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Beauty & The Butt

Posted Oct 22 2010 10:54am
We'll get to the fibrous recipes soon, but first I wanted to tackle another fun topic that I can really get into.

I love beauty products I'm one of those people who can spend hours cruising the aisles of Shoppers Drug Mart or CVS (for American) readers not to mention Sephora. Creams, tonics, lotions and lip gloss I love them all.

Mind you some are crap. So I've decided to do a small list of some of the best beauty routines and items that I use on a daily or weekly basis. Most are cheap and accessible and best of all they have no icky chemicals or bullshit claims. This stuff works.

Top Natural Beauty Picks:

1. The Dry Skin Brush: By far the best thing i've ever done for my skin. Yes it detoxes you, and yes it gets your lymph system working but it also makes your ass as smooth as a baby's bum. Here's the deal you buy a hard prickly brush and then you take of all your clothes. I do it everyday before I jump in the shower. You then firmly with sweeping strokes and towards the direction of your hard brush your skin. Yes it is prickly, yes the first few times you'll feel like a weirdo. But when you or someone else touches your skin and then remarks on how silky soft it is you'll next stop doing it. It exfoliates, it cleans out your insides and makes you feel fantastic. My fav skin brushes.....  Best skin brushes

Skin brushing technique:  How to Dry Skin Brush

2. Baking Soda Exfoliation: Okay now you're in the shower. You feeling fantastic because your skin is soft and tingling. So you make be one of those people who is constantly dealing with skin that needs exfoliating. My solution? Baking Soda. Get aluminum free and put it in a small closable plastic container and keep it in your shower. Take a pinch rub your hands together and use it on all the parts that need it, feet, elbows and sometimes even your face. It is not too harsh and does an excellent job. And it is seriously cheap. Better than anything cream based I've tired.

3. Dr. Bronner's Soap: Okay now it's time to get clean but you don't want crap on you or in you. Most soaps available have tons of scents which are chemicals and chemicals that make them bubble up. We really don't need to have any more toxins than we get so take a look at this amazing soap. It comes in tons of scents, lathers well and has no weird ingredients it's made with all natural essential oils. Peppermint is great in the morning to get you invigorating while Lavender is a good just before bed choice.  Healthy Suds Choices

4. Coconut Oil: You are now naked outside the shower, and you look fantastic because you've been eating over 30 grams of fiber, greens and moving your ass every single day. So you want to lube up your skin to protect it and moisturize. The best solution I've found: Organic Coconut Oil. Barring an allergy, then try almond oil or olive oil. It has no added scents but smells delicious and melts right into your skin. It is also anti-fungal and super moisturizing. I rub it everywhere except my face. It works like a charm on dry skin. Another solution for super dry skin is warmed sesame oil. But you don't want the toasted kind just plain.

5. Rosehip Oil: At this point I'm saying I'm never going to get Botox, not because I'm totally scared of it, but the over abundance of botox babes and their sketchy freaky faces makes me frightened of what might happen should you go that way and get an injectable addiction. Now that I don't do coffee a new addiction could totally be a possibility so..... i'm going natural so far. I love love love Rosehip oil for my face. It works so well on little lines and dry skin. It fab. It's not cheap, it is only available at really nice health store but it works. My favourite brand:  Kosmea Rosehip OIl . I found it while living in Australia but it's available over here now.

Well those are a few of my favorites... and they work wonders - really. Good nutrition makes skin glow but having these little additions really seals the deal. I mean just because I might eat like a modern hippie doesn't mean I'm not slightly vain.

Fiberific Recipes:

Berry Smoothie:
1 cup raspberries
1 scoop Vega Whole Food Supplement or Smoothie Mix
1/2 cup greens: kale, romaine, spinach, whatever you have on hand
1.5 tablespoons chia or flax seed
water to desired consistency.

Mix this all up you've got lots of fiber and a yummy tasty smoothie.

Fibre Quick & Dirty:

The day is almost over and you've had no fibre and you don't know what to do...

1 cup applesauce with 1.5 tablespoons of chia or ground flax seed.

It's fast, tastes good and your fibre intake has been upped.

Easy Chick Pea Salad
1 cup chickpeas
chopped onion
add something green, eg: spinach, arugala, whatever works and is on hand
olive oil bases salad dressing either homemade or bought

This packs around 13 grams of fibre, tastes good and is super quick to make.

That's it for today have a happy ass weekend.

Greens Tip: For easy smoothie preparation: hit your local farmers market and buy greens. Take them home, wash them and then chop them up and put them in freezer baggies. Then come morning just grab a handful to add easy greens to your smoothie. The frozen texture reduces the bitter taste and adds to the milkshake texture.
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