Let’s talk diet. No, we're not about to tell you to go on some trendy cleanse or crazy delivery system: we're specifically talking skin health. We all know (hopefully?) by now that yes, there is a direct correlation between what you put into your body, and how it comes out (sometimes literally) through your skin. So, we’ve compiled a list of a few of our favorite, antioxidant-heavy, skin-happy foods (it's not all greens, either... did somebody say chocolate?). Read on and happy snacking!
How's that for a welcome addition to the list? Turns out cocoa is a natural hydrator, and does double duty by making your skin more supple and smooth, due to its natural caffeine content. Most dermatologists recommend eating a chocolate with at least 70% natural cocoa to get the full benefits. Consider it done!
2. Greek Yogurt
Surprise, surprise! This healthy staple is great for your skin, too. Any protein-heavy yogurt, such as Greek yogurt, helps to firm up and maintain skin elasticity. Eat at least a single serving a day, and you’ll be thanking yourself.
3. Sunflower SeedsThey're not just a pretty flower! Sunflower seeds are loaded with Vitamin E, which protects your skin from the sun, as well as keeping it more firm and healthy. A pretty good excuse to sneak in a handful if you ask us!
Yup: it's the old standby for antioxidant power in any diet. Let's put it this way: it benefits your skin by helping break down free radicals, working to help decelerate the aging process.
5. Olive Oil
Real talk: Ancient Romans used it both for and on pretty much everything, and the Greeks basically live forever because their diet is heavy on it (the Mediterranean Diet had its phase for a reason!). But did you know it’s also a free radical butt-kicking powerhouse that can rejuvenate your skin? It’s true. Due to its high concentration of Omega 3, it helps keep your skin youthful. A good excuse to indulge in a little (brown rice!) pasta, right?
Seldomly discussed in skincare, tomatoes are actually loaded with skin protecting properties. Since they're high in antioxidant lycopene, it’s a natural way to increase your skin’s SPF (which you can then you can top off with our Umbra!).
7. Green Tea
It should come as no surprise that Green Tea is skin empowering. The tea is loaded with polyphenols and antioxidants, which help to boost blood flow to your skin, while also delivering nutrients keeping your complexion healthy.
Yes, the trendy plant that does it all actually does quite well for your skin. It’s antioxidants destroy free radicals, and it’s also loaded with skin-strengthening Vitamin A and C.
Did you know your daily latte addiction is actually doing yourself a favor? Research has shown that coffee can actually lower your chances of contracting skin cancer. Keep the grande’s coming, we say.
10. Red Wine
We know you’re shocked that that weekend you can barely remember did a number on your skin (in a good way!). Drinking even half a glass of wine a day can reduce inflammation, and deliver rich antioxidants to help combat free radicals. We’ll drink to that (it's in our name, after all).
You’ve no doubt already heard the buzz. After all, if you walk into any grocery store, the trend is just about hitting you right in the face. Yes, we’re talking about water, but more specifically: alkaline water? Just what is it and why does it have the Goops of the world all up in a tizzy? Allow us to explain.
Alkaline water, simply put, is water with a lower pH (acidity) than your run-of-the-mill tap and bottled water. Why is this important? That means the water is rich in alkalizing components and basically has a lot of the minerals you need to keep your body acidity leveled... and your skin and overall beauty game where you want it.
So, let’s get down to the benefits, shall we?
1) Prevents Acidosis
Alkaline water helps with neutralizing your body’s blood acidity, which in turn prevents Acidosis, a condition that can cause hormonal imbalances as well as other maladies. Yikes!
2) Metabolism boosting
On top of keeping your body acidity leveled, alkaline water and foods can help boost your metabolism, and keep it maintained at a healthy level.
3) Your gut!
Alkaline water can help disinfect your gut flora, and cleanse it of unwanted free radicals and other dangerous bacteria. A happy gut basically equals a happy everything else... including your waistline and complexion.
Along with your gut, alkaline water’s disinfecting properties also applies to other toxins in your body. In other words, it pulls double duty.
So, how do I get Alkaline?
Luckily for you, bottled alkaline water is pretty much everywhere you go, but if you wanna pull a little DIY (or, just feeling adventurous), you can get a water ionizer that’ll do the job for you, too. But you don't need to get too crazy just yet—the experts agree that eating a diet high in alkaline foods is the real key over anything. Just what foods are alkaline? Pretty much everything you already know is good for you: fruits, nuts, legumes and vegetables. Oh, and that whole hot lemon water in the morning thing? Turns out squeezing a little citrus into your water is the ultimate DIY when it comes to getting your water alkaline. It's a great way to start your day, gets your metabolism instantly ignited, detoxifies and helps to raise your pH once the minerals begin to dissolve in your bloodstream. Go on, get citrus-y.
Sure, hyaluronic acid is good... but we've got something better.
Hyaluronic acid is hot right now. And we totally get the hype—it's a fantastic ingredient that's an easy fix for dehydrated skin that plumps up your complexion (it can carry up to 1,000 times its weight in water).
The only problem? The molecules are too big to penetrate the skin's surface.
Translation? Those pricey hyaluronic acid-loaded products you're spending your pennies on end up going right down the drain.
Don't get out your pitchforks just yet—we have the fix. Quick science lesson (bear with us—your skin will thank you!): a little something called sodium hyaluronate is the salt of hyaluronic acid. It's a smaller molecule, with a more 'bioavailable' structure that can penetrate the skin. Translation: with this stuff, your skin actually stays moisturized and reaps all of the benefits of hyaluronic acid. Get it?
Now, stay with us: turns out Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer is even better than SH, if you can believe it. First, pretend you're looking at a Rubik's Cube. Each square is one unit of sodium hyaluronate. That’s a polymer: several units stuck together. When the polymer goes into the dermis, the enzymes our body naturally makes break the units down slowly, delivering moisture over an extended period of time. Again, translation? A moisturizer that works harder and faster, for long periods of time, and penetrates the way you want it to, rather than just sit on top of your skin.
Did we mention it attacks age-accelerating free radicals, too? We're so crazy about it, we even got The New York Times (!) talking (they hinted at our up-and-coming products—shhh!—too). Oh, and it's vegan, too.
By numbers, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer looks a little something like this:
- Possesses 50 TIMES (!) the water-binding (aka locking moisture in) capacity of hyaluronic acid
- Is FIVE (!) times more moisturizing than hyaluronic acid after 24 hours
All in all? We're pretty sure we just found your skin's new BFF.
This is undoubtedly the top resolution for 95% of the planet, so, why not join 'em? Kick the new year off with finding that workout that, well, works! Seriously, there are millions of them lurking around, from high cardio to more weight intensive ones, there’s something for everyone, so there’s no excuse! But... how do you keep it up? One word: Data. You’d be surprised how motivated you’ll become when you log everything you do. Download a couple of good workout and nutrition apps (Lose It! is great and MapMyRun is amazing for the more cardio inclined), and watch as you feel guiltier and guiltier for missing a workout (it’s a good thing, promise!).
Somewhere after all of the family stuff, the joy of the season, the best part about the holidays is... we admit it!... well, the presents! Whether you're giving or receiving, it’s pretty much the reason for the season, right?
But it always comes with a caveat: what makes for a good gift? We can definitely rule out ugly sweaters, useless tchotchkes, underwear, and those obvious joke gifts (a snuggie? Again? Seriously?). For us, a good gift is all about what comes from the heart. Or, at the very least, from this list!
Here's our sure fire wishlist of our favorite gifts for the holiday season. Let’s get to it!
A host of dreamy scents and wax made from biodegradable fungi makes this not only a completely unique gift, but a thoughtful one, too.
Super luxe, hand painted, hand engraved... the list of adjectives go on, but these glasses stay on our list.
Our definite go-to cookbook by the always fabulous Deb Perelman. There's just too many irresistible dishes to count in here!
The curler to end all curlers. If you’ve got hair, this is the gift you need. Do yourself a favor and pick one up already! Beats socks as a stocking stuffer any time.
We mean, how could we not? Elephants and diamonds? It’s called a wishlist for a reason! Like we said on Instagram, whether or not this will actually be waiting under our tree this year is another issue entirely.