I’m a natural beauty product junky but when it comes down to it, I’m a firm believer in beauty from the inside out. I will easily spend more money on organic vegetables, bone broth, and probiotics than I will face creams and serums. Feeding your belly and brain works to address the root cause of any ailments that may plague you. Dry skin? Yes, slather your face with oil but also drink a TON of water. Acne? Totally cover it up with the best natural concealer but also work to balance your gut flora with food.
My friends at CAP Beauty also subscribe to this school of thought. Stocked with the best natural beauty products and nearly an equal amount of ingestibles and supplements to boost results, they have both ends of the beauty-wellness spectrum covered. Often when I leave a facial at CAP, I’m armed with a “to do” list that often includes a “food Rx” like starting the day with a little bone broth or the name of the best probiotic. I turned to them to create three amazing fall tonics (but really they would be just as good in any season) for body, brain, and beauty. Here they are!
Magical Moonshine (aka Hydration and Digestive Tonic)
Your digestion has a huge impact on how you feel – if your digestion is off it’s likely some other things are off as well. This hydrating tonic is filled with potent ingredients like probiotics and omegas that are designed to soothe and bring your digestion into balance for deep skin nourishment. The stars in this next-level digestion tonic are the Beauty Chef’s Inner Beauty Boost, crafted with coconut water, aloe vera, and active probiotics, as well as Sibu’s Sea Berry Therapy, which is a crazy high source of omegas laced with over 190 bio-active compounds. Add a splash digestive bitters into the mix for an extra boost of bloat soothing digestive support and get ready to glow from the inside out.
- 1 tablespoon Beauty Chef Hydrating Inner Beauty Boost
- ¼ teaspoon Urban Moonshine Digestive Bitters
- Splash of Sibu Sea Berry Therapy
- ¾ cup sparkling water
Combine all ingredients in a glass and serve over ice.
Happy Morning Matcha (Brain Tonic)
Matcha delivers an unparalleled caffeine boost – unlike coffee matcha delivers a slow release of caffeine so there’s no jittery spike or sudden crash. While matcha is great on its own, I like to supercharge its power by combining it with Mucuna Pruriens. Mucuna Pruriens, also known as the dopamine bean, contains 15% L-DOPA, a precursor to dopamine in the brain that boosts our overall mood. Consuming small amounts regularly may enhance brain function, soothe the nervous system, and elevate the mood so you feel on top of the world. I use CAP’s coconut butter for this tonic as it’s the creamiest one I’ve found and blends in perfectly.
- 1 teaspoon CAP Beauty The Matcha
- ½ teaspoon Mucuna Pruriens
- 1 teaspoon CAP Beauty The Coconut Butter
- Raw Honey, to taste
Combine all ingredients with hot water and blend for a minute on high.
Hibiscus Beauty Tonic
I love to use Tocos as the base of many of my tonics as it magically turns creamy and is an incredible natural sweetener, similar some would say to that of vanilla ice cream. Sun Potion calls it the “ultimate skin food” due to it’s high levels of vitamin E. Mangosteen and Hibiscus taste amazing and are both Vitamin C powerhouses that cleanse and nourish the skin. The Varidem Elixir acts as a major detoxifier and cleanser, supporting the liver and taming inflammation. Pine Pollen can be great for balancing hormones and is also an aphrodisiac. This is one supercharged drink.
- 1 tbsp Tocos
- 1 teaspoon Mangosteen Hibiscus
- ¼ teaspoon Pine Pollen
- 1 tsp Viridem Cleansing Elixir
- 8 ounce of water
Combine all ingredient in a glass and serve immediately. Note: during the winter this is also great blended with warm water or your favorite herbal tea.
As someone who is constantly in the kitchen, my manicure usually lasts about as long as it takes to cook dinner. Which made me pause and think, where does all that nail polish go? I don’t think I am literally eating it but it did make me think twice about exactly what I’m putting on my nails. The truth is, what we put on our skin (and nails) is just as important as…
Welcome to Clean Beauty (Dirty City)! This new series was unofficially born years ago when I began to raid my kitchen cabinets and mix together ingredients to slather over my face and scrub my body. My own skin struggles led me to clean up my beauty act and eliminate many products I realized were irritating and filled with chemicals. Such began my exploration in getting back to basics – today coconut oil and manuka honey are just at home in my bathroom as in the kitchen.
Beauty From the Inside Out, And Outside In
We all know beauty is an inside job – even though every cream promises to cure us from those pesky pimples – it really does matter what you put at the end of your fork. But of course, it does matter the products you use and what you put on your skin. On average, we are exposed to over 120 chemicals a day just in the beauty products we use from our face washes, nail polishes, shampoos, makeup, etc. While you may not be able to get that guy to stop smoking his cigarette next to you on the street, there are lots of things you can do to avoid exposure to these nasty chemicals in your own home.
Exposure to these chemicals can go way beyond skin irritations – they are hormone and endocrine disruptors and can build up in our system to cause increased risks of cancer, birth defects, hormone disorders and more. The same is true with our laundry detergents and household cleaning products. If we care about what we put it in our body, it’s just as important to care about what we put on our body and in our ecosystem.
A good rule of thumb to go by is if you couldn’t eat it you probably shouldn’t be using it on your skin or in your home. Since it is all about beauty from the inside out, these posts will often include an eat this, do this type of thing. First up is a spotlight on one of my favorite superfood ingredients: spirulina and chlorella. If you’re struggling with irritated, inflamed, stressed-out skin and low energy, these guys may be your answer.
Why spirulina and chlorella?
Both sea algaes, spirulina and chlorella are two of the most potent superfoods on the planet. They are high in protein, B vitamins (great for glowing skin!), filled with chlorophyll, and are mega-detoxifiers.
They’re like siblings – they have a lot of similarities and in many instances can be used interchangeably but they both excel at different tasks. Chlorella is a single-celled microalgae that is especially great for detoxing heavy metals and harmful particles and increasing oxygen in your body to enhance cellular repair. Spirulina is easily digestible, helpful for weight loss, energy and immune boosting. Not to mention spirulina has 10x the beta-carotene of carrots. Use them together and see their effects multiply. Both have an incredibly strong taste (and smell!) so start by using small amounts in tonics and smoothies.
Where do I get these sea algaes?
It’s really important to pick up these super powders from a trusted source. It goes without saying that it’s no good to get spirulina that’s been grown in a contaminated water source (that can be filled with heavy metals). Take a look to see what is at your local health market or online at ThriveMarket.com. I love the Chlorella from Sun Potion.
Chlorella Morning Tonic
Make this your morning ritual. This tonic will turn on your digestive system, strengthen your immune system, detoxify your body, and cleanse your blood, liver, and kidneys. I always make sure to take this morning tonic during my monthly cycle – it’s an incredible blood builder and helps minimize PMS symptoms and boost energy. If the taste is a little too strong for you, start with less chlorella, or add it to smoothies, which will mask it more. Gradually work your way up and increase servings as desired.
- 1 glass of filtered water water
- ½ teaspoon chlorella
- Splash of aloe water
- Squeeze of lemon
Stir all ingredients together and enjoy on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning.
Soothing Seaweed Mask
My facialist Cara at CAP Beauty introduced me to this insanely soothing face mask for inflamed and irritated skin. Spirulina is antibacterial, which is helpful for acne-prone skin, and helps neutralize free radicals that come in contact with our skin day in and day out. The result is more evenly toned, brighter skin. This can get a little messy so wear an old tee and use a hand towel you don’t care too much about. If you have sensitive or dry skin, try adding a small amount of mashed avocado or manuka honey to the mask.
- ½ – 1 teaspoon of seaweeds (chlorella or kelp powder or spirulina or combo)
- Splash of aloe water
- Splash of filtered water
Stir chlorella and waters together until you achieve a spreadable paste. Use a brush to apply all over your face (you can also use your fingers). Leave on for 10 – 15 minutes then wash off with warm water. Splash your face with cool water, pat dry, and follow-up with your favorite moisturizer.
Here are a few more ways to use spirulina from my friends at Sakara.