smoothie

How to make a perfect smoothie

Smoothies are a nice way to start the day creatively and deliciously. As the warmer weather approaches and more fruits start to be in season, we find ourselves craving some natural and refreshing goodness, don’t you agree?

One of the many good things about smoothies is that you can follow your gut and try new combinations every day, to create something as delicious as it is nutritious

Today we are going to help you find the perfect base formula to get inventive and enjoy a smoothie with your favorite ingredients. Follow these tips to make a great smoothie every time!

Know the formula

Your smoothie will need two main components: liquid and dry. You can make them as nutritious as you like, adding extra veggies, seeds, or dietary supplements.

Start with 1 to 2 cups of liquid, depending on the thickness you crave or the number of dry ingredients you will use. Some examples are milk, yogurt, juice, water, or tea! Our Indulge teas are excellent options.

Then add from ½ to 1 ½ cups of your favorite fruit or vegetable. Banana, berries, green apple, and mango are great choices to add extra sweetness. And if you’re going for a healthy option, try adding cucumber, avocado, spinach, kale, or other leafy vegetables.

Pro tips

Making a smoothie is easy and quick, but sometimes things don’t go as planned. Here are some of our top tips to make the best smoothie:

  • Always add liquids before dry ingredients or fruit so your blender doesn’t suffer. We don’t want ingredients up on your ceiling!
  • If you want to add use out-of-season ingredients or want your fruits to last longer, freeze them
  • Try it as you go. Don’t be scared to mix different fruits or flavors, get creative and enjoy the process.

Are you going to use our formula? Share your smoothie with us on social media by tagging @apoembarcelona

clean beauty

Clean beauty: the secrets you need to know

When talking about clean beauty, most people think of something different. Safety within cosmetics is a variable subject, and sometimes even labels aren’t to trust.

To us, clean beauty is about crafting the safest formulas with the purest ingredients, in an efficient but safe quantity.

Natural ingredients are each time more popular, but they are still mixed with toxic agents or grey substances. At APoEM, our products are 100% natural and vegan, free of silicones, sulfates, parabens, and many more harmful components.

How to stay safe

When labels can be misleading, and the ingredient list is hard to read, the best way to stay on the safe side of beauty is to stick to the brands you trust

The fastest way to enjoy clean beauty is to go natural. Nowadays, many plant-derived ingredients achieve the same efficient results as old-time chemicals. 

Do some research on the brands you like and find out about their blacklist (the ingredients they’ll never use) and their principles

What to look out for

Even when the research on harmful ingredients is far from over, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Many substances like parabens and sulfates have tested positive to influencing your hormones, proteins, and cells, irritating your skin and taking away natural oils. 

The current safety laws often overlook these harmful substances. It is even possible to hide the components on the ingredient list by using other names, like in the case of fragrances

Additionally, these chemicals can also be harmful to the environment, as they don’t biodegrade and pollute. At APoEM, we are sustainable and do everything we can to help the world, from ingredients and production processes to the packaging and shipments. 

Stay curious and look into everything you or your family might use. We know how important it is to give your loved ones only the best, that is why APoEM was created with the love of a mother for all families out there.

The truth about chocolate and skin care

Easter is just around the corner! And with it comes tons of chocolate eggs and yummy treats. The myth that chocolate is harmful to our skin has always been around. But in reality… it’s not true.

There have been many studies over the years looking for the answer but results have been somewhat mixed. To be honest, cocoa isn’t what we should be worrying about, what’s bad about chocolate is the sugar it contains.

Actually, it turns out that cocoa has polyphenols, which are great for the skin! These are packed with antioxidants and increase collagen production.

When used as part of skincare products cocoa can be really moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging, helping with oxidant damage and photoaging.

So, why do people blame it all on chocolate? What you should be really worrying about is the sugar or other harmful ingredients that usually come in your chocolate bar. Sugar hardens the skin’s proteins such as collagen, which results in premature aging of the skin.

This Easter, don’t give up on chocolate. Go for the chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa to fulfill your chocaholic dreams!

Essential Oils during pregnancy: what is safe and what to avoid

Pregnancy is a really important time in a person’s life. It is the perfect moment to pamper yourself and take care of your body, and therefore your baby.

But can something that you put on your skin affect your system or even your baby? Keep in mind that the skin is an organ, the largest one in fact; it is full of pores and does a great work absorbing what you slather on it. There are medicines and chemicals that work through skin patches and creams, so why we don’t put more thought when applying huge amounts of beauty products is a big mystery.

Simplify your beauty routine

Beauty is a complex concept, we can’t expect our skin to be in optimal conditions with just one product, just like we can’t keep our body healthy with one meal a day. Often, we try to generalize our routine when we should be paying attention to details in order to take care of our individual needs.

All about vegan cosmetics & why we choose to use them

All of your daily beauty routine products penetrate through your skin and if you are conscious about your health and well-being and care about what you eat, you should also worry about what you use on your body. So let’s have a closer look at what vegan cosmetics mean and why to choose them.

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Prebiotics and Probiotics

PRE & PROBIOTICS

When treating your skin, the most important factor not to damage the “flora” or the good bacteria, is that the preservatives are mild. If the preservatives are normal, or if the PH is out of range, then there won’t be neither good nor bad bacteria that survive to the formula’s conservative system. That’s why we at Apoem use the minimun amount of preservatives needed so that the bad bacteria, the fungi and the yeast don’t grown, but allowing the good ones survive (which doesn’t happen on 99% of cosmetics in the market).Read More

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