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Monday, December 13, 2010

Super Foods For Super Beauty!

Beauty is more than skin deep and skin care is a billion dollar industry! Companies are capitalizing on the obsession of preserving the look of youth as long as possible. Creams, treatments, injections, and plastic surgery are cashing in everyday. Well, here in our own kitchens, are key Super Foods that hold huge amounts of beauty ingredients that promise to prevent and preserve your youth! So, what are they? Below, you will find a whole list of ways you can naturally preserve your youth by reducing wrinkles, acne, dark spots, and sun damage! Begin to incorporate some of these key Super Foods in your weekly diet, and you will begin to see a change in your skin as well as your overall health!

Red Bell Peppers - No More Wrinkles - "Natural" Botox
Dr. Oz coins the Red Bell Pepper as the "Natural" Botox! Enriched in Vitamin C, red peppers will naturally prevent the breakdown of your collagen, which is the key component that creates wrinkles. Vitamin C acts as a shield that prevents damage from breaking down the skin. You can incorporate as little as 1/4 cup daily, sprinkling it on your salad, spaghetti, or pizza. Red Pepper has two times the amount of Vitamin C than an orange and less calories! 1/2 cup is only 20 calories, so you are cutting your calories AND giving your face it's "Natural" Botox! What a deal!

Collard Greens - No More Acne (Dark Spots, or Wrinkles)
If you want to get rid of your acne, try incorporating Collard Greens into your weekly diet! Saturated with Vitamin A, this is one of the most popular ingredients that is proven to get rid of acne. Doctors prescribe Vitamin A all the time. Eating it is even better as it will naturally exfoliate the skin, alleviating not only your acne, but dark spots, and wrinkles! Collard Greens can be a bit bitter, so simply saute 1/2 cup in olive oil and garlic once a week, and you will begin to see a difference in your acne!

Salmon - No More Dry Skin (Wrinkles, or Acne)
Dr. Peggy Fuller is a holistic dermatologist in Charlotte, NC who truly believes that in order to change the skin from the outside, you have to change what you eat from the inside. Check our her website here as she gives a full list of great Super Foods that you can incorporate into your diet. One of them is Salmon! Super healthy and enriched in Omega-3 fatty acids and B Vitamins, incorporating salmon will significantly reduce dry skin and give you a natural hydration from the inside out! 1-2 fillets a week will do the trick. Not only will you get natural hydration, but Dr. Fuller mentions it will help to reduce wrinkles as well as acne flare-ups!

Being in the beauty industry for over a decade, I know how important Super Foods are in changing the look of the skin. I am on a daily challenge to begin a new diet on introducing these foods into my personal lifestyle. Super Foods were introduced to me years ago by Dr. Howard Murad, a dermatologist, pharmacist, and founder of  Murad skincare. As a regional trainer for his company, he taught me how important it was to focus on the internal aspects of skin care and how your diet can get rid of acne, wrinkles, and dry skin. The Water Secret is his latest book. If you really want to learn the secrets of aging and how to change your diet, I highly recommend this read. He will change your perspective and that will begin to change your life. Check out his book here to learn more!


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