Our Top 5 Skin Care Food Hacks

30 November 2016 / by Alexandra Nodes

I know I keep banging on about it, but seriously... what goes on the end of your fork has as much impact on your skin as any moisturiser does. That's my whole ethos when it comes to sourcing ingredients for our products too - good things in, good things out.

Problem is, firstly, I am no angel. I need things which are super easy and I need to be flexible. Blueberries and wheatgrass are great, but I will share a biscuit with my toddler or a glass of wine with my husband and refuse to feel bad about it!

Secondly, I think there is a lot of rubbish out there about superfoods. Suddenly having to bulk buy some new, expensive strand of algae seems like a marketing ploy to me.

I have filtered down my key skincare diet points into five basics, just like my skincare product range. Simple, effective and realistic. What do you think?

 

1. Everyday basics

When I am grocery shopping I stock up on eggs, nori and spinach. These three ingredients go into so much stuff in my kitchen. They are all versatile, and while they might not boast the glamour of faddish superfoods, they are inexpensive and pack a serious punch. Eggs are fantastic for collagen producing proteins, and the yolks are especially beneficial as they’re full of skin clearing selenium, zinc and protein, among other vitamins.

Sheets of nori - the dried seaweed they use to wrap sushi - are widely available and great as a snack or shredded in a salad. One sheet has the same omega-3 content as three avocados (!), which helps your acid mantle stay balanced, combating oily, dry or blemished skin.

Spinach is packed with antioxidants, as well as fibre. It's a supper efficient way of getting water directly into cells to help with hydration, and actively helps cells regenerate, which is key for fresh looking skin.

 

2. Snacks in the bag

I often get peckish on the go, and I have a very young daughter, who's always asking what snacks I have in my bag, so I need to have a few treats on me at all times!

I make sure I always have a bag of seeds and nuts with me for those hunger pangs. Pumpkin seeds are particularly full of zinc, which protects cell membranes, helps maintain collagen, and promotes skin renewal, while brazil nuts are my go-to nut for their selenium content - a nutrient that helps preserve elastin, a protein that keeps skin smooth and tight.

As well as keeping the doctor away, apples also travel really well, and I always have one in my bag.

 

3. Go herbal

Swapping coffee for herbal tea (especially green) is good on sooo many levels. This natural wonder helps restore a youthful bounce to skin and, armed with super antioxidants, it protects skin from environmental stressors.

And aside from the visible benefits, a handful of mint steeped in boiling water will do wonders for your digestion, and I swear by a fragrant, soothing camomile tea before bed for a restful night.

Trying herbal teas is a great way to hydrate, and provides an alternative to the knee-jerk reaction of ordering a coffee when you're out. Most places now stock a pretty decent range of organic options.

 

4. Get juicy

There are so many juice recipes out there that promise miracles. You can find some particularly good ones that actually work in the Moon Juice cookbook. My favourite - and a really easy one - is their Gracious Greens. Using everyday greens, is gets your skin glowing by alkalizing and hydrating with cucumber, and cleansing, alkalizing, and deeply mineralizing with loads of spinach and mint. The lettuce specifically supports skin, hair, and nails.

 

Ingredients

1 head romaine lettuce, root end trimmed

1 1/2 to 2 European cucumbers, or an equivalent weight of Kirby, Persian, or standard cucumbers

1 cup tightly packed spinach

15 sprigs mint

1/2 lemon (If you don’t have a centrifugal juicer, remove the pith and peel.)

 

Feed all the ingredients into a juicer, alternating the greens and herbs with the cucumbers. Stir and serve.

 

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Unlike other vinegars, studies show apple cider vinegar can lower blood sugar, which reduces the production of destructive molecules called Advanced Glycation End products. Dilute a tablespoon in water and add to soups and stews, or use it to make salad dressings.

I swear by it, and I even add it to juices or tea when I'm feeling brave. It's a natural antioxidant so it's also great for when you are detoxing.

 

Well, those are my top 5. Did I miss anything? Share your ideas to hello@alexcarro.com

Topics: Food + Nutrition


Alexandra Nodes

Written by Alexandra Nodes

Alexandra is the founder of Alex Carro, and creates and develops all of our products based on her extensive experience with natural botanical plant and herb extracts and essential oils. Her background is in arts management, and she currently splits her time between Barcelona and her studio in the Montseny mountains.