Strawberries are loved by many for their characteristic aroma, sweetness, juicy texture, and bright red colour. But in addition to that strawberries can also keep your skin looking gorgeous. Why? Because strawberries are packed with vitamin C – an important building block of the underlying supporting structure of skin called collagen.
Strawberries have more anti-aging vitamin C per serving than oranges or grapefruit. A 100g serving of strawberries contain approximately 60mg of vitamin C, which is 71% of your daily vitamin C needs, and also has 33 kilocalories, 0.386mg of manganese, and provides several other vitamins and dietary minerals in lesser amounts.
Surprisingly, strawberries contain a modest amount of essential unsaturated fatty acids in the seeds. It’s scientifically proven fact that people who eat foods rich in vitamin C have fewer wrinkles and less age-related dry skin than those who don’t.
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Put 1 cup of strawberries in a blender; add 1 cup of plain yogurt and 2 tablespoons of honey (a great moisturizer). Smooth it. Before enjoying your smoothie, set aside enough to coat your face.
Every time you have a chance, simply spread one strawberry on your face and rinse it off in 10 minutes.
2. Olive oil
Taken internally, olive oil stimulates metabolism, promotes digestion and lubricates mucous membranes. Olive oil has over 80% of unsaturated fatty acids, which are among the must-have foods for healthy skin because they are responsible for the health of the cell membrane, which is not only a barrier to harmful things, but also the passageway for nutrients to cross in and waste products to get out. Thanks to membranes, the skin cells are able to hold water and maintain healthy metabolism resulting in softer, more subtle, and more wrinkle-free skin.
Moreover, olive oil has two beauty vitamins – E and K:
- Vitamin E is a membrane antioxidant that protects against oxidative damage: it stops the production of reactive oxygen species formed when fat undergoes oxidation. It also provides protection against harmful UV rays.
- Vitamin K can improve your skin and prevent wrinkles because it plays a key role in solving the calcification problems that harden arteries and affect the connective elastin that keeps your skin soft and subtle.
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Include olive oil in your daily menu. At dinner, drizzle a tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil into a small bowl, and dip whole-grain bread in it to improve your skin from the inside out.
Applied topically, olive oil has a long history of being used as a home remedy for skincare. You can apply it directly on skin, or add a bit to a warm bath for a good soak. To prevent hair loss, massage the scalp with olive oil every evening for eight days. Let it work overnight and wash it out in the morning.
Avocado is a health treasure chest, inside and out. Its buttery, nutty flesh is rich in all good things. A typical serving of avocado (100g) is moderate to rich in several B vitamins and vitamin K, with good content of vitamin C, vitamin E and potassium. Avocados also contain phytosterols and carotenoids, such as lutein and zeaxanthin. About 75% of an avocado’s energy comes from fat, most of which (67% of total fat) is monounsaturated fat as oleic acid. You can eat it as a dip, condiment or salad ingredient.
Although costly to produce, nutrient-rich avocado oil has diverse uses for salads or cooking and in cosmetics and soap products.
When Montezuma II shared avocados with Hernán Cortés and his fellow conquistadors, the Aztecs explained that the fruit had a great ability to incite sexual passion. The Aztecs believed in the aphrodisiac power of the ahucatl so much that they would not allow virginal women to leave the house while they were being harvested. When Louis XIV found his aging libido in need of reviving, he turned to the exotic avocado for help, nicknaming the fruit la bonne poire (the good pear).
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Make guacamole – an avocado-based dip or salad first created by the Aztecs in what is now Mexico. Pit an avocado, puree the pulp, squeeze a half of lime, add herbs you like, and olive oil. Don’t forget to apply part of it on your face.