Our favourite high-end stores are always promoting a brand new grooming product with the latest technology, promising to make your hair fuller, shiner and your skin smooth, younger and wrinkle-free. It’s easy to get caught up in all the fancy scientific lingo, but we often forget that the next best medicine cabinet is actually our kitchen cupboards. There are some seriously surprising foods that contain healing and revitalizing properties to improve your skin and hair just as well (if not better) than any big-name products from high end cosmetic stores.
Your kitchen is for much more than just cooking your favourite meals or sharing time with your friends and family. Surprisingly forgotten ingredients in your cupboards and fridge are amazing treasures of natural beauty and natural health prevention, some of these everyday foods could instantly transform you, making you feel and look amazing, enjoy boundless energy and great health.
We hope to inspire you with some of these natural secrets that have being passed on from generation to generation in our families, with really great secrets from South America & beyond and that today still being part of our daily lives, all backed up by science research. We have plenty of knowledge and experience in this area, so here it is just a small portion of all the surprising benefits of including some of these foods in your daily grooming routine. It couldn’t be easier to feel and look great than just grabbing some of the ingredients that you already have available in your kitchen.
Healthy Hydrated Hair:
Olive Oil: Gently heat 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil, massage on dry hair and leave for as long as you can, then rinse your hair with plenty of lukewarm water and wash as usual. Your hair will be conditioned, shiny & protected. A perfect hair mask treatment to be applied every 2 weeks for perfect healthy & hydrated hair.
Clear Pores & Face:
Yogurt: 1 tsp natural yogurt, 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp sugar (depending on your skin type Dry: use sugar Oily: use salt) In the shower steam your face with warm water and exfoliate gently with the tip of your fingers in circular motion, leave on your skin for 5-10 minutes and rinse, finish with very cold water to close your pores. Amazing clear and moisturised skin. I recommend to do this treatment 2-3 days prior to any important event. Repeat 2 times per week. Your pores will be minimised and your skin will be radiant.
Body Skin Care:
Cocoa powder: 3 Tbsp. of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 3 Tbsp. coconut oil, make a paste and scrub on your skin around your body with circular motions in the shower, paying special attention to your legs, chest, arms, etc.; rinse well with lukewarm water and shower as usual. Effective cocoa scrub to invigorate the skin, your circulation and eliminate toxins from problem areas, leaving you smelling and looking fantastic. Repeat weekly for better benefits and results.
Secret Face Mask:
Avocado: ½ avocado, 1 Tbsp. organic honey, 1 Tbsp. Greek yogurt, 1 tsp. lemon juice; Mash avocado in a small bowl, add honey and yogurt and combine until mostly smooth, Spread a thick layer onto clean skin. Let sit for 10-15 minutes or longer. Remove with a warm wash cloth. Finish with a splash of cool water. Use this mask 2-3 times a week for best results. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, avocados are supremely moisturizing without clogging pores—perfect for transitioning skin to cooler, dryer temps. What you may not know is that avocados also contain Vitamin C, a natural skin brightener for any sunspots, blemishes or marks on your skin.
If you’re wrestling with crow’s feet and fine wrinkles around your eyes, there are plenty of natural beauty secrets you can try that will help you fight and prevent these fine lines. Change some of your less-desirable lifestyle habits (excess alcohol, coffee, smoking, takeaways, refined sugar & refined flour foods, stress, sedentary lifestyle). Make an effort to eat foods rich in antioxidants, natural vitamins and nutrients, make sure to cleanse and moisturize your skin.
Make of Nutrition Your Best Ally:
Eat foods rich in vitamin D, such as mushrooms, sole, milk, eggs, ricotta cheese, soy, tofu, cod liver oil and omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, mackerel, trout and tuna. Foods filled with vitamin A, such as sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots, dark leafy greens, butternut squash, cantaloupe melon, dried apricots, red peppers, mango, papaya and beef liver, can also reduce the severity of wrinkles. These foods help plump up the thin skin around the eye area, reducing the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles. Drink plenty of water and green & white tea to keep your skin hydrated and increase your skin-cell turnover. Make an easy fruit and vegetable smoothie for breakfast as a quick way to get these vitamins into your system.
Foods which are high in antioxidants and phytonutrients prevent oxidative damage on a cellular level. Essentially, they slow down the ageing process which is great news for our skin and wrinkles! We all know that if we are eating a very healthy, well balanced diet which is high in whole foods, we look better, we feel better and health comes glowing through. The first place that is noticeable is in your face and eyes. Consuming milled linseed – which are high in lignans and Omega 3 fatty acids help calm inflammation and puffiness and work wonders for skin. Eating lots of berries, fruit and vegetables will help us eliminate metabolic build up and revitalize us. The type and amount of food we eat on a daily basis has a huge impact on how we feel and how we look. So, try to avoid over consumption of refines sugars and alcohol as these tend to cause inflammation and encourage premature ageing. It’s all about helping our bodies and not going too overboard.
Take Home Message
You don’t need to spend loads of money on various creams to improve how you look. With the right Nutrition and a trip to the gym, you can get a seriously healthy glow and feel amazing. Reduce the usual suspects of refined and processed foods and increase the healthy berries, nuts, seeds and greens. Health and beauty will come shining through in no time and you will look and feel better than ever.