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, Skin Cleanse
NOURISHING FROM THE OUTSIDE IN
My mother is going to disown me for admitting this in a public forum (herself being the real-life-counterpart of head-honcho of the lipstick-lovers-loud-and-proud coalition), but I don’t own a single piece of makeup. Call it my stick-it-to-the-woman skirmish, my gallant attempt at rebellion, that twenty-seven year old bambino too often caught rubbing raw coconut and olive oils directly onto her face, hands, knee caps. But truthfully, much like my diet, I prefer to keep my skincare routine as simple and naked as possible, nourishing from the outside in with ingredients, products, and brands I can feel good about. Physically, emotionally, ethically.
Earlier this month, I had an opportunity to share an interview with HATCH Collection’s curator series, chatting the evolution and future of In My Bowl and Tallulah, my approach to whole body wellness, and my personal pregnancy journey. Briefly touching on the topic of self care, I not only shared favorite recipes and advice on nourishing for two, but a few of the favorite plant based, branded, and bottled potions adorning my bureau and bathroom shelves. ‘Pregnancy glow’ aside, these past thirty weeks have been filled with endless physical expansion; this unbelievable sensation that my belly couldn’t possibly stretch a millimeter more. And yet it does. Magic. Giving my skin the one up against stretch marks (or love lines, as I’ve been warmly reminded), while remaining cognizant of its permeability directly to my blood stream and my little babe, below you’ll find my go-to’s, including exfoliants, serums, creams, oils, nipple balms, and everything in between that I use daily and love. For the mama bird or really anyone looking for a more natural option to smother all over yourself! What are some of your favorites?
NOURISHING FROM THE INSIDE OUT
And because nourishing from the inside out is just as (if not more) fun – below you’ll find some of my favorite skin-friendly ingredients and their plant based recipe correspondents.
ALMONDS •• delicious on their own, added to smoothies, or used as a flour in cakes or porridges, almonds are rich in vitamin E, a potent antioxidant, helping protect skin cells from UV light and other environmental factors that generate cell-damaging free radicals.
CHIA SEEDS •• used in many of my baked goods recipes, chia seeds are an unbelievable source of plant based essential fatty acids, thought to nourish the skin and scalp. Chia seeds also contain skin-saving antioxidants that fight free-radical damage.
CUCUMBER •• a key ingredient in many of my smoothie and salad recipes, adding little flavor while packing in heaps of nutrition, cucumber is rich in hydrating and enzyme-filled water, the key to youthful, smooth skin. Cucumbers are also rich in vitamins B and C, zinc, iron, folic acid, calcium, magnesium and potassium, and are known for their anti-inflammatory properties.
DARK CHOCOLATE •• a lifelong lover of dark chocolate and raw cacao, these superfoods are rich in flavonols, an antioxidant thought to reduce roughness in the skin and protect against sun damage. Note: as much as we all wish we could just keep munching, you only need a few ounces a day.
TOMATOES •• just in time for the upcoming dog days of summer, tossed into salads or served raw with a pinch of pink sea salt, tomatoes are rich in the phytochemical and red carotene pigment lycopene, thought to help eliminate skin-aging free radicals.
WATERMELON •• one of the main ingredients in my summertime favorite, my Watermelon Mint Juice, watermelon is a rich source of Vitamin A, containing nearly one-quarter of your daily recommended intake of it per serving! Vitamin A is thought to keep skin and hair moisturized, encouraging the healthy growth of new collagen and elastin cells.