Thought I'd share the following article with you all written by Amy Capetta. I think we all need to eat a tablespoon of honey a day.
By Amy Capetta Feb 11th 2011 3:07PM
Categories: Better Body Better Living
Like the old saying goes, "You are what you eat." And health and beauty experts agree that what you eat can make you beautiful, both inside and out.
According to Keri Glassman, nutritionist and registered dietitian, scientists have been pursuing the answer to ageless beauty for years. "There aren't any foods that will turn back the clock -- at least, not that we know of yet." Glassman told AOL Health. "But there are foods that can make you look much better and slow down the aging process."
Check out these double-duty foods that have been proven to enhance your beauty, whether eaten or applied to your body directly:
The food: "Besides being among the healthiest types of fats, olive oil tends to be rich in polyphenols, which aren't just antioxidants," explained Glassman. "They're also antifungal and antibacterial agents." Dr. Howard Murad, associate clinical professor of medicine (dermatology) at UCLA's Geffen School of Medicine and founder of Murad Skincare Inc., agreed. "Essential fatty acids, in particular, and other healthy fats keep us hydrated, supple, youthful and beautiful," he told AOL Health. "Fat sounds like a four-letter word today, but the right fat in the right amount will feed your skin, as well as your brain and your cellular membranes, like no other nutrient." Murad suggested three to four servings a day of this good fat.
The mask: "Eating olive oil is great, but you can put it right on your skin, too," said Glassman. "I like to mix it with a little avocado, apply and leave it on for 10 minutes. It's so nourishing, you can almost feel your skin drinking it up."
The food: "Nature's bacterial agent." said Glassman. "When eaten, its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties can protect your body." She added that daily consumption of this sweet additive boosts the level of polyphenolic antioxidants in the blood, improving blood flow to the skin.
The mask: When used on the skin, honey is good for treating acne and reducing redness. "It's also a natural humectant, which means it keeps all the water you're drinking in the right places," added Glassman. According to The Bastyr Center for Natural Health, the teaching clinic of Bastyr University in Seattle, honey contains anti-inflammatory properties that help to decrease pain and the appearance of scars. Here's Glassman's recipe for Sweet Honey Cleanser: Mix 1/2 teaspoon honey, 2 teaspoons yogurt and 2 teaspoons brewed green tea. Apply to face and leave on for about 10 minutes.
The food: "The rejuvenating enzymes and vitamin A found in papaya can benefit many skin issues and can be safely used by all skin types, including those with sensitive skin or rosacea," Louisa Maccan-Graves, celebrity beauty expert and author of "Hollywood Beauty Secrets: Remedies to the Rescue," told AOL Health. Glassman added that his tropical fruit also contains the skin-loving vitamins C and E. "Besides promoting healthy cell turnover and aiding in the formation of collagen and elastin, vitamin C is key in countering the effects of sun damage," she said. "Vitamin E is also vital because it's an important way the body wards off sun damage, such as age spots and wrinkles."
The mask: "When applied topically, papaya helps exfoliate skin, repairs sun damage, fades age spots, and helps smooth the complexion," said Maccan-Graves. "Papaya is nature's Retin-A." She offered this recipe: Cut a slice of ripe papaya, remove the seeds and pulp, then rub the inside peel of the papaya peel on a clean face, focus on lines around the mouth and eyes, crow's-feet, thinning temples, neck and hands. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse off with tepid water. "Do this mask twice weekly," she advised.