Today’s star ingredient is Aloe Vera.
In Ayurveda, Aloe Vera helps to Balance the three doshas (or, energies) of the body – vata, pitta and kapha. The fresh gel is also known to help us in so many ways when taken in. It is a blood purifier and in this way benefits the liver, gallbladder and stomach. It is also great for digestive disorders, bloating, gas and flatulence (parp)
I do believe that if you want your skin to look healthy you need to treat it with love and kindness. And this does not have to Cost a fortune! My favourite way to treat my skin now is with some of my fave things to eat! I am obsessed with Natural Skincare and have learnt a lot the last few years and am so excited to start my Natural Skincare Course at the College of Naturopathic Medicine NEXT WEEKEND!!!! So will have loads more interesting stuff to share then!
My theory is, If you want to feel good, you eat healthy food. Well, if you want to look good, feed your skin healthy food too! I’m in my 30s now and though my skin is changing, I’m not prepared to spend hundreds of pounds on anti-aging creams when natural ingredients can provide so much. Our skin is put under constant stress from pollution, from the sun and all the chemicals that we are exposed to, I don’t want to add to that by putting chemicals on my face. The skin is our largest organ – we need to protect it! So I am making today some FACE Food, it is an Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil moisturizer, and it is lovely.
Aloe Vera helps to heal and protect at a cellular level. It is great for healing the skin, reducing inflammation and minimising any scarring (if you have cut yourself for example), it has also been known to treat warts, and is great if you are over-exposed to the sun (I once had a terrible case on sunburn in Argentina. I returned home to our hotel, the owner took one look at my chest, dragged me into the garden, tore open a juicy Aloe leaf and proceeded to smear it all over my chest! I was so grateful!). Aloe pulls moisture into the skin and it is also great for acne and eczema. It is so so healing! And even better when we get straight to the pure source! My tiny Aloe Vera plant looks so cute on our fire place, sometimes Kenny & Gloria use her as a back scratcher, and her leaves go a long way! If you don’t have one at home, get one if you can. You will get some green indoors and something amazing to use on you skin.
I chose to add Coconut Oil to this because I love the instant feeling of intense nourishment I get as soon as I massage it into my skin. I also regularly use it on my hair as an overnight mask, and obviously for oil pulling every day (which you can read about here!). It’s brilliant for the hair as it can actually penetrate the hair shaft, truly conditioning it. Its antibacterial, antifungal and helps with itchy or dry scalp conditions. It’s great for nails, skin, teeth, hair, cooking, EVERYTHING!!
This is a simple to make, nourishing moisturizer. You do need an Aloe Vera Plant, but if not you could cheat with some shop bought organic aloe vera gel. You also need coconut oil and a blender! I used my nutribullet.
Start by scraping the aloe vera gel out of 4 leaves:
Pop the gel into your blender. Then add 2 tablespooons of coconut oil, melted:
I also like to use Avocados A LOT! they were a spotlight ingredient during week 2, when I used them to make some Avocado Egg Rolls (which I actually realised I did not post the recipe for yet!! ) SO HERE IT IS:
Avocado Egg Rolls
- take 3 ripe avocados
- 1 chopped mini courgette
- half tsp paprika
- half tsp himalayan salt
- 120g sun dried tomatoes in oil – chopped
- chop and combine all ingredients in a bowl
- melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil over a medium high heat
- prepare your egg rolls – mine were from waitress blue dragon brand
- once they are pliable from soaking in warm water, add a dollop of the avo mixture into the centre and fold into a parcel
- drop into the hot oil and fry for 3 mins until golden brown!!
Basically, whenever I use an Avocado in cooking, I always scrape the remnants onto my face. The part closest to the skin of the avo is the most nutrient dense and so slathering it on your face is great thing to do! It’s an easy way to nourish your skin naturally! Leave on for 15 mins (to clean skin) and then rinse off and finish with a splash of sold water!
I hope you have enjoyed this intro into natural skin care (with a random forgotten recipe added in at the end!). Lots of love Katie xx