Easter Treats That Boost Skin
Easter requires some will power to resist the temptation of an array of sweet treats available and just like at Christmas even the healthiest of people will find it tricky to not indulge in a chocolate bunny or two. So we've compiled a list of super ingredients to try and include in your Easter cooking this year that are also great for skin.
High in flavanols and antioxidants cocoa is a great ingredient to use over Easter as not only is suitably seasonal its also great for smooth skin. Antioxidants help repair skin cells and neutralise harmful free radicals so for a tasty treat try rustling up some raw chocolate bars, we like this recipe as its also includes many other nutritional skin super foods for a real boost. Or for a more direct approach for radiant skin simply combine cocoa powder with oatmeal and plain yoghurt and massage onto skin for 10 minutes and rinse.
Macadamia Nut Oil
Macadamia nut oil has a real affinity with skin and will keep it moisturised, toned and soft when applied both topically and internally. You'll find this super oil in many skincare products due to Its Phytosterols, which are protective, aid in skin recovery and act like cortisone on the skin, reducing itchiness and inflammation. The Fatty Acid content of Macadamia nut oil makes it great for a dehydrated skin, that has difficulty retaining moisture. Snack on these nutty granola bars and make them your own by dried fruit.
Almond Oil is rich in Vitamin E which protects the skin from environmental pollution, UV radiation and is an excellent moisturiser. The powerful anti-inflammatory action of Vitamin E packed Almond Oil can also help prevent signs of premature ageing - even better! This apple and almond cake will give your skin a dose of vitamin rich almond oil, full recipe details here.
Cherries are high in vitamin C and other antibacterial properties that remove toxins from blood and remove bacteria trapped under the skins surface. Cherries are also high in anti-oxidants and fight free-radicals preventing signs of ageing like fine lines, wrinkles and spots. Give your skin a helping hand and treat yourself to these spirited sour cherries over a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Manuka honey is not your average honey. It is a raw and active honey that carries remarkable anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties. This sticky-sweet goo has the ability to heal wounds, reduce breakouts, and treat infections, all while giving the skin a remarkable glow. It tastes great so simply spread it on toast to enjoy and even combine Manuka honey with a clay mask and apply it directly to skin.
So there you have it! A guilt-free way to enjoy Easter.