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This seems to be quite the trending topic, Self Love. Well, this is true. One should love him or her “self.” And Dove got it right, everyBODY should love the skin they are in. Yes, everybody and every body is unique and beautiful, but the skin that covers that body should be loved and treated with the utmost care as it is the largest organ on your body! So, perhaps one should take the saying “love the skin you’re in” a bit more seriously and literally by truly loving the “skin” they’re in and by showing more care towards the actual… skin.
The skin is an incredible and vital organ at that, acting as the guardian of the human body and all things in it. With multiple layers of tissue, the skin guards the muscles, bones, ligaments and internal organs. Each layer contains different components such as oils, perspiration glands, sensory receptors, hair follicles, and blood vessels etc. Thus as stated above, it is imperative that we take the utmost care of our skin and show more love towards it.
When looking at skin care and hygiene, the ingredients of a product truly make a difference since the skin is porous and will absorb an average of 64% whatever you put on it, with the face having an absorption rate of several times more permeable than the larger body parts, yet the underarms and genitalia has 100% absorption rate. It is safe to say that if you can’t put it into your body, then you should probably not eat it. This includes a variety of products such as: foods; topical creams; gels; liquids, and most importantly including the water and it’s quality.
Below are 4 foods that are beneficial and safe to use on your body and skin. Not only are they good for you, but you can also taste good as well!
Avocado is a wonderful fruit that helps improving your skin tone. It not only makes its look and feel healthy, the omega-9 fats can also help reduce redness, irritation and inflammation, repairing damaged skin cells. The vitamin E within the avocado also guards agains photo-aging from sun exposure while the vitamin C helps the skin maintain it’s elasticity and firmness by creating elastin and collagen.
Pineapple is an age old remedy that many women use from all over the world to prevent acne, dissolve black heads and dead cells from the skins surface while also unclogging the pores, preventing buildup. A rich source of vitamin C, antioxidants and alpha-hydroxy acids, the pineapple acts as a protective agent against free radicals, slowing the aging process and perhaps lessening the appearance of scars and wrinkles. Pineapple is very strong, so a little goes a very long way. Be cautious when using it, for it might burn. A wonderful mask idea is combining crushed pineapple with honey, which leads to the next natural and edible skin remedy.
You always win more people with honey than vinegar, they say. Honey is known as a humectant, meaning that it is a substance that attracts moisture and keeps it locked inside. It is also beneficial for oily skin as well; the sweetener helps the skin retain moisture and elasticity without drying it out, as some conventional facial cleanses may do. Honey is also a natural antioxidant. Antioxidants protect internal organs from any damage known as oxidative stress. Like the avocado, honey also is a natural form of sunscreen. It also has antibacterial benefits (when it makes contact with a wound, it turns into hydrogen peroxide), speeding the healing process.
Oatmeal is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, folate, potassium and many more, all of these health benefits can be applied to the skin. Like avocado, it reduces redness, irritation and inflammation. Due to these anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties, oatmeal also treats poison ivy, chicken pox, insect bites and eczema. It also moisturizes the skin quite well. Another use for oatmeal is treating acne, absorbing and removing excess oils and bacteria on the skin while also gently exfoliating dead skin cells, the byproduct of the application will combat the acne. Also, like the honey, oatmeal creates a lubricating gat that moisturizes and provides a protective layer over the skin, fighting UV rays.
So why not treat yourself on the outside AND inside? Love yourself, and certainly love your body. EveryBODY should love the skin they are in and themselves in their entirety! Why? You are worth it! So with that said, let’s celebrate and cheers to loving the skin and every inch YOU and your BODY are in!
Below is a recipe for a healthy smoothie. Once you make it, remember to toast to a healthy and beautiful YOU, inside and out!
Mix in a blender:
2.5 oz. of avocado
1 tablespoon of honey
1/4 cup of oats
1/2 cup of fresh diced pineapple (or frozen)
Favorite Isolate Protein Powder, I like Vanilla or Birthday Cake.
1 cup of water
1 cup of ice
Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!
Now let us cheers to you, your skin and every inch of YOU and your beautiful Body!