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Tips For Healthy Beautiful Skin

21 Sep


Select a moisturizer that contains skin-repairing humectants. Is that a new word for you? Humectants attract water when applied to your skin and improve its hydration. Good ones include glycerin, propylene glycol, and urea. Also look for skin products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), compounds that help reduce wrinkles and improve dry skin, acne, and age spots. AHAs, which naturally occur in grapes, apples, citrus, and sour milk (think buttermilk or yogurt), work by speeding up the turnover of old skin cells, making skin look younger.

Use a loofah daily to keep ingrown hairs and scaly skin under control. While in the shower, gently scrub bumpy or scaly skin with a circular motion to remove dead cells. For extra-smooth skin, sprinkle a few drops of an alpha-hydroxy product on the loofah before scrubbing.

Take rose hips every morning to help build collagen. Rich in vitamin C, rose hips (available at drugstores) can help keep skin smooth and youthful. Follow label directions.

Pop a high-potency multivitamin every day. Many nutrients are vital to healthy skin, including vitamins C, A, and B. The most reliable way to get them all every day is to eat well, as well as take a daily supplement.

Use unscented baby powder to keep areas where skin meets skin — like the inner thighs, underarms, beneath large breasts — clean and dry. This is important to prevent a common skin condition called intertrigo, which occurs when such areas remain moist, fostering the growth of bacteria or fungi.


6 Must Have Beauty Secrets From Around The World

23 Jul

From Brazil to India, it turns out the fountain of youth is often found in the kitchen. Here are some of celebrity nutritionist Cynthia Pasquella’s favorite beauty secrets from around the world.

Secret No. 1: Coconut oil Coconut oil is super moisturizing and can be used as a deep cleanser for skin pores as it contains natural antibacterial ingredients to help clear up acne. Women in Belize have long used it to ease fine lines and wrinkles and to soften dry skin. Coconut oil also acts as a natural sunscreen, protecting skin even further. Ingesting this amazing food improves circulation in the skin, restores elasticity and can even banish under-eye circles.

You can pick up unrefined, organic coconut oil from almost any grocery store. Dr. Bronner’s Fresh-Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil can be purchased online for $10.99.

Secret No. 2: Noni juice The Polynesians use noni juice for its powerful anti-aging properties that help you feel younger and make your skin glow. Noni juice also can help lower inflammation throughout your body.

You can find Lakewood Organic Noni Juice at stores and online for $9.29.

Secret No. 3: Ginger Throughout India women of all ages take a few moments each morning to lovingly shred a little ginger and mix it with a spoonful of honey. After adding water, they savor the sweetness of the honey combined with the gentle warmth of the fresh ginger. These two simple ingredients are believed to reduce lines in the skin.

You can buy whole ginger roots at most grocery stores.

Secret No. 4:  Guanábana (Soursop) The Guanábana fruit, native to the Caribbean and South America, is known for its rich, aromatic flavor and nourishing benefits. Guanábana contains a healthful blend of nutrients, intended to help promote more beautiful skin. It’s rich in vitamins B and C, which help boost immunity and nourish the skin.

If you’d like to give guanábana a try, you can buy Borba Slimming Chocolate Chews for $19.99 or Borba Smart and Sexy Omega-3 Bursts for $14.99.

Secret No. 5: Black cumin seeds Native to south and southwest Asia, black cumin seeds are a powerful antioxidant. They’re beneficial for strengthening hair and nails and treating skin conditions like psoriasis, acne and eczema. The seeds contain a rich variety of vitamins including A, B1, B2, B6, C and Niacin, as well as an array of minerals including calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, selenium, copper, phosphorus and zinc.

Intelligent Nutrients’ Intellimune Tablets contain black cumin seed meal and cost $45.

Secret No. 6: Grape-seed extract Regularly used by French women to keep their skin beautiful and ageless, grape-seed extract contains powerful antioxidants. Wine and grape-seed oil cannot compare in antioxidant potency to grape-seed extract. For example, you would need to eat 1 to 1.5 pounds of seeded table grapes to receive the antioxidant benefits you would get from 50 mg of grape-seed extract.

Murad’s Youth Builder Dietary Supplement contains grape-seed extract and costs $49.50 for a 30-day supply.

Get your beauty sleep

14 Jul

We know, you’ve heard it all before, but it’s called beauty sleep for a reason. “Sleep deprivation lowers circulation, which is why you look pale and washed out if you only get a few hours,” says Amy Wechsler, one of only two U.S. physicians board-certified in both dermatology and psychiatry. It’s also the best time to rejuvenate your skin. “Your body’s cellular renewal team has the night shift, so this is when you want to equip your skin with as many nutrients and hydrating ingredients it needs to do a fine job,” she says.

Running low on sleep? Pick up some soy milk. Some women are keeping a carton in their fridge at all times to “fake a good night’s sleep.” The natural anti-inflammatory reduces swelling while soy proteins hydrate skin to soften the look of crow’s feet. The cold temperature helps shrink swelling and constricts veins to make eyes look less bloodshot. To make soothing, redness-busting compresses, pour a small amount of soy milk in a bowl, dunk two cotton balls, and squeeze out the excess. Then hold the cotton balls over your eyes (or any other area where you have red or irritated skin) for five minutes.

Roll away your puffy eyes this morning. “Fluid fills up under our eyes each night because we’re lying down,” says dermatological surgeon Anne Chapas. Start by sleeping on two pillows to elevate the face. In the morning, massage away the excess fluid with the Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller, which manually pushes out fluid. To reduce dark shadows, use your ring finger to lightly tap Origins GinZing Eye Cream, which contains caffeine, onto the delicate area. “Caffeine constricts vessels to minimize leaking, which causes the darkening, while titanium dioxide, mica, and iron oxides reflect light away to brighten.”

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