The Spring Refresh

Friday, March 20, 2015

Today marks the first day of Spring, and in honor of the sunny days and little dresses ahead, I'd like to share my personal suggestions for radiant skin from head to toe and a trim waist at the start of favorite season. Now, I must note that all of these things are meant to be incorporated as lifestyle changes. I am not about "diets" or cleanses, a spa day once a month, meanwhile, you aren't taking your makeup off before bed. If you want to make a permanent healthy change, it will require consistency. Spring is the time to start, and I know you can do it!

Eating for a Slender Body & Radiant Skin:
I am a firm believer in beauty coming from within (both physically and mentally). The first steps to radiance are always A). a good attitude and B). a clean diet, in my book. If you are going to eat junk, slather on Crème de la Mer, and call it a day, you are not going to see results, and you are certainly not going to age like wine. You would be better off eating right and not even moisturizing than doing that.

When it comes to "cleanse" and "detox" plans, there are several mutual factors in almost every kind you see, and these are: No meat, no dairy, no alcohol, no highly processed foods (sometimes no gluten), and no caffeine. Getting rid of these things for a week to 'cleanse' your body is not going to do you any good in the long run, though. Going back to your old habits of consuming such things on a grand scale will bring you right back to where you started in the beginning! If you really want to treat your body correctly, you need to drastically reduce consumption on the day-to-day. Below are examples from Gwyneth Patlrow's esteemed "Goop Cleanse." Why not turn these venerated "cleanses" into lifestyles? Everything is still yummy!

Gwyneth's "Goop Cleanse"



       These are some things that are typically interpreted as "healthy" (at least by the USDA...) that I suggest you avoid...
  • Dairy -- Choose almond or coconut based products instead. “Dairy products are pro-inflammatory, which means they can worsen & cause acne issues and also accelerate aging,” says dermatologist Nicholas Perricone, M.D.
  • Meat as a protein source --The largest comprehensive study on nutrition ever conducted, The China Study (written and conducted by Dr. Colin Campbell), concluded that animal proteins provide a direct causal link to multiple autoimmune disorders, cancers, heart disease, brain diseases, and long term endothelial cell damage. Try to reduce meat consumption to stay young inside & out.
  • Juicing (oddly enough) -- I am not a fan of juicing. It tastes amazing, but health wise, you are extracting all of the liquids and discarding all of the fiber (what keeps you full and helps you digest all those sugars!). Stick to smoothies/blending whole fruits/veggies instead so you don't spike your blood sugar levels and inflame your skin.


My number one suggestion is (seriously) eating more whole fruits and vegetables and reducing animal product consumption. **Don't be afraid of the sugar content in whole fruits. The fiber and enzymes in raw, unprocessed fruit will allow your body to absorb the best parts and properly process the natural sugars. Have you ever heard a doctor say to someone "You're eating too much fruit?" No... Fruit also creates it's own antioxidants for survival, while humans cannot create any antioxidants on their own! We need to eat fruits and vegetables (preferably raw -- that's where fruit usually comes in) to obtain ANY of these age fighting, skin protecting substances. Animal products have little to no antioxidant content for us to absorb and contain properties that damage our heart and blood cells.If you are worried about the protein content of a clean diet, that's what nuts, seeds, beans, tempeh, seitan, and whole grains are for.

Protecting & Reparing Skin:
Spring is also the perfect time to start thinking about protecting & repairing your lovely skin in the sun! The sun causes 90% of external, premature aging of your skin, so be sure to wear your sunscreen, no matter what skin tone you have. My favorite sunscreens are by Alba (sold at target and on Amazon). They are primarily natural and have never made me break out. For lips, Badger brand sun protectant formula lip-balms are the best. The skin on your lips is particularly sensitive to sun damage, so are extra important to protect because, duh, you want them to stay plump forever.

Badger Damascus Rose Oil 

Repair-wise, a day in the sun can wreak havoc on your skin, so you should take the time to properly heal from within and without. I take a few supplements (I posted an article about my feelings on supplements about a month ago) just as backup to make sure my body is healing properly from the inside, on the daily. Hawaiian Spirulina (an algae super-food) gives me all the vitamins and chlorella I need to maintain glowy skin, as well as hard-to-find vitamin B12. I take flax oil, as well, as a vegan way to get lots of Omega-3s (good fats that help skin stay hydrated).

Externally, I like to repair with lots of hydration and oils. Origins moisturizers are all natural and make your skin feel dewy and fresh for hours. I use this in the daytime under sunscreen. At night, I use Badger Rose Oil as a super intense moisturizer. Dr. Hauschka eye cream repairs damage done to the delicate skin around those beautiful eyes! Use this, or another all natural eye cream, as well. It's not even necessarily about specific products, when it comes to external repair, but it is certainly about consistency (and I believe) using natural products as often as possible.

Spirulina & Flax Oil (Click photos to go to store)

       Start developing healthy skin & eating habits now (and avoid temporary "miracles" like week long detoxes) and by summer, you'll be glowing for the long haul. Promise.

x

21 comments :

  1. This post was very helpful and inspiring! Thanks so much. Much, much love<3

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  2. Gonna print this out and post it on my wall. Thank you for this thought out piece! Glad to have your blog back, Dayna! xoxo

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  3. why was your blog down? did anything change?

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  4. Lovveeee this post! Super informative. And I wish more people knew that you only need 5% of protein from your daily calorie intake. The obsession over protein was sparked by the meat industries for marketing. No one is protein deficient and if they are then it's because they are deficient in every other nutrient from starvation.

    BTW, you look exactly like Imogen Poots!!! I would believe it if you told me that you guys are twins. Both super gorgeous.

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    1. So funny! I've actually seen Imogen Poots a couple of times. In person, I feel like I don't, but in pictures, I can see some resemblance! Hehe.

      And yes I read about that in 80/10/10. So crazy.. We are all kind of brainwashed into thinking otherwise from the start

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  5. dayna! i came across this video and you popped into my mind multiple times while i watched it, i wanted to share it with you: http://anonhq.com/one-video-can-change-world/
    i love this post like i love all your others, please keep doing all that you're doing :)
    xx

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  6. How did you make so many friends in such a big city as NYC without going to college there?

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    1. I worked in a café for a couple months and that certainly helped. Some friends moved from CT to here the same time as me, so that was great as well :)

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  7. Dayna, Oreos are NOT vegan!!! Don't follow PETA guidelines they are so often wrong!
    they have cross contact of milk and the sugar is sometimes processed with bone char (material produced by charring animal bones). There are a couple sites that explain more in depth but you can just simply go to the Oreo website-FAQ section:
    http://www.oreo.co.uk/FAQ
    They say very clearly on there that oreos are not vegan.

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    1. NOOOO OMG. Thank you for this though!

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  8. How do you like to remove your makeup, Dayna? I personally haven't found any I really like to use yet.

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    1. Coconut oil on a cotton ball! Then wash your face

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  9. I absolutely adore you. You are always full of such great insight, and your energy that you share and spread to the world is very enlightening. I know you are very intelligent and love to read and learn. In your latest video you mentioned some books that you are reading about mindfulness. Would you mind doing a list of your favorite books?

    Your'e an inspiration.
    xo,
    Anna

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    1. This is such a nice comment. Thank you for all of that! I would love to do a book list. Transcending the Levels of Consciousness is my number one mindfulness recommendation. Also, the Wisdom of Thich Naht Hanh

      xx

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  10. When you get home, do you remove your makeup right away? If so, what product do you use? I'm having trouble finding a method/product with natural ingredients to do the job well.

    so much awesome information, thank u!

    x

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    1. Sometimes! I use coconut oil on a cotton ball :) gets everything right off x

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  11. you didnt answer any of these:/

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  12. Hey what do you think of the rose face oil I'm thinking of getting it I have dry and sensitive skin.:)

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