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Ahhhh, summer. What’s not to love about an entire season that evokes the carefree style and spirit of vacation? Whether your milieu is a coastal retreat or your own rooftop on a rare Summer Friday, you can tap into the season’s state of mind: easy, blissful, sensual, free.

So, do you aim to squeeze every last drop of out of summer, or simply make it through these sweaty, sultry months without melting? Either way, allow us to guide you. What to expect: beloved products, tried-and-true home remedies, crucial nutrients, and rituals to make the most of those extra hours of sunlight.

  

The Dynamic Duo for Protected Skin & Gorgeous Glow: Astaxanthin + Pearl

It’s no mystery that we like to bite into our beauty products. Whether it’s to support the skin’s water barrier through chocolate, detox with deep green plant blood, or dip into youth’s fountain via nature’s rainbow …food is designed to make us feel our most stunning. 

And as sure as summer means popsicle-stained lips, summer beauty means attaining and maintaining a sun-kissed glow. To strike the right balance of sun-worshipping and protecting skin’s delicate nature, we’re turning to a pair of nutrients that are literally edible skincare; one to protect against harmful rays, Astaxanthin, and one to boost the glow, Pearl, as we bare more skin this season. 

 

Astaxanthin: The Protector

The stuff that gives flamingos their signature pink feathers, astaxanthin is a potent carotenoid.  Carotenoids are a class of antioxidants, critical to the photosynthetic process of protecting plants from the damage of light and polluted oxygen. And astaxanthin, in particular, is one of the strongest. It’s produced by the micro-algae Haematococcus pluvial as a survival mechanism—to act as a “force field” from ultraviolet radiation. For humans, it provides exceptional internal antioxidant properties when it comes to UVA + UVB protection, plus various free-radical scavenging and radiation safeguarding (even from airplane flying). It is 65 times more powerful than Vitamin C, 54 times more powerful than beta-carotene, and 14 times more powerful than vitamin E. Astaxanthin also crosses the blood-brain barrier, which fellow carotenoids beta-carotene and lycopene do not do, making it a super potent DNA protector, and to top it off, is incredibly anti-inflammatory. 

Find it in: supplement form (make sure to choose the highest quality form that harvests the antioxidant at its most potent).  

 

Pearl: The Luminizer

It’s believed Cleopatra once crushed a string of pearls in a glass of wine, to prove to Marc Antony that she could serve the most expensive dinner in history. Most likely, their skin’s luminosity afterward was legendary as well. Today, few ingredients illustrate the power of the sea more than pearl powder, with its high mineral content and potent source of calcium. Chinese herbalists often use the pulverized “Queen of the Gems” to aid in digestive issues and skin discoloration, making it the perfect ally for burns and sun spots. Pearl also contains amino acids and the protein conchiolin that promotes healthy collagen production, offering a similar nutrient profile as keratin. 

Find it in: Sakara meals like Pearl Jam Breakfast with Matcha Granola, The Rainbow Poke Bowl, and the Jicama + Lychee Glow Salad
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