Look no further than your kitchen for secrets to beautiful skin.
JJ Virgin: As a smart recessionista and mom, you know the last thing on the family budget is a trip to the spa for an expensive facial or a jar of one of those expensive wrinkle and line-busting creams that don't really work. Let me fill you in on a secret that doesn't cost much and will give you skin that glows and resists wrinkling: You can eat your way pretty with a few simple tips. Remember that beauty really starts from the inside out and what you eat can help determine if you look young and glowing or old and tired.
Ladies, if you try the following, you will have more room on your credit cards and bathroom counters because you won't need a line-up of products. The following will be the best way to put your best face forward:
Face the Facts: You Can Eat Your Way Pretty
Always stay well hydrated.
We've all heard it 100 times, but water is one of the essentials in life and it's also major when it comes to the care and hydrating of your skin. You really do need to drink your 8 to 12 glasses of pure spring water each day. Cola and juice don't count. In fact, the sugar in both are unnecessary and will actually work against your skin care plan. Don't even get me started on how artificial sweeteners in soda wreak havoc on your system. Make sure to drink you water throughout the day and don't chug so much during meals (stick to 4 - 8 oz) because you don't want to dilute your stomach acids.
Crunch and munch on the right foods.
Your diet should include high quality essential fatty acids including raw nuts and seeds, avocados, olive oil and wild cold water fish. You should also eat foods that help you (and your skin) maintain a good acid-alkaline balance including non-starchy veggies and low glycemic fruit.
Your skin is the biggest organ of your body and you must work to detox it from various stresses. One great way is to buy a dry brush and use it on your body before you get into the shower. Yes, just brush your entire bod to stimulate cell production and remove dead skin cells. Be extra gentle in certain areas. When it comes to your face, you can use a scrub. One tip is to look closely at your pores in a magnifying mirror. Make sure the granuals of your scrub mimic the size of your pores. If you have tiny pores use tiny grains, bigger pores, bigger grains. After you scrub take a bath in epsom salts and/or baking soda (do this several times a week). Bathing also provides super stress relief and ridding your life of excess stress is also a great way to, as Madonna sings, "give good face."
Sweat It Out.
When you sweat during exercise, you're cleansing your body of toxins. On days you don't feel like going to the gym to workout remember that you're also taking time off your face by sweating it out. As a treat after a workout, go into your gym's sauna to relax and also as a way to give yourself a quickie facial.
This is the process where sugars bind to proteins without the need for enzymes. This process shows on your skin in the form of brown "age" spots, wrinkles, and internally through inflammation. Remember that refined carbs and sugars don't just show up on your hips and butt, but are incredibly aging to your skin. That's a great reason to put down that cookie.
It all starts with inflammation. You can impact the inflammation in your body through the fats that you consume. Fats high in arachadonic acid including red meat, eggs and corn are pro-inflammatory and need to be balanced with anti-inflammatory fats including fish oils, GLA (from evening primrose oil or borage oil), raw nuts and seeds and olive oil.
Reduce Oxidative Stress.
When you cut an apple and expose it to air it oxidizes or turns brown. This same process is happening within your body with each breath you take. When you eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and take a combination antioxidant formula with some of the powerhouse nutrients including lipoic acid, resveratrol and curcumin, you will reduce this oxidative stress and also reduce overall inflammation.
It's a natural antioxidant that when used regularly as a drink can work wonders on your face. If you have bags under your eyes, just wring out the tea bags after they cool, close your eyes and put one bag on each eye. Leave on for five minutes. The puff will be gone.
Try this quick kitchen facial as you're making omelets for breakfast.
If you have dry skin then take an egg, whip up only the yellows and smear on your face. Leave it on for 20 minutes and ignore your kids who are now making fun of you! If you have oily skin, then whip up only the whites of the egg and make the same facial. Wonder Woman herself Lynda Carter, does this on Sunday mornings when she makes omelets for her family. One look at her gorgeous mug and we'll smear on what she's smearing on!
|JJ Virgin, PhD, CNS is a celebrity health and nutrition expert, author, public speaker and media personality. She is internationally recognized as the creator of the Weight Loss Resistance Revolution™ and trains other health care professionals in her program. JJ is the President of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, nanp.org|