Valentina by Alique

Model skincare

The more I learn about nutrition and beauty, The more I come to understand that the secret to looking radiant is to do more internally than externally!

For me that means: eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, making your daily meals at least 80% or more raw - less cooking, boiling, heating, microwaving, frying your food, -drinking more water, take high quality oils as a supplement ( choose one of the following: raw coconut oil, organic olive oil, hemp seed oil, flaxseed oil, avocado).

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My beauty model skincare regimen

Externally your beauty regimen shouldn’t be complicated at all! I got rid of bunch of expensive creams. I used to spend crazy amount of money on commercial beauty products. Today,  I replaced them all with just a few products that I found work best for me.

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Raw coconut oil

Coconut oil is the best body moisturizer, occasionally I use it on my face (1 drop of coco oil is all you need for an entire face).

OYL choice: Garden of Life Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil - Unrefined Cold Pressed Coconut Oil for Hair, Skin and Cooking, 14 Ounce

Raw honey

I use organic raw honey as my daily healing  mask.

OYL choice: Ys Eco Bee Organic Honey 1 Pound Jar

Cleanser

I just discovered black Japanese soap “Deitanseki Clay Soap”. I found it while visiting  Morikami Japanese Garden in Miami. It deeply hydrates skin. Does not clog pores , gently cleanse face, especially the pores, with micro-porous active ingredients. Enriched with Kaolin Clay and selected Carbon Powder The Bentonite helps your skin retain its natural moisture. (click on picture for more information or to purchase it)

Face moisturizer

I have a couple of different face creams.  I switch between them all the time:  “EMINENCE” Rose Moisturizer:


and “Dr. Perricone” Hypoallergenic Nourishing Moisturizer:

Thermal water

I wash my face with Thermal Water, also use it as a toner before applying moisturizer.

OYL choice :Eau Thermale Avene Thermal Spring Water, Soothing Calming Facial Mist Spray for Sensitive Skin, 10.1 oz.

 

Face scrub

I love  “REN” face scrub.

Clay mask

Again, “REN” clay mask is amazing. Or you can purchase any clay mask at your healthy food store.

Pineapple mask

I always have a fresh pineapple at home.  I use it as a peeling mask, fruit acid “eat away” dead skin cells leaving your skin looking fresh.  How to use pineapple as a peeling mask: Take a piece of pineapple, rub it all over the face. Leave it for 5 minutes. Rinse. Spray Thermal water following by moisturizer or coconut oil.  (you can substitute it to strawberry or papaya)

My tip - If you are going to spend money on beauty product, invest it in a really good face moisturizer, like I did :)

LOVE, Valentina Zelyaeva 

First published by Valentina on OrganiceYourLife.com on January 3rd 2012, updated in 2019.

photo by Alique for Organice Your Life


Breakfast smoothie

Hello, lovely OYL readers! Today I want to share a breakfast smoothie. It contains fruits - for vitamins, leafy greens - for minerals and avocado - for fat (natural, high quality plant-based fat), which is a key ingredient for beautiful, glowing skin.

Breakfast Smoothie
Delicious smoothie for breakfast

Author:
Cuisine: raw food
Recipe type: smoothie
Serves: 2

Prep time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • 1 peeled orange
  • ½ pineapple
  • ½ cucumber (do not peel organic cucumber! skin contains essential minerals)
  • handful peppermint
  • handful kale
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 cup water

Instructions
  1. Place orange, cucumber, pineapple and water in high speed blender.
  2. Blend till smooth consistency.
  3. Add kale, peppermint and avocado.
  4. Blend again.
  5. READY!

 

LOVE, VALENTINA

Pictures by Valentina Zelyaeva

First published on April 10 2012, updated in 2019


Food that will make you glow

Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food“ -

as Hippocrates quoted. And I strongly believe in this! I believe that nature has all the answers. You can find better solution for your acne or dull skin at farmers market and fresh produce stand in supermarket, then at you doctor office or pharmacy.

For glowing skin eat lots of orange fruits and vegetables: melons, apricots, and yams.

If you have dry skin (especially in winter time) include healthy oils like avocados, olive oil, coconut oil.

If you worry about protein (I, personally, think that we should worry about getting TOO MUCH protein, especially animal protein) there is plant base protein available in kingdom of seeds: sesame seeds and hemp seeds are excellent source of bio available proteins.

If you have puffy eyes include diuretics like asparagus and parsley, also circulation boosters like cayenne pepper and ginger.

For wrinkles eat a lot of fruits that are rich in colors such as berries. And remember to include all type of different colors, among the fruits and vegetables, in your diet EACH day.

Exercise, fresh air and morning sunlight – are all very beneficial to your health!

Avoid at all costs:

  • soda
  • regular table salt (substitute it to Celtic sea salt or Pink Himalayan Salt)
  • non-organic dairy and other animal products
  • tap water
  • processed food
  • microwave dinners
  • commercially fried food
  • fast food restaurants
  • coffee and black tea (if you can avoid it –great, if not – try to limited as much as possible)
  • smoking
  • alcohol
  • bad thoughts and aggressive behavior.

Think positive and surround yourself with good energy and love!

Love, Val


Japanese Skin Care Products

Hello! I know its been a while since I've uploaded a post. Hope you all are doing great and enjoying this gorgeous summer weather.

Today I want to share with you some of my new beauty products that I've brought with me from my resent trip to Japan.

As you might know , I LOVE beauty products and I LOVE to discover something new. When I'm traveling, I always visit a local pharmacies and department stores, just to wonder around the aisles and to see what kind beauty products locals like to use.

While shopping for a beauty products in Tokyo, I've discoverd that Face and Body soaps are HUGE in Japan! I mean, some departments stores has the whole aisle dedicated just to face soaps!

"Japan Organic" Aloe lotion, face brush to exfoliate, cotton face masks, hand creams and face soap

I was pleased to see a lot of brands using only natural ingredients such as clay and charcoal. It gently washes pores while moisturizing and pulling out toxins.

I also discovered that the main and key ingredientes in most of the Japanese skin care products are green tea and rice! I've got a couple of hand and eye creams with such ingredients.

When it comes to convenience and saving space, Japanese are the leading experts. Check out this super cool "RelaThera" face mask (see the picture below). It is no bigger then an inch, but once you moisture it with a toner, lotion or Evian water, it becomes the size to perfectly fit your face. I like to moisture it with simple Evian water, apply it on my face, lay down and relax for 15 min. It works as a moisture face pack.

Rela Thera Face mask, Face soap, face towel

Face towls are also a "must" in skin care routine of a japanese women. So, I've got one for myself made of bamboo. I use it to remove make up at the end of the day. I usually apply creamy makeup remover on my face, including eye area and lashes. Next step is to moisture face towle with warm water, then gnetly pressing toawle over your face, remove makeup and dirt.

What are your favorite beauty products and tools? Please, share with us some of the most intersting beauty products from your country.

Japanese Juice Bar in Tokyo
Japanese juice bar in Tokyo

LOVE, VALENTINA


My Skin Care Routine

After writing a post about “5 steps to a beautiful skin” , someone asked me what products I use. So this is the continuation to my previous post.

As you can see on the picture (above) that I took of my bathroom shelve, those are 8 key products that I use in my skin regime.

(In no particular order, but as showing on the picture)

1. “AMORE PACIFIC” treatment enzyme peel. I use it as a scrub daily, after washing my face with a cleanser.  It is so gentle and doesn’t irritate my face. It comes as a powder, which activates by adding  water (I use Evian pure water). Helps to get rid of toxins and dead skin cells. It is plant-based product, made without chemicals and other nasty ingredients.

2. “REN”  detox clay mask. I love this clay mask! I use it after a shower, while my pores are still “open”. This mask contains kaolin clay and spirulina. Helps to remove excess sebum and reduce pore size. I apply it all over my face for 15 min. It dries out while pulling excess oil and dirt out of the pores. Again, this mask is  free of synthetic chemicals.

3. “M.D. Forte” soap-free hydrating cleanser. I use it every day before a bedtime. Its like a soap, but doesn’t actually contains a soap. I love it, because it doesn’t make my skin dry and “tight” .  My dermatologist gave it to me, and I can’t imaging using anything else.

  1. “Jurlique” Lavender Hydrating Mist. It’s my toner. I love the smell of lavender! I use it after the “M.D. Forte” and before the moisturizer. It contains only few ingredients and the main ingredient is lavender oil.

4. “EMINENCE” Rosehip Whip Moisturizer. My facialists recommended it to me, and I love it! Its all-natural, organic skin care line from Europe. I really like the texture and it smells like a rose.

5. “Eminence” Couperose-C Serum . It’s a pure Vitamin complex. Contains Q10, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and E. I use it by mixing a few drops with my moisturizer, or on a clean face before a bedtime, along itself. It  is a powerful antioxidant treatment, that helps to fight wrinkles.

6. “SKIN CEUTICALS” Phloretin CF.  Its a night treatment, I use it on a clean face, applying few drops. It prevents and corrects sun-spots, heals the scars, calms the redness, fights free-radicals, get rid of the pimples,.. You name it! It’s the miracle product haha! I totally love it!

7. “CLARINS” UV Plus SPF 40. My sun protection. I like it because it’s a high number, also it doesn’t make my skin white like other products, plus it doesn’t  break out my skin.

 

Well, I hope you find this helpful. Maybe you will discover a natural product that works, please share with me!

LOVE, VAL


The wonders of Peppermint Oil

Stressed? Have a headache? IBS? Nausea? Respiratory problems?

Peppermint oil has been cultivated since ancient times, having been found in Egyptian tombs as far back as 1000 BC. It can assist in nervous disorders, the respiratory tract, for muscle aches and pains and for skin problems.

I am a huge fan of lavender, rose hip, tea tree and ylang-ylang, but peppermint oil is my go to.

I discovered it when I moved to Cape Town, South Africa over five years ago. Those long haul flights left me fatigued, prone to headaches and parched in every way. After searching my local health food store, the beautiful woman working there suggested peppermint oil. Not only is it economical (I moved away from Cape Town a year and a half ago, and bought it way before then and I still have the same tiny bottle here with me in New York!) but it is an oil that is both miraculous and refreshing.

Now whenever I feel tired or am plagued by a headache (who likes popping pills? Not me!), I reach for my peppermint oil and slather it all over my temples (or where you experience pain), on the back of my ears, wrists and neck. When I fly I've actually shared my peppermint oil more then once, as my fellow passengers instantly smell the calming effects of the oil and we strike up a conversation about its wonders. I let them have a go, and they are forever a convert.

Here are a few more health benefits:

  • Indigestion: Often people put a few drops of peppermint oil in a glass of water and drink it after their meal due to its digestive properties. It also helps during motion sickness and upset stomach (Perfect for people who travel a lot, with all modes of transport)
  • Dental Care: Due to its antiseptic properties, it's useful for dental care. It removes bad breath and helps teeth and gums deal with germs (The reason why most toothpastes are minty)
  • Respiratory Problems: Menthol, which is present in abundance in peppermint oil, helps in clearing the respiratory tract.
  • Nausea and Headache: It is a good home remedy for nausea and headache. Applying peppermint oil in diluted form on the forehead is known to remove headache (My favorite way to use it!)
  • Stress: Like most other essential oils, peppermint is able to provide relief from stress, depression and mental exhaustion due to its refreshing nature
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome: The muscle relaxing property of peppermint oil has been found to ease irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Pain Relief
  • Immune System: Increases your immunity to diseases and therefore helps you in preventing a number of diseases.
  • Hair Care: Very useful for hair care as it gives a cooling effect to the head, and removes dandruff and lice. (Place a couple of drops in either your shampoo or conditioner)
  • Skin Care: It gives a cooling effect. Further it nourishes dull skin and improves oily skin. (Steam a sink of hot water and place 8-10 drops, place a towel over your head and allow the oil and steam to refresh your face/neck)

You can find it at Whole Foods or any local health food store for under $10, and trust me when I say it will last you for years!

The perfect way to refresh, enliven and de-stress.