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Add Some Avocado Oil To Your Diet

Life seems to be getting better. First, olive oil becomes the new superfood, and Italian food is back on the menu. Then, we find out dark chocolate has antioxidants and our afternoon snack got a lot more interesting, But now, a true star has emerged, avocado oil, and indeed, it may be the happiest thing to happen to food thus far.

When scientist David Fairchild declared avocados to be, “the veritable fruit of paradise,” he literally said a mouthful. The avocado is in no way your usual fruit. It is full of healthy fat and produces oil. Avocado oil may not be as popular as olive oil, but it is certainly just as chockfull of health benefits and every bit as tasty.

avocado oil
Lowers Blood Pressure
The mono saturated fats in avocado oil can lower blood pressure naturally when used as a replacement for transfats and saturated fats in your diet. According to a study published in the Journal of American Medical Association, partially substituting carbohydrates with mono saturated fats and protein can improve lipid levels, lower blood pressure and reduce cardiovascular disease.

Eases Arthritis Pain
ASU is an extract made from a combination of soybean and avocado extract which has recently received prescription drug status in France as a treatment for knee and hip osteoarthritis. In Denmark, ASU is used as a dietary supplement for its anti inflammatory properties and ability to stimulate growth and repair of cartilage.

Benefits Skin Problems Like Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a common skin problem causing the buildup of dead skin cells. A study published in Dermatology proved a B12 cream with avocado oil to be effective as a topical treatment for psoriasis. Patients using the oil for 12 weeks showed regular improvement during the study period. This is a significant finding, as most psoriasis medications are associated with side effects. Avocado oil may offer a risk free alternative.

Lowers Cholesterol and Improves Heart Health
Because it is high in content of monounsaturated oleic acid, avocado oil has the ability to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease by raising the body’s “good” cholesterol and lowering bad cholesterol. Monosaturated fatty acids, such as oleic acid have also been shown in clinical studies to reduce risk factors for coronary heart disease, such as factors affecting formation of blood clots and insulin sensitivity.

Avocado Oil Uses
Boosts Absorption of Nutrients

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that avocado oil can also help to increase the body’s absorption of carotenoids. Carotenoids are antioxidants that depend on healthy fats for absorption. Dietary carotenoids are thought to have numerous health benefits, including the ability to decrease risk of cancers and eye disease.

Using Avocado Oil
When purchasing avocado oil, make sure the oil is 100% pure, for the healthiest and highest quality. It can be used in the same way olive pile is used, that is as a dressing on a salad or sandwich, or to roast or sautee foods. Avocado oil is also known for its regenerative properties and can used in hair to moisturize and improve texture and in skincare for eye makefup removal, dry cuticles, and cracked heels and wrinkle reduction.

Have you tried avocado oil yet? Let us know how you used it, whether on your skin or in your food!

Using Baking Soda For Common Beauty Fixes

What are your baking soda associations? Do you remember the ever present box in the refrigerator wedged permanently behind the cheese wheel during your formative years? Do you remember it as adhesive you used to make your brother into a mummy for Halloween before you realized he would eventually need to use the bathroom? Do you remember brushing your teeth with it before the popularity of teeth whitening? Or do you just remember wondering who the arm and hammer belonged to and what an arm and hammer had to do with baking soda?

Whatever your fond memories of baking soda, you probably know that there’s very little this cakey powder can’t do. Here’s how you can use baking soda for common beauty fixes.

Woman washing hair
Hair Rinse
If big hair is important to you, you’re probably no stranger to buildup from serums, sprays, and mousses leaving hair feeling sticky and looking lifeless. Just sprinkle a coin sized amount of baking soda into your shampoo. Wash and rinse and embrace the freedom.

Dry Shampoo
If you’ve always wanted to try dry shampoo, here’s your chance to do it on the cheap. Whether you need a quick way to get rid of excess oil after the gym or for mornings on the go, baking soda can work in a pinch. Sprinkle a bit directly on the roots of your hair, tousle, and brush through.

Hairbrush Cleaner
Are you reluctant to have houseguests because they might want to use your bathroom and get grossed out by your hairbrush? You can get rid of residue around the base of the bristles by soaking your brush in warm water mixed with a teaspoon of baking soda. Let soak for 20 minutes, rinse, and dry with a towel.

Woman washing face
Face and Body Exfoliator
If you are looking for an environmentally friendly way of scrubbing off dead skin, you can get that all- over glow by using a formula of one part water to three parts baking soda. Just massage into skin for about 60 seconds and rinse.

Deodorant
Baking soda removes odors by neutralizing bases and acids and won’t do damage to your clothes. Whether you have sensitive skin, or just haven’t been taking notice of how low your antiperspirant stick was getting, baking soda will do the job in a pinch.

Soothe Razor Burn
Who among us has not been careless with a razor? You can soothe the painful burn by mixing one cup of water with one tablespoon of baking soda and letting it dry on your skin for about 5 minutes. Rinse with cool water and let the healing begin.

Have we left out anything? Let us know what you do with your baking soda. Keep it clean.

Fat’s Place In Your Weight Loss Plan

Fat- it’s the F word. When used as an adjective, it can be one of the worst insults one can voice. When used as a noun, we avoid it like the plague, quickly throwing down harmless food containers which bear the filthy word, unless it is directly followed with “free” or preceded by “low.” However, according to experts, it may be high time to add the shunned word it back into our nutritional vocabulary.

Barbara Roberts, MD and director of the Women’s Cardiac Center at the Miriam Hospital says that our bodies need fat to function properly. “Fats help you absorb vitamins A, D, and E and they are vital for your nervous system.” After all, the Mediterranean diet is full of healthy fats, and look at all those gorgeous, healthy Mediterraneans.

The Skinny On Fat
5 to 30 percent of your total daily calories should come from fats. It’s all about knowing the good from the bad.

Unsaturated Fat

Monosaturated Fat
Monosaturated (good)
Also known as MUFAs, these fats lower bad cholesterol, raise good cholesterol, prevent plaque buildup in your arteries and cut down on belly fat. You can find them in peanuts, peanut butter, sesame sees, olive oil, and canola oil. Says Roberts, “Just two to three tablespoons of olive oil a day can raise HDL (good cholesterol) levels and protect against heart disease.”

Polyunsaturated (good)
These are the fats that contain the omega-3 fatty acids. Aside from lowering LDL (bad cholesterol) they can also strengthen your immune system, increase brain function, and improve your mood. These can be found in fish like salmon and herring, and in canola oil, walnuts, flaxseed, and tofu.

Bad fats
Saturated Fats (bad)
These are the bad guys. They raise cholesterol and increase heart disease. You’ll find them in all the likely places: cream, whole milk, butter, meat, and even in some plant foods like palm and coconut oils. Try to limit saturated fats to under 10 % of your daily calorie intake. A good way to start? “Remove any hard fat you can see, such as the skin on chicken,” suggests American Dietetic Association spokesperson Christine Gerbstadt, MD.

Transfats (bad)
Boo! Hiss! If saturated fats are bad, these guys are downright evil. Transfats are made from unsaturated fat chemically altered to increase shelf life. They raise bad cholesterol, lower good cholesterol and,”100 percent promote heart disease, according to Dr. Gerbstadt. You’ll find them in about everything that qualifies as junk food, including crackers, chips, cookies, cake, margarine, doughnuts, and french fries. The FDA provides that food manufacturers can claim a product is trans fat free id it has 0.5 grams of transfat or less. Translation: more than one serving can contain more than a gram of transfat. Check ingredient labels for “partially hydrogenated vegetable oil,” a.k.a. transfat.

Weight loss
Eric Tark, Director of the Touchstone Diabetes Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center says, “The average person has 10 billion to 20 billion fat cells.” Overeating creates new fat cells. Losing weight causes fat cells to shrink, but not disappear. The best way to avoid excessive weight gain is by following a balanced diet including lean protein and low fat dairy and doing cardio and strength training regularly.

Smart Food Swaps: To jumpstart your healthy eating program, swap out
Regular bacon for Canadian or turkey bacon as, according to Emily Rubin, RD, “Pork bacon is loaded with saturated fat.” Stick margarine for tub or butter. Stick margarine can have as much as three times the trans fat of tub. Switch to butter to lose the transfats. Regular ice cream to for low fat. No way, you say? Rubin says,”Two scoops of the premium kind can have 11 grams of saturated fats, about half the amount you should eat for an entire day.’

What are you swapping out to improve your fat choices? We want to know how you fight the good fight on bad fat.

Choosing The Right Tools For Exfoliation

When it comes to exfoliation, things seem to be getting pretty sordid. If you follow the Real Housewives of New Jersey, you may have heard Caroline Manzo speak about her preferred method; face shaving, an admission that fellow housewife Teresa Giudice says, “Freakin’ blew my mind!”

This is not the first time we’ve heard of razors in conjunction with the exfoliation of skin. Dermatologists have been known to offer a derma-planing treatment which involves the running of a surgical grade razor over the skin, and both Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor swore by the amazing effects of a daily shave. With all the options out there, it may be difficult to choose the right tools for exfoliation, but, rest assured, there are ways to get glowing skin without running the risk of a five o clock shadow; here are just a few.

Exfoliating Tools

chemical mask
Chemical
Chemical peels involve the application of a solution to peel off the top layer of skin. They contain enzymes and beta hydroxy acids that loosen skin cells, making them easy to remove. Mild solutions are available over the counter, stronger ones are available by prescription.

Mechanical
Mechanical exfoliating tools refer to abrasives, such as loofahs and body scrubs that remove dead skin. Despite their name, abrasives should generally be gentle enough to not cause skin irritation, however, if your skin feels raw after use, the tool may be too harsh.

For the Face
When it comes to facial exfoliation, your best choice is a pair of soft exfoliating gloves or a micro -exfoliating cloth. Pouches are another option, although they tend to be too gentle to exfoliate as effectively as the gloves or cloth. Electric face brushes can be a good idea, but their effectiveness may vary with the type of cleanser, bristle type, and application of pressure.

Expert Advice
Before you choose your exfoliation tools, you may want to consider this advise from board certified dermatologist Mary P. Lupo, MD, FAAD

Take Your Skin Type Into Consideration
Those with dry or sensitive skin should stick with mild chemical exfoliation, such as salicylic acid peels, given by a dermatologist. If you have thicker, oilier skin, you may be able to stand stronger treatments like 2 percent salicylic acid wash or mechanical tools, like a scrub or motorized brush.

Woman using exfoliation mask
Time Exfoliation Correctly
While individuals with thick, oily skin may be able to withstand exfoliating once a day, those with sensitive skin may want to limit treatments to once a week. Also, more aggressive procedures, such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels administered by a dermatologist should generally be performed only a few times over several weeks.

Be Careful When Buying Products
Dr. Lupo suggests making sure that the products you buy come from reputable companies. She recommends over the counter products with an acid concentration of no higher then 2% salicylic acid or 10% glycol acid. Board certified dermatologists can help you pick an at home treatment best suited for your skin type and may be able to recommend other treatments for best results.

Do you know any great exfoliation secrets? Please share!

Become A Tea Aficionado

There are many reasons for becoming a tea aficionado. You might have some English friends that you want to impress with your newly learned extensive knowledge. You might be thinking of becoming a natural healer and want to include herbal teas in your repertoire. Maybe you think that every body needs to be an expert on something, so why not tea? Or, maybe you just want all your friends to know to buy you fancy tea sets on your birthday.

All kidding aside, tea has been associated with about every health benefit under the sun, from lowering risk of heart disease to cancer prevention and, if that isn’t a good enough reason to become a tea connoisseur, what is? Let’s take a look at how you can increase your experteas.

Woman with tea
Know Your Tea
There four main types of tea are white, green, black and oolong, here’s a little bit of information about each one.

White Tea
The least oxidized and processed of all the teas, white tea also contains the least caffeine and most antioxidants.

Green Tea
Green tea is steamed after it is harvested; this gives it its distinctive flavor and slightly more caffeine than white tea.

Black Tea
The most processed of the teas, black tea has the highest caffeine content, strong flavor and fewer antioxidants.

Woman with green tea
Oolong
With a caffeine content somewhere between that of green and black tea, oolong tea is a favorite among connoisseurs and features rolled or twisted leaves for a distinct appearance.

Tasting Tea
Lalith Lenadora is the East India Company’s chief taster. He says, to properly taste tea, “Take a small sip and let it cover the tip of your tongue. Then take a second sip and taste it with the back of your tongue. Now your taste buds are all awake as you take a third sip.” He also recommends that you slurp your tea to mix in air, however, you may want to avoid this at parties and social gatherings.

Appreciating Quality
While many big brand teas use machines to pick their tea leaves, others pick by hand to ensure the crop consists only of the bud and top two leaves of the tea bushes, which is as it should be. If you are going to become a tea aficionado, pay attention to where the tea comes from, how it is produced and whether or not the grower is getting a fair price.

Appreciating Variety
The flavor of tea is affected by the climate, soil and weather conditions in the region and year in which the crop is grown and the time of year in which it is harvested. The harvesting and blending will also have an impact on the taste. As Lenadora says, “You could probably try a different type of tea every day for the rest of your life and never run out of options.

Of course, after all this, you must find “your tea”. Let us know how you “found your tea” or maybe how you plan to. We want to hear all of your tea encounters! Let us know!

Planning A Post Holiday Detox

Does the holiday table remind you of morbid scenes when you ate without a care in the world? Relax, it’s nothing that a little post holiday detox can’t cure. If you were being a careless this holiday season, there are some ways you can redeem yourself in the New Year.

Woman eating surgery foods

Stop the Cycle
If you’ve seen “Seinfeld”, you may be familiar with the episode in which Elaine begins to get so used to eating birthday cake and her office, that she develops a midday craving for sugar. Although experts generally do not give credence to the notion of a sugar addiction, there is research that shows that sugar can have an effect on the part of the brain that responds alcohol and drugs.

Start by eliminating desserts with high sugar and fat content. After at least 3 days, they will taste much better. You will find yourself beginning to reestablish a taste for healthier fare.

Reprogram Your Tummy
While you were putting a healthy diet on the back burner, your stomach’s natural appetite control systems may have, well, lost control. Normally a full belly sends signals to your brain to let it know you’re full. However, overeating for prolonged time periods makes the receptors less sensitive.

You may think the solution relies in cutting down on the amount of food, but this will only send a signal to the brain that you are starving and need food immediately, which is why you sometimes become unexplainably hungry after a night of binging. A better solution is to eat healthy sized portions of high fiber, low calorie foods which will quiet the receptors and keep you feeling satisfied.

Women drinking cocktails

Cut Back on the Cocktails
The problem with sweet alcoholic drinks isn’t just sugar and fat. Alcohol itself has 7 calories per gram and the stomach and brain don’t recognize liquid calories in the same way they do solids. This makes it really easy to continue drinking without accounting for the extra calories.
Try drinking low calorie beverages as a substitute. Tea is always a healthy liquid alternative and is known to actually boost metabolism. You can also get fancy with your water by adding sliced lemons, limes, and even berries to a fresh pitcher.

Let us know all about what you got up to this holiday season and how you’re planning to atone for your sins!

Signs That You’re Using the Wrong Product

We all want the lotion, cream, or serum to be the one that leaves your skin rejuvenated, wrinkle- free and beautiful, but sometimes, you just need to walk away. Here are some signs that the skin product you’re using may not be the right one for you.

Woman looking at skin rash

You’ve Got Rashes
While rashes can be caused by a variety of things, they can sold be symptoms of an allergic reaction to a cosmetic product. Beauty formulas can contain inactive ingredients that can contribute to the look and smell of the product, but these ingredients can be allergenic and cause irritating skin rashes. Dermatologist Tsippora Shainhouse says, “Consider getting allergy patch testing at your dermatologist office to determine the offending agent and them you’ll know which ingredients to look out for in the future.”

You’ve Got Hives
If you’ve been noticing red welts popping up on you’re skin, it may be hives, Hives are another sign that you may be having a negative reaction to your beauty products. Certified aesthetician Heather Wilson, explains, “People can be allergic to ingredients in a skin care product, so hives can definitely occur. Unfortunately, this doesn’t means the product wrong for your skin type or concern, but that the reaction is a sign that you should discontinue the product, most likely due to an allergen.”

Woman applying skin product to face

Your Skin Is Oily
If you’re not prone to oily skin, but begin to notice increased excess moisture on your skin, it may be the effect of the product you are using. Harsh cleansers can strip the natural oils from the skin, causing it to go into a repair mode, producing oil to make up for the damage. Wilson recommends decreasing the amount of oil absorbing skin care products within your routine and looking for, “serums and gel cream moisturizers that are infused with hyaluronic acid, which provides hydration without adding oil.”

Your Skin Is Dry and Peeling
Peels and face washes can contain strong acids that are harsh on the skin. New York dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD. says, “If your skin is peeling too much, you’re probably using too many acids. Don’t combine alpha-hydroxy acids with salicylic acids and retinol. One acid may be enough.”

You Notice Brown Spots
Brown spots are usually the result of long term sun exposure. If you are using a sunscreen product, but are still noticing brown spots, it may be time to look for a new sunscreen. Dr. Jaliman says, “If you’re getting brown spots on your face and uneven pigment, maybe your sunscreen isn’t giving you broad-spectrum protection, Choose SPF 30 or above with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.”

Your Face Burns
Although some products may cause a tingling sensation, they should not cause a painful burning. Some products can be too strong for sensitive skin. Dr Jaliman cites certain anti aging products which contain strong retinoids with ingredients that can cause a stinging sensation. “If your skin is burning on application of a retinol,” says the doctor, “talk to your dermatologist about changing to a gentler anti aging ingredient like vitamin C or resveratrol.”

Finding the right skin care may be just as challenging as finding someone who is single and good looking. We hope you have found the right one for you. We want to hear all about it. Please write with your experiences and concerns whether they be romantic or cosmetic.

Alternatives To Stress Eating

If you want to see the most dire examples of stress eating, you need look no further than the 1980 classic, “Fatso.” Fatso documents the tale of Dominic DiNapoli, played by the late, great Dom DeLuise who is brought up by a mother who offers him comfort by feeding him whenever he becomes upset. To say Dominic grows up with a love of food would be an understatement.

Woman eating junk food If all this sounds like normal behavior to you, you may be looking to find alternatives to padlocking your refrigerator. Well, before you go to Home Depot, you may want to read further.

Emotional Eating
Emotional eating is usually used as a way to soothe or suppress negative emotions caused by anything from major life changes to the hassles of day to day life. They can include work, financial pressures, and relationship, and health problems among others. Eating can serve as a distraction to take the focus off a painful situation, or it a may be more of a reflexive response to strong emotions, resulting in an impulse binge, wolfing down food without enjoyment. However, whatever the cause of your emotional eating, it is almost never a satisfying solution, with emotions returning along with added guilt over your recent calorie intake.

Preventing Emotional Eating

1. Start keeping a food diary. Keep track of what you eat, how hungry you are, how much you eat, and how you feel after eating it. You will begin to see how your mood is connected with your food intake.

2. Lower stress. If stress is a big factor in your overeating, try to manage it with techniques like mediation, yoga, and deep breathing.

3. Check your hunger. If you ate recently, your hunger is probably more emotional than physical. if your stomach’s not rumbling, give yourself some time before eating to see if your craving passes.

Woman eating sweets
4. Avoid temptation. If you don’t keep the ‘go to’ comfort foods in your house, you are less likely to need to padlock the fridge. Also, avoid emotional food shopping and save grocery store expeditions for less temperamental periods.

5. Try not to deprive yourself. If you limit your calories too severely, you may just increase your cravings. Try instead to make healthier choices, eating more satisfying portions of lower calorie foods, allowing for the occasional treat.

6. Prevent boredom. Overeating is often a side effect of lack of stimulation. Try to distract yourself with things besides food, like a book, a movie, or the computer.

Or, you can always distract yourself by writing to us! Tell us how your feeling and what you’re eating or trying not to eat. We love to hear it!

Beauty Products and Eye Infection

So here’s a really “great” video game to give your little girls for Christmas! The game is called “Car Make-Up” and the object is for girls to “do the unthinkable- apply makeup while driving!” The game then instructs the player to, “Click on each of the makeup options and try to get ready within the allotted time the car is driving,” and then warns, “The car will occasionally bump the side of the road and hit a hazard, so watch out. The more you avoid the hazards, the higher your points will be.”

woman putting on eye liner
Really? Has it come to this? While our little boys engage in virtual warfare, our little girls risk life and limb to apply makeup? Among the multitudes of dangers involved in applying makeup in a moving vehicle, perhaps getting cosmetics in your eye is the least of all worries, but it can be a pretty big deal. Let’s check it out.

Eye Problems Associated with Makeup

Scratched Cornea
Damage to the cornea is one of the most serious consequences of makeup application. It is most likely to occur when using eyeliner or mascara. The most common injury is corneal abrasion, which has the potential to lead to serious infection.

Allergic Reactions
Always check makeup labels to make sure you have no known allergies to the ingredients. Allergic reactions include irritation, infection, and redness If you develop any of these problems, your best bet would be to find a new product.

Woman with conjunctivitis
Conjunctivitis
More commonly referred to as pink eye, conjunctivitis can be a result of bacteria from your makeup entering your eye. Although most makeup products contain preservatives to prevent this from happening, expired or insecurely sealed makeup may be bacteria-friendly.

What Can You Do?

Don’t Share Your Makeup
No matter how much your girlfriends drool over your new glitter shadow, tell them to keep their hands to themselves and get their own! And don’t be applying it on your better half either. Sharing makeup is an easy way for bacteria to transfer.

Keep Your Liner Outside Your lash Line!
No matter how many YouTube tutorials you see with girls dragging down their inner and upper lids to apply liner, it will never be a smart thing to do! Besides, professionals will agree that while large quantities of black liner looks dramatic, it actually makes eyes look smaller. You don’t need more places to put eyeliner on your eyes, and especially no if it scratches your eye or eyelids.

Replace Makeup Every Three to Four Months 
Expired products lose their ability to fight bacteria. If your mascara is starting to clump, it is probably time to replace, and, who wants clumpy mascara anyway? Also, if you do have the misfortune of getting an eye infection, you’re best advised to replace any products you used while infected to stop the spread of bacteria, as difficult as this may be.

Never Do Your Makeup in Your Car!
This may be right up there with texting when it comes to distracted driving and is also a very likely way to a scratched cornea or eye irritation. Keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and put the makeup on your face before you get in the car.

Remember, no matter how beautiful your eyes look with makeup, irritated and infected eyes are never a good look! Fell free to write in and tell us about your experiences with makeup and eye infections.

Temporary Diet Changes For Better Skin

Have you ever heard the expression, “It’s all fun and games until someone gets a zit?” No? Well, truer words were probably never spoken. Have you been living the high life, staggering out of bed sometime in the mid afternoon to a “breakfast” of last night’s pizza washed down by soda? Did you overdo it at the bar last night? Did you have to go to MacDonald’s because you forget to go to the supermarket? We all know the devil-may-care attitude can be fun- until you look in the mirror. Your skin is probably the first part of you to show the effects of a less than healthy lifestyle, but never fear, with a few temporary dietary changes, you could be back on the road to beautiful skin in no time.

woman with chocolate
Dark Chocolate
Although for years we have been attributing our acne breakouts to it, chocolate is now being hailed as a superfood for your skin and health in general. Cocoa provides hydration to the skin, making it more supple and firm. Dr. David Bank, MD, says. Nicholas Perricone, MD and NYC dermatologist adds, “Dark chocolate contains high levels of flavonols, a potent type of antioxidant.” To get the maximum dose of flavanol, make sure your chocolate is at least 70% cacao.” L.A. dermatologist Jessica Wu says, “When applied topically, the caffeine in chocolate may temporarily reduce skin puffiness.” Is that bar in your mouth yet?

Greek yogurt
Yogurt

Anyone for froyo? Dr. Wu says the protein found in dairy makes skin more resistant to wrinkles. DR. Wu recommends Greek Yogurt as your yogurt of choice saying that, “The protein content is often double that of regular yogurt.”

Sunflower Seeds
Crack open the vitamin E and protect your skin’s top layers from sun damage. A daily handful will provide a high content of essential fatty acids and sunflower seed oil can also relieve parched lip and heels.

Pomegranates
Dr. Perricone says pomegranates are packed with polyphenol antioxidants that fight free radicals and relate blood flow to the skin, making it rosy. To get results, eat one fruit or a few glasses of its juice every day. Pomegranates can also be applied topically to moisturize and smooth fine lines.

Peppers
Peppers help your peepers! Dr. Wu says, “Women who eat green and yellow vegetables regularly tend to have fewer wrinkles, especially around the eyes.” The carotenoids in yellow and orange vegetables are also great for reducing skin’s sun sensitivity. Try for two cups daily for a crisp, tangy skin booster.

Kidney Beans
Kidney Beans
Zap zits with zinc! The high levels of zinc may be just the thing for your blemishes. Dr. Wu says, “That may be because of zinc’s healing properties.” A four ounce serving of kidney beans should keep your skin clear.

Soy
Let’s hear it for the soy! Dr. Bank says, “Soy contains minerals and proteins that have been shown to reduce hyper pigmentation.” One cup a day should give you what it takes to even out your skin. tone.

So has this convinced you to make some dietary changes? Let us know if they worked! We always love to hear from you!