Hydration Inspiration...

Pure water is a free form of detox, a natural skin hydrator, an appetite suppressant, and a supporter of healthy metabolism, nutrient absorption, & temperature regulation. Water makes up about 70% of our body weight, and 70% of our skin, so don't skimp.

Here, a few ways to freshen up your cup this season—

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Super-Slimming Summer Beauty Foods

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You’re heading to the beach or pool this weekend, and you want to make sure your bathing suit fits just right.  You could cross your fingers that you wake up on Saturday with a flat belly, or you could get proactive by filling your diet with naturally slimming, seasonal beauty foods. Where to start? It’s all about cutting back on the foods that cause you to retain water and pack on the pounds, while adding in the delicious summer beauty foods that have powerful de-bloating properties. These foods are natural diuretics, meaning they fight fluid retention, a common hot weather beauty complaint.

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Naomi Watt's Red Carpet 'Skin Juice'

 

So often gorgeous skin gets credited to products and facials, but you and I know that there's another unnamed secret—a beautifying diet. Skin that gorgeous comes from the inside out!

This week esthetician Abigail James hosted a beauty Twitter event with UK Marie Claire and revealed one of the keys to Naomi Watts' glowing skin on the SAG Awards red carpet: a skin-nourishing juice. Here's what she had to say, I mean tweet:

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Gwyneth's Detox Juices: Her Secrets To Great Skin?

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I've heard plenty of buzz about Gwyneth Paltrow's affinity for detoxing. This girl seems to love a good cleanse and the healthy juices that come with it! As I imagine it, Gwyneth downs healthy green juices (kale, celery, spinach, etc.) in between photo shoots, workouts, shopping excursions- whatever glamorous activities make up her day. And her skin- in addition to her internal health and immunity- is reaping the benefits, most notably from the pH-balancing alkalinity of these green foods. A body in balance is directly linked to clear, radiant skin!

In her recent Goop newsletter, Gwyneth writes about cleansing with juices from Organic Avenue in NYC. She says of the Organic Avenue 5 Day Fast, "The result was pretty amazing and the juices and smoothies (esp. the coconut mylk and the cacao smoothie) were so delicious that I imbibe them whenever I’m in NYC."

Lucky for us, Gwyneth's newsletter offers recipes for a few of her favorite Organic Avenue juices from as well. Here's one of the best:

MellowLOVE Green Juice (see below for specific skin benefits):

1/2 bunch spinach

1/2 bunch celery

1/2 large cucumber

1 head romaine lettuce

1/3 bunch fresh parsley

Pinch of Himalayan salt

Juice all ingredients and add salt to make 2 servings.

What do these ingredients do for the skin? Here's the quick explanation:

SPINACH: protects skin with alpha-lipoic acid, an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant compound, plus skin nutrients like vitamin C and beta carotene.

CELERY: calms inflammation, regulates body fluids and balances acidity in the body.

CUCUMBER: a diuretic (for this reason, cucumbers are a staple of models) with ample minerals for healthy skin & nails, as well as skin-soothing properties.

ROMAINE LETTUCE: a great source of skin-strengthening minerals like manganese, chromium, potassium, as well as vitamins A, C and K.

PARSLEY: a free radical-fighting food with three times as much vitamin C as an orange and twice as much iron as spinach!

HIMALAYAN SALT: yes, this one has benefits too! Himalayan salt is  packed with minerals, including 84 essential body elements. Table salt, sadly, is stripped of this nutrition and can actually contribute to cellulite and health problems.