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5 Essential Skin Care Rules You Should Never Break

5 Essential Skin Care Rules You Should Never Break

We all dream of having healthy, clear, beautiful and youthful skin. There so many products in the market for skin care that it is difficult to know which one to use to take care of our skin, or if the expensive skin treatments are well worth.

But the truth is that you don’t need to buy a lot of expensive products and treatments to have beautiful skin. You can just keep it simple. If you want to feel good in your skin without wasting too much money, stick with these skin care habits for healthy skin:

  • Drink plenty of water

It might seem obvious, but most people don’t drink enough water. Yet this is the most important thing you should do for your health. Start drinking purified and high-quality water and you will see quickly how your skin changes for the better. It is recommended to drink 2,5-liter water every day.

  • Eat organic, real foods.

The food that you are eating has an impact on your skin. This is why your diet and nutrition are super important. Organic food is the best to reduce your exposure to toxins, which decrease cell turnover (needed for healthy skin). Eat the foods that look like it does when it comes out of the ground and avoid processed foods or foods containing chemicals and additives.

  • Moisturize

Of course, beautiful skin means hydrated skin. You must moisturize daily your skin with a product adapted to your skin type. We recommend organic products with simple ingredients.

  • Sweat often.

Even if you are eating organic foods, you will be exposed to toxins through your environment and pollution. Hopefully, your body was designed to evacuate these toxins in several ways. One of the most important is through sweating. By sweating, you will clean your skin from toxins. Move, Sweat, and feel better in your skin!

  • Supplement your diet.

Even you are following a balanced diet, it is really difficult to get all the key nutrients you need, mainly due to our current farming methods. We recommend supplementing your diet with high-quality multivitamins high in vitamins A, C, E, D, K, B3, B5, choline, and folate.

Start with these 5 simple rules and you will see your skin respond in positive ways!

 

Forest Bathing: how nature can improve your quality of life

Forest Bathing: how nature can improve your quality of life

Life can be stressful and everybody needs to relax and pamper. Nature can totally be a loophole to escape problems. Indeed, researchers in Japan and South Korea have demonstrated that simply being surrounded by nature may improve your general health, by both reducing the feelings of stress and its impact on our body (cortisol, high blood pressure, energy) and minds (mood, sleep, focus). During the 1980s, forest therapy (named Shinrin-yoku) was developed in Japan and now the concept is spreading throughout the world.

The idea of forest bathing is that by spending quality time with nature, you can increase your mental and physical well-being. Of course, if you live in the city, it won’t be an easy task to incorporate aspects of forest bathing into your day, especially knowing that the recommended timing is 2-4 hours per session! But even if you manage to organize a longer nature chilling session one day per week, you can receive some health benefits.

How to do it?

Find a quiet place to settle yourself in the middle of nature (it might be in the forest, in a sprawling field, next to a river or even in the quiet corner of a park).

Obviously, pack away any distracting device (phone, camera, etc). Sit, take off your shoes, and breathe. The connection of your feet to the earth are really important to ground and connect.

Try to connect with nature with your five senses, one at a time by feeling, listening and touching the environment around you (listen to the tall grasses moving, the birds chirping, touch the grass, feel the sun on your skin, etc).

Spend the most time you can outdoors

Even if you live in the city, you can try to spend time outside and breathe fresh air (for example during your lunch outside if it’s a nice day). Exercising could be also a good opportunity to spend time outdoors. Go running or training in the park or in the garden! When you can do it, avoid the transports and go by foot!

Bring the nature in your house

If you don’t have access to natural spaces, invite nature to your place! This also forms part of the Shinrin-yoku therapy! Add plants, able to survive, in your living place, Moreover, plants clean the air you are breathing!

You can also opt for reed diffusers or essential oils (as cedar, fir, sandalwood or pine) or nature sounds (rainforests, ocean waves, crickets, etc). It’s also important to keep the air fresh and clean by opening the window (make the air circulate).

If you are interested in knowing more about this kind of therapy, you can read the book of Dr. Qing Li who digs into the Japanese concept of Shinrin-yoku (forest bathing).

 

Healthy Lunch on the go: Colorful Quinoa Salad

The best way to avoid eating junk foods during your lunch break is to come prepared. As I always advise my clients, leftovers can make the best lunches the very next day. However, if you are not into leftovers, how about a fresh and filling salad for packing a healthy lunch ?

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The Holistic Nutritionist’s: Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies

Yes, you read that right! Gluten free chocolate brownies! It is indeed possible to re-create a popular household favourite treat without any flour or dairy. Instead, you get to use black beans! No, you will not taste the beans at all in this delicious dessert. These Black Beans Brownies are one of my favourite healthy treats to make at home and to bring to any potluck. I love seeing people’s reaction when I tell them that they just ate some brownies made with no flour and with black beans instead. Their faces are simply priceless.  You don’t want to miss out on Sarah’s healthy and delicious brownies!

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