Skin Food Talk is an empowering educational health platform on how to get glowing from the inside out. The Skin Food Talk conversation on health and beauty started a little over 2 years ago when holistic nutritionist, Tara and medically trained esthetician, Hayley started asking each other advice on different cases they were working on in their respective practices. Discovering how each skin condition was connected to an internal imbalance that can be corrected through food and self care was the lightbulb moment. Through that initial dialogue the concept for the signature SFT workshop was born. The signature workshop was designed to use your skin as a guide to what is going on internally and what you need to achieve your best health. The SFT’s insider perspective includes a collective 28 years of experience in beauty, nutrition and health coaching with a passion of education.
It all started with an idea...
Skin Food Talk was born as a simple idea when Soho house asked Tara and Hayley to set up a simple workshop and speak for their members. They had been playing around with the idea of collaborating on a project together for a while so this seemed like the best opportunity to finally make it happen. The concept was seemingly simple - “how to achieve the perfect skin”. Reviewing the way that a facialist and a nutritionist typically consults with their clientele uncovered the obvious similarities of how each developed a care plan. That’s when the SFT quiz was created. Combining both Tara and Hayley’s initial client intake form created an easy to understand quiz on where you can see where you land on the spectrum of health at any given moment. The questions ask everything from your stress, sleep, food cravings and overall goals in health. With each question there are 4 multiple choice answers to pick from which all relate to a certain category of health. So once you’ve taken the quiz and tallied up your multiple choice answers, it’s easy to see if you identify with one particular group or if you are all over the board. The best part is that there is no right or wrong answer as you get to learn about each category.
The four most common categories that SFT identifies in their quiz results include environmentally affected, hormonally affected, gut imbalanced and well balanced. Each of these correlate to a different face map created by Hayley based on her years of identifying the imbalances of internal organs through skin. Traditional face maps from Eastern Chinese medicine or Ayurvedic practices can feel a little overwhelming to look at because each section of the face represents a different organ. Unless you are a professional it can overwhelm you or unintentionally misinform you. Breaking the face maps down by each of their respective category makes it easier to understand what the internal imbalances actually are. For example, a common environmentally affected area on the skin would be the center of the eyebrows which typically correlates to the liver. Because your liver is a detoxification organ it may experience stagnation and stress due to pollution or other environmental triggers. This can show up on the skin due to a compromised barrier in dry, itchy and inflamed skin. If you are experiencing liver imbalance due to hormonal fluctuations you may experience the same center of the eyebrow imbalance but instead it is coming out in little infections on the skin. That simple subtlety in how to identify what is what can make the world of a different in how you treat your skin. It also allows you to look into your internal health and start healing the imbalance at the root of the issue.
That’s where nutrition and self care play a huge role! The conversation continues with comprehensive yet attainable advice for each of these categories that doesn’t require you to break the bank or change your entire lifestyle. To come back to the example of liver imbalance for environmentally affected skin, a simple addition of liver supporting herbs and foods may change everything. The advice is all tried and true based on years of success with the SFT founders clientele. Discovering how your skin reflects your internal health is the most empowering tool for anyone because there is no shaming involved. The SFT mission is the shift the narrative into how each imbalance is a signal from your body telling you exactly what you need. All you need to do is simply tune in.
Reinventing the wheel on how to view health and one's ability to self heal may seem like a daunting task but SFT has been ready up for the challenge. With 10+ events and hundreds of attendees so far, the conversation is just getting started. Skin Food Talk has traveled to New York CIty, Montauk, all over the Los Angeles area and even Todos Santo, Mexico. Each attendee has been a valuable part of shaping the direction of where SFT is going. Each individual represents the need for customized care that inspired this workshop to begin with. We hope to see you at the next event so stay tuned for many more to come.