10 Wellness foods and also natural beauty boosters

1. Use honey to hydrate your skin Honey is known as nature’s candy. When consumed as part of the diet, honey has the added health benefit of being a protective

  • PublishedApril 11, 2019

1. Use honey to hydrate your skin

Honey is known as nature’s candy. When consumed as part of the diet, honey has the added health benefit of being a protective antioxidant. Applied to the skin, it is a natural moisturiser. Honey has been touted for centuries as a soothing balm for dry skin. Apply honey to dry areas of the skin as you would a body lotion.

2. Lighten natural blond hair with chamomile

While it makes a calming cup of tea, chamomile is also one of the top ingredients used in hair care for brightening blond locks. The next time you brew a cup, save the bag until your next shower. After shampooing your hair, dampen the bag again and squeeze it through damp hair, wait a few minutes, then rinse and condition as usual. Your natural highlights will look super shiny.

3. Use wine to combat skin ageing

Studies have shown that wine is rich in flavonoids. Applied to the skin, these strong antioxidants may help combat signs of ageing and maintain skin’s natural radiance. Add a few tablespoons of wine (red or white) to your bathtub to help soften skin all over.

4. Soothe skin with yoghurt

Yoghurt is low in calorie and packed with calcium, vitamin D and live cultures that can help calm troubled tummy. But yoghurt also has the power to help irritated skin. Milk fats found in yoghurt are very soothing, and cold yoghurt feels good on contact with skin. Choose full fat over low fat yoghurt, as it will offer more moisturising power. Smooth onto bare skin and leave on for 15 minutes then rinse off with warm water. Follow with your normal skin care routine.

5. Enjoy chocolate’s skin benefits

For most people, chocolate is the ultimate comfort food. It is no surprise that this naturally antioxidant-rich treat is central to the most sought after spa treatments. Soaking for 25 minutes in a chocolate milk infusion bath gives the ultimate sense of calmness. You can treat yourself to a chocolate bath at home by sprinkling chocolate powder into your bubble bath.

6. Use papaya for softer skin

Papaya is not just a popular fruit with many health benefits; it is also a gentle and efficient skin polisher that offers enzymes, which are a gentle way to slough skin. To reap the benefits of papaya at home, smash up half a papaya and apply it as a facemask and leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and follow with your toner and moisturiser.

7. Slough dry, rough skin with sesame seeds

Sesame seeds are often used in baked products such as doughnuts and bread but they are also an excellent beauty booster. Crushed sesame seeds are rich in hydrating fatty acids. The hard outer parts of the seed scrubs away rough skin and when you add olive oil to them, the oil helps soften skin. At home, mix two teaspoons of olive oil with two tablespoons of crushed sesame seeds. Scrub your body with the mixture before a shower or bath.

8. Use baking soda to add radiance to your hair

Baking soda has a million uses around the house – from absorbing bad odours in your fridge to cleaning pots and pans. But it can also gently cleanse hair. Try combining one tablespoon of baking soda with a dose of shampoo, then lather up as usual and rinse thoroughly. Follow with your conditioner then style as usual.

9. Deep condition hair with olive oil

It serves as a healthy cooking tool that benefits your heart and in beauty; olive oil is beneficial too, especially for hair. At home, apply olive oil as deep conditioner on clean, towel dried tresses. To help it penetrate put on a shower cap and wrap a damp microwave heated terry towel around it, or go under the drier. After 20 minutes, shampoo out and style as usual.

10. Don’t throw away the avocado pit

When you finish eating your next avocado, save the round pit and use it as a foot roller. Rolling your soles over the pit gives you the benefits of reflexology treatment because it will massage key stress-relief points .

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