Retinol 101: Do’s & Don’ts

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Retinol, also known as Retina A, is such a hot topic for its anti aging properties, keeping pores at bay and helping you keep a clear, blemish free glowing complexion.

Dermatologists talk about it being the gold standard of anti aging ingredients. Retinol helps boost your cell turnover. It helps produce collagen, it’s important as we age to keep our collagen in tact so we can look youthful longer. Collagen depreciates for everybody at about the age of 25. In order to trick the hands of time we can add retinol into our skin care routine and encourage rapid cell turnover so your skin acts younger.

If you are using retinol you’ll need to be using a minimum SPF 30 (the higher the better up to SPF 60) be sure to apply every 3 to 4 hours to protect your new cells and prevent photo-aging (a.k.a dark spots).

Do not apply a retinol in the day time. In all my research and trainings I was told that is a big “no no”. Instead apply at night and allow it work while you sleep. Trust me you will thank me for this tip alone.

Another major tip is to start slow. Start once a week to avoid massive peeling and thinning of the skin. Less is more until you build up.

The seasons and the weather also need to be considered with retinol use. Do not start the use of retinol in the summer months to avoid unneeded sun exposure. Trust me I learned this the hard way. This simple mistake will cost you hundreds of dollars in corrective measures.

Make sure you are using the right moisturizer, you may need to switch for the duration of your retinol routine. Also you’ll need to use a great exfoliator in tandem.

Keep the basics such as a cleanser, toner, moisturizer with SPF 30 to 60 and exfoliator. It’s important to note that retinol is an added tool, not a replacement.

Be careful when applying it and avoid the eye area. The skin around your eye is way too thin and sensitive for this concentration of retinol.

Check with your doctor if you are on any medication that could make your skin thin or sensitive to burning and tell your skin advisor if you have any illness that impacts your skin.

Lastly, create a plan with a professional, don’t go in blind! Most likely you will get pink and when you increase your usage you will peel, this is completely normal.

Beauty Expert Review! OxyGeneo, the Best Facial in the Greater Toronto Area?

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My most recent beauty find was the OxyGeneo Facial at Allure Medical Spa in Hamilton Ontario. This is a three-in-one facial in which Allure uses medical grade ingredients to ensure you achieve the best results. 

Facial Assessment

When I first arrived at Allure I was treated to a skin assessment and cleansing. This process was completed to ensure they found the best beauty treatment for me. They assessed my skin under six different lighting settings allowing them to assess skin damage in all forms including; photoaging, inflammation, texture pigmentation, redness, and fine line wrinkles. 

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Skin Assessment from Allure Medical Aesthetics

OxyGeneo Facial

An OxyGeneo Facial is a treatment that uses 3 steps to renew and anti age the skin using exfoliation, infusion and adding oxygen into the skin resulting in a beautiful glow.

The ingredients in the facial are said to be vegan, natural and paraben free, which I am a large advocate for. For those who don’t know, parabens can disrupt your hormones and lead to health issues.

The best part about this facial is that it is customizable to suit your individual needs such as balancing, brightening or revitalization (this is the one that I did). It uses red algae to help reduce fine lines, improve texture and give you refreshed hydrated skin. They come in individualized pucks with unique benefits.

Facial Process

The facial is completed in three different steps which are detailed below: 

Step 1: Exfoliate

This process removes the topical layer of dead skin. It reminded me of wet microdermabrasion with a bit of a kick. It felt kind of spicy, almost like a chemical peel, which I personally do love. While it was being performed I did however wonder if I would end up looking like a tomato afterwards as I am very prone to redness. Surprisingly I did not!

Step 2: Oxygenate

This uses something called the bohr effect which results in a natural body process that oxygenates blood cells. This process will help your cells to function younger and healthier resulting in a more youthful appearance.

Step 3: Infusion of Serum

During this process things like hyaluronic acid are added for hydration, vitamin C for brightening or anti-aging ingredients like peptides to help increase collagen production. 

Facial Results

The Oxygeneo Facial will produce immediate results making your skin baby soft and glowy. As time passes you will begin to see improved texture in your skin and will notice that your products work more effectively. This is the part that I loved the most as normally my skin looks best immediately after a facial, but with the Oxygeneo Facial my skin continued to improve even two weeks after the treatment. 

I would recommend booking an appointment with Allure and having them personally assess your skin, and if you choose to do the OxyGeneo Facial ….. Get ready for the ultimate facial experience!


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The Best Anti-Aging Treatment in Canada for your Skin and to Boost your Confidence

Hi, in case you are new to Reawakening Beauty my name is Shawna Patruno. I review the best skin and body treatments so that you don’t end up wasting your money. I provide you with health hacks to look beautiful, have healthy skin, boost your brain health and feel confident from head to toe.

A while back I was very stressed and so I took a vacation to Blue Mountain. While there I had the opportunity to visit the famous Scandinavian Spa where I got a massage and did the circuit of the baths including; hot tub, cold plunge, sitting by the fire and back into the pool. My amazing friend joined me and I am so glad she did because we rocked the cold baths so much that a man asked if we were training to become a Navy Seal. I told him we weren’t, we were just seeing how far we could push our mind and body into submission. The answer for me was five minutes sitting in a tub filled with freezing cold water.

At this moment you’re probably thinking, that sounds completely unenjoyable, but I assure you after five rounds of doing the circuit your body is forced to relax and you’re submerged into the present moment. The only thing I didn’t love was the locker size and the fact that you had to be completely silent.

“Scandinavian Baths and Hydrotherapy circuits have many benefits including cleansing the body, stimulating blood circulation and releasing of endorphins.”

It’s all about the eyes, making aging beautiful!

Tip Tuesday for aging around the eyes! Last week we spoke about how aging doesn’t need to be scary and I educated you on collagen loss…

Well this week we are going to talk about your eyes, aka the window to the soul … The skin around your eyes is very thin and it’s the first place you age along with the lips.

However we can prevent this, woo hoo! So listen up …

An eye cream in your 20s, 30s and 40s is essential, but be careful because if you pick the wrong one you can develop Milia, and that is not fun. Milia are small cysts that can develop around the eye area. They are not pimples and attempting to pop them can cause further inflammation, damage and scarring.

How about we let your fresh eyes make everyone wonder how you’re aging so well (or hardly aging at all)! I use a vegan luxury eye cream. This gives all skin types a youthful glow while reducing the appearance of puffiness, fine lines and dark circles thanks to a special combination of caffeine = isn’t for everyone

I use a vegan retinol alternative that has been better tolerated by the skin. This anti-aging eye cream formula also features Plant Stem Cell, vitamin C, Peptides and Vitamin B3 to improve the appearance of skin tone around the eyes for an overall healthier, younger-looking appearance that all skin types (including sensitive) will love. This product is allergy tested, dermatologist-tested.

Beauty Expert Review! Mesotherapy, Healing the Skin with Vitamins!

The goal when doing mesotherapy is to allow your skin to work in tandem with the vitamins to heal any issues, boost collagen and the elastin production.

Mesotherapy uses multiple micro injections of minerals, plant extracts, amino acids, vitamins, and other ingredients like hyaluronic acid that are put in the skin in order to help the skin heal. It helps with pores, scars, hydration , fine lines, lack lustre skin, loss of elasticity and premature aging.

The procedure takes about 30 mins and can hurt a little if your face isn’t frozen completely. Through the treatment you’ll be enduring multiple micro needles injected all over the face. You’ll bleed for sure, as it’s going into the skin and you’ll be left with little dots of solution which will dissolve within a day.

They have different types of mesotherapy, some are just cocktails of vitamins and other have more hyaluronic acid to help with lost hydration or volume.

A mesofacial depending on the concern can very from different vitamins and can range anywhere from $125 to $500 dollars depending on what you choose to heal your skin with.

It will not freeze the skin movement like Botox or fill your face like a filler, it will just make the foundation of the skin to be stronger, allowing your face to look more youthful and hydrated & Over time the issues you were concerned will dissolve.

I do it once a year at most, as my skin is pretty healthy and I maintain my skin at home. However, if you are correcting issues you may need to do it more frequently.

I started doing mesotherapy because I wanted to prevent wrinkles and keep my skin young. Based on my results I do enjoy it and I know it does help to maintain my youthful skin.

If you would like to work with me personally to find unbiased skin care advice please email me and I’ll set up a consultation

Vitamin shot, yes please

Beauty Expert Review! Is Cryotherapy worth the hype?

What standing in a literal freezing chamber pretty much naked can do for your body, mind and health for only 3 minuets and why it was one of the first things I did when things opened up from covid.

First off the definition of Cryotherapy is a treatment of extreme cold temperatures, using liquid nitrogen on the body to go anywhere from -160c to -196c in an enclosed space for 1 to 3 minutes. You are simply in your undies with knee high socks, gloves and slippers to protect yourself. It’s a great look!

Cryotherapy tricks your body to go into survival mode. These frigid temperatures trick your body into thinking something extreme is going to happen. Making your major organs the prime focus and therefore your mind sends signals to redirect all you blood to protect your organs. Once completed and you leave the chamber, your mind realizes it’s “safe” again and starts pumping new oxygen rich blood throughout the body. It decreases toxins with the extreme blast of cold.

Its said to decrease inflammation, help produce collagen, detox the blood, boost metabolism, heal injuries faster, improve sleep, hair and elevate your mood and it did all these things for me.

After 5 treatments I noticed a significant decrease in the swelling in my knee, a decrease in pain for up to 4 to 6 hours afterwards, I slept like a peaceful baby that night, my skin looked more toned on my face and body. My water retention also decreased. I noticed an elevation in my mood and my hair is shiny and more manageable, which is rare for me. The results are temporary at this point.

I have done over 50 treatments ish in total to see if the results are long term and honestly this treatment rocks and I’m addicted to my skin looking firmer, and my eyes looking brighter and pain management. You do have to keep up with it so I go at least twice a month now ✨

I would invest in cryotherapy if you are in pain or your an athletic person with aches and pains. It would be highly beneficial if you are jet legged from travelling, as it instantly gives you a jolt of energy. There are skin benefits, but I can’t say if they are long lasting at this point. I’ve been doing it for two years and it has been such a help. However be careful where you go as you need someone experienced.

I would say it’s worth a shot at least once and decide for yourself, however, i f you have heart problems or health issues check with your doctor before proceeding.

Now go freeze your ass of literally 😉 Seriously it burns extra calories too 🌿

How to find happiness in the chaos!

Everything happens for a reason: the good, the bad, & the ugly…

I know this is a cliche you have heard many times. How bad do you want to punch me in the face this second? Here’s the thing no one likes struggle, but what if I can switch up your mind set and shake up your world. Give me until the end of this blog post to do so.

This statement was born because every time I forced something to be different was when I suffered. It was always chaos, heartbreak, illness and I am not saying give up, but I am saying accept it. Two very different things.

When I accepted what my reality was and moved in fluidity to this I was gifted something better out of chaos and rebel. It was like a dance where you let life lead and you are gifted a new blessing from your demise.

My life was not a cookie cutter life, we moved around a lot, I was poor, bullied and constantly felt alone. My mom was ill and was in and out of hospitals. She did her best, but People judged us and I learned fast to act happy and to be whatever I needed to be to survive.

I would often wish for friends, a mom who wasn’t sick, a stable home, to travel and was constantly trying to change everything. Force, force, force which resulted in pain, pain, pain!
However, I surrendered and accepted some huge pain points, such as, I can’t learn the same way as before because of brain aneurysm and accepting that I had a severe ED and moved through it. I was gifted with a real best friend and some amazing blessings.
I grew stronger from the ashes and that paved the way for friendships, love, a purpose and authentic relationships.

When I pushed for what I thought was right, I was often scorned. When I fought for friends they often betrayed me. When I fought for my moms approval my eating disorder got worse & when I fought for anything it often blew up in my face. Trust the process, let it go it’s not for you… Surrender!

Reawakening Beauty: Chocolate Coconut Green Glow Smoothie

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Chocolate Coconut Green Glow Smoothie


  • 1 scoop Clean Chocolate Vegan Protein
  • 1 tsp Cacao Powder
  • 1 tsp Organic MCT Oil
  • 1 cup Spinach or Greens
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 cup Ice Cubes
  • Top with Cacao Raw Nibs


Makes 1 serving

Mix ingredients in a blender and blend until desired consistency! Enjoy.


Coconut oil is antibacterial and antimicrobial which helps to keep your skin healthy by killing harmful microorganisms that can grow on our skin.

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Reawakening Beauty: Green Glow Avocado Smoothie

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Green Glow Avocado Smoothie


  • 1 scoop Clean Vanilla Vegan Keto Protein Powder
  • 1 tsp Hemp Seeds
  • 1/4 Avocado
  • 1 cup Spinach or Greens
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1/2 cup Ice Cubes
  • 1 drop Vanilla Stevia
  • Top with Cacao Powder


Makes 1 serving

Mix ingredients in a blender and blend until desired consistency! Enjoy.


Avocado is an excellent source of Vitamin E and C which play an important role in helping to protect your skin from damage caused by the sun and other environmental factors.

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Reawakening Beauty: Easy Glowing Skin Vegan Frozen Fudge

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Easy Glowing Skin Vegan Frozen Fudge


  • 3 medium sized Ripe Bananas
  • 1 tbs MCT Oil
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup Keto Vegan Chocolate Chips


Preheat the oven to 320°F. Pour the chocolate chips into an oven safe dish and place in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove dish from the oven, add the MCT oil and stir until melted.

Blend the ripe bananas in a food processor or a good blender. Next, add in the vegan keto melted chocolate and blend together. Pour mixture into a bread pan lined with parchment paper and place in the freezer for 1 to 2 hours. Check in 1 hour to see if it’s done. Remove from the freezer and cut into bite sized pieces.


Vegan chocolate contains flavanols which are said to help protect against sun damage, improve blood flow to the skin, and increase skin density and hydration. Banana’s are high in Vitamin C which is said to help brighten and even out your skin tone

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Replacing Insecurity with Confidence!

Hi everyone! Welcome to the Reawakening Beauty blog.

My name is Shawna Patruno and I have a passion for helping people feel confident in their skin. The reason why I’m so passionate about this topic is because, I didn’t always feel confident in my skin and this is a journey I’m still on, I’m not going say I’m 100% but I’m working on it daily. My background is in beauty and also I have a history of modeling. Some of the brands that I modeled for were Kim Crawford, Cineplex, Kevin Murphy and I’ve also been in a movie, so that’s kind of cool. It was just a very small part, I actually got smacked, which sounds really funny, but it happened. Over the years I have been through a lot and have gained a lot of experience relating to confidence, going after your goals, what that looks like and what that can mean to you.

I remember getting into modeling, and having a friend say to me, “I didn’t know just anyone can model.” This really hurt me and I was like, Ouch! Reflecting back now I don’t think she really meant it the way it came out, like she’s honestly one of my favorite people and I love this girl. But at the time we were both just like starting to get into our confidence, so this comment really hurt. I debated things like, is she right or “Should I not be modeling?”. But as I thought more about it I was like, you know what, I’ve always wanted to do this, so I’m going do this and I’m not going to care what she thinks. Two years later, she messaged me and mentioned how proud of me she was and became so supportive, all because I stuck with it. People sometimes don’t support you in the beginning, but when they see you stick with something, they sometimes rise to the occasion, and can become proud and supportive of you. Talking with her afterwards she said, “You know, I always wanted to model but never started” and then she proceeded to ask for me to help her get into modeling and of course I was like, yeah, let’s totally do this. I realized that her earlier comments were coming from a place of insecurity, and I’ve noticed that a lot with people. I personally have a lot compassion and excitement for people. I’ve always been the type of person who is really excited, like genuinely excited for people to win in life. Insecurity for me is feeling like people sometimes don’t like me, that’s my insecurity. But it’s never been, “Oh my God, I don’t want you to shine brighter than me”. It’s been the complete opposite, it’s been like, “Oh my god, you’re so beautiful”. For example, I’m the type of person that goes up to the girl in the bathroom and says things like “You have such pretty eyes.” She’s probably thinking I’m hitting on her but in reality I just think she has pretty eyes or her winged eyeliner is really cute. These are the kind of things that I’m always doing so I never understood why others would tear another human being down. I just never understood that, and I still don’t understand it to this day. But I think when you become confident in yourself, you start to learn to just embrace yourself. It’s literally learning to love all the aspects of you including; the good, the bad, and the ugly, it’s not just bits and pieces, it’s everything! Sometimes shining your light so bright and going after your dreams is also showing others that they too can go after their dreams. Years later I realized my friend just wanted to model, but she felt she couldn’t she do this because she didn’t think she was pretty enough. So her words were just a projection of her pain and she was projecting on me what she felt she couldn’t do. The funny part is I was modelling, because I thought she was beautiful and so I was thinking why the hell are you not modeling! I was hoping that we would be able to model together, I thought that would be so much fun. But it was her insecurity and her thought about herself that stopped her.

I want everyone to know that you can do it, you can go after your dreams. 100% you can! You can do anything you put your mind to and focus on. I feel inspired to share what I believe would be helpful to somebody else who may be at the starting point where I started many years ago. So, I hope this was helpful, and whether you get the outcome you’re wanting or whether people support you or not, just surround yourself with positivity. Whether you have to watch YouTube videos or listen to podcasts or like me listen to audiobooks, just do whatever you need to do to keep going after your goal. My mom used to say to me, “Don’t let the naysayers got you.” Which is so cute because it’s true! People are going to try and drag you down, but that’s because they feel insecure by you shining bright. My goal is that everybody would shine bright together, as cheesy as that sounds. So yeah, that’s my story on my confidence, and understanding why people say mean things and how that could impact you.

All right, I’m sending you so much love and I wish you all the best wherever you are in the world!

Shawna Patruno

Reawakening Beauty: Kale Healthy Glow Vegan Gnocchi

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Kale Healthy Glow Vegan Gnocchi


  • 1/2 – 1 cup Gluten Free Organic Gnocchi
  • 1/2 cup Organic Frozen Butternut Squash
  • 2 cups Kale
  • 1 spray Organic Avocado Oil Spray
  • 4 – 6 tbs Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tbs MCT Coconut Oil
  • Basil
  • Protein of choice (optional)


Makes 1 serving

In an aluminum free pan spray a little bit of the avocado oil. Add in the kale, the frozen butternut squash and the gnocchi. Turn on stove to medium heat and add 2 tbs of water. Cook for 3 to 5 mins stirring occasionally. Add in 1 more tsp water and the nutritional yeast. Cook for a few more minutes. Remove from the stove, top with the basil and enjoy!


Coconut oil is antibacterial and antimicrobial. MCT oil is easily absorbed and transported throughout the body, it can be used as an instant source of energy.

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Make Your Own Powerhouse Protein Smoothie!

Hi there everyone! I wanted to write a quick blog on how to create your very own personalized powerhouse smoothie. Smoothies are a great way to start your day, especially if you are busy and on the go. They can also be a great way to increase your vitamin intake and get in a good amount of your fruits and vegetables.

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Here are some helpful tips if you want to create your own powerhouse smoothie:

  1. Start with a base, use either water or an unsweetened plant based milk (start small and add more if needed to make the smoothie less dense) – 1 cup
  2. Add a keto Vegan protein powder – 2 scoops for about 20 grams
  3. Add veggies like spinach, kale etc 1 cup or a greens powder 1tbs
  4. Add fat – 1 or 2 tbs of hemp seeds, almond butter or MCT oil
  5. Add a superfood for added benefits like maca, rose powder or cacao – 1 tsp
  6. Optional: Thicken with frozen cauliflower rice – 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup
  7. Add Ice to thicken as desired
  8. Optional: Add fruit – 1/4 cup

Reawakening Beauty: Froyo Protein Covered Banana Bites

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Froyo Protein Covered Banana Bites


  • 1 Banana (ripe)
  • 2 tbs PB&Me (powdered peanut butter)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup Non-Dairy Coconut Yogurt (Silk)
  • 3 scoops Clean Vegan Keto Strawberry Protein
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Vegan Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 2 tbs my favourite MCT Oil
  • Almonds (optional)


Preheat oven to 185F

Cut up the ripe banana into small pieces and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

In a separate bowl add 2 tbs of PB&Me, 1/2 cup of non dairy coconut silk yogurt and 3 scoops of clean vegan keto strawberry protein. Mix well.

Take a small spoon and place a dollop on top the banana. Place in the freezer and freeze for 45-60 minutes.

Add the vegan dark chocolate chips and 2 tbs of MCT oil in a small oven safe bowl. Place in the oven at 185F for 12 mins. Remove from oven and stir until fully melted. Take a small spoon and drizzle the chocolate over the bites.

NOTE: There might be some chocolate and MCT oil left over, so I take some roasted almonds, place them on the cookie sheet and drizzle the chocolate overtop to make chocolate cluster almonds.

Voilà! Two healthy snacks for when you get home! Store them in the freezer and enjoy for a well balanced snack.


Bananas are full of potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and various antioxidants and phytonutrients. Antioxidants are great for keeping the skin youthful as is vitamin C.

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Reawakening Beauty: Iced Summer Vegan Gluten Free Coffee (or Frappe)

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Iced Summer Vegan Gluten Free Coffee (or Frappe)


  • 1 scoop Clean Vegan Vanilla Protein
  • 1/2 cup Cold Brew (you can use cold iced coffee) *if you are experiencing acne or adrenal burnout do decaf
  • 1/2 cup Ice
  • 3/4 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 4 drops Vanilla Stevia
  • 1/2 – 1 tbs Cacao
  • Cinnamon (optional)


Makes: 1 serving

Mix ingredients in a shaker cup and shake or add ingredients into a blender and blend until desired consistency! Enjoy.

Optional: Sprinkle cinnamon on top or blend in for extra antioxidants.


Cacao is full of health benefits that are said to help make your skin supple and glow. Cacao is high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, and can help protect and repair skin from premature aging and damage.

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Reawakening Beauty: Gluten Free Avocado Toast for Healthy Skin

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Gluten Free Avocado Toast for Healthy Skin


  • Gluten Free Bread
  • 1 /3 Avocado
  • Salt & Pepper (sprinkle)
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbs Organic Salsa
  • 1 tsp Unflavoured Protein Powder
  • 1 /4 Cucumber (sliced)
  • Mushrooms (sautéed)
  • Radishes (sliced)
  • Spinach or Kimichi
  • 1/2 tsp Hemp Seeds (optional)


Sauté the mushrooms in a pan and remove from heat. Mash the avocado and salsa together, add in the garlic powder, salt, pepper and unflavoured protein powder and mix well. Toast the gluten free bread and apply a thin layer of the avocado mix. Top with sliced cucumber, radishes, sautéed mushrooms, spinach or kimchi and hemp seeds, or whatever else you desire.


In a recent study some results have shown avocado to improve the skin elasticity and firmness with regular consumption over 8 weeks eating one avocado a day. Be sure to check with your doctor before eating daily to ensure it’s right for you.

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Reawakening Beauty: Vegan Gluten Free Banana Protein Bread

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Vegan Gluten Free Banana Protein Bread


  • 1 cup Banana (ripe)
  • 1/2 cup Dairy Free Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1 Vegan Flax Egg
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil MCT (melted)
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2/3 cup Gluten Free Quick Oats
  • 1/2 cup Vegan Chocolate Keto Protein
  • 1/2 cup Vegan Chocolate Chips (Enjoy Life)
  • 3 tbs Erythritol & Monk Fruit Extract (Volupta)


Preheat oven to 320°F. Add the ripe banana into a mixing bowl and mash with a fork. Add in the dairy free vanilla yogurt, flax egg and coconut oil MCT and mix well. Next add in the remaining ingredients and stir thoroughly until blended. Lightly grease a bread pan with avocado oil spray and pour in the mixed contents. Place in the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes. Remove from the oven, let cool and enjoy!


MCT oil has been said to have anti-inflammatory properties which can help to combat irritation on your skin and in your body. Banana’s are full of potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and various antioxidants and phytonutrients. Antioxidants are great for keeping the skin youthful as is vitamin C.

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