How to Use Food for Beauty

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I’ve written about my natural beauty routine here – I explain how and why I use oil to moisturise and cleanse, tea tree oil to tone and essential oils for perfume, etc. To reduce environmental toxins I recommend slowly changing your beauty routine. Your skin is your largest organ and it absorbs up to 60% of what you put on it. If you check the labels of everything in your bathroom you’ll be shocked at the amount of chemicals we put on our bodies every day. My rule is, if it isn’t good enough to eat, then it isn’t good enough to go on my skin. Today I’m sharing how to use wholefoods for beauty (if you’re after specific tips you may want to take a look at my Healthy Hair Tips and Glowing Skin Tips):

Coconut oil – moisturiser, hair conditioner, lip gloss and cleanser. A ‘how to’ guide can be found here.

Baking soda – exfoliator (gently rub over your face and body to remove dead skin cells) and face mask (create a solution with baking soda and water, apply to face, leave to dry and then rinse).

Honey – hair treatment (create a hair treatment with avocado, honey and eggs to enhance shine and strength), heal cuts or burns (apply topically) and face mask (mix avocado, eggs, apple cider vinegar and baking soda to create a face mask).

Salt – exfoliator (gently rub over your face and body to remove dead skin cells) and acne treatment (salt water applied directly to acne kills bacteria).

Lemons – toner (dilute with water for an effective toner) and acne treatment (apply directly to acne).

Apple cider vinegar – toner (dilute with water for a natural toner), acne treatment (apply directly to acne) and hair conditioner (rinse hair with a solution of apple cider vinegar and water to enhance shine). Many more uses for apple cider vinegar can be found here.

Avocado – face mask (mix with egg, honey, apple cider vinegar and baking soda to make a face mask) and hair treatment (the oil in avocado is closest to our natural sebum).

Eggs – hair treatment (the protein in eggs provides strength to your hair just don’t wash out with hot water otherwise the egg will cook into your hair!) and face mask (mix with honey, avocado, apple cider vinegar and baking soda to create a face mask).

These two aren’t exactly food items but I thought they were worth the mention:

Tea tree oil – acne treatment (apply directly to acne) and toner (dilute with water and use as a toner).

Essential oils – bath oil (add a few drops to warm bath water) and perfume (dab a drop on each wrist or behind each knee).

Do you have any other foods or uses to add to the list?

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