‘Foods’ for the Skin - Natural Moisturisers for a Healthy, Glowing Skin

By Lisa Franchi on April 02, 2012

Colder weather is on its way so everyone’s having their last-minute sunny escapade. It’s going to be dry but cloudy over Easter weekend in England and Wales. Elsewhere the rain will spread, with snow forecast in some parts of Scotland.

Sunlight is the best source of vitamin D which is needed by our skin to be healthy. But too much sun exposure can lead to skin problems from rashes to burns, dryness, and irritation. Instead of sticking to the traditional skincare solutions, you may want to try protecting your skin the natural way. Natural products are not only free from potential side effects. They are also loaded with vitamins and minerals that are considered ‘food’ for your skin.

Food for the Skin

1.  Macadamia nut oil – Nuts are rich source of vitamin E. Aside from culinary purposes, macadamia oil has become one of the favourite because of its health benefits. Not only does it have a subtle, nutty flavour, macadamia nut is good for the skin too. It is said to contain palmitoleic acid which has a similar structure with sebum or the oil that is naturally secreted by the skin. The great thing about this natural moisturiser is its ability to get through the skin without clogging the skin pores and trapping dirt which may cause irritation and even pimples. Macadamia oil is also rich in Squalene, an antioxidant that is found to protect the skin from sun damage. 

2.     Shea butter – this is good for those who have dry and sensitive skin. Shea butter also aids in skin sores and cracked skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve sunburn, rashes, insect bites, etc. Shea butter, especially the raw one, promotes healthy skin by repairing damaged cells. It is most effective when blended and mixed with other natural products. If you’re buying processed Shea butter, make sure to check the label. Some products contain chemicals that may not be good for your skin.

3.    Coconut oil – if you want to add glow in your skin, apply coconut oil. It’s one of the best skin conditioners, no wonder why it is used as an ingredient in many creams and lotions. Coconut oil gets easily absorbed by the skin and it also acts as a moisturiser which protects the skin from free radicals.

Aside from nourishing your skin with these natural products, it is also necessary that you feed yourself with healthy foods including fruits and vegetables. To maintain healthy skin, your body needs to contain tons of essential nutrients and antioxidants that will replenish and repair damaged cells and promote the growth of new ones. Foods that are rich in vitamin C boost the production of collagen – a protein that forms the basic structure of the skin. Red and green vegetables such as carrots, spinach, and sweet potatoes prevent skin aging. Furthermore, whole grains contain high amount of rutin, an antioxidant that helps alleviate skin inflammation. It also contains vitamin B-biotin. It is said that lack of biotin often results to scaly and dry skin. By supplying your body with sufficient nutrients, you can develop a healthy and beautiful-looking skin.

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