As we all know, we need food to survive, but did you know that some of the food you eat can actually be beneficial for your skin too? “You are what you eat” is a common phrase thrown around a lot, and, it is true. What food products you consume can pretty much make you how you look today. How does food affect our skin though? Well, as nutritionists will tell you, the healthier you eat, the healthier your body will be; and skin is of no exception. When you’re healthy on the inside, then your external will reap all benefits too. First and foremost, you’re always hearing people say that you should always drink 8 glasses of water a day. Trust, that water keeps your body from dehydration, and that includes your skin too. With a well hydrated body, your skin remains moist and supple throughout the day. As for food though, just like skincare, different foods have different benefits and can be used to target specific needs. Most foods and ingredients cater for problematic skin, such as acne, dullness and dryness. Here are a list of some pantry items that you can incorporate into your daily skincare regime.
Citrus: The juice (and peel) of lemons and oranges in particular, contain salicylic acid, an ingredient commonly found in face cleansers to help clear trouble skin from breakouts. The acid helps to melt away the “plug” that clogs the pores, leaving it clean from impurities like sebum buildup, dirt and makeup.
Honey: Ever wondered why people tell you to have lemon AND honey tea when you’re sick? The reason is, honey is highly anti-bacterial, so using honey on your face can actually rid you of germs that congregate on the skin surface. That therefore, implies that honey can also be used as acne treatment too, since pimples, or Whitehead’s, are a huge mass of germs and all that filthy stuff. It’s also incredibly hydrating for the skin too; simply apply to your face and leave it on for 15 or so minutes before washing off. Cheap and affordable hydrating mask.
Tomato: “When you ever have a dull day, then let a tomato guide your way.” Sounds really stupid, but old wives trick, scrubbing your face with tomato can actually brighten up a dull complexion. Think of it as an instant skin wake up, giving you dewier skin. Note, tomato sauce is not a substitute for tomato.
Aloe Vera: We all knew this would be in the list, since its so widely known that aloe vera is chock-a-block full of water and is used for hydrating your skin. Its also used to treat sunburn too; simply slice a piece and rub the flesh onto the area for treatment. Major skincare brands have used aloe vera as their main ingredient for some of their products now, as moisturizing washes and gel type multipurposes to llow your skin to drink up all the hydrating benefits it needs.
Egg: This might seem strange but you can actually use a raw egg as a face mask; it feels really weird (believe me, I’d know) but your skin feels so amazing afterwards. Simply separate the egg white from the yolk, and in two separate masks (white first, yolk second) apply to your face until it hardens, and I really do mean, harden. Your face becomes too stiff to move, and that’s when you wash it off. Quick and easy hydrating mask that’s easy on the wallet.
Sugar: Pretty much the universal ingredient for all exfoliators, sugar is small enough and very close to spherical in shape to gently buff away dead skin without damaging it in the process. A few skincare brands have implemented sugar in their products for its exfoliating power, and because sugar is cheap and easily accessible.
Capsicum/Bell Pepper: No, just joking. Don’t put it on your face, you’ll cry.
Strawberries: Or raspberries for that matter, contain malic acid, used for whitening and brightening. Mixed with baking powder, it’ll rid you of redness and clear away discolourization, leaving you a more even complexion. You can even use it as a teeth whitener too.
Green Tea: This, my fellow readers, is my secret weapon for good skin. I don’t know if I have told you, or if you haven’t picked it up, but I never recommend anything, unless I can see for myself, how much someone can benefit from it. I definitely, without a doubt, recommend you all to incorporate green tea in your lives. There is so much that green tea can do, its been used for over centuries as remedies to fight many problems, including acne, dullness, anti aging and even cancer. Mix green tea with your cleansers, your scrubs, your masks, or even use it in replacement of water to wash away your skin products. Your body, and face will love you for it.
There are so much more ingredients you can use to target and eliminate skin foes, but I didn’t want to write a 20 page list, because not only would it be too long to read, but I doubt I’d finish it since there is so much. So before you eat something, think of how what you’re consuming can have an affect on the condition of your skin. love anthony ♡