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.
Niacinamide, Vitamin B3 is an amazing multi tasker and has a lot of benefits for your skin. It helps reduce wrinkles, reduce uneven skin tone, help heal acne and reduce hyperpigmentation. A lot of research has been done on this powerful little vitamin which proves this ingredient should be part of your skincare arsenal.
According to the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, an article published in 2004 showed niacinamide helps improve the moisture content in the top layer of skin. It can also lead to keratin and ceramide production, which helps smooth out wrinkles and reduce free radical damage. Vitamin B3 also reduces topical inflammation and can help with sun damage.
Another study published in 2009 in the Journal of Dermatological Science showed that Vitamin B3 reduced inflammation of the skin associated with acne vulgaris and can reduce the oil production of skin for overly oily skin types.
A more recent study published in 2015 in the International Journal in the Field of Trauma and Emergency Medicine showed that topical applications of Vitamin B3 increased the rate of skin healing. The study also showed that topical applications of Vitamin B3 improved tissue regeneration through the rapid increase of collagen and vascularization.
If you're not already incorporating Vitamin B3 into your skincare regimen, why not give it try. All you have to lose is inflammation, wrinkles, acne and hyperpigmentation.
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.
Agrimony is a perennial herbaceous flowering plant found native to the northern hemisphere and is found in abundance across England. Drugs.com says, “The name Agrimonia may have its origin in the Greek ‘agremone’ which refers to plants which supposedly healed cataracts of the eye. The species name eupatoria relates to Mithradates Eupator, King of Pontus, who is credited with introducing many herbal remedies.”
The miracle herb has been called a panacea (the greek goddess of Universal remedy), and it’s not hard to see why. This unique plant has a long history of medical applications, ranging from foot bathes for tired feet, to eye problems, acne, and diarrhea.
While agrimony has been used for just about everything throughout history, today it is commonly used as a tea and gargle for sore throat, or externally as a mild antiseptic and astringent. Drugs.com notes that, due to limited research, “There is no published clinical … dose; however, the German Komission E recommended a daily dose of 3 g of the herb for internal use. Agrimony also is used as a poultice from a 10% decoction of the herb.”
In addition to being an astonishing cure-all, agrimony is used as a yellow dye, to dress leather, and in floral teas and spring-time beverages. Botanical.com describes the plant as “deep green … [with] a slightly aromatic scent; even the small root is sweet scented, especially in spring. The spikes of flowers emit a most refreshing and spicy odour like that of apricots. The leaves when dry retain most of their fragrant odour, as well as the flowers, adding a peculiar delicacy and aroma to its flavour.”
Because the Greeks named agrimony for its healing properties for the eyes, it’s fitting that Gourmet Body treats uses this herb in our Agrimony Eye Cream. This cream helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, dark circles, and other signs of aging. Made with natural extracts and organic oils, this vegan eye cream is perfect for all skin types including very sensitive. In addition to all of its great benefits, the Agrimony Eye Cream is on sale for a limited time! Now you can enjoy this ancient remedy at a reduced price.
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.