If you’re anything like us, you’re probably overwhelmed every time you go to a department (or drug) store to pick up a beauty product. All of them claim they will work miracles for your hair, skin and nails but how can you be sure? And by the time you find out, you might’ve realized you bought into hype and lost some money in the process.
Commercial brands are, what they are. Some are good and some are a total waste of time and money. But what we can say is beauty starts from the inside out and there are some things that you eat, that are great for your beauty regimen. Plus, they cost less money and have less chemicals in them too.
Eggs are packed with protein. That’s already reason enough to eat some a couple of times each week. They also contain Vitamin A, folate, calcium, zinc and Vitamins B2, B5 and B12. From a health standpoint, they contain Lutein and Zeaxanthin which helps to protect your vision; they are proven to help you to lose weight. As far as the outside of you goes, eggs are a wonderful hair conditioner and as a mask they will moisturize and tighten your skin. Click here for an egg hair conditioner recipe and here for how to make an egg mask.
For starters, did you know that kiwi contains five times the amount of Vitamin C as one orange does? That makes it a mega-antioxidant and that can help to keep your immune system strong. Kiwi also has a lot of Vitamin A so that your bones and teeth stay strong and Vitamin B6 to keep your system regular. Beauty wise? It helps to rejuvenate your skin cells and remove excess oil so that you experience less breakouts. Kiwi is a pretty awesome skin exfoliant too. For your hair, it helps to keep your scalp healthy and prevent premature greying. Since it has magnesium and zinc in it, it also helps to keep your blood circulation going. That keeps your nails that nice pink color.
3. Orange peelsThe next time you go to peel an orange, think about this: chewing on the skin can help you to lose weight, reduce any respiratory problems you might have and naturally cure bad breath. If you let orange peels dry out and then grind them, they are an amazing exfoliant or you can put them into your bathwater to detoxify your skin. If you struggle with dandruff, grind the peels, mix them with water and let them sit in a container overnight. The next day, apply the solution to your scalp. It will help to get rid of any dandruff. Some people rave about how peeling an orange with your bare hands also helps to strengthen nails and make cuticles healthier. (Just don’t store them in the fridge; that affects their potency.)
4. Sunflower seeds
If you love snacking on sunflower seeds, good news! A quarter cup alone is enough to provide you with 60 percent of the Vitamin E your body needs each day. They also contain magnesium which helps to keep PMS symptoms under control and selenium to keep your thyroid in check. The beauty benefits of sunflower seeds include they contain copper which fits aging and greying; essential fatty acids that soothe dermatitis and eczema; zinc that stimulates hair growth and Vitamin B6 so that your nails will not become dry and brittle.
5. Almond milk
Lots of doctors and nutritionists are singing the praises of milk alternatives. A popular one is almond milk. It lowers your blood pressure and keeps your heart, muscles and bones strong. Beauty-wise, almond milk contains Vitamins A and E. Both are antioxidants to keep your skin healthy. We recommend washing your face with a solution made out of almond milk. Get a recipe here.
6. Green tea
You might not be much of a tea drinker, but maybe this will change your mind. Green tea contains compounds that stimulate your brain, antioxidants that keep you from getting sick, properties that help you to burn fat and bacteria-killers that can reduce tooth decay and cavities. You can place two used green tea bags on your eyes to minimize puffiness and dark circles; boil a couple of bags, let it cool and then use it as a face wash to clean your pores or apply freshly brewed tea (that has cooled) onto newly washed hair to stimulate hair growth. Drinking or soaking your nails in green tea will make them super strong too! For a delicious iced green tea recipe that will stimulate you from the inside out, click here.