Wellness tips from Tosca Reno

Posted on November 06 2016

By: Tosca Reno 


INSPIRATION: “a bamboo skirt, “I wanted her to feel how unbelievably soft the fabric was”. Donna was skeptical at first – it wasn't the most stylish piece! But once she tried it on, she couldn't get enough of how soft the fabric felt against her skin.”

The bamboo skirt Donna Smith, owner and designer of Miik fashion, fell in love with, highlights how important the pleasure of touch is. Our sense of touch is controlled by a huge network of nerve endings and touch receptors in the skin known as the somatosensory system. This system is responsible for all the sensations we feel - cold, hot, smooth, rough, pressure, tickle, itch, pain, vibrations, and more.  

Feeling beautiful fabrics like Miik’s bamboo, micro modal or sorona, satisfies the desire for beauty. Feeling soft, firmly textured skin, similarly nurtures our desire for beauty. Achieving healthy skin is more readily accomplished by following these 5 simple steps.






The sun both nourishes and damages skin. It’s all a matter of balance. Eating a clean food based diet substantially increases the nutritional load your body craves.  An important component of which includes minerals. The higher our mineral consumption, the more sun protection we have from the inside.  Eat a diet high in minerals including bone broth soups, fruits and vegetables and nuts and seeds.  
Also limit your exposure to sun during the most intense hours, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.





Cleanse skin daily using gentle cleansers. One of my favourites is coconut oil.  I use it to remove my makeup but also to cleanse my skin and moisturize it!!







Beautiful, plump, dewy skin is created by hydrating yourself adequately.  This is accomplished by drinking plenty of water, on a daily basis - 3 litres is recommended, more if you are active. But we must also manage the amount of dehydrating beverages we consume. Caffeinated and sugary drinks, rob us of water. Make sure to offset every 8 ounce caffeinated or sugary beverage with 12 ounces of water.  

Use natural moisturizing products to protect and soften your outer dermal layer.  Coconut oil, loaded with naturally occurring antioxidants, antiviral and antibacterial agents and lubricating molecules, is one of the best I know! I keep one jar in the kitchen, one in the bathroom for skin care and one by my bedside for romantic evenings (coconut oil is a wonderful personal lubricant!).


What we eat is the greatest influencing factor for our wellness and that includes our skin. It stands to reason that when we eat clean, whole, nutrient dense foods, the skin reflects the abundance of nutrients. It becomes radiant, almost as it were glowing from the inside out. Well nourished skin is also more plump, as it has the right nutrients to build plenty of collagen and elastin, the protein fibres that make up the foundation of our skin. It is also blemish free, thanks to a diet low in refined sugar.




Follow up your clean diet with exercise. When we live a lifestyle built from hundreds of healthy practices, we naturally become optimally healthy in every aspect. Physical exercise helps the body shed toxins, build muscle and bone as well as a robust immune system but it also powers up our brain cells. When the brain feels good, the body follows.  Exercise is the answer.



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