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.
Ahhh, a day at the beach. Show up pasty and plain and return home hours later with a rosy glow, streaky highlights and feet softer than they were after your last pedicure. If only there was a way to capture the beautifying benefits of the sun, sand and surf without having to book an island getaway. Oh wait—there is. Thanks to these ocean-inspired body skin and hair care essentials, you can feel beach beautiful no matter where you are, no matter what time of year.
Q. I know I should be exfoliating regularly, but I don’t know much about it. A little guidance, please?
MyChelle Dermaceuticals licensed esthetician Catie Wiggy responds:
Psst… Do you want to know a beauty secret?
There’s a simple reason why men are slower than women to show signs of aging on their faces: They shave. Yep, that’s right. The act of shaving physically exfoliates the skin, eliminating dead skin cells on the surface, promoting healthy rejuvenation and increasing cellular turnover. The result is smoother, softer, younger-looking skin.
When you’re stressed, you might reach for a spoonful of honey or a square of chocolate. But did you know that some of your favorite comfort foods can also function as skincare products? From refreshing cucumber to rich cacao, these easy recipes offer benefits for smooth, calm and clean skin. Grab a few ingredients and test them out — just try not to eat them when you’re done!
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