Strawberries. They might have antioxidant properties, but unfortunately, strawberries are also highly acidic. In order to limit the acidification they cause, combine them with other alkalizing fruits, such as bananas, pears, melons, peaches, etc.
Tomatoes. Tomatoes also play a significant acidifying role in the body, so it's advisable to eat them with raw vegetable oils and greens, such as lettuce, green beans, cucumbers, etc.
Gummy Candy Foods. with a gelatin base like gummy bears or other chewy candies are extremely aggressive toward body cells, so it's best to limit them as much as possible. Plus, it's all empty calories (no vitamin or mineral content), so they're ultimately useless in your diet.
Sour Cream. Sour cream is part of the acidifying foods club, which is why it's better to use it simply as a complement to potatoes, broccoli, zucchini, etc.
Ketchup. This beloved condiment is a double-edged sword in disguise due to its rich tomato and high sugar content. Fortunately, your fries can do without.
Pasteurized Milk. Pasteurization involves heating milk to high temperatures in order to destroy harmful bacteria and make it last longer. But in doing so, the milk becomes more acidifying. It's better to alternate between different kinds or turn to plant-based milks instead.
Pork. Pork is one of the most acidifying meats out there, in addition to bison. Just be careful not to overdo it, so you can limit the oxidative stress on your body.
Tuna. Tuna might be a good source of protein, but it's more acidic than most fish. It's also high in mercury, so you have two good reasons right there to limit your consumption of it.
Red Currants. Don't point to its sour taste—because that's not why this fruit is considered an acidifying food. It's simply less alkalizing than its fellow fruit companions (grapes, blueberries, cherries, pineapples, etc.).
Syrups. Sure they taste good and add a pretty spot of color to your water or other beverages, but as luck would have it, syrups are also extremely high in sugar. This one is pretty far up on the list of acidifiers, so opt for plain water if you can or add some non-acidic fruits for subtle flavor.
White Rice. All grains that carry the label "refined" are ones to be avoided. You can have some, but don't go overboard. And always try to favor whole grains, such as brown rice or wild rice.
Lemonade. Not surprisingly, lemonade falls into the same category as syrups, as it contains a lot of sugar and therefore has the same acidifying effect. Switch up your beverages to beat boredom, such as swapping mineral water for sparkling water. Or only allow yourself to sip on the sweet stuff once in a great while.
Black Tea. Black tea is considered the most acidifying. So you might want to turn that English Breakfast tea you enjoy every morning into green tea or jasmine tea, etc.
White Sugar. Sugar is harsh on the body and plays the role of prooxidant on its cells, which increases oxidative stress aka induces wrinkles. So learn to tame your sweet tooth, and avoid artificial sweeteners, which aren't any better! Stick to honey or maple syrup, if possible.
Rum. As you probably already know, alcohol is not the best spokesman for maintaining healthy body cells. It is indeed a harmful agent that accelerates cell destruction, leaving you with a ragged, dull look. Even if you're on vacation, try to take it easy so you don't end up with your nose in the sand.
Brown Sugar. Brown sugar isn't your friend—it also has an acidifying effect on the body. As mentioned before, you can use honey or maple syrup in your drinks in order to sweeten the taste.
Mayonnaise. Here's another condiment that won't help you escape those little wrinkles. Its proteins and fats favor acidification of body cells. You don't have to eliminate it completely—instead, try replacing it with mustard from time to time.
Black Coffee. You might think you're doing yourself a favor by excluding milk and sugar in your morning cup of Joe, but it's still not the best option. Super-strong black coffee is more aggressive on your body cells, which will accelerate the aging process in the long run.
Cooked Butter. It's better to consume butter in its uncooked state for one simple reason. When the butter starts to melt while cooking, it undergoes chemical changes and releases volatile toxic substances. They're harmful to your body cells because they, too, contribute to their destruction. If you can't do without it, add it at the end of the cooking process.
Carbonated Soft Drinks. Soda is well known for being a sugar bomb, full of artificial sweeteners. So it does nothing good for the body. Moderation is (again) key.
Parmesan. Sad but true: Parmesan gets better with age, but it doesn't help you to do the same.
Lamb and Mutton. Mutton, like pork, has a strong acidifying effect that triggers the deterioration of your body cells. This in turn impacts your skin, leaving lines you'd rather leave behind.
Gin. Is your go-to happy hour drink a gin and tonic? If so, sorry to tell you, but it's one of the alcohols you should cut back on if you want to reduce face wrinkles.
Shellfish. Are you on an oceanside escape and want to indulge in some quality seafood? Go ahead, but you're better off going for the cod in creamy sorrel sauce rather than digging into the lobster plate. It's not a question of taste but rather the fact that shellfish have a higher degree of acidification.
Pistachios. Pistachios are part of the oleaginous family and a happy-hour snack to avoid because they boost acidification in the body. Opt instead for almonds or Brazilian walnuts.
Deli Meats. This is a lunch fave you're going to have to cut down on. Those that are smoked or salted are especially acidic.
Margarine. Hydrogenated margarine is considered harmful for body cells because it accelerates the skin's aging process due to a metabolic shift in fatty acids. So if you're going to spread something on your morning toast, make it butter (just don't cook it beforehand).
Pasta. Refined grains, such as white pasta are more acidic than whole-grain pasta, so try to alternate between the two in order to minimize the impact of acidification on your body cells.
By Danielle Fontana
Eye shadow creasing is the fastest way to take your look from glam to grunge (not in a good way). To get to the bottom of what causes it, we asked Edgar Dominquez, global educator for jane iredale, for some insight on how to avoid the most common application faux pas that cause unwanted creasing.
Applying eye shadow directly on oily eyelids:
“What most people don’t know is that there’s no such thing as an oily eyelid,” says Dominquez. “You don't have oil glands around the eye area—what’s really causing your eye shadow to crease is the shape of your eye and the fact that you blink thousands of times a day. If you have a hooded lid, there are ways to keep your shadow from creasing. The key here is an eye primer, or blotting eyelids gently with facial blotting papers to help absorb the excess moisture." We recommend jane iredale Lid Primer ($18.50) and jane iredale Facial Blotting Papers ($11).
Using a liquid foundation/concealer on your eyelids as an eyeshadow base:
“Using a liquid foundation or concealer as an eye base is not your best option,” says Dominquez, who explains that most foundations and concealers usually create too much moisture on your eyelids. “Moist eyelids are not capable of absorbing excess oil, and due to their consistencies, they will begin to crease and product will settle into fine lines. Foundations or concealers with oil-controlling properties can be very drying to the eye." If you need a quick fix, Dominquez recommends dusting a translucent powder like jane iredale Amazing Matte ($35) with a brush on your entire eyelid to help absorb any unwanted moisture.
Applying eyeshadow with your fingers or disposable eye sponge applicators
vs. using proper brushes:
“Fingers and eye sponge applicators don’t apply eye shadow evenly and it’s very difficult to achieve a polished finish,” Dominquez explains, adding that most makeup brands have a variety of makeup brushes with different textures, bristles and shapes for a reason. "The denser an eye shadow brush is, the more pigment you will pick up. When you apply eye shadow, you want to press and gently tap it on your eyelid and then blend it out. The more you blend, the less likely it is that your shadows will crease.”
Applying eye cream directly on the eyelids:
“Eye creams can work wonders under our eyes, but just like some foundations and concealers, they can destroy our eye shadow,” Dominquez warns. “Applying an eye cream onto your eyelids will create too much moisture, making it impossible for your eye shadow to stay put and not crease. If you need to apply eye cream to the top portion of your eye, you should only apply it at night and just on the brow bone. The skin is so thin around the eye area, so a little bit of product will go a long way.”
Applying too much eye shadow and not pressing it into your skin:
Dominquez says that applying too many layers of eye shadow leads to creasing. “The reason why many women apply layers on top of layers of their eye shadow is due to the lack of pigment found in the shadows. Doing this will not only make your lids appear heavy, but it will also cause the shadow to crease,” he adds. "I suggest investing in high-quality eye shadows and pigments so you end up using less on your eyes, leaving less room for creasing simultaneously."