Lookin’ Good Girl — Food for Your Face

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By Vanessa Vaillant

Here at Fat Girl Food Squad, we’re always talking about delicious food. We all love to nourish our bodies with food, but it can also be great for nourishing our skin! Often when you think of foods that are good for your body, they will have properties that are nourishing to the skin as well. Feeding your face and body with food-­based ingredients is a fun and healthy way to take care of yourself.

Green Tea

We all know that green tea is good for the body but it’s also fantastic for your skin. Green tea is very high in antioxidants and also has antibacterial properties. Antioxidants help to fight against free radicals that are all around us, coming from a variety of sources like pollution and cigarette smoke. An easy way to get green tea into your skin is to simply brew up a cup and tone your face with it. Toning your skin before adding moisturizer will keep your skin more hydrated, and you won’t need to use as much moisturizer. You can also use matcha green tea powder mixed into a face mask.

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Papaya

Papayas are not only delicious, they are also jam packed full of vitamins for your skin. They’re full of vitamins A, B, and C, contain powerful alpha hydroxy acids, and also their own powerful papaya enzymes. Fruit enzymes are a great way to naturally exfoliate the skin without actually scrubbing it because they’ll eat away at dead skin cells. This is especially good for anyone who has a sensitivity to exfoliating. The naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acids and papaya enzymes will brighten up the skin and help to remove dead cells. You can also look for fruit enzymes in facial cleansers, masks, and moisturizers.

Lush Cosmetic’s The Sacred Truth face mask combines papaya, matcha green tea, and fresh wheatgrass to pack a foodie punch to your skin!

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Beet Root

Eating a rainbow of colourful foods is what you often hear about when aiming for good internal health. If you’ve ever prepared beets before, you will know that they are incredibly pigmented. Beets also contain a high amount of vitamins and phytochemicals. Beet juice can be used to naturally stain the skin — you can use it all on its own as a lip or cheek stain. The colour that beets give is very natural looking on the skin, and can be layered for a bolder look.

Small-batch organic skincare company, Fat and The Moon, make a great lip and cheek stain that
uses beet root for pigment.

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Peach

Peaches were once thought of as the fruit of immortality, so it’s no wonder that peach kernel oil (and as apricot kernel oil) is often used in “anti­-ageing” products. Peach kernel oil is extracted from the pit of the fruit; this oil is naturally high in good fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins A and E, meaning it’s great for keeping skin looking fresh and youthful. This type of oil is also easily absorbed into the skin, so it won’t feel heavy or greasy. Look for apricot or peach kernel oil in moisturizers for the face, lips, and body.

Tony Moly makes a super adorable peach hand lotion!  I picked mine up at Pacific Mall.

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Honey

Honey has been used topically on the skin since Ancient Egyptian times. It has both antibacterial and soothing properties, which makes it exceptionally good for anyone with skin conditions like eczema. It’s wonderful for healing because it will sooth the skin and encourage the growth of healthy skin cells. You can apply honey directly onto your skin, or look for skincare products containing honey in the base. You can also make your own body scrub by mixing honey with an exfoliating base like sugar, salt, or ground coffee.

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[CONTEST] Lookin’ Good Girl: May You Never Experience the Horrors of Chub Rub Again

By Acacia Christensen

Being a big girl, there’s not much that I’m not happy with about myself. I’ve come to love every little curve and gotten used to the hunt for proper fitting clothing, but one thing I will never get used to is that aching feeling I get in the warmer weather when my thighs rub together too much.

Every Fall I trick myself into believing that it’s just my imagination and nothing is wrong. But then when the weather begins to heat up again I feel that all too familiar pain. I’m sure you’ve experienced it too. This is an even bigger problem for me because I LOVE to wear dresses.

If you’re still not sure what I’m talking about…it’s that dreaded CHUB RUB. Why have we given thigh chafing such an adorable nickname? It’s not an adorable feeling, that’s for sure. It affects us all in different ways, from having the crotch and thighs rub out of your jeans too quickly all the way up to almost bleeding (and sometimes actual bleeding.)

For the comfort of my thighs, and for the sanity of those who are probably sick of me making plans end early because I can’t walk any further without crying, I have decided to go on a quest to find the best possible solution.

Ever since I was a teenager I was a big user of the deodorant/anti-perspirant between the thighs, but that never quite worked. Now we have plenty of different options and what I’ve done over this past summer is tested out three solutions to see what works the best.

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First up: Thigh Society Anti-Chafing Panty Shorts

Thigh Society is a Canadian based company that claims to be the ultimate solution and prevention to “chub rub”. The pair that I tried out are the bamboo-cotton panty short which were surprisingly comfortable. At first I wondered how they would be different from wearing bike shorts, and after wearing them for a few days I can definitely tell you they are a lot better. They aren’t tight so there is no digging into my thighs or my tummy, the fabric is much softer and easier on my legs. They are also great for when I ride my bike so I’m not flashing my knickers up at oncoming traffic. The gusset in the shorts actually pulls moisture/sweat away from my legs so I’m not sticky while wearing them. A big plus was that these are NOT shapewear at all. I personally love shapewear but that is definitely not for all of us, the primary purpose of these is to keep your thighs nice and comfy.

What I didn’t realize right away is that they can be worn as actual panties, and not just as shorts overtop. They also boost a no-camel toe guarantee which is pretty awesome.

 

The only cons for me is that I found they are fairly long in length to accompany some of my shorter dresses, so I wasn’t able to wear them everyday. Apart from that they were a pretty fantastic solution. You can buy them online or at local shops which are listed on their site. (In Toronto you can get them at Tryst on Queen St W!)

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Secondly: Lush Brand “Silky Underwear” Dusting Powder

Not too far off from an age-old solution of talcum powder, Lush comes to the rescue with this jasmine scented life saver. It is a very straight forward solution which they market to use all over your body to keep yoru skin smooth, but I am using it strictly on my thighs for this experiment.

Take a little handful of this sweet smelling powder and rub it on your thighs as generously as you need, I find I only need a tiny bit for each leg. It lasts for a fairly long time. Thankfully Lush has recently put it in a bottle that is good for travelling, so I make sure to keep it in my purse with me now at all times just in case!

My verdict? Not only do my thighs smell amazing, but it really does help!

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Last, but not least: Bandelettes Anti-Chafing Thigh Bands

I’ve saved the sexy option for last. Bandelettes are a new thigh band taht looks like a garter belt but is meant to prevent thigh chafing. Worn at the largest part of your thighs where you are most likely to rub together, you now have a sexy and effective guard against chub rub.

At first I was the most skeptical of these due to the fact that they are lacy and I thought they would cut into my skin or slip down. Bandelettes actually have no-slip silicone and stay in place as long as you order them in the right size. Definitely make sure to measure your thigh before an order, and if all else fails size DOWN. It took me a few wears to figure out where to put them so they would stay perfectly in place, but they look sexy and felt great!

These are definitely the best option if you are a fan of the shorter dresses like I am.

Let’s hope that next summer I take my own advice and use these products more often to help me avoid chub rub!

For your chance to win some Silky Underwear Dusting Powder of your own:

  1. Like Fat Girl Food Squad on FaceBook
  2. Follow Lush on Twitter
  3. Tweet the following: I’m done with #ChubRub, @FatGrlFoodSquad! I want that #SilkyDustingPowder. #FGFShatesChubRub

The contest runs from Wednesday October 16th and closes on Tuesday October 22nd at 5PM EST.  Winners will be notified of their win 24 hours after contest close.