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It's Oscar Time: How to Glow like a Celebrity

February 28, 2014

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The red carpet is rolled out, the photographers are ready, the seating arrangements are done, and the tiny gold men have been shined.  It’s time for the Oscars! I don’t know about you, but every year I look forward to selecting my personal cinematic favorites of the past twelve months and, more importantly, my picks for best (and worst) dressed of the night. 

Whenever I see the actors and actresses exit the limos and make their way down the red carpet, I always wonder where that glow comes from.  There’s something about the stars isn’t there? From flawless skin to shiny hair and white teeth—how do they do it?

The truth is, most celebrities have teams of experts around day and night to perfect their physical appearance, something that’s not in the realm of possibility for us regular folk. But fear not, you can get perfect skin, glossy hair, and pearly whites just by nourishing your body with whole foods and drinks and following a few simple lifestyle tips. Who needs a stylist anyways?

For Flawless Skin

Eat

Healthy fats like salmon, flax seeds, walnuts, and olive oil, which can act as powerful anti-inflammatory foods and help heal breakouts faster. Foods that are high in vitamin C, like berries and kale, also help keep your skin glowing and scare away fine lines and wrinkles.  The vitamin C in these foods help fight premature UV damage which causes the wrinkles we all hate.

Drink

Water.  You’ve heard it countless times but I’m going to tell you again. H20 cleanses your body and eliminates toxins. It also transports nutrients and oxygen to skin cells, preventing dehydration. Ever trendy veggie juices like these ones can also do wonders for your pores. Sipping on veggies instead of running out for an afternoon coffee or grabbing that candy bar will help your skin detox, reduce water retention, brighten, and tone.

Do

Exercise! Think of sweating as a free facial. When you sweat. your pores open and rid your skin of excess dirt and oil. Be sure to wash your face after though, or else everything you just purged will get caught back in your pores. Exercise also reduces inflammation and increases blood flow, which delivers nutrients to repair skin damage and increase collagen production—good bye wrinkles!

For Shiny Hair

Eat

Did you know your hair is made of protein? So it makes sense that to have healthy hair, you’ll want to nourish it with protein. We typically think of protein as coming from meat and fish, but you can actually find great sources of protein from eggs, legumes, whole grains like quinoa, and vegetables.

Drink

Try this Power Protein Smoothie by Kimberly Snyder. Chia seeds are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and protein. Not only will this give you the building blocks to rebuild and quickly grow your hair, but it also tastes like a milkshake. Healthy hair and dessert? I’ll take it! Not into the smoothie trend? Try a cup of green tea—the antioxidants will also help stimulate hair growth.

Do

Massage your scalp every day. This helps to remove dead skin cells, which prevents dandruff and stimulates circulation. Reduce heat styling. I always try to save blow drying, straightening, or curling for special events. Find a product that makes your hair look great when you just wash and go.

For White Teeth

Eat

Both calcium and vitamin D are crucial for strong teeth. Integrate foods like yogurt, cheese, kale, white beans, almonds, salmon, and eggs into your diet. Looking to brighten up your pearly whites? We all know that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but it can also keep you out of the dentist’s office, since apples act as natural stain removers and kill bacteria – no more bad breath! Try to avoid highly sweetened snacks and starchy foods, which can raise acid levels in the mouth and wear down enamel.

Drink

Water and green tea are both winners here. Opt for water instead of sugary beverages that can take a toll on your teeth.  Research into the benefits of green tea on dental health is relatively new, but promising. Green tea has been shown to reduce symptoms of periodontal disease due to the antioxidants’ ability to reduce inflammation.

Do

There area lot of home remedies and foods that will help you have strong white teeth, but don’t forget about daily maintenance. No matter how many foods high in calcium and vitamin D you eat, you still need to brush and floss. Dentists recommend brushing at least twice a day, if not after every meal, to remove stains and plaque. Oh—and don’t forget to floss!

How do you maintain your natural glow?