On the March 19 episode of Live! with Kelly, Prevention Magazine’s Jennifer Goldstein was on to share some Double Duty Beauty Foods aka foods that have beauty benefits by eating them or applying to the skin. One caveat is to make sure you have no food allergies first! If you can’t eat almonds, don’t apply them to your face either! Kelly had a little too much fun applying these foods to co-host Nick Lachey.
Avocados are a great anti-ager, mostly due to their essential fatty acids (and Vitamin E!). They help plump skin and keep it smooth. Hooray for Guacamole!
Applying avocado oil to the skin may stimulate collagen and elastin production. To create a great mask, mix with 1/4 cup sour cream (which is a terrific skin exfoliator due to Lactic Acid – hey another great double duty beauty food!) and leave on for 10-20 minutes. Then rinse with cold water.
Teas contain skin-boosting antioxidants (especially but green and white varieties) that may protect skin from damage caused by environmental pollutants and sun exposure.
First, you can put cooled tea bags on your (closed) eyelids to depuff the skin around your eyes, as the tannins can constrict blood vessels.
You can also boost your hair colour and get some subtle highlights going by applying a rinse. Use black tea for brunette hair, chamomile for blonde, and redheads can use red zinger. Prepare the tea, let it cool, then apply the solution to your hair. Put on a shower cap, wait for 15 to 30 minutes and rinse with cool water.
Got Grey? Almonds contain high levels of catalase enzymes that can help counteract the buildup of hydrogen peroxide present in greying hair. Who knew?! I’ll be reaching for almonds more as a snack now!
For a skin smoothing scrub, pulverize about 1/4 cup of almonds in a food processor and mix in some coconut oil (also a great double duty beauty food!). Use about 2 tablespoons to make it into a paste. Use on your hands, elbows, knees, or anywhere else you need to get rid of rough skin.
Great for teeth and skin (high in calcium), yogurt is also high in protein, to help build your hair and nails.
Yogurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that can get rid of dead skin cells. Try using full-fat, plain yogurt as a mask. Just apply a thin layer to clean skin and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing.
Or make a hair mask. Mix together 1/4 cup full-fat yogurt, 3 tablespoons honey and an egg yolk. Apply the protein rich mask to hair, put on a shower cap, and rinse after about 15 minutes.
Strawberries have high levels of vitamin C and ellagic acid. Vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen. It also acts as an antioxidant to prevent environmental damage. High Vitamin C intake is associated with a lower likelihood of wrinkles and skin dryness. Ellagic acid increases skin’s ability to hold moisture, and has been shown to help fade dark spots.
Make a brightening face mask with pureed strawberries, yogurt and a squeeze of lemon juice (also high in Vitamin C). Leave on for about 20 minutes before rinsing. Nick seemed to really like eating it.
Full of antioxidants to protect skin from sun damage and help prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin (which results in wrinkles and sagging).
Cooled coffee grounds are a way to treat cellulite due to its high caffeine content. Caffeine is a diuretic, and pulls water away from fat cells to smooth skin. It is also grainy, so will exfoliate like a scrub. So take some used coffee grounds with you into the shower and rub on your butt, thighs or whoever that dimply skin is hiding.