Nature is your skin’s best friend, and its worst enemy. We get a dose of vitamin D just by being outside, but environmental toxins, the sun’s ultra violet rays, and allergies can send your beauty regime into overdrive. Brand name beauty products can be expensive, and they don’t always do what they promise.
Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett says you can save money with drugstore beauty creams and let mother nature take care of the rest.
Wipe Out Wrinkles
Drugstore creams with antioxidants such as soy or green tea extract, vitamins A, B3, C and E, offer affordable options for beautiful skin. Work from the inside out by eating a half cup of raw red bell peppers, they have twice as much free-radical fighting vitamin C, and a third less calories than a medium orange.
Allies For Puffy Eyes
Besides exercise and diet, there isn’t much you can do about puffy eyes. Aging eye ligaments weaken and cause fat to slip down. Combine that with thinning skin and you get bulging under-eye circles. A gentle face massage will drain excess fluid, and a generic antihistamine will reduce swelling due to allergies. Baby shampoo contains lauric acid, which is non-toxic, making it safe for eye-makeup removal.
Bright Hair Brew
Bring out highlights in dyed or natural hair with a tea rinse. Chamomile polishes blond hair, black tea brightens brunettes, and red tea restores red hair’s natural luster. Saturate your locks with 8 ounces of cool tea, leave in for 15 to 30 minutes, and then rinse with water.
Lighten Up Dark Spots
Sunscreen is the most affordable and effective way to protect your skin from dark spots. Lycopene, an antioxidant found in orange and red produce, is a natural sunscreen. Half of a pink grapefruit is a rich source, and it’s all you need for added sun protection. To diminish spots and protect your skin from environmental damage, make a mask with yogurt, strawberries and lemon juice.
Banish Bothersome Blemishes
Yogurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy that gently exfoliates your skin. Applying a thin layer for 10 minutes will help clear clogged pours. Collard greens are a rich source of vitamin A, which normalizes oil production and keeps glands free of debris. Capers contain quercetin, and just two tablespoons a week will calm inflammation and act as an antihistamine.
Bolster your body with these fiscal friendly tips, and your beauty will see a positive return on investment.
Judi Sheppard Missett, who turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide dance exercise phenomenon, founded the Jazzercise dance fitness program in 1969. She has advanced the business opportunities of women and men in the fitness industry by growing the program into an international franchise business that today, hosts a network of 7,800 instructors teaching more than 32,000 classes weekly in 32 countries.
The workout program, which offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, cardio box and Latin style movements, has positively affected millions of people worldwide. Benefits include increased cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility, as well as an overall "feel good" factor. Additional Jazzercise programs include Junior Jazzercise, Jazzercise Lite and Personal Touch. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.