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Has anyone tried the 3 day facelift?

By November 17, 2008 - 10:54pm
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Just wondering if anyone out there has tried the three day face lift??? There is a book by Nicholas Perricone MD.
You can check it out at http://www.perriconemd.com/index.cfm?action=home.day_face_lift
Scroll down to see the actual three day plan.
It mainly consists of wild alaskan salmon (because of the essential fatty acids), consumed three times a day, also eggs, nuts, berries, cantaloupe, greens and lots of water...no caffeine(except green or black tea if necessary). It is supposed to completely rehydrate the skin and tighten the jaw, etc. and it can also lead to weight loss. It is also the prelude to a longer 28 day plan, I believe.

I have to say that I find the foods on the list to be very healthy and I eat LOTS of them most of the time and get compliments on my skin.
I also don't drink coffee,don't eat dairy or meat(except for fish)and LOVE walnuts and berries.
Just one thing about this diet....it seems that one might get VERY sick of salmon and you can't have any smoked salmon as it is high in sodium.
Maybe I'll stick to my modified version of the plan where I include lots of tofu and other fish.
Does anyone think they would try this diet? Or HAS anyone indeed attempted it? Do you believe it can work?

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It sounds worth a try. Three days of wild salmon, eggs, nuts, many kinds of fruit, oatmeal, etc., hardly sounds restrictive at all! I eat like this most of the time anyhow, though maybe not that amount of salmon. It DOES sounds like a great kick start to better health which always shows in the face and skin and hair. Dairy and meat are, in my opinion a bad idea, now knowing what we know about the hormones, additives and the ill treatment of animals. Also, the powers that be in this country would rather you didn't know the fact that large amounts of animal products in general can actually cause the body to urinate out any calcium. You are far better off getting calcium from green leafy veggies!
I will try this "diet"....it sounds great for anyone who wants to look and feel good.
How is it restrictive to eat all this good stuff for three days?

November 23, 2008 - 11:07pm
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I must have gotten away with blue murder! Not only did I smoke for 16 years, but I baked, fried and sautéed myself in the sun for a decade. And when I say sautéed, I really mean it. I put cooking oil on myself to make myself tan more! I'm sure the neighbors were sniffing the air and thinking someone had fired up the barbecue when I was lying out. I'm amazed dogs weren't trying to run off with me and bury me for a snack later!

I tan pretty well anyway but it wasn't enough! I think growing up in a rainy climate made me go a bit bananas when I finally got some sun exposure.

Now that all my shenanigans have stopped, I came out relatively unscathed. I think I stopped just in time.

I'm a total skeptic on any 3 day regime only because it smacks of a "but wait, there's more!" infomercial kind of wonder-treatment. While nuts, berries and salmon are all fine, nothing can make me believe you can really notice a difference in a mere 72 hours. A diet like this is bound to lead to some weight loss - mostly water, that'll be regained if the diet is not adhered to. And since most initial weight loss is seen in the face first, this allows believers to consider it a "facelift".

By definition, this is a 'fad-diet' albeit a healthy one. Fad diets don't work in the long run.

However, if anyone wants to do it and post some before and after pics, I will be glad to become a believer too!

November 19, 2008 - 1:23pm

I totally agree with everyone about staying out of the sun and not smoking. I was a goth(!!!) so I wore thick white zinc on my face all through art college and at 38, I still get carded!!
It paid off to be a weirdo!! LOL!
I smoked a little bit but quit long before there were any effects.
On the other hand, genetics DO play a significant role. My Mother has had two cigarettes every day since she was 20(except while pregnant) and at 62, her skin is still remarkable; luminous and clear.
I just sometimes like to give myself a little boost, like having a great facial, a light peel(not the scary kind)and I truly believe that by eating great foods like wild salmon and leafy green and lots of fruit for a few day, one is bound to see benefits both in and out.
Personally, I am just integrating these foods into my usual diet and avoiding white flour, sugar, alcohol and other "bad" food temporarily.
I never eat dairy as I think it is not natural for adult humans to consume the milk of another animal and also, don't eat meat.
Surely if one can get positive effects from three days of healthy eating, it's not such a bad deal.
I also agree that sunscreen is your best friend. I have always used a 50 sunblock, even in winter!

November 19, 2008 - 11:19am

I can attest to what Alison says about smoking accelerating aging of our skin.

I am lucky enough to be part of a group of seven women who have known one another now for about 25 years. We all met when we were in our twenties, and now we're all in our early 50s. We've stayed close over the years and have a girls-only retreat once a year where we spend four days together catching up, laughing, eating wonderful food, drinking wine and shopping. It's an absurdly wonderful group of women that I constantly feel blessed to be part of.

Over the years, we've experienced a lot together. Some parents have died, some babies were born (and now are almost grown up, OMG!) People lost jobs, changed careers, found new jobs. We grew and changed, and all along the way stayed together.

Now, that we've known each other this long, it's easy to see whose skin is aging well and whose isn't. Allowing a little for genetics, I will say that of the seven of us, the two who smoked have the oldest-looking skin. The two of us who considered ourselves sun-goddesses before all the dangers of tanning were known have the next oldest-looking skin. And the one of us who never smoked, doesn't drink and never tanned has skin that -- I swear to the heavens above -- looks like it did when she was 30. She has laugh lines, of course, but the skin itself is smooth and clear and so very very pretty.

I don't know about the above diet, and I can say that while I like salmon and blueberries, I think 28 days of them would probably insure that I never wanted to eat them again!!!

November 19, 2008 - 8:02am

I agree with you Alison, that it's restrictive for the 28 days, but it's said that doing the three days only can make great improvements in the skin particularly. The 28 day plan has more diverse options....it's only the first three days that are this basic.

November 18, 2008 - 2:23pm

Besides the fact that I do not care for seafood, I personally would not try this diet because it sounds too restrictive. Restrictive eating is not part of an overall balanced, healthy lifestyle.

Also, I'm not sure that this diet could be followed consistently and correctly for 28-days, and if someone were able to eat only salmon, green veggies, nuts and berries, it seems as some important foods are missing. (other color veggies, for instance, to make sure a wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals are being consumed, dairy or soy, complex carbohydrates...just to name a few!).

From Science Daily, "As the largest organ in the body, our skin can benefit from the same nutrition we get from foods that have a positive effect on our heart and other major organs."

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, "Eating a variety of healthy foods and drinking plenty of water so the skin stays hydrated should help most people improve the appearance of their skin.” Also important for beautiful skin is to eat a "wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including more dark green and orange vegetables". Eat at least three ounces of whole grain breads, cereals, rice, crackers or pasta; consume calcium-rich foods, and a variety of low-fat or lean meats, poultry and fish."

I think the biggest difference between this information and the 3-day face lift diet is the word "variety".

Other important healthy skin facts for a lifetime (not just 3 days!):
- Protect your skin from sun by decreasing exposure & wear sunscreen daily
- Don't smoke! Smoking accelerates aging of your skin and increases wrinkles.
- Wash your face gently with mild soap and warm (not hot) water
- Moisturize regularly!

November 18, 2008 - 2:07pm
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