Life & Green Beauty Advice From LA’s Favored Skincare Guru

Life & Green Beauty Advice From LA's Favored Skincare Guru | VERITE WOMAN, Spa, skincare, Celebrity Skincare, Green beauty, Clean beauty, Natural Beauty, Affordable spa in LA, Youtube, Wellness, Holistic Living, Hollywood, Health, Female Entrepreneur The first time I ever encountered Adina Diaz, owner & sole esthetician of Natural Feeling Spa a complete stranger told me “she will change your life, she is magic”. As a superstitious, omen-seeking, Los Angeleno I took this as The Universe speaking through said stranger to guide me towards the light — the infrared, pore tightening light of Adina’s spa that is. The wise passerby was not wrong, and Adina has become not only my skin guru, but it seems all of L.A’s. She is bright and warm like the first rays of summer, and she is willing to educate any and all that share her passion for green beauty — check out her addicting Youtube channel where she seeds out her expert tips. She is the ultimate #VERITEWOMAN: a self-made entrepreneur, creative, intellect, and clean product fanatic, and she’s here today to open the doors of her spa and share her story.

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Vérité Woman: You have built your skincare haven on the principles of clean natural ingredients, but it seems you were ahead of the curve — what drove you to clean beauty even before it was trending?

Adina Diaz: I was blessed to be raised in an environment and household that acknowledge the importance of water and plants around us. Without even realizing it my family used natural remedies in our everyday life.

VW: Tell me what drew you to plant-based, clean beauty products as a way of life — when did you find your love for botanicals as a cure?

AD: Looking back at my childhood, aloe, prickly pear, mesquite tree, yucca, blue corn, and sage were regular plants in my everyday life. My family would use these plants for not only medicinal purposes but consumption as well. One of the fondest memories I have is when I was a little girl, playing in my family’s backyard with my sister squishing desert flowers to make blush. I would say my love for botanicals bloomed from there.   

VW: That is such a beautiful visual, I can totally see it now. You are a well-known name here in L.A. — every time I talk about you at least three girls say “I love Adina!” How did you get your start with your spa in L.A. and spread your message of clean, green beauty? 

AD: It didn’t happen overnight. It’s been hard work, passion, and love to get me where I am. I have been in the beauty industry for over 13 years and although I haven’t always worked for myself I have always carried my holistic beliefs and purpose with me. I have been truly blessed that when people to come to see me they want to talk about the experience and naturally spread the word.   

VW: You’re so young and have created such an amazing space — what have been some trials you’ve faced in your progress to get to where you are now?

AD: As a female, I felt many times underestimated and not valued. As a young female business owner, I felt alone and not supported. Finding my voice, my strength and my tribe was a trial but I never gave up.

VW: If you could give any female entrepreneur a golden nugget of wisdom what would it be?

AD: Get out of your head, you are enough. You are 1 in a million. There is no one on this planet like you. Have passion, love, and hustle but never compare.

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VW: Your spa is so much more than a spa, and you have spoken of your spa as a safe haven and a space of love — what do you mean by this?

AD: When opening my spa, I knew it was going to serve more than one purpose. Without a doubt, it was going offer eco-beauty and eco-friendly products and services but more importantly it was going to be a positive space. A space that all races, all genders, all sexual preferences and all religions could be seen. Absolutely no hate is welcomed.

VW: Living in a city like Los Angeles it’s practically impossible to stay out of the way of chemicals even if we are switching our skincare products, cleaning products etc. How do you deal with balancing these two polarities in your everyday life?

AD: On top of having clean skincare products (Lotus Moon Beauty), it’s a balance of hot yoga ( Modo Yoga LA), mineralized alkaline water (Santevia Gravity Water System), regular detoxing (DetoxRx), dry brushing and a well-balanced diet.  

VW: Is there a no-no product you can’t live without?

AD: There isn’t a no-no product I can’t live without but there definitely is a yes-yes product I can’t live without. Cherry Blossom Healing Soothe Balm from Lotus Moon Skincare. I can’t even imagine ever running out of it. It’s my go-to night balm and my natural alternative to hydrocortisone and petroleum. I can’t live without!

VW: What do hydrocortisone and petroleum do for our skin?

 

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VW: If there could just be three — what are the skin rules every girl should abide by?

Cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize and girl you gonna make it in this world.  

VW: Lastly, if you could give a facial to any woman on Earth (alive or dead) who would it be and why?

AD: There are two women in this lifetime I would be honored to give a holistic facial too. First would be Frida Kahlo and second Oprah Winfrey. Both women have stayed true to themselves, are extremely resilient through incredibly difficult times and broke stereotypes in every way possible. I look up to these women and the tremendous strength they possess.

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21 Things You Need To Know About Birth Control!

21 Things You Need To Know About Birth Control! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED ---- Birth Control, Contraception, Is Birth control bad for you, Is the pill bad for you, women's health, method of birth control, BCP, ovary health, pill bleed, withdrawal bleeding, health, period, migraines, weight gain on birth control, what are hormones, wellness, skincare, acne, feminism.I was 15 when I first went on birth control. My female doctor — a family friend — prescribed me a pill and explained that sometimes it takes a few tries to find the right brand for you. “Don’t be alarmed if you have bleeding between periods,” she added “It’s natural.” That’s all she explained, nothing less, nothing more. My body changed after I began my prescription, but I was fifteen, so wasn’t it supposed to be changing? Soon, I was blessed with a massive chest for my 95 lb frame. I never really knew if it was the pill or just a physical miracle, but I figured it rude to question God’s blessings, so I looked no further for reason. From that time on I took my little pink pills diligently until I hit the age of 24, and with a gut feeling decided I no longer wanted to be pumping my body with whatever this minuscule tab contained. That large chest? Diminished within a year to a more manageable size, and a few other side effects seemed to right themselves. Still then, I knew nothing of the truth, risks, side effects of the birth control pill and maybe you don’t either. That’s why we figured we would delve deep into the research and facts about all the things the doctor doesn’t tell us about our contraception of choice. We aren’t here to determine what is best for you when it comes to your sex life, and protection but we feel it necessary to provide a penetrating look at what your body could be in for, so you can make an educated decision.21 Things You Need To Know About Birth Control! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED ---- Birth Control, Contraception, Is Birth control bad for you, Is the pill bad for you, women's health, method of birth control, BCP, ovary health, pill bleed, withdrawal bleeding, health, period, migraines, weight gain on birth control, what are hormones, wellness, skincare, acne, feminism.

  1. In the U.S. alone, women are spending upwards of $1,000 on the pill each year. When you think about how much the pharmaceutical companies that produce these brands of birth control are making off of our ovaries, it makes sense that they tap us in at a young age — contraception is an economy in itself — the global contraceptive market was valued at an estimated $19 billion in 2015.
  2. Since this form of contraception became popularized in the 1960s’ it has been sold to women as a cure-all for those being plagued with acne, irregular menstrual cycles, PMS, and of course warding off unwanted pregnancies. The terrifying part of all of this is that the research behind this pill doesn’t support an actual solution for these issues, rather you are finding a temporary fix. When you decide to stop taking the pill women often find things like cystic acne returning in full force. Instead, we should be finding natural ways to remedy these issues like getting to the true root of your skin problems with your dermatologist, or finding what vitamins your body might be low on that’s leading to crazy PMS!
  3. Hormones are a big part of the whole birth control shtick. Hormones are released from your endocrine glands and send messages through your body such as when you’re hungry, tired, horny. The hormones in birth control pills however are not like the ones naturally produced in your body — these are synthetic!
  4. Birth control works by blasting your system with these synthetic hormones to trick your body into not releasing an egg during ovulation. However because they aren’t organic to your body they are not sending true messages and things can get lost in translation leading to mood swings or physical side effects.
  5. The blood that is released during your cycle on birth control is not actually a period! This is an insane fact right? It is actually called pill bleeding or withdrawal bleeding and is your body’s reaction to a withdrawal from the pills hormones while you’re taking your placebos. Periods are a very necessary and healthy indicator of what your body and reproductive system is trying to tell you, so imagine how disconnected you are from what’s really going on inside of yourself when you aren’t receiving a true period or your body isn’t able to secrete it’s necessary/natural menstruation.
  6. In conjunction with #5, the spotting that you are warned of when the doctor first prescribes you birth control, and which you may receive from time to time is also a form of pill bleeding. This is not natural to a normal cycle, and is a side effect of this form of contraception.
  7. Birth control company’s have one huge downfall — the days in which you take your placebo pills during your time of the month are when your body has a break from these synthetic hormones and are the most likely to lead to unplanned pregnancy.
  8. In Scotland a study was taken of 2,700 birth control pill users that revealed a shocking reality. One third of the group were under the guise that the pill works by killing spermatozoa (sperm) and that’s why one does not get pregnant. However, as we stated above it works by halting ovulation.
  9. Birth control works in a two pronged attack. It stops ovulation in its tracks, yes, but it also thickens the mucus that is released vaginally when one has intercourse so that the sperm cannot get any further on its journey.
  10. Once you’ve gotten the hang of your pill, you soon realize it can do this fun thing where if you do not stop taking the hormonal pills during your period you can skip it all together. While it seems like a perk, this is actually terribly unhealthy for your young body that needs to cleanse, and detox itself organically.
  11. In a scary finding, the Susan G. Komen Foundation reports that “A pooled analysis of data from more than 50 studies found that while women were taking birth control pills (and shortly thereafter), they had a 10 to 30 percent higher risk of breast cancer than women who had never used the pill. Once women stopped taking the pill, their risk began to decrease and after about 10 years, returned to that of women who have never taken the pill.”
  12. Whilst taking oral contraception one can find themselves facing various nutrition deficiencies. Commonly women are in need of folic acid, vitamin B, Magnesium (something women naturally don’t get enough of), Zinc, Folate, and Vitamin C. We often don’t realize they’re missing because, yep you guessed it, those damn synthetic hormones didn’t send the right messages through our body to give us the 411!
  13. In continuation of the above, this can lead to an unhealthy pregnancy or even miscarriage due to your body’s inability to be a healthy, nutritional accommodation for a baby.
  14.  Those nasty synthetic hormones can increase the chances of blood clotting in women. How? The faux estrogen and progestin in the hormones can increase the bloods clotting components making you more at risk.
  15. Alright, this one’s a terrifying tidbit of research but here we go: According to Dr. Sarah Gottfried, three-time New York Times bestselling author and gynecologist, the synthetic hormones in birth control pills can shrink the clitoris by 20% caused by the decrease in testosterone in your body once on the pill.
  16. Those faulty hormones can also increase your risk of depression due to mixed signals being sent to your brain.
  17. Birth control can hurt your dental health too! A 2007 study shows that, “Current users of oral contraceptives had poorer periodontal health.”
  18. It can lead to serious weight gain. Through both messing with your hunger levels and causing heightened water retention your little pill can make you feel very large.
  19. Studies show that the pill leads to women more frequently experiencing migraines.
  20. Being prescribed the pill while breast feeding can lead to passing on some detrimental symptoms to your little one. All those fake hormones, and side effects could set your babe up for a life of side effects.
  21. When it is time to jump off the pill and you are ready to make a baby you may find it difficult. After years of messing with your ovulation, those ovaries have the potential to become lazy and unmotivated to do what they were built to.

 

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When Healthy Hurts

When Healthy HurtsWhen Healthy Hurts: Contributing wellness writer Julia Gall teaches us about how even the passion of wellness can lead to harmful eating disorders. Now on VERITE WOMAN., Eating Disorders, Health, Wellness, Orthorexia, Doctor Advice, Los Angeles, Clean Eating, Skinny, fit.Peruse any blog or scroll through your Instagram for a few minutes, and you are bound to be inundated with various images and portrayals of “wellness.” In Los Angeles it is particularly inescapable, where a juice bar or fitness club is on nearly every corner and workout gear is de rigueur. A casual conversation with a friend often turns to eating habits, and it seems that almost everyone I know is following a strict — albeit usually self-imposed dietary regimen. Whether it’s the avoidance of gluten or animal bi-products, food intolerance or sensitivity, or abolishment of an entire food group, it’s difficult to think of anyone who isn’t restricting themselves in one way or another. But at what point does the desire to be optimally healthy morph into an obsession and, moreover, disorder?
While the wellness movement is undoubtedly grounded in positive intentions, the adage still rings true: there can indeed be too much of a good thing. Although orthorexia is not recognized as an official eating disorder, the term was coined by Dr. Stephen Bratman in 1996 to describe an obsession with healthy eating, to the point where it becomes an all-encompassing compulsion. Dr. Bratman explains it as such: “an emotionally disturbed, self-punishing relationship with food that involves a progressively shrinking universe of foods deemed acceptable.” Anxiety, avoidance of social situations and a mind consumed by thoughts of self-established rules are also pervasive. Like most eating disorders Orthorexia is rooted in need for control.When Healthy Hurts: Contributing wellness writer Julia Gall teaches us about how even the passion of wellness can lead to harmful eating disorders. Now on VERITE WOMAN., Eating Disorders, Health, Wellness, Orthorexia, Doctor Advice, Los Angeles, Clean Eating, Skinny, fit.So how did we get here? Why is it that in a society so obsessed with the idea of wellness, so many people, especially women, seem to be feeling particularly unwell?

This brings us back to social media and the rise of Wellness as an industry. These days it seems that anyone with an Instagram account can be an “expert.” Despite what you may think scrolling through your feed, true wellness is not synonymous with “skinny.” It is not necessarily consuming seaweed collagen dust exclusively while completing a hardcore hour in the trending sweat-lodge of your choice, nor is it being the proud owner of a six-pack. The term “wellness” means the absence of illness, as well as the holistic integration of mind, body, and spirit. It is incredibly individual, for no two bodies are the same. Having worked as a fashion model for over ten years now, I am intensely aware of societal pressures put on to young women to look a certain way. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become significantly more comfortable not only in my skin but also with saying no to those who do not accept me for the way I look in professional circumstances. To me, wellness means freedom to live the way I choose, without limitations. Looking after my whole self to the best of my ability has been my most worthwhile investment, and I can only hope to encourage other young women to do the same.

When Healthy Hurts: Contributing wellness writer Julia Gall teaches us about how even the passion of wellness can lead to harmful eating disorders. Now on VERITE WOMAN., Eating Disorders, Health, Wellness, Orthorexia, Doctor Advice, Los Angeles, Clean Eating, Skinny, fit.While the fact that Wellness is becoming such an integral part of young people’s lives these days is undoubtedly a step in the right direction, it is essential to acknowledge the risks of overdoing it. Avoiding spending time with friends or loved ones due to fear of certain foods being present, suffering from exhaustion caused by too many workouts in a single day, feeling weak or lightheaded, amenorrhoea, constant irritability and even depression can all be signs that one’s quest for peak health is becoming harmful. In the most authentic fashion of wellness, it is vital to be in tune with the body and recognize when rest, or perhaps a higher intake of calories, is needed. Moreover, it is just as important to be able to indulge on occasion, without guilt or remorse. Struggling to find that balance between discipline and self-care can indicate the beginning of disordered eating and should be promptly addressed. I have personally been in similar situations before and found it very helpful to re-center myself and focus on my ultimate goal: to nourish my body and live at my optimal level of wellbeing, as opposed to punishing myself.

When Healthy Hurts: Contributing wellness writer Julia Gall teaches us about how even the passion of wellness can lead to harmful eating disorders. Now on VERITE WOMAN., Eating Disorders, Health, Wellness, Orthorexia, Doctor Advice, Los Angeles, Clean Eating, Skinny, fit.In a world of magic dust for whatever may ail you and that costs a pretty penny, my advice is to take it all with a grain of salt. Rather than comparing your current diet and exercise preferences to those of a blogger you admire, take the time to look inward and take note of how your routine makes you feel. The sheer amount of wellness trends and (mis)information out there can be incredibly overwhelming, so remember to do your research and avoid self-diagnosing. When looking after your body, don’t forget about your mind as well – one cannot be healthy without the other. No matter what “wellness” may mean to you, there is no substitute for proper self-care and, most importantly, self-love.

Julia Gall is a Los Angeles based model and our contributing wellness guru. When she’s not sniffing out the latest in deliciously clean ingredients she’s sweating it out on the tennis courts!

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Turmeric! Our Secret To Fighting Bloat, Aging, and More.

Turmeric! Our Secret To Fighting Bloat, Aging, and More. -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Turmeric, Curcumin, Health, Beauty, Detox, Diet, Natural skincare, natural diet, Inflammation, How to lose water weight, How to fight inflammation, ayurvedic medicine, traditional chinese medicine, arthritis, how to fight bloat, how to fight swelling, Alternative medicine, anti-aging.We are here to divulge our biggest beauty hack…yep, Turmeric is our secret to fighting bloat, aging, and more! In the ironic world of trend foods, this electric orange root is an all-star and we are happy to head the fan club. It was just last time sitting in my hairdresser’s chair that he raved about the insane sprouting of my tresses. It was true, in a short four months it had extended an incredible amount, especially for someone who bleaches it an ivory blonde. After a quick brainstorm we came to the conclusion it was the daily doses of turmeric I was intaking that had bettered my hair and facilitated a Repunzal state. Turmeric is known to heal and promote thriving of our bodies in many ways — it’s most active element called curcumin is what delivers the anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

Though it may be buzzing in beauty columns now, it has been around at the root of Ayurvedic and TCM medicines for centuries — and its benefits reach so much further than hair (it’s said to help protect against cancer, arthritis and Alzheimer’s). Turmeric is used in these ancient medicines to heal stomachs, promote anti-aging (it’s the anti-oxidants and bioactive compounds that rejuvenate our cells), and repair creaky muscles and joints. It beholds anti-inflammatory abilities that make it the most useful to us in our current state. Due to the structure of our diets, and lifestyles, we are full of toxins from factory fabricated foods and pollutions that make for overly retaining figures – our bodies insulate with a swelling or bloating (as we call it) that has a hard time detoxing from these harsh elements. Those few extra pounds you have a hard time shedding? it’s more than likely inflammation. Involving turmeric in your daily diet invites it to come to the rescue whether you seek to press pause on the process of aging, or combat something as serious as arthritis.

Something you must note about properly digesting turmeric is it is a fat soluble, meaning it dissolves best with fat for your body to be able to reap its benefits. As simple as adding black pepper or coconut oil to your fresh turmeric, or insuring the turmeric pills you purchase have this already will make it easier for the spice to work its magic.

Whether you incorporate our bed time turmeric concoction into your diet, find a daily vitamin, or sprinkle it into your cooking, this vibrant-hued root is nothing but a miracle worker.

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The Ayurvedic Night Cap That Promotes Your Most Beautifying Sleep

The Ayurvedic Night Cap That Promotes Your Most Beautifying Sleep -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Ayurvedic medicine, wellness, health, natural insomnia treatment, sleep, coconut milk, turmeric, weightless.

It’s much past nightfall and you’re still tossing and turning, flicking through your social accounts — antsy to obtain sweet, deep sleep. It seems that in the age of electronics, and heightened levels of stress we are all a little prone to insomnia. Taking notes from the ancient Indian medicine of Ayurveda we share with you our sleepy drink — a concoction we’ve been using to detach from the woke world and get some Z’s.

Ayurveda weighs heavily on the use of herbs, and earthly elements to re-ignite our digestive fires, and steady any level of torment we may be feeling in the body, and mind. The use of that brilliant yellow powder turmeric is often present as it holds the ability to lessen inflammation in the body, and has been proven to boost your brains function. Full of antioxidants it is also promoting strong beauty sleep. That is why at the heart of of our sleepy elixir you will find a teaspoon of this pungent exotic root.

A little often missed fact about turmeric is that it is a soluble and can only be absorbed in the body when followed by a fat. The most commonly used is ground black pepper. This will ensure your body is pulling all those magical elements of the turmeric while you sleep.

While this powder’s color may be eye-catching, it’s flavor can be off-putting, especially as you slide beneath your sheets. This is where the cinnamon comes in, a sweet off-set to the taste. Cinnamon in aromatherapy can often be tied to helping with digestion, making this a great thing to sip on between your last meal and bedtime. Further, it helps shake depressive and stressful thoughts. Even further, it helps promote blood flow to the bodies sex organs in the event there are any activities you want to accomplish before you slip into REM.

Lastly, the whole glassful is tied together with the sweetness of coconut milk. Also known to promote digestion, weight loss, and brimming with good vitamins this will give you even more of that beautifying rest. We suggest throwing back a glass of this beverage either cold or warm about 30 minutes before bedtime. Without further adieu — the recipe…

Sweet Dreams Cocktail

1 cup coconut milk (warmed if preferred)
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 stick cinnamon

Mix flavors together and sip slowly

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