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11 Simple Tips For Healthy, Beautiful Skin

skin treatment applyingYour skin, the biggest organ you have. Keeping it healthy and youthful is not so hard! Here are 11 simple tips to get and maintain beautiful, healthy skin:

1. Lemon water
When you wake up in the morning, drink a room temperature glass of water with organic lemon juice. This cleansing process is a great life practice, helps with great skin and great health.

2. Drink Water
Drink enough water very day, avoid sodas and sugary juices.

3. Wash your face
Don’t just wash your face before bed, suds up when you get home, even if it is early afternoon. Bacteria can irritate skin, clog pores, and trigger breakouts and long term damage can cause scarring.

4. Disinfect your reading and sun glasses
Great practice to implement every few days with rubbing alcohol. Think of all the surfaces glasses touch from desks, kitchen tables, bathroom counters to the counter at your local coffee shop, then they get placed back over the face. Keeping skin clean is important. 

5. Take nutrients
Remember to take your vitamins, minerals, fats and antioxidants even if you are eating a great diet. Fats are especially important to keep skin supple and firm. You can increase your good fats naturally by consuming more salmon, flaxseed, and almonds. Just understand that good fats are not saturated fat such as those found in dairy products and meats, which increase free-radical damage that makes skin more susceptible to aging.

6. Eat great food
8-10 cups of vegetables per day, 2 cups of fruit per day and high quality lean proteins is a good startEat vegetables from all possible colors of the rainbow weekly to ensure a variety of nutrients in your diet.

7. Go organic
Use organic skin care products. There are loads of chemical free products to choose from that don’t break the bank.

8. Sun Protection
Protect your skin from the sun. Ideally, SPF 30 with moisturizing and of course make sure it is organic. Every 10 minutes of daily exposure to UVA ‘the aging rays”can cause changes that  lead to sun spots and wrinkles in a matter of three short months, so don’t skip this step! Studies are now showing using a lower SPF but applying frequently is the way to go for optimal sun protection.

9. Let it go
If something is bothering you, talk about it and work it out – don’t wear it on your skin. Stress and unbalanced emotions can age you fast. You can increase the stress hormone “cortisol” quickly with constant anxiety which can trigger acne and facial redness.

10. Regular exercise
Studies show those who work out on consistently have firmer skin than non exercisers, so get your exercise on, once approved by your doctor. Exercise infuses skin with oxygen and nutrients that you need for collagen production!

11. Get to sleep
Maintaining a healthy sleep routine is critical for long term skin health. If you are in the habit of staying up late in front of the television, break it and get to sleep at a decent time every night. Your skin and overall health will be improved.

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How about a little retinoid?

The vitamin-A in retinoid derivatives speed cell turnover and collagen growth to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and fade brown spots. With a version now available over the counter called retinol, we can all use this product easily. Retinol may take up to 3 months to see noticeable  results, so be patient.

Fall in love with your looks/yourself just the way you are

The truth is we will never be at or feel our best until we can fall in love with exactly the way we are right now. It is our inner beauty that shines through our skin. All the practices, products and magical potions in the world can’t improve our looks if the insides are not appreciated, cared for, loved and nourished. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, if you see yourself as beautiful, so will everyone else.

Renay Matthews is a nutritionist practicing in Agoura Hills California and can be reached at www.elitewellnesspath.com & www.greatgrubforkids.com

Originally published July 2010

5 Ways to Look and Feel Better Than You Did in High School!

Spa Treatment at Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort - MauritiusIt’s been said that youth is wasted on the young. When we’re in our teens we can get away with bad habits because we have that natural, youthful energy anyway. As we get older, we find that energy is a commodity that we prize and need to be more diligent in our self-care so that we have plenty of it!

Luckily for us, Ayurveda, India’s 5,000 year old “Science of Life,” has some easy guidelines we can follow to look and feel healthier, sexier, and more energetic than we did in high school!

Here are 5 tips from Ayurveda on how to look and feel better:

1. Know your body type.

THEN: In high school you probably coveted the body types of the women in Charlie’s Angels, or wanted to look like Cheryl Tiegs. Now we know better! YOU are the best you, don’t try to be someone else.

NOW: Know your body type – Are you Vata, Pitta, or Kapha. This way you know what “normal” is for you. That way you don’t have unrealistic expectations of yourself. Every dosha is beautiful! Be your best self.

2. Eat for energy.

THEN: In high school you probably lived on pizza and leftovers, and ran through the drive-through after school.

NOW: Eat energizing foods. Fresh vegetables should constitute 40% of the meal. Green, leafy vegetables are especially high in minerals and fiber, so should be eaten often. Raisins are among the best of fruits because they enhance purity, pacify the mind and heart and increase the coordination between them. They are also a rich source of iron and vitamin B6, and provide magnesium, calcium, zinc, and potassium. Raisins aid digestion and elimination when they are soaked in water overnight. One handful per person is a good amount.

A date-milk energy shake is a nourishing way to end the day because it promotes sleep and calms both Pitta and Vata sleep imbalances.

Date-Milk Energy Shake

  • 4-5 whole dates
  • 1 cup whole organic milk (may substitute soy or rice or almond milk)
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • Boil the milk until it creates a foam. Turn off the heat and cool until the temperature is comfortable for drinking. Combine the milk with the other ingredients and blend until the dates are ground up. Drink it warm in winter and at room temperature in summer.

By the way, the warm frothy milk can also be used as a face mask – wonderfully hydrating and leaves the skin super soft!

Herbs and spices are your friends! Cumin helps digestion, freshly crushed black pepper helps you assimilate food better, cilantro cools and nutmeg soothes. There are spice blends, or CHURNAS, specifically to pacify each dosha – you can buy them ready made or make them at home.

Also, avoid energy-draining foods. Any fast foods, canned, frozen, packaged, leftover, or old foods, or foods with preservatives, chemicals and additives, are difficult to digest and contain little nutritional content. They actually drain the body of energy. If you do have some of these foods and feel heavy afterwards, drink half a glass of warm water with ¼ of a lime squeezed into it.

3. Keep skincare simple.

THEN: In high school, you probably spent a ton of money on grooming products, soaps, perfumes, lotions, hairspray.

NOW: Keep it simple. Nourish the body with natural oils. Abhyanga is a daily self massage which is good for keeping all the doshas in balance. It helps moisturize the skin, helps to release toxins, helps to tone the muscles, and it soothes the nerves. Sesame oil is usually recommended in general and is very good for Vatas specifically. Almond oil is also good for Vata. Coconut and sunflower both work well for Pitta. Corn and olive oils are beneficial for balancing Kapha.

The massage can be done in the morning before your shower, or in the evening before bed. Start by warming the oil to skin temperature, and drizzle a small amount of oil into the palms of your hands. Massage the top of your scalp (on days when you wash your hair), pay particular attention to the circumference of your ears, and the soles of your feet. Massage with long strokes on your limbs, and round strokes on your joints. It’s best to leave the oil on the body for 20 minutes before washing it off in a warm shower or bath. This 20 minutes is a good time to do your morning meditation!

4. Maintain a regular routine.

THEN: In high school, you probably kept late nights studying and partying with friends, up early for school, activities – on the go all the time.

NOW: Regular routine can help prevent stress. Ayurveda says there are 3 types of fatigue. Mental fatigue is a Vata imbalance, emotional fatigue is a Pitta imbalance, and physical fatigue is a Kapha imbalance. For all three:

  • Meditation – Twice daily
  • Good sleep habits.
  • Regular meal times.
  • Regular exercise, morning walk in the sun, yoga.
  • Dosha balancing routines – and teas.

5. Support fertility naturally.

THEN: In high school, energy probably came easily. You were always ready for a date!

NOW: Some grains, such as quinoa, enhance estrogenic activity and support the hormonal activity of both men and women. Cook it with a little ghee, salt, and spices such as cumin. Fruits such as papaya and pineapple are also helpful in strengthening the ovum. Turmeric helps enhance the binding of estrogen and progesterone.

Take the Dosha Quiz to determine your Dosha and learn more about Ayurveda with my free 6 week e-course here.

 

Originally published April 2012

8 Amazing Facts About Dilo Oil – The Next Big Thing

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If you’re passionate about health and wellness like we are, then you’ve undoubtedly tried an assortment of cleanses, superfoods, skin care products, supplements, etc. Some work, some don’t. It almost starts to feel like we haven’t left a single stone unturned on this amazing planet of ours.

As it turns out, there may be one product you have yet to incorporate into your healthy lifestyle, and its called dilo oil. Why, you might ask, haven’t you heard of it? There might be a few answers to that.

First of all, dilo is only the idiomatic Fijian term for Calophyllum inophylluma native tree of the Pacific and tropical regions of Africa. The oil extracted from the plant’s seeds is being hailed by wellness product companies as the best thing since coconut oil, and for good reason. The fuss over dilo is nothing new to people of Fiji and other regions throughout the Pacific, and here’s why…

8 Amazing Facts About Dilo Oil:

  1. The long list of ailments people have traditionally treated with dilo oil include wounds, ulcers, ringworm, arthritis, burns, bruises, dry skin, acne, psoriasis, hair loss, and much more.
  2. Dilo oil is particularly effective in treating skin issues, which is why it has been incorporated into many traditional cosmetic products in the Pacific as well as in India.
  3. One study published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry revealed dilo oil’s  potential to inhibit HIV reverse transcriptase, which could make it a viable ingredient in antiretroviral medication.
  4. Reportedly, the oil may also be a viable biodiesel source and thus an alternative to fossil fuel-based gasoline.
  5. The dilo tree also produces an apricot-sized fruit that tastes somewhat like an apple.
  6. The plant has also been used as timber, dye, ornamentation, mosquito repellant, fragrance, craft wood, boat material, soap, and lamp oil.
  7. The tree can reach up to 65 feet in height, 3 feet in diameter, and can produce up to 40 lbs of oil once fully grown.
  8. Dilo trees were considered sacred to Polynesians before mass-conversion to Christianity. Folklore surrounding the plant spoke of gods hiding in the trees and looking out on human activities.

Are you convinced? If you’ve used dilo oil before or try it out after reading this, let us know your results!

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Fun in the Sun: 4 Natural Oils to Add to Your Skin Care Regimen

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Summer just wouldn’t be summer without plenty of fun in the sun. This is the season of picnics, parades, barbeques, and beach days, when most people are wearing the least amount of clothing they’ve been in all year. Everyone knows that too much sun exposure can lead to not only sun burns, but skin damage, wrinkles, sun spots, and even cancer – but does that stop us?

There is only one way you’re going to make it through this sunny season – as well as the many summers to come – and that’s by adequately protecting and caring for your fragile skin. The most exposed areas of your body (the face, ear, neck, lips, etc) are also at the highest risk of developing skin cancer from over-exposure to ultraviolet rays. So it is particularly important to take precautionary measures to protect these areas.

These 4 naturally occurring oils, though not enough sun protection on their own, provide amazing skin benefits to bolster your skin care regimen this summer season:

1. Dilo oil: The nut of the Dilo tree, native to the island of Fiji, produces an oil known for its healing properties. Dilo oil contains calophyllic acid, which is scientifically proven to stimulate healing, reduce inflammation and promote the growth of healthy new skin cells. Wakaya Perfection (the same people who produce that amazing, natural ginger powder we’re always raving about) sell a Dilo Cream that restores and regenerates skin, contains antioxidant vitamins and is a natural sun protector.

2. Argan oil: Naturally harvested in Morocco since ancient times, Argan oil contains high levels of fatty acids, anti-oxidants, and vitamin E, all known to help protect and repair skin cells. Nowadays the oil is harvested largely by all-female collectives, providing a major source of income to many Moroccan women. Healthy and socially responsible!

3. Coconut oil: Similar to Argan oil, coconut oil is rich in antioxidants and vitamin E. And even better, you can put it on your skin and eat it! Just be sure to get virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil, as opposed to the hydrogenated variety, which is much higher in saturated oil.

4. Acai oil: You’ve probably seen this berry all over the place recently – it’s the health fad of the last few years. What you might not know is that the oil extracted from these super-berries provides for a natural, nutrient-rich skin care product high in antioxidants, vitamin C, and essential fatty acids.

What sunshine activities are you enjoying most this summer? Are you making sure to protect your skin against sun damage?

 

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Summer is finally here, and now is the perfect time to stock up on Wakaya Perfection’s 100% organic dilo cream to use in your skin care regime! Visit WakayaPerfection.com to find more healthy recipes (like the Ginger Lime Creme Brulee or Mushroom-Stuffed Pork Chops) and stock up on Wakaya Perfection Organic Ginger to use in your kitchen. 

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The Best Way to Detox After Swimming in a Hotel Pool

keep cool on the swimming poolWhether you’re going on a quick getaway, a fun family vacation, a sightseeing adventure, or visiting family or friends, traveling can be both fun and therapeutic. If you’re staying at a hotel with a pool, it might seem as if the pool is calling your name. While lounging at the hotel pool can definitely be a form of mental detox (no meetings, no computer, no deadlines), it’s important to remember that your skin and hair aren’t feeling that same relaxation.

It’s essential that hotel pools are kept disinfected and clean; we’re all grateful to not share a stranger’s germs or be exposed to harmful bacteria. However, to keep water born bacteria and germs out, most hotel pools rely on chlorine (as well as monitoring PH levels, which affect the disinfecting power of chlorine). If this makes you think of household bleaching products known for “whitening your whites”, you’re on the right track. An active ingredient in both chlorine disinfectant for pools and bleach for household use is sodium hypochlorite. However, they are not interchangeable (they contain different amounts of sodium hypochlorite and pool chlorine contains calcium). While the Health Department regulates the amount of chlorine allowed for use in pools since it is a toxic chemical, many people still experience negative effects of the chlorine after only a short time in a swimming pool.

The most common effect of pool water is drying of the skin and hair. Since water itself is drying on your body (as it evaporates it takes with it your natural oils), when your skin and hair absorb the chlorinated pool water, your body hydration really takes a hit. You’re likely to notice itchy, dry skin and hard to comb, dull looking hair.

Some people also experience skin rashes, eye irritation, the lingering “pool smell”, and increased acne (although other people claim their acne clears up due to chlorine’s drying effect). Pool water can also get into your hair shaft and cause changes in hair color. This can be especially noticeable if you color your hair – think the greenish or brassy look. Nobody wants that! But if you’re like me and have a lot of hair coloring experience (I’ve been almost every shade in the book), you can probably relate to this one.

Now that you know the not so pleasant side effects of chlorinated pool water, you might be surprised to know that the best way to detox after swimming in a hotel pool is very simple: thoroughly rinse your whole body (skin and hair) immediately after getting out. This rinse washes away the chlorine that is stuck on your skin, eyes, ears, and hair so less gets absorbed by your body.

Have you noticed that some hotels have freestanding shower-heads by the pool or a changing room with a shower? It’s for you to rinse off both before and after swimming. If your hotel doesn’t have a shower by the pool, go directly to your room for a shower. Don’t make your shower steaming hot though, as too much steam can open your pores and let some chlorine into your body through your skin.

vitamin-cSome hotels are even utilizing Vitamin C showers to help wash away the chlorine on your body and remove any chlorine in the shower water. Delos Living, a new company that’s combining cutting edge discoveries in medical research, engineering, and technology to create a new standard of “wellness real estate,” recently partnered with MGM Grand Hotels in Las Vegas to offer a number of Stay Well rooms. These rooms have shower water infused with vitamin C to neutralize chlorine and promote healthy hair and skin, as well as a number of other amenities designed to promote personal health and wellness.

I experienced the dreaded hotel swimming pool effects first hand last week on vacation. The hotel I stayed at had a roof top pool with a bar (see how pools can call your name), so I had to check it out! While I only stayed in the pool for a short time and didn’t get my hair wet, I immediately noticed when I got out that my skin was dry and I had a bit of the pool smell. My hotel didn’t have a shower by the pool, but I quickly went to my room to rinse off and apply lotion.

Besides detoxing with a thorough rinse immediately after you swim, shower with a natural soap, be sure to put plenty of conditioner on your hair, use a moisturizing lotion on your body, consider showering or rinsing off before you swim (this creates a protective barrier from the chlorine), and always, always stay hydrated with good quality water.

Now that you know how easy it is to detox after swimming in a hotel pool, go enjoy that much needed (and deserved) vacation!

 

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Best Of The Week: Better Skin

How well do you take care of your skin? What does your skin say about your health? Check out our exclusive content from our Intent Voice community on tips to become that dewy radiant creature with the ultimate beauty secret: great health and great self-care!

What Is Under Your Beautiful Skin? By Eva Barash

The outermost layer of our onion is the Annamaya Kosha, or physical self.  This is the layer we hydrate, stretch, strengthen, and worry about.  The Annamaya Kosha is what at first glance, makes us very unique.

Relax Your Way To Better Skin, Hair and Nails By Kirsten Harrell

In addition to the above stress symptoms, the American Academy of Dermatology’s SKIN academy explains that stress can also cause problems with the hair, skin, and nails.  Dermatologists believe that stress is the number one reason for unexplained hair loss.

11 Tips: How To Have Great Skin By Debbie Mandel

Skin care is inside out. It is crucial to reduce the inflammatory response. Simply put: Stress ages and depletes vitality. Instead of radiating happiness and positivism, you appear negative as you secrete toxins.

Work Your Face: The Best Facial Muscle Exercises For Your Face To Stay Looking Young By Yumi Sakugawa

As facial skin and muscles lose elasticity and start sagging over time, regularly exercising our facial muscles ensure that they will stay firm, support the skin on our face against gravity and have good circulation so that we can decrease wrinkles and droopiness in old age.

The How To’s And ABC’s Of Beautiful Skin By Janice Taylor

Vitamin A helps to even out skin tone, diminish fine lines and may help to make skin more elastic. Good sources are: egg yolks, milk and dairy products, fish oil.

Check out these other past articles from our Intent Voice community to get inspired to give your skin the royal treatment it deserves.

10 Natural Ways To Stay Looking Young By Brett Blumenthal

How To Get Healthier Skin: The Absolute, Most Effective Tips To Younger-Looking Skin By Donna Gates

Clear Skin At Any Age By Dr. Herbert P. Goodheart

Korres Night Cream: Do Your Skin A Favor With Oak And Quercetin! By Angie Provost

DIY Beauty: 9 Ways To Use Olive Oil For Your Face And Body By Yumi Sakugawa

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I’ll Take My ZXT/BP with a Shot of MonaVie Please…

In a search to find information on the beneficial ingredients in ZiXiuTang Bee Pollen (ZXT/BP), I never thought I would find this information.

Knowing firsthand, the benefits to drinking MonaVie, ZXT/BP users may be pleased to learn the following information proves that using MonaVie along with ZXT/BP may positively enhance your results.

Acai Berry Vs. Wolfberry | eHow.com

Contributor By an eHow Contributing Writer

The acai berry is a wild Brazilian palmberry fruit about the size of a grape. The wolfberry, also called the goji berry, produces small bright orange to red colored berries. Both the acai berry and the wolfberry are used for many medicinal purposes and praised for their health benefits.

Significance
1. The acai berry has been touted as one of the most nourishing natural foods. The Chinese revere the wolfberry as a natural treasure for its nutrient-dense properties.

Considerations
2. The acai berry is a primary ingredient in many supplements, juices and candies. It can damage quickly and is best used freeze-dried. Wolfberry is available as a juice and as an ingredient in energy bars. Wolfberry supplements are also available.

Acai Berry Benefits
3. Benefits of the acai berry include weight loss, increased energy, help with digestion, better concentration, stronger immune system, healthier skin, a more youthful appearance, detoxification, heart health, and improved circulation.

Wolfberry Benefits
4. The wolfberry contains many essential macro-nutrients, protein, fiber, and carbohydrates. Benefits include lower ph levels in the body, improved colon health, enhanced mineral absorption, stronger immune system, stabilization of blood glucose, longevity, muscle strength, vision health, and antioxidant properties. It has also been used as an aphrodisiac.

Taste
5. With its nutty taste, the wolfberry is used in foods and beverages. The acai berry tastes like a vibrant mixture of berries with a touch of chocolate. It is frequently used in juices.

Acai Berry vs Wolfberry
6. Both the acai berry and the wolfberry are functional foods with antioxidant benefits. The acai berry works well in beverages, while the wolfberry is better used in foods, yogurts and smoothies. The acai berry has exceptional properties and health benefits, but the wolfberry is a superior antioxidant-rich, nutrient-dense, and versatile berry.

Elra. “Goji Berries. Plant I wish to grow in my own garden.” Elrasgarden.blogspot.com. 27, July 2009. http://elrasgarden.blogspot.com/2009/07/goji-berries-plant-i-wish-to-grow-in-my.html

MonaVie. “Products.” MonaVie: The Turners 2009. http://theturners.mymonavie.com/product/juice.html

Your Skin: Your Best Fall Fashion Accessory








I remember hearing my mother say, “The neck is the first to go”.  “How could neck skin ‘go’?” I wondered for merely an instant before I refocused on my face.   Not to worry.  Or so I thought!

It’s amazing how much attention we pay to protecting and caring for the skin on our faces, often at the expense of the skin elsewhere on our bodies.  The question is:  why should we remember to pay attention to our décolletage, necks, arms, and hands?  

The simple fact is that our beautiful body skin is our finest fashion accessory!  It’s important for our body skin to look as fresh and gorgeous as the skin on our faces for years to come.    

Isn’t body skin more rugged than the skin on our faces?  Does it really need care?  The truth is that in certain places, our body skin can be delicate and vulnerable, and can show accelerated signs of aging if not cared for properly.   

Protect your body skin using high SPF lotions all year long and show your skin that you care:

Décolletage:  A plunging v-neck, a sweeping scoop – the highlight of any sweet little dress!   A key reason why that cute guy just can’t stop looking at you.   The décolletage area is well worth the effort of care and concern.  Help repair sun damage with Alchimie Forever Alexandrite Gel.

Neck/Throat Skin:   Subjected to sun in the summer and the cold chap of wind during winter months, the neck is often neglected.   Keep your skin looking elegant, a lovely extension of your fabulous facial skin, an irresistible area for nuzzling – by a special someone.   Soothe and repair sun and wind damage using Somme Institute Neckline.

Arms:   They are outfit completers.  They direct conversations.  Crossed, they say don’t approach me.  Uncrossed, they can be welcoming in their gestures.  Create an aura of irresistibility and touch ability through the smooth skin of your exposed arm.  Don’t let dry or wrinkled skin squelch an admirer’s impulse.   Care for your arms using B. Kamins Maple Body Lotion.

Hands:   Manicured nails look beautiful, especially when paired with silky smooth skin.   Help keep your hand skin looking lovely from the time an engagement ring is offered to long after an anniversary ring is presented.  Try B. Kamins Therapeutic Anti-Aging Hand Treatment or view the step by step guide on how to treat yourself to a Moisturizing Hand Treatment.

It’s true –beautiful, fashionably smooth skin is the perfect fashion accessory for any outfit!   Use high SPF protection all year long and soothing anti-aging products to help keep all of your skin looking beautiful for years to come! 

(Thanks, Mom!)

 

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Food to avoid if you want beautiful skin

Beautiful skin is not just the visible surface; it’s a largest part of our bodies. And believe it or not, this part discloses a state of the whole body. Healthy body equals beautiful skin and health problems

cause acnes, swelling, colour changes and a bunch of other skin problems. Therefore, the real skin care begins with healthy lifestyle. Everything we eat affects our appearance, so why not take some products out of the menu to keep our skin beautiful?

 

What we need are carbohydrates, proteins and even fats for proper nutrition, but some of these can affect our health badly, especially if consumed in great quantities. Protein is essential for our health, but protein, combined with trans-fatty acids and saturated fats will not help you at all. Sausage, bacon and ground beef are the products that contain this harmful combination. This trio is bad for your skin, because they make skin wrinkles and fuel the aging processes. Butter and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils contain trans-fatty acids as well. This food is not exactly bad for you, but if you consume it regularly, you will experience skin changes. If these products are on your regular diet, try and stop eating them for several weeks and check the effect your new diet has on your skin."skin care"

Nutritionists would never recommend giving carbohydrates up totally, because they are indeed useful. However, some foods that contain carbohydrates come in harmful combinations that make glucose levels in blood spike. And high glucose levels are the perfect condition for skin damaging effects and inflammations to emerge. Pasta, baked beans and raisins are the products that can suddenly raise glucose levels in blood. Although beans and other legumes contain vitamins and beneficial minerals, baked and canned beans are prepared with ingredients that affect glucose levels badly."hair tips"

Food like cake, bread, sugar, cereal, full-fat ice cream are categorized as high glycemic ones. This means they have a lot of carbohydrates that are digested quickly after consuming. Food that has a high glycemic index can induce acne. And food with low glycemic index is considered to be more useful for your body. Low glycemic foods are whole grains, fruits, vegetables. Eating more vegetables is always a good decision in order to improve your health, but you should choose uncooked vegetables before prepared ones. Potato chips and French fries are made out of potatoes, but you can’t call this ‘vegetable meal’ a healthy choice.

Alcohol doesn’t do any favour for your skin as well, as it forces the body to dehydrate. The more fluids you lose the more dry your skin becomes, and the dry skin causes wrinkles and early aging. Furthermore, regular drinkers have liver problems that influence the health of skin and cause even more problems. "search engine optimization"

The Secret to Beauty and Healthy Skin Starts Within

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Skin is the largest organ in – or on – the human body. That means there’s a lot of it to enjoy, but also a lot of it that can be harmed and impacted by life. Such common conditions as wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots and moles are usually nothing more than symptoms of age, but there are other ways your skin can suffer over time, too. Sun, for instance, is a big one. As are toxins, makeup, and lack of cleanliness.

With such a premium placed on “beauty” in our culture – which, by the way, is so relative and often arbitrary – many people feel dissatisfied with the skin they inhabit. Too rough, too curvy, too hairy, too many freckles, too many wrinkles. If we spent as much time practicing self love as we do worrying about our skin and our bodies, we’d undoubtedly have a very happy society on our hands. The sad irony of this, though, is that many of the things that plague us about our appearances are within our control to mitigate.

Our weight, for instance. If we could learn to love wholesome food, enjoy moving around in physical activity, and end troubled cycles of dieting, binging, and fasting, we might also learn to love the bodies that serve us so well.

Our skin, too. If you love the sun, wear makeup, exercise, travel the world – more power to you. But follow the simple advice of skin care expert Alison Thurston, of Sports Club/LA, who soberly advises, “Going to bed without cleaning your face is the same as not brushing your teeth. The best thing for your skin is to clean it, even if it’s just a hot terry cloth towel at the end of the day.”

Wear sunscreen, wash your face, and give your skin the time and space it needs to recover from the wear and tear of daily life. Pretty simple, eh? “Skin is an organ, it needs to breathe.”

Now, how do we possibly handle aging? Is that the one chink in this self-positive wellness scheme? Obviously there is no way to “escape” aging, and there shouldn’t need to be. Growing older is a rite of passage, a natural development of maturation and wisdom-gathering. The lines on the face of a 90-year-old tell the story of thousands of tears shed, smiles cracked, kisses given and received, and thoughts contemplated.

As Alison reflects, “Aging is inevitable and how a person’s skin ages, i.e. wrinkles, is based a lot on their genetics.” That said, healthy skin care practices over a lifetime can at least protect your from skin cancer and sun spots, which “should be a very real concern for anyone at any age.”

One thing to do as you get older, in particular, is to let go of appearance-based fears by looking closely at yourself in the mirror. Really take a good look. “A healthy lifestyle should always include a little daily close attention to your skin,” Alison suggests. “A great way to pay attention to your skin is to clean it and examine it on a regular basis.” This can be especially difficult to do when we feel any amount of shame regarding our appearance, but the practice is both essential for our physical health and potentially tranformative for our emotional health.

Ultimately, our happiness and sense of self are often wrapped up in our appearances, for better or for worse. If it is beauty or a perceived lack of it that troubles you, then find the courage to take a good look at yourself today and notice all the beautiful things looking back at you in the reflection. If it is health and wellness you are concerned about, then take action! Wash your face, let your skin breathe and recover, and set the intent for healthy living NOW. The power is in your hands.

Try the mirror exercise Alison suggests and tell us your thoughts in the comments section below!

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