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      Healthy Skin One Bite at a Time

      Foods to help with skin health

      WHAT FOODS HELP WITH SKIN HEALTHY GLOW

      At FROWNIES we know what you feed your face matters. What you eat can affect your hormone balance, cause acne, and create inflammation (which is associated with skin aging). That is why we are telling your what you eat is as important as the serums and creams you apply for that healthy glow look.

      YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

      Frownies has collected a list of foods that help prevent skin problems and promote skin health. The term "you are what you eat", is reality when it comes to your skin. How much mind you pay to what you eat, not only shows in your figure, but also shows on your face. You’re welcome in advance for your gorgeous, healthy skin!

       FOODS THAT HELP PREVENT SKIN PROBLEMS

      Olive Oil ~ Researchers found higher consumption (more than 2 teaspoons) of olive oil is associated with fewer signs of aging compared to people who ate less than 1 teaspoon a day. Olive oil beat out sunflower and peanut oil when tested. 75% of the fat in olive oil is monounsaturated fatty acids, which gives a youth boost. Antioxidants polyphenols in olive oil also quench damaging free radicals.
      Tomatoes ~ 2008 Research study found people who ate 5 tablespoons of tomatoes paste daily along with almost a tablespoon of olive oil for 12 weeks, had 33% more protection from sunburn compared to a control group that ate just olive oil. The antioxidant lycopene improves skin’s natural SPF (levels of which are higher in cooked, processed tomatoes. Tomatoes are not a replacement for sunscreen.
      Dark chocolate ~ Rich Cocoa flavanols, and plant compounds with antioxidant properties, help hydrate skin and improve circulation. Those who consume high flavanol cocoa powder drink, a one-ounce serving, or a 150-calorie portion will experience less skin roughness and scaliness.
      Oatmeal  ~ Oatmeal as a good substitute for sugary breakfast foods. Refined sugary carbs that prompt your body to make insulin and increase the production of hormones known as androgens. Elevated androgens cause sebaceous glands in the skin to secrete more oil that gets trapped inside pores, causing pimples.
      Sardines ~ One serving of these small fish contains 1.5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, making it one of the best sources of the fat. Fatty fish is particularly rich in the type of omega-3 called DHA, an anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is now known as the root cause of acne. Packing your diet with DHA omega-3’s can help keep your skin clear.
      Green tea In a 2011 study people who drank a beverage containing green tea polyphenols daily for 12 weeks had skin that was more elastic, smooth, and had ¼ less sun damage when exposed to UV light compared with control group. Green tea’s catechins like EGCG (antioxidants) boost blood flow and oxygen to the skin, which delivers key nutrients to keep your complexion healthy.
      Kale ~  One of the best sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, nutrients that absorb and neutralize the free radicals created by UV light—including wavelengths that actually get through sunscreen and reach your skin. Just 1 cup gives you 134% and 133% of your daily value for skin-firming vitamin C and A.
      Walnutsthe only type of nut that contains a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which is especially important for vegetarians who are skipping fish. Walnuts have an omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid. (Deficiency in this fat can result in eczema, which is associated with dry, scaly skin).
      Rosemary ~ Consuming 4 or more herbs regularly—rosemary or thyme for example—was associated with up to a 60% reduced risk of melanoma, herbs pack a ton of antioxidants into a tiny skin-protecting package, squelching free radicals from the sun before they can damage skin.
      Almond milk ~ This tasty drink makes the list because of what it is not—Dairy! Research shows dairy is highly inflammatory, which means it will aggravate acne, wrinkles, and rashes.
      Water ~ Water keeps your kin hydrated—and staying hydrated makes it appear plumper and less wrinkled. Another reason to fill up on water over other drinks: you’ll save on sugar. Sugars found in juices, sodas, and sports drinks cause your skin major woes. When blood sugar levels are high, sugars can attach to proteins in collagen and produce compounds thatcause skin to sag and wrinkle.
      Sunflower Seeds ~ 37% of your daily needs for vitamin E per ounce, these seeds can help keep your skin pimple-free. Vitamin E is thought to enhance immune function, allowing the body to fight off the inflammation that leads to acne.
      Mackerel ~ One of the best sources of vitamin B12 containing 16 mcg, or 270% of what your body needs in a day. Many people miss out on B12 when trying to eat less meat (or vegetarians who do not eat any at all). Some symptoms of B12 deficiency are hyperpigmentation (dark spots) and vitiligo (white spots). Making sure you get enough of this vitamin everyday (vegan sources include nutritional yeast) can help keep skin even toned.
      Carrots ~ Filling up on carrots can give you a natural glow. 2011 study found that people who eat a higher amount of carotenoid- containing fruits and vegetables, like carrots, have more yellow tones in their skin, giving them a completion that others rated as looking healthier!

       

      How To Start Living In Love

      How to live in love, living and caring, frownies, emotional health

      FACE YOUR FEAR

      At Frownies we believe some of us  too often, allow fear, worry, and doubt to dominate and define our lives. We allow it to steal our joy, our sleep, and our precious dreams. “The saddest summary of life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.” Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things.

       

      If you want to know happiness and realize your dreams, you have to be willing to take a leap of faith despite being afraid.

      Too often, we hold back and play it safe, in order to avoid becoming successful, feeling embarrassed, looking silly, being hurt, and facing rejection or possible failure.

      We cling to fear from our childhood, traumatic experiences, and the negative media. It’s our responsibility to acknowledge, face, and dissolve our fear.

      Are you willing to begin now, to dig for the courage to do all the things you were meant to do, but haven’t yet begun?

      The following tips will allow you to face fear and put it in its place:

       Get comfortable with fear

      Invite fear into your life. When you fear something, move toward it. Feel it, and breathe through it.

      Do the things that frighten you. Action builds courage. Tell yourself, “This fear will pass.” Your world expands as your courage expands.

      Make your dominant thoughts positive

      Fearful thoughts attract more fear. Positive thoughts attract success. Instead of expecting the worst, train your mind to expect the best. Only allow positive assumptions about your future.

      Don’t give time, attention, or energy to fear

      Hold yourself accountable. Be consistent, be prepared, be dependable, and focus on solutions.

      Be innovative, take the initiative, and go the extra mile. If you don’t take action despite your fear, opportunity will pass you by.

      Never dwell on scarcity

      Learn to think, speak, and live as an abundant person. Turn off the news. Celebrate what you have. Be generous.

      Focus your attention on being ready, willing, and prepared for the beauty, wonder, connections, good fortune, and favorable circumstances that are yours if you are willing to work and be open to it.

      Revisit your victories

      Strengthen your belief in yourself by reflecting on the last three years of your life and every success you’ve experienced. You are worth celebrating!

      Close your eyes and feel the celebratory emotion of each one. Bring the same drive, persistence, and talent into now and allow it to inspire and motivate you.

      Live vicariously through the victories of others

      Use the success stories of others. Read how the Brooklyn Bridge was built. Study the success of Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Steven Spielberg, Tony Robbins, and Oprah Winfrey. Take note of the courage they developed and follow their path to greatness.

      Ask your family and friends for encouragement

      Friends and family can see your strength when you forget you have it. At my request, they won’t hesitate to remind you of all trials and triumphs you have come through. Ask your loved ones to do this for you. They will be generous with praise and encouragement.

      Create a support group of friends or colleagues 

      Robert Fulghum said it best in his book, All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: “When you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.” Sticking together makes tough times easier and easier times more fun!

      Plan to be great

      Step into your power and dream big. Follow it up with calculated risks and deliberate action steps. Have no doubt about your success.

      Love is real. Where we see fear, it is merely an illusion; a call for love.

      Fear encompasses so many of the negative emotions we encounter every day. In fact, it IS every negative emotion we experience.

      The defensiveness we feel when our boss approaches our desk, the silent judgment we pass at the man talking loudly on his phone on the train, the way we snap at our partner after a long day. It all comes from a lack of loving intent, and so, can be classified as fear.

      How does it feel to live in love instead of fear? What would it be like to spend a day seeing only with love? No matter what happened or who did what to you, you didn’t get angry or upset and genuinely only saw love in the people around you. How would it change your behavior and the way your day panned out?

      Here’s what most people find:

      I have less arguments — when I can let go of my need to be right or to defend my position in some way, it’s amazing how quickly arguments dissolve into nothing. When an argument does erupt, I can see exactly where I launched into fear in hindsight.

      I have more opportunities — when you put your trust in love, instead of fearing the worst, or constantly worrying about the “bad” people in the world or thinking that you have bad luck or karma, the Universe opens its doors and showers you with love. The list of synchronicities that I have from holding a more loving intention is pretty much endless.

      Animals like you more — seriously, they pick up on the vibes!

      There are loads of others, too, but hopefully that’s enough of a taste to have you thinking that maybe living in fear isn’t such a good thing.

      Are you living fear

      Here’s how we think about fear. Read through the list and make a mental note of how often you do this per day:

      • Judge someone else
      • Judge yourself
      • Stress, worry, or get anxious about something
      • Shout at someone
      • Snap at someone
      • Gossip
      • Feel angry or slighted
      • Carry a grudge
      • Complain
      • Rely on your own strength (instead of letting the Universe help)
      • Feel guilty

      Studies show most of us do a lot of this on a daily basis. I know I did! When we’re used to living like this, sometimes it can feel really uncomfortable to hear that there’s a different option.

      The option described above IS available to you now. It’s that easy. Choosing love is all about perception. It can take time to retrain your brain, but it doesn’t have to.

      My personal mantra (which I repeat about 1,000 times a day) is: I forgive myself and I choose to see this differently.

      Every time any one of those fears in the list comes up, I become aware of it, I let it out if I need to, and I repeat the mantra. If it feels too uncomfortable for you, you can try, “I am open to forgiving myself and seeing this differently” instead. It will work.

      Keep going. Stop holding yourself back. You were made of greatness and for greatness, and all humans deserve a  life of love ~ you deserve a life of love!

      Anti- Aging Eye Cream

       Eye Cream, Dark Circles under eyes, fine lines under eyes Frownies

      As we get older, our skin naturally loses elasticity. Dirt, pollution, and lack of proper hydration, speed up the signs of aging around the eyes on the skin. Signs of aging show up in the eye area because the skin in that area is thin and vulnerable. Frownies anti-aging Eye Cream addresses the under eye skin problems that inevitably show up, most of them can be slowed or prevented if addressed early. There are different kinds of under eye skin issues that show up due to factors like lifestyle and skin type. To help paint a picture here are some examples:

       

       

      Dry Skin 

      Oily and dry skins are on opposite ends of the “skin type spectrum”. This means that while oily skin is more vulnerable to acne, dry skin is more prone to tightness, flaking, and wrinkles.

       

      Wrinkles

      Oily skin can still get wrinkles, but those with dry skin see wrinkles sooner. Everyone will get wrinkles, not just because of skin type, but also as a natural consequence of facial movement and muscle memory. Getting wrinkles can be delayed by constant moisturizing the eye area, drinking lots of water, and getting good sleep.

       

      Crow's Feet 

      “Smile lines” or “character lines”, more commonly known as crow’s feet, are wrinkles around the eye area. They start appearing on the skin from as early as the mid-twenties, but it’s good to note that getting crow’s feet is inevitable without continual hydration and Frownies Eye Cream provides just that.

       

      Under Eye Wrinkles

      Likewise, additional under eye wrinkles might appear in that area due to tugging, rubbing and stretching when putting on and removing makeup. Those who do not take care of their skin might notice signs of crow’s feet and under eye wrinkles during their early twenties, but those who take good care of their skin, crow’s feet and under eye wrinkles might not appear even later in life.

      Puffy Bags

      Puffy bags, dark circles, and bags under the eyes are usually caused by lack of sleep and hydration.
      When a person lacks proper rest, his or her eyes will have the tendency to appear swollen bloodshot and watery. This may lead the person to scratch and rub the eye area which can lead to even more under eye skin problems like those mentioned previously. Certain food allergies cause bags under the eyes as well so examining your diet is important.

      Dark Circles

      Unfortunately, some people are genetically predisposed to getting such skin issues. Some people naturally have dark circles because it’s something that runs in the family, while others get it because of lack of rest. Darker skin under eyes can be address with a circulation stimulating Eye Cream or Eye Gel used regularly. Frownies Gels and Eye Cream help brighten the under eye area.

      Bags Under the Eyes

      Sometimes, a combination of puffy bags and dark circles will appear in the eye area. However, this does not mean that there’s nothing that can be done waking up with bags under the eyes can be helped to apply eye cream regularly or putting under eye gels on puffy tired eyes. Frownies Gels and Eye Cream help brighten the under eye area.

      Tired Irritated Eyes

      The eyes and its surrounding area are very sensitive to stress and foreign elements. Eyes that have been overworked and lack rest usually appear swollen and watery; in severe cases (such as when the eyes come into contact with harsh substances), there may be a burning sensation in the eye area.
      Resting the eyes every couple of hours, and wearing protective eye-wear like sunglasses and reading glasses can prevent getting tired and irritated eyes.

      Poor Skin Tone

      In our younger years, we will be able to stay up all night to meet deadlines for work and school, and still manage to party the night away with friends. We will also be able to manage a sense of health despite smoking, drinking and eating a lot of junk, but these lifestyle choices will eventually take its toll on the skin. If you add existing under eye skin problems that you may already have (previously mentioned), then you will not only look older but also more exhausted. Having poor skin tone and dull skin is definitely a telltale sign of age.

      Conclusion tips for younger skin

      There are a lot of people in their twenties who look much older because they don’t take care of their skin. Likewise, there are a lot of people who may be older in age, but manage to look young because they know how to take care of their skin.

      The best way to counteract bad skin and early signs of skin aging is to have a skin care regimen and to start early. This skincare regimen has three basic steps: cleanse, tone and moisturize; a good and consistent skin care regimen, drinking lots of water throughout the day and getting enough sleep will help slow down the signs of aging on your skin. Preventive and damage control methods aside, the fact is, everyone in this world is not exempt from getting older, and signs of aging will eventually appear on our skin.

      The best we can do is to slow down the aging process by taking preventive measures by taking good care of our skin and to start doing it as early as possible. Getting older doesn’t have to be a bad thing, as long as we do it gracefully. And, remember, it is possible to remedy under eye skin problems, especially if you develop a correct skin care routine.

      Nevertheless, you can always consider using Frownies Gels and Eye Cream help brighten the under eye area.”>Frownies eye cream to remedy all the eye skin area problems such as dark circles, under-eye puffiness (eye-bags), wrinkles and fine lines, etc. Despite the fact that there are many eye creams on the market, this particular product keeps the skin under your eyes moisturized, toned, and may reduce problems such as wrinkles & fine lines, dark circles, etc.

      Frownies Eye Cream

      Eye Cream used daily may help the body eliminate the appearance of dark circles, and fine lines under the eyes and on the eye lid.
      Frownies Eye Cream contains oat oil, high levels of naturally occurring vitamins and now caffeine, pomegranate, and green tea to promote a younger appearance and protection of the under and around the eye area.

      Your eyes will look years younger when hydrated regularly. Apply Frownies Eye Cream to the sensitive under eye area, corner of eyes and eye lid to provide protection, hydration that keep the eyes looking younger and less wrinkled. Next apply Frownies Face and Neck Moisturizer in the morning as well as at night on the entire face and neck area. Also try Frownies Under the Eye Gels!

      Frownies Eye Cream: Ingredients Matter

      Aloe Vera Aloe contains over 75 different nutrients that help provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties to reduce skin inflammation and stimulate the growth of new cells. It allows the skin to heal quickly and naturally.

      It acts as a protective layer on the skin and helps replenish skin moisture.
      Oat oil contain ceramides acting identical to skin membrane to support the structure of the skin and improve skin appearance.

      Meadowfoam Seed Oil moisturizing and rejuvenating benefit. Leaving a silky and smooth feel to the face.
      Non GMO Daikon Radish Seed Oil is high in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, phospholipids and naturally occurring vitamin C.

      Rose Hip Seed Oil high in Natural occurring Vitamins A, Vitamin E, omega-3 and omega-6.

      Aspen Bark Extract is a 100%, natural, preservative alternative. .
      Millet Seed Extract for silky smooth feeling skin.

      Oak extract, – gall nut and oak tannin is included to tone and tighten the skin.
      Green tea extract and pomegranate extract. Green tea is exceptionally rich in potent antioxidants that are naturally occuring.

      Pomegranate is a juicy, bright red fruit that is considered a super-fruit because of its unique antioxidant benefits. When applied on the skin, this ingredient provides immediate tightening and lifting benefits.

      Caffeine’s vasoconstrictive properties help deflate puffiness, increase circulation under the eyes. Furthermore, caffeine also provides antioxidant benefits.

      9 Foods to Fight the Inflammation Fire

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      SKIN AND INFLAMMATION

       

      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).

       

      CAUSES OF INFLAMMATION

      • 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.

      INFLAMMATION FIGHTING FOODS

      BLUEBERRIES


      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


      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


      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.

      TURMERIC


      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


      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 GREEN VEGGIES


      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


      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.

      FERMENTED FOODS


      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


      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

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      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.

      Water/Hydration

      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:

      LESS INFLAMMATION

      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!

      LESS SENSITIVE SKIN

      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!

      ETHICAL FOR THE PLANET

      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.

      CRUELTY FREE

      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.