Chia Seeds Can Give You Fantastic Skin From The Inside Out

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You may remember chia from those adorable little terracotta pots that would grow you a lush, green animal pet, but recently chia has been making headlines as a tasty snack that is also health conscious.

Chia seeds have been around forever, dating as far back as the Aztecs and there are generally a few different kinds of chia seeds you can purchase in stores. Chia seeds are great in salads, baked goods or teas, and are high in calcium, fiber, and antioxidants making them ideal as skin food. Here’s why…

They Are Rich In Omega-3’s

chia seeds, chia, skincare foods, diy skincareWhen you consume chia seeds, you’re also consuming the oil inside them which has amazing benefits for your skin. There are proven to be very high in omega-3 fatty acids which aid skin with inflammation.

Omega-3’s are one of the most powerful anti-inflammatories out there so if you suffer from redness or puffiness, this is sure to help! Consuming the omega-3 fatty acids in chia seeds will also help inhibit the appearance of wrinkles.

Anyone Can Eat Them

chia seeds, diy skincare, skincare foodsIn today’s world, allergies are more present than ever and avoiding foods that trigger them can be difficult. The wonderful thing about chia seeds is that they fit most dietary and allergy restrictions and can be enjoyed by almost anyone!

Chia seeds are a great source of protein but completely plant-based, so if you live a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, these are a great option for you! They are also completely safe to eat if you have a nut allergy and can be substituted into your salads or baked goods for a little extra crunch.

They Are Great For Hydrating Skin

Does your skin look dry and dull? Need an extra boost of moisture? If you need some extra help beyond your normal routine, opt for an easy to use chia seed mask! Chia seeds are well known for how hydrating they can be for skin and work so well for a DIY mask!

One of our favorites is a hydrating mask that you can DIY yourself right at home and use before applying your South Beach Skin Lab routine.

chia diy mask, diy skincare, chia seeds, anti-agingWhat you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup organic chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. cold water
  • 1 drop tea tree oil

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor
  2. Pour mixture into a glass bowl and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  3. Apply the mask in even layers, being sure to coat skin thoroughly.
  4. Leave on for 20-25 minutes, then rinse with a clean, warm cloth.

This Common Kitchen Ingredient Can Help Your Skin In Unexpected Ways

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Imagine a common kitchen ingredient that can do wonders for your skin’s brightness, texture, and health. Now walk to your fridge, grab your Apple Cider Vinegar, and get to know it better because it just became your best skincare friend.

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is so common, you can find it in most kitchens and almost any grocery store. It has tons of different uses but one of the most surprising might be how many different benefits it has for your skin!

Just dilute some ACV with water in a bowl and use a cotton pad to rub it on your face like a toner. Here are just a few of the skin-related problems that a homemade ACV toner can help you solve…

Wrinkles

apple cider vinegar, wrinkles, anti-aging, diy skincareAs we age our skin naturally loses it’s elasticity and wrinkles and sagging begin to form all over the face. ACV can be used in skin care as a toner, face wash, and even a spot treatment for problem areas.

ACV works to fight wrinkles by keeping the pH levels in your skin at the right levels and keeping your face hydrated. When skin is balanced and nourished, wrinkles appear less visible. It will also help tighten skin and pores, reducing how deep your wrinkles are.

Breakouts

acne, breakouts, adult acne, adult breakouts, apple cider vinegar, diy skincareBreakouts happen because dirt, grime, and bacteria have found a way into our pores below the outer layer of skin. Breakouts can be caused by genetics, dirty makeup brushes, environmental factors, or even something as simple as touching your face a lot throughout the day.

ACV naturally carries antimicrobial properties which means it helps destroy bacteria and germs in your skin on contact. Not only can regular use of ACV on your skin help keep bacteria at bay and pores clean, but it also helps tighten larger pores to keep excess dirt out in the future.

Skin Tone

skin tone, dark spots, pigmentation skin, apple cider vinegar, diy skincareWinter is sure to have your skin looking more dull than usual so why not reach for the ACV to help your skin tone and brighten your beautiful face! Nothing can make you look older than dark spots and uneven pigmentation so this easy to use toner is a great choice if you want to look your best.

The acids in ACV work to brighten your complexion, leaving your skin with a golden glow. Because it works to balance your skins pH level at the same time, it’s helping control your oil production, breakouts and had even been proven to lighten dark spots for skin that looks so great, you could skip foundation!

 

Have you used ACV in your skincare routine before? Share your experience with us in the comments below!

 

Can You Believe Tomato Is The New Secret To Amazing Skin?!

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We’re always on the hunt for tips and tricks to help our skin look it’s best but we were so surprised when we stumbled upon a tip that Tomato is a secret weapon for skin, and it’s been hiding in our kitchens this whole time!

For this experiment we used fresh, grocery store bought tomatoes and cut them in quarters to rub on our faces. We have to say, the results were great but you for sure want to do this in the privacy of your own home. While it can be a messy and silly looking process, we noticed tons of benefits to our skin after applying it! Here are some of the best things we noticed from our “Tomato Facial”.

It’s A Natural Exfoliant

exfoliation, skincare, anti-aging, skincare foods, diyTomatoes tend to be high in sugar and enzymes, but that’s not a bad thing! When you rub the tomato on your face, the mix of enzymes and sugar gently exfoliates even the most sensitive skin to remove dead cells, dirt and impurities. To increase the effects of exfoliation, dip the park of the tomato you’re rubbing on your skin in sugar before applying it to your skin. The softness of the sugar in the tomato will work on almost every single skin type and provides fast results.

Exfoliating makes skin glow but often store-bought exfoliants are really harsh, even if you don’t suffer from sensitive skin. This is a perfect remedy to dull skin and it’s so gently, you can do it multiple times a week if you want to! The best part is that it is 100% completely natural.

It Can Reduce Dark Spots and Sun Damage

dark spots, sun damage, skincare, diy skincare, anti-agingThe only way to prevent further UV damage is to slather on SPF but what about the damage that starts showing up from years past once you get older? While you can dull the appearance of them with antioxidant skincare, Tomatoes have shown amazing power in reducing and even clearing sun damage.

Tomatoes contain a special ingredient called Lycopene. Lycopene helps the skin recover and repair both sun damage and free radical damage. It’s powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties will restore your skin to a youthful and glowing canvas and will diminish your dark spots and keep breakouts and clogged pores at bay.

It Helps Shrink Pores

tomatoes, skincare, diy skincare, anti-agingStop spending your hard earned money on primers and foundation to mask your larger pores. Tomatoes have a knack for shrinking pores almost instantly and all it takes it a few easy steps in the kitchen. Tomatoes work effectively on pores when applied as an astringent, similar to a toner and this is one of our favorites for having skin that looks so airbrushed, you can skip makeup that day!

Step 1: Mix one spoonful of tomato juice with 4-5 drops of lemon juice

Step 2: Apply gently to your entire face with your fingertips or use a cotton pad if needed

Step 3: Rinse with lukewarm water to shrink open pores

Step 4: ADMIRE!

Have you used Tomatoes in your beauty routine before? Tell us about it in the comments below!

 

This Sweet Snack Is Actually A Skincare Super Hero!

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You and your skin should never underestimate the power of mother nature. Throughout history, some of the most effective ingredients have come from nature herself, from rosehip oil to aloe vera and even elderflower.

These days, we’ve got a new secret weapon for great skin and it’s been hiding in your kitchen all along…Honey! We’re going to share with you why this is such a great ingredient for your skin as well as one of our favorite ways to regenerate moisture in our skin with an easy honey mask!

So why is honey so great?….

It Contains Nutrients For Your Skin

bees, honey, skincareNot only is honey delicious but it’s also great for your skin. It has tons of natural antiseptic, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties when applied topically to your skin.

Not all honey can benefit your skin the same. Dermatologists suggest using a special kind of honey called Manuka honey which comes from New Zealand because of its high anti-oxidant properties. Because it comes with a steeper price point than regular honey, you can also substitute it for raw, organic honey from your grocery store.

It Can Help Fade Scars

honey, scars, acne, adult acne, healingMany of us by the time we are 40 will have some sort of scarring to our face. It can be from accidents of the past or something harder to manage like adult acne. These marks and scars from these conditions can be embarrassing and make you feel insecure but honey is here to save the day!

Because of its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, honey has been proven to heal wounds and scars very quickly. It helps prevent infections to open wounds and for scars, it has the ability to heal the scar to a point where it’s not noticeable to the naked eye.

It’s An Amazing Moisturizer

Honey is packed with soothing and moisturizing properties that can leave skin looking healthy, nourished and fabulous! When you apply honey to your face, the sugar that is naturally in it helps your skin to reduce dryness and keep your skin hydrated.

One of our favorite at home skincare DIY’s is a honey mask that is so easy to use and leaves your skin radiant for days! Check it out below!

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Step 1: Use about one teaspoon of high-quality raw honey.

Step 2:  Gently spread it all over your face.

Step 3:  Leave mask on for 15-45 minutes depending on the dryness of your skin. For skin that is drier, leave the mask on longer.

Step 4: Rinse the mask off with luke-warm water and then pat your face dry!