More Magazine Online, August 25, 2011
August 25, 2011
We all know that almonds are delicious, and fortunately their consumption provides a number of health benefits. Almonds and almond products can also work wonders externally, improving the look and feel of your skin and hair. Elizabeth Renter for Natural Society describes why:
“Almonds are rich in antioxidants. These protect the cells from damage by free radicals or oxidative stress. In other words, they help maintain the integrity and health of your cells (not just those you can’t see). In this manner, almonds may help promote firm and healthy skin by preventing the breakdown of collagen, among other things.
In addition, almonds are loaded with magnesium. Magnesium can help prevent aging of the skin and even help you maintain long, healthy hair. Some say a magnesium deficiency can be blamed for premature balding.
Finally, almonds are a great source of vitamin E. And if you’ve spent any time looking at complexion serums or hair conditioners, you know vitamin E is prized for its ability to moisturize and strengthen.”
If you’re ready to experience the many perks of almonds, give this Homemade Natural Almond Butter mask from Cup of Tee a try. We’re loving it (and feeling quite beauteous)! The following recipe will be good for between 3 and 4 different applications.
- 1.5 tbsp crunchy Barney Butter (exfoliating/hydrating/nourishing)
- 1 tbsp oatmeal (hydrating)
- 1 tbsp honey (restoring, lifting, damage/cell repair)
- 1/2 tbsp brown sugar (exfoliating)
- 1 tbsp favourite oil (think olive, jajoba, hemp, argan.. etc)
- Mix them all up and then massage into your skin.
- Leave for 15 minutes for a deep hydrating mask, or use as a quick exfoliant in the morning/night.
- Rinse with luke warm water, then apply a natural lotion.