Our Favorite Balancing Natural Face Wash; Citrus Mint Facial Cleanser

Best Natural Face Wash For Oily Skin

We have two facial cleansers for you to choose from; the Aloe Herb and the Citrus Mint. The first of the two facial cleansers in our line was the Aloe Herb Cleanser, a creamy facial wash that offers a gentle clean, which is awesome for skin that’s dry and for everyday dirt but sometimes we need a little bit more umph in our face wash.

Enter the Citrus Mint Cleanser. This is one of our favorite products and we want to share a little bit more about it because we think it’s being counted out way more often than it should be.

Awesome Ingredients

Like all of our products, the Citrus Mint Cleanser is made with amazing ingredients. We infuse hydrating aloe vera juice with calming and clarifying herbs, add saponified coconut oil and a little bit of suds along with antioxidant rich essential oils and a witch hazel distillate to give it those extra deep cleansing properties you look for. Here’s a closer look at some of those ingredients:

Sodium Lauryl Glucoside Carboxylate

We wrote an article comparing this ingredient to its dangerous cousin, sodium lauryl sulfate, but we wanted to give another shout out to this added cleansing and foaming element. It helps get a deeper clean without impairing the skin’s mantle so even sensitive skinned beauties can use this face cleanser.

The Herbal Infusion

You already know that most companies use water in their cleansers and that we use aloe vera because it is awesome for your skin (so hydrating, so soothing) but did you know that we really take it to the next level by infusing herbs into that aloe?

  • Calendula and lavender keep the infusion soothing and calming while adding extra deep cleansing properties.
  • Rosemary adds extra antioxidants and an invigorating element to the clean feeling.
  • Neem is an amazing herb that clarifies and promotes an even skin tone.

Witch Hazel Distillate

This is part of what makes the Citrus Mint Facial Cleanser so great for oily skin. We use this distillate to keep it gentle enough for sensitive skin but it still has the amazing toning action.

When to Use the Citrus Mint Cleanser

For Oily and Combination Skin

We always recommend Citrus Mint Cleanser for people that are experiencing oily skin because it’s a gel face wash so it has more deep cleansing properties than cream facial cleansers do (we talked about the differences between a gel and cream here) but there are other great reasons to use this facial wash too.

While most cleansers for oily skin strip the excess oil with each use, the Citrus Mint Cleanser helps to balance oil production over time so this is going to be the best facial wash for oily skin.

For Clogged Pores, Regardless of Skin Type

Yes, it offers deep cleansing but it’s also gentle! If you’re experiencing any type of clogged pores or if you have blemish prone skin, this is the best facial cleanser to use. It helps get in deep and clear out the gunk without stripping your acid mantle. So even with sensitive and dry skin, if you’re experiencing burdened skin this is a great product to use, you just want to make sure that you follow up with the right serum and face moisturizer  for your skin.

After a Workout

Do you sweat when you work out? That’s the best time to use Citrus Mint Cleanser! It feels so good to get the blood pumping and sweat out the stress but that increases sebum production which makes workout sweat a little bit stickier for grime that can get trapped in the skin and cause impurities. This face wash totally annihilates that post-workout blemish risk.

Do you love the Citrus Mint Facial Cleanser? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Beautiful Voices: Dr. Christiane Northrup

Beautiful Voices is our ongoing blog series that highlights inspiring, empowering women. Our most recent Beautiful Voice is Christiane Northrup. See what she says when Annmarie asks her some questions about her own personal beauty.

Photo by Bill Miles

Christiane Northrup, M.D., is an ob/gyn physician and a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, The Wisdom of Menopause, and Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-being.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

The best piece of advice I ever received was two-fold—from my college advisor (Robert David) and from my Dad. I had finished college, was feeling completely burnt out. And after a year off typing invoices at my boyfriend’s father’s office furniture company (which was depressing), I decided to apply to graduate school. My college advisor said, “Why don’t you go to med school?” And my Dad said, “At the end of four years, you have to be something, might as well have an MD after your name.” That sealed it.

Where and when do you feel most at peace?

These days I feel more and more at peace everywhere. But there is something special about being right in my back yard in Maine. It feels like a little piece of sacred.

What does beauty mean to you?

Beauty is a quality that uplifts everything. It’s not just about outer appearance. It is both an inner and outer quality. It resonates with the heart. And can take your breath away. Beauty brings heaven down to earth.

What do you do when you want to pamper yourself?

When I want to pamper myself, I get a massage, then get my hair blown out and go to lunch with good friends. Took me years to feel like I deserve this. Now it’s part of my routine whenever possible.

What was your biggest challenge and how did you overcome it?

My biggest challenge throughout my life has been feeling loveable and desirable as a woman. Being a doctor, a mother, an author, and business person. Easy. But loving myself— deeply, completely? Feeling comfortable in my own skin. Another story entirely. The inner work that became Goddesses Never Age was the turning point on this. And I’m happier and more comfortable with myself than I’ve been since age 4.

Dr. Northrup’s latest venture:

After spending decades transforming women’s understanding of their sacred bodies and processes, Dr. Northrup now teaches women to embrace a new mindset and thrive at every stage of life. In her new book, Making Life Easy: A Simple Guide to a Divinely Inspired Life (December 2016, Hay House), Dr. Northrup reveals her long-hidden secrets to mind/body/spirit well-being. Don’t miss Dr. Northrup’s cutting-edge information. Follow her at www.drnorthrup.com, on Facebook, Twitter, and her Internet radio show, Flourish!

Click here to check out Dr. Northrup’s new book Making Life Easy: A Simple Guide to a Divinely Inspired Life.

Isn’t she beautiful?

Much Love,
Annmarie Gianni

If you’re interested in being featured as one of our Beautiful Voices, please email us at newyou@annmariegianni.com

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6 Tips To Make Your Detox Fun from Food Matters

by Raquel Vasallo of Mind Body Green


Many people cringe when they hear the word detox. It sounds scary to them, they think they are going to be deprived, hungry and irritable, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Detoxing is about giving your body a break and allowing it to come into balance, and there are certain necessary steps that will get you there. I’m a firm believer that cleansing should be a delicious and fun experience that’s all about giving yourself what’s best for you.

Here are some simple tips to help you through your Food Matters 3 Day Detox:

1. Create An Intention

Focus on what you want to get out of the detox. Is it about losing weight, having more energy, changing your relationship with food, boosting your immune system, finding food intolerances? Journal your goals or create a vision board to get really clear. Having your intention in mind is a very strong motivator that will keep you on track.

2. Detox With A Friend

It’s very important that you don’t feel like you’re doing this alone. Get a friend, your partner or your whole family on board. This will make it a more enjoyable experience and will set you up for success.

3. Hydrate

Hydrating is the key to minimizing some of the effects of the detox that don’t feel good, such as achy joints, headaches or moodiness. Keeping yourself properly hydrated will help flush out the toxins in an easier way.

4. Pamper Yourself

Pampering during a cleanse is key to your success. Not only will it help you feel amazing, but it will also make the detox a much more pleasant experience that you will want to do every season.

There are certain ways to pamper yourself and aid in the detoxification process such as scrubbing your body with a hot towel, getting a massage, nourishing your skin with coconut oil or doing detoxing yoga poses.

5. Focus On Eating What Your Body Loves

Think of the detox as 3 to 7 days of giving your body the best. Your body craves to be in balance, eating whole and cleansing foods will give it just that. I actually use detoxes as opportunities to create or try new recipes and share them with the people I love. It’s a fun way to reset your body’s balance, try new delicious meals and inspire others too.

6. Journal

Get yourself a beautiful notebook and make a ritual out of this. Your journal will be your best friend during the detox, a place where you can review your daily detoxing efforts, be aware of your emotions and focus on how you want to feel the next day.

A Special Event You Don’t Want to Miss!

Our friends James and Laurentine at Food Matters have a truly amazing FREE workshop coming up about cleansing and detoxing! If you want to learn how to feel refreshed, energized, and incredible inside and out, you’re going to love this!

The 5-Part Cleanse & Detox Workshop is an online event beginning March 20th, 2017 and it will guide you on a 10-day personal journey to looking and feeling better than you have in years.

Click here to secure your free pass to the entire online workshop!


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An Excerpt from Sara Gottfried’s New Book, Younger

By Sarah Gottfried MD

I’m no supermodel…

In fact, obesity, hair loss, anxiety and Alzheimer’s disease run in my family—not a pretty genetic picture for middle age and later life. My mother ate sparingly while pregnant with me, as was the fashion in 1967, an era of Twiggy and miniskirts. Mom’s diet turned on my famine genes while my chromosomes were being knit in her womb, meaning that I’ve had a lifelong struggle with blood-sugar problems and rapid weight gain (a lot more on these topics later). I’ve grown up idolizing actresses such as Katharine Hepburn, Sigourney Weaver, Diane Keaton and Julia Roberts. They were slim and tall, but I was pudgy and short.

Now, when I start to wonder why it’s so freaking hard to stay mentally and physically fit at fifty, I remind myself that my genes program me to be a two-hundred-pound anxious diabetic with thinning hair. All things considered, maybe I’m not doing so badly.

Think about Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, Julianne Moore, Gisele Bündchen and Helen Mirren. It’s easy to believe they won the genetic lottery. Perhaps they hail from a long line of superwomen with flawless skin, flat bellies, perfectly balanced hormones, and fast metabolisms.

It’s their job to look amazing, and they are extremely motivated to look good as long as possible as they age. Their taut abdominals and gravity-defying posteriors grace billboards, Victoria’s Secret catalogs, and Sports Illustrated covers. They have proportionally similar metrics: Gisele Bündchen, the world’s highest-paid model, is five feet eleven and weighs 126 pounds, and her bust-waist-hip measurements (in inches) are 35–23–35. Angelina Jolie is five feet eight, weighs 128 pounds, and measures 36–27–36. Their paychecks and magazine gigs depend on their enviable measurements. Even in her sixties, at five feet four and with 37– 27–38 measurements, Helen Mirren rocked a coral bikini on a beach in Italy, looking better than me and most of my girlfriends.

That’s great for those women, but the rest of us flounder. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like I was born to wrestle with my weight, skin, energy, and sex drive. In college, my weight ballooned. In medical school, my skin broke out and my adrenals broke down because of stress. I craved sugar and carbs and rarely ate vegetables. I drank gallons of coffee, hardly slept for a decade, and bought fat jeans. Then I had two kids. Need I go on?

Maybe you’ve been told that your muffin top or memory problems aren’t your fault; they are simply programmed by your genes. It doesn’t seem fair. When I was in my forties, my battle only seemed to get harder as I navigated the challenges of crazy work hours, perimenopause, grief, breast lumps, aging parents, tight clothes, travel, and stress. Eventually, I learned that there’s a spiritual lesson in my battle with age and that my mess is my message.

The female body is magnificent, but it doesn’t come with a lifetime warranty or an owner’s manual. You’re the result of millions of years of evolution, but many of the adaptations that helped your ancestors survive are now making you fat and wrinkly and are no longer needed. But your genetic code—the DNA sequence that is the biochemical basis of heredity in all living organisms—is only a small part of the story. Your DNA is a unique, one-of-a-kind blueprint that is specific to you. Even if you haven’t been dealt platinum genes, you can still look great and age more slowly.

The fact is that scientists have found new ways for us to take control of our genes. For example, the naughty aging genes usually associated with fat and wrinkles can be altered with diet, exercise, and other lifestyle choices. Simply put, by turning your good genes on and your bad genes off, you can actually prevent aging—no matter how old you are.

Gisele’s measurements are unattainable for the average American woman—who is five four and 164 pounds with a thirty-eight- inch waist—but even if you have fewer of the good genes and more of the bad genes, you can still lose weight, improve your skin, and change how your DNA controls your body and mind. You don’t even need a large staff of trainers and chefs to hold you to your exercise regimen and diet; you can appear to have lucky genes whether or not you actually have them. The truth is that around 90 percent of the signs of aging and disease are caused by lifestyle (and the environment created by your lifestyle), not genes. The neighborhood of your body—how you live and the world you create, internally and externally—is more important than your DNA when it comes to how you look and feel now and for the next twenty-five to fifty years. So let’s clean up your neighborhood.

How I Came Up with the Younger Protocol

I started testing my own and my husband’s DNA in 2003, when I was considering pregnancy. We were looking for genetic problems that our daughter might inherit and, fortunately, came up empty-handed. In 2005, I started testing more genes in myself. Why? I wanted to find out the ideal food plan for my body, the most expedient ways to lose weight, the best supplements to take, the most effective exercise regime, and what else I had passed onto my kids. Our genes mostly control enzymes that in turn influence micronutrients, detoxification, and metabolism. Based on the results of those tests, I added B vitamins, methylated folate, and vitamin D to my daily supplement regimen. Then I started high-intensity interval training. Hallelujah! My long-standing depression disappeared almost overnight, my weight dropped, and my energy soared. I knew I was onto something important.

A few months later, not long after giving birth to my second daughter, I headed to yoga class by myself on the weekend; my husband stayed home to bond with our girls. In class, we were about to move into the peak pose, a difficult arm balance called side crane. Attempting it usually sent me toppling to one side or another. I looked down at my postpartum belly, still bigger than I wanted it to be. I could feel my breasts filling with milk; it had been a few hours since I last breast-fed my baby. Following the teacher’s detailed instructions, I planted my hands on the mat in front of me, twisted my legs to the right, engaged my core, and took flight! Up went my legs to rest on a spot just above my right elbow.

My legs stayed put, and I was perfectly balanced. I was solid—and fervent and, at that moment, didn’t care. I marveled at how my body had managed to retain some vestige of core strength despite the fact that I’d recently pushed a small basketball- size baby through my pelvis. As the instructor advised us to unwind, I reluctantly came down.

Afterward, I rushed home to tell my husband. “Babe, it was amazing—side crane! My center of balance is shifted, as if my body changed for the better after having two kids. I could have held the pose forever.” I paused and then said, “Wow, my body is older, better, and wiser than before!”

David responded with something like “That’s great; here, feed the baby,” but I knew I couldn’t ignore this dramatic change. Even after all my decades of medical education, I never thought the body could get better with age. But now I had proof. It was just the spark I needed to consider the ways that my environment, the sum of all of my lifestyle choices, affected the way my DNA communicated within my body. Just as having a baby, trying to reclaim my body with core work, and a shift in my center of gravity had made me successful at mastering a difficult yoga pose, perhaps my patients could partner with me to determine how to become successful at mastering the targeted lifestyle choices that would best express their DNA.

Hacking Your Environment

You’re not going to believe this, but the truth is that around 90 percent of the signs of aging and disease are caused by lifestyle (and the environment created by your lifestyle), not genes.1 The neighborhood of your body—how you live and the world you create, internally and externally—is more important than your DNA when it comes to how you look and feel now and for the next twenty-five to fifty years.

I love the axiom that genetics loads the gun, and the environment pulls the trigger. Genetic factors and environmental factors don’t work on their own—they interact. Even if you have lousy genes, you can change your health destiny by managing your exposures. It means that you have the power to get your body to work for you instead of against you. You can actually adjust epigenetics up or down by tweaking what’s known as your exposome, a collection of environmental factors that directly or indirectly affect your health. You control your exposome by your daily habits of body and mind, both conscious and unconscious, including how often you move and what form that movement takes, what environmental exposures you have in your home and office, what you eat and drink, and how you manage or mismanage your hormones. When one gene is turned on by a certain exposure, another gene may be turned off. And in this way, the goal of the Younger protocol is to optimize all the bodily systems, while turning off the bad genes and turning on the good ones. The end result is the magic elixir that so many of us have been chasing – the ability to turn back the clock.

Excerpted from YOUNGER: A Breakthrough Program to Reset Your Genes, Reverse Aging, and Turn Back the Clock 10 Years, available now for order.

Copyright ©2017 by Sara Gottfried, published by HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

1. ↑ Rappaport, S. M. “Implications of the exposome for exposure science.” Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology 21, no. 1 (2011): 5–9; Rappaport, S. M., et al. “Using the blood exposome to discover causes of disease.” Agilent Technologies, September 15, 2015, accessed February 9, 2015, http://www.agilent.com/cs/library/technicaloverviews/Public/5991–3418EN.pdf; Harmon, K. “Sequencing the exposome: Researchers take a cue from genomics to decipher environmental exposure’s links to disease.” Scientific American, October 21, 2010, accessed February 2, 2016, http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ environmental-exposure.

About Sara Gottfried MD

Sara Gottfried, MD

Sara Gottfried, MD

Sara Gottfried, MD is the author of the new book, Younger: A Breakthrough Program to Reset Your Genes, Reverse Aging, and Turn Back the Clock 10 Years. She’s the two-time New York Times bestselling author of The Hormone Cure and The Hormone Reset Diet. After graduating from Harvard Medical School and MIT, Dr. Gottfried completed her residency at the University of California at San Francisco. She is a board-certified gynecologist who teaches natural hormone balancing in her novel online programs so that women can lose weight, detoxify, and slow down aging. Dr. Gottfried lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband and two daughters.

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We Heart: The Do’s and Don’ts of Meditating

By Emily Fletcher, Founder, Ziva Meditation

Meditation is having its day in the sun. Almost every week there is a new scientific study released singing its praises. It even reverses your body age by 8-15 years. Talk about a skincare hack!

As a meditation teacher I have taught over 5,000 students in-person and online at Ziva Meditation, where we are all about meditation for better performance.

After all, no one cares how good you are at meditation but everyone cares how good you are at life. Many of our students experience deeper, more refreshing sleep which leads to more energy during the day and less stress and anxiety overall. Many others notice that they feel more connected to their intuition and more compassionate, which leads to better relationships — and even better sex. No wonder everyone wants a piece of this pie!

So much of my job involves helping students unlearn what they have heard about meditating. You wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve heard “Emily, I can’t meditate… I can’t stop my mind from thinking!”

If you have ever said this out loud or to yourself keep reading, you are not alone, you are not a failure and you can 100% meditate. You just need a bit of training, a good teacher, and an open mind.

Let’s dive into some simple do’s and don’ts of meditation, clear up common misconceptions, and get you inspired to find a teacher you love.

1. Don’t: Judge yourself for thinking. Do: Remind yourself that thoughts are not the enemy of meditation

Thoughts are not the enemy of meditation, effort is. Hands down the number one misconception about meditation is that the point is to “clear your mind”.

Here’s the news: the mind thinks involuntarily, just like the heart beats involuntarily. This is why most people think they “can’t” meditate. Because they heard someone say on Youtube or in a yoga class to ‘clear your mind’. It is 100% impossible to give your mind a command to be silent. See if you can give your heart a command to stop beating, go ahead, try it. Silly right? And yet this is the criteria by which most people are judging themselves. It is the nature of the mind to think.

“I used to think, ‘I can’t ever quiet my mind, how can I learn to meditate?’ After the Ziva course I know that even if I am having thoughts, it is still working. Now it is a part of my daily ritual and people have noticed a change: they say, ‘you look so radiant!’” —Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Actress in Supergirl & Witches of East End

2. Don’t: Assume that you should already know how to meditate. Do: Find a teacher that you love.

There is so much information about meditation floating around these days and a lot of it seems to conflict. This happens because there are thousands of different styles of meditation but most of them fall under one of two umbrellas. Meditation for monks and meditation for people with busy minds and busy lives. Mindfulness, or any kind of guided meditation, is usually derivative of monastic styles and require much more focus and concentration. People who live in society with jobs and kids and stuff to do can find these styles challenging (mostly because they are judging the thoughts as bad* see #1). What we teach at Ziva is based on an ancient practice that was designed specifically for people with busy minds and busy lives. It is more about deep rest, letting go, and making you better at life, not take you away from it.

The best thing to do is find a style of meditation that makes sense with your life and a teacher that inspires you. Let them serve as a beautiful guide.

3. Don’t: Label your meditations as ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ Do: Notice how you’re performing in life.

Again, we don’t meditate to get good at meditation; we meditate to get good at life. Sometimes you will have a busy, thought-filled mediation, and sometimes you will swear you were dozing off in the middle. It’s all good, and perfectly normal.

This is why it is so important to have guidance on your meditation journey. A good teacher will be able to help you know if you are actually falling asleep, they will also be able to give you a technique to move towards instead of moving away from the involuntary thoughts.

4. Don’t: Strive for perfection. Do: Celebrate your successes.

You’re already ahead of the game, simply by deciding to take the time to learn this new skill. If you’re on this planet you’re human, which means you are learning lessons and up-leveling all the while. So, instead of letting perfect be the goal (which will always leave us feel like we are failing) what if you start to celebrate your successes?

Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good. Just do it. Once you know the lines you can color inside of, the key is consistency. None of us will do anything for very long if we feel like we are failing so make sure you take some time after each meditation to give yourself an internal high 5 for simply getting to the chair.
After all, you can’t build on top of success you don’t acknowledge.

5. Don’t: Forget to schedule it. Do: Make your practice non-negotiable.

We all think we are the busiest person in the land. But if you take a few minutes to come into your body and into the present moment, there is plenty of research that shows how much more productive you will be on the other side. Tim Ferriss, author of 4-Hour Workweek and Tools of Titans, recently shared that 86% of his high-performing podcast guests attribute meditation and mental training as their most important daily habit.

Your brain is a muscle, and when you meditate you’re taking it to the gym. Like any muscle, your brain needs consistent exercise to get stronger. My recommendation is once you finish your meditation training schedule the next 18 days into your calendar. You don’t have to keep it at the exact time but carving out the space in your calendar is the not so secret secret to commitment.

The hardest part about a meditation practice is getting yourself into the chair. After that Ziva Meditation is all about letting go. This is quite different from most other styles of meditation. You cultivate the power of surrender. This gives your body deep rest. When you give your body the rest that it needs, it knows how to heal itself. One of the things it heals itself from is stress. The less stress you have in your body, the better able you are to perform at the top of your game (which is the whole point).

I hope this has inspired you to ditch your meditation-baggage and try something new. If you don’t yet have a meditation practice you love we would love to have you move through our online training called zivaMIND. It is only a few minutes a day for 8 consecutive days. Then you graduate with a powerful daily practice to take with you for life.

We are so happy to have the whole team at Annmarie meditating with us! As a thank you members of the Annmarie tribe can use the code: Annmarie for $51 off of zivaMIND for the next 10 days.

You’re well on your way to a new you! To redeem your coupon, click here and follow the “learn to meditate” link. There, you’ll want to choose the one-time payment option to put in your case sensitive coupon code: Annmarie

Let us know how much you love zivaMIND in the comments!

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