Cornmeal For Exfoliated Smooth Skin
September 27th, 2011 by Joanna
CORNMEAL FOR EXFOLIATED SMOOTH SKIN
Corn or maize has been a motif woven into Navajo blankets and Southwestern Pueblo textiles for its prominent cultural significance. When you consider that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that most Americans eat 25 lbs. of corn annually, those swirling motifs on prehistoric tapestries should come as no surprise. Indigenous cultures of the Southwest down through South America have ground corn down into meal for thousands of years to prepare breads and other foods.
The benefits of this staple food are unquestionable: rich in both vitamins and minerals whether fresh, frozen or canned. We should consider in our quests for better health that genetically modified (GMO) corn is tragically readily available in many markets and is to be avoided. Corn is definitely produce you should buy organic for the best health of body and skin. So as you choose from one of 200 varieties of one of the earliest cultivated crops, you’ll be pleased to know that corn offers an abundance of nutrients for balanced diet internally and externally.
Vitamins and Minerals
The Vitamins C in cornmeal helps build connective tissue and heal wounds rapidly with minimal scarring. One cup of corn provides 16% of the vitamin C requirements. You’ll find Vitamin A will enhance skin’s moisture optimally for desirable elasticity that reduces aged appearance. Due to the content of phytochemicals like phytic acid, cornmeal is a an excellent source of antioxidants for protection against environmental free radicals in the form of pollutants such as chemical preservatives, additives, pesticides and herbicides ever present in the foods we eat. This ancient food is fortified with calcium, potassium, and phosphorus that boost overall health.
As it turns out, cornmeal is a remedy for some surprising ailments such as nail fungus. When soaked in a bath of porridge over a period of several days, fungus is significantly reduced. In addition, fiber enriched corn is known to: prevent the onset of cancer and macular degeneration; lower the risk of and manage diabetes; and reduce cholesterol levels.
Cornmeal is often touted as one of the finer exfoliants for skin. When you choose a finely ground organic cornmeal as a scrub, it gently removes dead skin cells without irritating skin. It is the perfect solution to alleviate oily flaky skin in hot summer months or in the depths of winter. The cornmeal acts as a sponge absorbing the oil from skin without drying it out– leaving skin soft and shine-free with radiant vitality. It performs as a reliable at-home microdermabrasion treatment that promotes healthy epidermal cell growth. Try cornmeal as a weekly exfoliant for a face that beams with a fresh matte glow.
Cornmeal, Orange and Aloe Scrub
½ cup Organic finely ground cornmeal
2 Tsp. aloe gel
2 drops of sweet orange essential oil
Mix these ingredients into a sweet citrus smelling paste and apply to skin after dousing with warm water. Rub into your skin gently exfoliating in circular motions for up to 2 minutes. Rinse with warm water, pat dry and apply your favorite moisturizer for energized and restored skin.