Feed Your Skin.

Feed Your Skin.

Is your skin feeling a little hungry? Well, it’s time to feed it! And yes, with actual food. Here are some amazing foods to eat for clear skin and that is not where it stops. Some of these can be used to actually make a face mask with. 

BERRIES

Any berry contains an extreme amount of antioxidants. These antioxidant compounds are known as polyphenols. I am not going to bore you with big words and medical journals. all you need to know is that these antioxidants help plants protect themselves against environmental stresses and they do this for your skin too. the polyphenols go even further to protect your skin from different triggers that can cause uneven skin tone, dullness and even worse, wrinkles.  they also visibly repair damage caused by environmental factors such as pollutants and regenerate your skins defence system to look more radiant. eating berries fill your diet with these antioxidants for protection and youthfulness.

for nourishment, a blueberry mask can be applied once or twice a week. it is as simple as crushing up some blueberries and mixing in a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of olive oil. Apply to dry skin for twenty minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water. I hope you’re “berry” excited to try this out!

Feed Your Skin.

LEAFY GREENS

The main reason the leafy greens are awesome for your skin is that they contain so many different vitamins. there are so many options when considering leafy greens, this includes kale, spinach, basil, rocket and so much more. the main vitamins that these greens contain are vitamins A, C, E.   vitamin A works great against dry, flakes skin. when your face feels dry and cracked, indulge in your greens and fight dry skin. vitamin C is not only good for your health during flu season but undoes sun damage to the skin. damage from the sun causes pigmentation that surfaces after years it also damages collagen and elastin which will lead to premature ageing if not treated. the vitamin C found in leafy greens will brighten your skin, lighten pigmentation and bring back your youth. finally, the last important vitamin found in leafy greens is vitamin E it great for sensitive skin as it soothes inflammation caused by environmental pollutants or other factors. for DNA repair, leafy greens are also essential as it contains folate which is a nutrient that is necessary to repair your DNA.

Feed Your Skin.

TUMERIC

This yellow wonder is amazing for soothing inflammation. Turmeric contains anti-inflammatory properties that also reduces pore size and calms the skin. It is also great for healing wounds faster as it contains antiseptic qualities and reduces signs of scarring faster as well.

For a face mask to reduce acne scars, mix turmeric powder with some honey, apple cider vinegar and yoghurt. Apply it to clean, dry skin and rinse it off with like warm water after 10 minutes. To avoid a yellow face, do not let it sit for more than 15 minutes.

Feed Your Skin.

EGGS Feed Your Skin.

Eggs are an “egg”celent skin booster. They have multiple benefits such as softening your skin, firming your skin and even hydrating your skin. The most important know ingredient in eggs is protein. Protein provides amino acids which aid in generating new skin cells. Other proteins such as elastin and collagen give strength to your skin and melanin gives more colour to your skin. I have mentioned the benefits of vitamin A and eggs also contain this vitamin which is a key ingredient for your skin. The vitamin A, together with lutein and zeaxanthin nourishes your eyes and the zinc benefits your immune system.

For a quick and easy face mask, beat an egg white until it is stiff. Add a teaspoon of lemon juice and honey and apply the mixture to a clean, dry face. Let it dry for 15 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water. Your skin will tighten and all excess oils will be absorbed.

BRAZIL NUTS

I will be covering these Brazil nuts rather quickly as they are super beneficial to your skin but there is not much science behind it. Brazil nuts contain another great antioxidant called selenium. This protects the skin as mentioned before when discussing antioxidants in berries. It has also been proven that selenium reduces your chances of breaking out and decreases acne. It is that simple.

GREEN TEA Feed Your Skin.

It is a Japanese legend that green tea is the source of beautiful, clear skin. Green tea has a vast variety of amazing benefits for your skin. Polyphenols have been mentioned as an ingredient in berries, it also appears in green tea. The polyphenols not only protect your skin but helps to reduce sebum secretion which is what can cause acne. Green tea is also an anti-inflammatory, effective treatment for oily skin and acne-prone skin. Digesting green tea gives immediate soothing and works toward long-lasting results.

Brew a cup of green tea and ice it has cooled down, break open the tea bag to release the leaves. Add a tablespoon of baking soda and a tablespoon of honey, then mix it all together. Apply the mixture on your face after cleansing and drying. Rinse it off after 10-15 minutes and pat your face dry with a clean towel. This mask can be applied twice a week for optimal prevention of acne.

Feed Your Skin.

Forget feeding your hunger, and start feeding your skin instead. Clear your skin from the inside out and for additional results try out some masks to feed your skin on the surface.

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Shannon Bouwer Bosch

Beauty Editor

Shannon is a 24 year old beauty advisor for a cosmetics company with a passion for make up artistry. She is a small time farm girl from Paarl and she loves to spend her free time drinking coffee and wine. She studied speech and language pathology at UCT but decided that her heart lies in the beauty industry. Making people feel beautiful makes her feel that she has done her work and that’s what makes her get up each and every morning.

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