STOP & REPAIR YOUR SKIN – 3 TIPS

 

If you suffer from a breakout and want to repair your skin quickly or if you just want fabulous skin for an upcoming event – follow the Stoplight Strategy:

Red foods are the most important, then Yellow/Orange foods and last Green Foods.

For best results, also eliminate sugar, decrease dairy and increase your water intake. You will see rapid improvement after a breakout and an overall healthier appearance and glow!

An easy way to get these foods quickly into the body and begin experiencing the benefits is with a Beauty Smoothie. Try out this recipe: Delicious Beauty Smoothie.

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3 Ways to Keep Your Skin Looking Great (as we get older)

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3 Steps to Keep Our Skin Looking Great!

1. HYDRATE – Hydration helps your skin stay youthful and glowing. Dry skin tends to look dull and make fine lines and wrinkles look more pronounced. So stay hydrated!

 

A. Inside: Drink plenty of water and eat plenty of Omega rich foods, such as salmon, flaxseed or walnuts, or take a quality fish oil supplement. Studies suggest that Omega 3s can help protect skin cells from sun damage and inflammation.
B. Outside: Use products that are able to penetrate the skin, such as a hydrating serum along with a balancing toner. The thinner the consistency of a high quality serum, the easier it is for it to soak into the skin.

2. NOURISH – Our environment can be quite toxic from exposure to everyday cleaning chemicals, extreme weather temperatures, air pollution, etc. Additionally our food supply is not as full of antioxidants and vitamins as it could be. Nourishing the skin can be challenging but it is not impossible.

 

A. Inside: Eat plenty of food with healthy fats and healing ingredients, such as avocado, pumpkin, watermelon, citrus fruits, olive oils, almonds, leafy greens and coconut.
B. Outside: Replenish your skin with high quality serums and facial creams that are plant based and contain vitamins and nutrients to nourish your skin.

3. PROTECT – To maintain your beautiful skin, protect it from the environment and prevent further damage.

 

A. Inside: Avoid extreme tendencies such as overeating, over-drinking, lack of sleep and excess sun exposure. If your body is exposed to these things, a detox can help the body get it back on track. For a daily, simple detox, a hot cup of tea can be beneficial – green tea and dandelion are my favorite. For more involved detox methods, contact a qualified professional for advice on what detox is best for your body type and lifestyle.
B. Outside: A serum or cream rich with antioxidants is important. Additionally, make sure you can pronounce the ingredients in your skincare products. Avoiding the sun and finding an SPF that is free of chemicals and more natural is ideal.

Following these three steps can dramatically help your skin, and your health! So remember to Hydrate, Nourish and Protect your skin.

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POWER BALLS ~ Bite Size (Natural) Energy Snacks That Kids Love

As some of you know who follow my blog, finding nutritious foods that my son is willing to eat is very challenging. I actually started making these Power Balls (a recipe I got from my sister) for my husband when he went on long bike rides and convinced my son to try a bite. Pretty sure I paid him haha. But his eyes lit up and he asked for two more! Now I keep a steady supply of these in the fridge for my family. They boost energy and are full of wholesome ingredients. Give them a try if you need an easy, nutritious snack, that kids love. Very convenient too because kids can go to the fridge and grab a couple. Also great for camping, hiking and biking!!

INGREDIENTS:

1 Cup Quick Oats
2/3 Unsweetened Toasted Coconut
1/2 Cup Organic Creamy Peanut Butter*
1/2 Cup Organic Ground Flaxseed
1/3 Cup Raw Honey
1 Tsp Pure Vanilla
1/4 Cup Organic Tahini (Optional)
1 Tbsp Organic Chia Seeds (Optional)
1/4 – 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips (Optional)

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If anyone has a nut allergy or if you are not able to bring peanuts to school (like us), you can substitute the peanut butter with sunbutter and/or almond butter or other butters that work for your family. I like to mix sunbutter and almond butter, it tastes great.

I like these Power Balls best with ALL the ingredients but you can remove the ‘optional’ ingredients if you prefer.

DIRECTIONS:

Combine all ingredients except the chocolate chips – I know I showed the chocolate chips in the picture above, but that was just to give you an idea of the ingredients :-). Should be a thick paste consistency. If the mixture is too dry add a little more peanut butter and/or honey. Then stir in chocolate chips. Squish into small/bite size balls and put in a seal-able container. Refrigerate immediately after and keep in fridge. Should last about a week or so.

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DIY HAND SANITIZING GEL

As a mom, I was frustrated that there were not many options for a hand sanitizer without chemicals for my children. As a result of that, I started making my own hand sanitizers. Most commonly I would make a hand sanitizing SPRAY because it was so easy to use. However, my youngest daughter did not care for her hands being spritzed all the time and requested a gel instead.

After playing with a couple different recipes, I found that this one works and smells the best! Since we have been using it for quite some time and still loving it, I felt it was time to share it so others can enjoy it as well. Give it a try!

INGREDIENTS:

1/8 Tsp Xanthan Gum
1/2 Tsp Sunflower Oil
1/2 Cup Aloe Gel
1/2 Tbsp Witch Hazel
1 Tsp Vodka*
2-4 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
2-4 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
2-4 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

Mix together the xanthan gum and sunflower oil until combined well – this step is important for the xanthan gum to dissolve well.

Then combine other ingredients. Mix well and put in a container with a lid that is easy to open and close. Keep it in the car or in your purse for a healthier hand sanitizer for you and your family.

*Can use a rubbing alcohol instead if you prefer (rubbing alcohol can be a little harsh on the skin).

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