Ciminelli Solution: A 7-Day Plan for Radiant Skinby Susan Ciminelli
Stress and anxiety can wreak havoc on skin, resulting in acne, eczema, dry patches, rosacea, loss of elasticity, and premature aging. But before opting for Botox injections, laser treatments, and harsh chemical peels, try a healthier approach. Susan Ciminelli, skin-care expert to the stars and owner of the New York City day spa that bears her name, believes that… See more details below
Stress and anxiety can wreak havoc on skin, resulting in acne, eczema, dry patches, rosacea, loss of elasticity, and premature aging. But before opting for Botox injections, laser treatments, and harsh chemical peels, try a healthier approach. Susan Ciminelli, skin-care expert to the stars and owner of the New York City day spa that bears her name, believes that the skin is a mirror of one's internal environment. The right lotions and creams are just one piece of the puzzle: What you put into your body, and, most important, the foods you eat play vital roles in your skin's health and appearance.
The Ciminelli Solution approaches skin care from the inside out, combining recipes, exercise tips, and treatment suggestions in a seven-day program that brings the mind, body, and soul into balance, resulting in flawless skin. Susan's step-by-step, day-by-day cleansing program is designed to jump start a healthier way of living and eating, without deprivation. This isn't a strict, clinical regimen. Instead, Susan takes the spa approach, focusing on what you should give to your body, not what you think you should take away.
Susan shows how eating certain foods gives skin renewed vitality, beauty, and longevity, and explains what to eat and what foods to avoid to achieve a healthy, glowing complexion. In addition to flavorful recipes for dishes such as Wild Salmon Burgers, Herb-Roasted Chicken, and her famous Adzuki Bean Soup, Susan includes recipes for facial masks, scrubs, and peels using all-natural ingredients, like honey, pineapple, and olive oil.
The Ciminelli Solution will improve your quality of life by detoxifying your system, increasing energy, and ultimately giving you a radiant, glowing complexion.
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The Ciminelli SolutionA 7-Day Plan for Radiant Skin
By Susan Ciminelli
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.Copyright ©2006 Susan Ciminelli
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Facing Your Face:
What's in the Mirror?
In order to take control of your skin, you must start by taking control of your overall health. Bad skin, blemishes, and breakouts tend to occur when your body is not in harmony. When your body is deprived of important nutrients, sleep, exercise, or relaxation, the result is an imbalance in your system. What you eat, how and when you eat it, if you exercise, if you choose to smoke, drink, or take drugs, and how well you breathe impact the quality of your skin. These choices are all paramount to balance and a healthy lifestyle. The Ciminelli Solution examines the causes of troubled skin and provides the tools and techniques to quickly and efficiently improve all skin types. Healthy skin is a by-product of a healthy body.
In order to achieve optimal health for your skin, you must understand the elements that can negatively impact it, including toxins, lifestyle, and the environment.
Toxins from the Outside In and the Inside Out
Toxins come in three forms: (1) those bombarding us from the environment around us, (2) those we create ourselves, and (3) those we put into our bodies. When it comes toenvironmental factors, ultraviolet (UV) rays, pollution, secondhand smoke, and radical changes in temperature break down the body's first line of defense: the skin. These are external factors that we can try to guard against, plan for, and to some extent avoid, but for the most part, they're out of our immediate control. The body generates toxins as it carries out its normal functions such as breathing and digestion. Those toxins we manufacture ourselves are the result of, among other things, stress, lack of sleep, and the effects of negative emotions on our bodies. The toxins that we ingest are often the simplest to avoid: cigarette smoke, alcohol, coffee, preservatives, refined sugar, hydrogenated oils, mercury from certain fish, antibiotics from farm-raised meat, and pesticides on fruits and vegetables. In order to avoid consuming toxins, try to exclude the following foods from your diet:
Fat is necessary for your entire system to function properly, much like your car depends on oil to lubricate the engine. Your body functions the same way, requiring fat to lubricate its system and keep skin and hair hydrated. However, the types of fat you ingest can either help your body become a well-oiled machine or turn it into a clogged mess. That's why it's important to know the difference between good fats and bad fats.
There are four kinds of fats found in the food we eat: saturated, trans, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated. The first two are considered "bad fats," while the second two are desirable.
Saturated fat is found in animal products, many dairy products, and tropical oils such as coconut and palm kernel oils. Popular diets such as the Atkins diet advocate eating a lot of cheese, meats, eggs, and other foods in this category, but the fact remains that too much animal or saturated fat is hard for the body to break down and can contribute to high cholesterol and heart disease. I have also found that your skin can get clogged as a result of eating too much of these foods.
Trans fat should be avoided at all costs. These fats are basically unsaturated or polyunsaturated fats that have been turned into saturated fats through a process called hydrogenation, wherein hydrogen molecules are added to good polyunsaturated oils such as soybean oil in order to make them solid or saturated fats. This new unhealthy fat is then added to processed and packaged foods such as chips, doughnuts, cookies, and a multitude of other snacks in order to extend their shelf life. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, trans fats lower HDL (or good cholesterol) and increase LDL (or bad cholesterol) and, again, are much worse for you than the naturally saturated fats found in animal products.
Monosaturated and polyunsaturated fats, however, are the types you need in your system. The "good" fats found in olive oil, avocados, nuts, seeds, and fish such as salmon and sardines help attract moisture into the cells and keep skin lubricated -- a must for beautiful skin.
If you are on a weight-loss program, do not completely eliminate good fats from your diet, or your skin will pay the price. This happened to my client, Gina, who was suffering from stress. Gina checked into a famous weight-loss clinic for 3 weeks. When she came back to see me, I was shocked by her appearance. She had lost weight and toned up, but she looked as if she had aged 10 years. She told me that the diet she had been on severely restricted fats. Her skin suffered permanent damage as a result, losing its elasticity and resulting in a dry, brittle, unattractive texture.
Healthy fats lubricate your body from the inside out. It is unhealthy to have a fat-free diet. Your skin and overall health will benefit from vegetable fats, fish oils, and nut and seed oils such as extra-virgin olive oil, salmon, mackerel, almonds, macadamia nuts, avocado, flaxseeds, and the other natural fats mentioned in the 7-Day Plan (see page 51) and the recipe section (see pages 95193).
When I look at my clients' skin, I can tell immediately who consumes too much sugar. Sugar eaters tend to break out. They often have a blue-red cast to their skin similar to rosacea. Some suggest that with too much sugar in the system, the body's main source of fuel, blood glucose, accelerates the aging process via a chemical process called glycation. This is a process by which sugar crystals are broken down, causing caramelization. According to the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, glycation also results in the breakdown of dermal elastin and collagen, which exacerbates the skin's aging process and shows up as blotching, sagging, and wrinkling. Beyond that, sugar has been linked to the overproduction of insulin, which can lead to weight gain and diabetes.
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Meet the Author
Susan Ciminelli opened the Susan Ciminelli Day Spa in New York's Bergdorf Goodman in 1998. She also has an establishment in Santa Barbara, California. Susan and her products have been featured in numerous magazines, including Vogue, InStyle, Elle, and Allure. She lives in New York City.
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