Although there are many benefits to adding superfoods to your diet, your skin is often last to receive nutrients from the foods and drinks you consume. (1) (That’s one reason why you need to pack your diet full of these foods on a regular basis to see any kind of long-term skin gains.) Luckily, many of the same foods that offer nutritional benefits when eaten also offer benefits when applied directly to your skin. Here are a few ideas for easy and effective skin treatments that you can make at home.
Note: we suggest doing a patch test (apply a small amount to your hand or arm and wait for a while) to ensure you are not sensitive to any ingredients before applying to your face.
Quinoa is a great physical exfoliator, and this gentle scrub uses 3 inexpensive and readily available ingredients.
Mix all ingredients together and gently massage on your face and body. Throw away as many solids as possible after you’ve finished scrubbing, then rinse well and cleanse as usual.
Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and can provide a little pick-me-up from its caffeine content. Chia seeds are a great source of calcium and hydrating Omega-3 fatty acids. Mix them together and nourish yourself inside and out.
Add the chia seeds to the cooled tea and let the mixture sit until it thickens. Add the honey and stir. Remove about ¼ of the mixture and apply it to your face, then let it sit for around 10 minutes while you drink the rest of the mixture. Gently massage and then discard as many solids as possible, then rinse well and cleanse as usual.
Kale is a rich source of antioxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K. It also makes an effective anti-aging face mask!
Rinse the kale, then chop it up, put it in a blender, and blend until it’s watery/pulpy. Add the rest of the ingredients. (For a thinner/runnier but very evenly mixed mask, you can add the rest of the ingredients straight into the blender. For a thicker mask, mix in the additional ingredients by hand.)
Apply the mask to your face and neck and leave it on for about 8 minutes, then rinse well and cleanse as usual. Extra mask can be refrigerated in a sealed jar for a few days.
Cucumber is a known skin soother. Add the rich oils from an avocado and an antioxidant boost from goji berries for a powerhouse hydrating mask.
Put all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend them until smooth. Apply the mask to your face, then rinse it off after 20-30 minutes and cleanse as usual.
Pumpkin is loaded with zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E to help repair damage caused by free radicals. Avocado is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids to soften and hydrate, and paprika stimulates circulation and helps open pores.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, then smooth the mixture over your freshly washed face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Your skin may feel slightly tingly because of the paprika. Discard as many solids as possible, then rinse well and cleanse as usual.
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