Beauty Advice Can Turn Toxic Quickly... and Jessica Alba Agrees
How many times have you accessed the internet and typed into the search bar, “How to clear up bad skin”, or something to that effect? I know I have, countless times, searched online how to be rid of acne, how to keep my skin looking young, how to reduce the appearance of scars or redness… I could go on for hours. Sadly, not everything that these search engines give us is reliable. In fact, some of the skin-shaming advice the internet bombards us with on a daily basis can be downright crushing, making us feel bad about our skin and our natural appearance.
At 47 Skin, we don’t believe in skin-shaming people into buying our products, in fact, it is our mission to make you feel beautiful inside and out, with our products giving you that extra boost of confidence. It’s rare that you find a celebrity that also preaches this message of skin positivity, but actress and entrepreneur Jessica Alba had recently opened up about doing just that.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, Alba confirmed that she didn’t always take time out of the day to treat her skin. However since the outbreak, she’s been allocating much more time to pampering herself, and taking the time to reset and recalibrate, as a form of self-care.
So, how exactly do the ingredients of this dish benefit our skin? Below is a list of the protein and nutrient-packed components that make up this yummy meal, as listed in the original recipe…
1 16 oz extra firm tofu
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 scallions, chopped
1/2 cup corn-starch
High temperature resistant oil
Sesame seeds for garnishing
For the sauce -
1 1/2 large orange
2 tablespoon tamari/soy sauce
1 tablespoon coconut amino
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon Gochujang
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder or cornstarch
I chose to serve my dish with broccoli, just like the creator of the dish does in her recipe video. Broccoli adds antioxidants and Vitamin C for collagen production, whilst also containing a substance named “glucoraphanin” – this gets converted into sulforaphane by the body, promoting skin repair and skin health.
Even without the broccoli however, this recipe is crammed with ingredients that your skin will love! For example, this recipe uses fresh oranges, which famously contain Vitamins A and C, and garlic, which possesses antioxidant qualities.
In addition to this, the star of the original recipe, tofu, works wonders on our skin, as soy is high in both protein and calcium, as well as isoflavones which has been found to improve skin elasticity, water-holding capacity, pigmentation and vascularity.
As mentioned previously, I used a different protein (merely because it was what I had in the fridge at the time) – a plant-based chicken brand popular in the UK. This is fortified with vitamin B12 and iron, as well as being high in protein, and having a production process that has minimal impact on the environment.
I really can’t hype this recipe up enough! It has to be tasted to be believed.
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