I’ve been interested in anti-aging for many years. As a nutritionist my approach has been through diet and supplements. However, any attempt to improve health should include several approaches. Skin care is one that is very important in anti-aging principles. This e-book is chock full of non-toxic, easy recipes for anti-aging through nutrition as well as through skin care.
Causes of Aging
According to Lleaon, the causes of aging can be classified into tow broad categories:
- Internal factors which we have no control over as the natural aging process occurs.
- External factors such as, sun exposure, smoking, pollution, stress, chemicals and diet.
Anti-Aging Beauty Secrets from Around the world
I really loved this chapter in the book because it resonates with traditional wisdom. Traditional use of natural products, as opposed to commercial chemicals that are toxic, simplifies things to just a few safe products.
I loved learning that the beauty secrets of the Japanese women (and dont they have the most beautiful skin?) is due to drinking green tea, using Camellia oil on their skin, red beans in their food and rice bran to exfoliate their skin.
South American women have beautiful skin. They use Rosehip seed oil. They also drink Rosehip tea. Rosehip seed oil delays premature wrinkles. It is rich in vitamin A which we know is used to regenerate and repair the skin. It can be used directly in the skin or combined with other oils and massaged into the skin.
The french are known for their consumption of red wine. Not only does it help with keeping heart disease at bay, it also helps the skin look beautiful. It is full of polyphenol anti-oxidants that are concentrated in red wine. In fact, an extract of these powerful anti-oxidants, resveratrol, is a well known supplement to use if you do not want to drink red wine.
The french also use green clay powder as a face mask for skin conditions such as, acne, large pores and aging.
In Italy, extra virgin olive oil is an ancient Roman beauty secret. It is used in the diet and also in skin care recipes. The famous actress Sophia Loren uses it directly on her skin every day and she is still gorgeous even in her seventies!
The Chinese use several natural products as part of their anti-aging arsenal. They drink white tea which is a powerful anti-oxidant. They use pearl powde to fight wrinkles. They use Goji berries (also known as Wolfberries) and Seabuckthorn berries. These are rich in vitamin C, essential minerals and amino acids that help rebuild the skin.
The women of India use coconut oil on the face to ease wrinkles. They also use the spice tumeric and sandalwood powder in a face mask because they tighten the skin and give it a youthful glow. They also use goosebery as a food and as part of a face mask.
African women use raw Shea butter. This ingredient moisturizes and nourishes the skin and keep wrinkle away.
Egyptian woman use goat milk as a cleanser or soap. They also use Frankincense oil and almond oil massaged into the skin to prevent wrinkles. Frankincense was used medicinally as well and was considered more precious than gold.
Moroccan woman use Argan oil which is rich in anti-oxidants and fatty acids. It is also highly moisturizing and is a wonderful remedy for stretch marks, wrinkles, sunburn, eczema, psoriasis and acne. Mixed with olive oil, it is applied to the skin.
There is more traditional beauty secrets from around the world in this chapter, but I won’t spoil the fun by telling you all of them. The book also has many recipes using these traditional ingredients and lots of other recipes using simple ingredients found in your kitchen as well as other fabulous information!
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