• Tips + Tricks: Beauty From Within

    Here at UO Beauty, we’re continually knee-deep in research about the best new beauty products out there…really, you should see all the stacks of recent discoveries we have in constant rotation. We’re also always intrigued by the best new IDEAS about beauty. Right now, we’re all about learning the top tips for both improving and maintaining our skin, and (spoiler alert!) it starts with the quality of ingredients you put in your body. 
    Photos by Daria Kobayashi Ritch

    In honor of a careful edit of beauty discoveries with ingredient lists so pure you could (literally) eat them, we called on one of our favorite girl crushes (/smoothie-making guru) Lee Tilghman to test them out. Lee, or “Lee From America” as you may know her on Instagram, is an LA-based blogger and recipe developer who is on a mission to “show people that living a balanced life can be easy, affordable, and…dare I say it…fun.” Who better to preview some of our favorite examples of drinkable beauty? And to make things even more special, Lee combined some of our picks into one of her own exclusive smoothie recipes, which we’re sharing below. 

    First ingredient up for discussion: Aloe. Not to be mistaken with aloe vera, the goopy soothing sunburn solution, drinkable Aloe juice is packed with vitamins B, C, E, and folic acid, all of which work together to fortify the immune system and help with digestion. Aloe is also high in antioxidants, which help protect cells and skin against damaging radicals in the environment (aka: sun, smog, and other city pollutants). 

    Above: photo by Chantal Anderson

    Next up in our drinkable beauty picks are the dusts from Moon Juice (click here to revisit the Moon Juice studio in LA, where we interviewed the brand’s founder Amanda Chantal Bacon earlier this year). There’s a full line of Moon Juice’s all-natural “dusts” — hand-blended formulas packed with organic herbs, plants, and minerals — but we’re partial to the Beauty Dust, which you drink by mixing a teaspoon of it into a cup of hot water or almond milk. The formula is designed to enhance your skin by increasing the production of collagen and silica, tone skin tissue, and working all-around to fortify your skin, hair, nails, and cell membranes. 

    Okay, technically you shouldn't be eating this...but props to products with ingredient lists so clean that if you wanted to, you could. Why put it on top of your skin if you wouldn't consume the same ingredients, right? We love all of the products from Plantfolk Apothecary (whose brand founder we interviewed on the blog here). With all organic ingredients (some coming directly from the owner’s backyard garden), the line is rooted in an herbalist’s sensibility of what ingredients do your skin right. For a detoxifying and refreshing summer scrub, we love their sage scrub blend, which combines sea salt and raw sugar with nourishing coconut oil, avocado, and almond (sounds kind of like a snack we’d want to eat too). Also highly recommended — check out their body serum The Glow, which will make your skin radiate and smells amazing (it’s a blend of macadamia, coconut, reshape, vanilla bean, and calendula flower. Amazing).

    If you’re looking for something more portable, we suggest Aloha’s “Greens on the Go” kit. Aloha is an all-natural line of nutrient-based, beauty-boosting supplements (and the on-the-go kit is a sampler pack of everything they offer, so you get to try a little bit of it all). Together, their products are kind of a crash course in nutrition-packed superfoods (we love adding their whole food protein packets to a daily smoothie to give it all-natural staying power. Lee incorporated a pack from the Greens on the Go kit into this smoothie  bowl recipe:

    Lee's Smoothie Bowl:
    2 frozen bananas
    1/2 cup almond milk
    1 handful fresh spinach
    1 ALOHA packet
    Toppings of choice: Raspberries, pepitas, sunflower seeds, coconut shreds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, white chia seeds, or Granolee (Lee's special and crazy-delicious granola! Read more about it here)

    Add all ingredients (besides toppings) into a high-powered blender. Blend on high, adding a bit more almond milk in if needed, and stopping to stir as you go. When it's blended, pour your smoothie into a cereal bowl and top away! 

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