In this blog we’re going to uncover the beautifying qualities of a handful of ingredients you have right there in your kitchen, and there’s some real good’ns I tell ya!

So why are we raiding the kitchen cupboards?  I shall explain…

The quality of the ingredients you put on your skin is equally as important as the foods you eat. Since your skin is your biggest organ, anything you put on your skin is going to be absorbed by your body.

Around 70% of what you put on your skin will be absorbed straight into your blood stream, and that includes those nasty toxins found in commercial cosmetics, face washes, lotions and potions.

You wouldn’t eat them, so why would you put them on your skin?

Using natural, chemical-free (delicious) ingredients on your skin is the best way to cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise and detoxify your skin, resulting in brighter, glowing, radiant skin!

So, are you ready to break open the kitchen cupboards and smother yourself in their delicious contents? Good! Then let’s get messy!

MASK 1: Avocado and Honey Mask

Each of the ingredients within this mask have unique properties that work really well together to deliver an abundance of skin loving nutrients directly to your skin.

Let’s delve in a little deeper and find out more:

Avocado – Avocados are rich in skin loving anti-aging antioxidants including vitamin A, C, and E, plus delicious healthy fatty acids that all work wonderfully to nourish your skin.
They also contain potassium which helps to keep your skin nicely moisturized and hydrated, and glutathione which assists in the anti-aging process – bring on the avocados people!

Apple cider vinegar – I love what apple cider vinegar can do for the skin! 
It can help restore your skin to its proper pH level, reduce inflammation on the skin, with its antibacterial properties it can help remove excess dirt and grime from the skin that can clog pores and promote breakouts, plus it helps to make your face feel smoother and brighten your skin tone.

To use apple cider vinegar as an antibacterial ingredient for your skin, you can turn it into a natural toner by mixing one part apple cider vinegar to three parts water. I store mine in a small jam jar and it lasts a good while. Dip a cotton ball in or slosh a little on the cotton ball and apply after cleansing and exfoliating. 

Raw Honey – Raw honey has natural antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties making it a helpful natural remedy to remove acne causing bacteria from your skin and soothe inflamed bumps.

Honey can help assist skin repair (especially Manuka honey), help as a natural spot treatment and can really brighten up your skin tone.

You can use raw honey in recipes like this one, or you can use it on its own as a natural face mask.

Uncooked oatmeal –oats are amazing for your complexion as they have an abundance of antioxidants, great moisturising and anti-inflammatory properties, and contain a fantastic array of amino acids, which helps to heal blemishes and repair damaged skin. They are also a marvellous exfoliant to really help you to glow.

Lemon juice – Lemons have great antibacterial properties and they reduce excess oil on the skin, helping to keep pore from clogging, making them excellent acne fighters
Lemon juice is also great for brightening the skin and has brilliant antioxidant properties.

Recipe from Nutrition Stripped

½ avocado

¼ cup uncooked oatmeal

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Puree or mash up everything altogether and plop on to your face for 15-30 minutes and rinse off.
You may want to apply this over the sink to avoid oats dropping on the floor or in your bed!

MASK 2: Avocado and Orange Face Mask

If you want to make an avocado mask but you don’t have oats or honey, try this version instead by David Wolfe.

Puree one ripe avocado with 6-7 drops of a freshly squeezed orange and 1 tablespoon of hemp seed oil and massage into your face and neck. Lay down and get comfy and relaxed and let the goodness seep in! Leave on for about 20 minutes

Hemp seed oil – Hemp seed oil is an amazing oil for the skin and can be consumed or applied externally (or both!) for excellent results.

Hemp oil helps maintain moisture balance in the skin, helps prevent skin premature aging, and can also be useful in alleviating certain skin conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis thanks to its nutrient profile and levels of essential fatty acids omega 3 and 6. These are both key components in skin health, helping to reduce inflammation. 

MASK 3: Coconut and Spirulina Facemask

This mask comes from Deliciously Ella and really does leave your skin feeling well cleansed, nourished and moisturised.

The ingredients in this mask work so well together to really help soothe your skin, remove dead skin cells, banish blemishes, moisturise your face and leave your skin radiant.

So what’s in it?

Spirulina – Spirulina is a blue-green microscopic algae with a full spectrum of nutrients, containing vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, amino acids, chlorophyll and even some essential fatty acids.
Spirulina has high levels of chlorophyll which helps with cleansing thanks to its antibacterial properties, making it a good warrior against acne.

Chlorella –  Chlorella is loaded with skin essential antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids and anti-inflammatory properties. Chlorella is a wonderful ingredient to take internally and externally to really get a healthy glow.

Coconut – When applied topically to the skin, a coconut yogurt face mask will help moisturize, fight acne, slow down premature skin aging, relieve sunburn, and deliver a whack of skin loving nutrients. What’s not to love? 

Makes 2 masks

1 heaped teaspoon of spirulina

1 teaspoon of chlorella

2 tablespoons of Coyo coconut yoghurt (or greek yoghurt if you prefer)

2 tablespoons of raw honey

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

Place all the ingredients into a bowl and stir them together until they form a smooth mix, then rub the mask over your face. Leave the mask on for about an hour, during which time it should harden, before washing it off with warm water.

Deliciously Ella, mastermind behind this recipe likes to wash the mask off with a handful of oats soaked in hot water to give her skin a little exfoliation, and then finishes off by moisturising with a little coconut oil.

MASK 4: Simple Spirulina Mask

This one is a lot less complicated and requires just 2 ingredients, spirulina and water. 
It’s as easy as that!

Spirulina is a brilliant source of skin loving nutrients and works well to tighten the skin, unclog and cleanse the pores too.

Simply mix 2 tsp of Spirulina powder with enough water to make a paste and spread over the face. Leave on for 15-30 minutes and rinse off. 

If you want to take it one step further, you could try:

2 tsp of green tea powder (Matcha) or spirulina powder

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 

1 tsp raw honey 

1 tsp lemon juice 

½ a ripe avocado 

Green Tea powder (Matcha) is brilliant for your skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties, helps reverse the signs of sun damage or sunburnt skin and is just packed full of skin nurturing properties. 

Olive oil – Olive oil contains an abundance of polyphenols and hydrating properties, as well as containing high levels of the potent antioxidant Vitamin E, making it one of the most recommended skin care vitamins.

Vitamin E helps to stimulate the growth and maintenance of collagen, slow down skin aging, encourages cell regeneration, helps clear spots and blemishes and generally makes your skin glow and shine with natural health!

MASK 5: Porridge Face

So you might be wondering why I would suggest rubbing porridge all over your face, but trust me, this mask is amazing and it does absolute wonders for your skin!

Oats are pretty darn amazing for your complexion thanks to their nutrient profile and their exfoliating qualities. They even have great moisturising, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties – all of which help you to glow!
Combined with antibacterial raw honey, and nutrient rich, skin beautifying banana, this mask will help to relieve tired, inflamed skin and combat any blemishes or spots.

Combine:

1 tablespoon of oats
1/2 a ripe banana
1 teaspoon of raw honey

Mash the banana with a fork and mix in the oats and honey (it’s recommended you do this by hand rather than doing it in a blender as it will become too runny and just slide off your face so you won’t really get a scrub or an exfoliation!)

Standing over a sink, massage the scrub into your skin for a few minutes in circular motions, allowing the oats to naturally fall off your face and in to the sink. Leave the rest of the mask on for about an hour, then wash off with warm water and pat dry.

Previously on the Beauty Blog Series:

Starting From The Inside Out: Why Skin Problems Are Often An Internal Issue

5 Natural Home Remedies for Acne

Have you tried any of these tips yourselves? Do you have any of your own natural beauty tips?

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– Emily
Instagram – @nourishireland

*Please note that while we are knowledgeable about our products and nutrition, this blog should never be a substitute for medical advice and attention

Please remember that you should always obtain the all-clear from your doctor before starting any new supplement plan or diet if you’re on any medication

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