When it comes to nailing down your eco-friendly skincare routine, you’ll want to source the products that allow you to treat an array of skin problems, but also leave you with that longed-for glow. In this article, we’ll be running through six of the best – and in some cases, tastiest – skincare options, all of which are 100% edible.
1. Oats: Beyond breakfast
First on the list is the humble oat – which, believe it or not, is much, much more than just a breakfast cereal option. From allergies to eczema, this underrated ingredient is positively packed with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties – making it perfect for those who suffer from skin irritations.
For a homemade, all-natural exfoliant or natural face mask, you can even grind up your oats (add some honey, a dash of milk even to give it a softer texture) to create an eco-friendly alternative – which will be free of plastic microbeads that can harm both your skin and the planet. Easy to make and fun to apply, this could also help you cut back the cost of your cosmetics bill!
2. Licorice: A skin-soothing super choice
It might be most well-known as a chewy sweet treat, but licorice is much more than an afternoon indulgence. With anti-inflammatory properties, it can also be a hugely effective super ingredient. Boiled licorice root has been used as a remedy for a variety of ailments, with reports of it treating everything from ulcers to asthma. In traditional Chinese medicine, it’s also used as a remedy for the common cold and even liver disease.
Thanks to its active compound, glabridin, licorice can be used to soothe sensitive skin and soften the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. Quite remarkably, this plant can also help to reduce the appearance of scars by inhibiting the skin’s pigmentation around scar tissue.
3. Peppermint: To tone and brighten
Next up is peppermint – famous for its fresh and minty taste, this natural ingredient can assist with all of your toning and priming needs, thanks to its amazing skincare properties. Peppermint oil contains menthol, which is known to help brighten the skin and limit the secretion of excess oil. This means that it can help to reduce acne outbreaks, all while giving a fresh scent that you can incorporate into your daily rotation of natural skincare products.
4. Soy: Combat the sun and more
As an ultra-versatile ingredient, the soybean can be incorporated into just about any meal – and when it comes to skincare, you’ll be just as impressed! Due to its antioxidants and phytoestrogens, the soybean can help with everything from reducing skin redness to boosting collagen production.
In terms of sun protection, soybeans can help here, too – by reducing the damage caused by UVB exposure, even on days when you might not be aware of the sun’s impact. For such a small ingredient, you can enjoy a wealth of benefits, so keep an eye out for soy-based products when you’re next topping up your skincare beauty bag.
5. Chamomile: Not just a tea option
Most commonly associated with the tea that delivers a restful night’s sleep, everything chamomile touches, it soothes – including your skin. Chamomile oil works well as temporary relief from itches and irritated skin, so you could easily bring it out for a quick, soothing option if your skin plays up during the day.
The benefits of chamomile don’t stop there, either. It has a high antioxidant quotient, which means it can combat the first signs of aging – as well as helping to soothe a baby’s skin due to its feather-light therapeutic properties. So, whether it’s facial oil or as part of an anti-aging balm, chamomile stands up to and even surpasses the effectiveness of synthetic products in the same market.
6. Green tea: For every occasion
Last but by no means least we have green tea. A recognised superfood, this tasty option is packed with antioxidant properties that aid the skin in a number of ways. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, this skincare saviour can be adapted to create a body scrub that will help you combat unwelcome skin infections.
For those with oily skin, there’s hope here, too! Green tea contains super-useful ingredients like tannins – so you can rely on an all-natural solution to your skincare woes, rather than resorting to harsh, chemical-based alternatives.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this journey across the seas of snackable skincare, leaving you inspired to try some all-natural balms and creams for yourself.