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Feed Your Skin, Starve Your Wrinkles: Eat Your Way to Firmer, More Beautiful Skin with 100 Foods That Turn Back the Clock [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Allison Joann Tannis
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1 Jan 2009
Women today want to look as good as they can for as long as they can. Yet to many people expensive Botox procedures, chemical peels, and laser and surgery treatments are understandably unappealing. Topical moisturizers help, but only so much. However, what you eat can change the look, feel, and flexibility of your skin. Aging skin also does more than wrinkle it sags, discolours, and causes the loss of firmness and luminosity. This guide isolates the 100 best foods that slow down the aging process, nourish skin, and give it a youthful glow naturally.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press (MA) (1 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592333427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592333424
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 19.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 417,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very informative book. Basically, it can be summed up by saying "eat a variety of fresh foods and you will look great." Of course, the devil is in the details and the author provides a wealth of details. The author starts off with a informative chapter on skin structure and a discussion on how various vitamins and minerals can help you have good skin. The remainder of the book is divided up into chapters that deal with various skin ailments---from acne to wrinkles. Different foods are discussed in these chapters in detail. The last section of the book is recipes---which alone are worth the price of the book. The book is lavishly illustrated and well laid out. This book is basically a primer on what you should eat and why with a special reference to skin care. You will learn some interesting things. For example, did you know that maple syrup is a good source of potassium? All in all, the book makes you want to eat better foods, which means eating healthier. You certainly can't beat that. Of course, the ultimate test to see if my daughter will read the book and change her eating habits....... All in all, this is a pretty cool book. Even guys will like it! Enjoy! --tim martin

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Allison Tannis is a leading nutritional scientist and educator. She has led clinical trails investigating the effects of nutritional supplements, and now writes for health and nutrition publications as well as hosting her own radio show on healthy living.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tell me something I don't know.... 25 May 2011
By A J S
A lot of pages to tell you what is quite frankly obvious. And written in an annoyingly repetitive, cheery chirpy style. A waste of money
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ver nice book 8 Dec 2012
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Interesting book, by this book you can learn how to fight your wrinkle just by food..
Find good food is very hard, but you can make your choice by this book and your skin will be happy and gorgeous
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, with useful information and tasty recipes! 24 Feb 2009
By Leanne - Published on Amazon.com
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I love reading about makeup and skin care, and have a small collection of books on this topic. Tannis' book, however, approaches skin care from a novel and interesting perspective: instead of looking at skincare products or cosmetic procedures that ensure better skin, she focuses instead on 100 "superfoods" that will help your skin improve itself from the inside out.

The book opens with two chapters that explain the make-up of the skin (including the various layers, such as the epidermis, etc.), the key ingredients that the skin needs for better health (such as collagen and elastin), and how the various nutrients she will later recommend help your skin.

From there, the book delves more deeply into the 100 power foods, which are divided into their respective benefits as far as skin health. (Although the title suggests that the book focuses on anti-aging foods, it actually covers many skin complaints.) These chapters are entitled: Foods that Fight Wrinkles; Foods that Moisturize; Foods that Tighten, Smooth, and Fight Sag; Foods that Brighten Your Complexion; Foods that Fight Puffiness and Inflammation; and Foods that Fight Acne and Psoriasis. Because of the way that these chapters are broken down, a reader can start incorporating all of the superfoods into her or his diet, or just incorporate those foods that will best treat her or his particular skin condition.

Each chapter opens with some background on that particular skin condition or complaint, before moving into a discussion of the foods that will help heal it. When Tannis explains each food, she clearly explains why and how the food will work on your skin, citing research from the latest scientific studies to back up her claims. Her explanations are thorough and detailed, and most of the foods are those (like blueberries, eggs, various nuts, barley, fish oil, etc.) that are generally considered healthy and good for the entire body, not just the skin.

The book closes with a section that includes 50 recipes using these foods. The recipes include things like fruit smoothies, breakfast bulgur, various snack mixes, soups, salads, stuffed mushrooms, main entrees, and desserts. They are all healthy and low in fat, and don't require any exotic or strange ingredients that are hard to locate. So far, I've made one of the fruit smoothies and the Chocolate Yogurt Mousse, and both were easy to make and delicious!

Overall, this is an excellent book, and was interesting to read. While you may already know that many of these foods are good for you, it was very helpful to have them broken down by the ways in which they will benefit your skin. Great read!
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Motivational and, Above All, Fun 21 July 2009
By Sian Montrose - Published on Amazon.com
If you are looking for a breakthrough, or even just to learn something new, this is probably not the book for you, unless your knowledge of nutrition is beyond minimal. Every single "healthy" food you can probably think of is listed in this book (with the exception of milk, which supposedly might be a cause of acne) and none are really elevated as better than any of the others. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes... remember them, all those foods that have been marketed as healthy for ages? Yeah, well, not only are they healthy overall, but turns out they are also healthy for your skin. Not really much of a shocker. So, unless you didn't know that fruit was good for you, you're unlikely to be surprised by what you read in this book. The only two surprising foods that she mentioned were maple syrup and dark chocolate... and if I had been following health news a little more closely, the chocolate wouldn't have surprised me either.

So, why the four stars? Simply because this colourful and crisp encyclopaedia of health foods was so deliciously pleasant to read. There is something ridiculously satisfying about knowing exactly how and why each food you eat is benefiting you. For me, this delightful little book has been a major motivator in my quest to eat better. Somehow, broccoli and Brussels sprouts taste a lot better when you can look them up, as you eat them, with a handy-dandy glossary, and read about exactly how they will strengthen, moisturize, or protect your skin. The book is divided into sections such as "foods that fight wrinkles" and "foods that brighten your complexion" which makes looking foods up even more fun. Additionally, the first couple of chapters provide a quick but useful understanding of skin and its many layers and components. Now, when I eat rhubarb, I think, "I'm tightening up my face with silica, and all that vitamin C is destroying loads of free radicals, and promoting the synthesis of collagen." It's nice to have a reminder as to why eating well is so important, and to know exactly what sort of impact you're having with every single food you eat. This book is essentially a celebration of healthy foods on an individual basis, and it's also an extremely fun, breezy read. So, enjoy!
39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new 3 May 2009
By Elisa - Published on Amazon.com
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These days it feels like everybody is trying to capitalize on other people's breakthroughs.

So following the trend, this book seems to want to be included in the "get better skin through nutrition" current started by Dr. Nicholas Perricone with his "The Perricone Prescription".

Unlike Dr. Perricone's books however, the info in this book isn't really backed by lots of experience and trials with many patients, but rather by "poaching" someone else's research and just compiling a list of things (foods, specifically) that *others* have found to work for, not against, your beauty. Imagine taking the snippets about how chocolate has antioxidants and apricots have vitamin A etc that you can find in many women's magazines like SELF, Shape, Fitness, etc and compiling them into one volume. This is basically it.

As such, it leaves out important things that other, more knowledgeable, more experienced health writers already know, like the value of (complete) protein and aminoacids in restoring beauty and eliminating puffiness, or the fact that too much of the copper-rich foods recommended in this book can actually work against one's skin health and weight unless balanced with said protein (see Ann Louise Gittleman's books for details).

We already knew that fresh fruits and veggies and lots of water help us look better. Tell us something knew, or keep the tidbits for a magazine article, rather than stretching them into a book.
28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing New Here 18 Jun 2009
By Xoe Li Lu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I received this book as part of Amazon's Vine Program. I am 43 and look quite young for my age, and I am very interested in preserving my skin as I grow older, so I was excited to read this book. It was a disappointment - I didn't learn anything new (just a basic rehashing of standard beauty magazine advice, really) accompanied by a lot of recipes I would either never make or are so basic that I didn't need a recipe. It does provide the basic info that is currently available regarding anti-aging foods, but nothing you couldn't find by leafing through Vogue or any of the "healthy living" magazines.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its all been said before 19 Mar 2009
By Daring Di - Published on Amazon.com
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Although the information in this book is good, there is nothing new there. I have several books on the topic, and they all cover the same area. Nice, if you don't have any other books of this type.
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