The research is overwhelming…this diet really can be life changing for your mind, body and skin.

One study was done around a group of people who had pre-existing heart disease. They were put on a calorie unrestricted diet following the foods and eating routines of the Mediterranean diet. With no additional exercise the Mediterranean diet alone decreased their chance of developing heart disease by an amazing 30%.

So what do we mean by a Mediterranean diet?

This diet means eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, think locally sourced or frozen if it has to travel far. Oily fish like sardines, smoked salmon and canned tuna in oil in replacement of meat. Wholegrain cereals like Cheerios. And low fat dairy products.

Or you can check out some local Mediterranean restaurants, I’m based in Florida, USA and love the food at Cafesville.

The most important element of the Mediterranean diet is to remember it’s not about one specific food. It’s all about combining healthy food types alongside eating patterns that go with the lifestyle.

For example the Mediterranean diet isn’t about restricting calories like many other diets. It’s focused on eating healthy meals and not snacking on processed foods in between them. One study found that over a 5 year period a group of participants that followed a calorie unrestricted diet lost more weight than those who were on a low fat diet.

Another study found that adding more olive oil to your diet can actually help you lose weight. The Mediterranean diet has also helped people suffering from type 2 Diabetes. Following a diet that is high in olive oil alongside snacking on fruits and nuts can lower your chance of developing type 2 diabetes by around 50%.

When it comes to your skin the Mediterranean diet is just as good! Take the humble lemon, growing on the Amalfi coast of Italy. Lemons have so many skin and health benefits for you:

- They are a great source of Vitamin C. In 1 lemon there is 31mg of Vitamin C. This is 51% of your daily intake!

- Lemons can reduce your risk of heart disease, strokes and blood cholesterol levels

- Pelle Naturale GLOW serum contains Vitamin C which is an essential part of skin health both as an antioxidant and for collagen synthesis. It contributes to photo protection, decreases photo damage, and aids in wound healing.

Vitamin C in your diet can also help to control your weight BUT you would have to eat the lemon whole! Maybe a better alternative is to try either lemon tea or a hot water and lemon. This can also help with your digestion just like a squeeze of lemon on your salad is a great way to boost your digestive system.

Did you know that over 28% of all of Europe’s cucumbers are grown in the Mediterranean? Spain produces over 90% of all of Europe’s cucumbers because they have the perfect warm sunny climate in beautiful regions such as Almeria and Grenada.

Just as with the lemons, cucumbers are excellent for your overall health. They are also amazing for your skin!

In Pelle Naturale Hydrate eye cream there is real cucumber extract. It is important that cucumbers are grown in warm and humid environments because this fruit is made up of 96% water! All this water helps to hydrate your skin and fights off skin inflammation or infections.

The high water content is why skincare products with cucumber as an ingredient are important in a daily routine. As our skin becomes dehydrated and dry from the environment, lack of sleep and pollution, cucumber can offer a rehydrating effect.

Cucumbers aid in reducing dryness, redness and puffiness around the eyes, so you look and feel fresh. The research into the use of cucumber around the eyes also shows that regular daily application is an excellent source of Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant and protects the skin.

Did you know that rose hips really are the most incredible fruits?! They grow on the wild rose bushes throughout Europe, often found in low areas near mountains and the edges of forests. In Poland alone, there is about 20 wild varieties and their fruits range in color from red, orange, purple and even black.

This beautiful and diverse fruit can be found in the Pelle Naturale Refresh cleanser. The reason this fruit is so important to skincare is that rose hips have more Vitamin C than either lemons or oranges. Usually between 850 to 1200 mg of Vitamin C compared to lemons that have just 30 to 50 mg. Imagine what all that Vitamin C is doing to your skin!

The rose hip oil, when applied directly, can help soothe sensitive, dry and tired skin. This can reduce or even eliminate acne, it also aids in reducing scarring by dilating blood vessels and increasing blood circulation.

Health wise rose hip is recommended for people with stomach ulcers; pregnant women; women who are breastfeeding, people who exposed to stress and the elderly. Regular use of rose hip supplements can also help with illnesses such as arthritis and other chronic diseases.

Finally, honey can be found all over the world and I’m sure we can all agree that it is delicious. But did you know that Spain is one of the world’s biggest producers of honey? This wonder of nature is mostly sugar, and a mix of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, iron, zinc and antioxidants. Its health and skin benefits are almost endless, being so diverse it can be used as a natural sweetener, an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial agent. Such as using honey orally to treat coughs and on your skin to treat burns.

Pelle Naturale created the Heal exfoliating scrub using honey and amber extracts. In the exfoliating scrub, which can be used on both face and body, the honey moisturizes the skin deeply making it ideal for anyone with dry skin. It also acts as a pore cleanser, with antibacterial properties that help to reduce the appearance of blackheads and tighten the skins pores. Honey is also a natural exfoliate leaving your face and body with a brighter and more youthful complexion.

As for your physical health honey works just as many wonders. Adding additional amounts of honey to your diet may reducing your risk of heart disease. It can help to rehydrate you after a stomach flu, relieve anxiety and be used for medical grade wound healing.

The Mediterranean diet really is a lifestyle that can help to change your body and skin health forever. Why not try just one element to focus on and see the amazing results that will follow.

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Updated: May 13


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The HEAL exfoliating scrub is made of honey and amber extracts and absolutely smells good enough to eat. The product feels natural and silky smooth like a spa treatment every time you use it. As an anti-aging ingredient, amber extract works to rejuvenate the skins metabolic process at a cellular level, helping to rebalance pH levels and prevent excess water loss. Also amber's antioxidant properties help protect the skin against environmental stress, pollutants and other toxins. Honey's skincare benefits are plenty: this ingredient is full of natural antioxidants and is known to help boost moisture and radiance in depleted skin, which is why it's been a favorite for those with dull or dehydrated complexions.

2. Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque

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This amazing face mask give an "instant facial" to brighten and energize the look of dull, tired skin. It helps your skin to regain a natural, healthy appearance and making your skin look brighter.This instant facial is made with cranberry & turmeric, creating a refreshing formulation that helps to visibly even the look of skin tone while the crushed cranberry seeds gently exfoliate for smother and illuminated-looking skin.

3. L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Scrub Nourish & Soften

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This L'Oréal Paris sugar scrub is everything a facial scrub should be. The Pure-Sugar Scrub is infused with three different types of sugar, mixed together in a creamy blend of coconut oil and cocoa butter. The formula is softening making it gentle of your skin, yet it leaves you looking visibly glowing after just one use. As you probably guessed by the ingredients, the formula smells like you’ve been baking— but you definitely shouldn't eat it. However, it does double as an excellent lip scrub!

4. Olay Micropolishing Cleansing Infusions Facial Cleanser with Crushed Ginger

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Olay have created a micro-polish cleanser that reminds us of formulas that are five times its price, this really is best value for money. The tiny granules feel sandy, just like when after a day at the beach has exfoliated your skin. The product breaks down into a creamy consistency as you cleanse, leaving your skin looking glowing after you rinse. Plus, the formula of crushed ginger and citrus has a zingy scent that smells like summer and happiness.

5. Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator Smoothing Skin Polish

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This exfoliator was developed specifically for mature skin, it uses gentle jojoba beads to exfoliate and antioxidant vitamin C to brighten skin. Elemis recommends using it twice a week to gently clean away dirt and dead skin cells. Its formula is hydrating and refreshing thanks to key ingredients such as rose absolute and cucumber extract. It’s a gel formula, so it’s a much gentler scrub than others on the list. This means that most skin types can enjoy using this product since it’ll exfoliate the skin and also maintain its moisture level.

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If you have ever wondered why cucumber is good for your eyes, this is where you will find the answer. I have been seeing it used in movies by luxury spas and stressed out moms since I was a little kid. In fact I have used a couple of cucumber slices on both my own eyes and on my husband’s eyes, without ever really understanding why I was. So, until we came up with the concept of the Pelle Naturale brand and our own natural skincare line I did not really understand why the cucumber was used in beauty and self-care routines.

Fast forward to now, after lots and lots of research about exactly which skincare products and ingredients we wanted to have in Pelle Naturale skincare. The cucumber became a key and essential ingredients in one of them. In fact my research inspired me so much about the benefits of cucumber in both my health and skincare routines that I feel like everyone should know about it!

Firstly, did you know that over 28% of all of Europe’s cucumbers are grown in the Mediterranean? That’s right! Spain produces over 90% of all of Europe’s cucumbers because they have the perfect warm sunny climate in beautiful regions such as Almeria and Grenada.

It is important that cucumbers are grown in warm and humid environments because this fruit is made up of 96% water! All that water helps to hydrate your skin and is also full of Vitamin A that helps to boost your immune system and fight off any skin inflammation or infections.

This high water content is exactly why skincare products with cucumber extract as a key ingredient are so important in a daily skincare routine. As our skin becomes dehydrated and dry from the environment, lack of sleep, pollution and of course coffee, cucumber can offer a rehydrating effect. This reduces dryness, redness and puffiness around the eyes and gives you both that fresh look and feeling every day. The research into the use of cucumber around the eyes also shows that regular daily application is an excellent source of Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant and protects the skin.

With all of this research and information we were inspired to create our own cucumber infused eye cream. In its essence the Pelle Naturale brand is based around the Mediterranean lifestyle and how these active ingredients from this region can benefit both our overall health and our skin. With this in mind we decided that cucumber extract would be a key ingredient in an eye cream product that we made.

At Pelle Naturale we developed our HYDRATE cucumber eye cream that contains both cucumber extract and Vitamin E. Because it contains real cucumber extract it also works as a source of Vitamin C for the delicate skin around the eye area. This real cucumber extract also contains high levels of Vitamin K which reduces those stubborn dark circles by cooling the delicate skin around your eyes. From our research and experience we would always advise that it is applied daily because being rich in Vitamin E it aids in easing the appearance of fine lines.

Of course this is not to mention how great cucumber feels on your eyes both morning and night! Keep your sliced cucumber or cucumber extract eye cream in the fridge and apply when cold. This cooling effect will be instantly relaxing and is also an important part of reducing puffiness and redness both below the eye and above.

Obviously a lot of our research included science. It can seem intimidating for anyone that is not involved in the science world but trust me it is worth the reading. It turns out the humble cucumber is a scientific marvel.

Cucumbers contain an amazing thing called lignans. Never heard of them? Neither had I until recently, but they really are miraculous. Lignans are a large group of low molecular weight polyphenols that are found in plants, seeds, whole grains and vegetables. For the purpose of skincare lignans can reduce inflammation and inflammatory disease. Making them an amazing product to use if you have acne, eczema, psoriasis or even a bad case of sunburn.

Other scientific research shows that cucumber naturally contains the compound silica which benefits skin regeneration linking it to healthy looking and youthful skin. It does this by creating bonds between protein molecules, these are responsible for your skin’s natural ability to retain water, and this level of hydration is critical for skin repair and cell renewal. It is also this that is believed to be the reason that using cucumber products around the upper and lower eye can help to lighten the skin and reduce dark circles.

How can you put all this information into your skincare routine?

Introducing cucumber as an active part of your skincare routine is super easy to do. At Pelle Naturale we recommend this tried and tested routine that can transform dark circles, redness and puffiness around the eyes.

1. Start by keeping your HYDRATE cucumber eye cream in the fridge…it is going to feel amazing when it is super cool and applied around your eyes.

2. Start your routine with a clean face by first using REFRESH rosehip radiance cleanser.

3. Dry your face off gently and apply the RESTORE herbal brightening toner.

4. Apply the gorgeous GLOW Vitamin-C serum and massage into your skin using gentle upward circular motions.

5. Now it is off to the fridge to grab your HYDRATE cucumber eye cream. Using the tip of your middle finger apply a small amount of the cream to both your eye lid and under eye. Very gently pat this into your skin and wait for it to fully absorb.

6. Finally you can finish your routine with either the ENRICH repairing night cream if your routine is in the evening or the RENEW firming peptide cream if it is the morning.

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