Winter time and the skin starts feeling dry and irritatingly wrinkly. People end up stocking up of expensive moisturizers and creams to beat these sensations. Most of us do not know that some of natures best AHA’s are found in winter fruits from which moisturizing nourishes can be made to beat winter blues.
Apples – Apples are a great source of natural vitamins especially for fair and sensitive skin. They have softening properties that helps keep the skin supple and hydrated.
Procedure - Mash an apple and mix it with 1tsp of honey. Apply to clean skin for about 10 minutes. This face mask will help soften your skin, especially if you have an oily or combination skin type and cannot use heavy creams and moisturizers which very often lead to break outs.
Banana –This fruit works wonders on dry skin and helps nourish and tighten the skin. It is also known to invigorate the skin; cleanses open pores, leaving the skin look absolutely flawless.
Procedure - Mash one banana and mix 1tsp oatmeal with a little full cream milk, enough to make a smooth paste.Apply to clean skin and leave it for about 15 minutes.This should be washed off first with milk and then water.
Avocados - This exotic fruit is high on Vitamin A, E, D and the minerals and potassium found in this fruit make it excellent for nourishing dry and sun damaged skin.
Procedure - 2tsp honey whipped into 1 mashed avocado in a blender with 1tsp of fresh cream and 2 marigold flowers.Apply this mask onto the skin for at least 15 minutes and wash off with tepid water.
Pomegranates - Pomegranate juice once absorbed by the skin helps keep the skin young and supple. This fruit can be used as a ‘dead skin exfoliate’ on the face to wake up dull skin on a cold winter morning.
Procedure - Take the ‘gem like seeds’ of one pomegranate, pound it in a mortar and pestle. Add 10 almonds or a 3tsb almond powder and 2tsp milk powder to this mix. Scrub gently on the skin in a circular motion. Wash off with milk and then water to revel in baby soft supple skin.
Orange - Excellent skin softeners and high in Vitamin making them great toners for dead skin.
Procedure - One can rub the skin either with orange peel or grind the dried peels with milk and honey to make a natural Vitamin nourishing scrub.
Papaya - Available throughout the year papaya is a cure to many teenagers' problems like acne, stomach issues and blemishes on the skin.
Procedure - 4-5 pieces of papaya mashed and massaged onto the face daily helps clear up blemished skin and improves the dryness. It is a softening fruit and I recommend that mixing it with 1tsb of fresh cream as it can soothe sunburn and dead leathery dry skin in no time at all.