Authen-tip: Nutrition for Beautiful Skin

It doesn’t matter how many fancy cleansers or lotions you slather on your skin. If you aren’t paying attention to what you are putting in your mouth, no amount of astringent or face masks will zap your zits for good! If you want to clear up your skin, start by drinking plenty of water (at least 6-8 glasses everyday) to help flush the toxins out of your body. In addition to drinking water, it’s important to include fiber in your diet to help keep your intestinal tract regular. It’s been shown that people who suffer from constipation tend to have troubled skin and lots of breakouts. Try including fiber rich foods in your diet including apples, artichokes, grapfruits, whole-grains, and raw nuts. In addition to fiber, eat foods that are loaded with free-radical busting antioxidants such as blueberries, pomegranates, and sweet potatoes. Reduce foods that can clog your pores such as red meat, dairy, fried foods, and processed foods.

Be sure to check out this recipe for a fabulous Avocado Banana Mask!

Do-it-Yourself Rosemary Hair Oil

I love to use rosemary when I cook different dishes. I find the scent to be very calming! I was excited when I found another way to use it, especially in conjunction with promoting hair health! This is a do-it-yourself hair treatment that uses rosemary as the primary ingredient. Rosemary is believed to stimulate hair growth, which makes this an exceptional “recipe” for hair health. It’s from a great book called Natural Beauty at Home.

Rosemary Hair Oil

  • 2 Tbsp. dried rosemary
  • 1/2 C olive oil

Mix together the rosemary and olive oil. Heat gently in the microwave or on the stove top. Do not boil. You can microwave on high for 2 minutes and it should be just fine. Filter out the solids in the oil by pouring through a funnel lined with a coffee filter. Pour into a clean bottle. Use by massaging a small amount into your scalp after shampooing and before going to bed.

References: Cox, Janice (2002). Natural Beauty at Home. New York, NY. Henry Holt and Company, LLC.