Foods for Healthy Skin and Hair

Foods for Healthy Skin and Hair:

There are certain foods for healthy skin and hair.  Shampoos and skin-care products are full of chemicals that are not good for your body or the environment.  Although it is possible to purchase products that use organic ingredients and are free of phthalates, parabens and other harmful chemicals, the best way to be certain that your products are free of any such harmful ingredients is to prepare them yourself.

Shampoos and skin treatments can easily be made with ingredients you may have at home, thereby saving you a fortune on more expensive products.
Here are a few simple recipes you can try for healthy skin and hair:

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Yoghurt as a moisturiser:

2-3 tbsp plain yoghurt
2 tbsp of grated carrot

Mix the ingredients together and apply to face and neck.
Leave for 15 minutes and rinse off thoroughly.

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Oat Facial Scrub:

The simplest and most effective facial scrub made with oats will soothe your skin making it feel silky soft

• Rolled oats
• Warm water

1) Place oats in a bowl and add enough warm water to make a paste

2) Gently rub and exfoliate face in circular motions upwards, be careful near the eyes

Leave for 10-15 minutes then rinse with warm water and end with a splash of cold. Pat your skin dry with a towel; tone and moisturize

That was totally easy, right? That’s what we think anyway. It almost doesn’t come any easier than this. You could also try this with whole milk and oatmeal. The milk will soothe and clean your exfoliated skin even more.

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Turmeric face mask:

Turmeric is more than just a curry ingredient, it is also a beauty ingredient.
Apparently actress Thandie Newton uses turmeric as her “secret beauty weapon.”

Not only does this spice have amazing internal healing properties but is also a great beauty product.  As most of you know, Indian brides have been using turmeric for many years as a head to-toe body scrub/face mask to brighten skin before their wedding.

Turmeric beauty benefits:

– It is high in antioxidants that slow down cell damage.
– It’s widely used as a skin exfoliant and improves skin’s texture
– It helps with inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, dry skin, psoriasis and eczema
– It helps reduce pigmentation and evens out skin tone
– It is also said to reduce fine lines and wrinkles

2 tbsp of plain flour, rice flour or ground oats if your skin is dry
1 tsp turmeric (haldi)
3 tbsp milk or yogurt if you have spots / acne
1/2 tsp honey

1) Mix flour, turmeric, honey and milk to make a paste
2) Apply a thin layer to your face for for 20 minutes
3) Rinse off in the shower
4) Moisturize as normal

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Other Spices:

Cinnamon is both stimulating to smell as well as to blood circulation, giving it the ability to draw nutrients and oxygen to the skin.  It possesses antibacterial properties to eliminate pimples. Mixing a little bit of cinnamon and honey together and dabbing it on spots is a fantastic home remedy.

Black pepper is reknowned to naturally create heat and loosen things up, black pepper is your ultimate black head remover. For an exfoliating mask, combine a tablespoon of black pepper powder with a mortar and pestle with a teaspoon of yogurt.  Apply the mixture over your spots and rinse it off after 5-10 minutes. Be careful near the nose to avoid a bout of sneezing!

Ginger can renew the overall radiance of your skin by giving you an amazingly healthy glow. This spice has the ability to improve skin tone, fight blemishes and lighten age spots. Rub thin slices of fresh ginger over clean skin, covering the entire face.  Leave for 20 minutes before rinsing off giving you a clean, bright glow.

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