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Supercharge Your Anti-aging Skincare Routine with 5 New Year’s Resolutions

Make 2016 the year you resolve to start growing younger! The key to taking years off your appearance is to make a conscious decision to consistently include healthy skincare habits in your daily routine. Here are 5 New Year’s skincare resolutions that can help you look and feel more vibrant and beautiful.

In the hands of a rigorously trained aesthetician, a monthly deep-cleaning facial lays the foundation for clearer, more radiant skin.

In the hands of a rigorously trained aesthetician, a monthly deep-cleaning facial lays the foundation for clearer, more radiant skin.

Set your intention to achieve a glowing, youthful complexion by adopting the essentials of a disciplined skincare regimen:

1. Always wash your makeup off before going to bed-Even “all-natural” mineral makeup contains other ingredients that can clog pores and irritate sensitive skin.

2. Never wash your face with soap or harsh synthetic cleansers-A gentle cleanser made with plant-derived ingredients protects the integrity of the skin’s acid mantle, preventing bacteria and other contaminants from penetrating the surface. Look for mild cleansing agents like coco-glucoside, as well as for glycerin and other vegetable emollients and soothing anti-inflammatories such as olive leaf and aloe vera.

3. Use a full-spectrum sun protection every day-Even though the UVB rays that cause sunburn are weaker in the winter and on cloudy days, UVA radiation keeps going strong regardless of the weather. UVA rays reach the deeper layers of the skin, causing the bulk of the damage that results in visible aging. For full spectrum coverage without potentially irritating or unsafe chemicals, use a mineral sun block made with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Opt for a cream rather than a spray or powder to avoid the risk of inhaling the tiny mineral particles.

4. Get plenty of antioxidants-inside and out-To resist and recover from free radical damage, skin cells need more help than even the best mix of topical antioxidants can provide. Internal support from antioxidant-rich whole foods is absolutely vital. Be sure to include regular servings of foods such as berries, walnuts, red beans and pinto beans, kale, spinach, grapes, and plums in your diet. These anti-aging superfoods help optimize functioning of not only the skin, but also all the other organs that support skin health. Skincare products that contain plant-based ingredients like white tea, red algae, sea buckthorn, and the antioxidant vitamins C and E provide a rejuvenating “meal” for your complexion.

5. Invest in professional organic facials-Sparkling clean skin is a major beauty asset for women of every age. A skilled aesthetician knows how to gently extract the contents of pores and remove whiteheads without causing scarring or infection. Trusting these delicate procedures to an experienced professional is a must! A facialist who’s trained in traditional European aesthetics is a particularly valuable resource. She can advise you on the best salon treatments, homecare regimen, skincare products, and dietary practices for your skin type. You can also rely on her to use safe, effective organic ingredients in your facial treatments. The fresh rosy glow she can bring to your complexion with an expert facial massage is yet another plus. For women in their twenties, a pore-cleansing facial once a season is usually sufficient. Women over thirty should shoot for once a month. Regular visits to an aesthetician who’s truly passionate about healthy skin and consistently dedicated to your beauty goals is a smart long-term investment. With the right combination of services, advice, and support, you’ll see increasingly significant improvements in your complexion over time.

 

Three Fall Skincare Fundamentals for Rejuvenating Your Skin

Why You Need a Balanced Fall Skincare Routine

Like every change of season, the arrival of fall places new demands on our skin while also presenting fresh opportunities to optimize its health and appearance. To help you prepare for the rigors of colder weather and take full advantage of the seasonal foods and renewed energy that fall brings, I recommend making the following seasonal adjustments to your integrated beauty and wellness regime.

Fall is the perfect time to revive radiance by shedding old skin cells. image courtesy of James Barker - FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Shed your old skin, bring on the new: Get your skin in shape for winter with a fall exfoliation program. A series of professional organic peels will not only help you slough off sun-damaged skin of summer, but also increase your skin’s capacity to absorb moisture. In addition to alpha hydroxy acids from the fall harvest of apples and quince, a traditional European organic peel contains Hungarian paprika to stimulate circulation. This combination of ingredients restores a youthful glow by bringing new cells the surface, while strengthening the skin’s ability to repair and renew itself. To calm, soothe, and protect the delicate new layer of skin revealed by the peel, your aesthetician should apply a mask that’s rich in organic moisturizers and plant-derived anti-inflammatories. Ingredients like aloe vera and white tea not only minimize redness but also help heal UV damage with generous doses of antioxidants. For your homecare routine, choose an organic scrub that contains gentle natural exfoliants such as ground walnuts, fruits, and lactic acid and follow it up with a super-rich night cream. Be sure to consult a qualified aesthetician about the pacing of your exfoliation treatments. A gentle, gradual approach to exfoliation is the key to achieving beautiful results without unattractive side effects. And don’t forget to wear a natural mineral sun block even on gray, cloudy days. Freshly exfoliated skin is particularly sensitive to ultraviolet rays.

Remember your roots: The earth provides the perfect remedy when the colder weather is about to drive us indoors, where our skin will be exposed to dry air and an increased risk of infection. The root vegetables that thrive in fall are packed with minerals and other nutrients from the soil. Increasing consumption of these nutrients now prepares our skin for winter by improving the resilience of the skin’s protective barrier and strengthening its resistance to inflammatory conditions, bacteria, and funguses. High in fiber, root vegetables satisfy hearty fall appetites without adding a lot of calories to a meal. Choose a colorful assortment of seasonal vegetables and roast them with olive oil and herbs for a delicious, restorative dinner. Some of the most nutritious choices are listed below:

  • Beets – High in antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and enzymes that bind and neutralize toxic cellular wastes.
  • Yams – A natural source of rejuvenating plant hormones.
  • Onions – Rich in flavonoids that act as anti-bacterials.
  • Parsnips – A good of vitamin C, folate, and other vitamins and minerals that support healthy skin function.
  • Sweet potatoes – High in vitamin A, one of the core active ingredients in anti-aging skin treatments.
  • Carrots – Full of beta-carotene, which helps prevent environmental damage and adds golden tones to the complexion.
  • Garlic – High in allicins with antibiotic and anti-fungal properties; sulfur compounds also benefits skin by promoting circulatory health.

Pump up your exercise routine with fresh air: Recent scientific studies confirm intuitive wisdom. Exercising outdoors is good for both body and soul. According to a New York Times article, new research has revealed that people who take their workout outside not only exercise longer and harder, but also enjoy the experience more. Best of all, people who walked in the fresh air improved their overall sense of wellbeing. On psychological tests, they scored higher in enthusiasm, pleasure, vitality, and self-esteem than people who exercised indoors. They also reported less tension, depression, and fatigue. The energizing effects of cool weather make fall a particularly inviting time to exercise outdoors. Observing nature’s splendors as you walk, run, or do yoga poses on a brisk fall day is a great way to enjoy a natural high and reinforce your commitment to a disciplined fitness routine. From boosting blood flow to relaxing the mind, the benefits of regular exercise translate into a healthier, younger-looking complexion and a rejuvenated spirit.

Green Masque: Spring Cleaning for the Face

Early spring is the perfect time to treat complexion to a deeply cleansing Green Masque. The ingredients in this classic European recipe are great for reviving a dull, tired complexion after a long, hard winter.

The peppermint in the green masque helps prevent acne breakouts. Image courtesy of paytai /FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Alfalfa – The chlorophyll that gives alfalfa and other green plants their color is the secret of this mask’s powerful detoxifying effects. Because it’s packed with antioxidants, including vitamins A, C, and E, chlorophyll helps reverse the aging effects of free radical damage. The various B-complex vitamins in chlorophyll contribute to healthy skin in a range of ways from stimulating circulation to fending off acne. Chlorophyll’s anti-inflammatory properties also play an important role in the cultivation of clearer, younger-looking skin.

Peppermint – In addition to chlorophyll, peppermint contains menthol. The cooling effect of menthol helps soothe itchy or irritated skin. Menthol also helps control excess oiliness and protects the skin from bacterial infections. These properties, together with the anti-inflammatory effect of chlorophyll, make peppermint an excellent option for acne-prone complexions.

Oatmeal – This healthful grain is an ideal treatment for all skin types.  A gentle exfoliant, oatmeal helps remove old skin cells so fresh new ones can emerge. Beta glucan, a type of carbohydrate found in oatmeal, binds water to the skin, protects against irritants, and promotes healing. Studies suggest that beta glucan molecules are small enough to penetrate the skin surface and bring moisture to emerging cells in its deeper layers. Oatmeal also contains mild natural cleansing agents, anti-oxidants, and anti-inflammatories. Oatmeal masks are helpful for a variety of skin conditions, including acne, rosacea, eczema, and sun damage.

The Green Masque can be incorporated into a standard facial or applied between treatments to extend their benefits. It’s a safe, effective way to restore springtime freshness to your face.

5 Diet Tips for a Younger, More Beautiful Face

Now that the season for New Year’s resolutions is here, many of you may be giving some extra thought to your eating habits. This year, keep in mind that what we eat is as important to the appearance of our face as it is to the size and shape of our body. Every aspect of our health from digestion and skin and muscle repair to mood regulation is affected by our diet. A diet that supports the healthy functioning of our organs and tissues optimizes the defining elements of a beautiful, youthful face. A radiant complexion, firm facial muscles, and a vibrant expression are all reflections of a thoughtful, balanced approach to eating.

Your face is a mirror of your overall health. <Image courtesy of adamr/FreeDigitalPhotos.net>

Here are some dietary tips for maintaining a naturally attractive face:
1. Eat enzyme-rich foods – Raw plant-based and naturally fermented foods contain high levels of enzymes, substances that speed up and regulate chemical reactions in the body. Enzymes improve digestion and help cleanse the blood by breaking down toxins and organic wastes. Our body’s supply of these vital substances declines as we age. To replenish enzyme levels, include foods such as raw fruit and vegetables, sprouted grains, yogurt, miso, olives, and sauerkraut in your meals and snacks. You’ll find that eating these foods not only increases you energy levels, but also helps restore the clear eyes and fresh complexion of youth.

2. Consume plenty of colorful fresh fruits and vegetables – Broccoli, kale, yellow and red peppers, purple plums and grapes—eating a “rainbow diet” will ensure you get the antioxidants you need to fight the effects of free radical damage on the skin. Carotenoids—a type of antioxidant found in deeply pigmented fruits and vegetables—can even improve skin tone. These yellow, orange, and red pigments give your complexion a healthy golden glow.

3. Get enough protein The amino acids in the proteins we eat provide our bodies with the raw materials for rebuilding the collagen fibers in our skin, muscles, and bones. Over time as collagen production declines, these tissues atrophy, causing sagging and wrinkling. To help slow this process, our diet should consist of 10% to 35% protein. The quality of the protein we consume is as important as the quantity. High-quality proteins contain some or all of the 9 essential amino acids that our body can’t manufacture on its own. Good sources of these amino acids include meat, fish, egg whites, legumes, soy, nuts, and quinoa.

4. Include healthy fats – Omega-3 fatty acids from plant sources and fatty cold-water fish have powerful anti-aging benefits. These healthy fats help keep the skin moist, control acne, and repair sun damage. By repairing cell membranes, omega-3s help protect the skin from environmental threats They’ve also been shown to improve mood and sleep, two important factors in maintaining a young, vital look. Good sources of omega-3s include olive oil, flaxseeds, nuts, avocados, salmon, and mackerel.

5. Avoid refined carbohydrates – High blood glucose levels from foods like white flour and sugar can trigger the chronic inflammation and hormonal imbalances associated with acne. Chronic inflammation also contributes to the breakdown of the collagen and elastin fibers that keep our skin strong and resilient. These fibers can begin to crack and tear when they bond with sugar molecules. To keep both acne and wrinkles at bay, substitute fresh fruit for sugary treats and replace refined carbohydrates with 100% whole grain products.

Your face is the mirror of your total health and wellbeing. In upcoming posts, I’ll be saying more about how to beautify your face by adopting healthy lifestyle practices.

Carrot Mask Nourishes Wintertime Skin

Treat wintertime skin to the extra pampering it needs with a moisture-rich, nutrition-packed carrot mask. Cold winds, icy temperatures, and dry indoor air can leave the skin dry and dull—especially on our face. An organic mask that contains carrots is a completely natural and highly effective way of restoring your complexion’s radiance and resilience.

Carrots are packed with nutrients that revitalize winter-stressed skin. Image courtesy of creativedoxfoto: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The key to the rejuvenating effects of a carrot mask lies in its nutrient content:

  • Beta carotene – Scientific studies suggest that this powerful antioxidant helps to counteract the damaging effects of sun exposure and environmental pollutants. In addition to slowing the development of fine lines and wrinkles, the healing properties of beta carotene reduce the irritation and itchiness of dehydrated skin. It also returns suppleness by promoting faster cell turnover. Beta carotene is the perfect pick-me-up for pale wintertime complexions. The red and yellow pigments it contains contribute to a warm, even skin tone.
  • Vitamins C & E – Like beta carotene, these antioxidant vitamins play an important role in repairing the cell damage caused by aging, UVA radiation, and environmental toxins.
  • B-complex of vitamins – Folic acid, thiamin, pantothenic acid, and other B vitamins are vital to healthy cell metabolism.
  • Vitamin K – Research on this vitamin indicates that it protects the skin’s elasticity and improves the appearance of dark under-eye circles.
  • Minerals – Carrots are also loaded with minerals, such as potassium, manganese, and phosphorus that play an important role in the formation of new collagen cells.

This revitalizing combination of nutrients is beneficial to every skin type—both as a facial treatment and as part of a healthful wintertime diet.

 

Spring Cleaning: Freshen Up Skin with a Greener Diet

In my native Romania, our springtime health and beauty routine includes eating plenty of green salads. The antioxidants in lettuce, spinach, and other greens cleanse our body of free radicals—unstable molecules produced by environmental toxins, inflammation, and other stresses. Free radicals ultimately lead to cellular damage, aging, and disease. By neutralizing these harmful molecules, plant-derived antioxidants promote the growth and repair of skin cells.

The antioxidants in green salads support skin cell growth and repair. Image: zole4 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Green Beauty: Arugula and Walnut Salad

The arugula in this salad is packed with the antioxidant vitamins A and C. In addition to stimulating collagen renewal, these vitamins reduce inflammation, one of the prime causes of visibly aging skin. The addition of walnuts provides another healthy serving of antioxidants from omega-3 oils. Omega-3s help prevent wrinkles and improve skin texture by reversing free radical damage, stimulating blood circulation, and stabilizing hormone levels. The vitamin E in the walnuts and the shallot also helps nurture smooth, supple skin.

1 large shallot, chopped1/4 cup walnut oil or olive oil1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar3 cups arugula1 cup walnuts
Whisk together the oil, vinegar, and chopped shallot in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Mix the arugula and walnuts in a large bowl, drizzle with dressing, and toss.

 

Revive Tired Skin with Extra Helpings of Anti-aging Nutrients

The stresses of winter can leave skin looking dull and worn-out. To restore the bloom of health to your complexion, make sure your skincare products contain hearty doses of nutrients with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Here are some of the most important all-natural and organic ingredients to look for:

  • Apples
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Omega-3 oils (from sources such as olive oil, walnuts, and avocado oil)•
  • Pomegranate seed
  • Sea buckthorn seed
  • Soap bark
  • White tea

 

Refresh your complexion this spring with antioxidant-rich apples and walnuts.

 

As Good As It Gets: Antioxidants for Dessert

Summer Apricots: A Sweet Source of Anti-aging Nutrients

Summer fruits are a delicious way to add antioxidant vitamins, flavonoids, and other revitalizing phytonutrients to your diet. As rich in anti-aging nutrients including vitamin C and beta-carotene as they are in flavor, apricots epitomize the spirit of Mediterranean-style cuisines. In Turkey, this delectable relative of the peach is so prized that the Turkish equivalent of the English idiom “it doesn’t get any better than this” (bundan iyisi  Şam’da kayısı) is “the only thing better than this is an apricot in Damascus.”

The featured role of apricots in my native Romania’s famously luscious pastries, jams, and other desserts reflects the enduring cultural influence of early Greco-Roman and Turkish settlers on our diverse and vibrant cuisine. One of my personal favorites is a distinctly Romanian variant of Italy’s albicocche cotte al vino (“apricots cooked in wine”).

Fresh Apricots Cooked in Wine

Unlike the Italian version, my grandmother’s recipe – which appears below - doesn’t require making a syrup of dry white wine, sugar, and vanilla. The use of a sweet dessert wine and cinnamon instead reduces the preparation time and calorie count, while maximizing the fresh, natural taste of the fruit.You can also adjust the taste of this dessert to suit your palate. If you desire a honey-like sweetness and complex flavor, choose a true dessert wine, such as Romanian Grasa de Cotnari, Hungarian Tokay, or an imported or domestic Muscat. If you have less of a sweet tooth, your might prefer the taste of lighter white wines like a sauvignon blanc or German Riesling.

Delicious summer apricots are loaded with anti-aging nutrients.

INGREDIENTS

Fresh apricots, 1-1/2 lb (fruit should be ripe but not mushy)

White dessert wine*

Cinnamon, a pinch

Vanilla ice cream (optional)

Cut apricots in half and remove the stones. Place facedown in a large skillet. Pour in wine. Cook the fruit approximately 3 minutes on each side. Serve alone or with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream for special treat!

 

Romanian Holiday: A State of Health, Happiness, and Mediterranean Desserts

Moderate portions of simple yet elegant fruit-based desserts like this one are a great way to integrate sensual pleasure into a naturally healthy lifestyle. Even in the wintertime, one bite of this refreshing treat recalls the extended hours of sunlight during my summer holidays on the shores of the Black Sea. Regardless of whether you summer in Portofino, Martha’s Vineyard, or your own backyard, my grandmother’s summer dessert recipe is guaranteed put you in a vacation state of mind.

Add regular doses of summer's natural pleasures to your European-style anti-aging regime. Image: Idea go / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Traditional Mediterranean Food for Thought

From Rome to Romanian: Mediterranean Culture Meets Eastern European Health Practices

For centuries, the traditional diet and lifestyle in countries around the Mediterranean Sea – parts of Italy, Greece, France, Spain, Portugal, and northern Africa – have helped the beneficiaries of this naturally healthy way of life to stave off obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other degenerative diseases and symptoms of aging.

Many people are surprised to learn that an equally old and wonderfully complex Mediterranean tradition exists in my native Romania. The long intermingling of indigenous peoples with settlers from the Greco-Roman and Ottoman Empires has enriched Romania’s national identity and culture with its own unique version of the Mediterranean spirit.

Romania's historical ties to the Mediterranean World trace back to the ancient Greco-Roman civilization. Image: Idea go / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Romanian Holiday: The Original Club Med on the Shores of the Black Sea

Perhaps the most famous legacy of early Roman colonists is Romania’s enduring reputation as the Mediterranean World’s original vacation hotspot. Ever since Roman colonists first capitalized on the local custom of bathing in the mineral-rich waters by building the country’s first health resorts, Romanian spa hotels have been famous as fashionable retreats for Europe’s ailing, tired, and bored elite.

What made these summer getaways so popular with sophisticated Europeans was the Old World elegance of the Romanian spa experience. Instead of submitting to a rigorously ascetic health regime, the rich and pampered could restore their physical, mental, and emotional equilibrium while also indulging their taste for luxury and sensual pleasure. Even today, Romania’s sultry summer weather, lush vineyards, and long stretches of fine white sand continue to draw favorable comparisons to the French and Italian Riviera.

The world's first luxury spa vacations were on the shore's of the Black Sea. Image: photostock / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Classic Food for Thought: 5 Tips for Nurturing Slim, Youthful Looks

The long, hot month of August is the perfect time to cultivate the health and beauty benefits of a traditional Romanian spa vacation. The following Old World health and dietary practices will provide you with the fundamental building blocks for healthier relationship with food and a more elegant and relaxed way of life.

1. Add more plant-derived foods to your diet. Fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, beans and other legumes, and nuts are the primary food sources in traditional European diets. Rich in antioxidants including vitamins A, C, and E vitamins, phytonutrients, and omega-3 oils, these cuisines are great for your waistline, your heart and circulatory system, as well as your complexion.

2. Avoid processed foods and takeout. Make yourself a nutritious meal from fresh ingredients instead. Of course, we all have days that broiling a chicken breast or even cooking a simple omelet can seem overwhelming.  That’s why it’s smart to keep the fridge stocked with a mix of healthful foods that can be combined in a balanced meal. Here are some options:

a. Hummus or yogurt (the real fermented kind!) with raw vegetables/whole grain pita bread

b. Dark greens, fresh or leftover cooked vegetables with some nuts or cheese for protein

c. An inventive sandwich like this Greek salad on a bun.

3. Take time to savor your food. Multitasking at mealtimes not only diminishes the pleasure of eating but also encourages rapid, mindless consumption of too many calories. Do your digestion, your figure, and your senses a favor. Stop eating on the run or out of a carton standing in front of the refrigerator – and turn off the TV. Set the table as you would for an honored guest. Arrange your food nicely on a plate, down at the table, and pay attention to the interplay of tastes, aromas, and textures that make a meal delightful sensory experience. After you’ve finished eating, contemplate a vase of flowers or listen to soothing Classical music as you sip a glass of wine or a cup of tea. In Romania, this is our version of meditation!

A small portion of a beautifully presented dish can be more satisfying than a carton of greasy take-out.Image: nuchylee / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

4. Stick with high-quality foods. This rule applies to splurges as well as dietary staples. Cheap store brand desserts and snacks that are full of trans fat and chemicals are not only unhealthy, but also pretty unappetizing compared to treats made with real ingredients. Low-fat foods can be equally deadly. Most diet desserts and snack foods are overloaded with sugar to compensate for the lack of fat, which makes them both unsatisfying and addictive.

5. Maintain a healthy lifestyle, but give yourself a break now and then. Eat moderate portions of nutrient-dense foods and exercise regularly. But keep in mind that an ice cream cone on a hot day or skipping the gym to have coffee with a friend isn’t going to make you fat and flabby overnight.

A Balanced Anti-Aging Prescription for Extreme Times

Over the past 30 years, economic and social changes in many European countries have brought not only the advantages of modern life but also the health problems associated with America’s high-stress fast food culture. That is not to say we all should throw away our modern conveniences and move to a cabin in the woods. Instead of going to extremes, find a comfortable middle ground. Choose the traditional health practices and 21st scientific principles that fit your lifestyle, physical condition, and personal goals to create a disciplined but flexible plan for living a long and beautiful life.

When Your Regular Moisturizer Is Not Enough

During the extreme cold and dryness of mid-winter, you may find the lighter moisturizers that keep your skin soft and hydrated in more temperate weather falling down on the job. That’s why your wintertime skincare regime should include extra doses of natural lubricants and emollients.

Save your fragile winter complexion with 3 layers of natural protection:

  • A hydrating serum: Give your day cream a boost by wearing a super-hydrating organic serum underneath it. Look for high-powered antioxidant and moisture-binding ingredients such as white tea, silk amino acids, seaweed extract, and vitamin E, along with healing herbs and essential oils.

  • A day cream rich in natural moisturizing factors (NMFs): NMFs are the free amino acids and other compounds such as lactic acid, urea, and salts found in the skin’s stratum corneum (outer layer) that attract and hold moisture. Plant-derived oils and humectants (e.g., shea butter, avocado oil, jojoba oil, squalane, vegetable glycerin, natural sorbitol, hyaluronic acid) are structurally similar to NMFs and therefore more easily absorbed into the deeper epidermal layers and better tolerated than synthetic moisturizers. In addition to their superior ability to soothe and protect rough, chapped skin, these natural lubricants contain a host of antioxidants, phytonutrients, and antimicrobials that repel pathogens and speed healing. Don’t fall for the popular myth that plain, old petroleum jelly is the best heavy-duty lubricant and moisturizer around. This and other cheap crude oil derivatives (baby oil, etc.) not only contain potentially irritating impurities, but also coat the skin with an impenetrable layer of grease that actually repels moisture.
  • A super-rich nighttime repair cream: A luxuriant night cream can help retard the moisture loss that occurs when skin temperature rises during sleep. Some studies also suggest that increased nighttime blood flow may improve absorption of small-molecule ingredients, such as peptides, that contribute to cell repair and collagen renewal. Lavish your parched, tired skin with a premium face cream full of buttery all-natural emollients and multi-action rejuvenators, including pearl powder, pomegranate seed extract, and Co-Q10 enzymes.

5 Reasons to Add Pink Grapefruit to Your Wintertime Health and Beauty Regime

As colder weather sets in, our natural urge to curl up on the sofa with a big dish of our favorite comfort food can often become overwhelming. One of the easiest and most delightful ways to fight off a case of the winter blahs is to add a healthy serving of pink grapefruit  (Citrus grandis) to your diet and your skincare regime.

Pink Grapefruit: It’s Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

Get a jump on seasonal stresses this November with the perfect fruit.

Pink grapefruit is a delicious way to consume essential vitamins and minerals and to increase your intake of flavonoids, cartenoids, and other potent disease-fighting phytonutrients. To get these nutrients into your bloodstream without delay, you should eat pink grapefruit (and other fruits, too) at least two hours before or after a meal. While eating this wonderful fruit first thing in the morning is optimal, its healing powers aren’t confined to the breakfast table.

Both the fruit and the essential oil derived from the pink grapefruit’s peel offer a range of therapeutic benefits, including:

  1. A mood-lifting scent—The refreshing fragrance of pink grapefruit peel essential oil helps banish the seasonal blues.
  2. An immune system booster—The high vitamin C content of this nourishing citrus fruit strengthens resistance against colds and flu.
  3. Anti-aging and health benefits—Grapefruit’s antioxidant properties help repair free radical damage, detoxify cells, and improve cardiovascular health. In addition to its potassium soluble and fiber (pectin) content, the pink variety contains lycopene, a vitamin A precursor that according to a Harvard-based Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-up Study may not only help protect artery walls from the damaging effects of cholesterol, but also reduce the risk of stomach, throat, and several other cancers.
  4. A safe, gentle skin toner and blemish fighter—A plant-derived antiseptic, pink grapefruit oil helps control the bacteria and excess oil that promote acne breakouts.
  5. Cellulite relief—In your diet and as a topical skincare treatment, pink grapefruit stimulates lymphatic drainage, reducing the orange peel look of congested tissues.

The Perfect November Pick-Me-Up—Any Way You Slice It

This month is the ideal time to start enjoying the multiple mental and physical benefits of pink grapefruit. As a health food, skincare ingredient, and aromatherapy treatment, it’s an all-natural prescription for a happier and healthier winter.

Add pink grapefruit essential oil to your facial care regime to control sebum without drying your skin.

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