The changing seasons from hot summer days to crisp fall days conjures up images of falling leaves, warm cups of cider, and cozy scarves. However, the cooler weather also produces drier and duller skin, which requires a change in your skincare routine. Below we highlight some of our favorites and although the steps may remain the same, these products will help to address your skin’s changing needs.
Find your moisture balance and gently clean your skin with a creamy Lemon Cleanser. Lemon and herb oils hydrate to leave normal-to-dry skin soft and velvety. You may also do a double cleanse with stone crop cleansing gel.
One of the good things about eating more plant based foods and watching our sugar intake is how much better we feel. The flip side is, that after time goes on, a few cravings will kick in. One of the best ways we found to curb our sugar cravings is to eat some sweet, dessert-like foods that are actually good for you too! So, we scanned Pinterest for some ideas and found this delicious recipe for Twiced baked Blueberry sweet potatoes by Chef Robert & Monica (Blog: Bravo for Paleo)
For those of you who have been following a plant-based diet for awhile now, I think you have already figured out how awesome sweet potatoes are! If you’re like us, you might not have realized what a super food sweet potatoes are! According to Thomas M. Campbell, MD, the medical director of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, there are some cultures that have sweet potato as their main staple and are able to avoid heart disease.
Sweet Potatoes: So, in addition to all of the heart benefits, the nutrients in sweet potatoes will help to keep skin smooth, keep cell division running smoothly, and regenerate collagen. And, although they are sweet, they don’t give you the glycemic spike that, according to Jolene Hart, could contribute to blemishes.
Blueberries: Berries are some of the best lower glycemic fruits to eat because they offer up so many antioxidants. Plus, they are also rich in fiber, Vitamin C, and potassium.
Pecans: Rich source in monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid & great source of phenolic antioxidants. Rich in vitamin E, rich source of minerals such as manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc.
Warm blueberries and toasted pecans over a sweet potato! Ahhh…seriously it’s so good. It felt like we were eating a dessert and our sugar cravings subsided.
1/3 cup Blueberries
3 Sweet potatoes
1/2 tbsp Coconut oil
2/3 cup Pecans
* Preheat oven to 400 F
* Place sweet potatoes in oven on a baking sheet. Cook until fork can easily puncture the sweet potato. (About 40-50 minutes)
* While potatoes are baking, melt the coconut oil on a skillet on medium heat. The add pecans & stir, allowing them to be toasted. Add blueberries to skillet & stir into pecans. Turn off heat when the blueberries are warm & fully incorporated. Set aside.
* After sweet potatoes are removed from the oven, cut them in half. Scoop out the potato (from the skin) into a medium sized bowl. Repeat this for each potato. Then add half of the pecan/blueberry mixture to your potato bowl.
* Scoop out potato mixture evenly back into potato skins. Place back in the oven for 7-10 minutes, or until potato forms a crispy top.
As a spa, it would seem that we’d only like for you to purchase the products that we sell. But that’s not exactly the case. Our main goal is to help each of you connect with nature and find your own path to health, wellness, and beauty. Pre-made products are definitely more convenient, and you can rest assured that our spa treatments use only the best, natural, non-toxic, and chemical free products. Most of the products we use are organic and non-GMO, when available. That said, we also try to find ways to incorporate fresh ingredients too, which we feel is the best way to connect with nature.
There isn’t a better way that we know of to appreciate the serene mind-body healing than to create healing and nourishing therapies in your home. We are so excited about our DIY Home Spa series and to share some of our DIY masks and show you how to transform fresh foods into natural treatments. So, when you can find some extra time at home, we encourage you to create your own personal spa retreat and indulge in making some special whole food treatments using only the freshest, organic, non-GMO ingredients.
Today, we’d like to share the DIY Mango Revive Mask. This simple mask consists of only 3 ingredients, but the effects are immediate. The mask will leave your skin tingling, super soft and hydrated. Mangoes contain anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, which help with both anti-aging and sun repair. Mixed with honey, which is hydrating, and lemon, which is exfoliating and helps to fade dark spots this mask will leave your skin glowing!
1/2 cup mango
2 tbs of honey
1 tbs lemon
Blend the three ingredients together in a blender or mash together.
Apply a thin layer of the mask to clean face and massage in with fingers so that the lemon juice can lift dead skin cells.
The mask will begin to dry and keep it on your face for up to 20 minutes*.
Wash mask off with warm water.
Apply moisturizer and sun screen (if going out into the sun).
*Note: For sensitive skin, check your skin remove the mask if the lemon gets too warm on the face.
Hope you have as much fun with the mask as we did!
It’s hard to complain about the weather in California as we just ended a record breaking warmest February on record with temperatures often reaching the mid-80’s. Although it’s great for going to the beach in the middle of winter, the dry weather left our skin and hair looking dull and dry. To save our flakey skin and lack-luster hair, we fell in love with the amazing Sublime Body & Hair Oil by Cinq Mondes.
About Cinq Mondes:
All of Cinq Mondes products are inspired from beauty traditions of the world and they work closely with holistic healers from Japan, India, China, Polynesia and Morocco.
All products from Cinq Mondes:
1) The main ingredients must be of organic or natural origin.
2) No paraben – no phenoxyethanol.
3) No silicone – no mineral oil.
4) No artificial coloring.
5) Tested under dermatological control and No animal testing.
What is a Dry Oil?
A dry oil is commonly derived from botanicals and in this case, sacred Noni and Monoï deTahiti oils are used. The benefit of dry oils is that they leave you with a satin, non-greasy finish and help to prevent sun damage and uneven skin-tone. You can apply dry oils on your skin and hair to lock in moisture and they are lightweight enough so you can still apply makeup
Plant-based or botanical oils have a small molecular structure making it easier to penetrate the skin. Plant and seed oils are also full of anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, which help to strengthen the skin’s lipid layer, stabilize natural oil production and encourage cell regeneration. The abundance of moisturizing fatty acids, including omega-3, -6 and -9, also help to replace the lipids in your hair.
So back to the Sublime body and hair oil:
The Sublime body and hair oil is inspired by the rituals of the Polynesian Islands and use the essences of ylang ylang, tiare and monoi. Yes, it’s truly sublime and our staff loves it too! This dry oil doesn’t leave any sticky residue on our skin and it really does feel like our skin is deeply nourished!
Find relaxation, energy and balance with an Aromacology Collection, rooted in the traditional Taoist principles of the 5 elements. All 5 formulas in shower & bath oils is your gift when you purchase any Cinq Mondes product in March. (while supplies last)
Would you deliberately use a peel that causes your face to get really hot and red? It sounds crazy, but the Blueberry Detox Peel from Eminence Organics does just that and the result is skin that is fresh, glowing and younger looking!
HOT AND SPICY
This month we are focused on cleansing our insides with green smoothies, but now let’s take a look at how we can detox the outside as well. The Blueberry Detox Firming Peel is a natural exfoliating peel and, like many peels, it deep cleans pores and tones the skin. The highlight of this peel is the paprika, which is a naturally hot spice that definitely heats up your skin! Don’t worry; this is exactly the reaction that you want! Like exercising, the heat from paprika increases circulation to the skin, bringing fresh blood to the skin’s surface to give your skin that radiant glow. Increased blood flow also increases oxygen intake of the skin cells, which means that products applied after the peel will be absorbed better.
DO YOU DARE?
So, would you or wouldn’t you try this facial? We think that the temporary heat and redness is worth it and if you dare try it, this Detox Facial may just become your new fresh-faced beauty obsession!
CHECK OUT THE INGREDIENTS
Blueberry Juice: astringent; deep cleans pores, tightens and tones skin’s appearance
Raspberry Juice: high in vitamins and antioxidants to fight the appearance of visible signs of aging
Blackberry Juice: tightens the appearance of pores and is high in vitamins and Omega-3
Paprika: invigorates and revitalizes skin
Pineapple Extract (Bromelain): purifies skin by removing dirt and proteins