2014 WILL BE THE YEAR OF THE HOT BOD, GREAT HAIR AND GLOWING SKIN. THINK IZABEL GOULART. YUP, GOING TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.
STEP 1 –
FOLLOW MY LEAD:
-PUMPKIN SEEDS- Also known as pepitas, these are an almost undiscovered beauty hero food. Packed with vitamin E, zinc and magnesium, these tiny seeds keep your skin glowing. They promote a strong regeneration of skin cells and are filled with protein, making them a perfect mid-morning snack. They are a perfect addition to trail mix, or just as a snack in between meals and meetings.
-CARROTS- Easily accessible and vital for skin health, carrots are filled with beta carotene – a pre-cursor for vitamin A, which normalises skin functions to correct any skin conditions. As well as snacking on fresh carrots, try juicing one with an apple and a sprig of mint for a refreshing replacement to a mid-morning latte. -SALMON- This delicious fish is filled with omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for skin health. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to help reduce inflammation and the signs of ageing in the body and on the skin. Salmon is one of my favourite types of fish to enjoy for a quick and easy dinner. Simply drench a piece of fresh salmon in lemon juice, wrap it in silver foil and pop it in the oven for 20-30 minutes.
-BLUEBERRIES- These are my favourite snack for great skin. Filled with antioxidants, and essential vitamins and minerals, blueberries are essential in healing any radical damage our skin has suffered.
-SOY BEANS- My sushi train staple entrée, soy beans or edemame contain the soy isoflavone known as aglycone. This is known to assist in fine lines and the firmness of the skin. Soy beans are also known to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer and diabetes. -FLAX SEED OIL- While it’s not technically a food, it will perfectly complement any diet – especially if skin health is what you are after. The benefits of flax seed oil come from its very high amount of omega-3 fatty acids. Flax seed oil can aid in decreasing the body’s inflammation levels and help the body restore its original state. My rule of thumb is a spoonful every day before my lunch. It can be added to anything – including oats, smoothies, salads and even raw desserts and sweets.
-STRAWBERRIES- A cup of these sweet fruits has 130% of the DV of vitamin C, which is an essential in skin health. Vitamin C actually boosts the production of collagen fibres in the skin that keep it smooth and firm (and clear) -AVOCADO- Packed with essential fatty acids, vitamin E and antioxidants, avocados should be a staple in any diet aiming for great skin. The ‘good fats’ are great for the health and hydration of cell membranes. These membranes are the gate keeper of your skin cells – they let the good stuff in and keeping the toxins out. Try a whole avocado in a salad or with a can of lemon tuna for a quick office lunch.
-GREEN TEA- Again, not a food, but a skin health essential. Green tea is filled with polyphenols – inflammation-fighting antioxidants and vitamins. It is also a perfect way to calm down and relax after a long day. Keeping ourselves and our body relaxed is essential in lowering stress, therefore helping to keep your complexion calm and blemish-free. -CACAO- Filled with antioxidants, cacao increases blood circulation around the body for up to 2 hours – this means an instant glow ladies! When blood circulates at an optimum level, all skin cells are being nourished and remaining vital. I enjoy my cacao as an ingredient in a raw treat, or in a cup with boiling water. Cacao makes for a lovely afternoon pick-me-up.
IZABEL GOULART IN ANTHONY VACCARELLO
Elle Brazil October 2012
Photography: Eduardo Rezende, Styling: Susana Barbosa, Model: Izabel Goulart
Alessandra Ambrosio, Izabel Goulart, Isabeli Fontana, & Maryna Linchuk by Steven Klein.