Isn’t it a wonderful thing that making a fresh, delicious juice or smoothie each day, or a few times a week, can benefit your skin and help fight the signs of aging? We believe in taking an approach to antiaging that incorporates diet, exercise, stress management, hydration and emotional health plus high performance skincare products. As Tata always says, no matter how many creams and treatments you use on your skin, if it’s malnourished or imbalanced from the inside out, it’s going to make a difference in the way your skin looks.
Here are 3 antiaging juice recipes, and each one is super – loaded with one particularly powerful antiaging nutrient.
You can mix & match the ingredients from these recipes, depending on what tastes great to you, or on what blend of nutrients you’d like to go for. Try incorporating 2 – 3 fresh juices into each week, to keep the skin glowing, strong, and nourished from the inside out.
Carotenoids are precursors to Vitamin A, which means our body converts them into Vitamin A during the digestion process. There are hundreds of carotenoids, and the most well-known one is Beta Carotene, which is an essential antiaging nutrient. It helps reduce free radical damage, protects skin from age-associated damage, and aids in cellular repair to keep skin and collagen fibers strong. The below foods are all great sources of Beta-Carotene and taste delicious when combined in a juice!
- Yams / Sweet Potato
As for ratios of ingredients in your juice, get creative! There are no rules when it comes to tasty juice creation. If you like it to be on the fruitier side, add a few extra papaya slices or apricots. If you want it to be more veggie-heavy, focus on the spinach – you can also add kale or chard to boost the Beta Carotene content.
This vitamin family is amazing for supporting the production of energy in the skin’s cells, which overall improves the skin’s strength and outward appearance. Plus, they improve tone and blood circulation. Blend a few of the ingredients below in a juice that gives your body the daily dose of B Vitamins that it needs.
- Citrus Fruits – orange, lemon, grapefruit
If you’re looking to snack on something rich in B vitamins, try nuts like almonds, peanuts or walnuts, or grab a banana or fig.
We all know how important Vitamin C is for keeping seasonal colds at bay, and for supporting our immune systems and overall energy. But it’s essential for antiaging too: it’s required in the formation of collagen, and it helps in the repair and renewal of all bodily tissues. Plus, as a strong antioxidant, it helps prevent free radical damage in the skin.
- Cantaloupe or Honeydew melon
As for veggies, potato, broccoli, asparagus, cabbage, tomato, peppers and leafy greens are all rich in Vitamin C. Load up!
When you make a fresh juice, try to drink it within 24 hours, and keep it refrigerated whenever possible. Plus, it may separate – which is completely natural – just stir or shake it up before drinking so it tastes just right. Also, if you find it’s tasting a little strong, blend with some water so it has a lighter flavor.
And, as always, if you’re looking to take the topical route, look no further than our award-winning antiaging treatments. These products nourish, strengthen and fight the signs of aging from the outside in, but with the same idea: natural, powerful, healthy ingredients, in super high concentrations. It’s a win- win for the skin! Discover them all right here.
Introducing Summer Sanders, one of the most charming, lovely and inspiring ladies in the health & beauty community we’ve come across in a long time. Summer represents so much of what we believe in: a real gung-ho attitude towards revolutionizing your life with health, but with a practical approach that’s all about feeling and looking better every day, via raw food. While personally I’ve never tried a raw diet, we were intrigued, and thought we’d ask her to share her philosophy and advice here on our blog. So, without further ado –
Tell us about your approach to choosing what products to use on your skin. Does your philosophy towards food affect your beauty shopping habits?
My philosophy toward food absolutely affects my beauty habits! My philosophy on skin care is simple, if I can’t pronounce it or eat it, it shouldn’t be on my skin.
What are the benefits to a raw and / or vegan diet that we should know about?
Every person is a unique body and therefore needs a unique approach to food/diet. I respect this and always treat my clients as complete individuals. The one thing that a raw food diet offers that is absolutely beneficial to everybody is the live enzymes. Another important factor is the alkalinity of raw and vegan food. Most Standard American Diets contain foods that are acidic and inflammatory to the body. Acid and inflammation are the leading causes of cancers and other degenerative diseases. Some other great benefits are anti-aging, clear skin, weight loss, hormonal balancing, and energy! I experienced all these things when I became raw.
What are two tips for pregnant women who want to have a nontoxic pregnancy but aren’t sure where to start?
I think first and foremost being aware of your diet. Limit processed foods, don’t use any artificial sweeteners, no coffee, use alternative sweeteners, and cut any non organic foods. These days there are so many wonderful alternatives! My advice when trying to get healthy is to shop the perimeter of the grocery store. Anything in a bag or box (usually the middle of the store) should be off limits. Try to make all your meals at home and use organic whenever possible. Pesticides and chemicals in food are linked to birth defects and premature birth.
Secondly, watch what you put on your skin, if you are taking the time and money to eat well, then it makes since to use products that go along with your food philosophy and efforts. Tata Harper’s products are perfect for pregnancy, they are non-toxic natural products that won’t compromise the health of you or your growing baby. I stay away from all chemicals, parabens and synthetic hormones.
What’s the best raw or vegan meal (shakes and juices definitely count) you’ve ever made – could you share the recipe?
I’m currently obsessed with Fall so my pumpkin smoothie has been making me really happy at the moment. The name is kind of deceiving because it actually has no pumpkin in it! A common trick in raw food is to use carrot or yams in place of pumpkin, only because pumpkin is so hard to process.
If there’s one food every woman should incorporate into her diet as much as possible to have luminous, healthy skin, what would it be?
This is a hard one! There are so many beauty foods that I suggest and eat regularly but my top choice would be greens. Fresh greens either juiced or raw. My favorites are cucumber, kale, bitters, spinach and chard.
Lastly, what’s one piece of advice you have for women who are looking to switch to a natural or raw lifestyle (especially considering that from the outside, it can look like a lot of work)?
My advice would be to have compassion for yourself, trying to change your diet is very hard. We are often addicted to foods whether we realize it or not, this makes it incredibly hard to ween ourselves. Being able to forgive yourself and not fall into guilt is very important. It’s helpful to have a partner or friend who is supporting you or doing the diet change with you! Find blogs that support healthy raw/vegan food, check out books, play with recipes! Make the transition fun! Raw food can seem very boring if you’ve never tried it, but the reality is that the food is made with fresh flavorful ingredients, once you start playing with recipes you’ll really be amazed!
I’m a busy lady! Most of my meals are made in the Vitamix! Blend and go. I always suggest that people wanting to go raw invest in a good high-powered blender.
We’re delighted to announce one of our newest spa partnerships, with Twin Farms, a luxury resort, spa, and tucked-in-the-forest retreat. It. Is. Stunning. Hidden in lush Vermont hills, away from the hubbub of city life and busy streets, each room is thoughtfully, uniquely decorated; the entire property is loaded with timeless art; the spa services are incomparably luxurious. And so needless to say, we are thrilled to be working with them!
The spa exclusively offers Tata Harper facial treatments – for a 100% natural, luxurious antiaging treatment. Explore their unique services below!
This advanced facial using 100% natural products from Tata Harper will repair the skin on a cellular level to maximize radiance and rejuvenation. A resurfacing treatment will exfoliate your skin providing instant glow and helping to minimize pores. This facial reinforces the production of collagen to smooth fine lines, firm and lift. A final infusion of botanical vitamins, minerals and antioxidants provide environmental protection and nutrition to nourish the skin and achieve a healthy glow. 60 or 90 minutes.
Spa Manicure and Pedicure
(This, we are especially excited about. Twin Farms is the first spa to offer the Tata Harper spa manicure & pedicure!)
Treat your faithful hands and feet to a hydrating and relaxing soak, followed by a natural exfoliation and resurfacing treatment helping to repair your skin, providing protection against environmental aging. Complete with a pampering massage, which will leave your overworked hands and feet feeling refreshed and renewed. 60 minutes each.
Seasonal fall treatment: Pumpkin Honey Facial
This fall, pamper your skin with pumpkin for a beautiful glow. Rich in enzymes and vitamins A & C, pumpkin increases cell renewal, deeply moisturizes and reveals younger, smoother, vibrant skin. Tata Harper products, handmade in Vermont, nourish the skin while delivering instant & long-lasting anti-aging results – while honey hydrates and organic ingredients from our own gardens add powerful botanical benefits to this fresh mask. You’ll leave with glowing, vibrant skin. 90 minutes.
The spa will be especially lovely during the fall and even the winter, as VT becomes quiet and snowy. Yep, we sound like Vermont tourism salespeople, but truly this state is a haven for natural luxury and relaxing retreats. Enjoy!
The world of skincare, cosmetics and beauty is fun, fascinating, and full of different opinions on what works and what’s good for you. It can be challenging to distill the huge amounts of information down to what’s reputable, understandable and, most importantly, trustworthy. Add the topic of health into the mix and it gets even more complicated – because the science on the ingredients in skincare, makeup and personal care products is still young (even though these products have been around for decades) and generally underfunded, so it’s hard to really find out – is that unpronounceable ingredient in your daily mascara actually sketchy? How bad are the chemicals in nail polishes anyways, and if a daily foundation works great right now, why should you worry about its long-term health effects?
If you’re a bookworm, like we are here at Tata Harper (seriously – stacks of beauty, science and botany books are piled on our desks), then you love to find reference books that you can read once and then have handy forever, to give you some guidance on, in this case, natural beauty and what on earth that means and how to make it work for your unique skin, eyes, hair, etc etc.
Here’s Tata’s favorite and most-recommended books for how to tackle the world of natural beauty.
These books cover everything from serums to lotion to eyeliner to hair masks, and they’re written by real, smart, trusworthy people who did their research and whose suggestions are backed by legit science. We have these books at-the-ready, and they helped all of us to really wrap our minds around WHY it’s really important to incorporate natural, nontoxic ingredients wherever possible into your daily regimens (quick answer: small doses matter and build up in the body, and the vast majority of ingredients haven’t been tested for safety and/or come from bizarre unnatural origins, so who knows what they’re up to in your body.)
1. No More Dirty Looks: the Truth about Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics, by Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt.
These girls give you the nitty gritty on what’s inside your lipstick, nailpolish, conditioner, mascara – etcetera. It’s a quick, fun book to read, and Siobhan and Alexandra lay down the facts in a way that’s easy to swallow and generally optimistic. Because yes, even though there is lead in lipstick, there are amazing natural alternative brands to investigate – and they’re all listed in this book. This book is essential for any gal looking to go to green.
2. A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients: Complete Information about the Harmful and Desirable Ingredients found in Cosmetics and Cosmeceuticals, by Ruth Winter. This is an indispensable reference book for looking up any and all ingredients that you’re curious about. What is 1-4 Dioxane, you ask? Is mineral oil safe or not, and what is all the fuss with Jojoba oil – what does it actually do for the skin? It’s all in here. Tata recommends this book for any beauty junkie who likes to dig into the details of what they’re putting on their skin.
3. Healthy Healing: A Guide to Self-Healing for Everyone, by Linda Page. This is a unique book, and it’s one that Tata loves to share with people who are looking for alternative healthy approaches to an issue, whether it’s with skin, diet, stress or illness. Written by a holistic health expert, it’s absolutely chock full of amazing natural solutions to commonplace maladies such as acne, eczema, dull skin or headaches, with recommendations that span from recipes to bath soak suggestions to supplements or essential oil treatments. It has fantastic recommendations for healing skin issues, too.
4. Not Just a Pretty Face: the Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry, by Stacy Malkan. This book walks you through the ins and outs of the beauty industry, and how it is that the vast majority of ingredients go untested, while words like “natural” go unregulated. It’s a fascinating read, and you’ll come out of it as a more empowered beauty consumer who knows how to tell what brands and companies to trust, and what ingredients actually do in your body.
5. The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You, by Jessica Alba. No doubt you’ve heard of this book before – Jessica Alba’s book has taken the world of natural-living by storm. It’s a super-helpful and realistic guide to trimming toxins out of your home, everywhere from furniture to bath products to dishwasher soap, and your beauty regimen, while staying sane. A great book for anyone of any age, who have a family or not. It’s a straight-up very-helpful guide on living healthfully, from food to beauty to clothing to household products. And yes, it references her company’s products quite a bit – but from what we’ve heard, they’re fantastic and really very safe, so we think that’ awesome!
Hope these help – do you have any essential natural beauty books or references that changed the way you look at products?? Share below!
Here’s an unlikely scenario: You’re going on a trip, and you’ve packed the perfect amount of stuff – including skincare (not too much, not too little, everything’s TSA-approved-size). You get to the airport perfectly on time, everyone’s super friendly and the security lines zip by in a breeze, the plane takes off on time and lands early – and you’re happily hydrated and peaceful the whole way. Your trip is beyond fabulous, your hotel’s bathroom is stocked with nontoxic, healthy body and skincare products, and your trip back home is a study in Zen lifestyle.
Or, if you’re a normal human, there are the average hiccups involving at least one forgotten (usually important) item, a long, long line to get through security, a late plane, a grouchy seat-mate, dehydrated plane air leaving you frazzled and parched, and the realization that you packed too much – again.
Tata travels a lot. So she put together this list of her best travel-tips – and, scattered throughout, are some of our newest Beauty Sets, which we’ve put together because we know wonderful it is to have travel-sized sets of your favorite natural skincare products for any and all jet-setting occasions.
1: Be positive and patient. Despite delays, crowds or setbacks, keep your chin up and a smile on your face – remember that you can make the best of any situation. Apply our Aromatic Irritability Treatment - Tata’s go-to solution for travel blues – to your pulse points, and even to the bottom of your feet for an immediate happy kick. Apply to the palms and rub hands together, then breathe deeply five to eight times to relax the mind and lift the spirits. You are in charge of your feelings, so keep them in a good place.
2: Stay hydrated – this includes skin. Did you know that when your body’s dehydrated, you’re more prone to feeling moody, anxious and tense? No bueno when toting the kids through airport crowds. Keep fluids up – and spritz the skin regularly with a super-hydrating moisture replenisher like our Hydrating Floral Essence, designed to deliver antiaging moisture where it counts: in the deepest layers of your skin. This will keep it looking plump and fresh, despite dry, recirculated air in airplanes. Lock – in the skin’s moisture with our Replenishing Nutrient Complex, a light, quick-absorbing facial oil that delivers an immediate glow, plus combats skin damage caused by stress and the environment.
3: Bring just the beauty products you need. Always pay attention to the size of the bottle, if you’re not checking bags, to avoid having to toss your favorite serum. Don’t skimp on your daily antiaging skincare just because you’re traveling: your skin needs all the love it can get when it’s in a new climate. Bring along what your skin’s used to. If you’re a regular user of our natural, nontoxic skincare, check out our variety of new sets, designed to meet your skin’s every need:
Rejuvenating Serum Home & Travel Set: for those of you who love this best-selling antiaging treatment, check it out: a full-size and travel-size Serum, in a set at a special value, so you’re never without your favorite Serum.
Pure & Powerful: Natural Skincare Travel Set for Problematic Skin: We know how tough it can be to deal with breakouts or oily skin when traveling – that’s why we put together this set with our best problem-skin-solvers, for deep cleansing, balancing hydration and oil-control, all in handy sizes.
Balancing Act: Natural Skincare Travel Set for Sensitive Skin: Deeply soothing and balancing for people with extra-sensitive skin: our most sensitive-skin-friendly products in travel sizes, for finding happy skin on the go.
4: Pack light. It can be tempting to bring everything you can think of, but it’s best to keep it light by putting everything you want to bring in a pile and slowly stripping it down to the necessities. Always ask yourself: is this item worth the extra weight of lugging it around? Tata has become an expert packer, and recommends: “If you’re a frequent traveler, go shopping with traveling in mind. Try to find and buy clothing that’s multi-purpose; dresses that can go from daytime to evening, comfy shoes that are good for walking but look great when you’re going out. That way you end up having to bring half the amount of clothes.”
Hope this helps – happy travels! Xo