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Adult Acne?! How to Regain Your Glow

Raise your hand if you are far from your teens but still suffer from 17-year-old breakouts? The truth is, it’s not as uncommon as it sounds. 20, 30, even 40-year-olds are still suffering from bumpy, red, irritated skin and cystic acne. If you’re one of them, strap in! It’s time to break down the most common causes of your skin woes and how to get them under control.


Cause:  Hormonal Ups and Downs

For most of us women, we might experience a bit of irritation or break-out prone skin depending on the time of the month. Hormones cue our bodies to produce excess oil.  Oil, stress, poor diet, dead skin build-up create the perfect storm.  For women with irregular cycles and hormonal imbalances, you’ll see breakouts and cystic acne around your chin and jawline throughout the month.

Solution:  Focus on Food


Hormone-related issues can be quite daunting to tackle. The best place to start – and possibly the most effective – is what you eat. What you choose to eat (or avoid!) can dramatically affect your hormone levels. High glycemic foods, anything processed that contains refined sugar, spike insulin and alters how you metabolize estrogen as well as rise cortisol (your stress hormone). These fluctuating hormones don’t do your skin any favors. To start, try experimenting with limiting or cutting out dairy and sugar.

That leaves us to what we should be eating. Our skin craves the vitamins and minerals found in dark leafy greens – think kale, spinach, swiss chard, and watercress. Vitamin A will help regulate your skin’s oil production while quercetin helps reduce cell activity and reduce inflammation. Another essential for good skin and balanced hormones: essential fatty acids (EFA’s) like flaxseed, olive oil, and wild-caught salmon. The more the merrier as they repair your protective skin barrier and provide anti-inflammatory activity.


Cause:  Don’t Be Harsh

Any time we deal with a breakout, our first reaction is to either scrub it off or practically burn it off. Both should be avoided (especially if you suffer frequent breakouts). Harsh solutions only further irritate the skin and exacerbate breakouts. What about the products you use? Poorly matched products and ingredients can also cause added breakouts. So, how can we organize our routine?

Solution:  Friendly Ingredients & a Good Routine

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An effective skincare routine is only as good as the order you apply it. How you layer your products will give you optimal effectiveness. Start with a gentle cleanser. Our favorites include Tata Harper’s Clarifying Cleanser and True Botanicals Clear Nourishing Cleanser. Next, toner. Toners that include AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acid) help clear away any residual dead skin cells, dirt, and oil and prepare the skin for the next product. Once a week you can use a stronger, chemical exfoliation – a 5% formula of AHA’s or BHA’s can help with texture, scars, and hyperpigmentation. Start small and work your way up – a cult favorite is the T.L.C. Babyfacial. Now that you’re squeaky clean, it’s time to layer your “nutrient-dense” serums. Anti-pollution serums, peptide serums, and Vitamin C serums are just a few. Last but not least, seal it in with oil-based serums such as Vitner’s Daughter Botanical Serum or a moisturizer/sunscreen hybrid (depending on the time of day).


Cause:  Not Enough “Friends”

How many of us forget to take our probiotics? Let alone have probiotics? Our lives are busy and remembering to take a supplement first thing in the a.m. is not always on the top of our list. But let’s talk about why good bacteria really is a priority for good skin (and overall health). Our gut and its flora are involved in every aspect of our bodies – healthy, balanced hormones, nutrient absorption, having a good mood, cardiovascular health, and, of course, skin health. With a lack of good bacteria, you are unable to fully nurture your intestinal microbiome – allowing bad bacteria to overpopulate and wreak havoc. But is it just probiotics that help our out the good bacteria?


Solution:  Probiotics & Fermentation

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Not all probiotics come in pill form. As mentioned earlier, a diet full of fruits and vegetables is not only nutrient-rich, it’s probiotic-rich! Plant fiber nourishes and strengthens good bacteria. Fermented foods like miso, sauerkraut, and kimchi also act as probiotics and grow your population of beneficial bacteria. The more whole foods you eat, the stronger your good bacteria become. Avoid foods that cause inflammation in your gut and destroy your microbiome. Gluten, sugar, and highly processed food are some of the biggest culprits!

Probiotics and prebiotics have increased in popularity. Unfortunately, this can cause confusion when trying to find the right one for you. Three things to look for are strain, species, and number. My personal favorite is Seed –  it contains over 24 different strains totaling 53 billion good bacteria catering to every part of my body. The key to probiotics is to take them regularly because they don’t live very long after you’ve taken them. If need be, set an alarm or keep them close by.


“I Think I Need More Help” 

Skin issues don’t tend to go away overnight, and at times, more help is needed. Izzy’s Wellness is happy to offer the perfect reboot to the most common (and most persistent) skin dilemmas via The Healthy Beauty Project.

 We truly believe that healthy skin starts with a healthy gut. By means of healing, strengthening, and maintaining a healthy gut, you will experience a complete overhaul in your skin and wellness. Visit HBP for more information.


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Fall & Winter Wellness – Inside & Out

Dry, flaky skin, anyone? What about low energy? Just getting over that cold, aren’t you? I’m the first to admit that sweater weather, leaves changing, and snow days are my absolute favorite. But along with the changing seasons come needed adjustments to wellness and self-care. Growing up in the midwest, one learns a thing or two about moisturizer and a good soup recipe.


Fall: Undoubtedly my favorite time of year. Transitioning from sweltering heat to sweater weather couldn’t be more refreshing. It is also the best time to boost your immunity as our bodies adjust – cold weather is a marathon, not a sprint. Bone broth, roasted vegetables, and soups are in constant rotation at our house. Bone broth for maximum absorption of minerals and amino acids proline, glutamine, and arginine to aid both gut health and immunity. Hearty roasted veggies to satisfy cravings and soup because it combines them both!

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Roasted Vegetable Tray with Yogurt Tahini Sauce

Winter: While I aim to eat lighter and mostly plant-based in the warmer months, wintertime brings the need for heavier, warmer foods – including quality meat and poultry. Throughout colder weather, I stick close to my staples mentioned above but with the addition of more protein. Roasted chicken, cast-iron salmon over lentils, and spicy turkey chili are made weekly.

For those that are plant-based all year long: Stews, soups, and vegetable stir-frys are going to be your best friend. Root vegetables and hearty leafy greens paired with brown rice pasta and grains have infinite combinations.  (Some of my favorites are featured at the end of this article.) No bone broth? No problem. Vegetable stock is a wonderful substitute.


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Vegetable Pasta Soup


Fall: As it is a transitional time of year, I keep to my normal routine with the addition of one or two moisture-focused treatments. Tata Harper Clarifying Cleanser half the week, the other Seabuckthorn Oil. Finish up with a hyaluronic serum or moisturizer that works well under a hydrating overnight mask  – Josh Rosebrook Advanced Hydration Mask.

Winter: Dry skin hits us the hardest end of December and into January.  As always, start from the inside out.  Up collagen-rich foods like dark, leafy greens, goji berries, fermented food, and cacao😉 for nourished hair, skin, and nails.   Never forget your healthy fats like avocado, olive oil, and nuts for hydration. For topical care, keep it as gentle and nourishing as possible. I cleanse and moisturize with Seabuckthorn Oil. On occasion, I’ll double up on moisturizer with my trusted Tata Harper Water-Lock Moisturizer if I’m traveling or high in the mountains.

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Tata Harper Water-Lock Moisturizer

For those that have breakout-prone skin: Don’t overdue drying treatments and peels! The key is nourishing the skin while removing dead skin cells and spot treating breakouts.  My favorite combination is to cleanse with Seabuckthorn oil, exfoliate with Goop Exfoliating Instant Facial (or Drunk Elephant’s Baby Facial), and spot treat with Dr. Barbara Sturm Clarifying Spot Treatment. Finish with a bit more oil to seal it in. Before trying new products, consult with your dermatologist or skin care specialist.



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Fall: If winter means snowy and icy conditions, use this season for as many walks and outdoor activities as possible. Before the days of being couped up inside take over, find at-home workouts that leave you coming back for more. During COVID-19, instructors and classes went digital meaning the options are endless – my personal favorites are Melissa Wood Health and Megan Roup’s Sculpt Society.

Winter: For many, the short days and long nights start to take its toll. SAD (seasonal affective disorder) is more prevalent this time of year and having structure is beneficial. Stick to your schedule during the day and set attainable short-term goals. But remember to reward yourself! Self-care is important all year long but more so during winter. Lack of sunlight? Check your vitamin D levels as our primary source of it is from sunlight. For supplemented help look for a fermented, food-based vitamin D3 (preferably fermented with L. bulgarcus.) For more information and your recommended dosage speak with your doctor.

Self-care ideas: Self-care is anything that allows you to unwind and recharge. Cooking with friends (in-person or over Zoom), trying something new, or an at-home wellness retreat. Stay off social media and enjoy the present for the best results.



Hearty Fall Minestrone Soup with Italian Sausage & Butternut Squash  

Enoki Mushroom Miso Soup 

Roasted Rack of Lamb with Orange Sauce and Root Vegetables 

Roasted Root Vegetables 

Detox Vegetable Broth with Turmeric & Ginger

Lazy Noodle Broth with Savoy & Mushrooms 

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Building Up Your Immunity in 6 Ways

With flu season in full swing and the addition of Coronavirus, we are reminded of how important it is to take care of our immune systems. We can improve our immunity naturally by focusing on both the mind and body. Here are my top 6 tips for staying healthy all year long:


Reduce Stress

Stress affects every part of our body from brain fog to weight changes, but especially our immunity. When cortisol levels are high, our body’s ability to heal itself is disrupted, making you more suspectable to infection and even diminishing the protective effects of vaccines. Clean up your diet, move your body and actively relax to lower your stress levels.


Use Food as Medicine

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What we eat directly affects our body’s ability to heal. The best way to build up our immunity is by real, whole, nutrient-dense foods. Eat multiple servings of colorful fruits and vegetables high in vitamins C, A, and phytonutrients. Up your intake of dark, leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, brussels sprouts and cauliflower. For added antimicrobial support add garlic, onions, ginger and other spices into your meals.

Additional Supplement Support: Natural Anti-Viral/Anti-Bacterial Herbs:  astragalus, echinacea, green tea extract, elderberry, andrographis, goldenseal, monolaurin, various immune-enhancing mushrooms, and beta 1-3 glucan. 

Cordyceps and Mushrooms Extracts: Cook with medicinal mushrooms like shitake. 


Sleep (Actual Sleep)

You can be doing everything right and still get sick. Why? Because you are not getting enough sleep! Sleep restores and heals the body. Without good, restful sleep our bodies are not able to support a strong immune system. Your goal should be 7 or 8 hours a night. Seem out of reach? Try exercising during the day (35 to 40 minutes also boosts immune function) and mindful relaxation to help prepare your body for sleep.

For exercise: Mild to moderate exercise daily improves immune system function. AVOID overexertion when feeling run down; this will your lower immune defenses. 


Keep Drinking!

Drinking lots of fluids, especially warmer fluids, is vital for staying hydrated and supporting all your body’s functions – including immune functions. Flush out toxins and detox with water (or warm lemon water) and nourish with soups, bone broth, and ginger and echinacea tea. If you prefer green juices, make sure they are without fruit juice and other added sugars – sugar stresses our immune system. YIKES!

Try a daily saline flush: Using a neti pot or plastic bottle filled with saline solution gently flushes out your sinuses while keeping mucus membranes moist, protecting against microbes. Limit using a saline flush once or twice daily. 


Be Balanced With Sanitizing

I know it might seem weird, but exposure to some germs is good for us, especially in terms of building up immunity. If you live in a sterile environment you are actually more susceptible to infections when exposed.  Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer when appropriate, but avoid anything excessive.


It All Goes Back to the Gut

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A healthy gut supports a healthy body – healthy gut flora supports a healthy gut and protects against pathogens and is vital for a strong immune system. Take probiotics daily that include several species of good bacteria and contain at least 5 to 10 billion organisms per capsule.

When taking antibiotics: Sometimes antibiotics are needed when sick. During your round of antibiotics, you kill both bad and good bacteria. Be sure to include probiotics and probiotic-rich food in your diet to counteract the effects. 

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Summer is Here – How to Stay Healthy

Maybe you have multiple vacations lined up or you’re just finally getting to catch up on things. Either or, summer is a good time to focus on you and clean up your act. Our favorite way to get “summer ready” has a little to do with detoxing and a whole lot to do with self-care.

A little bit of detox goes a long way…

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Everyday we are exposed to toxins… in our food, products, and everything in between. Our poor body could use some support, especially our primary detox organ the liver. Vitamins and minerals are essential for supporting our liver, like Vitamin C and B12. But with all the summer parties and BBQ’s, why not go for something a little more powerful? To kick things up a notch, we recommend Dr. Junger’s 21-Day Clean Program – celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow swear by it. For a totally honest review, we recommend checking out Alicia’s review at Coveteur. The big take away from a cleanse such as this… you learn about your body and get healthy doing it (reduce inflammation, learn about food sensitives, and reset your digestive system).

An extra boost for the body: SWEATING. Working out usually gets the job done, but if you’re someone that barely breaks a sweat during a workout you may benefit from using an infrared sauna. You may have read our blog on sauna’s, but we can’t over stress  our love of the infrared sauna. No work needed, you just lay there and sweat! It eliminates heavy metals, clears up your skin and releases your feel-good chemicals and endorphins. So you feel and look good, win win!

If you are not in the market for owning your own infrared sauna, try a sweat session elsewhere. Places like Higher Dose with multiple locations around NYC but you’d be surprised to know most cities have a “sweat houses”.

4 Healthy Eating Habits

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Basil Lime Blackberry Smoothie

Summer is all about socializing and must-deserved vacations, but don’t go completely off track with how you’re eating. Whether at a party or on vacation, don’t stress about eating perfectly. Just be balanced.

  1. Focus first on veggies (potatoes don’t count.) Make it half your plate, the other half you can have more fun with. But remember… fill up on veggies, so eat that half first.
  2. Stay hydrated! Water is key to keeping your skin happy and energy up when splurging on food. Avoid soft drinks at all costs and limit alcohol as much as you can, but who can pass up a round or two of margaritas, right?
  3. Keep processed foods at a minimum. The quality of our food is what counts. So even when treating yourself, make sure it’s good quality and as close to mother nature as possible.
  4. No need to go crazy on every. single. meal. Make one meal special and relaxed, but don’t spend your whole day on a wild, carb-loaded, sugar-laden binge.

Working out on-the-go

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Tracy Anderson Method

Working out on vacation or throughout the summer can be challenging. But how about we change that? Here’s a plan to get you focused and maintain that summer body you’ve been working on all winter long or still striving for.

  1. Always have a plan. Before you even go to the gym or put on your workout clothes, think about what you want to do. When we are feeling uninspired, we opt for a classic Tracy Anderson DVD or streamed class. All you have to do is follow along, no thinking or planning needed.
  2. Use the buddy system. There’s a reason everyone recommends working out with a friend. It works! Even if it’s not the most intense workout you get all week, at least you’re putting in the effort. You’re getting in some movement and socializing all at the same time.
  3. No need to spend 60 or 90 minutes in the gym. Why would you ever go if you knew it would take that long? Workouts like HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) will get you the same results, if not better, in just 15 minutes. The best part… you can easily find a HIIT workout online or on YouTube. But it’s intense, so check with your doctor first to make sure it’s a good fit for you.
  4. Bring your equipment. Regardless of what you do for workouts, never let the excuse of not finding a gym stop you. Ankle weights and 3 pound weights are our lifesaver when traveling. Even supermodels like Gigi Hadid rely on hotel room workouts (like this one) with little to no equipment.

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Why You Should be Skipping Meals

Intermittent fasting has become quite popular, especially among those who have started diets such as the ketogenic diet or who are looking for ways to support their health or even lose some weight. If you are interested in learning more about intermittent fasting, keep reading! I am going to break it down and explain what it is and exactly what it can do for your health.

What is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting involves eliminating food intake for a period of time. Some people choose to do intermittent fasting by skipping breakfast and eating their first meal of the day at 12pm. There is the 16-8 method which means that you eat all of your meals within the 8-hour eating window and then you fast for 16 hours. This works well for people who choose to skip breakfast and wait until lunch time to eat, or who want to eat a later breakfast and then an earlier dinner. This is one of the most popular intermittent fasting options as you still get to eat every day, and there is some flexibility in the times that you eat.

What Can Intermittent Fasting do For Our Health?

Fasting as a whole has been around for a very long time and intermittent fasting has shown to have quite a few health benefits.

#1 Cellular Repair: When you fast, your body has the ability to repair itself and even remove waste from cells which can be extremely beneficial for cellular repair.

#2 Blood Sugar Insulin levels during fasting drop which may be able to help support fat burning and be helpful for those who are looking to lose weight.

#3 Reduce Inflammation: Studies have shown that intermittent fasting can help combat inflammation which can greatly reduce our risk of chronic disease.

#4 Brain Health: Intermittent fasting may also be beneficial for brain health and may help increase brain-derived neurotrophic factor. Having enough BDNF is important for brain health, and not having enough has been linked to depression.

Intermittent fasting is something that has been proven to help support overall health and something that is becoming widely recognized. If you are interested in seeing how this could support your health, give it a go by starting with the 16-8 method and see how it makes you feel!

Comment below if you’ve tried Intermittent Fasting! How do you feel?

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The Power of Magnesium – Do You Need More of It?

Did you know that magnesium is needed for over 300 processes in the body? Magnesium deficiencies can lead to a huge list of unwanted symptoms and it is something that more people suffer from than you may think. A deficiency could lead to cardiovascular issues, an increase in PMS symptoms, preeclampsia during pregnancy, osteoporosis, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and nutrient deficiencies just to name a few. The bottom line is that magnesium is essential and we lose magnesium stores daily just from normal body functions. So, let’s take a look at some of the reasons we need magnesium and why it is important to make sure we are getting enough magnesium-rich foods in our diets, and if not that we are supplementing appropriately.


Why Magnesium is Essential for Overall Health 

#1 Supports Relaxation: Magnesium is often used to help support relaxation and is very beneficial for those who suffer from anxiety or difficulty sleeping due to its calming effect. Magnesium is very important for GABA which is a neurotransmitter that helps to promote feel good hormones in the body. Magnesium helps to support this neurotransmitter, so not getting enough could cause feelings of stress or anxiety. Read more

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Why People Start a Whole30 Diet

The Whole-30 Diet has been super popular since it came out in 2009, and especially during New Year’s as many people make it their New Year’s Resolution to kick the year off with a Whole-30 Diet. However, there are also people who strive to follow this diet throughout the year. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of this diet so you can better understand why someone would be interested in this way of eating.

What is The Whole-30 Diet?

The Whole-30 Diet is often described as a life-changing diet that removes sugar, grains, dairy, as well as legumes from the diet. It’s about eliminating the foods that are known to damage the gut, cause inflammation, and cause an imbalance in blood sugar levels. The Whole-30 Diet helps your body recover from the inflammation that may be going on, while also helping you build new habits with healthier foods that will support overall wellness. Read more

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Essential Oils to Boost Energy & Focus

Do you find yourself struggling to get through the day without multiple cups of coffee or find that you hit a slump come 3 pm? You are so not alone. So many of us depend on caffeine to get through the day. Life is hectic. Many of us are working full-time jobs not to mention the fact that some have kids, a family, and other obligations when they get home. It’s tiring! However, drinking too much caffeine can actually lead to an energy crash later in the day, disrupt sleep, cause anxiety in some people, and too much can even be hard on the adrenals.

If you feel like you couldn’t possibly get through your day without coffee, keep reading. There are actually essential oils that can help boost your energy and focus so maybe you don’t need to have that third cup of coffee in the afternoon. Let’s take a look at some of the essential oils that may be able to help give you that mid-day energy boost we could all use! Read more

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3 DIY Moisturizers for Dry & Rough Skin

Wintertime can cause unwanted dry and rough skin that lasts for months no matter how often you moisturize your hands. If this sounds like you and your skin is in need of some serious moisture TCL, keep reading. You are about to learn about three DIY moisturizers for dry and rough skin that can keep your skin smooth all winter all.

Shea Butter & Coconut Oil: The blend of shea butter and coconut oil is perfect for quenching dry and rough skin. The coconut oil is also great if you suffer from cracked skin as it acts as a natural antibacterial and can protect damaged skin. To make a homemade body butter, melt the shea butter and coconut oil together remove from heat and add in a couple of drops of pure essential oil such as lavender. Allow the mixture to sit out to solidify and then blend. Store in a glass container in a cool and dry place and use on rough skin. This body butter is even good for dry or frizzy hair this time of year. Read more

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The Power of Essential Oils in Home Cleaning Products

Essential oils have a number of benefits and believe it or not they aren’t just good for your health, they are also excellent for cleaning your home. Essential oils can be added to homemade cleaning products and used in place of toxic options. This is one of the best ways to reduce your toxin exposure in your home, so let’s dive in and talk about the power of essential oils when it comes to home cleaning products and how to use them.

Use Essential Oils in an All-Purpose Cleaning Spray: Making a DIY all-purpose cleaning spray is easy. All you need is some distilled white vinegar, castile soap, and a few drops of essential oil. You can use a citrus scent or peppermint for a nice refreshing smell, making your home feel and smell clean. Read more