Feed your skin from without and within!
Many foods, which provide skin-boosting nutrients when you include them in your diet, are also great when applied directly to the skin. Macadamia nuts are a good example. Grown in tropical climates across the globe, these delicious nuts provide plenty of monounsaturated fatty acids, which lower cholesterol and help protect the heart. They also contain flavonoids, which your body converts to anti-oxidants and uses to help prevent cellular damage, and a wide range of vitamins and minerals.
Macadamia nut oil has an amazingly similar fatty acid profile to the sebum produced by human skin. This means that is easily absorbed into the skin and does not leave an oily film on the surface in the way that other oils do, for example olive oil. The good news is that this oil, which is so readily absorbed into the skin, is also packed with things your skin loves! For example, it contains oleic and linoleic acids, which hydrate the skin and aid its barrier function. It is a rich source of palmitoleic acid which heals, repairs and helps prevent premature skin ageing. It also contains high levels of phytosterols, which help reduce inflammation and itching, and Squalene which also occurs naturally in our skin. Squalene helps to fight sun damage and synthesise vitamin D. So try including macadamia nuts in your diet and skincare routine and see the difference.
Avocados are another great skin food. Similar to macadamia nuts, avocadoes are extremely rich in monounsaturated fats, especially oleic acid, and can help lower ‘bad’ cholesterol and increase ‘good’ cholesterol in the body. Some nutrients are fat soluble, for example vitamins A, D, E & K, so fat is required for good absorption. So by eating avocados alongside other vitamin rich plant foods, you gain the maximum benefits from those. Avocados themselves are rich in potassium, vital to cellular function.
Avocado oil is rich in vitamin E, which can help reduce itching and inflammation so can be useful in treating skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and even acne. Like macadamia nut oil, avocado oil also absorbs into the skin really well, does not leave you feeling greasy and the nutrients are delivered to where they are needed. Avocado oil is wonderfully hydrating and helps your skin to retain moisture. It is rich in a variety of anti-oxidants, which help prevent cellular damage. Avocado oil can assist with collagen production in the skin and so help prevent skin ageing.
So why not try adding macadamia nuts and avocados to your diet and skincare regime to feed your skin from without and within! Look out for these ingredients in skincare products: Macadamia nut oil (Macadamia ternifolia seed oil) and Avocado oil (Persea gratissima oil). Beyond Organic Skincare use macadamia oil as one of our main ingredients throughout our organic range because we love it so much! You’ll find avocado oil in our Ultra Radiance Age Defying Serum.