5 Foodie Beauty Tricks to Kick-Start Your Wedding Glow
With good-for-you nutrients and amazing beauty benefits, these five foods do double-duty to get you ready for your wedding day, and work to keep you healthy and gorgeous—inside and out!
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Health Benefit: Enzymes in apple cider vinegar not only aid in digestion, they also encourage good gut flora.
Beauty Boost: Create an at-home topical solution by mixing one part apple cider vinegar with four parts water. You’ll start to see skin that’s “just right”—not too oily or dry.
Health Benefit: Oleic acid, the healthy fat found in avocados, has been linked to better heart health and may help burn fat.
Beauty Boost: Avocado fatty acids can lock in moisture and replenish hair, Clarkson says. To get the benefits, mix an avocado with a quarter cup olive oil and a bit of lemon juice. Apply the mixture from root to tip. Wait 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse.
3. Ground Oats
Health Benefit: Oats are dense in beta-glucan, a type of dietary fiber proven to lower blood cholesterol. A bowl of oatmeal for breakfast will also keep you feeling full throughout the morning.
Beauty Boost: Oats can make a gentle exfoliant, perfect for people with sensitive skin, itchiness or rosacea. For your face, mix ground oats with water until it becomes like a paste, then apply to your skin. Leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse. For your body, just pour oats into a warm bath and soak.
Health Benefit: Cucumbers are incredibly hydrating, both internally and externally. They’re also packed with antioxidants, which may help lower your risk of chronic diseases.
Beauty Boost: Cucumbers have vitamins C and K, which combat inflammation and aging. But it’s the gel in a cucumber’s center that has the most moisturizing benefits, making it perfect for use on your face, hands or body. Plus, cucumbers are inexpensive so it’s easy to hydrate and refresh as much as you want.
Health Benefit: Green tea leaves contain theanine, an amino acid that’s been shown to reduce stress and improve cognitive function, while black, white and green teas all have healthy antioxidants.
Beauty Boost: Black tea is a known astringent that will reduce under-eye puffiness, so just let the bags cool to room temperature after steeping and apply. Additionally, if acne is your issue, the catechins in green tea are antibacterial and can help reduce breakouts.