We all want it: skin so smooth and sexy that they're picking their jaws up off the floor for days. We want that birthday cake like Rihanna, that milkshake like Kelis, those peaches and cream that inspired 112. You know, it's funny how so many songs that talk about sex appeal involve food, but when you think about it, it makes sense. How good your complexion looks on any given day depends greatly on what you put in (and on!) your body. Your skin needs the right nutrients to look and feel its best, and what you eat determines that, but did you know that you can apply certain foods directly to your skin and get amazing results?
Ladies (fellas, you can take note, too), make your skin juicy and delicious by adding these 5 foods to your diet and skincare regimen, and keep them coming back for another taste:
Rich organic yogurt is packed with lactic acid and protein. Including yogurt as a part of your diet helps with skin cell production, because the protein contained in it is essential to that function. When yogurt is applied topically, the lactic acid, which has been proven to help exfoliate skin and tighten pores, promotes a creamy complexion with fewer lines and wrinkles. Yogurt is a natural moisturizer, so it's also ideal for treating skin discoloration, acne, and dry skin. To use it as a face mask, simply apply it liberally to your facial area and wait for 15 minutes. Want to throw a little more moisturizing power into the mix? Just add a little bit of honey. Together, these foods will give a scrumptious gloss to even the most sensitive skin.
You've probably heard that pomegranates are a superfood. That's because they're full of free-radical-fighting antioxidants that combat aging and disease! Because the nutrients in this fruit naturally boost collagen production, the consumption of pomegranates and the topical use of its juice helps diminish wrinkles and lines, too. You can add a squirt of juice to your favorite body scrub or mix it with your favorite smoothie to make your skin just a bit juicier.
Our skin produces oil naturally to ward off infection and retain moisture, so we don't get dehydrated too quickly. Sometimes our bodies don't create enough, leading to dry, irritated skin. That's when we reach for the moisturizing body lotion. But before you start to smother yourself in an obnoxiously perfumed skin cream, try using olive oil instead. When used in the shower, olive oil acts as a moisturizer and a cleanser, washing away dirt, grime, and even beauty cosmetics for a silky smooth finish you won't want to stop running your fingers over. As a part of your diet, extra virgin olive oil can even treat skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis.
Avocados are perfect for 15-minute face masks, but make sure you mash them yourself. Running down to Chipotle for a side of guac to rub on your face might not be the best idea since jalapenos, onions, and lime juice in the eye might leave you making a not-so-sexy face. Avocados contain vitamins A, D, and E, all of which are excellent for your skin's health, as a part of your diet and as a topical application. Combine a ripe, mashed avocado with a bit of oatmeal for a less sloppy consistency.
Chocolate is the ultimate sexy food. In fact, you can have a bit of fun with a partner on this one—wink, wink. Not only will a chocolate rub make you smell and taste sweet; it will also improve skin hydration and fight damage from free-radicals. Adding a bit of chocolate to your diet can also go a long way for your skin health. The antioxidants in chocolate are great at fighting sun damage. The darker the chocolate, the better, so try to find something that is 80% cacao or higher to get the most benefits. When applying it topically, be careful not to melt the chocolate at too high a temperature. You want to look hot without getting burned.
No matter which of these foods you decide to include in your beauty regimen or diet, you will love how juicy they make your skin feel. They are all great additions to the skin products from Pretty Biznez, which means it's not hard to stay pretty. Pretty skin starts from within, but you should also treat it well with the right skin care products, like Pretty Biznez. If you have any questions or comments, be sure to contact Ambi at prettybiznez.com. To stay up to date on all our products, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter and follow us on Instagram.