Give me chocolate for Valentine’s Day and I certainly won’t complain (especially if its dark and studded with almonds). But a box of candy isn’t the only way this old-school superfood has the power to make me swoon. By now most of us know that chocolate is “good for you”—packed with antioxidants, minerals and nutrients that boost mood with every blissful bite. But did you know your favorite treat also has prettying powers?
Pass the cranberries, please! I ask not because Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but because this delicious little berry is power packed with benefits for skin. Cranberries contain unique phytonutrients, including antioxidants that help protect skin cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. Additionally, cranberries contain antibacterial properties, which can help keep pore-clogging germs at bay.
Athletes tend to be focused on meeting goals, crossing finish lines and winning the game. They’re driven, motivated, hardworking individuals who press boundaries to reap rewards. All the physical activity often hits their bodies hard, causing issues from achy muscles to blisters to dehydration. They have special skincare needs, too, and may need to care for their complexions a bit differently than others.
Q. I hear a lot about hyaluronic acid for skin care. What exactly is it? How does it work?
Dr. Linda Miles D. O. M. responds:
Hyaluronic acid is a remarkable, multi-benefit ingredient in skin care, so it’s no wonder you are hearing a lot about it. With magazines, TV shows, even Dr. Oz touting hyaluronic acid, it really has become a must-have in skin care products for those who want rich, superior moisture as well as anti-aging benefits.
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