Most of us have a rigorous, or at least some type of beauty regime and tend to pay out on expensive and high rated products. But really everything we could need to help our skin is no further away than our own kitchens. Whether you have dry, oily or acne-prone skin that you want curing move away from your store-bought moisturisers and face washes and to your fridge and cupboards. We’ve created this pro guide on how to use food in your beauty regime so that you can become an expert.
Coconut Oil Face Mask
Coconut oil is one of the best natural skin care products to exist. It’s naturally anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and moisturising. It hydrates your skin and helps to improve elasticity and collagen production. A great way to use coconut oil is in a face mask. Here’s a recipe from Coconuts and Kettlebells using coconut oil and honey to tackle dry skin.
You’ll need 2 teaspoons coconut oil and 1.5 teaspoons of raw, unpasteurised honey.
Mix raw honey with coconut oil by stirring with a toothpick or small spoon. If the mixture is too viscous, throw it in the fridge for 5-10 minutes. Once it’s hardened slightly, remove from fridge and whip it with a spoon. After cleansing your skin, apply DIY coconut oil and honey face mask across your face with your fingers using small circular strokes. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes.
What makes this face mask recipe even better is that it uses honey. Honey is hygroscopic, which means it absorbs water molecules from the air and retains moisture. Great for acne prone skin.
Baking Soda Paste
For this, we are going to count baking soda as food, just because it is so useful and amazing. I bet you didn’t know baking soda could be used to get rid of blackheads! Stubborn blackheads are quite possibly the most annoying facial problem. If you’re tired of using pore strip after pore strip, try this by Nature’s Nurture instead.
Food doesn’t just have to be in your beauty regime in the form of a face mask or moisturiser, but can simply be beneficial just from eating. Fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel and herring, are excellent foods for healthy skin. They are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for maintaining healthy skin. The omega-3 fats in fish reduce inflammation, which can cause redness and acne. If you want to be inspired on how to cook fish then online there are hundreds of delicious recipes to try out.
Avocado Face Mask
Another superfood and the popular ingredient is avocado. There are many reasons why avocado is so good for your insides and outsides but just one is that it includes poly- and monounsaturated fatty acids, which protects your skin. Monounsaturated fats keep the top layer of your skin moist so it’s soft and healthy looking. Polyunsaturated fatty acids guard the skin against sun damage and protect against symptoms of skin sensitivity and inflammation. Beauteous has a great recipe to follow using oatmeal also.
Take 1/2 ripe avocado and 1/2 cup of oatmeal. Cook the oatmeal as per instructions on the label and mix it well with the mashed avocado (without its skin and seed) until it turns into a pulp-free paste. Apply it on your skin and leave it on for 10-15 minutes or until it dries up. Once it’s done, rinse it off with lukewarm water and pat dry your skin with a soft towel.