Foods for the Skin – Two Sides to Every Story.

Our best skin care lines integrate essential ingredients with cutting edge technology (for example Yon-KA’s botanical aromatherapy line is 98% natural ingredient derived). But we mustn’t forget that while our skin loves botanicals delivered topically – a large part of its care (and feeding) is good nutrition internally.

I.E. you are what you eat and properly digest. Choosing the right foods can change your skin for the better. So here are 5 fruits (and a beverage) that deliver serious results.

Water (always a big, dang deal) makes up a large part of our anatomy. The average adult human is 50-65% water, but the percentage of water in infants is much higher, usually around 75-78%. And who has better, sweeter, plumper skin than babies? No one, that’s who. Sooooooo – it follows that drinking lots of water is our number one beauty tip.

Antioxidant-rich berries are rich in Vitamin C, which protects our skin from damaging free radicals and slows down aging. Berries can also help eliminate toxins to keep skin clear. Mangoes get into the act by boosting our immune system with abundant Vitamin A. They can even ward off acne and produce a more even complexion.

Mature skin needs moisture and hydration, which is why you should grab a banana. Those golden beauties are high in potassium, which helps skin appear softer and more youthful.

Citrus added to water or tea can reduce the dark spots left behind by blemishes and also produce more glowing skin. And, following another long standing motto: an apple a day keeps the doctor away, it’s also a great source of malic acid which helps detox the liver and gallbladder…which is always good for our skin.

Nutrition is key for healthy skin – but don’t forget that every nutrient (food, water, and other beverages) is absorbed by all the internal organs of the body first – and the skin receives what is remaining last. This is why how we nourish our skin topically is so vitally important – not only to feed the upper layers of the skin with critical ingredients, but to protect the topical lipid barrier…which is the skin’s first line of defense against aging and environmental factors.

Our skin responds beautifully to all nutrients that are good for us – internally and topically. So there are two sides to skin nutrition – cover both…and it’s a win-win.


Beauty and Skin Deep

Beauty and Skin Deep are practically synonymous. So we’ve kept our eye on the story of Beauty and the Beast during its rise to cultural phenomenon. First came Disney’s 1991 animated ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and this month the live action version smashed box office records and crossed the $400 million mark in less than a week. Proving audiences were ready for a brainy, feminist heroine – much like Emma Watson, the actress who plays Belle.

Emma Watson, a noted advocate for gender equality, requested a few changes from the original. “My Belle is very practical. In the animated movie she wears these little ballet shoes and I knew they had to go,” she said. “If you’re going to ride a horse and tend to your garden and fix machinery, then you need to be in proper boots.”

That same practical influence shows up when Emma selects her makeup. She believes products should be beautiful, highly functional and long lasting.

Which is why Emma’s long been a fan of Jane Iredale products. Emma shared, “Finding a good, natural eyeliner took me like, six months, but I found one! Jane Iredale does an amazing liquid eyeliner and she has one in a dark brown, which I prefer to black on my skin tone. The Jane Iredale Clear Brow Gel is also very good.”

We’re thrilled to now offer Jane Iredale Natural Mineral Cosmetics – The Skincare Makeup here at the Deep and we’re not surprised it’s developing lots and lots of new fans quite quickly. Long time loyal followers of the line are also happy to know they can now conveniently find the line at Skin Deep as well. Stay tuned for our Premiere Launch Event for Jane Iredale in May!