For many of us our skin can be a problem. It’s either too dry or too oily. There are so many factors that affect our skin. The weather, foods we eat, hydration, lotions, face products, hard water, vitamin deficiencies etc. the list is long so lets first start with the most important issue. What we are consuming will actually become our skin one-day, so making sure we are consuming the very best foods will help us in the long run.
Healthy food is the key to beautiful skin
-Ginger: it’s known for being high in antioxidants and having anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger has also been known to have a type of soothing effect on the skin and the gut. So adding ginger to a homemade face scrub or to your nighttime regiment such as a cup of hot ginger tea to relax will work wonders for your skin.
-Cinnamon: this spice is known for helping circulation and stimulating blood flow. Studies have shown that cinnamon can also balance out your blood sugar. Which in turn brings oxygen and circulation straight to the skin. Adding a little cinnamon to your morning tea, smoothie or oatmeal is defiantly a benefit for your skin.
-Avocados: (dry skin helper) filled with healthy oils and vitamin E. Which are both needed for healthy skin and skin cells. They both can help keep your skin hydrated
-Green Tea: has been known for protecting the skin from damage from the sun. Green tea contains compounds called that have been known for improving the health of our skin. In one study green tea helped reduce skins redness up to 25% and improve skins roughness. Green tea has also helped improve skins thickness and lessen wrinkles. Which I’m sure we all want.
-Pomegranate juice: fruit such as pomegranates contains high amounts of polyphenols that help to increase blood flow and fight free radicals. This is great for detoxing the skin and helping it rejuvenate.
-Sardines: fish as we all know are packed full of healthy fats. But sardines are a great source of Vitamin B12 and selenium. Which are both great for the skin and can help prevent dry skin. These tiny fish are packed full of omega 3’s which helps keep the skin smooth, hydrated, and glowing.
-Salmon: another fish packed to the brim with omega 3 fatty acids. This is the key to healthy skin and fighting wrinkles. Omega 3 fatty acids also help with the production of collagen that helps keep wrinkles at bay.
Here are a couple recipes for fun homemade face masks to try:
~1/4 cup ground Oatmeal, 1 tbs honey, 1 tbs water and plain yogurt: mix equal parts of theses ingredients and place on the face for up to 30 minutes then rinse off with warm water
~1 mashed avocado, 1tsp honey, a dash of cinnamon and cocoa powder: Place on face for up to 20 minutes then rinse with warm water
~1/2 mashed banana, 1 tsp honey, and 1 tsp lemon juice: place on face for up to 15 minutes then rinse with warm water
Food notes: If you haven’t noticed blood sugar is related to inflammation and lowering blood sugar helps fight inflammation. Too much sugar and refined foods such as pastries, cookies and bread can actually cause oil production in the skin. Staying away from sugar can in fact curb extra oil production in the skin and lower inflammation. Which will reverse acne and skin blemish and inflammation.
Hydration is important for all functions in our body. Such as; organ function, elimination, and defiantly for our skin. Skin is our biggest organ.
~Staying hydrated is known to help the elasticity of our skin and help prevent those winkles were all so scared of. It’s not a big surprise that enough water intake can rid your body and skin of toxins, improve the glow of your skin, and fight too much oil build up and acne. Water clears the skin by flushing all the toxic waste out. It helps keep the bloat down in our body, keeps our organs functioning properly and keeps our energy levels up. DRINK YOUR WATER!!!
What you put on your skin
Some people will go to the local health food store and buy some “all natural” face lotion. But just because you bought it at a health food store doesn’t necessarily mean it’s “healthy” for you or your skin. Cosmetics are filled with dozens of chemicals to make their product last longer or stay shelf stable or to even make the product cheaper to make. These chemicals are toxic to our skin and our skin is our largest organ. Keeping our skin free of toxic chemicals and functioning right should be top priority.
Instead of buying harmful lotions, toners, or hydrators from the store filled with chemicals for your skin try making your own face lotion at home. You won’t regret it. It’s not only healthier it’s more cost effective, natural and organic. And won’t be filled with toxic chemicals.
(Dry Skin) Homemade Face Lotion:
-1/2 cup shea butter (amazon)
-1 tsp avocado oil
-7 drops reship seed oil
-7 drops almond oil
-7 drops sea buckthorn oil
Melt shea butter oil in a double boiler then whip everything else along with the melted shea butter in your food processor until creamy. Store in an air tight container for up to 6 months
(Oily Skin) Homemade face lotion:
-1/4 cup melted shea butter
-1/8 cup of melted jojoba oil or hemp seed oil
-3 drops lavender essential oil
Mix all ingredient together with a whisk until blended. Store in an air tight container for up to 6 months. A little goes a long way with the stuff.
In conclusion make sure you’re staying ultra hydrated, eating healthy and applying your own homemade lotions. Your skin is your biggest organ and you need to take care of it in more ways than one. Enjoy