The Whole You
by Wendy Humphris, ROHP
Countless top-of-the-line skincare products line the shelves at your favorite stores -- and most come with a price tag that will make your heart skip a beat. Taking care of your skin is of utmost importance, especially with each passing year as your skin naturally ages.
First things first --
what you put inside of your body daily helps regenerate your skin cells and give you that healthy-looking, glowing skin. Healthy from the inside out is a real thing -- so being mindful of eating whole fruits and vegetables regularly is essential.
Did you know there are numerous "foods" you can use as natural skincare, too? You likely already have these things lying around your kitchen -- so give them a shot.
1. Coconut Oil
One of the most versatile ingredients by far is coconut oil. It is incredible for delivering intensive hydration to dry skin. Plus, if you have stubborn makeup, it will take it off without you having to rub and scrub.
2. Coffee Grounds
Can’t live without your morning cup of coffee? Before you toss those coffee grounds, set them aside to use as an energizing scrub for your skin. And guess what? It blends perfectly with that coconut oil for a fantastic moisturizing exfoliant that rids you of dull skin cells and smooths out skin with softness.
If you love eating avocados, set aside a little bit each time you make your avocado toast to put on your skin. Even just rubbing the bits that get onto your hands leaves your hands feeling soft and moisturized. Mashing a banana in with avocado and drizzling with olive oil makes a fantastic, hydrating face mask that you'll absolutely love.
4. Greek Yogurt
Because it contains lactic acid, Greek yogurt is ideal for smoothing away the signs of aging. You can plump up your skin naturally just by slathering it on your skin and letting it sit for about 10 to 15 minutes. The probiotics in it also work to soothe skin, leaving you with a great complexion after you’ve washed it away.
5. Green Tea
Brew up some green tea. After pouring your cup, let the rest cool and put it in a clean, clear spray bottle. Stash it in the fridge for a toner brimming with natural antioxidants to fight the signs of aging and refresh your skin. You can also apply it with cotton pads for more beautiful skin every day.
6. Raw Organic Honey
Honey in its purest form is antibacterial and soothing. It helps calm irritated, red skin, plus it can clear up scars and encourage skin regeneration. You’ll have a more refined appearance just by smoothing honey onto your skin.
Rich with ascorbic acid, cucumbers have long been known as a natural way to depuff the under-eye area. Puree the juices from your cucumbers to use as a tonic, and you’ll have soothed, calmed skin you’ll love to show off.
With ingredients like these in your kitchen, you'll have several ways to pamper your skin at your fingertips.
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Wendy Humphris, ROHP
I’m a holistic nutritionist and I transform health for a living.