2017 will be here in a week, and while I have many of my own resolutions that I continually work on throughout the year, I like starting a new year off by further working on my goals. One goal of mine over this past year was to simplify my life in its entirety. This post will focus on simplifying your skincare regime, and what I've learned from my own experience and working in the field of skincare. While I am turning 46 on January 1, this regime is great for all ages -- if only I knew what I know now, I would've begun this in my twenties and maybe I would look even younger!
Part of preserving the beauty of one's skin (and a youthful appearance) includes diet. I strongly believe that diet plays a very important role in the health, and the appearance of, your skin. I've written about it before that starting the morning off with a full glass of water helps keep your skin hydrated, especially as we age (your skin loses more water with age, which equals wrinkles). Also, for every cup of coffee or glass of wine you drink, drink at least the same amount of water.
I also am addicted to oil, oil, oil. I use it for everything! I use it to dry cleanse, no matter how much makeup I am wearing -- it works! Personally, I like to tone after dry cleansing, especially if I've been out all day, or in a city where there is more air pollution. After cleansing, I personally like to reapply a thin layer of oil -- I recommend experimenting with what your skin needs -- and I reapply first thing in the morning. Because I'm in my mid forties, the more moisture I can put in and on my body, the better (and again, the less wrinkles I will have). Using amazing ingredients like organic cloudberry sourced from Lapland, plus camellia flower oil and argan oil, I also formulated our new oil to have aromatherapy qualities with a scent that purifies the body and spirit, heals depression, anxiety, and fatigue, and has a calming and soothing effect. By the way, using oil as a cleanser and moisturizer should not be limited to women; hence why the scent of our oil is a light oriental woody suited for everyone.
Recently I discovered a little trick to reduce morning eye puffiness. First thing in the morning, I put a little cold water under my eyes using a cotton pad or wash cloth. I then apply a drop of oil using a light tapping motion with my fingertip under each eye, starting at the outer corner.
What are your resolutions?
How do we unwind when things are winding up around us? How can we prevent our bodies, and our skin, from showing the effects that stress have on us? I have some tips that might help.
Taking care of our skin organ is more important than many believe. Often I write about the nutrients that I put into my body. But what you put on your body is equally important, as the ingredients are absorbed through the skin, and do effect your whole body.
A large part of taking care of our skin is indirect. People complain of breakouts, dry or oily skin, and it may have nothing to do with your skincare regime. While the products that you use definitely play a part, and of course we promote using natural, botanically sourced ingredients in skincare, your mood, diet, and the amount of rest that you get, all play a part in achieving that healthy glow.
My tips for a stress-free body:
#1 - A good nights rest - sleep is our body's way of recovering from the day, a time when regeneration and healing take place. Most humans need 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.
#2 - Eat well. Food has so many amazing qualities that shape who we are. As babies, we need very particular nutrients during one of the most dramatic growing phases of our lives. Many people say that youth can eat whatever they want, but I don't buy it. I believe a school-age child's diet can help with concentration and disease prevention, or at the very least boost immune systems. As we age, our bodies go through many changes. Hormones fluctuate, and diet not only improves the balancing of these hormones, but improves our moods and psychological health. By the way, all of these things contribute to beautiful skin!
#3 - Drink as much water as you can. The best way, and I've said it before, is to keep a glass or bottle of water with you at all times. If it's not there, you don't drink it. Dehydrated skin ages more quickly than hydrated skin. Water also improves mood, it helps prevent headaches, migraines, and colds. Nature's wrinkle prevention is a glass of water away; water is a miracle.
#4 - De-clutter your life, your mind, and yes, your medicine cabinet. Sometimes making more room for the good things in life means it's time to get rid of the bad, or the stuff that's been weighing you down. Whether physical or mental, a cleanse can be as simple as throwing out old bottles of cologne to mentally letting go of the negativity in the world.
A quick peek at how I start my day:
- wake up, drink 1/2 a glass of water (goal is 8 ounces)
- put a cold washcloth over my eyes, follow up with massaging a few drops of our [upcoming] face oil on my forehead and on the skin around my eyes, brush teeth
- breakfast: a typical meal includes coffee with grass-fed milk, a smoothie bowl topped with granola, chia seeds, bananas and coconut flakes, I also take a handful of vitamins & herbs - research what you need at your life stage
- a run or yoga
- drink a glass of water
This is just my morning :)
My advice is to take things one step at a time. Try a different technique to de-stress every week, every month, or whatever suits your lifestyle and schedule. I guarantee that you'll see some small change in your overall health, including your skin.
It's flu season. And guess what, I just whipped up the most delicious flu remedy, actually totally by accident. After accidentally adding a little too much cayenne to my drink, I decided to google whether the ingredients that I used were good for the flu.
It turns out that I not only made myself a delicious, spicy, non-alcoholic cocktail, I also made myself one of the best, flu-fighting smoothies ever! This was exciting, but I truly believe that if we're in tune with ourselves, and our bodies, we're attracted to the foods and herbs that our bodies need. And so it goes that I've been craving turmeric smoothies.
On to the recipe:
1/2 cup pineapple
1 small orange
dash cayenne pepper
1 cup ice
If you're in a rush like me, add all ingredients at once to a blender (or better, a Vitamix) and blend until smooth & frosty.
Stick a straw in it & enjoy.
As a skincare expert and natural perfumer, I'm obviously into what I put on my skin. I'm also really into diet and exercise (mainly yoga & pilates), and what I put into my body. The following are my tips for improving your skin from the inside out.
Yes to PCOA
Which equals = protein, cruciferous veggies, omega-3s, and antioxidants.
If you eat animal protein, choose locally-sourced, grass fed animals, and wild fish, which help to stabilize blood sugar, and can prevent adult onset diabetes and acne. Ideally, 25% of your daily diet should come from protein. I eat both animal and non animal protein. My favorite animal proteins are wild salmon and grass fed beef. Favorite non animal sources of protein include lentils, quinoa, chickpeas, edamame, amaranth, chia seeds, hemp milk, almonds, and peanut butter.
Cruciferous vegetables such as brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli, and cauliflower contain the pytonutrient sulforaphane, which stimulates liver detoxification (another way to detoxify the liver is to do yoga twists). When you detoxify the liver, you improve the skin by eliminating excess hormones such as estrogen. Best bang for your buck is to incorporate a smoothie in your daily diet.
Omega-3s added to your diet improve skin firmness by breaking down collagen. Foods rich in omega-3s include walnuts, flaxseed, avocados, fish or the oil of fish. I like to eat a handful of raw walnuts every day, and take a flaxseed & fish oil supplement.
Antioxidants such as vitamin A and C help to remove free radicals that damage skin cells. Foods rich in vitamin A include sweet potatoes and carrots. Berries and kiwi are some of my favorite vitamin C rich foods. Add them to a smoothie, or swap a side of regular fries with sweet potato fries with that grass fed burger!
No to SDPW
Avoid or minimize the intake of sweets, dairy, processed foods, and wine. If you, like me, enjoy a glass of vino at the end of the day, choose organic wine (usually wine from other countries are organically processed). If you like sweets, have a sweet on a special occasion, and substitute with fruits and a delicious smoothie.
Avoid dairy, especially cheese, if you are acne-prone, and choose organic, local, or raw milk if you must have it. Eat leafy greens like kale and collard greens, which have high amounts of calcium.
While I say "no way" to processed foods, they're hard to avoid. These include breads, cereals, pasta, and rice. Choose whole grain pasta, organic rice, granola, and whole grain bread from the local bakery or make your own (recipe coming soon).
Try the 30 day good skin diet and feel free to post your results!