15 Natural Foods For Milky Smooth Skin
by Harrison Li
If you want milky smooth skin, keep reading.
What comes to your mind when you’re asked “how can I achieve smooth skin?”.
Artificial products only provide fast and short-term relief. If you have dry skin and use man-made chemicals to mask the symptoms, you’re delaying it and making it worse for the future.
You need natural ingredients.
Natural ingredients provide slow but permanent skin healing without side effects. If you want good and healthy skin, the best solution is to heal from within.
Here are 15 natural ingredients to add to your diet:
1. Apple cider vinegar
While common judgement tends to look at this liquid as highly acidic, when digested inside the body it has a strongly alkalizing effect.
Apple cider vinegar has great antimicrobial and antifungal properties, it is reported to improve scars and reduce inflammation.
You can apply topically or drink it with water 2-3 teaspoons a day.
2. Aloe vera
Applying aloe vera directly to affected skin areas have a strong soothing effect and has the ability to brighten up skin discoloration.
This plant has anti-inflammation and antimicrobial properties, I suggest growing a pot of this at home. Whenever you face skin irritations, just cut a branch and rub the gel on to your skin.
Here’s a guide to growing aloe vera.
3. Live cultures
Live cultures refer to the beneficial bacteria that can be found in fermented products such as the common yoghurt. It has the highest amounts of cultures upon completed fermentation and is best consumed as soon as possible.
The gut is a place of various bacteria that aid digestion, the body naturally produces a fair amount of healthy bacteria but it is also filled with harmful counterparts, reducing these requires manual supplementation.
Gut health has a direct link towards inflammatory responses.
4. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is a miracle oil! It has both antibacterial and antifungal properties, it is very effective for treating acne and various skin problems.
This oil is rich in antioxidants which helps the skin fight off oxidative stress, and is proven to reduce wrinkles. Most of all, it makes you look younger.
Only used unrefined coconut oil.
5. Flaxseed oil
Flaxseed oil is extremely high in omega-3 fatty acids, this nutrient is directly linked to inflammatory responses including: eczema flare-ups, acne and multiple skin issues.
Our modern diets today are extremely off-scale in the fatty acids ratio between omega-3 and omega-6, we consume as much as 25 times more omega-6, largely thanks to the prevalent use of vegetable oils.
6. Chia seeds
Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants, which makes it a fantastic skin food.
A Korean research gave subjects chia seed oil to use for 8 weeks, they observed improved skin hydration, skin barrier function, reduced trans-epidermal water loss and a decrease in itchy skin.
Extra benefit: it’s great for the hair.
Cocoa is rich in flavanols that are full of antioxidant properties. It is a great natural sunscreen and is extremely resistant against UV light, it reduces the reddening symptoms caused by sunlight by up to 15%.
Great for topical treatment, and effective against ageing.
Almonds are highly packed with vitamin E, which is extremely critical for skin health; it helps in matters such as: acne, pimples, zits, blackheads and whiteheads.
Other than eating almonds alone, almond oil can also be used as a massaging oil to be rubbed on the skin for relief.
9. Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A, which helps reduce the overproduction of skin cells, and helps cope with dead skin cells residing on the surface layers of our skin.
The reason behind this is the antioxidant beta-carotene in sweet potatoes that converts into vitamin A when digested, which is in charge of the maintenance of skin tissues.
And, it’s a great snack.
10. Safflower Oil
Safflower oil is rich in linoleic acid and it plays the most important role in ensuring good skin. This acid promotes the elimination of dirt and excess oils from the skin, and it acts a protective barrier for the skin which prevents it from the loss of moisture.
Safflower oil namely combats against skin dryness, great for people who have conditions such as eczema.
Carrots have antioxidant properties and are extremely high in vitamin A, a single carrot can offer you two times enough the daily’s nutritional value intake.
Vitamin A is essential for skin health and is linked towards influencing wrinkles, acne, skin dryness, pigmentation and skin discoloration.
Other than eating carrots alone, it can also be used to make your very own homemade facial mask. Here’s a guide.
Oatmeal is an awesome skin superfood, it is a natural emergency itch buster; an oatmeal bath for around 20 minutes can give you all the benefits it yields and it will make your skin milky smooth.
This natural ingredient is highly recommended for people with skin issues such as skin dryness, eczema, psoriasis and skin scars.
13. Green tea
Green tea has a natural antioxidant called catechin, which has been found to have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Around 4 cups of green tea a day makes it a great natural skin beverage.
It is recommended to drink green tea while it’s hot, as its antioxidant properties decrease as temperature cools down.
Artichokes are one of the highest antioxidant sources found in vegetables, it isn’t just good for the skin, it promotes better overall health and most importantly for digestive health.
As mentioned earlier, gut health is crucial to skin appearance, how smooth your skin looks is reflected upon how your gut is doing, you would want to limit intake of artificial foods and flush out toxins with high consumption of antioxidant-rich veggies such as the artichoke.
The artichoke tea is a common skin beverage.
I personally drink 2-3 liters worth of water a day depending on how much exercise I do.
Water is the most important substance on Earth for the skin. It’s not because of the commonly believed myth that “drinking water will hydrate the skin directly”, it makes sense but water never gets directly to the skin layers.
How water works is through the flushing out of toxins from the gut, and water is the substance required to support overall body maintenance and to ensure nutrients are properly delivered to all organs, that’s why our bodies are made of 55-75% of water after all.
What You Should Do Now
These are the 15 natural foods that I recommend supplementing into your diet, they are specifically designed for people who want milky smooth skin.
Doing it the natural way without artificial chemicals is slow but permanent and effective in the long-term without zero side effects.
Now, change your shopping list today!
(Harrison Li cured his eczema after 10 years of pain. On Cure Eczema Slowly, he publishes 1500+ words research-driven practical advice that improve sufferers’ eczema for life, for free. Read his latest post: The Truth About Dieting For Eczema.)