Good news…your kitchen is now your spa.
Did you know that many foods we eat actually provide antioxidant, vitamin-rich benefits if applied directly to the skin? Your beauty regime is about to get a lot easier and a lot less expensive.
Who doesn’t love to pamper themselves with a hydrating face cream, exfoliator, or clay mask? These treatments make us feel great and help us to look our best. However, with many one-time face masks averaging around $6-10 and professional facials costing anywhere from $35-$200, beauty treatments can really add up.
The good news is many of the foods we have in our pantry will give us the same if not better results.
Here are 15 foods that will give your complexion a fresh and clean feeling while improving the health of your skin.
Honey is truly a miracle food. Don’t be deterred by its sticky texture, Honey is one of the best ways to naturally moisturize your face. It is a humectant and allows your skin to absorb and lock in moisture. Manuka honey is also a great alternative due to its high antibacterial properties. This makes it a great option for acne-prone skin. To start your DIY face treatment, cleanse your face, lather the honey, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Rinse and relax!
2. Plain Yogurt
Plain yogurt is full of calcium, protein, and probiotics. It is a natural moisturizer and can be used by itself or with other natural ingredients. It locks in moisture to prevent premature aging.
3. Chia Seeds
Mix this high antioxidant, high protein, high calcium food with honey, coconut milk, or yogurt to create a skin-boosting face mask. These tiny seeds pack a punch and help to moisturize and calm irritated skin.
Oranges are known to boost collagen levels. The juice or peel can be mixed with other natural foods such as yogurt or coconut oil to create vibrant-looking skin.
5. Coconut Oil
The moisturizing power of coconut oil is known all over the globe. It is antifungal and contains antioxidant properties. Coconut oil is the perfect ingredient for many DIY face masks and can also be a great moisturizer for hands, lips, feet, and hair.
Carrots are a great defense against free radicals and also promote cellular renewal. Steam, mash and combine them with flour and coconut oil for a powerful anti-aging face mask.
7. Turmeric Powder
We are aware of the health benefits of turmeric and many take it as a supplement to boost their immunity. It has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antioxidant, and astringent properties when it is put directly on the skin. Be sure to dilute it with another ingredient such as yogurt as it may stain the skin.
Parsley helps to tone down skin discoloration when used topically. Chop and mix with olive oil and some sea salt or sugar for a beneficial face scrub.
9. Olive Oil
Yes, it’s delicious on salads but your face will drink up its super anti-aging and moisturizing properties. Extra virgin olive oil can also fight against UV radiation. Dab some on cleansed skin for an immediate and effective moisturizer.
Cinnamon is another great collagen producer! It has been known to improve the natural production of collagen in skin cells and can fight acne. Include this powerful spice in your DIY face mask and enjoy the benefits…and the smell.
While you are cutting your pineapple to enjoy in a fruit salad, why not include some pulp or juice in your next DIY face mask? It is super rich in vitamin C and has a protein-digesting enzyme called bromelain. This makes it an impressive exfoliant.
Wine is well known for its high antioxidant levels. Pour just a little into your DIY face mask combination to reap the benefits. Oh and of course pour a glass for yourself while enjoying your at-home facial.
Irritated, itchy, or inflamed skin has long benefited from products containing oats. Oats contain flavonoids and phenols, which act as natural anti-inflammatories. Pulse oats in a blender to make flour and combine with honey or yogurt for a calm, comforting mask.
Have any overripe avocados in your kitchen? Instead of tossing them out, include them in a DIY face mask. Avocados are a natural moisturizer and easily absorbed into the skin. Yes, you could make some killer guac but why not give your skin the regeneration boost it needs? You can still eat the chips.
15. Cocoa Powder
If you like chocolate and protecting your skin…you are in for a real treat. Antioxidant-rich cocoa or cacao is a perfect, delicious addition to your all-natural face mask. Stir into yogurt or coconut oil to create a soothing mask or include sugar in the raw for a sweet chocolatey scrub.
Your kitchen is calling…and no you don’t have to cook. Relax and enjoy one of these relaxing DIY facials.
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