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Good Skin Starts in the Gut

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Lemons stimulate the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, aiding in proper digestion, and the clearing of acne.

Lemons stimulate the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, aiding in proper digestion, and the clearing of acne.

You want good skin? It all starts at gut level. Acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis to mention a few skin conditions, can all be traced back to gut health.

Not many, if any, estheticians note the link between skin and gut health and too often a doctor will prescribe antibiotics, just merely treating the symptoms. We need to go back to the cause, namely check out your gut health.  

How Does This All Work?

Your immune system is extremely important as it helps fight bacteria and toxins, just about any foreign bodies. The gut plays a very important role in your immune system health as it makes up 70-80% of your immune system. What is your gut flora like? There are good and bad bacteria and we need to keep them in balance, experts agree that it should be 80% good bacteria to 20% bad bacteria.  

What Influences Our Gut Bacteria?

Kombucha, a fermented tea drink, is a delicious way to get your fill of beneficial gut bacteria. Photo credit: @seechelci

Kombucha, a fermented tea drink, is a delicious way to get your fill of beneficial gut bacteria.

Photo credit: @seechelci

Processed foods, sugar, junk food, gluten, antibiotics and medications are just a few factors that influence the state of bacteria in the gut. The higher the bad bacteria present in your gut, the higher the inflammation will be in your body. Caffeine, alcohol, stress, lack of sleep, anxiety and depression all influence the state of your gut. The irony is that few doctors will enquire about your gut health, as in your diet, which could very well be the root cause of your problems.  

Issues With The Skin

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions due to gut issues. It is very rare to have acne and not have gut issues. Eczema, rosacea and dermatitis are just a few skin conditions linked to poor gut health.  

Evidence

Decades ago, doctors found that gut health, brain health and skin health are all interrelated. They found that beneficial bacteria improved inflammatory skin conditions and even symptoms like depression and anxiety.  

Solutions

Avocado and eggs on toast are a great way to increase your vitamin B6 and C intake, as eggs are high in B6 and avocados in C. Photo credit: Cassie Best

Avocado and eggs on toast are a great way to increase your vitamin B6 and C intake, as eggs are high in B6 and avocados in C.

Photo credit: Cassie Best

As long as the gut is inflamed your immune system will be too weak to help heal the body and skin conditions will stay.  

Vitamins B6 and C are beneficial to help repair the gut lining.

Lactobacillus acidophilus, the most common strain of probiotic, is a very popular aid.

Cod liver oil is rich in both vitamins A and D and is great for skin conditions.

Apple cider vinegar stimulates HCl production in the stomach, which aids in digestion and promotes a healthy gut.

Apple cider vinegar stimulates HCl production in the stomach, which aids in digestion and promotes a healthy gut.

Hydrochloric Acid (HCL) is a very good supplement in supporting gut health by aiding in proper  digestion and also very good for acne. The reason for this is that most people with a poor gut function will also have low levels of hydrochloric acid.  

Remember, if you have a well functioning digestive system, your overall health will be better and therefore, you will have a huge improvement in any skin condition you may suffer from. Get gut healthy today!

Author: Tamryn Burgess 

Practices for Maintaining a Healthy Diet

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Healthy breakfast inspo via @annamariaruotsala

Healthy breakfast inspo via @annamariaruotsala

Following a healthy diet is not about nibbling on leaves all day or depriving yourself. A healthy diet is not about starving yourself for swimsuit season, but rather about eating a diet rich in healthy, fresh, whole foods. You should feel full and satisfied, but full of energy and ready to take on life’s challenges. The toned, fit body will come naturally. It’s much better to feel strong and proud of your body than hungry and unhappy. A healthy diet will reflect in not just the way you look, but how you feel too. When you feel good you look good. Once you see how good you can feel from eating right, it will be easy to avoid unhealthy, processed foods.

Many people believe that eating healthy is very difficult and hard to stick to, but it’s much easier than you think!

We have put together 3 of our top tips to make the transition seamless and maintaining a healthy diet a breeze!

Clean out Your Pantry

This is the first and biggest step to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If your pantry is full of naughty, processed snacks, it can be tempting to reach for them when you may have a sugar craving. If it’s not in your house it’s much easier to avoid, don’t forget this. If you live with a roommate or have a family, get them involved and maybe try some healthy recipes together! Replace sugar treats with healthier alternatives, such as organic snacks sweetened with coconut sugar or stevia. There are endless healthy options nowadays as more people are becoming aware of the dangers of chemicals in processed foods.

Plan your Menu and Meal Prep

Prepare your grocery list before hitting the store. If you plan meals ahead of time, it will prevent you from trying to figure out what to make when at the store and then probably ending up with quick boxed meals to save you the hassle. They may seem easy, but they provide you with little to no nutrition.

Meal prepping is a great tip to make your week easy and prevent you from stopping at the drive thru! Spend time on a Sunday cooking, chopping and dividing your meals between tupperware containers for each day of the week. You could also make a big batch of stew, soup or curry and freeze it so that you always have a quick meal to heat up from the freezer on nights you don’t feel like cooking.

Hydrate

Always keep a water bottle close! 

Always keep a water bottle close! 

Too often we forget the importance of water for a healthy body. Water flushes out toxins and keeps our digestive systems running smoothly. Often when we think we are hungry, we are often just thirsty! Try drinking a glass of water and see if your hunger goes away. Aim for at least 8 glasses a day alongside 5 or 6 small, healthy meals to keep you full and feeling great!

We hope these tips help you in your quest to be a healthier version of yourself! Remember the best tip of all is to always make your own meals from fresh, natural ingredients to ensure you always know exactly what you are putting in your precious body. Treat it right and it will reward you.

Author: Tamryn Burgess 

work, work, work

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It’s been the summer of work! Yes, while most of you were planning weekends to the cottages and choosing your outfits for festival going, I was piecing together all the details of opening a second bricks and mortar! I do have to say, I am super happy with that choice though! However, at the end of each long day, I did take some ‘me-time’. I am going to share with you my 2016 summer faves that kept my days joyous and my skin looking lovely.

 

 

Fixturing can be a DIRTY job, and while I did  have a contractor doing all the hard labour, I was still majorly involved (obviously)! When I would get home covered in dust, wood shavings and smelling of stain, I would head straight to my tub…. With Fig + Yarrow’s Mustard Soak in tow. Mustard Soaks have been used traditionally as a sore muscle soak and an effective detoxifier for general health, well-being and relaxation. The blend of essential oils also proved effective at discouraging harmful pathogens (who knows what was lurking under the carpet I pulled up); the warming of the mustard opened my pores to facilitate perspiration (expel those dusty toxins baby), and lastly, the magnesium salt really did provide relief for my achey body (who knew installing a floor could be such hard work)!

 

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My hands, nails and cuticles also really suffered as a result of doing hard labour. I had dry, brittle nails and skin that peeled …. They needed some serious help! So while I soaked in the tub, I massaged a little magic into my cuticle beds ... product of choice was Wildcraft’s All Purpose Salve. I adore this buttery gem as I find its applications so diverse; in a pinch I can use this as a facial moisturizer, and it’s also great for dry and cracking elbows, knees and feet. My preferred use though is for my hands. I find that the frankincense and rose help soothe any irritations - exactly what my hard working hands needed.

 

Certainly, my face wasn’t doing any hard work but there is always time for some pampering. Plus, I wanted to make sure my skin was properly cared for; I am sure my go go go lifestyle of those days took a toll! My newest skincare love comes from the west of Canada - Wild Hill Botanicals. In particular, I am loving their Wild Rose and Neroli Night Cream (so much so I have been using it morning and night). It’s a dewy cream that is made with organic plant oils that are blended with their in house distilled hydrosols, organic aloe and mineral rich volcanic water. The rose, neroli, and frankincense offer anti-aging benefit by free-radical scavenging, healthy cell regeneration and increasing skin elasticity. AND….. I feel like there should be a drum roll here ….. This is also one of our only face creams that uses lactobacilus ferment, which is rich in proteins, calcium, iron, and vitamins. The ferment helps protect the skin’s acid mantle and has humectant and soothing properties; it also benefits the skin by breaking down impurities while bringing moisture and vitality to the skin. Everything a hard-working entrepreneurs skin could ask for … well, actually, I think everyone would benefit from this face cream!   

 

 


There you have it - my summer faves …. And now that all the hard work is done and we have our second location open, I may go treat myself to a cocktail; there is still much warm weather to be enjoyed!

The Dangers of Fragrance

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Remember when you were younger and you loved those crazy lotions, lip balms, and perfumes with a scent that, at the time, was out of this world? Most of us have a special scent in mind – maybe it reminds you of your childhood best friend or the first time you spent your own money on the beauty item you actually wanted. Either way, it was then that we first got hooked on items with specific fragrances. Some of us like the “fresh linen” scent and others may opt for a fruity or sweet scent. The thing is, while these scents may be fun, they pose dangers to the human body and the environment.

Our compromise for the "fresh linen" lovers - has the added bonus of saving electricity! 

Our compromise for the "fresh linen" lovers - has the added bonus of saving electricity! 

Beauty items ranging from perfumes to lipsticks may contain dozens of different chemicals concocted from a whopping 3,100 lab-made ingredients just to achieve a particular scent. Now, some products with a fragrance may contain trace amounts of natural essences, but only to be overshadowed by dozens of chemical alternatives that are synthetic and derived from petroleum. In other words, fragrances are known to be hazardous and should be avoided at all costs.

Concerns about fragrances in beauty products range from short term effects to long term effects. According to EWG’s Cosmetic Database on fragrance, it rates an 8/10 in toxicity and is rated a moderate to high hazard. Fragrances are common allergens for consumers, some of which may lead to immune system suppression. EWG also states that fragrances can lead to organ system toxicity, irritation in the eyes, on the skin, or in the lungs, and are toxic to the environment. Another study, published by The Huffington Post concluded that certain chemicals used in fragrances “may cause cancer” and/or “fetal, hormonal, and reproductive toxicity.”

Happy Spritz: 100% natural essential oils, based in Vancouver, made in Canada... need we say more?

Happy Spritz: 100% natural essential oils, based in Vancouver, made in Canada... need we say more?

Don’t despair, there are healthier alternatives out there! The scents we offer are all phthalate free and most contain essential oils to create the scent, rather than harmful, synthetic ingredients.

Start by investigating  your products and their ingredients, where they are manufactured, and how the ingredients are sourced. Remember, your long-term health is more important than smelling like freshly cut grass or a musky bouquet of roses.

Author: Tamryn Burgess

Top 5 Acne Fighting Foods

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It doesn’t matter how old you are, all of us have experienced an acne breakout at some point in our lives. Whether it was one pesky pimple or a more severe breakout, one thing is for sure; no one wants them!

Acne is an inflammatory skin condition, where the skin produces too much sebum. This over- production of sebum clogs pores, resulting in red, and sometimes painful, pimples.

Apart from how uncomfortable acne can be, it also puts a dent in your self-confidence and no one should feel like they have to hide their face away from the world! While certain skin products can help to get your sebum levels under control, what most of us don’t realize, is that you can clear your skin for good simply by paying attention to what you eat on a daily basis. Fried, sugary and fatty foods cause inflammation in the body, which acne feeds off of since it is an inflammatory condition. Raw, healthy and fresh foods are your best bet to help rid your body of toxins and keep your skin glowing and clear!

Read on to find out our top 5 acne fighting foods!

Salmon

The reason we love salmon is because it’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which not only reduces inflammation in the body, but gives your skin a gorgeous glow too! Try this delicious salmon recipe next time you are in the mood for a delicious fish meal!

Blueberries

Ladies everywhere are going to like this one! Blueberries will not only help to clear up your skin, but they will help to keep it young too! Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, which help to reduce inflammation and fight free radicals. Just half a cup per portion should do it!

 

Almonds

Almonds are rich in Vitamin E, which is essential for tissue repair and to prevent scarring, a common nasty side effect of more severe cases of acne. Other sources of vitamin E include leafy greens, eggs and other nuts.

Lemons

This may sound strange, but we aren’t expecting you to devour a whole sour lemon! Rather we recommend squeezing the juice of half a lemon in some warm water and starting with this comforting drink every morning as you wake up. Not only is lemon water wonderful for digestion, it helps to gently detox the liver on a daily basis, helping to rid the body of toxins and promote a clear and radiant complexion.

Strawberries

Who doesn’t love strawberries? Dip em in some antioxidant-rich melted dark chocolate and you are sure to have a dessert winner! The reason strawberries make the list is due to their high vitamin C concentration. Vitamin C is a very important antioxidant vitamin for reducing inflammation, fighting free radicals and promoting the formation of collagen and elastin to not only keep your skin clear, but to keep it plump and youthful too!

 

Enjoy these foods as many times a week as you can and you are sure to see a positive change in your skin. Make sure that the rest of your diet is clean though too, as enjoying a cup of blueberries after a mcdonald’s takeout kind of defeats the purpose!

Author: Tamryn Burgess

 

 

X marks the Spot

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It’s the time of year when we are all out enjoying the long days, patios at dusk, & hopefully any activity that ensures Mother Nature is there with us; unfortunately, mosquitoes like to crash this party.

Daily Dew

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Toners are a quick, easy and often-overlooked step in a skincare routine; the right toner for your skin type acts as a catalyst for the ingredients that follow in your serum or moisturizer.

Little bums

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Mommas this one is for you – especially you newbies! Seems like every bump, scratch or red mark on our new little creation causes a sea of panic in our chests! What to do? How to resolve it? What shouldn’t I do?