April 26, 2010 (6:36 pm)

Kristen Suzanne’s 3 Secrets to Gorgeous Skin

topics: Beauty, Reviews
by Kristen Suzanne

1. FOOD! It’s important to start from the inside of your body if you want clear, glowing skin on the outside. This means eating a clean diet that is filled with foods that are organic, plant-based, alkalizing, mostly raw, and fresh. By loading up my cells with massive nutrients I set my skin up to win!

I’m a big fan of green juices for helping to keep me hydrated, energized, and alkalized. During the warmer months especially, one of my favorite green juices is made from organic cucumbers, organic celery, organic romaine, and served on ice. (Sometimes I just make good ol’ Cukes On Ice, too). Cucumbers are wonderfully hydrating and terrific for the skin. Heck, many people apply cucumber slices directly to their skin to reduce heat and inflammation. I’ve also read that daily cucumber juice may help with eczema and arthritis. So, as a priority for skin care, I make sure my diet is loaded with plenty of fresh, organic, nourishing raw vegan foods.

2. Dr. Alkaitis Skin FoodTHIS has become my ultimate favorite for skin care products. And, let me tell you… I’ve tried tons of companies over the years! There is so much truth that a healthy, raw, organic, plant-based diet will help give your skin the glow, but it’s not fool proof all of the time. We also have to take into account what we put on our skin. One of the general philosophies I follow is that if I can’t eat it, I probably don’t want it touching my skin either. Enter: Dr. Alkaitis products. Holy moly! These are amazing. I started using them after coming off a little breakout session from hormones and within a couple of days had extreme improvement. I actually couldn’t believe my eyes, so I didn’t say anything to anyone, I just kept with the program. And, weeks later, my skin was more gorgeous than it had ever been. Now, I’m telling the whole world about them! I’m going to be hard pressed to use any other company. Almost all of their products are vegan. My favorites: cleanser, toner, soothing gel, treatment oil (love this on my body – the smell is hypnotic!), and eye cream. I’ve used the day and night creams sparingly, but I tend to stick with the aforementioned products on a regular basis. The Travel Kit is a great way to get introduced to the line. It’s how I tried it out when they sent me one. Loved it!

Their products are made with organically grown or wild-crafted plants (or unpolluted sea life), and their herbal extracts are made in-house! The base is organic aloe, making the products very concentrated, so a little goes a long way (my 7-day Travel Kit lasted almost two weeks). All the products are raw, living, not heated above body temperature. And, to preserve freshness, they make small batches at a time and products are only two-weeks old when they get shipped to you (for US shipments). Rockin’ huh?

3. Clarisonic Skin Cleansing Machine – My mom recently bought me the Clarisonic Mia, a sonic skin cleansing system. I’ve always known from beauty experts that it’s important to exfoliate your skin on a regular basis for truly trouble free skin. I used to use a fibrous exfoliating hemp washcloth but sometimes it was too rough and aggravated my skin more than anything else. The Clarisonic Mia, on the other hand, exfoliates unbelievably effectively and gently. But, it’s not just great at exfoliating. There are two other great benefits: It gets my skin super clean – like never before. After the first use I couldn’t believe how extra amazing my skin felt. The other unique result from using this is that it helps my Dr. Alkaitis Skin Food products absorb more efficiently.

According to Clarisonic, the following are benefits that can be expected:

  • Leaves skin feeling and looking healthier and smoother
  • Removes 6 times more makeup than manual cleansing
  • Cleanses so well that products absorb better
  • Pores appear smaller
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduces oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes
  • Gentle for use twice daily for different skin types

But, you don’t have to take my word for it… check out the reviews! There are tons of raving fans out there using this system. (It probably goes without saying that I don’t use the cleansing products that came with it.) I don’t have the Clarisonic Pro, which has some other perks like the ability to use it on the body, but I’m interested in getting one. Check out the amazing reviews about the Clarisonic Pro.

Boy oh boy! I sure wish I had known about Clarisonic a long time ago. It’s worth its weight in gold. I’m giddy with sparkly puff joy now that I have this little gadget in my beauty tool kit. It’s game changing!

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  • http://robertsonsofmumbai.blogspot.com The Robertsons of Mumbai

    Aw, fudge! I just spent $100 ordering some new skincare products to try, and now I am thinking that I should have tried this Dr. Alkaitis stuff instead! Thanks for telling us about it – I’ll get it next time!

  • Amanda

    I LOVE the Clarisonic! I, too, wish I’d known about ages ago. I think our skin encounters so many exposures throughout the day, and the Clarisonic really deep cleans. I eat a very clean vegan, semi-raw diet, but still experienced small skin breakouts until I started using Clarisonic. Such a great recommendation!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for all the info! I just added the Dr. Alkaitis travel kit and the Clarisonic Pro to my Amazon wish list.

  • http://www.thedomesticvegan.com Jess – The Domestic Vegan

    Wow, thanks for this post! I am definitely checking out those Dr. Alkaitis products. I currently use mostly Origins & love their products, but they contain a lot of ingredients I can't pronounce – so even though the products are vegan, I have been looking for something more natural. :)

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Most welcome! XOXO

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    LOL Jennifer… next time for sure. I love love love these products
    and they get my full stamp of approval. I can't say enough about how
    great they've been for me.

  • vanillasugar

    and warm green tea bags over the eyes really help hydrate the eyelids and skin around the eyes. i always use my used green tea bags over my eyes. works best when they are warm or room temp though. i didn't know cukes were that good for you? interesting.

  • http://www.thedomesticvegan.com Jess – The Domestic Vegan

    I decided to treat myself & order the travel kit to try! Can't wait! :)

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Sweet! Let me know what you think :)

  • tantonel

    I just ordered the Clarisonic Pro! Can't wait to try it. Thanks Kristen

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Come back and let me know what you think!!! I can't wait for you to
    get it! :)

  • MissionVegan

    Thanks for your very informative post. I just added the Dr. Alkaitis travel kit and the Clarisonic Pro to my Amazon wish list!

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Sweet! Glad you liked!

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Thanks for the feedback!!!

  • Missy Joy

    Hey Babes! How long have you been using your Clarisonic? I've wanted once since last Dec & thinking of buying the Mia. You can really tell a difference? Tired of $$$$ facials, peels & microderms etc….I'm spending too much. I'm using Perricone products on my face. LOVE YA- Missy Joy

  • JustAudrey

    Oh, wow! These sound like some awesome products. I just wish I could afford them!

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    A month maybe? 3 weeks? :) and love it more each day. Been using
    Alkaitis for a few months.

  • http://www.ourgreennest.blogspot.com Our Green Nest

    I'm totally getting the Clarisonic Pro now! Have you tried Miessence's products Kristen? I've been using them for approx 5 years and love them, but I thought you had mentioned Miessence before and was wondering how they compare in your opinion to Dr. Alkalitis. ??? TU!

  • poweredbyplantlife

    Love the new blog Kristen! You are AWESOME!

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    I like Miessence but Alkaitis was tops for my skin. :)

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Thank you much!

  • maureensydnor

    Wow… I love your blogs! I have missed you a lot. Thank you for sharing this great information. I will get those for my skin. I love green smoothies everyday.

  • Katie

    Hi Kristen,

    Thanks for your recommendations! I love Alkaitis too! A question: did you opt to use the cleanser that comes witht the Clarisonic, or did you use the Dr.Alkaitis products with it instead? It looks like there's some ingredients in the cleanser that comes with it that aren't ideal (parabens, etc.). Thanks!

    Katie

  • Anonymous

    I agree that Dr. Alkaitis products are great – the scent is fresh and oddly addictive and it’s true they last a long time. Thanks for all your information and recommendations, Kristen – I really should get your books to help me get more into the raw food lifestyle. I love your “Cheezy Hemp Nacho Dip” recipe!

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    I do not use the cleansers that come with it. Only used Alkaitis with
    it. :)

  • jazzgoddess

    It's true the Dr. Alkaitis products are great – I find the scent fresh and strangely addictive. They do last a long time. Thanks for all your helpful info and blogs Kristen – I still need to get your books – hopefully to help me commit a little more to raw foods….

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Thx for the feedback :)

  • sharanya

    Kristen:
    Thank you for the lovely post as always.You have def motivated me to try Dr.Alkitis.
    i am going to try cucumber juice for my son who had very bad eczema and still gets flare ups(he is just 5),thanks to ur beautiful other blog I have shown him pics and he drinks his green juice which does have cucumber,celery,carrot,apple,romaine,kale(just like the yummy green juice pic he says:))Any ideas on staph?? he gets repeated infections bcos of contact dermatitis..would love ur input on this.
    Good luck with the baby,when are u due??soon I think right?
    xoxo
    sharanya
    Is it better to get ur books on ur website??

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Also check out hemp foods for eczema issues. Here is a testimonial I lifted from Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods' website:
    “My best friend has a baby and when little Marley was five months old she developed eczema all over her body. So my best friend asked me (Dr. Rachel) for a remedy for Marley's skin condition. I told her that eczema was a classic symptom of essential fatty-acid deficiency and drove her to the local Santa Barbara health food store for some hemp seed oil. I suggested my friend take the oil, since she was breast-feeding, probably had a efa deficiency herself, and I never thought Marley would take it. Well we put some in a spoon and held it out and Marley guzzled! it. My friend gave it to her everyday for three weeks and the eczema completely cleared up.”

    Not sure about the staph issue… if I come across anything, I'll be sure to let you know.

    I'm due in June :)

    If you buy my “print” books through my website, then the link takes you to Amazon and I receive an affiliate commission which is always nice ;) but you can go directly to Amazon – whichever is easier. :)

  • sharanya

    I will def try the hemp,he also reacts to high protein foods,hence havent tried.. he reacts to quinoa and has a long list of Food allergies and Ea's too,but thanks for ur tip.I do have manitoba's hemp powder with me.i will def buy the books from ur site wouldnt want U missing on that commission:))))After all,U deserve it for working so hard..Thanks,
    sharanya

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    You're so sweet. Thank you.

  • http://amycblogpage.blogspot.com/ Amy C

    Hey Kristen,
    can you recommend a good facial sunscreen?!?
    I have been looking for a while and they are either super greasy or very thick and white (and don't rub in) or full of nasties!

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Hi Amy,
    I don't traditionally wear sunscreen so I don't have a recommendation. Sometimes the makeup I use will have one in it for my face, but other than that I don't use one. I'd rather wear a hat or covering clothes when possible. If there were rare occasions that I needed it all over my body I'd probably just grab something from Whole Foods Market since I'd only be using it once or twice. Here is some info on sunscreens that might give you something to think about. http://www.terressentials.com/faq.html#sunscreen

  • Coco

    Hi Kristen!

    You have inspired me to incorporate more raw foods into my diet, thank you!!! I would like to splurge on a nice juicer or blender but I can not get both. Which one (a blender or juicer) do you think is most beneficial and useful. Which one do you use mostly? Thanks so much!

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Blender because you can actually juice with it. Not ideal but it'll
    work while also givin you all the normal blending options. To juice
    with it, blend the fruits/veg with a little water. Strain using a nut
    milk bag. Voilà-juice!

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    I'll back again for sure, thanks for great article :D

  • http://www.zookinikids.com Renee

    Hi, I am just finding this blog and your post Sharanya. Without knowing more than your post, I would try removing all dairy from his diet (if you haven't already) and get him a really great probiotic like Pharmax HLC high potency. Dairy can cause skin issues and so can fungal/bacterial infections. It sounds allergy/gut related. Best to you.

  • http://www.expederm.com organic skin care products

    Simple but yet the most effective way to have a healthier skin. Most people nowadays rely heavily on facial/cosmetic products, IMO, eating healthy contributes a large chunk in having healthy skin. :)

  • guest

    Are the dr. alkaitis products safe to use while breastfeeding?
    I see they contain st john’s wort.

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    In my opinion, yes!

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