Food For your Skin Type and Skincare Remedies from the Kitchen.

Let Food Be Thy Skincare 

“Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates. I have seen this quote be true in my life and in the lives of many of my clients. Food is not only medicine for our bodies, but it is fuel for our minds, it comforts our souls and when we eat the right foods, it’s amazing for our skin. 

Keeping our skin looking radiant and hydrated can be challenging, especially during our 40’s and 50’s with hormonal imbalances, dryness and adult acne.  However, food is not only our medicine, but can also be a part of our everyday skin regimen. There’s plenty of beauty secrets hiding right in your kitchen. 

I am going to share five things you can do to keep your skin looking amazing, just by using food; foods for dry skin and oily skin, a beauty mask you can make for your face and enjoy as a smoothie, as well. I also asked two of my best friends, what’s in their fridge and pantry they are using to keep their skin looking incredible in their 40’s. So, let’s get started:

  1. Dehydrated Skin. Drink plenty of water, clear teas, and clear broths. Clear liquids help us remove toxins from the body, but it keeps our skin cells hydrated.
  2. Dry Hands.  You can rehab those hands by using coconut oil or olive oil before bed and then slip on white cloves, covering the hands will help the oils to absorb into the skin. I like to do this after my bath when my skin is still damp. Also using oils right after a bath on your body locks in moisture. Jojoba oil has the same sebum as our own skin, so it’s an excellent oil for your body. 
  3. Rough Elbows.  A great solution for this, exfoliate those puppies. All you need is scoop of sugar, a 2 tbsp of olive oil and a little lemon juice, mix and you have a great scrub. After you finish the exfoliation, rinse thoroughly and apply coconut oil or shea butter. 
  4. Face, Irritated? Try milk, it’s awesome for the skin on the outside. Milk is loaded with proteins, fat, amino acids and vitamin A – these key ingredients reduces redness and calms irritated skin. The best way to get these benefits, is to soak a clean washcloth in cold milk and place over your face for 10 minutes, wash off with a good cleanser and add your favorite serum or moisturizer. 
  5. Acne at any age can be annoying, try dabbing apple cider vinegar on the spot. To make your own apple cider vinegar spot treatment, simply dab a small amount onto the blemish with a soaked cotton swab or cotton ball. 

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“My number one best food for my skin health isn’t really a food – it’s water! I start every day with lots of water and teas. My favorite food to add to meals is avocado. The healthy fat helps me absorb the vitamins in my veggies and makes my skin more supple and smooth. I also love eating nuts, mostly cashews and almonds. The minerals and fats in these nuts are great for skin too!” Andrea Christian Parks, MD/MBA Obstetrician and Gynecologist

Now for the inside out. 

Here’s some foods to help you hydrate and keep a healthy glow for your skin type:

Foods good for normal to dry skin:

  • avocados
  • extra virgin oil
  • flax seeds
  • fresh walnuts
  • hazelnuts
  • oily fish (mackerel, sardines, salmon, tuna)
  • sweet potatoes
  • oatmeal
  • leafy greens
  • green tea
  • low sugar fruits, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries

Herbs for dry skin: dandelion root, fennel seeds, licorice; red clover, stinging nettle, yellow dock. 

Foods good for oily/acne prone skin:

Eating fruits and vegetables particularly rich in vitamin A is a great source to help heal the skin naturally for acne prone skin, such as;

  • apricots
  • tangerines
  • mango
  • papaya
  • leafy greens
  • broccoli
  • winter squash
  • pumpkin
  • carrots
  • halibut, flounder, trout and salmon
  • flounder
  • oranges
  • cucumbers

 “The two things in my diet are alkaline water. I carry around a jug with me everywhere I go.  Secondly avocado one daily.” Dr. Julie Lord, Chiropractor, Partner Lead Pilates Instructor at Studio 13 in Serenbe

Hydrating Smoothie and Mask

Ingredients:

  •  3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey 

Instructions:

Peel the avocado. Add to a blender with the remaining ingredients and enjoy. 

After making it a smoothie, take one half cup of the smoothie and slater it on your clean face for about 15 to 20 minutes, before rinsing off, thoroughly. 

The yogurt or kefir and avocado, will hydrate and moisturize the skin. The avocados fat will help keep the skin smooth and radiant from the omega fatty acids and lactic acid from the milk in the yogurt and kefir will brighten up the skin, because it is a natural alpha hydroxy acid. Lactic acid is one of the best natural alpha hydroxy acid because it is able to penetrate the skin. The honey in the mask will help give your skin a natural glow. The antioxidants in the blueberries will make you skin also glow and when consumed, blueberries are known to help boost your mood. 

Note: Alpha hydroxy acids will make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so use these as treatments, once a week and no longer than 15 minutes and make sure to use sunscreen. 

I hope these suggestions will help you look at the foods you eat in a different way. Food truly is our no one line of defense for our bodies and minds and it makes great skincare. 

Live Well. Live Beautifully. Love and Light. 


 

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Hi Guys. A little bit about me: The Jewels first, then the Profession: THE JEWELS: I have been married to the love of her life and kidney transplant donor, Joseph for twenty-five years. We have two sons, Julian Bernard thirty -three years old, Tyler nineteen years old and two beautiful grandchildren Naleyla, nine years old and a six-year grandson, Michael Julian. My life mantra is, " No matter what life brings, live your dreams short or long." HERE'S WHAT I KNOW: I understand what life feels like, when you have no idea if you will see your children grow up or never see the face of your grandkids. I was born with kidney disease and battled for almost 40 years until my husband of now, 25 years donated his kidney to me. Living a balance life, physically, mentally and spiritually was never an option for me to entertain. My life depends on it. I wrote this blog to share my journey and maybe touch the lives of those around me. My husband's generosity and the power of the grace of God has given me a second chance at life. I have been in and out of the hospitals all my life, came out of a coma, had multiple surgeries. I understand the importance of a positive mind. I have lost two babies and my mom, brother and grandmother in just months of each other. I want to share inspiration what inspires me to live and enjoy life each day. I have been a devoted yoga and meditation practitioner and a nutrition wellness coach for over 25 years, this was my road to staying as healthy as possible with failing kidneys and all the complications that come with it. I am grateful to share my life with you, through my food, my yoga and meditation practice, and just good old positivity. I hope my posts will bring joy to your heart, soul and tummy. THE PROFESSION: I am the the CEO of B'Tyli Wellness and Beauty Co. I created this company after I finished my studies in Holistic Nutrition and Medicine from Clayton College of Natural Health. B'Tyli Wellness and Beauty Co. is a holistic wellness company specializing in body, mind and spirit alignment, through yoga, nutrition, meditation and organic skin and body care products. I am the author of three books, a healthy lifestyle cookbook, titled, Set the Table with Love, which was named after my blog page and two inspirational mediation books, titled, Living With The Silver Lining and Whispers of Silence. I am also a Health, Wellness and Beauty Expert and has had the honor to share my culinary perspective o Food Network's second season of All-Star Academy food competition for a two month. I have shared my approach to healthy living and eating in both medias of television and radio. She has been featured on Fox 5, Good Day Atlanta, 11 Alive, Atlanta and Company, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as well as radio, V103 and 104.7 The Fish and several magazine publications

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