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Pumpkin Coffee Body Scrub

November 2, 2016
DIY Pumpkin Coffee Scrub

Pumpkin Coffee Coconut Oil

Inspired by the Autumn Harvest Indulgence Package, this DIY Pumpkin Coffee Body Scrub is not only super easy to make, but smells delicious and your skin will love it too!

Skin Benefits:

Coffee helps to brighten skin, prevent clogged pores and give the appearance of tighter, firmer skin. In addition to the mechanical exfoliation of the coffee grounds, the acid in coffee also gives chemical exfoliation, which helps to slough and smooth the skin. Plus, the antioxidants found in coffee help boost your immunity by enhancing the skin’s protective barrier.

Pumpkin contains a lot of amazing properties that benefit the skin in many different ways. It is packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids, which brighten and smooth the skin. It also contains antioxidants, which boost collagen production to prevent the signs of aging. Finally, since the molecular structure of pumpkin is small, it can penetrate deeper into the skin to successfully treat dull, aging or hyper pigmented skin.

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Pumpkin Coffee Body Scrub

Ingredients 

  • 1/4 cup unrefined solid coconut oil
  • 3 heaping tablespoons pumpkin puree (fresh is best, but canned will also work)
  • 2 heaping tablespoon very finely ground coffee beans. You can use brewed coffee grinds or freshly ground beans. Fresh beans will have a higher caffeine content, but both are exfoliating and work well.

Note: Use organic ingredients if possible. 

Method

1. In a large bowl, mix all of your ingredients until well blended. We mixed it by hand, but an electric mixer would work too.

2. Store your scrub in an airtight container. It will last for 2 days if not refrigerated. For a longer shelf-life (2 weeks), store the scrub in the fridge between uses.

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Autumn Skin Care Routine to Nourish Your Skin

October 19, 2016
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Skin Care for Changing Seasons

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.

Autumn Skincare

CLEANSE

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.

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Food & Drink Skin Care Well-Being

Recipe Friday – Cool as Cucumber

July 29, 2016

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Over the years, Willow Spa has stressed the importance of clean eating and its role in staying healthy. We are constantly challenging ourselves to try new foods & lifestyles that will better ourselves. Over the past few months we having been moving toward a plant based diet to boost our antioxidant intake and help protect our entire body from signs of aging.

Balance

We just love this meme! It really stuck out to us because some days we are more successful than others and, like anyone else, we also struggle with the temptation of cupcakes and other treats. We’ve been reading Eat Pretty, by Jolene Hart (more on this book in another post) and it’s been so inspiring to read about the science behind a plant based diet and how it positively affects your skin and hair.

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This Cooling Cucumber Chickpea salad has been our favorite lately. It is so simple to make and really refreshing and delicious. Bonus: For those of you watching your spending, this salad is budget friendly too! It tastes good the next day, so it’s great as leftovers for lunch. Plus there are all these healthy benefits below:

Cucumbers: Both liver and kidney cleansing, cucumbers keep us hydrated and prevent water retention. They are rich in the beauty minerals silicon, magnesium and potassium, and Vitamin K. Make sure to buy these organic, because the skins are packed with Vitamin C and a good source of chlorophyll.

Tomatoes: This sun defense vegetable contains lycopene and beta-carotene, which are important in protecting our skin from UV damage, which is the main cause of wrinkles, lines, and age spots. Pairing tomatoes with olive oil, that is rich in Vitamin E, amplifies the damage protection of Vitamin C found in tomatoes.

Chickpeas: These legumes aid in the absorption of other beauty minerals. They are high in anti-oxidants and phytochemicals boosting our immune system. They are high in protein, fiber, folate and trace minerals, zinc, copper and manganese. Finally, chickpeas are a rich source of complex carbohydrates, which helps stabilize blood sugar levels. Excess sugar molecules attach themselves to collagen fibers, which causes them to lose their strength and flexibility, so the skin becomes less elastic and more vulnerable to sun damage, lines, and sagging.

Red Onions: Red onions contain the mineral chromium, which plays a key role in regulating the blood sugar in the body. So, like chickpeas, red onions help to prevent aging caused by excess sugar levels.

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Cooling Cucumber and Chickpea Salad

Ingredients:

2 tomatoes
2 cucumbers
1/4 cup red onion
1 can rinsed chickpeas
3 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Salt, pepper, garlic to taste

Method:

Chop up & throw together! The nice thing about this dish is its so refreshing & easy to make ahead. You can eat as is or it can be a nice side dish. During hot weather, when you just don’t want to turn on the oven or stove, this just may become your favorite salad. It has definitely been our go-to summer salad.

Enjoy!

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Food & Drink Skin Care

Recipe Friday – CILANTRO LIME SALMON SALAD + MANGO AVOCADO SALSA

May 13, 2016

Salmon Salad with Mango Avocado Salsa

CILANTRO LIME SALMON SALAD + MANGO AVOCADO SALSA

Lately, it’s hard to escape the sweet smell of mangoes at the spa. We’re not complaining either because nothing reminds us of summers more than like the smell of a freshly cut mango!

Today on Recipe Friday, we’d like to share one of our favorite recipes. And, yes, it includes mangoes! For those of you who know Willow Spa’s philosophy, you know that we believe that our skin is affected as much by what you eat as what products you put on your skin. So, today, we’d like to touch a little upon the amazing mango!

Amazing? Yes, we think the mango is amazing. This fruit boasts some real power for your skin both externally and internally. Used topically, the mango helps skin to glow, treats blackheads and dark spots, and is great for sensitive skin. Mangoes are high in antioxidants, fiber and vitamins A and C. Therefore, mangoes are great at fighting cancer, boosting your immune system, and improving your digestive system. Mangoes also decrease cholesterol, boost your metabolic rate and help to balance your body’s alkaline environment. So, this will help prevent disease, especially diabetes, heart disease, and strokes.

Did we mention how yummy the mango is? But you already know that! So it’s no wonder that we’ve been craving mangoes these days. Plus, summer isn’t quite here yet and this recipe gets us in the mood for the hot summer days and balmy nights yet to come!

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Ingredients

Marinade & Dressing:
  • 1 lb salmon cut into 6 oz filets
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon garlic
Mango Salsa:
  • 1 large diced mango
  • 1 large sliced avocado
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
Method:
First, make up the marinade/dressing | Pour one third out into a shallow dish | Marinade the salmon in that sweet, tangy, cilantro marinade | Reserve the untouched marinade to use as a dressing later.

Next, pan fry or grill your salmon until cooked through. The honey in the marinade will char these slightly

Lastly prepare the best salsa you’ve ever tried in your life with a couple tablespoons of the reserved dressing. Enjoy!

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Food & Drink Skin Care

Cinnamon Chili Sweet Potato Bowl With Ginger Miso Tempeh

May 6, 2016

Vegan Cinnamon Chili Sweet Potato Bowl – Recipe Review

Veggie Bowls! These bowls are all over Instagram and food blogs and we have fallen in love with them too. They are so easy to prepare and so yummy!

BrusselsVegan created a veggie bowl that looked too good not to try to recreate! Not only was it delicious but did you know it was packed with added skin protection!? 

Added Bonus…Sun Protection!

As we head into the hotter and sunnier months, we need to be even more aware of protecting our skin from the sun. Although, we are thankful that companies, like Eminence Organics and Coola Suncare are creating effective natural sunscreens to protect our skin. We now know that sunscreen is not the only way that you can prevent sun related aging. Many foods have sun protective nutrients that turn on the UV defense and these effects last several days after eating!

Here’s how you can protect your skin from the inside out! There are two nutrients proven to increase your skin’s sun protection at the cellular level they are carotenoids and lycopene. Spinach, kale, sweet potatoes, red and orange bell peppers, tomatoes, watermelon and carrots are all high in these nutrients. Yum! Already have some sun damage? That’s okay, nutrients such as flavonals and polyphenols found in dark berries, avocados, carrots, cacao, and cinnamon prevents free radical damage caused by excessive sun exposure. 

So as summer approaches, make sure you enjoy more of these delicious food options but also don’t forget to still slather on natural sun protection like Coola & Eminence! And you’ll be covered inside & out! 

Do you have a favorite veggie bowl recipe? We’d love to try it! Click here to see some of our favorite natural sun protectors & sun damage correctors!  

See the original recipe: Cinnamon Chili Sweet Potato Bowl With Ginger Miso Tempeh, written by Kim-Julie Hansen