Humidify Your Skin: Ending Winter Dryness

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The winter has finally set in. Like for reals this time. I know we all hoped the warm spell would last forever but the rude awakening of this harsh season has smacked me in the face. More specifically, with a bat of dehydration because my skin is dry. Of course as a skincare creator I have lot of lovely rich creams and oils at my disposal that help lock in moisture but it is still difficult to battle 24 hour dryness exposure. So, its finally …

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Chocolate Olive Oil Cake: Mega Omega!

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The drier, colder weather is approaching, which means one thing for estheticians: dreaded dry skin. So what can we do about seasonal dehydration? Well, of course we can protect our skin with rich, nourishing face oils but moisturizing for the inside out is also important. Eating a more hydrating, Vata-pacifying dishes, such as warming soups and stews, help combat dry skin conditions but what about our desserts? Yes! Enter: chocolate olive oil cake. A foodie friend of mine sent me this recipe and while it …

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5 Hydrating, Anti-inflam Summer Smoothies

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The hot weather is here and while the increased temperatures can feel lovely and rejuvenating, it can also lead to skin inflammation and dehydration. So how do we balance? In the spirit of Ayurveda, its all about lifestyle. Diet is one major tool for rebalancing against our environments so I thought it would be a good idea to post some excellent summer smoothie recipes. These will help calm, cool and hydrate our bodies for perfect harmony thus summertime. REFRESHING PINEAPPLE MINT SMOOTHIE One of my …

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Dodging Dryness Pt 3: Skin Moisturizing Soups

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Hey kids! Time for our third instalment of Dodging Dryness – where I offer up tips of hydrating your skin from the inside out. This time of year eczema, chapped lips and flaky skin are common beauty ailments and this series is all about fun ways to beat winter skin woes. We’ve already talked about rejuvenating tips such as bone broth and zucchini noodles and replacing salt with nutritious seaweed granules – making fighting dehydration yummy too! This week I wanted to showcase some actual …

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Dulse: The Secret Ingredient for Dodging Dryness Pt 2

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Time for another instalment of “Dodging Dryness” – great tips to increase skin moisture even during the harsh winter season. Again, this tip is all about hydrating your diet. Last time, I talked about cutting dry starches and replacing them with spiralled veggies, packed with cellular water. This week, I’m going to writing about another common dehydrating ingredient: salt. Mmmmmm..saaavvvoury. I tend to like salty foods more than sweets, so cutting down on salt is a hard one for me. While sodium is important for …

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Dodging Dryness: Eating For Skin Hydration

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Its the season for dry, dehydrated skin again -dang! I’m doing everything I can to combat eczema and dry patches and between sub-zero temperatures and ramped up heating systems, dodging dryness must be a multi-pronged approach. Of course the winter weather calls for heavier, robust natural skincare, but also more nourishing and protective internal measures. I’ve written extensively on skin moisture inside and out many times before, from cooking styles that best increase hydration to the wonders of a humidifier. Well, its no secret that …

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The Balancing Act: Understand What Balanced Skin Actually Means and How to Get It

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When diagnosing the skin, I say forget traditional categories of dry, oily and combination – that only looks at oil.  And heck, there ain’t nothin’ wrong with oil.  As an esthetician with a decade of looking at complexions, I have found what really matters is our oil-to-water relationship for real balanced skin.  This balance is what will really lead to beautiful skin. But most do not understand oil-to-water balance and I have seen lots of clients cause major imbalance because of their misconceptions.  Many people …

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