Do You Know What to Feed Your Skin and Hair?

written by Cassie-Lee Tario

 

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We all eat food to help run the inside of our bodies, and the fact is we need food to survive.  Eating a specific way can help to improve our features on the outside such as our skin, hair and nails, but can it be used for even more?  When you buy a healthy item of food from the store you are probably only thinking about its benefits after consumption, not what it can do for you without even being consumed.  I’d like to share some beauty tricks with you that I have discovered in the kitchen.

 

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil seems to be all the rave these days.  Many articles have been published on its benefits when consumed, however next time you're at the store you may want to buy a little extra for all of its benefits for the outside of the body.

Coconut oil is great on the skin, you can use it on dry skin as a moisturizer, or on your lips as a lip balm, and it even contains natural SPF so feel free to lather it on, on a sunny day.   The oil actually also has antiseptic properties which make it great for killing any bacteria on your skin.

One of my favorite uses of coconut oil is to use it as a hair conditioner. 

  • All you need to do is take a bit of coconut oil and rub it in the palm of your hands to make it melt.  
  • Then apply it to your hair starting at the ends and working your way up.  Let it sit for 10 mins and then rinse out in the shower.  
  • Beware using too much (especially near the scalp) will be hard to wash out and leave a greasy shine on your mane.  This oil is one of the few oils that can actually penetrate the hair shaft, leaving your hair silky smooth naturally.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is used by most people in salad dressing, and it actually has a lot of health benefits if consumed regularly.  It is used to balance out the pH of the body and should always be bought raw and unfiltered.  The main thing you may notice about apple cider vinegar is the strong smell that comes with it, which makes using it outside the body a little painful to the nose.  The smell does eventually grow on you, especially after the results.

I also use apple cider vinegar in my hair, usually not on the same days as coconut oil though. 

  • Mix one part apple cider vinegar and one part water into a spray bottle and spray entire head.
  • After combing through hair leave for at least 5 mins before washing out. 
  • Don’t worry after it is washed out and dried, your hair wont smell of it.  Apple cider vinegar strips your hair of any chemical residues left from shampoos, and also gets rid of any built up grease by balancing your hair’s pH.  This may also help with an irritated itchy scalp.

Apple cider vinegar can also be used on the skin.  For instance it can be dabbed on a sunburn to help neutralize the affected area or used in a bath to soak in, and also under your arm pits as a deodorant because it will absorb and neutralize any odor without blocking your pores.

 

Salt

Salt is an essential ingredient in the kitchen and there are many different kinds to choose from.  When it comes to cooking I prefer to buy Himalayan salt or sea salt based on its mineral properties but for usage on the skin, the type of salt doesn’t really matter.

Because of its texture, salt works perfectly to exfoliate areas of skin such as face and lips.  If you mix the salt with a little coconut oil you have a combined substance that will exfoliate and moisturize. 

 

Avocado

When using avocados in the kitchen you may have noticed their fatty, almost greasy texture.  You have probably tried to peel an avocado and got the green greasy mess on your hands.

But before you wash it off you might want to give yourself a quick facial. 

  • All you need to do is spread the avocado on your face and let sit for 5-10 mins.
  • Due to the high omegas in avocados they will moisturize your face leaving you with soft healthy skin.

You can also mash up an avocado and use it as a hair treatment. 

  • Simply apply the mashed avocado to the ends of your hair and let sit for 15 mins.
  • then wash out and you will notice the difference!  Just like the coconut oil I don’t recommend applying a lot to the scalp because that is where your natural grease in your hair is, so an overload of moisturizing will just leave your hair feeling greasy. 

 

Now I hope next time you hit up the market you won't just be thinking about what all of these great foods can do for your inner body but also what thy can do for your outer body.  Your kitchen not only holds the key to good nutrition, it also holds the key to simple beauty tricks.

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Cassie-Lee Tario is currently finishing up her schooling to become a Certified Nutritional Practitioner.  She believes that being healthy isn’t just about eating vegetables it’s living a whole lifestyle and she is excited to help inspire people on the road to their healthier lifestyles!  You can read more from Cassie-Lee on her blog.  She can also be found online through facebook and twitter.