7 Tips for Healthy Skin

Between old (lol) age, pregnancy, and postpartum - my skin care routine is something I’ve been working to PERFECT in the last couple of years. Truly, I have no time for makeup anymore, and quite enjoy the freeing feeling of it. That said, I need to do a good job with making sure my skin is healthy from the inside, out. With the help of my friends at iHerb I can get some of my fav products to achieve just that! These skin care and self care tips and tricks are sponsored by iHerb, but all opinions are my own.

 

A few of the staples in my house are Swisse brand: Hair, Skin & Nails, Liver Detox and Chlorophyll. Each come with their own benefits and I love them all for different skin-related reasons. When you think about a solid skincare routine, think about starting from the inside, working your way out! Swisse is one of the staple brands in my home because they have incredible standards when it comes to the quality of their products. (They have been searching for the highest-quality ingredients for over 50 years, and their dedication is something I can get behind!)

 

Lately, I’ve been loving shopping with iHerb. They offer over 30,000 natural products and ship quickly to over 150 countries! They have some of the best customer service in 10 different languages - available 24 hours a day, every single day, so I am pretty stoked to work with them on these skin care tips.

 

SO, back to skincare. I live for a routine. A routine helps build habits I can keep up with. A routine helps me remember the solid things I want to accomplish each day or each week when it comes to my skin. 

 

Here are my favorite routines for healthy skin, to keep it cleansed, detoxed, functioning and supported. Remember that your SKIN is your largest organ, and should be treated as such! A lot of my tips might be surprising - they revolve around inside-out care, rather than lots of creams and toners.


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LEMON WATER - for cleansing.

...in the morning! The best thing you can do for your body is wake it up with solid hydration and lemon for a kickstart to your digestion, first thing. Think of this as a MAJOR cleanse for your body and your skin. The more your skin is dealing with inflammation and processing the things you are eating - the more likely it is to break out. 

I normally take a big 24-36 ounce bottle of water, somewhat lukewarm, and squeeze an ENTIRE lemon into it. I find lukewarm water to be much gentler with my body, and I find it does a great job of cleansing (as opposed to hot, hot water or cold, cold water). It’s also better to add lemon to lukewarm water so you don’t kill off all of the beneficial enzymes coming with it. For the perfect temp - you can brew a cup of hot water and then get a glass of cold water from your water filter, and combine. 

 

WATER, IN GENERAL - for overall function.

Hydration, baby! We all know it’s important, but do you know why?! Water helps the maintenance and balance of body fluids. Did you know that your body is composed of 60% water? If you drink water throughout the day, you will help maintain these fluids and kidney function, as well as flush toxins, and control skin hydration (therefore making your fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable).

 

And if you want a complete number of ounces to drink each day, you take your weight, divide by 2 and you get the MINIMUM ounces of water you should be drinking each day! If you have coffee or alcohol, you should add an extra glass of water for each of them.

 

 

SWISSE: ULTIBOOST LIVER DETOX - for detoxing.

 

Another crucial part of my morning routine - treating my liver right! The liver is key to detoxification, detoxification is key to healthy skin,  and because of that, I like to treat it properly! A lot of people I know, myself included, break out when eating something inflammatory (cheese, sugar, etc). Keep your digestion and liver happy, and keep your skin from getting aggravated! The Liver Detox capsule from Swisse is packed with Calcium, Iron, Artichoke extract, Milk Thistle and Turmeric - which combined - help keep a full-functioning and HAPPY liver (specifically supportive of digestion, circulation & hormone balance).

 

Side note: keeping certain foods IN your diet are also key to a healthy liver! I especially love garlic, beets, and fermented foods.

 

 

GREENS! - for detoxing and oxygen flow.

 

I always tell my clients to include a handful of greens in every meal. Spinach in your smoothie. Kale in your rice bowl. Or, even just add a greens powder in your water before you have pizza. Greens are the number one thing missing from the American diet, and they are also, in my opinion, the number one thing that can help your body do all the things - including keep your skin clear and vibrant. Greens will crowd out other foods that are not good for you, reduce inflammation, strengthen the immune system, clean the blood, improve circulation, give you energy, and deliver live enzymes. Do you know what all of these things do, in turn? Make your skin shine!

 

I am obsessed with chlorophyll as a way to get in more greens. Enter Swisse: Chlorophyll. It is an antioxidant, superfood, and actually called the “building block of life”. It’s found in most plants and gives them their green pigment (it also absorbs the sun’s light and turns it into carbs for the plant’s nourishment and energy.) It’s specific helpful function, for us, is rooted in the red blood cells - which carry oxygen to our tissues. Chlorophyll increases the production of red blood cells. A high red blood cell count =  potentially better oxygen flow to cells. This, in turn, can help our skin look more radiant.

 

It has a natural minty flavor to it - so I like to add the Swisse brand to ice water with fresh squeezed lemon. 100mg of chlorophyll equals 4 cups of spinach!

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SWISSE: ULTIBOOST HAIR SKIN & NAILS+ - for internal support.

This supplement by Swisse has Vitamin C, Biotin, Iron, Zinc, Silica & Milk Thistle. Vitamin C can be supportive with energy, digestion, immune system health, but also getting you some glowing skin. 

With the addition of Biotin (helpful for healthy hair and nail growth!) and Iron (extremely important nutrient for healthy blood flow and circulation) - the little capsule I take every morning gets me the kickstart I need for my self-care. 

 

FACE MASK & SCRUBS - for surface-level support.

By a small miracle, in an ideal world - I am able to do a face mask once a week and a face scrub 2-3 times a week. I keep a scrub in the shower so that it’s easy to do while I am there. The face scrub helps especially in key areas where you tend to have a lot of congestion in your pores (for me - the T zone). It helps to break that up and makes my skin feel super-soft after. I was told by a facialist to do the scrub on my entire face 2x a week, and on my T zone every other day.

Another tip for efficiency? Put your face mask on first, get your things together for your shower, and rinse it off in the shower after 10 minutes. Then use your scrub. ALSO - hot tip!!! - make sure the mask doesn’t dry completely - contrary to what you might think, when it’s totally dry, it has gone too far and is already leaching moisture from your skin! (Oh, the horror!)

I promise if you do this - you are going to feel like a queen.

 

MICRONEEDLING - for surface-level support.

Basically this little contraption has a ton of tiny needles which are said to stimulate collagen production and increase the absorption of skincare products. You roll it over your skin in sections about 30x (watch a video, pls). Does it hurt? I don't think so. Does my skin feel soft? Yup. (Also, make sure you wash the tool before and after with hydrogen peroxide or alcohol)

I do this 1x a week at best, and 2x a month at worst. I always notice that I need to put on 2 rounds of face serum to moisturize after this happens - because everything absorbs that much more!

Here’s what I am using: Cosmedica Skincare, Microneedling Derma Roller System

DRY BRUSHING - for surface-level support.

The action of dry brushing is great for exfoliating dry skin and unclogging pores in the process. It also helps detoxify by increasing blood circulation and promoting lymph flow and drainage. Lastly, it stimulates your nervous system, which can make you feel invigorated afterward which is a total bonus!

Keep a dry brush by your shower so it’s easy to reach for. Brush up the body in circular patterns, starting at your feet and working up to your chest - avoiding any sensitive areas. Then, shower off and moisturize after.

Here’s what I am using: EcoTools, Dry Brush

 

 

WHEN IT COMES TO PRODUCTS *ON* MY SKIN ON THE REGULAR, I KEEP IT SIMPLE!

Cleanse (gentle cleanser, morning and night)

Tone (morning and night)

Moisturize (morning and night, with an oil serum)

(Just like your mom taught you back in the day!)

 

Look for brands that don’t test on animals, have minimal ingredient lists, and actually have ingredients you know. There is an amazing website (ewg.org) where you can look up skincare products to see the ingredients and how safe they are for you. You can find many EWG “green” (aka, the best of the bunch) on iHerb’s website.

Here are a few winners: Mad Hippie Skin Care Products, Cream Cleanser, Mad Hippie Skin Care Products, Vitamin C Serum

 

 

Want to get these skin tools for less? Sign up with iHerb! New Customers will get a discount off their first iHerb order with no minimum purchase by clicking here. And remember, their customer service team is fan-TAS-tic, you won’t have to shop these in stores, and you will for sure SAVE money by ordering online with iHerb.

 

 

*This blog post is sponsored by iHerb, but all opinions are my own.

MY take on Pizza Night!

If you know me, you know I can not survive without a pizza night each week. Depending on my level of lazy- we will either order out from a few (usually thinner crust, artisanal) places in the city or I will make my own  (even if I’m buying a crust or dough from the grocery store and assembling, still LOVE IT).

Pizza is one of those things I just have to have here and there and when I make it myself - I’m able to make a delicious alternative where I’m controlling the ingredients. 

I’d love to hear your feedback! Tell me what you’ve tried and loved. I’m always looking to use new ingredients! 

In the meantime - here’s my go-to for an amazing plant-based pizza! 

PIZZA CRUST

When I want something easy, I love using a store-bought cauliflower crust (Trader Joe’s and Caulipower are both great options!) -or- I love the bagged fresh dough at Whole Foods (they make it there and it’s usually in the same section as the prepared foods).

If I’m making my own dough at home, I’ve tried using spelt flour and it has turned out so well! Here’s the recipe I use:

  • 1 cup warm water (not hot*)

  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar

  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast

  • 2 and 1/2 cups spelt flour

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (optional)

  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoons fine sea salt

  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal

DIRECTIONS:

First, add the warm water to a bowl and sprinkle the yeast and sugar on top. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes, until yeast begins to bubble and foam to the surface. Then, add half of the flour, the olive oil and salt, mix, then add the remaining flour. Once the dough starts to come together, use your hands to combine until smooth ...and, well, pizza dough-like. Allow to rise in a clean bowl for at least 30 minutes before baking. When it’s ready- bake for a 10-20 minutes on 350 before adding sauce and toppings - just so everything cooks through!

SAUCE & TOPPINGS

My favorite sauce is just plain tomato pizza sauce, I add allllll the spices myself. I add tons of red pepper flakes, oregano, garlic and onion to my sauce and pizza in order to have MAX flavor. Afterwards, I add veggies (literally any veggies I have on hand), basil, and kite hill dollops on top! YUM.

Drizzle your pizza with a little olive oil before you bake, just for maximum moisture and flavor!


When the flour is made & the pizza is rolled out and topped…

Bake at 450 degrees for about 10-15 mins! (Unless you like your pizza a little less or more crispy!) I personally go for the crispier dough, so more towards 15 mins for me!

Your new favorite grocery store - Sprouts Farmers market

There are two reasons my grocery life feels (almost) complete. One - I used to live right down the street from the construction at Broad and Washington. I wanted to wait to sell our house there, in fact, until the construction was done - so the value of our sale would be higher (ha! We didn’t wait...). I had been wondering for years what would go in there!

Two - Through my GOOD Fest, and Health Coach Philly work - I am constantly meeting new people. A lot of the time, the conversations have something to do with an aspect of wellness, and within the last year I’ve heard a lot about Sprouts.

“You don’t have a Sprouts in Philly?!”

We have WF’s, we have TJ’s, we have specialty health-focused stores, but what is Sprouts? I kid you not, as soon as I started hearing about it (which felt like weekly at this point), I saw the sign pop up on Broad Street.

Huh - we are getting one! So of course I started looking into it. It basically looks like a farmer’s market (fresh! abundant! open! colorful!) within a beautiful, clean space...with registers and usual grocery-store stuff.  

OK, so. I am guilty of spending most of my money on food. I don’t really buy clothes (I wear yoga pants), nor vacations (I have 2 kids), so I get my kicks from healthy fresh food.

The thing I love most about Sprouts Farmers Market is that the prices are reasonable. You aren’t going to spend all of your money here, and you are still going to get organic, raw, farm-fresh, whatever you want - food. I feel like I am going to save a good chunk of cash each week and still get all of the specialty food I want.

Some KEY things to know about this healthy grocery store:

  1. They offer fresh, natural and organic foods at GOOD PRICES

  2. It has everything you would get at the grocery store - fresh produce, meat and seafood, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, natural body care and household items

  3. An average store stocks about 4,000 gluten-free, 3,000 organic, 3,000 non-GMO and 500 raw items, just to name a few.  

OK, maybe the most exciting thing for me is that they have Caulipowered pizza in the frozen section and we literally survived on this during our last retreat in the Berkshires while we were cooking for our guests. It is SO GOOD and I haven’t found it / had it since!

Have you been to a Sprouts? Are you looking forward to it? Check them out here, or on IG @sprouts.

They open on September 19th (2018) at 1100 South Broad Street. I will keep you posted as I continue to cover the opening!

 

 

FYI This post is sponsored, but all opinions are my own.