Just as an unhealthy diet can be harmful to the skin, a healthful eating program, high in antioxidant-rich foods, can help protect your body — even from the sun.  Since antioxidants help reduce inflammation and combat free radicals, loading your diet with them goes a long way in defending the skin from environmental damage.  We connected with Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O., an Osteopathic Physician board certified in anti-aging medicine, who shared a number of foods which aid in the prevention of sun damage.  Dr. Calapai emphasizes that these are not substitutes for the regular use of broad-spectrum sun protection; these foods simply provide additional support.

Berries & Stone Fruits

Strawberries, blueberries and cherries contain high levels of Vitamin C, which can reduce free radical damage caused by exposure to UV radiation. Vitamin C also stimulates collagen production, important for skin’s youthful appearance. As a bonus, cherries contain melatonin, which protects skin from UV radiation and repairs sunburn damage.


As long as it’s dark chocolate you’re eating, you’ll be ingesting plenty of flavanoids, which can improve your skin’s ability protect against sunburns and other UV-induced issues.  Research found that people who ate about one ounce of high-percentage dark chocolate every day for three months could withstand twice the amount of UVB rays before their skin started to turn red, compared to those who didn’t.

Leafy Greens

If it’s green and it’s got leaves, chances are it’s good for sun protection. According to one study, spinach, kale and swiss chard can reduce the risk of squamous cell skin cancer by 50%. Broccoli is also a good choice: it’s full of sulphoraphane, an antioxidant that helps your cells protect themselves against UV radiation.  Fresh herbs like parsley, basil, sage and rosemary are also packed with free radical-fighting, skin-protecting antioxidants. Not sure where to start?  Check out the guide to cruciferous vegetables here.
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Good pairings like wine and cheese, shampoo and conditioner, or Amal and George, rarely go out of style.  That’s why beauty brands are following the Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit model and creating pairings (and triplets) of their own at every price point.  The Kylie Cosmetics Charm Velvet Lip Kit, which retails for $27, is comparable to Tom Ford’s Lip Contour Duo ($53).  An affordable three-piece option is ColourPop Bright Idea Lip Trio ($14), versus Charlotte Tilbury’s expensive The Bombshell Lip Kit trio ($60).  In the mid-range ($24-$29) are duos from IT Cosmetics’ You’re IT Girl Lips! and MAC Cosmetics (available on March 23, 2017 for five days only).  Why the sudden popularity?  “At ColourPop we handle everything under one roof from concept to market, which allows us to understand what the consumer is looking for and producing it at an ever-increasing speed – in this case, lip kits. We have been making matching lipstick and liners since Fall 2014 after seeing that the consumer wanted simplification in matching their lip color and liner” shares Laura Nelson, Founder & President of ColourPop.


Until recently, the concept of a scarless breast lift was simply wishful thinking.  Today, however, thanks to breakthroughs in radio frequency technology, the procedure is real and delivers jaw-dropping results.  The BodyTite Perky Lift is a minimally invasive procedure that shapes, tightens and lifts the breast without the scarring associated with a surgical breast lift. The no-incision/non-surgical procedure is the brainchild of Ft. Collins, Colorado plastic surgeon, Dr. Diane Duncan, who pioneered it with InMode’s BodyTite, a Radio-Frequency Assisted Lipoplasty device.  Dr. Duncan has performed more than 250 of these procedures over the past eight years and is its leading global educator.  A single treatment (one and done!) takes approximately 90 minutes and can provide up to a 40% contraction in the surrounding muscles and skin.  Results are noticeable in as little as one week but are far more dramatic within three to six months.

Dr. Duncan first began using radio frequency technology in 2008, when she observed that traditional liposuction left empty, lax skin envelopes in many patients.  She compared the amount of skin contraction achieved with traditional liposuction (10% skin surface area contraction at 6 weeks postop, but only 8% at one year) by using a Canfield Vectra computerized system to measure the distance between small tattoos. “As we age, the collagen support framework fades away. Young fat is fibrous and firm, old fat is soft and floppy, even pendulous,” Dr. Duncan shares.  While use of the Invasix (parent company of InMode) radio frequency device added a step, by heating the subcutaneous tissue with radio frequency, Dr. Duncan saw that new collagen and a renewed blood supply were stimulated.  “The overlying skin accommodates, or shrinks up, as the soft tissue below consolidates,” she explains.

New statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that breast lifts have grown 70% since 2000, outpacing breast implants 2-to-1.  The BodyTite Perky Lift is currently only available in a plastic surgeon’s office.  Local sedation is typically administered for the out-patient procedure.