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      9 Foods to Fight the Inflammation Fire

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      FROWNIES president  has been a health and wellness Naturapath for over 30 years. She knows Inflammation is a buzzword in the wellness world and anti-inflammatory diets are all the health rage right now.

      Wondering what it actually is to have inflammation, how it affects you and why it’s so bad? Inflammation is not inherently bad. In fact, we need it! Inflammation (in it’s acute stage) is the body’s natural response to heal and protect itself from injury and infection. When the body’s inflammatory response is prolonged, it can lead to a state of chronic inflammation, which is symptom that the immune system is revving in overdrive. Ultimately, chronic inflammation quickly wears down the immune system which is why inflammation is often found at the root of most health issues and diseases today (accelerated aging, autoimmunity, IBS, arthritis, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, dementia and all sorts of cancers).



      • Standard American diet – high in refined sugars, gluten, diary, and hydrogenated oils (just to touch on how bad the norm is)
      • Gut health issues
      • Stress
      • Environmental toxins
      • Lack of sleep
      • Sedentary lifestyle

      Chronic inflammation can show up in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, acne, allergies, weight gain, digestive issues, joint pain, fatigue and depression. However for some people, chronic inflammation can be festering beneath the surface without manifesting observable symptoms and they may not know it’s there! So ask your doctor to include C-reactive protein (CRP), a pro-inflammatory marker released by the liver, as part of your routine lab work.

      If you experience any of the above warning signs (or your CRP levels are higher than 1 mg/L) don’t worry–-food is one of the most powerful medicines for fighting inflammation. What you choose to put on your fork will either feed the inflammation fire or extinguish it. The best way to sop the damage from inflammation on a cellular level is to eat a diet full of anti-inflammatory foods. An anti-inflammatory diet is consists of foods that are widely regarded to as healthy, including those high in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients. Here is a list of foods to keep chronic inflammation in check.



      Blueberries, and other dark-colored berries, contain a broad range of antioxidants, specifically resveratrol, gallic acid and proanthocyanidins, which protect you from oxidative stress and have been shown to reduce markers of inflammation.

      Anti-inflammatory prescription: Include half a cup of blueberries in your diet several times a week, like in a Blueberry Kale Smoothie.


      Ginger has been a prized food in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years owing to its powerful immune-boosting and cleansing properties. It is rich in inflammation-fighting compounds that have been shown to help with pain relief.

      Anti-inflammatory prescription: Add one teaspoon of dried ginger powder or one tablespoon of fresh ginger root to your meals a few times a week. A great way to use fresh ginger root is grated and added to sauces and salad dressings; it’s also great in drinks, like a Ginger Lemonade.


      Cacao is unroasted so it contains up to twice the antioxidants of traditional cocoa which is made from roasted beans. Cacao is a rich dietary source of the mineral magnesium and magnesium deficiency is strongly linked with inflammatory conditions.

      Anti-inflammatory prescription: Eat a square of 85% dark chocolate a day (that’s right!) or, better yet, use raw cacao powder and cacao nibs for the antioxidant benefits without the sugar, in a smoothie or Hormone-Balancing Hot Coco.


      Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which helps with everything from pain relief to managing chronic disease. Studies have shown curcumin to be more effective in reducing inflammation and pain than aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin)!

      Anti-inflammatory prescription: Add ½ teaspoon of dried turmeric powder or ½ inch of the fresh root to your diet a few times a week. Combining turmeric with a little pinch of black pepper may significantly increase the intestinal absorption of turmeric, a savory pancake recipe could include both. Some people may not want to spice their food with turmeric often, so an alternative is taking it daily in supplement form.


      Green tea is rich in anti-inflammatory polyphenols, particularly EGCG, which is a powerful antioxidant known for inhibiting cancer cell growth and reducing risk for heart disease.

      Anti-inflammatory prescription: Replace one of your daily coffees with green tea (coconut milk matcha latte sound yummy?) or try cooled green tea as the liquid base of your smoothie.


      Leafy greens without a doubt are always included in the list of foods for fighting inflation because of their incredible nutrient density! Super rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, A, E, as well as tons of other vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, leafy greens protect against oxidative stress caused by free radical damage. There are lots of great ones to choose from–-spinach, collard greens, swiss chard, watercress, dandelion greens, mustard greens, etc.–so mix it up people!

      Anti-inflammatory prescription: Aim to get in two servings of raw or cooked leafy greens per day! just put them in everything–smoothies, tofu scramble, kale wraps, stir fry, sandwiches, salads, sauted…… get creative and get the greens in already!


      Cruciferous veggies include broccoli, cauliflower, kale, bok choy, cabbage and Brussels sprouts among others and are invaluable to an anti-inflammatory diet. The flavonoids and carotenoids work together to battle chronic inflammation and reduce cancer risk.

      Anti-inflammatory prescription: Include a serving of cruciferous veggies a day. They can be delicious, like in a Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh, or pureed cauliflower soup.


      Gut problems like leaky gut and dysbiosis (microbial imbalance) activate the immune system and set off an inflammatory cascade in the body. Your gut microbes team up with immune cells to boost their overall defense, protecting you against bad bacteria and other pathogens and toxins. Introducing good bacteria into your gut via fermented foods will boost your gut’s defenses and reduce chronic inflammation. Fermented foods are lacto-fermented, raw and contain live cultures and enzymes. Some great ones are sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, kefir, and yogurt.

      Anti-inflammatory prescription: Include at least one of these foods into your diet each day, i.e. add 1 spoonful of sauerkraut or kimchi to a lunch wrap or sandwich, eat yogurt (the blueberries we mentioned) and nuts, or drink 4 ounces of kombucha.


      Coconut oil has so many health benefits (boosts metabolism, balances hormones, anti-microbial to name a few) and high levels of antioxidants for healing inflammation is one of them!

      Anti-inflammatory prescription: Include at least 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to your diet each day. Blend in your coffee (creates an almost creamy and frothy effect). Add it to your smoothies as a source of good fat to keep you full all morning. Sauté and roast your veggies in it. It may sound strange, but eat a spoonful after lunch to satisfy a sugar craving (I’ve done this so many times). You can even use it as a moisturizer for skin and hair!

      There you have it – using food as medicine will totally douse the fire of chronic inflammation! Mentioned were just a few suggestions, but adding a wide variety of nutrient-dense foods will provide an effective anti-inflammatory diet. In addition to diet, be sure you’re also focusing on gut health, managing stress, optimizing sleep, exercising, and minimizing toxins in your environment, food, and personal care products.

      5 Ways to Rejuvenate Skin

       5 ways to rejuvenate skin, skin care, clean skin care, regenerate skin, skin health

      It seems to us at FROWNIES like everyone is going vegan—celebrities, former presidents, eating advocates, and younger people are changing their diet for the many benefits going vegan allows. The movement continues to grow at a very impressive rate, and we want to support the movement of going vegan or at least adding lots of plants to your diet—It’s ethical, healthy, delicious, and good for your skin.

      Whole Foods Diet

      The food we eat is reflected in our complexion. Nourishing the body with organic fruits, vegetables, avocados, nuts, seeds, and whole-grains shows through the skin’s healthy glow, and may even reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Animal products and processed foods are not (living or) rejuvenating to the skin. We say go for the glow—eat as close to nature as possible, consume a high whole-foods diet, and make sure you are getting your greens in! If you can’t seem to manage eating them boiled, sautéed, or in salads make a fruit and greens smoothie! Fresh juices like cucumber, carrot, and celery will also beautify the skin deliver hydration and skin-nourishing and rejuvenating to the skin. Fats, vitamins, and minerals and are some of the top anti-aging foods.

      The first and most important factor for healthy, radiant, youthful skin, begins with a whole foods diet. Fresh vegetables and fruits are full of antioxidants and phytochemicals and (we cannot stress it enough) are particularly important in hydrating the skin. Try to incorporate as many alkaline foods into your diet-not just for skin health but also for overall health.


      We all know that drinking a lot of water is good for the skin. Here’s the problem with that message, however. The distinction needs made between hydrating with water and naturally hydrating foods. What is the point of drinking 10 glasses of water a day if you eat eggs and bacon for breakfast, turkey/cheese sandwich for lunch, and steak for dinner? Even if you sneak in a side salad or a piece of fruit, most of the food consumed in the day is dead and dehydrating. Fruits and vegetables are water-rich, even bananas and avocados (which have no juice) have a high water content. For sure keep drinking plenty of water (and stop drinking artificially sweetened drinks and sodas) but, increase your consumption of natural, water-rich plant foods. You will notice your body becomes hydrated from those foods (as well as receiving vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals, etc.) and you will not feel as thirsty.

      Exercise and Sleep

      When you exercise there is an immediate glow and the skin looks radiant, this is because exercise improves blood circulation to the skin. Exercise also improves immunity, elevates mood, and supports sleep. Sleep is the most important when it comes to overall health. Sleep is the time when everything rests in repair mode while we rest – everything including the skin repairs. When the switch is made to exercise and eat a clean, whole foods diet, sleep quality improves. When one feels rested one is more energized to keep exercise a routine and plan for healthier eating. The holistic cycle continues for mind, body, soul – and skin.

      More Than Just A Diet

      There are a lot of incredible choices for vegan skin care out there. Some more expensive than others, some available in stores, others online, some are small independent local retailers some are huge corporate companies. Because Frownies products work for all skin tones, skin types, and climates you can rest assured in the our ingredients to care for valuable skin.

      You carefully watch the products you put into your body, now do the same when picking out skin care products. Going vegan is not just about diet anymore—for those of you who have mastered diet take your overall health to the next level by swapping for vegan skin care and reap the many health benefits:


      Non-vegan products cause inflammation to the entire body but to the skin as well and no one wants puffy swollen skin. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) call inflammation “a pathological condition underlying a number of diseases including cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and chronic inflammatory diseases… Evidence that plant foods and non-nutritive constituents associated with these foods modulate immunological and inflammatory processes.” While the NIH study mostly covers diet, we all know avoiding inflammation is vital for skin care. Curb inflammation and immune disease please!


      No brainer: vegan skin care products work best for sensitive skin. Beauty experts note that a vegan diet typically results in healthy, incandescent looking skin—and for those with sensitive skin, plant-based products protect the glow. All the natural, plant-based ingredients in Frownies products protect against skin irritation, and we all know how irritating irritated skin is!


      Many of us know that one of the greatest threats to rain-forests is the clearing of land for cattle ranches. Just like a vegan diet supports saving the planet, swapping for vegan skin care products is also ethical for the environment! Animal-based products deplete resources at unsustainable rates. Choosing plant-based products preserves the environment, because animal-based materials are not being used.


      Using vegan products also helps protect the animals. We are all aware of the horrors of animal testing. Animal experimentation is incredibly cruel and frankly it is disheartening that animal experimentation is currently up 73%. Choosing vegan skin care products is not just good for the skin, it’s good for the conscience. Frownies products are cruelty free, join us in doing good, feeling good, and looking great!

      If these issues are net the be not your issues that's OK too you can get the benefit of clean skin care from FROWNIES. 

      Under Eye Gels from Frownies


      FROWNIES under eye gels treatment mask addresses crepeying and creasing as it nourishes the skin. The Eye Gels are reusable 3-5 times; when kept moist with Frownies Rose Water Hydrator in the holding tray and kept sealed and refrigerated.

      Directions for best Under Eye Care

      • Prepare a comfortable place to rest recline for 20 to 30 minutes.
      • Have music that is relaxing to you and maybe candles or essential oil to sent the room. Wash face, apply eye gels to face and smooth out any creases under the mask. If you have deep wrinkles press the mask into the crease and smooth out as much as you can under the mask. Recline in a comfortable space for 20-30 minutes. Remove gels, place back in the tray, spray with Frownies Rose Water Hydrator Spray, slide back in sleeve and store in the refrigerator in a sealed bag.
      • Massage gently in any remainder of product left on the face into the skin with an up stroke. Pat dry if necessary and prepare for bed with Skin Serum and Moisturizer Face and Neck then Frownies Facial Patches over expression lines.


      Frownies bio-metric membrane carrier patch, stores powerful nourishing and moistening extracts. The trans-dermal system, allows for deep penetration of the skin, to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and tone the under eye area. Here is a total list of the ingredients and their benefits to the skin! #ingredientsmatter

      Eye Gels to Smooth Skin

      As your skin ages, it may look dull and becomes susceptible to irritation, redness and fine lines. With aging, your skin may also get rough – but using glycerin regularly can make your skin smooth by filling in tiny cracks and prevent other problems associated with dryness.

      Eye Gels Help Maintain Water Balance

      Humectants in glycerin attract water from air and keep water in your skin. Glycerin minimizes water loss due to evaporation and maintains skin’s water balance on an intercellular level– so keeps skin well hydrated and nourished.

      Eye Gels Help Nourish Skin

      Because of its skin nourishing properties, glycerin can be used every day. Its regular use will help keep your skin healthy, soft and fresh. It is especially great to use in the winter time to help combat winter chill.

      What to do to Enhances Skin Appearance

      Glycerin acts as an emollient that keeps your skin not only moist, but soft and supple to touch. It makes your skin look healthier and attractive. Its therapeutic effects on wounds and other skin issues also lead your skin to look healthier and smoother.

      What Helps Protect Skin

      Glycerin increases epidermal layer thickness and improves barrier function. It locks moisture in helping to keep harmful chemicals and environmental elements out of your skin.

      Organic Cactus Collagen & Aloe Vera

      There’s a new buzz worthy ingredient in town and it’s taking the skin-care world by storm, succulents Frownies has been using succulents in our skin care for years but now these powerful plants can be found in everything from makeup to face creams. Various cacti succulents including aloe Vera grow in warm, dry regions, are part of a plant category that contains botanicals, and are adaptogens. These plants can survive harsh climates—and most store water.

      Strictly speaking, using succulents in skin treatments is not a new thing—indigenous people have been utilizing succulent plants for centuries. Chances are you’ve been told to apply Aloe on a sunburn at least once in your life. Now due to the numerous studies on these wondrous plants, a fresh interest has sparked surrounding their power of resiliency and how that power is translated also to the skin.

      So, what exactly is being harnessed from succulents? Such ingredients as: succulent oil extract, cactus collagen, and aloe vera—if you follow @Frownies you know #ingredientsmater and these ingredients matter!

      Sodium Alginate:

      Sodium alginate is extracted from mineral-rich brown seaweed. This fine white powder transforms into jelly when put in contact with water, creating a unique all natural texture for holding the other skin care ingredients—helping to absorb.

      Hydrating sodium hyaluronate:

      Sodium hyaluronate is powerful stuff. This gel-like water-holding molecule is a moisture-binding ingredient that helps keep skin plump and hydrated. And, it’s actually something our bodies naturally produce. Sodium hyaluronate sometimes called Hyaluronic Acid helps retain over 1,000 times its weight in water within the cells of skin, making it an excellent moisturizer.

      Scientific studies have shown that Hyaluronic Acid improve hydration and production of collagen, fight free radicals, maintain skin elasticity, and even has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help with healing wounds.

      So why do we need more if our bodies already produce it? Because the average human body contains about 15 grams of Hyaluronic Acid. However (at least) one third of that gets synthesized and degraded on a daily basis. Our skin also produces less as we age, go figure (eye roll). This is why many anti-aging products contain Hyaluronic Acid, and plastic surgeons are injecting Hyaluronic Acid into sunken areas of skin to plump it. Just choose Frownies all natural straight from the source skin care that contains Hyaluronic Acid for softer, fuller, smoother, more hydrated all natural skin.

      Sodium Pyroglutamic Acid (PCA):

      Sodium PCA is the sodium salt of pyroglutamic acid which is an uncommon amino acid found naturally in many proteins. pH balance of 6.8-7.4, Occurs naturally in human skin and is responsible for binding moisture to cells. Highly water-absorbent, holding several times its weight in water, making it an excellent humectant (moisture preserver). Know as The Skin-Penetration Enhancer—Sodium PCA is a naturally stronger hydrating agent, often way more so than other common compounds such as: propylene glycol.

      Frownies recommends using only the highest quality of ingredients in all products. Luckily this means your money is not spread thin by buying multiple products, but instead the products you put money towards are able to be multi-purposed. This is due to organic, all natural ingredients and helps aid in reducing waste and the production of plastics!

      Niacinamide (Vitamin B3:

      Also known as vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid, niacinamide is one very effective skin-restoring ingredient that offers multiple benefits for maturing skin. Among these benefits is visibly improving appearance of large pores, uneven skin tone, fine line, dullness, and weakened surface skin! Niacinamide can also mitigate the damage environmental factors can cause


      We use phenoxyethanol in a very low concentration as a preservative because the most accessible alternatives for these types of formulas include parabens and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives. Both are classes of chemicals with demonstrable evidence of potential health risks such as cancer, whereas phenoxyethanol is very safe at low levels. It’s been tested on the skin and eyes and it is non-irritating and non-sensitizing at levels of 2.2% or lower while being effective at only 1% concentrations. The European Union and Japan both approve its use up to that 1% level and our formulas fall well below the recommendation. Also phenoxyethanol doesn’t react with other ingredients, air, or light. This kind of stability makes it an especially effective preservative.


      A natural preservative used as an alternative to parabens, it is derived from glycerin and can also be used as a deodorizer and skin conditioner. Ethylhexylglycerin servces as a surfactant and preservant enhancer and acts as a safe preservative in minute amounts. It’s a proven preservative-enhancer and is often used instead of controversial parabens.


      For some ingredients, water is a crucial addition to the formula to boost effectiveness and act as a solvent. Certain ingredients are “hydrophilic,” which means they work best with water. This includes fruit acids, as well as various other plant-based extracts. With these ingredients, having water in the formula is essential to ensure best delivery to the skin. Also some active ingredients are extremely potent, so being slightly diluted by water won’t make them less powerful—having water in the formula will actually make them far more effective on the skin.

      You can count on Frownies quality natural ingredients to help enhance the appearance of the under eye area of the face.

        5 Ways Cold Climates Help Our Skin

        Cold weather and skin health, skin care,  

        Given that we have a few more months of freezing weather to endure, Frownies invite you to put on your rose-colored glasses with us and see if there are actually some benefits to those icy winds. After learning the following five ways chilly temperatures can help your skin, we’ve decided that maybe cold weather really isn’t so bad after all.

         It helps keep pores clog-free

        Cold weather can act as a tonic or astringent; It helps to reduce clogs and keep pores less visible and refined. Cold weather also slows down and prevents the secretion of sebum, keeping shine at bay and reducing acne.

        Can improve your sleep

        Getting a full night’s sleep is necessary for skin health, from reducing under eye circles to making sure your complexion stays glowing. Too-high nighttime temps disturb sleep causing tossing and turning for most people while coldness mimics the body’s natural drop in internal temperature, which occurs a couple hours after we hit the sack. Therefore, most sleep scientists believe that a slightly cool room contributes to good sleep.

        Reduces puffiness

        Cold weather promotes blood circulation in both the face and body, having a magical effect on reducing inflammation and swelling to the eyes and face.

        Can keep you looking younger

        Cold weather enhances the complexion and rejuvenates skin. In a way, it slows down the aging process think of cryotherapy spa treatments or splashing cold water on your face in the morning and keeps skin tight, vibrant and radiant.

        Cold helps you burn fat

        Okay, so this is more of an all-over-your-body effect of cold weather, but it can make a significant impact on your general appearance: Researchers discovered that cold weather appears to trigger calorie burn. Basically, cold temps signal your brown fat (the fat that allegedly helps burn your other white fat) to get to work, meaning that winter weather can be the catalyst for weight loss.

        When we think about winter weather and our skin, we think dry hands, cracked noses, red cheeks basically, were reminded of a slew of unsavory skin conditions that colder temperatures inflict upon us. Hopefully we helped you see the good side of the situation. Keep everything hydrated with Frownies fine skin care products and slow the moisture loss and prevent the problems.