Smoothie Solution

Being your healthiest looking-self starts from within.

Originally, I began my smoothie journey in an attempt to lose a few pounds. I figured blending a mixed salad with fruits and vegetables would make for a lighter and healthier meal, instead of putting my stomach to sleep every night filled with meat and potatoes. Turns out, not only did I lose weight – I also started to notice a positive, healthy, and glowing difference in my skin! Note to self: give your body the nutrients it needs to function properly.

Our bodies need foods that are filled with nutrients. REAL nutrients. Have a bag of chips laying around? Take a look at the ingredients….finding it hard to pronounce half of them? Then there’s probably not much nutritional value or reason for you to be ingesting. Think about it like this –  how do the foods you eat on a daily basis serve YOU?

According to Ashley Koff, R.D., author of “Mom Energy,”  The nutritious combinations of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and good-for-you fats in these healthy smoothies are especially good for your skin. They are packed with essential fatty acids, which calm puffiness and redness. They’re loaded with antioxidants, which keep wrinkles and sagging to a minimum. And many of the ingredients here are also alkalizing, which helps the body release skin-irritating toxins.”

TIP: Shop at SPROUTS for these items. Can’t beat the price for good, organic fruits and  veggies!

TOP 7 Favorite Ingredients:

AVOCADO: Contains vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium. They also provide lutein, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids! Known to  hydrate the skin.

CELERY: vitamin A, B2, B6, C, K, molybdenum, calcium, phosphorus, copper, pantothenic acid, and magnesium. Is an antioxidant, anti-Inflammatory the helps with digestive tract support and cardiovascular support!

CILANTRO: dietary fiber, vitamins A, C, E, K, calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium. Lowers blood sugar levels and protects against Cardiovascular Disease.

DANDELION ROOT: Contains thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and copper. Beneficial for weight loss and promotes eye health!

GINGER ROOT: Contains vitamin B6, vitamin C, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, folate, riboflavin, niacin, iron. Reduces pain, nausea, and inflammation.

KALE: Contains vitamins A, C, K, folate, Alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid. Also a tons of minerals: phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and zinc. Super food here – removes toxins!

PARSLEY: Vitamin A, C, K, folate, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium. Has antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Add your favorite fruits for flavor and flax/chia seeds for even MORE nutrients!

 

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HOW TO: Hyaluronic Acid

As always, I’m on the hunt for products that are scientifically proven to make skin look clear, healthy and hydrated. Yes – getting facials regularly, drinking plenty of water, and wearing sunscreen on a daily basis are great rules to live by. But what else out there can help give my complexion a little extra boost?  

To maintain a youthful glow, one of the most important steps of your beauty routine should be applying some sort of moisturizer. Hydrated skin not only looks healthy, but is stronger and more prepared to fight off the daily contact between our face and pollutants. I love the moisturizer I’m currently using! It’s unscented, makes skin feel less dry without an oily after effect, has SPF 30, and hasn’t caused any breakouts. However, I can’t help but think that there’s something out there that could go a little deeper and force its way through the top layer of my skin. Something like…hyaluronic acid.

Sounds scary! So, let’s break it down. What is it and how can it be of service to our skin care routines?

According to an article written by Style Craze (siting info from Dermato Endocrinol),   “Hyaluronic acid is a substance that your body produces naturally. It is also known as hyaluronan and is mostly found in your joints and the fluids in your eyes. It acts as a lubricating agent in your body. Moreover, this acid can retain water in the skin (1). This acid is now a key part of many anti-aging and skin care products. It is used for moisturizing the skin, and you will find hyaluronic acid in serums, creams, and lotions.”

Yes, HA is hydrophylic – meaning it retains water. In fact, the HA acid found in some products can retain up to 1000x  its weight in water! This is the only naturally occurring substance in our bodies that can retain this amount of H2O. This product is meant to intensely hydrate our skin at a deep cellular level. Think of if as a buffer that fills in the space around cells.

More FACTS about Hyaluronic Acid according to Dr. Axe:

1. Hydrates Dry, Aged Skin

2. Helps Reduce Wrinkles

3. Sores, Sunburn and Wound Repair

4. Lubricates Achy Joints

5. Helps Reduce Dry Eyes and Eye Discomfort

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Life After Waxing

Ahhhhh yes! We are finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel – the light of SUMMER. We’ve been blessed to make it through another bone-chilling winter here in Southern California. As we approach the light, it’s time to take a long look at ourselves, regroup and prep our “summer ready” bodies.

I’m sure you’ve been working out and eating healthy foods all along. But if you haven’t been waxing all winter, you may of forgotten your upkeep-routine between appointments! Have you ever noticed irritation or ingrown hairs a few days or even weeks afterwards? There is a reason that happens! In this post, we we’ll go through the don’ts of post waxing. For some, maintaining flawless skin is an easy task. For the rest, IT’S NOT.

 

Before we jump ahead to post-care – I’d like to revisit the importance of exfoliating twice a week. As I mention in my Pre Waxing Tips, “A couple of days before you wax, exfoliate in the shower. Take a loofah or synthetic sponge or glove, add some body wash and with a circular motion rub gently the area that is going to be waxed. This will remove dead skin, allowing skin to grip shorter hairs.” This may also assist in dodging ingrown hairs after and in between appointments. Find a product you like, and add exfoliating to your routine!!

POST WAX DON’T:

  • GO TO THE GYM. In fact, don’t go before! Sweat has been known to interfere with the wax itself and overall waxing process. Especially if you have sensitive skin or are getting waxed for the first time, it’s important to maintain clean and dry skin.
  • GO TO THE BEACH. Avoid sunbathing or tanning salons at all costs! The sun irritates our bodies enough on a daily basis. Your skin will be even more vulnerable post wax.
  • WEAR TIGHT CLOTHING. Not only is your skin irritated afterwards, but also left susceptible to bacteria. Tight clothing hugs your body and ultimately traps the bacteria against your skin – which could lead to infection. Bring along comfortable clothing to wear home from your appointment!
  • HIT THE SAUNA OR HOT TUB. Your pores are freshly exposed – so avoid anywhere that involves excessive sweating, chemicals, or germs!
  • HIT THE SHEETS. It’s best to refrain from “making the magic happen” too soon after. Remember, you are trying to avoid sweat and making contact with bacteria.

POST WAX DO:

  • Put on a fresh and comfortable pair of underwear. This helps to prevent bacteria and infection.
  • TAKE A PAIN RELIEVER. Or opt for using a post wax cooling gel, hydrocortisone cream, Polysporin or Neosporin Ointment.
  • After about 48 hours – EXFOLIATE. Of course, everyone’s skin is different. If you don’t feel ready or that exfoliating will cause more harm than good, wait an extra day or two. This will help prevent those ingrown hairs we all know and love!
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