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Aphrodisiacs and Your Skin

Aphrodisiacs and Your Skin   

The pursuit of passion is as old as the human race itself and the search for ways to improve one's chances in love is almost as old. Ever since Marc Antony first fed Cleopatra grapes, sensual foods, scents and substances have been inextricably linked with romance. From the deadly Spanish Fly to Casanova's personal favourite - the oyster, aphrodisiacs have been used throughout the ages to heighten sexual pleasure. 

There is also another bonus as many aphrodisiacs are actually very healthy and, as with all good nutrition, can lead to better skin. As we head into the 21st Century, our sexual quest still captivates us, however what is the truth about these so-called stimulants and where is the connection between aphrodisiacs, general health and your complexion? The answer is blood flow. 

A healthy sex life requires adequate blood flow. Healthy blood flow is also essential for healthy, glowing skin. You don't have to have a healthy sex life to have beautiful skin, but a healthy glow may make you more confident during intimacy. Today, research has discovered that some of the best-known edible aphrodisiacs do in fact contain certain vitamins and minerals that contribute to increased blood flow if not a healthy libido. 

Those engaged in regular sexual activities look and behave younger, sleep better and burn calories. Orgasm produces endorphins and oxytocin, which are associated with bonding. Having an active sex life also increases your DHEA level; and this hormone is credited with anti-aging effects. 

Aphrodisiacs are named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of sexual love and beauty. Because Aphrodite was said to be born from the sea, many types of seafood have reputations as aphrodisiacs including Lobster, oysters and sole. One reason for the popularity of seafood in general, and oysters in particular, could be that such food is generally light. You do not end up overstuffed - and underperforming - after half a dozen oysters in their shells, followed by a glass of chardonnay! During the 17th century when Casanova offered oysters, he was offering more than just something to eat! Legend has it that he ate dozens of oysters a day. 

Whatever the case, the truth is that oysters are a favorite among erotic foods and research now shows this shellfish to be a rich source of zinc - a mineral required for the production of testosterone. Not only the hormone behind the male sex drive, testosterone is believed to stimulate the female libido as well. 

Ageing and the stress of modern living can all affect our body's ability to produce its own aphrodisiacs resulting in a weakened libido or physical problems with sexual performance. It all starts with hormones and this can lead to among other things complexion problems. 

Don’t underestimate the power of aphrodisiacs to improve more than just your skin.

Did you know: 

  • Among foods that increase blood flow are artichokes; coffee; garlic; asparagus; ginseng; pomegranates; cardamoms; pumpkin seeds; coconut water; red wine; strawberries; water melon; Chai tea; ginger, cloves; cinnamon; cherries; and chili peppers.
  • According to the Food and Drug Administration, the reputed sexual effects of so-called aphrodisiacs are based in folklore and not fact. In 1989, the agency declared that there is no scientific proof that any over-the-counter aphrodisiacs work however since then, circa 8-million prescriptions are written for Viagra annually.
  • At the time of the Aztecs, the avocado was deemed an aphrodisiac for its appearance. The Aztecs dubbed the avocado tree ‘ahuacuatl’, or testicle tree. If you’ve ever seen avocados growing, you know that the fruits dangle low, often in pairs! 
  • Pine kernels are famous for their aphrodisiac properties. Galenus in 200 AD recommended as a night cap to his male patients: a glass of honey, 20 almonds and 100 pine kernels. Try adding this to a smoothie! Pine Nut soup is delicious however probably not a good idea to serve it at a dinner party!  
  • Asparagus is instantly recognized by its own suggestive shape, and happens to be high in vitamin E, considered one of the sex hormone stimulants. 
  • Avocado nutrition delivers a punch of nutrients essential to sexual health and as a part of an all-natural beauty regime. It includes beta carotene, magnesium and vitamin E, (which is sometimes called the “sex vitamin“). An avocado also delivers more potassium than a raw banana and the oil can be applied as a treatment for dry and irritated skin. In South Africa, Avocado is mashed and mixed with honey and lime as a face mask and soothing after-sun treatment.

For more information, call the MÖ Aesthetic Clinic at +44 (0)7816 445005.


By Marianne Olavesen-Stabb

Norwegian-born Marianne Olavesen-Stabb has been a product designer, trainer and consultant to the international health, wellbeing and beauty Industry for 21 years.

She is the Founder and President of Scandinavian Skincare Systems and was also one of the finalists in Cosmopolitan’s 'Women of Achievement Awards' for her achievements in Health & Wellbeing.



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