Edible Beauty – Day 76

August 16, 2010 1 Comment


365 Days to a Balanced Life Journey – Day 76


Quote of the Day

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” – Kahlil Gibran

Although I agree with Kahlil Gibran, I still think we are responsible to treat our bodies with care,  inside and out.  I have purposely tried to stay away from writing about “beauty” for fear of turning off my male readers.  However most if not all of these natural tips are as relevant for men as they are for women.  With pollution and the increase in chemical products our skin really takes a beating.  If you are like me and forget to apply Sunscreen most days, by this time in the summer the skin on your body is looking a little worse for wear.  BTW I read somewhere recently that a dermatologist was quoted as saying not using sunscreen is like having unprotected sex with multiple heroin addicts. The scare tactic worked on me.  I made a point of buying new sunscreen yesterday. 

We all know that eating a healthy diet, regularly choosing whole (clean) foods is good for our bodies, so why not go that extra step and use these natural foods in your beauty regime. Many foods offer powerful benefits for your skin and hair — and many manufacturers are starting to use them in a wide variety of beauty products.  Many of our beauty products contain chemicals that can cause irritation, while natural ingredients tend to be absorbed well and contain actual antioxidants and enzymes in their purest, most potent form.  So head to the kitchen to give yourself a beauty makeover.

Olive Oil has been revered for centuries as a natural moisturizer, and with good reason. Olive oil is ultra hydrating. It creates a barrier that protects dry skin and is particularly helpful for people who have psoriasis or eczema.  Use it straight from the bottle to slather on after a shower ( make sure you rub into fingernails and cuticles).  Tip:  Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to make it into a fragrant body oil like Lavender.  It is also a great hair treatment for split ends. Hair follicles absorb olive oil nicely. You can find olive oil in numerous skin and hair care products, including soaps, facial washes, moisturizers, shampoos, and conditioners.  I found convenient spray olive oil the last time I visited Greece. 

Oatmeal is not just a cholesterol-lowering food.  This “superfood” can also soothe rashes and irratations caused by poisonous plants such as poison ivy and oak, as well as pain and itching caused by chicken pox and sunburn.  Add some dry oatmeal to a lukewarm bath and soak for 10 – 15 minutes. Tip:  Use as a gentle skin exfoliation:  Mix with warm water and apply to your face in circular motions.  Let dry for 10 – 15 minutes and rinse.  You’ll love your radiant soft skin.

Turmeric is a fragrant herb, commonly used in Indian curries.  It also is used for its anti-inflammatory properties.  It is a good treatment for eczema and is known to speed wound healing.  Tip:  Try this wonderful Turmeric Face Mask.  Don’t worry, even though this rich golden yellow herb is also used as a fabric dye, the hue won’t transfer to your skin!

Honey is a great natural sweetener and is also Mother Nature’s antiseptic.  I have heard of Manuka Honey healing nasty infections.  Next time you have a hard to heal wound (works great for diabetics with poor circulation, try applying Manuka and cover.  Products that contain honey are also recommended for acne prone skin.  Tip:  Try a Manuka honey moisterizer to help combat the effects of aging!!

Pumpkin contains an enzyme that gently peels away dead skin, speeding the production of new cells.  This is especially needed as we age  as our skin cells turn over less frequently giving us a duller appearance.   In addition, pumpkin is rich in essential fatty acids, which hydrate the skin, and the antiioxidant vitamins A and C, which fight free radicals that can age skin. Tip:  Try this Pumpkin Facial (you can even used canned pumpkin for convenience!)

Salmon contain DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol), a compound that helps rejuvenate skin.  Don’t worry I am not suggesting you apply salmond directly to your face and body.  You can get the benefits of DMAE by eating cold-water fish or using creams that contain DMAE.  Tip: products that contain DMAE are thought to help firm skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles – I’m all over this one!!!

Seaweed has been popular in Japan and France for years.  Because it is rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids  Seaweed is a popular skin care ingredient across the globe, especially in Japan and France. It’s rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids and is thought to have a host of cosmetic benefits, including reducing reducing inflammation and  irritation, cleansing, firming, and softening. Because seaweed is also thought to help improve circulation, it’s a key ingredient in many cellulite-reducing creams and is used in detoxifying body wraps at spas. Several varieties of seaweed are used in skin care products.  Tip:  Try this Seaweed Mask

Green Tea helps reduce cholesterol and protect against certain cancers and glaucoma.  When applied to your skin, green tea is a poten antioxidant that helps skin retain moisture and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  Look for green tea in facial and body washes, masks and moisturizers.  Tip: For a refreshing treat, apply green tea bags dampened with cold water to your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes.

Aloe, which is instantly cooling and soothing, has been used medicinally for years to heal light burns, including those caused by the sun and certain chemicals. Its gel provides a barrier that protects against irritants and bacteria, and it hydrates and reduces inflammation.  Tip:  For the most potent burn relief, break a piece straight from a plant and squeeze the gel directly onto the burn. Moisturizers and other products that contain aloe are generally nonirritating, so they are a good choice for people with sensitive skin.

Acai berries benefits are not just hype. Acai berries, found in the Amazon jungle, contain a high concentration of antioxidants, vitamins, and essential fatty acids. When this superfood is added to moisturizers, it may help neutralize oxidative stress and protect skin against signs of sun damage. In addition, acai is known to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and to even out skin tone.

What are you waiting for?  Go pamper yourself!




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