How Your Diet Affects Your Skin: Dairy

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Dairy

I really can’t think of a single person who doesn’t love cheese, including me… and I’m lactose intolerant. 

And it’s not just cheese. It’s milk, ice cream, whipped cream, alfredo sauce, butter. If it’s creamy, I love it. But did you know that humans weren’t built to consume milk after childhood? Think about it. In all mammals, milk is a food produced for the young. In fact, it is estimated that 75% of adults are lactose intolerant.

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Crazy!

I know. In some cases, lactose intolerance is obvious. Minutes after taking a bite of dairy, the suffering begins. In other cases, lactose intolerance is sneaky. The onset of indigestion and bloating can happen hours after the consumption of dairy! If you’re a dedicated Tums-popper, check out this list of side effects to see if eliminating dairy could help: 

  • Bloating
  • Pain or cramps
  • Gas
  • Nausea & Vomiting

Unfortunately, just like gluten intolerance the symptoms of lactose intolerance could indicate a number of different digestive problems. If you think the problem might be dairy, cut it out of your diet immediately and speak with your doctor.

So what does this have to do with your skin?

Here’s the scoop. Over the past 10 years, more and more research has linked the intake of dairy with bloating, eczema, and breakouts in adults. Although there is no definitive connection, leading researchers believe that the hormones present in cow’s milk may be a leading cause of adult-onset acne. 

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The Takeaway

If you have a big day coming up (your wedding, an important meeting at work, etc.) and you’ve been breaking out, it might be worth it to cut dairy out of your diet for a few days. Best case scenario: your skin clears up and you lose some water weight. Worst case scenario: your skin stays the same and you gave up mac n cheese for three days. 

Time Saving Beauty Tips

7:45 AM

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That’s about the time of day I start ‘getting ready’ for work. I’ve already made breakfast, brushed my teeth, and guzzled coffee. I’m about to hop in the shower and start my full on, hour long beauty routine. Most mornings, this is perfectly fine. Doable. But…

Sometimes You Just Can’t Get Out of Bed

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at 7:15 AM to make this all possible. Sometimes you’ve gone out the night before and you had one too many apple-tinis and you hit the snooze button 4 times until it’s actually 8:15 and you only have 30 minutes to ‘get ready’ and you’re already behind because your eyes are puffy and your skin is dehydrated and you have last night’s mascara on your cheek.

So what do you do?

You cut down your beauty routine, that’s what. 30 minutes is plenty of time to look bright eyed and bushy tailed if you follow these simple steps to quick & dirty beauty.

1. If you like it, then you shoulda put a mask on it.

Should Put A Mask

Is your skin dying of thirst? Do you feel a huge, painful pimple coming on? There’s a mask for that! For an instant glow, we suggest the Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask. As soon as you get up, slather your face in a thick layer of your favorite mask and leave it on for 5 minutes while you….

2. Juice the heck out of some kale.

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Because you need vitamins, STAT, and you don’t have time to make a full breakfast. Check out this JUARA-favorite 5 Minute Hangover Cure for some juice-spiration.

3. Wash & Moisturize

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Glowing skin has ALMOST as much to do with proper hydration as it does with a good night’s rest. Wash off that mask and put on a nice, thick layer of your favorite moisturizer and eye creme for an instant facial. While that sinks in to your skin…

4. Dry Shampoo & Bun-It

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I recently discovered the wonders of dry shampoo, and I now have 3 bottles under my sink. No joke. Spray the roots of your hair and fluff with your fingers to get rid of oily roots. Then LIGHTLY comb to make it look presentable and throw it up into a sloppy yet effortlessly chic bun. Done and done.

5. Mascara, Blush, Lipstick, GO!

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As Elizabeth Taylor famously said “Pour a drink, put some lipstick on, and pull yourself together.” Now, I would skip the drink but the lipstick is definitely crucial. Put on a bright shade of coral or pink to draw the attention away from your sleep deprived eyes, add a brush of blush for color and some mascara to look presentable and you’re good to go.

And Don’t Forget To Get Dressed

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Because as great as your makeup & hair may look, everyone is going to notice if you come to the office in footsie pajamas. I may or may not speak from experience.

Veggie Friendly Protein Sources

Meatless Mondays. Fish Friendly Fridays.

Many of us are slowly cutting meat out of our diets. Whether that’s by deliberate choice, by taste, or by the sheer popularity of the meatless fad, more and more of us (myself included) are wracking our brains to come up with healthy, non carb-overload-y solutions to the meat free dinner.

But how can we make sure our new diet isn’t leaving our bodies hungry for energy-fueling protein?

When I first cut down my red meat intake, I was tired all the time. It took me a few weeks to realize that I had been replacing all of the protein in my life with carbs. Oatmeal for breakfast, hummus & pita for lunch, pasta for dinner. This carb-heavy diet left me with erratic energy: peaks of high energy right after eating and lethargic crashes a few hours later. 

I had to find a solution. A protein replacement.

And after a bit of research, here’s what I found. 6 Delicious & Nutritious vegetarian protein replacements! Click the images for easy recipe ideas.


 

Broccoli

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Almond Butter

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Sesame Seeds

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Chia Seeds

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Quinoa

Quinoa

Peas

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How Your Diet Affects Your Skin: Gluten

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Gluten

 

For those of us out there who love carbs (I’m raising both of my hands) gluten is everywhere. It’s in our pasta, bread, oatmeal, meatballs, even ice-cream! And though for a majority of us processing gluten comes naturally to the body, it is estimated that a whopping 15% of the American population is gluten-intolerant in some capacity.

Crazy!

I know. What a number. And what’s more, most people are never diagnosed. That’s probably because the symptoms of Gluten Intolerance are sort of similar to the symptoms for… almost anything else. Some of the top indicators are:

  • Bloating and indigestion after eating a meal with a high content of gluten (think Spaghetti & Meatballs with a side of garlic bread… so it’s pretty understandable why many people attribute the discomfort to the massive amount of food they’ve just consumed)
  • Fatigue, headaches & fogginess after eating
  • Dizziness
  • Inflammation & swelling
  • Unexplainable acne, often adult onset

So do you see? That’s why most people go undiagnosed. Those symptoms could really mean anything, or nothing, to most of us. 

So what does this have to do with your skin?

Well, here’s the skinny. Gluten intolerance can lead to spikes in insulin and changes in hormones- both of which can cause major breakouts. If you’re skin has been free and clear for years and now, as an adult, you’re experiencing extreme breakouts for no particular reason, try cutting gluten out for a week or so. If your skin clears, that may be an indication that you are gluten intolerant and you should speak with your doctor about coming up with a new lifestyle plan that’s healthy for you!

Plant A Flower Day!

Flowers Are Good For The World

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They’re also great mood boosters, have AMAZING skin care benefits, and gardening can be an extremely rewarding hobby.

So today, National Plant A Flower Day, why not take a look at your Garden board on Pinterest and get planting! To give you some inspiration, here are some of our favorite JUARA Inspired Flowers:


Frangipani (Plumeria) Flower

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Frangipani is the national flower of Indonesia. It’s also the ingredient that gives JUARA’s Radiance Vitality Oil such a beautiful, uplifting scent! Frangipani Flower Oil also provides natural UV protection and nourishment to the skin.

Tiare Flower

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Tiare Flower is the star of JUARA’s Tiare Jasmine Tea line of body products. The light, fresh scent compliments the lush, green notes in the fragrance to evoke the feeling of walking through a tea plantation at dawn. Tiara Flower Oil also provides hydrating and firming benefits to the skin.

Clove Flower

Clove Flower

Clove Flower is the title ingredient in JUARA’s Clove Flower & Turmeric Serum, and it certainly does not disappoint! When ingested, Clove Flower has historically been used to relieve stomach ailments and pain. Recently, science has discovered that when applied topically Clove Flower has amazing antioxidant properties, boosts collagen & elastin production, and even inhibits excess melanin production!

Ingredient Spotlight: Passion Fruit

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A delicious, tart fruit. Used for centuries in love potions and elixirs.

With its sweet aroma and juicy texture, it’s no wonder that Passion Fruit Oil is great for your skin! Take a look at this impressive list of benefits:

  • Quickly penetrates the skin
  • Hydrates
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Protects skin from free radical damage
  • Soothes itchy or irritated skin
  • Helps skin recover from sun damage

Impressed by all of the amazing things Passion Fruit Oil can do for you, but not quite sure which products contain it? Here’s a quick list of my favorites:

Curls Passion Fruit Curl Control Paste

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JUARA Radiance Vitality Oil

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Bare Minerals Pop of Passion Lip Balm

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Metta Murdaya Life Hack: Frozen Tea Cubes

Homemade Tea

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Sounds wonderful, but wonderfully difficult. When I hear Homemade Tea my mind sees myself hanging herbs from window sills, smashing and mixing and spilling everywhere, trying to stuff crumbling flowers into little cheesecloth bags. Not fun.

SO

When JUARA Co-Founder Metta came to me with this amazingly EASY recipe for homemade antioxidant-rich tea, I knew I had to share it.

Homemade Antioxidant Tea Cubes

INGREDIENTS

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Equal parts (medium chunks) fresh Turmeric and fresh Ginger

AppleJuice

Apple Juice

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A grind of Fresh Black Pepper

Honey

1 Tsp Honey

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Fresh Lemon juice to taste


 

DIRECTIONS

  • In a Magic Bullet blender, combine the Turmeric, Ginger, and enough apple juice to just cover the two pieces
  • Blend on high speed until the 3 ingredients form a paste
  • Add a grind or two of Black Pepper and pulse the blender until all ingredients are combined fully
  • Pour the paste into an ice tray. Freeze for at least 1 hour.
  • When you are ready to enjoy your homemade tea, place 1 tea cube in a mug and pour boiling water over top. Add honey & lemon to taste.

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