mybeautyfuel food, what rituals help you to de-stress and remain grounded?
my morning routine is everything for me, dry brush, cold shower, 20 mins of yoga and breath work. journalling helps me feel more calm and grounded, also my matcha latte ( made with homemade cashew milk) with adaptogens are a huge part of my wellness routine. also no screen, no phones until I reach the end of these rituals.

how did mybeautyfuel food come about?
after a couple of years of health issues, I created my beautyfuel food with my sister. at first it was to share recipes from my plant-based cooking with my close friends and then..... I think I've learnt that people need authenticity, I try to be honest and real in what we share.

What foods would you recommend to women to take for healthier skin, hair, general wellbeing?
I'm a huge fan of mushrooms; reishi, chaga, cordyceps, they help the body increase immunity and are good for skin and brain. also I believe in intuitive eating, my food is 90% plant-based, with good proteins like eggs and small amount of fish, I don't eat meat. a lot of nuts, cold pressed oils and also dark chocolate (I need my raw chocolate everyday) but my first recommendation is; good sleep, good hydration and be surrounded by love and joy.

your heritage is Moroccan, did you inherit any beauty rituals from your family?
my mother always takes care of her skin. I remember as a child she used to supplement with onagre (evening primrose) and bouracche (borage). also a lot of coloured foods like pomegranate, red pepper, juicy peaches. in Morocco we love the ritual of hammam, scrub, honey mask it's transformative.

how does your heritage play a part in your recipes?
everything, my food has to be generous, flavoursome and colourful. I love cooking for my friends and family, organising big dinners, family picnics. my food is about blending love with food. 

can you tell us about your evening routine?
at night I clean and massage my face. also I love sharing an herbal tea and some chocolate with my boyfriend, these moments are happiness.

what does healthy living mean to you?
listening to my body, no diets, no restrictions but a good understanding of what my body needs.

you can find recipes and more on mybeautyfuelfood.com

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Ingredient Focus; Licorice Root

Ingredient Focus; Licorice Root

Why we love this adaptogenic herb 

 
one of the many apatogenic herbs and plants used in ayurveda, we use licorice in our skincare formulas to reinforce and support the skin's resistance against stress aggressors that age the skin. the root helps to address the symptoms by helping to lower our bodies response by interfering with compounds as they are happening and prevent them from signalling overproduction which can have positive implications  for acne, wounds, hydration, inflammation and more.
 
helps to minimise the production of tryosinase, to combat and reduce discolouration, while liquirtitin helps to disperse excess melanin slowing down and reducing hyperpigmentation and dark spots.
 
licence is a potent antioxidant, decreasing reactive oxygen species 
which causes skin to discolour and age 
 
offers anti-inflammatory protection, containing the molecule licochalcone A, which inhibits two inflammatory markers.
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Founder Story - Why I Started ilody

Founder Story - Why I Started ilody
For as long as I can remember I've wanted to start a business, but I didn't know what form it would take, my career has taken me on a wonderful path and I've been privileged to work on some of the most iconic moments in fashion including fashion shows and advertising campaigns for Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta, Stella McCartney among others.
Through my teenage and art college years I wrestled with what it meant to be a South-Asian Indian born in Britain, I found many times it was a tale of two lives, my Indian heritage not merging with my British upbringing. 
as my career progressed the desire to bring the threads of my heritage and the experiences of working within the luxury fashion & beauty industry came to the forefront and the seeds of ilody were born.
with ilody I wanted to bring the richness of my heritage and elements of ayurveda to our customers. I started with the ingredients, they were an essential part of the brands ethos and meaning, coming from a point of authenticity of my own roots (not appropriation as larger brands have done for many years). alongside the wealth of ingredients, the experience and notion of ritual as routine was very much a part of how the products were constructed in their  texture and scent. I believe people now more than ever need to have rituals within their life. The products are designed to allow this moment of self reflection, calmness and being present.  
as the brand expands I'm excited to introduce new products later this year which will further enrich the ritual elements of your daily routines. 
3 rituals I always go back to;
1) spend time in nature, I have an allotment that I go with my family, my husband and 3 kids (my husband is also a beekeeper) it's been a constant in my life over the last 8 years and I find it's a moment of mindfulness when I'm there. The act of my hands in the soil and being more aware of my surroundings allow me to become present and gives me a sense of calm.
2) turmeric, probably my favourite spice of all, I love to have some in some freshly squeezed orange juice. vitamin c with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powerhouse of curcumin.
3) using our Kansa Wonder Wand, spending time massaging my face with our Kansa Wand helps me to wind down in the evening, calming my face while releasing tension and depuffing.
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Heritage Story - Eshita Kabra-Davies

Heritage Story - Eshita Kabra-Davies

meet Eshita, the fashion tech entrepreneur who is changing the mindset of a generation. after seeing first hand the textile wastage of fast fashion in her homeland of Rajasthan, she decided to change things and came up with By Rotation a peer-to-peer rental app. allowing both lenders and rotators to fulfil their fast fashion desires without contributing to environmental waste.

we spoke to Eshita about her rituals and what keeps her grounded.

what's your heritage?
i'm a Rajasthani girl that grew up in Singapore and then moved to the US and UK to study for my higher eduction.

can you tell us a family or inherited ritual or hack that you use today?
i love drinking, eating and applying turmeric to my face - it gives me a glow like no other ingredient.

what helps you to stay positive?
my cavapoo Saffron!

what have you changed in your life or discovered to improve your self-care?
i love to exercise - it's become quite a luxury for me lately due to lack of time, but yoga for me is the ultimate mood changer.

what's your am/ or pm routing?
i'm much more of night owl as it's the time I rarely get disturbed. I do however try to get my 6-8 hours of sleep, as with age I have really come to see the difference.

how do you wind down?
I love a comedy series to end my work day so it's got be either The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm or It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia!

what stress remedy or wellness addition have you added into your routine?
I'm not a good sleeper, but I have found T2 sleep tea to be beneficial.

Three things you're into right now?
1) the ilody super serum rituals beauty kit, I use this everyday!
2) intermittent fasting (trying something new, although I might have unknowingly already had some days of this)
3) Bocan couture's negligee sets which I wear with my coat and heels!

shop now at by rotation

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active botanicals - seres serum

active botanicals - seres serum

seres serum packed with preventative ingredients to strengthen the skin.

What makes seres boosted collagen serum so special?
formulated to boost collagen in the complexion, as we age we lose collagen, elasticity and firmness. Seres blends clinically proven active ingredients with powerful botanicals that helps to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, nourish the barrier function helping skin to look healthier. 


3 Key ingredients to keep skin plump and firm

  • bakuchiol; from the Indian Babchi seed, this little seed has shown an ability to perform with similar results to retinol. Bakuchi helps to reduce fine lines, stimulates collagen production, increases firmness in your skin.
  • centella asiatica; used in Ayurveda for it's soothing abilities, the ancient leaf has been clinically proven to increase collagen type I and III helping to keep skin feeling plump, reducing sagging and lines.
  • Moringa and Safflower oils; nourishing superfood moringa, with over 90 nutrients, including antioxidants, vitamins A, B, C, D & E and help to retain moisture. Safflower helps to support the barrier function and is anti-inflammatory.

How to include seres in your routine
use seres morning and night after cleansing and before your facial oil or moisturiser or use as a lightweight emulsion moisturisers after layering luxmi hydrating serum for plump, glowing skin. 

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hydration duo

hydration duo

What is hyaluronic acid?
bouncy, plump skin is what we're all looking for. it is one of the main components of the extracellular matrix, like collagen it's one of the main factors supporting our cells. it helps to heal wounds, reduces inflammation, strengthens the barrier function and provides moisture in our skin which helps to keep our complexions looking young and healthy. from our late 40's our skin has half as much hyaluronic acid in their bodies adding to the effect of ageing in the complexion, with loss of elasticity and lack of firmness.

ancient tremella mushroom
rich in polysaccharides and vitamin d, this powershouse botanical has gelatinous texture which can hold 500 times it's own weight in water, as a humectant it draws in moisture to the skin, giving it that plump youthful look. used for centuries in eastern medicine it's a perfect match for hyaluronic acid to give the skin an extra dose of moisture.

Why our powerhouse duo works?
topical hyaluronic acid has immediate and long term effects on the skin and can hold upto 1000 times it's weight in water helping to show immediate results in the skin, keeping it plump and lifted. paired with tremella mushroom skin is given a plump dewy look, helps to reduce fine lines and improves elasticity. a must have for your everyday routine.

 

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Heritage Story - Amrit

Heritage Story - Amrit

punjabi-born indian model, sustainability advocate and artist is a rising star in the fashion world, with more Indian models appearing on the catwalks of major fashion houses and featured in the international magazines.

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