I get a ton of email on what I do to look good "for my age". For those that are wondering how old I am, I am 37 years old and damn proud of it! As a fitness model I take pride in my health and appearance. What do I do to stay in shape, have great skin, and have a positive attitude? This...
This is my main beauty secret. Nourish your skin from the inside out. What you consume nutritionally does affect how you look. Eating foods that nourish and hydrate the cells of your body will be your number one source for fighting the aging process. Here is a list of my favorite beauty foods.
Avocados: This silky smooth green guy gets mistaken for a vegetable when it is really a fruit. This healthy fat is rich in omega 3’s. They contain Vitamin A, E, and help fortify B-complex vitamins. It has a ton of antioxidants and inflammatory compounds. Throw some in a salad or blend it in a smoothie.
Blueberries: They may be little, but they contain some of the highest antioxidant levels of any food when ripe. The deep blue and purple color of this fruit pigment is the anthocynanins which helps with sun damage and inflammation. Throw some in your oatmeal in the morning or have a blueberry protein shake and you are on your way to hydrated skin.
Greens: Spinach, kale, swiss chard, collard greens, broccoli, and many other cruciferous and leafy green veggies offer more nutrients to the body with the least calories. They are packed with skin beautifying compounds like carotenoid antioxidants, an excellent course of vitamin A and C, helps neutralize free radicals (cell damage), and help fight different types of cancer. I highly recommend that you eat these every day. You can eat them in a salad, steamed as a side, or juice them. Never underestimate the power of plants!
Algae: Micro-algae and macro-algae are one of the most concentrated sources of beauty vitamins for hair, skin, and nails. They are easily absorbed by the body. Chlorella and spirulina are a high source of protein, beta-carotene, nucleic acids, and chlorophyll. Sea vegetables like arame, dulse, and nori contain more trace minerals than any other foods. They are abundant in vitamin A, C, E, and B-complex vitamins. Plus, they contain ergostreol which converts into vitamin D2 to help support healthy skin and cell growth. You can find powders to put in smoothies or take in a vitamin tablet source.
Gaspari SuperPumpMAX before I workout
Gaspari Aminolast BCAA's
Sun Warrior Plant Protien powder
Water: We all know that it is common knowledge that you have to drink water to stay hydrated. But after much research, I have discovered that it is quality filtered water that hydrates the cell properly. Having a really good home filtration system is the best suggestion over bottled water. (Even great quality filtered bottle water can have dangerous chemicals like BPA inside due to the plastic.) By having a home filtration system, you get quality water by filling up a reusable eco-friendly water bottle. Stay hydrated and save the planet at the same time.
Green tea: When water isn’t cutting it for you, green tea adds a little flavor for your palate. Green tea is one of the best anti-aging beverages besides water. Because it is minimally processed, the leaves are steamed instead of fermented, green tea catechins help prevent the cell oxidation. For a liquid, it offers the most antioxidant polyphenols for the skin. Drink it hot or drink it cold, you will reap the benefits within due time.
Red wine: Drink this liquid sparingly. Now when I say it is has great properties for the skin, I am suggesting a 4 ounce glass with a meal a few times a week, not a bottle. Red wine is loaded with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory flavonoids. Resveratrol is the main ingredient that will protect the skin against the sun’s UV rays. Resveratrol has so many great properties that it is ok to have that occasional glass and not feel guilty. Cheers to that!
This is another important step to anti-aging. The benefits of sleep impact nearly every area of daily life. Believe it or not, studies show that your body needs sleep to repair itself. This is not only great for cell repair; it is needed for physical health, emotional well being, and longevity. Getting your 8 hours a night is the best thing you can do for yourself. They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing!
Being active: Whatever your choice of exercise is up to you. The body is not designed to sit around. So get up and go. Make some time everyday to be active for your mind, body, and soul. Exercise has so many great benefits. Some benefits are that it improves mood, improves lean muscle mass, reduces body fat, helps fight disease, reducing stress, increase you self esteem, and so much more. You get the point. A healthy body is a happy body. So move it!
Meditation: In today’s world we are stressed out to the max. We need time to clear our thoughts and de-stress our minds. The best natural skin care is meditation. You know the old catch phrase “Mind over Matter”? Well, your mind is a powerful place. The positive energy flows throughout the body and reaches the cells to flood them with vitality. Over time, meditation will be your best internal anti-aging weapon. Say OHM!
Lotion: If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your body. The skin is the largest organ of the body. It can absorb more toxins than eating food. Whatever you lather on will immediately hit the blood stream. Look for a great organic lotion that is free from toxic chemicals that you can pronounce. Also, look for ones that contain coconut oil. Coconut oil is great for the skin. The best time to put on lotion is after a shower to seal in moisture. See you later alligator! My favorite lotion: www.basabody.com
Sunscreen: To sun or not to sun that is the question. First I want to start off by saying that your body does need some sun to produce Vitamin D. Vitamin D is a pre-hormone that is produced in your skin in response to sunlight. It is essential for the body to stay healthy. Like my dermatologist says “Any more than 15-20 minutes a day in the sun is abuse to the skin”. If you are planning on being in the sun for long periods of time, then use a good quality chemical free sunscreen. Most sunscreens are loaded with toxic chemicals. A great organic brand to use is Soleo Organics. www.soleoorganics.com
Make up: I have a love/hate relationship with make up. I love how it looks on me but I hate how it feels on my face until I discovered mineral make up. I learned that the blend of the minerals and pigments, when applied correctly, allow the skin to breathe and function normally. It does not clog pores and is water resistant. It doesn’t crease or smear even during strenuous exercise. Bonus for us fitness gals! When buying mineral make up, please have someone show you how to put it on correctly. My favorite make up now is Jane Iredale Mineral Make Up. www.janeiredale.com
Smile: A smile is universal. It doesn’t matter what you look like or what country you live in, we are drawn to people who smile. A smile is attractive and can be quite contagious. When someone walks in a room or greets you with a smile, it puts us in a good mood. Smiling makes you look younger. So go ahead, next time you are feeling down or see a frown, smile! It will make you feel better.
Being positive: The research is clear. Positive people live longer. Countless studies show that positive people live longer and healthier lives. It helps you cope and handle stressful situation. It starts with self-talk. Instead of thinking the glass is half empty, enjoy what you have in life right now. By being grateful for what you have and enjoying life’s journey, you will get more out of life.
Embracing age: Aging is inevitable. We can’t stop father time, but we can embrace where we are at in life. Accepting that we are no longer younger versions of ourselves is the first step to being at peace. I used to think aging was a bad thing, but as I live life every day, I love growing older. I actually love the life experience and knowledge I have right now. I love how confident I am at this age, that wasn’t the case in my twenties. And last but not least, I have accepted the fact that my skin is no longer the same as it was in my twenties. So what I have a few wrinkles and large pores, it gives a little character to my face.
By incorporating a few of these lifestyle factors in your life, I promise you will not only start looking better, you will feel better. After all, it is not really about your skin, it’s all about the journey you take now. Look in the mirror and smile.