Devour or Avoid

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Devour or Avoid: Foods you should and shouldn’t consume if you suffer from skin conditions

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15 June 2016
About inflamed skin conditions…
The immune system plays a vital role in maintaining the health of all tissues in the body. Usually the immune system’s reaction protects the body and aids healing. However, the immune system’s reaction is misdirected at healthy tissues and causes intense inflammation and damage.
Often an immune reaction is triggered by substances a person touches or eats, but it can be difficult to pin point why the immune system reacts.

Causes can be topical irritants such as perfumes, soaps, washing powders, cosmetics, dyes, detergents, mold, animal hair, pollen, temperature, dust & dust mites, nickel, chemicals, latex, wool, synthetic fibers, mineral oils, bacterial or fungal pathogens.
“I often find that a person who has eczema has multiple allergies combined. Food and topical allergens often coincide with each another” Grace Barnes, Naturopath, Face Plus Medispa, Bondi Beach.
Natural solutions?
Avoid in food allergies:
Common food allergens associated with skin disorders are:
• gluten
• dairy
• eggs
• soy
• corn
• peanuts and
• artificial additives, preservatives and colors.
You can avoid these for 2 weeks then slowly reintroduce one food group every week to determine if a flare-up occurs.
Replace inflammatory saturated fats:
Replace foods such as meat products and dairy with the anti-inflammatory unsaturated fats such as those from deep sea fish, avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts and all seeds particularly flaxseed, chia and hemp seeds. Increasing consumption of these foods will also increase selenium, vitamin D, zinc and other helpful nutrients that support good skin health.
Increase fruits and vegetables:
The increase in fresh fruit and veggies will increase the intake of Vitamin C, bioflavonoids, iron, carotenoids and vitamin E which are important anti-inflammatory foods.
Juicing can improve overall skin appearance and reduce various types of inflammation in the body. “I am a massive fan of juicing, especially in winter. I recommend a 3-5 day juice cleanse every 4-8 weeks to clean house and keep a solid glow” says Grace.
Consume healthy probiotics:
Eating fermented foods can be very helpful or taking a probiotic supplement. Studies indicate that some probiotics such as L. Rhamnosus can reduce infant atopic dermatitis significantly. A healthy gut is a healthy body with glowing skin!
Inflamed skin can also be associated with a high incidence of unbeneficial microbes such as candida in the digestive tract.
Avoid sugar and processed foods:
These have a vast impact on our immune health and our gut health. These foods will aggravate any type of allergy drastically and will increase inflammatory skin ailments. Sugar is the worst culprit of all.
Drink plenty of filtered water:
Filtered water aids detoxification and elimination of waste. The skin is a large eliminative organ and it is very important to drink plenty of water to flush out toxins.
Exercise that gets you sweating also aids elimination through the skin and improves lymphatic circulation. Exercise helps reduce stress which is a major factor for eczema.
Herbal Teas:
Don’t underestimate the power of herbal tea infusions!! Chamomile tea, licorice tea, nettle tea, albizia tea and/or calendula tea and drinking Aloe Vera gel can reduce inflammation.
Stress less:
Always a factor with any type of chronic disease, stress will increase inflammation in the body over a long-period of time. There are studies indicating that massage, meditation and relaxation techniques can reduce symptoms experienced.
Excellent skin foods:
Coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, rosehip oil, argan oil, natural vitamin E oil and if it is good for your skin it will also be good to put on your hair and even eat for improved skin health.
To make an appointment with our Wellness Expert:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
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Cleanse Inner Beauty Powder

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Product of the Week: Cleanse Inner Beauty Powder

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The Beauty Chef’s Cleanse, Inner Beauty Powder is a comprehensive super-greens supplement designed to help detox and purify your body on the inside, promoting smoother, clearer skin on the outside.
Power ingredients like chickpeas, adzuki beans, mung beans, lentils and organic sprouted pea powder provide fibre to aid the elimination process and help remove toxins from the body. additionally, broccoli, beetroot, kale, rosemary, St Mary’s Thistle, dandelion, spinach, nettle, lemon, collared greens and a unique phyto-greens blend including spirulina and barley grass work to support the liver’s second phase of detoxification, while a super-blast of digestive enzymes balances gut health.

The result is a broad-spectrum, natural probiotic that supports the cleansing of your liver and internal organs to promote healthy, radiant skin.
Dairy free, sugar free, nut free and unpasteurised with no artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives, each tub of Cleanse Inner Beauty Powder contains 21 x 7g serves and can be mixed with 250ml of water, coconut water or blended into your favourite smoothie.
“Although the skin is the body’s largest elimination organ, it is one of the last places in the body to receive nutrients, and one of the first to suffer,” said Carla Oates, founder of The Beauty Chef. “If your complexion looks clogged or congested, chances are your liver is, too. that’s why we’ve used traditional liver herbs in the cleanse formula, which, when combined with digestive enzymes, our other hero ingredients and The Beauty Chef’s unique fermentation process, creates an incredibly powerful powder that cleanses and nourishes you on the inside, to promote skin health and radiance on the outside.”
Cleanse Inner Beauty Powder Recipe
Minted Avocado & Cacao Smoothie Recipe
Serves 1 (makes just over 1 cup)

1/ 4 large ripe avocado, flesh scooped out
1 large handful fresh mint leaves, plus extra, to garnish (optional)
1 small handful baby spinach leaves
1/ 2 cup (125 ml) almond milk
1/ 4 frozen banana
4 ice cubes
1 medjool date, pitted
cacao nibs, to serve (optional)
½ tea spoon Cleanse Inner Beauty Powder
Cacao Sauce
1/ 4 cup (60 ml) boiling water
1 1/ 2 tablespoons cacao powder
1 medjool date, pitted
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/ 4 teaspoon vanilla bean powder pinch Himalayan salt

To make the cacao sauce, place all of the ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine. Set aside for 5 minutes, or until the date has softened.
Place the mixture into a high-speed blender & blend until smooth. Transfer back into the bowl and set aside to cool.
Rinse the blender.
Place the avocado, mint, spinach, milk, banana, ice and date in the high-speed blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.
To serve, drizzle cacao sauce around the inside rim of a glass and pour in avocado shake. Or simply top with cacao sauce and stir through as you drink. Top with fresh mint or cacao nibs, if desired.
Drink immediately.
Store any remaining cacao sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
*Cacao sauce can be doubled or tripled and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a month for future use. Simply warm slightly to bring back to pouring consistency when required.

Recipe from The Beauty Chef

Cleanse Inner Beauty Powder
Cleanse Inner Beauty Powder

The CLEANSE, Inner Beauty Powder is available from all three clinics:
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Last the Distance: Winter Lips

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Make Your Winter Shade Last the Distance: Winter Lips

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15 June 2016
Winter, it is a love, hate relationship. We love winter because we can layer the fashion and we hate winter because it turns our skin into a flaky mess!
You are all going to relate to this… You apply your lipstick or gloss and in 30minutes to an hour the shade cracks, flakes and generally looks like you have food scraps on your face, slight exaggeration? Maybe
Just like skin, the lips need exfoliation and moisture for a smooth base for makeup application.
Below are some tips from make up artist, Rowena Maree, Face Plus Medispa on making your favourite winter lips shade, last the distance:
• With a wet face washer lightly rub your lips in a circular motion, this is great to do in the shower after the steam has helped to soften the skin. Another option is to use your tooth brush to brush your lips. Both these actions help to remove dry flaky skin and help create a smooth base for lip products.
• After exfoliating, you need to hydrate the lips with a soothing lip balm.
• Change of season and winter can really dry out the skin and lips, so make sure to drink lots of water and use hydrating skin and lip products.
Dark berry tones and a simple winged eyeliner are perfect for winter lips.
Once you’ve prepped your lips, why don’t you try the “ombre” lip? Here are the easy steps you can follow:
Winter Lips Ombre
• Line the lips using a dark Burgundy lip liner and colour in the outer corners of the lips, leaving a small section in the centre of the lips bare.
• Apply a red lipstick a few shades lighter than the lip liner in the section you have left bare. Rub lips together to slightly blend.
• Fix up the edges around the lips if they need it using a concealer that matches your skin tone. It gives a nice crisp lip line.
• Highlight the Cupids Bow using the Curtis Collection Radiant Glow Illuminator. You can use a small brush to apply a small amount along the lip line.
“Creating the darker edges on the lips with a lighter centre, and highlighting the cupids bow makes the lips look full and voluminous. Using matte lipsticks tend to have more staying power, but using a lip liner underneath any lipstick will definitely help it to last throughout the day” says, Rowena Maree, Face Plus Medispa, Bondi Beach.
Recommended products:
Winter Lips Plum Wine
Victoria Curtis, Velvet Lip Liner, Plum Wine – $29
Winter Lips Red Hot

Victoria Curtis, Lipstick, Red Hot – $33

Winter Lips Illuminator

Victoria Curtis, Radiant Glow Illuminator – $45

Winter Lips Highlight Pen
Victoria Curtis, Mineral illuminating highlight pen – $45
To make an appointment with our experienced #GlamSquad:
Rowena + Caterina
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Email: [email protected]
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