Superfoods For Gorgeous Skin


Although the properties of superfoods are well-known, most uses depend on consuming them, and not in cosmetic preparations. In this article, we'll focus on how to incorporate superfoods in both your diet and DIY cosmetic preparations that will benefit your skin. There's no need to rely on commercial products for skin care. In fact, such products might be detrimental to your skin. Read on to learn more.

Superfoods That Benefit the Skin


blueberries Blueberries are a great source of powerful antioxidants that help to protect the skin to prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Here's an unlikely superfood: oysters, a rich source of zinc which expedites cell turnover in the skin. This process assists in the repair and renewal of skin cells. Another excellent superfood to add to your diet is kiwi fruit. This superfood contains plenty of antioxidants and vitamin C. These elements are highly beneficial to the skin, providing firmness and also fighting wrinkles. Grapefruit is another superfruit to consider because it is high in vitamin C, which boosts collagen production in the skin. It's thought that fresh, red grapefruit is the best choice rather than the white or pink type.

More Superfoods that are Good for the Skin


salmon Wild salmon has a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, which help to protect the skin from potentially damaging UV rays (2). Spinach is another superfood that is high in antioxidants. It also is a good source of iron, potassium, calcium, omega-3s and vitamins B, C and A. Even in small amounts, walnuts are highly beneficial to the skin. They contain omega-3s and vitamin E that fortify cell walls and help to retain moisture. Be sure to enjoy some yogurt, which is a good source of calcium. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, an anti-ageing antioxidant. Sweet potatoes are another superfood that's loaded with the antioxidant beta-carotine.

Additional Superfoods for Healthy, Glowing Skin


Quinoa Quinoa is a grain packed with protein. It also has a high level of riboflavin, a component that helps the elasticity of the skin and boosts the production of connective tissue. In turn, this can help keep the skin toned. Chia seeds also can be great for the skin because they're loaded with vitamins like A, B, E and D. They also contain minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, niacin, phosphorous, molybdenum, potassium, silicon, thiamine, sodium, sulfur, and zinc. Finally, kale can help detox the skin, purify pores and protect against environmental damage.

Superfoods Cosmetic Preparations for Healthy, Glowing Skin


Before you pay an outrageous price for over-the-counter cosmetics that are loaded with chemicals and additives, why not consider making your own pure superfood-based creams and lotions? Read on for some easy recipes.

Green Tea Mask


  • 2-3 tablespoons of fresh aloe vera gel (check the Internet for sources)
  • ¼ cup of green tea steeped ten minutes
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of bentonite clay or ground oatmeal
  • 4-6 drops of essential oils (rosemary, thyme, lavender, and lemon)

Mix all the above-mentioned ingredients in a blender until you get a smooth mixture. A cotton ball or clean fingers will both do when applying it to the face. Finally rinse this off with warm water after leaving it on for 20-30 minutes

Is your skin stressed by environmental pollutants? Try this soothing mask.

Mask for Dry Skin


  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey
  • ½ small cucumber peeled
  • 1 tablespoon of goji berries soaked 1-2 hours in ¼ cup water

Preparation:

Put the ingredients in a blender or any food processor and blend them until smooth. Apply the mixture with fingers or cotton pads. After 20-30 minutes, gently rinse the mask off with warm water .

Here's a great way to detox your skin.

Honey Beeswax Lip Balm


  • 1 tablespoon beeswax, grated or chopped
  • 3 tablespoons organic cacao butter, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons raw organic honey
  • 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon organic cold-pressed hemp oil

Melt the beeswax, cacao butter and coconut oil on low heat in a double boiler while stirring frequently. Add the honey next along with the hemp oil and the other ingredients. Once the honey is mostly dissolved, turn off the heat and stir well until it reaches a smooth consistency. Transfer to clean containers immediately before the mixture cools. Let the lip balm set for about an hour before using. Store in a cool place out of direct sunlight and use within six months.

Oatmeal Honey Mask


  • ¼ cup of oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey
  • ¼ – ½ cup of warm rooibos tea (check the Internet for sources)
  • 4-6 drops of essential oils (rose, frankincense, lavender, or geranium)

For this mask, you will first have to grind oatmeal in a coffee or spice grinder until you get a coarse-flour like mixture. Then, just stir in the honey very slowly, adding the tea to get the consistency of a smooth paste. After adding the essential oils just mix everything well. When applying this mixture to the face you can either use a cotton ball or your clean fingers. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes until dry and then rinse the mask off with lukewarm water (7).

If your skin seems hopelessly dry and flaky, this make can help restore its natural moisture balance.

Clay Face Mask


  •  2 tablespoons zeolite clay (check the Internet for sources)
  • A few pinches of cinnamon
  • A few drops of tea tree oil

Directions: 

Mix ingredients in a small jar and add water a few drops at a time until you reach a thick consistency that holds together. If you accidentally add too much water, put in an additional tablespoon of clay until mixture thickens. Spread generously on your face, avoiding your eyes and mouth, and wait for the clay to dry (it will turn a lighter color and begin to flake off). Rinse with warm water, and then moisturize with coconut, argan or jojoba oil.

In addition to these easy cosmetics, there are a few ingredients you should have on hand, such as coconut oil. Although mainly used in the kitchen, coconut oil is a potent moisturizer. This is so because coconut oil has the same acidity level as our skin. Another ingredient to have on hand is versatile green tea, which is packed with antioxidants that attack free radicals to help prevent premature aging. Green tea also can help with skin disorders such as  acne, rosacea and psoriasis. Finally, essential oils should be part of anyone's natural beauty regimen. These are natural extracts from herbs, plants and flowers that add a wonderful addition to any cosmetic formulation because they can purify the skin. Good oil choices include tea tree, lemon, orange and peppermint.