At Eric’s, we can’t understand why anyone would have to be convinced to visit a health food shoppe – we love hanging out there! But for people who still might need some persuading to visit, here is:
Eric’s Top 7 ways Health Food is Good for Your Complexion
Organic fruit and vegetables
A diet that is high in whole foods is wonderful for healthy skin (or just a healthy body in general, really!). You should eat organic whenever you can to prevent putting any pesticides into your system, and because we find that fresh, organic produce simply does taste a lot better.
Eat a rainbow of brightly coloured fruit and vegetables, including reds, yellows, oranges, greens and blues.
Some of the reasons why fruit and vegetables are awesome for your skin include:
- They are a wonderful source of vitamins including E which is great for skin and C which boosts collagen production
- They are a good source of antioxidants which help to protect your skin from oxidative damage that can be caused by the sun and the environment
- Especially the bright orange and green ones contain beta-carotene, which works as a natural sunblock
- They are a great source of water and work to keep you well hydrated
A diet high in fruit and vegetables leaves your skin glowing, fresh, and radiant.
Healthy sources of fat
Vitamin E and Omega 3 fatty oils are both fantastic nutrition for youthful skin. You can find these healthy fats in plenty of delicious foods supplied by your health food shoppe, including:
- Oily fish like salmon and tuna
- Fish oil supplements
- Olive oil
- Vegetable oils
- Green leafy vegetables
Multivitamin supplements, in general, can help your immune system and make your skin healthier and cleaner. But there are also supplement combinations which have been put together purely to boost your skin.
Look for supplements that contain Vitamins A, C and E, Omega 3 fatty acids, zinc, selenium, linoleic acid, beta-carotene and protein. There are also combinations of collagen boosters which naturally feed and replenish your body’s own production of collagen – which is essential for younger and healthier looking skin.
A number of herbal teas are excellent for the health of your skin, but the best to start with is probably green tea. As a nutritious source of antioxidants, green tea helps to boost your skin’s natural sun protection increases elasticity, feel and moisture in your skin.
Herbal teas aren’t dehydrating like coffee, so this is a good way to meet your daily water intake easily.
Most skincare products for sale these days are filled with synthetic ingredients and chemicals that you probably can’t even name. As well as being dubious quality for your skin, these products are not good for the environment, in the fossil fuels used to make them or the large amount of waste in containers and plastics they produce.
Companies insert all sorts of things into your skincare and beauty products, from artificial colors and fragrances, to stabilizers and preservatives, that can be easily absorbed into your skin and your bloodstream as well. The long-term negative effects of these artificial ingredients on your health is largely unknown with some reports linking ingredients to hormonal imbalances and even cancer.
At your local health food shoppe you will find a range of skincare products perfect for sensitive skin. Products made with natural and plant-based ingredients have been shown to be gentler on your skin, as well as feeling beautiful and smelling great.
To take care of your skin, no matter what your age, there are a few steps you should include in your daily routine. This includes washing your face morning and night, as well as after exercising. This removes dirt and toxins from the skin and removes make-up. It also unclogs pores and helps to clear acne.
You should also moisturize to keep your skin hydrated and supple. A moisturizer with a built-in sunblock is a great idea and will tick off two steps in one to have you ready for the day.
You should always protect your skin against the sun, even in winter. While some sunshine is essential for vitamin D, too much is not good for you, and ages your skin prematurely. To keep it looking younger and unlined for longer, you need daily sun protection.
Your health food shoppe will have some wonderful natural sun protection products that will be perfect for sensitive skin and even regular skin as well.
Natural ingredients to make your own skincare
To really have peace of mind about what goes into your skincare products, as well as making a very small footprint environmentally, you could even make your own products from natural ingredients.
The following gorgeous ingredients can all be found in your health food shoppe and can be used to make some really wonderful fresh products for your skin. Used for hundreds and even thousands of years by ancient cultures, you know these ingredients are good for you.
One of the most versatile products in the health food shoppe for your complexion is coconut oil. As well as cleansing and moisturising the skin, this lovely oil has antioxidant properties and can help skin to heal and cells to regenerate. It also calms conditions such as eczema.
It is a wonderful product for babies and people with sensitive skin.
Tea Tree Oil
This oil is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, so is wonderful for cleansing skin and treating conditions like acne, eczema, burns or any redness or irritation. It kills bacteria on the skin and helps it to heal.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This is another natural ingredient that when applied to the skin helps both to clean and heal, making it wonderful for conditions like acne. It removes bacteria and freshens and detoxifies the skin.
This is of the best natural sources of nutrients, enzymes, vitamins and skin-boosting acids. You can use raw honey to reduce breakouts, heal wounds, reduce scars and stretch marks, and fight rashes and allergic skin reactions. It also has moisturizing properties and contains antiseptic qualities.
While eating avocados is a very good way to get healthy fats into your system, you can also make an incredibly indulgent face mask by mashing avocado and applying it on your skin. The vitamins A, D and E penetrate the skin and help it to regenerate, reduce inflammation and can also boost collagen production.
Aloe Vera Gel
Another great natural healing product, aloe vera gel is excellent at providing relief from sunburn as well as minor cuts and scratches, and helps to rehydrate the skin.
Some other handy tips to help your skin be as beautiful and youthful as it possibly can be
- Drink plenty of water
- Wash off your makeup before going to bed
- Exfoliate your face and body regularly using a loofah or exfoliating cream (or make your own using raw sugar, coconut oil and lemon juice)
- Get a little fresh air and sunshine every day, but not too much sun exposure
- Get some gentle exercise 3-5 times a week