Horst Rechelbacher: Natural Beauty Pioneer

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This week the pioneering founder of Aveda and Intelligent Nutrients, Horst Rechelbacher, passed away from cancer. He advocated for the safety, purity and efficacy of our personal care products for years— a crusade that started long before most of us knew the word 'organic.' The above quote comes from the last time I interviewed him, in the summer of 2013, for an Organic Spa article about the purity of our products. It reminds me of our continued quest— to seek out the safest, purest, and most effective products on earth.

5 Everyday Dishes with Natural UV Defense

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It’s August, and by now you’ve likely worked your way through a few tubes of natural sunscreen.

But if you really want to get smart about protecting your beauty from sun damage this year, you’ll pack your diet with a few major nutrients that amp up your skin’s natural ability to defend against UV damage, promote healing and reduce the negative effects of the sun.

For natural sun protection from the inside, go for lycopene, beta carotene, vitamins C + E (they’re a power couple when eaten together), and omega 3s. If you think it takes work to get these nutrients in your diet, think again. The following 5 dishes—all common summer foods— deliver a major dose of sun-protective sustenance. They’ll give you extra sun defense (though don’t ditch your sunscreen) that will boost your anti-aging power all summer long.

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Help or Hype? Supplements and Snacks that Promise to Beautify

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Would you pop a pill for pretty?

In the latest issue of Organic Spa magazine, I take on the topic of nutricosmetics and nutriceuticals—foods or supplements that promise beauty benefits. If you've noticed of these products on shelves lately, you've pinpointed a major trend that doesn't show any sign of letting up. For my article I spoke experts including Jody Villecco, Nutritionist and Quality Standards Coordinator for Whole Foods Market, who confirmed that nutriceuticals and nutricosmetics are taking up an increasing amount of shelf space in stores.

So, are they help or hype?

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Trend Alert: Spas with Farm-to-Body Products

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You splurge on a facial at a spa in your town. Or maybe you book a massage at the hotel spa where you're vacationing. It goes without saying that you're psyched about being pampered to the fullest...until you find out that the products used in your treatment are packed with questionable ingredients—parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrance and preservatives—that you don't want on your body! How's a girl supposed to relax and feel good about that?

Suddenly pampering comes with a major downside other than the price tag.

Very slowly, this all too common scenario is changing. Not only are *some* spas adding natural and organic beauty lines like Naturopathica, Marie Veronique Organics, Eminence, and Amala, there are even a few spas creating handmade natural products of their own, in a new spa trend called 'farm to spa.'

Where can you take advantage of these flower- and herb-filled products, and indulge in true natural luxury?

Start with these pioneering spas:

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Warm Up with a Beautifying Spring Soup

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It may be spring, but there's still a chill in the air, especially at night. I'd love to transition to more raw meals that are heavy on the detoxifying greens, but they don't always satisfy when my body still needs warmth. The solution? A detoxifying spring soup! This light, savory recipe is posted below.

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Check Out Beauty Is Wellness Online at Organic Spa Magazine

From natural beauty to sustainable fashion to exotic wellness vacations, I am a huge fan of Organic Spa magazine! You'll see my beauty and health articles in the pages of the magazine now and then, and now you'll be able to find my new Beauty Is Wellness column on OrganicSpaMagazine.com as well! My new bi-monthly column is about (what else?) the link between beauty, nutrition and lifestyle, based on my website and coaching practice. In the months ahead, I'll be sharing information about my favorite beauty foods, original recipes for beautiful skin, hair and nails and nutritional tips for beautifying from the inside out. I hope you'll follow along!

My first column is all about one of my favorite beauty foods, the avocado! You'll find out why you should never skimp on healthy fats, and get my recipe for Cool Avocado Pear Soup, an elegant appetizer for the holidays or any other time of year when you want to nourish your most beautiful skin.

If you have specific questions about the beauty and nutrition connection that you’d like to have answered in the column, drop me a line at  jolene@beautyiswellness.com.

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