Late Summer Skin Care Tip from Pam Crawford

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The calendar says it's Fall, but temperatures in Texas continue to hover around 90 degrees! I asked my good friend and Pilates client, holistic skin care expert Pam Crawford, to share some skin care knowledge with us for these "late Summer" months. 

By this time of year your skin may be congested from using sunscreen over the past several months. Pam recommends a good exfoliant to gently scrub away the surface dead skin and product build up so moisture can penetrate the top layers of your skin. Follow this easy and effective recipe to smooth your skin and prepare for Fall : 

Mix equal parts finely ground sea salt (Himalayan Pink Salt is my fave due to it's high mineral content for nutrition and detoxification) with a high quality oil. Coconut oil is soothing and rich for dry skin, while Grapeseed oil is lightweight and better suited for oil skin types. 

Massage the mixture into your skin for a minute or so, using gentle circular movements. Rinse with warm water and continue to work the oil into your skin until it has absorbed. If you feel a bit oily, simply wash your face with your favorite gentle cleanser. Your skin will feel fresh and full of moisture. 

Stay tuned for a luxurious, skin-hydrating recipe from Pam in November.  In the meantime, learn more about Pam here.

The Many Benefits of Honey for Our Skin

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The many benefits of honey for our skin...

  • Contains favonoids - super anti-oxidants
  • Anti-inflammatory - both inside the body and topically
  • Humectant - draws moisture to the skin - keeps skin soft and protected
  • Anti-bacterial - great wound healer for scratches, burns, bites, etc (also great zit healer!)

Honey is one of my favorite "go-to" ingredients for all things skin related.  It is right up there with coconut oil.  Have a strange rash? Honey.  Have a zit? Honey.  Have a burn? Honey. Have dull, dehydrated skin? Honey.  You get the picture! 

Be sure to get raw, unpasteurizedhoney.

6 Top Foods for Beautiful Skin

Glowing skin is anything but skin deep: the epidermis is often the visible scorecard for how well we eat. Look for these go-to beauty foods at your local farmers’ market or health food store, and start noshing your way to luminous skin and glowing inner health:

1. Berries. As rich sources of antioxidants, berries help protect your skin’s collagen from free radical damage (think: wrinkles) caused by too much stress, sun and pollutants.

2. Dark leafy greens. Kale, collards, chard, spinach, arugula, watercress, parsley, and wheat and barley grasses are all rich in chlorophyll, a pigment that catches the sun’s energy and emanates its radiant benefits to you. 

** Add in recipe for Summer Spinach & Berry Salad **

3. Radishes. This humble root might hold the triple crown of glowing skin: vitamin C, sulfur and silicon, which all support collagen production and help keep skin moist and elastic.

4. Dark chocolate and raw cacao. The super dose of antioxidants in high-quality, organic, raw chocolate and 70% dark chocolate can help increase hydration, improve blood flow, enhance skin texture and cell renewal. Cacao has a high concentration of sulfur, known to promote beautiful skin.

5. Flax, hemp and chia seeds. These beautifying seeds are rich sources of ALA (alpha-linoleic acid) omega-3 fatty acids. High levels of ALA can help prevent wrinkles and protect against sun damage, resulting in youthful, nourished skin that glows.

6. Olive oil. Organic, cold-pressed olive oil is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids, which can help keep skin looking soft, smooth and radiant.

Lastly: Dry, rough and dull skin can be a sign of dehydration. Ensure your body is hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Health Benefits of Pumpkins

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October brings a lot of change. Change in the light and temperature outdoors and the natural colors around us. One of my favorite fall visuals is a gorgeous pile of pumpkins, each one adding to the collective power of the whole group. Like most kids, I looked forward to the night we carved pumpkins. And I seemed to forget how much I loved snacking on the salty seeds that had roasted while we brought our jack-o-lanterns to life. I look forward to countering the cooler nights with oven roasted squash dishes and the fall flavor of pumpkin. And luckily, pumpkin is really good for us!

 Here's what the hearty pumpkin delivers (aside from making delicious Paleo Pumpkin Bars) :

  • Vitamin A: Contains some of the highest amounts of beta-carotene which our body converts to Vitamin A, which is both anti-inflammatory and an anti-oxidant. Vitamin A also promotes the health of our lungs and cardiovascular system.
  • B Vitamins: Rich in folate (B9), a helpful vitamin to support healthy colon cells and prevent colon cancer. Folate also helps to produce red blood cells, proper brain functioning and contributes to the heart functioning well.
  • Carotenoids: Pumpkins are beautifully orange because of their high carotenoid content. Carotenoids are effective at helping us to stave off free-radicals and disease and giving our eyes an extra boost.
  • Fiber: Pumpkins have a high amount of dietary fiber which helps accelerate food transit and also protects colon cells. Pumpkins are low in calories and the high level of fiber helps reduce LDL (bad cholesterol).
  • Vitamin C: The high vitamin C content in pumpkins helps to fight free radicals and strengthen our immune system combatting common ailments. Vitamin C also helps produce collagen, promoting healthy skin.
  • Potassium: A potassium-rich diet has shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and hypertension. Potassium also helps to lower blood pressure and to help restore electrolytes.
  • Protein: Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are a terrific source of protein. The seeds are also a rich source of plant-based fatty acids (phytosterols) and can help to reduce cholesterol. Phytosterols can also lower the risk of prostate cancer.
  • Essential Fatty Acids: Also found in the pumpkin seeds are the rich source of essential fatty acids. These are especially helpful in promoting healthy skin and brain power along with protection against high blood pressure and arthritis.
  • Magnesium: Found in both the pulp and the seeds, magnesium is necessary for the healthy maintenance of our bones and teeth.