- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, grilled and sliced (see below for optional marinade)
- 1 head Napa or green cabbage, thinly sliced
- 1 large avocado, peeled, pitted and thinly sliced
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 2/3 cup roughly-chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- 1/3 cup toasted sliced or slivered almonds
- 1/3 cup thinly-sliced green onions
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
- 1 batch creamy sesame-almond dressing (see below)
Creamy Sesame-Almond Dressing Ingredients:
- 1/3 cup Almondmilk
- 1/3 cup almond butter
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- (optional) 1 teaspoon sriracha
To Make The Salad:
- Toss all ingredients together until evenly combined. Serve immediately.
To Make The Creamy Sesame Dressing:
- Whisk all ingredients together until combined, adding in the sriracha if you would like a spicier dressing. Use immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 1 day. (Also, if you would like a sweeter dressing, feel free to stir in a few teaspoons of honey.)
You’re welcome to just season the chicken breasts with olive oil, salt and pepper, then grill, bake or saute them until cooked through. BUT, if you would like to kick the flavor up a notch, I highly recommend whipping up this quick sauce and letting the chicken breasts marinate in it for at least 15 minutes (or up to 8 hours) before cooking. Or, if you want a shortcut, you can also just shred a rotisserie chicken for this recipe. Here’s the marinade sauce:
- 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
When it comes to our skin, we want it to look the best it possibly can. That’s why we are sharing some of our favorite and most hush-hush skin care secrets. Try one (or two, or three) and you never know—you may have just found what you’ve always been looking for in the quest for perfect skin.
Don’t sleep with your head buried in your pillow.
According to celebrity aesthetician Renee Rouleau, “We spend about 2,500 hours sleeping annually and most of that time is spent with our heads buried in pillows. The best position to sleep in is on the side with your head positioned at the bottom of the pillow so the lower half of your face never touches the pillow. This will help prevent squishing of your face, which encourages wrinkle formation.”
Instead of drinking tap water, switch to sparkling mineral water.
It’s trendy in Japan and Korea to wash your face with sparkling water. But when it comes to drinking water, you get so much more out of a sparkling mineral water than something flat. Nitrate-free options like AQUA Carpatica are the way to go so that your body can better utilize the benefits the water has to offer, like a healthy dose of magnesium and calcium and balancing out pH levels.
Load up on bananas.
Celebrity aesthetician Joanna Czech says that a banana a day does wonders for your skin. “They’re full of potassium and magnesium, so they help to regulate your digestive system, which in turn makes your skin glow.” In addition to eating them, Czech uses bananas to make an at-home mask by mashing them up and adding in flax seed oil and ground oatmeal to make a paste. “Slather it on your skin and let it dry. Then, tissue it off to reveal hydrated, calm, nourished skin.”
Clear up breakouts with iodine.
You may not think to apply a drop of iodine to a bad blemish. But, according to celebrity aesthetician J’ai Ione, that’s just what you should do. “Iodine kills germs and helps to really keep the skin clean. It actually makes for a great spot treatment when used at night.” Just apply a small amount with a Q-tip before bed and let it dry before applying any other skin care products.
Don’t gloss over the benefits of cortisone cream.
Sure, you keep a tube of cortisone cream stashed in your bathroom drawer to take away the itch and sting associated with bug bites, rashes and allergic reactions. But, truth be told, you can use it for so much more. Celebrity aesthetican Lori Anderson says that cortisone cream is a great go-to for flaky skin caused by Retin-A or chemical peels. “You can also apply it to a pimple or an area post injection to calm it down.”
Steam your skin.
You may be familiar with having your skin steamed during a facial, but that’s not the only time you should do it. Annie Tevelin, founder of SkinOwl, says that steaming is the number-one way to treat dehydration, acne and allergies and promote glowing, healthy skin. Just grab some botanical herbs or a facial tea, steep it in hot water in a large bowl and place your face a few inches away from the bowl to let the steam penetrate your pores.
Double mask it.
To get skin that gleams and glows, apply not one, but two masks (although not at the same time) to your skin. Do a hyaluronic acid and collagen-infused sheet mask—try Leaders Cosmetics Collagen Boosting Renewal Mask ($4)—for 15 minutes. “Then, take off—don’t rinse—the excess product and follow with a raw honey mask,” says celebrity aesthetician Julia March. “Wash the honey mask off after 15 to 20 minutes and mist your skin with neroli or rosewater. Apply a serum, moisturizer and a few drops of your favorite facial oil. The result: plump, glowing skin.”
You’ve probably been told countless times by your wiser elders that beauty begins on the inside. And as much as we love our skincare products and corrective cosmetics, we have to admit these words of wisdom are completely true. If you’re not eating right, your skin is the first to show it. If you want a clear, radiant complexion, shiny hair, and strong nails, you have to start with what you’re putting into your body.
While there are many approaches to eating healthy, there are certain foods that are guaranteed to up your beauty game. More and more research is examining the link between what we eat and how it manifests itself in our appearance. Consequently, attention has shifted away from superficial fixes in favor of more sustainable strategies that focus on starting within. So if you want to makeover your exterior, you first have to makeover your diet. To give you a head start on practicing the very first step of skincare, we rounded up the top things you should be eating to promote clearer skin.
Keep reading to see the 10 foods scientifically proven to clear up your skin, as well as the reasons for their beautifying effects.
Leafy greens—like kale and spinach—are also a terrific way to get some extra antioxidants for healthy skin cells. They provide the body with vitamins A, which works against dry, flaky skin, C, which undoes the sun’s damage to collagen and elastin, and E, which helps fight against inflammation. Furthermore, leafy greens contain folate, a nutrient necessary for DNA repair.
Doctors have long pointed to probiotics to address internal ailments, and when it comes to skin they’re still a great solution. “Beyond countering the growth of bad bacteria and improving digestion, they’ve been shown to curb inflammation, strengthen immunity, and neutralize free radicals that contribute to aging,” says Brooke Alpert, RD, author of The Sugar Detox, to Health.com. New York City dermatologist Dr. Robyn Gmyrek also tells the site that “there’s an irrefutable connection between our gastrointestinal tract and our skin, and internal inflammation can absolutely manifest outwardly.” Kombucha is a popular way to get probiotics as well as vitamins and minerals.
Turmeric does wonders for inflammation and has also been shown to support proper brain function and better your immune system. Consume it with warm water to balance your skin’s natural flora and protect your skin cells against free radicals.
There’s a reason egg cream is the latest Korean beauty trend. Egg yolk nourishes and soothes the skin while also providing vitamin A for skin repair.
Selenium, found in Brazil nuts, is another powerful antioxidant that helps protect the skin from free radicals. Not only that, but studies have shown selenium can help to clear skin, reducing the risk of breakouts and decreasing acne.
Citrus fruits—like lemons and grapefruit—are packed with vitamin C that helps skin’s firmness. It also encourages your body to metabolize faster and can help you feel less bloated.
According to WebMD, green tea “may be the closest thing to a magic potion that you can find for your skin.” Some of its many benefits are helping to slow DNA damage, stopping inflammation, and even protect against sun damage and burns. There’s a reason why the superfood makes its way into so many cosmetics. Ingesting the real deal directly delivers its immediate soothing qualities while working toward lasting results.
Fish boast a long list of benefits to your health, especially for your skin. Salmon, tuna, halibut, cod, snapper, and sardines all contain selenium. Cold-water fish like salmon, sardines, and mackerel are packed with essential fatty acids like omega-3s and omega-6s which aid your skin’s natural oil barrier, combatting dryness and uneven complexions.
High quality oils like cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil, are brimming with nutrients that benefit your skin—including essential fatty acids and vitamin E.
What’s your favorite food for ensuring a clear complexion? Let me know your go-tos in the comments!
- 12 oz. brussels sprouts, outer leaves removed
- 1 pear, chopped
- 1/3 cup fried onions
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1/3 cup bleu cheese, crumbled
- 1/4 cup pecans, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Holding brussels sprouts by the stalk, use a sharp knife to cut brussels sprout into strips.
- Place brussel sprouts in a large bowl, along with chopped pear, crispy onions, cranberries, cheese and pecans.
- In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and mustard, and season generously with salt and pepper.
- Pour dressing over the salad and toss together until everything is evenly coated.
- Serve and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Back To Her Roots