Look no further than your fridge for secrets to supple and soft skin.
JJ Virgin: The other day, I was shopping and noticed that the cosmetics aisle at the local Nordstrom has virtually exploded. There was every oil, cream, and serum available -- if you have the money -- and each promised to smooth every wrinkle and correct every fine line.
For a price.
Most busy moms don't have the time to lock themselves in the bathroom for extended skin care sessions, nor do we have the funds to buy creams from the vineyards of France. The great news is there are simple ways with healthy foods to create a beautiful you from the inside out.
Research has found that certain foods on my eating plate actually do some "double-duty beauty" and can give you healthy, glowing, gorgeous skin. One important note: You'll notice that many of the foods have strong antioxidant qualities. What does this mean? Simple. When you eat them, it reduces the oxidative stress on your skin. Too much stress means your collagen and elastin -- what keeps your facial skin firm and plump and young looking -- breaks down. You want just the opposite by eating as many antioxidants as possible for an impossibly gorgeous YOU.
Let's jump into our kitchen spa right now. Try eating/drinking:
Coconut Milk: I love to use this in my shakes, soups, and sauces. Now comes the great news: Coconut milk is packed with skin-soothing antioxidants and potassium. Tip: Many models use coconut water as a skin treatment. Just dab a bit on a washcloth and apply to your face.
Wild Salmon: It's delicious -- and wild salmon is packed with protein that repairs skin cells and omega-3 fatty acids, which give you back your barrier-protecting lipids and keep your skin supple, glowing, and wrinkle-free. Even top dermatologist Nicholas Perricone loves wild salmon for its antioxidant power. Tip: Make extra and use it the next day on a salad for lunch.
Beans and Lentils: The fiber in these healthy beans give you a low-glycemic food that keeps your blood sugar stable. Dermatologists also believe that they prevent pimples and dry or sagging skin. Tip: When you're eating out, load up on beans in your salads.
Green Tea: Drink it all day long ... both iced and hot. It's an amazing antioxidant that keeps your skin glowing, fresh, and even helps with the wrinkles. Tip: After making hot green tea, save the tea bags and allow them to cool. Wring them out, so they're not dripping wet. Now, place them on your eyes for a quick and effective way to de-puff before going out.
Blueberries: These delicious berries are one of the best antioxidants, and you can eat them as dessert or on your steel-cut oatmeal. They're even delicious in salads. Tip: Load up your healthy shakes in the morning with blueberries.
Salad Fixings: You want to make sure your salads aren't just lettuce and tomato. Have a cup of antioxidants on top, including broccoli, green and red peppers, and carrots. Tip: Use a rainbow of veggies as a stir fry with the coconut milk to even up your skin care routine.
|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|