Plenty of ingredients found in skin care products can be found naturally in food as well! Some of this can be attributed to the existence of skin care brands that focus on natural sources, of course. Certain man-made chemicals found in some products can be toxic to some people, particularly for those of you with more sensitive skin, hence the rise in more natural options. Of course, you can always kill two birds with one stone by buying some of these ingredients in its raw form on your own.
You have probably seen this specific vitamin plastered onto the labels of multiple skin care products by now — and there is a good reason why this is so. Vitamin E helps tackle free radical damage, and is thus helpful for both preventing and treating skin acne. What you may not realise is that you can easily find vitamin E in the food that you eat, including the following:
- Green leafy vegetables
- Fatty fish such as salmon and tilapia
- Sunflower seeds
Note that vitamin E should be always be consumed alongside other key nutrients, such as vitamins C and K, for maximum efficiency. You should be on the safe side if you include green leafy vegetables in your diet, though, since they’re also rich sources of both vitamins C and K.
Some skin care brands focus on products that are made from nutritious, skin-benefiting food, rather than man-made chemicals. Egg white is one such example. Thought to be effective in lightening acne scars, thanks to its lysozyme content, egg whites are all the rage in skin care products nowadays. However, you should always exercise caution not to ingest any of it when using egg white masks, particularly if you made one from scratch at home, since raw egg whites may contain salmonella. Fortunately, they are more than safe for consumption when cooked. Whip up some egg white omelettes or use some leftover egg white for homemade mayo.
Apples are yet another commonly used ingredient found in food-centric skin products, thanks to its richness in fibre as well as multiple antioxidants and other nutrients that benefit your skin. However, as a skin care product, some people claim that apples, when directly applied to their skin, may end up irritating their skin, rather than improve their acne. If that applies to you, there is still the option of eating those apples directly rather slathering them on your skin. To further minimise contact with your skin, make sure that you slice those apples up instead of biting into them. Of course, you could always make a bowl of fruit salad for more filling options.
There’s a new superfood in town and its name is moringa. More skin care products are making use of seed extract from this plant, native to the tropics and certain sub-Himalayan areas. Naturally, there are also ways for you to incorporate moringa as part of your diet too. Concoct some delicious moringa soup, made from its stalks. If you like matcha, you could also blend its seed extract together with matcha in a latte. For a quick breakfast alternative, you could even whip up some eggs with some moringa leaves for a healthy start to your day.
Do note, however, that moringa may be unsafe for pregnant or nursing mothers’ consumption. Avoid this plant altogether if this applies to you, just to err on the safe side.
Known for its calming, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial qualities, chamomile is fast becoming a popular skin care product ingredient. Aside from its effectiveness at treating skin acne, chamomile also promotes the healing of other minor wounds as well, making it a true wonder herb. Most of us consume chamomile as a beverage, such as chamomile tea, but there are various other ways to include it in your diet, too. Derived from numerous places in the world, chamomile can also be used in desserts, including cute little macarons or combining some with heavy cream and strawberries.
Vitamin C, by itself, is also often touted as the main ingredient in skin care products because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Even the worst forms of acne, such as rosacea, maybe calmed using a fair amount of vitamin C. Fortunately, you can also improve your skin health by adding more vitamin C in your diet. Your body can neither produce nor store vitamin C, which means that you need to take extra care in ensuring that you do eat enough of it.
You could very easily increase your intake of vitamin C by eating more fresh fruits and vegetables. Try to take them fresh since vitamin C is easily destroyed by heat.
Last but certainly not least is vitamin A. Often found in anti-ageing skin care products, vitamin A can also be beneficial for skin acne, particularly when applied topically in its retinoid form. When applied this way, they play a key role in healing skin affected by acne. You are less likely to reap the same benefit when you ingest it, but doing so, nonetheless, would aid in maintaining healthy bones, teeth, and immune system. Some good sources of vitamin A include carrots, sweet potatoes, as well as leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale.