As a Holistic Nutritionist, I have a perspective on skin care that involves caring for skin the same way I would the health + inborn beauty of the whole body + the whole person... (That's You, babe ✨)
When I formulate, I consider physiology, how skin will use the ingredients, and I create using the same goals + knowledge I would when deciding what foods to feed my body in order for it to be it's healthiest + most vibrant.
When it comes to having the most beautiful, healthy + vibrant skin, my #1 recommendation is hydration. This time of year, hydration tends to pop up as a way to care for skin in the Autumn + Winter seasons. But skin hydration is my go-to all year 'round for so many reasons.
While the plumping effect hydration has on skin looks + feels great, there's so more to what goes on beneath the surface that contributes not only to how our skin looks, feels + functions now, but also in the future. How your skin is nourished now (and your soul, too) will become visible in the coming weeks, months, years.
The water content of skin (and our whole body) is responsible for carrying water soluble nutrients to our tissues + cells, where they can be utilized in skin's healing, protecting, maintaining + regenerating functions. Functions like repairing damaged tissue, protecting us from environmental aggression, flushing out toxins. Also producing + maintaining collagen (holds skin together, makes it strong + plump) + elasticity (keeps skin pliable, allows it to bounce back into shape).
Oil also plays an important role in nutrient absorption + moisture balance. When skin is hydrated, our natural oils stay fluid, moving through our tissues + pores with ease, rather than clogging + becoming stagnant. Oil soluble nutrients can reach where needed, lubricate skins surface, create a protective barrier, and make skin soft + moisturizer while excess, oxidized oils are free to exit the pores to be rinsed away.
This is why I love oil cleansers + hydrating nutrient mists so much, and I use them all year. So, I'm going to break down exactly what I do to keep my skin hydrated + nutrients flowing to my cells.
Now you can relax and enjoy your pleasantly hydrated, happy skin, or follow with the next step in your ritual. On days when you mask, apply your mask after cleansing, before misting.
I hope you + your skin love it! And please email if you have any questions, I'd be happy to walk you through it.
Mainstream media + medicine are finallyyyyyy spreading the word about what us peeps in alternative wellness have known for years.
SUN IS GOOD FOR YOU!
and necessary for your health + well-being.
So, with all this good news in mind, I'm so excited to bring you a body serum that helps protect + boost the benefits while you're getting some sun, and prevents UV damage, as well.
100% Fresh-pressed, Antioxidant, Botanical Oils from Cherry Kernel, Rose Hips, Cocoa + Shea Butters, Virgin Coconut Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Sea Buckthorn, Calendula, Blueberry + Raspberry, Turmeric, Rosewood, and Nature's #1 Antioxidant, Astaxanthin. Apply before + after sun exposure to help your skin adjust to the sun's rays and nourish it's innate healing + protective response.
FUN SUN FACTS
We evolved as a species for millions of years under radiant + nourishing rays of the sun. Blocking it out has created some unanticipated issues. One of them is a serious deficiency of Vitamin D.
You need to get that D!
We now know that Vitamin D acts more like a hormone than a vitamin. And hormones have an enormous impact on how your body functions. The benefits of vitamin D can be obtained by increasing exposure to sunlight and including vitamin D rich foods into your diet like fish, cod liver oil, milk, and eggs. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also good sources of vitamin D.
Although you can get Vitamin D through food + supplements, the most effective is when it is synthesized naturally by the body through sun exposure.
Responsible time in the sun:
* boosts vitality + energy levels
* keeps your immune system working efficiently
* supports bone density, preventing osteoporosis, arthritis + tooth strength
* helps your intestines absorb nutrients
* supports the strength of your muscles
* reduces blood pressure
* lowers cholesterol
* reduces stress + tension
* reduces respiratory infections
* cleanses your blood + blood vessels
* improves cardiovascular strength by providing a protective lining for the blood vessels
* reduces cancer risk
* increases oxygen content in your blood
* relieves aches + pains from muscle spasms
* aids in insulin secretion (to maintain healthy weight)
* improves mood + fights depression
* improves overall skin health by reducing wrinkles
* makes skin soft, strong, and smooth
That's A LOT! And all really important things for your well-being + long term health.
So, now you're probably wondering "what's this talk about reducing wrinkles + smoothing skin?"
This is where responsible sun exposure comes in.
The key is in appropriate exposure for your skin + feeding your skin all the other nutrients it needs to help the sun help you.
* Honor your skin's natural protection. The skin’s outer layer is a thin coating of oils that provides natural anti-bacterial, anti-wrinkle, and sun-screen protection. Moisturizing the skin with essential oil serums and botanical oils, as well as dry brushing, regenerates the skin's top layer, supports the collagen, and feeds the skin’s immunity.
* Sun yourself wisely. Start SLOWLY but surely, and start in the spring so that you may create a protective tan with phased in exposure. Developing a melanin-rich base tan in the spring prevents sunburn in the summer. Far more effective than sunscreen, melanin stays in our skin long after the sun has gone down + doesn't wash off in the pool or ocean.
* Give up synthetic sunscreens. Sunscreens made from synthetic ingredients block the UVB Rays which cause sunburn. Sunburn is the barometer our skin uses to alert us of how we're adapting to the sun's rays, which should be gradual. Most sunscreens only block UVB rays, the rays that cause sunburn, but not UVA rays. Over the long run, people wearing synthetic sunscreens unknowingly overexpose their skin to UV radiation that causes the skin issues we want to avoid (UVA-too much sun) and keeps us from experiencing the healthy benefits (UVB-perfect balance of sun exposure).
* Ensure the health of your sun exposure with UV protective + repairing antioxidant botanical oils.
For unbelievably soft, protected Summer Skin, check out Solar Therapy in the shop, in 2 sizes, here:
... I really love the sun.
I also really dig you :)
Our skin. It’s the barrier between our inner and outer worlds, and when in harmony, is an indication of health, vitality & longevity. When skin issues arise, it’s an indicator that one or more areas of our life are out of balance.
Here are a few ways to keep your body, mind & spirit in balance, for healthy, harmonious skin that radiates from within:
You may have heard it before: health begins in the gut. Proper digestion and balanced gut flora are responsible for absorption, conversion and production of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, carbohydrates & essential fatty acids that provide the building blocks to nourish our cells, give us energy, create our hormones & detoxify our organs. Poor digestion or lack of proper nutrients can cause toxicity and inflammation, malnutrition, hormone imbalance or liver congestion, and show up on our skin as Acne, Rosacea, Eczema, Psoriasis, Wrinkles, Dry Skin, and more. Keep your digestion & nutrition in tip-top shape by healing gut issues, supplementing with fermented foods or probiotics, and eating a high vegetable diet with moderate protein from pastured and grass fed meats, wild caught fish, healthy fats like coconut, flax, hemp and avocado, and low glycemic carbohydrates such as squash, pumpkin, and sweet potato.
Not only is our skin a reflection of our inner health, but so is the space we inhabit. It’s a reflection of how we regard ourselves and the world. From over-consumption, to toxic household and toiletry products, to chemical laden furniture and functional items, the products we use and surround ourselves with on a daily basis have a great effect on our wellbeing. Raise your home vibes by decluttering your space, replacing toxic household items with eco-friendly products, adding plants for better oxygen and air filtering, and supporting companies who share your values. This works both ways. A high vibe environment is refreshing to hang out in, and that reflects back at you whenever you’re in it!
Prolonged cardio exercise has been debunked, but it is important to move your body regularly. Things like stretching morning and evening, a 30 minute brisk walk 5 days a week, jumping on a rebounder, or even gardening or yard work. Essentially, anything can be good exercise if it loosens up your limbs or gets your heart rate up to 60-85% of your maximum heart rate, and you do it for 30-ish minutes a few times or more a week.
Getting done everything on our to-do list can seem like a thankless job. When it comes to getting the thanks you deserve, the best person to give it to you is you. So, go ahead. Give yourself some love. Start a nightly hot-bath-and-a-cup-of-tea ritual. Crochet yourself some comfy socks. Go to bed at 8pm sometimes. Learn to say no, and be ok with it (you’re allowed). You getting the picture? The point is, slow down and concentrate on yourself, and during that time let everything else go. Little tweaks like this can have massive effects on your sense of self-worth, your energy level, your digestion (yep) and your stress management.
It’s natural to want to reduce or eliminate the stressors in our lives. But, how much can we truly cut out before it’s just plain old avoidance? Life is always happening. So, instead of avoiding stress, learn to adapt to it. Self-worth and acceptance play big here. When we’re comfortable with who we are (would you believe spell check wants me to say “whom” there? No, I say! See how easy that is…), we’re less apt to feel unstable or threatened when the poop hits the fan. We tend to see the world around us as a safe place, and the people in it as generally pretty swell. How we see the world depends greatly on how we feel about ourselves. To get your stress adaptation mojo working, set the tone for each day with a 10 minute meditation session, practice self-hypnosis with daily mantras, and get to work on those self-love rituals.
While breathing happens automatically, most of us habitually breathe shallow. This deprives us of brain and energy boosting oxygen, negates detoxification through the lungs, and fails to stimulate lymph flow. Mindful, deep breathing restores these functions, as well as slows heart rate and lowers cortisol levels (stress hormone), keeping us calm yet energized, and able to take life as it comes.
Which helps with our mindset. Which gives us self-worth. Which gives us energy to move well. Which helps with digestion and assimilation of nutrients. And all of which work together, holistically, to balance body, mind & spirit, radiating outward as the healthy, glowing barrier between our inner and outer worlds. Our skin.
Detox doesn't have to be strict, serious, or smell like a medicine chest. It can be blissful. It can leave the scent of juniper, geranium, bergamot or lemongrass lingering in the air. It can uplift, soothe, and heal. Wipe the slate clean. Bring you back to you. The Whole You.
Just a few minutes a day, or even just a few minutes a week, take a little time to yourself to connect, unwind, and release. To free your skin & your mind from whatever doesn't serve it.
A warm soak. A steamy aromatherapy shower. Just a little self love.
Be present. Give yourself your full attention.
And down the drain, let everything else go.
One of my absolute favorite plants to work with it Burdock. Whether consumed or applied topically, its leaves, seeds and roots all have amazing benefits for skin health. The roots, shown below, are "alterative", meaning they support the absorption of nutrients and the elimination of impurities. As Burdock increases circulation in the skin, it cleanses the blood and surrounding skin tissue, bringing it through the process of digestion and out of the body.
As a result, applying Burdock Root to your skin can stop the growth of acne-causing bacteria and neutralize the toxins that are embedded in your pores. This includes dead skin cells impacted with dried keratin and live bacteria that gives acne its typical, inflamed appearance and soreness. As an anti-inflammatory, Burdock Root is excellent for reducing the redness and inflammation caused by acne, rosacea and eczema, which is why I include it in my Balance line, for oily, acne prone and problemaatic skin.