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Are Your Skin Woes Actually Health Clues?

Are Your Skin Woes Actually Health Clues?
It's not necessarily what we've been taught over the years, but our skin (the largest organ of our body) is truly a window into our inner health. According to renowned physician Dr. Trevor Cates (nicknamed "the Spa doctor"), there are six main underlying causes that can lead to skin issues.

  1. Inflammation
  2. Microbiome disturbances
  3. Oxidative damage
  4. Blood sugar issues
  5. Nutritional deficiencies
  6. Hormonal imbalances

So rather than looking at your skin concerns first as a surface-level issue, let's see if your skin symptoms might be a clue to what could be going on inside.

 

Acne + Enlarged Pores

COMMON CULPRITS:

—Blood Sugar Issues

—Microbiome Disturbances


TRY THIS:

Reduce sugar and processed carbohydrate intake. Balance your meals with high quality protein, healthy fats and minimally processed carbohydrates.

Add prebiotic fiber to your diet as well as probiotic-rich foods to help restore your gut microbiome.


YOUR GLOW-GETTER:

Beauty Protein contains 7 grams of prebiotic fiber per serving, plus two of the most widely researched strains of probiotics. Because we know gut healing is a key to glowing skin. It also has skin superfood organic baobab to help boost collagen production.



Redness + Sensitive Skin

COMMON CULPRITS:

—Inflammation

—Hormonal Imbalances


TRY THIS:

Focus on eating anti-inflammatory whole foods like olive oil, tomatoes, green leafy vegetables, nuts, berries, turmeric, spirulina and wheatgrass.

Start a new stress management protocol like mediation, breath work or spending time in nature. Prioritize a good nights sleep.


YOUR GLOW-GETTER:

Greens Ritual is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-packed. It contains many healing superfoods that can be otherwise difficult to consume, like organic wheatgrass, organic spirulina, organic chlorella, and organic sea buckthorn.

 

Dry + Rapidly Aging Skin

COMMON CULPRITS:

—Oxidative Damage

—Blood Sugar Issues


TRY THIS:

Support your body’s detoxification with cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

Reduce sugar and processed carbohydrate intake. Balance your meals with high quality protein, healthy fats and minimally processed carbohydrates.


YOUR GLOW-GETTER:

Greens Ritual has detoxifying super greens and algae that also support healthy metabolism. Plus stress super foods organic matcha, organic turmeric and organic parsley.

Beauty Protein is a high quality source of plant protein and an easy way to start your day with a blood-sugar balanced meal. It also has prebiotic fiber which can aid with healthy elimination.

Try our Supergreen Smoothie to incorporate the powerful healing of both Greens Ritual and Beauty Protein.

Should You Worry about Blue Light Damaging Your Skin?

Should You Worry about Blue Light Damaging Your Skin?

Over the last several years, we've observed some new effects of our ever-increasing screen time as a society. One of them is exposure to blue light emitted from our smartphones and computers. You've probably heard that blue light can affect sleep and throw off your circadian rhythm (particularly at night)but can it also damage your skin?

We went straight to the experts on this one. In particular, Doctor Andrea Suarez (you might know her as "Dr. Dray" from her YouTube channel with more than a million subscribers.) Dr. Dray is a Board Certified Dermatologist. 

The answer is slightly nuanced. Yes, "visible light," (as opposed to UV rays which are not visible to the human eye) including blue light can contribute to hyper-pigmentation, particularly in darker skin tones. But even so, our devices are not the real problem.

According to Dr. Dray, the amount of blue light emitted by the sun is 1,000x greater than what we're exposed to through normal device use. She estimates it would take several days and nights of continuous exposure to our smartphones in order to obtain a dose of blue light that could potentially cause hyper-pigmentation. 

So in the battle of light vs. skin, UV rays are still the big enemy. UV rays emitted by the sun are a major source of premature skin aging and collagen damage. 

Instead of worrying about our smartphones, Dr. Dray recommends making protecting your skin from the sun a top priority, for both exposure to UV rays and visible light.

If you're prone to hyper-pigmentation, two of our favorite Dr. Dray approved sunscreens that include protection from both visible light and UV rays are EltaMD UV Elements and Colorscience Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield

 

Does Plant-based Collagen Exist?

Does Plant-based Collagen Exist?

You may already be aware that collagen powder comes from animals, and is therefore not vegan. Collagen is sourced from the bones, skin, and connective tissue of cattle, pigs, horses, rabbits, or fish. But does plant-based collagen exist? And should you be supplementing with collagen powder?

 

WHAT IS COLLAGEN?

First, let's start with what collagen is and why we need it. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It's one of the major building blocks of our bones, skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It also helps with skin elasticity and that plump, youthful appearance. 

As we age, we naturally produce less collagen. After the age of 20, it's about one percent less each year. However, we can preserve the collagen we have by avoiding too much sugar or sunlight and not smoking.

 

SHOULD YOU SUPPLEMENT?

We can also choose supplement our diet. Collagen powders have become an increasingly popular choice, but come with their own set of issues: they are not plant-based (and many are turned-off by the thought of consuming the leftovers from slaughterhouses), they are unregulated by the FDA, and the research is still early in deciding how effective they actually are

Collagen is not naturally occurring in plants, and although scientists have developed a plant-based collagen from genetically modified bacteria and yeast, it is not yet widely available.

Regardless, studies seem to agree that the safest alternative seems to be working to preserve your existing collagen and find ways to naturally boost your body's own ability to produce it.

 

HOW TO NATURALLY BOOST COLLAGEN

We love a good secret weapon. We created Beauty Protein because we wanted a plant-based alternative to collagen that was safer. It is USDA Certified Organic because we believe in third-party testing and validation. 

It packs a powerful combo of collagen-boosting ingredients (40% of your daily Vitamin C needs, mushroom-sourced Vitamin D, and superfood Organic Baobab) along with gut-healing ones (organic prebiotic fiber and two of the most well-researched strains of probiotics) so it truly covers all of your bases.

Beauty Protein is designed to boost collagen production, increase cell renewal, and protect against oxidative damage—which can lead to signs of premature aging. It's the perfect plant-based alternative to collagen.

 

Why Eating Your Water is the Secret to Looking and Feeling Younger

Why Eating Your Water is the Secret to Looking and Feeling Younger

You've heard it time and again—"you are what you eat." But how many times have you thought about the food you eat in relation to how hydrating it is? According to Dr. Murad (famed founder of the eponymous skincare line), the secret to maintaining an inner and outer youthful glow as we age lies in maintaining strong cells that can attract and keep water the way younger cells do (i.e. well-hydrated cells!)

As we age, the body moves toward dryness and coldness. As our cells lose their integrity, we become more vulnerable to the hallmarks of aging—oxidative stress, inflammation, and disease.  

The answer, he proposes, is to eat your water. Colorful fruits and vegetables contain 85 to 98 percent water. He calls this The Water Secret. 

But why is water from a fruit or vegetable better than just drinking plain water?

According to Dr. Murad, "The water in fruit and vegetables is structured, meaning it's surrounded by molecules that help it get into cells easily and quickly...Fruits and vegetables are also rich in healing antioxidants your body needs. They also contain trace minerals and B Vitamins that your body uses to metabolize carbohydrates, fat, and protein." 

How can you put this into practice? 

1. Seek out hydrating foods. Juicy fruits and vegetables, like apples, berries, mango, leafy greens, cauliflower, carrots, peppers, and tomatoes. 

2. Favor antioxidant-rich foods (the deeper and brighter the fruit, the more loaded with antioxidants it is!)

3. Enjoy several servings of healthy fats a day, which keep us hydrated, youthful and supple. 

Four Pink Fruits to Eat in Winter

Four Pink Fruits to Eat in Winter

Dull and dry skin, shorter days, increased indoor time—these are just some of the signs it's winter. Add vibrancy and energy to your morning by incorporating one of these pink-infused fruits that are packed with beauty-giving benefits and ideal for offsetting the winter doldrums. 

 

No. 1:  Pomegranates

Pomegranates are a superstar fruit. They are loaded with fiber, Vitamin C, and skin-saving antioxidants. Consumption of pomegranates has also been shown to help reduce inflammation, one of the drivers in many chronic diseases.

 

No. 2: Raspberries

Raspberries are filled with nutrients despite being low in calories. They're high in fiber, Vitamin C, and are contain significant levels of antioxidants. Because of their fiber content, they're unlikely to raise blood sugar levels. They may aid in weight loss and have anti-aging effects, too! Frozen raspberries, picked in peak season, are a great way to consume raspberries in winter. 

 

No. 3: Grapefruit

Grapefruit is another low calorie yet nutritionally dense pink fruit. It's packed with fiber and Vitamin C and may be beneficial to your immune system. Grapefruit is another weight-loss friendly food and is incredibly hydrating. 

 

No. 4: Dragon Fruit

You can find dragon fruit (or pitaya) frozen or freeze dried. It's high in fiber and  contains a significant amount of magnesium. It also contains gut-friendly prebiotics and is antioxidant-packed. 

 

Is Sugar Aging Your Skin? And What to Do

Is Sugar Aging Your Skin? And What to Do

Two of the biggest factors contributing to premature skin aging (wrinkles, sagging, and loss of radiance) are consuming sugar and UV rays. 

Sugar damages your skin through a natural process called glycation. The sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins to produce harmful free radicals called advanced glycation end products (appropriately called AGEs). As AGEs accumulate (the more sugar you eat, the more susceptible you are) they damage the proteins around them, giving way to the "sugar sag" effect. 

The proteins in the skin most prone to glycation are the same ones that give your skin that youthful glow, collagen and elastin. When glycation occurs it shows up on your skin as wrinkles, sagging, and dullness.

The presence of AGEs also makes the skin more vulnerable to the aging effects of the sun. 

So, what can we do about it? First and foremost, do your best to avoid the big culprits on a regular basis: white sugar, high fructose corn syrup and simple carbohydrates. Favor whole grains, complex carbohydrates like starchy vegetables, fruit, and natural sweeteners like monkfruit and stevia instead.

And, as a bonus: consume green tea. Green tea has been proven to significantly interfere with the glycation process while also stimulating collagen production. Just one of the many reasons we love superstar ingredient Matcha. Looking for ways to incorporate more green tea? It's a key ingredient in our Greens Ritual daily super powder. 

Need some help breaking up with sugar? Try our gentle 10-Day Sugar Detox. It's enjoyable, it's easy, and you'll feel amazing.