All kinds of foods are good for our skin. Blueberries, avocado, water! We eat and drink an endless stream of things to nourish ourselves from inside out. But what about outside in? The following are three foods that are amazingly good for your skin – no eating required!
The well-to-do have been taking milk baths for years. Cleopatra and Queen Elizabeth I are just two of their famous fans. But what is it about milk that’s so good for our skin
The natural proteins and fats in milk have softening and soothing properties. They also are believed to calm inflamed skin, making milk baths an excellent idea for people with skin conditions!
But before you go draining your wallet (and your local dairy) I should mention that most milk baths aren’t comprised of 100% milk. The challenges of heating that alone are overwhelming! Instead, try this simple recipe for a calming milk bath.
- 4 cups of whole milk (silver top)- trim milk doesn’t contain the same fats and proteins
- Half a cup of Epsom salts- known for their muscle soothing and exfoliating properties, you can find them in the shower washes/soaks section of Countdown
- 5 or 6 drops of pure lavender oil- soothing and relaxing, available at most health food shops
Add ingredients to a hotter than normal bath. Allow them to mix together for 5-10 minutes before getting in. Grab a good book and soak for at least 20 minutes to get the full benefit.
Oatmeal is one of the best natural remedies for irritated skin. When blended up into a powder (also known as colloidal oatmeal) and mixed with lotions or liquids it bonds to skin and creates a protective layer, sealing the skin and aiding healing. The natural fats in it also nourish dry and damaged skin, speeding healing time.
In addition to healing irritated skin, oatmeal absorbs oil and odours. In fact, colloidal oatmeal is a fantastic shampoo for people with irritated scalps!
Try this easy recipe for a soothing oatmeal bath:
- 1 cup of colloidal oatmeal- grind oats in a food processor or blender until they are fine and powdery
- 6 – 7 drops of rosehip oil- great for healing damaged skin and lightening scars and stretch marks
Add the oats while the water is running to help them mix in. Add the oil once the oats have mixed, light a scented candle and enjoy! Be sure to pat yourself dry when you’re done rather than rubbing to ensure you don’t irritate your newly-calm skin.
A blog post about skin foods wouldn’t be complete without a mention of coconut oil! Coconut oil is antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral. It has gained huge popularity recently not only as a great substitute for other oils but also as a great substitute for almost all your daily beauty products. It can be used to treat thrush (both internally and externally), mouth ulcers, open wounds, infections and bruises.
Coconut oil is known to slow the ageing process (something I think we can all get into) because of its high levels of anti-oxidants. It has immense moisturising properties, comparable to products like Bio Oil in its ability to nourish and heal. It smells amazing and feels like heaven on skin! My favourite use is as a hair mask:
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp honey
Massage into wet hair and allow to soak in for 10 minutes. Wash out with hot water and shampoo. Condition hair, rinse and allow to dry naturally.
Steph is a natural beauty contributor for Laura Laura. Find out more about Steph by following her on Twitter.