F is for Food Face: A Nutritionista’s Five Favourite Edible Beauty Aids

by Janine on 4 January 2013 · 16 comments

healthy skin_fuchsia lipsBeautygeeks 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

honey-backgrounds-backgrounds-wallpapersIn 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 TelpnerMeghan 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.

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Angela 4 January 2013 at 3:35 pm

I have a question about apple cider vinegar. There is some info on the web that it will destroy teeth and the esophagus. Is this true? I take a swig once in a while due to its amazing health benefits…I’m hoping you are right, I would love to use it in part as a natural whitener.


Meghan Telpner 7 January 2013 at 8:36 am

Hi Angela,

Just like having straight lemon juice, you wouldn’t to leave any acidic substance on your teeth. After you do the rinse in your mouth with cider vinegar, the best thing you can do is follow up with a warm sea salt rinse to alkalanize your mouth environment (great for keeping plaque away) or just plain water. Same if you’re drinking some. Just have a small sip of water after to rinse your mouth and swallow. Everybody’s chemistry is different too, so if you start to develop tooth sensitivity or pain in your throat, than you’ll probably want to stop. I’ve been doing this for years without problem.


Angela 7 January 2013 at 4:10 pm



Holly 5 January 2013 at 10:33 pm

I’d like to know if you can specifically recommend a coconut oil brand that can be found in Toronto. Where is Buffered Vitamin C Power sold? Health food store? Thanks!


Meghan Telpner 7 January 2013 at 8:38 am

Hi Holly, The best coconut oil is going to be one sold in a glass jar or dark plastic. You’ll want to spend about $10 for a jar and look for “Unrefined”, “raw” and/or “cold pressed” on the label. I would highly recommend organic too. Artisana is my favourite brand and you can find it at most health food stores and online too.

The Buffered Vitamin C powder can be found at most health food stores. I typically use the Now brand which is widely available.


Holly 2 February 2013 at 7:41 pm

Hi Meghan,

Picked up some Artisana coconut oil, but it’s rough and gritty, even when warmed up in the palm of your hand, any tricks for using coconut oil as a moisturizer? Thanks!


Holly 3 February 2013 at 1:55 pm

Hi Meghan,

Never mind the previous question, turns out it was Coconut Butter, not oil, so that’s why it was so weird and gritty.


Jane 7 January 2013 at 10:41 am

Sorry to be a Debbie Downer, but leave the baking soda for cleaning your bathtubs & drains. It wreaks havoc on the skin. Baking soda is extremely alkaline, and when applied to the skin — especially the delicate skin on our faces — it completely destroys the natural acid mantle of our skin.The acid mantle helps maintain the PH-balance of your skin. When this acid mantle has been removed, it increases the risk of bacteria getting into the skin that you inadvertently rubbed raw by cleansing/exfoliating your face with baking soda! Use sugar instead.


Janine 12 January 2013 at 2:24 am

Just tried the raw-honey-on-a-burn thing — accidentally singed a bit of my thumb while lighting a candle. Put honey on the hot spot and let it sit for a bit; it absorbed the heat and calmed the spot right down. Zero blistering. Amazing! Thanks for that tip, Meghan! (Of all the tips you shared, that’s not the one I thought I’d try first… sheesh.)


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