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Foods for the Face


By: Melody Dizon


Current trends suggest playing with food on your face-that’s right, slathering food all over your face, the natural way for good results. Folks, they are not kidding. Talk about the foods that you see in your kitchen or fridge and using them organically to keep your baby face.

Honey, for instance has a lot of antimicrobial and antibacterial properties in them. Wow, I didn’t even know that. Apparently, it helps with clearing away those unwanted blemishes and those pestering acne right on top on my nose. Actually, I shouldn’t’ be surprised. During my hospital days as a new nurse many moons ago, I use to round with the surgeons and he would tell me to go down to the pharmacy or central supply to get him honey so we could treat the wound he just did surgery on, especially on a decubitus ulcer debridement or to our non-medical readers it’s an ulcer that surgeons debride or remove dead layers so new layer of skin can grow. In fact during World War II, honey was used on open wounds to keep it clear from infection. Known to be It a natural humectant, honey seals in moisture and keeps your skin hydrated. Now, where’s my honey?

Both egg yolks and egg whites are great for your skin. Egg yolks have high levels of vitamin A, which helps the skin repair itself. It also contains lecithin, which softens skin. Egg whites contain over 40 proteins, as well as lots of water, and can be used to help tighten the skin. Back in the day, I used to lather the egg white to my face as they say to help tighten my skin, but then again I was only 14 years old and skin was tight as tight can be. Lol.

Lemons. Or really any citrus fruits, including strawberries, oranges and kiwi. Citrus fruits help clear extra oil from the skin, while at the same time brightening the skin tone. The acidity in citrus fruits works as an exfoliant that also helps the cells to regenerate. Make sure to moisturize after using foods high in acid on your face to replace the oil that has been stripped from the skin. Now, this I haven’t tried but can’t hurt in trying.

Milk. Or Yogurt. Milk products contain lactic acid. Like the acidity in lemons, this acid works as a great exfoliant. However, it’s also very high in B-vitamins which provide additional antioxidant benefits for the skin. Supposedly, Cleopatra used milk to keep her skin looking supple, clean and young. For an added bonus, once a week, add in a little ground nutmeg to your milk to give yourself a microdermabrasion. I like this and I’ve heard of this being done especially to people with skin issues.

Oatmeal. Grind some oatmeal into a fine powder for a great anti-inflammatory skin treatment. Oatmeal reduces redness and protects the skin from harmful UV rays. It has long been found to be an effective acne treatment, skin rashes, itching, dryness and all else in between. I know Aveeno products are bid on these. I know so because all of my kids had eczema as babies and these were recommended to me as oatmeal locks in the moisture and prevents the skin from drying.

Sugar: Sugar is a great exfoliant and helps you get rid of the dry skin patches. Mix with a little olive oil for best overall results. Interesting. I only use it on food.

Oils: The oil cleansing method is quickly becoming a mustdo for problem skin. As strange as it sounds, it’s even recommended for oily skin. The oil cleansing method (OCM) is based upon the concept that oil attracts oil and requires that castor oil become the basis for cleaning. By using castor oil on the skin, you are pulling the nasty hard oil your skin produced away from your skin and replacing with good healthy oil that repairs your skin. To get the most benefit, castor oil should be mixed with another oil.

For oily skin, use sunflower or sweet almond oil.

For dry skin, use avocado or apricot kernel oil

For normal skin, use grapeseed or jojoba oil.

For skin prone to acne, use sunflower or hazelnut oil

This information is powerful, OIL ATTRACTS OIL. That is good to know for all our growing teenagers that have a queer attraction to acne. I still tell them though cleaning face with soap and water is highly important- then the foods for your face.

That’s it our VIA times readers. I hope I have given you yet another interesting article this month that you can read on, digest and apply. Salamat Po sa aming mga masugid na mga taga subaybay. Sources: Well Within You

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