As we build our ideal skin routines, it's crucial for us to consider what's going on inside as well as what we see on the outside. Without getting too technical, our skin is very intuitive and whilst topical products can do wonders for stressed, overwhelmed or aging skin, we cannot possibly expect it to instantly wind back the clock or perfectly balance itself if we are not taking care of it from within.
Everyday stress and anxiety, diet, hormones and lifestyle can greatly impact the quality of our skin and cause a whole host of issues we'd really rather not deal with. So, let's take a look at some offerings we can lean on, on the path to our best skin ever.
Considered to be the "ultimate skin food", Tocos is (in our opinion) the underdog of the skin health world. We don't hear as much about Rice Bran Solubles as other skin superfoods but it is packed with bio-available vitamins D + E that are essential in promoting healthy skin and connective tissue whilst simultaneously facilitating the removal of toxins from the body (toxin build up = unhappy skin).
A powerhouse of nutrients derived from the bran of organically grown brown rice with naturally occurring vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and C, as well as folic acid, biotin, choline, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, iodine, phosphorous, iron and zinc.
Don't let the powder form intimidate you, Tocos has a naturally rich flavour not dissimilar to vanilla that can easily be added to your morning oats, smoothie or any hot beverage (try it in your afternoon matcha or coffee with a little steamed milk of choice).
Powerful trio from science-backed Canadian brand Bend Beauty consisting of: Marine Collagen Peptides, Silicon and Wholefood Vitamin C, all three of which are essential in promoting collagen production which with consistent use provides a significant boost to nail, skin and hair health.
Most collagen peptides are derived from cow hides, however, Bend Beauty sources theirs from sustainably caught wild fish which is shown to be 1.5 times more effective than traditional bovine sources.
We chose to bring in the unflavoured version of this product to make it the most versatile! Simply stir into your beverage of choice (warm drinks help the product dissolve faster) and sip, daily. If you have the time, by all means add a scoop to your morning smoothie.
This preventative wellness superstar serves as a potent immunity booster for the whole family. Independently tested and certified in New Zealand to ensure it is of the highest quality, this wild-crafted raw manuka honey boasts powerful antioxidant and anti-bacterial qualities, making it flu season's worst enemy. Thanks to the anti-bacterial properties, this also makes for the perfect face mask to soften skin and prevent breakouts.
A spoonful of this sweet, earthy nectar a day keeps the doctor away.
A foundation in Ayurvedic medicine, the adaptogenic herb Ashwagandha has been clinically shown to reduce stress and regulate cortisol levels, harmonizing the body and mind and allowing us to react more favourably to situations that trigger us.
Sun Potion sources sustainably from small, Organic farms in Northern India and opts for a cold-water extraction of the Ashwagandha root, preserving it's potency.
When we feel overwhelmed by the stress and anxieties of modern life, it often shows in the form of breakouts, eczema or redness so by cultivating calm and stabalizing our nervous systems, we can bring balance to our skin naturally.
A staple in almost all of our diets but often overlooked for it's nutritional benefits, good quality extra virgin olive oil actually contains Polyphenols which is a powerful antioxidant that is associated with longevity of life.
What sets Wonder Valley's Olive Oil apart from the rest is the hand-picking of young olives which yields a richer green oil with a higher concentration of Polyohenols and a longer shelf life.
The 2021 harvest is a blend of Leccino, Frantoio, Pendolino, Coratino and Arbequina olives harvested from the groves in Lake County, CA and certified Extra Virgin grade by the California Olive Oil Council and is poured into a UV coated matte-black bottle that protects the integrity of the oil as well as the shelf life.
A herbaceous, peppery flavour makes for the best salad dressing or as a dip for fresh bread. Get creative and feel good about fuelling your body with a healthy dose of antioxidants too.
Bend Beauty's award winning Anti-Aging Formula may just be the key to unlocking your skin's full potential. With 6 powerful active ingredients working in synergy to restore healthy skin conditions, Just 1 tsp. daily provides significant benefits including protection against UV-induced sun burn* as well as helping to improve skin hydration, elasticity, and firmness. It also helps reduce skin roughness and redness and provides antioxidants for overall skin health. The potent formula is the ideal foundation to protect and prevent skin from age-related decline.
The subtle yet vibrant natural grapefruit tangerine flavour makes this product easy to take daily, on it's own as a part of your morning regime. Don't forget to refrigerate after opening to preserve those antioxidant properties and use within 100 days.
Last but certainly not least is the "queen healer" mushroom Reishi in easily digestible full-spectrum powder form.
Traditionally used in Chinese Medicine, Reishi has long been hailed as one of the most potent adaptogens available to us. In Japanese and Chinese research, Reishi is shown to have a regulatory effect on the immune system, raising immune function and reducing the excesses associated with auto-immune conditions. Beyond this, this essential superfood also boasts anti-inflammatory, anti-fatigue anti-bacterial and antioxidant benefits making it a nourishing adaptogen for mind and body. All of the benefits of Reishi, when taken consistently, will have profound effect on how skin appears and overall health.
Easy to incorporate into your everyday, it is best consumed in small amounts daily over a lifetime. Stir into soups, hot beverages, smoothies...the list in endless.