Acne can affect all of us, at any age. It’s not just for teenagers, and it’s not just on your face.
Your skin is a direct reflection of your health and diet, so eating a Naked diet can help your skin quality tremendously. Processed foods and too much sugar cause inflammation and swelling in all your tissues, most noticeably your skin.
Fortunately, you can clear up your skin from the inside and the outside. I use this topical mask to relieve and soothe that pesky pimple. Each ingredients serves a purpose.
- Nutmeg can reduce swelling and redness.
- Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Raw honey has antibiotic properties to help stop bacteria growth.
If you have sensitive skin, I would try to test a small area before trying this treatment.
1 tablespoon raw honey
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
The mixture should form a paste that looks very similar to melted chocolate. You can keep the mixture in a closed container in your fridge and use it whenever you see pesky blemishes making their way to the surface. Simple apply and let it sit for an hour and then wash it off.
I remember when my refrigerator was loaded with milk products. Gallons of it.
It was the main source of nutrition for my family. If we were out of milk, there was a panic amongst us- ” Quick, get to the store, or we will starve.” It wasn’t until I had to take action for my health that I realized that I was “lactose intolerant”- how did that happen? I’ve been drinking milk for 35 years, when did I become intolerant? Either way, I had to find alternatives to fulfill my milk quota- Rice milks, grain milks, and of course almond milk. I tried them all. It took a bit for my palate to adjust, and in time, I found that fresh almond milk suited my taste best.
It is true that “lactose intolerance“, is being realized all over our dairy consuming Nation. What once seemed like a discomfort for a small percentage, is quickly creeping up the charts as an issue for many. Even with warning signs that meat and dairy are contributing to the high levels of Osteoporosis (As many as 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and 34 million more have low bone mass), for years people have done little to change their diets. Slowly, in the past 3 years, the dairy consumption has been decreasing (milk sales are down 13%), and step in dairy free alternatives. Yeah!
Move over cow-Almond Milks have made it into the refrigerated dairy cases, (says the Wall Street Journal) and now taking over sales for our once “milk hungry” nation.
Even though we are becoming more privy to substitutions for our beloved milk, nothing beats the fresh quality of raw almond milks made from scratch. As we are inching our way to a healthier lifestyle, It is important to note, that we are still in transition. The ultimate treat to your health will be when we can purchase Raw (not roasted) almond milks in our dairy cases.
Here comes the Sun..dooden doo doo!
And I said, it’s alright….
“If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine” ~Morris West
The sun has long been taking the blame for increased rates of skin cancer, and long been forgotten as our vital source of vitamin D. People are relying on supplements that just aren’t making a difference. I’ve been hearing my whole life, “wear your sunscreen, cover yourself, you may get skin cancer”. “Watch out for the tanning rays, they will cause premature aging”, sun damage and a myriad of other ‘fear factors’ that led to the over-use of “toxic” sunscreens. Lucky for me, I’ve never been one to live in fear, and rely mostly on my own sensation when I am soaking up the suns rays. I never feel better then when I’m frolicking in the sunshine. But Fear is usually based on lack of information, so I have pulled some pertinent information and quotes so we can make decisions and choices in our lives.
“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air…”~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
I hope you enjoy what I’ve researched, it has been a positive boost for my love of “The Sunshine Vitamin”
- Research uncovered by Dr David G Williams [Alternatives, April 1993; 4: 22] shows that the sun is not the culprit, and hiding from the sun by using sunscreens can not only increase your chances of skin cancer, but it can increase your chances of all sorts of problems by interfering with vitamin D synthesis. Your primary source of vitamin D comes from the sun. The use of sunscreens interferes with our body’s natural synthesis of this vitamin and the increased use of sunscreens has created a deficiency of vitamin D
- “Those not getting sufficient sunshine to meet their vitamin D needs should take a supplement. Vitamin deficiency is epidemic in America, and it contributes not only to the development of osteoporosis but to increased cancer and heart disease as well.” – Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Cholesterol Protection for Life, New Expanded Edition
- “On the other hand, lack of sun exposure and subsequent vitamin D deficiency kills more than one million people each year. Comparatively, the risk of being harmed by the sun is minimal. The most dangerous of skin cancers, which is melanoma, usually appears in parts of the skin where the sun does not reach at all, or not reach enough. If you have the opportunity, for optimal protection expose your entire body to the sun, including the private parts.” – Andreas Moritz, Cancer Is Not A Disease — It’s A Survival Mechanism
- “Now it seems as if every month there is a new study documenting the beneficial effects of sunlight and vitamin D, which, as you know, we get from the sun. For instance, in one of these recent studies, researchers at the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego (a very sunny place), concluded that almost 150,000 cases of cancer – particularly colorectal and breast cancer – could be prevented each year by just ten to fifteen minutes a day of exposure to sunlight.” – Frank Lipman, Mollie Doyle, Spent: Revive: Stop Feeling Spent and Feel Great Again
- “All African Americans have vitamin D deficiency and they consequently have higher rates of cancer. Slathering on sunscreen is not such a good idea. We’ve gone too far with sunscreen because we’re not getting enough vitamin D. This is a ‘coming public health disaster in the US.’ Everyone should get a half hour of sunshine a day.” – Stacy Malkan, Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry
- “We know that the skin needs vitamin D, which is produced in response to sunshine. We also know that the skin needs vitamin A. But today man’s body has become so degenerated, so filled with mucus, acid toxins, and mineral and vitamin deficiencies that he can’t spend a great amount of time in the sunshine. There are many people who develop all kinds of skin conditions from exposure to the sun and then falsely put the blame on sunshine. The sun pulls out the impurities below the skin – trying to purify you. Skin cancers spring from toxic cells.” - Patricia Bragg and Paul C. Bragg, The Miracle of Fasting: Proven Throughout History for Physical, Mental & Spiritual Rejuvenation
This last quote is so spectacularly in my belief system; how can the sun be so damaging in relation to the impurities we place in our bodies? While sun may dry the skin, like any heat dehydrates and evaporates fluids, it most certainly in itself cannot be the true cause of disease….. in my opinion!
So, get well, be well, and enjoy what nature has to offer. Remember, when we look outside of ourselves for the answers we will always come up empty. Trust that Nature is Perfect, and Nature is Imperfect.
Now go bask in the Sunshine!
Holy Guacamole! I am feeling very sleek and sexy these days. Big thanks to my abundant Avocado consumption. No kidding, I recently found myself on an avocado feast-not on purpose, it’s just that I love Guacamole so much, and Diana makes the best guacamole EVER, (try her recipe in Get Naked Fast pg. 83). And lately, the avocados have been so tasty that we make a fresh batch ever day and I just can’t help myself.
I was a little worried about the fat content of the avocados, and felt a bit guilty, until I was reassured that it was good fat, and really, who am I to complain when there is fresh Guacamole staring me in the face? And what a face, I mean my skin is glowing , my hair is shinier than ever, and would you believe I lost weight? Certainly not what I was expecting after the amount I’ve been eating.
Studies have shown that avocado is excellent for weight loss and weight control. And, yes, avocados are full of fat – but it’s full of good fat. Bad fat makes you fat; good fat keeps you from getting fat. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fat which has been proven to lower cholesterol as well as control weight as it affects how your body metabolizes blood sugar. Avocado also contains a unique weight loss friendly carbohydrate called mannoheptulose which is a rare form of sugar, found to lower insulin secretion. The rise in insulin is the cause of weight gain.
The sexy side affects of eating avocados don’t stop at weight loss, Ancient beauties have long known the avocado to be a wonderful beauty aid, rich in beneficial oils that rejuvenate the skin, reduce eye puffiness, and heal frazzled hair. Ultimately a beautifying food from the inside out.
Here are a few recipes and tidbits we have been playing with in the kitchen:
1 half an avocado mashed
1 teaspoon Cold Pressed Olive oil
1 tablespoon Tocos Plus ( A rich vitamin E powder from rice bran: Tocotreinols)
Mix together and spread evenly over your skin and neck. Leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water
Cure for Puffy Eyes This works great. Just slice a peeled avocado half into quarter-inch crescent-shapes. Lie down with a few slices under each eye and rest for around 20 minutes. Amazing results!
Easy Avo- Facial Mask Just mash half an avocado and spread evenly on your clean face. Allow to remain for 15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water. This is best for dry skin types.
Shiny Soft Hair Treatment
In a small bowl, mash and combine:
1 avocado (1/2 for shorter hair)
1 tablespoon olive oil
Apply to hair and allow to remain 30 minutes or longer, then shampoo and condition as usual. Amazingly silky, shiny, soft hair!
And don’t forget, Avocados make for a great fulfilling snack, a meal if you want, you can blend them into smoothies, dice them into salads or just eat them with a spoon- just sprinkle with sea salt and a squeeze of Lime juice or eat them plain.
Enjoy how sexy they make you feel!
A make-up artist has seen and knows all skin types- the artistry of make up is that it evens skin tone, adds color, and brings out the beauty in everyone. On the hundreds of women and models I have painted with beauty, those who live a healthy life-style, have needed very little make-up. Upon eating more raw foods I have seen big changes in my own skin. I have since become more in-tune with natures ingredients and as a result of working with Diana, have been experimenting with fresh fun masks, scrubs, and creams, made of raw ingredients, including essential oils, raw honey, Himalayan sea Salt, sea vegetables and of course fresh produce. As we create more products and experiment with the effects, I will be documenting the fresh recipes for your raw beauty and skin.
One of my favorite natural skincare products is Coconut Oil, because it not only nourishes and softens the skin, but it promotes healing. It is an effective moisturizer on all types of skins including dry skin. It also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema. It can delay wrinkles by penetrating into the deeper layers of the skin and strengthening the underlying tissue. Rub it on your face, your body and your hair. And enjoy your natural glow.
Thanks to the sudden reprieve in the cold weather, my chapped lips are newly moistened, and my dry skin is looking supple again. The cold front came up on me so quickly, I didn’t have time to amp up the hydration. Busy, busy, busy, doing all the things we do, we forget that our skin is our largest organ. When it looks distressed, things are just not right! Skin is the one organ we definitely need to nourish externally as well as internally.
When you feel the weather outside is frightful, and your face wants to remain delightful, add these four ideas to your repertoire and enjoy the winter with a radiant glow;
1. Eat/Drink- dark green leafy Kale, it is super high in calcium, which is essential in keeping the skin supple. Try avocados and walnuts, they have oils and omega fatty acids that equally aid the skins soft and moist surface. But the number one hydrator for your beautiful skin, is water…good ol’ H20. Drink twice as much as you think you need, and you may have had enough.
2. Avoid- Caffeine and Alcohol, they are very acidic to the body, and ultimately drying to the skin.
3. Wash- In the winter months, change your face wash to an oil based or milky wash. The clear gel washes tend to strip away natural oils, leaving the skin thirsty.
4. Moisture- Pure coconut oil is a wonderful moisturizer for all over the face and body.
Or, try an essential oil, mixed with jojoba or avocado oils as a base to your skin before slathering it with your favorite natural moisturizer.
I was playing in the kitchen, high on life, feeling the urge to create a recipe for my skin. (I think about this stuff all the time, but rarely follow through.) It was a moment in the kitchen where I created magic. I’ll call it the Cherry Love Mask. I smothered myself in this rich and somewhat chunky face mask, and could immediately feel its soothing tingle. Rebecca, my beautiful assistant came over and I slathered her face with it as well. I guess I didn’t realize how goopy and icky it looked until I put it on her. We stared in the mirror and laughed. She felt the tingle too. We let it set on our faces for about 10 minutes before we took it off and couldn’t believe how smooth and luscious our skin was. I tweeted about it, took pictures, and slathered it on my daughter and another friend. We were so excited I had to share.
1/2 cup Montmorency Cherries
1/2 cup Tocotrienols
1 teaspoon of raw honey
appx. 1/4 cup Purified Water
Blend water and cherries to a paste. Add Tocos and honey and blend until smooth (or as smooth as you can get it)
Slather it all over your face….look in the mirror and laugh…wash off in 10 minutes and enjoy your super soft, hydrated skin!
I kept reading how Montmorency Cherries have the highest amount of antioxidants. There is always some claim to fame for every wonderful fruit placed on this earth, but this one seems to have climbed its way to the top for healing, health benefits and its beautifying properties. The naturally occurring bioflavinoids in the Montmorency cherry fruit combats free radicals and the effects of aging. The fructose and fruit acids have a nourishing, toning and astringent effect on the skin that refreshes and rejuvenates the complexion.
Tocotrienols a rice bran soluble having the highest amount of Vitamin E and 50 times more potent than tocopherols. In a powder form, I have been mixing Tocos into my morning smoothies and green shakes, but have always been aware that it is going to be the wave of the future in skin care. Vitamin E is one of the best known antioxidants found in the human body. Its key biological function is to protect lipids from oxidation and free radical damage. Lipids are the building blocks of cell membranes and other important biochemical structures. As a topical food, it has incredible anti-aging properties.
Honey is a nectar of the gods transferred from the budding flowers of life to the the buzzing of bees. Honey is surely sweet, but it is also a natural humectant, aiding and attracting moisture to the skin. Honey is a natural antiseptic and antibiotic, excellent for removing bacteria from skin-it is known to aid in controlling acne.
And, it tastes good, too!