It makes a lot of sense that the healthy foods you want on your plate also have amazing benefits when they’re in your beauty products. Keep reading to learn about our favorite real food ingredients for inner and outer beauty! Bon appétit!
Soothing stomach muscles, fighting winter colds, and freshening breath are just a few of the wonders this minty herb can do. When added to soaps and shampoos, peppermint oil’s antimicrobial properties fight bacteria and bust through product buildup. Plus, nothing beats that minty fresh feeling you get thanks to increased blood flow and stimulated nerve endings.
Oatmeal might not be the most fun breakfast food, but its heart-healthy benefits are tough to beat. We love that it’s packed with fiber that keep us full for hours, which keeps us from prowling the office for donuts mid-morning. It’s also great for soothing irritated and itchy skin, which makes this whole grain a must-have ingredient for sensitive and rosacea-prone complexions.
Grapefruit contains major doses of vitamin C and lycopene, which help fight free radicals, or as we like to call them “wrinkle causers.” Vitamin C can also boost your immune system; very important if want to avoid looking like an extra from The Walking Dead during cold and flu season. We love seeing grapefruit in our skincare because it kills bacteria that causes breakouts and exfoliates with citric acid.
Olive oil has so many health benefits and medicinal uses that the ancient Greek poet Homer called it “liquid gold.” Luckily, it’s not that expensive! This healthy fat is full of vitamin E, an antioxidant that boosts collagen production. Applied to dry skin, olive oil delivers much-needed fatty acids to repair your skin’s lipid barrier—the key to keeping moisture in and environmental aggressors out.
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—By Natalie Higdon
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