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Danielle Duboise

Name: Danielle Duboise + Whitney Tingle

Who are you, and what do you stand for?

D: I’m a child of the desert, a mother and lover. I stand for Mother Nature, nourishment and helping others shine their brightest lights. 

W: I’m Whitney. Co-founder & Co-CEO of Sakara Life. I’m on a mission to help people experience the life-transforming power of plants.

On those days when you’re not feeling 100 percent, what do you do to give yourself a confidence boost?

D: Eat my Sakara greens, take our probiotic and tell my body thank you. Tomorrow is another day. 

W: I try to do something to shift my energy. Whether that’s calling my best friend (Danielle) or doing some movement and playing my harmonium, I try to do something that gets me out of my head and lifts my spirits.

What activities would you say are part of your self-care routine? And how do you make time for self-care?

D: I set aside time to breathe every morning (currently obsessed with Ziva Meditation!) and I work with a life coach via The Handel Group. It’s been LIFE CHANGING. She holds me accountable for everything. It kicks my butt but it has helped me grow in so many ways. I love to be challenged like that. I also try and move every day. Whether it’s walks with my family and dog or trying a new online class (Ballet Beautiful, Sculpt Society, and Melissa Wood Health are my current favorites)! I also take The Foundation every single day. It’s Sakara’s new supplement line and they’re the cleanest most nourishing supplements on the market. I feel such a difference taking them. 

W: A big part of my current self-care routine is setting aside time to fill my brain with information that will help stimulate ideas, inspiration and creativity. That’s what we try to offer with our Sakara Life Podcast – and I like listening to other podcasts like The Doctor’s Farmacy, On Being, Esther Perel, and the Goop Podcast. As of late, I’ve also really been focused on maintaining my “normal” routine: eating my Sakara meals 3 to 5 days a week and trying to dedicate at least 20 minutes a day for some sort of movement whether it’s taking a walk or doing an online class. I’ve really been into Melissa Wood Health, The Class, Sculpt Society, and Caravan Wellness.

Whitney Tingle

What are three words that come to mind when you think of your body?

D: Powderful, loving and nourished

W: Resilient, Feminine, Human

What are some of your favorite foods that keep your skin healthy?

D: At Sakara, we believe that beautiful skin comes from a nourished body and a healthy microbiome. That means eating a plant-rich, nutrient-rich diet and eating foods high in water content– Eating your water is the secret to the Sakara Glow. 

I also make sure to drink plenty of water everyday and always add our Sakara Beauty Water Drops. We often forget that skincare starts with what we put into our bodies.  These drops help make your water more absorbable by your cells, allowing for more hydration. 

W: Leafy greens! At Sakara we always talk about eating your water and it really is so important for having healthy skin and ensuring it’s properly hydrated at all times. I always try to eat a rainbow of veggies (carrots, beets, cucumbers) to provide phytonutrients that are essential for circulation. I also LOVE adding hemp and pumpkin seeds to my salads as they contain essential fatty acids that are great for anti-aging.

What does your current skincare routine look-like, specifically for your body?

D: For my face: I exfoliate every morning with Dr. Goldfaden Scrub. Sometimes if I have an extra 10 minutes, I’ll steam my face over a boiling pot with 2-3 bags of Sakara Detox Tea inside. It’s very high in antioxidants and steaming always helps my pores. 

For my body: I love dry brushing. It’s an incredible way to exfoliate your skin and improve circulation. 

W: I start with the inside – make sure I am eating well (eating enough fresh, organic plants in my diet) and taking a good probiotic like our Sakara Daily Probiotic.

I love goop’s G.Day Ginger and Ashwagandha Bodywash for in the shower. Then, while my skin is still a bit damp, I like to follow with either goop’s G.day black pepper + rose hip energy body oil or body lotion by Lxmi

What are some of your favorite body treatments?

D: Lymphatic drainage from Anna Zahn at Ricari Studios + dry brushing everyday.

W: Who doesn’t love a good massage. Dreaming of the day when the world is back to “normal” and I can get a good massage. 

If you could get the world to change its collective mind about one issue or adopt one way of being, what would it be and why?

D: We have to lift each other up and help others shine their brightest lights. No one is a threat to our success except ourselves. 

W: Food is medicine. What you eat impacts every aspect of your body and life, and the planet. Once we all understand that and decide it to be true, we can work collectively to drive down the prices of healthy foods and create a healthier place to live for all. 

Fill in the blank:

W: dill is underrated.

D: Bacteria and the microbiome is underrated. 

*P.S. I hate dill! Sorry, D! 😛

Spring is here, summer is on its way, and it is the perfect time to take extra care of our skin and prep for that desired summer glow. Healthy and glowing skin starts from within through exercise, a healthy diet, proper sleep, and there are also multiple things that you can do for your skin topically to keep it looking fresh and youthful-looking. With skincare, consistency is key so implementing healthy habits into your daily routine is the best way to reach your skin goals.

We enlisted Dr. G to give us the tips on how to maintain my soft, healthy, and glowing skin from the inside out.

What level SPF do you recommend patients to wear every single day, and why? 

The protection is all factored on the time spent in the sun. SPF, short for “Sun Protection Factor” primarily measures UVB protection. When one wears an SPF 30 for example, you could stay out in direct sunlight for 30 times longer before UVA/UVB damage occurs than a person with no sunscreen. This is how SPF factor’s are designated. However, this is dependent on the individual’s skin. The key to proper sun protection is the reapplication throughout the day. There is NO one miracle sunscreen that covers and protects you completely throughout the day. Everyone should be wearing an SPF 30 daily. When outdoors in direct sun or swimming reapplication is crucial.

A physical sunscreen is always better in my opinion than a chemical one. Chemical sunscreens, due to the nature of having to be absorbed into the skin, can interact and cause irritation rashes or clogged pores. Another downside to a chemical sunscreen is that the sun has to actually touch and reach the skin, whereas a physical sunscreen is blocking the UV rays from ever touching the skin.

A physical sunscreen contains physical blocking ingredients such as Zinc or Titanium oxide. Both of these ingredients sit on the surface of the skin creating a protective barrier from UVA and UVB rays. They are white in color and work immediately on application. Another type of Physical block can be clothing.

What are some of the best types of food to eat for healthy skin, and what are the benefits of each?

Eating fried foods, processed foods and sugar can wreak havoc on your skin causing puffiness, redness, blemishes, blotchiness, and in all cases Glycation. The Glycation process is sugar (from food and alcohol) breaking down the collagen fibers in the skin and speeding up the aging process – think premature wrinkles and loss of elasticity. Eating ‘superfoods’ will benefit the internal health as well as the external glow. 

Salmon: rich in Omega-3 fatty acids is none of the most beneficial due to its ability to greatly reduce inflammation and dryness and increase circulation – a key attribute to healthy, youthful-looking skin.

Fermented foods: Think kimchee, sauerkraut or pickled vegetables. These foods contain probiotics which help keep the gut healthy.  A healthy gut helps the digestive system and immune system. Probiotics have been shown to help with skin issues such as eczema, rosacea, acne and aging skin.

Foods rich in antioxidants:  Leafy green blueberries, blackberries, avocado, broccoli, nuts. These all contain high levels of antioxidants which are crucial for overall help and fighting off free radical damage.

Does eating ‘healthy fats’ really have an impact on skin health, why or why not? What are some of the best food sources of these healthy fats?

YES. Eating foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, avocado and almonds can greatly reduce inflammation, reduce dryness and increase circulation – a key attribute to healthy, youthful-looking skin. 

In general, if you had to pick, what are the top ingredients to use for healthy, glowing skin? 

The best thing you can do for your skin is exfoliate. As humans age the rate of skin cell turnover slows down dramatically. Dead cells on the skin’s surface hang around much longer, a fact that tends to accentuate those fine lines and make your complexion look dull and lifeless. By removing these dead skin cells, exfoliation helps make up for the gradual slowing down of the natural skin renewal process, improving the tone and texture of the skin. Removing dead and damaged skin cells on the surface allows the fresh new skin underneath to become visible. This newly exposed layer of skin feels much softer and smoother. Its surface reflects light better, making fine lines and other small imperfections harder to see. Age spots and other areas of unwanted pigmentation are less noticeable because the dead skin cells containing the pigment have been removed. Exfoliation unplugs clogged pores and allows for the release of natural skin oils. Regular exfoliation also helps to maintain open pores, decreases pore size, and minimizes many types of superficial scarring. In addition, removing the top layer of dead and damaged cells allows other health-promoting agents such as moisturizers, antioxidants, and collagen-boosting ingredients to better penetrate the skin and work more effectively.

One of the benefits of Doctor’s Scrub is that it delivers our signature  ‘Goldfaden Glow’. Ruby Crystals are used because they are perfectly round and have no jagged edges, which can cause irritation or broken capillaries. Targeted hydrating emollients Hyaluronic Acid, Jojoba Oil and Apricot Kernel oil are incorporated to hydrate and nourish the skin.

Vitamin C:

Vitamin C has the ability to revitalize aging skin due to its ability to stimulate collagen production in the skin while also helping to block the enzymes that break down collagen.

Red Tea:

One of the most important existing antioxidants is Red Tea or Rooibos which contains some of the most potent natural antioxidants known for protecting your skin from the free radical damage that can cause aging. These include vitamins C, E and beta-carotene. Red tea is known to possess 50 times the antioxidant capacity of green tea due to a high concentration of a special enzyme called superoxide dismutase (SOD for short), a major scavenger of free radicals. The combination of these natural vitamins and enzymes found in red tea aids in promoting new skin health after the removal of dead and damaged cells, giving your skin a smoother, brighter, and healthier appearance. In addition, red tea also contains a number of powerful polyphenols and flavonoids that help heal and rejuvenate the skin.

Aspalathin (found only in red tea) and nothofagin, are two main flavonoids that can help strengthen your capillary walls by decreasing the permeability and fragility of veins and lymph vessels. Flavonoids also have strong anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, the alpha hydroxy acid found in African red tea gently stimulates healthy cell turnover, leaving your skin noticeably softer and smoother. Red tea also contains zinc which helps heal and cleanse impurities while delivering calming and soothing benefits to the skin. Regular and continued use of red tea with its antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties will visibly improve skin clarity, brightness, tone and texture. Red tea helps reduce the appearance of many types of skin imperfections, including fine lines, acne scars, and dark spots, resulting in younger, healthier-looking skin.

Hyaluronic Acid:

The volumizing effect it has on the skin adds vital fullness that can minimize facial wrinkles, plump up thin skin and maintain proper moisture levels by preventing dehydration in the skin. Our favorite obsession is our Needle-less product (say goodbye to fine lines, naturally).

How much water should we be drinking?

Your skin is made up of about 65% water (it’s the largest organ of the body), which means that you need to be hydrating your body all throughout the day. I’m sure you’ve heard this way too much, but drink lots of water! Most people are not consuming enough water every day (8-10 glasses on average), but water is a necessary nutrient for healthy, glowy skin. Make sure that you are not allowing yourself to get dehydrated and drink multiple glasses throughout your day. Fill up a large water bottle or fill up your favorite glass many times, and drink that water! Your complexion will show!

What are some tools that we can be using at home? 

Dry brushing your body is a great way to stimulate your lymphatic system and drain waste to smooth the skin. The mechanical action of dry brushing is wonderful for exfoliating dry winter skin. It also helps detoxify by increasing blood circulation and promoting lymph flow/drainage. Dry brushing unclogs pores in the exfoliation process. It also stimulates your nervous system, which can make you feel invigorated afterward. It’s also excellent for exfoliation by sweeping away dry patches of skin, and can even smooth cellulite. Our favorite is Goop dry brush!

 

 

International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, age, economic or political. It’s a celebration where we unite as a global community to celebrate women, their endless drive, passion, impact and tireless effort in making a difference.

In recognition of International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating our accomplishments as women, and the progress we make each day towards an equal future by bringing together three inspiring duo founders making an impact in their field and communities. Dive in deeper and follow along with us this month as we showcase a handful of incredibly notable and talented women because as women we are stronger together.

Meet Jill Donenfeld and Tiana Tenet, the Co-founders of The Culinistas, an in-home personal chef services that include menu planning & shopping, cooking & clean up.

How did the two of you meet?

TT: Jill was running a boutique company that provided in home chef services.
JD: When I met Tiana, she saw how to leverage those services into a scalable business and we partnered almost immediately.

TT: We met through a friend of mine who was about to hire one of the chefs with whom Jill worked.

What is The Culinistas and what is your mission?
The Culinistas is an in home chef services platform with a mission to bring mealtime back to the table.
What is one standout quality you each see in each other?
JD: Tiana is laser-focused on progress and does not get caught up on perfection.
TT: Jill is a community builder. She rallies the team.
What are the best decisions that you have made in your careers thus far?
JD: Partnering with Tiana, hands down. Not only do we have the ability to grow this company together, but the partnership is also an opportunity to grow a very special, unique relationship.
TT: Partnering with Jill, hands up!
What are the worst?
JD: Anytime I’ve operated from a place of fear, the effects have a long tail that is hard to shake.
TT: Anytime I ignore my gut, same thing.
In what areas do you want to see women progress in 2020?
TT: I’d like to see women putting their money where their mouth is. We need more female investors & there is power in the purse.
JD: This goes for everyone: I would like everyone to harness the capacity of the human brain more. Our brains have the ability to teach ourselves how to do things, to figure things out. We aren’t robots. It takes discipline and confidence to employ your brain, and everyone should do it more.
What’s your advice to women trying to make an impact in their career?
TT: Take risks.
JD: Discipline yourself to learn more and learn deeper. It will help define what you want. And then you will figure out how to get it.
What will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you?
JD: To stay focused on learning rather than mimicking.
TT: Staying present. In a world of so much distraction, we all need to get focused.
Which women inspire you the most and why?
JD: Eileen Fisher — she is a trailblazer in sustainability.
TT: Serena — she never settles. Everything is excellent.
What is your self-care routine?
TT: Wake up, work out, bath, smoothie.
JD: Body oil, fresh air, jazz on Monday nights