COLLAGE: BAREFACED BEAUTY: Advice for looking and feeling your best
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  Food is key in providing nutrients to look and feel one’s best. Eating more colorful fruits and vegetables- tomatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, pomegranates, almonds, and dark chocolate- will help balance the body’s pH levels, creating brilliant, beautiful skin.  Add freshly ground flax seed into the daily diet to keep a clean belly. Drink lots of water. Opt for green tea over coffee. Staying hydrated insures the body flushes toxins.

Reducing stress is a major way to look -and feel- beautiful. Stress wreaks havoc on cortisol levels, linked to problem skin, including redness, inflammation, breakouts, and increased signs of aging. Meditate. Take a nap.  “Skin cells turn over while you sleep, and getting rest makes a big difference,” says New York City dermatologist Amy Wechsler.  Feeling rejuvenated, but naps not nipping the under-eye baggage?  Try a homemade parsley brightening eye mask once a week.  The herb is rich in vitamin K, a nutrient that, when applied topically, reduces blood flow to the eye area- a key factor in the formation of circles.  Place one small handful of fresh parsley and 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt into a food processor, and pulse until a smooth paste forms.  Generously apply the mixture below your eyes, and let sit for twenty minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. 

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~Susan Brickell

2014