ASHTON'S 5 STAPLES FOR GLOWING SKIN 16 Dec 2013
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