Avocado has secret anti-aging properties you’ll never hear about

Inside and out – avocados can give us something to really be excited about!

avocado-for-anti-aging-skin-careMost people have probably already heard about the wonderful benefits of including avocado in their diets with all those healthy fats, fibre and bag loads of nutrients. What most people don’t know is that whether you put an avocado in your mouth, on your skin, or pack it in your first aid kit – avocados have some truly exciting benefits.

Hidden inside those divine little ‘alligator pears’ are some wonderful anti-aging properties – oils that effectively fight against wrinkles, crow’s feet and skin discoloration – and are a powerful wound healer.

avocado-oil-benefitsAn unusual little fruit in that it is packed full of healthy oils instead of carbohydrates, avocados are full of antioxidant, antibacterial and antifungal rich oils that can not only do wonders in the fight against aging – but also have great healing properties that help repair wounds faster, treat scarring, and even benefit a range of itchy skin conditions!

Dabbing a little avocado oil or fresh avocado on a wound will speed up recovery and protect your skin as it heals. Avocado oil – is filled with antioxidants that banish free radicals that prevent healing – will restore your skin’s youthful moisture and keep it looking young and supple – is rich in moisturizing fatty acids easily absorbed by your skin.

avocado nutrients for skin careWhat’s more – in addition to these natural antibacterial and antifungal properties – avocados contain around twenty essential nutrients including from a huge dose of Potassium to Vitamin E, Magnesium, Calcium, Folic Acid, Iron, Boron and the B-Vitamins.

All these nutrients, along with fatty acids – oleic and linoleic acid  help speed up and increase the repair and growth of new blood vessels and tissues, and boost collagen production. These fatty acids plump up your skin and smooth fine lines and wrinkles!

Avocado Oil is great to keep on hand, whether you want to eat it or wear it. But Avocado Oil is thick, so if you’re going to use it as a moisturiser I recommend only using it at night or blending it with lighter oil, like coconut oil.

CELL Infuse Organic Body CustardAnother way to give your skin some avocado goodness is with our Cell Infuse Organic Body Custard with it’s high concentrations avocado oil and other beautiful organic ingredients – this lovely silky cream will not only sort out your problems with dry skin, it will help with those pesky signs of aging.

A little bit goes a long way so use sparingly and enjoy the difference Cell Infuse Organic Body Custard makes and get excited about the humble avocado along the way!

Here’s to a more beautiful you!

Judy & Team

Best Whole Foods For Your Face

The seven best foods for a youthful complexion

There was something I suspected for years, and now there is plenty of good evidence to back up my intuition. Here it is: some foods make you look older.

sugar freeAt the top of the list are sugar and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which is found in many processed foods, sauces and drinks. These two damaging substances break down the natural collagen in your skin, which then speeds up the ageing process, making you look older than you should.

Obviously, I suggest you eliminate sugar and HFCS from your diet as a matter of priority. But Id also like to share with you the good news about what we put in our mouthsjust as some food makes you look older, other foods can reverse the damage that causes ageing.

There are hundreds of studies showing antioxidants and other nutrients in food slow down the signs of ageing by disarming, or neutralising, free radicals that damage healthy skin, hair and nail cells.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Researchers have identified only a fraction of the active nutrients in our foods. As-yet unrecognised compounds in food work behind the scenes to boost the effects of individual nutrients. Thats why one serving of a whole food can be more effective than a mega-dose of supplements.

Here are seven wholefoods that will protect, nourish and heal your skin cells:

Cacao: gives skin a healthy glow

cacao powderCacao, the core ingredient in chocolate, can DOUBLE blood flow to your skin. The increased supply of nutrients and oxygen adds up to a healthy glow. This was one of the reasons I chose to put alkalizing cacao in CELL Infuse Super Greens Chocolates secret ingredient is flavonoids. In an American Journal of Nutrition study, women drinking a cocoa/cacao drink every day significantly improved their appearanceafter 12 weeks their skin was 16 per cent denser, 11 per cent thicker, held 13 per cent more moisture, was 30 per cent less rough, and 42 per cent less scaly. Make sure the chocolate you choose is at least 70 per cent cacao.

builds new collagen

Collagen is the basic structure of your skin; it starts breaking down in your late 20s. But vitamin C helps rebuild collagen and reduce wrinkles. A 2007 study of 4025 women showed those eating more vitamin C-rich foods had fewer wrinkles. Citrus fruits are a great source of vitamin C, as are strawberries, red bell peppers, Brussels sprouts, pomegranates, mangoes, and kiwifruit.

natures sunscreen

The magic ingredient in tomatoes is lycopene, which acts as natural a sunblock, preventing sunspots, dryness and wrinkles caused by ultraviolet radiation. In a Journal of Nutrition study, subjects who ate tomato paste every day for 10 weeks showed less damage when subjected to UV radiation. Lycopene has also been shown to repair skin cells damaged by sunlight. Red or orange fruits and vegetables like tomatoes have high levels of this skin-loving nutrient.

for a dewy complexion

watermelon saladWatermelon has a lot going for it, including antioxidants, vitamin C and lycopene. But what makes watermelon my pick for that young, dewy look is potassium. This often-ignored mineral regulates the balance of water and nutrients in your cells. In season, enjoy one or two cups of watermelon every week.

improve skin texture

Vitamin E is stored in the membranes of your skin cells and is essential for smooth skin. This vitamin deflects attacks by free radicals, and vitamin E in almonds promotes oil production to keep your skin moisturised. Other good sources include avocados, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.

Salmon: heals dry skin

salmonYou might think drinking too little water leads to dry skin. However, a significant cause of scaly skin actually comes from too little fat in your system. Salmon is rich in omega 3 fatty acids. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found one serving of salmon every five days can prevent ugly, dry, precancerous patches called actinic keratosis. Insist on wild-caught salmon; farm-raised versions wont have the same benefits.

erase under-eye circles

Iron is the secret to fading under-eye circles (also known as bags under your eyes). Iron deficiency can make your skin appear very pale, which emphasises the darkness under your eyes. Great sources of iron include grass-fed beef and liver. To maximise absorption I would suggest digestive enzymes, or consuming vitamin C rich greens.


Are you getting enough of these essential wholefoods?

Heres to abundant health!
Judy & LifeCell Australia team.