Eat Your Way to Pretty Skin and Hair

5 Vitamins Your Body Needs Now

Vitamins are beneficial to your skin in two ways: From the outside, applied on the surface, and from the inside, taken as a supplement or contained in food. Here’s a look at what works best where:
 
VITAMINS YOU NEED INSIDE
 
Vitamin A. Inside your body, vitamin A (aka beta carotene) keeps a variety of unpleasant skin conditions at bay, possibly including the dry, bumpy skin called keratosis pilaris. As an antioxidant, it helps protect against environmental damage to the skin such as from sun exposure and pollutants. Look for vitamin A in carrots, dark leafy greens (e.g., kale), and sweet potatoes.
 
Vitamin B. If you take a supplement, then look for a vitamin B complex so you get biotin (vitamin B7), which is beneficial for your hair, nails and skin. Vitamin B can be found in almonds, peanuts, eggs, and sweet potatoes.
 
Vitamin C. Really important, collagen is a type of protein in your skin that keeps it from sagging and it needs vitamin C to stay healthy. Getting enough vitamin C may even slow the formation of wrinkles, since it’s an antioxidant that fights sun damage. Plus, vitamin C also helps to heal injuries. Look for vitamin C in broccoli, Brussels sprouts, citrus fruit, dark leafy greens, kiwis, papayas, strawberries, and yellow bell peppers.
 
Vitamin E. Like vitamin C, vitamin E is an antioxidant and may help reduce the aging effects of sun exposure and environmental pollutants. Look for vitamin E in avocados, nuts (including peanuts), spinach, and sunflower seeds.
 
Vitamin K. While vitamin C keeps the skin’s collagen firm, vitamin K keeps elastin (an important structural protein that allows your skin to snap back after being pinched) healthy. Vitamin K is also critical to having good blood circulation, since it keeps the blood vessels supple and encourages blood clotting when you get a cut or scrape. Vitamin K can be found in foods like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and dark leafy greens.
 
VITAMINS YOU NEED OUTSIDE
 
Vitamin A. On the surface of the skin, vitamin A, in the form of a prescription retinol cream (aka tretinoin) helps to control acne and blackheads. It also manages the appearance of fine wrinkles and dark blotches caused by sun exposure by speeding skin rejuvenation.
 
Vitamin C. Vitamin C supports collagen production from both inside and outside, helping to slow the formation of wrinkles. Applied to facial skin, vitamin C also helps heal sun damage and smoothes your skin’s texture.
 
Vitamin E. The antioxidant effects of vitamin E on the surface of the skin are similar to its actions inside the body - it fends off damage as a result of sun exposure and environmental pollutants, and because vitamin E is oil-based, it also keeps your skin moisturized.
 
Vitamin K. Vitamin K affects blood clotting, so it’s often an ingredient found in creams made to speed up the healing process and to fade bruises. Some people believe it minimizes stretch marks, scars, under eye circles and even spider veins, although there’s not much scientific evidence to back this claim up.

Makeup Tips for Sweaty Weather

Avoid a Makeup Meltdown this Summer

Even on the hottest summer days when sweating is inevitable, keep your foundation and color cosmetics from melting away by lightening up on your makeup routine—like you do your wardrobe.

Beat the heat with barely-there skin coverage.
When temperatures rise, wear the sheerest moisturizer possible or just dab it onto the dry areas of your face. Using the lightest foundation that works for your complexion will also fend off runny makeup. If your skin doesn’t require full coverage, then only apply under eyes or over blemishes as needed. A lightweight makeup primer applied before foundation will also help makeup stick even longer.
To make this whole heat-defying makeup process even easier, there’s a new world of light multitasking foundations that are an all-in-one application -- primer/hydrator/color corrector/SPF, one of which is JAFRA’s CC Cream with SPF15.

Define your features with budge-proof color.
To fend off runny eyebrows, fill them in with a wax eyebrow pencil to help hold color and brows in place. You can also use a cream or liquid blush - just dab it on and blend well to achieve a natural glow. On your eyelids, use an eyeshadow primer to keep your summer shadow shades on longer. Waterproof shadows, liners and mascaras are also great makeup choices during summer weather. Lastly, use lip color formulas that stain your lips. You can also fill them in with a lip pencil in a shade that matches your lipstick and then apply lipstick and blot. For added staying power, dab the tiniest bit of translucent powder over the lip color.

Beat the Heat Finishes
Complete your hot weather makeup application with a light weight powder. For touchups throughout the day, look for formulas with an SPF to replenish your sunscreen as you powder away shine. Use blotting papers to soak up perspiration and oils, but also to avoid a powdery buildup on days when your face needs constant attention. Also try one of the new makeup sprays; it’s like a hair spray for your face. These makeup sprays are formulated to keep you looking fresh and polished for hours and hours all summer long. 


 

4 Skin Blemishes that Should Scare You

Here’s What to Look for

You know how you look at that dark spot or scaly patch on your face and say, “Oh, that’s nothing to worry about?” Well, worry.  While these four blemishes may seem harmless, worry about any growths or spots that resemble any of the following four descriptions, and visit a doctor pronto to get them checked out!
 
Dark moles. Most dark moles are just that: pigmented bumps that don’t pose any danger of becoming cancer. But there are exceptions: Certain types of moles known as dysplastic nevi can turn into malignant melanoma. Even having these types of moles means you have an increased risk of developing skin cancer, so be extra careful about both sun protection and regular skin inspections. If a mole shows any kind of change (growing, discoloring, bleeding, itching), see a dermatologist right away.
 
Scaly spots. Those small scaly, crusty patches could be actinic keratosis, which are caused by  sun exposure. Because about 10 percent of them turn into skin cancer—squamous cell carcinoma, or, less commonly, basal cell carcinoma—they are considered “pre-cancerous.” This type of skin cancer isn’t nearly as dangerous as malignant melanoma, but should not  be ignored.
 
Rough patch on lower lip. Its medical name is actinic cheilitis, but its common name tells you more: farmer’s lip. This rough, scaly spot on the lower lip is caused by too much time in the sun and is similar to an actinic keratosis. And like actinic keratosis, it can turn into skin cancer and should be treated before it does. All types of skin cancer, even melanoma, are almost always curable if caught early enough.
 
Small “horns.” These little pointy growths are an especially icky form of actinic keratosis. Known medically as cutaneous horns, they sprout from a reddened patch of skin and are made of keratin—the same material as our nails and hair. They may indicate that squamous cell carcinoma is developing and should be removed.
 
Both squamous cell and basal cell skin cancers are common and usually neither one is aggressive—that is, likely to spread elsewhere in the body. Still, if you have one, you should get treated promptly to be certain that the cancerous patch is completely removed.
 
 

5 Beauty Secrets Your Mom Should Have Taught You

Anti-Aging Lessons from a Mother to a Daughter

Once we’re no longer know-it-all teens, we realize that our moms really do know a lot of stuff-- important lessons we can learn  from our favorite female role model. Here are five skin care secrets mom taught us without even knowing:
 
Don’t make faces. Since you were tiny you heard this phrase,  “Don’t make that face! It could freeze that way.” Mom may have been exaggerating a little, but the basic idea is accurate: Habitual face-making—frowning, grimacing, squinting leads to permanent lines that form in your skin. Don’t do it!
 
Create your own daily beauty ritual. Hopefully mom taught you early the importance of taking good care of your face, neck and décolletage. That means daily gentle cleansing, moisturizing morning and night, and protecting all of your exposed skin (hands, too!) with at least SPF 15, no matter what. If you plan spending more time in the sun, then choose a higher sun protection factor.
 
Don’t squeeze that pimple! If mom ever caught you leaning over the sink getting ready to pop a zit, you probably got the lecture about not picking at your skin,  and she was 100 percent right. Even if you’re too old for zits now, it’s still smart to keep your hands away from your face, since touching your nose and rubbing your eyes spreads bacteria and viruses ( the main way we catch colds. Also, frequently pulling on your skin  can cause premature wrinkles.
 
Eat a good diet. While mom may not have been right about chocolate and fried foods giving you acne (they don’t), she was correct that your face shows whether or not you’re getting the right nutrients. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables so that you benefit from natural anti-oxidants like vitamins A, C and E. Anti-oxidants help protect your skin from premature aging as well as helps to prevent some cancers.
 
You are beautiful. You know how mom looks at you with love and compassion?  Carry that feeling around inside and share it—that’s what makes you beautiful. Whether you’re dressed to kill or just climbed out of bed, feeling happy and confident reveals the beauty mom sees in you. Don’t keep that a secret!

 
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