Chai is simple to make at home and can be stored for a good amount of time. It also makes a wonderful DIY gift in a glass jar with a homemade tag. Drink it hot in the winter and iced in the summer. For an extra-skin loving treat add 1/4 teaspoon of brewed chai to 1 tablespoon of any Sumbody body scrub. Use after mixing or store in the fridge.
The old adage, “You are what you eat,” is spot-on. What you ingest has an effect on your external body as well. This is one of the most important aspects of maintaining beautiful skin. You can be using the purest, finest products in your skincare routine, but if your diet doesn’t align, your skin only has half of what it needs. It’s fed from the inside out.
Winter can be long, cold, dark, and gloomy. With the frigid temperatures and lack of sunlight, we tend to spend less time outdoors. Not only can this lead to depression, but it can also be harsh on skin.Culinary spices are important ingredients in skin care for their multifarious benefits, including anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, redness reducing, and more. So spice it up this winter, both internally and externally. Sipping and eating spices helps to warm us up, rev up our metabolisms, boost our immune systems, and keep our skin hydrated, healthy, and clear.
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 2019 with a detox with Deb. January is a time for new beginnings, and your skin is no exception. After a long 2019, capped with holiday excesses, it’s time to restart, refresh, and recharge our mind, body, soul and skin!