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Perfect skin: Tips and Techniques to Make You Glow

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Perfect skin: Tips and Techniques to Make You Glow

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Jan 16, 2012
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Looking good shouldn’t really require deep pockets, a coterie of therapists and stylists, a good surgeon and an account at Chanel. You can do it on the cheap, you just need a few brilliant shortcuts, the right tools and privacy. If you start with your skin you’ll have the ideal platform for a new radiant you. We have assembled some great tips in Perfect Skin to help you on your way. Good luck!
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Introduction

Let’s get one thing clear. Beauty is only skin deep. Who wants to have the world’s most beautiful lungs? OK, the way you look isn’t going to achieve world peace, eradicate poverty or stop global warming. Beauty – and its pursuit – is shallow, superficial, self-indulgent and frivolous.

That said, no one can deny that the way you feel about the way you look is so bound up with how confident and happy you feel, that it deserves some (though not all) of the column inches – though arguably none of the gravitas – devoted to it.

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and the most visible. It reflects your health and lifestyle and sends the biggest possible statement about your self-confidence and overall approach to life. If your skin is beautiful YOU are beautiful.

Looking good shouldn’t really require deep pockets, a coterie of therapists and stylists, a good surgeon and an account at Chanel. You can do it on the cheap, you just need a few brilliant shortcuts, the right tools and privacy. If you start with your skin you’ll have the ideal platform for a new radiant you.

We have assembled some great tips in Perfect skin to help you on your way. Good luck!

1. Skin from within

With great nutrition and a little care, you can achieve great-looking skin in no time at all.

If you’re anything like the rest of the population, how you look will be very important to you. We worry endlessly about the image we present to the world and a very important part of this is how our skin looks.

Tutti Frutti

You probably don’t need us to tell you that fruit and vegetables are the main ingredients to a healthy, youthful skin. The reason for this is that they contain lots of vitamins and minerals that perform an antioxidant function. Antioxidants mop up reactions caused by free radicals, which are unstable molecules created by such things as stress, pollution and certain foods. Free radicals sound like a new political party that we should all be voting for, but instead they’re electrochemically unbalanced chemicals which ultimately can be the cause of degenerative diseases such as cancer and heart disease, not to mention premature ageing (which is where your skin comes in). The main antioxidant vitamins are vitamins A, C and E together with the minerals selenium, manganese and zinc. Some B vitamins also have antioxidant properties together with some amino acids (building blocks for protein). Most of these important minerals can be found in a wholefood, fresh food diet.

Berries and fruits and vegetables with red, purple and blue colouring are particularly good because they’re stuffed with antioxidants and contain a group of flavonoids called anthocyanidins, thought to be much more powerful than vitamin E. Antioxidants sometimes work together. For example, vitamins C and E work together – vitamin C allows vitamin E to be recycled in the body so that it can carry on working longer.

Water your face daily

Drinking pure, fresh water flushes toxins through your system and hydrates cells carrying essential nutrients to every part of your body. Aim to drink about 2 litres (3.5 pints) daily. Don’t overdo it though or you could end up flushing minerals out of your system, especially if you’re gulping rather than sipping.

Fat Face!

The other essential ingredient to healthy skin is fat. Not any old fat, but essential fatty acids (EFAs). One group of EFAs is especially important: omega-3. EFAs work as a kind of waterproofer because they stop fluids escaping from your body’s cells. In this way, your skin is kept plumped up and moisturised. Do an experiment – take a good quality fish oil supplement for three months (or flax seed if you’re vegetarian) and note the quality of skin on the back of your hands. You’ll notice that they’re better moisturised!

You should also decrease the amount of saturated and processed fats in your diet, as these compete with the good fats and make their job more difficult. In general, the fresher the food and the more unprocessed it is, the wider the vitamin and mineral range and the more good it will do your skin!

How did it go?

Q If fruit is so important for my skin, when can I fit in eating more fruit during the day?

A A great time to load up the fruit content is with your morning breakfast. Load up fruit on your morning oats – buy packs of blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. Make sure you wash soft fruit well as it’s particularly bad for pesticide residues. You can buy frozen berries in most supermarkets and these are great for getting your flavonoids. You can, of course, snack on fruit at any time of the day – try an apple with a few nuts and seeds.

Q If I’m going to eat all these vegetables, I’m going to be doing a lot of chopping and preparing. Any tips to make this easier?

A If you buy all your food supplies on Saturday and use Sunday for preparation, you’ll find it a lot easier to be ready for your week. Chop up all your main salad ingredients, such as red peppers, spring onion, grated carrot, salad leaves, and put them in ziplock bags, making sure that all the air is out (a little squeeze of lemon juice helps keep them fresh). Although not perfect from a purist’s point of view because it’s always best to chop vegetables as near to when you’re going to eat them as possible, it’s better to do something rather than nothing and this is a great way to cut down on preparation time.

Here’s an idea for you

Try to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables daily. And the more colours the better – try red peppers, yellow peppers, green peppers, red cabbage, sweet potatoes, etc. This way you can get enough antioxidants to help counter the effects of pollution. Try to buy organic though, as otherwise you could add to your toxic load!

Defining idea…

‘All the beauty in the world, ’tis but skin deep.’

RALPH VENNING

2. Home spa

Why splash out on beauty treatments when you can achieve practically the same result in the comfort of your own home? Create your very own spa, take the phone off the hook, then lie back and enjoy. Pick a weekend, invite some girlfriends over and get some healthy food in. This doesn’t preclude the guys, however. By all means join us.

Wake up you lemon!

First things first, hop out of bed and go and make yourself a cup of hot water with lemon or lime. This will help to eliminate toxins that your body has been busy clearing during the night. You might also decide that a smoothy is in order for a delicious, vitalising breakfast.

Before your bathing rituals, start your morning with a skin-brushing session. As well as keeping the inside in, the skin is an important organ of elimination. Dry skin brushing is a great but inexpensive way to boost blood and lymphatic circulation and remove dead skin cells. Lymphatic fluid brings nutrients to cells and carries away toxins, but isn’t pumped by the heart, instead it is moved primarily

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    There's very little point to this book. The information in it could easily be obtained from a number of websites with better design than this. Topics sort of leap from one to the other with no clear organization. The content is rarely in any depth -- usually only a sentence or two given to further explanation of an idea or recommendation. Worst of all is the egregious repetition of some information, stating the exact same tidbit in essentially the exact same way that you read it just a page or so ago. Really, there's nothing here to make this work worthwhile.