If you desire your skin to look healthy and vibrant, you must nourish it from the inside out and from the outside in. In other words, when you combine natural foods with natural skin care products / ingredients, you can achieve amazing results. Before we dive into recipes, first, let’s talk about some foods that will help you improve your specific skin challenges.
Natural Skin Care If You Have Dry or Sensitive Skin…
- It means your cells need to be hydrated. The first thing on your list should be - start drinking more water (way more than your usual norm) and begin locking the moisture from within.
- If your skin is dry and cracks easily, you need to increase the intake of vitamin C. It is best to get Vitamin C in soft gel capsules because you can either add it to your daily vitamin intake list… or break a capsule and use it externally on a troubled skin area. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant that can speed up healing by shrinking and closing pores. For instance, if you have those tiny red lines (capillaries) that show up on /under your nose or cheeks; by applying some vitamin C externally, you can reduce their appearance.
- Try to get most of your antioxidants and vitamins from foods, like strawberries, raspberries, acai and goji, as well as flaxseed and sesame seeds.
- Drink milk! It is great, because of its lactic acid content. You can even use milk externally, to either wash your face or soak your body).
- Consume a lot of citrus fruit in your diet. Also, include plenty of yellow and orange vegetables. They contain high levels of antioxidant beta-carotene, which your body will convert to vitamin A.
- Eat foods high in sulfur, such as onion, garlic, asparagus and eggs. They’ll contribute to skin smoothness and healthiness.
A Few Natural Skincare Tips If You Have Oily Skin Or Acne…
- If you would like to reduce skin problems like acne or rosacea, infuse your skin with isoflavonoids and polyphenols, which come from berries (especially, the red berry family). Pomegranates and grape seeds are great, as well, because they will help to pull out all the toxins in your body, clarify and control oil on your skin. Besides, pomegranate and dark berries will help your skin to keep hydrated.
- Give your body more vitamin E, which you can get from foods like nuts and broccoli. Of course, you can always take it in a soft gel capsule. Vitamin E will contribute to your overall skin clarity.
- Also, eat more foods with anti-inflammatory agents in them, like ginger, mushrooms, goji berries and some soy products, including flaxseed, walnuts and olive oil that are also rich in omega 3 oils. Small portions of dark chocolate are good for acne-prone skin, as well as a well-balanced mix of vitamins A, B, C, D, E and zinc. Foods that are high in vitamin A are spinach, kale or any green leafy vegetables, which are great hydrators and detoxifiers. On the other note, keep in mind that too much vitamin A can be harmful, and if you are taking it as a supplement, make sure to consult with your doctor on the right dosage.
- Limit the amount of hydrogenated oil, such as vegetable oil or margarine. Especially, if you have oily skin.
- Even when you love cooking with healthy monounsaturated oils that are great for your health, try to alternate. Cook with oil every other day instead of every day. As alternative, steam or bake your foods.
Be conscious of what you put in your stomach. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find out how each ingredient contributes to your healthy skin. Since we talked plenty about the internal care, we are finally ready to cover our next topic… external care.
Homemade Skin Care Recipes
Are you ready?
We’ll share with you a variety of fantastic natural skin care recipes for the entire body. So, feel free to test them out and later, come back, and share your experience with us.
Please make sure to use glass bowls and jars to mix and store your homemade products.
Spinach-Honey Face Mask
4 cups of fresh spinach
1 cup of fresh mint
3 tablespoons of honey
1 slice of ginger (around 1 inch)
1 ripe banana
2 egg whites
1. Rinse spinach well in a colander.
2. Cut and peel ginger, and set it aside.
3. In food processor or blender combine spinach, mint and ginger (blend on low settings).
4. Now add banana and honey, and blend until it reaches a liquid consistency.
5. Add egg whites and blend until all ingredients are mixed fully.
6. Pour it into a glass bowl.
7. Apply the mix to your entire face, neck and chest.
8. Keep it on for about 15-20 minutes.
9. Rinse your skin with warm water.
a) After you wash it off, feel free to use a natural moisturizer.
b) Since this recipe is for 2 treatments, you can store what’s left of it in the refrigerator for up to one week. Just make sure you cover it tightly.
c) Targeted for all skin types. It will firm up and make your skin look youthful.
Green Tea-Clay Face Mask
1 teaspoon of green tea
2 teaspoons of aloe vera gel
1 1/2 tablespoons of kaolin clay
1/2 tablespoon of bentonite clay
1 teaspoon of honey
2 drops of rosemary essential oil
1 drop of lavender essential oil
1. Make green tea:
1 ounce of dried green tea leaves and 1 cup of distilled water. Place the tea leaves in a French press. Bring the distilled water to a boil and pour over the tea. Let the tea steep for 10 minutes. Strain and pour into a glass jar.
2. Combine green tea, aloe vera gel, and honey in a mixing bowl (preferably glass) and stir well.
3. Slowly scatter in the kaolin and bentonite clays while stirring.
4. Add both oils - rosemary and lavender - and mix well.
5. Apply to clean face right away, while all ingredients are activated. 6. Leave it on for 10 minutes.
7. Wash it off with warm water.
a) It will work for all skin types. Ideal for hormone imbalanced skin.
b) Both clays used in the mask can be found at your health food and specialty stores. As clay dries on your skin, it pulls out and extracts excess oil, and dirt, leaving your skin feeling smooth and clean.
Apple-Green Tea Face Scrub
1/2 cup of applesauce (organic or homemade)
2 tablespoons of green tea leaves
3 tablespoons of brown sugar
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1. Mix all ingredients in a glass bowl and into a light fluffy paste.
2. Gently rub onto your clean wet face.
3. Rinse off with warm water.
This natural exfoliant is recommended for all oily skin types. It is gentle enough to use up to 3 times a week on acne-prone skin.
Calendula-Honey Foot Bath
1 cup of water
2 tablespoons of calendula extract
1/2 cup of dry calendula flowers
2 teaspoons of honey
2 tablespoons of powdered milk
1. Make calendula tea: boil distilled or filtered water, pour it over calendula flowers and steep for five minutes.
2. Fill your foot-soaking container with warm water.
3. Add the calendula flower tea and all other ingredients. Stir well.
4. Soak your feet for 20 minutes.
5. Rinse with warm water. Dry your feet, and if you wish, apply a soothing foot cream.
It is great for all skin types.
Citrus-Honey Body Bath
1/2 cup of orange juice
1/3 cup of lemon juice
1/3 cup of grapefruit juice
3 tablespoons of lime juice
1/3 cup of honey powder
1. Combine freshly squeezed juices with honey powder.
2. Add the mixture to the bathtub under running water.
3. Soak for 15 minutes.
4. Rinse well with warm water.
It is targeted for all skin types. It will rejuvenate your skin and tighten your pores.
Two Natural Skin Recipes For Hands
In the video below, we talk about how to save our hands from rapid aging. Also, we share a couple of hand rejuvenating recipes. Please watch it and feel free to add a comment below.
If you have a natural recipe that you would like to share, please do so. We would love to try it out.