4.28.2009

Love The Skin You're In!

Take a look at some of the building blocks to a healthier glow!



Typical of the Today Show to run out of time... here is what we missed!

OTHER GREAT HEALTHY SKIN HELPERS:

Spinach
You could probably build a fortress against the Big C with these leaves. In a study published in the International Journal of Cancer, people who ate the most leafy greens actually had half as many skin tumors over 11 years as those who ate the least. It's thought that the folate in these veggies may help repair and maintain DNA — basically bolstering cells' ability to renew themselves. That reduces the likelihood of cancer-cell growth, Drayer says. The added bonus to Popeye's fix: The water in greens penetrates cell membranes — which makes for plumper and less wrinkled skin.

Suitable Switch Collard greens

Tomatoes
Sure, they're swell on salads, but cook them down and these plump little beauties can help save your skin. Why? Lycopene, the phytochemical that makes tomatoes red, helps eliminate skin-aging free radicals caused by ultraviolet rays, according to Murad. Your body gains the most sun-shielding nutrients when the vegetable is heated. Just a half-cup of cooked tomatoes or pasta sauce has 16 milligrams of lycopene; along with ample sunscreen, that daily dose should help keep you out of the red.

Suitable Switch Watermelon (1/16 of a whole melon)

Tuna in a can
Your favorite sandwich melt has a little secret: selenium. This nutrient helps preserve elastin, a protein that keeps your skin smooth and tight. The antioxidant is also believed to buffer against the sun (it stops free radicals created by UV exposure from damaging cells). Three ounces, or half a can per day, can help.

Suitable Switch Brazil nuts (about 12); turkey (1 cup)


THE MAJOR SKIN DONT'S

These are a no-brainer but it's always a nice reminder if we are still indulging too much!

Salty snacks
Just read what Murad has to say about this stuff: "Too much sodium sucks the moisture out of skin cells and causes it to pool outside the cell walls. This results in bloating, puffy eyelids, and bags under your eyes." That pile of chips isn't worth those bags!

Alcohol
So long, summer cocktail: Booze dehydrates your skin in the same way that sodium does. "Alcohol is a vasodilator, which means it opens surface blood vessels, a form of inflammation that results in skin damage," Murad says. So does that mean losing out on the heart-healthy benefits of red wine? Nope — just the buzz. Try sparkling grape juice to deliver the same goods.

Fried foods
When heated to high temperatures, repurposed vegetable oils like those used at fast-food restaurants can release a compound called 4-hydroxy-trans-2-nonenal, or HNE. That's bad news, because it can cause your skin cells to die (among other things). Doomed cells cause dry skin, flaking, and a dull complexion. Not to mention what it does to the rest of your body.

Refined carbs
That means candy, cake, and many processed foods. This stuff is full of sugar and white flour, which increase the supply of androgens, hormones that stimulate oil production. In one study, participants on a low-sugar diet had half as many breakouts as those who ate more processed foods. Worse: "Simple carbs can also cause glycation, a cell digestion process that makes collagen and elastin more susceptible to free-radical damage," Murad says.

4.27.2009

Green Tip #3


H to the O! Be mindful of water consumption. Cut that 15 minute shower to 10. Then to 5 if you can do it.

Famous Greenie of the Week:

Leonardo DiCaprio! Leo celebrated Earth Day this year by teaming up with Global Green USA and ebay. They auctioned off a meet and great with Leo, and a trip to the premiere of his film Shutter Island, along with more green experiences like an eco-friendly hotel stay, eco-car service, and other fun fan memorabilia. The winning bid was $11,100. Thanks to Leo and the winning bidder!

4.22.2009

Green Tip #2:

In honor of Earth Day, try walking to and home from work today (and beyond!) if it's possible. You'll burn calories too, so it's a double whammy for the Earth and your mushy winter tushy!

4.21.2009

Famous Greenie of the Week:


Rachel McAdams!

Not only is she a great actress, she's also one of the founders of green is sexy, one of my favorite green websites. It has been said that Rachel likes to bike everywhere in LA and Canada... no limos for this starlet! She's also an on-again/off-again vegetarian and has dreams of raising her future family on a farm.

Green Tip #1:

As we seek greener pastures, we need not focus all of our energy on, well, energy. When we think of conserving energy we think of electricity, gas, power, etc. But remember the phrase, "you are what you eat?" In that case, are you green? Check out this website to get ideas on how to live the greener life by adjusting what you put in your body. I'm interested in less consumption of meat. I love the stuff, but does it love me back?