While our products play a role in how our skin appears on the outside do not underestimate the power of the foods you eat. From my 16-year career as a practicing esthetician I have seen skin transformed with an attention to certain foods, eliminating some and adding some really important ones. From my experience, I believe foods play more of a substantial role in your skin’s health, especially if you are experiencing any condition like acne, eczema, psoriasis and severely dry and dehydrated skin, than most products and this is why I always incorporate skin nutrition consults as a core therapy for my clients in need of real results that last a lifetime.
When I tell people that I rarely ever wear deodorant they look at me in disbelief and ask how on earth I go about my daily routine in sunny hot California without being stinky. In fact, they wonder how I smell so good. The answer is this guys. I never wore antiperspirant growing up because my mom would not allow it but I still wore commercial deodorant back in the day that had harsh ingredients like propylene glycol and fragrance (i.e. not perfume but often used as a covert term to hide noxious ingredients) and when I learned about those ingredients, I immediately did some research and realized I had to put myself on a deodorant detox if I ever wanted to rid myself of my awful conventional product! Continue reading
I am so appreciative of the fact that I grew up in a home where health was a core value. My mom and dad have been notorious in the past for sending me newspaper clippings (now they’re virtual) about the future of food and wellness so it was no surprise that my dad emailed me the other day with an article about a new study’s findings about plastic bottled water being contaminated with micro particles of plastic. Though I do not drink plastic bottled water – unless I am at the airport and have no other option – I do use gallon jugs to buy my filtered water at the alkaline water store and now it’s the caps that are a major cause for concern. Continue reading
Being an esthetician, I have seen a lot of beautiful faces but sadly, those beauties are often afflicted with a dry, lackluster and lifeless tone. The great news though is that usually what your body is experiencing now is not a life sentence. With some simple, easy to apply advice, I have inspired my clients to begin practicing a new regimen that has allowed many of them to go from dull skin to glowing, radiant skin in a matter of minutes. How can this be? Well, it’s simple really.
It’s all about consistency.
Experiencing radiant skin happens when you commit to a consistent evening personal care regimen. So whether or not you choose to cleanse in the morning, what is most important is that you remove the dirt of the day every single evening and if you wear face makeup (especially foundation), it is very important to cleanse twice; one quick surface cleanse and another second, more thorough cleanse.
In theory, eating local honey is a great practice. However with our changing times what is more important is to consume honey that was created by happy and healthy bees. The only way to achieve this is to ask your local beekeeper if s/he has a treatment-free practice.
What is a treatment-free practice? Well, it means that the beekeeper never, under any circumstances, uses acids, antibiotics or other unnatural chemicals in the hives to kill mites and “protect the immunity” of the honeybee. A treatment-free beekeeper believes in letting nature take its course and in nature, it comes down to the survival of the fittest. If the mites kill the bees, then so be it and if the bees survive the mites, well that means you have a really strong and healthy hive and that is something to celebrate. Continue reading
If you are one of my clients, you know that I am obsessed with drinking herbal teas and tonics. Apart from loading up on minerals, which allow your cells to absorb water and hydrate you on a cellular level – which equals GORGEOUS skin – sipping teas and tonics is a wonderful, inexpensive and simple way to load up on antioxidants and maintain a healthy immunity without having to always go the more expensive route of vitamins, supplements and fresh organic foods. If you’re budget is tight, herbal tonics cost pennies to make so whatever your paycheck looks like, you can still take care of your body. Continue reading
Gluten gets such a bad wrap but unless you have Celiac disease, why on earth are you not questioning the mass amounts of agro-chemicals and pesticides that are needed to harvest conventional wheat or the endless synthetic additives and soy isaolates that have not been proven safe for human consumption that are in your food?
Big Food has learned a thing or two from Big Beauty.
How frustrating for me when I hear “experts” say that you must wear sunscreen, leaving it there without educating people on exactly how to do that responsibly. Apart from shopping for a clean product that is preferably Zinc Oxide, there are also some very important points to consider before slathering your skin out of fear with any old product.
I am so happy to have found Raaka chocolates. They are not only soy free but a conscious brand that is as passionate about sourcing and sustanability and I am. Also, their product is insanely delicious and packaged beautifuly. Ooooh la la! Check out my favorite, The Bourbon Cask Aged 82% chocolate bar under my favorite things and definitely peruse their website to learn more about this badass brand. If you are in Brooklyn, you can even visit their site for a tour or a chocolate making class! Ummmm, Hello!
The more colorful foods you include into your diet, the more antioxidants you infuse into your body. Antioxidants equals a fortified body and healthy immune system and all those fruits and vegetables with their trace minerals help your cells absorb all that water you are drinking! Now that’s the power of fresh and beautiful whole foods. Get some!