We are what we eat, we are what our skin eats.
I must have been in middle school when my mom won the ‘most lipsticks in your purse’ contest at the mall (yes – this was a contest). With upwards of a dozen shades handy in her handbag, it seems, that despite her mightiest efforts, the fashionista gene never passed down (cue: ‘fashionable unfashionableness’), me, the unibrow clad bambino to her left. We could call it disinterest – or perhaps, truthfully, a gallant attempt at rebellion- but even at the ripe old age of twenty-six I tend to leave my face and my skin be, naked as they came, or nourished, much like my diet, with the simplest ingredients.
There’s a widespread attitude that the things we put on our bodies don’t affect our health as much as what we put inside of our bodies. But you’d better believe that beauty products and cosmetics penetrate your skin and get inside your body, too. When you apply a cream and it disappears into your skin, that’s exactly what it’s doing-going into your skin and traveling straight to your bloodstream –Adina Grigore, founder of S.W. Basics
Treating my ‘makeup cabinet’ much like my kitchen pantry, often rubbing raw supermarket coconut and olive oils directly onto my face, hands, knee caps, when I do opt for the brandname splurge I like to be sure I’m familiar with each ingredient on the label. More natural skincare brands have been popping up, but recently I’ve been most drawn to S.W. Basics, a full sized and mini skincare line out of Brooklyn, NY making their creams, toners, cleansers, and scrubs from the bare-bone (organic) simple stuff – think apple cider vinegar, rosewater, shea butter, almonds, and lots of coconut. Those natural ingredients your whole body (from the inside out and the outside in) can feel good about.
These ingredients are not only nourishing in our diets, but as Adina Grigore, the founder of S.W. Basics points out in her recently published book Skin Cleanse, are an essential staple for a simple, all-natural program for clear, calm, and happy skin. Highlighting some of the key ingredients found in Grigore’s line, I thought it would be really fun to develop a sweet morsel, my Skin Cleanse Cookies, allowing us the experience of whole body indulge and wellness. These vegan and grain free dark chocolate chip cookies are made with ground almond flour (also known as a gentle exfoliant, leaving skin super soft, smoothed, and reduced of inflammation), shredded coconut, coconut butter, and coconut oil (packed to the brim with healthy fats and antioxidants, coconut oil is antibacterial and anti-fungal, meaning it will help heal rashes, scars, infections, and acne) and sea salt (used on the face or body as a natural exfoliant to remove dead skin cells, eliminate fluid retention, balance moisture, pull toxins from pores, and relax muscle) – skin cleansing and belly satisfying.
Skin Cleanse Cookies [makes 20 cookies]
1 tablespoon chia seeds
3 tablespoons filtered water
1 ¼ cups almond flour
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
¼ cup dairy-free mini dark chocolate chips
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
2 tablespoons coconut oil
½ tablespoon coconut butter
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F, rack in the middle. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, combine chia seeds and filtered water. Set aside for 5-10 minutes, or until the chia forms a gel-like consistency.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together almond meal, coconut flakes, chocolate chips, baking soda, and sea salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together gelled chia, coconut sugar, coconut oil, coconut butter, and vanilla extract until well combined. Slowly add dry ingredients to mixture.
Roll dough into small balls (I used a tablespoon for guidance), and place on lined baking sheet. The dough may feel a bit crumbly, but if you press it will hold together! Press balls down lightly to flatten. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until cookies are just golden. Remove from heat, allow to cool completely (cookies will continue to harden as they cool), serve and enjoy!
Nutritional Information [per cookie]
90 Calories, 7.7g Fat, 5.5g Carbohydrates, 1.6g Fiber, 2.9g Sugar, 2g Protein
Thank you S.W. Basics for sponsoring this post and thank you for reading!