Beauty & wellness

Beauty Inside & Out

By LouLou Piscatore

Beauty truly does start within, and the best way to cultivate “the glow” is to eat healthy and exercise. That’s why it’s so important to never put anything on your body that you would not put in your body. Skin care products, hair care products, fragrances, and makeup are filled with toxins, preservatives, heavy metals, and endocrine disruptors. Your skin absorbs everything, so do your research. Shopping for skin care should be like shopping for groceries— look for natural and organic ingredients.

Turns out, the same superfoods we have been eating for years are also great for beauty. Familiar ingredients such as kale, fruit, minerals, and probiotics are now showing up in skin care. Likewise, components we’ve long associated with beauty, such as charcoal and collagen, are now showing up in food and supplements. Glow from inside out with these clean beauty staples from our Wellness & Beauty Editor.

 

Fruits & Veggies

Aim for products with plenty of fruits and veggies. Think: Kale, cucumber, avocado, carrot, pomegranate, and more. If it’s good for your insides, it’s likely great for your outsides, too

 

Healthy Fats

One of the worst diet fads in recent history was the “low fat/no fat” craze. Your body needs fat — your brain runs on it, your hormones are made of it, and it’s the ultimate skin food.

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  1. Ren Pure Advanced Argan Oil Conditioner

  2. Frank Coconut Body Balm
    (made with squalene, coconut, jojoba, and coffee seed oil)

  3. EIR Tough Love Balm
    (made with shea butter, coconut, olive, neem and almond oil)

  4. Beauty Shaman Body Armour
    (made with coconut and avocado oil)

  5. Kari Gran Lip Whip
    (made with sunflower and calendula oil)

  6. Shea Moisture 100% Virgin Coconut Daily Hydration Finishing Oil Serum

  7. Mun Body Toning Serum
    (made with Olive oil)

  8. Shea Moisture Argan Oil and Almond Milk Smooth and Tame Shampoo

  9. SW Basics Cream
    (made with shea butter, coconut, and olive oil)

  10. Mullein and Sparro 100% Argan Oil

  11. Limegreen Hair Face Body Hand Oil
    (made with sunflower, sweet almond, and jojoba oil)

 

Vitamins & Minerals

We all know about the beauty benefits of vitamins. Now, we also have mineral mists, adaptogen juices, and beauty dusts made out of Chinese herbs— all of which aim to fight free radicals, balance hormones, and make your skin glow.

 

Cleanse

Charcoal has been used to clean your pores for years, but it can also be used to trap toxins and chemicals in the body— allowing them to be flushed out before the body reabsorbs them. In fact, ingestible charcoal products can be helpful for digestive issues (and hangovers).

 

Hydrate

Ayurveda and Chinese medicine view aging as “drying out,” which explains why moisturizing is so important. Rose is an especially hydrating ingredient that’s effective when used both topically and when ingested.  

 

Build

Collagen is a part of our connective tissue and helps keep us strong and flexible. And yes, it’s amazing for your skin.

 

Balance

Our overall health is closely tied to our gut health. Everything from digestion, to immune system issues, to mental health is connected to bacteria. Probiotic foods and supplements are helpful tools to help maintain this delicate balance. They’re also great for balancing the pH of our skin and hair.