When we head to the grocery store, we’re usually stocking up on foods we need to feel our best from the inside out. And, let’s be honest, a few foods that simply taste delicious…no shame! But, next time you walk through the aisles of your local market, I encourage you to start thinking about what foods you could use to look your best from the outside in. Yes, there are a number of common foods that when applied topically, work wonders on our skin. Start thinking outside the grocery cart and consider replacing some of your expensive skin care products with some of these delicious foods.
Oatmeal is a fantastic topical treatment for the skin. It is one of the more gentle scrubs as it also has soothing properties that are good for rashes or itchy skin irritations. There's no need to mix with anything. Simply make a pot of oatmeal as directed on the package, let cool and scrub away.
Exfoliating the whole body with coffee grinds is another great option to help get rid of unwanted dead skin and cellulite. Even Halle Berry is a fan. Its grittiness refreshes the skin and its antioxidant properties help stimulate blood flow and prevent acne. Mix in some water or some face wash for optimal benefit.
It is more than likely that you’ve used a sugar scrub at some point in your life, and that’s because sugar is one of the most popular natural exfoliators. Just beware that sugar is one of the more intense scrubs so being gentle is key to success here. Mix in a few tablespoons of olive or coconut oil and massage it in.
We all know that avocado is one of the best sources of healthy fats for the body and the same is true for the skin. Mash up some ripe avocados and let its omega fats as well as its vitamin loaded nourishing properties naturally moisturize the face. Added bonus: it’s also great for reducing wrinkles. Oh yeah!
Coconuts are also packed with that healthy fat punch we need to keep our skin soft. While the oil is great for cosmetic things like makeup removal, the milk is an all-in-one product, so to speak. It’s a cleanser, toner and hydrator all at the same time. Use it like a cleanser, leave on for a few minutes, and gently rinse.
Honey is an unsung hero of the cosmetic world. It simultaneously stimulates, hydrates and nourishes the skin. It also unclogs pores and can help prevent acne. Yes please!
Papaya contains a “miracle enzyme” called papain, which is also found in pineapple and cantaloupe. Papain has a number of different medical benefits. When it comes to the skin, it helps to break down and slough off dead skin cells as well as promote collagen production, helping to reduce signs of aging.
Applesauce is another incredible way to boost collagen and elasticity in the face. Apply directly onto the skin, but just be sure that if you’re buying the sauce, not making it, that it doesn’t contain any additives or sugars. You want the real, raw deal!
Did you know egg yolks are loaded with retinol? Retinol is a common ingredient in anti-aging skin products and is used to rejuvenate the skin by promoting the turnover of skin cells, slowing the breakdown of collagen and thickening the skin. Scramble the yolk and apply under the eyes. You can leave it on overnight or rinse it off after a few minutes.