CBD Skin Care Rituals: Embrace Your Sensuality

CBD Skin Care Rituals: Embrace Your Sensuality

In celebration of Pride Month we crafted a ritual designed to help everyone honor their sensual power. And trust us, it can be pretty powerful.

Whether you’ve had it marked on your calendar for months or if you’re just now noticing it from social media, you’re probably aware that it’s Pride Month!  And we decided the best way to celebrate is to give everyone a practice that helps them embrace and love themselves exactly as they are. This ritual isn’t about looking a certain way, it’s about FEELING a certain way. It’s about being present and honoring your sensuality.

Honoring your sensuality can mean wildly different things to different people. And figuring out what makes you FEEL sexy can be even harder if you’re focusing on what OTHER people are looking for. For today’s ritual, remember that this is about YOU. This isn’t about anyone else’s opinions or desires. The only person you’re trying to seduce is your sensual self.

But talking about sex can be awkward…

We know. That’s why we’re not talking about sexuality. We’re talking about sensuality, which literally means “of the senses.” So it doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with sex. It’s anything enjoyable that you can taste, touch, see, smell or hear. For today, it’s about reveling in your own sensuality. It’s about being comfortable in your own skin, it’s about confidence, self-love, and for some of us it’s about healing.  

Disclaimer

While we’re not talking about sexuality as much as sensuality, we can’t deny that the two are closely related. And some of us carry around a lot of trauma in regards to one or both. We can carry around trauma for years without realizing it. It can rear its head randomly when we least expect it, or it can be so all-consuming that we can barely get out of bed. But any sort of trauma, big or small, can have a massive impact on our relationship with ourselves. Please remember that we’re not psychologists, counselors, or doctors of any kind. And some types of trauma NEED professional assistance.

If that’s the case then you deserve that kind of care. You deserve the opportunity to explore and embrace your sensuality in a healthy capacity. At the end of this article you’ll find a list of resources that we desperately want you to utilize if/when you need them. We might not be able to offer you professional counseling, but what we can offer are resources and a different frame of mind.

So…sensuality?

Yes. And the moment you make the distinction between sexual and sensual, life becomes insanely beautiful. Sensuality is about enjoying your five senses. It’s that decadent slice of chocolate cheesecake or the softness of your favorite article of clothing. Sensuality can be enjoying the smell of an old book or the sound of your own voice when you’re belting out the newest Lizzo banger. It’s deeply personal and also oddly universal. It’s an integral part of who we are.

You’ve probably noticed that we’re into chakras (Fifth & Root? Root chakra? Get it?). There are seven main chakras that all correspond to different energies flowing through you. If there’s an imbalance or blockage then it can negatively manifest itself in your mind, body, and/or spirit. In this case we want to focus on the sacral chakra. Each chakra has psychological or behavioral associations. The sacral chakra is associated with emotions, creativity, passion, sensuality/sexuality, and relationships (with ourselves and with others).

According to Rocky Mountain Oils, some signs of an underactive sacral chakra are fear of pleasure, lack of creativity, fatigue, lack of desire, insecurity, or detachment. An overactive sacral chakra might manifest itself through anxiety, aggression, emotional overreactions, and addictions. Regardless of whether you’re a believer in chakras, if you’re dealing with any of these issues then give this CBD Skin Care Ritual a try. If nothing else, you’re going to have insanely soft skin. What’s not to love about that?

Salvation + Inner Glow

For this ritual we wanted to use a combination of products that will penetrate deeply for maximum healing. These have some of the highest amounts of CBD of any of our products because they’re designed to do some heavy lifting. Inner Glow, our rejuvenating facial oil, is packed with healing botanicals and plant actives to plump, hydrate and renew your skin.

Salvation, our healing CBD Salve, has a dual purpose. We’ve written an entire article on the benefits of using a CBD Salve, but the short version is that it’s a powerful analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. So it’s a heavy duty healer. But outside of physically healing you, it’s great for your mind as well. Buddha Wood, one of the main ingredients, is incredibly grounding and has been used for centuries to aid people in meditation and purification ceremonies. Because the sacral chakra deals with emotions (which, let’s be honest, can be very messy) having something grounding and comforting can bring you back to earth after feeling overwhelmed.

Before getting started…

We have to give credit where credit is due. Definitely check out @aesthetics_collective_ on instagram because she’s always got inventive ways to use our products for maximum efficiency. So a HUGE shoutout to her for inspiring this ritual bath.

As usual, there’s a little bit of homework before you jump into this ritual. This practice is all about you and what makes you happy. So you need to take some time to think of stuff that fills you with sensual pleasure. Take time to write down five things for EACH of your five senses that you find pleasurable. So five things that bring you pleasure to look at, to eat or drink, etc. Then take those lists and design a solo date for yourself that utilizes at least one thing from each of those categories.

For one of our Fifth & Root followers, her solo date included a glass of champagne, her favorite childhood movie (that she sang along to flawlessly), her softest flannel pajamas and a vanilla candle. You can make your solo date as simple or as complex as you’d like! This is about what fills you with pleasure and makes you happy to be alive and grateful for the skin you’re in.

Fifth and Root’s Sensuality Boosting Ritual

This ritual can be performed whenever it makes the most sense for you, and it really depends on what your solo date looks like. If your solo date involves being out in public, then you might want to practice this ritual in the morning. If you’ll be at home enjoying your own company, then evening is perfect. Just get ready to revel in your senses.

  • The sacral chakra is associated with the element water, so for this ritual we want you to draw a soothing bath or have a nice, steamy shower. Whatever works for you!
  • For those drawing a bath, drop 10-15 drops of Inner Glow into the water. Imagine that the ingredients are imbuing the water with their rejuvenating energy. If you’ve opted for the shower then either apply the drops to your body before getting into the shower, or during your shower. Be cautious when applying the drops mid shower though, because things could get slippery and you don’t want to drop anything.
  • Soak or steam as long as necessary. Imagine that the water is drawing out and washing away any negative emotions you’ve been dealing with. If you’ve been feeling disconnected from your emotions then imagine that the water is working its way into you and loosening up any blockages. When you truly focus on your emotional energy, you can often experience an overwhelming feeling of release, so it’s perfectly normal to cry.
  • After your ritual cleansing use Salvation and apply it below your navel, above your groin. This is the area most associated with the sacral chakra. Also take this time to apply Salvation anywhere you’re experiencing aches, pains, and even burns, bruises or scrapes. Inhale the grounding scent of Buddha Wood and focus on the healing energy of the balm.
  • Get ready for your solo date. If that means putting on a full face of makeup with your favorite confidence boosting red lipstick, then go for it! Maybe that means wearing your old highschool volleyball jersey and some slippers. It might even mean wearing nothing at all (gasp!). If your date involves going out in public, just remember to be aware of public decency laws. 😉
  • The last part of this ritual is to just have a fabulous time. If you’re taking yourself out for sushi and a foreign movie, then have a blast! Maybe you just wanted to go drink coffee and scope out new books at your nearest bookstore. You’re not doing this for anyone else’s approval or happiness, so just go into this with the intention of pleasing your senses. Remember to please your eyes, your nose, your sense of touch, taste, and sound.

So I just go and…enjoy myself?

Yes! YOU are phenomenal and interesting, so why wouldn’t you want to take yourself on a date. If you’re still discovering how phenomenal you are, then use this as an opportunity to try something new. Maybe your solo date will involve a new pottery or yoga class. Once you start to realize how fun and interesting you are, everyone else will too!

The world can be pretty unforgiving sometimes. More than anything else, what Pride month should teach us is to take pride and celebrate ourselves and each other. We’re all so different and that’s a good thing! There can never be enough love in the world, so ALL love should be celebrated. And more than anything we should cherish and love ourselves.

Feel free to let us know how your solo dates go! But since you’re not trying to please anyone but yourself, feel free to keep your sensual solo date all to yourself as well. No matter what, just be kind to yourself.

Namaste

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Why YOU Should Use Facial Oils to Treat Acne

Why YOU Should Use Facial Oils to Treat Acne

If you’ve tried every acne cream on the market with no improvements, try oils instead. Your face will thank you!

If you’re an acne sufferer, you know all about that vicious cycle . The signs start showing up, you slather on the harshest, military grade acne cream money can buy, you drink all the water and SOMETIMES it works. But the majority of the time these products are very drying and create even more problems for your skin to handle. And you can only hide acne behind giant sunglasses and a scarf for so long.

The thought of putting oils on already oily skin seems counterproductive, I know. But famous beauties throughout history used facial oils and for good reason! Oils are the quickest way to give your skin the nutrition it needs to fight acne, signs of aging, dullness, dryness, and so much more.

Skin Barrier 101

Your face deals with oil all the time. What it does with those oils all depends on your skin barrier (sometimes called the moisture barrier). Your skin barrier is the topmost layer of visible skin and it’s pretty much the valiant protector who guards your sacred temple. It decides what gets to pass through your skin and into your body, but it also determines what can leave your skin.

A healthy skin barrier is like a brick wall, it keeps the good stuff in and the bad stuff out. But a compromised skin barrier means that things can come and go as they please. So you could be losing water and nutrients that your skin desperately needs and it could be holding on to pollutants and bacteria. I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of pollutants and bacteria.

Your skin barrier can become compromised in many ways. Stress, lifestyle, age, environment, and sometimes even your current skin care routine can all drastically affect your skin barrier. While we’d love to live at a mountainside spa retreat to focus 24/7 on perfecting our skin, that’s just not practical for most of us. However, adjusting your skin care routine is totally do-able!

Why should I put facials oils on my already oily skin?

Because you’re skin knows what to do with oils! Whether your skin is bone dry or a slip’n slide, it has dealt with oil and it has systems in place to deal with it. Those systems may need some tune ups from time to time, but guess what? Using facial oils can do just that!

Your skin naturally secretes sebum (a natural oil). For about a hundred different reasons, your skin can sometimes produce too much sebum. If your skin barrier is healthy it knows how to cleanse that excess oil. It’s when the skin barrier is compromised that this becomes an issue.

The Vicious Acne Cycle

When harsh chemicals are used to fight excess oil, it can remove all the good oils too. And your skin needs SOME oil. This leaves people with dry, flaky skin. When skin is “dehydrated, the skin will tighten on the pores and prevent the dead skin cells (or other stuff stuck in the pore) from being pushed up and out, and will lead to a clog that creates a yummy feast for bacteria as the sebum builds up and the airflow is blocked. Then your body reacts by sending inflammation to the area and the rest is history – red inflamed zit.” And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the acne cycle. Boo! Luckily, facial oils are here to help you break that cycle.

JUST USE A FACIAL OIL ALREADY

I know, change is scary. But be brave! Facial oils are some of the most nutritionally dense skin care products. If used properly they give your skin the tools it needs to break the acne cycle. So find yourself an all-natural, organic oil packed with goodies for your skin. Look for ingredients high in essential fatty acids and Vitamins C and A. Facial Oils with CBD or Hemp in them will have additional anti-inflammatory benefits as well.

As always read the instructions on whatever product you use. But for our oil we recommend massaging 2-4 drops on your face in the mornings and evenings. You’ll be surprised at how quickly your skin heals. To understand why facial oils treat acne, let’s go back to some basic chemistry.

The phrase “like dissolves like” is important here. Chemists use this expression to quickly recall how some solvents work. Polar substances will dissolve other polar substances, and non-polar substances will dissolve other non-polar substances. As an example, water is polar and oil is non-polar. That’s why water alone will never dissolve an oil. So the facial oils you put on your skin are actually capable of breaking down extra matter and bacteria to lift them out of your precious pores. Ta-da!

As always, a word of caution.

You may not need to use oils forever. If your skin needs lots of nutrients to heal, then you may very well happily use facial oils for an extended period of time. As your skin barrier heals though, it will need different things. So just listen to it!

If you’re putting on oils and your skin manages to feel somehow oily and dry at the same time, that may be an indicator that your skin could use a break from oils. At that point it may be a good idea to switch to just using facial oils a few times a week.

Having a skin care regimen is great for your skin! But that doesn’t mean that your regimen won’t change over time. Your skin has definitely changed from when you were 12, hasn’t it? So keep drinking all the water, wear your sunscreen, and just make sure that you are as happy and healthy as you’re capable of being.

Till next time, Gorgeous!

5 Face Masks and When to Use Them

5 Face Masks and When to Use Them

When it comes to finding the right face mask, a little information goes a long way. Luckily, we’ve broken it down to make it easier.

It seems like you can’t get on social media without seeing influencers slathered in exotic face masks. And we’re all guilty of immediately jumping on the newest beauty trends regardless of whether or not they’re good for our skin. Admit it, you tried one of those charcoal peel masks. Best case scenario, it cleaned the crap out of your pores. Worst case scenario…ouch!

To help you avoid some major skin faux pas we’ve decided to dive into the world of face masks and break them down into 5 categories. Certain skin types will react to face masks differently, so knowing which one is right for you will make all the difference.

A woman looks at herself in the bathroom mirror while applying face masks.

Cream Face Masks

If you have normal to dry skin, then a cream mask is a no-brainer. These are some of the gentlest masks because they go on easy and removal is simple. That’s probably why these were some of the first face-masks you tried as a tween. Or at least they were the easiest ones for our mothers to buy in bulk for sleepovers.

The biggest benefit of a cream mask is its powerful ability to hydrate skin. Many cream masks are rich in oils and moisturizers. If you’re lucky, or just have a good eye for skincare, you’ll snag one with hyaluronic acid for a boost of hydration that creates a firm, fresh appearance.

Clay Face Masks

If your skin is normal to oily (even acne prone), then a clay mask might be exactly what you need. Clay masks accomplish several things at once. They can unclog and shrink pores, detoxify your skin, oxygenate cells, regulate sebum production and fight bacteria. Yeah, they’re pretty powerful. That’s why OUR first face mask is an Herbal Radiance Clay Mask.

A wooden board with a clay mask jar, a wooden spoon, moonstones, and a box on it.

While different clay masks will have their own unique ingredients, it’s the clay itself that makes them so powerful. Cleopatra even used clay from the Nile as part of her beauty regimen over thousands of years ago. Because clay closes off air from the skin, the brain sends down natural skin plumpers. So while your clay mask is purifying, firming and shrinking your pores, it’s also helping your skin look more radiant and youthful.

Clay Mask Tip

Many face masks tell you to remove them with a warm, wet washcloth. Well, with this type of mask THEY MEAN IT. Many clay masks dry and harden, but scrubbing at them can damage the elastin in your skin. Using warm water, dampen a washcloth and let it sit on your dry clay mask for about a minute. This will soften the mask and make it easier to remove.

Peel-Off Face Masks

We’ve all seen the videos of people struggling to remove their charcoal peel-off masks. It looks like they’re ripping their skin off! And while peel masks are a physical exfoliant and can remove the top layer of skin to get rid of dead skin cells, they shouldn’t ever cause discomfort or pain. The right peel-off mask can work wonders though. If you’ve been struggling with dull skin and clogged pores then a clay mask is right up your alley. Pssst! Over time, peel-off masks can even help diminish fine-lines and wrinkles.

Peel-off masks are supposed to gently rid your skin of the topmost layer of dirt and dust while removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. This creates a smoother, brighter appearance. The problems arise when poor quality masks are used OR when your skin just really doesn’t need that. If you exfoliate on the regular and your skin doesn’t have a lot of surface dirt, you’re putting that mask on fresh, new skin cells. Removal will naturally be more painful in that instance because the skin you’re pulling on isn’t dead!

Woman Holding Black Face Mask

Peel-Off Mask Tip

Look at the ingredients in your mask. Some peel-off masks use actual adhesives in them which is NOT good for your delicate skin. Avoid products that contain high levels of polyvinyl alcohol. They need “aggressive pulling” to remove and stretching your skin that much will damage it.

Sheet Face Masks

Whether they’re made from cloth, rubber or gel, sheet masks supposedly help infuse products into your skin. The idea is that by saturating the material with a serum and allowing the sheet to sit on your face for a certain amount of time, it gives your skin enough time to absorb the serum fully. Like the clay masks, sheet masks are occlusive (they create a barrier between the air and your skin). This makes it harder for the ingredients to evaporate, again giving your skin more time to absorb them.

The Cut says that while, “ there are no independent scientific studies that test the benefits of sheet masks…every expert [they] interviewed agreed they’re a great addition to a skincare routine and add incremental benefits.” And because the sheet mask itself is just a tool to deliver a product, just make sure that you’re researching what’s in your sheet mask. But whether you have fine-lines and wrinkles, acne, dry skin or just dull skin, there’s probably a sheet mask out there for you.

A woman lies on her back at a spa with a sheet mask on her face.

Exfoliating Face Masks

These power packed masks are ideal for most skin types, but if you’re skin is sensitive you may want to give this one a pass. Exfoliating masks are designed to slough away dead skin cells and purge dirt from deep within your pores. Most come with instructions to apply or rub the product in with circular motions. This helps your skin get all the benefits of the mask, including bringing oxygen to the surface of your skin and promoting lymphatic movement.

If you want the benefit of an exfoliating mask but you’re worried about sensitive skin, look for exfoliating masks that include soothing and calming ingredients. Or just skip them all together!

Exfoliating Mask Tip

These types of masks can be quite drying, so make sure to moisturize immediately after removal. And with all that oxygen at the surface of your skin, your face is primed to fully absorb your moisturizer.

Masks, Masks, and More Masks

The beauty industry is fast-moving, so there are new types of face masks being made everyday! And this isn’t an exhaustive list of ALL the different types (ever heard of a Vampire Face Mask?). So if these masks aren’t your favorite, don’t worry. There’s sure to be something coming out soon that will suit your skin to perfection.

A woman wearing a hat smiles as she stands in front of greenery.

Just remember to use what actually works for your skin. Just because something is trending doesn’t mean that it’s a good option for everyone. Your skin is unique, just like you! So make sure you’re using all-natural, organic products that help you feel as beautiful and boss as possible.

Till next time, Gorgeous!

4 Reasons You Should Use a Healing CBD Salve

4 Reasons You Should Use a Healing CBD Salve

The results are in! You gals LOVE our Healing CBD Salve and these are 4 of the main reasons you’ve been using it.

This salve is jam packed with super healing ingredients designed to ease pain and calm irritation. I mean, we didn’t name it Salvation for nothing. So, after getting feedback from our Fifth & Root family we decided to share just some of the ways you guys have been using it to make your lives a little more pain free.

A woman putting on a cbd salve in one frame and her hands dipping into the jar on another frame.

What makes this Healing CBD Salve so special?

Other than the 300mg of pure hemp derived CBD in every jar? Actually, quite a bit. Our Salvation uses a bouquet of herbs that have been used for centuries for their analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. All the way back in the 16th century, Arnica was being used to alleviate muscle aches and bruises. Plastic surgeons have even recommended it to heal bruises and swelling post-op. And because of the flavonoids and linoleic acid in Calendula, it’s a powerful anti-inflammatory and has been used soothe PMS symptoms for those suffering from monster cramps. Yes, please!

St. John’s Wort, Plantain, and Gotu Cola definitely pull their weight as powerful analgesics. They’ve also been known to create an uplifting feeling of well-being, which is something we could all use! Australian Buddha Wood adds to this feeling with it’s grounding and purification properties. Historically, indigenous Australians used Buddha Wood because of its powerful antibacterial properties. It also eases muscle and joint pain, repels insects, improves sleep, reduces stress and anxiety, and its pleasant smell is perfect for grounding and centering during meditation.

a jar of cbd salve with herbs surrounding it

Just like all of our other products, the ingredients used are ethically sourced, non-GMO, cruelty free and 100% natural. So don’t feel guilty about slathering this product on! We wanted to make a salve that can heal your body, mind, and spirit. Here are just a few ways you can do that…

Minor Injuries and Sore Muscles

This first one should be pretty obvious, but it covers a whole host of ailments. Did you recently bump your workouts up from Intermediate to Expert (or from Beginner to Intermediate, no judgement)? If you’re feeling the burn after an intense workout, this healing CBD salve is your new best friend. Also, feel free to use it liberally to avoid infection in minor scrapes, to heal bruises faster, and to ease irritating bug bites!

A woman in running gear stretching.

“Monthly” Issues

If the menstruation monster has got you hugging Midol and a hot water bottle for dear life, this is going to be a game changer. While we wouldn’t recommend ingesting Salvation, Calendula has been used in teas for centuries to induce menstruation in women suffering from amenorrhea, and to alleviate menopause induced hot flashes. Since this product is purely meant for topical use it’s perfect for relieving aches, pains, and cramps associated with menstruation.

Sunburn

This one is for our pale beauties and sunbathers alike. Sunburn is no joke and can be the one thing to ruin your ideal beach vacation. Not only will the anti-inflammatories soothe irritated burns, the analgesics prevent infections that can occur in some intense sunburns. CBD and Andiroba Oil keep your skin oxygenated and moisturized. Plus, all that glorious CBD can help heal some of the aging effects caused by sun damage. Thank goodness!

A blonde woman in a bathing suite sits on the beach and smiles.

Chronic Ailments

Maybe you’ve got an old sports injury that sometimes flares up, or maybe you have pain associated with a chronic illness. Some illnesses and injuries are visible, but a lot of them aren’t. And just because you can’t see that someone is in pain, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t. If you suffer from arthritis, nerve pain, or a host of other chronic illnesses that regularly give you pain then we urge you to try this healing CBD salve. So many medications that are prescribed for pain come with their own long list of negative side-effects, so if there’s an alternative you owe it to yourself to TRY.

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Keep it coming!

We love hearing from our Fifth & Root family! So if you’ve tried any of these tips, let us know how it worked. And if you have new, inventive ways to use our products then be sure to post about it and tag us to be featured on our Instagram.

Remember, if YOU’VE been suffering from something that our products helped you with, it’s very possible that someone else out there is suffering to. We have to look out for and take care of each other, so speak up!

Till next time, Gorgeous!

5 Simple Beauty Foods for Gorgeous Skin

5 Simple Beauty Foods for Gorgeous Skin

Have you tried everything to get smooth, dewy skin with no success? Then we challenge you to add these 5 simple beauty foods to your diet. So get snackin!

That’s right, we WANT you to eat. And we want you to eat as much as you want…of foods that actually nourish your body that is. We wouldn’t dare tell you that there’s one specific diet that will work for everyone because that diet just doesn’t exist. Everyone is different and needs different things from their food, but beauty foods are items that ANYONE can benefit from.

Maybe you’re all-in and want to do a complete overhaul of your diet and lifestyle. That’s great! We totally support you, and love your passion and drive…but that can also be really overwhelming. Starting with small changes is a great way to work towards your goals without setting yourself up for failure. So we challenge you to add just these 5 simple beauty foods to your diet to nourish your mind, body, and spirit…and obviously your skin, duh.

A wooden cutting board with an avocado, a chile, spring onions, eggs, mushrooms and tomatoes on it.

How does your diet affect your skin?

Your body is constantly working. It’s pumping blood, neurons are firing, food is being digested, etc. Your skin is no exception. As the largest organ in your body, your skin functions not only as the first line of defense against the elements, but also as a means of communication between your body and the outside world. Your skin communicates temperature, pain and pleasure to your brain AND your skin acts as an indicator of your internal health to the outside world.

A good, if not an extreme, example is an individual who may be suffering from jaundice. Jaundice is the yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes. This can happen for a variety of different health reasons, but it’s an indication of too much bilirubin (a yellow chemical in hemoglobin, the substance that carries oxygen in your red blood cells). Healthy livers process old red blood cells after they break down and the body will create new cells to replace them. If the liver isn’t healthy enough for the job, bilirubin builds up causing the yellowing of the skin (MedlinePlus). So in this instance, yellow skin indicates that there may be an underlying liver issue that needs addressed.

An aerial shot of a white plate that has a frown drawn on it.

The same goes for smaller nuisances like dry skin, acne, dark under eye circles, etc. These are usually just indicators of vitamin deficiencies, sleep deprivation, or dehydration. So pack a water bottle, try to get to bed a little earlier tonight, and head to your nearest grocery store for these simple beauty foods that are packed full of vitamins and minerals.

Why not just take a beauty supplement or vitamin?

You can! If your life is too hectic sometimes that’s the only option you have. Just make sure you do your research first and check out our blog all about the basics of beauty supplements.

Basically, not all supplements are created equal. Some of them don’t have enough of the actual vitamins to make much of a difference. And even worse, some of them aren’t encapsulated in a way that will make the vitamins readily absorbable by your body. Best case scenario, those vitamins are water soluble anyway and your body will just flush them the next time you urinate. Worst case scenario, the vitamins are fat soluble and if you’re taking too much of them they’ll build up in your liver. No bueno.

The frame is filled with bowls and platters piled high with whole foods.

If you’re able too though, eating your vitamins is the way to go. The vitamins and minerals you get from food are easily absorbed by your body. That makes them pretty much worry free. And if you’re worried that we’re going to list off some exotic, expensive fruits from Madagascar, we got you. The five foods we’re putting on our list are SIMPLE. We wanted to put together a list of foods that could easily be purchased at any grocery store with a produce section. We can, and probably will, put together a list of more exotic superfoods in the future. But until then, just work on adding these simple items to your everyday meals.

Avocados

Is anyone else mentally swimming in a pool of delicious, creamy guacamole right now? Not only are avocados fantastic to eat, they’re great for an at-home face mask too! Rich in vitamins and monosaturated fatty acids, avocados are great for your heart, skin, and for reducing stress.

An aerial shot of two slices of toast with avocado slices artfully placed on top.

The type of fat found in avocados actually helps lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. They even have more potassium than bananas. Who knew?!

We specifically included this beauty food for its high levels of Vitamins E and C. Both are considered antioxidants and help protect cells from free radical damage (which is phenomenal for anti-aging). Lutein promotes skin elasticity, magnesium helps reduce stress, and the combo of oleic acid and chlorophyll reduce redness and inflammation. So bring on the Guac! Or whatever snack you want that includes avocados…

Sweet Potatoes

Before you get your potato peeler out, know that the majority of the vitamins and minerals found in sweet potatoes are in the skin. So bake em’, mash em’, just make sure you eat em’ with the skin ON. And I know we said we weren’t talking about superfoods…but the sweet potato is surprisingly powerful.

Close up on a plate of baked sweet potato fries.

Here’s a list of just SOME of the Vitamins and Minerals in sweet potatoes: manganese, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, and Vitamins A, C, E, and K. So yeah, she packs a punch. With such a massive dose of vitamins and minerals, the sweet potato is an antioxidant rich, anti-aging dream come true. Is anyone else craving baked sweet potato fries?

Red and Yellow Bell Peppers

The first reason why we love bell peppers is that they’re a very water heavy food. They’re made up of 92% water and absolutely PACKED with vitamins. They have 169% of the daily recommended dose of Vitamin C and they also contain Vitamins B6, K1, E, A and folate.

They also contain a decent amount of Iron which helps your blood carry oxygen. Low iron can cause dark under eye circles, dry skin, and a host of other issues. So the next time you’re snacking on slices of bell peppers know that you’re helping your body stay oxygenated and fight wrinkles, dark circles, and dry skin.

A womans hand reaching to grab a red bell pepper among a pile of red and yellow bell peppers.

Mushrooms

Some people love mushrooms and some people hate them. Either way they’re one of the only foods in the produce section that contain Vitamin D, so they’re going on the list! Obviously you can get your daily dose of Vitamin D with a walk in the sunshine. However, depending on the time of year, sensitivities to sunlight, weather, or even due to your lifestyle, you may not be getting your recommended dose.

According to the mushroom council  you can actually make the Vitamin D in mushrooms even more readily available by placing your mushrooms in direct sunlight for a few minutes, “All mushrooms contain some vitamin D, but growers also have the ability to increase D levels by exposing mushrooms to ultraviolet light.” We had no idea! But along with a healthy dose of D, mushrooms can also contain B Vitamins, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, copper, and selenium.

A basket full of mushrooms.

The long list of vitamins and minerals contained within these fungi make them good immunity boosters and infection fighters. Acne got you down? Try adding mushrooms into your diet!

Broccoli

As children we struggled to choke it down. But once you’ve gotten a taste for the many benefits you’ll get from broccoli, it’ll be your new favorite veggie. There are other dark, leafy greens that contain higher levels of Vitamin K but broccoli is the quickest one to prep, making it super simple.

Vitamin K helps your blood clot properly. And if your blood is clotting like it should, that enables your body to heal wounds, bruises, and even stretch marks and spider veins. It’s also an antioxidant rich veggie with anti-inflammatory properties, Zinc and Vitamin C. If you’re running out the door, grabbing raw broccoli and hummus (or guacamole for an even bigger boost) is a quick and easy snack that’ll do the trick. Don’t like it raw? Try it steamed, sauteed, baked, whatever!

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As always, patience is key

If you eat one mushroom and your acne doesn’t go away overnight, don’t be discouraged. It may seem like some skin problems show up overnight, but they’re usually the result of long-term issues. And as such, they can take a while to heal. That’s the great thing about skin though. Your body will heal and rid itself of waste and toxins, and once it’s done your skin will shine!

Your skin wants to show the world that you’re healthy and happy, it just means that you actually have to BE healthy and happy. Start small. Start with one healthy thing a day. Then maybe start by having one whole day each week where you eat totally clean. But don’t give yourself outrageous goals that are impossible to stick to. Do whatever makes you comfortable and happy. Just know that your Fifth & Root family is always cheering you on from the sidelines.

Till next time, gorgeous!

The Quick Guide to Beauty Supplements

The Quick Guide to Beauty Supplements

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just pop a pill and all your skincare woes became a thing of the past? Well, many beauty supplements say they do just that. But do they actually work?

Maybe your skin is a little rough after an all night Game of Thrones marathon. Maybe you have chronic skin issues that you deal with on the regular. Either way, being able to pop a pill to soothe skin issues sounds like a dream come true. Celebrities like Khloe Kardashian and Jennifer Aniston have been very public about their use of beauty supplements, and with beauties like them it’s hard not to believe the hype. But do they actually work?

There are supplements out there that claim to prevent premature graying of hair, promote firm and clear skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, lessen acne and much more. Sounds great, but is it too good to be true?

A brown pill bottle with the labal "happy pills" sits in front of a pink background with palm leaves.

How do beauty supplements “work?”

Theoretically, due to a variety of factors (poor nutrition, lack of sleep, poor hydration, aging, etc.) our bodies CAN be deficient in natural vitamins and minerals. This deficiency can lead to a host of issues. Just some of which are premature aging, stress or hormone related acne, dull skin or hair, and the list goes on and on. Dr. Lorraine Hill, founder of the Hampton Clinic, says, “Over-farming and pesticide use have led to our soil, and therefore our food, becoming less nutrient-rich….It is not enough anymore to just work on the skin externally with home care regimes and treatments.” So beauty supplements claim to bridge the vitamin and mineral gap to promote natural beauty and wellness.

With the wellness trend on the rise, more and more people are turning to “natural” alternatives as opposed to injectables or plastic surgery. And that’s a movement we can absolutely get behind! Previously, these products were thought to be items only older, more affluent women used. But about five years ago beauty supplement companies started using social media to target younger audiences. With a plethora of celebrity endorsements and stylish, brightly colored bottles these products became wildly successful.

A clear pill bottle containing blue pills is open with blue pills also surrounding it.

But, and we cannot stress this enough, DO YOUR RESEARCH. For those who haven’t heard of the “shelfie” yet, it’s a carefully crafted image where beauty influencers will highlight their beauty cabinet and the products they’re a fan of. Sometimes these are paid partnerships, sometimes they’re not. But they have the effect of making the products look very luxurious. And it’s easy to equate luxury with effectiveness. This is where we come to some problems.

Are you saying these expensive beauty supplements don’t actually work?

Well, some do and some don’t. If there’s a mile-long list of celebrity endorsement but no science to back up any of their claims, it’s a good indication that it may be bunk. Cheryl Wischhover of Vox says, “These supplement brands are doing what more traditional beauty brands have done for years — making their products look really attractive on social media and then tapping influencers to further spread the message.” If a product is actually accomplishing what it claims to, then this isn’t a problem. So if your favorite celebrity or influencer has been promoting a beauty supplement and you’re just dying to try it, there’s one key item you’ll want to note.

Orange pills are sitting on top of a scale.

Look for the handy-dandy GMP mark (Good Manufacturing Process). This mark signifies that a product has integrity and is good quality. Sometimes products don’t have a high enough level of the necessary ingredients for them to be effective, or the ingredient isn’t encapsulated properly so that you can properly absorb it. And most vitamins that aren’t absorbed are naturally expelled through urination. The GMP mark will help you weed out poor quality supplements.

Also, make sure that you know what you’re putting in your body. Many vitamins, like Vitamins B and C, are water soluble. So if you’re getting too much of those, your body can easily get rid of the next time you use the restroom. But other vitamins, like A, D, E and K, are fat soluble. If you’re ingesting more of these than you actually need, your body will store them in the liver. And over time that can be very damaging. 

Which supplements are good for me?

Honestly, we’re not comfortable saying that one supplement is the end-all, do-all. Everyone is so different! You might even have a supplement that did wonders for you in your teen years that has little to no effect as you age. Things like aging, hormones, genetics, and pregnancy can have a huge impact on the types of vitamins and minerals your body easily absorbs. And you might not actually be deficient in some vitamins, so taking an extra dose won’t do much anyway.

A group of different pills being held in the palm of a hand.

Here are OUR rules when it comes to Supplements of ANY kind…

  • Talk to a doctor first. We know it seems a little extreme, but some of these supplements contain ingredients that can have a major impact on your health. So safety first!
  • If you can, try getting any vitamins or minerals you’re deficient in from natural, organic food. Your body absorbs nutrients better from food than it ever will from pills. Plus, it’s way too easy to throw adaptogens into your morning smoothie. 
  • DO YOUR RESEARCH. Seriously, do it. Make sure that whatever you’re taking is organic, that it’s not packed full of unnecessary fillers, and that it’s got the GMP stamp of approval.
  • Only try one new supplement at a time. Whether you’re trying a capsule or just increasing your intake of certain vitamin heavy food, you won’t be able to tell what’s working if you’re trying too many things at once. The same goes for if you have an adverse effect. If you’re taking too many things, you won’t know which one caused the trouble. We recommend keeping a journal to track any noticeable changes over time.
  • Be patient. Some people report seeing results within 3-4 weeks, some don’t see results for 3-4 months. Just like we said in our blog about CBD and Adaptogens, many of these products are meant to be taken long-term. So if you don’t see results within a week, don’t get discouraged.
  • Don’t use beauty supplements as a short-cut. Make sure that you’re actually giving your body the things it needs to be healthy. All the pills in the world won’t make-up for lack of sleep or poor water intake. Consider whether or not you just need to make some lifestyle changes or if your endocannabinoid system needs a boost.

An aerial view of a platter of fruits and surrounding bowls of healthy foods.

Just make sure you’re happy in whatever skin you’re in.

Whether you’re Team Tati or Team Charles, the biggest thing is to make sure that you’re happy. Make sure you’re happy with your skin, your health, your home, etc. If buying beauty supplements makes you happy, then go for it! Just make sure you’re making healthy decisions. So long as it’s not causing you or anyone else harm, any decision you make that brings you joy and wellness is one that we support. It’s amazing what a difference happiness can have on your face.

A young, brunette woman smiles while holding a palm frond over half of her face.

Till next time, Gorgeous!