Monday, March 11, 2013

Organice Skincare Part 1. Cucumber & Tomato.

Beside all the skincare products that I have in my draw. I still respect the organic way of taking care of my skin once in awhile. I know now aday we always try to find the best organic product we can use. We try to avoid product that has chemical as much as we can. So I think it's good to share my organic way of taking care of my skin. I know some people may already know it. But some may not. So enjoying :)

It is very simple. You can always find the ingredients in your fridge. Like cucumber, tomato, potato, milk, avocado, egg...these ingredients are the best for taking care of skin in organic way. This is similar to you doing exfoliating every once or twice a week. Either you eat them or make them become your skin care ingredients. Do not eat them after you use them as skin care. It's gross! With this, do it every once or twice a week. Do not do it every day because it's not good when you abuse it. You may get addict later but control yourself ;)


1. Cucumber. This is one of the best skincare plant (or vegie) you may call 

- Slice the cucumber as thin as you can - like paper if it's possible, about 18 pieces. Put them in a small bow then put it back in the fridge. Leave there for about 20 mins, or you can leave it over night.

- Wash your face.

- Then apply those slices of cucumber that you cut all over your face. Make sure it cover all of your face. Leave the cucumber on the face for 15-20 minutes, until the cucumber slices get warm then you can take them off and throw them away.

- Wash your face again with water.

* The cold cucumber helps suck out of the dust, dryness on the face. Leave your face with fresh and smooth.

Research also finds that, cucumber helps with anti-aging as well ;)

Fresh extracts from cucumbers have recently been show to have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Substances in fresh cucumber extracts help scavenge free radicals, help improve antioxidant status, inhibit the activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes like cyclo-oxygenase 2 (COX-2), and prevent overproduction of nitric oxide in situations where it could pose health risks. It's highly likely that cucumber phytonutrients play a key role in providing these antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, supporting health alongside of the conventional antioxidant nutrients—including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese—of which cucumbers are an important source.

Source: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=42

It's not only good for taking care of the skin on the surface but also good for the inside of the body when you eat it. 

[ Antioxidants can help to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun. Unlike sunscreens and moisturizers, antioxidants can protect your skin from the inside out by guarding your cells from damage. Vitamins A, C and E and the mineral selenium are thought to be particularly helpful in skin care. In addition to helping fortify cells against free radicals, vitamins A and C also encourage cell and tissue growth, helping the body to repair itself. This is very helpful to the skin, which is constantly shedding and regrowing cells. For this reason, any antioxidants that protect cells and encourage cell growth could be helpful in an anti-aging regimen, as they may help fight fine lines and wrinkles]


Source: http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/information/nutrition/antioxidants-affect-skin.htm

2. Tomato. Second best. 

I say it's second best because it's not easy to cut a fine slice with tomato. It's always crooked and it's wet & dripping!!! Such a pain when you apply on your face because later you end up getting all the tomato juice on all over you face & neck & sometime clothes :/

- Do the same thing like you do to cucumber. Slice it as thin as you can. You only need half or whole tomato depend on the size of the tomato and the size of your face ;).

Research about Tomato

Tomatoes are widely known for their outstanding antioxidant content, including, of course, their oftentimes-rich concentration of lycopene. Researchers have recently found an important connection between lycopene, its antioxidant properties, and bone health. A study was designed in which tomato and other dietary sources of lycopene were removed from the diets of postmenopausal women for a period of 4 weeks, to see what effect lycopene restriction would have on bone health. At the end of 4 weeks, women in the study started to show increased signs of oxidative stress in their bones and unwanted changes in their bone tissue. The study investigators concluded that removal of lycopene-containing foods (including tomatoes) from the diet was likely to put women at increased risk of osteoporosis. They also argued for the importance of tomatoes and other lycopene-containing foods in the diet. We don't always think about antioxidant protection as being important for bone health, but it is, and tomato lycopene (and other tomato antioxidants) may have a special role to play in this area.

Source: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=44

- Another trick with tomato. You can cut the tomato into small cube piece then put it in a tall glass, put some sugar and some ice into the glass, mix them together. Then eat it, it's yummy!!! And refreshing! Very good for the body!

Have fun

Thank you for reading <3

P.s: I will write about the other ingredients in part 2 :)