During fashion week the CEO of a renowned make up and skin care line Bobbie Brown, was busy promoting her products. During an interview Bobbie slipped one of the industry’s best kept secrets found in luxury skin care. Are you ready for the secret ingredients? Drum roll please…. Olive and Coconut oil.
Surprised? It’s certainly no secret that olive oil has tremendous health benefits. Olives contain a compound that fights off inflammatory producing agents. Coconut oil has recently stepped onto the scene. Studies show the remarkable skin and longevity of locals in tropical regions where coconut is highly consumed.
“Ok so, they’re good for you. I get it. But you don’t eat skin-care products. What does this have to do with my skin regimen?” Bobbie Brown meant that olive and coconut oil are literally in the skin care ingredients. No only hers but are commonly used in high end products along with preservatives. So why not try it for yourself? It’s inexpensive comparably speaking and natural. You can of course get creative and integrate these oils into your favorite lotions and creams.
Natural skin care is not limited to olive and coconut oil. Avocado, geranium, and primrose oils, lemon and lime juice, honey, lavender, almond meal, fennel, ginger, eucalyptus, aloe…all may be used and contain their own specific purposes and benefits. I’m placing emphasis on coconut and olive oil since they’re easily attainable and work just as well. Otherwise there are a plethora of natural items that may be used for skin care. But who knows the next time I’ll get my hands on some kelp and jojoba oil??
We need to come to an understanding: There is no product, regimen, or miracle cure that will combat difficult skin like diet can. There’s also no worse offender for your skin than a poor diet. You could be using the all-natural, pure ingredients, or the most expensive, luxurious, product out there and your skin will NOT make much improvement. This goes for exercise too- you have to flush the nastiness out! I’ve spoken with individuals about their skin issues while on their third cocktail or with an energy drink in hand. Their answer may be closer than they think. By eating crap: fast food, soda, pizza, alcohol, and the likes, you’re sabotaging your beauty efforts.
Gluten-Free and Radiant Skin:
We break out for a number of reasons; stress, diet, genetic vulnerability, age, lack of hygiene, etc. Breakouts can indicate a battle going on between an external trigger and toxins within the body. What you see on the outside is a manifestation of the happenings on the inside. With Celiac Disease, eczema, skin rashes, and mouth sores all correlate. For instance, the bumpy red rash commonly seen on the back of arms is usually due to dairy intolerance. Since being on the gluten/dairy-free diet it’s rare that I have a break out anywhere. People unsatisfied with their skin but do not have celiac disease have turned to the gluten-free diet and made drastic improvements as well.
Let’s start within:
Consult a doctor before taking supplements. Depending on your current state, medical condition, supplements may not be beneficial. Please use this list as a reference and not medical advice.
1. Drink Water- This hydrates your skin inside and out. What does meat look like when it’s dehydrated? Beef Jerky- which how your skin will turn out if you don’t stay hydrated.
2. Eat healthy fats- Omega 3’s. Fish, avocados, coconut, nuts…
3. Cut the crap: poly-saturated fats (dangerous fats), soda, fried food, refined sugar. Moderate you alcohol consumption.
4. Anti-oxidants: Oxidation is the rapid deterioration of cells. Free radicals and certain foods and chemicals account for oxidation and the breakdown of your skin. Dark berries and pomegranates contain high amounts of antioxidants.
Zinc: aids in immunity regulation and works as an anti-oxidant. Targets free radicals and inflammation.
Fish oil: get those fatty acids in! B-12: This is difficult for most women to retain. B vitamins aid in the process of foods and vital to use the nutritional properties in food.
Biotin: This is called the hair, skin, and nail pill. Another B vitamin and aids with metabolism Selenium: Fights off free radicals. Free radicals account for more than half of why we age.
Chlorophyll/Spirulina: Comes in tablets, droplets, or powder. You can add it to your water or smoothies. It will turn whatever it touches green. Detoxes your body Be certain to add water to oils used for skin care- The oil alone is too heavy and will sit on top of your skin.
Moisturizer: It softens and nourishes the skin without leaving you to wonder what ingredients you have just applied.
Eye makeup remover: gentle and pure enough for the eyes sensitive area
Eye cream: softens fine lines and wrinkles.
Exfoliate: Combine oil, sea salt, and water. Apply in the shower.
Body Wash: Coconut oil has anti-bacterial properties and perfectly suits as a body wash. Pour the oil into a squirt bottle and keep it in your shower. Add in a few drops of your favorite essential oils: Lavender and peppermint are my favorite. 30 minutes before you shower apply oil on your body. You’ll be smooth, soft, smelling good, and clean. You may also apply it while you’re in the shower.
Lip Moisturizer: Coconut oil has a subtle sweetness and makes your lips very smooth.
Disinfectant and Astringent- Apply a cotton ball or tip with lemon juice directly on the blemish. This helps with scarring as well but be careful. Lemon lightens the skin if exposed to the sun.
Spot Reducer: apply to dark spots for a few minutes and rinse clean. Watch your eyes!
Scar reducer: Mix with eggs whites pat on face, dry, and rinse.
Black Heads: Honey has natural antimicrobial properties (Thank you bees!) and extracts black heads: apply a small amount onto fingertips and alternate rubbing your pores in a circular and patting motion. Let sit for 2 minutes and rinse with warm water. Pat dry with a clean cloth.
Cucumber Honey Toner: If you’re feeling like an over achiever: Puree one cucumber in a blender. Strain and collect the juice. Add 2 tablespoon and just enough warm water to melt the honey. Mix well and pour into a spray bottle. Once cool, spray and lightly pat onto face. Let dry and rinse.
Hot Honey Bath: add ¼ cup of honey to your bath for silky skin Oatmeal: Face Mask: Have you ever looked on the ingredients of a facial mask packet? I can’t pronounce half of them. Instead use ¼ Cup oatmeal, 1/3 cup of warm water, and 1-2 tablespoons of honey. Mix in a blender. Add more oatmeal for additional thickness if needed. Coat face, sit back, and enjoy for 10-15 minutes. You may also but this in your bathtub but it’ll be a bit messy!
Cellulite treatment: Save your coffee grinds and make your own cellulite exfoliate. The coffee stimulates the area applied and softens your skin. It smells tasty too! Combine with coconut oil, water, and you may add sugar or sea salt. Apply in the shower for easy clean up.
For oily skin:
For those with oily skin, Avoid placing oils on the face. Stick with methods that use honey, oatmeal, and lemon.
Oil Free Face Scrub:
Grind 1 tablespoon of almonds and mix with 2 tablespoons dry oatmeal and some lemon juice or yogurt to a luxurious and exfoliating facial scrub. Massage mixture gently onto face, and then rinse with warm water. This blend gives a deeply emollient cleansing to the pores of your face. Almonds and oats are superb softening exfoliates.