Skin Code: Take care of your skin and your skin will take care of you.
I am always looking at ways I can improve my lifestyle. I love the idea of being healthy. Go for a run and come back and grab a salad. I will have to admit, I enjoy deep fried food more than healthy food (but who doesn't anyways) and the only way I will work out is by doing yoga. I just don’t believe in running. I have to come back to reality. That is why I believe there are different ways to having a healthy lifestyle. I am just taking this healthy lifestyle thing one step by step. If I were you, I would take more fashion advice than how to be healthy advice. During my Ugandan trip, I noticed that most people have clear skin. People had this beautiful clear skin and did not wear make-up. I don’t mean to make a joke out of this but these girls with the beautiful skin barely knew what make up was. At some point, I just wanted to walk around feeling people’s skins; I am just a curious person. Then I realized something, they have perfect skin because of the amount of fruits and healthy food they eat. I am not a huge fan of canned food.
There are many ways to take care of your skin without spending money on face products. Although some of them work, using fruits is my way of being healthy. This way, I feel better choosing a cheeseburger over a salad. This whole concept probably doesn't make sense to you but it works out for me. Life is not about doing anything you can to be a size 0, it’s about doing anything you can to have a healthy lifestyle. Let us see what we can do with simple things you can find in a kitchen.
Whether you learnt how to spell Bananas from Gwen Stefani or you simply won’t admit it. They are good for your skin. They are packed with vitamins A,B ,C and E which makes them a great moisture source for both hair and skin. The peel is said to heal bruises, rashes and insect bites….just rub over affected areas. Bananas understand your skin.
Due to its natural acids, Lemon juice can help whiten nails, reduce blackheads and add lustre to hair when mixed with water during the final rinse of your shower. It can also make a wonderful toner. Get fancy and add it in bananas to see how that works out.
I have a friend who loooooooves papayas. Papayas to her are what mozzarella sticks are to me. Apparently, papayas are great for an all-natural skin peel. They contain hydroxy acids which act as a natural and gentle exfoliator on the skin. This is good for my friend who cant have enough of papayas.
Yogurt contains lactic acid which helps to smooth rough and dry skin; this helps prevent premature ageing. It is also a great antibacterial and anti-fungal agent. When used as a mask, it helps to soothe blemishes and reduce impurities. It also stunningly soothes sunburns. Use full fat natural yogurt for best results. Why can’t we get excited about things that are good for us?
Now I don’t know how this would work out for me so I will not be trying it because I am allergic to them but almonds can be soaked and crushed to a paste to create a natural exfoliator. Their natural oils will remove dirt; the texture is gentler than salt or sugar scrubs- don’t trust them; they can be too harsh on sensitive skin. Almond oil is a renowned make up remover. It also won’t clog pores because it is lightweight. Since we are talking about great make up removers, Vaseline and baby oil will do the trick.
This is one of my favorite beauty tricks. Bags of black, green or white tea can be used to hide tired eyes. The caffeine and tannins they contain can draw out swelling and puffiness and neutralize dark circles. After making you cup of tea, before you throw away the tea bag, just allow the tea bag to cool first and then apply directly to the area around the eyes. Enjoy your cup of tea with less puffy eyes. It also makes a great stress reliever.
Last but not least, Avocados.
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There’s more to avocado than guacamole. Avocado is great for dry skin and makes a wonderful face mask. One of my favorite things to do when I need some me time is get a bowl, break in an egg then mix it with smashed avocado. Make a paste out of this, put it on your skin and relax for ten minutes. While you are relaxing, also keep in mind that I skipped the first step; which is making sure your skin is clean; no make-up, no lotion, just freshly cleaned. Anyways, back to our mask. Wash off the mask. Take in a moment, how soft and refreshing does that feel. Feel free to go this day make up free. That is my skin secret. You will be surprised by how many wrinkles can be avoided by only this once a month ten minutes. This and tea bags are your skin’s best friend. Just like those really nice shoes. What are some of your simple healthy secrets?