7 Foods That Clear Your Complexion

Posted by Ada Hersko on December 17, 2014 0 Comments

While topical solutions for pimples can keep your face acne free, you can actually help your skin along the road to clarity through your diet. What you put in your body reflects how it looks on the outside, after all.

To keep blemishes at bay, try incorporating the following seven foods in your diet:

1. Oily fish like salmon or tuna

Eating fish provides your body with biotin, a B vitamin that, among its many functions, produces fatty acids and metabolizes amino acids (the building blocks of protein). A deficiency of biotin can cause, among other things, scaly skin — which, clearly, no one wants.

2. Chia seeds

Omega-3 fatty acids help maintain cell membranes by protecting the skin and providing it with moisture. Chia seeds and walnuts are rich in these fatty acids (great choices if you’re a vegetarian), as are wild bison and oily fish (great options if you’re a meat-eater).

3. Sweet potatoes

Eating a produce-rich diet provides your body with lots of water, keeping your skin and other cells adequately hydrated. And loading up on colorful, deeply-colored fruits and vegetables — especially those rich in vitamin A, like sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach — has been shown to enhance skin color and appearance by increasing its yellowness and redness.

4. Almonds

Packed with vitamin E, almonds can help you maintain healthy skin. While chowing down on these nuts can’t replace sunscreen, it’s worth noting that vitamin E may also protect the skin from damage caused by the sun.

5. Sunflower seeds

These little seeds provide an excellent source of vitamin E and help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals in the environment and in the body (free radicals in excess can harm body cells, including skin cells).

6. Complex carbs

Processed foods and white flour can increase inflammation and cause acne flair-ups. Replace pasta and white rice with complex carbs like barley, quinoa, beans, and brown rice — foods that are all lower on the glycemic index.

7. Orange juice

Although juice often gets a bad rap, OJ provides fluids to keep you hydrated and Vitamin C, which works as an antioxidant to protect skin and other cells from damage caused by free radicals in the environment and in the body. Vitamin C also helps create collagen, the body’s main structural protein.

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4 Tips for Naturally Healthy Skin

Posted by Ada Hersko on November 10, 2014 0 Comments

Whether you struggle with acne, dry, oily, or aging skin, the one thing that we do know is that radiant, clear healthy skin comes from the inside out.  There is no faking it.  Your skin is a reflection of what is happening on the inside. Your skin is a reflection of your overall health and nutrition.  Here are 4 secrets that are recommended for glowing, healthy skin.

1. Diet Matters

Since beauty comes from the inside out.  What you put into your body affects every cell, tissue, organ, and system.  This includes your skin.  Eating good quality, clean foods is essential for healthy skin.  Toxins is genetically modified (GMO) foods, foods sprayed with pesticides and herbicides, and processed foods leave toxic build up in your body.  This build up can lead to many health issues including rashes, blemishes, eczema, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, dry skin, and wrinkles.

Eating a diet rich in unprocessed, whole foods will guarantee that your body gets all the nutrients and minerals necessary for beautiful skin.  Concentrating on seasonal, fresh fruits and vegetables as well as clean, good quality meats and eggs from grass fed and pastured sources is key.  Let’s take a look at how specific nutrients affect the skin:

Vitamin C plays a vital role in the synthesis of collagen, which makes up 70% of skin.  Collagen is the protein responsible for making your skin supple. Foods high in Vitamin C are citrus fruits, broccoli, cauliflower, tomato, brussel sprouts and cucumber.

Vitamin A helps to rebuild tissue and to smooth out rough skin.  Good sources of Vitamin A are eggs, leafy greens, carrots, pumpkins, liver, and fermented cod liver oil.

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant which helps to reduce free radicals in your body.  Free radicals are the primary cause of aging in skin.  Foods high in Vitamin E are olives, sunflower seeds, , almonds,  and leafy greens.

Zinc has been shown in studies to significantly improve acne and wound healing.  The best, most absorbable sources of zinc are organs such as kidney and liver, red meat such as beef and lamb, and seafood such as oysters, scallops, and other shellfish.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids have been shown to reduce inflammation in the body,  to reduce the occurrence of acne and psoriasis, and to promote smoother, younger-looking skin.  Good sources of Omega-3′s are cold water fatty fish (such as sardines, salmon, mackerel, tuna, anchovies, and black cod), grass fed beef, chia seeds, walnuts, broccoli, and spinach.)

2. Exfoliate

Exfoliating is a process where you gently scrub your skin to remove dead skin cells to reveal healthy, glowing skin. It’s the dead skin cells  that give skin that dull lifeless appearance.  It is recommended to exfoliate one to three times a week.  Please remember to be gentle.  Being rough can goes more harm than good.  You can also make all natural exfoliants at home without spending tons of money. 

3. Manage your stress

You have all heard the saying that “her worries showed up on her face.”  It’s true.  Stress will affect the look of your skin.  It affect everything about you.  So, what are you doing to manage your stress?  Here are a few simple tips:

  • Take a look at your life and eliminate any unnecessary stresses.  Make the lifestyle changes that you need to be happy.  Only you can do this.  You have one life, so make it a happy one.
  • Get enough sleep.  Did you know that you will die from lack of sleep before you die from starvation?  Lack of proper sleep will not only make you grumpy, it will affect your metabolism as well.  Having a depleted metabolism can lead to digestive issues, weight gain, sleep issues, mood swings, blood sugar crashes, and dull skin.  
  • Move your body.  Regular, moderate exercise does wonders for you.  It lowers blood pressure, helps with weight loss, balances blood sugars,  improves your mood, reduces stress, and just plain makes you feel better about yourself!

4. Elimination

Having a healthy digestion and elimination cycle is critical to good skin.  Like I said before, your skin is a reflection of what is going on inside of your body.  If we are not properly eliminating waste from our body, there will be a build up inside.  Your poop is the main avenue for detox in your body.  It’s the bacteria and toxins left after you have absorbed what you need from your food.  Being backed up will cause these toxins and wastes to be reabsorbed.  Who wants this CRAP circulating in their body?

General rule:  Make sure that you are pooping at least once a day.  And this means a good, solid poop.  No rabbit droppings here.  (sorry, gotta be real here!) This ensures that your digestive and elimination systems are functioning properly.  Undigested foods and toxic build up will show up on your skin.  Rashes, acne, psoriasis, eczema and rosacea have all been linked to improper digestion and elimination.

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10 Ways to Prevent Acne

Posted by Ada Hersko on October 06, 2014 0 Comments

There is no guaranteed way to prevent breakouts of pimples on your chin or anywhere else. However, learning to care for this acne-prone area can reduce the frequency of breakouts, as well as their duration and severity.

Acne breakouts often occur because of changes you’ve made to your daily routine. Maybe you’ve started using a different laundry detergent, shampoo, face cream or soap. These are often the biggest culprits of an acne breakout.

If you want to keep your skin clear and radiant, avoid breakouts by following these 10 simple tips:

1. Choose Acne-Friendly Makeup

The makeup you use (and how much you use) has a big impact on the health of your skin. If you’re prone to breakouts, look for products that say “non-comedogenic” on the label. This means that the product is specifically designed not to clog your pores. Clogged pores are one of the leading causes of breakouts.

2. Change Your Pillow Case Weekly

Forget the $50 bottle of acne cream you’ve been purchasing every month, changing your pillow case is a proven method for preventing breakouts. All of the sweat, dirt and makeup from your face is seeping into your pillow every night. If you don’t wash your pillow cases regularly you’re basically planting your face on a pillow of sweat and dirt for 8 hours. Washing your cases will give your face the fresh rest it needs at the end of the day.

3. Moisturize

If you’ve turned to acne products to control your outbreaks (which most of you probably have), the importance of moisturizing becomes a key component in keeping your breakouts at bay. Most acne products contain ingredients that dry out the skin, thus, moisturizing immediately after is critical. Make sure you hydrate your skin with water before applying the moisturizer.

4. Review Your Shampoo

Have you noticed that you’ve been breaking out a lot more than usual lately? You might want to check your shampoo. Shampoos and conditioners with a lot fragrance and chemicals can irritate skin and cause breakouts on your forehead, jaw, neck and back. Considering using non-fragrance products (or all-natural products) and always make sure you rinse the shampoo out of your hair completely before washing your face in the shower.

5. Stop Touching Your Face

This might seem like common sense but keeping your hands away from your face is harder than you think. If you’re sitting in class or at work, chances are your head is resting on your hands and your fingers are running up your cheeks. These movements can cause irritation and spark a breakout. Keeping your hands and fingers off your face will keep it clean and healthy and help eliminate future breakouts.

6. Check Your Laundry Detergent

Much like shampoos, laundry detergents can be a huge culprit when it comes to breakouts. If you’re experiencing more breakouts than normal it could very well have to do with the ingredients in your detergent. Many soaps contain harsh chemicals and fragrances that can irritate skin (especially when you use towels to dry your face). Try switching to a non-fragrance detergent or one with more natural ingredients and see if you’re breakouts start to fade.

7. Stay Out of the Sun

A little bit of sun has been known to reduce breakouts but too much  can cause damage to your skin and prompt a breakout. If you’re planning a weekend at the beach, be sure to load up on sunscreen and moisturizer – these will help keep your skin hydrated and protected from the sun which will equal less breakouts this summer.

8. Exercise 

Exercising daily will not only help you look and feel better but it will also help reduce the frequency of your breakouts. Working out increases the blood flow through the body which will keep your skin looking healthy and radiant. Plus, when you workout, you drink more water and drinking more water will definitely help prevent acne breakouts.

9. Reduce Stress

Staying calm and happy has actually been proven to help control breakouts. Acne often appears when someone becomes stressed out or worried about something (perhaps you’re worried about breaking out) and tends to spread faster in these circumstances as well. The best thing to do is to keep calm and try not to sweat the small stuff. In doing so, you’ll feel and look better.

10. Eat Healthy

An unhealthy diet has always been linked to acne. While many studies fail to prove a direct link between the two, doctors and health experts agree that maintaining a healthy diet can go a long way in preventing breakouts. Also, you may not know it but you might have a small allergy to some foods (dairy is a common one) which can spark acne problems. Reducing the amount of dairy you eat, along with unhealthy foods like greasy burgers, french fries, chips and soda will undoubtedly help eliminate your breakouts.

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Canadian Health Food Association Trade Show

Posted by Ada Hersko on September 17, 2014 0 Comments

Our booth at the CHFA, which is Canada’s largest national trade association dedicated to natural health and organic products. https://www.chfa.ca/tradeshows/chfa-east/

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The Importance of Exfoliation

Posted by Ada Hersko on August 17, 2014 0 Comments

Exfoliate your way to healthy, glowing skin.

You may be cleansing, moisturizing, and slathering on the sunscreen—but if you’re not exfoliating, your skin isn’t as healthy as it could be.

What is Exfoliation?

Exfoliation refers to the removal of the dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. Exfoliation can be performed mechanically, by using abrasive scrubs on the skin or chemically, by using scrubs that contain special kinds of acids that dissolve and remove the dead skin cells without scrubbing.

Why is Exfoliation Important?

As we age, the process of cell regeneration slows down. This means that the body is slower to shed skin cells and generate new ones. When old skin cells start to pile up on the surface of the skin, it can leave skin looking dull, rough, and dry. Furthermore, the build-up of dead skin cells can result in excess oil and clogged pores, leading to blemishes and acne.

Proper exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells clogging the skin and uncovers fresh new cells below. This opens the way for moisturizing products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, which makes them more effective. In short, a regular exfoliating routine will leave your skin looking fresh and healthy.

What is the Best Way to Exfoliate?

The best type of exfoliation depends on your complexion and the health and sensitivity of your skin. If you have extremely sensitive skin or severe acne, you will want to choose an exfoliating product and method carefully. A professional esthetician can help you choose the method most appropriate for you.

Most women use manual exfoliation on a regular basis (once a week) and reserve chemical exfoliation for more intermittent use.

If you use a manual exfoliating scrub, choose one with smooth, round granules rather than jagged, rough particles to avoid injuring your skin. Be gentle with the scrub—a light touch is all you need to slough off the dead skin cells. Any more than that and you’re likely to irritate your skin.

If you choose chemical exfoliation, peels and masks that contain alpha or beta hydroxy acids provide a deep level of exfoliation. If you have sensitive skin, you may wish to look for more natural peels that contain fruit derived enzymes.

Healthy, Shining Skin

If you want healthy, glowing skin, regular exfoliation is a must. Limit your exfoliation routine to once a week—over-exfoliating can leave your skin dry, irritated, and damaged. Take good care of your skin and put your best face forward.

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