Food doesn’t only have to nourish us from the inside out. There are a lot of reasons to consider using food as a medicine directly on your skin. One thing to consider is that many beauty products contain ingredients that are known carcinogens (pose a cancer risk), endocrine disrupters (may alter hormones) and irritants. In fact many of the products that are sold in the United States have to be altered to be sold in Europe because commonly used ingredients are banned there. When you use food on your skin you know exactly what you are getting. Its also often cheaper.
I enjoyed this blog post about some common food items that can be used on your skin. The author recommends coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, oatmeal and brown sugar. A couple other items to consider are honey and plain yogurt. Honey has natural antiseptic and healing properties and can be applied to irritated skin or used in face masks. Plain yogurt is a great one to rub on areas of dry rough skin or to use in face masks as the lactic acid acts as a natural exfoliator.
Are there any other suggestions that you have?
If you are interested in finding out more about what is in your various skin and beauty products I highly recommend visiting the Environmental Working Group’s cosmetics database page. I also recommend downloading their app Skin Deep that can be used to search or scan barcodes on beauty items to get an ingredient hazard score and a data availability score right when you’re making the decision about whether to purchase it.