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The Skin – Gut Connection

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I talk / rant about this all the time with my clients, friends and family. If you want to heal your skin issues, you need to heal your gut. You simply cannot have healthy skin if your digestive system is inhibited or inflamed. Not possible. Taking daily probiotics is a great first step in improving gut health – but the buck does NOT stop there. Most of the time, healing the gut involves doing away with overindulging in sugar, refined foods, etc. Many times, it is necessary to remove these things altogether (at least, at first.) This allows the gut to heal and beneficial flora to build back up. If you suffer from premature aging, pigmentation, acne, rosacea or eczema…you are a candidate for some good ol’ gut healing! Start by reading this article here

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New Favorite Fall Drink

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It’s officially Octiber, which makes it officially Pumpkin Spice latte season. For many, this sweet beverage is one of the very best things about fall. Since I just came off a two month no-sugar regime…this drink is a form of sugar-based torture. Soooooo sweet!! I was interested in the ingredients and did some research. (For those of who who wish to continue enjoying this drink – please overt your eyes)

The ingredients posted for the pumpkin sauce / syrup alone are:

Anyway…since I will not be enjoying any of these this season…I wanted to find a great alternative. Enter Numi organic teas. I LOVE this tea company! Organic, healthy and great tasting! Their chai rooibos is amazing – especially when I did this to it:

Pumpkin Chai Latte
numi chai rooibos tea, (one bag steeped in purified water)
almond / hazelnut milk*, steamed
cinnamon and nutmeg (or pumpkin pie spice)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Now, that’s better isnt it? Guilt free fall in a cup! *Recipe for almond / hazelnut milk coming soon!!

sources: http://foodbabe.com/2014/08/25/starbucks-pumpkin-spice-latte/ , http://store.starbucks.com/fontana-pumpkin-sauce/011008514,default,pd.html

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A Great Reason to Drink More Water

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This woman drank 3 liters of water daily for an entire month and her results are astounding. If you only knew how terribly thirsty your body is, you’d be chugging water right now. There are so many things that dehydrate us on a regular basis and so many ways our bodies use water and need water to function! If we arent replenishing our supply, our bodies make do by recirculating less than clean water within our system and prioritizing needs. If your skin is even slightly dry – you’ve been dehydrated for a while already! Try this out: drink 2-3 liters of water daily and be amazed by the improvements in your skin , digestion, mood, energy levels and more!!

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Bringing Essential Oils Home

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Thirteen years ago, while studying in Paris I fell in love with the holistic approach to wellness. I used to wander through the local organic food markets, quietly sit in the beautiful gardens, and stop into corner pharmacies. Yep, you heard that right. Pharmacies are a lot different in France. Each one I visited had a compounding area lined with herbs, homeopathic remedies and essential oils instead of shelves lined with over-the-counter medications. Ok, there were some OTC medications available, but holistic remedies were just as well represented. This completely inspired me as a budding esthetician. What impressed me so much about observing French culture was this inherent knowledge of the importance of self care. Yes, the French are known for smoking and drinking lots of red wine…but they are also known for eating local organic food, spending time outside daily, taking good care of their skin, and using herbs and essential oils as medicine. Bien-etre is a French term meaning “to be well.” It was something I very much wanted to incorporate into my work as an esthetician in the States.

I was especially drawn to the use of essential oils in skin and body care, so I became certified in aromatherapy and started using oils in my facials. The oils that came most highly recommended by my school and the therapists working with me were Young Living Essential Oils. They were recommended because of their potency and purity. Ten years later (after working in several prestigious spas and as an national skincare educator), I started my own holistic skincare practice…and named it bien-etre.

I am still using these oils regularly to help nourish skin, reduce stress and calm the mind in my facial treatments and I am excited to announce that bien-etre skincare is now offering Young Living essential oils for home use as well! I have used these oils for the past decade because of their quality and strength. Yes, there are other essential oil companies I also love. However, Young Living’s experience, quality, organic farming practices and ease of use make them my personal and professional choice. (They are currently used in more than 50 hospitals in the country and well respected by thousands of professionals.) These are the oils I use on my skin and on my family. There are special oils that can be used for everything from wrinkles and Acne to Eczema and irritation.

If you are interested in using essential oils to enhance your skincare routine, I’d be happy to show you the ropes and get you started with some essential oils you can use at home in between your facials! You can contact me anytime at jennifer@bienetrespa.com.

By the way…here’s a much younger version of myself soaking up the Parisian experience. Enjoy!
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Breakfast Smoothies!

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I don’t know about you, but it’s getting more and more difficult to get going and get out of the house in the mornings. Between walking the dogs, wrangling my 19-month old, and making sure I don’t leave the house looking like a hot mess…I sometimes forget about the most important meal of the day – oops. I recently started oil pulling for 20 minutes every morning right when I wake up, and this forces me to get in a routine in the morning. I found that taking those 20 minutes and making a smoothie while swishing away, I’ve also found a genius way to make sure I eat (er, drink) breakfast. I’m lucky in that my daughter enjoys smoothies as well, so we usually share (except for those times I make a coffee smoothie – no one needs a caffeinated toddler!) Here are some of my very favorite breakfast smoothies: enjoy and get inspired by their deliciousness!

Brain Power Smoothie

Mango Banana Breakfast Smoothie

Coffee Banana Date Smoothie

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