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Tip #4 - Nutrition & Radiance

"You know you're getting older when the candles cost more than the cake" - Bob Hope

If we are indeed what we eat, we better eat healthy to appear healthy, beautiful and vibrant, right? If we're stuffing our faces with fast food, smoking, not getting enough sleep and not drinking enough water, our faces will scream out to the world that we are not taking good care of ourselves. With so many do's and don'ts to think about, just thinking about it all could give you a new wrinkle. No worries.

Arizona registered dietician, Terri Taylor recommends eating highly colored fruits and vegetables. 

“They’re loaded with anti oxidants that will bind to free radicals and block damage to the skin,” says Taylor, “Foods rich in vitamin C, like peppers, broccoli, kiwi, and berries as well as vitamin E foods like sunflower seeds and olive oil are really good for your skin.”

As we age, some free radicals arise normally during metabolism or as a combatant against viruses and bacteria.  However, environmental factors such as pollution, cigarette smoke and herbicides sprayed on the foods we eat can also spawn free radicals.  Those pesky free radicals can damage and wrinkle the skin if you don’t stay on top of a diet regime rich in fruits, vegetables, good fats and vitamins C and E.

  • To neutralize the effects of free radicals, make a smoothie with your favorite berries.  Sip slowly as you also apply a berry skin mask to your face and you’ll be doing double duty prevention for healthy skin.

  • Eat foods high in omega 3 like salmon, tuna, avocados, walnuts and flax seed.  These foods have healthy fats and you need them to help the fruits and vegetables absorb into the body effectively.   Taylor suggests even adding the walnuts and flax seed to your fruit smoothie for an added boost. 

  • Try drinking a detoxification cocktail.

Sossi Koulouzian, a California esthetician, recommends any of the following for your juicer.  They taste great served ice cold and will do wonders for your skin:

  • Parsley, green apple and cucumber
  • Strawberry juice with ginger
  • Carrot juice blended with beet juice

A healthy skin care regime diet is fairly easy to follow as long as you squeeze in your five to eight servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

“Avoid processed foods and eat fresh instead,” is yet another healthy skin care tip from California personal trainer, Nadine Lyons, “and if you splurge on something high in calories, it will all balance itself out the next day as long as you keep it to a minimum."

Now the next time you plan what you’ll eat for lunch, you’ll eat not only for a healthy inside but, a glowing wrinkle free outside, as well.   If that doesn’t keep you on your diet, nothing will.

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