Reducing the Appearance of Cellulite and Sagging Skin

Cellulite and loose skin often go hand-in-hand with aging, mostly due to the way in which the skin begins to lose elasticity, especially after the age of 50. Fortunately, there are a number of ways in which you can reduce the appearance of these skin issues, from eating foods that boost elasticity to using products that will help to tighten your skin.

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Diet and Nutrition
The foods that you eat have a huge impact on your skin, and if you are trying to reduce the appearance of cellulite and sagging skin, it only makes sense to eat more of the foods that are able to help you on this quest. Foods that are low in calories but high in protein will help to strengthen your skin’s connective tissues, while fruits and vegetables will contain plenty of beneficial vitamins and nutrients. Another easy way to boost your skin’s elasticity is by ensuring that you stay hydrated, as dehydration will only exacerbate any cellulite or sagging skin. If you have a difficult time keeping your diet on track, it may be worth investing in some vitamins and supplements to ensure that your skin is receiving all of the nutrients that it needs.

There are so many different cellulite creams out there, and if this is a route that you want to take, it is important to remember that, chances are, the results that you will see are only going to be temporary. Products that contain caffeine are great for temporarily tightening the skin, while those containing vitamin A will help to thicken the outer layer of skin, therefore making any bumps much less visible.

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Dry Brushing
Dry brushing is a technique that has been practiced around the world for centuries, but only became popular in the US in the 1960’s. Dry brushes are easily available, and while this may seem like a method that is slightly too simple to help with the seemingly impossible task of banishing cellulite, it is actually extremely efficient. Dry brushing works by softening the hard fat cells that gather under the skin, thereby helping to distribute them more evenly around your body, while also clearing away the toxins that cause damage to the skin’s connective tissues.

Using a self-tanner is another temporary method to reduce the appearance of cellulite, and to make your skin appear much tighter overall. The darker your skin color is, the less obvious your cellulite will seem, but it is important to only use a sunless tanner, as UV rays will only break down your natural collagen even more. There are many different self-tanning products out there, from lotions to sprays, making this method ideal if you need a quick and easy fix, as well as a boost in confidence, for a day at the beach.

Cellulite and sagging skin are both extremely common, and while women all over the world may spend millions each year on anti-cellulite treatments, it is always worth seeking out the more gentle and natural solutions first. From adding collagen-boosting foods to your diet, to dry brushing your cellulite away, these methods are all worth trying if you are looking for skin that is smooth, firm and tight.


Adding Fermented Foods To Your Diet

Fermented foods have been making headlines lately, and this is largely due to new research that proves just how beneficial these foods are. Fermented foods are foods that have undergone the lactofermentation process, meaning that natural bacteria has been feeding on the sugars and starch in that food, creating lactic acid. This lactic acid not only works to preserve that specific food, but also brings about beneficial enzymes and probiotics.

Benefits of Eating Fermented Foods
Your digestive system is what primarily benefits from eating fermented foods, as they will come into contact with beneficial bacteria that will help to balance out the bacteria that already exists in your digestive system. Fermented foods are able to aid with digestion, allow your body to absorb more nutrients from the food, boost the immune system, and have even been shown to help reverse certain diseases.


When it comes to fermented foods, sauerkraut is one of the healthiest out there and has been popular in Central Europe for hundreds of years. Essentially consisting of fermented cabbage, sauerkraut is packed with dietary fiber, as well as high levels of vitamins A, B, C and K, and plenty of manganese, magnesium, calcium and iron.


While kimchi also contains fermented cabbage, it consists of a number of other fermented vegetables too, such as carrots and onions, and is often seasoned quite heavily. Considered to be the national dish of Korea, kimchi has been popular for centuries in Asia, meaning that, today, there are hundreds of different varieties available to buy, and even more recipes available to recreate yourself at home.


Kefir has a similar taste to yogurt, but is of a much thinner consistency, making it almost like a drinkable yogurt. It is made by adding kefir cultures to cow or goat’s milk, which multiply and ferment over a 24 hour period, turning the milk into kefir. The drink is full of calcium, phosphorous, vitamin B12 and vitamin B2, as well as several organic acids and peptides that each bring about their own health benefits.


Kombucha is a fermented, slightly effervescent, black or green tea, and was first recorded as being consumed by the ancient Chinese more than 2000 years ago. In addition to aiding with digestion, kombucha is also extremely effective at detoxifying the body, bringing about mental clarity and mood stability.


While kefir may be considered to be much more powerful than yogurt, yogurt itself contains a lot of probiotics. Even better, if you are able to purchase yogurt that is labeled as containing live and active cultures, this is a guarantee that there will be at least 100 million probiotic cultures in each and every gram of that yogurt.

While it may seem as though fermented foods are a new fad that will not withstand the test of time, this is far from the case, as fermented foods have been consumed by various cultures around the world for centuries now. From the Asian origins of kimchi to the European roots of sauerkraut, these foods bring benefits to the body that nothing else can.

Donkey Milk & Beauty

Donkey farm

Legend has it that, for cosmetic reasons, Cleopatra used to bathe in donkey milk every day, with 700 donkeys needed to produce her daily baths. Donkey milk was used by many others throughout history, and while it may seem quite unconventional, it is actually the closest to human breast milk when compared to any other mammal milk out there, and is packed with unique properties that make it extremely effective in many cosmetic uses.

Vitamin-Rich Composition
Donkey milk contains high levels of protein, phospholipids and ceramides, which work wonders on the skin. The protein is great for boosting the structure of the skin, while the ceramides, which are usually lost with age, help to bind together the protective cells that are contained in the skin’s outer layer. Phospholipids are a type of fat, and are essential when it comes to providing support for the skin, as well as in the functioning of cell membranes. These three components of donkey milk also make it exceptionally soothing, making it a fantastic ingredient for those with sensitive skin to use.

High in Vitamin C
Donkey milk contains up to 60 times more vitamin C than cow’s milk, which is a vital component when it comes to the appearance of your skin. When donkey milk is used in skin care products instead of cow’s milk, your skin will be receiving all of the benefits of this extra vitamin C, such as an increase in the production of collagen, which then leads to added firmness and skin strength. This makes donkey milk a popular ingredient when it comes to anti-aging products, as collagen production is a process that naturally slows down with age, resulting in visible wrinkles and fine lines.

Soothes Certain Skin Conditions
Donkey milk is extremely high in lactoferrin and lysozyme, while cow’s milk only contains traces of these. These two components have the potential to dramatically soothe certain inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.

The Price of Donkey Milk Beauty Products
One of the main reasons that donkey milk has not yet hit the mainstream market is due to the fact that it faces one serious limitation, and this is in regards to the amount of milk that can actually be produced on a daily basis. While a cow can produce up to 40 liters of milk in a single sitting, a donkey will only produce around 2 liters a day in total, making it quite the premium ingredient. However, due to an increase in demand for the product, especially since the cosmetics industry has been turning more and more to natural ingredients in recent years, donkey farms are now on the rise, and this ingredient is likely to make its way into many more beauty products soon.

The cosmetics industry is always experiencing trends, especially when it comes to popular ingredients. While donkey milk may be quite a new idea to you and seem like a crazy trend, this is far from the case, as this ingredient can actually work wonders when it comes to skin care and beauty.

Healthy On the Go Breakfast

Morning can often be quite stressful and rushed, and the importance of a healthy breakfast is usually swept to the side. Fortunately, even if you do not have time to sit down and enjoy a full morning meal, there are plenty of healthy and quick alternatives that are perfect for eating on the go.


Breakfast Muffins
Breakfast muffins have always been an extremely popular on the go breakfast option, because not only are they easy to make in advance, but they will store in the fridge for up to three days, or up to a month in the freezer. The fillings that you add can be completely up to you, whether they be your favorite fruits or whatever you happen to have lying around the kitchen. From mashed bananas to blueberries to cinnamon to honey chopped nuts to dried fruit, this on the go breakfast can be packed with so much goodness. If you have made a batch to freeze, simply pop one in the microwave to heat it up and it will quickly be ready to dash out of the door with you.

Fruity yoghurt

Dressed Up Yoghurt
While a pot of yoghurt is a great on the go breakfast, it lacks a certain level of nutrition, and the artificially sweetened flavors that have become popular do not contain many benefits. If you tend to find plain yoghurt too boring, try dressing it up a bit each morning. Rather than grabbing a pot to take with you, open it at home and top it with a sprinkling of fruits, chopped nuts, seeds or anything else that you would like.


Breakfast Smoothies
Breakfast smoothies are the ultimate in portable breakfasts, because not only are they easy to drink with just one hand, but they are packed with all sorts of body-boosting vitamins and minerals. Strawberry and banana is a classic flavor combination, but you can throw just about any fruit into the mix. Adding some nuts will give you some extra protein, and will make your smoothie even creamier, while adding some kale in with your sweet fruits will help to balance out the bitterness of the greens.

A`vocado sandwich

Avocado Toasted Sandwich
Avocado toast is another healthy breakfast classic, but, if this is too difficult to eat on the go, turning it into a sandwich is a great alternative. If you would like an extra dose of protein, quickly fry an egg to add to the sandwich, either wrapping it all up to eat on the go or storing it in a plastic box to eat a bit later. Don’t forget to opt for wholemeal bread rather than white bread, as this will give your body some extra fibre and minerals.

Healthy breakfasts can be easy, with just about any classic breakfast having a healthy, and portable, alternative. From a breakfast smoothie that you can sip while driving to a toasted avocado and egg sandwich that you can enjoy once you get to work, these on the go breakfasts will ensure that your day starts off with all of the nutrition that your body needs.

What to Add to Your Winter Diet

Research has shown that the food that you eat in these colder months has a significant impact on the way in which your body, as well as your mind, deals with this harsher weather. To keep you in the healthiest shape possible, OROGOLD has put together a quick guide on what you should be adding to your winter diet.


Winter Fruits
There are certain winter fruits, especially of the citrus variety, that bring the body some amazing health benefits. Clementines are packed with vitamins, nutrients and plenty of fiber, all of which help to boost the immune system – something that is needed in the winter. Grapefruit is full of antioxidants, and will also lower cholesterol and curb hunger, while stimulating collagen production for fresh, glowing skin. Pomegranates are another fruit that help to stimulate collagen production, while lemons contain some powerful electrolytes.


Nuts are low in saturated fats and high in vitamins and minerals, as well as the mono-saturated fats that are required for a healthy heart. OROGOLD recommends stocking your pantry with a variety of nuts, from walnuts to pecans to almonds, and incorporating them into as many meals as possible.


A warm bowl of oatmeal is a fantastic snack during the winter, as oatmeal is a complex carbohydrate that is high in fiber, meaning that it will give you more energy for longer. Winter is also the time of the year when the serotonin levels in our body are quite low, as this feel-good chemical needs sunshine for maximum production. Luckily, certain foods, oatmeal included, are able to boost serotonin production within the body, helping to restore the levels in your brain to what they were at the height of the summer.

Beet salad

Root Vegetables
Root vegetables are able to warm the body, and most of them contain high levels of beta-carotene, which is essential for your immune system during the winter. Beets are packed with nutrients, and also contain tryptophan and betaine, two chemicals that are able to create a sense of happiness within the brain. Sweet potatoes are another root vegetable that have so many different benefits, and since they have a relatively long shelf life, you don’t need to eat them all straight away. Many root vegetables are also able to withstand the cold, meaning that you are likely to be able to find fresh produce throughout the winter.


Broccoli and Cauliflower
Broccoli and cauliflower are both packed with vitamin C, which your body needs in large doses throughout the winter t keep your immune system in top shape. These two vegetables are a great defense against those pesky winter sniffles, and even if you can’t find them fresh, OROGOLD advises that you still look for frozen varieties, as these are still extremely nutritious.

With a slight adjustment to your diet, it does not need to be hard to stay healthy this winter. From incorporating a range of winter fruits into your daily diet, to sticking to healthy snacks, such as oatmeal or nuts, these winter foods are guaranteed to get you through even the coldest of months.

Summer Nutrition Tips

Barbecues in the sun, an abundance of ice cream and vacation indulgence all make it that much harder to stay healthy in the summer. However, the summer is also when fresh, seasonal produce is more widely available, and our bodies could definitely do with the extra boost of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, to help it cope with the change in temperature and the dehydrating heat. OROGOLD brings you some useful summer nutrition tips to help you to stay healthy during these warmer months.

Grilled chicken with fresh salad.

Light Meals
Lighter and smaller meals are much better for your body than large, heavy ones, and, with the abundance of fresh produce available during the summer, it is the perfect opportunity to lighten up your diet. Summer fruits and vegetables are naturally high in a whole range of antioxidants, as well as fiber to aid digestion, and this is desperately needed by the body in order to cope with the extra stress that the summer months place on it. However, those same fruits and vegetables lose many of their nutrients the more that they are cooked, so OROGOLD recommends eating them raw, or just lightly cooked, as much as possible.

Woman drinking water from a bottle while jogging.

Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated during the summer months may seem obvious, but it is still something that many fail to sufficiently do. Not only does drinking plenty of fluids keep away the chance of heat stroke, but it also improves metabolism, helps digestion, and plays a huge role in the health of your skin and hair. For those of you who find it difficult to pack in the recommended amount of daily water, or simply just prefer something with a bit more flavor, try adding fresh fruit slices to your bottle of water, as well as some mint leaves, to create your own fruit-infused water. OROGOLD also recommends that fruits and vegetables with a high water content, such as watermelon, cucumber, citrus fruits and spinach, should also be added to your diet.

Sweet potato made with herbs and onions

Potassium-Rich Foods
Due to the extra sweating that the body does during the summer months, your potassium levels can quickly become depleted, impacting your muscles and nerves. To keep this from happening, try to fit in as many potassium-rich foods into your diet as possible. These include bananas, winter squash, sweet potato, white beans and yogurt. OROGOLD suggests using these ingredients to create snacks that you can pack and take with you during the day, so that you are less tempted to purchase processed snacks and more likely to stay as healthy as possible. If potassium loss is something that really worries you, OROGOLD recommends doing some research on cooking methods, as with potatoes, for example, baking them gives you double the amount of potassium than you would get if you boiled them.

Generally, since the fresh produce available during the summer months is so high in nutrients, the body needs less food than it does in the colder months. If you are relatively active during the summer, then it is important to keep replenishing your body’s lost potassium and sodium, as well as to remember to stay hydrated.

OROGOLD Reports: Are Vitamins Good for Acne? – ORO GOLD Reviews

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OROGOLD understands that acne is one of those pesky irritable conditions which cause excess amounts of blemishes across the skin, typically on the facial area. However; this type of condition can occur all over the body, but the most common … Continue reading

Which Vitamins Are Worth Taking – OROGOLD Reviews

Any conversation about your skin care or about your health is bound to steer towards vitamins at some point of time or the other. Unfortunately, the confusion surrounding all things related through your skin means that there are all sorts of half-truths and myths about vitamins. OROGOLD Cosmetics helps you to separate the best vitamins from the rest and helps you to realize that all vitamins are not good and more vitamins isn’t always better. It is important for you to understand that anything which is potentially good for the body can also be potentially damaging. This is particularly true if your dosage exceeds the recommended dose over a period of time, which ends up making vitamins toxic. OROGOLD helps you understand what vitamins are really worth bothering about? How do you determine what product to choose and what to leave behind? How do you sift through the conflicting science and choose the best possible solutions for your skin and your health? Well, here’s how.

The things that are worth taking

Zinc – Zinc can work wonders in shortening your colds. It is the ideal thing to be taken when you feel that itch in your throat. According to a randomized double-blind review that was conducted in the year 2011, zinc can shorten your cold within the first 24 hours itself, and that’s when the symptoms usually set in. It prevents the rhinoviruses from multiplying, thereby shortening the damage caused.

Vitamin B3 – Vitamin B3, also known as Niacin, is considered to be really beneficial for the overall health of your heart. It helps you to increase the high-density lipoprotein cholesterol level and reduce the low-density lipoprotein cholesterol level. A regulated dose of Vitamin B3 can also work wonders in reducing the chances of cardiovascular diseases. The highest concentrations of Vitamin B3 can be found in meat. The vitamin has also proven to increase the production of fatty acids and ceramides, two of the main components of the outer barrier of your skin.

Vitamin C – Vitamin C might be overhyped when it comes to your cold, but it is one of the most essential vitamins for the skin. There might not be any conclusive evidence which shows that Vitamin C helps to mitigate or prevent cold, but there are dozens of studies which show how important it is for your skin. Vitamin C helps to protect the skin from the damage caused by free radicals and this directly results in anti-aging benefits. Vitamin C can also prove to be good against colds that seem to be impossible to get rid of. Finally, Vitamin C works wonders in reducing your age spots and sun spots.

Vitamin B12 – Vitamin B12 is really beneficial for reducing health problems as you get older. The lower stomach acidity level makes it difficult for the human body to absorb Vitamin B12 once it gets old. This leads to a lower level of Vitamin B12, which can lead to a type of dementia or cognitive decline. Increasing the Vitamin B12 intake in old age can help you get rid of these issues.

Vitamin E – Vitamin E is another vitamin that might not be beneficial as a supplement, but is integral to your skin care. Vitamin E bolsters the UV defense of your skin and helps your skin to retain its natural moisturizers. It also has an amazing ability to neutralize the damage caused by free radicals.

Overhyped ingredients

Vitamin D – Vitamin D is one of the most overhyped ingredients in the world because in most cases, your body gets enough Vitamin D from sun exposure. Only people who live in areas that get very little sunlight require Vitamin D supplements.

Multivitamins – According to a study that was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, multivitamin vitamin supplements were proven to be a major waste of money.

OROGOLD is Berry Beautiful

Various berries and mint leavesRadiant skin, healthy nails, beautiful looks, alluring eyes, luscious lips and healthy nails – isn’t this what every woman dreams of? The skin care market is full of products that promise to offer you with all of the above and then some. But how many of those products actually work? Well, it’s not about the product and it is definitely not about the brand. It’s about what’s in those products. Ever gone through the list of ingredients for your favorite skin care products and cosmetics? Ever noticed berry extracts being mentioned in there? Surprised to see berries being mentioned? Well, if you didn’t already know this, berries are an excellent way of improving the way you look. So lets try and analyze exactly which berries help you to look beautiful and how.


Strawberries are known to be full of flavanoids, antioxidants and numerous other phytonutrients. They are also rich in Vitamins A and C, potassium, fiber, calcium and folates. Strawberries are known to reduce the free radicals in your system by boosting your antioxidant levels. This helps you to gently refresh your skin, reduce your fine lines and wrinkles and negate the environmental damage. Don’t believe us? A study conducted on the importance of strawberries in skin care by Dr. Gene Spiller confirmed strawberries helped in boosting the antioxidant levels in the body within 30 – 60 minutes of entering the system.


Blueberries are full of Vitamin C and a number of antioxidants that help you to boost your collagen production and ensure that your skin remains supple and smooth. Blueberries also combat the free radicals and other toxins present in the body which in turn prevents your skin from aging prematurely.


Cranberries are known to rank among the healthiest foods in the world because of the fact that they are loaded with antioxidants. Cranberries also offer the system with a range of essential nutrients such as Vitamins C and K, manganese, fiber, magnesium and calcium. Furthermore, cranberry is an excellent anticlotting agent as well as an anticarcinogenic agent. This helps you to get rid of your toxins, counteract the signs of aging and ensure that your skin remains soft, supple and beautiful.


Raspberries are full of cancer fighting phytochemicals and antioxidants. They also offer a constant stream of manganese, Vitamins B complex and C, fiber, magnesium, copper, potassium and folic acid. Raspberries are known to be an amazing way to lose your weight because their high fiber content makes you feel fuller. Moreover, the magnesium also increases the basal metabolic rate, i.e., the energy burned by the body while resting, i.e., weight loss. Simply put, a fitter you always results in a more beautiful you.

Acai Berry

Acai Berry is full of antioxidants and is also known to have one of the greatest ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) when compared to all other berries. Furthermore, Acai berry improves your mental clarity, digestion, reduces your bad cholesterol, improves the immune system and also improves your vision. The fact that it is full of Vitamins B complex and C, calcium, iron and potassium doesn’t hurt either.

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Strawberries, blueberries, blackberrys, cherries, berry, berry, berry and more berries! These fruits are the ultimate beauty bites. Want to look good? Want your skin to glow and shine to the highest capacity. Have some berries! Packed with antioxidants, berries are the ultimate power house!

Blueberries & Blackberries:  Studies show these low-profile berries where ranked number one in antioxidant activity by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The antioxidants in blueberries and blackberries protect you from premature aging.

Strawberries: This berry is packed with antioxidants and alpha hodroxy acid which gets rid of dead skin cells so that youthful skin can be revealed. Just imagine when a snake’s skin peel. Only to be replaced by a shiny new layer. As per you can also open a strawberry, rub it on a wet face, leave it for a couple of minutes and rinse it off. Your skin will be smooth as a…

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