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Here Comes the Sun

May 21st, 2015

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We couldn’t live without our sun’s glorious radiance, but it’s that time of year when skin most needs protection from its rays. 

What’s the best strategy? When in the garden or at the beach, I use physical sunblock—a big hat, sunglasses, long-sleeved T-shirt and a sarong. While that might sound a little dreary to some, I swear it’s easier than ever to look chic and to keep skin safe this season. There are so many elegantly creative options out there, from classic broad-brimmed straw hats to fun straw fedoras. Super chic surfer rash guards are offered by swimwear designers from J Crew to Orelebar Brown. And there has never been such a range of cool beach coverups available. Have you seen Proenza Schouler’s tie-dyed sarong? 

During long days outdoors, I always include sunscreen as part of my daily skincare protocol, applying a thin layer over my Tammy Fender crème.  I recommend finding a sunscreen that lists Zinc Oxide as the active ingredient, as it protects skin from both UVA and UVB rays, and because it has a long history of safe use. It’s also important to remember that sunscreen is only effective for two hours, at most. 

I’ll post again later in the season about what to do when you’ve had too much sun. But in the meantime, I hope that your summer is truly wonderful, full of all the fun with friends and family that you’ve been hoping for. 

Wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day

May 10th, 2015
unnamed This Mother’s Day, I find myself thinking a lot about rejuvenation—but maybe not in the way that you’d expect. While much of what I do is focused on creating formulas that enhance and restore skin’s youthfulness, all filled with the Pure Living Energy of plants that so lovingly sustain us, what I mean is something that goes much deeper—way down into the soul. A mother is someone who nourishes us, gives us care and warmth and love, fosters growth as new life unfolds. But creating support for what’s new, what’s growing and blooming within each of us, is also a gift that we can give to ourselves. Just like a child, or a sprouting seedling, clearing space for growth encourages the energy of rejuvenation. Mother’s Day—while a wonderful opportunity to show gratitude for all the people who have supported our growth—it is also a chance for each of us to ask, what nourishment and inspiration do I need in order create my own path, allowing rejuvenation to uplift the spirit? In this way, granting ourselves the space, time, ease and love to cherish what’s tenderly growing inside each of us, can’t help but create a rejuvenating wellspring that spills over into all we do, sharing that gift with everyone around us.

Behind the Masques

April 28th, 2015
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With the thrilling launch of our two new treatment masques—Restorative Radiance Masque and Purifying Luculent Masque—I wanted to share more with you about several of the amazing healing ingredients that make these two formulations so special.

When I’m creating a new formula, the part that takes me the longest is finding just the right harmony between the ingredients. I work until it feels like they truly belong together, and it simply couldn’t be any other way.

And that’s how I feel about the combination of Lotus and Baobab in Restorative Radiance Masque. Lotus is a powerful regenerative, full of antioxidants, flavonoids, essential fatty acids and natural AHAs. It serves to spark cellular renewal and its proteins repair skin strength, restoring elasticity, while it also stimulates circulation, enlivening the complexion.

The revered African Baobab tree can live for over 1,000 years, surviving prolonged droughts, and its fruit creates a power moisturizer, brimming with essential fatty acids and super-doses vitamin C. It brings a remarkable luster to depleted or aging skin. These two ingredients work together so well in restoring skin’s natural luminescence.

Meanwhile, creating a detoxifying blend for Purifying Luculent Masque, I brought together Fo-Ti and Great Burdock root. Fo-Ti, in particular, is known for its capacity to extend cellular longevity, and contains an alkaloid that exerts a rejuvenating effect on skin cells. At the same time, Great Burdock is used in traditional holistic medicine to cleanse the blood and to counter impurities, while it also contains a wealth of vital nutrients. Both are renowned detoxifiers used for centuries to rebalance and heal agitated skin, and to treat conditions stemming from exposure to environmental stressors. The energetic combination brings such clarity. 

Once you try the new masques, I think you’ll agree that the powerful effects and divine healing found in each ingredient is amplified by their synergy. These new masques are some of our most opulently rich formulations, and it shows in skin that's supple, alive and utterly radiant. 

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Lotus image: flickr/ Kazue Asano

Earth Day!

April 22nd, 2015

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Each year, Earth Day gives us a wonderful opportunity to honor Mother Earth, this spectacularly beautiful planet we all share. It’s the home which brings us together, no matter where we are or who we are. It’s our breath, and our life. 

Which aspect of nature resonates most for you? Where do you feel the connection best? For me, I love working with the botanical ingredients that create our formulas, and am forever awed by the healing capacities of nature’s medicinal plants. My time with that pure energy allows me to drink in the beauty of this remarkable planet. 

When we each take a moment to feel into what deepens our gratitude, Earth Day becomes powerful, gathering personal connections in a collective way. We can create a ripple effect by consciously acknowledging what we love best, whether a favorite tree, the sound of birdsong, the scent of flowers in bloom, the exhilaration of a rushing stream, the taste of a fresh, delicious salad, a bright, clear sky, or replenishing rain. 

Let’s all do what we can to get out into nature today, enjoying and nurturing this connection, and honoring the healing it brings. When our hearts remember the preciousness of this place, we can’t help but pledge our love to its protection and care. 

Introducing the Masque Collection

April 16th, 2015
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After months of dreaming, blending, planning and perfecting, I could not be more pleased to introduce my two latest formulations—Restorative Radiance Masque and Purifying Luculent Masque. Concentrating a wealth of plants sacred to ancient medicine, these are some of the most opulently rich formulations we offer.

Restorative Radiance Masque, with Lotus and Baobab, sparks cellular regeneration, unveiling a luminous glow. Its bisque pink mineral-rich clay base carries an abundance of highly active floral waters—from Jasmine, Helichrysum and Rose—all super-charged with Pure Living Energy. The results are clear after just 15 minutes in skin that’s supple, toned, and serene.

Purifying Luculent Masque is the ultimate detoxifier, blending potent Fo-Ti and Great Burdock, to increase cellular longevity and to clarify the complexion. The clay base is activated with aloe leaf juice, cleansing deeply and therapeutically—on every level—while supporting renewed strength and a brightened awareness.

Crafted with highly vibrational ingredients—floral waters, mineral-rich clays, and the purest essential oils—these formulations are very close to the Earth, and very grounding. Just opening the jar, Restorative masque’s light scent of Jasmine is simply transporting. Purifying masque, with its bright green scent of Rosemary and Thyme, immediately connects you to the formula’s strength and clarity. 

Not everybody can visit our spa, but these masques are essential to the signature facials we preform here. in creating the Tammy Fender Masque Collection, I wanted to offer everyone a chance to experience the pure revelation and true healing of these lavish, rejuvenating blends.

Just Smile

March 18th, 2015

Smiling—and laughing—are nature’s most healing beautifiers, as I always like to say.

But the notion also goes deeper than the felt sense of enjoying a wide smile. On the neurological level, smiling is a natural mood lifter, one that releases the potent neurotransmitters and endorphins that buoy happiness and strengthen health. When our facial muscles—especially those around the eyes—contract, as happens when we display a lovely wide grin, it signals the brain, and the act of smiling in itself causes the release of molecular messengers that guide us into relax mode. For our cells, that peaceful calm offers rejuvenation and repair. And researchers have learned that the more you smile, the happier and more calm you feel, even when you’re not smiling any longer. On the physiological level, the joyfulness clings and carries.

Beyond combating negative emotions, or relaxing the body, however, drawing the loving feeling of a bright smile—an “inner smile”—down into the body and towards the heart does wonders. Transporting the smile within, and experiencing the warm spread of loving energy, moves chi, the energy of our life force, removing obstacles and energetic blockages. It allows our whole being to absorb the warmth of love, both when the inner-smile is directed at ourselves or at others. It reconnects us with life, letting love in.

Some make a beautiful practice of waking up every morning with a smile. What a simple, pure path to holistic health.

Movement Motivation

March 11th, 2015

That post-yoga glow, or the youthful radiance revealed by an early morning jog, is no illusion. Recent research has shown that exercise can actually reverse the effects of aging on skin.

If you’re even a casual follower of this blog, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of any and all ways to boost circulation in support of skin. And you’ll know that increased blood flow brings plentiful oxygen and an abundance nutrients and chi to the body’s cells, carrying away residual wastes—including the free-radicals that damage cellular structures (for more on that topic, see my last post on antioxidants!)

Breaking a sweat clears pores, flushing out the system and releasing any energetic buildup. As endorphins surge, the body enjoys a total sense of wellbeing, and, in turn, higher levels of endorphins means lowered cortisol, which protects precious collagen. But now scientific researchers have shown that working out moderately strenuously for 30 minutes twice a week for two months also improves skin, especially in those over 40, who were found after the trial period to have skin much closer in composition to that of a 20 or 30 year old than to their non-exercising peers.

I love the idea of relying on the body’s own natural systems to turn back the clock. It’s pure motivation to move.

Anyone up for a springtime challenge?

Sometimes it helps when science quantifies these things for us. So, here’s the protocol: 30 minutes x 2/week x 2 months. It’s incredible to know that any age, we’re only ever 16 workouts away from radically radiant skin.

Image: Timothy Takemoto/flickr

 

Antioxidants—Pure Healing Energy

March 7th, 2015

When I think about antioxidants, I think about generosity and a deep-rooted, natural healing energy that starts at the molecular level. 

In the simplest terms, cell damage is what ages us. Environmental stressors and pollutants produce free-radicals, which, in turn, poach electrons from our cellular structures, altering biological functions and causing disrepair. Antioxidants, however, are nature’s gift, molecules found in healing plants which freely replace those essential electrons, inhibiting disruptive oxidation within our cells. Nature's abundance of healing free-radical fighters is one of the pillars of holistic medicine. 

You’ve heard about antioxidant rich, nutrient dense natural foods—like blueberries, nuts and dark leafy greens—each known for its ability to renew cellular balance. From an energetic standpoint, these foods have an especially high frequency, tremendously boosting the body’s chi, its life force. Food prepared with loving hands and with gratitude impart a high vibration. Chemical-free fruits and vegetables that are harvested ripe and eaten raw, conserving their full life energy, have a high vibration. Processed sugars, and overly refined foods, do not. 

As the body’s environmental barrier, skin encounters new oxidizing agents every day. And in my own work, the collection’s Antioxidant Crème was created to meet those challenges, combining a mega-dose of precious and potent botanical antioxidants, including Lavender, Carrot Seed and essence of Orange Blossom, to prolong cellular longevity, growth and vitality. 

The body, however, also produces its own antioxidants, another healing source that can be strengthened with energetic support. In fact, medical research has shown that meditation has the power to boost the body’s antioxidant production. And when stress dissipates, cellular deterioration is slowed, and aging is reversed. 

So many forces join in carrying us towards holistic balance. Sometimes the beauty of nature’s generosity simply astounds me. 

Image: Lawrence Rayner/Flickr

Free & Clear

February 22nd, 2015

Just as you might enjoy the easy feeling of stepping into a room that’s tidy and clutter-free, energetic space-clearing invites a fresh, bright energy into the spaces where we work and live, and, ultimately, into our lives.

For thousands of years, different forms of space-clearing, including the Chinese harmonic system feng shui, have been preformed by various traditional cultures. Every day, people generate the kind of etheric debris that can build up, leaving behind an energetic residue. The art of space-clearing revitalizes the flow of vibrant energy, clearing out stagnancy in the places where we spend our days.

Naturally, physically de-cluttering your living or working space is a wonderful start. Then, with a simple sound instrument, such as a bell, chime or gong, you might take a walk through your space, using sound vibrations to loosen up any stagnant, burdensome or stuck energy you find, leaving a window slightly cracked as an outlet for the staleness. Most Western architecture doesn’t accommodate a natural sense of energetic flow, and most Western-designed buildings contain plenty of areas where energy can get trapped. In the spirit of out with the old and in with the new, this simple, symbolic cleansing helps us let go of what’s no longer useful.

Next, set an intention, calling in the energy you wish to receive in your cleared space, recirculating through with a soothing invitation, perhaps lighting a candle, setting out fresh flowers, or enlivening the air with a drop or two of a favorite scent. (Bulgarian Rose perfectly welcomes beautiful new beginnings.)

Maintaining our living and working spaces in this way is essential to the free movement of our creative life force, and to our wellbeing. In this way, with loving attention and clear intention, we make room on every level for a fantastically fresh new wave of creativity and openness to enter our living spaces and our lives.

Collagen Boosting Super Foods

February 17th, 2015
When we talk about a eating foods that best support skin health, prime among those choices are foods that the body needs in order to build and to maintain collagen. Collagen serves as skin’s substructure, found throughout all three layers of the dermis, giving skin strength, elasticity and resiliency. As we age, we produce less collagen, while environmental stresses, sun, and free-radicals can also break it down. In order to repair damaged collagen, which also gives skin its beautiful look of fullness, our bodies need a healthy supply of specific nutrients. Here are a handful of favorite collagen boosting super-foods. —Dark leafy greens. You know spinach and kale are good for you! But, specifically, the dark leafy greens boast a pro-collagen antioxidant called lutein. Researchers say eating just 2 oz. kale improves skin elasticity and hydration. —Garlic. Small and mighty, garlic contains sulfur, which is absolutely essential in healing damaged collagen. Sulfur helps hold collagen fibers together, maintaining skin’s strength and flexibility. —Yoghurt. High in protein, but also offering the amino-acid lysine, yoghurt support natural collagen production wonderfully, as do egg whites, which are big on protein but also and contain the amino acid proline. —Citrus. Aging causes a decline in skin’s natural levels of Vitamin C, which functions as an antioxidant and helps regulate the body’s collagen synthesis. In Florida, we know there’s no better source of Vitamin C than fresh citrus. Eating with healing intention is one of the foundations of holistic living. When we feed ourselves well, we feed our skin and our soul—and it shows in healthful radiance.


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