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Foods That Are Good For Your Skin And Hair

You try to eat a healthy diet and choose natural foods. Why not do the same when it comes to your skin and hair? There are many foods that experts in edibles say are both healthy to eat and good for your hair and skin. Florida-based dermatologist Deborah Longwill, MD, confirms that using natural products is not only beneficial but can help you avoid the chemicals that can irritate your scalp and skin. Here are a few natural ingredients that are beneficial to both your diet and skin.



Acai
Acai is not just something trendy in the health and diet spotlight. Acai berries, which grow in the jungles of the Amazon, have a significantly high quantity of essential fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants. Added to moisturizers, it helps in protecting skin against sun damage and in neutralizing oxidative stress. It also helps to even out your skin tone and aids in cutting down on wrinkles and fine lines.

Green Tea
You may already know the health benefits of drinking green tea. It lowers cholesterol and can help protect you against glaucoma and certain types of cancers. Green tea can serve as a strong oxidant and when applied to the skin it can reduce wrinkles and retain moisture. When you shop for moisturizers, masks and body wash check to see if they contain green tea. You can also place damp green tea bags on your eyes for between 10 and 15 minutes to help refresh yourself.


Honey
While honey is a natural sweetener, it is also an antiseptic that has been scientifically proven to aid in speeding the healing time of superficial burns and wounds. Honey kills bacteria. Longwill even suggests that her patients with acne use products that have honey in them. Honey is also a good skin moisturizer and you should look for honey in other skin products such as lip balms, moisturizers, and soaps.


Oatmeal
Yes, oatmeal can help lower your cholesterol, but it has other “talents” as well. It can also soothe irritations and rashes caused by various poisonous plants like poison ivy and poison oak. It’s also great for the itching and pain brought on by sunburn and chicken pox. All one need do is sprinkle some dry oatmeal into your bathwater and soak in it for 10 minutes.
The grainy texture of oatmeal also makes it a gentle but effective skin exfoliator. Just mix it with some warm water. Stir and apply it to your face using circular hand motions. Let it dry for no longer than 15 minutes and rinse it off.


Olive Oil
For centuries olive oil has rightfully been praised as a natural moisturizer. Longwill confirms that it “is ultra-hydrating.” Olive oil provides a barrier that not only protects dry skin but also helps those who have eczema or psoriasis.
You can use it right out of the bottle and splash it on after your shower. You can also use olive oil to treat your split ends. Look for olive oil when you shop for both hair and skin products such as conditioners, facial washes, moisturizers, shampoos, and soaps.



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