Pulp Fiction

As women become increasingly spoilt for choice of beauty products, the words ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ frequently appear on the labels of the cosmetics we use. There are some products that are filled with chemicals, but are still marketed as natural because they contain a tiny amount of a certain extract. With stores loading their shelves with products labelled ‘natural’ – a term that lacks specific standards – it can be hard to know which ingredients should be avoided and which are actually good for the skin. You & I addresses this issue by revealing how natural fruit pulps and juices can help restore your skin’s natural radiance.

Everyone has a favourite face cream or treatment, but beautiful skin starts with nourishment from within. Older cells are constantly shed and replaced by younger ones, and a steady supply of micro-nutrients is essential to support this rapid growth. Eat the correct balance of foods and you’ll feed your skin the vital nutrients it needs to help stay soft, supple and blemish-free. In addition, here are a few pulp methods that will help bring out the best in your skin:

APPLE- An apple a day can certainly keep ageing skin at bay! Apple can be a wonderful skin toner and help tighten the skin by stimulating blood circulation to the surface. The fruit has antioxidant properties that prevent free-radical damage. Raw apple pulp or apple juice can be applied to the skin daily.

PAPAYA- In addition to being useful for removing dead skin cells, papaya also helps lighten skin colour if used regularly over a period of time. Ripe papaya pulp can be applied on the face, or can be mixed with other ingredients like oatmeal, curd and honey to make face masks. . Papaya pulp mixed with curd acts like an exfoliator and removes dead skin, making is soft and supple. It is also very efficient in treating dry skin.


LEMON- Your skin tends to look dull when it has scars, acne and blackheads, but lemons can keep these at bay. Squeeze a lemon into a glass of warm water and have it first thing in the morning. You can add a spoonful of honey as well.

PUMPKIN SEEDS- One sure-fire way to brighten your complexion is to eat a handful of pumpkin seeds. These little bits are packed with zinc which help generate new skin cells. They also control oil production.

CHERRIES- Cherries have anti-inflammatory effects and if consumed daily, it can help heal and soothe irritable skin. Stocking up on cherries can also combat sun damage and protect your skin against harmful UV-ray exposure.

SPINACH- Loaded with antioxidants, spinach can strengthen skin tissue and reduce wrinkles. Either raw or boiled spinach added to salads, or spinach juice will show effective results.

ORANGE- Orange peels can be collected and dried in the sun, then ground into a powder and added to face masks. They have cleansing and mild skin-lightening properties. Rubbed regularly on the hands, orange peels can also help tighten the skin.


STRAWBERRIES- The presence of malic acid in strawberry makes it a natural whitening agent. It also has loads of antioxidants that lend your skin a healthy radiance. Eat a handful of strawberries or simply mash them to make a paste by adding yoghurt and honey. Apply it on your face for 15 minutes.

GRAPEFRUIT- Grapefruit is particularly good for oily and pimple-prone skin. It reduces oiliness and also helps to reduce tanning over a period of time. Applying the pulp or juice on the skin for 20 minutes will prove effective.

Eating antioxidant-rich foods will help your skin from the inside out with hydrating, healing and UV protection benefits. Good pulpy nutrition can be a great boost for fresh, glowing and healthy skin. After all, if you look after your skin, it will look after you!

- Brahammani