A few weeks ago, I got to review the cookbook / nutrition guide 28 Days to Younger Skin. It is a fast-track program designed for people who have a special occasion coming up; so if you have a wedding, holiday, or any date by which you really want to look your best, this is for you. It can be used in conjunction with your current beauty routine or, the author suggests using the diet for before and after a cosmetic procedure (surgery) to optimize results and speed recovery. I say this: food can have a massive influence on the appearance of your skin. Therefore, if you have skin, and you care at all what it looks like, this is a great book for you.
Why 28 days, you might ask? Well, it takes that long for the body to produce new cells in the deeper skin layers, and for those new cells to travel to the surface of your skin. So by day 28, it’s literally a new you! To be honest, I didn’t have the motivation of an upcoming important date, or any serious skin issues. So, I didn’t do the full 28-day program. But, the book states that the program is flexible (phew!) and I did follow the first 3-day detox pretty closely, so I will tell you all about it. I even include a before and after closeup below (* cringes * … you’re welcome!). (Here is a really good, much more comprehensive trial of the book and whole diet.)
A little bit about the author, first: Karen Fisher lives in Australia and is an award-winning author, nutritionist, and former model. She includes so many fascinating scientific explanations in her book, such as why do women have more cellulite than men? (It’s because women have more fat cells for childbearing, and a thinner outer layer of skin; these two characteristics combine to cause cellulite, which is when fat cells are visible through the outer skin layer.)
She also introduces the concept of AGE’s (Advanced Glycation End Products), foods that age your skin. I had never heard of these, and it was interesting to see her lists of high-AGE foods, with low-AGE alternatives. Karen covers the best and worst foods for your skin, how much you should eat, age considerations, etc. It is very comprehensive but also clear and straightforward, which is perfect for everyone, but especially if you’re new to nutrition. I can’t possibly include everything here, but other sections cover topics such as alkalizing beverages; makeup for younger skin; antioxidants; and more. There are also 50 recipes, which is the best part! Even if you don’t want to (or have the drive to!) follow the full 28-day plan, you can at least incorporate some of these recipes into your regular diet. Every day throughout the plan, you should exercise, drink plenty of water, and enjoy a few alkalizing drinks.