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The superfood that gives you amazing skin

Hello again lovelies,

One of the best ways to achieve good skin is through proper diet. Clean eating has a huge impact on the way that our skin looks, and without question, there are certain foods that I have noticed to have a huge positive effect on my skin. One of those happens to be a superfood powder known as maca.

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Maca, also known as peruvian ginseng, is an adaptogen, so therefore it does wonders for regulating your hormones. A huge culprit of acne or troubled skin is irregular hormones. If our hormones are out of whack, our skin will be too. That’s why going on the birth control pill works so well at clearing up acne; It helps to regulate your hormones. Maca helps to balance you in a completely natural way, so if you’re having skin issues (particularly around your chin and jaw area) maybe give maca powder a try.

Yes, it is a little bit steep in price, but I feel like it’s truly worth it. It’s not only amazing for your skin, it’s also great for your general health and energy levels.

My favourite ways to consume maca is either in my morning green smoothies or in my coffee. It has a somewhat honeycomb type of taste that may take some time getting used to, but I’m at the stage where I really enjoy the taste and actually crave it.

Have you tried maca before? 🙂

Love,

Tabitha

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How I deal with Skin irritations

Hello Lovelies,

Seeing as I am one of those individuals who is allergic to the world and everything that resides in it, it’s inevitable that I tend to suffer from skin irritations from time to time. I can honesty say that there is nothing worse; it attacks your self-esteem far worse than a few zits ever could, and it’s also incredibly uncomfortable. I WISH I was one of those lucky few who suffered through sneezing or watering eyes.

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These types of skin irritations can be hard to treat, so the first thing I do is ensure that I eliminate whatever could be causing these irritations. For instance, I’m very sensitive to certain foods. Because I have ragweed allergies, I can’t so much as touch chamomile, bananas or melons. Avocados are also problematic for me. During the winter, I find that I am perfectly fine if I eat avocados a few times a week, but during the summer, I’m insanely sensitive to them. Eating them usually results in red, flaking skin around my mouth. Not cute. So as much as it pains me, I cut out avocados from my diet during these warmer months. So stay away from whatever your trigger is.

My next piece of advice is to find a gentle moisturizer to help these irritations heal. Maybe something calming, like aloe vera, or an organic plant oil; I’m really loving Marula and Argan oil at the moment. I find keeping things simple and natural really does your skin a lot of good.

If you are prone to irritations on your body, I highly suggest wearing cotton clothes and avoiding synthetic materials like polyester.

Also be careful when it comes to what you are using to wash your face. Please use a gentle cleanser, preferably something that is sulfate, paraben and synthetic fragrance free.

Lastly, this one kinda sucks, but maybe try avoiding makeup until these irritations heal. Makeup will only aggravate your skin and make things worse. So unless you have very pure, organic makeup, put down that beauty blender. (Which doesn’t mean you can’t jazz up your eyes or lips 🙂 Just avoid face products!)

These are definitely my go-to tips when it comes to clearing up skin irritations. Just remember that irritated skin is sensitive skin; be gentle! If you suffer from them as well, what works for you??

Love,

Tabitha

 

 

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The Tea Series: Spearmint Tea = Zit-Free Skin

Hello, Lovelies,

In my last instalment of the tea series, I will be singing the praises of my ride or die tea; spearmint tea. If you deal with acne and troubled skin, this is the tea for you.

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Spearmint tea is one of the most effective remedies for troubled skin because of all the mint varieties, it is the most potent in killing bacteria (the stuff that causes skin ailments). So while peppermint is wonderful, spearmint is especially good if you’re drinking it as a way to alleviate skin troubles. It is incredibly anti-inflammatory, making it great for individuals who also suffer from red skin or rosacea. It is a very cooling herb, making it comfortable for everyone to drink. I say that because I went through a phase where I had really bad allergies and reactions to everything; I had just went vegan and my system was so out of balance. I would eat healthy foods like sweet potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes and avocado and my face would feel inflamed after and it was driving me absolutely insane. It was the craziest thing. Most teas were so hot and warming that they made me feel like I was on fire, and the only tea I could drink was mint tea. It not only helped to alleviate my symptoms, it would literally always soothe and cool my entire body down. (I started eating meat after three years of veganism and my body is far happier and more balanced. I don’t eat dairy or gluten though).

So with all that being said, mint tea has a very special place in my heart, and spearmint is easily my favourite kind of mint. If you find peppermint sharp, I definitely still recommend trying spearmint; it’s way more mellow. Plus those skin benefits make it worth it. If you have persistent acne, I suggest drinking two cups a day. An editor from Byrdie (an awesome beauty blog if you haven’t already seen it) drank two cups a day and claimed that her skin GLOWED. Check out her post here.

This is the one I always buy.

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BTW it’s also amazing cooled down with some added stevia. Tastes like a mint ice tea. 🙂

If you missed them, be sure to check out my other post in the tea series on turmeric tea and green tea.

Love,

Tabitha

 

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The Tea Series: Green Tea = Clear Skin

Hello lovelies,

In my last post, I raved about the wonders turmeric tea has worked on my skin. It truly is my favourite tea of the moment, but due to it being a herbal tea, it’s one I typically like to consume at night or after dinner.

In the morning however, I need something that will give me a little bit of a caffeine kick. Something that will perk me up without making me jittery like coffee (which is why I only have coffee once in a while lol). So of course, I choose to drink green tea.

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Just looking at this picture makes me want some….

Green tea is a renowned health beverage for a reason. It’s a potent antioxidant, making it very effective in delaying signs of aging by warding off free radicals. It is also very cleansing for the body, and contains many anti-inflammatory properties, making it amazing for both achieving and maintaining clear skin. I drink one or two cups in the morning almost every day.

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This infographic – found on Visual.ly by restlesscookie shows how many crazy health benefits green tea has to offer. 

If you really want to shake things up, and make your tea even more powerful, you can do two things.

One – Try adding in the juice of half a lemon to your tea, or even just a few wedges. It’ll up the vitamin C content, and make the drink even more cleansing.

Two – give matcha tea a try. Rather than soaking the green tea leaves the way you do with conventional tea, you consume the whole leaf (matcha tea is green tea leaves ground up into a fine powder), so it becomes ten times more potent. It also gives you a stronger caffeine boost. This stuff is absolutely delicious as a latte made with your preferred plant milk.

If you want to reap even more benefits of green tea, try using it topically. You can add it to a face mask, steam your face with it, or (my favourite) use it as a toner. You can make one batch a week, and it’s seriously amazing on your skin. I find it very calming, and it really helps to reduce redness and effectively heal blemishes in a gentle way. It’s also super cheap to make.

Green tea is truly amazing, and I highly suggest giving it a try, whether you choose to drink it or use it topically on your face! Or hey, why not try both? 🙂

Love,

Tabitha

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The Tea Series: Turmeric Tea = Calm Skin

Hello Lovelies,

When it comes to hot beverages, they say that you’re either a coffee drinker or a tea drinker. Well guys, let me tell you; as much as I love treating myself to a coffee once or twice a week, I am firmly on team tea. I drink approximately four cups of tea a day, no joke. I adore tea, and I am constantly trying new kinds. So many people believe tea is boring because they never deviate from the standard orange pekoe or green tea. I used to have that same mindset until I started broadening my tea collection.

For instance…

I discovered how tasty mint tea was.

When I was introduced to tulsi chai tea, my world was never the same.

Ginger tea also turned out to be fab.

So if you’re one of those people that think tea is boring, I highly urge you to try different varieties and flavours. Some have different plant and fruit extracts that can make all the difference. Certain tea blends are seriously genius.

I truly do love all kinds of tea, but the one I’ve been reaching for the most lately?

Turmeric Cinnamon tea.

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Not only is it delicious (when I make it with my usual stevia and almond milk), it’s also an absolute powerhouse when it comes to skin health.

Turmeric has been used for centuries as a medicinal spice due to its strong anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is very high in curcumin, which has been proven to delay aging. In fact, its anti-inflammatory powers are as strong as some drugs. When your body is in a state of inflammation, it exacerbates common skin ailments like acne, eczema and rosacea. I’ve really noticed huge difference with my increased consumption of this spice. I even bought the actual spice to add the quinoa or brown rice which is super tasty.

One quick note though; in order for turmeric to be most effective, it should be consumed with black pepper; the pepper makes it easier for your body to absorb the curcumin. The tea I buy has turmeric, cinnamon as well as black pepper, making it perfect. When I cook with turmeric I just make sure to add a dash of pepper.

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This is the kind I buy – It’s DELICIOUS

I believe that turmeric is truly a power spice that everyone can benefit from. It’s so good fro your health as well as your skin! If tea isn’t up your ally, definitely try cooking with this golden spice; and if you hate the flavour, there are always supplements.

Is there a particular food or tea that you guys feel works wonders on your skin internally?

Love,

Tabitha

 

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How I Trick Myself into Drinking More Water

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CHUG THAT H2O

Hello Lovelies!!

Hope you’re all doing well! I’m back now with a new post on a subject that I feel very strongly about. Summer has been relentless, the heat has been stifling and of course that means that a girl’s gotta amp up her hydration game. Water is absolutely crucial for keeping your body healthy and skin moist. It helps to flush out toxins, thus keeping your skin clear and youthful-looking. Now, I’m lucky because I truly love the taste of water. Is that weird?? I think it’s the absolute most refreshing, clear-tasting drink on the planet. I think it has to do with the fact that I was never really into pop, even as a child; my parents always gave me water, and thus I grew to love it. I know that this is not the case for everyone, so I have some tips that will help you to drink more water and stay hydrated without JUST drinking water. Alright, here we go.

Tea – I love tea. David’s tea is literally my happy place. My mom often complains about how much tea I buy since it takes up so much room in our pantry. Oops. Anyways, tea has numerous health benefits depending on which type of tea you get, and it’s a great way to keep your body hydrated. My personal favourites are spearmint tea (GREAT for acne-prone skin), green tea, ginger tea and tulsi tea.

Fruit water – I love adding fruits into my water. Not only does it amp up your plain jane water, it’s amazing for your skin. It tastes great too, and you can get really creative with different combinations and such. I like lemon, lime, mint and strawberry. Strawberry and basil is an amazing combination as well.

Buy a pretty water container – as crazy as this sounds, it really works. If I have a sweet looking water bottle that I love, I’m way more likely to pull it out and drink more water. There are some gorgeous ones out on the market right now, from plastic ones, to the better for the planet glass ones. Buy one that you love!

Start your morning with tons of water – a lot of people struggle with remembering to drink water throughout the day, which is totally understandable as life can get busy and hectic. So why not get most of to over with in the morning? Drink two glasses of water in the morning before breakfast, or better yet, have a huge mug of warm lemon water. One, it’s amazing for your health and digestion, two, it really wakes you up, and three, you don’t have to worry as much throughout the day.

On that same note…

End you day with water – Not right before bed of course because that could disrupt your sleep, but an hour or so after your dinner, chug a glass or two. Or you can opt for some herbal tea too, which provides some added relaxation benefits.

Eat hydrating fruits and veggies – this is a great tip if you absolutely deplore water. Instead of drinking endless amount of liquid, why not try eating your way to hydration? I recommend cucumber, melon, celery, strawberries, and lettuce. Which leads to my last point…

Smoothies – I adore smoothies and they are without doubt one of the best ways to hydrate your body. If you make one with water, you’re getting the benefits of both the water as well as the fruits and veggies which will both work to keep you healthy and hydrated. There are endless amazing smoothie recipes on the internet, and I’ll even link my favourite one here.

And there you have it guys! I hope this was helpful. If you guys have any tips that I didn’t mention be sure to let me know in the comments as I would love to know! 🙂

Love,

Tabitha

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How I deal with Skin Irritations

Hello Lovelies,

So today I’m going to be including a little bit of story time into this post.

The other day, while waiting for my usual bus ride to work, my skin took quite the beating. I was ambling towards my bus stop, earphones in, listening to James Bay (<3), when I saw that the entire area surrounding my stop was full of construction. There was a huge bulldozer and some construction guys fixing the sidewalks. Dust was in the air, and despite taking my allergy medication earlier that morning, I immediately felt the onslaught of a mild reaction. That was strike one.

Concerned that my bus would be taking a detour, I asked the construction workers if they knew if the bus was still scheduled to arrive, to which they answered “Of course, just be sure to stand here!” They directed me to an undisturbed patch of sidewalk. Okay. So because I’m a paranoid person, I call the bus company to confirm that the bus is still coming to which they too say “Of course! We don’t have any detours scheduled at that stop, so all should be a go!”

“Are you sure?” I ask. “Maybe I should go to another stop…?”

“No, no, everything should be fine.”

You can imagine the look on my face when the bus I was waiting for soars on by without a single glance in my direction.

Now, not only am I late to work, I need to go to a completely different stop, which sucks, but hey, I can deal. I’m a flexible, calm woman (Or so I kept telling myself). I let my work know that I’m going to be late, and I proceed to wait at the other stop. And then it becomes CRAZY WINDY. Like mother nature’s way of trying to blast off my skin windy. So I waited in this wind for literally twenty-five minutes, and by the end of the day, my face was ravaged.

This is my life of having super sensitive skin, and if this sounds like you as well, I have some helpful tips that will help to heal these annoying irritations.

  1. Skip the chemical-laden liquid foundations – You can return to these once your skin is back to normal, but in the meantime, it’s best to go make-up free or stick to mineral powder (which is what I did).
  2. Use gentle creams – I always use paraben and fragrance free skincare, but it’s especially important if your skin has had a reaction. I personally love Avene skincare because they have tons of moisturizers that create a comfortable environment for your skin to heal. This is the one I’m using at the moment.
  3. Keep your diet super clean – Now is not the time to indulge in cupcakes and chips. The sugar and bad fats will only worsen your skin, so be sure to eat lots of veggies, fruits and stick to whole grains. Eat a ton of healing skin foods! I particularly love to drink healing smoothies like this one.
  4. Don’t stress out about it – This is the hardest part, but believe me, your mind is powerful. Staying positive and relaxed will help your skin heal much faster.
  5. Try some Rosehip or Seabuckthorn oil – Both of these oils are all natural ways that really help to heal and replenish your skin. Both are fantastic to use at night under your moisturizer. right now I’m using rosehip oil and I LOVE it.
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This is the brand I’ve been using and it’s my most favorite rosehip oil!

I hope that this post will help any of you who suffer from skin irritations like I do! If you have found some magical cure that works for you, please be sure to let me know 🙂

Love,

Tabitha

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