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Skin Glow and the Lymphatic System

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We are still on that cusp of cold weather, although we can sense spring is near! Many of us are still experiencing dry skin due to the colder and drier air. There are many things you can do to combat dry skin but let’s focus on how helping our lymphatic system can help get things flowing!  What is the lymphatic system and what does it do for your skin, you may be wondering?

Lymph Nodes

 

The lymphatic system is an intricate network of tissue and organs made up of lymph vessels, lymph nodes and lymph that assist your immune system and act as your body's drainage system.  This system is located just below your skin and is often forgotten,  working in the background to ensure the body is able to properly cleanse, detoxify and maintain fluid levels . The primary function of this system is to transport a watery fluid called ‘lymph” containing white blood cells throughout the body. These white blood cells are key to fighting infection and aid the body to expel toxins, waste and other unwanted materials.

 

As the lymphatic assists with the expelling of toxins, if it is not functioning properly, your skin may suffer from acne, loss of elasticity, premature aging and overall, have a flakey texture.  And unlike your cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system does not have a ‘pump’ (a.k.a the heart); it relies on you to get it going, but stimulating it is easier than you think! Exercise is the number one way to do this, as regular muscle contraction stimulates the movement of our lymphatic fluid. Lymphatic massage is also a good option, as it offers techniques that contribute to healthy lymphatic drainage. However, the easiest way (which is also probably the cheapest and least time consuming way) is to dry brush!

 

It’s an  ancient practice of  self-care, that you should incorporate into your daily skin-care routine, and done ideally before your daily shower (that way you wash off all the dead skin cells you have loosened). And although, you may have heard of ‘dry-brushing’  but may not know how to even start. Well, to begin, you need a good dry brush; one that is high quality and has natural bristles. The bristles should feel stiff to touch but not hard. You would be wise to look for a brush with a long handle so that you can reach your back and other hard to reach places.       

 

You want to begin with your feet, including the soles of your feet, and move the brush in small circular motions, moving toward the heart. Brushing this way is best for circulation and your lymphatic system. Do include legs, arms, chest back and stomach. However, it is best to avoid sensitive areas, unless you have a brush for delicate skin.

 

What kind of pressure do you apply? It should be firm but should not cause you any pain - you are not scrubbing. Your skin will be pinkish when done - but if your skin is red and raw / irritated, you were applying way too much pressure - lighten up!  How long should you spend doing this chore? Anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes will do!

 

When your lymphatic system is functioning well, you should notice clearer skin. It simply is amazing how connected the body and all of its systems are; honestly, for optimal health it really is important to understand how everything is connected!

 

Plus, after your dry brushing session, you skin will be exfoliated, you will have clearer pores and maybe even a reduction in cellulite!  

 

You can even increase Lymphatic Drainage with this additional step! Drinking a Red Clover and Lemon Tea concoction upon arising in the morning will provide a helpful boost to the daily function of your lymphatic system.  

Try this recipe:

Ingredients:

1 tea bag of red clover tea

1  organic lemon- juiced

4-5 organic lemon rinds

3-5 ginger pieces

Optional:

1 teaspoon of raw honey

 

Directions:

Steep the red clover tea in a pot or tea kettle.  Once steeped add the juice of 1 organic lemon,  lemon rinds,  ginger. Optional: 1 teaspoon of raw honey.

Your Winter Skin Care Guide

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Oil from rosehip is nutrient-dense and highly antioxidant - making it a great addition to your winter skin care routine.  It's packed with essential fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin C and B-carotene, and is a key ingredient in many facial serums (including Fig + Yarrow's). Photo Credit @chrompinguin  

Oil from rosehip is nutrient-dense and highly antioxidant - making it a great addition to your winter skin care routine.  It's packed with essential fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin C and B-carotene, and is a key ingredient in many facial serums (including Fig + Yarrow's).

Photo Credit @chrompinguin

 

The weather has been pretty confusing lately. Some days we wake up to frigid temperatures and piles of shoveling to do, on other days we wake up to a sunny days in the positives, and we are in January! Hey, we aren’t going to complain, but don’t be fooled - from the sounds of it, winter is going to stick around for a while!  

While winter contains its share of lovely things, like endless cups of cocoa and building snowmen with the kiddos, it is also, unfortunately, the time of year where your skin just seems to dry out completely  This leaves you feeling itchy and leaves your skin vulnerable to the signs of aging. Don’t despair! These 3 simple skin care tips will have you feeling like yourself in no time, so that you can enjoy all the great things winter brings!

 

Smooth Your Skin With Exfoliation

Exfoliation is key to instantly relieving itchy, dry skin by sloughing off dead skin cells, revealing silky soft and radiant skin that will itch no more!

Our body’s are constantly producing new skin cells, most of which the body naturally sheds, however, when cell turnover happens faster than the body can shed the old cells, it causes a buildup which can clog pores, leaving skin looking dull and flaky, and feeling dry and uncomfortable

By exfoliating at least once a week, you will ensure that your skin stays radiant and beautifully soft. Try our Nourishing Carrot Scrub by 100% Pure. Ingredients including cucumber juice, carrot seed oil and aloe will hydrate and soothe your skin and leave it simply glowing!

Carrot seed oil - a key ingredient in the Nourishing Carrot Scrub by 100% Pure.  Photo credit: Livestrong

Carrot seed oil - a key ingredient in the Nourishing Carrot Scrub by 100% Pure.  Photo credit: Livestrong

 

Amp Up The Moisture

This is the season to switch out your lightweight moisturizer for more intense hydration. A richer moisturizer will not only help your skin to feel and look better, it will also help to protect against the elements, like that dry, bitter wind

Wild Hill's Wild Rose and Neroli Night Cream includes active ingredients and organic plant oils to leave your skin deeply hydrated. The gorgeous festive scent of Neroli and Frankincense fights free radicals all day and night for an ageless complexion.

Photo Credit: Wild Hill Botanicals

Photo Credit: Wild Hill Botanicals

 

Add In A Serum For Serious Hydration

If you have never tried a serum before then now is your perfect chance. Serums contain 10 times the active ingredients of a moisturizer, and because their molecules are smaller, they are able to penetrate deeper into the pores.

This, however, does not mean you should ditch your moisturizer! In fact, serums and moisturizers work really well together to provide your skin with the utmost nourishment and hydration. Serums are usually followed by your moisturizer to help lock in the active ingredient

Our Facial Serum by Fig and Yarrow contains a beautiful mix of precious oils to hydrate your skin, balance sebum levels and prevent and treat fine lines and wrinkles. You will never go back once you have experienced the excellent benefits of a serum, we promise!

Photo Credit: @figandyarrow

Photo Credit: @figandyarrow

 

There you have it. These 3 simple changes in your routine will make all the difference. Give it a go and breeze through winter!

 

Getting to know Sarita Coren

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I started in the Beauty business 8 years ago when I opened my first store, dedicated to bringing in the Best Green Beauty products and making them available to the women in my home town. 

My interest and passion in clean living led me to explore what others were doing to promote clean living as well. I came across a blog called 'Edible Facial', dedicated to reviewing the most glorious green beauty products. I fell in love with the pictures, the content, and the ideas; organic living was romantic, chic and everything I wanted to represent. As a long time secret admirer, I often found myself on the blog, deeply connected to its author, Sarita Coren - a mother, a business woman with a passion for holistic living, always wishing we could connect and even work together. 

Years later, I am blessed with the opportunity to connect YOU with Sarita!  As a huge source of inspiration to me, I thought it would be wonderful if you could also get inside her brain and heart, so I sent her some questions and in the hopes to share with you her answers. Lo and behold, we now have this beautiful blog post to share! I hope you enjoy reading through the post as much as I did drafting it, as well as reading it!

I would love for you to leave a comment below with something that deeply resonated with you. I particularly loved this quote: 

'Clean living is another way of saying you’re living in alignment with your core values and with authenticity, integrity, and truth. It isn’t a destination but rather a journey of ongoing evolution and enlightenment. '

So good right? Enjoy Beauties! 

Photo credit: Sarita Coren

Photo credit: Sarita Coren

In this world you’re either growing or you’re dying so get in motion and grow.
— Lou Holtz

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN THE BEAUTY WORLD? AND WHAT MADE YOU FIND YOUR PASSION IN 'GREEN BEAUTY'?

My fascination definitely started with my mom’s vanity table. I was enthralled by her false eyelashes in the clear plastic box and by the way she smelled like comfort every night when she wiped off her makeup with Pond’s Cold Cream. Oddly enough, it didn’t occur to me until much later that growing up, I used to see the generic bottles that my father kept in his office because he made wellness products. He passed away when I was 10, which is why I’m assuming I didn’t make that connection earlier. So the intrigue with beauty and wellness has its roots. As I got older, I loved cute packaging and would pick up products from the drugstore often to test them out. After my kids started going to school, I became a beauty and fashion editor at an international newspaper for a couple of years before branching out on my own and starting Edible Facial and now The Hub of Clean Living.

I think beauty without purpose doesn’t have much meaning in it. But beauty with dimension can make a difference. That’s beauty with a mission to enhance our world with sustainable, eco-friendly, and organic practices. It has the potential to benefit our health and skin with biodynamic ingredients. It stimulates our flow with nature. There’s something about connecting with nature that encourages slow beauty which increases our self-love. We begin to have pivotal conversations about how beauty is represented--or misrepresented--in the media. Each of those elements is a part of green beauty and something that I can get on board with. Otherwise, it feels empty and frivolous.

Photo credit: Sarita Coren

Photo credit: Sarita Coren

 

WHAT DOES 'CLEAN LIVING' MEAN AND LOOK LIKE TO YOU?

That’s funny! I’m planning an interview series so that I can showcase other bloggers on The Hub of Clean Living, and one of my questions is the same as this one because “clean living” has an open definition and wears the signature of the one who’s telling their story. That’s what I love about “clean living.” It is an evolving process of cleaning up body, mind, and spirit. All three are interwoven in this mix and essential components. I think to create lasting change, all three have to be engaged in making it happen. You could just as easily say to me “toxic mind, toxic planet” as “toxic beauty, toxic planet.” They are both equally worth cleaning up.

Clean living is another way of saying you’re living in alignment with your core values and with authenticity, integrity, and truth. It isn’t a destination but rather a journey of ongoing evolution and enlightenment.

Photo credit: Sarita Coren

Photo credit: Sarita Coren

 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE WANTING TO MAKE THE SWITCH TO 'CLEANER LIVING'? AND WHY DO YOU THINK, 'CLEAN LIVING' IS IMPORTANT?

Start where you are. Which means: if you are at that point that you recognize the desire to live clean, then you’ve already made the most important step there is: awareness that something needs to change. That “something” may look different to each person, so begin with what you sense is the most valuable small change you can make in this moment. Maybe it’s swapping a beauty product. But it also could mean it’s time to start a yoga practice or take walks or simply sit still each day and focus on breath work for five minutes. It doesn’t really matter as long as the desire translates into one small actionable step. That’s really all it takes. When someone signs up for The Hub, I offer a number of clean product recommendations to make those first steps easier. But someone can just as easily decide to start with an inspiring book like Jolene Hart’s newest book: Eat Pretty Every Day that’s brimming with simple, yet meaningful ways to incorporate beauty and food rituals into their life.  

In a sense, clean living to me represents growth, and growth is important to me. It means not being satisfied with the status quo and seeking something better. Football coach Lou Holtz said, “In this world you're either growing or you're dying so get in motion and grow.”

 

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT RUNNING YOUR BEAUTY BLOG?

A lot! There are the personal growth aspects like unearthing a creative side to me that loves photography that I never even knew about. But the most enjoyable element would have to be the amazing people whom I’ve met along the way. From bloggers to founders to readers, I’m endlessly grateful for their connection. They continue to inspire me and motivate me to elevate myself.

AND WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR EVERYDAY INSPIRATION?

Inspiration, to me, comes from the heart. Triggers that keep me inspired include listening to a great interview or reading books like Anita Moorjani’s Dying to Be Me, Eben Alexander’s Proof of Heaven, or having a whole-hearted conversation with a friend who engages in self-growth. Sometimes, inspiration comes from being grateful in the moment for all that is and being in a place of conscious awareness to acknowledge it. That’s pretty spectacular and miraculous right there.

Photo credit: Sarita Coren

Photo credit: Sarita Coren

 

LAST QUESTION, AND A KIND OF FUN ONE, IF YOU COULD ONLY LEAVE THE HOUSE WITH ONE PRODUCT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Oh dear, to narrow it down to just one... To be honest, I leave with about three products every day and keep these in my car or purse: a toning mist to spritz my face with hydration throughout the day, a good hand cream, and a great lipstick. These are absolute must-haves!

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.