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Guest Columnist Author: Susan Perry, Medical Aesthetician Last Updated: Sep 7, 2017 - 10:11:01 PM

Quenching Your Skin from the Inside Out

By Susan Perry, Medical Aesthetician
Aug 24, 2009 - 10:15:21 AM

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( - We all know that scheduling regular facials, investing in the right skin care products and eating healthy foods are the keys to warding off prematurely aging skin. But, did you know that there are skin-healthy beverages? There are many products on the market that tout time-reversing miracles. However, there are a couple of inexpensive DIY drinks that I recommend you try at home.

This is a delicious nutritious summer drink I make for myself. I freeze yogurt (my favorite is Yoplait YO PLUS probiotic with Vitamins A & D. Then I put one in a blender with some ice cubes and fruit (strawberries or raspberries are great). Add some fruit juice (I like pomegranate) and a scoop of vanilla protein powder. I like Fiber 35 by Fit Smart. This blends up to a delicious thick creamy and very nutritious health drink. It’s packed with vitamins, fiber and anti-oxidants.

As most skin problems and a lot of other health problems are caused by inflammation I love the wisdom of Dr Nicholas Perricone, a dermatologist who has written many books on the subject. He advocates anti -inflammatory foods particularly those rich in Omega 3 like wild salmon. I wanted to learn more so I bought a great book called The Inflammation Free Diet Plan by Monica Reinagel. There are lots of recipes and information about anti-inflammatory foods.

A beauty drink I love is Japanese Green Tea, in particular organic Kyoto Karigane tea grown in Japan. It is rich in catechins which are antioxidants and function to protect the skin from environmental damage such as pollution and effects of the sun. Also it has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits.Since most skin problems are inflammatory this is great news. High levels of theanine calms and soothes the mind. A great beauty tip is to brew a little extra tea and put some in a little spritzer bottle, use to refresh and soothe like a toner. It has gentle anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant benefits. You can make a face mask by soaking gauze or muslin in tea, cut out holes for eyes/mouth, and make a little tea bag for your bath also. Listening to soft music and drinking tea feels good for the soul and feels good for the body. You just know you are doing something right. I get my tea from a charming Japanese gentleman and his daughter in Bodega Bay, California who have a wonderful philosophy on life. They donate profits to Wellness Gardens, a non-profit dedicated to prevention of cancer and degenerative disease through awareness and lifestyle choices. They sell tea and little kits for making masks and bags.

I find these easy and affordable drinks provide skin-quenching properties that I love and offer just one more way to give my skin a youthful glow.

About Susan Perry
Originally from England, Susan completed her training in Applied Aesthetics and Physiatrics in London. She has been working with plastic surgeon, Dr. Donald Brown, since 1993.Together, she and Dr. Brown created one of the first medical skin care programs in the United States. Throughout her career, Susan Perry has been dedicated to continuing education and has attended many advanced training schools and seminars. She is devoted to exploring the latest, most advanced skin care techniques and products available, eagerly integrating the most effective and promising of these into the practice.

Susan Perry is an active member of Associated Skin Care Professionals, a prestigious organization that is committed to excellence. She has extensive experience in the latest products and technologies, including microdermabrasion, alphahydroxy peels, beta hydroxy peels, Obagi® skin care, and acne treatments. All products and treatments are personally tested for their efficacy and approved by Susan Perry before they are offered to our patients. More information can be found at:

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