February 14: Midday Fix - Natural Beauty
Natural Beauty Products

A homemade honey face mask is packed with so much goodness, it's absolutely mind-boggling! Honey masks can prevent skin discoloration, infections and acne, rejuvenate skin and helps skin disorders like eczema because of a high content in enzymes and amino acids.

Sweet Potatoes:
One of the best natural sources of beta-carotene, which your body turns into vitamin A to nourish your skin, sweet potatoes provide pack a healthy-skin wallop. Up to 262% of your daily Vitamin A needs can come from one single baked sweet potato. Bake sweet potatoes with the skin on to preserve the nutrients and taste. Sweet potatoes also have anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe skin battered by the chilly winter wind.

Turnip Greens:
People shy away from eating turnip greens simply because they don't know how to prepare them – but it's a trick worth knowing. Turnip greens contain over 158% of your daily Vitamin A, plus a variety of other skin-healthy vitamins and nutrients. To prepare turnip greens, rinse them well, remove the center stem, and then add them to veggie lasagna instead of spinach, or sauté the leaves with olive oil, salt, and lemon juice.

The anti-oxidants found in walnuts are essential to skin regeneration and elasticity, but walnuts also include chemicals that help boost circulation, bringing oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells quickly. Just four walnuts a day will provide you with all their skin-protecting benefits. Try adding walnuts to salads or cooked vegetables, or roast them at low heat for just 160 degrees for a tasty, nutrient-packed snack.

The single best source of vegetarian Omega fatty acids, ground hempseed is a guaranteed win for your body and skin this winter. Omega fatty acids strengthen the membranes of your skin cells, making it stronger and allowing your skin to hold in all the moisture and nutrients you're offering. Adding just two tablespoons of ground hemp seed -- which contains 300 mg of Omega-3 and 850 mg of Omega-6 with GLA -- to your diet can even help restore your skin and repair sun damage. Add this light, nutty powder to smoothies or salads for a warm, all-over glow.

Garlic can improve vision mainly because it contains sulfur which produces glutathione, an antioxidant that helps the lens of the eye. Garlic can improve vision but there are other sulfur-containing foods such as onions, broccoli, avocados, kale, asparagus, brussel sprouts and turnips.

Goji Berries:
They contain most all of the amino acids, more beta carotene than carrots, much more Vitamin C than oranges, and are also rich in vitamins B1, B6 and E and other minerals. Many say it is the most potent antioxidant fruit.

Dark Chocolate:
Dark chocolate contains special nutrients called flavonoids. Flavonoids maintain the health of your heart and blood vessels, which ensures that your brain receives an adequate supply of oxygen and other nutrients. Furthermore, chocolate has a small dose of caffeine, which may provide a mild stimulation to your brain.

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