Eating for your skin is a core concept of skin healing. This is because external treatments can only produce the best results, if they are harmonised with internal efforts. We don’t believe in cutting out “bad food groups;’ however we believe certain foods should be eaten in moderation, and others should be a part of your daily diet.
Now, it is very important for you to eat for your skin type, as certain foods may provide a better result for your individual skin needs, than others. So, stay tuned to our upcoming article, detailing which foods suit dry, combination, or oily skin. In the meantime, these are three foods that we perceive to be an ESSENTIAL in everyone’s diet.
Thought of as nothing more than a common spice, and often lost at the back of your spice rack; Turmeric is a nutrient rich food that your skin might be craving. Turmeric contains powerful antioxidants, such as curcumin. This antioxidant provides an anti-inflammatory response within your body, which can target your pores and reduce the appearance of irritated skin. Curcumin also encourages collagen production, so this is important for glowing and youthful skin! Many don’t know that Turmeric paste is effective in removing fine hairs and brightening the skin, when topically applied. However, Turmeric can have a staining effect, and thus can be less practical for those who don’t have much time to dedicate to these home treatments. So as a minimum, we recommend incorporating this superfood into your diet, and receive it’s skin healing properties from within. Here a few simple suggestions on how you can do this.
For a quick snack, mash an avocado with black pepper, sea salt and Turmeric. Spread this on a cracker; and off you go!
Alternatively, when you have a few minutes of down time, you can add ½ teaspoon of freshly grated Turmeric into honey and lemon herbal tea.
As a versatile spice, Turmeric can also be added to your soups, salads, sautéed or roasted vegetables, and meat dishes; even if just to add colour.
Where do we start? Spinach’s zeaxanthin compound serves as a powerful complexion rescue, as it has the ability to help in balancing out your skin tone. Amongst it’s Vitamin A, C, K and E, magnesium, plant protein, iron, and folate content; Spinach is an all-round skin warrior. Especially if you suffer from acne, or extremely dry skin. Spinach is often recommended to pregnant women as great source of folate. So, if it can contribute to the growth of whole humans, it’s safe to say that it can handle our skin’s cell renewal needs!
If you are struggling to find ways of integrating this food into your eating habits, then try adding spinach to your salads, or smoothies. As iron is lost through your sweat and used during exercise, it is best to consume a spinach powered smoothie just after or before a workout.
In the mornings, you could quickly add spinach in to your omelettes, or served under a poached egg.
Similarly, if you enjoy a burger, consider going bun-less and serving your meat on a bed of spinach, or perhaps replacing the lettuce with this superfood.
Spinach is virtually undetectable in sauces, or amongst mixed vegetables; so this is one suggestion for those of you who are not keen on the taste.
In the previous article, we spoke of the superior skin healing properties of olive oil. Thus, it is no surprise that olive leaf extract is also a No.1 nutrition MUST for skin healing. Certain strains of bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics, proving increasingly difficult to treat. Whereas, bacteria rarely become resistant to natural antibacterial substances, due to the complex chemistry of the antibacterial matter. Olive leaves have developed sophisticated antibacterial properties to thrive in treacherous conditions. Thus, when ingested they can aid in protecting you against even the most stubborn of infections. When referring to the healing of skin, olive leaf extract can fight harmful bacteria that eat away at your skin and cause a number of skin conditions. In addition to this, olive leaf extract works hard to boost your immune system, which will speak volumes on your skin.
You must be careful if you are looking into taking olive leaf extract in pill form. This is because companies have been known to bulk these supplements with extra chemicals and ingredients. There is also uncertainty surrounding the variety of olive leaf that has been used, and whether or it contains the highest nutrient levels.
The ELY SÉIDE Oleó Superfood range contain scientifically blended products which utilise the healing properties of the olive leaf extract. In particular, the Pure Acacia Honey with Olive Leaf Extract can be enjoyed on a cracker with cheese, as a quick snack.
Superfood healthy skin booster!
Adding two teaspoons of this honey to boiling water will also provide you with a delicious skin healing tea.