We all have our beauty secrets. Some we learn online, some from friends and family and some we discover in time. A good beauty secret is something that has been tested and proved effective many times. You wanna know the biggest beauty secret of all times? Mediterranean diet of course! I’m not just bragging because I’m Greek. It has been proved that Mediterranean diet includes all necessary ingredients for a healthy,nutritious and well balanced diet. If used properly it can be used for loosing weight (just include more salads and less meat) help to cute illnesses and improve skin complexion.
The ingredients themselves can be used to create all kinds of homemade facial masks,body scrubs and hair masks.
Ingredients that you can include to your diet:
Olive oil = it’s good for digestion, your skin and hair. It can be beneficial just by eating it or applying it in various cosmetic ways.
Vegetables = your mother was right when telling you that your veggies are good for you! For a healthy and balanced diet add salads to your habits and veggies like broccoli and long leaf green veggie, which are ideal for changing your metabolism and burn fat faster.
Wine= Greeks often add a small glass of red wine to the table. It is good for the heart and many doctors recommend it. Be careful though, we are only talking about one small glass every now and then! Avoid making it a habit!
Fish = there’s sea everywhere in Greece. So obviously we have a great variety of seafood to our table. Eating them is excellent for sight. (omega3, iodide)
Cheese= Milk is beneficial mainly to children, as from a certain age it is impossible to receive its calcium. So cheese does the trick! Most people know feta, a cheese ideal for people with low blood pressure, but you have many more options in the Mediterranean diet.
Benefits of Mediterranean diet
*Baked not fried food
Most Of the dishes in Mediterranean cuisine are baked, roasted or boiled. Very few are fried and even in this case we use olive oil or corn oil. If you ask any dietician the first advice you’re going to get is “stay away from fried food”.
*combination of ingredients
During winter this diet includes many soups, all of which contain more than 5 ingredients. A meat soup also has rice and vegetables. A chicken soup has boiled fries and carrots etc. Another great example is the famous “moussakas”, one of the most traditional Greek dishes which has at least 3 layers of different ingredients.
*Fruit all year long
it used to be harder few decades ago abroad to find fresh fruit all year long but in Greece this has never been a problem. Each season has its fruit and that’s why we use them often as snacks in our daily diet. Try to replace the cookies you have at work with a nice pear or apple. Ideally have a fruit salad for breakfast!
Beauty tricks based on Mediterranean diet:
If your hair luck brightness and vividness then do an olive oil mask before washing them. Just add olive oil to your hands and massage your hair until becoming dumb. Leave it for 15 minutes and then wash as usual ! Do this once a month!
You need : 4 tablespoons warmed honey 1/2 cup yogurt 4 tablespoons lemon juice.
Yogurt contains high amounts of Lactic Acid, an AHA proven to be successful in refining pores, exfoliating the skin and stimulating collagen production. Honey on the other hand, retains water to help keep the skin soft and moisturized. So you can play with the doses depending on your skin type! For example If your skin is irritated you can use less honey and add few drops of aloe Vera and 1/2 peeled cucumber!
After mixing it apply to clean face and leave it for 15 minutes! Remove first with some cotton tissues and then with water!