Fruits, Foods and Remedies Give Smoother, Younger Skin
by Tony Isaacs
We have all heard the old
adage "You are what you eat", and it is true. When it comes to maintaining
youthful smooth skin and warding off the effects of aging, what you eat can be
especially valuable. Following are some healthy fruits, other foods and
remedies for helping keep Father Time at bay for your skin - and perhaps even
turning back the clock a few years too.
Healthy Fruits for the Skin:
* The pomegranate's power comes from ellagic acid, a polyphenol antioxidant
found in red wine and green tea. Ellagic acid has been shown in some studies to
neutralize free radicals more effectively than polyphenols found in green tea
and red wine.
* The top vitamins for the skin are vitamins A, B2, B3, B6, B12, C and E.
Blackberries have all six, including abundant A, C, and E.
* Dark skinned grapes
contain resveratrol, an important compound for anti-aging as well as plenty of
vitamin C and other good vitamins and nutrients. For maximum benefits, choose
seeded grapes and eat or juice seeds and all.
* Though terribly over-hyped with some online products and MLM weight-loss
schemes, acai is indeed a super healthy juice loaded with anti-oxidants and
nutrients that have many benefits, including benefits for the skin.
* Blueberries are considered to be among the top three healthiest juices, along
with pomegranate and acai.
* Raspberry, dark cherry, apple and strawberry are all very healthy juices
loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients for the skin and overall
* Though not a fruit, carrots and carrot juice are loaded with vitamin A, which
is an essential nutrient in maintaining healthy skin.
Some Other Skin Care Suggestions:
* Shiitake mushrooms contain antioxidants that block proteins known to cause
cell breakdown. They provide chemical exfoliation and they also contain kojic
acid, which has a lightening effect on age spots and discoloration, making skin
appear brighter over time.
* Pumpkins contain ample carotenoids, which are derivatives of vitamin A.
Pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc and have been used as a natural remedy
for acne. Studies show that zinc has an effect similar to that of the common
* Vitamin B7 (Biotin) is necessary for cell growth, the production of fatty
acids, and the metabolism of fats and amino acids.
Skin Care Remedies:
* For softer, suppler and less dry skin, try a brown sugar/olive oil/ginger body
scrub. Mix two cups of brown sugar with one cup of olive oil and add a small
amount of ground ginger. Mix well into a paste. Using circular motions, rub your
entire body, paying special attention to elbows, heels, and knees. Rinse with a
body wash and wet washcloth and towel dry.
* Use milk and honey to have softer, smoother feet without harsh exfoliation.
Pour two cups of milk per one cup of honey into a basin large enough to hold
both feet. Soak for 15 minutes, lightly massaging the mixture into skin. You can
also use the milk/honey combo to soak elbows or hands, or pat gently onto the
face and massage in. Rinse with tepid water.
* If you have normal to oily skin, you can tighten pores and achieve a brighter
complexion with an egg white and orange juice masque. Mix two raw egg whites
with 1/4 cup of fresh orange juice. Apply to skin and let rest for 15 minutes
until dry. Rinse well with warm water.
* For a radiant, moisturized glow, try an oatmeal face masque (especially good
for sensitive skin). Mix oatmeal with boiling water according to package
instructions. Let cool, then apply to skin and let rest for 15 minutes. Rinse
well with warm water.
* Use one or more of these oils to minimize wrinkles and fine lines and keep
your skin healthy and glowing: grape seed, coconut, olive, avocado (drier skin)
and jojoba (breakout prone skin).
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About the author
Tony Isaacs is a natural health advocate and researcher and the author of books and articles about natural health including Cancer's Natural Enemy. Mr. Isaacs articles are featured at Natural News, the Health Science Institute's Healthiertalk website, CureZone, the Crusador online, AlignLife, the Cancer Tutor, the American Chronicle and several other venues. Mr. Isaacs also has The Best Years in Life website for baby boomers and others wishing to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. In addition, he hosts the Yahoo Oleandersoup Health group of over 3500 members and the CureZoneAsk Tony Isaacs - Featuring Luella May forum. Mr. Isaacs and his partner Luella May host The Best Years in Life Radio Show every Wednesday evening on BlogTalk Radio.