As redheads, our features are something we take pride in; and as such we’re are always on the lookout for the latest beauty products on the market to care for our unique features. But sometimes, the best products are actually the ones we eat. That’s right redhead beauties, these delicious kitchen staples double as amazing topical treatments for your hair and skin. Keep reading to discover 5 things that redefine the term “beauty food”.
1. Coconut oil
Filled with Omega 3 fatty acids, this superfood promotes soft, shiny hair and supple skin. Use unrefined coconut oil as a moisturizer on dry skin, including knees, elbows, heels and cuticles. Apply it to your hair (anything below where your ponytail would hang down) to soften those fiery locks and heal the damage that can occur from heat styling.
Bonus use: as a carrier for your essential oils, like calming lavender or invigorating lemon verbena.
Similar to coconut oil, the essential fatty acids in avocado are powerhouses for soft hair and skin. For those of us with a fair complexion, avocado can soothe and heal sunburns if we (accidentally) forget to apply our BFF, SPF. You can also apply mashed avocado mixed with honey and yogurt as a face mask to refresh dull skin or combine the avocado with olive oil as a deep conditioning hair mask.
Bonus: use the inside of the peel to exfoliate dead skin on your face and body for a truly deep clean.
Another staple to soothe sensitive skin (something many of us redheads deal with regularly) is oatmeal. Colloidal oatmeal (a finely ground form of oats) has a venerable history of use to treat skin ailments including rashes, eczema, sunburn, and dryness. To make it at home simply grind up uncooked rolled oats and combine with water to create a paste, applying to irritated areas of the body, rinsing off after about 10 minutes. Likewise, draw yourself a comforting oatmeal bath to soak in for a full body treatment.
Known as an ancient food, the oldest surviving honey dates back to 5,500 years ago. This sweet substance is ideal for redheads, as it has been shown to help clear acne, eczema or psoriasis, and even skin tone due to its antibacterial and antimicrobial qualities. Make sure to get raw honey, as it will maintain all of its natural properties. Apply as a spot treatment to specific areas of the skin or mix into a mask with a little mashed avocado and raw rolled oats for a fresh, glowing complexion.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Great for both skin and hair, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a redhead must have. It acts as a powerful antibacterial and antifungal treatment, balancing the pH of the skin, clearing acne and exfoliating. When combined with water for a hair rinse (~2 tbsp ACV : 1c water), the acetic acid in ACV removes product build-up and even treat dandruff, leaving your red hair healthy and gorgeous.
Rock it like a Redhead!