Researchers recently discovered a surprising new benefit of red wine. It contains a powerful ingredient that can help make your skin appear younger. I’m talking about resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant found in red wine.
If you take a second to check out the top ingredients in the majority of popular beauty products on the shelves these days, you’ll probably see a lot of the same thing. Antioxidant and vitamin ingredients that protect your skin from damage and in many cases, chemicals, chemicals, and more chemicals.
First off, I always encourage my patients to steer clear of chemical ingredients in their beauty products. When you start to see your skin for what it really is – the largest organ in your body – then it makes a whole lot of sense to put extra thought into the ingredients you put on it.
Most of the “advice” I see on Dr. Oz and Oprah, in Women’s Health and in the New York Times Magazine on Sunday seem to center on the same things.
These reports I’ve been seeing lately give women advice like suggesting you eat fake, processed “health” foods like flaxseed. But they’re unnatural to your body. People used to wear flax, not eat it.
And animal studies have found that overdose of flaxseed may cause shortness of breath, rapid breathing, weakness or difficulty walking, and may cause seizures or paralysis.1
Too many articles I’ve read also recommend you load up on more calcium that you could ever want or use. Meanwhile, studies show too much calcium puts you at a 31 percent greater risk for heart attack.2
“I can’t live without it,” my friend Maggie was telling her friend Anna.
“I’m outside riding horses every day – that’s my life. Without it I’d look like a 98-year-old hag. People are amazed when they find out it’s snail goo…”
I wasn’t paying attention until I heard that last part. The three of us were sitting in a café in the small coastal town of Arequipa, Peru.
“Snail goo?” I interrupted. “You put that on your face?”