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Colors For Collagen

Red Revs Up Collagen

Redness comes from compounds that “have important anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-tumor properties and are capable of modulating enzymatic processes.”  University of Barcelona

For example, tomatoes, peppers and  beets contain lycopene, an antioxidant that protects skin from sun damage and increases collagen. And strawberry extract protects skin cells from solar damage.

Orange is also a mark of collagen boosters, as in carrots and sweet potatoes.


Green Grows Collagen

Vitamin C is critical for collagen production. It is abundant in green leafy vegetables.

Kale and cabbage are my favorites. Check out this kale and white bean soup recipe. It’s perfect for the cooler weather.

And collagen cannot be produced without sulphur – there’s plenty of sulphur in cucumber and celery.

Blue Boosts Collagen

Berries are anti-aging superstars. It’s so easy to be sweet on them.

They increase collagen levels and fight off free radicals, reducing sun damage and supporting firmer skin.

Red, purple and black berries tend to contain the highest levels of skin-friendly antioxidants. Look for deep, vivid colors.

The Best Collagen Diet

The best beauty diet is bright with the whole spectrum of colors.

It will give your skin the collagen-boosting, anti-aging support it needs.

And it will delight your every sense.

Having Beautiful Skin At Any Age

You can have beautiful skin at any age. It’s just a matter of how you take care of yourself.

Check out this photo of Sophia Loren, taken in Somalia in 2006, when she was 72.

What beautiful skin! You can’t get that from surgery.

Fortunately, it just takes a couple of minutes of simple daily care.

Click on simple care to learn how you can create beautiful, radiant skin. It’s easy!

White Tea Has Anti-Wrinkle Power In Every Cup

Tea is the most popular drink on the planet, after water.  Its health and beauty benefits are amazing.  However you drink it – black, green or white –  tea will do you a power of good. But evidence is mounting that white tea is the best of all. It turns out there is anti-wrinkle power in every cup.

New studies have found that white tea is 10% more effective in preserving healthy skin than green tea.

“We found the application of white tea extract protects critical elements of the skin’s immune system,” says Elma Baron, MD, Director of the Skin Study Center at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University.  Dr. Baron says. “Similar to the way oxidation causes a car to rust, oxidative stress of the skin causes a breakdown in cellular strength and function. The white tea extract protects against this stress. This study further demonstrates the importance of researching how plant products can actually protect the skin.” Essential U Blog

A recent study at Kingston University in the UK found that white tea slowed the breakdown of elastin and collagen.

The researchers were blown away by exactly how well the white tea had performed. “We were testing very small amounts far less than you would find in a drink,” Professor Naughton, one of the country’s leading specialists on inflammation, said. “The early indicators are that white tea reduces the risk of inflammation which is characteristic of rheumatoid arthritis and some cancers as well as wrinkles.” Science Daily

Whether you drink it, or put it onto your skin, tea is a beauty food of the first order. And white tea seems to be the best of all.  So I use white tea in this yogi tea recipe that I make every day. I wouldn’t be without it!

How To Tone Your Skin

I use a facial toner every morning, right after cleansing.  It washes away traces of soap, dirt, and grime by causing the pores of my skin to contract and push out any debris that has been left behind.  It leaves my skin looking smoother and feeling refreshed, and it only takes a few seconds.  I just dab the toner over my face and let it dry, before moisturizing.

There is a good post about toners on the SkinCareihub

A toner that is capable of restoring the ph balance of your skin will make it look attractive, lustrous and healthy. Toners also help to minimize skin pores. Pores that have shrunk in size will make the skin appear bright and fresh.

The post includes recipes for making toners from ingredients you will find in your kitchen.  Apple cider vinegar is highly recommended – but not everyone is going to be thrilled with the smell!  Organic rose water is a terrific option.  What not to use in a toner?  Alcohol – it is far too drying.

Simple Care, Luminous Skin