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Quick fire questions! Roz Purcell on mental health, daily rituals and skin saviours

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This week we sit down with Roz Purcell to chat about skin saviours, go-to snacks and daily rituals.

Your three favourite hikes…
Counshingaun, Slieve Namon, Slieve League.

Standout hike…
I think one of the first Hike Life events I did was Bray Head to Greystones. I remember the sense of accomplishment that everyone got out of it so that really stands out.

Your midweek batch cook…
At the moment it’s a sweet potato and blackbean hotpot. It takes 15 minutes to make. It’s so good and so comforting.

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Your midweek speedy supper?
At the moment I am obsessed with making soups. Last night I made a really easy squash soup. It’s amazing and an excuse to eat loads of bread.

Your hearty weekend meal?
It would probably be like a lentil lasagna or vegan moussaka or something like that.

The three snacks that you have in your bag all the time…
My three ingredient protein ball. It’s something I make the most, then always my homemade sweet and salty trail mix. And the last one would be these things I make called bonk bars. They are so simple and so good. You can find these recipes on Natural Born Feeder.

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Your three skin saviours…
Image Daily SPF, The Ordinary Hyaluronic acid and then the Salicylic Wash from Image. My final thing I am obsessed with is the Gillian Dempsey Gold Beauty Bar. It’s a face massage tool that a makeup artist recommended to me and now I am just obsessed with it before events or shoots!

And if you have a breakout?
I was in London recently and chatting with Sarah Jossel A.K.A. The Beauty Boss and she got me started on these things called Zitsticka. It is like a patch you would use for coldsores and I have been using them and they are amazing.

Power, Line of Duty and Derry Girls.

Exercises that are always in your weekly routine?
Hip extensions, barbell deadlifts and chin-ups or pulls-up.

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Your favourite activewear brands?
It’s really hard because I feel like there is not ever just one brand that I go to because I have a different style when it comes to hiking. I like stuff that looks like it was made in the 70s. I love Sweaty Betty leggings they have a new sustainable range and I love Patagonia as well so I would be between those.

A book you’ve read recently that you loved?
How To Be Right In A World Gone Wrong by James O’Brien.

Three podcasts that you are listening to?
I always listen to the Two Johnnies, they are gas. And then I listen to a podcast called Stuff You Should Know. Each episode is a new subject and they are just fun and informative. My podcast of all time is West Cork.

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Your morning ritual?
I wake up, take my dog Wilko out for a pee and then take my Revive Active and get straight to the gym. I use that as my little coffee before the gym. I get back, maybe do an hour or so on my laptop and then have my breakfast. With Zest Active I never drink coffee or tea around it because it would kind of hinder it’s absorption. It has no stimulant but it has Vitamin C and it does give you a boost.

The things you do every week for your mental fitness?
A big hike. I could be out for three hours and I wouldn’t look at my phone once. I think as well just going to the gym is good headspace for me and then I have my baking day each week where I am creating content, it just gives me a chance to get creative and work with my hands and be present and I find it’s a way that I can feel me. I also try to go for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) before I feel I really need it. It’s just something I do. It’s so important to check in on yourself.

INTERVIEW: Elle Gordon

Roz is an ambassador for Zest Active which is available in leading pharmacies and health stores nationwide.


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