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The Female Form: 1900-2000 One Hundred Years of Dips and Curves

Face of the Year International Beauty Contest

The Stirring of Sleeping Beauty

Modern Standards of Beauty: Nature or Nurture

Pheromones: The Smell of Beauty

Different Place Different Beauty

Evolutionary Psychology

Beauty and the Menstrual Cycle

The Question of Beauty

Babyness and Sexual Attraction

Female Pheromones and Male Physiology

Face Values

Revolting Bodies: The Monster Beauty of Tattooed Women

Piercing and the Modern Primitive

We must stop glorifying physical beauty

Click Here to Get Gorgeous


When Was the Last Time You Looked Glamorous?

Facial Beauty and Fractal Geometry

The Impact of Family Structure and Social Change

The Reality of Appearance

Sexual Selection and the Biology of Beauty

Venus, From Fertility Goddess to Sales Promoter

Why We Fall in Love

The Science of Attraction

The Biology in the Beholder's Eye

The Science of Attraction by Rob Elder

Your Cave or Mine

All Ah We is One Family

Skin Texture and Female Facial Beauty


Food for Beauty
By Michael Van Straten         

       Food giant Nestle and beauty manufacturer L' Oreal have joined forces to launch the world's first "cosmetic foods " designed to improve your appearance.

        But beauty is more than skin deep. It doesn't matter how much you spend on potions and lotions or how many chemically created food bars you eat, none of it will improve lacklustre skin, hair or nails unless you look after your diet. Here's how to do it.

        Skin       Four nutrients are vital for healthy skin. Vitamin A builds new tissue and heals damage. Vitamin E maintains smoothness and suppleness, Vitamin C helps healthy regrowth and zinc is important for repair and healing. Foods rich in vitamin A or betacarotene are vital, so eat carrots, liver, spinach, broccoli, cantaloupe melon, nectarines, sweet potatoes and dried apricots.

Get vitamin E from avocados, asparagus, extravirgin olive oil, cod liver oil, wheatgerm oil, sun-flower seeds and almonds.

       Men need 9.5mg of zinc a day and women 7mg. A portion of liver provides around 9mg, a medium steak around 7mg, a tin of Sardines 3mg, a chicken drumstick 2mg and a generous portion of kidney beans 1.5mg. The richest source is oysters, containing 36mg per half-dozen.

Processed and convenience foods often cause skin problems because of the amounts of sugar, salt, saturated fats, colourings, preservatives and flavourings that they contain. Excess alcohol and caffeine may also affect skin.

Hair      One of the earliest barometers of  health, its condition can be improved by diet. Most important for beautiful hair are vegetables, fruit and salads for betacarotene and vitamin C, which encourages growth and helps protect hair.

Wholemeal bread, brown rice and oats provide B vitamins which also help growth.Omega-3 fatty acids in oily fish help prevent dandruff and eczema.



Eat shellfish and pumpkin seeds for zinc, which is also crucial for hair growth, and low-fat dairy products for calcium. Brazil nuts contain selenium, which makes hair look glossy, and vitamin E -- found in avocados, sunflower seed oil  and peanut butter -- will make it shiny.

Nails      Nails are made of a brittle material called keratin. For strength and      growth you need B-complex vitamins, zinc and pantothenic acid, together with a healthy diet. Most people think white spots mean calcium deficiency but they' re mainly caused by lack of zinc. Eat a daily handful of pumpkin seeds.

Fungal nail infections are common but you can treat them yourself. Eat plenty of  garlic as this has antifungal activity. Bathe affected nails in half a pint of warm water , a tablespoon of cider vinegar and two crushed garlic cloves. This helps cure athlete's foot, too.

Eyes    They won't be a natural asset if you smoke. Smoking damages delicate eye tissue and irritates the eyeballs.

There are four key nutrients for eyes - betacarotene from red and yellow fruit and vegetables, to help night vision; lutein and zeaxanthine from spinach, greens and dark green cabbage, to protect against macular degeneration and the antioxidant lycopene from tomatoes because it helps protect against cataracts.

Hours of staring at a computer screen  will encourage crows' feet. Revived tired eyes in 10 minutes by laying cold used teabags dipped in water over closed eyes or cover each eye with a slice of cucumber. 
























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