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Skin Deep. 3 Simple Steps to Sumptuous & Safe Skin

By now you’re eating minimally processed, whole, real foods from colorful salads to smoothies to quinoa to chia seeds. You take part in Meatless Mondays, practice deep breathing, sit down for your meals, make time for your “soul greens” and enjoy the eating experience. In fact, you might even be viewed as a walking billboard for healthy habits. Congratulations!

But even if you are integrating all these lifestyle practices into your routine, have you ever thought that to look and feel your best, what you put on the outside of your body may be just as important as what you put on the inside? That means facing the truth about what is in your bathroom cabinets and dusty drawers and adhering to the same thoughtful philosophy with your skincare routine as you do with your clean eating.

I know, just when you had it all figured out…

Did you realize that the skin is the largest organ of the body? It’s time to think about not only what you use on it (organic and natural but effective, of course) but also how you nourish it. I'm not talking expensive trips to the spa or the latest miracle in a jar. Just pure and simple strategies toward creating healthy skincare habits so you can get your chemical free glow on.

Note: as I was writing this timely post, Johnson & Johnson announced their commitment to phase out a host of potentially cancer causing and other dangerous chemicals including triclosan, phthalates and parabens, as well as fragrance from nearly all adult toiletries and cosmetic products worldwide by the end of 2015. Obviously, this is a huge step in the right direction. But, let’s not wait that long to eliminate these toxins from our routines. The time is now!

With some simple steps, you will be on your way to limiting your toxic exposure and becoming the most radiant version of YOU in no time.

Go All Natural. After your workout, first thing in the morning, or just before you go to bed at night, you reach for your facial products blindly trusting them to do their job. But did you ever take a close look (reading glasses required for some) at what's inside these products? And have you really considered whether these were actually safe remedies? While I could write an entire blog post on all the toxins and harmful chemicals lurking in most of our beloved products, I will just tell you that I realized that in spite of all my greens and other nourishing habits, this was the missing piece of the puzzle for me. It was time to remove those harmful ingredients that I was putting on my body every day…So, I recently made the switch from all those fancy products and became a more conscientious product junkie.

My latest obsession: Odacité, an organic and 100% toxin free line that is winning my trust each time I look in the mirror. With a tagline “We Go Beyond Organic”, these chemical free products are freshly made and dated for each customer, so you can say goodbye to preservatives and far into the future expiration dates. Just pure and organic ingredients in a unique preparation that is guaranteed to maintain 100% of its antioxidants and vitamins, which are then formulated into an age-defying blend.

I got my start with their 10-Day Discovery Kit & Skin Consultation (for $29), and now I am hooked. While there are also plenty of other safe cosmetic lines available to purchase, you can also look no further than your kitchen to put together some excellent DIY options that are safe and effective.

Check out this stimulating and slimming body scrub made from real food and created by Valérie Grandury, breast cancer survivor and founder of Odacité. Just mix these fresh ingredients and exfoliate with a brush to remove dead skin cells, improve circulation and enjoy a silky smooth body.


1/2 cup organic brown sugar 1/2 cup organic ground coffee 1/2 cup grated dry coconut 1/2 cup of oil of your choice (Olive, Avocado…) A few drops of your favorite essential oil

Nourish Your Skin From the Inside. Even though the focus of this post is what you put on your skin, I can’t help myself to include a few sentences on what to feed your body to help create that desired glow. Perhaps you’ve noticed your skin losing its sparkly appearance after eating processed foods, refined sugars, sodas, saturated fat or too much salt! Think antioxidants to slow down the aging process and choose foods that are rich in vitamins A (in the form of beta carotene), C and E. Karyn Seymour of Karyn Seymour Skincare recommends following a diet high in fruits and veggies with an emphasis on leafy greens. From her personal experience, she swears by “green juice for a smooth complexion and avocados to keep you moisturized from the inside out.” Pack your day full of delicious, nourishing antioxidant-rich foods to give your body the nutrients it needs to promote soft, supple and tighter skin.

Relax & Rest Assured. Here I go again with the wonders of relaxation. But, it’s true. Haven’t you ever experienced a little break out or dulling of your complexion during times of stress? The solution is simple: keep your cool and your healthy glow too! This will help limit toxins that can build up in your system when you are anxious or stressed.

Staying calm is part of the equation, but getting enough sleep is also vital for a rejuvenated look. When you are sleep deprived, the evidence stares you right back in the mirror, and sometimes it's just scary! Getting a full night's rest helps the body regenerate and replenish your cells, which then shows up instantly in your complexion.

Keeping your skin healthy and gorgeous starts in your home. So forget the expensive treatments and look in your fridge, read the labels to limit toxic exposure, load up on your antioxidants with smart food choices, and remember to take it easy.

Question of the Day: What's your favorite way to give your skin a safe and brilliant boost? Share your natural skincare secrets below.

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