Thursday, November 22, 2007
Medical Reports: Feed Your Face
Many of the foods on your Thanksgiving table aren't just good to eat, they're good for your body. Seven's Diana Diaz shows us how to Feed Your Face with some of the same things you'll eat during your holiday meal.
WSVN -- Pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, maybe a glass of wine, it's what we look forward too all year long, but some of the same foods on our Thanksgiving table can be used to get a fresh face.
Natalie Noah: "Pumpkin has the highest amount of Vitamin A, C and beta-carotene, so it's very therapeutic for the skin and body."
Almost every skin care line is using pumpkin these days. For the biggest boost, go to a medical spa for a pumpkin enzyme peel. Pumpkin and natural enzymes are strong enough to slough off dead skin, minimize fine lines and fight aging.
Natalie Noah: "It helps with free radicals, a lot of pollution and stuff that are in the air that are damaging to us. These antioxidants are going to help us with longevity."
Customer: "It's a little tingly, but not too bad, and it smells really good. It smells like pumpkin pie."
If you are a drug store diva, look for pumpkin masks or peels. Just remember they won't be as strong as what you get at most medical spas.
And, for you chefs out there, you can even make your own pumpkin mask. Just be sure to use the pulp because it's the most potent part.
Natalie Noah: "You're going to take the inside of a pumpkin, take the seeds out, take that pulp, lay it on the face as is."
Cranberries are another sweet treat to make the face and body glow.
Natalie Noah: "Cranberry is a great treatment. It also has antioxidants in it."
You can grind up the berries and put them right on your face or make your own cranberry salt scrub for the body.
Natalie Noah: "You want to use rock salt or sea salt, and then you can grind up some cranberries and put them in there. The salt is actually exfoliating the skin, the cranberries are giving the skin nutrients."
Another red berry concoction to try: mix cherries in with your cranberries.
Natalie Noah: "Cherries are a good anti-inflammatory. They are good for acne or whatnot."
Even cinnamon can add spice to your beauty regimen.
Natalie Noah: "This is our spicy cinnamon lip balm. It's a stimulant. It's going to increase the flow of oxygen and plump."
And don't forget the power of the grape this Thanksgiving.
Michelle McNiff: "Most people will have wine on their Thanksgiving table, and it's not only good for you as a glass a day, it's also good for your face."
D'vine Vino Therapy is a new product line that uses real extracts from wine and grapes from California. It's full of antioxidants to fight aging.
Michelle: "It's also good for reversing sun damage because of the antioxidants."
Kristin Bauer: "From the cleanser to the mask, you can smell all these different variations. That smells like Merlot, or I'm having a Bordeaux now. It's almost like a wine tasting, except for your face."
So don't dump your Thanksgiving leftovers. Instead, use them to feed your face.