Beauty From The Inside Out

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Dark Circles Begone!

It’s been long rumored that super models and stunning celebs alike rely on the Japanese Adzuki Bean to banish dark circles under eyes.  We taste-tested this theory and we’re hooked.  Available at local health stores or gourmet food markets, the Adzuki Bean is said to help rid the body of the pesky toxins that may be causing those raccoon eyes.  Whether suffering from occasional or chronic dark circles, a weekly bowl of this warm, spicy soup may banish darkness for good.

Adzuki Bean Soup Recipe:

  • 8 oz. adzuki beans 
  • 6 cups water 
  • 1 large onion, chopped 
  • 6 celery sticks, chopped.
  • 2 tbsp. of finely chopped basil
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, minced 
  • 2 tsp. Of sea salt 
  • 4 tsp. of coarsely ground black pepper 

Bring 6 cups of water to a boil.  Add beans, onion, celery sticks, basil, garlic, salt and black pepper. Boil rapidly for 15 minutes or until frothy. Remove froth with a spoon and discard. Reduce heat and simmer mixture for 2 hours.  Bottoms up for a more beautiful you.

You can check out other Adzuki Bean Soup recipes on Genius Kitchen here.

Smooth Skin Saboteurs.

What you are eating could be sabotaging your chance of having the smooth, dewy complexion you crave.  Alcohol, caffeine and saturated fat may be wreaking havoc on your skin care routine. Here’s how…

Alcohol dehydrates the skin so limiting consumption is key.  As always, it’s all about moderation.  Women’s skin is thinner than men’s skin, so experts believe that the effects of excessive alcohol are more apparent on a woman’s complexion.  Hey, we’re all in favor of a martini with your manicure, just remember to consume two 8 ounce glasses of water along with every alcoholic beverage to fight off dehydration.

Caffeine is a diuretic so with every sip of that latte, your skin is being robbed of precious moisture.  What to do? Down 8 ounces of H20 each cup of Joe; this is the best way to have your cake and eat it, too. 

Saturated fat and trans fatty acids set off the production of free radicals and free radicals are the perpetrators responsible for wrinkles, skin thickening and other signs of premature aging.  Free radicals also cause skin inflammation, inviting enlarged pores and breakouts.  If your low-carb lifestyle finds has you consuming steak and bacon galore, your face may suffer. Another thing to watch for is partially hydrogenated oil- a mainstay in many processed foods (including energy bars).  Partially Hydrogenated Oil is in the trans fatty acid category and not only can these trans fatty acids ruin your skin, many studies suggest they are murder on your heart. 

Breakfast is on you.

Start the day with a skin-softening mask (perfect for Winter weary skin) made of healthful ingredients you may already have in your fridge.  Darrin Zeer, dubbed America's "Relaxation Expert," suggests this easy, skin-friendly at home mask: Start with 2 tbsp. of plain yogurt, 3 tbsp. of uncooked oatmeal and a few drops of honey. Mix the yogurt and the oatmeal together in a bowl, then add honey and stir the mixture until relatively smooth.  Gently massage the mask onto your face avoiding the eyes.  Leave the mask on for five minutes before removing with warm water.  Now, you can face the day.