Facial Skin: How Different Is It from the Rest of the Body?

May 31st, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta

Young and Elderly SkinSome argue against facial massage, facial exercise and especially against dry-brushing, on the grounds that facial skin is extra-sensitive. A better way to state the truth: Facial skin is different. If you look under a microscope, you’ll see that the cells making up the top layer of the face are generally smaller than skin cells on the rest of the body. Read the rest of this entry »

Rawsome Beauty Testimonials (October 2010)

October 10th, 2010 by Tonya Zavasta

September 1, 2010

Thanks so much, Tonya! Keep up the great work. You have inspired me, and as a consequence, my patients here in Germany in many ways!!!-B.

September 3, 1010

Tonya! yay!! 🙂
I love your cream!
this is the first time I’ll be able to try both the masque and the cream at the same time 🙂 again! i get to see it’s the best cleanest cream on the market hands down… takes away my ‘fine lines’ – i pray one day my skin is as remarkable as yours…-J. Read the rest of this entry »

Raw Foods for Health-Raw Foods for Beauty

October 1st, 2010 by Tonya Zavasta

VanityVanity. Despite how it may sound it can be the one and only thing that is big enough to drive people to change their bad habits and unhealthy lifestyles. It’s not that most people don’t know the drawbacks of a poor diet and detrimental lifestyle practices such as smoking or overeating, but for some people even after they hear all the testimonies about how good they can feel and some of the powerful healing effects of raw foods, they still have a hard time finding the inspiration to really go out there and do it.

If You Need Another Incentive…

For some people, being gravely ill and without viable alternatives becomes a good incentive to start the raw food diet, but, for others, a lack of motivation is the real problem. Many women have told me that they would not consider going raw for their health-they would just take medication. They would, however, do it for beauty. Clearly, beauty is a great impetus. This goal does not, however, preclude men, the raw food diet is just as beneficial for them-it just makes them handsome instead of beautiful. Read the rest of this entry »

Dry Skin Remedies

May 6th, 2010 by Tonya Zavasta

wrinkles are telling talesThere can be various causes of dry skin and some examples are as follows:

* Eating commercially grown produce

* Nutrient deficiencies such as vitamin E

* Oil glands not providing sufficient supply of oil to the skin

* Environment with low humidity

* Use of harsh chemicals
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Stem Cells in a Face Cream?

March 24th, 2010 by Tonya Zavasta

People ask me: There are these new high-tech “stem cell creams” on the market. What do you think about them? Here’s the scoop on stem cells…Suppose you cut your finger. Your wound is able to heal because other skin cells around the damaged area divide and migrate to seal the wound. Break a leg, and chondrocytes (bone-forming cells) will repair the damage. Read the rest of this entry »

Those Dark Circles Under Your Eyes: The Value of Vitamin K

October 31st, 2009 by Tonya Zavasta

Dark Eye CircleDear Tonya…
All my life I’ve had nasty, dark circles around my eyes. And now, some fine lines that crinkle like crows’ feet whenever I laugh or smile. It’s hard to conceal them using makeup, since I have uneven skin tone and it all looks fake. This makes it very hard for me to look attractive. It hurts, and some days I dare not look at myself in the mirror. Read the rest of this entry »

Sensitive Skin Care

September 6th, 2009 by Tonya Zavasta
Tonya Zavasta, 55

Tonya Zavasta, 55

The general recommendation is: You must be extra careful with sensitive skin. Sounds good. But this is dealing with side effects, not the cause of the problem.

We should not have sensitive skin. Skin is the largest organ in our body. Imagine what would happen if all of your other organs were sensitive and broke out in rashes or became irritated, burning and stinging at the slightest provocation. Would you call that “normal” or “healthy”?

Your Skin is a Messenger

Your skin tells much about what is going on inside of you. If your skin is constantly breaking out, inflamed or burning and needs to be soothed and medicated, that should set off alarm bells for you. When sensitive skin flares up, it’s called many things: acne, dermatitis, rosacea, redness, burning, stinging.


All the skin issues mentioned above amount to the same thing—inflammation. People with sensitive skin have some type of inflammatory response either to external causes (such as cosmetics or sunlight) or to internal causes (such as food or medication). Many things can cause our skin to be sensitive, but diet stands somewhere at the root of most. Cooked foods create sensitivity and inflammation, particularly foods high in sugar.

The Naked Truth

Here is the naked truth…You will never have beautiful skin if it’s too sensitive. You can’t brush it or work with overly sensitive skin. One of the worst drawbacks of sensitive skin is that it cannot tolerate enough exfoliation, if any. That is why ultra-sensitive skin that reacts unfavorably to stimulation needs to be addressed internally first.

Healthy skin is robust. It heals fast after any external vexation. One reason: speedy cell turnover. It is this ability that rejuvenates your skin. And it is regular removing of dead cells that stimulates new cell development. Stimulation is the key, but sensitivity is its worst enemy. Only the raw foods diet, no matter your age, can help you defeat it. You don’t have to resort to special medicated, hypoallergenic products or questionable chemicals to keep irritations and flare-ups at bay. You’ll only handicap your skin by resorting to these methods, since these only address the symptoms, not the cause.

Your skin’s condition reflects your internal health. Anyone who’s enjoyed a life-changing nutritional experience knows the feeling. Raw food aficionados surely do. So do vegans and vegetarians of every stripe and hue. So, too, does the simple dieter—the person who’s lost weight, say, by shedding pizzas and burgers and learning to enjoy good salads, fresh fruit, lighter meals better chosen. You feel better. You look better. And no part of “looking good” is more significant, visually, than the appearance of your skin.

Juicing is a Must

A raw food diet that includes daily juicing will help take care of your internal health so that the skin cells being manufactured are healthy ones. Juicing delivers outstanding nutrients and hydration from the inside. Within several weeks you skin will become less sensitive. Then you can begin your exterior beauty regimen. A good, consistent skin care regimen will cleanse, moisturize, soothe and exfoliate from the outside so that new, healthier skin cells can replace the old ones.

Facial MaskSkin Brushing

If you currently do have sensitive skin, you may have to go through an uncomfortable phase when you first start your regimen. I did. Be gentle. But be faithful. Brush your skin and apply a facial masque daily. Most of all, give yourself—and your skin—time to adjust. As well, if you’re new to the raw foods lifestyle, or returning after a time away, you must give your raw food diet, and those fresh vegetable juices, time to work their magic from the inside. Start slowly. Gently. Work your way up. You may find it beneficial to follow your masque and brushing sessions with Your Right to Be Beautiful Facial Cream. One of the main ingredients is Sea Buckthorn oil which is remarkably soothing and helps rapid healing of irritated or sensitive skin.

Facial BrushI used to have sensitive skin. But I got over it. When I first started using a facial masque, it caused a slight burning. Dry brushing resulted in minor irritation and redness. But I persisted because I knew what I was doing and why. Now, I am not shy to admit, I have such healthy skin that I can brush it vigorously several times a day. Frankly, the more I brush, the better my skin looks! I am not plagued by flare-ups, rashes, and stinging or burning sensations. You shouldn’t be, either. You can attain a beautiful, healthy, glowing complexion with the right skin care regimen and the raw food diet.


One of my readers wrote to me:
“I will vouch for everything you are saying: I used to have terrible ‘photodermatitis.’ I couldn’t even walk to the mailbox in the sun without breaking out in swollen, itchy, stinging red welts for days, especially around my mouth. Now, I can sunbathe freely and feel and look fabulous. I am not being overdramatic when I give your products and methods most of the credit.”

I give most of the credit to two things. The first: the raw foods lifestyle. And second: hot yoga. Both practices detox your body and free your skin from any sensitivity. To learn more about both, read my new book, Raw Food and Hot Yoga.

Tanning Beds Versus Sunlight

February 23rd, 2009 by Tonya Zavasta

Tanning BedWe are smack dab in the middle of winter. And this year, it’s a particularly fierce one! Are you dreaming of sunny days and warm, balmy evenings? Are you anticipating the summer when you can sunbathe every day and get that coppery luminescence that bespeaks health and vibrancy? Are you even getting impatient and thinking of heading to the tanning salon? Say it ain’t so! Read the rest of this entry »

Raw Food Beauty Tips and Secrets

November 5th, 2008 by Tonya Zavasta

Tonya ZavastaHere are some delightful beautifying tips that will complement your raw foods diet and your daily beauty regimen.

You know coconuts are a delicious part of the raw food diet but they are also a beauty supplement! Using the water on your hair and face will make you feel like a Tahitian beauty.

Wet your hair in coconut water. Apply coconut water all over the scalp and massage into roots. Use some of it on your face as well. Put on a cosmetic cap and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then wash and condition as usual. If you do 50-100 strokes to brush you hair before this procedure the effectiveness will greatly increase. If you have my Rolling Bed of Pins you can use it for 10 minutes before applying coconut water. Apply on your hair at least once per week for several months. Read the rest of this entry »

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