It’s not just the food we eat and drink that can affect our skin, but the food we put on it as well! There are so many face wash’s moisturizers, lotions, and creams that claim to “cleanse” our skin, but have you ever noticed the long list of ingredients? Do you even know what these long and impossible to pronounce words are and where they come from? Chances are you don’t.
Each morning and night, people are “cleansing” or “moisturizing” their skin with everyday products that contain toxic substances including preservatives, additives, perfumes and dyes. Think about your typical morning…you might shampoo and condition your hair, wash your body with soap or body wash, cleanse and moisturize your face, and finish off with some antiperspirant, aftershave or perfume. For us girls we then might put on some foundation, powder, blush, mascara, and maybe some lipstick. We don’t even think about the fact that each one of these products we are using can typically have anywhere from 10-20 toxic ingredients. Before you know it, you’ve just put 200 chemicals on your face and you haven’t even stepped outside your bathroom yet!
That’s why I started up IS THERE FOOD ON MY FACE. In this section I’ll provide easy skincare recipes using all natural food ingredients that will moisturize cleanse, and tone your skin without the nasty chemicals.
Make sure you read the labels on your skincare products. Here are the ones to watch out for and avoid!
- Phthalates: shown to cause developmental defects and can harm the unborn.
- Sodium Laurate or Lauryl Sulphate (SLS): a possible human carcinogen
- BHA and BHT: can cause thryroid, liver and kidney problems; mimic estrogen; can cause allergic reactions.
- Parabens: can also mimic estrogens; has been found in human breast cancer tissues.
- Fragrance/Parfum: can cause allergies, asthma and migraines.
- Polyethylene Glycol and propylene glycol: cause skin irritation and could harm the nervous system.
- Triclosan: a possible human carcinogen; may cause endocrine disruption.
- Coal Tar Dyes/FD&C colours: animal studies show that almost all are cancer causing.
- DEA compounds: a skin/eye irritant and causes contact dermatitis
- Chemical Sunscreens: oxybenzone and octylmethoxycinnamate, may cause endocrine disruption. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are safer alternatives.
Manuka Honey and Banana Fask Mask:
Manukau honey is produced from bees that feed on the Manuka bush – commonly know as a variation from the tea tree bush – which is found in New Zealand and Australia. A natural antiseptic, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory, Manuka honey is known to have huge healing properties that are ideal for the skin and has shown to reduce acne, redness and inflammation. The honey furthermore helps to deeply moisturize the skin and speed up the healing process of wounds.
Bananas are full of vitamins C, A, B6 and B12 as well as magnesium and potassium, all which are important for our skin. When applied to the face, banana helps to remove dead skin cells, tighten and moisturize the skin.
Combined, these two ingredients create a deeply nourishing and moisturising face mask. It doesn’t make a bad sweet treat either…
- 1/2 a ripe organic banana
- 1 tsp organic manuka honey
- Small bowl or dish
- A fork
Before putting on the mask, make sure your face is clean and make up free. Make sure you clean your face using warm water to open up your pores.
Using a fork, mash the banana and honey together in a small dish. I like to heat mixture up for about 10 seconds in the microwave so its a little warm and easier to mash and apply. Apply to your face and leave for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with warm water.
Eating any remainders is optional but recommended. 🙂