Everyone’s skin is different, but healthy foods are universal. Taking care of skin naturally includes eating foods that contain Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, antioxidants and polyphenols. Salmon, eggs, walnuts, colorful fruits, green tea and beans are a few sources for these nutrients. Many of the foods that contain these beneficial nutrients can also be used directly on the skin. Try some of these natural skin care recipes at home for a fresh, glowing complexion.
Delicious, nutritious, and great for your skin, avocadoes contain Omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid and omega-9 monounsaturated oleic acid (, vitamin E and phytonutrients such as lutein. Try simply using pureed avocado as a moisturizing mask. Honey is a sweet treat for your skin, too- it’s full of antioxidants. Blend ¼ of an avocado with a tablespoon of honey and 3 tablespoons of cream for a cleansing, toning, hydrating mask. Apply the mixture to your face, avoiding the eyes, and leave on for one hour, then rinse gently with warm water. Olive and coconut oils are excellent for skin care, both in the diet and applied as moisturizers. Coconut oil smells good and absorbs quickly- apply a small amount after showering or at bedtime. Look for a cold-pressed unrefined brand like Nature’s Way Coconut Oil.
Many great natural skin care products can be hard to find, such as jojoba oil, tamanu and other exotic botanicals that lend important nutrients to natural skin care recipes. Luckily, these ingredients are available in several commercial formulations. You can find some excellent natural skin care products here. Some of our top picks include Derma e’s Vitalizing Cleanser and Vitalizing Night Crème, which combine tamanu oil with CoQ10 and powerful antioxidants. Desert Essence’s hand & body lotions include ingredients like jojoba oil and black tea extracts to help skin feel refreshed and hydrated. Adding more of these natural ingredients to both your diet and your beauty regimen will give you healthy looking, luminous skin.