- July 12, 2018 -


If you’ve ever asked, how can I fix my acne? This post is for you!! Acne is a condition, If you’re suffering, I feel your pain, and I’m here for you. Acne can be the most frustrating and shame provoking condition on earth, but through education, self love, and the right routine we can all improve our Skin.

Pre wedding I was suffering from a nagging bout of acne, mostly precipitated by the stress cortisol surge. I did my best to mitigate the breakouts with diet and skincare but those pesky zits kept on coming!

Post wedding I decided to go to a new esthetician to asses my skin and heal! I met one of the founders of Take Care at a skincare event and had a fantastic holistic micro-current facial. I decided to visit their Venice location to deepen my healing journey.

The day of my micro-current facial I asked The True Spoon Community on instagram to send over their acne and skincare related questions, below are the questions thoughtfully answered by my treating esthetician Tess Adams.

1) Q: Is glycolic acid good for acne prone skin?
A:Glycolic acid can be great for people with acneic skin, it is important however to educate yourself on the strength of the glycolic you are using. Remember, glycolic can come in many forms, face wash, pads to wipe down the skin, toner, mask etc. Although it may seem like 5% glycolic is a low amount, it may be stripping down your skins own barrier system and actually leaving you more vulnerable to bacteria, UV rays, etc. I would consult with your Aesthetician before getting on a regimen. Tess approved my acneic skin for nighttime use 3 times a week.

2) Q: Can acne prone skin use face oil?
A: Remember, every person is different, and can react to oils differently! I do understand that when trying to dry out our acne, we want to compensate by putting oils on to relieve that dehydrated feeling. I do think that having oils in certain moisturizers can be beneficial, in my experience however, Just using oil topically can be too heavy for someone currently breaking out. We are trying to let our skin breath & help itself re balance!

3) Q: What is a good skincare routine for someone who suffers from acne but also wants anti aging benefits?
A: As we are getting older our hormones change, and we may even be breaking out more that our teenage years. (I know I am!) In order to combat signs of aging while still healing our acne, there are some techniques that can help! Getting regular treatments, Microcurrent, LED light therapy, at home Microcurrent device, Stem Cell therapy… There are a lot of natural non toxic products that don’t involve heavy retinols, I promise!

4) Q: Is it best to pop white heads or let them be?
A: Its better to let your Aesthetcian handle your white heads, but there is a way to extract them in the most sterile way possible, as not to spread the bacteria that causes acne in the first place.

5) Q: Are there any safe acne scarring/melasma/hyperpigmetation for expecting mothers?
A:For our mom to be that is experiencing melasma or pigmentation problems, Amber LED light therapy can help. (You can order a hand held device or come get a proper treatment) I also offer Plant stem cell therapy that has shown to help signs discoloration! All pregnancy safe!

6) Q: How can we avoid acne scars? Do you have any home remedies for preexisting acne scars?
A: We can avoid acne scars by not extracting or picking at our blemishes. As I mentioned before there are home Microcurrent devices or hand held LED lights. I have heard of people using lemon juice to help soften scar tissue but I can’t say that I have ever tried it! I say it’s best to let the professionals help! There are plenty of products that you can be using at home like, Vitamin C serum, hyaluronic acid… DM me for more specifics @tessadamsbeauty

Thank you so much for your questions loves! I hope these answers were as beneficial for you as they were for me! For more about my esthetician Tess Adams check out her bio below.


Tess Adams, Aesthetician has been a creative in New York City’s underground beauty scene for over a decade, heralded by industry influencers for her expertise in holistic skincare. Apart of the Take Care Collective, traveling regularly between Los Angeles, New York & the Hamptons. Tess is interested in spreading knowledge about self care and her holistic modalities.

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- June 22, 2018 -

Happy Fermentation Friday loves! If you’ve ever asked the question, are fermented foods good for your skin? The answer is yes!

I recently wrote an into to the world of fermentation for Mind Body Green and I wanted to share all the juicy nuggets with you! In this post you will learn the benefits of fermented foods for a healthy body Andy glowing skin, plus how to DIY your own!

Fermentation used to be as common in cooking, as, say, sautéing or boiling food is now. In the United States, the fermentation flow stopped when the new wave of TV dinners and spreadable margarines surpassed recipes from the homeland. It’s a shame, because our culturally connected ancestors were really onto something with the buckets of sauerkraut in the basement. The mind-body benefits of this ancient practice far surpass the judgy looks from your roommates when they smell your first successful batch.

In a perfect world, the helpful bacteria from local food and earthy surroundings would make their way into the optimum part of the digestive tract and help us live our best lives. Sadly, that isn’t the case for most of us. The common American lifestyle consisting of seasonal rounds of antibiotics, pasteurized dairy, and sanitized produce kills off all the good stuff we need for a thriving gut.

The health benefits of consuming fermented foods are somewhat endless and can improve the function of almost every system in the body. Here’s a breakdown of the most essential benefits.

Fermented foods help gut flora.

Ingesting these happy microbes creates an ecosystem of supportive microbiota in your GI system. These friendly bacteria live primarily in our large intestine and help overpower illness-causing microbial invaders.

Fermented foods support the endocrine system.

The GI tract (mouth to, you know, end) is the largest endocrine organ in the body, controlling emotion, metabolism, and immune response. The thyroid has been the trendy endocrine star of 2017, but the GI system has more than triple the mood-stabilizing, weight-management, and cold-fighting control.

Fermented foods aid digestion.

The acidic by-products of live ferments assist in the breakdown of the micronutrients and macronutrients in our diets, especially the difficult-to-digest lactose. This happy digestive aid can drastically reduce belly bloat and other GI distress.

Fermented foods help with nutrient absorption.

With the help of ferments, your digested nutrients are transformed into their most bioavailable form. Bioavailable nutrients are quickly and easily used by the body for all of its many functions. Calcium bioavailability is greatly enhanced with the presence of acid from the lactobassilic bacteria found in ferments, a hugely important micronutrient for young women to maintain healthy bone density.

Fermented foods make your skin glow.

The process of fermentation also synthesizes beauty-boosting nutrients including vitamin B12, folic acid, and biotin for shiny hair and glowy skin.

Are you intrigued by the body benefits of ferments? Thinking that you might want to try out this practice for yourself? I’m going to give you the DL on the process. Home fermenting is super cheap and relatively easy with a touch of patience. The most trustworthy way to reap this laundry list of benefits is to simply make fermented foods and eat a little every day.

How to ferment just about anything:

1. The first step to making your own fermented foods at home is getting organic produce.

Non-organic produce is sprayed with pesticides, and the good bacteria is killed off before it even makes it onto the shelf. Bonus points for local, seasonal, farmers market produce with bacteria that are most complementary to your physical surroundings and can improve seasonal allergies and reduce the likelihood of getting the common cold. I love using heartier veggies like cabbage, carrots, beets, and celery that will maintain their crunch after the fermentation process.

2. After you get your veggies, you’ll need a vessel.

I like to use Mason jars of varying sizes for my mad scientist veggie projects. In my opinion, specialized “fermentation jars” are overpriced and unnecessary. Wash your jars with water and soap and set them aside to air dry. If you’re worried about the cleanliness of your jars, feel free to rinse them with an apple cider vinegar and water solution.

3. The next step is the most important: finding a trusty bacterial starter.

I have been using the same starter for almost four years now; I got it from an amazing fermentation workshop, and it’s been my ride-or-die ever since. Having a trusty starter is important because it needs to contain strong, good bacterial strains that will fight off dangerous bacteria like E. coli. If you can find a friend with a good starter, that’s ideal, but you can also procure a powdered starter online or at a health food store. Another option is to sign up for a workshop like I did to get a trusty starter from an expert.

4. The final step is to stuff the jars with veggies, seasoning, starter, and cover with filtered water to create the ideal environment for the bacteria to thrive.

The process of your bacterial starter fermenting the veggies takes about a week or two depending on how intense you want the flavor to be. I always suggest storing ferments in a dark, cool place to prevent the bacteria from working at hyperspeed and causing an effervescent explosion. Another important tip is to only open fresh jars of ferments carefully over the sink to prevent an unwanted bacterial shower. After you achieve your desired puckering taste, move your ferments into the fridge, where they will last about eight months.

But how much fermented foods should you actually eat?

Now that you’ve got kraut coming out of your ears, knowing how much to eat is quite essential. Starting out small is the best way to introduce fermented foods into your diet. Every human microbiome is different, and each person’s reaction to ferments can vary. If you go ham and eat too much fermented food in one sitting, the likelihood of you making multiple trips to the toilet is probable. It’s best to start with a tablespoon or two every day for about a week and slowly increase depending on your reaction. Eating a tablespoon a day is more than enough to reap all of the benefits, but they taste so good that you shouldn’t be surprised if you start adding fermented veg to everything. Personally, I can eat about half a jar of fermented foods with no issues, but that’s after years of building up my tolerance.

When the majority of us think of probiotics, we think of dry capsules. Probiotics generally refer to live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your digestive system. If you’re a busy bee and don’t want to DIY your probiotics in the form of fermented foods, you can buy them, but choose wisely. If you’re buying a supplement, make sure that the bottle says “survivability-certified,” meaning that it’ll survive harsh stomach conditions and make its way to where it will be most effective in the GI system. You also want to find a probiotic supplement that is transparent about what strains are included in the pill. You can also buy fermented veggies and kombucha (fermented tea)—just make sure the packaging says “Live,” as dead bacteria are far less helpful.

 


- June 9, 2018 -

Hi loves!! It’s only 9 days until my wedding and I just finished a cleanse, how cliche.lol  I wanted to test a cleanse specific to glowing skin, pre wedding, and share my results with you! In this post I’m recapping my full experience on the anti inflammatory Clean Program. I’m sharing my sharing my top Clean approved recipes, what I learned, and what I will be incorporating into my daily life.

I selected the Clean Program because my incredibly talented nutritionist friend Lisa @ZINCNUTRITION recommended it. The Clean Program is a physician developed 21 day anti inflammatory dietary cleanse producing improvements in skin, sleep, digestion, energy, mental clarity with a reduction in bloating, constipation, headaches, and joint pain. Sounds good right?

I loved the fact that the program was not at all calorie restrictive and that there were far more approved foods than unapproved foods! The primarily rule of Clean Program is to cut out inflammatory foods (sugar, booze, red meat, eggs, peanuts, nightshades, dairy, etc.) The daily menu is comprised one Clean smoothie for breakfast, one healthy approved foods lunch, another Clean smoothie for dinner, and added supplements at every meal.

Finding the right smoothie recipe was the biggest challenge, the Clean packet mix was pretty bland and required an inventive mix of ingredients. I discovered a mix of textures, lots of spices, and ample stevia was the perfect combo to make a crave worthy smoothie. Below I’m recapping my favorite recipes from my experience.

Clean Matcha

Ingredients

1 cup boiling water

1/4 teaspoon organic cinnamon 

1/8 teaspoon spirulina 

1 tablespoon Ippodo ceremonial grade organic  matcha powder. Click on the photo below to try my favorite antioxidant rich smooth matcha

1 dropper liquid  toffee stevia. Click the photo below for my favorite sugar free natural sweetener.

A pinch of pink salt 

Recipe

add all ingredients to a blender and blend until frothy.

 

#eattoglow Chai Smoothie 

Ingredients

1 clean vanilla smoothie  packet 

2/3 cup coconut milk 

1/3 cup puréed pumpkin 

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon coconut butter 

1 teaspoon organic cinnamon 

1 teaspoon organic ginger powder 

1/2 teaspoon allspice 

1/2 teaspoon Chaga Mushroom powder 

1 dropper organic liquid stevia

Recipe

add all ingredients to a blender and blend until frothy.

 

Sweet Potato Chips

Ingredients

1 medium sweet potato

one tablespoon organic olive oil

Recipe

Preheat oven to 350

Slice sweet potatoes into thin rounds with a mandoline

Place sweet potato rounds on a lined baking sheet drizzle with olive oil 

Bake for 10 minutes, flip, bake for an additional 10 minutes

Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes 

add sweet potato chips to a fresh salad with romaine, organic sliced chicken breast, roasted asparagus, fermented cucumber, stone ground mustard, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

#eattoglow Spirulina Smoothie

Ingredients

1 clean vanilla smoothie  packet

1 2′ slice of zucchini

12 cup of de veined kale

1/2 of one small apple

The juice of 1/2 of a lemon

2/3 cup coconut milk

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1/2 teaspoon spirulina

1 tablespoon coconut butter

1 teaspoon organic cinnamon

I packet Four Sigmatic Reishi Mushroom Elixir

1 dropper organic liquid stevia

Recipe

add all ingredients to a blender and blend until frothy. Top with almond butter, coconut flakes, apple slices.

These recipes can be enjoyed even if you’re not on Clean, feel free to substitute two scoops of your favorite vanilla protein powder for the clean packets. Now onto my results!

Glowing skin was my only post cleanse expectation but it was far surpassed! Skin health wise, the anti inflammatory diet gets a 10, my skin was perfectly clean and vibrant until I indulged in a cheat. I cheated with a piece of vegan pizza and my body rebeled from the gluten by forming three giant pimples the next day! Learned a major lesson with that one, my skin hates gluten! My favorite result of the cleanse was waking up and feeling fantastic, full of energy, and ready to take on the day! I never felt my occasional bought of brain fog or sluggish start to the day. Another favorite result was getting regular! I’ve always been an irregular pooper…lol but really. The supplementation and addition of magnesium changed the game for my daily routine;) The Clean Program magnesium supplement is called Eliminate, cheeky right? The lemony berry flavor completely masks the sometimes chalky mag taste.

 

The last major result inexperienced was a generalized de puff in my body and face! If I hadn’t been intentionally avoiding weight loss by adding additional healthy fat to my diet, i’m sure this program would have illicted a scale drop. To recap my results were

1) Glowy Skin

2) Energy

3) Regularity

4) De puff

I felt so good on the cleanse I will most definitely incorporate some of the practices and swaps into my daily life. Pre cleanse I was pretty addicted to red wine, I would have a glass almost every night. I discovered on this no booze cleanse that the extra sugar and tannis was making me groggy and adding unwanted puff to my body. I now plan on enjoying a tequila soda or two on the weekends and sub wine for tea on weekdays.

Hot sauce was another addiction, I would dump hot sauce on all of my meals, adding phenomenal amounts of sodium to my diet. After three weeks of cutting hot sauce, my palette had reverted back to previous preferences and I didn’t  need that massive salt kick!

I however am back on the decaf coffee and grass fed beef and loving it!lol All good things in moderation right??

If you’d like to try the Clean Program I have a $60 off code just for you!! Go to this CLEAN PROGRAM LINK and use code TheTrueSpoon at checkout.

xoxo,

Celeste


- June 4, 2018 -



Most of us have heard about the nasty toxins lurking in generic deodorant but does natural deodorant actually work? Ask my fiancé, your girl has had some issues with all natural deodorants actually preventing BO and sweat! luckily i’ve found the best all natural deodorant in the wellness world and I’m sharing the deets! My year long adventure to find a fully functional non toxic deodorant has lead me to write this post for you loves. I’m rounding up some of the most common brands I’ve tried, weighing benefits vs. blunders, and sharing my five star winner in this post.

Let’s talk about DO! Conventional deodorant brands contain toxic chemicals linked to a bevy of serious health concerns including breast cancer, Alzheimers, hormonal disorders, and much more! It’s time to switch to an all natural nontoxic alternative ASAP and this post will help you navigate the rocky landscape.

What ingredients should you avoid in deodorant? Here’s my list of DO NO NO’s!

  1. Aluminum (Aluminum chloralhydrate, aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex)
  2. Parabens (methyl, ethyl, propyl, benzyl and butyl)
  3. Fragrance (a great name for crap chemicals)
  4.  Silica
  5. Triclosan

All Natural non toxic deodorant review

Winner:

Star rating: 5

Pros: Long lasting BO prevention, fresh citrus scent, minimizes sweat (workout tested),  easy to apply (squeeze tube hands free applicator).

 

use code: credolovestruespoon for 10% off your order

Runner up: Routine Cream Deodorant

Star rating: 3.5

Pros: Long lasting BO prevention, minimizes sweat (workout tested), includes detoxifying charcoal.

Cons: Odd soap scent, It's a pot so you have to use your hands for application. deodorant

Honorable mention: The Takesumi Detox Charcoal Deodorant

Star rating: 3

Pros: Minimizes sweat (workout tested), fresh clean scent, easy to apply (traditional hands free applicator).

Cons: Only prevents BO for a few hours.

 

Don't waste your money: Schmidts Deodorant 

Star rating: 2

Pros: Cute packaging, great scents.

Cons:  Only prevents BO for a few hours, only mildly minimizes sweat, leaves streaky white sweat drips all over.

I hope that was helpful loves!! I highly suggest just getting the Type:A deodorant and enjoying your sweet smelling active lifestyle! If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask them in the comments section of this post.

I found my top DO pick from Credo Beauty and they have such trustworthy options for all nontoxic body/face/beauty products check out their site if you're in need of any new products  CREDO BEAUTY

 


- May 29, 2018 -


Hi loves!! I finally got my first nontoxic natural looking airbrush spray tan and I had to share the details with you! I normally use at home products to get a sunless glow but in prep for my upcoming wedding, I tested out the big guns. In this post I’m outlining the basics of non toxic air brush spray tans and some essential tips to get a long lasting bronze.

I asked you loves for your all natural spray tan suggestions on Instagram stories, overwhelmingly Sugared and Bronzed was the top suggestion. Sugared and Bronzed is an LA based company that utilizes sugar, water, beet extract, and DHA to give your skin a bronze glow. The naturally derived DHA acts as an oxidation agent to brown the skin, similar to how a cut apple gets brown when left on the counter. This completely nontoxic formula is True Spoon approved and safe enough for your face!

The hand airbrush method is performed by an experienced technician who contours the tan specifically to your body. I selected the level 3 signature tan as per your suggestion and it was perfect (see before and after). The process only takes about 20 minutes and lasts about a week! Now onto the essential tips.

1) Exfoliate your body in the shower before you spray tan, sloughing off dead skin is essential to a long lasting even glow. I only cleansed my face prior to my spray tan because I exfoliate often. If you don’t exfoliate often, you might want to exfoliate your face the day before.

2) Do not use oil based lotions or moisturizers on your face or body before you spray tan, it will prevent the solution from properly sticking to your skin.

3) Wear black clothing to your appointment, there is a staining bronzer component and you don’t want to stain your clothes.

4) Avoid getting water on your skin post spray tan, seriously, not a drop. No dishes, hand washing, or laundry for you! Getting droplets of water on your skin for the first 12 hours can leave little white water marks.

5) Plan ahead, you have to let the tanning solution stay on your skin for 12 hours before you shower, I suggest spraying in the morning or afternoon and laying low until you can shower.

5) Moisturize with lotion post shower, hydrating your skin will maintain your tan.

I hope this outline and list of tips will help you have an amazing spray tan experience! I fell in love with my tan and will be heading back to Sugared and Bronzed Pre wedding! If you choose to try out this awesome nontoxic all natural spray tan, tell them Celeste Wilson sent you!
Ask any additional questions in the comment section below.

Xoxo,
Celeste


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