It seems most people desire a golden tan. Spending hours in the sun only to get burned or end up with sun damage. Or attempting self tanner, only to look orange and then spotty for days after.
People always compliment me on my skin color, yes I have my parents to thank but I have noticed a lack of glow and color when I am not doing my little tricks that I have acquired over the years.
Shhh….don’t tell but these tips are about to make you a Golden Goddess or God.
1. Iron (ferrous sulfate)- Make sure you are getting enough iron. Iron deficiency can cause you to feel tired, forgetful and pale. Yes, pale! Because iron helps with blood cells and brings oxygen to your body. Efficient absorption of iron is needed to have color to your skin. It is best to get your iron from iron rich foods such as chicken liver, mussels, and oysters being at the top of the list but if you have a more sensitive pallet, turkey, chicken, beans and veggies such as spinach and broccoli are other great sources. If you feel you may be low in iron, then it is wise to get a blood panel done by your doctor to see if you need extra supplementation.
2. Beta carotine- Proof is in the pudding….when my son was a baby, I gave him too many carrots and sweet potatoes and well he turned orange! This is seen more in babies because at first their diet consists of mostly vegetables and not much of anything else. I recommend drinking at least a cup of carrot juice a day and yams or sweet potatoes once or twice a week for a tint of color.
3. Astaxanthin- Astaxanthin is an antioxidant that gives salmon and flamingo their pink hue. It will also give you a golden glow and helps remove scars and age spots. Eating salmon alone will not give you the benefits of Astaxanthin, as you would have to eat massive amounts. Saying that, salmon has numerous other benefits and should be eaten regularly. Read more about Astaxanthin here.
4. Sweat- Sweat it out and release toxins from your body to make your skin glow. I always say my skin looks best after a steam or an amazing yoga class where I sweat. I call it my “yoga glow”. Sweat releases toxins that would otherwise not be able to be released. Bringing blood to the surface, opening up your pores and letting your skin breath and shine.
5. Sun- Yes you do need some sun. It is healthy and vital in small doses. I love the sun and when I don’t have it, I miss it. Growing up in Chicago I would get very sad during the long winters so I am very grateful to now live in sunny California. Saying that, I used to believe that the sun had to be blazing in order to reap it’s benefits. That is simply not true. I believe in being in natural sunlight at least 20 minutes a day even if it is overcast. Click here to read more benefits of sunshine.
6. Hydration- Hydrate internally and externally. Be sure to drink adequate amounts of water and electrolytes. I am a big fan of coconut water as it is more hydrating than Gatorade and a lot better for you. Moisturize daily with a chemical free, natural moisturizer. Organic coconut oil is great! Dry skin can make you look ashy and grey. Hydrate from the inside out with lots of veggie juice, herbal teas, kombucha, and coconut water.
7. Body Scrub- I am a huge advocate of scrubbing and I mean scrubbing until the skin is red. This is practiced regular in many Asian and European cultures to get rid of dead skin cells and help release toxins, creating smooth skin. I used to think that scrubbing would fade my tan but it is quite the contrary. It brings blood and circulation to the surface, which creates a beautiful natural tone to your skin color.
* No matter what shade of skin you have, if you nourish your body with good foods, love and light then you will glow from the inside out.
In Chinese astrology each year represents a different animal. There are a total of 12 animals that cycle. Your animal is based on what year you were born. Click here to find out.
Beginning February 19, 2015 we move into the year of the Green Wood Sheep (goat/ram) the 8th animal in Chinese astrology. Under the yin influence, the sheep is a symbol of peace, balance, harmony, and calmness. Some years/animals are more suited for each sign but tuning into each animal can help you make the most out of each year.
Heres some ways to do that:
1. This will be a year that more will be accomplished intellectually than physically. Having more compassion and kindness will go a long way, as the sympathetic sheep displays.
2. Practicing self-awareness, mindfulness, and focus is very important this year. The sheep makes great stride when it is determined and focused but careless, lack of attention can cause the sheep to stray from the herd and get lost.
3. Remembering to have fun along the way. The attitude you carry on the journey is what will determine your character and success in the end. Find playfulness in everyday. Always try to find humor and laugh it off.
4. Aligning with the essence and the energy of the sheep will give you are far greater advantage than not. Acknowledge the characteristics that you have that seem similar and play on those throughout the year. Steer clear from comparing yourself to others,instead only strive to be a better version of yourself.
5. The sheep is a giver of love and affection and loves to be associated with social groups. Knowing this, be wise to spend your time and energy with like-minded spirits and affiliate yourself with social groups that uplift your soul and encourage your growth.
*Ideas are easy. It’s the execution of ideas that really separates the sheep from the goats. – Sue Grafton
10 reasons to give yourself the gift of yoga this holiday season.
1. Yoga instills a peace of mind, no matter what outside influences there are.
2. With consistent practice, yoga creates a healthy, subtle body which combats common problems that occur with the aging process.
3. Helps clear negative thought patterns and teaches you to be present.
4. Helps your body rid itself of toxins and stagnant breath.
5. Tones and strengthens your entire body.
6. Elongates your body and helps you become more flexible and ease pain from arthritis or stiff joints.
7. Teaches you to be content even in the most difficult poses and gives you such tools to use when life gets difficult.
8. Yoga is a healthy creative outlet for you to transmute energy and emotions.
9. Yoga creates mindfulness and helps you tune in, instead of tuning out.
10. Continual yoga practice helps one develop patience, compassion and the beauty of simplicity.
*Mastery of yoga is really measured by how it influences our day-to-day living, how it enhances our relationships, how it promotes clarity and peace of mind.- T.K.V Desikachar