We all know there are lots of "magic" potions on the market promising to make us look younger and more beautiful.
The latest trend is not what you put on your face, but rather what you drink. Celebrities, like Lady Gaga, Drew Barrymore and the Kardashians, are all indulging in nutrient-rich beauty drinks to improve the health of their skin, hair and nails.
"There is growing clinical data showing that consuming concentrated doses of certain antioxidants do in fact help protect the skin from the effects of damaging free radicals (accelerators in skin aging), which are produced in the skin when exposed to the sun or other pollutants, for example," reveals celebrity nutrii-cosmetics expert, Paula Simpson.
These beauty elixirs work best when combined with a balanced whole food diet. "Beauty beverages are a convenient way to boost antioxidants or nutrients when we fail to consume the right foods every day. The targeted formulations are usually antioxidant rich and because antioxidants are typically neutralized quickly in the body, this is a great way to get a nutrient boost mid-afternoon or during your hectic day," adds Paula.
These beauty drinks can be found in tinctures, sticks packs or standard water form. A few of the popular ones on the market to lookout for and suggested by Paula are The Bliss Glow Sticks, Taut Collagen shots and Activate waters.
But, if you want to try and make an at-home beauty drink, Paula shares her favorite beauty breakfast smoothie. It is packed with high-quality protein to support healthy collagen production, is rich in omegas to bring out skin's radiance and is also a natural detoxifier.
Paula's Breakfast Smoothie:
1/2 cup coconut water 1/2cup water (or almond, rice, or soya milk) 1/2 scoop hemp or pea protein (vanilla flavor) 1/2 cup frozen raspberries 1/2 cup blueberries 2 tbsp. probiotic active yogurt 1 tsp. Chia seeds 1 tbsp. wheat or barley grass 1 tsp. cocoa powder 1 tsp. flax oil
Blend all the ingredients together.
For more natural beauty tips, check out www.paulasimpson.com
-- Terri MacLeod
(Glam Slam's Ryan Patterson is on maternity leave. Terri MacLeod is filling in while she's away.)
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