Break the trend of itchy, rough, dry skin with these 8 delicious foods and cookbooks

Introduction

How much do you spend on moisturizers and toners annually? Most of us probably don’t even want to acknowledge that number. By continuous nonhealthy eating, we are unknowingly programming our skin to need more products to normalize and fix all of the issues stemming from our diet. The truth is, outside reflects inside; the better you eat, the better you feel, and the more radiant, moisturized, and vibrant you look. In this post we will tackle skin dryness specifically with 8 foods you can eat to reduce it over time. Also, at the end there are 3 recommended natural remedy and recipe books that can help you get a running start with a complete natural self-sustaining skin care routine.

  • Nuts

The Omega 3 Fatty Acids present in these foods contribute to skin’s ability to renew cells and strengthen cell walls so that moisture cannot escape easily. Vitamin E specifically also works with skin to create collagen and to protect skin from sun damage, an often direct cause of skin dryness and damage.

Great ways to eat:

  1. Trail Mix
  2. Sprinkle in Salads
  3. Nut snack bags/tins
  • Cruciferous Greens

The massive power of antioxidants within these greens blasts away free radicals and increases skins immunity. By doing this the skin can brighten, seal itself, and hold moisture better; decreasing the frequency of dry patches and cracking.

Great ways to eat:

  1. Salads
  2. Pasta Salads
  3. Green Cole Slaw
  • Citrus Fruit

Vitamin C is key in skin elasticity and collagen production. In these fruits, not only is a lot of Vitamin C present, but there is also an abundance of antioxidants. These antioxidants remove toxins and blockages in the skin, allowing skin to heal and become more smooth and resilient. This internal health causes skin to maintain moisture and brighten over time.

Great ways to eat:

  1. Slices in Salads
  2. Slices with breakfast
  3. Citrus juices (natural, organic, and not pumped with sugar)
  • Oatmeal

The abundance of fiber solidifies its place on this list. Fiber is phenomenal at getting the body to properly rectify imbalance issues within different body systems, and skin health is no exception. By supercharging and cleaning the large and small intestine, the body can better filter out toxins and bacteria that attack the skin that cause it do become dry and unclear.

Great ways to eat this:

  1. Morning breakfast
  2. Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
  3. Overnight Oats
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  • Cucumbers

High quantities of Vitamin A and Vitamin C are key agents in fighting skin dryness by encouraging cell rejuvenation and smoothness. Also this food has almost the highest water content of any solid food. The high water content in this food will hydrate the body consistently also, making skin more moisturized.

Great ways to eat this:

  1. Plain in slices
  2. Sliced Sprinkled with salt
  3. Sliced into a salad
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  • Carrots

Once again Vitamin C saves the day with this one. Vitamin C, as we spoke about above is key in collagen production, and it is super abundant in this food. More collagen production equals more moisture retention and the ability for skin to receive moisture from lotions, oils, etc. Fibroblasts, which are cell types responsible for skin resilience, have been shown to greatly increase with the ingestion of Carrots.

Great ways to eat this:

  1. Moroccan Raw Carrot Salad
  2. Carrot Chips   
  3. Glazed Carrot 
  • Avocado

This food is a power blend of healthy fats, protein, and vitamins that we get enough of. 😊 Not only are the fats great, but the proteins present in this food do a great amount of help in cell rejuvenation and providing the body with building blocks to make its own natural moisturizing agents.

Great Ways to Eat this:

  1. Avocade Ceasar Salad
  2. Spread on Toast       
  3. Avocado Hummus    
  • Sweet Potato

This tasty versatile food has lots of Beta Carotene, a component of Vitamin A, which is key in preventing skin dryness and damage. After eating this wonder-food consistently, even for days, in several studies it has made skin more supple, more radiant, and more firm; all characteristics of skin that is well moisturized and healthy.

Great ways to Eat:

  1. Mashed Sweet Potatoes        
  2. Sweet Potato Fries   
  3. Vegan Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese
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Dedicated Cookbooks

If you’re looking for specific diet plan, or set of more consistent recipes you can try these cookbooks below:

Glow: The Nutritional Approach to Naturally Gorgeous Skin

This book provides long term solutions in an easily digestible format! The comprehensive knowledge in this book in readable and not overwhelming, it can virtually work for anyone. It not only improves the look and feel of skin, but also does wonders for increasing your overall health. It’s great for detoxifying the body specifically, even though its not for that. Two birds, meet your one stone.

Botanical Skin Care Recipe Book

For the herbonauts like me, yes I made up that word, this book is gold. This book is a very detailed encyclopedia-like resource that is filled to the brim with natural herbal recipes and remedies. This is definitely a ‘from scratch’ type of book. This timeless reference book can be used to create herbal recipes for every part of your skin care routine that you can make in bulk and share with your friends and family. This completely lives up to the massively good reputation of Herbal Academy.

Eat Beautiful: Food and Recipes to Nourish Your Skin from the Inside Out: A Cookbook

This particular book is written by a former makeup artist, so you can expect this perspective to be a must-read one. Offered in this book are whole natural ingredients that can revolutionize the health of your skin, as well as your entire body. Recommended and vouched for by business mogul superstar Victoria Beckham, this book is a bestseller and an invaluable resource to any natural health collection.

Conclusion

With the 8 foods listed above, and the book recipe references, you can simply eat your way to radiant, moisturized, and firm skin without breaking your wallet.

Conscious and Natural balms, scrubs, and lipsticks to solve dry cracked, and chapped lips

Introduction:

Lips are a key part of anyone’s look, weather they are tying or not.

Most people view their lips as something they only care about when cracked or dry, but this will only product a cycle of band-aiding the problem without finding a permanent solution.

A contributor to the problem most times is that the products they use for moisture, or for makeup, are harming their lip skin tenfold for the amount of perceived ‘good’ they do.

Now this is not new information I know. And I’m sure some people would like to use more natural lip products, but they see it as too much or a hassle and/or a cost.

Long term natural lip care is not a huge ordeal or time consuming task. Like anything else, you just have to come up with a regimen that works for your lifestyle.

With lots of space for personal preference and wiggle room, the perfect regimen consists of three parts.

  1. A Fresh Start

Lip scrubs are important in the health of your lips because they eliminate dead skin, buildup, and bacteria from settling on the lips. By removing these, your lips can be softer, move even, and accept moisture better.

2. Moisturize

Balms keep your lips moisturized and soft throughout the day. These are important because they keep the lip skin from becoming dry and cracked due to environmental conditions and time in general. Because lip skin is so thin and fragile, it looses moisture frequently making this truly the backbone of you lip care regimen.

3. Showing Off

Lipstick for everyday-wear or special occasions is something important to a lot of people, and is always a healthy option to have if you like it.

There is a common misconception that even though the ingredients in most lip products are bad for you, it’s a necessary evil because something naturally made could never look that finished.

This is false.

To combat this, not only will all the DIY products work just as good if not better, the last section of this post will share two lipstick recipes that look will give you a polished matte look like it came from a department store.

The post is broken down into the three parts referenced above, each with recipes to get you started ASAP.

Lets get started! <3

  • A Fresh Start with 10 Lip scrub Recipes:

Application:

When applying Lip Scrubs, spread each combined solution gently over both of the lips in a circular motion over your entire lips pressing only slightly, so as not to scratch your lips. After spreading it evenly, leave on for a minute or two untouched. Following that, get lukewarm water and gently wipe the scrub from your lips. Immediately apply your favorite natural lip balm.

Check out the following recipes that you can make from ingredients you probably already have.

Directions: Just mix the blend together to the consistency you prefer.

For holders for these, I find the best containers are here. They’re cheap and durable.

  1. Orange Sugar Lip Scrub

Ingredients: 1 tsp Coconut Oil, 1 tsp Honey, 4 tbsp Sugar, 6 Drops Orange Essential Oil.

  • Lemon Vanilla Sugar

Ingredients: 5 drops Lemon juice, 1 tsp Vanilla Extract, 2 Tbsp Sugar, 1 tsp Honey

  • Lavender Coconut Sugar

Ingredients: 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar, 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil (or essential oil of your choice), 1 Tsp Coconut Oil

  • Lemon Olive Sugar Scrub

Ingredients: 2 Tbsp Sugar, 1 tsp Olive Oil, 6 Drops Lemon Essential Oil

  • Gingerbread Lip Scrub

Ingredients: 1 tbsp Coconut Oil, 2 tbsp Brown Sugar, ¼ tsp Nutmeg, ¼ Cinnamon, 1 tsp Ginger

  • Pumpkin Spice Lip Scrub

Ingredients: 2 Coconut Oil, 1 tsp Honey, 1 ½ Brown Sugar, 1 tsp Olive Oil, 1 tsp Pumpkin Spice

  • Olive Rainbow Lavender Scrub

Ingredients: 5 tablespoons Sugar, 2 1/2 teaspoons Olive Oil, Cotton Candy flavor powder (from your baking aisle or here), pink food coloring (from your baking aisle or here)

  • Shea Lavender Lip Scrub

Ingredients: 1 Tbsp Shea Butter, 2-3 Tbsp Sugar, 1 tbsp Olive Oil, 3-5 drops Lavender Essential Oil

  • Mint Lip Scrub

Ingredients: ¼ cup Sugar, 2 drops Peppermint Oil, 1 tsp Honey, 1 tsp Olive oil

  • Jojoba Mint Lip Scrub

Ingredients: 1 tbsp Jojoba Oil, 1 tbsp Sugar, 2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

  • Moisturize with 10 Lip Balm Recipes:

Keep in mind, that for anything with Beeswax in it, you will have to heat up to blend properly. Everything else your can put in a blender if you like, of you can just mix at room temperature.

As for containers, you can use the same containers as used above for the scrub here.

1. Lime Lip Balm

Ingredients: 2 tbsp Coconut Oil, 1 tbsp Shea Butter, 2 tsp Cocoa Butter, 2 tsp Almond Oil, 8 drops of Lime Essential Oil (natural food store or here)

2. DIY Peppermint Lip Balm

Ingredients: 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tablespoon Beeswax Pellets (natural food store or here), 1 teaspoon Sweet Almond Oil, 4 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil

3. Grapefruit Shea Butter Balm

Ingredients: 1 tbsp Castor Oil, 1 tbsp Shea Butter, 1 tbsp Coconut Oil, ½ tsp Grapefruit Essential Oil (natural food store or here)

4. Lavender Mint Balm

Ingredients: 1 tbsp Beeswax Pellets, 2 tbsp Shea Butter, 1 tbsp Coconut Oil, 6 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil, 3 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

5. Maple Shea Butter Balm

Ingredients: 1 tbsp Maple Syrup, 1 tbsp Shea Butter, 1 tsp coconut oil, ½ tsp Olive Oil, 1 tsp Lavender Essential Oil

6. Citrus Shea Butter Lip Balm

Ingredients: 2 tbsp grated Beeswax, 1 tbsp Olive Oil, 6-8 drops Lemon or Orange Essential Oil, 2 tsp Shea Butter

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7. Almond Mint Balm

Ingredients: 2 tbsp grated Beeswax, 1 tsp Sweet Almond Oil, 1 tbsp Shea Butter, 1 tsp Cocoa Powder, 5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

8. Honey Vanilla Lip Balm

Ingredients: 2 Tbsp Shea Butter, 7 Drops Vanilla Extract, 1 tbsp Honey, 1 tbsp Coconut Oil

9. Raspberry Lip Balm

Ingredients: 4 frozen Raspberries (ground in a coffee grinder), 1-2 Tbsp Coconut Oil, 2 Tbsp Shea Butter

10. Peppermint Lip Balm

Ingredients: 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil, 2 tbsp Shea Butter, 1 tsp Cinnamon, 6 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

sticks and powder
  • Show off with 2 DIY Lipstick Recipes:

Why? You might be asking this.

That is understandable. If you’re already doing something so good for your lips, some regular lipstick won’t hurt anything.

That’s actually wrong.

Th additives in store-bought lipsticks are constantly working to undermine all the hard work you have done in the first two steps. Plus those chemicals not only hurt your lips, but are also absorbed into your skin and body.

*cue Mutumbo’s “not in my house”*

By making your own lipsticks, you can continue down the same path of healthy soft luscious lips already started, and you can also get far less toxins, such as Lead and Phthalates, absorbed into your skin and mouth.

For application and use, you can get really good lipstick tubes here. It has really good reviews.

  • Recipe 1

½ tsp Jojoba Oil, 1 tsp Candelilla Wax (vegan alternative to beeswax here), 1 ½ tsp Grapeseed Oil, ¼ tsp Mica-Mica (natural food store or here), ½ tsp Rice Flour (local grocery store or here), 5 tsp Shea Butter

  • Recipe 2

Ingredients: Beetroot powder (for color, here), 5-6 drops Peppermint Essential Oil, 1/8 tsp Mica-Mica Powder, 1/8 tsp Iron Oxide (carrier for the color here), 1tsp Shea Butter, 1 tsp Beeswax pellets, 1 tsp Olive Oil

Directions: For both of these recipes, your will need to heat the wax, Beeswax or Candelilla Oil, and butters together on low heat. If you want coloring, add the coloring in last. Following that, for shape your can pour it into a lipstick mold, you can find those here. You can find these on Amazon for cheap for 3 in a pack. Put molds in freezer for 15 minutes. Remove from freezer and take lipsticks out of mold to deposit them into Lipstick holders. A great one is here.

Conclusion:

By learning to take care of your lips long term, you can have the lips you always dreamed of without sacrificing your overall health and wellbeing.

Try any of these recipes and comment below on how it went. I love to hear from you all, it really brightens my day.

Much love and happiness to you all 😊

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Rid yourself of puffy and tired under-eye circles with 10 super quick cheap DIYs

Introduction

The importance of eyes cannot be understated. Not only are they the windows to the soul, but they are also “the nipples of the face”- as Gypsies would say. They are where people truly communicate and is one of the first things people notice about your face. 

And furthermore, if you have them from working hard, you should not be ashamed of them. Too long have a been on top of you game but still plagued with puffy, tired, gray and purple under eye bags. No more!

This post is a conglomeration of remedies I have discovered and used over the years to help me drop my under-eye bags. None of these remedies require a lot of time or extra prep, and all except one works almost instantaneously.

Following the 10 remedies, I have included three tips for everyday life that will brighten skin, renew cells, and encourage collagen production, elasticity, and moisture retention. As the cherry on top. 🙂 

Remedies:

  • Baking Soda

Ingredients:

  1. 1 Tablespoon of warm water (Optional chamomile tea)
  2. 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda

Directions: Mix ingredients together in a bowl, making a paste. Apply this paste directly to the face through spreading underneath the eyes with a spoon. Once spread under both eyes, leave to dry for 10-15 minutes. Wipe off the paste gently with a mildly wet cloth.

  • Coconut Oil Massage

Ingredients:

  1. ¼ palm amount of solid Coconut Oil

Directions: Rub the oil gently into your hands to warm it up and turn it more liquid. Rub the oil under your eyes and along the cheekbones gently. Try to make sure as much of the oil is in that area as possible. Following that, make your hands into fists and take your front knuckles and line them up along the sides of your nose. From there rotate both hands outward and slide them with an average pressure up the cheekbones all the way to the hairline. Repeat 5-6 times.

This technique is a part of facial yoga. This practice not only ensures the coconut oil penetrates skin to improve the elasticity and brightness, but also helps facial drainage and bloating by reducing the probability of continued under eye puffiness.

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  • Cold Spoons

Ingredients:

  1. 2 regular dinner spoons

Directions: Put two metal spoons into the refrigerator until they get very cold, but not so they are ridiculously uncomfortable. When ready, pull out the spoons and put the back of the spoon over both of your eyes gently. Leave the cold spoons on your eyes for 7-10 minutes.

  • Cucumbers

Ingredients:

  1. ¼ – ½ of a cucumber

Directions: This one can be prepared on the spot or in advance, it just depends on weather you put your cucumbers into the refrigerator or not, because I do. Place chilled cucumber slices over the closed eye and leave on for 10 minutes. After that time, wipe under-eye area gently and rinse eyes if necessary.

  • Teabags

Ingredients:

  1. 2 Chamomile Teabags (optional Green Teabags)
  2. Shallow bowl of water

Directions: Soak the Teabags in water for 4-6 minutes; just enough time to activate the herbs within the teabag. Squeeze most of the wetness out of the Teabag and place over the eyes for 10 minutes. Gently lift them off after the time period and gently pat dry the under eye area.

  • Milk Pads

Ingredients:

  1. Shallow bowl of ice cold milk
  2. 2 Cotton Balls (optional cotton pads)

Directions: Dip the cotton balls in milk until they are completely soaked. Squeeze most of the wetness out of the pad and place over the eyes for 10 minutes. Gently lift them off after the time period and gently pat dry the under eye area.

  • Potato Juice

Ingredients:

  1. ¼ Cold Potato
  2. 1 Handheld Vegetable Grater
  3. Cotton Pads

Directions: Grate 2 Tablespoons worth of cold potatoes. Because the potatoes are cold, they will easily make juice, and that’s what we need. With the grated pieces, smash them a little more to get more juice from them. After that soak the cotton pads with the juice from the grated potatoes. Apply to eyes for 10 minutes. Afterwards gently lift them off and rinse eyes gently.

  • Almond Oil

Ingredients:

  1. Bottle of Almond oil

Directions: Pour from the bottle enough to fill the pad of finger, and rub it gently to your under-eye area. Repeat on both sides; 1 finger-pad per eye. It is best to apply this one at night so that is can fully absorb into skin undisturbed, but you can do it at any time, as long as its on for at least an hour. After time is done, gently rinse off area with cold water.

  • Tomato Lemon Combo

Ingredients:

  1. 1Tablespoon Tomato Juice
  2. ½ teaspoon Lemon Juice
  3. Cotton Pads

Directions: Mix the above ingredients together in a bowl. Dip the cotton pads into the solution to soak, and then apply to eyes for 10 minutes. Gently lift them off after the time period and gently pat dry the under eye area.

  • Rose Water

Ingredients:

  1. Shallow dish of Rose Water
  2. Cotton Pads

Directions: Dip the cotton balls in the bowl of Rose Water until they are completely soaked. Squeeze most of the wetness out of the pad and place over the eyes for 10 minutes. Gently lift them off after the time period and gently pat dry the under eye area.

3 Tips on stopping under-eye bags

  • You are not cleaning a floor!

When you are removing your makeup, do not scrub your skin like you are trying to scrub a dish or a floor. Treating your skin that way not only stretches it out, but it also prevents your skin from retaining moisture and buoyancy. Be careful with yourself; remove makeup and dirt gently and with care.

  • Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is a powerhouse of skin health. It’s most notable pillars are natural moisturizer, sunscreen, eye cream, makeup remover, and antibacterial protection. The best way to continually reap the benefits from this oil is to put it onto your skin every morning or every night. Although it is a runny oil of average thickness, it can definitely be used for all skin types. For those who find it a bit uncomfortable, gauge the amount of oil you need so it does not run, make you hot, or otherwise bother you.

  • Lymphatic Face Massage

These provide amazing effects for your both externally and internally. Doing Lymphatic facial massages improves your skin through pressing out toxins out and free radicals, making skin smoother, making skin less prone to wrinkles, and increasing collagen production. Also it inspires skin to rejuvenate itself faster, giving your skin a natural fresh glow immediately after doing it as well as long term.

Conclusion

There is no need to go on a wing and prayer buying expensive eye creams and facial solutions and hoping they work but not put toxic chemicals into your body. With the techniques above, you can rest assured you can brighten and banish you under-eye bags in minutes a day, with natural and cheap products you already have.

Much love, peace, and happiness. 😊

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9 foods as remedies to get glossy, silky, and sleek healthy scalp and hair

Introduction

Beautiful hair is part of the foundation to any flawless look or fashion sense. No matter what texture it is, the more healthy, luminous, and bright it looks, the better we all feel about the way we present ourselves to the world.

Let it be known now that the only way to continuously get shiny, silky, and sleek hair is from the inside out.

A product may give you that illusion for a minute, but if you don’t include what you put in your body, you’re fighting a loosing battle and a viscous cycle. In addition to shiny hair, you will also get a healthy scalp and higher probability of hair growth and thickening.

For your confident pleasure, I have compiled a list of easy to find foods that are specialized in their makeup to provide hair with all that it needs to look just-from-the-salon every day.

1. Walnuts

These nuts are full of Vitamin B, making them targeted straight to hair health. Vitamin B over many years has shown to enhance hair growth, thicken hair, and strengthen roots. Also these nuts are full of protein giving your hair a jump start on developing keratin, something essential to hair strength and elasticity. With an abundant source of keratin your hair will develop an indispensable ability to bounce back like a trampoline.

2. Lentils

These phenomenal beans are filled with with folic acid, better known as Iron, which helps the body’s circulation system health, and in this case helps with scalp circulation specifically. Providing better circulation to the scalp will strengthen hair from the roots and encourage the nutrients to span throughout the entire length of hair. Also Biotin is abundant in this food, making hair smoother and luminous through encouraging cell renewal and hair growth.

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3. Pumpkins

Pumpkins pack a punch, and are magically delicious not just at Thanksgiving but year-round also. Filled with Vitamins, they improve overall health with essential nutrients such as Zinc and Iron in high quantities. Another amazing benefit of pumpkins is that they are natural conditioners that will help hair stay moisturized and smooth through everyday styling stress. Pumpkins can be eaten by the seeds or by the mature vegetable. It can be applied to hair directly in Pumpkin Seed Oil or Pumpkin flesh; or it can be ingested as Pumpkin seeds or flesh.

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4. Seaweed

This versatile yet exotic food is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, a crucial element to thickening as well as growing hair. Also these acids help increase circulation to the scalp which increases hair elasticity and nutrient abundance. This yields luxurious glowing beautiful locks with minimal effort. The special balance of Vitamin A and C in this plant increases production of a natural oil in the scalp that is essential to hair growth: sebum. Natural sebum production helps your hair feel more conditioned and smooth with little to no product intervention.

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5. Avocados

This food is famous for encouraging hair growth specifically. Also the Vitamin E present in this food helps the skin and scalp to repair itself easier through frequent cell renewal and moisture retention. Another effect of Vitamin E is giving hair better root health and nutrient transport, therefore significantly improving hair health at whatever length. Avocados, like with skin, are also great to provide hair with the tools to easily bounces back from UV Sun damage.

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6. Carrots

Filled with Vitamins A and E, this food is great at promoting scalp health, hair moisture, and hair elasticity. In addition to that, carrots have been shown in several studies to decrease hair loss and thinning. This makes this food an indispensable resource for everyone as time goes marching on. This newfound strength to prevent hair fall, moisture retention, and elasticity will also contribute to a less probability of premature hair graying.

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7. Banana

This fruit is great at moisturizing the scalp and helping it to stay healthy long term. Like none of the other foods, this fruit is great at reducing the probability of hair frizz action in less than perfect conditions.  Like Lentils, this food has a lot folic acid, making it a soldier for UV protection and bouce-back-from-styling power. Bananas, like our dear friends the Pumpkins above, can be applied to hair topically, or they can be ingested for the same great effects. Of course one will be a little faster than the other though.

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8. Spinach

The Vitamin A and the folic acid present in this food are great at helping hair strengthen itself through encouraging the body’s natural production of oils. The presence of natural oils within the hair makes it look more vibrant, lively, and glowing. This food also helps reduce hair fall because of the high amount of magnesium present and increasing scalp and skin health and circulation. What’s special about this food is that it is one of the few plants with a high amount of Omega-3 fatty acids, making hair more elastic, strong, and resistant to all types of environmental damage.

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9. Chia Seeds

A go-to source of Omega-3s is one of the many reasons Chia Seeds are great for keeping hair silk, shiny, and moisturized in texture. Also other powerful nutrients in this superfood are phosphorous and calcium. These make hair revitalize itself not only to become longer and grow, but also to repair environmental and UV damage present in stands from everyday life. The Amino acid chains present in this food are great at promoting general hair, skin, and nail revitalization, strength, and immunity to everyday toxins.

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Conclusion

As we all know, what we put on the inside, has a direct effect on what we see on the outside. With this post I hope I can convince you that instead of spending unnecessary money on a conditioner to give you “perfect hair”, you can eat foods that are great for your body as well as your hair health.

Much love, peace, and happiness. 😊

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7 vegetable, spices, and fruits for DIY home remedies for glowing healthy showstopping skin

Introduction:

Looking “bright-eyed and bushy tailed” every day is something a lot of people struggle with. You spend an excessive amount of money on makeup to not enhance your features, as its purpose is, but try to cover up blemishes.

Contrary to popular belief, a lot of skin issues and problems are associated from nutrient deficiencies that start internally, but eventually move to external. By using natural foods internally and externally, you can the luminous, dewy, acne-free, glowing angelic skin you’ve always dreamed. But the best part is that is will be with little to no extra effort.

This list is a compilation of foods to eat and to include in your DIY external recipes to get the show-stopping, luminous skin that has always been your end goal.

1. Turmeric

Tea and DIY Masks

Turmeric is phenomenal for skin specifically for several reasons. The first thing is that it is anti-inflammatory, for skin meaning that it discourages skin from swelling, puffing, or becoming easily inflamed by outside or inside conditions. Also this spice is antifungal, meaning that any bacteria within your body is more likely to be flushed out of your system fast than remain unnoticed and travel to skin to cause acne and breakouts. An undeniable fact about this spice is its miraculous anti aging properties that will make you look like Mother Gothel in ‘Tangled’ at any age. *just kidding* This spice encourages the expulsion of dead skin cells, helping brighten skin, helping skin elasticity, and reduce pores and dark spots.

DIY Mask

2 Tbsp Turmeric, 4 Tbsp Coconut Oil (melted)

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2. Beet Root

Food

These nutritionally pack a punch greater than even the Hulk. *not kidding this time* This food has been used since prehistoric times as a herbal remedy topical or ingested for a variety of ailments. Skin is no exception. This root helps skin to maintain its moisture and readily cycle out damaged cells for better newer ones, giving your skin a fresher luminous glow. Also the high antioxidant properties will allow less bacterium to be stored within the skin, making breakouts slow and eventually come to a screeching halt. Also its Vitamin C helps even out skin tone, giving you a break on having to use so much makeup, and giving you more confidence in your natural beauty.

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3. Avocado

Food and Mask

The superpower of this food are absolutely endless, like Doctor Strange. *my fav marvel superhero* The Vitamin E in this food is great for antioxidant properties, and helping skin retain its natural moisturizing agents and oils. Due to the healthy fats, this food helps premature wrinkling, skin dullness, collagen production, and can significantly guard against sun damage. Another power is its ability to inspire quicker growth of new skin cells and skin renewal, this makes it perfect for application or ingestion to treat contact dermatitis and small nicks and cuts on skin.

DIY Mask

½ Cup Avocado, ½ Cup Oatmeal

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4. Leafy Greens, i.e. Spinach, Kale

Food

Leafy Greens are full of antioxidants that are like the photon blasters in ‘Captain Marvel’- they are unmatched in comparison to their diabolical foes. *cue Samuel L Jackson one-liner* Also, the Vitamins in them have specific benefits directly correlated to skin such as Vitamin A and Vitamin C which together prevent dry skin and loss of collagen and elasticity respectively. Beta-carotene, a prominent nutrient in all of these, provides nutrients to skin that prevent it from deteriorating quickly from sun radiation. The same carotenoid also helps the body to smooth skin through encouraging cell production, turnover, and moisture retention in the skin.

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5. Lemon

Drink and Mask

Lemons, like a lot of Citrus fruits, are great at providing the body with Vitamin C which is a key contributor in skin firmness and collagen production. Not only when consumed, but when used on skin – WITH CAUTION- the acids in lemon can lighten age spots and help removed caked layers of dead skin gathered at the surface. In addition to that lemons, unlike a most store bought cleansers, does not strip skin of its nutrients. This means that pores can be open, breathe, and be free of dirt and residual bacteria without making your face feel like baking paper. *I wish I was exaggerating*

DIY Mask

2 tsp lemon juice, 1 Tbsp. honey

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6. Almonds

Food

A popular cause of acne is a deficiency of the nutrients zinc and selenium. Almonds, as are a number of whole grains, rich in these two minerals, making it a super destroyer of acne. *light saber and all* Also, being a low glycemic food, they reduce sugar spikes and aid in keeping insulin steady which can decrease the appearance of zits and blackheads. The free radicals present in this food also assist in the strengthening of the entire immune system. Over time this helps to decrease toxin concentrations body systems, thus decreasing spontaneous acne breakouts throughout the body. *get those dark chocolate almonds girl*

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7. Dark Chocolate

Food and DIY

Other than being amazingly delicious, dark chocolate is great for skin renewal and illumination. This chocolate helps skin stay moisturized, by having nutrients that revitalize the dermis, outer layer, or skin and allow it to remain that way longer. As everything else on this list, the high antioxidants help the body to flush toxins and prevent them from gathering on the skin. But like none of the other foods, it greatly helps with circulation and nerve development within the body, making skin wrinkles a much less likely occurrence.

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DIY Mask

2 bars dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa), ⅔ cup milk, 1 teaspoon sea salt, 3 tablespoons brown sugar

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