Want glowing skin but not sure where to start. Here is a quick guide to help reduce inflammation, brighten your skin and reduce puffiness. Not only will your skin start looking better but your health will improve as well. These foods are all high in antioxidants, trace minerals and vitamins to make them anti-aging with loads of skin benefits. These can easily be added to smoothies, pastas and salads to make eating healthy easy, fun and beneficial.
Turmeric - Its active antioxidant, curcumin, has shown to be one of the most effective anti-inflammatory and free-radical fighting options out there, according to a study in Oncogene. Plus, research shows this spice can also be used to lighten dark pigmentation blotches or scars caused by aging, hormone imbalance, or sun exposure by inhibiting an enzyme in the skin that produces pigment—just combine with coconut oil or milk to create a healing facial mask!
Avocados - The fruit is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, which have been proven to hydrate and shield the skin by lowering the risk of premature aging caused by ultraviolet radiation. Avocados potent source of fats also helps you absorb many of the fat-soluble vitamins that also help protect your skin from sun damage.
Blueberries - Brimming with antioxidants, blueberries help your body quash cell-damaging, skin-aging free radicals. These berries also help boost the strength of collagen fibers thanks to their high concentration of anthocyanins: phytonutrients that give these berries their bright blue hue. Not to mention, this fruit is also a great source of prebiotics—fiber-rich foods that your gut bugs ferment into anti-inflammatory fatty acids—which can help heal your immune system and alleviate inflammation-induced skin conditions.
Pineapples - Bromelain is an enzyme that softens skin and has been used for hundreds of years in South and Central America to fight inflammation and swelling. Drinking pineapplejuice helps the body synthesize collagen, which helps skin stay firm and flexible, while vitamin C and amino acids aid in cell and tissue repair
Flaxseeds - These seeds over a beauty double whammy: helping alleviate inflammatory skin issues and improving overall hydration of your skin cells. Flax seeds offer a payload of omega-3 fatty acids, which erase spots and iron out fine lines. A study in the British Journal of Nutrition found participants who downed about half a teaspoon of omega-3s in 6 weeks experienced significantly less irritation and redness (thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties), along with better-hydrated skin.
Oats - A nutrient-dense whole foods diet won't just help you lose weight—it'll also brighten up your skin. That's because introducing high fiber foods like oats will feed your inflammation-reducing gut bacteria, minimize spikes in blood sugar that can contribute to skin problems, and strengthen and firm up your body tissues. That last benefit is because of oats' high source of silicon, a trace mineral that also helps skin retain elasticity, slowing the signs of aging.
Kale - You may have thought it was just a trend, but kale has proven that it earned its spot as a superfood. This cruciferous veggie is loaded with the skin's favorite anti-aging vitamins A, C, E, and, uniquely, vitamin K. Leafy greens are one of the most potent sources of vitamin K, a vitamin which helps with blood clotting and faster healing when ingested. And when applied topically, it can minimize the visibility of bruises, scars, stretch marks, and spider veins.
Cucumber Infused Water - Cucumber water can help soothe your skin from the inside out. Staying hydrated helps your body to flush out toxins and maintain a healthy complexion. Cucumbers are also high in pantothenic acid or vitamin B-5, which has been used to treat acne. According to the National Institutes of Health, one cup of sliced cucumbers has about 5 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin B-5.
The benefits of coffee have long been extolled to justify our need to drink so much of it. In addition to a mental boost, coffee has high levels of antioxidants and some research suggests a link between caffeine and reduced risks of cancer. So you’ll be delighted to know coffee is also great for your skin.
In a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that that “consumption of coffee, a major source of dietary antioxidants, may inhibit inflammation and thereby reduce the risk of cardiovascular and other inflammatory diseases in postmenopausal women.” That’s awfully specific, but those anti-inflammatory benefits aren’t just for your heart. Using creams with coffee in them can help reduce inflammation in skin as well. That’s why we use coffee in our Coffee Bean Eye Treatment, which can help with dark circles, fine lines, and puffiness.
Reducing the bags under our eyes may seem like a small miracle all on its own, but a study, published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, suggests that topical application of caffeine actually minimizes or reverses the effects of UV damage on the skin! According to the article, even enjoying your morning cup of joe, or caffeinated tea can affect your skin: “In a recent study of 93,676 Caucasian women, each additional cup of caffeinated coffee ingested was associated with a 5% decreased risk of developing nonmelanoma skin cancer, whereas drinking decaffeinated coffee showed no such benefit.” Now imagine those benefits applied directly to the skin. In the same article, researchers note that caffeine causes skin cells damaged by ultraviolet light to self-destruct by blocking a cellular pathway involved in regulating the cell cycle.
As if reducing swelling and preventing cancer weren’t enough, coffee can also temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite by dehydrating fat cells and making them less noticeable. We use coffee in our Sugar & Spice Scrub—great for getting bikini-ready before a trip to the beach. Coffee can also add a luster to dark hair, simply douse your tresses in this miracle beverage, leave for fifteen minutes, and rinse.
In case just enjoying a cup of coffee wasn’t reason enough, feel free to use any of the above benefits as an excuse to indulge.
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.