June, 2014


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Skincare Superfoods

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  1. Blueberries

Blueberries are fast becoming the hit ingredient for skincare products as well being a great berry to eat to get glowing skin. Blueberries are rich in anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C and Anthocyanins to help fight the formation of free radicals that can damage the skin’s microstructure. It’s a superfood as it has the highest level of antioxidants of any food and can even help reverse the aging process. With the right diet you can virtually stop wrinkles in their tracks. There is a link to blueberries helping tackle acne, even though acne is attributed to hormones. It can neutralize and normalize oil levels in the skin, making it healthier and less likely to accumulate sebum.

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  1. Pomegranate

Pomegranate has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. It’s an incredible antioxidant, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging abilities it’s no doubt that it’s incorporated into skincare, especially anti-aging and sun care products. It can help with a number of skincare issues that can attribute to people with darker skin such as dry skin, age spots, hyperpigmentation, acne and acne scars. For sun protection it can protect against skin cancer because of ellagic acid, a polyphenol antioxidant found in large quantities in pomegranates, which researchers have found inhibits the growth of skin tumors. Extracts of pomegranates help protect the skin from the detrimental effects of UV exposure and slow down the degradation of collagen Also it enables to promote smooth, firm skin by promoting collagen and elastin production.

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  1. Pumpkin

There are many benefits to Pumpkins, it’s rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and both the flesh and seeds of the pumpkin provide many health-boosting, disease-fighting nutrients. This is great during the colder month; we need more exfoliation to remove dead skin cells. Pumpkin is an amazing natural skin treatment helping to restore and reserve skin damage from the skin. Make it into a body scrub with brown sugar and cinnamon and you’ll love the results!

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  1. Olive oil (not to be used for sunbathing)

Olive oil helps protect your skin from developing skin cancer specifically the deadly form known as melanoma and helps to fight the effects of premature aging. The skin on your lips are very thin, so it leaves them prone to drying out or becoming chapped – apply a light coating of oil to your lips a few times a day to heal the damage and give you smooth lips. Don’t use olive oil if you’re prone to breakouts as it is essentially oil!

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  1. Lemon juice

The juice of one lemon daily is a great body cleanser as it helps detoxify any toxins in the body and helps to bring a glow in your complexion internally. Lemon has Vitamin C, which is also responsible for building up collagen in our skin, which is necessary to keep the skin firm and young. Also, it’s great to lighten blemishes and any scars or dark spots. Use lemon juice externally on the body only at night. It makes your skin photosensitive (sensitive to light). Exposure to sun would be extremely harmful so use sunscreen diligently after using lemon on your skin.

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  1. Cucumber

Fresh raw cucumber are rich in fluids that hydrate the skin, joints and tissues as well as giving you a great boost of Vitamin C, magnesium and ionic potassium. Cucumbers are often used topically to enhance skin function. The natural ascorbic acid and caffeic acid found in cucumber acts to prevent water retention in the skin. This reduces swelling under the eyes and helps the skin heal from sunburn, inflammation, and eczema. Cucumbers are also very effective when eaten and applied topically for removing unwanted cellulite. Cucumbers act to draw out excess fluids and tighten collagen, which has the effect of a natural cellulite reduction. Simply eat some cucumber, juice it, and/or place the cucumber on the regions of water retention.

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  1. Melon

Want skin as firm as a melon? Melon’s anti-ageing secret is carotenoids. These allow vitamin A to be formed which is vital for maintaining cellular health and protecting skin from oxidative stress – this is what accelerates the internal ageing process and manifests itself externally as wrinkles.

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  1. Avocado

Whether you choose to blend, slice, or mash them, avocados will give you a hefty dose of nutrients your skin loves, including lutein, vitamin E, oleic acid, folate, and monounsaturated fats.Good nutrition is a main component of healthy skin, try and use avocado into your diet to combat dull winter skin and is extremely soothing to sensitive skin. It’s a known bactericide and helps mobilize and increase collagen production in your connective tissue.

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  1. Broccoli

There are multiple studies that suggest that broccoli could be sunscreen against cancer as it contains sulforaphane, a compound found in broccoli could help block sunburn and prevent the skin disease. The vitamin C in broccoli aids in collagen production and keeps your skin healthy and supple, while vitamin E protects your skin cell membranes and guards against UV radiation damage.

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