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Anti-Aging – Five Top Foods that Moisturize Your Skin

waterTo help keep your skin soft and supple, moisturizing is the key.

While you’re diligently using the moisturizing body washes and having hydrating facials as part of your anti-aging  program, you can give your body an assist by making these 5 foods a part of your daily food plan, and thus a part of your daily skin care program.

1. Water. Of course we all know that the very best way to keep our skin hydrated is to drink lots of water.

The human body is made up of 60% water which is important  for circulation, delivering nutrients to skin cells, plumping up skin cells, and helping skin appear firmer.

Make it special by drinking water from beautiful glasses, and adding a slice of lemon for refreshing flavor, or dropping in a few berries for a splash of color.

2. Avocados. This yummy fruit is a wonderful source of Vitamins C and E, and of monosaturated fats (the good kind of fats) which helps lock in moisture and promotes the skin’s elasticity.

3. Fish. Oily fish such as salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines and rainbow trout are amazing for your skin. These fish contain Omega-3s which strengthen skin cells and help protect skin from sun damage.

The selenium helps preserve elastin, making your skin stay supple, smooth, and tight.

4. Orange Vegetables. Vegetables that have an orange color, such as carrots and yams, contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant that fights dry skin, and also protects the skin from sun damage and harmful environmental pollutants.

These vegetables also contain Vitamins A and C which help repair body tissues and produce collagen, good for skin tightening.

5. Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Working from both the inside, when eaten, and the outside, when applied topically, olive oil contains Vitamin E and good fats which moisturize the skin. Olive oil also does wonders for hair and nails.

As long as you are going to eat, anyway, you might as well make sure you are getting the foods that can best help you have beautiful skin!

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5 Tips for Winter Skin Care That May Surprise You – By Dr. Tess

As much as we would all like spring to pop, winter is still with us for a little while longer.

And in the winter time our skin needs a lot of TLC. Here are 5 tips for anti-aging winter skin care that you may not have thought about:

house plant1. Turn down the heat. Everyone has the heater running in the house, and you need to turn that on low because as the moisture is being sucked away from the air it’s dehydrating our skin, especially when our windows and doors are closed.

A humidifier is great to reverse that. Also get some beautiful green houseplants, put them around because not only do they purify the air, but they also add natural moisture back.

anti-aging-for-every-age2. Avoid scented body washes and lotions during the colder months. I know that everyone has gotten scented, perfumed lotions during the holidays, but stay away from them during the winter time because this is the time when our skin is most prone to dryness, and you can actually get skin irritations, even allergies, from the chemicals used to make the scents and perfumes.

I recommend gentle cleansers, and stick with unscented moisturizers, and even unscented detergent for your clothes.

blowdry 13. Don’t blow dry your hair with hot air, because hot air dries the scalp. This can cause the scalp to flake, you can get dandruff, and even weaken the hair follicles. Use the blow dryer on “cool.” It may take a little bit longer to dry your hair, but the moisture will stay in, and it will make your hair shinier.

If you really can’t get away from blow drying your hair on hot, use products such as oils and conditioners that will put back moisture in your hair.

bathtub4. Limit your time in the hot bath. In the winter time when it’s cold it’s nice to soak in a hot bath, but I recommend limiting the hot bath to five minutes only.

Hot baths, and showers, actually strip our skin of its natural oils. It’s very important to keep the skin lubricated, especially in the winter.

book jacket 5. In my book California Total Beauty I talk about the structure and function of the skin. I recommend a weekly exfoliation, if you don’t have eczema. This will help keep your skin soft and supple, especially during the winter.

Come in to any of our four MBeauty by Dr. Tess clinic locations to learn more about what you can do to have beautiful skin.