I’ve had fun with my Pomega5 Diet this week - it’s been interesting to really dive down and try to understand what all these ingredients actually do. It’s also inspired me to apply a healthy eating philosophy (lot of variety, lots of color foods) to my skincare. That said, this morning is an especially slow one. By the time Friday rolls around, my body feels like it’s been through the wringer — too much coffee, not enough sleep, and inevitably one too many boozy meals. (Last night: Locanda Verde for fresh ricotta, crispy pig salad, and pasta… whoops!) Low energy is an understatement. Which is why I’m ending my Pomega5 challenge with an especially energizing ingredient: Grapefruit.
The Basics: Forget the 80s era grapefruit diet — the fruit is delicious and low-cal, yes, but it’s also one of the healthiest things you can put on your skin. It has a detoxifying effect, and because it’s a natural antibacterial it helps to prevent breakouts. Though we often think of citrus as being drying, grapefruit oil (which is what is usually in skincare products) has a toning, not parching, effect.
Skin Diet: Too much wine, not enough sleep means I’m feeling zapped and puffy — not pretty. I’m medicating with Pomega5’s Daily Revitalizing Concentrate, a light face oil that moisturizes better than my more heavy duty creams. In addition to pure pomegranate seed oil, it has tons of grapefruit oil for an insta-boost.
On the Menu: I admit, I was hungry about 2.5 seconds after I had my grapefruit this morning. But I did feel less sluggish, so that’s something. I am on to my second breakfast of the morning (oatmeal!) but I’m planning on making a grapefruit and avocado salad tonight since my body could use some extra detoxing. Happy weekend!
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As much as I love learning about high-tech skincare solutions and lab-engineered makeup, I’m ultimately most drawn to simple formulations with ingredients that I recognize. This week’s Pomega5 Diet has been easy because I love eating the same ingredients that are beneficial for my skin — very convenient! Today’s star: Olive Oil.
Basics: We all know what a sucker I am for face oils, but even I wouldn’t go so far as to smear regular olive oil on my face (though I know plenty of gorgeous women who swear by it). That said, I’ll use any product that stars this vitamin E bomb — it pumps moisture into dehydrated cells and makes skin feels crazy silky. Omega 9 essential fatty acids do the usual super antioxidant work: plump up skin so lines are less noticeable, boost clarity, and shoos away free radicals.
Skin Diet: With the weather being all wacky, my skin is in a weird place where it’s dry and flaky on my cheeks, and starting to get slightly oily in the t-zone. Instead of my usually foaming cleanser, which can be a little drying, I’ve been using Pomega5’s Lemongrass Clarifying Cleansing Bar. The bar cleanser took a little getting used to, but I love that it is both hydrating (thanks to the olive oil) and toning (that would be the lemongrass and pomegranate seed oil). You can even rub the slightly rough bar in circles all over your skin for a little light exfoliation.
On the Menu: A happily olive oily tuna nicoise, as soon as I can pry myself away from my desk. In the meantime, I give you this recipe, which I guarantee will become one of your new favorites. It’s Healthy Green Kitchen’s Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Cake that is made with a combination of gluten-free flour (I use sorghum flour) and almond flour. It has a rustic texture, underlying grassy green notes from the olive oil, and a pronounced meyer lemon flavor. It’s flat-out amazing. Trust me.
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What a morning. I had big plans to kickstart my day with a lovely little grapefruit salad (another super ingredient) in honor of my ongoing Pomega5 Diet. Instead, I ate a healthy-ish bran muffin while hopping between meetings. I’m getting back on track with my bountiful Whole Foods salad, which includes tons of today’s super ingredient: Carrots.
Basics: Carrots are known for boosting vision, but they’re actually all-around wonders. They’re super high in vitamins A and E, which we know are powerful healers (why do you think you use vitamin E oil when you have a scar?). In addition to helping cells repair themselves, carrots bump collagen production, which is what keeps skin looking firm and supple, and protect from free radicals. They also help correct damage caused by UV rays - a nifty safety net if you’re not incredibly thorough about sun protection.
Skin Diet: I’m a big (read: huge) proponent of switching up your products frequently to give your skin exactly what it needs. Case in point: I woke up this morning with red, blotchy skin and an unsightly blemish on my chin. Boo. I’m blaming stress and not enough sleep. I’m also counteracting with Pomega5’s Healing Cream, which is rich without being oppressive and has an immediate calming effect (redness = gone). Carrot Seed Oil is one of the main ingredients, which is why it’s so great at soothing irritation and adding moisturize — hopefully it’ll quell the zit too.
On the Menu: After last night’s feast at Kin Shop, Top Chef winner Harold Dieterle’s new hot spot, I was in serious need of some veggies. I went a little salad nuts at Whole Foods, loading up on carrots, yes, but also kale, beets, and sprouts. I’m totally planning on following it with a big cookie… moderation, yes?
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Hello, world! This week I’m putting myself and my skin on the Pomega5 Diet. Yesterday’s pomegranate salad was easy and delicious, and was a nice change from all the carb-heavy winter foods I’ve been eating lately. Today’s super ingredient: Green Tea.
Basics: Green tea isn’t just what you drink when you’re trying to slim down (though it is a proven de-puffer) — the ingredient is high in catechins, a type of polyphenol that protects against free radicals and helps repair skin cells. In skincare, green tea extract is ideal for sensitive, irritated, or acne-prone skin because it reduces inflammation and helps rejuvenate cells. It also helps reduce signs of aging.
Skin Diet: Since it’s still chilly out, I’ve been using a combination of face oils and moisturizers to keep the flakes at bay. I love that Pomega5’s Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer is light enough to layer it on top of a face oil or serum without feeling heavy. It gives my skin a smooth finish (bye-bye pores!) which will be extra important once it gets warmer and my t-zone goes back to shiny central. Plus the citrusy smell just makes me feel healthier.
On the Menu: I thought about starting my day off with a few green tea macarons, but decided that would defeat the purpose. Instead, I made myself a cup of green tea while I got ready this morning (ie: watched the Today Show and answered emails). The caffeine boost perked me up, and I felt so good that I got a small coffee instead of my usual large on my way to work.
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Since food and beauty are two of my favorite things, I’m psyched that we recently added Pomega5 as a partner. The brand creates all its products using nutritious, plant-based ingredients like pomegranates, oranges, and green tea — the same healthy foods you should be putting on your plate. Which leads me to this week’s challenge: I’m putting myself (and my skin) on the Pomega5 diet. In addition to using their products (which I already love), I’m going to make a point of adding one of their super ingredients to my diet every day. First up: Pomegranates.
Basics: A few years ago, pomegranates were the hottest thing in the produce aisle. Since then they’ve been nudged aside by acai, chia seeds, and other superfoods, but they’re still one of the healthiest thing you can put in your body. And on your body for that matter — Pomegranate Seed Oil is the foundation of most of Pomega5 products because of its high levels of Omega 5 essential fatty acids, which helps your cells regenerate, protects against free radicals, and calms inflammation.
Skin diet: As a face oil convert, I had no problem incorporating the Daily Revitalizing Concentrate into my routine. Each little ampoule has more than enough oil for my face and neck (I usually don’t even use the whole thing) and though it feels slick at first, it dries matte. Each ‘serving’ has 60 percent pomegranate seed oil, which is huge.
On the menu: I cheated and made a simple salad of arugula, pomegranate seeds, shaved broccoli, and carrots for dinner last night (but I brought leftovers for lunch!). I also cheated and bought pomegranate seeds instead of de-seeding the fruit myself, which would have meant staining my kitchen walls crimson. It was a perfect light supper, which meant I felt perfectly entitled to a big scoop of ice cream for dessert.
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