Skincare Denver

The bad word... Inflammation!

Lately, the word inflammation has become quite the buzzword. It turns out that inflammation does not only effect you internally, but your beauty is effected as well. It is the root of so many issues both internally and on the skin.

Inflammation is not all bad! It is actually the body’s defense system, providing protection from bacteria, viruses and injuries. When your body is under attack, it will respond by an inflammation process that sends chemicals from the body’s white blood cells to the area at risk. When the infection is gone or the injury has healed, the inflammation is supposed to go away. When our system is not functioning properly, then low levels of inflammation can linger in the body.

Inflammation can come from anywhere! An unhealthy diet, stress, poor sleep, pollution, second hand smoke and sun exposure can all lead to skin inflammation. I know when I do not watch my diet then I experience obvious signs of inflammation, like breakouts, brain fog and over all swelling.

Examples of external skin inflammation are acne breakouts, rosacea and visible signs of aging (like wrinkles and sagging skin). The higher our cortisol (our body’s main stress hormone) levels are, the more wound healing slows down and the more breakdown of collagen there is. Collagen helps keep the skin looking plump and smooth.

Acne is a sure sign of inflammation! Those angry, red bumps love to pop up because of stress, Why is that you always wake up with a blemish on your wedding day, your presentation day or a travel day?

Rosacea is another sign of inflammation in the skin, caused from stress, sun exposure, food, hormones and more.

First step to lowering the inflammation in your body is to eliminate any stress. I practice breathing techniques, workout and try to plan my day as much as I can. Second, is to get quality sleep every night. Easier said than done, but it is a must! Third, you can eat an anti-inflammatory diet. I have done this one many, many, many times and it is a great reset and reminder of how I should be eating daily. An anti-inflammatory diet includes organic grass fed protein, vegetables and some fruit (I avoid fruit other than lemons and berries because of the high sugar content), healthy oils, plenty of water, quinoa and brown rice. It is best to avoid sugar, dairy, gluten, processed foods, refined starches, caffeine and conventional meat.

A couple supplements to add to your regime to help reduce inflammation are curcumin and astaxanthin. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric and astaxanthin is one of the most effective antioxidant supplements on the market right now.

The key is to treat inflammation from the inside. Good luck on your anti inflammatory journey!


Benefits of Pumpkin

Fall is here and it is time to switch up your skincare routine! Did you know that pumpkins have more benefits than just tasting amazing? Pumpkin is packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which increase cell turnover, to brighten and smooth the skin. Age and environmental pollutants slow down the turnover of our cells, so our skin over time begins to look more dull. Using enzymes and AHA’s to exfoliate the skin will help to keep your skin looking more smooth and clear. Pumpkin contains antioxidant Vitamin A and Vitamin C to help soften and soothe the skin and boost collagen production to prevent the signs of aging. Vitamin C is one of the strongest antioxidants we can use for our skin. I notice such a difference in my own skin when I am using my Glo Skin Beauty Daily Power C serum each morning. My breakouts come to a halt, the surface flakiness is gone and my skin looks less red and more clear. It is honestly a must have product!

Pumpkins offer us more benefits than being a great skincare ingredient too! One perk from eating pumpkin is better rest. Pumpkin seeds are rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that is responsible for post-Thanksgiving dinner sleepiness. Tryptophan also contributes to helping the body produce serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter that assists you in relaxing and winding down. In addition to promoting better sleep, the serotonin will enhance your mood.

Pumpkin is also an overlooked source of fiber. One cup of pumpkin contains 3 grams of fiber and only 49 calories, which can keep you feeling full for long periods of time on fewer calories. A diet that is rich in fiber enables people to eat less, and thus shed pounds.

During the Fall and Winter months, I love using pumpkin to make smoothies or raw protein balls. Here is one of my favorite energy ball recipes:

Pumpkin Pie Energy Balls

Makes 10

1 cup pitted dates

1 cup raw cashews

1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree

1/4 cup gluten free rolled oats

1 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp ground allspice

1/4 cup raw hemp seeds

In a food processor, combine the dates, cashews, pumpkin puree, oats and pumpkin pie spice and process until a sticky mass forms.

Spread the hemp seeds on a large plate or in a baking dish. Using tablespoon, scoop the mixture and, with clean slightly wet hands and shape the mixture into a ball between the palms of your hands.

Roll the ball in the hemp seeds to lightly coat, and set on a separate plate. Repeat with the remaining mixture until you have 10 balls that are slightly smaller than a golf ball.

Place the balls in the freezer to set for 30 minutes. Store in an air tight container until required, then bring to room before serving.

This recipe is from the amazing Energy Balls book by Christal Sczebel, C.H.N.


Thank you for reading! Happy Fall:)