Today we look at some wonderful foods which can make our skin healthy, glow, and look gorgeous naturally. Go on and try these fabulous homemade face masks that are good enough to eat, men too can use these tips.

Many rich and famous women are making the headlines by using everyday food as part of their beauty regime to keep them looking good. So why are the rest of us forking out millions of dollars a year to achieve the body beautiful?

While I would never suggest that you give up your tried and tested favourites, there may be times when your budget just won’t stretch to another tube of face cream. 

The first stop being your local market. It’s here that you will find lots of fruit and vegetables that contain the vitamins and minerals, all of which are found in manufactured skincare products.  Most creams and lotions use natural ingredients as a base. The large companies make the essential properties last a lot longer, and the beautiful packaging provides the feel-good factor. 

Vitamin A – It helps skin to grow and replenish. Good Sources: Egg yolks, oysters and non-fat milk.

Beta-carotene – It can help fight sun damage, and sensitivity to sunlight. Good Sources: Dark-colours fruit and vegetables like carrots, tomatoes, watermelon, broccoli and spinach.

B vitamins – Especially B2 and B6, play a vital role in helping skin regenerate. Good Sources: Fish, bananas, liver, dairy produce, eggs and wholegrains.

Vitamin C – It helps maintain collagen, the support structure of the skin.  Good Source: Citrus fruits, strawberries and tomatoes.

Vitamin E – Because of its antioxidant activity, vitamin E is vital in protecting skin cells from ultra-violet light and pollution. Good Sources: Salmon, beans and nuts- particularly almonds.

Selenium – It has skin-rejuvenating properties and may protect against skin cancer. Good Source: Tuna, Brazil nuts, sesame seeds and wholegrains.

Zinc- This mighty mineral helps to maintain collagen, which gives skin its firmness. Good Sources: Turkey, soy products and mushrooms. 

To treat Oily Skin – Mix half a teaspoon of lime juice with one teaspoon of cucumber juice and a few drops of rose water. Apply to the face and neck and leave o for 15minutes, then rinse.

To Soothe Dry Skin – Combine an egg yolk with a few drops of lime juice and olive oil. Spread on the face and leave it until the skin feels dry. Wash off with lukewarm water then splash on cold water. 

For Smoother Skin – Add a few drops of warmed honey to a tablespoon of oats and a tablespoon of natural yoghurt. Apply to the face and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

For Softer Skin – Mash half an avocado and apply evenly to your face. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water or a soft wash cloth. 

The avocado is a wonder food when it comes to anti-ageing and longevity as they are filled with all sorts of great nutrients that help your body make repairs and live longer. Just remember to count the calories- a cup of avocados has about 235 calories. 

To Cleanse Your Pores – Mix one teaspoon of natural yoghurt with the juice of a quarter of an orange. Soothe onto skin – leave for five minutes the rinse with cool water.

To Tackle Acne – Grate a medium-sized apple and mix with five tablespoons of warmed honey. Pat onto clean skin and leave for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Many are still unprepared to make the change from the packaged product, with its advertising guarantee for our own home remedies, unless you are really forced to. Yet, home remedies can come in surprisingly handy. 


October 2013
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