When you think about ethnic skin care naturally, 9 out of 10 times you're looking at a product that is going to go topically on your skin. A cream, a serum, a cleanser, a maskÖbut when you look at the true essence of beauty, especially with ethnic skin, you look at using what nature has given us in all of the natural elements that surround us.
Ethnic Beauty Through the Foods You Eat
There are great foods, herbs and fruits that will nourish your skin from the inside and that is the essence of what is projected to the outer appearance or what people see when they look at ethnic skin. We talk about maturing or aging. Weíre not against aging which is in a sense anti-aging or against aging. That's not what women of color think of when theyíre looking at skin care of mature beings or a maturing , because whether youíre in your 20ís or 30ís you are maturing and your skin care regimen changes as you go through different phases hormonally in your body.
But food will be looked at today as the essence or an important part of providing you with the wonderful reflection that looks back at you in the mirror as beautiful skin. One of the main things to consider when looking at the type of foods that are going to nourish your body with are your green foods. Your kale, spinach, collards in the winter time, broccoli, asparagus are green foods that nourish and nurture your cellular level. But you can have fun with food and create some great recipes when it comes to your berries.
Take blueberries. Blueberries are a source of resveratrol. Resveratrol which is found in grapes, makes a wonderful glass of wine. Youíre looking at the grape itself, a glass of wine and youíre looking at a blueberry which is a completely different fruit, but resveratrol is a known component of being healthy for your skin that's found in both. So when you look at the blueberry, you can have it in the form of a nice dessert. In the summer time itís always soothing and refreshing to your pallet.
If you canít handle a lot of sugar or dairy (which a lot of people of color canít), you can use blueberries as a dessert that will give you that same wonderful refreshing taste as an ice cream. Using something as simple as a banana as your base, take ripened bananas, put them in the freezer in Tupperware or a plastic bag (something that will seal them well) and youíll have it for different types of use of sweet preparations to curb that appetite for ice cream. One of the ways of using the banana is in conjunction with blueberries.
Slice the banana, put it in the blender so they can become creamy. Then you can add blueberries and now youíve got a blueberry treat. You can top that on an ice cream cone, or take that same frozen concept and put it between 2 of your favorite cookies and now youíve got a blueberry ice cream sandwich. You can coat the outer edges with walnuts, almonds or peanuts, but youíll have a great dessert thatíll be a substitute for something that typically has high sugar content.
Take that same banana base and it can become a base for lots of other desserts as well. You can take a glass and simply layer bananas and fruits in a glass and make a frozen type of smoothie.
So you can take your antioxidant foods like your blueberry, strawberry, raspberry and your banana (also high in potassium) and know that what youíre eating is healthy, internally and externally beneficial.
Juicing Your Way to Beautiful Skin
Now if youíre looking for something from more of a juicing standpoint that will still going to give you the benefits of great skin; take a cup of almond milk, one persimmon, a handful of spinach, a half teaspoon of cinnamon, a quarter teaspoon of cardamon, one half teaspoon of vanilla extract and one date, you can blend it thoroughly and now youíve got a magnificent green drink thatís like a milkshake.
Another form of your green foods; 1 half of a lemon, 1 cup of kale, spinach, 1 cucumber, 1 half of a mango and cilantro, juice it all and youíve got a nice green drink thatís going to be healthy for your skin as well as move everything out of your system very smoothly.
A note on Cucumbers: In skin care Cucumbers are normally used topically, but taking them internally will filter the components out into your blood stream which is that much more beneficial.
These are just a few ideas of how to take food and nourish your skin from within naturally. We're dealing with what mother nature has provided for us. Fruits and vegetables and just a simple machine like a blender or a juicer can provide tasting foods to nourish your body And your skin from within.
That's it for this week,
As Always ...
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