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Food for Beauty December 3, 2010

Leftovers

Leftovers

Today, marks a week from Thanksgiving.  Assuming you’re ready to toss any leftovers you may have, you must  read this first.  Stacy Cox, a beauty expert out of Pampered People Spa, in Los Angeles gives her tips on not wasting those Thanksgiving leftovers:

1. Pumpkin

Pumpkin mask

Pumpkin mask

  • USE: a natural exfoliant; great use as a mask
  • DIRECTIONS: Use leftover pumpkin filling or cooked and canned pumpkins, add a 1/2 tsp of honey and 1/4 tsp of milk/soy

2. Cranberry

  • USE: wonderful hair conditioner for silky-soft hair
  • DIRECTIONS: Use the juice from canned cranberry sauce or the pulp from whole cranberries.  Mix a cup of cranberry juice or puree with one beaten egg yolk, two teaspoons of sour cream and one teaspoon of potato flour until it turns into a paste. Apply the paste on the hair, wait and rinse, and soon enough your shiny tresses will look good enough to eat.

3. Potatoes

  • USE: sweet potatoes reduce inflammation and skin irritation and is a great body treatment
  • DIRECTIONS: Mix two cups of mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes with one cup of sea salt or brown sugar and one cup of aloe vera juice. The salt/sugar helps scrub everything away and, if you want, you can add scented oil for a little fragrance
Jello pieces

Jello pieces

4. Jello

  • USE: the cold mold is great for puffiness
  • DIRECTIONS: cut a couple of pieces of Jell-O out of the mold and freeze them for 30 to 60 minutes, they become a cool, soothing, homemade mask for tired, puffy eyes.  You could always mold your whole face, like this:
Jello Mold of his own face

Jello Mold of his own face

Although these treatments sound good enough to eat, Cox does not recommend eating these concoctions, but suggests you can still eat your turkey and the tryptophan will help you relax as you enjoy your in-home personal spa treatment. 

thanksgiving turkey

thanksgiving turkey

While we’re on the topic, today Dr. Oz spoke on the 5 superfoods for superbeauty!  These were not your typical foods that you hear being suggested for healthy skin and beauty, so I felt the need to share:

Superfoods

Superfoods

Pink Grapefruit: Protects Skin from Sun Damage

pink grapefruit

pink grapefruit

Pink Grapefruit protects your skin from sun damage because of the lycopene that makes the grapefruit a pink color.  The lycopene is not just a pigment though, it is also a powerful antioxidant that shields us from ultra violet damage so that you do not get free radicals that take apart your skin’s DNA.

Dr Audrey Kunin told Dr oz that you should start with one half of a grapefruit every week, but the more the better.

Red Pepper: Superfood Prevents Wrinkles – Natural Botox

red-pepper

red-pepper

Red peppers are rich in vitamin C so they help to build up our collagen fibers.  Dr Audrey Kunin said that red peppers have twice as much vitamin C as an orange, and only 1/3 of the calories.  So in a 1/2 cup of red pepper, there are only 20 calories.  Dr Oz said that you can think of collagen like rubber bands in your body.  Ideally, you want three pieces of collagen to bind together to be strong, otherwise the collagen can break and you can get wrinkles.  Vitamin C helps the collagen stay together. 

Dr Kunin suggested eating 1/4 cup of red pepper each day.

 

Trout: Dry Skin Superfood 

Rainbow trout

Rainbow trout

Trout has natural omega 3’s in it that help to hydrate your skin from within. 

Eat trout 1-2 times a week as an alternative to salmon. (I believe Salmon is also a great source for omega 3’s so alternating is a great idea).   

Collard Greens: Acne Superfood

Collard green plant

Collard green plant

Collard Greens helps to prevent acne because they are rich in vitamin A which acts like a topical prescription to help exfoliate your skin naturally. 

Eat a 1/2 cup of cooked collard greens each week and you will be good to go!

Capers: Prevents Redness & Inflammation

Caper

Caper

Dr Kunin said that capers contain a Phytonutrient called Quercetin which is a natural antihistamine (so it de-puffs your skin) and it is an anti-inflammatory, so if your skin is red and inflamed, a small amount of capers can help. 

You only need 1 TB of capers sprinkled into a main course, so use it as a garnish twice a week.

Now I’m sure you’re ready to head to your kitchen and start cooking liken it’s Thanksgiving all over again!  Keep it healthy!

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