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All About Alkaline with Sofie Pavitt

by The Culinistas

To celebrate the launch of our Glowing Skin menu, we sat down with experts from across the skincare industry to discuss the foods you eat and how they make you glow. Sofie Pavitt is an aesthetician based in Manhattan’s Chinatown known for helping her clients with severe acne issues. She helps clients get glassy, dewy skin; in fact her facial treatments include one called the Glasspass. “The key to a clear skin menu is to incorporate anti-inflammatory ingredients. Inflammation is the source of so many skin conditions.” says Pavitt. Her glowing skin nutrition tip? Eat more alkaline foods. Alkaline foods are the inverse of inflammatory foods, tempering acid that irritates and inflames. Foods high in alkaline include greens like spinach and broccoli as well as salmon, which is replete with omega 3 fatty acids to help reduce inflammation. She also suggests eating foods rich in probiotics to promote friendly bacteria in the gut. “Your skin is the window to gut health.” 

Bright, color-saturated foods rich in lycopene like sweet potatoes, carrots, red peppers, and tomatoes should find their way into your diet for skin health. Sofie says that eating these foods regularly will help promote skin radiance and studies show consuming lycopene during the sunnier months is key to protecting the skin from UV damage.

How long you’ve been in business

Three years but two years at the Chinatown location

Business one liner

Results driven skincare

Three words to describe your brand/skin care approach

Informative, inclusive, fun

Three people you’d like to have dinner with

Cardi B, Stephen Fry, my husband because I don’t get to have dinner enough with him! 

Who’s your skin muse?

Oh man, I have so many. I love working with different skin types so it’s hard to say who.  My great grandma had amazing skin and all she used was ponds cold cream her whole life! 

Culinary staples in your kitchen

Eggs, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, feta cheese 

Glowing Skin Menu Picks

Roasted Red Pepper Frittata (with egg, red pepper, kale, spinach, basil)

This frittata sounds great with a mix of red pepper and greens for anti inflammatory benefits and vit C from the peppers.

Poached Salmon & Spring Peas (with wild salmon, spring pea, shallot, crushed red pepper, lemon)

Poached salmon/oily fish is packed with benefits for the skin as it lowers inflammation. Oily fish consumption helps regulate sebum production in the skin as well.

Shaved Broccoli Salad (with kohlrabi, broccoli, orange, cashew, chive, lemon)

Full of skin friendly antioxidants.

Sweet Potato & Chickpea Patties (with sweet potato, broccoli, garbanzo bean, cilantro, whole wheat flour)

Love sweet potatoes for skin health, they help impart a natural glow to the skin and are full of vitamin C and E.

Little Tomatoes & Orzo (with orzo, tomato, parmesan, anchovy, walnut, parsley) 

Tomatoes are full of lycopene to help protect the skin against UV damage within. 

So-Cal Citrus (with oranges, grapefruit, kumquat, pomegranate, walnut, basil, sumac)

So-Cal Citrus sounds amazing! Again packed with vitamin C, which helps collagen production within the skin.

Thank you to Sofie Pavitt the beautiful photo.