Anti-Aging Diet for Your Skin

It is often said that how we look is a product of what we have been eating all along. We can’t control our age, actually we have no authority over that. However we can definitely control how we look by simply observing what we eat. Eating healthy is nothing but the key to ageing gracefully.

According to Adam Friedman, M.D., director of dermatologic research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, Nutrition plays an important part in limiting the aging process and helping to protect against damage from UV rays, the number one cause of lines and wrinkles.
What then are these foods that will make you look 20 years younger, you may ask? The foods include:


Stay hydrated: Drink six to eight glasses of water a day One of the benefits of drinking water is softer, moister skin. Loss of hydration in the skin shows in all sorts of ways - dryness, tightness, flakiness. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling. Water is essential to maintain skin moisture and is the vehicle for delivering essential nutrients to the skin cells. It is important to note here, for soft, moist skin, drinking an adequate amount of water is probably more important than lotions applied topically. When skin cells are dehydrated, they need water from the inside more than lotion from the outside. After all, water is cheap.

Omega Fatty Acids

Keeping your skin well-hydrated from the inside out is one of the best ways to prevent dry skin and wrinkles. Omega fatty acids -3, -6, and -9 found in healthy fats and oils are vital because they become part of the skin cell walls. “If the skin cell walls are plump and healthy, the skin will look more hydrated and dewy as well,” said Paula Simpson, a nutria-cosmetics formulation expert and beauty nutritionist. Food sources include salmon, walnuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds, coconut oil, olive oil and avocado.

Leafy Green Vegetables

Broccoli, kale, spinach and mustard greens will keep your skin hydrated and healthy. Green juices are also an easy way to help absorb the nutrients more quickly. 
It’s like a liquid multi-vitamin full of antioxidants. Be sure to limit the added sugar and fruits with a high glycemic load.

Potassium-rich Foods

If you have dark circles under your eyes, it’s probably genetic but they can also be caused by water retention or sodium-rich foods. Many fruits and vegetables, as well as potatoes, nuts, beans, legumes, meat, poultry and fish are potassium-rich and can offset the sodium. Plus, cutting down on your salt intake is a wise choice for your skin and your overall health.

Amino Acids

Another cause of wrinkles is the weakening of collagen and elastin in the skin that happens as we age. Amino acids found in protein sources can help rebuild and repair damage. Food sources include meat, fish, eggs, tofu, some grains, nuts, and seeds.


Who doesn’t love wine? The good news is red wine contains resveratrol, a compound that likely contributes to its benefits—and, according to animal studies, may activate genes that slow cellular aging.


Too much time out in the sun is a leading cause of aging.  The sun creates free radicals that can permanently kill off healthy skin cells. Yet the sun is not the only culprit— an unhealthy diet can do the same. Load up on a variety of brightly colored, antioxidant-rich foods that contain carotenoids like tomatoes, carrots, kale and pumpkin that can protect the skin and reverse some of the sun damage.

What You Should Avoid

Foods that Cause Aging and should be avoided include:

Sugar and other inflammatory foods

Sweets and other refined carbs raise blood-glucose levels, which in turn increases the creation of AGEs — advanced glycation end products. The aptly named AGEs take a toll on skin by interfering with the normal repair of collagen and elastin, a protein that allows skin to resume its shape after stretching or contracting. Eating too much sugar will make you more prone to wrinkles and make you age quicker.


Every time someone takes alcohol, they wake up the next day craving for water. That's a sign of dehydration. And even if you don't regularly drink to excess, alcohol can still take toll on your skin, making it dry, taut, and lined. Also, as the liver metabolizes alcohol, it creates free radicals — that other enemy of firm, youthful skin.

Saturated fat

Beyond its role in promoting heart disease, saturated fat — the type found in marbled meats and full-fat dairy products — may also make you look older.


A high-salt diet can cause inflammation: the cells swell with water, which upsets the sodium/potassium balance that generates the energy needed to move muscles and nerves, causing weakness and fatigue. Minimize your salt intake as much as you can.

We may not be able to live forever, but the choice to look and feel young is all up to us. Embrace the anti-aging foods today not only for the looks but also for the enormous health benefits you get from them. Eat right and you will surely stay forever young!

Guest Post by Ella James
Ella is an aspiring author who is pursuing Health Services Administration degree from St. Petersburg College. She is an active contributor to Consumer Health Digest, which is a leading Health News Website. Her interests include reading and writing about Health, Fitness and Latest tech news. Get connected with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Dupe It Yourself: Recycle Foundation

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My love for foundation makes me keep coming up with foundation DIYs (Dupe It Yourself: Three Way With Your Foundation).And this post is very special because there have been loads of times when I ended up with a wrong foundation only to wonder what to do with it.So the next time you end up with a foundation you don't like, just recycle like me.

Here's what you can do if your foundation is:

Too Oily!!!
Convert it into a gel foundation by adding a few drops of rose water and a blob of aloe vera gel.This will dilute the foundation plus make application easier.The aloe vera gel will help absorb the foundation better too and act as a primer (Dupe It Yourself:Face Primer).

Too Thick!!!
If the consistency is too thick to work with you can try thinning it down with a few drops of mineral water or toner.Or the thick foundation will happily double up as a concealer, specially the accumulated foundation around the inner rim of the cap and bottle.

Too Dull!!!!
Depending on the formulation some foundations can look pretty flat and lifeless.Mix a  a few scrapes of a pearly peach or pink blush to instantly rev up your foundation.Alternatively you can try adding an iridescent  powder highlighter or bronzer to give your foundation that extra kick.

Dupe it Yourself: Conditioning Hair Volumizer

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Getting hair to behave exactly the way we want it to is the most daunting task ever, especially considering that it has a mind of its own and most days will just not obey. Admittedly, for the most part we are to blame with our over excessive use of hair sprays, dry shampoos, heat and what not. Therefore using more chemicals to get voluminous, bouncy, shiny hair does not make sense. Enter this easy DIY hair volumizing recipe with excellent moisturizing benefits that you can whip up within minutes using kitchen ingredients.

The star of this recipe is Epsom salt which is made up of two minerals: Magnesium and Sulfate. It has long been used as a natural remedy to treat ailments, and has a number of health benefits. Epsom salt absorbs oil very well thereby helping combating flat hair. Since using the salt alone can be drying, its best to use it with condition ingredients. And instead of using the store bought version, here we are whipping up an all natural conditioner which will add lots of shine and help tame frizz at the same time.

Hunt & Collect:

  • 2 tbsp Epsom Salt
  • 1 Ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp Honey

Get To Work:

  • Cut up the banana into chunks and add honey, olive oil and blend until smooth paste. Its important that you blend rather than mash to avoid bits of banana from sticking to the hair. Trust me it’s a mighty pain in the neck to remove bits & pieces of banana.
  • Once you have a smooth paste add the Epsom salt ( the recipe calls for 2 tbsp but ideally it should be equal parts salt & conditioner) and stir until combined.
  • Shampoo hair the usual way. Blot hair dry with a t-shirt until damp and then work the mixture into your hair and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with cool water.

This is a onetime use recipe and should only be prepared before use. In case you want something with a shelf life then mix equal parts Epsom salt and your regular conditioner.

Dry hair using a soft t-shirt (never towel-dry hair) and once it’s dry, hair should feel thicker and look more voluminous!

Comment and share if you have any secret tricks to add volume to your hair!

Fashion Forward Dubai Season 5

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The BnB team spent an amazing day at the 5th edition of Fashion Forward, the Middle East’s definitive fashion platform. The four day long event was a bevy of talent with an amazing lineup of regional designers showcasing their designs on the catwalk along with inspiring talks and panel discussions led by global industry experts and fashion academia. In the midst of high fashion you also have The Garden, The Fashion Gallery and Fashion Café exhibiting an assortment of accessory designers, retailers along with social events and parties.

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Decked up in our Blogger badges, cameras in hand we were ready to roll. Day 2 had a great mix of designers from the region: Aiisha Ramadan, Yousef Al Jasmi, Maral, Jean Louis Sabaji, Zareena, Starch Foundation, Hussein Bazaza. Each designer presented a different spin on their local traditions and cultures, marrying it perfectly with contemporary aesthetics. And although the event was propagated as a medium for exposing local talent, the designs would have felt right at home at any of the fashion capitals. Which is not surprising considering that these designers have dressed the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Scherzinger, Paris Hilton, Lady Gaga, Shakira and more.

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The venue was teaming with fashionistas sporting stylish and stunning outfits. Our heads were spinning with the snazzy assault on our fashion sixth sense by the time we were ready to go home.A tight schedule did not permit us to attend all the shows but we were more than happy to attend and cover the ones we could.


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Ezra presented The Maria Clara Collection inspired by the gorgeous mestizas clad in their finest Maria Clara and the days of the Spanish occupancy in old Manila. The collection uses Piña, a fibre made from the leaves of pineapple plant mixed with silk to create a very organic textile, along with tulle, jacquard, crepe silk and neoprene. The whole experience was a mix of fairytale meets high fashion.


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Jasmi’s collection was an absolute feast on the eyes with shiny works of art gliding down the runway. The collection inspired by the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, used beaded mesh in a blast of gold, silver, black and was probably the most daring of the collections showcased. The Kuwaiti designer, who began designing at the age of 17, displayed his signature flair using an enchanting mix of rich textures and lavish materials with a heavy emphasis on luxurious detailing and embellishments.

Spring ‘15 Beauty Trends To Try Now!

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This year ‘Cool Girl’, defines the Spring beauty trends which have already started popping all over! And with winter almost over, its time to herald the warm season with bohemian loose waves, graphic liners, pastel nails and more.

Keep scrolling for BnB’s top spring beauty trends to try now!

Bare Minimum

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Unless you’ve been living under the rock for the last year, you know that perfectly contoured look is passé. Instead clean, “I Woke Up Like This” skin with a post-workout flush and imperfections peeking through have taken precedence over the “Made-Up” look from last season. Bonus for us gals since it simply means we won’t have to fret in the morning perfecting our skin.

Just-Bitten Lips

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The Spring lip is rich, soft around the edges and supersaturated in the center. An effortless lip pressed on with a fingertip giving a stained just bitten berry effect. Try whatever shade that catches your fancy: pink, berry or red keeping in mind that you shouldn't be able to tell where it starts and where it ends.

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