Choosing to a live healthy vegan lifestyle isn’t a decision that anyone should make lightly and it wasn’t one I committed to overnight but once I experienced the benefits for myself, I never looked back! One massive positive for me was the effect it has had on my skin. In the post below I talk about healthy vegan ingredients you can include in your daily diet and skincare routine to help you achieve a flawless complexion.
My skin transformation is definitely attributed to an increase of fruit and vegetables and a decrease in processed, sugary products (mainly dairy like cake or chocolate). Fruit and vegetables are an amazing source of antioxidants and vitamins like Vitamins C and E, which reduce the appearance of wrinkles and brown spots. They are also high in fibre, which helps to flush out toxins in the body. When the body has to work extra hard to detoxify itself it can cause skin conditions such as hives and rosacea. Eating vegan reduces the amount of toxins you put into your body anyway so, more vitamins + lower toxins = clearer skin!
I have found what works on the inside often works on the outside too, so my standard Friday night facials are already sorted now my fridge is always full with all the natural goodness a girl could need to make amazing at home spa treatments.
Whether it’s going on your face or in your mouth, here are some vegan skin saviour ingredients to look for in the kitchen:
- Virgin Olive Oil– Olive oil is full of anti-aging antioxidants and hydrating Squalane. Squalane is believed to help fight free radicals in the skin that are caused by the sun’s UV rays.
- Oatmeal– Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory antioxidant properties, as well as being deeply hydrating. It also contains Saponins which is a mild cleanser, great for sensitive skin.
- Strawberries– Strawberries contain Salicylic Acid that can help to unclog pores and reduce acne. They are also rich in Vitamin C, which is great for brightening the complexion.
- Lemons– Lemon juice is a natural astringent. The citric acid makes for a natural exfoliator and the Vitamin C helps to brighten any dark spots.
- Bananas– Bananas are high in Potassium, which is amazing for moisturising dehydrated skin. They also contain B-vitamins which protect the skin against free radicals that cause premature ageing.
- Avocados– The Omega-3 fatty acid in avocado is also wonderful for repairing skin damage, such as dark spots and acne scars. It also helps to hydrate and strengthen your cell membranes leaving you with radiant skin that’s supple and smooth.
- Soy Yogurt– Soy brightens the skin and fades pigmentation marks. It also contains lactic acid, which is a mild exfoliant.
- Virgin Coconut Oil– Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and antifungal. It can penetrate skin and hair better than other oils making it an excellent moisturiser.
Some of my favourite at home vegan face mask recipes come from Peaceful Dumpling
We can’t use all healthy vegan food as skincare however it will still help to improve your skin from the inside out! I get a lot of protein from sources like beans, nuts, and tofu which are all high in Zinc. Zinc really helps to stop inflammation, prevents redness and any new pimples developing.
Ever since I opted for a plant-based diet my skin look has looked radiant. It turns out you really are what you eat… and when you eat healthy goodness it shows all over your face, especially when wearing an Avocado facemask! I’d love to hear if you’ve experienced any benefits from eating vegan food or made any homemade skincare! Comment below or hashtag #teamsoirée so I can find you.