Make Your Skin Shine Before the Big Party
How to maximize your looks with good food
By Mark Lebwohl
Reviewed By Michael Smith, MD
The office gala or New Year's Eve party is almost upon you -- but you are feeling stressed, tired, and unglamorous. Take heart! You may not be able to reverse a year of sloth and cheeseburgers in a few hours, but all is not lost. A nutritional facelift may be just what the doctor ordered.
Connecticut dermatologist Nicholas Perricone, MD, attributes lack of energy, dull skin, and wrinkles to low-grade inflammation caused by sun exposure, pollution, stress, sugar, and dehydration.
Our diet too often worsens the problem. Red meat is loaded with saturated fats, which can cause inflammation, Perricone tells WebMD. Alternative sources of protein such as rice and beans are packed with calories.
To counter damage to our skin, Perricone proposes a "3-day nutritional facelift" in his book, The Perricone Prescription: A Physician's 28-Day Program for Total Body and Face Rejuvenation. What on earth is a nutritional facelift? In simplest terms, you eat: