We are not going to sell you the super powers of Siberian ginseng or those of rhododendron essential oil raised on the full moon and all those so-called magical potions, but not found in real life. No, just make you realize that just by opening your closets or taking a walk in the garden, you will find all the fundamental ingredients to take care of your beauty. A greener, more economical and healthier solution for your body than all commercially prepared products.
10. Wakame: The Clear Skin Ally
Small seaweed, wakame is one of the key foods of Japanese cuisine. Fiber, trace elements (10 times richer in calcium than milk), vitamins A, B and K, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, phosphorus, zinc, manganese and omega 3 – it boosts the immune system and would be at the origin of the exceptional longevity of the Asian population. On the beauty side, its combination of iodine and fucoidan (a carbohydrate known for its anti-inflammatory properties) makes it a formidable enemy of cutaneous imperfections: acne, inflammations, mycoses, cysts …
It is found: in the dried version in Asian shops or organic or directly cooked version in Japanese restaurants.
We consume it: in the salad or in a broth. That’s a good reason to have dinner at least once a week at your favorite Japanese restaurant!
9. The Goji Berry: Not To See The Time Pass
Cultivated in China, Tibet, and Mongolia, it multiplies the superpowers. Full of animated acids, minerals, trace elements, carotenoids, omega 3 and vitamins B, E, and C (much more than in orange), it gives the body everything it needs for a makeover. Rich in flavonoids (anti-oxidant molecules), it promotes cell growth and protects the collagen fibers, which maintains the elasticity of the glowing skin. It represents one of the best allies to fight wrinkles, dull complexion and signs of fatigue.
We find in: the export of the fresh goji berry being prohibited, it is found only dried. For maximum safety (no pesticides), the bags sold in organic shops are preferred.
It is eaten: to brighten a salad with its slightly sweet taste, mixed in a green smoothie or herbal tea, after 10 minutes of infusion in hot water (but not boiling).
8. Oats: The Ideal Soft Skin Companion
Cleopatra, who already used the Egyptian Magic balm formula millennia before Madonna, was decidedly avant-garde in terms of beauty. One of his secrets: 3 tablespoons of oatmeal in his hot bath for a velvety skin. The action of proteins contained in the plant, which rebalance the pH of the skin, combined with that of emollient phosphorus, effectively prevents drying of the skin. Vitamin B improves the resistance of the tissues.
We find it everywhere since the Dukan diet has made it a star ingredient. In the dietary rays of supermarkets as in organic groceries and pharmacies.
We use it: in exfoliation. Mix 2 tablespoons of oat bran (the richest part of the ingredients in the oatmeal) with a little honey and water. Apply on the face and gently massage in circular motion. Rinse with water.
Rich in potassium, birch leaves are indicated as a natural diuretic. By increasing the volume of urine, they promote the cleaning of the body from the inside and thus the elimination of toxins (responsible for the gray mine or yellowed complexion). Once the body is cleared of waste, the skin looks healthier and brighter.
It is found in the form of dried leaves, herbalist, pharmacy or organic stores.
We consume it: in herbal tea. Infuse 40g of dried leaves in one liter of hot water for 10 minutes. Make a 3-week course of 3 cups a day between meals. Due to the process of detoxification (thus externalizing toxins), some impurities can appear on the skin in the first days of cure. Be careful not to exceed 3 weeks of cure because the diuretic process can strain the kidneys over time.
6. Nettle: The Ally Of Beefy Hair
This spicy herb has a cocktail of vitamins (B2 and B5), folic acid and minerals (iron, silica, magnesium, sulfur, calcium), which effectively treat brittle nails, split hair and stimulate the skin growth. It is also very common in hair care for dull, or dandruff.
We find it: during your country walk of the weekend! The leaves are then to be dried in the sun or on a radiator not too hot.
It is used: in lotion capillary. Discard a good handful of nettle leaves in a large volume of water and allow to warm for 30 minutes. Filter, let cool and add a few drops of apple cider vinegar. After shampooing, apply some of this lotion on the hairline. Leave on and rinse after 20 minutes. A 3-week cure should permanently rid the hair of its inconvenience.
5. Thyme: A Skin Like After A Holiday In The Green
Already well known for its antiviral power that allows us to fight against winter ailments (colds and ice), thyme is also a natural antiseptic which, in a local application, purifies, tones and reactivates the microcirculation of blood vessels subcutaneous. Good to know, the slowing of the microcirculation being at the origin of a pale complexion …
One finds it: in the condiment department of the supermarket as in full nature of Provence.
It is used: mini way facial hammam. Infuse for a long time a few sprigs of thyme in hot water. Pour into a large bowl, place your face above and cover your head with a towel. Stay a good ten minutes in this position to perspire a maximum. Clean his face.
just like its colleague’s seeds, seeds, and nuts, sesame is part of the family of oilseeds. They are particularly famous for being rich in linoleic acid (omega 6) and docosahexaenoic acid (omega 3). Our body needs these herbs for beautiful skin and to renew its cells and strengthen the membranes that protect the organs. When applied as an oil on the skin, sesame limits the water loss of the skin, nourishes it and softens it. It is also able to protect the skin from external aggressions such as ultraviolet rays. But as a precaution, we will not trust his powers against sunburn and we will favor a good total screen!
It is found: in the form of oil in da drugstore or organic stores.
We use it: we will love it on summer evenings, to soothe the skin after exposure and protect ourselves from the last rays of the sun. Its high power of nutrition and its rapid penetration makes it the ally of a velvety skin all the summer.
3. Turmeric: The Last-Minute Rescuer
It is the beauty secret of the Indian women who have the ritual of making it a radiant mask just before their wedding. Antiseptic and antibacterial, it is formidable against blackheads and dead skin. Its lightening power illuminates the skin and offers a rejuvenating effect.
It is found in the spice department of all supermarkets.
It is used: in the mask. Mix ½ teaspoon of turmeric with 1 teaspoon of milk and 1 teaspoon of honey. Leave on for 10 minutes (until dry). Rinse with cold water.
2. Dandelion: The Anti-Shine Of Confidence
its root stimulates phagocytosis, the process by which impurities are destroyed. It is an excellent purifier for the skin and helps to regulate its excess of sebum and the appearance of imperfections.
It is found in the garden. You will now be happy to pick this week. But only the root is interesting. If you have abused weed killers, you can find dried roots in organic shops.
We consume it: in the form of a decoction. This is the technique that keeps the greatest amount of active ingredients from the plant. Put 5 teaspoons of dried dandelion roots in 250cl of water. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Let cool and filter. Apply this lotion morning and evening on the areas of shine using a cotton.
1. Macadamia Nut: Uncompromising With Stretch Marks
Originating from Australia, the macadamia nut is composed of 80% monounsaturated fatty acids. The composition of its oil is close to human sebum, it is terribly effective to nourish, soften and soothe the skin. This is the beauty secret skin and hair to steal Hawaiian.
It is found in the form of cosmetic oil in organic stores.
It is used: directly applied to the most damaged and sensitive parts of the skin as on stretch marks, dry areas, and even crevices. Let’s take some seed!