Article by Emily Brotherton
Lets face it- not all of us have the blessing to be able to obtain a good night's rest to help prevent and cure the nightmare of dark under-eye circles. And sometimes, not even sleep is enough. The main causes for the appearance of the darkness shadowing underneath your eyes is possibly due to lack of sleep, aging, heredity, mental and/or physical stress, poor diet, and much more. Dark circles can affect both genders, and different age groups. On the brightside, you do not have to spend an outrageous amount of money on an antidote for your racoon eyes. Many remedies can be found in the comfort of your very own home.
The skin around your eyes is very delicate and absorbs nutrient quickly, caffeine reduces puffiness and increases circulation. Soak a cotton ball in a cup of fresh coffee and pat onto eye area. For the best results, repeat this daily.
Cucumbers have natural skin-lightening and natural brightening astringents perfect for curing those panda eyes. Apply thick chilled slices to the eyes for about 15 minutes. Repeat twice daily for a week or as often as you need it.
Raw Potatoes contain natural bleaching properties that help lighten the darkness underneath eyes. Place thick slices underneath your eyes for ten minutes, and rinse with cool water.
The vitamin C that is present in lemons has very strong lightening and brightening benefits. Use a cotton ball to apply fresh lemon juice around your eyes. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and rinse it off. Do this once daily for a few weeks.
Tomatoes have bleaching properties that can lighten skin to a great extent. Mix one teaspoon of tomato juice with one-half teaspoon of lemon juice. Gently apply this mixture on the dark circles and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Rinse it off with water. Follow this remedy twice a day for a few weeks.
Even in March it can feel like winter will never end, and we're all tired of dry, flaky skin. Luckily, there are a few simple solutions to your wintry woes. Check out this list of our top six tips for beating dry skin:1. Use gentle cleansers. Antibacterial and deodorant cleansers can irritate skin, especially in the dry winter months when skin is sensitive. Steering clear of products with fragrance and alcohol will also help skin stay supple.
2. Naturally, part of keeping skin moisturized is to use the right moisturizer. the American Academy of Dermatology suggests avoiding lotion, opting, instead, for "a cream or ointment that contains ... olive oil or jojoba oil. Shea butter also works well."
3. Stay warm, but avoid direct heat-sources. The fire can be delightful, but that hot, dry air can be a nightmare for dry, sensitive skin.
6. Dress for the weather. Protecting again cold, dry air as well as sun damage will help your skin retain moisture. And while it's not the first thing that comes to mind in skin care, consider your detergents and fabric choices, which can be irritating to skin.
If you're in the market for a moisturizer, check out Gourmet Body Treats' Bio Hydrating Rose Cream, which uses rose otto and shea butter to heal and rejuvenate skin.
Thanks to their high concentration of Vitamin C, folate, and antioxidants, beets are a delicious resource for your skin. The vitamins and minerals found in beets have anti-inflammatory properties and are excellent for soothing a variety of skin troubles--even slowing the development of wrinkles.
In an article written for Foodtrients, Dr. Rosenburg states, "It was shown that the high levels of folates and antioxidants can decrease the depth and severity of skin wrinkles by 60%! This is best accomplished by eating beets (or drinking beet juice) as well as by applying beet juice topically, directly to skin."
As if decreasing wrinkles by 60% weren't enough, beets have also been linked to cancer prevention and even improved athletic performance. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, "Consumption of nitrate-rich, whole beetroot improves running performance in healthy adults. Because whole vegetables have been shown to have health benefits, whereas nitrates from other sources may have detrimental health effects [individuals should] obtain nitrates from beetroot."
Give your skin a delicious beet make-over with Gourmet Body Treats' moisturizing Beet Skin Food. We are so impressed by their myriad benefits, we use only organic, locally sourced beets from Berndhardt's farm in our products. Great for rosacea and other skin issues, a little bit of this moisture-packed salve goes a long way.
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If we are what we eat, it follows logic that we wear those dietary decisions on our skin and not just our hips. Luckily, some of the best foods for us—and our skin—are delicious.
For anyone looking for (another) excuse to indulge in a dark chocolate treat after dinner, look no further. Cocoa flavanols, antioxidant-rich plant compounds, actually hydrate skin. Doctors recommend eating just one ounce of dark chocolate daily to enjoy the skin benefits without the high calorie intake. Perhaps this is where all those stories of chocolate causing acne got their footing: sugar and dairy fats have both been linked to problem skin, so sticking to dark chocolate is a must. If you’re looking for a lighter sweet treat that’s as good for your skin as your taste buds, consider the Kiwi. One medium kiwi has nearly 120% of your daily value of Vitamin C, which keeps skin taught and helps to smooth fine lines. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a diet high in Vitamin C was associated with less dryness and less noticeable wrinkles.
With so many tasty foods ripe with skin-healing benefits at the ready, you could practically plan whole meals around your skin-care regime. How about a warm salad of sautéed Tuscan kale and walnuts in olive oil? It’s long been believed that monounsaturated fatty acids have been linked to anti-aging. To test this idea, researches in a PLOS ONE 2012 study found “a higher intake of olive oil was significantly associated with a lower risk of severe photo aging.” High in Vitamin A and C, kale is lauded as a potent source of lutein and zeaxanthin—nutrients that absorb and neutralize UV wavelengths. According to an article from the BBC they stated that walnuts high in Omega-3 fat “encourage the body to produce anti-inflammatory compounds, which can help skin, particularly inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.” Need to add a protein to this side dish? The answer is fish. At 1.5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, sardines are one of the best sources of the fat.
Not surprisingly, some of the richest skin benefits don’t just come from chocolate and oil. A study in the International Journal of Epidemiology found consuming herbs regularly to be associated with a reduced risk of melanoma. Because they’re packed with antioxidants, herbs are great at protecting the skin from the sun’s free radicals. Peppermint is especially good for the skin, and there’s a good reason a mug of peppermint tea, or a minty cleanser can be so relaxing. According to researchers at the University of Maryland Medical Center: “Because it has a calming and numbing effect, it has been used to treat headaches, skin irritations, [and] anxiety associated with depression. In test tubes, peppermint kills some types of bacteria, fungus, and viruses, suggesting it may have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.”
If you’re at a loss for what to put those delicious herbs on, there are a million skin-benefitting options. Carrots offer a big beauty-boost with beta-carotene. Not only are they good for you, but a 2011 UK study found that people who ate carrots have more yellow tones in their skin that other found healthy-looking. Cooked pumpkin is another excellent source of beta-carotene, which the body converts into Vitamin A—a vitamin essential for the healthy growth of skin cells.
Who knew eating your way to looking great could be so easy and delicious?
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