Beauty

Beauty Bites: Leafy Greens

Problematic skin can be a real bitch. And with the ridiculous number of beauty products on the market, crafting a skincare routine has become a freaking nightmare. The whole thing is overwhelming and expensive.

Naturally, the next step would be to do a tedious and extensive amount of research using my good friend google. The results….

“Cut out dairy!”

“Drink more water!”

“Stop using so many products!”

“Use more products!”

“Try sheet masks!”

“Korean Skincare!”

“Keep makeup wipes by your bed!”

“Makeup wipes cause breakouts!”

Yeah, the results were unrealistic and at times conflicting. I was already running to the ladies room all day long due to the amount of water I was chugging.

Image result for meme drinks glass of water and checks skin

Although the myriad of products were still annoying, the dietary concerns really caught my attention. It makes sense, right? We are what we eat. So, I thought I’d research which foods actually made a difference. If you could really get glowing skin from chomping on spinach, wouldn’t more people be doing it? Are more people doing it and I’m just not noticing? I suddenly feel the need to hop in the car, drive to the nearest Mustard Seed or Whole Foods, and inspect people’s complexions. That’s normal, right?

Anyway, lets talk about leafy, leafy greens and how they can give us all that Instagram glow. Greens contain the following beauty boosters:

  • Vitamin A – reduces the amount of sebum (oils that contribute to breakouts) the skin creates
  • Vitamin C – helps boost the skins natural collagen production
  • Vitamin E – protects against free radicals
  • Folate – helps produce and maintain new cells
  • Beta Carotene – an antioxidant that helps to renew and repair the skin
  • Phytochemicals – anti-aging chlorophyll helps prevent damage caused by free radicals
  • Lutein – an antioxidant that boosts hydration, improves elasticity, and protects against sun damage

Here a few recipes that incorporate dark leafy greens that are simple, healthy, and delicious.

Strawberry Peach Smoothie 2

Strawberry Peach Green Smoothie

carrot quinoa salad 7

Roasted Carrot & Quinoa Salad

Brushetta Turkey Burgers 2

Brushetta Turkey Burgers

Aviary Photo_130702119028316183

Turkey Kale Pasta Toss

Enjoy!

xo Ali Taylor

 

 

 

Advertisements

Vanilla Latte Hand Scrub

If you are looking for a nice hand scrub, mix this one up. Use your leftover coffee grounds from the morning’s brew and mix in some sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla in a little jar or bowl. Apply the mixture to damp skin and gently scrub to slough away dryness.The coconut oil leaves skin moisturized and you end up smelling like a delicious vanilla latte.

Whatever you do, do NOT wash this down the drain. The combination of coconut oil and coffee grounds will clog your drain. Just apply to hands and wipe away excess into the garbage. You can then use a damp paper towel if need be.

1/2 cup coffee grounds

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup coconut oil

vanilla-latte-body-scrub-2

Soothing Oats & Honey Face Mask

My skin has been all over the place lately. Red, inflamed, acne prone, dry patches, oily spots… you name it. I knew that I needed something to soothe and calm my skin, so I went with a throwback from my teen years. Its a simple concoction of ground oats and raw honey with a splash of water. These are simple ingredients that are staples in my pantry. I tend to reach for all natural skin care options when possible.

I like to grind the oats into a fine powder in my vitamix, but you can use your fingers if you prefer. Both work just fine, but the blender will produce a finely ground powder.

Then, mix in the honey and a splash of water to create a spreadable paste.

Apply the mask to a clean face. Leave the mixture on until dry, rinse, and you are left with a fresh, less red face.

1/4 cup oat flour

1 tbs raw honey

a splash of water

oats-and-honey-2

Enjoy!

xo Ali Taylor