The best “make-up” in the world is a fresh, glowing complexion, but it’s not just what we slather on the outside of our skin that can make it look youthful — it’s what we put in our bodies, as well. Julia Martin, owner of Nitespa, spoke to mom.me and shared her best secrets and top picks for making your skin look and feel wonderful.
1. Try turmeric root. Turmeric root is part of the ginger family. It’s commonly found as a dried, ground-up spice, but if you can find the root, Martin says, juice it and add it to coconut water, along with some romaine lettuce and ginger. Why? Because according to Martin, turmeric root is “one of the best antibacterial, antimicrobial disease preventatives for the body.”
2. Get sweet with manuka honey from New Zealand. It’s on the expensive side, but it has tons of natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, both of which can help calm and heal skin, according to Martin. She suggests stirring it into a mug of hot water or adding it to your favorite tea. And, as a bonus, manuka honey will do more than just heal your skin and make it glow — it helps with digestion and with fighting infection.
3. Consider avocado. No worries if you don’t like the taste of guacamole. Martin recommends using avocado as an ingredient for a facial to be used on the skin, rather than eating it. It has a good absorption rate, and she recommends mixing it with some coconut oil. Added bonus? Put the mixture on the bottoms of your feet — Martin claims it will improve your mood and will help with PMS.
4. Take the time and stop to smell the roses. Or, at least, try an evening primrose oil in a supplement form, especially if you have skin problems such as eczema and rosacea. Studies have shown that evening primrose oil, which is high in the essential fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid, calms the skin.
5. Drink water. All of it. All of the time. Even when you don’t think you are thirsty. Drinking water is one of the best things you can do, not just for your skin, but for your health overall.
Other suggestions? Put more fish in your diet — at least on a weekly basis. Eating fish will give you a boost of essential fatty acids, which can help eliminate skin problems. And add some tahini to your salad — the paste, made of sesame seeds, is full of iron, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and all of the B vitamins, making it a super-food for skin.
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