Summer Beauty Foods

 Treat your skin and your appetite with foods that are known to contain ingredients that help bring out your beauty best—from the inside out!  “Edible beauty” is not new in the industry.  The well-known adage, “You are what you eat,” is time-tested and is taking on new meaning through products and services that take advantage of all natural, non-irritating, yet effective food ingredients.  Whether in over-the-counter
or home-made products as well as in post-operative recovery, some foods are
helpful in promoting healthy hair and skin and in assisting the body to heal
after plastic surgery or minor cosmetic procedures.  Known for their high concentrations ofvarious vitamins and antioxidants (which reduce inflammation that is believed to lead to premature aging, grey hair, etc.), these foods have beneficial
effects within the body as well as externally in the hair and on the facial
skin.  Bon appétit, and here’s to looking at you!  (Note: avoid foods that trigger
your specific food allergies.)

Food             Active Ingredients                                       Effect ____________

Tomato         lycopene                                 helps repair UV or sun damageRed wine             resveratrol(antioxidant)              supports healthy skin
Mango          beta carotene                             helps exfoliate dull skin cells
Flaxseed       omega-3 fatty acids                  promotes skin moisture retention
Cucumber     silica                                             improves complexion
Sweet potato vitamin E                                  aids in skin protection
Pumpkin seed omega-3 fatty acids                   stimulate collagen production
Kiwi              vitamin C                                      maintains collagen
Carrot           beta carotene               converts to vitamin A to help skin glow
Berries         vitamin C                              helps promote collagen production
Wheat germ  biotin, selenium                     helps maintain skin and hair health
Papaya         papain                                                 natural exfoliant
Mushroom    vitamin D                                        helps reduce inflammation
Oyster         zinc                                            helps control sebum in acne
Turmeric     curcurmin                      promotes even skin tone & skin lightening
Avocado      selenium                       helps skin healing & regeneration; moisturizer
Grapefruit   vitamin C                                                skin brightener
Spinach/greens  lutein, fiber                                    restores skin cells
Almonds     vitamin E                improves hair texture; may reverse skin discoloration
Soybeans    copper                             helps heal skin and prevent hair loss

Try: Dr. Shirley’s Sexy Skin Smoothie
Ingredients:          2 grapefruits: peeled, cut in quarter
1 mango: chopped
½ cup fresh strawberries: remove stem
1 banana: ripe, peeled
1 large carrot: peeled, shredded
½ cup fresh apple juice
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1 cup soy or almond milk
¼ cup fresh coconut flakes (optional)
1 tablespoon agave nectar (optional)
1 cup ice
Directions: Add all ingredients into a blender and process or mix until smooth.  Garnish glass with one slice of cold cucumber.

Try: Dr. Shirley’s Hair Repair Masque

Ingredients:          ½ oz jojoba oil
½ oz coconut or extra virgin olive oil
Essential oils of: clary sage, peppermint, lavender, rosemary, basil, and carrot root
2 avocados
¼ cup plain organic yogurt (add ½ cup for longer hair)
1 egg white

Directions:  1) Prepare the carrier oil by mixing the jojoba and coconut (or olive) oils together.  Shake or stir until well mixed.  2) To this carrier oil mixture, add 10 drops
each of the essential oils.  3) In a separate bowl, add the avocados, yogurt, and egg white and mix.  4) Add the oil mixture to the avocado/yogurt/egg and beat or stir vigorously until smooth and well mixed.  5) Apply this masque to the hair, massage into the scalp, and leave on for 1 hour.   A plastic cap may be worn for added penetration into the hair.  6) Rinse with cold/cool water then shampoo with hydrating shampoo and use a moisturizing conditioner.  Style as desired.  7) May use this hair treatment once weekly.

Stay Beautiful—inside and out!
Dr. Shirley Madhère