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If theres one thing about beauty that we keep learning over and over again, its that everything in our bodies is connected. Wed like to say that our lives are all clean eating and kale salads, but we must admit that we do occasionally cheat on our healthy d
iets and send our bodies into a sugar/junk food/caffeine-induced tailspin. So what do we do when our insides are feeling a little out of whack and our skin starts showing the signs? We keep these healthy, natural foods on hand to reset our internal health while keeping the vitality of our skin in tip top shape.
Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar: This tangy tincture is lauded in the natural health community as a miracle cure for everything from heartburn to low energy. Its naturally high in acetic acid, which may help the body absorb nutrients and beneficial minerals. When diluted in water, ACV makes an excellent skin toner that has been shown to help reduce the appearance of dark spots. Mix one part ACV with two parts water and apply it to the skin with a cotton ball after cleansing. If youve been hitting the chocolate stash a little too often, ACV can help bring your internal health back to balance by fighting off candida, which can flare up inside our bodies after a sugar binge. Just mix 1 tablespoon in a glass of water and drink it before breakfast to reset your system.
Plain Yogurt: If youve been on a round of antibiotics recently or just havent been eating as you should, stock your fridge with some plain yogurt. Packed with probiotics, plain yogurt helps reset your digestive system and aid in the healthy absorption of nutrients. Skin looking a little dull? Yogurt is naturally high in lactic acid, an ingredient used in some medical-grade chemical peels. Plus, the probiotics in yogurt can help clear acne! Apply a tablespoon of yogurt directly onto the skin to gently slough off dead cells. Rinse after 10 minutes.
Coconut Oil: This yummy clean eating standby is high in lauric acid, a healthy fat that helps balance cholesterol and make skin glow from the inside out. But the reason we really love this tropical oil is because its a one-stop-solution for a myriad of skin issues. It makes a fabulous after-bath body moisturizer, a great base for homemade body scrubs, and a soothing natural hydrator for chapped lips.
Pineapple: Another tropical beautifier, pineapple is not only a sweet and tasty treat, but also full of enzymes with powerful skin benefits. Bromelain, the main enzyme in pineapple, is a natural exfolianT, helping to dissolve dead skin without causing redness. Plus, the high amount of vitamin C in pineapple helps aid in skin cell repair and healthy immune function!
Cucumber: The high water content in cucumber makes it a hydrating snack. High in B vitamins and antioxidants, cucumbers also help soothe skin and calm inflammation. If you suffer from inflammatory conditions like eczema or rosacea, try a soothing cucumber compress to help calm your fiery skin. Bonus: toss the extra cucumber slices into a pitcher of water with a few slices of lemon. Cucumber water is a natural detoxifier that prevents water retention and bloating.
Turmeric: This potent, pungent spice is loaded with curcumin, a natural compound compound that calms and reduces redness. While this vibrant spice is fabulous for your complexion, it does tend to stain skin so exercise caution if applying topically. Our favorite way to get a turmeric fix? In a super healthy and shockingly orange mango & turmeric smoothie!
Herbal Tea: Our pantry is never without a full array of herbal teas. From calendula for skin healing to ginger for cleansing and detoxifying, herbal tea packs serious skin benefits. We like to soak chamomile tea bags in cool water and pop them over our eyes as a homemade de-puffing treatment.
Raw Brown Sugar: We know what youre thinking: sugar cant be good for my skin! While a high-sugar diet wont do your complexion any favors, when applied topically sugar has amazing skin benefits. Its naturally high in glycolic acid, which helps cell turnover. Mix it with some coconut oil for a healthy (and secretly tasty) homemade lip and body scrub!
Lemons: Loaded with vitamin C, lemons are a natural skin brightener and detoxifier. The citric acid in lemons is an intense exfoliant, while vitamin C helps boost collagen production and fight free radicals. Be careful applying lemon juice to the skin as it is very acidic. Always dilute it in water, and apply sparingly as a balancing, shine-fighting toner.
Nuts: Selenium-rich nuts like brazil nuts and cashews can help fight acne and defend against sun damage. Nuts like almonds and hazelnuts are also packed with vitamin E to support skin cell turnover. High in healthy fats, a handful of glow-boosting nuts also makes a satiating snack that helps ward off cravings for sugar and processed carbohydrates.
There you have it: our top ten skin-beautifying pantry staples. Is there another beautifying food you use to keep your skin glowing from the inside out? Share in the comments!
Author: Tata Harper Team
The team at Tata Harper Skincare is passionate about promoting a modern, health-conscious natural beauty lifestyle that’s committed to safety, honesty and sustainability.