Beauty biz – from your PANTRY

Skincare that you can literally eat…..

from my pantry
from my pantry

Double Duty Beauty. From the oatmeal you eat for breakfast to the turmeric in your curries, these kitchen ingredients  can work wonders for various skin issues.


Such as….


Worth a try: Coconut Oil

Eczema is an immunological abnormality of the barrier of the skin being deficient. Skin affected by eczema is very dry, red and itchy.  Restoring moisture is key, and coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer.  It acts as a shield on the epidermis.  While some moisturizers and face oils contain coconut oil, you can apply the oil – which can be purchased at health food (and most grocery) stores straight to skin using your fingertips.  You can also layer your regular moisturizer on top of coconut oil.  Side note: a brow threader said that we can apply coconut oil to help grow the hairs back on eyebrows.


Worth a try: Oatmeal

Brimming with Vitamin A and E, oatmeal is an anti-inflammatory powerhouse that helps calm irritated skin.  It’s also packed with skin-soothing starches and beta-glucans which provide a protective barrier for the skin.  Oatmeal that is featured in commercial redness-fighting beauty products is usually the colloidal variety (meaning it has been ground into an extremely fine powder). But you can use regular oatmeal for a homemade mask.  Mix ¾ cup (175 ml) of dry oatmeal with ¼ cup (75 ml) of warm water to get a nice, thick paste, and then smooth it onto your face.  The mask may not look pretty, but it should feel quite soothing.  Once it dries, it will feel itchy – your cue to remove it by rinsing with cold water.


Worth a try: Tumeric

Darkened areas on the skin, called hyperpigmentation, can be a sign of internal inflammation.  At the root is a biomarker called NF-kappaB (according to Gaetano Morello, a Vancouver naturopathic doctor) which is produced in the body.  The more NF-kappaB in your system, the more inflammatory reactions you have.  Curcumin, the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, reduces NF-kappaB when taken orally.  And a recent study cited in the Australian Journal of Herbal Medicine concluded that “curcumin” has the potential to be used as a whitening agent in treating hyperpigmentation disorders.  In the study, consuming curcumin was found to significantly reduce the melanin content in melanin-producing skin cells.  While curcumin extracts are most effective (for instance, in the form of a capsule), there is no question that consuming turmeric – and lots of it – daily has positive benefits for those affected by hyperpigmentation.  This according to Dr. Morello.


Worth a try: Manuka Honey

I did not do my homework when I asked my sister to bring some back for me from her recent trip to Hawaii.  I thought it was from there, but it’s actually derived from a plant native to New Zealand and Australia.  It is thick and slightly bitter with powerful antibacterial properties.  The bacterium that causes acne, (propionibacterium acne) is very sensitive to the antibacterial activity of manuka honey.  Research shows that Manuka has a more powerful anti-inflammatory activity than other types of honey.  Its unusual antibacterial activity can diffuse across skin and get down into the infection that is causing the acne spots, according to Peter Molan, a professor in biological sciences at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.  Molan recommends soaking the pad of an adhesive dressing in the honey and placing this on a single pimple or a small area of pimples.  For wide-spread acne, he recommends blending manuka honey with coconut oil (one third honey to two thirds coconut oil); for example 1/3 Tbsp (5 ml) to 2/3 T (10ml), which makes for a healing skin cream.  Manuka honey can be purchased at many health food stores, and is typically more expensive than regular honey.  It also tastes great on toast, in teas or in yogurt.

For the Body: 

Coffee body Scrub – caffeine tightens loose skin, so this scrub acts as an instant slimmer and also helps to slough off dead skin cells to create smoother skin. Recipe: ¼ cup raw sugar, ¼ cup ground coffee, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, 2 Tbsp. coconut oil, 1 Tbsp. sea salt. Blend all ingredients and place in an air-tight container.  Keep in the fridge.

Disclaimer: Just want you  to know that I don’t keep all of these food items to use only for my skin.  I also enjoy eating them.  The Girl Who Would be KING.

Credit for recipes: Stacey Stein for best health magazine