I’m all about prevention when it comes to aging, wrinkles and keeping that youthful glow! I have never tried Botox, Juvederm, Restalyne or anything like that… but I’m certainly not opposed to it! Good God! Anything that’ll shave a few years off this face or make me look younger, by all means… BRING IT ON!!! Slather it on my face! Inject it between my frown lines!!!
But, what if I told you that in addition to some of those fixes, there are a few natural secrets & remedies as well as avoiding a few things that might give you similar results! It’s worth shot, right?
Believe it or not, Vitamin C is not only super effective when it comes to helping your body fight off colds, but it’s great for the fight against wrinkles! Try boosting your diet with oranges, grapefruit, limes & lemons! Any sort of citrus! Vitamin C: “It helps keep collagen — the supportive protein fibers that stop skin from sagging — strong and resilient. (Flimsy collagen means lines and wrinkles.) Since collagen breakdown really picks up in your mid-30s, eat citrus early and often to head off aging” according to realage.com.
Next time you’re making a salad or grilling some fish, try this Cilantro-Lime dressing!
1 Clove of Garlic
½ Cup Fresh Lime Juice
½ Jalapeno Pepper, seeded
¼ Cup Cilantro Leaves
¾ Cup Olive Oil
¼ Cup Fat Free Yogurt
Salt & Pepper to Taste
Enjoy on your favorite salad, or even use as a marinade for salmon, shrimp or even chicken.
BE BRIGHT & FIRM IT UP:
Looking for that glow and taught skin on your face that people will look at you and say WOW you look great!
This one might surprise you but potatoes & sweet potatoes do a face good! They are both filled with copper which is an essential mineral that works with vitamin c & zinc to produce elastin fibers that support skin structure… in other words, it’ll bring that snap back to your skin!
One thing that’s the worst part about winter is the dry air that almost makes my face chap and I literally have to work overtime to give it the moisture that it so desperately needs! The best natural source of this is selenium & vitamin B complex. Foods rich in both of these thing protect cells in your face from free radical damage (bad elements in the air) and work to fight that dry skin and keep it moist and smooth. You’ll find that in foods like: Cheese, eggs, mushrooms, milk, bananas and my favorite peanut butter!
THOSE ARE SOME DARK CIRCLES I SEE:
If you’re suffering from dark circles under your eyes or a pale complexion, go for some iron! Iron helps with bringing haemoglobin to your blood cells. Haemoglobin is the molecule that carries oxygen in blood. If the blood is not picking up enough oxygen from the lungs for any reason the skin will look dull. So you want the red pigment in blood to bring a fresh boost of color to your face! Think red meat… don’t want to go that route, dark green leafy vegetables like kale, bok choy and mustard greens will do the trick too!
One of my all-time favorite side dishes!
Sautéed Baby Bok Choy
4-5 bunches of baby bok choy, cleaned & cut in half
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons light soy sauce
1 garlic clove thinly sliced
¼ teaspoon sesame oil
½ teaspoon olive oil
In a sauté pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and allow just to turn translucent… do not burn! Add the baby bok choy and then the remaining ingredients. Cook for about 3-5 minutes… you can add a little water if the liquid is not enough to produce steam to cook the vegetable. Enjoy!
THINGS TO AVOID:
Of course I have to say this, even though you know I partake every now and then but… Alcohol! Truly I feel silly even saying this, but beer, wine, especially hard alcohol can have negative effects on your skin and your overall look. Because it dehydrates you and depletes your body of moisture (ever seen yourself after a night of drinking heavily… better yet, ever seen me? Yeah, that’s what I thought) But, if you have a big event coming up, try to save the drinking for the event itself… avoid it for a few days and that should help keeping you glowing.
Sugary & Processed foods. While a moderate amount of natural sugars is good for your body, foods like cake, white bread, ice cream, high fructose corn syrup and cereals can cause what’s known as an “acne break out” Basically, you’ll be doing connect the dots (zits) on your face in a few days and well, that would suck.
Other trigger foods are, coffee, caffeine, bacon, fatty foods & lastly… smoking.
Look, I love some, a few, hell… ALL of the things on the THINGS TO AVOID list… but if I have a big day coming up, I’m going to try to ramp up my intake of all the things that’ll keep me lookin’ good! Otherwise, it’s Botox city baby… and I’m just not quite ready for that… just yet! So fight the fight and go down swinging!
xo Michelle xo