Wellness On The Road

At Kerstin Florian, we always say that spa is not a treatment—but a lifestyle. A wellness lifestyle that involves around-the-clock attention to taking care of our physical bodies, emotional and spiritual health. Much of our focus is on simple daily regimens—eating healthy foods, moving, breathing and stretching our bodies, and appropriately treating our skin. But what happens—and how do we maintain our wellness lifestyle when traveling?

I am on the road a lot—catching planes, overnighting in hotels and dining out from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East to India.

Sometimes, my travels take me to a specific city, where (like many reading this), I spend days in back-to-back meetings. Other times, my travels bring me to exotic places of wellness—living spa/wellness laboratories where I study new health programs, have a much-needed massage or body treatment, and eat delicious healthy cuisine.

In both settings however, a personal wellness strategy is needed to combat the inevitable stresses of traveling: dehydrating plane air, disruption to eating and exercise routines, and sleeping in an unfamiliar bed—to name a few.

Over the years, I’ve found a number of ways to maintain my personal wellness lifestyle when on the road—be it inflight, on the ground, or dining out. Following are a few:

Inflight: I have a pre-flight habit of stopping by my favorite health food store and stocking up on healthy snacks for the plane (Persian cucumbers, apples, carrots, raw crackers, avocado, kale chips, raw nuts and dark chocolate). I’m not a fan of airplane meals and always eat light in the air no matter what class of service I fly. It’s not uncommon to see me on a layover cutting into an avocado and eating it on raw crackers. Having snacks with me also gives me refreshment between meetings or a back up if I can’t find a healthy meal. Traveling can also be an excuse to forget to take essential daily supplements (probiotics, digestive enzymes, Omega 3s, tonic herbs, chlorella, Vitamins B, C, D3, colloidal silver, etc.). Investing in a smart supplement case helps to keep our program on track. During the flight, I listen to Audible books (audible.com), one of the greatest tips I learned in the past year. It allows me to listen to several books (a lot of educational material) in a short period of time.

My skincare regimen stays fairly consistent, but I change it slightly depending on two things 1) the location I’m traveling to and 2) the weather/environment at destination. On the day I depart, I apply Ginger Bath & Body Oil after showering. This naturally moisturizing formula helps keep my skin hydrated while flying. It’s naturally antiseptic, smells fresh and helps protect me from catching colds. Fuß Balm is also an amazing product and great to apply pre-flight on legs and feet. It helps lessen leg aches from long haul flights. Flying can tax the immune system. During the flight, I walk (as much as possible) and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and spritzing Rehydrating Neroli Water on my face. It smells great, and because it comes from pure Neroli blossoms, it dissipates quickly so it doesn’t disturb my neighbors. Kerstin Florian offers a great travel program—several of our best-selling products (cleansers, moisturizers, shampoo, conditioner, lotions and sunscreen) are available at spas in small bottles and tubes, perfect for a short getaway. And I always bring a disposable loofah with me as well. Nothing beats stimulating skin circulation in the shower to shake feelings of jet lag.

In The Hotel: Once settled in my hotel and even before unpacking, I jump in the shower or bath. I always carry our Mineral Wellness Soak with me. The combination of water and sea salts immediately decreases jet lag. I also like to get grounded in my environment and literally put my bare feet on the ground if weather permits! If arriving at night, I scope out the location of the gym for the next day’s early morning workout.

For meals, I explore local fare and keep it light, with fresh fruit, vegetables and pure water when possible. Enjoying local flavors and culture is a pleasure when traveling.

The most important thing is to go with the flow, even if travel schedules change or don’t go exactly as planned. Having a great attitude and smile is always a healthy way to handle the unexpected.

Wishing you healthy traveling in the air and on the ground.

Love,
Charlene

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Ventana Lifestyle Retreat

In between the California Coast and its rugged wilderness lies a resort known for weaving its spiritual magic. Tucked away and spread across 240 acres of rolling meadows and wooded hillsides, Ventana Inn and Spa blends rustic sophistication and elegant simplicity with nature. It perfectly embodies the peaceful essence of Big Sur – making it the perfect location for our first Kerstin Florian Wellness Retreat March 14-16th.

For quite some time now, I’ve felt inspired to share all I’ve been learning about nutrition, skin health, longevity and spa lifestyle. And a wellness retreat is the perfect venue. Retreats offer an amazing opportunity to take time out, evaluate, connect with others, spend time in nature and take home a few inspirational tips. We will have a host of health experts there who will share their expertise in a tranquil setting where you can choose to participate as you wish. It’s like a short destination spa experience. One of the most life-changing weeks, in terms of my own health, was a retreat a couple of years ago in Peru. It was more than the vegan food, ancient sites and health lectures – it was the people I met. I had been to several resort and destination spas, but this was special. We were from all walks of life. I went not knowing anyone, and now have several friends that I will always stay in touch with. In one week, we grew together and I discovered I was ready to take on more personal wellness upgrades.

I so hope you join me this March.

We’ll stay three days/two nights in a fireplace guest room (with Kerstin Florian amenities), eat gourmet healthy meals, enjoy a Kerstin Florian spa treatment (facial, body treatment or massage), enjoy daily yoga, breathing and talks on longevity. We’ll learn about the benefits of living cuisine, super herbs and juicing. And we’ll spend time soaking in the energy of the old tree forests and the great Pacific Ocean. This resort is built with a great reverence to the nature that surrounds it. Recently voted the number one spa in the world on the 100 Most Amazing Spas in the World by Escape Normal.

To register www.kerstinflorian.com/retreats. For questions, contact Julie Andrews at .

Love,
Charlene

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In Gratitude this Holiday Season—Yoga is a Gift Worth Giving

My love affair with yoga began years ago, in my 20’s, and like any young love affair that stays the course, it has changed, expanded and matured. Today, it is difficult to recall a time in my life when I didn’t practice yoga—or when my practice was solely ‘on the mat.’ But like many beginners, my attraction to yoga at that time was physical, a way to tone my body, reduce stress and lower risk factors for disease.

It was only after years of practice and continually ‘showing up’ on the mat, that I began, organically, to experience the ‘other’ amazing aspects of yoga, and make the ‘off-the-mat’ connection that’s hopefully helped shape me into a more tolerant, patient, appreciative person.

For me there’s no greater reminder of the immense benefits of yoga—physically, emotionally and spiritually—than the holiday season. Always, whether in a class or on my own, the grounding, centering and breathing that is yoga, brings me back to gratitude. And as we gather around the holidays with close family and friends, that warm feeling of oneness is similar to that which I experience in my yoga practice.

Yoga is a gift for physical and mental health. Studies have confirmed this but it wasn’t until recently that we completely understood why. New research from the University of Oslo has determined that yoga can have an almost immediate impact on gene expression, particularly in immune cells. From previous research we know that yoga is linked to not only lower stress levels, but also bone health, reduced back pain, relief from depression, and lower risk factors for heart disease, among other health benefits. The small Norwegian study published this year found genetic evidence of yoga’s impact on the immune system. In the study, researchers examined 10 participants who underwent a weeklong yoga retreat where they did meditation, yogic postures and yogic breathing exercises. Examining the participants’ blood before and after four one-hour yoga sessions showed that the yoga practice changed the expression of 111 genes in circulating immune cells. In contrast, music and walking-based relaxation changed the expression of 38 genes.

“There are rapid (within two hours of start of practice) and significant gene expression changes…during a comprehensive yoga program,” the research team writes in the study. “These data suggest that previously reported effects of yoga practices have an integral physiological component at the molecular level which is initiated immediately during practice and may form the basis for the long-term stable effects.”

The results suggest that yoga may be as effective, or even more so, than traditional exercise in inducing health benefits through changes on the gene expression.

So, as the holiday-shopping frenzy — and confusion on what to give your loved ones — intensifies, consider the gift of yoga to others and to yourself, and watch the amazing and promising changes. As part of my own yoga practice, I include Calm Mind, an essence blend of Peppermint, Lavender, Cajeput and Marjoram that helps soothe the mind and is the perfect start or end to your practice. After a physical class, I also do a Mineral Wellness Soak, featuring solar-dried and hand-harvested 98.7% pure salts, rich in 60 essential minerals and trace elements, to ease any muscle or joint tension, and follow it with organic Ginger Bath & Body Oil (great for boosting the immune system and protecting against colds). Enjoy this beautiful wellness and gratitude ritual this season.

Love,
Charlene

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A Picture Paints a Thousand Words: Follow Us on Instagram

At the risk of dating myself, I remember life (and work) without LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Pinterest, Instagram, iPhones, and gulp—email.

The reality is that this last decade represents the unprecedented arrival of digital and connective technology. We came aboard the social-media platform gingerly, via Facebook and quickly grew to appreciate the ability to connect and stay in touch with our followers, therapists and spa partners. We’ve now added Instagram which, for me, appeals most to my inner and creative spirit. I love that with a simple snap of a photo—followed by a quick crop or filter—we can record corporate activities, education and inspirational ideas.

It’s my personal love for the Instagram genre that’s inspired me to bring Kerstin Florian International on board. As of this month, kerstinflorianintl is officially live on Instagram. It’s my hope that all who read this blog and follow our Facebook and Twitter pages will share with us, too, on Instagram. The images we post reflect our four Core Lifestyle Practices:

Proper Nutrition
Smoothie Tips, Recipes, Healing Cuisine, Pure Water

Regular Exercise
Yoga, Spinning, Outdoor Fitness, Travel Adventures

Peace of Mind
Meditation, Inspirational Quotes, Nature

Care of the Face & Body
Treatments, Product Tips, Key Ingredients, Photos of our Spa Partner Properties

We invite you to follow us! And for additional information check out who we follow that inspire us.

Love,
Charlene

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JUST BACK — from Turkey

Hakan Balcan, General Manager of Richmond Nua Wellness Spa in Istanbul, walks his talk. A previous Black Belt competitor in Turkey, he kept my heart rate up during our early morning walk, despite rain (of course, with impeccable hospitality and thoughtfulness, he came with raincoats for all). This sense of mindfulness infuses Richmond Nua, a destination spa set on the shore of Sapanca Lake in the middle of a national park, approximately one and a half hours from Istanbul. I traveled there recently for a press launch, introducing our partnership with Richmond Nua, Kerstin Florian’s first spa in Turkey. And my stay was both beautiful and memorable.

Richmond Nua is about wandering around in an airy kimono, forgetting about time as you enjoy the beautiful outdoor areas, dozens of various water therapies, rasul, hamam, ice room, salt room and outdoor cabanas. It’s about delicious healthy cuisine. I loved the enormous figs, local honeycomb and traditional Turkish dishes with eggplant and tomato. And it’s about extraordinary treatments. Expert therapists attend to guests with personalized treatment programs, massage, Kerstin Florian facials and extensive rituals.

Part of my mission on this trip was to experience true Turkish Hamam in Turkey. I have experienced Hamam several times but I must confess never in Turkey. The Hamam, or Turkish bath stands for far more than getting a leisurely bath or cleansing, it is a traditional Turkish ritual in which the elements are harnessed for the cleansing and purification of the body. My therapist, Kenan, did a wonderful job. Laying down on the heated marble platform in the center (gobektasi), bowl after bowl (hamam tasi) of warm water cascaded upon me, immediately imparting a primal sense of warmth and relaxation. Kenan exfoliated every inch of my body with a traditional Kese mitt. Then, my favorite — the ethereal cloud of suds. They use a traditional soap inside of a cloth similar to a pillowcase. When they open it, they catch air inside, and then wring it out the air to create an enormous amount of suds. I loved watching Kenan’s skill with the bubbles (when I wasn’t relaxing with my eyes shut). Hamam truly is an art form. The room is beautiful, made of marble. After the cleansing and warm rinse, the water gradually gets cooler. And unlike some guests who don’t care for the cool-to-cold portion of the therapy at the end, I was all for it. My skin felt amazing afterwards, vibrant, smooth, alive and ready for my indulgent relaxing massage with Kade who had angelic hands and just the right pressure.

I was touched by many things this trip, most of all the people and Turkish culture. I highly recommend a trip to Turkey to experience the amazing historical sights (Ephesus) and natural sites (Pamukkale, Cappadocia), mosques and Mediterranean resorts in the south (Bodrum), and not without a trip to Richmond Nua. Definitely consider a June visit. Belgin Aksoy, family owner of Richmond Nua, is a natural, smart and beautiful woman on a mission — to change the notion of a healthy lifestyle in Turkey, and globally. Every June, Richmond Nua hosts Wellness Day, a day of information and speakers on longevity and wellness. A big success last year, the tradition continues and is open to the public. I, for one, will be there.

Love,
Charlene

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Introducing….Our New Kerstin Florian Corporate Retreats

Our new Corporate Events and Retreats program launched last week with an exciting private event in a beautiful house in the Hollywood Hills overlooking Los Angeles. Fifty guests mingled over gourmet salads, sustainable protein, cacao maca smoothies and skin cleansing green juice, all while enjoying skin consultations, Eye Rescue and hand treatments in our pop-up spa, and lectures from world-renowned speakers on nutrition and longevity.

Kerstin Florian has always been more than ‘spa treatments’. Our philosophy is centered on “Outer Beauty, Inner Health,” and the four core lifestyle practices for radiant skin and total wellness: nutrition, exercise, peace of mind, and care of face & body. So this marriage of our philosophy with private events makes perfect sense.

Our retreats are available to any group. The concept began with a request from a large corporate company, which wanted to create a wellness experience for its employees that was educational, inspiring and fun. We created that event and are working with our spa partners to host private parties and similar retreats for small businesses.

Each retreat encompasses our philosophy with passion and authenticity, inviting guests to fully experience a complete approach to well-being, while taking away knowledge that will help incorporate changes into everyday life that promote radiant health, longevity, increased mental focus and vitality. Topics include:

Proper Nutrition
Trends in longevity: super foods, Chinese Tonic herbs, juicing and smoothies for optimal health, understanding water, living foods lectures and demonstrations. Eating healthy for a lifetime.

Regular Exercise
Fitness for energy, longevity and health – yoga, hiking, resistance training.

Peace of Mind
Finding work/life balance, mindfulness and stress relief, meditation, sound healing and energy therapies.

Care of Face & Body
How to achieve and maintain healthy skin. The benefits of skincare and spa trends in skincare ingredients, technology, massage, salts, essential oils, natural resources and anti-aging trends.

Each event is custom-designed and structured to deliver an experience that will achieve the objectives set for the group. Retreats are crafted for a wide range of goals from team building to stress reduction, to a focus on fitness, yoga, nutrition or overall lifestyle habits to improve health and mental clarity. The length of the programs range from a one day wellness event to a two, three or four-day retreat.

For more information, contact Julie Andrews at

Love,
Charlene

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Summer Living Cuisine for Beautiful Glowing Skin

At Kerstin Florian, we take pride in the quality ingredients we use in our products to achieve healthy skin. Equally important to maintaining healthy glowing skin is the food we eat to nourish our skin from the inside.

In recent years, I’ve become a huge fan of raw living cuisine – which preserves important enzymes and is never cooked over 118 degrees. There are all kinds of benefits to eating raw and living food. Living cuisine contributes to glowing skin that is less prone to hyperpigmentation, congestion, dullness and loss of elasticity. It also contributes to youthful abundant energy and a healthy body! Since my culinary course at the Matthew Kenney Institute in Santa Monica last December, I’ve been on the look out for creative, easy (and I stress easy), delicious raw-food recipes, and recently I found a book worth sharing: Matt Amsden’s “Rawvolution.”

The book appeals to everyone from vegetarians who want to take the next step in natural cuisine, to those who simply want to diversify and improve their daily diet. Included are recipes for appetizers, soups, entrees, delicious desserts and even healthy eating while traveling. What I love most is how simple and flavorful the recipes are, and most don’t require the use of a dehydrator. While I have personally invested in a dehydrator (the Sedona), I’ve found that using it requires advanced planning and patience I don’t’ always have – especially given my travel schedule.

Amsden has a restaurant in LA but I prefer Matthew Kenney’s MAKE in Santa Monica, or Café Gratitude in Venice or Hollywood. Amsden has also recently come out with “The Rawvolution Continues” which I will definitely get. One piece of equipment that comes in handy with living cuisine (and for the recipe below) is a spiralizer (you can get one on Amazon for about $50). This great kitchen tool makes raw noodles from zucchini, squash and other hard vegetables. Simply add organic tomato sauce or the pesto recipe below and you have a delicious summer meal or side dish for your summer BBQ.

Following is one of my favorites:

Spaghetti-Style Zucchini Noodles in a Creamy Pine Nut and Basil Pesto Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup Thai coconut water
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 cup raw pine nuts
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 6 to 8 zucchini, peeled and cut like spaghetti noodles with a spiralizer according to manufacturer’s instructions.

In a high-speed blender, combine all of the ingredients (except the zucchini noodles) and blend until they are smooth. Put the zucchini noodles in a bowl, pour the sauce over them, mix well and serve. Note: The texture of the zucchini noodles improves when they are left to sit in the open air at room temperature for 6 to 8 hours.

Love,
Charlene

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NEW! Correcting Body Care

We have an exciting announcement! A brand new body care system is making its debut. It has taken over two years to create, develop and launch this new, amazing line of Correcting Body Care! This almost feels like a birthing process with the excitement, anticipation and love I have for these products. And now they are ready to be introduced to the world.

The introduction of Kerstin Florian Correcting Body Care comes on the heels of our highly successful Correcting Skincare line. The solution-focused formulas address brightening, exfoliation, slimming, firming and hydration with plant actives and technology. The four-product line offers a unique, freshly aromatic home spa experience that will remind you of an authentic five-star spa treatment. A little on each product:

Intensive Slimming Serum – This powerful slimming serum with clinically proven actives combines plant-based firming and refining extracts, including Ginger, Kombuchka, Brazilian Pepper and Caffeine to encourage microcirculation and help minimize the appearance of cellulite and activate lipolysis for a sleek, smooth contour. Simply, massage onto skin morning and evening using a vigorous circular motion. The aroma is a natural green organic Ginger blend. The texture is light and it soaks right in.

Brightening Body Scrub – Actively retextures the skin for a brighter, smoother appearance and skin tone. Exfoliating Bamboo, Jojoba beadlets and stimulating fruit enzymes polish, while rich emollients hydrate and protect. Especially beneficial for dry, summer skin. This also contains the fresh green organic Ginger aroma.

Brightening Body Peel – Modeled after our popular At-Home Professional Peel for the face, these easy-to-use, pre-moistened body peel cloths provide glow, on the go, with a simple swipe. Key ingredients include a Multi-Acid Complex (a combination of Glycolic, Lactic, Salicylic and Phytic Acid), and Botanicals (Red Algae, Olive Leaf Extract) to create a smooth, healthy appearance. Simply sweep a pre-moistened cloth over clean, dry skin, concentrating on arms, legs, décolleté and other areas of dryness. Reveal a smooth, bright, healthy-looking appearance!

Multi-Vitamin Firming Crème – Botanicals, vitamins A, C and E, nutrient-rich Algae, natural Shea Butter and Grapeseed Oil are the secret to this high-performance body treatment, perfect for dry and aging skin. Triple action, vitamin-rich crème firms, brightens and provides antioxidant protection to hydrate and nourish the skin with a clean natural Cucumber fragrance.

All of us at Kerstin Florian are very proud of these new products and look forward to you experiencing them soon. Look for our two new spa treatments that utilize these products at your favorite Kerstin Florian spa – Brighter Body Scrub + Massage and Body Firming Detox.

Love,
Charlene

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Tonic Herbs: Not Complicated At All

I have a deep respect for Chinese herbs. I used to think they were strictly medicinal in nature, a remedy to get well. For years, my Chinese acupuncturist would recommend a few needle sessions, and a less-than-delicious muddy tea of roots and bark to detoxify my system. The ‘treatment’ was natural and it worked – quickly. I was able to say goodbye to antibiotics as a remedy and get over my belief that antibiotics were the only way. Then one day, I met Ron Teeguarden (www.dragonherbs.com), a master Chinese herbalist, educator and owner of Dragon Herbs on Robertson in Los Angeles. Ron introduced me to Tonic herbalism. In Chinese medicine there are three classes of herbs: superior, general and inferior. Basically, inferior and general herbs are medicinal and are used to correct or help prevent an illness or imbalance. Superior (or Tonic) herbs can be taken regularly (like SUPERFOOD) for longevity and wellness. Using tonic herbs peeked my interest because our food supply is not what it used to be. We can no longer live on healthy greens, organic grains and sustainable protein and achieve radiant health. And radiant health means radiant skin.

Although the concept of using tonic herbs is new in our society, it is universally accepted in Asian cultures. Tonic herbalism preaches oneness with nature and the balance of our mind, body and spirit. Ron taught me that tonic herbs should be a part of our overall nutritional program. These herbs nurture the Three Treasures: Jing (Essence), Chi (Energy) and Shen (Spirit), increase adaptability, help overcome stress and help regulate vital functions. Tonic herbs also strengthen our ability to rid the body of wastes and toxins (so important in the world today). Most of the herbs, such as Gynostemma, Pearl, Reishi and Goji Berries (I take them all) – and many others – have powerful antioxidant activity, which we all know protects us and keeps us healthy and young. What I love most is that tonic herbs promote our psychological and spiritual growth – improving clarity of mind, energy and intuition. Tonic herbs also help us achieve our full potential and promote beauty from within – Outer Beauty, Inner Health. Certain tonic herbs are amazingly effective at protecting youthful beauty by enhancing inner health at profound levels. Pearl, Schizandra, Goji Berries, Snow Lotus and Longan are all very famous in Asia for keeping the skin pure, radiant and soft.

So it’s not just about eating a high plant-based diet or applying the most advanced skincare ingredients. The road to radiant health also leads to herbs like reishi, chaga, schizandra and goji berries. Be aware of quality. That’s why I love Dragon Herbs. The herbs come from Di Tao locations, which means “authentic source”. We use a few of the herbs in our products. My greatest gift is understanding the magic of these herbs, what they can do, and how taking tonic herbs super-activates our potential. It’s not complicated like I used to think. Herbs come in the form of teas, tinctures, capsules and snacks. After all (and I remind myself of this regularly), we are what we eat.

Love,
Charlene

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Pregnancy Glow

Spring has arrived at Kerstin Florian. Many, in our KFI office, are expecting babies and with the new arrivals, there is a lot of smiling, planning and celebrating. Pregnancy is a time to celebrate the creation of life and female super-hero invincibility. It’s also a time to address the myriad of physical changes that coincide with the surge of hormones, particularly in the skin.

Fortunately, most skin conditions seen in pregnancy disappear after the baby arrives. And during this time, much can be done to support the changes in the skin. Knowing what can be done makes a big difference in maintaining balance and peace of mind.

So what, exactly, happens to the skin during pregnancy?

  1. Sensitivity: Skin may become sensitive or break out due to hormonal activity. It may be a time to reevaluate your skin regimen. Choose a gentle cleanser like Rehydrating Neroli Cleansing Milk or mix Rehydrating Neroli Cleansing Milk with Clarifying Oil-Control Cleanser. Rehydrating Capilar Essence and Neroli Oil are also great for moisturizing the skin.
  2. Acne: A big challenge for many. It is important to keep a strict cleansing routine. Part of the challenge with treating acne during pregnancy is ingredient-based. Many of the products typically used to treat acne are not recommended while you are pregnant. Eliminating milk and wheat from your diet can help. Try Clarifying Oil-Control Serum to help keep blemishes under control.
  3. Hyperpigmentation: a.k.a. “Pregnancy Masque.” Some statistics show that 50 percent of pregnant women show some signs of pregnancy masque. Why? Pregnancy causes excess melanin production. Melasma (also known as chloasma) is a form of hyperpigmentation characterized by tan or brown patches. It is always a good idea to limit excessive sun exposure and wear a hat in the sun – but even more so during pregnancy. Try Correcting Brightening Facial Treatment.
  4. Stretch Marks: As the body grows bigger, the skin has to stretch and unfortunately, this can lead to stretch marks. Once formed, stretch marks are difficult to get rid of – so prevention is better than a cure. A twice-daily massage with a pregnancy massage oil (raw coconut oil or Vitamin E) using light sweeping movements does wonders. Gently rub the oil into the skin of the abdomen. I also recommend Aloe Gel with organic aloe.

The skin conditions often seen during pregnancy can, of course, be lessened by creating a healthy inner ecosystem – i.e. eating a diet high in raw green leafy vegetables, energizing and fermented foods and taking probiotics (Note: a healthy skin will stretch as far as it needs to and return to normal). In her book, The Body Ecology Diet, Donna Gates (whom I’ve heard speak on several occasions), discusses the importance of keeping candida under control. Candida Albicans is a yeast microorganism that commonly lives in the intestinal tract. When the “inner ecology” gets off balance, it can cause a candida overgrowth (yeast infection) resulting in a multitude of symptoms. For moms, candida can fuel skin flare-ups, but for infants, it is the culprit of so many of the challenges, such as thrush, rashes and poor digestion.

As you move through your pregnancy, try not to stress over pregnancy skin, and instead, as the women in our KFI offices are doing – celebrate, laugh, and eat well. Healthy babies begin with healthy parents.

Love,
Charlene

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