Tag Archives: Healthy skin

Meet your meat

12 May

Every once in a while I get a request for a blog post that asks me to showcase a recipe that is great for your skin. This isn’t one of them. However, this post is one I have been wanting to do for a while because this food is not only is it great for your overall health, but your skin, and hair as well.

featureGrass fed beef. Now, I realize there are a lot of plant based readers out there who will not agree with this post, and that’s okay. I’m not suggesting that anyone change their diet completely based on this post, rather I am suggesting that if you are going to eat meat, that you at least make better choices.

So, why is grass fed beef so much better than regular beef? Well, for starters, watch any of the documentaries out there that show how the traditional beef industry works and what the cattle are fed. The industry thrives on feeding beef corn, but so much of todays corn and feed is genetically modified. In addition to GMO’s  traditional beef can be packed full of antibiotics, chemicals and hormones.

There are so many articles, studies, documentaries, etc that make it complicated when it comes to dietary guidelines. Let me just break down the basics here for you and keep it simple:

  • Grass fed beef has 80% less fat than grain fed beef and 30% less cholesterol. Imagine being able to keep the protein intake up, but the fat content down.
  • It has balanced Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega acids aid in the prevention and treatment of inflammatory disease and autoimmune disorders.
  • It is a great source of conjugated linoleic acid. 3 times the amount in traditional beef. What is this? It’s an acid that reduces the risk of cancer, obesity, and a number of immune disorders.
  • It is full of beta carotene. This helps with vision, immune disorders, and osteoarthritis.
  • It contains 400% more Vitamins A and E which helps your vision, and stimulates white blood cells.
  • Grass fed beef also creates happier animals, supports sustainable farming practices and local farms.

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Due to the high demand of healthier foods, there has thankfully been a rise in the amount of grass fed beef now carried at local stores. What used to only be available a Farmers markets or local meat shops is now available at chain grocery stores. Sure, the cost of the meat is a little more expensive, but it’s a step toward being healthier. Spending a little more time and money on your health now as a preventative measure sure beats forking over a ton of money for health issues later. Some of those issues can definitely be chalked up to hereditary factors, but with the rise of so many unexplained diseases that aren’t passed down, it may  be better to just help the odds of being healthier, longer by eating as clean as you can.

 

 

You are what you eat

19 Mar

herbs-larger-picTruth be told, everything you put in your body directly affects your appearance. I remember when I was babysitting a long time ago and used the saying “you are what you eat” to a few 6 year olds who wanted to shove their little mouths full of French fries. Imagine their horror when at first they thought they would actually turn into those greasy little delicacies. I had to explain to them the facts of that statement…no you wont actually become a French fry, but all that grease and filler and byproduct goes into your body and directly affects your health and your skin. Huh? Yeah, they all just stared at me with wide, un-blinking eyes and then changed the subject.

No one likes to hear they can’t eat the foods they love. Take my clients with Rosacea. Most of my clients with that particular skin issue will be mortified when I tell them that they shouldn’t eat spicy foods, drink alcohol or be out in the sun a lot or it triggers it. I can almost guarantee that 90% of my clients I tell that to do it anyway. Why? Because their love for their favorite foods and the sun outweighs the pink rash on their cheeks. Plus, isn’t that what good foundation or concealer is for?

Just because these items trigger unhealthiness in the body or concerns with the skin doesn’t mean they have to disappear forever from your diet. It just means that they should only be indulged in small quantities.

To assist in some beneficial snacks for the skin (and to help make up for when you do slip off the healthy wagon) here are some of the best things you should make a habit of eating.

Almonds- Not only do they have a ton of vitamin E in them, and monounsaturated fat but they are really great at keeping the skin hydrated and supple. I absolutely love almond oil directly on the skin as well. Almond milk is also a great source of nutrition for the body, and skin. Plus, it eliminates all the harmful side effects of dairy (that’s a whole other topic)

Blueberries – Full of antioxidants which fight off free radicals caused by pollution, pesticides, UV radiation and some foods. These free radicals not only cause DNA damage and skin cells which promote premature aging.

Spinach – Remember what happened when Popeye ate his spinach? Well, you might not gain some huge biceps, but your skin will look great! Skin is the largest organ of the body so its super sensitive to oxidation. Spinach combats that by containing folate which can actually reduce the skin cancer causing cells and repair DNA.

Tomatoes- Lycopene is what makes tomatoes all cheeky red, and no coincidence it also can protect you from skin cancer. What?! Yes, it can protect your skin from within and numerous studies have proven that people who eat tomatoes at least twice daily would have less sunburns and skin induced aging. Ketchup doesn’t count.

Walnuts – A huge source of omega 3 fatty acids which improves elasticity and redness. (Oh rosacea sufferers….)

This is just a short list of all of the amazing foods you can eat for your skin and health, and the beauty of it is that this list wont break the bank either. Try to always go organic, with less pesticides and processed ingredients when you can. And most importantly, even with all of this – make sure to drink PLENTY of water daily.

Stay tuned for my next post on the five WORST foods for your skin and health.

 

 

Indulge in chocolate this New Year!

3 Jan

I came across an amazing recipe for a chocolate face mask that I might start incorporating into my routine at the spa. I have to say I tried it out on my skin, and not only did it work – it tasted great!

Technically, you are not supposed to eat it, but if a little bit did accidentally happen to get in your mouth, or your clients mouth – it is completely safe!

This mask is stimulating to the skin, hydrating and also opens up the pores. It is rejuvenating and safe to eat as I mentioned earlier.

For the recipe –

2 tablespoons cocoa powder (think raw, organic, pure)

2 tablespoons plain yogurt

1 teaspoon of honey

Make a paste of all of the ingredients and spread it on the face after a thorough cleansing. Avoid the eye area. After 10 minutes, remove with a warm, damp towel.

Then savor the amazing results – which are completely guilt free. A great way to indulge your sweet tooth and enhance your home skin care routine.

Credit for this recipe goes to Cortney Matz who is based in Los Angeles.

 

 

Some winter love for dry eyes and puffiness with a homemade eye treatment!

14 Nov

Winter always brings out seasonal allergies and overly dry skin in some of my clients. In addition, we all tend to overindulge in all that the holidays has to offer. Between the sweets, food, stress and alcohol consumption during holiday parties it’s no wonder we all look a little ragged. If you are looking for a quick, easy and inexpensive way to relax, ease those itchy allergy eyes and puffy circles look no further. Using some cucumber slices and lavender essential oil, this is probably the easiest and most effective of the treatments I have offered.

Cucumber and Lavender Eye Treatment
1/4 freshly cut cucumber, chilled
1 drop Doterra Lavender essential oil

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Slice the cucumber thinly, and place it in a small bowl of fresh spring water. Place in the refrigerator for at least ten minutes. You can add ice cubes to chill it faster if you desire. Add a drop of Lavender essential oil and let the bowl sit on the counter a few minutes until the scent is infused into the mixture. Place the slices on the closed eyelids to reduce puffiness or to relieve eyes that are red and itchy from seasonal allergies for approximately five to ten minutes or until the cucumbers are no longer cold.

To make this experience more “spa like” – put on some relaxing music. Maybe something along the lines of Carla Bruni’s “Le Ciel dans une chambre,” “Yellow” by Jem, or “Duet” from Rachel Yamagata. Timing wise, you could probably listen to all three and be transported into a state of beauty bliss.

I hope this amazing little tip helps you through this rough skin patch, also known as winter time.

Stay Beautiful!

Help keep that winter skin glowing with some all natural skincare routines!

23 Oct

During the winter time, not only does the weather dry out your skin but the chaos of what’s supposed to be the happiest time of the year stresses you. In turn, this dehydration and stress leads to premature aging. Yuck. No one wants that.

So, here are a few tried and true skincare treatments that can do at home to liven up your skin, help you relax and keep looking your age (or hopefully even younger!)

Honey is a natural humectant, and it’s so great for both your hair and skin. If you select this option, make sure to always use raw or organic honey. No need to add any additional contaminants into the mix.

A simple honey hydration mask can make all the difference.
For this recipe – it’s easy.
1 soup spoon of honey (raw/organic)

Cleanse your face first, and then dampen a face towel with warm water. Heat it up in the microwave, or put it in a bowl of hot water to make it very warm. Let the towel cover the entire face for 3 minutes while you relax. Remove the towel and apply the honey mixture to the skin with a gentle spatula. Leave on for 10 minutes and then remove it with another warm towels. Apply a light moisturizer and voila! Smooth, glowing, hydrated skin.

For an amazing hair remedy (dry scalp, dry hair, lack of lustre) follow this trick:

3/4 cup aloe vera skin grade gel (I like Aloe Life’s brand – pictured) which you can get at Sprouts or online.


2 tablespoons raw or organic (or both) honey
2 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops lemon essential oil
OR: emit the essential oils

Mix together then add to dry hair at the scalp and rub into scalp. Work through the rest of your hair, and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse well no need to shampoo it out or add any additional conditioner. Your hair and scalp should feel clean, shiny and flake free.

Hope you like these, and if you try them out make sure to let me know what you think!
Stay Beautiful!
Kimberley

Product Review on Zim’s Crack Cream and Max Freeze

10 Jun

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing two wonderful new products at the spa. The first one, MAX Freeze, is a topical spray that works very similarly to bio freeze. I love the way it smells, and the natural ingredients – plus it actually works. Maybe not long-term, but as it states it is only for the temporary relief of minor aches and pains, and joint pain. My left hip always seems to give me issues and so I had decided to spray some on there after I did a particularly hard workout. I wasn’t stiff or achy like I normally was. MAX Freeze is available at multiple drugstores nationwide like Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, and many more.

Ingredients:
Contains 4% menthol – Pain Reliever
Contains .2% camphor – Pain Reliever
Organic Ilex, Organic Aloe, Organic Arnica, Vitamin E, & Tea Tree Oil

MAX Freeze

MAX Freeze

The Second item I am particular exited to share my review about. I LOVE products with Arnica in them, and have seen huge results with these products whenever I have used them on myself. I especially love the smell, and texture of this particular product. I was a bit skeptical that the product would work any better than other products I have tried, but fortunately I had an issue pop up that was the perfect trial for this cream.

Zim's Advanced Crack Cream

Zim’s Advanced Crack Cream

I recently had a gnarly rash underneath my armpit. The rash was eczema like, and could have been a heat rash or a reaction to my new deodorant. (I know, tmi.) Either way, it was itchy, uncomfortable and left me unable to wear anything on the skin without mild burning. Enter Zim’s Crack Cream. I placed it on the area 2 times a day for two days.

This is what it looked like in the beginning:

Day 1 and having some issues

Day 1 and having some issues

As you can clearly see, I was having some issues. And under both arms, but more so on one side than the other.

After two days, this was the outcome.

After 2 days, and rash free

After 2 days, and rash free

Back to normal again! I also tried Zim’s Crack Cream on my feet since I like to wear sandals a lot in the summer time and they can get a little roughed up from this San Diego sand.

I would definitely give this product 5 stars and my recommendation.

Spice it up with Cucumber, mint and jalapeño infused water!

15 May

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Hot weather always makes me think about margaritas, and sitting on a beach somewhere melting my troubles away. But, let’s face it. Most of us don’t have the extra time or money to travel every time the temperatures rise. Thankfully, I live in San Diego so I can retreat to the water when I’m not working. I wanted to create an infused water that gave me that tropical, exotic retreat feel without even having to leave my work.

Mint is always a great herb to give a different flavor to your water. Paired with cucumber, you can’t go wrong. But what could make it a bit more interesting? Jalapeño. Yep, you heard it right. This exotic mix is reminiscent of a mojito I had in Hawaii last night. It’s got just a little kick to it without really even tasting the pepper.

For the recipe:

1 gallon water
1/2 of a jalapeño (de-seeded, and completely cleaned out)
1 whole cucumber (or a little less if you want more of a spicy taste to it)
2-3 springs of mint

The flavor on this one kicks up quickly so you could safely make it in the morning to drink all day.
Hope you love it!!