Strawberries. Pumpkin. Pomegranate. We can think of so many of our favorite dishes that incorporate these foods. But did you know that they also pack a serious skincare punch?
Here we’re diving into 5 foods that are good for your skin. This guide explores why they’re so great and how you can try them out at home.
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1) Strawberries: Not Only Good on Shortcake
Aside from being delicious in shortcakes and cocktails, strawberries are rich in vitamin C. This isn’t just a big up for your immune system. Vitamin C is a powerful anti-aging agent.
In fact, strawberries have more wrinkle-fighting vitamin C per serving than servings of oranges and grapefruits. Yes, that means that strawberries can help moisturize and combat aging-related dry skin.
You can get these skincare benefits from snacking on some strawberries or trying some DIY skincare. Want to test the DIY route?
Blend some strawberries with 1 cup of vanilla or plain yogurt and 1.5 tablespoons of honey. This mixture is a simple anti-aging moisturizer. Apply it to your face for about 8 minutes, rinse it off, and check out the face glow.
2) Oh My, Olive Oil
You probably use olive oil in your kitchen on a regular basis, but did you know that it’s a potent antioxidant with beneficial anti-inflammatory properties?
Thanks to its antioxidants, olive oil helps your body disarm free radicals and reduce inflammation in your skin.
It’s easy to incorporate some olive oil into your salads or snacks—but you can incorporate olive oil in your skincare regimen, too.
If you have rough patches on your elbows and heels, olive oil can step in to help soothe and smooth your skin. Try rubbing a small amount of olive oil on those dry patches and basking in the glow of your moisturized skin.
3) Feel the Heal of Green Tea
Maybe you love to curl up with a mug of green tea after a long day. Good news! Green tea is filled with inflammation-fighting antioxidants, and has been found to potentially reduce the risk of skin cancer.
When you add a generous squeeze of lemon juice to your mug, the tea’s antioxidants remain in the body for prolonged benefits.
Want to get an antioxidant boost—but green tea isn’t your cup of tea? Don’t stress.
Chill damp green tea bags in the fridge and put them on your eyes for 10–15 minutes. Why? Green tea contains tannins. These tannins act as an astringent and help reduce puffiness around your eyes.
4) Pumpkin for the Win
Did you know that pumpkins get their orange hue from carotenoids? Carotenoids are wrinkle-fighting plant pigments that help neutralize free radicals in the skin.
By neutralizing these free radicals, the carotenoids found in pumpkins keep those pesky free radicals from quickly aging your skin. Plus, pumpkin is filled with vitamins C, E, and A, along with other powerful enzymes, which help hydrate your skin.
Although pumpkin seeds make a great fiber-filled snack, the pulp is where the carotenoids are at. To hydrate and soften your skin, combine the pulp with 4 tablespoons of low-fat vanilla yogurt, and 4 tablespoons of honey. Coat your face for 10 minutes, then rinse.
5) The Power of Pomegranate
Pomegranates are filled with hundreds of antioxidant-packed seeds, making them one of the most antioxidant-rich fruits around.
Moreover, pomegranate juice has more inflammation-fighting antioxidants than red wine or even green tea. Yes, really.
Try combining pomegranate seeds with oats, honey, buttermilk, and turbinado sugar. Apply the mixture to rough patches of skin on your elbows, knees, and heels. This helps scrub away dead skin cells and reveal fresh, smooth skin.
Hungry for More Nutrient-Rich Skincare Products?
You don’t have to play around in the kitchen to get some serious skincare benefits. At Buckler’s, all of our products incorporate all-natural, nutrient-rich ingredients like avocado oil and sweet almond oil.
Try Buckler’s Daily Face Repair Cream to give your skin the anti-inflammatory power of antioxidants found in pomegranate, pumpkin and green tea. The Buckler’s Revitalize Face Oil, rich in Vitamin E and Omega-6 fatty acids, mirrors the benefits of olive oil. No food processor required.