WINTER NEWSLETTER 2016
Winter is finally here! I hope everyone is remembering to take care of themselves and their loved ones over the upcoming months. It's so crucial to prioritize ourselves and those we care about during the holiday season. Remember to maintain a healthy, nutrient-rich diet even as the weather gets cold and the snow piles up. Throughout my winter newsletter I will fill you in on my biggest winter beauty and health tips, so that you can make it through this winter healthy and glowing. I will also share with you a few very special upcoming projects. I wish you all a warm and prosperous New Year! Let's pray for peace on Earth this holiday season.
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I've just returned from my first four-night Healing Art of Beauty retreat at the Aman Venice. Italy holds a very special place in my heart. As a young girl, I moved to Florence and learned my farm-to-table approach to nutrition, which has inspired my holistic philosophy to beauty and skincare. Through private and group wellness and beauty consultations, collaborations with the chefs at the Aman, and signature beauty treatments, I have been able to give guests the keys to achieve and maintain inner balance and wellness, leading to vitality and beautiful skin. I will be returning to Venice for two more retreats early next year — I would love to see you there.
Upcoming Retreat Dates:
5 - 9 March 2017
12 - 16 March 2017
I've been so excited to share my new project with you! I have created the 1-2-3 Glow kit, a do-it-yourself facial treatment you can use in the privacy of your home.
This kit contains 3 products that are used simultaneously to peel, nourish and deeply hydrate your skin all within 30 minutes.
The first step gently peels dead skin cells, the second step provides organic hyaluronic acid to hydrate your skin, and the 3rd step is a rich, nourishing mask that feeds the skin. After the mask is removed, the last 1/4 of the organic hyaluronic acid vile is applied to the skin.
You will have the famous Ciminelli Glow, just in time for the New Year! This beauty treatment is being offered at $29.99. Please visit our website, www.123glow.com, for more information.
WINTER PRODUCT PICKS
Cleansing Milk is essential for soothing dry, irritated skin. This lightweight, milky cleanser will leave the skin feeling soft, clean, and radiant during the harsh winter days.
Hydrating Gel Mask is the perfect solution for keeping skin moisturized as temperatures drop outside. Nutrients like aloe vera, azulene, and copper work to calm dry and irritated skin, leaving your skin feeling renewed and revitalized.
Lipshines are the perfect accompaniment to all of your holiday parties and New Year’s Eve celebrations. My nutrient-rich, glossy lipshines come in beautiful shades such as Coral, Champagne, Punch, Cosmo, and Salmon Pink.
AVOIDING SEASONAL COLDS
With cold and flu season upon us, it's important to follow these steps in order to stay healthy and vibrant.
Take 5000 IUs of Vitamin D Daily – As soon as symptoms start to appear, begin increasing your daily dose of Vitamin D. Studies have shown that vitamin D is crucial for boosting your immune system.
Gargle Hot Water with Salt - If you feel a sore throat coming on, gargle hot water with salt. The hot salt water will create an environment in your throat that isn't conducive to bacteria, keeping viruses at bay.
Take Oregano Pills Daily – These pills can be picked up at your local vitamin store and are highly effective at fighting cold and flus. Oregano's anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties make it an important step in aiding your body's healing process.
Add Grapefruit Seed Extract to Drinks – Grapefruit seed extract is a highly acidic liquid derived from the seeds, membrane, and pulp of grapefruit. The high concentration of polyphenols in grapefruit seed extract work to fight infections, acting as an antimicrobial and antioxidant. I recommend the brand NutriBiotic for the purest natural compound. When sick, add a few drops of the extract to water or tea and consume every few hours.
Consume More Vitamin C – Vitamin C works to prevent colds as well as to shorten the duration of symptoms. If you find yourself feeling sick, try to consume 500mg of vitamin C every few hours..
SAY NO TO DAIRY, SUGAR, AND WHEAT
During this time of the year, cutting down on dairy, sugar, and wheat will keep your body running optimally and your complexion looking radiant. Dairy, sugar, and wheat all contribute to excess mucus in the body. Excess mucus in your system leads to a sluggish digestive tract, a poorly functioning lymphatic system, and a weak respiratory system, among other problems. If you are experiencing a constant sick feeling or notice that your body is not functioning as optimally as it once, or even if you have noticed that your skin has lost some of its "glow", these may be indications that your body is suffering from too much mucus. Once your body is able to clear itself of mucus, it will return to its normal state. Your skin is a direct indicator of the internal state of your body; cutting down on dairy, sugar, and wheat will reflect outwardly in a blemish-free, glowing complexion.
The three primary culprits that promote excessive mucus production are dairy, sugar, and wheat. Sugar can weaken good bacteria in the body, leading to an overproduction of mucus to compensate. Dairy and wheat are often difficult to digest, leaving partially-digested food particles that putrefy in the body and become coated in extra mucus.
If you notice that you feel particularly sluggish after a wheat-heavy meal, your body may be mounting an immune response or you may be intolerant to a set of proteins found in wheat and other grains called gluten. In recent years, the prevalence of celiac, the autoimmune reaction to gluten, and gluten intolerance has increased dramatically. Over the last few decades, wheat has been hybridized in order to make the crops drought-resistant, bug-resistant, and more efficient. These modified wheat crops contain new proteins that were not found in wheat a century ago. Over the last fifty years, wheat has also been deamidated in order to make it water soluble and able to be added to a variety of processed food products. The deamidation of wheat as well as the new proteins in wheat have both been linked to inflammation and a large immune response in many people, hence the dramatically rising rates of gluten intolerance in recent years. If your body is unable to properly digest gluten, gluten can create harmful inflammation and destroy your villi, preventing proper nutrient uptake. Gluten allergy and intolerance has been heavily linked to skin conditions such as rosacea, acne, and rashes. Constant inflammation also shows up dramatically on the skin and can prematurely age. Clearing gluten out of your diet can lead to immediate results--clearer skin and a brighter complexion. Wheat has also been linked to the aging of the brain—those who consume wheat-heavy diets are at higher risk of Alzheimer's, dementia and other neurological disorders. So even if you are not intolerant or allergic to wheat, it may be safer to limit your intake.
As you work to cut down on dairy, sugar, and wheat, I recommend eating more pumpkin seeds, ginger, turmeric, onion, pineapple, broccoli, and leafy greens, all foods that help relieve mucus build-up and minimize inflammation.
PREVENTING BONE BREAKS THIS WINTER
In winter, the risk of slipping and falling on icy roads and sidewalks is perilously high--approximately one third of adults will have a falling accident this year. In a split second, a bone break or fracture from a fall can change your life permanently. While it's important to always be cautious in order to avoid slipping and falling this winter, it's equally as important to take steps to strengthen your bones so that you may be able to prevent a break or fracture in the event that an accident does occur. One of the most crucial components of bone strength and density is the amino acid taurine. Studies show that taurine is positively linked to bone health, both stimulating bone formation and inhibiting bone loss. Taurine enables bones to thrive by increasing the body's vitamin B12 uptake, by enabling the proper functioning of potassium, magnesium, sodium, and calcium, and by detoxifying the liver.
As we age, our bone density tends to decrease. On top of that, aging bodies often cannot internally produce optimal levels of taurine. Because of this, our bones can be particularly vulnerable to breakage or fractures. To combat this decrease in bone density and decrease in taurine levels, it's crucial to seek out foods high in taurine. Though taurine can be made in the body naturally, many people can suffer from a deficiency. Below are 7 foods with high levels of taurine to keep your bones and body healthy:
Not only does taurine improve bone density, but it also relieves stress, improves insulin sensitivity, metabolizes fat, fights oxidative stress, enhances physical performance, and improves cardiovascular health. Taurine is an essential substance in our bodies, and thus it is so crucial to eat a diet that supports high taurine levels.
Suffering from dry skin and chapped lips in your own home? Humidifiers work to bring moisture back into the air during the cold, dry months. They offer numerous winter healthy and beauty benefits, including the following:
Reduce infections – A humid climate makes it more difficult for viruses and bacteria to spread, lowering the risk of flu infections.
Ease Sinus Congestion – Many winter sinus problems are the result of dry air. Sinuses are unable to function optimally in drier winter air.
Promote Softer, More Radiant Skin – Dry, dull skin is often the result of too-dry air. Humidifiers can replenish the moisture in your skin and give you a glowing, vibrant complexion.
Heal Faster - When your nasal and throat passages become dried out, it is far more difficult for your body to fight off viruses and bacteria. Lubricated nasal passages speed up your body's healing process.
Though humidifiers offer countless benefits, it is so important to remember to keep them clean. Humidifiers can quickly become a source of mold and bacteria and a detriment to your health. Be sure to pull your humidifier out and clean it periodically. There are many different types of humidifiers--I recommend the brand Honeywell for the all-around best, longest-lasting humidifiers.
WHY YOU MUST WEAR SUNSCREEN THIS WINTER
Even though summer is over, it's so important to remember to continue using sun protection. The cold weather can be misleading. Despite the dropping temperatures, the sun's rays remain just as strong during the winter. The sun can also reflect off the snow, creating UV rays perhaps even more hazardous than during the summertime. To maintain our health and beauty, it is necessary to avoid UV rays.
UV radiation has a direct and powerful effect on our skin. Studies have shown that as we get older, UV rays account for 80 percent of skin aging. Just a 2% increase in skin damage will age your face by three years. UV exposure causes wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, a reduction in skin elasticity, a degradation in skin texture, age spots, and various discolorations. Not to mention UV radiation is directly linked to skin cancer.
The best way to protect yourself from the sun this winter is by avoiding peak sun hours, wearing protective clothing, and frequent application of sunscreen. Sunscreen must be worn every day, and reapplied every few hours. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that the sunscreen you use offer broad-spectrum protection (against UVA and UVB rays), have an SPF of 30 or higher, and be water resistant.
FROM THE KITCHEN
One of my favorite holiday recipes is my Mung Bean Vegetable Soup. Mung beans are so effective at cleansing the heart and liver and detoxifying these organs. If eaten once a week, this soup can improve a ruddy complexion, eliminate rosacea, and help clear up breakouts. This recipe can be found in my book, The Ciminelli Solution , along with other nourishing recipes to keep you whole this winter.
2 cups dried mung beans, soaked overnight in water to cover
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
1 carrot, chopped
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
3 quarts chicken stock or vegetable stock or water
1 cup cooked brown rice
Freshly ground nutmeg
Freshly ground white pepper
½ cup freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley
½ cup freshly chopped basil
Drain the beans. Place the beans, along with 5 cups cold water, in a large pot, cover, and bring to a low boil. Cook 1 hour or until tender. Drain the beans and set aside.
In a soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions, scallions, and carrots and sauté until translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute. Add the beans and chicken stock and cook about 30 minutes. Add the rice and season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste. Add additional stock if the soup gets too thick.
Just before serving, add the parsley and basil. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
BEAUTY RECIPE – HONEY MASK
Ideal for dull skin, this mask brightens and nourishes deeply, leaving a soft, glowing complexion.
2 tablespoons raw, organic honey
3 tablespoons organic yogurt
Combine the yogurt and honey in a small bowl. Apply the mixture to a clean face and neck. Leave on 20 minutes. Rinse with a warm, damp washcloth.
Q&A WITH DR. MARCO CONTRERAS
Q: What are the best ways for me to keep my teeth healthy and white this holiday season?
A: During the holiday season, there are always too many goodies that we eat. For example, chocolates, cakes, strawberry, cranberry and red wine to name a few, that have staining agents. While otherwise eating pears, apples and bananas naturally help to keep your teeth clean. To maintain your smile bright during this season, you should floss after eating these foods and brush using toothpaste that contains baking soda or any whitening agents. Also, before bed we recommend using whitening mouthwashes.
Q&A WITH SUSAN
Q: What is your biggest winter beauty tip?
A: My biggest winter beauty tip is this: keep your skin hydrated internally and externally. The winter air is cold and harsh, meaning your skin is subjected to extreme indoor heat and very dry air. Layering products helps. My bestsellers in the winter are the essential oil blends, seawater and marine lotion used under your cream morning and night. This type of layering gives your skin the protection it needs to stay fresh and juicy. Internally, step up your green juicing to help skin stay well-nourished during this vulnerable time. I always add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder to my blender drinks to help protect my skin. Turmeric is so high in antioxidants. Increasing your vitamin C levels internally helps keep your capillaries protected as well as your collagen strong and young looking.
Q: What are some tips to minimize bloating after a few large holiday meals?
A: To minimize bloating after a meal, make sure you eat slowly and eat very small portions. According to ancient ayurvedic principles, eat 1/3 food, 1/3 liquid and 1/3 air at one time. This insures proper digestion. Chewing your food very well and eating while relaxed are the most important things to remember. Eating slowly has the added benefit of letting you know when you have had enough. This way of eating will help shrink your pores after a while because it will help you to eliminate waste more thoroughly on a daily basis. The cleaner your gut is the smaller your pores are. The better your digestion, absorption and elimination of waste, the healthier and more radiant you will become. Try never to eat after 8:00 at night. If you must, make sure to stick with vegetables instead of heavy proteins and carbs. THIS is how you strengthen your immune system as well as have beautiful skin.
Q: What are some tips for dealing with the "winter blues"?
A: Winter blues are caused by lack of sunshine. Exercise, yoga, meditation and having a positive, grateful attitude help eliminate winter blues. Also, make sure you are taking vitamin D3 to help offset the lack of sunshine. Eating a piece of 85% cacao chocolate helps release serotonin in the brain which will put a smile on your face. Treat yourself to an algae fine powder bath a few times a week. You will emerge feeling as though you just came back from vacation.
Q: What changes should I be making to my skincare routine this winter?
A: During the winter months it is good to layer your pre-moisturizing treatments. I suggest using Hydrating or Sensitive Skin Formula, followed by Marine Lotion and Seawater before your favorite moisturizer day and night. Don't forget to use your SPF during the winter months as well. A couple times a week treat yourself to either a Hydrating Gel Mask or honey mask. Just make sure the honey is organic. Apply it all over face and neck. Leave it on for 20 minutes. Remove it with a warm damp washcloth. Afterwards, apply our 3 step anti aging routine again before your favorite moisturizer. These tips will help you have lovely, radiant, juicy skin this winter season.
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