by Charu Suri | Butterfly Diary
In this age of store bought goods, we often forget we can get some good, wholesome skin nutrition from the soil and from our fridge. Organic fruits and vegetables ensure beauty from the inside and out. Think of organic foods as precious bounty that you can use to also make beauty recipes in your kitchen. By ensuring that you ingest (and sometimes slather on your face) only the finest of natural foods, you will reap the benefits of a purified way of living and will see a rapid change in your appearance.
Why is picking the right natural foods of vital importance? Our bodies can break down some toxic chemicals, but not others. Some natural advocates believe that when organic substances are applied topically or ingested, they are like an assault to your body. This is why choosing our natural foods is of great importance.
Caring for winter’s Dry Skin, the Natural Way
In the winter, there’s no question that hydration for the skin becomes the main concern. Fine lines appear mysteriously like ghosts. Applying makeup is difficult because your skin’s canvas is parched. This is because of your skin glands slowing down in producing essential oils.
To recharge your skin from within, remember to shop for items that contain good saturated fats such as organic almonds and cashews, taking care not to overindulge in them on a daily basis. Make sure you look for the organic label when you pick out ingredients.
A simple recipe to make that will give you soothing moisture is one with almond milk, coconut oil and olive oil. Almond milk is rich in Vitamin E and therefore has rich moisturizing properties for the skin. Simply create a blend with these ingredients and apply as a daily or weekly hydrating mask (the frequency should vary with the amount of intensive moisture your skin needs.
In a small cup, combine the almond milk and honey, then add the mineral water. The aim behind this recipe is to wash the face and neck with the cleanser at night. Rinse off with warm water.
In the winter, you should not use a toner if you have particularly dry skin.
Other natural foods beneficial for winter’s dry skin
Avocado is beneficial as a standalone mask or a moisturizer because it contains vitamins A,D,E and a bounty of minerals. Coconut oil is also a good skin softener. Blend both together to heal dry skin, along with a dollop of yoghurt.
There is an ingredient that few women would associate with good skin because it’s usually found in bars: cognac. Cognac can help tighten pores and because it is distilled using white wines produced in the Cognac region of France, it is also warming to skin’s arteries and can stimulate the circulation.
If you mix egg yolk and cognac and cottage cheese along with honey you have a rich and effective self-heating mask that you can leave for 20 minutes. Finish by rinsing off with warm water.
Complement Your Beauty Routine with a Natural Spin
Natural beauty recipes take time to do, so you cannot expect to perform them on a daily or even weekly basis. These garden-grown ingredients should find a way into your beauty routine naturally and gracefully, and complement your already existing anti-aging and moisturizing efforts. As we’ve mentioned before, remember to use sunscreen, and drink several glasses of water a day. Beauty is as much from within as it is from the exterior.
Here are some natural food recommendations that address specific beauty concerns:
Pear: Pears contain a cartload of Vitamins C and K, and are great for healing bruises and dark circles. The saying may be “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but eating a pear a day may keep your skin recover faster while staving away the need for Hylexin.
Apple Juice: The juice in apples contains a good and well known exfoliator called malic acid. Drinking organic apple juice is definitely effective in cleansing your system; but using apple juice as a natural exfoliant will leave your skin feeling a little tingly but naturally luminous.
Heavy Cream: While this can certainly clog pores, using some in judicious quantities can be extremely hydrating. Plus, you can whip your house-made latte when you’re done catering to your face.
Dill: Dill has several uses, apart from Italian cooking. It is effective at curing bad breath and when combined with cucumber, it makes a killer face toner. We’re not recommending that you ingest vast quantities of dill, but rather keep it in mind as an herb of choice in preparing your meals.
Yogurt: Live cultures are great for the skin, and it also imparts a cooling effect if you’ve been out in the sun too long.
Cocoa Butter: This is a great emollient and great particularly for the under eye area which is thin and in desperate need of moisture most of the time.
Carrot: Carrots contain an amazing load of vitamins and minerals for the skin. Carrots are not only good for better eyesight, but also make great sources of antioxidants. As for using carrots in a homemade beauty recipe, boil carrot pieces and mix them with plain yoghurt, and you’ll have a delicious moisturizer ripe for the application.
Mint: A fixture in herb gardens, mint is energizing and soothing at the same time. Mint also helps remove excess oiliness and acts as an astringent to skin.
Charu Suri hosts Butterfly Diary, which is described as a beauty blog for social butterflies everywhere, with a touch of lifestyle and culture.