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We hear about them all the time, but what is a super botanical?  A super botanical is a botanical or plant that has two or more health and skin advantages. Super botanicals can be found in a number of plants and botanicals that we can use topically as skincare or ingest for nutrition. Below are a few of Dr. Goldfaden’s favorites!

Gooseberry

  • High levels of Vitamin C
  • Rich in anti-oxidants
  • Anti-aging properties
  • Promotes skin brightening
  • Delivers radiance and flawless complexion

 Where to find Gooseberry:

Vital Boost “Even Skintone Daily Moisturizer”

Grapes

  • Packed with health-promoting nutrients
  • A natural source of vitamins B1, B2, B6, В12, А, С, K and folic acid
  • Contain high levels of potassium, magnesium, calcium, manganese, antioxidants and enzymes
  • Scientific research suggests that the potent antioxidant compounds found in grapes—called polyphenols—help neutralize the free radical damage caused by sunlight, pollution and smoking on your skin
  • Grape seeds and their oil, grape skin, and grape juice all contain different types of active polyphenols such as resveratrol, phenolic acids, anthocyanins, and flavonoids
  • Grape polyphenols have outstanding antioxidant power, help reinforce microcirculation, and protect your collagen and elastin fibers from breaking down
  • Polyphenols act as a potent inhibitor of enzymes and pro-inflammatory factors that can damage your skin and hasten the outward signs of aging

Where to find grape seed oil:

Fleuressence “Native Botanical Oil” and Plant Profusion Restorative Night Cream

Quinoa

  • Contains high levels of riboflavin which provides elasticity to the skin
  • Works to tone the skin and prevent the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
  • A flowering plant in amaranth family
  • Edible seeds
  • Essential fatty acids which contribute to hydration
  • Contains proteins and amino acids

 Where to find Quinoa:

Plant Profusion Energetic Eye Cream



 

 White Birds of Paradise

  • Increases the appearance of skin luminosity
  • Improves hydration and smoothness
  • A native South African plant
  • In South Africa it is commonly called the crane flower and is featured on the back of the 50 cent coin
  • Helps with the appearance of uneven skin darkness/ dark spots and dull complexion

Where to find Birds of Paradise:

Highest percentage is in Plant profusion Supreme Serum. The entire Plant Profusion collection utilizes Birds of Paradise.

Red Tea

“One of the best health-promoting ingredients I’ve found to help revitalize and rejuvenate the skin. As a matter of fact, most of our products contain a concentrated red tea extract as part of their formula. That may give you an idea of how indispensable I believe this substance is for its ability to regenerate new skin cells, fight the visible signs of aging, and provide potent free radical protection.” Dr. Goldfaden

  • Red tea ( Rooibos) is made from the oxidized and dried leaves of the Aspalathis linearis plant that only grows in one spot on Earth— a tiny, mountainous region of South Africa in Western Cape Province.
  • For centuries the native South African tribes have used this natural remedy to alleviate ailments ranging from infantile colic and allergies to asthma and skin problems.
  • The most important therapeutic aspect of red tea is undoubtedly its powerful antioxidant capacity.
  • Red tea contains some of the most potent natural antioxidants known for protecting your skin from the free radical damage that can cause aging. **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.
  • Red tea also contains potent polyphenols and flavonoids that help heal and rejuvenate the skin.
  • Red tea helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, acne scars, and dark spots.

Where to find Red Tea:

The highest percentage of Organic Red Tea can be found in our Radical Difference serum and Plant Profusion Regenerative Night Cream.

One of Dr. G’s favorite foods is sushi. Not a coincidence that the Japanese people have the highest ‘healthy life expectancy’. Below is a peak into one of Dr. g’s homemade sushi recipes, which works to improve moisture levels of the skin, while enhancing the natural glow, tone and texture. Seaweed Extract firms and nourishes skin while providing high levels of antioxidant protection. This is said to have been inspired by some of the ingredients found in Pure Start Cleanser.

What you need: 

The Clean Roll

Flat sheets of sushi style nori seaweed

1 cup diced tomatoes (lycopene)

1 Tablespoon of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice ( Vitamin C)

1 cup Swiss Cress sprouts (detoxifying)

2 cups of brown rice (high in magnesium + anti-oxidnt)

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

1 teaspoon of soy sauce (for flavor)

Start by laying a flat sheet of nori seaweed on a flat surface. Add a thin layer of brown rice (just like sushi). Spread rice evenly and press down so it sticks to the seaweed. In a separate bowl mix diced tomatoes, sprouts, soy sauce, grapefruit juice and sesame seeds. Apply a layer of mixture on to the rice and seaweed and roll up like a sushi roll. Slice into 6 pieces and enjoy.

Dr. G’s  Wake Up BowlsInspired by Wake Up Call

Tired of the same old thing for breakfast? Well so was Dr. G so he came up this easy, healthy and yummy vegetarian recipe. Adding good fats into your diet will not only keep you fuller longer, but also make your skin and hair glow.  Avocado found in the product and this recipe offers a robust dose of hydration and long-lasting soothing and plumping benefits. Carrots are rich in Vitamin A that aids in ski. cellular renewal, brightening and even skin tone.

What you need:

1 avocado(per person) – Full of healthy omega acids and fat

12 carrots (to roast)- Daily does of Vitamin A (carotenoids)

2 teaspoons grape seed oil (anti-oxidant)

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (anti-oxidant and digestion proponent)

1 teaspoon honey (super food)

You will need one avocado per person. Cut them in half and remove the seed. These will serve as mini edible bowls. Peel carrots and cut into fours. In a large bowl mix carrots with grape seed oil, balsamic vinegar and honey. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a flat cookie sheet roast at 4oo degrees for 30-40 minutes or until soft. Remove carrots and mash. Take a scoop of carrot mash and fill each half of the avocado. Top with a touch of dill and serve!