Inside and Out –Antioxidants are “Super Foods” for Skin Health

We’re big on antioxidants in our skincare line.

And we know that many find the endless talk of the benefits of antioxidants confusing or worse—overhyped.

But, in health journals and in doctor’s offices there is no end to the discussions on how antioxidants are good for overall health. Many go so far as to conclude that consuming antioxidants:

  • Slows the signs of aging
  • Reduces cancer risks
  • Supports detoxification
  • Promotes a longer life span
  • Protects against heart disease and stroke
  • Reduces cognitive problems-- such as dementia
  • Slows risks for vision loss or disorders, like macular degeneration and cataracts

And our overall favorite,

  • Promotes healthier, more youthful, and glowing skin

Why are antioxidants good for you?

Oxidation is the process of breaking down elements.

Think rust on a piece of metal. Antioxidants provide important protection at the cellular level against the damaging chain reaction of free radicals

But, antioxidants are not just one item you’ll see on a menu or on skincare ingredient lists. They are compounds that come from plants such as pomegranate, green tea, and cucumber-like the ones blended in Awaken Revitalizing Eye Serum.

We use only plant-based antioxidants in our products. But one fact remains, all of us enjoy massive health benefits from the right balance of antioxidants.

And now that winter is upon us, we invite you to add our favorite antioxidant-rich soup to your winter menu. This surprisingly easy recipe can be a weekday staple or a quick and easy lunch to power you through your day.

Featuring the best of plant derivatives this vegan recipe contains colorful vegetables and healthy aromatics such as onion, turmeric, and ginger. This soup also combines powerful nutrients for digestive health such as found in kale and butternut squash. This soup helps cleanse and detox your system from all the rich holiday foods.


Indian Detox Soup for Clear Skin

1 Tbs. oil (avocado or olive)

1 large yellow onion, diced

1 large carrot, chopped (or grated)

3 celery stalks, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 parsnip, chopped (or grated)

1 zucchini or yellow crookneck squash, chopped

1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes

4 cups vegetable stock

1 cup butternut squash, small cubes

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp. cumin powder

1-inch piece of fresh ginger, grated

1 tsp. turmeric powder

4 cups of kale, stemmed and finely chopped

1 Tbs. fresh parsley, chopped

2 Tbs. fresh cilantro as garnish

  1. Heat a large pot over med-high heat and add oil
  2. Add onion and celery and cook for 3-5 minutes or until onions are translucent. If you chopped your carrot and parsnip, add now. If not, you can add them to the tomatoes.
  3. Add in garlic and cook for 1 minute
  4. Add diced tomatoes, (carrots and parsnip if they were grated), zucchini, butternut squash cubes, vegetable stock, parsley and spices, and stir
  5. Bring to a boil, turn down to simmer with a lid, on med-low heat for 30 minutes.
  6. Add in kale and cook for 10 minutes.
  7. Top with fresh cilantro before serving.

Alternative: To make a creamy version, use an immersion blender to puree. Then add a 15 ounce can of coconut cream or coconut milk for a luxurious texture. Adjust seasoning and enjoy. This freezes well into individual servings for later!

Keep up the vegetable momentum

Use this recipe as a base-line for new delicious combinations. We like adding:

  • Broccoli, peppers, or beets for collagen-boosting vitamin C benefits
  • Potatoes for potassium – an underrated mineral that promotes skin health
  • Anything Green! – spinach, mustard or collard greens to promote good digestion

However you add vegetables into your diet, you’ll enjoy health benefits that are more than skin deep. And your skin will thank you. We invite you to experiment with new soup recipes year-round. Spring is around the corner which brings new fresh vegetables into the mix. All year, your skin will be bright, your tummy will thank you, and you will be on your way to better health, inside and out.

Bye for now!

Kirsten, xx

P.S. Did you know? Many Indian spices, like ginger and turmeric are powerful antioxidants that also reduce the appearance of aging and can help with hyperpigmentation. We use turmeric in our Calm Facial soap!

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