Fall skincare tips via SKIN ND (Pure Health Centre)

Check out these simple skincare tips for fall. Remember that sunscreen is like that little black dress, it never goes out of style and should be worn all-year long!

http://purehealthcentre.blogspot.ca/2014/10/fall-skin-care-by-drlukasko.html

In health and beauty,
Dr. L

Organic Skincare Products from California

In my private practice, I focus on treating skin conditions naturally. I treat a variety of skin conditions that range from hormonal acne to autoimmune psoriasis. I find that naturopathic medicine can be very effective in treating a variety of skin conditions, and can be used in combination with conventional medicine.

For my skincare regime, I buy organic and eco-friendly products. My philosophy is don’t put products on your skin unless you would eat them!

Here are my three top skincare products that hail from California, a state known for sunshine, beautiful people, and organic skincare products.

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1. Josie Maran 100% Organic Argan Oil: Argan oil (aka liquid gold) comes from the kernels of the argan tree that is found in Morocco. It can be used on the skin, hair and nails- making it a wonderful multi-purpose product. Argan oil can be beneficial for both dry or oily skin. Individuals with oily skin may be afraid to use oil on their skin, but argan oil can actually suppress sebum and decrease acne flares.
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purchase at: http://www.josiemarancosmetics.com/100-pure-argan-oil.html#.VCJPrlaaBSU or at Sephora

2. Earth tu Face Skin Stick: A velvety smooth face/lip/body stick that contains geranium and vetiver. If you have dry skin, this is the stick for you. It’s one of the best lip balms I’ve tried- very hydrating, healing, and has a wonderful herbal smell. The package is so cute- zero plastics and is compostable. The product also has non-GMO vitamin E.

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purchase: http://www.earthtuface.com/collections/frontpage/products/skin-stick-7oz-20g

3. May Lindstrom the honey mud and the blue cocoon: these are handmade skincare products that smell and look divine. The honey mud is a cleanser that contains honey, which has antibacterial properties . The blue cocoon is a beauty balm that contains blue tansy, which helps to calm irritated skin.

purchase: http://maylindstrom.com

In health and beauty,
Dr. L

Mind, Body, Clean: My 14-day Detox Journey

So yesterday was Day 1 of my detox journey.The day started off with an egg and a protein-packed detox smoothie. I felt fine up until 4 pm, when my energy went low and I was craving chocolate and coffee. Healthy snacks didn’t seem to curb my sugar cravings, so I decided to take a mid-afternoon nap. This detox has helped me realize how dependant I was on sugary foods and stimulants to get me through the day. I’ve also noticed that I want to snack of food whenever I watch TV, which means limiting my TV time while on this detox. I’ve replaced TV time with restorative yoga and walking.

On day 2 of the detox journey, I woke up with a lot of energy. I made a smoothie, an egg and a mint tea for breakfast. For lunch, I had left-overs from the night before (detox bowl and salmon). My snacks included brown rice cake with almond butter, protein smoothie (the second one of the day), and raspberries (aka nature’s candies). I’m eating 5-6 small protein-packed meals during the day to help stabilize my blood sugar levels and reduce carbohydrate cravings. Dinner involved ginger chicken, quinoa, and roasted vegetables. I also added sunflower sprouts and cilantro to the meal- extra detoxifying and nutritious. I also did a 1 hour restorative yoga class and 15-minutes sauna. Tomorrow, I plan to go to hot yoga!

In health and beauty,
Dr. L

How to protect your child from sunburns this summer

Check out my post on Northshore Mama’s blog:

7 ways to protect yourself and your child from sunburns this summer- without compromising your health due to the chemicals. http://northshoremama.ca/7-ways-to-keep-your-child-sunburn-free-healthy-this-summer/

Some great organic sunscreen brands include Green Beaver and Badger, but check out EWG guide to sunscreen: http://www.ewg.org/2014sunscreen/ It’s a great resource to help you choose the right sunscreen for you and your child.