Get Rid of a Cold Sore Fast

Think accelerated aging is just from the sun? Think again. Certain foods and drinks can actually speed up the aging process and make you look older than you are, just as other healthy foods can help slow down the effects of time. Here are some food and drinks to only drink or eat in moderation unless you want to look older faster.

1. Sugar. is a big one. Even if you avoid the cupcakes and other desserts, it can often be hidden in other seemingly innocent foods. Sugar clings to proteins in your body and creates AGEs, which are advanced glycation end products that worsen diseases and add extra force in your body’s natural aging process, making you look older much faster.

2. Alcohol lovers beware. At the holidays, often alcoholic beverages are loaded up with sugar and creaminess, making them even unhealthier. Stick with dry wine or basic alcohol like tequila or vodka and drink plenty of water while you’re drinking. If you drink too much, your liver and other organs will be filled with toxins and you can’t absorb nutrients as well, leading to bad skin, among other problems.

3. Avoid refined and processed oils. Think corn, soybean, safflower, canola oil and any fried foods. Focus on healthy oils and fats such as fish, nuts, seeds, olives and avocado.

4. Caffeine can be a problem. Caffeine raises your stress hormone cortisol and if those levels remain high all the time, it can affect your skin negatively.

5. Trans fats are another thing to avoid. Too many trans fats make your skin stiff, old and inflexible. They clog your arteries and smaller blood vessels, which can affect how your skin looks.

6. A high salt diet can dehydrate your skin, making you look tired and bloated.

7. Energy drinks are just as bad as too much caffeine. They affect your skin as well as your teeth. If your teeth are damaged and yellow, it makes you look older than you are.

8. Lastly, saturated fat is a contributor to aging looks. Look out for saturated foods like butter, full-fat dairy and processed or fatty meats. Studies have shown that people who have a high fat diet have more wrinkles than those who eat a lower fat diet. So watch what you eat.

Did you know any of these foods or drinks can make you appear older than you are?

5 Inexpensive Beauty Must-Haves

When it comes to choosing your must-have makeup and beauty products, try thinking outside the (makeup) box. There are several inexpensive beauty must-haves, that having on hand will make your life a little easier, but you may not find them in the makeup aisle.

1. Garnier Refreshing Remover Cleansing Towelettes. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen the teen girls in my family (unsuccessfully) use baby wipes to remove their makeup. Yes, baby wipes have many great uses, but they should not be used daily to remove makeup because they can leave behind a lot of pore-clogging residue. The Garnier towelettes, however, are designed to remove even waterproof mascara instantly. They also refresh the skin, add moisture, and won’t clog your pores. ($5 to $6 at drugstores

2. Eye Makeup Corrector Sticks. Nothing ruins a great smokey eye faster than a smudge or makeup mishap. Instead of wiping off your makeup and starting again, use corrector sticks to touch-up mascara, eye shadow, and eyeliner. If you’re cheap like me, you’re probably thinking regular cotton swabs serve the same purpose. However, corrector sticks are pre-moistened with an oil-free makeup remover, and designed with an extra pointy tip for greater accuracy. ($4 to $5 at drugstores)

3. Shea Butter. I know a lot of women who consider Petroleum Jelly to be a beauty must-have, but I like to think that’s just because they haven’t discovered the mighty powers of Shea butter. Whether you prefer refined or unrefined, there are countless ways to use Shea butter in your makeup and beauty regimen; including as a lip balm, a cuticle cream, a skin moisturizer, and as a means of fading scars. You can also apply Shea butter on your eyes to intensify your eye shadow color.

4. Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets. Whether it’s really warm outside, or you normally perspire a lot, oil absorbing sheets are a must-have for soaking up excess oil and moisture on your face, and also instantly removing shine. The best part is that they won’t smudge your makeup or leave behind any residue.

5. Baking Soda. Mixing 3 parts baking soda and 1 parts water is a great way to create a scrub for exfoliating your face and skin after a long week of wearing makeup. If you’re a lipstick wearer, also try brushing your teeth with baking soda. Baking soda will whiten and brighten your smile — helping your lipstick pop even more.