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Top 5 foods that keep you feeling young inside & out 💁🏻

By: Mina
January 11, 2018
Time is not in our favour, is it ladies?🕰
When we’re young we receive advice from our mothers, aunties older sisters, that looking after your health, inside and out, is KEY🗝
Because, unfortunately turning back time is not an option. The time-machine hasn’t been invented….yet. But, everyone has to age but changing your diet can make a big difference to the way you look and feel in the future.
So here are my top 5 foods that will help benefit you on the inside and also your skin:
NUTS
Nuts are a great source of healthy fats - did you know there is research to suggest that people who eat more nuts are associated with living longer!  Many nuts are quite high in Vitamin E which is also something that is useful for your skin.
Top tip: Keep a Jar handy of some of your favourite nuts and perhaps some dried fruit to taste.  A great go to snack when feeling peckish.
AVOCADO

 I love avocados, not only do they taste great but they have loads of healthy fats help nourish your skin, and help protect it from the visible signs of aging. The fats also help your body absorb vitamins and nutrients, so helping also to fuel your body with energy.  Some people call avocados the “crocodile pear” and I can see why!  Cool name.

Top tip:  blitz into a smoothie with some fruit, or turn it into a healthy dip yum. Or make Lucy's yummy Sour Lime & Avocado Cheesecake pot 

 BERRIES

All berries are rich in antioxidants and vitamins, and on top of this they are delicious.  Free radical damage is associated with aging faster thus a good variety of antioxidant rich food may defend against this and help in the desire for youthful skin.

Top tip: Add a scoop of berries on top of your breakfast or use them with natural yoghurt - Yum!

CHIA SEEDS

Chia seeds are a great source of fibre, and another way to get beneficial Omega 3’s into your system if you don’t like oily fish.  Good digestion and Omega 3 could play a part in youthful skin 😊

Top tip:  Add a tablespoon of chia seeds to your favourite smoothie recipe. Chia seeds help make a cool smoothie texture and go well with most smoothies.

COCONUT OIL

My all time favourite is coconut oil.  I just love this stuff, of course I use it in my cooking, I love the flavour but I also like to use it as a skin care product.  Coconut Oil is a natural moisturiser and it’s also anti bacterial and anti fungal to boot.  This helps to eliminate the growth of bacteria which can lead to issues with the skin, as well as keeping the skin moist and smooth. I even use coconut oil to help buy teeth, it can be mixed with baking soda and peppermint oil to make an amazing toothpaste or be used as a mouth wash (again useful due to the antibacterial nature).

 Why not try making your very own homemade sunscreen recipe with coconut oil? If you suffer with sensitive skin why not make your own sunscreen lotion that's natural and hopefully it'll stop any irritation. It smells great and is great for your skin, keeping it moist and smooth.

Scroll down for your DIY sunscreen recipe:

INGREDIENTS

90g Coconut oil

65g Carrier Oil - you can also use sweet almond oil and jojoba oil

5g Beeswax - you can get beeswax from many health stores now, or if you happen to know your own local beekeeper who makes some 😂

5g Shea Butter - I prefer unrefined Shea butter but some people prefer a different texture, so try both and find out which you prefer.

Half Vitamin E - This is easy to purchase ... Click here to buy

 METHOD

Place your glass bowl on your scale, and zero the scale.

Add all ingredients (one-by-one, zeroing the scale in between each time just for easy measuring)

Place glass bowl over pot of shallow, slightly simmering water. Melt ingredients completely (stir with a whisk to help it along).

Carefully remove from stove and wipe down condensation on bowl (you do not want the water getting into your product).

Place bowl on scale, zero the scale again.

Whisk, whisk, whisk (and whisk some more!) and then carefully pour into container of your choice.

This will take a few minutes to set up. Just walk away and leave it alone to quietly set up.

*T=tablespoon and t=teaspoon

Please note, this will have a low SPF factor, coconut has a small SPF factor but it would be advisable to reapply often.  

If you like this tip and enjoyed making the recipe, Lucy has more tips for you for preparation for your holidays. CLICK HERE for Lucy's 5 top tips for getting ready for the hols xx 

 

About the author

Mina is one of RwL’s PTs and our Marketing & Social Media Manager.

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