..at the office the other day, I asked the usual question:
How’s your skin feeling today?
“I’m just so dry” she says.
“.. and my skin looks dull and doesn’t glow anymore..”
Weather, hormonal changes, the foods we eat, what we choose to put on our skin, hereditary factors, our chronological age, skin history .. and the list goes on.
These are some of the many factors that influence our skin’s behavior and the way it looks and feels.
Now let’s factor in WINTER!
Cold, dry weather is tough on skin and once we reach a certain age the rate of cellular turnover diminishes, hormonal shifts cause a reduction in natural oils, and our skin begins to loose some of the protective layer increasing the risk for dryness. Instinctually we grab one of those spend-y rich creams that promise hope in a jar. Sometimes though, that’s not what we need.
1. ALL topical products address only the outer most part of our skin. So if the person you are speaking to tells you a product will get rid of puffy eyes or make a significant reduction in the wrinkles, they are misinformed. Unfortunately the greatest impact to skin occurs when deeper work is done by a Licensed Provider. That said, I feel there is a lot of value in taking care of yourself with a good home care program as well as an occasional visit to the spa. There is tremendous benefit in the power of touch and massage to the skin and this is something that most Aestheticians are trained to do.
2. We are all individuals with a unique set of “skin needs” based on our chronological age, hereditary factors, possible skin sensitivities or conditions. and external factors such as how much time we’ve spent in the sun. When we share information regarding what works for our skin we need to do so carefully as there is so much variation in skin and this is a very personal matter.
That said, inquiring minds want to know right? .. and people always ask, what do y.o.u. do?
Although I spend my days in a very clinical setting, I enjoy coming home to my pretty cosmetic stash which, by the way is a mix of therapeutic and girlie-girl products.
I’ve been using it for a couple months and I like the way it feels. It doesn’t have a heavy fragrance, it’s made without preservatives which I think is a bonus but I don’t think you need to always go organic and preservative free. Sometimes organic, botanical based products can really irritate sensitive skin so you need to be careful. There is lots of controversy about the controversy of preservatives. Let’s just say that some products with very beneficial ingredients need to have a preservative added. Weighing the pros and cons is important.
The serum is very light and the oil helps with some of my dryness issues. The eye cream is very gentle and doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes.
And because what we put inside our bodies will help us have pretty and healthy skin,
I came up with a detox/good-for-your-skin salad to help you get that glow on!
“Good For Your Skin” Salad
- 1 large or 2 small kale leaves, stems removed and cut spaghetti thin. I use Dino Kale but anything works.
- Cabbage, about 1/3 to 1/2 cup
- 1/2 or 1 small diced green apple
- 1 teaspoon fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon dry roasted/salted or raw pumpkin seeds
- 1 tablespoon dried cranberries or chopped dried figs
Lemon Tahini Dressing
You don’t need to use the tahini, it just gives the dressing a creamy texture. You can find tahini at your local natural food market. It is the consistency of peanut butter.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- 1 tablespoon lemon
- 2 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar
- pinch of course salt
Place all of the ingredients in a blender. Blend gently and pour on your salad.
I’ve created this recipe for one because it’s not the most popular salad with .. others in the house;) The key with healthy eating is to not go over board with it. Just a little and then you don’t get tired of it.
Congratulations Shannon from Once Upon a Dream
Please email me your information so we can send you the pretty, plush hearts!
Have a wonderful weekend and come back early next week. I’ll be back in my kitchen and I have something PRETTY to share!