Tomato

Tomatoes.

I’m a sucker for heirloom tomatoes. I have them as a once a week treat from the farmer’s market. Besides anticipating their explosive taste, their ethereal bleeding colors fascinate me.  I absolutely love flavorful tomatoes.

So…how beautifying are they?

  • Tomatoes are rich in Lycopene, which protects skin from environmental damage.
  • Tomatoes assist the body in retaining moisture.
  • Consuming tomato paste daily with olive oil can dramatically repair damaged skin and increase protection from UV rays.
  • Lycopene reduces inflammation.
  • Tomato’s combination of Vitamin E and Lycopene help prevent hair loss.
  • Tomatoes contain Vitamin C, which helps build collagen.
  • Tomatoes contain Vitamin A, which gives us healthy skin and hair.

Ready to indulge?  Alright, let’s have at it.

Heirloom Tomato Salad With Grilled Corn

-heirloom tomatoes

-1 ear of corn

-course sea salt

-pepper

Grill corn and remove off cob.  Slice tomatoes. Arrange tomato slices on plate. Sprinkle corn kernels over slices along with salt and pepper. Voila!

Time for your topical tomato beauty tips:

  • Rub a slice of tomato on face to combat oiliness and breakouts. Rinse after 10 minutes.
  • Combat blackheads with a tomato honey mask. Puree tomato and mix with honey. Leave on face for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

Enjoy, Beauties!

Got any tomato recipes to share?  Load us up with lycopene in the comments below!

Papaya

Papaya is a wonder for our digestive system.  My mom used it to tenderize her beef brisket for Christmas last year.  Papaya has been in my diet forever, being that I am half Costa Rican.  As a kid, I felt so decadent ordering papaya smoothies during my many Costa Rica visits. Besides being incredibly yummy and soothing, this wonder of a tropical fruit is a key beauty ally as well…

What’s up, Papaya?  What do you have for us Beauties?

  • Papaya has a high amount of Vitamin C, which assists in the production of collagen to keep us tight and firm
  • Papaya’s Vitamin C also fights free-radicals that speed up the aging process
  • Papaya contains the enzyme Peptin, which dissolves fat and fights cellulite
  • Papaya’s Peptin reduces breakouts because it is a digestion powerhouse that prevents toxin buildup in our bodies

How can you go wrong with a fruit that reduces cellulite, produces collagen, and makes our intestines sing?  Let’s get to eating.

Papaya, Lime, Mint Salad

-1 very ripe papaya

-2 limes

-4-6 mint leaves finely chopped

Cut papaya in half.  Scrape out seeds with a spoon. Remove skin with sharp knife. Slice papaya into wedges, then slice wedges into cubes. Put papaya cubes in bowl and squeeze lime juice over.  Toss with chopped mint.

Now Your Topical Tropical Beauty Tips:

  • For glowing skin, rub fleshy part of papaya skin on face and neck, then rinse.
  • To reduce sunspots, apply the fleshy part of  papaya to spots. Do not rinse until fully absorbed. Repeat twice daily.

*Pregnant Beauties, the enzymes in papaya may not be beneficial to pregnancy. It can induce miscarriage or early labor, especially if you have a latex allergy (latex exists in some plants, not only gloves).

Enjoy, Chicas!

Are you a papaya fan?  Give us your recipes and beauty tips in the comments below!

Fennel

Fennel*

I got introduced to fennel once I started traveling to Italy for work.  It is so refreshing when raw, it gorgeously carmelizes when grilled, and its seeds prove for such a soothing tea.  Fennel is popularly known for its digestive healing wonders, but what about the other stuff?  Let’s peer into its beauty benefits:

The phenolic acid in fennel may have a connection to skin cancer prevention

Fennel has vitamin C , which is key to collagen production and the firmness of skin.  It is crucial to sunburn and sun damage healing

Fennel also has niacin which promotes cell regeneration and boosts hair, nail, and skin health

Fennel contains copper.  Copper is needed for collagen production

*Please note that fennel can interact with antibiotics, especially Cipro.  Also, if you are pregnant or breast feeding, it is advised to avoid fennel because this bulb stimulates hormone production and the uterus.  High doses of fennel may stimulate menstruation and induce miscarriage.

Beauties, normally I would pull this post from publishing because of its possible harmful effects, but I think it is more informative to post for prevention and pregnancy health purposes.  Fennel is a wonderful vegetable, just note that if you are with child or feeding you need to step away from this recipe…only for a bit.

Shaved Fennel and Strawberry Salad

I adapted this recipe.  I sliced the fennel more rustically because I like the crunch.  I also used red balsamic vinaigrette….only just because.  I swapped the arugula for spinach, just because I am too damn lazy to go to the market!

Have any fennel recipes to share?  Give it to us in the comments below. Yes. Give it to us.

Beer

Who doesn’t like a cold brew in the summer time?  Well, I’m going to give you even more reason to crack a bottle open.  Beer has beauty benefits.  Yep, you read it correctly…beer has beauty benefits.  Cheers!

Beer has more flavanoids than red wine or green tea.  Flavanoids are anti-oxidants and guard against cell damage from free radicals.

Beer is rich in Niacin (Vitamin B3).  Niacin promotes the absorption of calcium, which is crucial for skin, hair, and nail health. It assists in regenerating cells.

Beer also has a good amount of Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), which speeds up wound and scar healing.

Don’t sip so fast! Now on to the topical benefits of a brewski…

Beer repairs hair with its B vitamins and protein.  It gives shine to hair and promotes hair growth.  Grain proteins give volume to hair.

Beer contains Brewer’s Yeast, which has been shown to reduce acne and balance skin’s PH.

Beer’s B vitamins make skin supple and smooth.

Beer’s beloved Hops slow down the aging process.

Do you have any beer beauty recipes?  How about some yummy food recipes? Share in the comments below, Mate!

Cucumber

When I walked into my mom’s kitchen last week, I went straight to her refrigerator for some hydration.  Little did I know I’d open up the refrigerator door to find a gorgeous glass pitcher of water filled with the most elegantly sliced cucumbers (yes, that is the bird’s eye view of my mom’s water pitcher).  I couldn’t resist and am now addicted…and everyone else she is serving to is too.

Before I give you this ultra-easy and eye-appealing hydration recipe, let’s find out what the beauty benefits of cucumbers are.

Cucumbers have large amounts of Vitamin A.  Vitamin A is key for healthy skin, hair, and gums.

Cucumber skin contains Vitamin C which is needed for collagen production and promotes tighter skin. Vitamin C prevents wrinkles.

Cucumbers also contain Vitamin K.  Vitamin K protects skin elasticity and prevents wrinkles.

Cucumbers are anti-inflammatory and ultra-hydrating.

When cucumbers are placed into water, some of their nutrients will seep into the water. If you desire more nutrients, add more cucumber.  This is a wonderful way to hydrate throughout the day with an anti-aging, skin tightening kick!

DIY Beauty: Lost your lip balm? Rub a cucumber slice on chapped lips to bring back moisture.

Are you a cucumber fan?  Please share your cucumber recipes + ideas in the comments below!