Peau Ap­pétit!

The French know their f ood, even when it comes t o ed­i­bles that nour­ish your skin.

HILuxury - - NEWS - by CATHER­INE CALD­WELL

Foods to get your skin glow­ing

YOU TELL ME WHAT YOU EAT, AND I 'LL TELL YOU WHO YOU ARE,” STATED FRENCH EPICUREAN AND GASTRONOME JEAN

An­thelme Bril­lat-Savarin, whose fa­mous work The Phys­i­ol­ogy of Taste has been ref­er­enced through­out academia and the up­per ech­e­lons of elite culi­nary cir­cles.

No magic po­tion No. 9 needed; if what's on your plate af­fects your en­tire be­ing, then soul food cer­tainly must ben­e­fit the skin. Beauty is be­yond skin deep, and you don't need to be Bril­lat-Savarin to rea­son that it's rooted in your diet.

So, who bet­ter to con­sult about food and beauty than the French?

Robin Knowl­ton—a French­woman who for­ayed in fine wine un­der the ef­fer­ves­cent em­pires Moët and Chan­don and Cham­pagne Ruinart—is now a reiki mas­ter and cer­ti­fied nutri­tion­ist of Seishin Well­ness & Nutri­tion, her proper en­ter­prise.

(Knowl­ton knows that all those antioxidants in grapes are cer­tainly good for your health! In fact, Cau­daile's founders in­ge­niously ex­tract polyphe­nols, antioxidants nat­u­rally found within red grape seeds, to fash­ion their cult beauty prod­ucts. Le Spa Vinothérapie Cau­dalie in Bordeaux is a resver­a­trol re­treat … i.e., more rea­son to sip this liq­uid elixir in mod­er­a­tion.)

From Cham­pagne in France to health and beauty in the states, Knowl­ton epit­o­mizes bal­ance, as­sur­ing that for op­ti­mal com­plex­ion, skin—the largest or­gan in our body—needs to be prop­erly nour­ished. Per Knowl­ton, skin serves three main func­tions: pro­tec­tive (shield­ing in­ter­nal organs); nour­ish­ment (vi­ta­min D syn­the­sis through daily sun ex­po­sure); and elim­i­na­tion (re­leas­ing tox­ins through sweat). As oil and dead skin cells are elim­i­nated daily, proper nour­ish­ment is nec­es­sary to sup­port this end­less re­gen­er­a­tion.

“Skin mir­rors the state of our over­all health and well-be­ing—good or poor nutri­tion show up on the skin.” Knowl­ton cites that, in ad­di­tion to poor nutri­tion, com­plex­ion threats in­clude pol­lu­tion, smok­ing, ex­cess caf­feine and al­co­hol, fried foods, stress, lack of sleep and sun over­ex­po­sure.

And high nu­tri­ent den­sity isn't lim­ited to herbs and veg­eta­bles. Lob­ster,

lan­goustines, crab, oys­ters and other ex­quis­ite, zinc-rich shellfi sh are backed by French natur­opath Fran­cie Puel, owner of LE CAIRN Cof­feeshop & Natur­opathie: a chic, gluten-free coffee café nes­tled in Paris' ritzy 7th ar­rondisse­ment. If you're ever in Paris, stop in to say "hi" to Francine and her son, Mathias, who co-own and op­er­ate the café, and or­der the Jus du Jour : a freshly squeezed mélange of the sea­son's finest fruits and veg­eta­bles (a recipe which ro­tates daily).

Francine, a na­tive of the sunny South of France, ex­plains that skin is an emu­nc­tory which re­jects tox­ins trig­gered by im­proper di­ges­tion. Hold­ing a natur­opath li­cense from FENHAMAN, a fed­er­a­tion in Paris spe­cial­iz­ing in di­verse en­ergy tech­niques, her holis­tic train­ing equipped her to “bi­o­log­i­cally de­code” what the phys­i­cal body ex­presses; more­over, she is armed with tools to calm the body and emo­tions through the di­ges­tive sys­tem.

To main­tain healthy skin, she ad­vises in­tel­li­gent, health­ful eat­ing. While de­fined, di­etary re­quire­ments range, she ad­vises a reg­i­men of 80 per­cent veg­etable prod­ucts and 20 per­cent an­i­mal prod­ucts, en­vi­ron­men­tally sourced wa­ter, or­ganic, good fats, and cold-pressed juices. To max­i­mize nu­tri­tional ben­e­fit, an­tiox­i­dant-rich fruit, par­tic­u­larly rouge in hue, should be con­sumed 30 min­utes be­fore meals.

El­e­ments rich in sil­ica and cop­per are also ex­cel­lent for skin. Francine ad­vises the sil­ica that is nat­u­rally found in net­tles; whereas, oys­ters, pota­toes, nuts, raisins, lentils, shi­itake mush­rooms, and sesame all con­tain cop­per.

In ad­di­tion to mind­ful eat­ing, Francine as­sures proper di­ges­tion is equally es­sen­tial for nu­tri­ent ab­sorp­tion. If you eat health­fully, and yet, the skin is fledged with im­per­fec­tions, emo­tional or en­vi­ron­men­tal triggers are ar­guably caus­ing these un­de­sir­able re­ac­tions—as emo­tions have a sur­pris­ingly pow­er­ful ef­fect on the physique and me­tab­o­lism. Con­sult­ing an ex­pert on face mapping, one can pin­point

nu­tri­tional el­e­ments to soothe the void, de­pend­ing on which area of the skin is flar­ing.

State­side, Loren Thomp­son, a women's holis­tic health coach, prac­tices a sim­i­lar mind-body-spirit ap­proach to cure skin woes. While six time zones apart, she sat down to talk com­plex­ion con­fi­den­tial with HI-Luxury.

“Fo­cus­ing on food for a healthy di­ges­tive sys­tem is key for clear, ra­di­ant skin. We of­ten for­get that your skin is an elim­i­na­tion or­gan, so by putting bad foods into your body, you'll be get­ting bad skin out of it!” Thomp­son ex­presses.

“Cel­ery and cu­cum­ber are my clear skin se­cret weapons … Be­ing highly di­uretic, both cu­cum­ber and cel­ery flush all the tox­ins and waste out of your sys­tem and out of your skin!”

Thomp­son cited that cel­ery and cu­cum­bers are both high in al­ka­line, which carry anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties to pro­long healthy skin tone. Added bonus: weight-loss ben­e­fits for their high-wa­ter con­tent. And it's not a myth. Place cu­cum­bers over your eyes, and “say good­bye to the puffi­ness.”

Thomp­son says that start­ing your day with freshly pressed cu­cum­ber and cel­ery juice can trans­form skin in as lit­tle as a week, detox­ing your body while trans­form­ing your skin. Thomp­son's juice to get glow­ing? Try her skin detox tonic (di­rec­tional).

Fer­mented foods are other face sav­iors. Kom­bucha tea, an ex­tremely fer­mented and slightly ef­fer­ves­cent bev­er­age, for ex­am­ple, is laced with bil­lions of pro bi­otic st hat pro­mote healthy di­ges­tion and skin cell cir­cu­la­tion. The unglam­orous truth is that skin of­ten erupts due to an over­growth of harm­ful bac­te­ria. Nour­ish­ing your body with friendly bac­te­ria can re­verse them al ef­fects of im­muneim bal­ance ,80 per­cent of which orig­i­nates from within your di­ges­tive track.

We may not all have been blessed with good genes, but in sup­ple­ment­ing our diet with nu­tri­ent- dense skin food, we seize power over the phys­i­cal qual­i­ties of our skin. Through proper nutri­tion , beauty begins well be­low sur­face level.

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