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Western & Natural Remedy Combos

August 15, 2017 @ Coolspa NYC

Thanks again to all of those who took the time to talk about natural remedies as companions at Coolspa Manhattan! There are so many ways to take care of aging gracefully and of course, nutrition is one of the primary focuses we should have.

To recap my self-care principals are;

  • Use a holistic approach in combination with western medicine to achieve/maximize results
  • Do not use a reductionist way of thinking ie: supplements/surgery only
  • Individualized and personal programs for skin/hair/dietary needs are always best

Collagen ~ Killers & Boosters:

Killers = Smoking, Sun, Sugar (avoid as much as possible)

Best bet once the damage is done = Sculptra

Collagen boosting herbs: chaga, red asparagus root, goji berry

Beauty teas:

Green Tea, Dandelion Tea, Ginger Tea – speed up metabolism & increase fat burn.

Nutrition Notes:

Foods that act like sunscreen (by keeping us anti-inflammatory): Good saturated fats, omega 3’s, lycopene, beta-carotine, vitamin E….avoid sugar, vegetable oil, processed foods.

Lycopene (carotenoid pigment) = red foods like tomato, tomato paste, watermelon, grapefruit, chili powder.

Beta-carotene – sweet potatoes, purple sweet potatoes, carrots, butternut squash, greens.

Skin cancer reduction – sulforaphane – Broccoli & broccoli sprouts, spinach, romaine

Tea – black white & green – but the best is matcha (sans sugar/dairy) 3x stronger than any tea tested for polyphenols.

Flax seed for omega 3’s – fiber/lignans – antioxidants

MCT – Coconut oil or STRAIGHT MCT oil (medium chain triglyceride)

Fat loss (what really works)

 Coolsculpting – As a companion to a fat burning diet & efficient express HIIT exercise.

Cellfina (cellulite)

Facts: Celluline is NOT fat. Collagen fibers bind fat to the skin, stretch & tear & allow fat cells to expand. Women have collagen arranged in parallel rows while men’s collagen is in an “x” shape which means smaller fat compartments, which means less dimpling. Also genes, inflammation & hormonal imbalances affect cellulite amounts.

Caffeine & retinol help – caffeine stimulates blood flow & shrinks fat cells temporarily, retinol helps repair cells over time. Layer retinol with caffeine. Won’t “remove” it but will diminish it.

 Prevention: Foam rolling, hiit interval training, sunblock – UV rays damage collagen & make cellulite more noticeable. Keep moving, keep connective tissue hydrated, stand periodically to stop compressing backs of legs.

 Foam rolling routine:

 HIIT – burn fat faster, for longer, in less time every day

Visit my website for free HIIT methods here:

Nutritional / Herbal methods:

Antioxidant foods, inflammation reduction, B6 metabolized proteins, strengthens & repairs connective tissue. Diuretic foods eliminates excess water & bloating making cellulite less visible. Foods that improve blood flow like chilis & cayenne. Collagen enhancing foods ie: blueberries/blackberries. ACV – toxin flush (including stress hormones), re-balance estrogen production. water retention

Balance insulin with a mimicker like Glucose Disposal Agent – insulin is a fat storage hormone. No spikes, no high insulin prevents fat cells from expanding/forming lumps.

 Your answer to age spots = Lytera (cream) that brightens up your face – Lima beans

Facts: excess production of melanin (pigment) aging, sun, UV exposure

Prevention: antioxidants & vitamin C, raw vegetables (50%)

On-going care: sunblock & cold packs after heat exposure

Boost your own HGH NATURALLY – follow my “how to” article here:



Natural Oils with SPF

  • Red raspberry seed oil – SPF between 30-50 (protects agains UVA, UVB, and UVC rays!)
  • Carrot seed oil – SPF 35-40
  • Wheat germ oil – SPF 20
  • Avocado oil – SPF 15
  • Hazelnut oil – SPF 15
  • Coconut oil – SPF 8-10
  • Soybean oil – SPF 10
  • Olive oil – SPF 8
  • Macadamia oil – SPF 6
  • Almond oil – SPF 5
  • Jojoba oil – SPF 4
  • Rice bran oil – SPF 4


  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup shea butter
  • 1/8 avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp candelilla wax
  • 1 tsp. red raspberry seed oil
  • 1 tsp. carrot seed oil
  • Essential oils (optional)

Using a microwave or double boiler, melt your candelilla wax and shea butter. Once fully melted, add your coconut oil and avocado oil (while still heated in double broiler).

Remove from heat and place in fridge for 30 mins. Add in your red raspberry seed oil, carrot seed oil, and essential oil(s), and whip with a hand mixer until fluffy. Store your sunscreen in the fridge to extend its shelf life (6 months to a year).



1/4 ounce each:

– Vitamin E

– Jojoba oil

– Frankincense oil

–  Pomegranate oil

– Lavender oil

Mix in container with a dropper. Apply four to five drops on your face at night and massage it into the skin.

If all this information made you yell out “I can’t organize my life, I don’t know where to start, please, help me!”. Don’t become frustrated with yourself and give up. We have all been there and even fall off the wagon to return to a life of flailing after successes. It’s human and after all, unless you’re a Manatee that’s how you came to read this post.

Start with baby steps, incorporate one new “thing” per week and soon in as little as a month you will be well on your way to reversing the signs of premature aging without shelling out more than a few bucks.

xx – S






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