During uncertain times, when our world seems a little grey and dark, what better way to spend our days than to take the time to focus on self-care and add some colour to our beauty routines? Our skin speaks volumes about the state of our health. Feelings of tiredness, unhappiness and stress show up on our face quite literally and there is more to self-care than face masks and makeup. We often forget that our diet, specifically fruits, have a significant role to play towards our wellbeing.
Just think about how we feel when we see a rainbow or our favourite colour, our mood changes instantly. Seeing colour on our plate can motivate us to change up our eating habits and now that many of us have so much free time on our hands, why not play with colour in every way. You can start right now by adding strawberries to your salads for a unique flavour mix or try grilling some grapefruit! So many different ways to self love and all you need to do is head to your kitchen.
Here are some tips to add more colour to your life through the foods you eat to not only look good, but feel good as well!
Sunshine Yellow & Seville Orange
These two hues remind us of sunshine, summer, orange blossoms and radiance. They emphasize positivity and give us hope for better days to come. How great would it be to have the same for the nature of our skin? Some of these sunny fruits include oranges known for their citric acid which aids in skin exfoliation, mangoes for protection against ultraviolet rays and lemons, making the skin radiant and softer, all the while contributing to the alluring effects of the glowing shades.
Red is a bold colour associated with love, warmth, comfort and strength, evoking strong emotion. It is a powerful colour radiating courage, what we all need right now. Fire fruits such as cherries, strawberries, watermelons, tomatoes and pomegranates are all rich in Vitamin A and C, making them a necessity.
Vitamin A is helpful to people prone to acne. This specific vitamin prevents breakouts and supports the skin’s immune system while also promoting natural hydration to your skin, giving it a radiant glow. Vitamin C helps rejuvenate and protect our complexion, aiding in keeping the skin strong and firm.
All alluding to the fact that sometimes we need to feed our face. Dr Joanna Vargas, a celebrity esthetician adds that “whatever is going inside your gut will eventually show in your skin.”
This kind of rosy glow is also metaphorical. Reflected through the love and warmth we feel after an intense rush of adrenaline. The red palette represents the hormone of love, oxytocin known as the “attachment hormone” associated with that “glow” according to medical experts. It is always a reminder to us, especially during this lockdown to appreciate the bonds we share between our partners, parents, children and even our pets without which our blood vessels will naturally constrict causing our skin to look pale. Self-love is the most important gift we can give to ourselves which is why consuming these fruits is vital.
Nothing is ever complete without having our greens! Green is often associated with nature, a refreshing and tranquil colour that is health-bearing. A colour that represents peace and calm, greens contribute to the physical state of our skin, sometimes revealing the lack of sleep we might be getting these days due to our anxiety. But if we take a look outside and have a walk in our garden, we’ll notice the summer flowers blooming and nature taking its course. We might also stumble upon an apple tree.
We don’t usually hear much about green apples; however consuming green apples has a lot of health benefits. Its high fibre and calcium content increase the body’s metabolism and strengthens our bones and teeth, protecting our skin cells from getting damaged by free radicals.
Additionally, one of the most popular fruits, avocados are full of antioxidants, a source of Vitamin E protecting our skin. Applying directly in its raw form allows the natural oils to penetrate and soften our complexion. Their vitamins and minerals also deeply nourish our hair and scalp, creating the perfect environment for improved hair growth.
Deep Ocean Blue
Last but not least, who does not love staring at the ocean or looking up at the endless blue sky? Blue is a sign of stability and reliability, that calls to mind feelings of calmness and security making it a feel-good soothing colour.
Blueberries for example are a great source in helping with skin conditions. When consumed, they help fight aging due to its antioxidants with its salicylic acid used in acne treatments. Blueberries also have the ability to remove dead skin and open clogged pores.
They are an abundant source of Vitamin B, making them extremely beneficial for hair, stimulating hair growth and let us not forget their high source in fibre, aiding in weight loss. Blues are a form of reassurance and remind us that we are on the right track taking care of our beauty routines.
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