5 Fabulous foods to put in your Tummy and in your Skincare.
The quest to maintain smooth, radiant, glowing skin can sometimes be a challenge. The most natural way to achieve and maintain consistently good looking and feeling skin is by adopting a holistic approach to health and well-being that enriches and nourishes us. This is of course easier said than done. But with daily practice, a positive mindset along with a healthy lifestyle this can be achieved and the balance overflows and can be felt throughout many areas of our life.
I always remind people when seeking healthy skin the solution shouldn’t be relied entirely on a skincare product. Yes, topical products play an important role to improving skin health and do a tremendous job but the skincare product is only one slice of the pie that contributes to healthy, glowing skin. What we eat each and every day is another aspect that has an enormous impact on not only how we look but how we feel too. I am a BIG advocate for that age old saying “You are what you eat”, and it couldn’t be more true with regard to the health of our skin. What we eat certainly does have an impact on the health and appearance of your skin, how can it not? Seems so obvious doesn’t it?! But it is often an area that is not explored deeply enough when assessing skin conditions. What are we are consuming, drinking and eating each day, what are we nourishing our cells, blood and organs with is a big deal.
For me personally, I know when I’ve not had enough sleep, (which is fairly often when you have an active 3 year old buzzing around lol!) been eating lazily by having too many carbs, too much sugar, not finding the time to exercise enough and not getting enough fresh foods, oh and having too much coffee and maybe a wine or two too many! That is when my face looks back at me in the mirror without any vibrancy but with more sluggishness instead, groan… Good news though, our skin, (the largest organ in our body!) sheds and renews cells every 30 days so don’t despair, let’s move on, jump back into your daily healthy regime, cut out those naughty non-essentials and you’ll soon find your skin returning and even a sparkle slowing shining through again after a few weeks of clean living 🙂
The best way we can take care of ourselves and our precious epidermis is by watching what we eat, making sure we have a balanced diet full of fresh fruit and veg, drink alcohol only in moderation, exercise regularly, drink plenty of water, get sunshine on our skin but being sun-safe at the same time, don’t smoke and just basically are doing our best to lead a stress free, happy, balanced life. Oh and of course, using plant based, chemical free, natural skincare products to cleanse and nourish your face and body.
Practicing daily healthy skin habits is the key to healthy skin – simple hey! Think of these habits just like any other healthy habit you have adopted in your life. eg; brushing your teeth, obviously crucial to maintaining good dental hygiene but if you don’t do it daily your precious teeth will soon suffer. It’s much the same as choosing to do or not do things that you know will either benefit or delay the result of your skin goals.
Here is a list of simple, everyday foods that are not only great for you on the inside but also great to use on the outside in skincare products.
- GREEN TEA for clear skin.
Ok, so Green Tea isn’t a food as such but we do consume it so it is appropriate to include into this discussion I reckon! 🙂 We are all no doubt well aware of the wonderful benefits consuming green tea has. But why is it always more tempting to reach for a coffee rather than a green tea? Damn those habits! I know full well how utterly fantastic green tea is for me so I do try to switch between the two. When I do drink green tea I feel so cleansed, rejuvenated and just generally good afterwards for doing so. I just gotta make it more of a habit don’t I?!
Initially, green tea was popular in China and used medicinally for centuries to treat everything from headaches to depression. Nowadays, people from all over of the world drink green tea due to its numerous health benefits.
As a drink: It is full of antioxidants as well as enzymes, amino acids, and phytochemicals like polyphenols. It also has B vitamins, folate, manganese, potassium and magnesium. It’s ability to help flush out toxins from the skin aids in healing scars and blemishes, can reduce inflammation and improve skin elasticity.
In skincare – the potent antioxidants, tonic and protective properties in green tea make it ideal to use in skincare preparations as it can help combat the signing of ageing and protect the skin from environmental factors. We like to use green tea extract in our luxurious Green Tea & Mandarin Butter.
2) OILS for a glowing complexion.
Oils are typically naturally rich in many vitamins, minerals and natural fatty acids and add a lovely flavor to dishes.
Oil in skincare: unrefined, organic vegetable oils are a major component of ALL of my skincare formulas. They give outstanding texture and are incredibly beneficial to a healthy glowing complexion. I am a huge fan of the Oil Cleansing Method. So it is no surprise oils are on my list of fabulous skin foods. They can help to prevent skin aging, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and protect the skin from free radical damage.
Good old Coconut oil – it is the cure all for so much! Whether you’re eating the flesh, drinking the juice, or consuming it as oil, coconuts are a delicious and nutritious source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It has tons of calcium, potassium, and magnesium, as well as plenty of electrolytes.
While I do love the humble coconut I am not a huge fan of using straight coconut oil on the skin. I have found too many varying reports, not enough consistency. eg: some say it is too drying on the skin while others claim it caused their skin to clog.
I do absolutely love using coconut oil as an ingredient in all of our soap recipes and also in our natural deodorants and lip balms because it has wonderful natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. I find when coconut oil is blended with other natural ingredients it is very beneficial and gives great results in skincare products this way.
But it’s not just Coconut Oil. Don’t forget coconut cream, coconut milk, coconut sugar and of course the simple, raw flesh of the coconut itself! Adding a dash of organic coconut milk to your DIY loose Clay Mask Powder is a fantastic natural botanical that will help nourish, hydrate and soften your skin.
4) OATMEAL to soothe and protect.
We love a bowl of hot porridge in the morning during the cooler months in our household. It’s always a winner at breakfast table. Oatmeal is high in fiber and protein compared to many other grains. Oats contain some unique components — in particular, the soluble fiber beta-glucan plus it is naturally rich in antioxidants. The benefits of consuming oatmeal include lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, protection against skin irritation and reduced constipation.
We include organic oatmeal in our Cinnamon & Oatmeal soap as it helps to strengthen the skin and also nourishes and softens the skin.
Oatmeal can greatly help irritated and inflamed skin conditions. Finely grind some oats and add a tablespoon or two to a warm bath and soak. Oatmeal is very good at helping reduce inflammation and calm down redness.
We like to recommend adding a half a teaspoon of ground oats to your DIY loose Clay Mask Powder to help nourish and soothe your skin even more. Oatmeal, it’s pretty good stuff.
5) AVOCADO to moisturize and nourish.
The delicious and highly nutritious avocado, we love you! It is bursting with nutrients galore. Rich in Vitamin K, folate, Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E plus it contains Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin). I think it is referred to as a Super Food by some, and I agree, it is super indeed.
As you can imagine, using Avocado Oil or the flesh of the Avocado topically in skincare is very beneficial too.
Avocado Oil has great anti-inflammatory properties and is very helpful for those with irritated and inflamed skin conditions such as eczema or sunburn.
As Avocado is such an beneficial natural ingredients we have created a body lotion with avocado oil as the key ingredient! Our Avocado Body Lotion, this product is fantastic for hydrating, soothing and smoothing dry and sensitive skin.
You could try adding a small amount of mashed avocado into your DIY loose Clay Mask powder for extra nourishment for the skin. We also retail pure, organic Avocado Oil for those who want to use the concentrated oil. Our Organic Balm and also our Black Clay Facial Soaps have organic avocado oil included in them for its wonderful healing, moisturizing properties and it’s known to help smooth the skin, keep the skin hydrated, nourish and protect.
So there are my 5 favourite skin foods. I could of made this list 20 items long but condensed it down to these simple yet super effective natural ingredients.
Is there a food you love to eat and also use in skincare? If so I’d love to hear from you.
Skin foods, love em!
Until next time 🙂
Michelle x x