Beautygeeks know that looking good is more than skin deep. What we eat matters too, as per these posts on beauty foods and an insanely delicious dish that has us longing for watermelon season again. Nutritionista (and fellow beautygeek) Meghan Telpner, who I met a while back in the green room at "The Marilyn Denis Show" (and again, surprisingly, at the airport in St. Lucia -- Meghan does yearly group retreats) feels the same way. Today she shares with us her top five beauty aids you can put on your face as well as in it.
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Top Five Edible Beauty Products
by Meghan Telpner
In my work as a nutritionista, I aim to please and I do that by making everything crazy delicious. This rule applies to beauty care too. I'm not going to tell you to detox your full cosmetic routine. What I would suggest is that you look at your daily favourites and see if perhaps you can swap it up and add in some edible faves. Here are my top five favourite all purpose edible beauty products (that you can likely find at your local supermarket!):
1) Apple Cider Vinegar: As an incredible alkalinizer, it helps to disinfect and keep away any bad bacteria and fungus on the skin and scalp.
Tip for use: Dilute 1 part cider with 10 parts water and use as a facial toner, astringent or scalp rinse to help with itching.
Bonus Tip: Take a shot in the morning to cleanse the liver. A cleaner liver helps with healthier skin.
2) Coconut Oil: Anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties make it an amazing all over skin and hair nutrient.
Tip for use: Use it straight up as a moisturizer, make-up remover, lip balm, deodorant (yes!), or pre-shampoo deep conditioning hair and scalp mask.
Bonus Tip: Also makes a great natural, non-toxic lube -- though it's not certified as condom safe.
3) Buffered Vitamin C Powder: Often taken as a supplement, it is very rich in anti-oxidants and therefore acts towards anti-aging and healing blemishes, rashes, and other skin irritations.
Tip for use: Mix with avocado or just coconut oil and massage into skin and let sit for 10 minutes to help soothe the skin, promote healing, and help prevent damage from too much sunshine.
4) Raw (Unpasteurized) Honey: Anti-microbial, anti-viral and very rich in enzymes, it will help make skin look crazy healthy while keeping the bad guys away.
Tips for use: Use as a face mask once to twice a week. Extra awesome is to mix it up with some coconut oil and vitamin C. Use as a mask or as a spoonful of health!
Bonus tip: Raw honey is the single best thing for treating burns, whether from your flat iron or stove. As soon as you get a burn, slop on some honey and keep it there for 20 minutes to an hour if you can. You'll have minimal blistering, if any, and very quick healing.
5) Baking Soda: Also supremely alkalinizing, makes a great toothpaste addition to help lightly scrub away build up and alkalinize the mouth to keep bacteria at bay. Also great as a skin scrub.
Tip for use: Add a little to your tooth brush or use your finger to rub onto teeth and then lightly brush to help get rid of staining. Can also create a paste with water to make a gentle facial scrub.
Bonus Tip: For a super tooth whitener, coat stained teeth with baking soda and give teeth a gentle brush. Then take ½ - 1 tsp of cider vinegar for a thorough swish. Plaque and stains will leap off your teeth and make your teeth feel super clean. This can be done daily without risk to your teeth.
We can only do so much on the outside to get our super beauty on. Much of it has a lot to do with what we're eating too. Sometimes, for that extra dose of beauty, a light cleanse can be very helpful -- it's amazing how quickly they help us get our glow on and clear those problem spots right up.
Meghan Telpner is a Toronto-based nutritionista and sought-after media personality thanks to her refreshingly humorous, engaging and real approach to healthy living. Her online cooking courses and health programs are improving the lives of people around the world. Meghan's book UnDiet, Eat Your Way to Vibrant Health will be released North America wide in April, 2013. Join Meghan's community on twitter @MeghanTelpner. For more visit MeghanTelpner.com.