- August 16, 2018 -
Do you wake up, immediately scroll, drink a giant coffee, and feel completely frazzled? I used to start my day setting myself up for a complete cortisol flood, engaging in unhealthy practices like immediately reaching for a screen and over caffeinating. I highlighted my morning routine on this week’s instastories, many of you loves asked for all of info in a blog post, voila, here it is. In this post I’m going over all of the morning rituals I practice to reduce my cortisol spike, keeping my skin and mind clear.
11:00PM: Bedtime, I charge my phone in the living room to avoid the urge to scroll!
6:00AM: Wake up (usually a few minutes before my living room alarm) This takes practice but the longer you follow a sleep schedule the easier this will become.
6:05AM: Brush teeth and tongue scrape, removing toxins from the body CLICK TO BUY MINE
6:10AM: 1 min face wash face with January Labs Pure and Gentle Cleansing Gel, It’s light wax free formulation is perfect my acne prone skin.
Tone my skin with January labs Daily Brightening Tonic, to balance the PH of my skin, preventing excess oil
Moisturize my skin with January Labs Moisture Balancing Lotion, to keep my skin glowy and youthful looking without clogging pores.
Reduce eye puff with January Labs, to look refreshed and awake.
6:15AM: Lie on the couch, turn on my mediation playlist, set my phone timer for 15-20 minutes and meditate.
6:35AM: Drink 1 L of water, I use a 1 L water bottle to track my 3L a day.
Make my Mushroom Coffee, I drink Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee with Lion's Mane and Chaga evey morning. This instant superfood coffee has the same amount of caffeine as decaf with skin boosting antioxidants. I made the switch to Mushroom Coffee because my ance and anxierty are directly correlated to the amount of caffeine I consume CLICK TO BUY
7:00AM: Start my day calm cool and collected!
I hope these AM tips help you feel good, clear your skin, and give you the mental clarity to take on the day!
- August 5, 2018 -
Have you ever asked yourself, how do I maintain a healthy routine while traveling? It’s taken me years to develop a glowy feel good travel strategy and I’m spilling the beans with you loves. In this post I’m sharing my feel good tips, tricks, and essential travel products . A little planning and preparation will keep you looking and feeling your best no matter where you’re heading off to this summer. Read on for all the deets
Travel tips and tricks
1) Invest in travel sized versions of your normal products to keep your skin balanced. Leaving your skincare up to chance is never a good idea. Osea makes my favorite mini kits on earth including this Blemish Control and Oil Balancing Starter Set. This set is perfect for oily acne prone skin.
2) Prepare for good plane skin. Start by heading to the airport with no makeup, let your skin breathe! Bring a face wipe and a hydrating sheet mask, use both in order, at the end of your flight for glowy hydrated travel skin. I love the Biossance Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Cloths and the Skinesque The Brightening+ Charcoal Mask.
3) Pack your own travel snacks and beverages. Eating convenience crap on flights, in airports, or from the mini bar is the fastest way to get off track. It’s essential to pack travel back ups to maintain an #eattoglow diet. I love to pack skin supporting and travel friendly Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee, Barkuas super nuts, raw almond butter packets, and collagen packets.
4) Keep up with the water + greens. No matter what you’re eating on vacay make sure to keep your intake of water and greens high! Staying hydrated and incorporating fiber rich greens will keep your GI system smooth movin.
5) Walk it out. Get at least three miles of walking in everyday, outdoors or at the hotel gym weather depending. This physical movement will help burn the extra vacay calories, detox the skin, and keep you feeling light as a feather.
Now go out and crush this travel season, you wanderlusting goddess you.
- July 23, 2018 -
Hi loves! Happy Summer! Grilling Season is in full effect, Nate and I have been taking advantage of our favorite summer pastime. In the summer time our patio turns into our preferred kitchen. We love to come home, pour a nice glass of wine, and grill out together. In this post i’m highlighting a fantastic #eattoglow grill pairing that will keep your skin happy all summer long.
Traditional cook out food is not always the healthiest, I’ve come up with alternatives to avoid the seasonal pitfalls of outdoor eating, this pairing is a prime example. First things first, beverage selection, I personally prefer wine. I almost always select red wine vs white due its skin friendly lower sugar content and flavor profile. Ever since Nate and I traveled to France we always look for French wine, nostalgia is everything in the Thomas household. We discovered Beaujolais, a versatile and food friendly French wine that is light enough to enjoy on a summer night, we haven’t looked back since. In addition to being delicious, French Beaujolais is far better for your skin health than so many of the food coloring and additive laden American wines I’ve tried.
Our favorite French wine pairs perfectly with my ultimate glowy skin grilling recipe, grilled salmon. Seriously grilled salmon might be the best food on earth and the skin boosting benefits are undeniable. The omega-3 found in salmon helps to calm inflammation, slowing the breakdown of collagen and elastin, keeping your summer skin looking fantastic. Add in a crunchy bright fennel salad to your plate and you’ve got yourself a bougie patio party. I hope you loves enjoy this seasonal pairing as much as Nate and I do!
2 small bulbs of fennel, sliced thin
2 sprigs of fennel fronds, chopped
1 tablespoon mint leaves, chopped
the juice of half a lemon
segments of one saturn peach ( any peach or nectarine will work)
1 tablespoon olive oil
a pinch of salt
a pinch of fresh ground pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon capers, chopped
1/2 teaspoon mint, chopped
a pinch of salt
2 6-8oz pieces or wild caught salmon
add all ingredients to a medium bowl, toss until well combined
split salad between two individual plates
Prepare a hot fire in a grill. Brush and oil the grill grate.
mix all ingredients except for salmon in a small bowl
Brush the salmon fillets on all sides with the marinade mixture
Place the salmon fillets, skin side up, on the grill directly over the heat and cook for about 3 minutes. Turn the fillets over and cook until the fish flakes when prodded gently with a fork, about 3 minutes more.
Transfer the fillets to the individual plates
Serve with a light-bodied and crisp glass of Beaujolais wine. Click to learn more
- July 18, 2018 -
It’s officially hot as hell and it’s time to change up the skincare routine to support your summer skin! In preparation for this guide post I polled The True Spoon Instagram community to learn your most common summer skincare concerns. Oily, acne prone, sensitive skin is plaguing the majority of you loves this summer, same goes for me! I created a simple AM and PM routine to easily address these common summer skincare concerns. In this post I will highlight some hero products to perfect your summer skin. I also get specific about why the ingredients will benefit your specific concerns!
Summer Skincare Guide
AM: I suggest a one minute wash with cold water only! Massage your face and rinse off any sebum from the night before.
PM: In the summer I up my cleanser strength to something that can gently combat my excess oil production. I use the cleanser below that contains Tea Tree, Peppermint, and Rosemary to cool summer skin and prevent breakouts.
AM & PM: Post cleanse its essential to hydrate and rebalance your skin's pH level especially in the summer heat. I use this spray toner with this Hyaluronic Acid and Aloe Vera essence to reduce excess oil production and calm irritation.
AM & PM: After balancing skin's PH with toner it is essential to hydrate summer skin with a non greasy water based moisturizer. I love this Hyaluronic Sea Serum because it hydrates my skin without causing breakouts.
AM: After hydrating your skin, protecting with an SPF is the best thing you can do, especially during the summer months. Using SPF prevents against signs of aging and harmful sun rays. The SPF below is the only one i've found that does not cause breakouts on my oily skin.
PM: After hydrating skin at night I love to use a natural chemical exfoliant treatment to slough off dead skin cells and deep clean summer skin. This alpha hydroxy and glycolic rich treatment lotion washes away dull epidermal cells, revealing glowy healthy skin. This product is not overly drying and I personally use it every night. If you have extra sensitive skin, start with using this product three times a week and increase if your skin responds well.
I cannot wait for you loves to try this amazing guide and relish in your calm, clean, clear summer skin.