Browsing a popular beauty site, I did a double take at the headline ‘7 Surprising Beauty Benefits of Coffee.’ Coffee— a beauty food? I instantly clicked, wanting to get to the bottom of the claims. You see, coffee— caffeine specifically— is one of the ‘Beauty Betrayers’ named in my book Eat Pretty; it may have well-documented health benefits, but it’s not exactly the beverage that you should be gulping for beauty.Read More
Jolene Hart, CHC
Health Coach + Author + Beauty Editor
“One of the clean beauty industry’s experts who’s helping change cultural perspectives about food & its impact on skin.”
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Red nose and puffy eyes? Not pretty.
In the midst of cold season, it’s tempting to grab a pill or a vaccine to keep our immune defenses running high. But for most of us, boosting our immunity by incorporating more immune-strengthening foods in our diet gives us adequate natural protection, AND we’ll be getting double the benefits thanks to their natural anti-aging, beautifying properties. You’ll want to put the following foods, which promote both immunity and beauty, on your grocery list for the winter, and any other time when you need a little health and beauty boost. Don’t forget that food IS medicine, and that that powerful healing compounds can also be found in things that we enjoy eating or drinking, not just tasteless supplements that get washed down with a swig of water.
Ready to tackle the flu virus and brush off oncoming cold germs? You’ll do just that, and keep your skin looking radiant, with these immune-boosting beauty foods:Read More
You've gotta love green tea. Not only is it a major wrinkle-blocker, it helps you burn calories while it defends against sun damage and other forms of skin aging.
Drinking green tea (2 cups daily is the recommended dose), as well as applying it topically is a great boost for your summer sun defense. The antioxidant-rich polyphenols in green tea fight free radical damage that causes age spots, sagging skin, wrinkles and other forms of sun damage—what could be your biggest summer beauty headache. A new British Journal of Nutrition study actually found that supplementing with green tea catechins (some of their most powerful plant chemicals) can make us more resistant to UV damage and the signs of aging that come with it. Green tea catechins also reduce redness and inflammation, a product of too much sun exposure, so green tea can be your natural after sun savior as well.
For an easy, soothing, healing green tea recipe to use on your skin after a day, or an hour, in the sun, make this homemade facial mist and store it in the refrigerator (up to 3 weeks). It's a science-backed skin refresher. While you're at it, make yourself a cup of green tea to sip fresh!Read More
I was instantly intrigued when I heard about Kishr, a unique infusion of dried coffee cherry, saigon cinnamon, ginger and cardamom that has origins in Yemen and has been around for over 1,000 years. It has 10 times more available antioxidants than green tea!Read More
We already know that green tea is a healthy sip (packed with antioxidants) that also helps keep you slim, thanks to a little metabolism boost.
But Dr. Nicolas Perricone's latest book, Forever Young (more on this fantastic read later), gives us another beautiful reason to keep sipping green tea: wrinkle prevention.
Dr. Perricone writes:
"The EGCG in tea prevents the activation of collagen-digesting enzymes known as matrix metalloproteinase. This is a critical function because these enzymes are responsible for wrinkling of the skin."
EGCG is a catechin in green tea that is believed to hold its health benefits. And Dr. Perricone confirms that catechins like EGCG actually have the ability to control gene expression.
Drink a soothing cup of green tea and prevent skin wrinkles? It's a beauty no-brainer.