Food Science: Beauty Spa in the Pantry
Moving can take a toll on your body. In less than six months I moved from the US to Mexico and then last stop Italy. Upon arrival in Italy my skin and hair stage an ugly rebellion. My hair started breaking. My skin developed dry spots which had never occurred before. The products available to me where limited and very expensive. Desperate, I searched for answers. A quick call to my dermatologist stateside proved helpful but futile. She reminded me that change any in the season, environment, water can all lead to your skin and hair rebelling. Shipping products from the US would be expensive.
I started to look at the ingredients list on products that I had used in the past that had finished prerebellion. L’occitane one of my favorite brands used to have a lotion that you mix yourself. I used to add sunscreen and toner to mines. When they discontinued the brand the only options available were products that failed to meet my needs. At the time I was taking a science of gastronomy course online. A little more research and I was able to create a blueberry, honey and oatmeal mask that help soothe my skin. Oatmeal is not my favor food to eat, but it makes a great mask. it is possible for the skin to absorb the amino acids from the oatmeal in a face mask. The addition of vitamin oil E when combined with oatmeal fubctions as a humectant it helps your skin retain moisture. Honey has natural antibacterial properties. Honey is a good cleanser for skin because it soaks ups impurities from the pores of the skin. Blueberries are rich in fiber as well as vitamins A, C, and E they are also a good source of antioxidants.
Next came my hair and scalp. Lemon juice is effective for treating dandruff. A combination of vitamin E oil and olive oil with lemon oil is a great deep conditioner for hair. I use it as a prewashing hot oil treatment. I also apply it to my scale once a week to soothe my irritated scalp. Cellulite is no one’s best friend. And, despite all the best eating habits and exercise in the world you cannot prevent its appreance if you are genetically predesposed to cellulite. A paste made from ground coffee beans and olive oil and/or vitamin E oil helps reduce the appearance of cellulite. The caffeine in coffee helps tighten the skin. The effects are only temporary but we take help where we can get it.
It took time and consistency but my hair and skin after some time my hair and skin brokered a peace agreement and all is back to normal. It turns out the cure for my rebellion was in my pantry all along.