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Good for the Body, Good for the Skin

It only makes good sense that some of the foods and spices touted as being healthy for your body are the same ones that keep our skin looking young and healthy. Science has proven that Turmeric, for instance, in your skin care products can heal and sooth your skin. The yellow-orange colored spice has been used for over 2500 years in India. Today Curcumin, derived from turmeric, is recommended by doctors for its anti-inflammatory benefits and for the treatment of everything from adult acne, to cancer to Alzheimer’s disease. But you don’t have to go to the kitchen cupboard and mix up the Turmeric powder you sprinkle during dinner preparation because with skin care product development advances, skin care companies are incorporating turmeric as a way to eliminating blemishes, acne, eczema and skin scarring. A bonus: the anti-oxidant properties that prevent inflammation, tighten and tone the skin in a “natural” way. A few of the popular products on the market containing Curcumin include Estala's Skin Lightening Complex with Apple Stem Cells, Kiehl's Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque and Dr. Andrew Weil For Origins Conditioning Lip Balm With Turmeric.

One a Day

Avocados are incredibly nutritious. Spread the meat onto a piece of bread, eat it alone or add it to a salad and you’ve got a whole lot of potassium and fiber. The fruit has been proved to lower cholesterol and triglycerides. But when it comes to your skin, no need to waste an avocado smearing it all over your skin when skin care product lines are blending the avocado oil into skin care products. Estala’s Skin care line includes an Azulene Calming Crème with the avocado oil. The Crème is rich in proteins, amino acids, vitamins and antioxidants. A second oil, Rose hip oil, makes the lightweight Crème an anti-inflammatory and regenerative winner. For the hands, Sea of Spa offers a Dead Sea hand cream with avocado and aloe vera. Slather your hands with it and show them off as you dip a chip in some freshly-made guacamole dip, made with what else, avocado.