It's a new year. Time to detox, reflect, and re-new. Many of us make the most common resolutions, such as working out/losing weight, saving money, and working harder. Even though we start out strong in January (check out how many people are at the gym this week), resolve can wane by mid-March. Here are a few resolutions that you actually may enjoy keeping!
Resolution # 1: Drink More Coffee
Hello, Starbucks. Women who drink three cups of caffeinated coffee a day can reduce their risk of basal cell carcinoma by up to 20 percent, compared to those drinking less than a cup monthly. These results are based on a large population study: over 113,000 adults who took part in the U.S. Nurses' Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. A lesser decrease in risk was seen among coffee-drinking men.
Resolution #2: Drink Red Wine
This is not permission to finish a bottle of malbec (sorry!). A small glass of red wine a day contains resveratrol, which is a potent antioxidant found in grapes. Antioxidants fight free radicals in our skin and body, which are harmful and play a role in skin cancer and aging. A moderate amount of alcohol has also been found to be heart-healthy and raises levels of "good" cholesterol, or HDL. Of course, women who are pregnant/nursing or those with medical conditions should not drink alcohol.
Resolution #3: Eat Dark Chocolate
In a recent study, German researchers gave 24 women a half-cup of cocoa enriched with flavonoids daily. After three months, the women's skin was better protected, less red, and had a smooth appearance after exposure to ultraviolet light. The researchers think the flavonoids, which absorb UV light, help protect and increase blood flow to the skin, improving its appearance. Plus dark chocolate contains more of those good antioxidants!
Resolution #4: Wear Your Sunscreen
I have to throw this one in: I've said it before and I'll say it again: sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen to prevent skin cancer and the signs of aging. Okay, lecture over.
Happy 2015 and here's to a year of great health and gorgeous skin!