While billboards with gorgeous close-ups tempt us into shopping for the most trustworthy products,
we forget that all those precious microelements of each expensive lotion come from Mother Nature.
So, why not go straight to the source?
Sneak a peek inside your kitchen cabinets and your fridge.
Chances are you probably have all the ingredients you need to keep your skin healthy and radiant.
And what about that famous saying: you are what you eat?
But even though you might be nourishing your skin from within with proper nutrition, there are
simple ways to give it a natural glow and a youthful look that will last you for ages to come.
Without further ado, let’s dive into all the goodness that is your food!
Before you go ahead and invent the world’s best face lotion, you need to get rid of those pesky
dead cells and boost your skin’s circulation with exfoliation.
To prepare a perfect scrub, you can combine fruits, like papayas or cranberries, with softer, creamy
fruits, like avocados or bananas, to create a smooth paste and hydrate your skin.
For an extra edge, you can combine fruit with sugar, yoghurt, milk and oats, but make sure your
skin is up for such a deep cleanse.
Citrusy fruits such as lemons and oranges can also serve as perfect cleansers, and you can mix
them with honey for the best effect.
Collagen is probably a rare example of a science buzzword that has crept into our daily lives,
and for a good reason.
It is a protein that is crucial for your joints, muscles, tendons, and the largest organ of your body –
And what’s the most economical, delicious, protein-rich superfood in your kitchen?
Eggs, of course!
They are brimming with vitamins and minerals, and you can use them whole, or yolks and
You can also combine them with honey, olive oil or coconut oil.
Basically, you can’t go wrong with egg masks.
If possible, go organic to ensure the healthiest ingredients for your skin.
In case you want to save time, there are reliable brands that offer that natural, homemade value
while saving you the trouble of doing the work.
The greatest benefit of high quality organic skincare is that you know exactly what your lotions
and masks contain.
And if you decide to make your own products, you can always tweak your recipes to make what feels
most nourishing for your skin.
Plant Sources for Collagen
If you are vegan and don’t use animal products, there are plant-based sources for collagen production
including silica and non-GMO soy.
Collagen is the essential building block for healthy skin – but we need silica to build collagen.
Almost every soy product available contains genistein, which increases the production of collagen
in the dermis.
In addition, the following nutrients support collagen formation:
+ Vitamin C: found in oranges, strawberries, peppers, and broccoli
+ Copper: mostly found in nuts
+ Vitamin A: found in plant foods as beta-carotene
+ Proline: found in soy, and cabbage
+ Anthocyanidins: found in blackberries, blueberries, cherries and raspberries
Sometimes all you need is a dash of olive, almond or coconut oil to do the trick and heal your skin.
But if you want to go all out, you can also make your own creamy lotions.
Use shea butter and beeswax as the basis to deeply nourish your skin and maintain the consistency
of your cream.
Depending on the care you need, mix them with essential oils of your choice.
For example, rose oil is excellent for dry skin, while chamomile is perfect for sensitive, eczema-prone skin.
Lavender oil doesn’t only smell wonderful, but is also ideal for pretty much any skin type.
To simplify the process, you can melt shea butter and beeswax together, and then mix in some essential oil.
You can also add other ingredients that you have on hand and you know are good for your skin.
Just make sure that the scents compliment each other.
Coconut oil has a mild smell and soothing texture; so, it can be easily combined with anything you prefer.
About the Author
Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com . She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on a lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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