We all want to look beautiful and feel great, despite our age. All of us have various skin creams, hair products, and make-up that we use to maintain and often times enhance our beauty. But how well versed are we with the factors that play an internal role in how we age, look and feel? That youthful glow, smooth skin and strong, beautiful hair is most often a reflection of our internal state and gives us a sense of the health and vitality of our internal organs. Skin is our largest organ and it is always communicating messages from beneath the surface about what is going on within.

While working with my patients on preparing for surgery, or receiving botox and fillers, I often advise my patients of additional changes they can make to maintain and even improve their beauty, health and wellbeing and achieve the results they want on the surface. First, I advise them to begin by eliminating processed foods and foods that contain a lot of sugar. Then I suggest they incorporate certain foods into their diet along with some simple lifestyle modifications. Both, done consistently, will begin to slowly reveal a beautiful, radiant glow and improved overall well-being. Below are a few of my top foods and lifestyle recommendations.

1. Clean Skincare Products:

In today’s world of beauty and skincare, you no longer have to sacrifice the efficacy of Vitamin C, Retinol or Glycolic Acid in your skin care. These products are now available with clean base materials and preservative systems that work in harmony with the skin’s natural processes, enabling you to bag the chemical ingredients.

2. Avocados, Salmon, Walnuts and Berries:

Avocados are a great source of biotin, which is important for healthy hair and nails. They also contain decent amounts of vitamins A, D and E and omega-9 fatty acids, which help with dry skin. Fish is an excellent diet staple for glowing skin. Consumed two to three times a week, it can slow down aging because it contains astaxanthin, which improves the skin’s elasticity. Berries pack in antioxidants such as vitamin C and can help with sugar cravings. Nuts are another great way to add omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to your diet. They help your body maintain moisture, give hair a gorgeous shine, and help hair to appear fuller because of the protein.

3. Herbal Tinctures, Teas and Tonics:

My favorite! Herbal tinctures, teas and tonics are for everyday health and they support beauty and wellness from within. They can be made at home. My patients are each offered a custom tea/tonic combination based on how they are feeling. Herbal teas and tinctures support radiant skin, muscle health, natural immunity, menopause symptoms and stress relief and can be found in health food markets or at our Holistic Spa and Wellness Center.

4. Bath and Nighttime Rituals:

Creating a bath ritual provides a dedicated moment of self-care. Sunday night can be an excellent time to recharge with a warm bath. I like to burn a candle, add a few drops of an aromatherapy blend along with magnesium bath salts, which helps me relax and prepare for a good night’s sleep.

Dr. Tamy M. Faierman is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and founder of the new Tamy M. Faierman Holistic Spa and Wellness Center. Her office is located at 17130 Royal Palm Boulevard, Suite 1, in the Windmill Professional Campus. For more information, please call her office at 954-322-2742 or visit www.reshapeyourimage.com.