Anti-Aging Benefits of Chia for Holistic Skincare with Bonus Recipe!

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The oil extracted from chia seeds has incredible beauty benefits, too. Not only are they rich in precious Omega-3 fatty acids − they're also intensely anti-inflammatory, calming and antioxidant rich, which means that chia oil is a good bet for restoring vital moisture, diminishing redness and inhibiting wrinkles.Nicholas Perricone, MD

It's amazing how eating one simple tiny little seed can be so good for not only your health but your skin! Even more amazing is how the seeds give texture to food, are bursting with nutrition and anti-aging properties, and don't alter the taste of the food you add them to. You've seen crackers and chips with chia. They make awesome puddings that mimic tapioca pudding and they can be added to cakes, energy and granola bars, oatmeal, bread, salad dressings, yogurt, smoothies, you name it! (Scrolll all the way down for recipes!)

And the more you eat chia, the better your skin looks. Here are just a few of the fantastic gifts chia lends your organic skincare regimen: (Read all the way down for a most excellent chia pudding recipe that's super easy, too!)

  1. Wrinkle fighting with Vitamin E. Chia is rich in vitamin E which is a potent antioxidant and fights inflammation and wrinkles. Some companies extract the oil from chia to apply to your skin but the best way to derive the benefits from chia oil is to consume the chia seeds whole. Oil extraction involves a process that results in a product that is not all that easily assimilated by your body.
  2. Prevention of acne, redness and lifeless skin with blood sugar stabilization in three ways:
    1. "Chia seeds help to slow down the digestion process and the "jelly" coating that develops when they're exposed to liquids is thought to prevent blood sugar spikes, which can lead to weight gain." – Nicholas Perricone
    2. The fiber in chia keeps your blood sugar stable and prevents surges in your insulin levels. When your insulin levels drop, your skin takes a major hit possibly resulting in acne, redness, or lifeless appearing skin.
    3. With presence of magnesium: Magnesium also helps regulate your blood sugar.
  3. Hormone balance which promotes youthful, clear skin in three ways:
    1. With Omega-3 fatty acid content: Just as fish oils contain beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids which combat acne and wrinkles and help regulate hormone balance, chia seeds provide the same but with less volume consumed. Eat just two tablespoons of chia seeds to get the same amount of benefit that four ounces of salmon provides. You'll also notice other side benefits such as more healthy beautiful hair and nails and if you've been prone to depression, the Omega-3 fatty acids in chia will assist in this arena too.
    2. With presence of magnesium: Magnesium serves to keep your hormone levels healthy which in turn creates beautiful healthy skin.
    3. With presence of potassium: Potassium also helps keep hormone levels in check leading to more beautiful unstressed, lively looking skin.
  4. Toning and anti-aging effect from abundance of zinc in chia. Zinc is known to help skin become more taut and supple so chia provides an obvious anti-aging effect. Other benefits include reducing skin inflammation and acne.
  5. Blood circulation assisted by magnesium creates beautiful radiant skin. Did you know that only cacao contains more plant-based magnesium than virtually any other source?
  6. The protein in chia and its protein synthesis created by its phosphorous content is vital to healthy tissue generation. The protein in chia is not particularly high but it is highly absorbable by the body as an excellent plant-based protein and so quality rather than quantity is key with the protein content in chia.
  7. Potassium in chia helps prevent bloating and puffiness. Sometimes our face gets bloated and puffing looking because of poor diet and lack of nutrition. Potassium helps ensure this doesn't happen!

Join the chia craze! You won't be disappointed and your skin will love you for it!

Vanilla Chia Pudding Recipe (However this lovely pudding can be flavored any way you want!)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond milk (Scroll down to learn how to easily make your own fresh, all living almond milk to far surpass what you can buy in the stores!)
  • 2/3 cup chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons of your favorite sweetner (raw blue agave is nice)
  • 3/4 teaspoon of high quality pure vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Stir together the chia seeds, almond milk and vanilla extract, mixing well.
  • Let soak for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring the mixture every five minutes or so until it achieves a pudding consistency.
  • If necessary, add more almond milk if the pudding gets too thick for your liking.
  • Finally, add in the sweetener, chill and serve garnished with chopped fruit, nuts, coconut flakes or spices.

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Fresh-Made Almond Milk Recipe

  • 1 cup raw organic imported almonds (Try not to buy California almonds. Even though they say they are raw, they are flash pasteurized. Imported Sicilian or Spanish almonds have much more integrity and taste fantastic!)
  • 2 cups of fresh, pure water (can be room temp) for soaking the almonds
  • 2 cups of fresh, pure, chilled water
  • nut bag

How to:

  • Soak one cup of almonds in the room temp water for at least four hours; you can soak them in the fridge if you prefer.
  • Drain and rinse the almonds very well and place in a high speed blender, preferably a Vitamix.
  • Add the 2 cups of chilled water and run on high speed for approximately 45 seconds.
  • Pour into a nut bag and squeeze out your beautiful fresh almond milk into a bowl. Transfer to a jar and chill immediately.

20 Tips for "No Makeup" Beauty

  1. Live in harmony with the seasons; according to the ancient Chinese Internal Medicine classic called the Neijing, living in harmony with the seasons is one of the most powerful things we can do to resist disease!
  2. Stimulate circulation in the face with the simple face massage technique in the video to the right with PHYTO5® Institute's Director and Trainer Gina Cassisi Canas.
  3. Exfoliate regularly; check out our blog post of April 29, 2016 for one super cheap way you might not have thought of!
  4. Moisturize; check out our May 2, 2016 blog post.
  5. Use a serum to hydrate, mineralize, restructure, provide antioxidants, and tone and lift the skin.
  6. Drink hot water and lemon for fresh skin.
  7. Get enough sleep and take naps if you feel to.
  8. Vitamin C works wonders for beauty and vitality; it's probably the least understood vitamin with the most potential.
  9. Get the right nutrition. What you eat shows up on your face. Go vegetarian and better yet, go vegan. Let a plant-based diet radiate through your skin.
  10. Practice good grooming habits. Use natural origin products wherever possible–without synthetic ingredients including synthetic fragrance.
  11. Adopt a casual look. Then when your hair looks a bit messy, you did it on purpose!
  12. Detoxify. Drink detox teas and green juices.
  13. Add a little lip gloss every day.
  14. Drink water (and consume high water content foods) to glow, right through your skin!
  15. Practice eyebrow grooming. Stop plucking and work with the natural shape of your eyebrows. Get them waxed inexpensively by a professional or check out eyebrow threading. It's becoming more popular and has been effectively practiced for thousands of years.
  16. Apply a bit of natural, organic castor oil to your eyelashes for six weeks and notice the results.
  17. Practice yoga, tai chi or qi gong.
  18. Smile.
  19. Watch your posture. Nothing is more beautiful than erect posture. It signals confidence and inherent beauty.
  20. Own it. Own who you are, own your age, own your style, own your method of dress. Double down! Believe in yourself.

Moms Totally Deserve Swiss-Made Organic Skincare

Check out our updated Special Mother's Day Offer at the end of this blog post!

Switzerland is one of, if not, the most industrialized nations in the world. It’s no wonder then that a whole host of products bear the internationally renowned "Swiss-made" stamp of integrity, including skincare... including PHYTO5® energetic holistic skincare!

☛While some companies boast "Swiss-made" when only a certain percentage of their product was actually manufactured in Switzerland, PHYTO5® skincare is 100% "Fabriqué en Suisse" (Made in Switzerland)!

You should get some! Check out our Ageless La Cure line for Mother's Day (anti-aging as the name implies) and get FREE shipping on any size order (Enter Code FREESHIP).

💐PLUS! In honor of Mother's Day get 20% off Ageless La Cure's Facial Serum and Cream Kit (awarded the Prize for Innovation, 2013 by “Les Nouvelles Esthétiques,” Canada and again received the same award in 2014 for the entire Ageless line). Enter code MOM at checkout. You can even enter both the MOM and FREESHIP codes on your order!

Mother's Day offer/code MOM good until May 10, 2016. Free shipping code FREESHIP good any time.

 

 

Pictured above, Laboratoire Gibro, S.A. where PHYTO5® energetic holistic skincare is made.

The Single Most Effective Way to Exfoliate... and Cheap, too!

Exfoliate your skin if:

  • you want your skin to glow...
  • you want your skin to stay supple longer...
  • you want to keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay...
  • you want to prevent blemishes and acne.

Exfoliating the skin frequently removes the layer of old dead skin cells making way for new cells and rejuvenation. Without exfoliation, your skin may appear dry, rough, dull and lifeless. With exfoliation, your skin looks bright, radiant, supple, and smooth.

Get the most out of your moisturizer by preparing the skin through gentle exfoliation.

COST SAVING TIP!

You can buy exfoliating skincare products but you've got an exfoliating tool on hand right now that is probably one of the best exfoliators you can find.

Your washcloths and even your bath towels are made to not just cleanse or dry the skin, but to brush those old skin cells away.

And don't use fabric softener on your towels! You'll only defeat their purpose!

Use your bath towels to slough away dried, dead skin cells after your bath or shower and your wash cloth to gently massage your favorite cleanser on your face.

Using terrycloth is the single most effective way to exfoliate and it's so inexpensive, too!

#holistic #skincare #natural #beauty #organic #consciousliving #Swiss

Your Skin Is a Diagnosis Tool

Our appearance reflects our inner health. Very often, what we first see with skin, hair and nails is simply a reflection of inner imbalances.
— Ann Louise Gittleman, MS, CNS, Author of The Living Beauty Detox Program (Harper, San Francisco, 2000)

Deficiency and/or Toxicity Shows Up on the Face:

The skin is the last organ of the body to receive vitamins and minerals so chronic acne, pimples or dryness, for example, often signal nutritional deficiencies. Breakouts can also mean your body is being overloaded with toxins and certain organs may be working overtime to discharge them.

"Skin acts sometimes as a secondary elimination route for either the intestines or the liver, which are intimately connected with the removal of bodily waste," Gittleman says.

So if breakouts, patches, discoloration or irritation show up on the skin, take it as a sign something's out of balance. Either a cleanse is in order or a better diet!

5 Great Detoxifiers for Skin and Body:

  • Soft Clay
  • Algae
  • Sea salt
  • Antioxidants
  • Charcoal

According to Chinese medical philosophy, certain areas of the tongue reflect the health of internal organs:

Tip of the tongue: Heart, lungs
Center: Stomach, intestines
Roots: Kidneys
Sides: Liver, gallbladder

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The skin of certain parts of the body reflect the health of these internal organs:

Nose: Heart
Cheek: Lungs, stomach
Forehead: Intestines
Lips: Intestines
Chin: Reproductive organs
Under eyes: Kidneys
Between brows: Liver

 

The Energy of Spring Can Help You Lose Weight!

During Spring, we focus on the Wood element in the philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the liver and gall bladder organs and meridians.

Follow these simple tips to beautifully harmonize with the Spring season:

◆ Rest and go inward as much as possible. Your time to get up and go in Summer is just around the corner.

◆ If you'd like to lose weight, take advantage of Spring's natural easing of appetite and work with your body's desire to move energy with increased activity.

◆ Do a simple daily cleanse during the Spring for liver and gallbladder.

◆ Include bitter foods in your diet. (These are fruits, vegetables, and herbs having a sharp, pungent taste or smell; not sweet.)

◆ Nourish your liver daily or as often as possible with hot/warm water and lemon.

◆ Take daily walks in the morning sunlight.

◆ Apply Wood Phyt'ether to the liver and gallbladder zones on the face; apply Yang Body Gel to the outside of the legs stimulating circulation on the gallbladder meridian.

◆ Apply the CERESAL Wheat (day cream) for the energy of Spring: Extract of wheat, and essential oils of lemon and rosemary activate the natural defenses of the skin to combat the effects of poor diet and/or lack of cellular oxygenation. Good for oily skin, it is antiseptic, toning and stimulating. For protection from high and low pressures and windy and changeable weather associated with Spring.

 

Green Up!

Not only is GREEN the 5-Element color for the Spring season and Wood element and the color of plants that sprout in the Spring, it's the color of the food we're smart to consume during the season.

During Spring, we focus on bringing the liver and gall bladder organs and meridians into balance.

Consume these green foods during the Spring season to rejuvenate your liver!

🌱Drink green juices made of leafy greens, cucumber and a bit of green apple.

🌱Really go for it and drink an ounce or so of fresh-pressed wheatgrass juice as often as your body tells you to.

🌱Add chlorophyll-rich foods to your smoothies like barley grass, chlorella, spirulina, blue green algae, ceremonial grade matcha green tea, parsley, kale and spinach.

🌱Drink hot mint tea to soothe the liver's chi energy.

🌱Eat more green "bitters" like rye, romaine, asparagus, endive and dandelion greens which will also help to alleviate springtime allergies.

The energetic season of the Wood element (Spring) ends April 17.

The energetic season of the Wood element (Spring) ends April 17.