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ASHTON'S 5 STAPLES FOR GLOWING SKIN 16 Dec 2013

Ashton

Have you seen her?  Talk about having a radient glow!  Lithe Instructor Ashton Osby and I were recently chatting about beauty rituals, and I quickly realized that not only is she the picture of health, she is a product junkie with a real passion for beauty and skin care.  She shares her 5 staples for getting that glowing aura:

1. Flax Seed-My mornings start with flaxseeds; the high fiber content gives me energy and keeps me full on those rushed mornings. I use ground flaxseed in smoothies, oatmeal, and quinoa porridge. The omega-3s have the added benefit of supporting healthy skin, hair, and nails. For the curly haired girls-after your leave in conditioner, rub a pea sized amount of little flax oil in your hair. It will lock in moisture without weighing down curls or appearing oily.

2. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment-I started using this face mask three months ago and can't stop raving about it. This face mask uses microbeads and fruit enzymes (papaya, pineapple, and pumpkin) to gently buff away dead skin cells. A little goes a long way! Have you ever had dry skin after using a face mask? ExfoliKate has honey and vitamin E to combat dryness. This mask gives my combination/oily skin a nice rosy glow and overall smooth appearance. Honestly, this two minute face mask blows away some of the facials I've had! Pro tip: use it in the shower when your pores are already open, and use a face oil afterwards to really lock in moisture during those dry winter months.

3. Tumeric Tea-I got into using turmeric after cooking different lentil based recipes. The earthy, yet peppery turmeric root is speculated to be a natural anti-inflammatory; I think it to help me unwind after a busy day. Heidi Swanson's blog, 101 Cookbooks, has a more exact recipe for turmeric tea. I eyeball it by placing one spoonful of honey and a couple of healthy pinches of turmeric in a mug. Stir until it makes a paste, then pour hot water over the mixture. It's really fun to experiment with different flavors-my go to is adding ginger and lemon. Sometimes, I add cinnamon and nutmeg to the base for a hot apple cider taste.

4. Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer-My main skin concern is uneven complexion. Until about a year ago, I had frequent breakouts; now those acne scars have turned into dark spots. While daily use of sunscreen certainly helps fade some spots, others are more stubborn. At night, I use this Perricone moisturizer with antioxidants and vitamin C to even out skin tone. It's lightweight, yet immensely hydrating; no greasy residue here!

5. Ginger Root- Ginger is one of my favorite spices! There's something calming about ginger-it helps with digestion, aids circulation, and supports the immune system. I always have this root on hand in the kitchen.


Images via google, brand websites, 101 cookbooks (adapted for FHH) and Lithe Instructor Ashton Osby in LA via Ashton

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Mmmm turmeric tea sounds amazing! I love some fresh ginger and lemon tea, especially in the winter, and I can't wait to try turmeric to kick it up a notch. Thanks for the tip, Ashton!

P.S. You look like a rockstar in that photo!

I literally just finished a cup of this same turmeric tea. So good!

I turmeric in green smoothies and I also make a turmeric/greek yogurt mask. Now I'm going to try to the tea!

Thanks for the compliment Lindsay!

Marianna-The tea is delicious! Just be careful- I've lost two shirts to turmeric stains. Oof.

Julia-I've never thought to put it in green smoothies! Will have to give it a try.

Mind sharing your secret to kicking those face breakouts last year? Your skin is beautiful! !!

Not at all Jen! Last year, my breakouts were not only in the same areas, but reoccurring in the same pores. I tried a couple different combinations of cleansers with glycolic and salicylic acids, but no dice. Frustrated, I went to my doctor. Because it appeared to be the same pores having issues she prescribed me a topical antibiotic lotion (Cleocin-T). I used the lotion for a little under three months and it cleared up. It seems the lotion balanced out whatever was going on in those pores, because I haven't really had to use it since. The generic version is super cheap. Might be worth asking your doctor about if you are interested.

I think you sold me on the Kate Somerville. Sounds like it is exactly what I need to deal with the pesky dry skin patches that pregnancy is handing to me.

Is there a face oil you recommend?

Hey Catherine! I know we spoke about face oils last week, but just in case anyone else was interested...

-A lot of people love the Josie Maran oils, though I haven't had a lot of experience with it. My mother is pretty obsessed with it and likes to use it on her face and hair. She has flawless skin and thick, healthy hair!
-I like the Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil. There's a small rollerball version that makes it easy to tuck into your bag for on the go use.
-Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil. This one is definitely a splurge; it is quite a bit more than the other face oils. I like it because it absorbs quickly, is lightweight, and helps even out skin texture.

Since pregnancy can make women sensitive/need to avoid certain ingredients, it would be best to check with your doctor before using new skincare products. Hope this helps!

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