Some of us are true health buffs and fruits feature in our everyday diets, others are completely averse. It doesn’t matter if you’re a ‘fruitaholic’ or ‘fruitphobic’, fruit facials are one of the best and healthiest ways of making your skin glow. Vitamins and nutrients are found in fresh fruit in abundance, and no cosmetic can compare to this. It’s also a great way to get rid of any over-ripe fruits sitting in your kitchen that would otherwise go to waste.
The first step is to know your skin, so that you don’t do more damage than good. A good area for testing is your elbow. If you’re allergic to a particular fruit, try another. Apart from the fruit, you’ll need honey and oatmeal, which are good agents for treating skin. Eggs, though a smelly ordeal, are great, too. Due to their high vitamin A content, they’re great at reducing blemishes. Mix an egg white with some oatmeal to use as a spot-fighting facial.
Remember to always wash your face and neck before applying anything on them. Gently apply some of the mixture to each using your fingertips. Be sure to avoid those sensitive areas around the eyes and lips. Wipe the pulp off with a soft, warm towel and rinse your face and neck with lukewarm and then cold water. Don’t forget to finish off with a light coat of a lotion that’s at least SPF 15.
Let’s start off with a quick and easy formula using tomatoes. If you want to get rid of oily skin and blemishes, this fruit is the answer. All you need is a tablespoon of lemon juice and some instant oatmeal. Blitz these with a ripened tomato and you have your first home facial.
Rich in alpha hydroxy acid, peaches are a great remedy to get the glow back in your skin. Apart from a good pore cleaning, it will get rid of dead skin and help reduce wrinkles. Add the pulp to some cooked oatmeal and you have yourself a good cure for irritated skin. If you don’t have oatmeal, you can substitute it for yoghurt.
As an antioxidant, vitamin E is one of the best things for your skin, which is why avocados are a hot ticket. They again get rid of wrinkles and moisturise the skin. Make a paste out of ripe avocado and add an egg yolk, apply for a fresh feel. This one’s is great for summer.
If what you want is to tighten and brighten your skin, the rich amount of citric acid in tangerines and lemons is excellent. If you go with lemon, mix the juice with a little flour and some egg whites. If you prefer tangerines, blend the juice with an egg yolk.
With a blend of potassium, antioxidants and a host of vitamins, bananas are useful in smoothening as well as nourishing. Mash half a banana (a ripe on works best) with a few tablespoons of honey and four tablespoons of sour cream. If you have greasy skin, use two tablespoons of lemon juice instead of sour cream.
Though not readily available everywhere, kiwi fruits are an ideal source of vitamins C, A and E. If you want to tighten those pores, au naturale, this is the fruit for you. Not only that, it also improves blood circulation. All you need is a tablespoon of kiwi juice, an equal part of olive oil and an egg yolk.
Strawberries are a great tool to rid your face of dead skin and to mildly bleach it as well. Make those marks disappear by adding strawberry puree to half the amount of cornstarch. This one doesn’t need the lukewarm water, cold will do just fine.
Papaya may smell terrible, but it’s great for healing. Use a papaya scrub to peel and rejuvenate your skin. The puree can either be blended with yogurt, milk, oatmeal or honey, or used as is.
It’s no secret that cucumber is great for your skin, the reason being that it contains silica and caffeic acid. It helps you moisturise and gets rid of tired eyes. This is the simplest and possibly the best facial, because all you’ve got to do is massage your skin with the peel.
These are great for hectic days when you just don’t have the time to fit in any parlour pampering. Try one of these twelve hours prior to a party (give yourself 20 to 30 minutes of radiant relaxation) and you’re good to go. Inside or out, fruits are one of the best things to keep at hand. Just remember to always moisturise after.