Eat it or put it on your face – these fridge favourites will have you glow­ing in­side out.

Put these fridge favourites into your at-home spa menu, says

Friday - - Contents - Sarah Gib­bons

We’re al­ways be­ing told ‘you are what you eat’, and with that ad­vice in mind, the health-con­scious among us watch care­fully what we put in our shop­ping trol­ley.

Now an anti-age­ing sk­in­care ex­pert has gone a step fur­ther and sug­gested that we can also keep a low-cost facelift in the fridge.

So next time you’re writ­ing that shop­ping list for in­gre­di­ents to keep you healthy and young on the in­side, add a few more that will work won­ders on the out­side.

You can turn back the clock with­out the need for ex­pen­sive creams or even more costly sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures, ac­cord­ing to Dr An­thony Youn, a lead­ing US plas­tic sur­geon, who claims to have cap­tured the se­cret to youth­ful looks in his anti-age­ing best-seller, The Age Fix.

‘Age­ing is nat­u­ral but many of us wish it didn’t have to hap­pen quite so soon,’ he said.

‘As one of the world’s lead­ing cos­metic sur­geons, I’m of­ten asked if

I can stop age­ing and the an­swer is I can’t – but I can stop you look­ing as if you’re age­ing.

‘Age­ing hap­pens more rapidly and dra­mat­i­cally in some peo­ple than in oth­ers but there are reme­dies that don’t in­volve surgery. You may be surprised to hear this from me, but most of them shouldn’t in­volve surgery.

‘You can look younger, with smoother and brighter skin, and you can feel bet­ter with­out go­ing un­der the knife.’

Dr Youn, who treats pa­tients from around the world, has brought to­gether com­pre­hen­sive re­search from other plas­tic sur­geons, der­ma­tol­o­gists, make-up artists and di­eti­cians to iden­tify the best steps peo­ple can take to halt the age­ing process in its tracks.

The skin is the body’s largest or­gan and over time var­i­ous fac­tors cause it to lose its elas­tic­ity which, in turn, leads to the for­ma­tion of fine lines or wrin­kles.

Ul­tra­vi­o­let (UV) light from the sun dam­ages fi­bres in the skin called elastin. This break­down causes the skin to sag and stretch and lose its abil­ity to snap back into place af­ter stretch­ing.

The hor­mone cor­ti­sol, re­leased when the body is sub­jected to stress, de­grades the col­la­gen in the skin, which gives its plump­ness. This dam­age also ac­cel­er­ates the skin-age­ing process.

The age­ing process typ­i­cally starts to re­veal it­self on our bod­ies in the form of wrin­kles, fine lines and age spots.

To keep these out­ward signs at bay, ex­perts rec­om­mend the sim­ple, ef­fec­tive rem­edy of ex­fo­li­a­tion – re­mov­ing older, dead skin cells to re­veal the younger cells be­neath.

Al­low­ing the older cells to build up on the skin’s sur­face has­tens the ap­pear­ance of fine lines. Ex­fo­li­a­tion gives the skin a smoother more youth­ful glow.

Anti-age­ing in­gre­di­ents Al­pha Hy­droxy Acids (AHAs) and retinoids have a dra­matic re­ju­ve­nat­ing ef­fect on skin and are found in some treat­ments pre­scribed by doc­tors.

Retinoids and retinols are con­cen­trated forms of nat­u­ral an­tiox­i­dants (vi­ta­mins), which work by neu­tral­is­ing the free rad­i­cals (da­m­aged oxy­gen mol­e­cules) that cause vis­i­ble age­ing by break­ing down col­la­gen to leave skin looser and more wrin­kled.

AHAs are fruit acids (in­clud­ing citric acid from cit­rus fruits), gly­colic acids (from sug­ar­cane) and lac­tic acids (from milk prod­ucts) found in com­mon foods.

So Dr Youn has drawn up a shop­ping list of these ev­ery­day foods which he rec­om­mends keeping in your fridge or kitchen cup­boards for a DIY facelift at a frac­tion of the surgery fees.

‘This sim­ple sk­in­care rou­tine will help you look ten years younger with­out hav­ing surgery. You can do this for the rest of your life to keep age­ing and wrin­kles at bay.

‘You don’t need to spend hun­dreds of dol­lars buy­ing dozens of ex­pen­sive creams. Don’t swal­low that costly sup­ple­ment and please don’t sign up for that un­nec­es­sary surgery.’

In­ter­est­ingly, many of the in­gre­di­ents he lists in his top ‘fridge facelift’ reme­dies are ones we turn to when we try to ward off in­fec­tions or cure rou­tine health con­di­tions such as the com­mon cold or in­fluenza.

So next time you reach for the honey and le­mon to cure a sore throat, con­sider rub­bing them on your face; when weigh­ing up the pros and cons of caffeine, think what pow­ers it might have to keep us look­ing youth­ful and read on to find yet an­other amaz­ing prop­erty in the won­der drink that is green tea.

‘You don’t need to spend HUN­DREDS of dol­lars buy­ing dozens of EX­PEN­SIVE creams. Don’t swal­low that costly SUP­PLE­MENT and please don’t sign up for that UN­NEC­ES­SARY surgery.’


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