How to choose healthier beauty products?

Beauty comes from within.
Always wear your face imperfections with pride. Natural skin care.

Lately, I have been seeing lots of different videos of young girls selling cosmetics online and it amazes me the amount of make up the girls are using nowadays.

I have never been a close friend of so much make up, but, I understand that sometimes we have to look amazing by covering those skin imperfections we all have to being out our perfect beauty. There is a little comparison: Do you prefer to have a quick and yummy meal at KFC or have a healthy bowl of fruit with cereal in the morning? If you choose KFC, you’re going to pay the consequences by adding more kilos or giving you stronger cravings for sugar and other unhealthy stuff which is bad for you.

The beauty products may give you a short term fix or smelling or looking better but over time the kind of chemicals you are ingesting could be throwing your body way out of balance. Why would your favourite cherry-red lipstick do that to you? Well, just like highly processed packaged foods, many beauty products are made with certain kinds of ingredients that research has shown could be harmful to your health. Some of the topical ingredients you are putting on our skin over time, will damage your skin, defeating the purpose of taking care of our appearance in the first place. Remember, our skin is the largest organ in our body and it is semipermeable.  That means some ingredients in cheap cosmetics contain molecules that are so small enough that they penetrate the layers of skin. So we can be absorbing our blush or foundation into our blood stream. That means that some of what you use topically can interfere with our hormones and our cellular health. To do a serious clean-up of your routine, start doing this – I do it and I love it:


Exfoliate your face with Coconut oil and sugar. Take 1 tsp of coconut oil, add 1 tsp of brown sugar. Mix them together and this way you will cleanse all impurities in your face. It will leave your face nice and very soft.

Use a natural soap to cleanse and remove the impurities and finish with an almond oil or any other natural oil like jojoba. Smoothly massage onto your face.


Please do not use a cleanser with the ingredient ‘sodium laureth sulphate’, sometimes called “sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES)” which strips the skin of its natural protective oils and leaves it vulnerable for other skin penetrating chemicals.

Fragances: and perfumes as up to 200 unnamed ingredients many of which can trigger allergies, hormone disruption headaches, skin irritation and more.

Parabens: This is probably the most commonly recognized ingredient that people understand to be dangerous. There are lots of studies which say different things about it but I can say that parabens can mimic the hormone estrogen, disrupting the endocrine system , which is known to developed skin and breast cancer.

I keep saying and telling you all other healthy food for healthy skin , so If you can mix them all up and If you are older than 40 I will suggest to have a supplement of Collagen as our skin is lacking this wonderful component that nourish and hydrate our skin.

8 Foods for Glowing Skin

Healthy and beautiful skin

  1. Artichokes: are one of my top ten all-time favourite foods. These green spiky vegetables contain phytochemicals that act as anti-inflammatory agents in the skin. If you’re seeing redness, or looking to recover from a laser treatment, toss some on your salad or snack on them right from a jar or pouch to speed your recovery.
  2. Avocados are hydrating and help to promote collagen production, which makes for younger, firmer skin. Eat them and reap the benefits of the B vitamins and vitamin E. As if you needed another reason to have a little guacamole.
  3. Grapeseed oil is full of proanthocyanidins (pro-ANTHO-syan-ID-ins), which act as antioxidants that help protect against free radical damage caused by pollution and the sun. It has been found to play a role in the stabilization of collagen and maintenance of elastin. They add support and elasticity, preventing wrinkles and returning your face to its natural shape after you flash your killer smile.
  4. Matcha tea is a great way to stay well hydrated and load up on the anti-inflammatory benefits. Proper hydration helps prevent your skin from drying out and helps eliminate toxins. It also improves cell turnover, meaning you’ll have more healthy new cells to improve your skin tone, giving you healthy, vibrant skin. All green and black teas (unsweetened) help reduce inflammation, so if matcha isn’t your cup of tea, you can still reap the benefits. You can also throw some matcha into a morning smoothie.
  5. Mushrooms: They provide B6, folate, niacin, riboflavin, iron, potassium, and selenium, all of which you need for beautiful and healthy cells. In ancient times, Chinese women ate them to promote a smooth complexion. Selenium shields newly formed skin cells from damage brought on by too much time in the sun. Those new cells keep your skin looking soft and young. Slice raw mushrooms on your salad, or toss them into your stir fry for a virtually calorie free addition to your dinner.
  6. Salmon is a superfood. Salmon is good for your brain, your heart, weight management, your immune system and it also makes your skin glow. The omega-3 fatty acids play a role in wrinkle free skin, reducing inflammation and preventing collagen breakdown. Keep salmon in your fridge and a can of salmon in your pantry as a staple so you can always pull off a healthful beauty boosting meal or snack in minutes.
  7. Turmeric is a traditional spice that is newly hot with good scientific reason. It’s full of curcuminoids, which are antioxidant phytochemicals. Think fighting free radicals that cause wrinkles. Besides serving as a super transport for these antioxidants, turmeric is great at nourishing skin and promoting skin elasticity — preventing wrinkles and age spots. Sprinkle some on eggs or add to your morning vegan smoothie or add a spoonful to your roasted veggies before you toss them in the oven.
  8. Organic Eggs are something everyone needs in their regular diet because eggs are healthful for so many reasons. For your skin, you need them for their zinc. Zinc is important in controlling oil content of the skin and minimizing breakouts. It’s also essential in the formation of collagen, which forms connective tissue and skin. Scrambled or sunny side up? Hope these tips make you change some of your bad habits and make sure you always look after yourself from within. Always smile and be happy no matter the scars, no matter the wrinkles. Carry them with pride.

Blessings and always be natural.


Published by AndreaP

I am passionate about food and nutrition. Originally from Bogota -Colombia currently living in New Zealand. I am a Nutritionist & Dietitian. After becoming a mum and working in different areas like education, banking and sales, I came to the realisation that I wanted to come back to what I loved and what I have passion for this is Health and Nutrition. In September 2016 I started my online course with the biggest nutrition school in America called Institute of Integrative Nutrition( IIN). The Institute of Integrative Nutrition has given me the knowledge and support about Nutrition in a Holistic way. I have never thought that this would be possible, but after a year I realised that definitely secondary food (food that is on the plate) is part of the puzzle of health and happiness. There is something called primary food which are the pillars that together contribute to a better wellbeing and a better nutrition. Relationships, spirituality, career and exercise plus a having good sleep habits can contribute to a better YOU. I am a Holistic Nutritionist and I am looking forward to taking you on this journey of better habits and a prosperous life. Always smile with gratitude! Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you get to know me. AndreaP

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