feed your face

 Absorb vitamins and minerals from the outside in 

Did you know that being thirsty and having thirsty skin are two very different things?

When your body is thirsty, you hydrate by drinking water, but when your skin is thirsty, this cannot simply be fixed by drinking water. This is because the water we drink is first absorbed into the bloodstream and then hydrates your cells—the main focus not being hydrating your skin.

Similarly, while eating a balanced diet of foods rich in omega 3’s such as fish and nuts is beneficial, it’s also important to apply nutrients topically.

So how do you start hydrating and nourishing your skin from the outside in? You should feed your face with the same foods you feed your body.

Most of time we do not think of food, as something to use for beauty, but many foods are actually fantastic topical products for your skin and will give you that natural, young and glowing look.

Here are six foods to keep your face fresh this winter

1.Red wine:

Do you enjoy having a relaxing evening with your friends, drinking wine and doing DYI facemasks? Well what if I told you that red wine not only has certain health benefits for your body, but also for your skin? Red wine is known for being the healthiest alcoholic beverage and it contains rich antioxidants, like flavonoids, to fight skin ageing by restoring collagen and elastic fibres. Red wine also has antiseptic anti-bacterial properties that can help fight acne breakouts. One of the best recipes for a wine facemask is two tablespoons each of red wine, yogurt and honey. The most important thing to remember is to spend a little extra on nice wine in order to benefit your skin.

2. Marshmallow

While marshmallow is normally something you think of as a yummy addition to your hot cocoa, marshmallow root is actually a skincare wonder. This root contains a high percentage of mucilage, a sap-like substance that the plant produces, which has intensive hydrating, softening and balancing properties.Lyonsleaf Calendula & Marshmallow Balm (Lovelula, £26.99) safely soothes, repairs and improves skin elasticity. Use on any dry, cracked, hard, rough or irritated skin. Perfect for facial use, it will intensively hydrate and soften the face, neck and eye area and repair chapped lips.

3. Adzuki Beans:

The adzuki bean, a vine grown in East Asia and the Himalayas, has been used in Japanese beauty treatments since the 18thcentury. The powder made from the bean has deep cleansing properties that remove dead skin cells, cleanse pores and remove grime that causes blemishes as well as tightening and softening the skin, giving it a natural, healthy glow.

4. Kiwi and cucumber

Love your fruit and vegetables? Next time you peel your favourite fruit to eat, cut a slice for your face too! Infused with anti-ageing ingredients including vitamins A, B3 and E along with nature’s organic fruits and veggies, Nature’s Kitchen Kiwi, Apple & Cucumber Skin Soothing Face Wash (Lovelula.com, £10.99) is like a super healthy green smoothie for your skin. Kiwis are a good chemical exfoliant because they are high in enzymes and cucumbers have strong hydrating properties that help revitalise the skin.

6. Acai Berries:

Acai Berries are small reddish-purple berries that are found in the rainforests of South America. This small fruit has ample health benefits within the body because they provide crucial antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to promote better health; as for topical health, these berries eliminate scars, stretch marks, dry skin and repair damaged skin—which results in glowing and healthy appearance.

7. Carrot

You might enjoy carrots as a lunchtime snack with hummus or in your favorite fruit juice, but try enjoying them as a topical product in your beauty routine. Carrots contain a high amount of beta-carotene and iron, which help tone and clarify your skin. Gorgias Carrot & Sea Buckthorn Oil Moisturiser (gorgiaslondon.com, £39.95) is a combination that helps re-balance the skin’s natural PH and reduce the formation of spots.

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