As a dietitian, I am all about the link between food, nutrition and health. While I typically focus on recipes here on Nutrition By Mia, I wanted to talk about skin nutrition and some products I am loving. I like to embrace food and nutrition when it’s feasible, especially when it comes to the skin.
The skin is the largest organ in the body.
Many do not realize that our skin is an organ and the biggest one of the body, at that. What we put on our skin is absorbed into our blood stream and becomes a part of us. That is why I encourage my clients and readers to be mindful of their beauty products as they are with what is on their plate.
Nutrition for skin health
1. Coconut oil:
Coconut oil has been my go-to make up remover and moisturizer ever since I started appearing on TV regularly. Since I am on TV almost every week, I needed a way to take off all my makeup effectively. I would use those makeup remover wipes in the grocery store that worked for the most part, but always left me with raccoon eyes (Nars eyeliner is no joke). I was skeptical about the hype but fell hard for coconut oil as a makeup remover and moisturizer. I use Dr. Bronner’s and keep it in my bathroom cabinet. I even travel with it (yes, I took the whole jar with me on vacation!).
2. Nutrient Serums:
Recently, Green Garden Gold sent me their sunrise and moonglow serums to try. I am all about products that utilize nutritients and herbs so I was excited to give them a try. Their sunrise serum is made with spearmint, ginger, eucalyptus and rose hips. I started putting this on in the morning after washing my face and immediately feel refreshed from the ginger and mint. Ginger is a spice that has been revered for its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidants effects. The mint is super refreshing and wakes me up in the morning kind of like drinking a mug of peppermint tea. Rosehips are a potent source of vitamin C which which helps produce collagen, a structural component in skin and thus has been linked to anti aging and skin health. Their moonglow serum has lavender which is perfect for calming and soothing the senses at night.
I use this mask weekly by OSEA, an all natural skincare line. Their white algae mask is their age-defying mask that brightens and plumps a dull, uneven skin tone. I love this product because they use jojoba oil which is high in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that fights free-radicals and combats the aging process. Sea veggies are not only amazing for our insides but our outsides as well. Seaweed is one of the most abundant sources of vitamins and minerals and is no rival to land plants. Most of their nutrients are bioavailable meaning they are readily absorbed by the body.
4. Avocado masks:
Avocado is a potent source of vitamin E. Avocado oil is used in several natural skincare lines and is a natural moisturizer and source of antioxidants. Combine with 1-2 tablespoons of honey for an easy DIY mask.
5. Eating for good skin:
A few weeks ago I shared some of my favorite foods for skin health like fruits, veggies and healthy fats from avocado and nuts. These foods boast nutrients like vitamin C which helps produce collagen, a structural component in skin and vitamin E which works as a powerful antioxidant in the body, fighting off free radicals and thus combating the aging of cells. These foods work from the inside out to support the health of our skin.
This post was sponsored by Green Garden Gold.