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Double Duty Beauty Foods on Live! with Kelly

Mar

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.

Kelly Ripa applying a mask to Nick Lachey

Avocados

Yummy!

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!

Apply

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.

Tea

Yummy!

Teas contain skin-boosting antioxidants (especially but green and white varieties) that may protect skin from damage caused by environmental pollutants and sun exposure.

Apply

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.

Almonds

Yummy!

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!

Apply

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.

Yogurt

Yummy!

Great for teeth and skin (high in calcium), yogurt is also high in protein, to help build your hair and nails.

Apply

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

Yummy!

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.

Apply

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.

Coffee

Yummy!

Full of antioxidants to protect skin from sun damage and help prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin (which results in wrinkles and sagging).

Apply

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.

 

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“Salma Hayek’s Beauty School”

Jan

Beauty Tips from Salma Hayek!

So way back in September, Salma Hayek was on the Rachael Ray show discussing her new product line Nuance Salma Hayek (she’s been working on it for 10 years!).  Apparently her grandmother was into beauty recipes and knew about exotic plants from Mexico, so she wanted to share hew wealth of beauty knowledge with other women.  One of the main ingedients is called tepezcohuite, and it is used in Mexico and South America to regenerate burn victims’ skin.   Its a full product line (from shampoos to lotions to makeup).  She claims her products can get rid of dark circles and wrinkles.  Of course, everyone likes the “pod” packaging of her lipsticks and eye shadows.  They are all less than $20, but available exclusively at CVS,  unfortunately there isn’t one near me!

So after discussing her products, Salma answered audience members beauty questions!  So Salma made the following recommendations:

Dark Circles

Use her Cooling Eye Gel with Green Tea in the morning to help depuff and remove shadows.  Then use the Nuance Wrinkle Filler to tone and tighten (as a temporary fix).  She suggested using an orange concealer (or colour corrector) instead of a lighter concealer to counteract the blue in dark circles (from your veins).  Tap it on, don’t rub!

The Right Blush for Fair Skin

Use tinted moisturizer to  look darker without looking made up.  She suggested matching the blush to the colour of your inner mouth for a natural look.

Fuller Looking Lips

Use a lip liner in the same colour as your lipstick, which should be close to your natural colour.  Take a contour cream and put a tiny amount just under your lip to give depth and bring your bottom lip forward (A New Tip to me – I love learning something new!).  Put a highlighting colour just around the curves of your top lip and top with shimmery gloss.

Mouth

Highlight & Contour

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