Beauty is an inside job. If you want gorgeous, glowing skin, then you really do need to start from the inside out. A clean diet, good sleeps, plus plenty of water and exercise is the recipe for that outer glow. Eating right, hydrating and moving your body every day keep your body systems working and help to drain the lymphatic system which is responsible for processing away toxins and waste along with the liver and kidney.
That said, there are also many all natural beauty treatments you can add to your daily regime that will help improve your skin from the outside. Here's my top picks of inside and outside beauty foods to help you create radiant, luminous skin.
Detoxifying Lemon Water
Adding fresh lemon to your water bottle has been a hot trend for some time and for good reason. Citrus has been shown to aid digestion, help detoxify the body, and keep skin looking radiant and glowing. The reason? Lemons are super loaded with vitamin C. In fact, just one cup of fresh lemon juice provides 187% of your daily recommended serving of vitamin C plus a healthy serving of potassium, magnesium and copper. You can safely detox your body by drinking homemade lemon water daily or using a gentle detox like this one made from lemon, ginger to support healthy digestion, aloe vera to soothes the gastrointestinal tract, and choline to boost and support your liver function.
In addition to the nutrients, lemons have an alkalising effect when ingested in the body. Drinking lemon water can provide many of the same health benefits of alkaline water, helping to balance your body’s pH and optimize overall health.
Antioxidant Enriched Green Tea
Green tea is loaded with antioxidants. You can naturally diminish cellulite by harnessing the high concentrations of antioxidants present in the green tea leaves, known as polyphenols. One of these rejuvenating antioxidants, called catechins, is said to be the best kept beauty secret and the secret sauce to fat-burning, and boosting the metabolism. The only drawback is, that in order to consume enough tea to improve skin and boost your metabolism, you’d need to drink approximately 5-7 cups of per day for maximum benefit. Now, that's a fair bit of caffeine and not everyone enjoys the taste of green tea. If you are one to turn your nose up at matcha tea, you might like to try this supplement. Otherwise, there are still many health benefits to be had from a few cups of matcha per day.
Wait, green tea benefits don't end there. If you suffer from puffy or swelling around the eyes, a green tea home remedy can provide relief. Just steep or soak 2 organic, pure green tea bags in a large mug or small teapot. After steeping a good 15 minutes, squeeze the excess water out and place the tea bags in the fridge for 10 - 20 minutes to chill. Once chilled, you can gently place the tea bags on your closed eyes for up to 30 minutes. The combination of caffeine and a cold compress will help alleviate the puffiness.
Skin Nourishing Avocado
Persea americana, oh yeah! I don't know about you, but I am a fierce avocado lover. I devour it raw from the skin, as spicy guacamole, diced in superfood salads, on gluten-free toasties, or any other way I can get it in my belly. Avocados are a powerhouse of essential vitamins such as C, E, K, and B-6, including riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, and omega fatty acids. But consuming the green fatty fruit, is not the only way to nourish and improving your skin.
You may have noticed it as ingredient in natural skin care products. Avocado can be used for a deeply nourishing face mask by blending the flesh with a few pantry items. A mix of half a super-ripe avocado with a teaspoon of raw, organic honey makes a beautiful, botanical mask. Blend and leave it on your and neck face for up to 10 minutes before washing off with warm water. If you suffer from acne or breakouts, try combining a spoon of natural yoghurt to the recipe, the lactic acid helps kill the bacteria triggering pimples.
The Pineapple, Orange & Papaya Trio
Food high in vitamin C provide some of the best, all natural anti-aging ingredients to help reveal your healthiest-looking complexion. with botanical exfoliants. Pineapple and papaya enzymes used at home or botanical products work together to improve the appearance of skin tone for a fresh-looking skin face. Orange is equally beneficial in brightening the appearance of skin. The peel of orange has all natural anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties perfect for naturally treating acne and oily skin at home. Orange also works as a gentle, skin lightening agent improving hyper pigmentation.
Make a simple beauty mask you first need to dry the peel of an orange by baking it int he sun. Once thoroughly dried out, grind it up into a fine powder. Make the mask by using 1 tablespoon of the dried orange peel powder, 1/2 tsp of ground turmeric, and 1 tablespoon of raw, organic honey. Blend this into a fine paste and apply it to your face and neck (or where ever you have age spots). Rinse off after 5 - 10 minutes with warm water.
Pineapple is a potent source of natural vitamin C, natural AHA, and bromelain enzymes which leave skin looking brighter, silky smooth, and hydrated. The properties in pineapple have been used to visibly fades dark spots, reduce acne scars, and hyperpigmentation for smoother, clearer skin. Use pineapple as a natural astringent. You will actually feel the natural enzymes tightening your skin within seconds. Just gently massage fresh, raw pineapple juice on your skin, avoiding any sensitive areas such as around the eyes. Leave for 5-10 minutes then rinse with warm water.
Papaya is also a rich source of vitamin C and E, as well as antioxidants such as beta-carotene. These help to naturally prevent your skin from free radical damage minimising wrinkles s you age. You can make a simple mask with a homemade paste of raw papaya and apply it to your face. Soak up the goodness for 30 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
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