19 Mar

New season, new skin-care regimen.

Since spring skin is probably on your mind, given that the official start to the season is just around the corner (it’s tomorrow, people!), there’s no better time than the present to start prepping your complexion for the impending (and highly welcomed) rising temps and sticky, heavy humidity that lies ahead. 

Here are my top tips to help stave off vernal skin-related freak-outs.

Start scrubbing.Snow, sludge, and rain can cause season-long buildup on the skin—of dead skin cells, leftover product, and environmental toxins—exfoliation to the rescue, followed by a moisturizing mask, will help get rid of that old dead. My favorite non-invasive exfoliant is the Mineral Rich Peeling Gel. To keep skin smooth and hydrated, you’ll want to add a mask up to three times a week. A few of my favorites? Seacret M4 Magnetic Moisture Mask and to get a super glow Seacret’s Clarifying Mud Mask, both of which offer loads of extra extra hydration while giving skin a fresh, dewy glow.

Lighten your load. Gone are the days of duck boots, fur-lined hoods, and loading up your visage with thick creams and serums to help fight off the wicked winter wind. Come spring, it’s time to swap out your heavy formulas for lighter lotions. While natural plant oils help protect the skin, certain products can weigh you down especially in humid weather.  Which is why it’s recommended to switch to an oil-free moisturizer, like Seacret’s Essential Moisture Face Cream, which goes on light and smooth, but is rich enough to quench skin without kickstarting excessive oil production.

Apply (and re-apply) sunscreen. After a months spent bundled up in beanies and parkas, slathering on sun protection is a must once temps start to rise (Although you should have been rocking daily SPF November through March, too.) Springtime is actually a high risk time for sunburns and sun damage. Although the weather is warmer, it’s still so mild you might not feel how strong the sun is. Apply sunscreen every morning and reapply it again before any outdoor activity during the day. My favorite SPF recommendation? This amazing CC Cream by Seacret.

 

To provide added hydration, nourishment, and skin protection, it also contains Dead Sea minerals, moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, and a natural emollient, Allantoin. Available in 2 shades: Light and Medium.

Add an eye cream. Because the sun’s more prominent in the spring (a.k.a. a hell of a lot brighter, thank Goodness), we are more prone to squinting. To combat the fine lines and wrinkles that can form around the eyes, find an eye serum and an eye cream with a high concentration of antioxidants and peptides. This duo work to both ward-off the collagen-destroying effects of UVA rays, and plump up the fine lines and wrinkles that have already formed. My Pick? Revive Eye Serum and LOOK it’s on sale! 

Of course, I’d love to help customize the perfect skin care routine that just right for you as well. You can always toss me an email at beautybybelliston@gmail.com anytime. 🙂 

29 Jan

KRISTIE’S DETOX SALAD

KRISTIE'S DELICIOUS DETOX SALAD
This easy Detox Salad truly is delicious! It's made with all sorts of fresh and feel-good greens, and topped with a sweet and zesty Carrot-Ginger Dressing.
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Ingredients
  1. THE DETOX SALAD
  2. 3 cups finely-chopped* kale leaves
  3. 2 cups finely-chopped broccoli florets
  4. 2 cups finely-chopped red cabbage
  5. 1 cup matchstick (shredded) carrots
  6. 1 cup roughly-chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  7. 1/2 cup RAW slivered almonds
  8. 1/3 cup thinly-sliced green onions
  9. 1 avocado, peeled pitted and diced
  10. 1 batch Carrot Ginger Dressing (see below)
CARROT-GINGER DRESSING INGREDIENTS
  1. 1 large carrot, peeled and roughly-chopped
  2. 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  3. 2 tablespoons avocado or safflower or vegetable oil (or any mild-flavored cooking oil)
  4. 1 tablespoon finely-chopped fresh ginger
  5. 1 tablespoon RAW honey
  6. 1 tablespoon white (shiro) miso
  7. 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  8. Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients together in a large bowl, and toss to combine. Serve immediately. (Or if you are not going to serve the entire salad in one setting, the salad can be mixed without the dressing and refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 2 days with the dressing refrigerated separately in another sealed container.)
TO MAKE THE CARROT-GINGER DRESSING
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor, and pulse until completely smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and/or add extra honey if you'd like a sweeter dressing.
Notes
  1. *I recommend chopping the salad ingredients by adding each to a food processor and pulsing until chopped. Or, you're also more than welcome to chop them by hand.
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27 Jan

Jumpstart 4 Women {day twenty seven}

Let TODAY motivate you to make a fresh start!

The road to weight loss is often strewn with fad diets, broken promises, and exercise equipment that gathers dust instead of logging miles. As a member of the The Belly Fit Club, you no longer have to worry about falling off a gimmicky diet because your eating plan is all about good nutrition and making healthy choices. You do need to make sure you are getting regular physical activity though as this is important for good health and longevity.

As we move into the final days of this program, what better time than now to kick your fitness up a notch? Although right now it’s hard to see, yet longer days and warmer weather are coming and provide the perfect motivation….and you don’t have to start training for a marathon, either; as long as you’re getting more activity than you used to, you’re on the right track. As we move into February, March, and April, let these months  inspire you to break down those barriers and finally make fitness a way of life.  You can choose to repeat this program or join in on the next fun challenge that is sure to keep you moving forward!

Today is the last day of Jumpstart workouts as tomorrow we will be celebrating our success! I’d love to hear how this program has changed  you and what positive results you’ve received. 🙂 

You can choose to do this workout today or save it for tomorrow, the choice is always yours. 🙂 Either way, I hope you at least do one movement and give thanks for the beautiful body that has been given to you as a gift to enjoy. 

Last, let’s give my mom a huge shout out for being such a trooper in joining me in showing modifications for the last workout of this program. I love you, Mom! ♡

Kick Off 2018 TIP:  Enjoy each moment you are given!  This is how we find true happiness. 

Have a wonderful Sunday!

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