Discover the Science Behind Topical Probiotic Skincare

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  • When to See a Dermatologist

    When to See a Dermatologist: Five Things to Watch Out for to Protect Your Skin

    No doubt you have heard the warnings about staying out of the sun to avoid aging your skin. While you may already know the dangers of the sun and the risk of skin cancer, this is not the only thing to blame for skin problems. There are a variety of skin issues that can be bothersome and effect quality of life.

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  • 5 Reasons Why Your Skin is Misbehaving

    blog-5-reasonCleanse. Treat. Moisturize. Repeat twice daily. That is the universal formula for clear, radiant and youthful skin, right? Not necessarily. Even if you follow a strict regimen on a daily basis to keep your skin clean, healthy and wrinkle-free, there are some personal habits that could be preventing your skin from unleashing its natural glow. Take a peek at our list of radiance-zapping culprits to figure out if you need to fine-tune your daily routine.

    YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO SAY “NO” TO JUNK FOOD.

    The old adage “you are what you eat” is very true – especially when it comes to your skin. When your belly isn’t happy and your body is lacking the necessary nutrients to get through the day, it can absolutely affect the way your skin acts, feels and looks. The next time you shop for groceries, forgo the “Chips and Soft Drinks” aisle and load up on fresh produce and probiotic-rich foods instead. Fresh fruits and veggies are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants that help naturally protect your skin from free radical damage and also support healthy collagen production and increased elasticity. The skin and your gut are very closely connected and incorporating probiotic-rich foods such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kombucha into your diet can encourage healthy bacteria to flourish in the gut. Refined carbs and processed foods are very effective in throwing off this healthy bacteria balance, which can ultimately lead to bad bacteria seeping into your bloodstream causing inflammation that is reflected in your skin.

    RETINOL ISN’T A PART OF YOUR DAILY ROUTINE.

    Are you noticing more wrinkles on your face and neck? Are you wondering why your acne didn’t disappear when you graduated from high school? If you’re shaking your head “yes” to one, or both, of these questions, you need to think about adding a retinol product to your skincare regimen. Research proves that retinol is the key to boosting cell turnover, which results in ridding the skin of bacteria-causing acne and softening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Another added bonus? Retinol can also promote a smoother texture and increase your skin’s radiance.

    YOU THINK SPF IS ONLY FOR BEACH DAYS.

    Whether you live in the bone-chilling tundra of Alaska or call the blistering 120° temperatures of Arizona home, you need to wear sunscreen every single day. Skin cancer is on the rise, ladies – and your most effective tool for preventing those harmful UV rays from damaging your skin is using a daily sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. SPF also prevents sun-induced damage like brown spots, blotchiness and skin discoloration. Sun damage causes skin to age prematurely, so slathering on SPF 30 on a daily basis can help prevent fine lines and wrinkles from creeping in before you want them to.

    YOU PROBABLY AREN’T REMOVING YOUR MAKE-UP AS WELL AS YOU THINK.

    How many times have you washed your face at the end of the day, only to see some faint “raccoon eyes” in the mirror when you reach for the towel to dry off? Every woman has. And if you’re like most women, the sight of make-up residue triggers you scrub your eye area with excessive force while drying. This is doing way more harm than good to the delicate skin on your face. You can negate this issue by investing in a sulfate-free, oil cleanser. Skincare professionals suggest that the foamier the cleanser, the more effective it is at removing make-up and daily toxins that can wreak havoc on your skin. Start by squeezing the cleanser onto dry hands, and apply to dry skin. Add a splash of water to your hands to form a milky emulsion. Rinse clean and pat dry. If you see any make-up on your towel, repeat the process until your towel turns up make-up free.

    YOU THINK THE BEST WAY TO COMBAT ADULT ACNE IS BY TURNING YOUR FACE INTO A DESERT.

    When you have a breakout, only the lesion needs to be treated with a drying agent such as Benzoyl Peroxide, not your entire face. Applying a drying agent all over your face can disrupt your skin’s pH balance, triggering excessive oil production – the exact opposite result we’re aiming for here. When you have a breakout, reach for a product that is rich salicylic acid post-cleansing to stop that blemish in its tracks. If you’re still feeling overly cautious about moisturizing your face mid-breakout, use a gentle moisturizer that is designed to hydrate and nourish the skin without triggering a breakout or an inflammatory response.

    denise-headshotDenise Prichard has been an avid beauty, health and nutrition writer for over five years - specializing in wellness, skincare, yoga & meditation, and clean eating recipes. She graduated with a degree in English from Arizona State University in 2010 and currently runs her own blog, Fueled by Vegetables, a project that stems from her passion of living a healthy, joyful life and encouraging others to do the same. She believes that beauty comes from within and can be achieved through a health driven lifestyle. Denise practices what she preaches as she is a certified yoga instructor and enjoys sharing her love of yoga with others, blogging about beauty & skincare tips (she is the skincare model for her company’s brand videos), inventing yummy and nutritious recipes and of course hanging out with her rescue dogs, Eleanor & Stevie. 

  • Chia Fresca - A Prebiotic Energy Booster!

    chia-fresca2Here is a yummy and natural prebiotic energy boosting drink! I love downing one of these bad boys before AND after my yoga classes. It’s made with coconut water, chia seeds, lemon and a hint of agave nectar and is extremely effective in hydrating the body and balancing electrolytes after a good sweat.

    I talk A LOT about probiotics on this blog, but in this post, I wanted to shine some light on prebiotics since they aren’t talked about nearly as much as the former.

    You may be thinking, “Well, maybe they aren’t as important as probiotics. I have never even heard of them!” And you would be wrong.

    In fact, prebiotics are essential to probiotics carrying out their duties. Simply put, prebiotics are food for probiotics and they help increase the absorption of minerals in our body while balancing the acid in our gut. Prebiotics are found naturally in foods we eat on a daily basis such as yogurt, kefir, onions, CHIA SEEDS, bananas, etc. This dynamic duo works hand-in-hand to carry out their immune-boosting and acid-balancing benefits.

    Think about it this way: Your tomato plants can’t grow with just fertilizer (prebiotics), and they can’t grow if you’re only using seeds (probiotics) – the two of these items need to work together to allow that beautiful tomato plant to flourish! Here is an easy recipe that will ensure you’re getting your daily dose of prebiotics…

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    Chia Fresca

    2 cups coconut water
    1.5 tbsp chia seeds
    1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice (and a slice to make it pretty)
    1/2 tbsp Agave Nectar, to taste (or any natural sweetener)

    the method:

    1. Add chia and coconut water into a mason jar or a bottle with a lid. This is key because you will want to shake this mixture around for a minute or two.
    2. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes to allow the chia seeds to swell up and soften.
    3. Add lemon juice and agave nectar to taste. Shake well to combine and enjoy!
    4. Sip Sip Hooray!!

    denise-headshotDenise Prichard has been an avid beauty, health and nutrition writer for over five years - specializing in wellness, skincare, yoga & meditation, and clean eating recipes. She graduated with a degree in English from Arizona State University in 2010 and currently runs her own blog, Fueled by Vegetables, a project that stems from her passion of living a healthy, joyful life and encouraging others to do the same. She believes that beauty comes from within and can be achieved through a health driven lifestyle. Denise practices what she preaches as she is a certified yoga instructor and enjoys sharing her love of yoga with others, blogging about beauty & skincare tips (she is the skincare model for her company’s brand videos), inventing yummy and nutritious recipes and of course hanging out with her rescue dogs, Eleanor & Stevie.

  • The 4 Ingredients You Should Never Allow in Your Skincare Products

    sulfate-free-girlOver the last decade or so, more and more people have been jumping on the healthy lifestyle bandwagon – or pursuing a “greener” and “cleaner” life. We fill our plates with nutritious foods, drink plenty of water, exercise regularly and some of us have even adopted a daily meditation ritual to help better our health and well-being. However, despite our best efforts, we could still be exposing ourselves to an insane amount of toxins on a daily basis. In fact, some researchers have even suggested that the average woman uses products that contain 168 chemical ingredients on a daily basis. Yeah, let that bit of information sink in for a minute.

    How is this possible, you ask? Well, what we put on our bodies is just as important as what we put in our bodies. Our skin is not only the largest organ, it is a highly-absorbent one as well. The last thing I want to do is create fear in you of everyday products, but it is essential that we all pay special attention to the ingredient listings on the back of our skincare, haircare, hygiene and beauty products.

    Before heading to checkout – whether it’s online or in-store – make sure you don’t see any of the following toxic ingredients included in your products:

    Sulfates

    Usually listed as Sodium Laureth (or Lauryl) Sulfate (SLS) or Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS), this toxic ingredient is one that you should really look out for. Why? Because its only purpose for being included in your shampoos, body washes and facial cleansers is to create a foamy, frothy lather. Seriously, that is its only purpose. Don’t let any shady advertising fool you – even though sulfates are derived from coconuts, these bad boys are far from safe or natural. Not only will they strip your hair and skin of their natural oils, they are frequently laced with 1,4 dioxane and ethylene oxide, the former being a known human carcinogen and the latter being a possible human carcinogen. Let’s just err on the side of caution and avoid sulfates at all costs.

    Parabens

    Oh man, this one is a biggie. You have probably heard about the dangers that parabens can cause to the human body, but in case you haven’t, allow me to enlighten you. There have been multiple studies that link parabens to cancer – more specifically breast cancer. Just take a look at this study in which they found an unnerving amount of parabens in human breast tissue in the group that used deodorant containing parabens. Unfortunately, staying away from parabens isn’t as simple as you think since they are included in a bevy of everyday products like deodorants, skincare products, haircare products, makeup – this list goes on. So, please check those labels and research healthier alternatives.

    Phthalates

    Okay, this is a tough one because phthalates are used in so many things. Phthalates are mainly used to make things softer and more flexible, which is why you can find them plastics, furniture, toys, cosmetics and even food. Yep. You read that correctly. One study even found that there were high concentrations of phthalates in dairy, meats and oils – just to name a few. Phthalates, whether applied topically or ingested, can lead to fertility and motility problems, not mention that they can cause irreversible damage to sperm DNA. It’s especially important to avoid these toxic molecules during pregnancy because prenatal exposure has been linked to behavioral disorders such as aggression, depression, and ADD. Oh, and if I haven’t scared you enough, phthalates can also increase your risk of developing cancer, endometriosis, asthma and eczema and can cause obesity. In cosmetics and skincare products, they disguise themselves as a molecule that’s attached to a synthetic fragrance. However, not all fragrances are bad; bioidentical fragrances are more natural, hypoallergenic alternatives that mimic essential oils. The moral of this story? Research the beauty products you use on a daily basis.

    Mineral Oil

    Beware of this toxic ingredient because it disguises itself under a few different names, including white oil, liquid paraffin and liquid petroleum. Other than the fact that applying mineral oil literally does NOTHING for your skin (you read that correctly), it can also aggravate chronic skin conditions like acne, dermatitis and eczema. It also negatively affects skin function which can lead to premature aging. Mineral oil is unable to penetrate the skin and instead creates a shiny film, which is why your mom has probably suggested using it as a tanning oil (seriously, don’t do that).  Your skin is your largest organ and it works synergistically with your liver and kidneys to detoxify your body. When your skin can’t breathe, it certainly cannot aid in the detoxification process. If the reasons listed above can’t convince you to say goodbye to mineral oil, maybe this will: the use of petroleum products increase your risk of developing cancer. Petroleum can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs),which have a strong link to cancer development. Can we also agree that the use of petroleum has an extremely negative impact on the Earth? The fact that its production significantly contributes to pollution and the release of greenhouse gases into our atmosphere should be enough to convince us to stop using these products.

    The scary facts above are the exact reasons why we don’t include any of these toxic ingredients in our skincare products. We care about you, your family and Mother earth. We should also mention that we care equally for animals and NEVER test our products on them. Let’s keep our bodies and our planet clean, y’all!

    denise-headshotDenise Prichard has been an avid beauty, health and nutrition writer for over five years - specializing in wellness, skincare, yoga & meditation, and clean eating recipes. She graduated with a degree in English from Arizona State University in 2010 and currently runs her own blog, Fueled by Vegetables, a project that stems from her passion of living a healthy, joyful life and encouraging others to do the same. She believes that beauty comes from within and can be achieved through a health driven lifestyle. Denise practices what she preaches as she is a certified yoga instructor and enjoys sharing her love of yoga with others, blogging about beauty & skincare tips (she is the skincare model for her company’s brand videos), inventing yummy and nutritious recipes and of course hanging out with her rescue dogs, Eleanor & Stevie. 

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