I am so happy to introduce a new BeautyMama series called Eat, Drink and Be Gorgeous with the extraordinary nutritionist Esther Blum. Because, as we all know, beauty is hardly skin-deep. What we eat, the supplements we choose and the habits we set have so much to do with how we look and feel. As a busy working mom with a focus on women’s health, in particular, Esther truly understands how we think and what we need to look and feel our best.
Esther is a clinical and holistic dietitian with 20+ years of experience, and bestselling author of Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous, Secrets of Gorgeous, The Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous Project, and Cavewomen Don’t Get Fat.
Plus, she’s hilarious, makes a mean martini and eats chocolate. The ultimate BeautyMama.
To launch the series, I asked Esther to talk about dry skin. So many of my friends are asking me how to amp up their winter skincare. I keep hearing how even the heaviest of creams are doing little to keep skin hydrated. Turns out, it’s way more effective to moisturize from the inside out. Beyond winter dryness, though, keeping skin supple year-round is an important anti-aging weapon.
Here’s Esther’s dry skin Rx:
Eat: Cod Liver Oil
Drink: Water- and lots of it.
Cod liver oil contains Vitamin A & D to support respiratory health and immune function. A great rule of thumb is to think about having omega-3s during the warmer months when exposure to the sun (and vitamin D) is greater, and cod liver oil during the months you spend more time indoors. Omega-3s are a panacea for pretty much everything from high blood pressure and cholesterol to fighting inflammation, menstrual cramps and joint aches, to treating depression, autoimmune conditions, and dry, wrinkled skin. To optimize your intake of these lovely fats, steer clear of trans fats and hydrogenated oils, fried foods, corn, safflower, sunflower, and canola oils—these are deal breakers when it comes to inflammation and hydration. You may not actually need more hydration, but you may just need an oil change.
Dosage: One teaspoon per 50 pounds of body weight, taken with food.
Eat: Evening Primrose Oil capsules
Drink Water- and lots of it
Primrose oil seeds are a rich source of GLA (gamma-linolenic acid). This miracle oil restores regular menstrual cycles, fights menstrual cramps and inflammation, tackles tough eczema and acne, controls excess sebum production, and hydrates you from the inside out. So I’m a big fan, natch.
Dosage: One 240mg capsule per day for dry skin; 2 capsules per day for eczema and irregular periods.
Eat: Coconut Oil
Coconut Water- it’s the perfect post-workout sports drink
Coconut is without a doubt the healthiest saturated fat on the planet. It stands up well to high cooking temps, tastes incredibly delicious (I actually eat it straight to kill cravings), and is rich in medium chain triglycerides, which are rapidly burned off for energy and help the body burn fat. Coconut oil is also a great source of lauric acid, which is a natural anti-viral fatty acid. This means a better functioning immune system for you! Not only can you cook with coconut oil, but you can keep an extra jar in the bathroom and slather it on your skin after a shower for a cheap but totally effective moisturizer and lip balm.
Check out more from Esther on her Living Gorgeous website, EstherBlum.com
Philosophy and Natasha Bedingfield have joined forces to benefit Hope and Grace, the beauty company’s nonprofit that benefits mental health organizations across the United States.
It’s so nice to see one of the world’s greatest beauty brands extending their reach to raise money and awareness for such an important cause. The company actually donates 1% of their sales to their charity. And how amazing and beautiful is Natasha Bendingfield? I saw her perform this song on television this week and was mesmerized.
20% of proceeds from the song on iTunes will go to Hope and Grace.
This week, Dove launched a new ad campaign celebrating more “real beauty,” aimed at women and young girls with curly hair. The brand claims that only 4 out 10 curly haired girls actually like their hair. The other 6? Frustrated—with fractured self-esteem.
The campaign is already getting some slack. Some critics say it’s dramatic; that Dove conveniently conducted their own research to support their new hair care line. I say, ok, maybe that’s all true to an extent. But I believe Dove is striking a very real chord.
A few years ago, my daughter’s really curly-haired friend showed up with a blow-out. She was not yet 4. Her mother told me she hated her curly hair and begged her to straighten it. There was something so unsettling and sad about the whole thing. The thought of that little girl feeling bad about her hair killed me. Clearly she’s not the only one so I really support this campaign. I love how it demonstrates the powerful influence of mothers. It’s a reminder that, to a certain extent, self-esteem can be learned by example.
I also think Dove proves that what we undo is just as significant as anything else we do in our beauty routines.
What do you think?
Valery Joseph, the brilliant hair stylist behind Barney’s B3 Blow Bar, with eponymous salons in New York City and the Hamptons, recently launched a hair care line.
I’m in love.
The entire line is sulfate-free but lathers incredibly well. It also contains Joseph’s signature “smart keratin” which nourishes and softens hair like nothing I’ve ever tried. Organic ingredients like baobab oil, artichoke-leaf extract, rhubarb extract, and rice protein fortify hair further, boosting hair’s overall strength—the key to achieving and maintaining length, whatever yours might be. The formula also helps maintain color and protects hair from damage.
I’ve been using the Nourish line for dry hair, but there are a range of products to suit different hair needs, from Preserve (for colored hair) to Amplify (volume) to Heal (damaged). I also love the Brilliance Oil, which smooths, softens and tames with the most beautiful scent.
What’s especially nice about this pricier line is that a little really does go a long way. And the bottles are 10oz as opposed to the usual 8oz.
If you’re in New York City, you can check out the line at Barney’s and at the Valery Joseph salons. The products may also be purchased at online at Barney’s, Net-A-Porter and at Fred Segal on the West Coast.
P.S. I’ve been getting my hair cut by Nir at the Valery Joseph salon for years. Truly, no one does long layers as artfully as the Valery Joseph team.
Apparently, Julia looks just like me.
We hear it almost everyday. It comes in different ways.
“Do you know you look just like your Mommy?” A stranger might ask Julia sweetly on the bus.
“Wow. She’s your twin.” We hear a lot.
“You’re so pretty. Just like your Mommy!” We get this one from sweet grandmas, as well as creepy men on the street. Read more
I’ve long been a fan a Perricone MD. I believe in his science-based approach to beauty and skincare (also now, cosmetics.)
I tried this cream in a sample kit I bought from Sephora and I was instantly obsessed. It is AMAZING under makeup, creating a smooth, radiant finish that lasts all day. It provides moisture without grease or shine, while supercharged ingredients like ALA, DMAE, and vitamin C ester work behind the scenes to nourish, protect and diminish fine lines and wrinkles.
I love a multi-tasker.
If you don’t like primers, this is your answer to what to put on before makeup. Or, put this on before primer if you like. At the moment, I am using this alone under my favorite BB cream.