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
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.’