Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Skingredients: Geranium

Geranium flower purple

 

Geranium Essential Oil has a sweet, floral fragrance that calms and relaxes the body and mind, one of the many reasons that we use it in our SkinOwl Argan Infusion Geranium Oil!  Geranium oil has a wide range of skin benefits including helping with acne, bruising, eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.  Geranium Oil can also be used as a treatment for cuts, scrapes, and burns.  In fact, the ancient Egyptians used this oil on open wounds because they believed in its healing powers!

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Visit our SkinOwl Argan Infusion Geranium Oil product page for more info on this amazing product!

 

Hear The SkinOwl’s personal skin journey, and how Argan Infusion Oil dramatically improved the appearance of her skin…

 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Salmon

Add luster and softness to your complexion by feasting on salmon!  This fish has one of the richest concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids which are known to nourish the skin by reducing the body’s production of inflammatory substances, therefore decongesting clogged pores, and combating fine lines and wrinkles!  That said, when we came across this simple and delicious recipe for Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Salmon, we just couldn’t resist passing it along to you!  Check it out…

rosemary garlic salmon recipe

Ingredients:

2 garlic cloves
2 fresh 6″ rosemary sprigs, about 1 tablespoon chopped
1 1/2 to 2 pounds salmon, preferably Copper River Salmon*
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

* This recipe uses sockeye salmon but it works with all varieties of salmon.

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 425°. Peel and chop garlic and rosemary and set aside.
Place salmon on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Sprinkle with salt, pepper, rosemary, and garlic. Place in the oven and roast for 12 minutes or until the salmon is flaky.

 

Source: In Sock Monkey Slippers

 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Dr. Oz’s Antioxidant Grocery List

We love Dr. Oz’s helpful hints on how to take care of yourself from the inside out, which is why we had to share this Antioxidant Grocery List.  There are even a few wrinkle fighters on there that we are definitely going to pick up the next time we go to the market!  So, print out this list and put it somewhere you’ll remember because these are simple and delicious ways to keep your body healthy and your skin glowing!

dr oz anti oxidant list

Monday, July 15, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Fresh Pico De Gallo

What summer BBQ would be complete without some salsa?  But why get store bought salsa that can be filled with sugars and sodium in order to preserve freshness, when you can easily chop up a few ingredients & make your own fresh salsa (or Pico De Gallo)?!  In fact, fresh tomatoes have lycopene, which is an antioxidant and actually works as a sunscreen from within which makes it the perfect food to consume in the summer!  It is recommended to have at least 16 milligrams of lycopene per day as they reduce the number of free radicals in the body and help to retain the moisture in the skin and reduce redness.
So get your cutting board ready and check out this recipe for Fresh Pico De Gallo…
fresh pico de gallo salsa
Ingredients:

7-8 firm Roma tomatoes, diced
½ medium white (or yellow) onion, finely diced
1-2 jalapenos (remove the seeds if you want to tame the spice), finely diced
Large fist-full of cilantro, chopped
Juice of 2 limes
1 tsp Salt
Black Pepper to taste

 

Instructions:
Mix together and allow to sit (the longer it sits, the better the flavors meld together). Serve with tortilla chips, or as a topping on tacos or fajitas.
Friday, July 12, 2013

Skingredients: EYE

eye cream

 

If you are traveling this summer or just running around in the summer heat, it is easy to get worn out. As we all know, this can take its toll on your skin, especially the delicate skin around your eyes!

 

SkinOwl EYE Is specifically formulated to smooth and firm the delicate skin around the eyes. It provides hydration and nutrition to revitalize the eye zone and reduce puffiness, fine lines and dark circles. Its nutrient elements restructure the skin’s tissue, eliminate dryness and help to regain skin tone and elasticity.

 

“Eye’s” key ingredients include Gingko Biloba Extract, Green Tea Extract, White Tea Extract, Rooibos Extract, Olive Leaf Extract, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oligopeptides, and Vitamin A, C & E. What’s not to like?!

 

Watch the eye area transform in no time! Order your jar today and say goodnight to sleepy, aging eyes!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Grapefruit and Strawberry Greyhound Poptail

It’s only the beginning of summer but things are already heating up!  We suggest cooling off with a Poptail; a Cocktail in the form of a Popsicle!  We just love this recipe for Grapefruit and Strawberry Greyhound Poptails because it incorporates one of our favorite citrus fruits, grapefruit!  This fabulous fruit contains anti-oxidants in which help to fight free radicals in the skin that can cause lines, wrinkles, discolorations and other blemishes.  So go ahead and have a Poptail or two this summer to cool off and help your skin at the same time!

grapefruit popsicle

Makes 18 popsicles

 

Ingredients:

8 oz. fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice (about a 1lb grapefruit)
12 oz. strawberries (about 12 medium strawberries)
5 oz vodka

 

Instructions:
Place the juiced grapefruit and whole strawberries in a food processor or a blender and process until everything is pureed. Add vodka and process for another 20-30 seconds to blend well. Pour mixture into popsicle mold.

 

Place foil on top of popsicle form and cut a tiny hole in the center of each well. Stick popsicle stick through the whole. Freeze for at least 6 hours or until frozen solid. To release popsicles, run hot water on the outside of popsicle molds for a 2-3 seconds.

 

Source: Endless Simmer

Friday, July 5, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Red White and Blue Food

If you are anything like us, you’re taking all weekend to celebrate the 4th of July holiday!  This can mean lots of fun but also lots of eating!  It can be easy to over do it on a holiday weekend, so we put together some healthy fruit snack ideas inspired by a red, white, and blue 4th of July theme!  You can still celebrate all weekend long but why not get some nutrition in there as well?! Pick your favorite and get ready to impress! Check it out…

4th of july stars pops 4th of july strawberries 4th of july fruit salad 4th of july fruit water 4th of july platter watermelon

 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and the rest of the holiday!  We’ll see you back here next week!

 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: What To Do With Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds. We’ve all heard about them, but maybe you’ve never known what to do with these delicious seeds! Chia seeds help to control your appetite because they fill you up and act as a great source of protein. They’re full of nutrients, such as vitamins A, B, D, E, calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium!  So when we came across these 10 ideas for incorporating chia seeds into your regular diet, we just couldn’t resist passing them along to you!

 

chia seeds uses

 

1. Use In Place Of an Egg In Recipes

Substitute 1 tablespoon of chia seeds (preferably finely ground) + 3 tablespoons of water per egg.

 

2. Thicken Up Soups Or Gravies
If you don’t want to use cornstarch or other thickening agents, add a teaspoon of chia seeds or chia bran at a time until you reach your desired thickness. Bear in mind it takes a minute or two for the seeds to swell and work their magic. Be patient!

 

3. Sprout Chia Seeds To Use In Salads.
These things are quite zesty…a bit like broccoli sprouts. Chia seeds are mucilaginous so you can’t use the usual tray or jar sprouters. Instead, sprinkle a thin layer of seeds on the bottom of an unlaquered terra cotta dish or plate. Put the terra cotta dish in a larger plate of water. Cover with another plate. Small amounts of water permeate the terra cotta plate upon which the chia seeds sit, and provide exactly the right amount of water to sprout them. Day 2, lightly mist the seeds (or sprinkle) with water. Day 3, they should be right to eat.

 

4. Add To a Chocolate Brownie or Truffle Recipe To Turn Them Into Protein Bars
Throw in a few tablespoons of protein powder while you’re at it.

 

5. Try a Chia-coconut Goob, Especially if You’re An Athlete
Just mix coconut water and some seeds to form an electrolyte-laden “goo.”

 

6. Use as a Slow Cooker Aid.
Cooking with a slow cooker can often leave you with a lot of excess liquid. I do two things.
The first: Thicken the sauce by adding some seeds or chia seed bran.
The second: Remove any excess liquid (a very brothy, nutritious mixture) and put in a jar with some chia seeds and then eat with toast, over rice, pasta or vegetables.

 

7. An Easy Thick Omelette.
Add chia seeds to beaten eggs, soak for 10 minutes and turn into an omelette or frittata.

 

8. Make Crackers.
Make a thin batter of ground chia seeds and milk and cook in a slow oven to make crackers.

 

9. Make a Cinnamon Chia Butter.
Add ground seeds to nut butter and amp the nutrition. Or add to butter with some cinnamon and spread on hot toast.

 

10. Make a Healthy Pudding.
Add 1/2 cup of chia seeds to 1 1/2 cups of almond or cashew milk.

 

Source: Hungry For Change

 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Skingredients: Clary Sage

clary sage plant skin benefits

 

With so many plant and floral ingredients, it’s hard to keep them all straight. After much deliberation and research, we had to infuse one of our oils with the ever-powerful Clary Sage! There are so many reasons to LOVE Clary Sage! For starters, it has antibacterial, anti inflammatory, antiseptic, AND astringent properties!  It also stimulates blood circulation to the surface of the skin.  PLUS, it promotes skin cell regeneration which makes it great for fighting wrinkles and promoting youthful fresh skin!

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Basically, it does wonders for your skin!  Which is why we offer it as our anti-aging smoothing, hydrating, and plumping option for mature skin.  For more info on the SkinOwl Clary Sage Argan Infusion click HERE!

 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Arugula and Peach Salad with White Cheddar

We love seasonal fruits, like peaches, because they are rich in Vitamin C which boosts the production of collagen, a compound that gives your skin elasticity!  So, naturally we can’t get enough of this Arugula and Peach Salad with White Cheddar! Not only is it mouth watering-ly delicious, but it is great for your skin health!  It might just be the perfect summer salad to serve at your next event, check out the recipe below…

 

Fun Add On? Serve with a Blueberry Mojito and your skin will be jam packed full of skin-loving nutrients. You’ll be glowing by the end of your summer fiesta!

peach arugula salad

 

Ingredients:

7 ounces of baby arugula
3 peaches
3 ounces of dried cranberries
5 ounces sharp white cheddar, cubed
5 ounces glazed pecans

 

Simply combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and toss with the dressing (recipe for the dressing listed below).

Simple Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/4 cup olive oil
a dash of salt and pepper

 

In a small bowl whisk together vinegar, honey, dijon and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. I usually double the vinaigrette recipe.

 

Source: Val SoCal