By Rebecca Grambone
I am a firm believer that incorporating a healthy and balanced diet into your lifestyle can do wonders for your skin. As the body’s largest organ, our skin requires just as much attention and care as any other part of our body. By eating foods rich in antioxidants and healthy fats, we can help aid in giving our skin a natural glow.
But when we think of skin care, our minds typically make an association with creams, scrubs, and serums. Instead, we should be focusing on how to feed our skin similar to how we feed our stomachs, by applying certain foods topically to our skin. Now I’m not saying that you should go into your bathroom and throw out every product you own, as they have many other benefits. However, a holistic approach to skin care once in a while will give your skin the break from chemicals that it deserves. Here are three natural skin care remedies that you can make at home after a quick browse through your pantry:
When I was in Italy last summer, my dairy intolerance went out the window. However, my skin definitely paid for it with blotchy hives that covered my face (ew!). Thankfully, a pharmacist there recommended I use a product that’s main ingredient was Manuka honey. I’m not lying when I say that by the next day my skin had cleared up almost completely. Manuka honey is even great as a face mask on its own, as it is antibacterial and can help treat acne-prone skin. But if you don’t have access to this specific type of honey, any store-bought honey is also a great alternative to use as a moisture-boosting face cleanse.
Now that the weather is getting colder, a warm bowl of oatmeal for breakfast sounds ideal. But did you know that oatmeal can also be used as a face mask? By preparing any old-fashioned oats as directed on the packaging, you can have an all natural face mask in the matter of minutes. Because oats contain anti-inflammatory and natural cleansing properties, an oatmeal mask can soothe skin irritation, leaving your skin feeling fresh for days.
(Tip: Mix in a tbsp of honey to your oatmeal mask for added benefits!)
Cacao is not only delicious in smoothies, but is beneficial on your skin as well. Cacao is basically chocolate in its most raw form and can typically be found at your local health food market as a powder. This superfood is one of the richest sources of antioxidants, which can protect your skin cells from free radical damage and can also help firm skin, reducing any signs of aging such as wrinkles. Mix some cacao powder with either olive oil or coconut oil, and some granulated sugar for a refreshing body and face scrub.