Beets are a superfood powerhouse. They are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (good for bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas), betaine, and vitamin B folate. Together folate and betaine help lower blood levels of homocysteine, which can increase your risk of heart disease by causing artery-damaging inflammation. Not to mention beets have been used throughout history for lip and cheek stains! They’re the perfect whole-body beauty food.
Despite the frequent mocking of Hallmark holidays such as Valentine’s Day, I believe they still hold value. They provide us a chance to step back from our busy lives and recognize the important people around us. Of course, we should share our love and be kind every day, but sometimes we need a nudge to show our feelings and to go above and beyond. While Valentine’s Day centers around expressing our love to others, I believe it can also prompt us to practice some self love and care. In our full and fast-paced lives, taking “me time” can fall to the […]
I strongly believe in cleansing with food. Starving is not my method of internal detoxification. Food is powerful medicine and diet matters. I feed my body and skin nourishing, healing foods that are easy to process. My Detox Soup is a delicious cleansing companion. It’s vegetarian, but can easily be turned into a bone broth for meat-eaters by adding a whole chicken and simmering for several hours. I sip this soup morning, noon, and night! 3-4 inches burdock root 1 onion 2 carrots 1 bunch parsley 4 stalks celery 6 shiitake mushrooms 1 stick astragalus root 2 zucchini 6 stalks kale […]
My love for activated charcoal began in the 1990s while working with clients on movie sets. Their pores were congested from the layers of makeup, heat from artificial lighting, and frequent travel. I spent countless hours trying different ingredients and techniques to clean their pores, but had a hard time finding anything effective and efficient enough. One day while on set, the everyday water pitcher suddenly piqued my interest. I knew that the filter inside contained activated charcoal, but was curious as to how and why it worked to filter water. After some research, I had my “ah-ha” lightbulb moment: […]
New year, new you. Let’s rid our skin of 2017 with a detox with Deb. January is a time for new beginnings, and your skin is no exception. After a long 2017, capped with holiday excesses, it’s time to restart, refresh, and recharge our mind, body, soul and skin!
Are plastics in skin care killing your healthy glow? It’s quite possible. Countless cosmetics are filled with chemicals known as “cones,” such as dimethicone or silicone. While cones aren’t the worst health offenders, they’re a nightmare for skin. They seal off pores, preventing your skin from breathing and functioning properly. Think of it like putting a sheet of plastic wrap over your face: suffocating! The cones trap skin’s oils, along with dirt and pollution, leading to clogged pores. They take skin congestion to the next level of dysfunction by making it much harder to clear and clean.
Life is all about balance. And skin health is no exception. To maintain moisture and stay hydrated, skin needs healthy levels of both water and oil. Can’t get enough lotions, creams, and moisturizers, no matter how much you slather on? Dehydration may be the culprit. That said, dry skin types aren’t the only sufferers—oily complexions can lack hydration, too. In fact, sufficient water levels help cells maintain moisture, which harmonies skin by balancing oil production. So ditch the drought and say, “bye bye dry!”
October brings shifts in weather, fewer hours of daylight, along with other seasonal changes. And, at the end of the month, Halloween gives us the opportunity to alter who we are for a day. What a difference a mask makes! As we settle into fall and the trees exfoliate their summer leaves, similarly, we should prepare our skin through exfoliation and hydration. Sumbody’s organic face masks have the power to transform us and magnify what is already within.