Here’s the truth: Mother Nature has blessed the world with good things. This includes natural foods, which you could use to fuel and energize your body. At the same time, these good things, which go by the name fruits, vegetables and whole grains can help your body grow, build and even heal itself.
Since the beginning of time, people have constantly looked for natural products that are more than just for giving you clear eyes and boosting your immune system. With the call against animal testing of cosmetic products and tons of ingredients that ruin your skin, it’s no surprise that people are going back to Mother Nature to find ingredients that can help restore the skin’s youthful glow in the most affordable way possible.
However, not all natural ingredients sound appealing on your skin. In fact, there are many foods that you may find unusual, but could do a lot to make your skin smoother and healthier. Here are some unusual foods that are great for your skin:
Good news, chocolate lovers. Finally, you have a reason to add more chocolate to your diet.
Chocolate, especially the pure dark kind, is the best ingredient to use inyour journey for sexy, smooth skin. Dark chocolate has age-defying antioxidants to make sure that your skin is at its best state.
You can eat dark chocolate with at least 60 percent cocoa content. You could also apply melted chocolate on your face, so the vitamins and minerals can penetrate into your skin, which could lead to skin cell regeneration. This means a healthy, youthful glow, as well.
Eat chocolate as it is after meals, make a facemask by melting the chocolate and applying it on your face, or you could even do both.
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut will always be synonymous to tropical countries and beaches. The sweet taste of the coconut juice is also perfect for the summer. As crazy as it may sound, coconut is more than just a summer drink or a cure for urinary tract infections.
Coconut oil, in particular, is a super food that is rich in antibacterial and antifungal properties. Adding it to your daily diet also maintains the right amount of hydration for your skin, working to keep it soft and plump.
It also cleans your gut, which has a positive effect on inflammation, a major cause of acne. It also works best on your scalp to promote proper blood circulation and hair growth.
Add coconut oil in your morning coffee, apply it to your skin or use it as a hair mask to enjoy its many benefits.
3. Bone Broth
The idea of bone broth may not sound appealing to you, but did you know that it has tons of healing and beauty benefits?
It turns out that bone broth has high levels of calcium and magnesium for stronger and healthier bones. It also has minerals to boost your immune system, as well as a high collagen content for healthier nails, hair and skin. In other words, everything good is rolled into one with bone broth.
Cook up some bone broth to use as a soup or in lieu of your morning cup.
Pineapple will always remind you of Hawaii, the beach and 50 First Dates. However, this delicious tropical fruit is more than just a drink or an ornament for your favorite smoothie.
The good news is, you could easily add this in your routine. Blend one-fourth cup of cubed pineapples, apply this mixture to your face and leave it on for 20 minutes. In case you’re in the mood to drink, use the remaining pineapples and make yourself a pineapple margarita.
5. Olive Oil
Olive oil will always be part of the list when it comes to weight loss as a “good fat.” In fact, heart-healthy diets always involve the use of olive oil. Aside from helping you with your weight loss goals, did you know that olive oil could clear up your skin and work against eczema?
Eczema is a result of an inflammation inside your body. Once you apply olive oil directly on the affected area, it helps relieve the burning sensation and allows its antioxidant properties to work against inflammation. At the same time, it reduces the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots and protects your skin against dryness.
Aside from helping you guard yourself against uncomfortable constipation, papaya is also known to enhance your eyesight.
Over the years, this fruit became known for making your skin softer, smoother and more glowing. It also helps get rid of dead skin cells, thanks to the enzyme papain found in it.
You can eat papaya as a healthy dessert after a meal.You could also use it at home to make a facial mask, since making one is easy and more convenient. Simply put slices of papaya into a food processor then grind it. Add a tablespoon of oatmeal until the mixture turns into paste.
Apply the mixture on your skin and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes before washing it off.
Yes, even your favorite drink at the bar has a good side, too. Take the case of vodka. It does make you tipsy, but this alcoholic drink is excellent in getting rid of foot odor, as well.
Vodka has antiseptic properties that create an unfavorable environment for odor-causing fungus and bacteria on your feet. All you need to do is to soak a washcloth in vodka, rub it on your feet and wait for its effects to kick in. You will have odor-free feet in no time.
They say that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. That’s true. Apple contains necessary vitamins to keep you healthy. Did you know that this fruit could also make your teeth whiter?
Crunchy fruits and vegetables create a cleansing action on your tooth’s enamel. This means that taking a bite and the actual process of chewing helps remove the yellow tint on your teeth.
At the same time, apple contains malic acid, a component that helps remove the stains in your teeth to make them whiter.
The next time you go to the grocery store, make sure to buy apples and eat them as much as you can.
For thousands of years, people have use licorice not just as a food, but also as a treatment for a variety of illnesses.
It also acts as a demulcent, or a soothing coating agent, and expectorant to help get rid of phlegm. Did you know it could work on rough skin, too?
All you need to do is to grind a few licorice sticks until it turns into a powder. Then, add a half teaspoon of petroleum jelly until it turns into paste. Apply it on your feet and say goodbye to corns and calluses.
10. Sea Buckthorn
The Himalayas is home to tons of wild plants that could make your skin smoother and healthier. An example of this is sea buckthorn.
Sea buckthorn is a nutrient powerhouse that is rich in antioxidants and helps your body fight free radical damage that could ruin not just your skin, but also your overall health. It also has flavonoids that prevent diseases from multiplying.
The sea buckthorn oil, which was made directly from the berries, is also an excellent cleanser, moisturizer and exfoliator. The berry extracts goes deep into your skin to heal and harmonize any imbalances to bring out your natural glow.
More Skin Help Of The Non-Food Variety
Although the following items are not for human consumption, they can offer some beauty help, too:
11. Bull Semen
Admit it, this one makes you cringe. Although this is not officially a food, apparently, it is one of the best and most effective natural beauty boosters came from a powerful being – a bull.
Hence, it won’t come as a surprise if the bull’s by-products are equally powerful, as well.
It turns out that bull semen has a pure form of protein that matches the human hair protein. This means if you are looking for a product that could help restore and recondition your hair, then bull semen is one of the best ways to go. It has the ability to penetrate deeply into your hair follicles to keep your hair smooth, thick and moisturized.
Ask your spa parlor if they offer animal-based treatments for the hair, and you’ll understand why it works so well.
12. Snail Goop
Now, things are getting a bit weirder and yuckier. Aside from a bull’s by-product, snails are also effective natural treatments to keep your skin smooth and sexy.
Chilean snail farmers discovered that mollusk mucus helps heal cuts and burns without leaving any scars.
Aside from this, snail goop can be used as a facial mask because of its ability to penetrate and moisturize your skin. It has even been known to clear up acne.
Thankfully, you don’t need to go to Chile to avail of these benefits. Beauty products manufacturers are starting to use snail goop, and incorporate it in their products.
13. Activated Charcoal
Since when is it okay to use charcoal in your face and body? Since now, because activated charcoal has detoxing abilities that attracts toxins in your body and draws them out of your system quickly and efficiently.
This is why it is also effective when applied topically to your hair and skin to help bring out that natural glow.
Aside from being your lotion or facial mask, you can also use activated charcoal as a toothpaste to clean your mouth and whiten your teeth.
What do you think? Are you ready to get that sexy, smooth skin?