Bride-to-Be, Sara, enjoyed the sleek texture and glow after her Glow & Go Facial. She is getting ready for her wedding coming up and Sleekskin Aesthetics was more than happy to help her relax before the big day!
There’s nothing like a good cup of tea. From the moment its warmth hits your lips and soothes its way down to your belly — or from the very second you hear the ice clink and feel its coolness flow through your body — it is creating goodness on many different levels. It doesn’t hurt that the health benefits of green tea are receiving more recognition than ever before.
TEA IS THE PERFECT COMFORT FOOD
Green tea, in particular, is known for its astounding health benefits, as well as its crisp yet sweet flavor. People of India, China, Japan, and Thailand have been enjoying green tea and its medicinal qualities throughout the ages.
Green tea was believed to be first introduced to Japan in 805 BC, when young green tea trees were brought back by Buddhist monks studying in China.
Only a few centuries later, and Buddhist monks were drinking Japanese green tea to promote good health. In 1214, Japan’s first book about tea was written by Myoan Eisai, founder of Zen Buddhism’s Rinzai sect. In How to Stay Healthy by Drinking Tea, or Kissa Yojoki, Eisai praises tea for its myriad health benefits — including its potential to work as “medicine” to quench thirst, reduce fatigue, cure indigestion, stimulate the body, buffer the effects of alcohol, and improve brain and urinary function.1
After being enjoyed as a cultural staple and health elixir in the East for more than 5,000 years, green tea made its way to the West when European traders visited East Asia in the 16th century. Today, some of the more modern forms of green tea, like matcha powder, can trace their roots back to the same origins. Matcha is different from regular green tea since it is made from powderized tea leaves to yield a 100 percent nutritional value. And while it’s highly concentrated and antioxidant-rich, matcha still comes from the plant used to make Japanese green tea — the same Japanese green tea used in traditional tea ceremonies.
Thanks for your interest in “Eating Pretty”, to borrow a phrase from author Jolene Hart! It’s never too late to clean up our habits to create healthier bodies and skin.
I’m just listing the most important ideas that come to mind to help make some very significant boosts to your complexion and well-being.
A good rule to strive for is drinking 1/2 your body weight in ounces per day. This can be water, herbal tea or non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic beverages. My favorite is Green Matcha tea mixed with Rooibos Tea (I get it flavored with vanilla and orange-yum!). Green tea is loaded with health benefits, but it is important to drink water as well to offset the caffeine content and stay fully hydrated. Eating hydrating foods are superb to keep the skin supple and glowing. Cucumbers, celery, watermelon and other water-rich foods can be eaten each day. The rage at the moment is Bone Broth for collagen building too! Soups are the “new juice” this winter, and a great source of hydration and nutrients. When you increase your hydration, you can help normalize your weight and basically help every cellular and bodily function!
The focus right now is on Gut Health-what goes on there has everything to do with how our skin looks and feels! Keeping things “moving and decongested” will be tied to how much fiber you take in each day-strive for eating whole fruits, vegetables, and salads in their raw state as much as possible. Eat the rainbow as they say, and you will be doing a good job. Beans, lentils, sweet potatoes and quinoa count!
3. NO SUGAR (and things that turn to sugar in the bloodstream)
Sugar is dehydrating, acidic and super aging to the skin! A good way to sweeten things is with Stevia, it is plant-derived, all natural, and doesn’t boost your glycemic index. This is important because excess sugar is stored as fat and also contributes to a fancy term called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGES). These encourage cross-linking of sugar and protein in the skin which is commonly known as WRINKLES 🙁
4. HEALTHY FATS
Fact- glowing, beautiful skin needs good quality fats. These are raw nuts, avocados, coconuts, fatty fish like salmon and sea bass, and olive oil, instead of corn and vegetable oils (these types of oils oxidize and create free radicals which lead to premature aging).
5. LESS DAIRY
Tests have shown that some of the growth hormones in dairy can trigger acne. Fermented dairy (Yogurt and Kefir) are good for gut health. Good subs for milk are any of the nut milks, like almond or coconut.
The obvious choices are the dark green leafy veggies like spinach, kale and arugula (good acne-fighters). Collard greens are full of chlorophyll and magnesium which help fight under-eye circles and brighten skin tone. Why not sneak in parsley and cilantro any time you can into salads, soups, stir-frys and wraps as they are wonderful cleansing agents and take heavy metals out of the body too (amazing right?)
7. VITAMIN C
Vitamin C helps us keep up with the Sleekskin Motto: “Radiant Skin from Within” to give us collagen and fight aging! I drink fresh lemon juice and water each morning. For a collagen boost I started mixing in a collagen powder called Dermal Matrix that I buy at Sprouts.
8. LIVER CLEANSING FOODS
The liver detoxifies our bodies and breaks down fats, so we want to keep it as “un-burdened” as possible for optimum function. Some excellent choices for this include artichokes, asparagus, cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, and sea veggies like nori and kelp. That morning lemon juice is fantastic for the liver!
9. ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOODS
These reduce skin redness, dullness, acne and wrinkles. Add in more foods with high antioxidants such as berries, cherries, and grapes. Also foods that high in Omega 3 fatty acids, like salmon and nuts. These all lower the inflammatory response in the body. Adding spices like turmeric and ginger are also good!
Collagen Skin Cleanser Smoothie
1/2 of a pear
1 cup cucumber
5 parsley leaves
a handful of mint leaves
3 drops of vanilla
1 cup of water (or coconut water)
*add in stevia for some sweetness
Blend and enjoy!
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It seems that we have been hearing a lot lately about the benefits of adding probiotics (the good bacteria) to our diets. Another word creeping in is “microbiome”.
The microbiome can be defined as “the combined genetic material of the microorganisms in our intestinal tract”. They protect us against germs, and break down food to produce energy and vitamins. In short, they literally control our health!
So this subject is not as boring as you may have thought! The interconnectedness of our gut, brain, immune and hormonal systems is real. Just ask any woman who has an unwanted break-out the week before her cycle about the way hormones can affect the skin! This brings us to the link between inflammation (a by-product of bad gut flora) and the burden it places on the liver to process our hormones correctly. Balancing hormones begins in the gut, so it best to foster the best gut health possible.
According to Dr. Nigma Talib, Naturopathic Dr. and Aesthetician, as one balances the good bacteria, the skin becomes smoother, more hydrated, fine lines and wrinkles begin to disappear, and skin tone improves. Most people are aware that probiotics can be added to our diet through Greek yogurt and supplements (30-50 billion is good), but topical use of probiotics in skincare products have been shown to enhance the skin’s defense barrier and increase its immune response. Whether you are dealing with acneic, aging, or sensitive skin, probiotics help with decreasing inflammation,activating immunity, and decreasing water loss.
Using probiotics to fight acne has shown real promise as an alternative to harsh, stripping ingredients, as well as a preventative! This can lead to faster healing and clearing. Lessening inflammation means lowering reactivity-this becomes important for rosacea and other inflammatory skin conditions. I am now adding in some wonderful masks and moisturizers with probiotics to my facials, as the skin care industry makes these products more available. Just ask your skin care professional about them.
So what are some additional ways to enhance our lives and diets with good probiotics?
- Eating clean! Reducing your intake of processed and sweetened foods, adding in naturally fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha, and yogurt. Other great choices include eating more fiber- bananas, blueberries, beans, cruciferous veggies like broccoli and kale.
- Eat less animal products
- Lower stress
- Get better sleep
- Limit antibiotics
Your journey to more beautiful skin just got a little easier!