Okay, so we all love to indulge in a little too much food at Christmas and frankly why shouldn’t we? But Christmas need not be too unhealthy; there are some delicious seasonal ingredients that are full of vitamins and minerals. Many food ingredients are particularly beneficial for your skin too. So we’ve come up with a list of five of our favourite ‘foodie’ skin care ingredients that are ideal for the festive season.
- Coconut oil. Our number one favourite skin and hair care conditioning oil that is also delicious and healthy to eat. Bake with it, add it to cakes and best of all roast your Christmas dinner potatoes in it. That’s right, turkey with coconut roast potatoes. Incredibly yummy. Virgin coconut oil is high in protective antioxidants and antibacterial fatty acids. Research shows it can improve skin elasticity, helping prevent premature ageing. We know of cases where it has helped eczema too. But try it on your potatoes; you’ll be impressed.
- Avocado. Delicious in a salad (particularly with fresh orange slices, croutons and a dash of dressing) the fresh cut fruit of avocado has a unique and high content of vitamins A, D, E, lecithin, phytosterols and Omega 9 fatty acids. These promote healing, skin regeneration and protection from the aging effects of UV light and pollution. You can just taste the healthiness in avocado.
- Lemon. Citrus fruit like lemons and limes are a great remedy for a heavy head. Combined with honey and hot water, the juice makes a comforting tea for a winter’s day. To get closest to the uplifting, refreshing benefits of lemon essential oil (which is great for a dull or oily complexion), grate the peel of a ripe organic lemon (organic is especially important to avoid pesticides that may have been sprayed on the skin). It’s delicious over pasta, with leek (especially if mixed with a bit of parmesan cheese), or even to flavour a cocktail. Lemon peel contains 5 to 10 times more vitamins than its juice.
- Pomegranate. Mix into yoghurt, muesli or salads – pairs well with pistachio nuts - for a vibrant vitamin shot from this seasonal fruit. In skin care, correctly extracted pomegranate provides a unique source of Omega 5 fatty acid and its oil is highly moisturising for dry and irritated skin. You’d have to eat a lot of pomegranate to benefit from pomegranates’ ability to improve skin elasticity and reduce fine lines, but the high level of antioxidants in the fruit won’t hurt!
- Finally sugar. Well this is a bit of a cheat. Sugar is far healthier to use on your skin than to eat in mince pies or Christmas pudding. Raw sugar cane is rich in glycolic acid which helps cell renewal. Used as an exfoliant, it assists in the gentle removal of dead surface skin cells to leave the skin smooth and revitalised. But then again a glorious pud can really make you feel good…