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Cranberries for Vibrant (Skin) Health

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Cranberries are superfoods that contain a plethora of antioxidants. This gives them the ability to fight free radicals that damage (skin) cell integrity. They also contain large amounts of Vitamin C which supports the production of collagen an essential aspect to the creation of  firm, toned, vibrant skin. Cranberries also help support the immune system and are used internally to help decrease certain kinds of bacteria. Being rich in enzymes that support the exfoliation of your skin leaving it bright and radiant. 

For Your Outside:
Topically, cranberry is a natural exfoliant so it can help dry flakey skin in the Winter and most other skin types year round. Oily acne skins will also benefit from cranberries exfoliation properties and antioxidant action.  Since cranberries also contain a lot of vitamin C they can help support skins collagen production which keeps the skin plump and youthful throughout your lifetime.  

 Using cranberry topically is as easy as saturating a cotton swab with 100% juice wiping it across clean skin, allowing it to penetrate for a few minutes then rinsing it off.  Or try the mask below.  It'll smooth and soften  all skin types, leaving your skin with a healthy winter glow.

 

Cranberry Exfoliating Mask for Glowing Winter Skin* 

  •  Small Handful Fresh Cranberries**
  •  Small Piece Fresh Aloe (inner filet) or 1-2 TBS equivalent juice.
  • 1 Small  Banana 
  • 1/8 tsp Spirulina (optional) 

Place all ingredients in a small blender to make a pulp. Conversely, chop cranberries finely then mash together with banana and other ingredients. Spread an even layer of mask over clean skin, being careful around the eye area. Leave on 5- 10 minutes, rinse with cool water, pat dry with towel.  Follow with a spritz of Essential Toner and appropriate serum or moisturizer.

Makes enough for 2-3 applications. it will keep in the fridge for about a week so you'll have enough to do a mini spa series at home.  It's also really nice to cover your neck and chest with the mask while soaking in your favorite bath.

**Sensitive skin use less cranberries. Oily/Acne skin use a little more cranberry &  a little less banana.

For Your Insides:

Make these with fresh cranberries if at all possible. The crisp, 
tart burst will be well worth any extra effort.

Cranberry Bites

Cranberry Almond Bites
Serves 12

1/2 c. Almonds
1/3 c. Coconut Flakes
1/3 c. Oats
1/4 c. Pumpkin Seeds
1 TBS. Flax (ground)
1/4 tsp. Cardamom Powder
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon Powder
1 tsp. Ginger Powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
3 TBS Maple Syrup, Brown Rice Syrup or a combination of the two
1 TBS Coconut Oil
1/3 - 1/2 cup cranberries, fresh chopped* or dried.
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Lightly toast almonds, coconut, oats and pumpkin seeds in a 350* oven (about 8 minutes). When cool grind into a semi fine meal using a food processor or coffee grinder (sans any coffee particles). Mix in the spices, salt, flax powder, syrup and coconut oil. Add more oil or syrup as needed to make into a workable dough. When well combined add cranberries. Chill in the fridge for about an hour, then roll dough into tablespoon size balls. These can then be left "naked" or rolled in powdered cocoa, coconut, or matcha.

*If using fresh berries store in fridge. They will keep for about a week. 
**Raw cacao nibs would also be a yummy addition. 

Apple Radiance Tea

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Eat Apples for Beautiful Skin
Apples contain many skin-friendly nutrients. The high amount of vitamin C in apples stimulates collagen synthesis and, according to David Wolf Nutrition Expert and Author, “Vitamin C speeds up skin's cell production, which makes you look radiant, and strengthens hair and nails. Apples also contain B vitamins, like B5 and B9, proven to combat acne and irritation.” Rich in numerous other vitamins, minerals & antioxidants including Vitamin A & Copper, apples are superior for protecting from the skin from the effects of free radical damage such as wrinkles, dark spots, and fine lines. Apples also have been proven to help to improve heart, lung, immune and neurological health.  ALWAYS eat the skin of the apple as they contain at least    20% more nutrients. 

 

 

Apple Radiance Tea

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  • 4½ c. purified water
  • 1 large apple—cut into wedges skin, seeds and core
  • 2 Ceylon cinnamon sticks
  • 2-inch piece of fresh turmeric-cut into chunks OR 1 teaspoon turmeric powder 
  • 2 inch piece fresh ginger— cut into chunks
  • 2 tsp. virgin coconut oil 
  • 1/8 tsp. (or less) cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. black peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • fresh lemon juice
  • raw (local) honey
  • green tea (optional) 

Bring first 8 ingredients to a boil, simmer at least 20 minutes.  Strain tea and add vanilla. Serve with a squeeze of lemon and honey to taste. Can be kept in the fridge for about a week. You can also steep a bag of green tea in your finished tea for extra anti-oxidant protection. 

Autumn Essentials

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During autumn it’s important to remember our skin is changing. The additional oil that your skin produced for protection during the heat of the summer is beginning to disappear (draw in) and, as the air is becoming colder (drier), it’s easy for the skin to become irritated. In the fall it’s common to notice flare ups of acne, eczema, and dry patches as our skin adjusts from summer to winter. Exfoliation, hydration, and protection are some of the most important ways you can support your skin during the autumn. A little extra attention now will insure your skin has a strong foundation to stay vibrant and healthy all winter long.

 

Autumn Survival Kit - $80
luminous beauty products to support your skin this fall

 

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Illuminating Cleansing Powder:Exfoliates the skin and supports regeneration. Use daily during the transition for most skin types. Sensitive skin 3- 5x per week. 

Firming Mask: Stimulates circulation, cellular regeneration and provides gentle exfoliation through natural sources of AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids). Use 3- 4 times a week in the evening after cleansing, followed by Intensive Repair Serum.

Intensive Repair Serum: Stimulates skin healing, nourishes newly forming skin cells, also good for dry patches, feels really good. Use morning and evening after toning.

Beauty Balm: Deeply nourishes and protects the skin as it transitions into winter. Ideally used on your face during the day (a little bit goes a long way). Can be used all over (face & body) as desired. An excellent treatment for dry patches and eczema.

Desertscape Body Polish: Whole body exfoliant, helps detoxify, cleanse and energetically protect during transition. Also makes a lovely bath soak - add a tablespoon to your bath water and enjoy!

Thai 4 Element Body Oil: Creates balance and strength in all body systems. For a quick  balancing treatment massage Thai 4 Element Oil into the back of your neck, shoulders, hips, low back and feet.

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Aligning self care to the season is imperative for personal vitality. During the transitional seasons we are likely to experience additional stress in our bodies. It’s important to stay connected to both internal and external self care. Feed yourself nutritious whole food like soups, stews and warm spiced teas. With the cooler, shorter days remember to still get outside, breathe fresh air & soak in some sunlight. Reflect and enjoy rich memories created this summer and begin to invite the journey to stillness that winter offers.