How about a Little Nutrition…For Your Skin?

Christine Laureano is the founder of Ba6 Botanicals, all-natural, chemical-free skin care products that nurture, heal, and pamper your skin. Here she shares her best tips for nutrition for the skin.

fruits-and-nutsIt’s time to think about what we put on our skin – and feeling good in your skin, not just about the ingredients, but about actual nutrition. It’s spring. I think about how much “comfort food” I ate while hibernating over the cold months, and how I’m going to work it off! I look at all the beautiful colors that are emerging – and the greens, the fresh, fresh greens that I can’t wait to consume. I’m thinking about how I’m going to detox and feed my body so I have more energy and feel younger and more alert.

Which leads to…what are we feeding our skin?

Body care products on the drug store shelf, let’s just say, have no nutritional value for your skin. They may have oils (one or two…maybe) that give you the feeling that they are good for you, but nutritionally speaking, they are lacking.

So what does nutrition for your skin look like? What goes on your body, to keep it healthy, vibrant and alive, looks surprisingly like what goes in your body! Hmmmm, who knew.

I always tell people that if you run our of moisturizer, go to the kitchen and grab your bottle of olive oil for hearty skin-soothing nutrients to spread all over the body! Olive oil is high in oleic acid, (a naturally occurring fatty acid) is good for skin cell regeneration, and it helps soothe inflamed skin (thanks to antioxidants like vitamins A & E.)

You’re probably hearing a lot about coconut oil these days. It’s a great oil to cook with because it can “take the heat” so to speak. Coconut oil is another good kitchen oil for the skin because it’s non-greasy, absorbs well, good for dry sensitive skin, and won’t clog pores.

There are a lot of other oils that are super nutritious for your skin: almond, hazelnut, apricot kernel, and avocado. What other natural things can you think of that would be nutritious for your skin? Here are a few of my faves:

Apples – natural AHA (fruit acids) and mild for the skin.
Lemons – refreshes skin and another AHA (but this one stronger than apples) just be careful not to use lemon before going into the sun – it promotes sunburn.
Avocado – mash that up and you get a super-nutrient for skin and a great moisturizing masque for dry and damaged hair too.
Oatmeal – great to soothe inflamed skin. It has protein, vitamins A, B’s, E, K, Omegas and other key minerals.
Honey – real and raw local honey is excellent for helping to soothe your skin form irritation and inflammation, keep skin moisturized, and help with acne. It’s loaded with antioxidants and great for wrinkles and aging skin.

When you FEED your skin the good stuff – nutrient rich food – your skin will look younger, continue to produce collagen and elastin longer. You’ll have fewer zits, eczema, dry skin, and other issues will fade. For more healthy skin tips and information on Christine’s great local skincare line Ba6 Botanicals, see Ba6Botanicals.com.

One Healthy Breakdown: As Christine always says, “Feel Great in the Skin You’re In!”

Bask in Your Mask, At Home!

Love that post-facial feel? Why not save a little money and time by making your own natural face masks? This way, you can feel good about the ingredients and maybe even multitask by getting something done around the house (yes, a snooze, bath, or TV show counts as something!) while you bask in your mask! Try these masks over the next few weeks to rejuvenate skin after a long summer of sunshine!

Woman Getting Facial Treatment

Moisture Mask: Combine 1 whole avocado, 1 teaspoon olive oil, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Blend or mash until smooth. Add a teaspoon of sea salt for added exfoliation (optional, best for oily skin.) Apply mask to face and let sit 15-20 minutes. Wash face with warm water and pat dry.

Pore Shrinker: Apply egg whites evenly to face (use one egg’s whites or about a tablespoon out of carton, preferably pasteurized.) Let dry on face about 10 minutes and wash with a gentle cleanser and warm water. Face will feel a bit stiff and pores will be instantly smaller. Also helps fight blemishes!

Revitalization Recipe: Combine one part fresh-squeezed orange juice, one part milk, and two parts honey. Apply evenly to face and let soak for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

OrangesOne Healthy Breakdown: who said a facial has to cost an arm and a leg? Just open your fridge and facial away today!

*consult a doctor before trying if you have sensitive skin or food allergies.