For celebrity chef and holistic nutritionist Shauna Faulisi, her beauty routine starts on her plate. As a trusted nutritionist, her food-first mentality makes sense to stars like Jane The Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez, and the benefits she's harnessed from her diet are seriously legit.
“My skin-care routine really starts with the foods I’m putting into my body," Faulisi says. "I’ve healed my breakouts and chronic yeast infections, and keep my rosacea under control with the foods I eat.”
"I’ve healed my breakouts and chronic yeast infections, and keep my rosacea under control with the foods I eat.”
Her go-to meals for glistening skin? Her signature hormone-balancing Glow Smoothie for breakfast, a salad with avocado, sauerkraut, and extra-virgin olive oil for lunch, and a full plate of above-ground veggies and small amounts of organic protein for dinner.
Since even the best diets are deficient in certain minerals, Faulisi turns to supplements for the nutrients that are hard to get through food alone. At the top of that list is silica, a mineral that supports skin elasticity that's naturally occurring in bitter foods like horseradish, rye, and artichoke (not exactly foods you're digging into over a Netflix binge sesh).
“When we can see the physical symptoms of our skin, it means something larger is happening in the body," she says. "When we can address the foods we’re eating and add doctor-approved supplements to our routine we can create amazing results.”
That’s where FloraSil—a collagen-boosting, plant-based silica supplement that helps keep skin, hair and nails strong*—enters her food-focused skin-care equation. "My skin on my body has always been on the drier side, and since I started taking FloraSil I noticed a major difference in the softness of my skin. I was shocked," says Faulisi. "And my hair has gotten longer!"
Once her skin's needs are addressed from a nutrition standpoint, Faulisi keeps her topical beauty routine relatively simple. “At night, I double cleanse my face," she says, "but in the mornings, I like my skin dewy so I don’t wash it." Then, she finishes off her routine with a non-toxic SPF, tinted moisturizer with SPF, and face oil for extra glow support.
“I also go for a platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) and microneedling treatment every two to three months," she says. "I’ve seen a major difference with my skin texture and tightness ever since I started going. It increases the production of collagen in your skin and it’s pretty amazing!”
Her biggest piece of advice on creating a beauty routine that will help you hit your glowy skin goals? Less is more. "Enjoy your routine," she advises. "If it gives you stress or feels like a chore, you’re doing it wrong. Find pleasure in the products you’re using and what you’re putting in your body, and you’ll reap the benefits tenfold." Amen to that.
In partnership with Flora Health
Photos: Shauna Faulisi
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All quotes are expert’s own opinion.
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