Posts Tagged ‘skin care’

BEAUTY BITES

post + photography + graphic design by Norah Curlee

Toast can be a dangerous thing. Nine times out of ten it’s used only as a vehicle for butter, sugary jams/jellies….gobs of Nutella at two in the morning (we’ve been there and we know you have too). It’s time to turn your toast into a jet plane packed with beauty fuel cargo! Starting with a whole grain or sprouted grain golden brown piece of toast and adding sliced or mashed avocado is perfect as a quick breakfast, lunch or ideal at snack time. We’ve taken this tasty concept one…actually THREE steps further to show you some beautifying ways to top your avo-toast!

Before we get into these gorgeous toppers, let’s have a chat about the wonder ingredient that is avocado. This beautiful fruit (yes, it’s a fruit) is super rich in dietary vitamins A an E and is most beneficial to the skin. With concentrated levels of vitamin A, its like a natural retinol alternative which increases cell turnover. Studies have shown that avocado consumption can increase the amount of soluble collagen in the skin which translates to better skin repair. A.k.a a dream in reducing sun damage, hyper pigmentation and scarring. Chowing on plenty of avos can also improve signs of a dry scalp and help hydrate skin in general from the inside out.

So, we have our avo-toast doing all kinds of wonders for our skin. Now, what else can we add?

1. RADISH + EDAMAME: This combo is not only delish, but comes complete with a few beauty benefits of their own. Radishes have a high water content and lots of vitamin C which is nourishing for the tissues helping to keep your body hydrated. Hydration = best beauty benefit in the book. Edamame contains isoflavones which many studies have shown aid in the prevention of collagen breakdown…another skin friendly food!

2. EGG + TOMATOES: Tip! Eating your eggs with the yolk in tact {perfect poaching demo here} helps to preserve the nutrients as opposed to scrambling them where the high heat exposure lowers the benefits. Eggs are loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids which can be responsible for strong, healthy nails that won’t split every time you reach for your handbag. Tomatoes are packed with lycopene (what gives them their pigment) which is a powerful antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory that helps protect skin from environmental agents. That’s definitely a dynamic duo.

3. RED PEPPERS + OLIVES: Red peppers, like tomatoes also have lycopene (which we discussed and love) but they also have a unique ratio of vitamin A and C. This combo creates a huge antioxidant capacity which is very beneficial to your skin. Olives are rich in fatty acids and antioxidants that nourish, hydrate and protect the skin. Chief among those is vitamin E which has been shown to protect the skin from UV radiation. Basically a super tasty sunscreen!

So, we want to know how would you top your avo-toast? Leave us a comment, snap a pic and tag us on insta @thebeautydept or on tweet us @TBDofficial!

DIY WHEATGRASS ICE CUBES

Written by: Sarah St. Lifer, Graphic Design: Eunice Chun

It goes without saying that we always opt for the extra shot of wheatgrass when we’re grabbing a beverage at our local juice shop. Though tough to swallow, the roster of health benefits could put the menu of Yogurtland toppings to shame. As a powerful antioxidant, that tiny shot will help combat cancer, diabetes, and the common cold. And, that post-shot glow isn’t a coincidence — since wheatgrass is an abundant source of vitamins and iron, skin is suddenly much firmer and smooth. We’ll drink to that!

So, as devoted members at the church of wheatgrass, we leaped at the opportunity to incorporate the plant into our beauty routine. Enter: Wheatgrass on Ice. No, we’re not talking about a fancy new cocktail — when frozen and applied topically, the combo has a calming effect on skin. Cheeks irritated from a day in the sun? Just rub a cube on the affected area, and let Mother Nature work her magic. The antihistamines not only reduce redness and inflammation, but they also alleviate itchiness. If only other freezer staples such as Cherry Garcia had the same healing benefits…

Let’s begin!

1. Go to your local juice shop/smoothie bar and buy shots of wheatgrass juice. We picked up two 2-ounces of wheatgrass juice shots.

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photos/post: Kristin Ess

A couple of weeks ago I took off on a beauty field trip to Olso + Bergen, Norway. I was asked to join the trip by the founder of Restørsea, Patti Pao. I had been hearing all about Restørsea Day Cream in the beauty and skin care world and I must admit, I wanted to know what all the fuss was about. The more I got to know Patti, the more I knew we were all in for something really special on this trip. Patti has an incredible history in the industry and has launched more than 400 beauty products for major brands. She knows a thing or two about the market and literally radiates ideas and innovation. Bonus: she spends tons of time in Norway and we got to have her there with us to show us around.

We spent a little time in Oslo before flying to Bergen. Both are so rich in their history, but very different. Oslo is a wonderful, ultra-clean city, with a fast-paced night life and Bergen is all nature. I would even describe Bergen as feeling “pure” with mountains and rivers that appear untouched. Nearly all of my photos above taken in Bergen and you can see just how picture-esque it really is. Bergen was the place we wanted to be on this adventure because that’s where the salmon hatchery is, and that’s where the main ingredient in Restørsea comes from.

Restørsea is made with an enzyme that is produced during the salmon hatching process. Worry not– it’s extracted without harming the fish as they’re born. The whole salmon egg thing sounded interesting when I first heard about it, but with an open mind I started to think about how natural that seems compared to other things we tend to put on our face and neck. Patti discovered this enzyme when she went on a tour of the hatchery. She noticed that the workers hands looked much younger than their faces. We got to take a tour of that same hatchery and were then invited to sit down and talk to the scientists that Patti worked with to create Restørsea. I don’t remember the last time a brand invited us in to talk to their scientists and see where the main ingredients come from. IT. WAS. FASCINATING.

I learned that Restørsea works by dissolving everything that sits on top of the “new skin” like pollution and dead skin cells. Best thing is, this is great everyone, no matter your age. It’s not just about wrinkles or dry skin or oil. It’s about clearing away anything that sits on top to reveal the new skin. Best part about Restørsea is that it stops when it gets to your new skin. That was actually what caught my attention. I’m used to using certain AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) to clear away the dry skin and debris, which don’t always stop at the new skin. You have to neutralize most AHAs when they get through the topical stuff. That means you have to know right when to shut it off. With Restørsea you don’t have to worry about that. You apply it in the morning and in the evening and that’s it. Pretty amazing.

I love hearing about new things in beauty and I LOVE when brands try new things and don’t just re-formulate something just because that’s the way it’s always been done. If you want more info on Restørsea and the science behind it, check out their site. Just for the record, I’m not being paid to say any of this, I’m just really excited about seeing something new brought to the skin care market and I’m overly excited about how my skin looks and feels since I’ve been using it.

Stay tuned for our tutorial on how to properly moisturize your face!