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Doctor’s Orders: Summer Beauty Foods

Dear Friends and Followers,

I have a very good relationship with Doctors because my dad was one.  I am just a little bit hypocondriac, which makes them love me, and I might have dated a couple of MDs along the way too!  But let’s cut to the chase: my idea for the Lifestyle section was to bring you the most accomplished people I know to give you (and me) advice on what the know best.  After many foodies and travelers it was about time that I asked one of my favorite doctors to talk about wellness and beauty…. The Doctor’s IN!

It is my pleasure to have Dr. Shirley Madhère as a guest contributor to my site.  Besides being fabulous, Dr. Shirley’s work is thoughful and does not only stop at the procedures she performs. She is the kind of Doctor that can give you some seriously good advice and be very honest with you.  Enjoy!

Summer Beauty Foods

by Shirley Madhère, M.D.

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 of various 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 INGREDIENT (of many) EFFECT
Tomato lycopene helps repair UV or sun damage
Red wine resveratrol (antioxidant) supports healthy skin, promotes glow
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 from cellular damage
Pumpkin seed omega-3 fatty acids help stimulate collagen production
Kiwi vitamin C maintains collagen needed for skin firmness
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 and skin lightening
Avocado selenium helps skin healing and regeneration; moisturizer
Grapefruit vitamin C skin brightener
Spinach/greens lutein, fiber restores skin cells
Almonds/brazil nuts vitamin E improves silky hair texture; may reverse skin discoloration
Soybeans copper helps heal skin and prevent hair loss

TryDr. Shirley’s Sexy Skin Smoothie

2 grapefruits: peeled, cut in quarters

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.

TryDr. Shirley’s Hair Repair Masque

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 Madhere is a NYC-based plastic surgeon who incorporates a holistic approach to beauty and surgery.  For more information and to contact her, visit thenewaesthete.com.  For online consultations or e-consults, go to Click-lift.com.  To subscribe to the world of The Beautiful Life, read the blog at thebeautifullifeworld.com.