Summer Skincare and Nutrition Tips

As we enter the heart of summer, I wanted to post my best skincare and nutrition tips so you can keep your skin beautifully elastic while maintaining a healthy glow that lasts all summer long.

Follow these guidelines and prepare to be amazed by your radiant skin regardless of the harsh sun beating down on your face.


Growing Younger with Plant Stem Cells: Edelweiss & Gardenia Stem Cells
or years now, new technologies and scientific research have brought forth the most incredible healing abilities Mother Nature has to offer. The growing innovations have led to an increase in breakthrough anti-aging and beauty products. One of the most recent and profound findings in natural, anti-aging remedies, is the discovery of Plant Stem Cells.
The Hidden Dangers of Popular “Peel-Off” Masks
While peel-off masks are nothing new, they have seemed to make a comeback in the mainstream. People all over the internet are sharing their experience with the new “charcoal peel masks” with the hopes of ridding their black heads for good. However, anything that seems too good to be true, it usually is. The fact of the matter is, while these popular masks seem promising and almost magical, they have major potential to damage your skin. As you will find out, they are simply not worth ripping your facial hairs off for.
The Best Supplements for Healthy, Glowing Skin
There are countless supplements on the market that promise improved physical beauty and “anti-aging” benefits. The question is, how can you know for sure what works, and what doesn’t for healthy skin? In order to truly know, it is helpful to know a bit about how the body works and what the skin needs to be healthy. So, before you head out to your nearest health food store, consider these few tips on selecting quality and effective supplements for the skin.
Amazing Alfalfa Extract: Anti-Aging, Skin Revitalizer and Protectant
As a result of an increasingly stressful and toxic world, our bodies are aging more rapidly than what is natural. This has sparked an interest in “anti-aging” and the subsequent study and developmental research of methods for the revitalization of the skin from both extrinsic and intrinsic damage. Today, scientists are aware of the primary factor in skin damage and aging.  It is the initiation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), otherwise known as oxidative stress. 
The Skin Benefits of CoQ10
CoQ10, also known as coenzyme Q, is a naturally occurring and abundant enzyme found in every cell of the human body. This precious nutrient plays key roles in various physiological functions including energy production, neutralizing reactive oxygen species, and cellular regeneration – just to name a few. In a healthy and youthful body, CoQ10 is produced effortlessly and plentifully. However, as the body ages biologically; whether naturally or rapidly from various stressors, the body loses its ability to manufacture adequate levels of CoQ10. This results in further aging as the cells no longer regenerate as rapidly and therefore become more vulnerable to stress. Due to the obvious correlation between CoQ10 levels and biological aging, supplementing with CoQ10 has increased in popularity. It has gained special interest in the world of natural health, anti-aging and specifically, skin health.
The Skin Benefits of Beauty Sleep
We’ve all heard the term “beauty sleep”, and while we’ve all experienced the griefs of a sleepless night, not all of us know exactly why. Overall, there are a number of things that go wrong for the health and beauty of our skin from sleep deprivation. However, there is one primary culprit behind the eye bags, fine lines, and lackluster appearance and that is the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is a stress hormone that can be a helpful, adaptive hormone. But too much of it can lead to biological stress in the body, inflammation and the resulting decline in the health of the skin. This relationship between stress, sleep deprivation, and skin problems can be a vicious cycle, especially with conditions like acne and eczema, which can lead to new problems like potential scarring, scratching, and an increase in psychological stress – let’s be honest, it’s hard to feel good when your body shows otherwise!
Hormonal Balance for Beautiful Skin
 When it comes to skincare, there is a lot to consider: What topical treatments to use? What is the optimal diet? Should I use supplements or not? ... and so much more. While many are aware of the damaging effects of the more obvious poor choices – there is often an overlooked, underlying factor that determines whether something is “healthy” or not. That underlying factor is the hormonal effects of any given activity. Proper hormone balance is a dominant factor in determining health, especially the health of our skin and hair. There are various hormonal conditions that set the stage for skin diseases like chronic acne, eczema, dry skin, hair loss, and wrinkles. Some hormones are anti-aging, protective against inflammation and oxidation, while others contribute to disease. 
What to Look for In a Quality Body Lotion - Clean and Green
The Fall season is approaching, which means the potential for slowed metabolic rates and therefore dry, flaky skin. However, this doesn’t have to be your destiny. Dry skin is often a result of sluggish thyroid function (more common during the winter), which is caused by many things, but severely affected by a high toxic load. Of the many sources of toxicity in our environment today, the common drugstore is one of them. This Fall many people will likely head to the drugstore and browse the aisle filled with commercial body lotions in hopes to sooth their dry, chapped skin. However, these exact “solutions” are a source of the problem. They contain harmful toxins like parabens and phythlates that are known to slow the thyroid. 
Winter Skincare Routine
The cold, windy and dry winter season can be harsh on the skin. Also, in the winter we tend to spend more time indoors in low air quality.  We get minimal sun exposure, exercise less, and eat fewer fresh foods, all of which tax the skin. To take top-notch care of your skin this winter, follow this winter skincare routine.  It will help your skin function more optimally from the inside and out.
The Science and Beauty Benefits of Marine Collagen
Let's get fishy with the fascinating science and beauty benefits of marine collagen. Marine fish collagen peptides are an emerging functional food, which supports the homology of human collagen production. Marine collagen peptides, obtained by enzymatic digestion of fish skin, have been shown to have many positive health benefits. They are safe, biocompatible, highly bioavailable, and make for a potent dietary supplement that can give our skin a youthful glow. The science-backed beauty benefits of marine collagen mainly revolve around two areas: improved metabolic function and skin/hair/bone repair.
How Horsetail Benefits Your Skin
Horsetail, also known as Shavegrass, Bottle Brush or by its scientific name Equisetum arvense, is a perennial plant that resembles a horse’s tail. It commonly grows in North America, Asia, and Europe. Horsetail contains important nutrients that support the health of the skin, including iron, manganese, silica and various antioxidants. Additionally, horsetail is known to possess antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Dry Skin Brushing Benefits: Flawless Skin, Cellulite Reduction & More
Often our attention is focused on facial care routines and we somewhat disregard the rest of our body. It makes sense as the face is what is most visible to us and others. However, our faces are not necessarily separate from the rest of our bodies. From head to toe, the skin is one massive organ that has important responsibilities relating to our overall health and wellbeing. This dry brushing benefits guide shifts the focus away from the face and brings it to the rest of the skin. Dry skin brushing is a simple little hack that comes with a multitude of health and beauty benefits, ranging from reduced cellulite to detoxification support. The best part is you only need to spare 10 minutes a day to reap the benefits of dry skin brushing.
What are Copper Peptides & How Do They Help Our Skin?
Copper has two key beneficial properties for improving the well-being of the skin. One is biocidal properties. Also, copper as a mineral is involved in many physiological and metabolic processes that are essential for the appropriate functioning of all the bodily tissues including the skin.
The Benefits of a Clay Mask
The use of clay for topical healing and internal medicinal uses traces back throughout ancient history. Clay as medicine has been referenced as far back as ancient Rome, 60 BC to be exact. Aristotle – the Father of Medicine – also referenced the conscious effort of eating the earth, in the form of soil or clay, for its therapeutic benefits as far back as 384–322 BC. Considering that the Earth is made up largely of minerals, which is the bulk of what clay is, it wouldn’t be surprising to find out that the use of clay as medicine traces back even further. All throughout the natural world we see animals use mud intuitively to protect themselves from excessive sun exposure, to ward off insects and bugs, and to protect their skin. 
Switching to Natural Deodorant: Why You Should Detox Your Armpits
Many cosmetics and skin care products that are used all over the world have chemicals that contain carcinogens, which are known to cause cancer. Much like other conventional skincare products, typical deodorants and antiperspirants rely heavily on preservatives, fragrances, and...
Harmful Ingredients to Avoid For Glowing Skin
Despite appealing packaging and clever marketing tactics, most “beauty” products today are actually far more harmful than they are helpful. In this blog post, we will guide you through the most harmful ingredients to avoid for glowing skin. There is significant scientific evidence unrolling all the time about the dangers of the synthetic ingredients found in commercial facial cleansers, lotions, sunscreens, shampoo, perfumes, and more. Industry standard ingredients have been linked to everything from skin irritation to cancer. What’s more, the skin is a direct line to the liver, so everything you are putting in your skin is going to end up right in the bloodstream. If you’re spending your hard earned money on cosmetics and self-care products, the last thing you want is a product full of known carcinogens.
The Anti-Aging Powers of Plant-Derived Vitamin A
The connection between our internal health and skin is undeniable. There is something obvious, yet profound that affects the health of our internal organs, glands and systems on a consistent basis – our diets. The effect of certain nutrients on skin aging has been an interesting field of study, from ancient times to modern times. Considering the matrix of the skin, our diets can be a source of regenerative fuel for healthy, youthful skin. Regardless of the skin issues or concerns you have, one particular nutrient you will come across in your study is Vitamin A. This antioxidant vitamin plays a major role in the health of your skin. Everything from acne, wrinkles, brown spots, hyper-pigmentation, to large pores can all be treated with the proper use of Vitamin A and with amazing results. 
The Harmful Beauty Effects of Estrogen
In an earlier post, we talked all about the damaging effects of stress hormone cortisol. In this post, we will focus on the harmful beauty effects of estrogen, another stress hormone.
Why You Should Be Able to Eat Your Skincare Products

One of the golden rules to holistic skin care is “if you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.” So just as you would carefully select your food, you might also consider doing the same for your skincare products.

The reason for favoring natural skincare is simple: the skin is a rather direct line to the bloodstream. In essence, any substance that comes into contact with the skin is to a degree absorbed into the body. Everything in the external environment that your body is interacting with has to be managed by the skin’s microbiome.
The Best Anti-Inflammatory Skin Care Ingredients
Many skin conditions are caused by inflammation (often dubbed the root of all modern disease). If you’re dealing with eczema, psoriasis, rashes, breakouts, or other unwanted outbreaks of the skin, one of the first things you want to do is reduce inflammationFinding the best anti-inflammatory skin care ingredients can be difficult without guidance. While some opt to go the traditional drug route, we want to offer natural solutions that tackle the root cause of your skin problems rather than just masking the symptoms. Topical solutions include masks and creams to calm and soothe the skin, while internal remedies can help reduce inflammation at the source.
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