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Skin Swap: Dull for Glow.

         S ometimes breakouts, dry patches or shinny spots are crossed off the list of skin problems for some people, but the skin can still looks not...

         Sometimes breakouts, dry patches or shinny spots are crossed off the list of skin problems for some people, but the skin can still looks not quite right and there is a shield of spicks and specks that won't go away, making it look like a dirty windscreen. That is what dull skin is; an appearance of unhealthy, grey, fatigued and aged skin, not as young as it once used to be.

         Most cases, dull skin is the outcome of toxins being reabsorbed into our organism, and instead of manifesting as breakouts, they appear as spots, marks and a thin layer of almost dust that won't wash away. Some detox drinks and a bigger intake of good nutrients are the way to go. See for yourself how some healthy food and change of habits can bring back to you that shine and dewy look!



× Eating while you are busy, in a hurry and with bad posture. Being mindful while you eat ⇒ you will chew your food properly ⇒ facilitate digestive process and avoid reabsorption of toxins in the intestines ⇒ improve your immune system ⇒ feel more energetic ⇒ will prevent over eating. Nice virtuous cycle, right?

In the case of dull skin, what we need to improve is a healthy digestive system and for skin cells to shed faster, so better than a list of things to avoid, we will focus on a list of what to eat to improve this skin condition.


Vitamin A: this vitamin is the one which actually helps dead cells shed faster, so a higher intake of it will reduce the dull look. Is is the utmost vitamin regarding skin care.

Animal products like liver and eggs.

Green leaves: Kale especially provides the highest level, followed by turnip and mustard greens, spinach and collards. Dark colourful lettuces have high concentration of Vitamin A as well.

Yellow, red and orange fruits and veggies like: apricots, sweet potato, squash and carrots, cantaloupe (aka known as rockmelon), strawberries, papaya, oranges, red peppers, tomatoes, apples.

Dried herbs are rich in Vitamin A: dried parsley has the highest concentration, followed by basil, marjoram, dill and oregano. Make it a habit to add a pinch of any of these herbs to your daily cooking; it is healthy indeed and will enhance the flavour of any dish.

In order to increase circulation add onion, garlic and spices like cayenne, chilli powder, paprika, red pepper and oregano to your meals.

Food high in selenium like cooked tuna and oysters, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, rye, lean beef, lamb, chicken and turkey (cooked).


♦ Strawberries are packed with antioxidants, known as well for their anti-aging and repairing properties; as well, they contain a high dose of salicylic acid, which will remove the dead skin cells. The milk will help with reducing scars and the appearance of fine lines.


1/2 cup of mashed strawberries.

1 tbsp of fresh milk.

1 tbsp or cornstarch or rice flour.

Mix all ingredients until reaching a smooth paste.

Apply to face and neck and leave for 20-25 minutes.

Rinse off with warm water and apply your moisturizer.

** Repeat this mask 2-3 times a week to achieve results. It will help lots with clearing and revealing radiant looking skin.

PAPAYA & PINEAPPLE Mask: To Exfoliate

♦ To exfoliate your skin the natural way and leave your skin fresh and glowing. Pineapple is loaded with Vitamin C, an antioxidant to stimulate healing and collagen production in your skin and papaya has a high dose of Vitamin A, to nurture your skin.


1/4 fresh papaya
1/4 pineapple
1 tsp honey

⊕ Blend ingredients into a pulp and apply to fresh-washed face, neck and chest (avoiding eye area).

⊕ Let your face tingle and itch -this means the mask is working! Leave for 15-20 minutes.

⊕ Rinse with warm water and finish off with a few drops of coconut oil or a mosituriser of your choice.


Flush away those toxins in your body in order to help your immune system kick back into a healthier path to reveal glowing skin and increase your energy levels. Remember that more than quantity, quality is absolutely important and this means you need to be CONSISTENT and need to drink your detoxing mixes regularly. Choose any you like from the list below:

#1 Have 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with a dash of cayenne pepper every third morning.

#2 Mini detox:

8 oz. of water with a tablespoon each of lime-or-lemon juice & apple cider vinegar. To drink every morning.

#3 Skinny Fiber Fat Flush and Detox

1 cucumber

1 lemon

2 limes

1 bunch of mint

Slice them all and divide the ingredients between four 24 oz water bottles and have as a drink water during the day. Lemons: Help in the absorption of sugars and calcium and cuts down your cravings for sweets. Cucumbers act as a diuretic and flush fat cells; it is alkalizing to the body and increase your energy levels. Limes promote a healthy digestive tract. Mint is a natural appetite suppressant that also aids in digestion..

#4 Daily Drinking Water

Prepare it early in the morning and let it sit for a while, the water gets a very nice flavour and it will be much more enjoyable to drink.

Add to a big jar of water (fill it up 3/4 as the ingredients need to fit in)

1 Tangerine, peeled and in segments.

1/2 cucumber with skin, sliced.

1/2 orange, with skin and sliced.

A bunch of mint.


Nutrition value: Vitamin C (40% daily value), Iron & Vitamin A (20% dv).

Apple Turkey Picadillo

Apple Turkey Picadillo Recipe


  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces 99%-lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 medium tart green apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 3 tablespoons chopped green olives
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallion greens


Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook until soft, stirring often, about 2 minutes. Add turkey; cook, stirring and breaking up, until lightly browned, 4 to 6 minutes.

Stir in cumin, oregano, salt, pepper and cloves; cook for 30 seconds. Stir in vinegar, scraping up any browned bits. Stir in apple, tomato, olives and Worcestershire sauce. Reduce heat and gently simmer, stirring often, until any liquid in the pan has reduced to a syrupy glaze, about 8 minutes. Stir in scallion greens and serve.

If desired, top it off with a squirt of lime juice, fresh coriander leaves and a deveined jalapeno for a spicy twist.

Source: Eatingwell.com

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